Anchorage, AK Real Estate News

By Pauline Hofseth, Daring to Care
(Prudential Jack White/Vista Real Estate)
With the economy taking such a hard hit in the last few years, several people find themselves in the unhappy position of needing to modify their loan terms in order to avoid a possible foreclosure.  Unfortunately, with the recent loan modification programs that have been put in place, there have also been an onslaught of loan modification scams. Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Neighbor Works America and other agencies have banded together to create their own Loan Modification and Scam Prevention Network to help warn people of loan modification scam artists and help point people in the right direction to get in contact with a legitimate loan modification company. PreventLoanScams.org was designed as an online resource to act as a national cleari...
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By Pauline Hofseth, Daring to Care
(Prudential Jack White/Vista Real Estate)
The First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit deadline is fast approaching.  In order to take advantage of up to $8000 in tax credits, you must have an Anchorage home in a binding contract by the end of business on April 30, 2010.  That's just about a week and a half away.  That doesn't leave much time to find your Anchorage dream home and get it under contract.  If you're a current homeowner looking to buy a new Anchorage home, you only have a week and a half to take advantage of the $6500 tax credit available.  A first time homebuyer is someone who has not owned a home in the last three years.  If you owned one previous to that, you are still considered a first time homebuyer. Who qualifies for the tax credits: 1. Married couples who file jointly and make no more than $225,000 or single/married...
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By Erelopro Out of Business, Relocation Professionals are out of business
(erelopro)
Anchorage, Alaska Realtor Leads - (800) 900-2807 Even through this Real Estate downward spin, we are still seeing an increased number of families relocating to cities such as: San Diego, Austin, Anchorage, etc… Still the #1 drive is jobs, and that cannot be disputed. Although another big reason for relocation that started in 2008, was due to great foreclosure prices. Cities such as Scottsdale, and Anchorage have both seem dramatic drops in real estate prices, which is driving the people to purchase real etate in those cities. If you are not working with families whom want to purchase foreclosed homes, you are leaving a huge chunk of money on the table. One of the top discussions right now on RealTown and ActiveRain is in regards to boosting your business with foreclosures. Call us at (...
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By Erelopro Out of Business, Relocation Professionals are out of business
(erelopro)
Anchorage, Alaska Realtor Leads - (800) 900-2807 Even through this Real Estate downward spin, we are still seeing an increased number of families relocating to cities such as: Phoenix, Seattle, Anchorage, etc… Still the #1 drive is jobs, and that cannot be disputed. Although another big reason for relocation that started in 2008, was due to great foreclosure prices. Cities such as Dallas, and Anchorage have both seem dramatic drops in real estate prices, which is driving the people to purchase real etate in those cities. If you are not working with families whom want to purchase foreclosed homes, you are leaving a huge chunk of money on the table. One of the top discussions right now on RealTown and ActiveRain is in regards to boosting your business with foreclosures. Call us at (800) 9...
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By Pauline Hofseth, Daring to Care
(Prudential Jack White/Vista Real Estate)
Easter Sunday is April 4, 2010.  And Anchorage is bustling with fun things to do.  But, they're not limiting the Easter fun to only Easter Sunday.  The following is a list of Easter Events happening in Anchorage: March 27, 2010Easter Eggstravaganza, Russian Jack Springs Park, 1:00-4:00pm - Bring the kids down to Lidia Selkregg Chalet (1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane, Anchorage) for games, arts and crafts, bouncing bunnies and, of course, an Easter egg hunt.  The Easter Egg Hunt for 3-5 year olds will be from 1:00-1:30pm, 6-8 year olds will be from 2:00-2:30pm and 9-12 year olds will be from 3:00-3:30pm. April 2, 2010Bunny Pajama Storytime, Fairview Recreation Center, 6:30-7:00pm - Put on your PJs, grab your favorite blanket and bring the kids down to the Fairview Rec Center (1121 E Tenth Ave, ...
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By Pauline Hofseth, Daring to Care
(Prudential Jack White/Vista Real Estate)
The deadline for Anchorage voter registration is approaching.  If you need to change your registration or have recently moved and need to register to vote in Anchorage, the deadline to do so is Sunday, March 7, 2010.  You can get the registration forms online at the Alaska Division of Elections web site.  Once the forms are completed, you can either deliver or mail them to the State of Alaska Elections office (2525 Gambell St, Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99503-2838).  Don't miss out on the deadline for Anchorage voter registration this Sunday, March 7. Pauline Hofseth, your Anchorage real estate expert
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By Pauline Hofseth, Daring to Care
(Prudential Jack White/Vista Real Estate)
The age old question of "Should it stay or should it go?" comes up time and time again in most real estate transactions.  If you are selling an Anchorage home, is it customary to leave the washer and dryer with the home or does it go with you?  If you are buying an Anchorage property, are you expecting to bring your own refrigerator with you when you move in or do you think the refrigerator should be left by the previous owner as part of the purchase price of the property?  However, just because a refrigerator may traditionally be left with the home and considered part of the purchased property, that doesn't mean that this always happens.  That is why you need to be very specific about your expectations when filling our your purhase offer.  For buyers, this means specifying exactly what...
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By Eric Bushnell, Certified New Construction Specialist
(Lee Realty LLC)
Can you look into a crystal ball and see the future? Well, I cannot so today I attended the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation Annual forecast luncheon.  The ADEC is a group of business and business owners that work to drive the economy of Anchorage forward.  The investor luncheon is a great forum to see what the new year may bring. This years event was the largest luncheon crowd ever in Anchorage Alaska; with over 1400 attendees.  There were several speakers, Governor Parnell, Mayor Sullivan, and keynote speaker Stephen Dubner, the co-author of 'Superfreakeconomics" ADEC Forecast Documents ADEC Economic 2010 Forecast.pdf   I visited Facebook prior to the luncheon and a good friend left me this comment: "the ADEC Economic Forecast is going to be largely dependant on the pending...
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By Pauline Hofseth, Daring to Care
(Prudential Jack White/Vista Real Estate)
The 2010 Anchorage Folk Festival takes place from January 21st through 31st this year.  Every January, over 120 musicians and other artists from Alaska and around the world come to Anchorage and Eagle River to share their knowledge, experience and talent for free to the public.  Singers, storytellers, musicians and dancers perform both traditional and original material that includes bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, folk music and more.  Just some of the artists expected to perform include Sweet Sunny South (a bluegrass band), Brother Mule, Little Fiddler and Friends, Oldenweiser, Acoustic Banana, The Lost Riders and many, many more.  Square dances and a Marti Gras dance will take place at Romig Jr. High, UAA and the Snow Goose.  Every Friday night, the Spenard Roadhouse (1049 W Northern Lights ...
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By Robert Skulka, Marketing\ consulting
(Alaskan Success,inc)
will purchase homes, at discounted price... all cash offfers. must be fixer upper(s). . .. in the greater Anchorage , Eagle-River, Wasilla area. bed-room / bath does not matter. be it in : foreclosure- fsbo- we will purschase it... email for more details, please
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By Marianne Grant, Realtor, CRS 907-529-6602
(Jack White Real Estate)
No asbestos? Fresh paint can help ... If there is no asbestos present, there are other ways to deal with popcorn ceilings that fall short of removal. One option is to freshen them up with a new coat of paint. Think twice about using a roller because acoustic ceilings are very porous and will absorb a great deal of paint. Also, using a regular roller makes it nearly impossible to achieve even coverage. The most efficient way to put new paint on a textured ceiling is to spray-paint it with flat latex. Spraying is a difficult job, and unless you already have most of the supplies, it may be cheaper to hire a professional. After all this is done, however, you're still left with that same outmoded look. Taking it down yourselfYou can do it! But it's hard work, and not particularly pleasant. I...
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By Marianne Grant, Realtor, CRS 907-529-6602
(Jack White Real Estate)
Want to modernize your home? Look up.  If you have the dreaded acoustic ceiling called "popcorn" or "cottage cheese," you can start there. They give them house a dated appearance and affect a house's value. Buyers just hate them. More than an eyesoreIf you want to remove an acoustic ceiling, you'll first need to determine whether it contains asbestos. Asbestos was used as a binder in many construction materials before it was banned in 1978 for posing health risks such as cancer and respiratory disease. You're not required by law to test for asbestos, but the Environmental Protection Agency strongly recommends it.  If your home was built prior to 1979, the chances are very good that your popcorn ceiling contains asbestos. In fact, it's not uncommon to find asbestos in acoustic ceilings i...
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By Vanna Siackhasone, Anchorage Real Estate 907-720-4663
(Real Estate Brokers of Alaska 907-720-4663)
Anchorage Recycling Center resumes Plastic Bag and Film Recycling   Exciting News! Plastic bag and film recycling resumes at the Anchorage Recycling Center The Anchorage Recycling Center will again be taking plastic bags and film for recycling at their community drop off center off Dowling Road. Please be advised that plastic bags are not accepted in Alaska Waste’s curbside recycling program. The bags get tangled in equipment during the sorting process. If you have questions, please email recycling@akwaste.com.  
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By Robert Skulka, Marketing\ consulting
(Alaskan Success,inc)
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By Robert Skulka, Marketing\ consulting
(Alaskan Success,inc)
Guaranteed Approval – 90% LTV Financing - No Credit Check Program No Credit Check No Credit Qualifying 99% Approval Rate - No Red Tape! Bankruptcy & Foreclosure OK! Tax Liens & Judgments OK! Easy Income Verification 80-90% Financing Affordable Rate* Program Overview: This program is intended for buyers that are experiencing a difficult time due to credit problems but have sufficient income to make payments on a home and have a 10% downpayment. The downpayment is not sourced or seasoned. Downpayment assistance programs DO NOT work with this program. The program actually provides a credit partner that obtains a loan to purchase the property on behalf of the buyer. When the credit partner closes on the property they immediately enter into a Lease Purchase Contract with the buyer. This giv...
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By Pauline Hofseth, Daring to Care
(Prudential Jack White/Vista Real Estate)
New H1N1 clinic dates for January have been announced in Anchorage.  January 5: 5-9pm, Hanshew Middle School (10121 Lake Otis Pkwy, Anchorage, AK, 99507)January 7: 1-7pm, ChangePoint Church (6689 ChangePoint Dr, Anchorage, AK, 99518)January 12: 5-9pm, Mears Middle School (2700 W 100th Ave, Anchorage, AK, 99515)January 19: 5-9pm, Central Middle School (1405 E St, Anchorage, AK, 99501)January 26: 5-9pm, Begich Middle School (7440 Creekside Center Dr, Anchorage, AK, 99504) The Municipality of Anchorage needs 25 community volunteers per date for each clinic to help.  Medical volunteers that are trained to administer vaccines are the most sought after, of course.  The United Way of Anchorage is helping Muni reach out for public volunteers for the clinics.  If you are interested in volunteeri...
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By Robert Skulka, Marketing\ consulting
(Alaskan Success,inc)
Pre-approval Requirements – completed 1003, 3-file merged Credit Report with all three risk scores and previous 2 years tax returns. Approved ALL 50 States > 560 Credit score minimum (all three scores) - must have three scores > 95% LTV Financing > 5% Downpayment (sourced and seasoned minimum 30 days) > Mortgage Insurance applies (if LTV is over 80%) > FULL DOC only > 50% DTI > 2 Years continuous employment (change in industry OK) > NO VOR > 2 Active Trade Line Requirement (0 x 30) > NO prepayment penalties > 30-year fixed financing > Rates start at 7.4% > No seasoning on flip properties with OFI contracts (title holder/seller must have title 90 days minimum) > Gift Letter same as assets (not verified or transferred) > MI applies and is tax deductible Owner /Occupied Only Single Family ...
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By Pauline Hofseth, Daring to Care
(Prudential Jack White/Vista Real Estate)
The 2009 Anchorage International Film Festival takes place from December 4-17 this year at Bear Tooth (1230 W 27th Avenue), 4th Avenue Marketplace (333 W 4th Avenue), Anchorage Museum (121 W 7th Avenue) and Out North (3800 DeBarr Road) around Anchorage. Independent films will be showcased at this festival. The great outdoors seems to be a huge focus of the films this year, with movies like "Mount St. Elias", a film about three climbers that ski their way down Alaska's second tallest mountain. "Mount St. Elias" is only one of seven Alaska films that center on Alaska's great outdoors. The opening night film will be "Hipsters". The screening starts at 7pm, with the gala party to follow at 9:30pm). Tickets are now on sale at the Bear Tooth (1230 W 27th Avenue). An All Films Pass ($75) will ...
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By Pauline Hofseth, Daring to Care
(Prudential Jack White/Vista Real Estate)
The movie "Deal Lemon Lima" will be screened at the Anchorage Film Festival this Sunday, December 13, 2009.  The movie's screening will begin at 5:30pm and will be held at The Bear Tooth (1220 W 27th Avenue, Anchorage AK).  Fairbanks, Alaska, teenager Vanessa Lemor (Savannah Wiltfong), pours her heart out into the pages of her diary, while dealing with her first heartbreak.  While her narcissistic ex-beau Philip reinvents himself as one of the popular kids, Vanessa remains stuck in a lonesome state of adolescent awkwardness, intent on winning back her beloved. Together with a gang of endearing social outcasts, Vanessa enters her school's Snowstorm Survivor competition, a misguided event inspired by the World Eskimo Indian Olympics, convinced that sporting victory will be her way back i...
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By Victoria Roberts, Associate Broker, Bringing Homes, People and Communities Together
(EXP Realty - Unity Home Group)
Sales of new homes rose last month to the highest level in more than a year as strong activity in the South made up for weakness in the rest of the country.   http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34145680/ns/business-real_estate/
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