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2010 

So you are ready to do some upgrading, but the choices seem overwhelming. Where do you start? You'll get the most out of your dollar by keeping an eye on what shows up in high-end homes.  If you want to get the maximum value from your remodel when you sell your home, you need to pay attention to ...
01/10/2010
  We were in downtown Anchorage on New Year's eve in frosty temperatures to watch ice scuptors and skaters in the town square. A live band played Hawaiian (!!!!) music and skimmily dressed ladies, adored with flower garlands, delighted the crowd with their singing and the swaying of hips and arms...
01/07/2010
Most New Year's Resolutions are meant for OURSELVES to implement, with success, we hope. :) As a Certified Residential Specialist, I want to pass on these New Year Resolutions for Homeowners: Resolve to keep your home healthier this year with this seasonal checklist. Spring    Clean your gutters...
01/07/2010
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 abso...
01/07/2010
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'...
01/07/2010
The Anchorage Daily News reports today that home prices in Anchorage  decreased slightly in 2009, for the second year in a row. The good news is that the decline of 2.2% is diminutive compared with the U.S. average price decline of 10 per cent. It appears that housing prices in Anchorage will sta...
01/07/2010
This is a topic close to my heart. It is high time we all did our share to help conserve, re-use, and recycle. Low-Cost Ways to Conserve Energy It doesn't cost a thing to turn down the thermostat or put on a sweater, and it costs very little to make small changes that save a lot. For long-term sa...
01/06/2010
The Anchorage Daily News reports today that Democratic legislators Hollis French and Harry Crawford want to guarantee Permanent Fund dividend checks in the state constitution. They're of the opinion that if the dividend isn't protected the Legislature will eventually use the money to pay for stat...
01/06/2010
Where to start:Steps to take that cost nothing, or very little, to save energy (and money): - Lower your water heater temperature to 120°F, lower your thermostat in the winter, wash your clothes in  cold(er) water, turn off un-needed lights and electronics, and air dry your clothes in the summer....
01/05/2010
We are clear on the risk of overspending on remodeling projects. We understand that we will likely not get dollar for dollar back we spent on those projects. So what SHOULD we spend precious dollars on? Consider the potential payoff of the improvement before you begin. If, like most homeowners, y...
01/05/2010
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