Homeownership

5 Ways to Avoid Wasting Energy in Your Fairbanks Alaska Home This Thanksgiving

As you prepare to host guests in your Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer or North Pole home this Thanksgiving, you likely have a to-do list that is keeping you on schedule. From cleaning the oven to changing lightbulbs to clearing off the sidewalk and driveway, there are many tasks that will require your energy in order to be fully prepared for the upcoming holiday. 

But while we're on the subject of energy, it's time to take a look at how much your home will use on this one, single day. Thanksgiving can be quite an energy gobbler, but if you mind the following five ways to avoid wasting it, you'll be much happier when you receive your next bill.

Install a dimmer switch in your dining room
You'll be spending the majority of Thanksgiving Day around your dining table, so start by saving energy...

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...

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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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...

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 ...

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...