Selling A Home

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...

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 ...

Selling Your Fairbanks, Anchorage, Wasilla Alaska Home in the New Year

According to a new study by real estate brokerage Redfin, winter is the best time to sell your Alaskan home. In fact, the season poised between December 21 and March 20 brings more focused buyers and sellers to the market than any other time of year. 

Now that the new year is here, it's time to get a jump on selling your home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer or Wasilla and with a few specific resolutions, you can take advantage of all that this opportune real estate season has to offer.

Appeal to buyers where they look
Most homebuyers in the Alaskan real estate market today begin their search for a new home online. Optimizing your listing with quality photos and descriptions...

How to Have a Safe and Happy Holiday in North Pole, Fairbanks, Anchorage Alaska

It's Christmastime year-round in North Pole, Alaska, but with the holiday officially here next week, it's time for the surrounding communities to prepare to relax and enjoy. And not just to open your Fairbanks, Anchorage home to family and friends— there are a few steps to take to ensure you have a stress-free week sans holiday disasters. 

  • Be aware of what you're sharing on social media. Don't be too quick to detail your plans for a holiday vacation online, including where you're going, when you're leaving, when you'll be back. You don't want anyone to know exactly when you won't be home
     
  • December is the worst month for electrical fires. Be careful not to overload outlets and extension cords. Always check your holiday lights for...

Alaskan Real Estate Market: 4 Reasons to Work with a Real Estate Agent

The process of buying and selling a home in Alaska can be overwhelming, no matter how many times you've been through it. Along the way, questions will need to be answered, contracts will need to be signed, and mortgage terms and conditions will need to be discussed— that's where a real estate agent comes in! Madden Real Estate makes sure the process is as easy as possible for you and will handle everything from home search to home closing and everything in between.

Before you decide to go it alone this year, consider these four reasons to work with a real estate agent:

We handle the paperwork
Whether you're buying a home in ...

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...

Special Function Rooms in Demand for Alaskan Homebuyers

Home sellers in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer and North Pole this year will begin to think about the special aspects of their home that will set it apart from others in the Alaskan real estate market. Is it the number of bedrooms, the square footage or the prime location that will bring the homebuyers to the front door? Not this fall! The "Special Function" room is back in demand for Alaskan homebuyers— meaning if you have an outdoor living space, home office, mudroom or media room, your home could bring more traffic than others.

For some time, special function rooms had disappeared from Alaskan properties, especially newly-built homes when the market was headed downwards. But now that both homebuyers and home...

Real Estate in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, North Pole Headed in the Right Direction

For the first time in eight years, consumers have a positive outlook on the real estate market and feel confident it is headed in the right direction. 

The findings are a result of a new Gallup poll that previously pegged Americans losing hope in the market from 2003 to 2008. During that time, home prices had begun falling rapidly and homeowners were losing value. However, the overall view of real estate has since made a sharp turn from these low points and suggests both homebuyers and home sellers are expecting a bright recovery.

We have just stepped out of the busy summer buying season, but fall can be just as lucrative a time in the local Alaskan real estate market. Below are a few of the reasons this season...

4 Reasons Your Fairbanks, Anchorage Alaska Home Is No Longer Right for You

Sometimes the decision to sell your home in Fairbanks or Anchorage has nothing to do with the mortgage rates or the real estate market at all. For many home sellers in Alaska, deciding to sell can simply be because the home isn't doing it for you anymore. Whether that means the home needs repair after repair, you've outgrown it, or the upkeep is just too much— the team at Madden Real Estate is your go-to for getting out of a home you loathe and into a home you love.

Not only do we have a custom marketing plan, but a Guaranteed Sales Program that ensures a successful home sale— or we'll buy the house from you! If you've been feeling the separation from your current Alaskan home, here...

Organizing the Garage in Your Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer Home

It's time to get in the garage this weekend and organize the summer clutter that accumulated over the past few months. There is no better way to start the new season than with fresh, clean spaces— including your storage areas! Below are a few ideas for beginning the project, from cleaning and clearing to organizing and storing.

Remove all of it
The best way to start organizing your home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River or Palmer, even the garage, is by taking all of the items out of the space. Remove every box from the garage and set it outside the door; you'll be surprised how much bigger the space looks and you'll be able to get a read on what you are actually storing. Next, go through the items and separate into "Donate, Keep and Sell" piles. If you haven't used something in the past six months, or didn't even know you had it, consider...

4 Signs You're Ready to Sell Your Home in Alaska

You may have read our previous blog post on how to know if you're ready to buy a home in Alaska and now it's the home seller's turn. This summer, homeowners were showing that they were finally ready to move and in some cases, finally able to move given their home equity. But how do you know if you are one of the homeowners that should take the leap?

Of course, there are many contributing factors that will ultimately place that "For Sale" sign in your yard, but below are a few tell-tale signs you're ready to sell your home in Alaska:

The home is no longer part of your plan
Perhaps your family is growing, you need more space or the home just doesn't meet your needs anymore— it might be time to find a place that better...

Festivals to Enjoy This Weekend in Anchorage, AK

It's almost the weekend yet again and you're likely making plans in the Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River or Palmer area to soak up the weather and enjoy some of your free time. The good news? This weekend, Anchorage is hosting three festivals for residents and visitors alike to attend, all varying in themes from food to the local nature scene. Mark your calendars for these three festivals celebrating the "Dog Days" and coming at the end of the month, you can prepare for the annual Alaska State Fair!

Dog Days of Summer Block Party
August 16, 2014
12 PM to 4 PM
Peratrovich Park and E Street 
Anchorage, AK

 
What better way to celebrate these dog days of summer than with a block party? Sponsored by the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, this party allows you to bring along your pets! There...

Alaskan Homebuyers: Tips for Getting an Offer Accepted

Alaskan homebuyers have a lot on their to-do lists this summer— from starting the house hunt to finding a home that meets their needs to putting in an offer and finally, getting that offer accepted. Especially if you need to sell your current home in Alaska, the entire process can be overwhelming. In fact, the last thing you want to happen is to put in an offer on your dream home only to have the seller accept another offer.

So how do you make sure your offer stands out as the best? These four tips are crucial to making an impression on a home seller in Eagle River, Fairbanks, Anchorage or Palmer:

Be Personable
According to Realtor Magazine, a homebuyer in the Alaskan real estate market should be likable and present themselves as such to sellers. Money is a major part of making...

Home Features that Affect Alaskan Real Estate Values

It's safe to say that all Alaskan homeowners aim for a healthy home value, one that doesn't take a hit when they decide to renovate. You may think you have your home's best interest in mind when bringing in new appliances, but their effect on the resale value may not be what you had hoped. Especially if you're planning to sell in the near future, be mindful of the factors that can influence the value of a home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River or Palmer

Consider these tips before you make any big changes to your Alaskan home this year:

Layout and Size
Despite what you may think about local real estate, larger homes are not necessarily what homebuyers want. With a larger home comes more upkeep, time and maintenance costs. Layout is a much more important factor when it comes to...

Inexpensive Home Staging Ideas for Alaskan Homes

As part of working with Madden Real Estate, we guarantee your home sale or we'll buy it. It's part of our Guaranteed Sales Program and part of what makes us the team you'll want on your side when selling your home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Palmer, or Eagle River this summer. We'll help you—as an Alaskan home seller— to come up with an overall strategy that works for your particular home, including a desirable listing price and perhaps even home staging. 

Before you list your home this summer, or before you let prospective homebuyers through the door, keep these home staging tips in mind to give your home sale an added boost:

Bird's Eye View
Put yourself in the homebuyer's position and step outside...

Easy Updates to Sell Your Alaskan Home

More homebuyers are entering the Alaskan real estate market this summer, searching for new homes in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Palmer and Eagle River. If you're a home seller, one of the best steps you can take is to update the property and help the home stand out among the rest. While there may still be limited inventory in the local real estate market, these simple, inexpensive updates could be just what your Alaskan home needs to attract the right homebuyers.

Update the Front Door
Nothing can update the overall vibe of your home like a fresh coat of paint; it's also one of the most inexpensive fixes in terms of curb appeal. To grab the interest of an Alaskan homebuyer, you do not need to paint every room in your home. Before you start, put yourself in a homebuyer's shoes and consider...

Anchorage, Eagle River AK July 4th Celebrations

If you'll be in the area this Independence Day, consider the Anchorage July 4th Celebration as this year will mark its 14th annual event. The event is held on the Delaney Park Strip and features over 50 local vendors, activities for the kids, and free entertainment. Anchorage residents have been enjoying this holiday celebration for years and if you haven't yet attended, this is your chance!

The July 4th Celebration in Anchorage has been described as "part of the fabric of Anchorage" by elected officials, with over a thousand active participants and 25,000 attendees. The event will kick off at 8 AM on July 4th with a pancake breakfast after which guests can begin settling in to enjoy the parade at 11 AM. A festival will follow the parade from noon until 6 PM, including a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1 PM, rides, games, vendors and food. For those planning...

Alaskan Homebuyers Are Ready to Move, But Are Home Sellers?

You may have heard the buzz by now that mortgage rates are rising, housing prices are increasing and now is the time to purchase a home in Alaska— all of these may be true and in fact, point to a larger picture. While there are more homebuyers now ready to purchase homes in Alaska, home sellers are holding back. If you've been thinking about selling your home, it may be just as much your time. In today's market, with low inventory, it can be difficult to give buyers a property that is exactly what they're looking for— but you can make yours more appealing. Below are a few factors to consider to help your home stand out in the Alaskan real estate market this summer:

Know Your Competition
Home sellers will need to know the competition in order to successfully market their Alaskan homes in this market. When you work with Madden Real Estate, we can show you other...

Is the Alaskan Real Estate Market About to Get Busy This Summer?

In a recent survey, it was found that more Americans believe housing is the best long-term investment and now even more are revealing this summer is the best time to buy a home. The Alaskan real estate market may be about to see a jolt of activity from both homebuyers and home sellers as rising rates and housing prices prompt Alaskans to make a real estate move. 

Edelman Berland conducted a study among those in the market to buy or sell a home, with participants aged 25-64 years old, and found that there is a strong belief across the board that the housing market is right on track. Because of this, 7 out of 10 participants expressed a commitment to buy or sell a home this year. For Alaskan homebuyers and sellers, this could mean acting soon on your desires to move to a new home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, or Palmer as competition will soon be on the rise.

The survey found 77 percent of consumers, 85 percent of...