Alaska

Build Your Own Fire Pit

With the smoke, heat and burn bans across the State of Alaska this summer, you probably haven't thought much about a fire pit.  However, a fire pit can be an excellent addition to your outside living area.  And, what better way to enjoy those beautiful cool Alaskan fall evenings than sitting around a fire?  Building a fire pit is actually fairly simple, and we've put together this handy infographic to point you in the right direction!

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Celebrate the Fourth of July in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla Alaska!

Fourth of July in Alaska is just two days away! It's time for parades, games and entertainment in the park, socializing with family and friends and celebrating America. Lucky for us, the communities of Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla and more have dozens of fun activities and events planned to kick off the holiday. 

And with this year's holiday falling on a Saturday, why not start the weekend and celebrate a day early? The Eagle River Fireworks are just the place to begin the festivities! On Friday, July 3, 2015, Lions Community Park in Eagle River will host their community-wide celebration starting at 6:30 PM with entertainment and games. The event will end with fireworks at midnight, sponsored by the Lions Club. With 19 hours of sunlight, the fireworks will go up just as the sun goes down!

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Fun Summer Events Planned for Fairbanks and Anchorage Alaska!

Now that it's June and Memorial Day is behind us, we can welcome the "unofficial" start of summer to Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla and North Pole Alaska! The warmer weather has arrived and this month, there are many fun events planned to kick off the new season. As your local Alaskan real estate experts, we've rounded up events to add to your calendar and opportunities to get out and explore— take advantage of everything that our area has to offer!

Skinny Raven Twilight 12K & Skinny Mini 6K
When: June 5, 2015, 7 PM
Where: Anchorage, AK

This fun, evening race event returns for its 9th year this month! Hit the streets of Anchorage and follow this event's interesting road course (one of Alaska's most unique!). It's the race of the summer and this year, you can join...

Curb Appeal Matters

It's true!  Even in Fairbanks, North Pole and Eagle River, curb appeal makes a difference.  What can you do to increase your home's ability to sell?  We've compiled a list of tips to help you increase your curb appeal.  Check it out!

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Is It Better to Buy or Rent a Home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer, North Pole?

One of the most important questions facing Alaskan homebuyers today, and perhaps one of the most common, is the age-old, "to buy or to rent?" When comparing current mortgage rates and the benefits of homeownership versus those of renting, the answer is pretty obvious. In fact, the latest Rent Vs. Buy Report from Trulia shows that homeownership is now 35% less expensive than renting!

In addition to that exciting statistic for Alaskan homebuyers, the burden of housing costs also just fell for the third consecutive year, according to the U.S. Census' American Community Survey.

One aspect of housing costs you may not be considering is that while they do indeed fall on homeowners, they...

Deck Envy

With the temperatures reaching the 70's this weekend in Fairbanks and Eagle River, Alaska, it's time to get outside.  In Alaska, we take enjoying our summers very seriously, and where better to spend your outdoor time than relaxing at home enjoying your deck and outdoor living space?  We've put together this handy infographic that shows just what improvements will get you the most enjoyment for the value.

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March Madness: A Great Time to Sell Your Home in Fairbanks, Anchorage Alaska

Early in the year has been hailed as one of the best times to list your home in Fairbanks or Anchorage— but what exactly does that mean? According to supply, demand and outcomes for home sellers, the time is now! Mid-March to mid-April is a window of opportunity for home sellers who are motivated to move.

Patterns of home sale productivity tend to follow the weather; the exact time to list your home can ultimately be pin-pointed based on temperature. Now given that we've had a warmer past few weeks, listing your home now through mid-April would be a wise choice, but as always, Madden Real Estate can help you find the best timing for your specific situation. 

Listing during this window of opportunity—mid-March to mid-April—is typically when home sellers are able...

What to Do When You Move into a New Home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, North Pole Alaska

Tis the season to move into a new home in Alaska! The spring season is almost here and aside from spring cleaning, which we discussed in our last blog post, another popular activity this time of year is purchasing a new home

As you may have heard, spring has earned a reputation as the busy "homebuying season" and pending your home purchase, can also be called the busy "homeowner season." Buying a new home in Alaska means you have work to do— from changing the locks to cleaning...

Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Home in Fairbanks, Eagle River, Anchorage, Palmer Alaska

With spring just around the corner, Alaskan residents are ready for a fresh start. Many will begin home improvement projects, boost curb appeal, clear out the old clutter and most importantly, start the process of spring cleaning. Not only will spring cleaning help to scrub away the dull effects of winter, but it can make a big difference in the eyes of a homebuyer

Regardless if you're planning to sell your home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla or North Pole this year, consider this your guide to spring cleaning and giving your property a much needed face lift.

Start by getting organized
Just like with any project involving ...

Alaskan Real Estate Market: Common First-time Homebuyer Mistakes

2015 has been called the "Year of the First-time Homebuyer" for many reasons— lower interest rates, pent-up demand, new low down payment mortgages and rising rents. Many Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer residents will jump into the real estate market this year and quickly find it can be an overwhelming and challenging experience. 

The team at Madden Real Estate is here to help! Not only can we help prepare you to buy a home in Alaska, but we can also walk you through the process to ensure you do not run into these common first-time homebuyer mistakes:

Mistake #1: Not Knowing How Much You Can Afford
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5 Things to Avoid When Selling Your Home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Palmer, Eagle River Alaska

As we get closer to March, Alaska homeowners tend to start thinking seriously about moving to a new home. The new year can often trigger a desire for a change of scenery and thus, the coming months will be busy for both homebuyers and sellers. Right now, both sides of the real estate fence are preparing to take the market by storm and it all starts with getting organized.

You may have started your "spring cleaning" early, conducted an "edit" of your furniture and belongings, begun to think about how to stage your home for buyers— but have you thought about what not to doMadden Real Estate, as your local Alaskan real estate experts, can provide you with the steps necessary for home seller success, as well as fill you in on what to avoid as you ...

Homebuyers in Fairbanks, Anchorage, North Pole: 4 Tips for Getting the Best Mortgage

There are many moving parts to the home buying process aside from securing a mortgage—house hunting, selling your current home, saving for a down payment— and you may not be focusing enough of your attention on finding the best loan. In addition, if you're a first-time homebuyer in Alaska or have simply been out of the market for a while, understanding the mortgage terms and conditions can be difficult enough. Madden Real Estate is here to guide you every step of the way, including partnering you with the best local financial experts.

But before you sign any mortgage-related documents, here are four tips to ensure you're getting the best loan for your home in ...

How to Have the Best Looking Home in Fairbanks, Anchorage Alaska

While we do live in Alaska, having a home everyone envies year-round is possible! Most may think it is only in the spring and summer months that homes in Fairbanks and Anchorage are allowed to shine, but winter can actually enhance your home with the right improvements. 

It's also less expensive than you think— simply painting your home, either interior or exterior, a brighter color and adding more lighting can push away the winter blues. Alaska is a beautiful place to call home and with these tips your property can be the best looking on the block, no matter the season!

In the Winter

Add bark, berries or seeds
Your winter yard may be looking like a snow-covered wonderland right now, so why not break it up? Add evergreens or other trees with unusual bark and...

Buying a Home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, North Pole Alaska Before Spring

The weather outside is certainly frightful and a break from the cold is far from Alaskan minds— but there may be a benefit in the mix! Potential homebuyers in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, North Pole would do well to purchase a home before the official start of spring to avoid higher costs of homeownership.

Winter has indeed been labeled as the best time to sell your Alaskan home, but as it seems, winter is also a great time to buy! If you have been planning to become a homeowner this year or move up to that home you've always dreamed of, here are four important reasons to jump into the real estate market now:

Prices are rising
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Organizing Your Fairbanks, Anchorage Home After the Holidays

The holiday season seems to come and go in such a whirlwind and it can create a similar issue in your Fairbanks, Anchorage home. After opening gifts, with all of their wrapping paper and ribbon, your home can start to turn into a storage facility of sorts until the new year.

Don't wait that long! Organize your Alaskan home now, clear the cutter and begin to organize all of the holiday chaos before we arrive at New Year's Eve next week. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Take down the tree
This is the best place to start organizing after the holidays. If you have an artificial tree inside your Alaskan home, wrap it in paper or...

Obtaining a Mortgage About to Get Easier for New Fairbanks, Anchorage Homebuyers

If you're a first-time homebuyer in Alaska or have simply not owned a home in several years, obtaining a mortgage is about to get easier for you. All thanks to new lending guidelines from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that will allow for down payments as low as 3 percent. 

This week, both mortgage giants announced the new 3 percent down payment options on home purchases. For Fannie's program, first-time homebuyers can start to take advantage of the low down payment option as early as December 13. For Freddie, the new program will officially roll out on March 23, 2015.  

These new mortgage guidelines...

How to Keep Your Home in Fairbanks, Anchorage Alaska Warm This Winter

Whether you live in Fairbanks or Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla or North Pole, winter in Alaska can be a wonderful time of year. However, when the temperatures dip low and your home isn't prepared to keep you warm, your attitude toward the season can take a turn. We recently shared a few tips for preparing your Alaskan home for winter, but the following are especially important for staying cozy through the cold months ahead.

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    Alaska may see blustery...

It's Time for the Holidays in Fairbanks, Anchorage, North Pole Alaska!

Winter is almost here again in Alaska, which also means the holidays are right around the corner! There is no better place to spend the holiday season than in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer and especially North Pole. There are many festive ways to get into the spirit in Alaska this time of year, including the following events coming up next week:

Skinny Raven Turkey Trot
November 27th, 2014
11 AM
Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center
Anchorage, AK 

The annual Turkey Trot race is perfect to participate in before your Thanksgiving dinner. This year, the 5K and 3K have new loops and both start and finish inside the Dena'ina...

Alaskan Real Estate: 3 Improvement Projects for Home Sellers to Avoid

As a homeowner in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River or Palmer, you design your home to fit your needs and tastes. However, as a home seller, you need to see your home through a different perspective. This fall, many Alaskan homeowners will make updates and check home improvement projects off of their lists before winter arrives— just don't get too carried away.

There are a few updates that are not appreciated by all homebuyers. Keep these in mind in order to avoid turning homebuyers away from your property in Fairbanks or Anchorage. When your home closing arrives, you'll be happy you removed that wobbly ceiling fan and decided against the wallpaper.

Old finishes
Homebuyers in Alaska are consistently ...

3 Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home in Alaska

The real estate market has recently seen a series of welcome changes that could greatly help Alaskan homebuyers purchase their dream home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer or North Pole this fall. Mortgage rates dipped to their lowest levels in over a year, thus making homes more affordable for Alaskan buyers, and existing home sales have reached their highest annual pace! Not only are buyers confident in their ability to purchase a home, but in their ability to purchase one at a great price. 

However, the common question facing homebuyers in Alaska is not always if they should buy a home, but when they should buy a homeProspective homebuyers are constantly trying to "time" the market and more often than not,...