Homeownership

How to Prepare Your Alaska Home to Sell This Summer

It's a busy season here in Alaska! In addition to summer vacations and fun in the sun, Alaskan homeowners will also be scheduling moves into the mix. This time of year, there is more time to pack, more time to scout where you'd like to live, more time to house hunt, more time to ensure you're getting the best possible deal and of course, more time to get your own home ready to sell.

Preparing your home to sell in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole, and the surrounding areas is equally as important as where you're going next. Before you list your property this summer, consider tackling these 5 important tasks that can really make an impact on local Alaskan homebuyers:

Clean out the drains...

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...

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...

5 Things to Avoid When Preparing to Buy a Home in Fairbanks AK

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 lows—...

Why 2018 Is the Best Year for Buying a House in Fairbanks AK

It's a brand new year in Alaska and if you've started to map out your goals for the upcoming months, you might find buying a house in Fairbanks among the top priorities— and rightfully so! 2018 will be one of the best years for homebuyers to make a purchase and below we've included four reasons why you won't want to delay:

Inventory is returning
For the majority of the last year, inventory in the local real estate market has been lower, thus making it challenging for some buyers to find the right home that checks all of their boxes. However, 2018 will spark a recovery in inventory, especially in the middle...

10 Ways to Protect Your Fairbanks Alaska Home This Winter

The new year is nearly here and we're now in the thick of winter, with temperatures dipping low and snow piling up. While these conditions can make for beautiful scenery in Alaska, they can also wreak havoc on your Fairbanks AK area home if you aren't prepared. As your local real estate experts in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole and beyond, we have put together a list of top winter tasks to tackle in 2018 so you can enjoy the season without any surprises!

Consider the following your winter checklist for your Alaska home

Clean your chimney
If you use your fireplace often, you will want to make sure it's been properly cleaned and inspected. Creosote build up can give way to chimney...

Your Fairbanks Alaska Home Checklist for September

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...

4 Hidden Costs of Homeownership in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Wasilla AK

Once you've made the decision to buy a home in Alaska, your next few steps will likely be entirely financial. From making a budget to going over your finances to meeting with a lender and getting pre-approved, every cost involved with your Alaskan home purchase should be considered to avoid any surprises.

However, many new homeowners in Fairbanks, Anchorage, North Pole, Wasilla, Eagle River, and Palmer often find there are a few hidden costs that they didn't account for going into the process. As your local real estate experts, you can count on Madden Real Estate to fully prepare you...

5 Ways to Protect Your Home While You're on Vacation

Now that summer has officially arrived, you likely have a few vacation plans in the works. Whether you're headed to a tropical beach destination or venturing out on a staycation right here in Alaska, you will need to protect your home while you're away. And that doesn't just mean locking your front door! 

Below are five ways you can secure your home while you're on vacation this summer:

Hold Your Mail
A pile of mail or packages both in the mailbox and outside your door is a big sign that no one is home. Have your mail held at the post office—you can do this easily in person or by filling out a form online—and pick it up when you return from vacation. This way, it is less obvious that you're away.

Set a Light Timer
Another major tell that no one is home is a dark house. If you head out on vacation for a week and each...

Types of Debt That Can Affect Your Alaska Mortgage Approval

The summer season is upon us here in Alaska and with the market (and the weather!) beginning to heat up, many more buyers are out and about browsing available homes! But once you've found your dream home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer, or North Pole and you've moved on to applying for a mortgage, you may find that there is one factor that is stalling your loan approval— debt.

As we have mentioned in past blog posts, it's important to groom your credit score as much as possible before applying for a mortgage, but also to pay down high interest debt. There are a few common types of debt that will affect your mortgage approval and as your local real estate experts, we've listed them below!

Student Loans
Student loans—while considered unsecured...

5 Things That Can Bring Down Your Alaska Home Value

Selling your home in Alaska is a major decision with many moving parts. From preparing the property for sale to choosing the listing price to accepting the best offer and finally, reaching the closing table— it is essential to work with your real estate agent to ensure you stay on top of it all! If not, you may find yourself facing obstacles like a lower than expected home value. But lucky for you, that can be avoided!

Below are five factors that can bring down your home value. Keep these in mind in order to keep your home sale process running as smoothly as possible:

1. Poor location
While you may not be able to move your ...

4 Safety Tips to Follow When Selling Your Alaskan Home

If you're feeling the urge to move on to a new home in the Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, North Pole, Wasilla or Palmer area, you've likely been spending time getting your home ready for the market. You may have repairs to make, pricing to research and staging to plan, but there is one more important factor to consider as an Alaskan home seller— safety!

Before you allow buyers through your door this spring, there are a few key tips to follow to help keep both your home and your belongings safe. 

Hide your valuables
No matter if you keep your jewelry in your closet or out on your dresser, it's time to put it away! You cannot be sure that buyers won't peek inside closets, so take care to hide your valuables. This means spare keys, credit cards,...

Alaska Home Security Tips for First-Time Homeowners

After you've purchased your first home in Alaska, there are many tasks to tackle— from moving all of the furniture to organizing to landscaping. In fact, new homeowners can be so busy with the hustle and bustle of their new property that home security measures can fall by the wayside. 

New homeowners can be especially vulnerable to security risks and as your local real estate experts in Alaska, we're sharing five tips to follow for peace of mind:

Know before you buy
Before you buy a home in Anchorage, Fairbanks, North Pole, Eagle River, Palmer, or Wasilla, it is wise to research...

How to Stage Your Basement When Selling Your Alaskan Home

Fall is an excellent time of year to consider selling your home in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Palmer, North Pole, Wasilla and the surrounding areas! And a major part of your home sale success? Staging!

Staging allows your home's best features to shine through, sparking buyer interest, and bringing you the offers you've been dreaming about. It's essential to stage rooms in your Alaskan home like the kitchen, living spaces and bedrooms, but what about the basement? If your Alaskan property boasts a large basement, you will certainly want to show it off with the following tips!

Organize the space
You can use your basement for storage, but if you're ...

Easy Tips to Prepare Your Alaskan Home for Fall and Winter

Fall is officially here in Alaska! The kids are back in school, temperatures have already started to dip and the leaves are now turning colors and falling. Soon enough, we'll be tempted to turn up the heat and settle in for the long months ahead. But is your Alaskan home prepared?

Madden Real Estate has included several tips below to help you get your home ready for the upcoming fall and winter seasons:

Clean your gutters
Clogged gutters can cause serious problems like water damage to interior falls, leakage through your foundation into your basement, rodent infestations and more. Not to mention, in the winter months, clogged gutters can lead to ice dams. Now is the time to clean them out and run water though them—you can do so with a hose—to ensure there are no blockages....

4 Things People Forget to Do Before Moving to a New Home in Alaska

Spring is nearly here and along with the new season will come a wave of activity in the real estate market. More buyers will begin their house-hunting journey for properties in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla, North Pole, Palmer and the surrounding areas and sellers will take the necessary steps to list their home and move on.

It will be a busy time for moving in Alaska and with the hustle and bustle, many things are bound to be overlooked. Madden Real Estate has put together a list of common things people forget to do before moving to a new home in Alaska so you can cross the added stress off of your list!

Cancel any recurring charges
Memberships and mail orders are two factors that can continue to rack up your credit card bill while you're in the midst of moving in ...

Should You Sell Your Alaska Home During the Holiday Season?

This time of year, schedules tend to pick with festive holiday events, traveling to visit friends and family far and near, gift shopping and as we are in Alaska, winter sports! But even with all of these on your calendar, that doesn't mean that selling your home should be placed on the back burner! The holiday season can be one of the best times to sell your home in the Fairbanks area and waiting to list until spring can cause you to miss out on the advantages in the real estate market right now.

Relocating for the new year
Did you know the holiday season is a popular time for families to relocate? With a job change among the many reasons to move during the winter, many buyers in the market right now are looking for a home to settle into for the new year. Keep...