Since it's winter in Alaska, we're all staying indoors a little more and perhaps you're even watching a few real estate reality TV shows— we've all seen a few by now! As these shows grow in popularity, it's important to keep in mind that not everything you see on your screen is actually reality.
Much of what takes place is staged and filmed in a much shorter timeline and as your local real estate experts in Fairbanks, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole, and beyond, we've included a much needed reality check for you below!
Myth: Buyers only choose from 3 homes
In nearly every reality TV show based on homebuyers, there are typically three homes toured before the buyer makes a decision and chooses one. While there may be a small percentage of buyers that truly buy one of the first few homes they see in Alaska, remember that...
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.
Cosmetic elements like paint colors and flooring can easily be changed, but altering the floor plan of a home may not be in the cards—...
With the rising costs of rent in Alaska, it is no longer a smart financial decision for area residents to choose renting over buying. Not to mention, mortgage rates are still historically low!
However, if this is your first time purchasing a home in Alaska, you need to be ready to assume the responsibility of homeownership. Here are four questions to ask yourself to determine if now is the right time for you to buy:
Can you afford the costs?
If you have been saving for a downpayment and other costs over the past few years, you'll be in great shape this summer. You should have enough to cover 20% of the home's purchase price to secure the best mortgage rate and avoid private mortgage insurance (PMI).
It is also wise to be prepared to pay closing costs which can typically range from 2 to 5% of the home's purchase price.
House-hunting can be a lot of fun for new buyers in the Alaska real estate market, but your judgement can also quickly get away from you. It is easy to focus more on features of the home rather than costs like upkeep and utilities and buyer's remorse can set in after you've signed on the dotted line.
But as your local real estate experts in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole and beyond, it is our priority to ensure buyer's remorse never crosses your mind! Madden Real Estate will work with you to determine your wants versus needs as well as what is realistic for you in terms of price and home size.
In the meantime, keep in mind the following four common sources of homebuyer's remorse, especially as you tour available properties in Anchorage, Chugiak, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Palmer,...
While we are only days into the new season, this spring is already projected as a stand-out period for first-time buyers to enter the real estate market. Mortgage rates are still historically low, home prices are rising in addition to rents and first-timers are ready to invest into something of their very own in Alaska.
But when you are new to purchasing a home, you can overlook the many ways you can potentially save money in the process. Keep the following in mind as you house hunt this spring and as always, do not hesitate to reach out to our experts at Madden Real Estate with any questions!
Look past cosmetic issues
Many first-time buyers in ...
So, you think you want to buy a fixer upper home in Alaska? While your dreams of renovating a property may be driven by what you've seen on real estate or home improvement television shows, it's important to remember that the reality of updating a home from start to finish can be much more time-consuming, tedious, expensive, and drawn-out than you realize.
As your local real estate experts in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole, and beyond, I am sharing below three things to do before you commit to buying fixer upper homes in Alaska this year:
Research the location
Not only should you research the location of a home before purchasing, but also look into the zoning. What you may not know is that every community has zoning districts and restrictions surrounding what can and cannot be done to homes within their limits. You will...
If you haven't yet sat down to make a list of new year's resolutions for 2019, what better time is there than now? It's always a fun exercise to take stock of your goals for the year ahead and make a plan on how to achieve them. For many in Alaska, you might find that they are personal or health related, but one of your big resolutions or goals might be buying a home!
There are dozens of steps to take to successfully become a homeowner in 2019 and as your local real estate experts in Anchorage, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Wasilla, Palmer and North Pole (and beyond!), Madden Real Estate is happy to help you make that a reality! Below are 5 new year's resolutions to make in order to buy an Alaskan home in the new year:
It might not be your favorite route toward ...
You likely already have a picture in your head of what you'd like your dream home in Alaska to look like. Maybe it's a new construction home in a family-friendly neighborhood or maybe it's a fixer upper that you can make your own. If the latter is more your style, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for a certain set of features that will help you tell the difference between a property with potential and a money pit.
Below are four things to look for in Alaska fixer upper homes to avoid a homeowner headache down the road:
Sound Structural Elements
When you move into a new home in Alaska, it can be quite costly to need to replace major structural parts like the roof, foundation,...
It is not uncommon for Alaskan homebuyers to sit on the fence, wondering if there will be a better time to purchase a home down the road. Will you be able to get a better deal on a property in a few months? Will the real estate market slow down? These are all valid questions, but it's also important to consider the flip side and what it could cost you if you choose to wait to buy a home.
In today's market, interest rates continue to rise and waiting as little as a few months could cost you more than you think in your monthly mortgage payment. According to real estate news outlet Keeping Current Matters, the cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices and interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
For instance, in today's real estate market with an interest rate of 4.4 percent...
Everyone loves a good deal— especially when it comes to real estate! However, in today's real estate market, actually purchasing a home for under asking price can be a rare occurrence. Real estate agents in Alaska—and all over the country, for that matter—typically advise against making lowball offers as you could risk offending the sellers and lose out on the home entirely.
But does that mean it can't be done? No! With the right expert on your side and under the right conditions, you can successfully make a lowball offer on a home in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, or North Pole. Below are four scenarios that would call for making a low offer:
The home is outdated
Home sellers in Alaska can turn a blind...
Spring is officially here in Alaska and the real estate market is only beginning to heat up for the busy season ahead! And while it can be easy to get ahead of yourself when you first begin to search for Alaska homes for sale, it is important to first outline your priorities to streamline the process— and avoid falling in love with a property that's out of your budget!
Below are three important questions to ask yourself as you begin house-hunting in Eagle River, Anchorage, Palmer, Wasilla, Fairbanks, and North Pole:
How long do I plan to be in this home?
Before you can start searching for properties, ask yourself if this is a forever home. How long do you plan to stay? If the...
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 to upper price...
As the local Alaska real estate market continues to heat up and more buyers score their dream homes, thoughts will quickly turn to packing up and moving. Moving can be an overwhelming and stressful process, but like any task, with enough research and preparation, hiccups can be avoided!
Madden Real Estate has provided three common moving disasters and how to avoid them below, so your journey to your dream home in Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, North Pole, Wasilla, or the surrounding area can be as enjoyable as possible.
1. Using a Bad Moving Company
Lost items, broken furniture, a miscommunication on which date to arrive— these scenarios can all...
Spring is an exciting time of year where everything is beginning to come alive again— the weather, the flowers and even, the homebuyers! Many first-time buyers will enter the Alaskan real estate market in the coming weeks and months, ready to land their dream home. However, the truth is if you're not careful or prepared, you could run into the same common obstacles that others have tripped over.
Below are four mistakes that first-time buyers should avoid this spring:
Rushing into the purchase
As you shop for homes in Alaska this spring, it's important that you take your time. Do not feel pressured into a home purchase simply because there are other offers on a property or due...
When it comes to buying a home in Alaska, there are many moving parts that can easily begin to overwhelm you and cause you to step back. For instance, did you know that misinformation about how much is required for a down payment is one factor that keeps buyers from purchasing their dream home?
Don't let that be you this year! The fear of not being qualified to purchase a new home in Alaska may seem very real, but there are a few simple ways you can keep it affordable!
Strengthen your credit score
Before you take the initial steps to buy a home in Alaska, it's important that your credit score is as high as you can manage. The ball is in your court with this...
We recently shared a blog post on the 4 Ways to Successfully Sell Your Alaskan Home This Winter, but now it's time to turn the tables and focus on Alaskan homebuyers! Winter can be an opportune time to find your dream home—even score a deal—and with the help of the experts at Madden Real Estate, you will know exactly what to keep in mind as you browse available properties in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, and North Pole.
Below are four reasons why you're on the right track by shopping for a home in the Alaskan winter:
You can spot flaws
It’s safe to say winter has made a dramatic appearance here in Fairbanks! Slick driving conditions, power outages, and downright chilling temperatures have forced many businesses to close up shop until the storm has passed. If you recently decided to buy a home in Fairbanks, you’ve officially caught a glimpse of how unpredictable our weather can be. Although most homes in Alaska have been built to withstand subarctic temperatures, it’s a smart idea to be prepared in case your power goes out during a winter storm. To help you face the unexpected, here are our tips for being prepared and staying warm during a winter power outage.
Move all members of your household into one room
When your power goes out, the first step is to gather your emergency disaster kit and all members of your household into one room. This way, instead of trying to heat the entire house, you’re just focusing your attention on a small area....
Do increasing rental prices finally have you thinking about buying a home in Fairbanks? Or, maybe it’s the historically low interest rates, the desire to build equity, or the push to start a family? Whatever your reason for deciding to venture into the Alaskan real estate market, you’re making the right choice. To make your transition into homeownership a little bit smoother, we at Madden Real Estate will stand by your side every step of the way. However, before you start searching for your dream home, an essential key to your success in the Alaskan real estate market will be saving up enough money for a down payment – and then some.
As of last week, the average listing price for a home in Fairbanks was $229,421. The average down payment for a home is 20%, bringing your upfront costs to about $45,884. That’s a hefty chunk of change for most...