With spring just around the corner and the Alaska real estate market preparing to pick up for the busy season ahead, there are numerous buyers on the fence wondering about their first step. Should I get pre-approved? Should we wait until we have a 20 percent down payment?
All of the questions running through your head are important to answer to get a better handle on the mortgage process, and as your local real estate experts, we're breaking down the steps you should avoid so you can embark on your homebuying journey with few hiccups along the way.
Do Not: Wait until you have a 20 percent down payment
Mortgage rates today are still hovering around historic...
Buying your first home in Alaska is an exciting process! There are dozens of factors to consider— the number of bedrooms in your ideal home, square footage, garage size, yard, and of course, location. But perhaps the most important to consider? The costs!
A home is undoubtedly one of the largest purchases you will make in your life and it pays to be prepared. In fact, researching all of the costs involved—down payment and monthly mortgage, to name a few—ahead of time will make your home buying process a much smoother one. As your local real estate experts in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Palmer, North Pole, Wasilla and the surrounding areas, Madden Real Estate...
Here in Alaska, we’re no strangers to severe winter weather. In fact, heavy snowfall and chilly temperatures are what make many outdoor sports possible from the first signs of fall until the early days of summer. If you’re planning to buy a home in Fairbanks, you’ll soon be able to enjoy spectacular opportunities for skiing, snowmobiling, hiking and ice fishing just steps from your front door! In addition to your typical cold weather sports, winter is also a time to celebrate and continue the tradition of northern travel by dog sled. And, as luck would have it, this weekend presents the perfect chance to do so.
This Saturday, the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race kicks off in downtown Fairbanks. The incredible winter event has taken place every year since 1984, taking up to 50 teams of one human ‘musher’ and 14 canine athletes across the breathtakingly beautiful,...
As the craziness of the holiday season fades into the background, it’s time look ahead and put your New Year’s resolutions into action. Whether you’ve promised to improve your financial situation, vowed to get in shape, or resolved to buy a home in Fairbanks, the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to hit the reset button and make some positive changes in your life.
If one of your goals for 2014 is to start giving back to the Fairbanks community, you’re not alone. In fact, volunteering is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions nationwide. If you’re like most folks, the hardest part about getting involved is finding an opportunity that will be a perfect fit. Luckily, Fairbanks is home to plenty of organizations that are looking for volunteers with a wide variety of specialized skills. Here are a few places to look into as you start your search for volunteer opportunities in Fairbanks.
Whether you recently decided to buy a home in Fairbanks or have been a lifelong resident, there’s always something new to learn about living in “The Land of the Midnight Sun.” From history, to culture, to climate, to art and architecture, Fairbanks offers residents and visitors plenty of opportunities to explore what makes the largest city in the Alaska Interior such a fascinating place to live, work, and play. From museums, to self-guided walking tours, to community festivals and fairs, there’s no shortage of ways to immerse yourself in Alaskan culture. Because the best way to understand Fairbanks is to start in the past, we’ve listed out a few local museums to cross off of your list this year.
UA Museum of the North
907 Yukon Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775
The time is nearly here to dress up in your spookiest attire and collect enough candy to last an entire year. Halloween will be upon us in just one week, and there are so many fun ways to get in the spirit in Fairbanks. Because it’s quite a bit colder in our neck of the woods compared to the rest of the country, we Alaskans have to get creative as to how we celebrate on All Hallows’ Eve. However, that’s not to say the creepiest day of the year isn’t a blast! If you’re looking for attractions and events to attend on October 31st, here are your best bets.
Halloween Howl for Preschoolers
Age: 3-6 years old
Dress the kids in their scariest, cutest, or funniest costume and get set to howl at this special Halloween story time at the Noel Wien Public Library.
The temperature certainly has dropped here in Fairbanks! Doesn’t it seem like we just recently had to come up with ways to keep cool in the unusual heat wave we had this summer? Before you know it the holidays will be upon us, and days spent basking in the summer sun will seem like a distant memory. If you recently decided to buy a home in Fairbanks, you’re in for a treat this winter. To give you an idea of what lies ahead in the recreation department during the colder months, take a look at our favorite outdoor activities below.
If you’re prepared to brave the winter elements, there are some scenic opportunities for hiking in Fairbanks. The Chena River Recreation Area has miles of maintained trails where you can take a walk or go for a run with a panoramic view of the Alaskan wilderness.