Buying a home in Alaska is undoubtedly one of the biggest purchases you will make in your lifetime. It's important to thoroughly research ahead of time, especially as you begin the mortgage process and working with an Alaskan lender.
However, finding a lender you trust can be a process in itself, not to mention remembering to ask the proper questions. Below we've included five great questions to ask Alaskan lenders this year as you prepare to buy a home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer, North Pole or the surrounding areas.
1. Is now a good time for me to buy?
A lender will look at your financial situation and determine if now is the best time for you to buy a home.
Spring is a wonderful time of year in Alaska, but while it may be hard to believe, summer will be here before we know it! If you're planning to list your home when the weather is warm, there is one area that you may want to turn your focus to in order to boost buyer interest— the outdoors!
Late spring and summer are ideal for spending days outside in the yard, gathering on the patio or entertaining on the deck and homebuyers will be looking for Alaskan properties with outdoor spaces to offer. According to a new study, there are several outdoor trends that can help to sell your home this summer and Madden Real Estate is happy to share some of them with you below!
In past blog posts, we've shared how you can boost your curb appeal (including adding privacy!) in ...
When shopping for a home in Alaska, there will be many factors to consider, making it easy to overlook others. For instance, if you're concerned with the number of bedrooms, you may be quick to pass over how long your commute might be in this new location (if you're not working at home these days, that is).
As your local Alaskan real estate experts, Madden Real Estate has included below five factors not to overlook in homes in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole, and beyond:
Your commute time
As we mentioned above, if you're not working from home and are driving into work, it is important to take into account how long it will take you to get there each day from a new location. You may love the home itself, but if it's going to take you much longer to commute every day, you will want to weigh...
It may seem hard to believe, but bidding wars are back! Competition has increased in Alaska real estate even amidst the current economic and global health situation. More and more homebuyers continue to flood the real estate market, and prices continue to rise, thus contributing to more competition with offers.
According to the NAHB's Quarterly Housing Trends Report, "30% of active buyers reported getting outbid by another buyer in the second quarter of 2020, significantly higher than the comparable 18% share a year earlier."" Bidding wars have been reported as most common for bargain-priced homes where buyers are forced to compete with real estate investors.
So, how do you make sure you snag your Alaskan dream home and outbid other interested buyers? How can you be certain your offer stands out among the rest?...
These are uncertain times for everyone, no matter where in the world you live— especially when it comes to real estate. There are Alaska real estate rumors floating around about whether it's a good time to buy or sell your home amid a pandemic, and many more, but many of them can be debunked!
As your local real estate experts in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole, and beyond, we are setting the record straight about buying and selling Alaska homes during this time!
Myth: It's a bad time to sell your home
Many homeowners who decided to sell this year have since pulled their homes from the market, mainly due to the fear of showings and others entering their property during this public health event. However, right now, research shows that buyers actually...
We're headed into the thick of summer and now is the time to ensure your home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole or the surrounding areas has had a proper check-up.
Due to rising temperatures during these warmer months, you'll want to make sure your cooling system is in working order in addition to conducting an energy audit. Once these tasks have been completed at your Alaskan home, you can enjoy the rest of the summer with few problems in sight!
Start an Energy Audit
Not as difficult as it sounds! Simply pick up a notepad and walk around your home looking for places energy might be able to escape. It has been said that an Alaskan homeowner can save approximately 20% on heating and cooling bills just by plugging leaks,...
Maybe you own an Alaskan home that's on the smaller side or you are getting a jump on your spring cleaning and organizing everything in sight, maybe you simply desire more storage options to hide your belongings— regardless of the reason, every homeowner could use a little more storage to keep things feeling neat and tidy.
With spring just around the corner and a little more time at home in our future, we've rounded up the following easy tips to add storage to your home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole, and the surrounding areas. These are the perfect way to spring forward into the new season ahead and feel like you have a fresh start!
The bedroom is the place where most homeowners desire storage. A place to hide...
As you're shopping for homes in Alaska, you're likely taking note of features like paint color, flooring, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and even yard size. These are all essential in determining whether a property is for you, but there are also a few others that should ultimately raise red flags and cause you to move on to the next home in your search.
With decades of experience in helping buyers in Anchorage, Fairbanks, North Pole, Palmer, Wasilla, and the surrounding areas find their dream homes, I have included three deal breakers below to ensure you're not purchasing an Alaskan home that will be a source of stress later.
Cosmetic elements like paint colors and flooring can easily be changed, but altering the floor plan of a home may not be in the cards— and may...
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 River, Palmer, Wasilla,...
Spring is almost here! And if you've decided to list your Alaskan home, it may seem like your to-do list grows longer and longer. You will need to start searching for a new home, clearing the clutter and packing up to make your move easier when the time comes. But it doesn't end there! One more added stress for you may be keeping your home buyer ready for showings.
There are dozens of little tasks you can check off to prepare your home for a showing in minutes and as your local Alaska real estate experts, Madden Real Estate is sharing a few with you below!
Mop or vacuum
Complete a quick cleaning of the floors in your entryway, kitchen and bathrooms. If necessary, spot clean debris on the floor with a sponge or towel.
Dust screens and furniture...
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 that will sell in the coming...
Fall is here in Alaska and with the changing of the seasons comes a new opportunity to start fresh in a new home! Summer may indeed be one of the busiest times for real estate, but that doesn't mean your time to buy ends when the clock strikes fall.
Now is one of the best times to make a move to a new home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla and North Pole and we've included a reasons for you below:
Mortgage rates are rising
It is true that mortgage rate are still near record lows in Alaska, but they won't stay this way forever! 30-year mortgage rates have already increased half a percentage point and are expected to rise again over the next 12 months. In fact, by this time next year, rates are expected to be around...
If you're just beginning the home buying process in Alaska, your first step will be getting pre-approved with a local lender. Next up? Finding your dream home and submitting a mortgage application to keep the purchase moving forward. However, many buyers find their application in the rejection pile due to factors they weren't aware of at the time.
As your local real estate experts, Madden Real Estate has provided below four reasons why your mortgage application may be rejected so you can be sure to avoid them:
You don't have enough credit
While poor credit can put you in a sticky situation with lenders, not enough credit can do just the same. It is essential to build your credit history over time to show...
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 electrical components....
You've found a buyer for your Alaska home, they've put in an offer, but now what? How can you be sure you won't receive a better offer than the one they submitted? Will you be able to accept a better deal if it comes along? As a home seller, you'll want to get to know the bump clause.
Bump clauses are getting a lot of air time in today's real estate market as they allow the seller to enter into a contract with a buyer while continuing to market their property. If they get a better offer, they can "bump" the original buyer.
Bump clauses are commonly used when a buyer has a contingency attached to their offer, meaning they need to sell their current home first or have placed the sale contingent upon factors like the inspection or appraisal. The bump clause will allow sellers to attempt to reach another buyer that may not come with any contingencies or...
When shopping for homes in Alaska, it is easy to get distracted by home features like the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen updates, backyard, and of course, the location. And while it is important to take note of these items on your buyer wish list, you will want to keep your eyes open for flaws or major problems that could be covered up by home staging.
Below are four signs a Fairbanks AK home seller could be trying to hide something with home staging:
Even though you have pets of your own, that doensn't mean you want to pay for another homeowner's pet damage. If you happen to pull up carpeting in an Alaskan home and notice paint on the floor, the homeowner could be trying to cover up pet damage or water marks.
After months of the snow and cold, it's finally time to welcome the warm weather, green grass, and sunshine back to Alaska! But even though we'll all be headed outdoors this summer, there are still a few projects to check off of your homeowner to-do list to ensure your property is ready to handle the season.
Powerwash your home's exterior
From the driveway to the siding, the winter dirt and grime can take a toll on your Alaskan home's exterior. Consider renting a powerwasher—or purchasing one if you'll get more use out of it—to get your home looking clean and fresh for the new season.
Seal your deck
If you haven't properly sealed your deck, months of moisture have likely been seaping into the wood which can pave the way to rot and a less-than-ideal appearance. Test a patch by pouring a small amount of water onto the deck—...
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 the outdated features of their...
Many Alaskan homeowners tend to believe spring is the best time to list their property and prepare to move on to a better, more suitable home. And while they may not be wrong, it is important to note that selling is not always the best answer for every scenario. Depending on how long you've spent in the home and your location—among other factors—it may be ideal to consider staying put and simply making a few improvements.
Below are five questions to ask yourself as you determine whether to sell or renovate your Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, or North Pole home this spring:
How long have you been in the home?
If you have spent decades in ...
September is here! Temperatures have started to cool down here in Alaska and it's time to begin thinking about all that fall and the coming months will have in store. And while changing colors and pumpkins are just two aspects to look forward to, wet weather and falling leaves are also major players, so you will want to make sure your Fairbanks AK home is prepared!
Set aside a weekend or two to complete the following five tasks around your Alaskan home this month:
Clean the gutters
When the leaves start to fall and the rainy days become more frequent, it's always helpful to have your gutters in clean, working order. If there aren't there yet, grab your ladder and head up to the roof to give them a thorough cleaning. Gutters should be free of all debris and clogs before the season gets underway.