With the rising costs of rent in Alaska, it is no longer a smart financial decision for area residents to choose renting over buying. Not to mention, mortgage rates are still historically low!
However, if this is your first time purchasing a home in Alaska, you need to be ready to assume the responsibility of homeownership. Here are four questions to ask yourself to determine if now is the right time for you to buy:
Can you afford the costs?
If you have been saving for a downpayment and other costs over the past few years, you'll be in great shape this summer. You should have enough to cover 20% of the home's purchase price to secure the best mortgage rate and avoid private mortgage insurance (PMI).
It is also wise to be prepared to pay closing costs which can typically range from 2 to 5% of the home's purchase...
Buying a home in Alaska is a process that ultimately ends with your closing. However, there can be some bumps along the way that cause the closing date to be pushed back.
Closing delays can be caused by both the Fairbanks or Anchorage area home seller and the homebuyer— but, don't be dismayed! There are steps you can take to ensure the process moves smoothly this summer:
Have your agent help
Once your property is under contract in the Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer, or North Pole area, your real estate agent can check in with all of the parties involved once (or more!) per week. An expert real estate agent can notice surprises or changes in the transaction and work ahead to prevent any delays.
Keep in touch with your lender
House-hunting can be a lot of fun for new buyers in the Alaska real estate market, but your judgement can also quickly get away from you. It is easy to focus more on features of the home rather than costs like upkeep and utilities and buyer's remorse can set in after you've signed on the dotted line.
But as your local real estate experts in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole and beyond, it is our priority to ensure buyer's remorse never crosses your mind! Madden Real Estate will work with you to determine your wants versus needs as well as what is realistic for you in terms of price and home size.
In the meantime, keep in mind the following four common sources of homebuyer's remorse, especially as you tour available properties in Anchorage, Chugiak, Fairbanks, Eagle...
When it comes to buying a home in Alaska, you would be surprised by the number of potential buyers that sit back because they do not think they will qualify for a mortgage. However, the reality is that qualifying for a mortgage is simpler than you think and as a result, you are missing out on the many benefits of homeownership!
If you're sick of renting, given the increasing costs each year, and are ready to settle into a place of your own, now is the time! Don't allow yourself to put off homeownership any longer, just research the facts. Consider the following your checklist of what it takes to qualify for a mortgage:
1. A Down Payment
Did you know nearly half of all ...
So, you think you want to buy a fixer upper home in Alaska? While your dreams of renovating a property may be driven by what you've seen on real estate or home improvement television shows, it's important to remember that the reality of updating a home from start to finish can be much more time-consuming, tedious, expensive, and drawn-out than you realize.
As your local real estate experts in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole, and beyond, I am sharing below three things to do before you commit to buying fixer upper homes in Alaska this year:
Research the location
Not only should you research the location of a home before purchasing, but also look into the zoning. What you may not know is that every community has zoning districts and restrictions surrounding what can and cannot be done to homes within their...
The question on many Alaskan homeowner minds right now is whether or not to sell yet this winter or wait for better weather in the spring. It may be tempting to want to wait until the warmer months to list, after all more buyers will be out and about in the spring, right? Not so fast! That is not always the case!
There are many perks to selling your Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, or North Pole area home this winter, without waiting until spring, and as your local experts, Madden Real Estate has listed a few of them below.
There will be more competition in spring
By listing your Alaskan home now, you avoid the wave of homeowners...
Whether you intend to be in your next home in Alaska for two years or twelve years, it is always important to determine resale value. After all, your home is an investment and you wouldn't want to invest in a property that you would have a hard time selling when the time comes to move on. That would only mean more money and homeowner headache for you down the road!
As your local real estate experts in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer, North Pole, and beyond, Madden Real Estate can help you determine the best possible property for your budget and your family's needs— and one with great resale value! Here are a few ways you can determine a property's resale value in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer, North Pole and the surrounding communities...
If you haven't yet sat down to make a list of new year's resolutions for 2019, what better time is there than now? It's always a fun exercise to take stock of your goals for the year ahead and make a plan on how to achieve them. For many in Alaska, you might find that they are personal or health related, but one of your big resolutions or goals might be buying a home!
There are dozens of steps to take to successfully become a homeowner in 2019 and as your local real estate experts in Anchorage, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Wasilla, Palmer and North Pole (and beyond!), Madden Real Estate is happy to help you make that a reality! Below are 5 new year's resolutions to make in order to buy an Alaskan home in the new year:
It might not be your favorite route toward ...
Buying a home in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, or North Pole can be an overwhelming decision, especially if it's your first time navigating the real estate market. And since this is likely the largest purchase you will ever make, it's important that you try to avoid the common mistakes that homebuyers have encountered before you. That's where Madden Real Estate comes in! We have included a list below of five things not to do when buying a home in Alaska, so you can enjoy a smooth process and settle into your new home with no worries!
Don't shop without an agent
Navigating the real estate market can be tricky, so why go it alone? Let Madden Real Estate be your guide to homes for sale in Alaska! You will want an agent who has your...
There's no doubt about it, winter has arrived here in Alaska! But if you have your sights set on a new home in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer, or North Pole for the new year, don't let that stop you from listing your property now! There are plenty of ways to pique buyer interests during these colder months and with Madden Real Estate on your side, you can count on us to help you make it happen!
Home staging is one smart way to grab a buyer's attention and below are five ways to stage your Alaskan home successfully during the winter:
Boost winter curb appeal
Adding winter decor to the exterior of your Anchorage or Fairbanks home can boost your property's curb appeal, but it should lean on the simple side. Try a holiday wreath or fresh greenery outdoors, make sure all pathways are clear of snow for buyers, and consider adding classic...
As I mentioned in our recent blog post, selling your home during the holidays in Alaska can be just as successful as selling during the spring and summer! But that doesn't mean you can simply add a For Sale sign to your yard and watch the offers roll in! Your Alaskan home must be well prepared for the market and up to par with what buyers want.
As your local real estate experts, Madden Real Estate can help you avoid turning away buyers unintentionally and that begins with removing a few of the following common items from your home:
Damage from pets
Remember that not all buyers will love pets like you do! If you have pet damage in your Alaskan home, like scratched floors or stained carpet, consider having them re-finished or install new carpet prior to listing.
The official beginning of fall is just a few weeks away and while you may have brought your pumpkin decor back out of storage, there are a few more steps to take to ensure your Alaskan home is ready for the season. As your local real estate experts in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer, North Pole, and beyond, we've rounded up our best tips for preparing your home for fall.
Clean the Gutters
There is no denying that the fall season brings it's fair share of wind and rain, which means debris like limbs and leaves scatter into your yard— and gutters! You'll want to be sure your gutters are clear to allow for what the season has in store, otherwise they could overflow and wreak havoc on your siding or worse, your home's interior walls.
Put Away Furniture
Whether you have a small deck or a large patio for entertaining at...
You likely already have a picture in your head of what you'd like your dream home in Alaska to look like. Maybe it's a new construction home in a family-friendly neighborhood or maybe it's a fixer upper that you can make your own. If the latter is more your style, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for a certain set of features that will help you tell the difference between a property with potential and a money pit.
Below are four things to look for in Alaska fixer upper homes to avoid a homeowner headache down the road:
Sound Structural Elements
When you move into a new home in Alaska, it can be quite costly to need to replace major structural parts like the roof, foundation, or...
It is not uncommon for Alaskan homebuyers to sit on the fence, wondering if there will be a better time to purchase a home down the road. Will you be able to get a better deal on a property in a few months? Will the real estate market slow down? These are all valid questions, but it's also important to consider the flip side and what it could cost you if you choose to wait to buy a home.
In today's market, interest rates continue to rise and waiting as little as a few months could cost you more than you think in your monthly mortgage payment. According to real estate news outlet Keeping Current Matters, the cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices and interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
For instance, in today's real estate market with an interest rate of 4.4 percent on...
Everyone loves a good deal— especially when it comes to real estate! However, in today's real estate market, actually purchasing a home for under asking price can be a rare occurrence. Real estate agents in Alaska—and all over the country, for that matter—typically advise against making lowball offers as you could risk offending the sellers and lose out on the home entirely.
But does that mean it can't be done? No! With the right expert on your side and under the right conditions, you can successfully make a lowball offer on a home in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, or North Pole. Below are four scenarios that would call for making a low offer:
The home is outdated
Home sellers in Alaska can turn a blind eye to...
Spring is officially here in Alaska and the real estate market is only beginning to heat up for the busy season ahead! And while it can be easy to get ahead of yourself when you first begin to search for Alaska homes for sale, it is important to first outline your priorities to streamline the process— and avoid falling in love with a property that's out of your budget!
Below are three important questions to ask yourself as you begin house-hunting in Eagle River, Anchorage, Palmer, Wasilla, Fairbanks, and North Pole:
How long do I plan to be in this home?
Before you can start searching for properties, ask yourself if this is a forever home. How long do you plan to stay? If the answer...
Gone are the days where homebuyers only searched for properties in Alaska when the weather was warmer, they happened upon a listing in the newspaper, or drove by a For Sale sign. In today's Alaskan real estate market, buyers are always switched "on," constantly looking for properties on their smartphones and computers, even setting up search parameters so potential homes land in their email inbox.
It doesn't pay to wait as a homebuyer in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, or North Pole. Your dream home could be waiting for you—even in the winter months—so you'll...
Deciding to buy a home in Alaska is a big step! But next on your list? Finding the perfect real estate agent to help you through the process. By choosing just anyone, finding your next home can be more of a headache than a happy time— but by choosing an expert, you will eliminate many of those problems that can easily arise.
Below are four things to expect from your real estate agent in Alaska and remember, you can always count on Madden Real Estate to provide each one!
They should find you the right home
The right real estate agent in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Chugiak, Eagle River, Palmer, North Pole, and Wasilla will not be focused solely on making a sale, but instead on finding...
With a series of reality television shows boasting successful renovations and remodels of older homes, many Alaskan homebuyers have it on their agenda to purchase a fixer upper property. The idea of making something your own can be thrilling, but it's also important to remember that it can be a massive undertaking— not to mention, a very costly one.
As your real estate experts in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole and the surrounding areas, Madden Real Estate is happy to share three essential steps to take if you plan to buy a home in need of TLC this year. Be sure to add the following to your to-do list as you prepare to close on your dream home:
Speak with a...