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Alaskan Real Estate Dealbreakers for Buyers in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and North Pole AK

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.

Floor plan
Cosmetic elements like paint colors and flooring can easily be changed, but altering the floor plan of a home may not be in...

Where to Save for a Down Payment in Fairbanks AK

For homebuyers in Alaska this summer, saving for the down payment is one of the biggest hurdles in front of the finish line. In the past, we've shared how to start saving for the down payment, but you might be wondering where to keep the money.

Below are four options for risk-free accounts in which you can keep your down payment. You may sacrifice return, but you can be assured the money will be there when you need it to purchase your home in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, or the surrounding areas!

Online savings account
Compare online rates to determine which online savings account is best, but this may be the easiest option for moving around funds. You can track the money easily via online banking and set up transfers in a snap. You also don't need to worry about the bank not being open when you need to pull...

Your Alaska Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

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...

How to Prepare to Buy A Home in Fairbanks Alaska This Summer

While inventory may be lower than it has been in past months, there is no shortage of homebuyers in the Fairbanks Alaska area! Buyer traffic has continued to rise and with May having just begun, it's safe to say we are in for a busy summer in the local real estate market!

If you have just started your home search in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer or North Pole, now is the perfect time to prepare to make your home purchase a reality. Below are five ways Alaskan buyers can prepare to purchase a home this year:

Research your creditYour credit score will be an important piece of the puzzle when meeting with a lender. They will comb through your credit, pulling your scores from the...

Why You Should Buy a Home in Alaska Before Winter Arrives

While winter has been named one of the best times to buy a home in Alaska, homebuyers may find themselves wishing they had moved before the holiday season rolls around. Schedules will soon grow busier, travel accommodations will be made and planning for the new year will begin, so if you're on the fence about buying a home in Fairbanks, North Pole, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer or Anchorage, consider the following reasons to buy now instead of waiting.

Prices are rising
Homebuyers in Alaska will find that prices continue to rise as we head toward the end of the year— and will continue to do so well into 2016. According to a new survey report from over 100 economists and real estate market analysts, price appreciation over the next five years...

5 Steps to Prepare Your Home for the Snow and Cold in Alaska

The end of September is here! Summer is officially over and the warmer temperatures are behind us— now is the time to start preparing your home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, North Pole, Palmer and Wasilla for the snow and cold that have seemingly already set in! So whether you've just purchased a new property in Alaska or you've happily settled into your dream home, consider the following tips for protecting it against the fall and winter elements.

Start outside
Before the temperatures drop even further, start outside your home by disconnecting any hoses from spigots, clearing gutters and outside drains so rain and snow can properly travel and freeing walkways of any leaves, tree branches or overgrown landscaping....

Should You Wait for a Larger Downpayment to Buy a Home in Alaska?

"Should I wait to buy a home in Alaska until I have a larger downpayment?" It's a common question on many Alaskan homebuyer minds as of late and yet, the answer may not be what you expect!

The downpayment is an important part of the homebuying process as it will ultimately lower your monthly mortgage payment and if you have saved up the 20 percent, can help you avoid private mortgage insurance (PMI). And while there are mortgage types that allow you to put down as little as 3 percent, many homebuyers are pondering the idea of waiting to buy until they have a larger downpayment.

The main reason for Alaskan...

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 in on the Skinny Mini 6K if the...

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 tend to fall most heavily on...

It feels like Spring outside!

With all of the warm weather we are having here in Fairbanks, Alaska, it definitely has us ready to get outside and take advantage of the sunshine.  But, before you head out there, take a look at these great Spring yard prep tips!

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5 Ways to Avoid Unnecessary Expenses for Fairbanks, Anchorage Alaska Homeowners

Whether you're currently searching for the right home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer or North Pole or have just purchased one, this will likely be the biggest purchase you'll ever make. Many months, even years, of saving go into a home purchase, so it's important to be financially smart during this time.

Many homeowners get carried away once inside their new Alaskan property and start buying items to make their house feel like a home. While some of this is necessary and exciting as a new homeowner, below are five ways to avoid over-spending once you are handed the keys.

Don't purchase costly furniture
If you've just moved into a home in Fairbanks, Anchorage Alaska, remember that the property will be yours...

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 to ...