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If you have been paying any attention at all to real estate news in Alaska you should have noticed this story in the Anchorage Daily News about nine people charged with mortgage fraud. They had almost every level of a real estate transaction involved in the scheme. They had buyers, sellers, loan ...
Wasilla, Palmerand all Mat-Su Borough Statistics for the week of 11/26–12/3/07 After the short week last week, this week made up for the delay. There were 45 closings and 27 pendings this week. Those are very healthy numbers for this time of year. I don’t expect the high number of closings to ho...
Things I've Learned...while working with elderly people. What is Love? By Tamara Van Diest Love is holding an ice cream cup for a resident because she can only use one arm and needs it to hold a spoon. Love is sitting and reading a book with a resident, when you could be taking a break. Love is n...
Anchorage Daily New photographer Marc Lester has a fantastic slide show of Hatcher Pass on  It's too good not to post for all my readers as well.  I wrote about Hatcher Pass last December when we watched a bunch of kids downhill skiing.  There were having blast.  Hatcher Pass is a specia...
Lenn Harley has a current post about home prices outpacing incomes.  She is exactly right.  It was only a few years ago that we could get buyers into homes here in Alaska for less than they were paying for rent.  I remember advertising in Wasilla and Palmer that we could get buyers into a brand n...
I just read an article by Yale Economics Professor Robert J. Schiller about why we had such a large increase in home prices since 2000.  Basically, he believes it was a self-fulfilling prophecy.  People believed that the prices will go up and so they did.  It was a classic bubble like the bubble ...
The family and I took a trip up the Glenn Highway last weekend. The Glenn Highway is part of the National Scenic Byway system.  I was showing a house about 60 miles from Palmer so we made it a family outing.The photo above shows the Matanuska River Valley, with King Mountain on the right and Cast...
We took a flight with a friend up the Susitna River Valley yesterday.  The weather was almost perfect, calm and clear.  I had my own plane many years ago and miss flying.  Since my son had never been in a small plane I jumped at the chance for a trip.  We left Wasilla Lake about four in the after...
My son Gerrit loves soccer.  I think he is going to be built more like a basketball player.  At age 12 he has already passed up his Pop, (didn't take much growing actually).  But he likes soccer better than anything else.So I spent another evening at the soccer fields yesterday.   I couldn't comp...
2190 N Broadway $269,900Location: Palmer , AlaskaSunny home in a prestigious subdivision! An open two story home with a beautiful yard for children to play in or for a barbeque with friends. New carpet and new paint adds freshness to the interior. There is a bonus room behind the garage that make...

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An online description of real estate in the Matanuska Susitna Valley of Alaska. Includes statistics about real estate, and off subject articles about local places and people