homes for sale in kenai: Kenai Real Estate Homes Should Greet Seasonal Change Fully Prepared - 08/27/14 10:13 AM
It seems just yesterday that the beach towels were coming out of the closet—alas! With back-to-school specials ending and Labor Day Weekend upon us, it’s time to admit that summer is just about done for. Whether you’ve just purchased a new property, are sprucing up your Kenai Real Estate home with thoughts of putting it on the market this fall, or are just getting ready for the change of seasons, now is time to take a critical look at your abode as you prepare for cooler temperatures.
Fireplace If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, it’s unlikely to have … (2 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: Buying a Kenai Real Estate Home Means Considering Flood Insurance - 03/12/14 07:33 AM
It can be perplexing—and not least because it’s one of the least-discussed details you run into when buying a home. The issue is flood insurance, and it’s sometimes first brought to the fore when you are buying a home in Alaska Real Estate that you would not have thought was on a “flood plain.” If it is, it’s going to require flood insurance before the bank will sign off on a loan.
As we only see from time to time, devastating floods can strike when and where least expected: sometimes, in areas where that ruinous flooding is unprecedented. In 2005, when FEMA … (0 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: Targeting, Uniqueness, Community Sell Kenai Real Estate Luxury Homes - 03/10/14 10:32 AM
If you own a luxury home in Kenai Real Estate, this will be good to know: according to researchers at DataQuick, the number of homes sold at more than $1 million rose nationally by 37% in the first half of 2013. Last Friday, the Wall St. Journal headed its Mansion section with “the recovery in high-end real estate,” and Bloomberg reports that luxury home prices in the biggest four cities that had fallen nearly 46% during the downturn have now more than doubled.
If the formerly-missing luxury home buyers have been buoyed by record-breaking Wall St. returns, it’s not surprising that … (0 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: Getting a Kenai Real Estate Loan With a Retirement-Level Income - 03/07/14 08:13 AM

The ongoing housing recovery is being boosted by some older participants. Builders and developers in particular have found that catering to the 55+ segment of the market is good business.
Many retired buyers in Kenai Real Estate looking to enter the resurgent market will be pleased to learn that getting a loan is still possible, even if their income isn’t all that it used to be. In addition to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, intended to keep lenders from discriminating on the basis of age, last Saturday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a bulletin describing new tools which help Freddie … (0 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: Slow & Steady Kenai Real Estate Home Prices Rise if U.S. Trend Echoed - 03/06/14 09:28 AM
As reflected in the near-record national rise in home prices, Kenai Real Estate homeowners as a whole had much to cheer about in 2013. According to the S&P Case-Shiller Index, home prices increased 13.6% from October 2012—and in fact, they’ve been improving at a faster annual rate in each month for almost two years!
Every expert I researched agreed that this rate of increase won’t (and, for the health of the market, shouldn’t) continue at that gravity-defying pace in 2014. Most of them do predict higher interest rates with a slower (but steady) rise in home prices. Adding to the overall optimism … (0 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: A Deft Hand Needed for Kenai Real Estate Luxury Home Marketing - 03/05/14 04:47 AM
If you own a luxury home in Kenai Real Estate, this will be good to know: according to researchers at DataQuick, the number of homes sold at more than $1 million rose nationally by 37% in the first half of 2013. Last Friday, the Wall St. Journal headed its Mansion section with “the recovery in high-end real estate,” and Bloomberg reports that luxury home prices in the biggest four cities that had fallen nearly 46% during the downturn have now more than doubled.
If the formerly-missing luxury home buyers have been buoyed by record-breaking Wall St. returns, it’s not surprising that … (0 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: Don’t Allow Time to Threaten Kenai Real Estate Property Values Gains - 03/04/14 06:31 AM
When we read or hear that Kenai Real Estate property values continue to be on the rise, it’s a relief. No matter what else is going on, at least our real estate investment’s back on track!
 That comforting thought has a less reassuring sidebar, though, having to do with time and its effect on our investment. As every homeowner learns soon enough, regardless of the general trend toward rising property values in Alaska Real Estate, that’s only going to hold when the underlying investment—your home—is not allowed to deteriorate over time.
Protecting gains in Kenai Real Estate property values by preventing the … (0 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: Getting a Kenai Real Estate Loan Means Adapting to New Rules - 02/28/14 07:30 AM
January presented us with major changes to mortgage lending rules. These new guidelines aim to curb some of the excesses that occurred during the sub-prime years—hopefully resulting in a lower risk of default and foreclosure by borrowers and a healthier real estate climate for everyone.
QM: “Qualified Mortgage”
This all came about as one offshoot of the Dodd-Frank legislation that went into effect in 2014. It creates a new category, “Qualified Mortgage.” Lending institutions are required to document each loan they deem to be a QM; when they do, they benefit by being able to sell them to Freddie Mae and Fannie … (0 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: Five Indications That Time is Ripe to Buy a Kenai Real Estate Home - 02/27/14 08:47 AM
Spring signals the traditional start of real estate’s busy selling season, and while that’s all well and fine, when it comes to making your own momentous personal real estate decision—whether to buy a home or to sell your own—trying to decide exactly when to make the move is easier said than done.
It is true that this year national observers are unusually unanimous in expecting that last year’s sales upswing will continue. But if you are deciding whether now is the right time to buy a Kenai Real Estate home (or list yours for sale), the reasons behind the quickening sales activity … (0 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: A Kenai Real Estate Open House –Your Property’s Moment in Limelight - 02/24/14 03:32 AM
Your first open house in Kenai Real Estate can be compared to a movie’s world premiere. We may not have strobes flashing and paparazzi jostling each other, but all eyes are definitely on the above-the-title headline star: your house.
It’s a star that has to look its glamorous best, too, or the fans will be disappointed. The purpose of any Kenai Real Estate open house is to sell buyers on the largely emotional dream of potentially owning your home. Doing so means banishing everyday imperfections—the debris created by daily living—from the stage (at least to the extent it’s practical). Absolutely essential … (2 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: Kenai Peninsula’s Free Sweetheart Dinner for Veterans - 02/11/14 08:41 AM
Kenai Peninsula’s Free Sweetheart Dinner for Veterans
Valentine’s Day February 14th, 2014. 6 pm- 10 pm. Please RSVP at (907) 953- 9233. Bring Your Sweetheart and join us for a night of food, great music and dancing! At 41212 Sterling Highway. mile 91, Between Solid Rock Bible Camp and Lynden transport. Cant wait to see you all there!
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homes for sale in kenai: Kenai Real Estate Retired Mortgage Applicants Aided in Getting a Loan - 02/11/14 08:26 AM
The ongoing housing recovery is being boosted by some older participants. Builders and developers in particular have found that catering to the 55+ segment of the market is good business.
Many retired buyers in Kenai Real Estate looking to enter the resurgent market will be pleased to learn that getting a loan is still possible, even if their income isn’t all that it used to be. In addition to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, intended to keep lenders from discriminating on the basis of age, last Saturday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a bulletin describing new tools which help Freddie … (0 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: Kenai Peninsula Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance - 02/11/14 08:20 AM
Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance
Friday, February 14, 7:00 p.m.
Sterling Community Center, next to Sterling Elem. School (10 min. drive from Soldotna)
Come enjoy a nice Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance on Valentine’s Day!  Friday, February 14, 7:00 p.m., at the Sterling Community Center, next to the Sterling Elementary School (only 10 min. drive from Soldotna).  Menu includes tenderloin steak and prawns.  No host bar.  Dance music provided by Jay C. Smith.  Child Care is available (please RSVP).  This will be a night you won’t want to miss!  Tickets are available at River City Books in Soldotna, the Sterling Senior … (0 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: DO’S AND DON’TS FOR PLANNING RELOCATION TO SOLDOTNA REAL ESTATE - 01/10/14 05:51 AM
When companies need to move employees who are also homeowners, they have to make the transition as painless as possible (or risk losing a valued asset). UrbanBound is a Chicago-based professional relocation group who know the landscape. “Even the most hands-on HR departments in the world can have too much on their plates to give relocation the attention it needs,” they point out. Thus the $16 billion relocation industry!
If you’re contemplating a relocation to Soldotna any time soon, even without the services of a specialist, there’s much we can learn from the do’s and don’ts they offer. Here are some … (0 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: JACKPOT SCENARIO: HOMEBUYERS COMPETING FOR YOUR KENAI REAL ESTATE PROPERTY! - 01/10/14 05:48 AM
For anyone who has listed their home on the Kenai Real Estate market, the equivalent of winning the lottery is a call from your agent telling you that multiple offers are on the way. It’s like hitting the jackpot — especially when the house draws top dollar.
Although the tactics that can trigger such a phone call vary by location and property type, a few overriding concepts put you far ahead in the competition to attract Kenai’s motivated homebuyers—• Build excitement
Kenai Real Estate homebuyers are like everyone else: whenever there’s a crowd, natural curiosity prompts us to find out what all the … (0 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: First-Time Soldotna Real Estate Buyers Should Check Credit Scores - 01/08/14 09:26 AM
It can take years for Soldotna Real Estate first-time buyers to save up for their first home’s down payment, but even after that hurdle has been cleared, it can take even more time to secure a mortgage — if they have neglected the other part of the equation. Their credit rating. Before first-time buyers in Soldotna Real Estate will be able to move forward with that initial home purchase, they need to ensure that their credit score does not raise the kind of questions that sometimes derails an otherwise well-qualified home loan applicant. This has always been true, but may become … (0 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: Selling a Soldotna Real Estate Home this Winter From the Strongest Position - 01/07/14 07:07 AM
The signs are positive for those who will be putting their home on the Soldotna Real Estate market this winter. Demand is there, mortgage rates are still low, and across the nation, prices are pointing higher. If you will be selling a home in town anytime soon, there are some extra steps you can take to strengthen your position.
Clarify Your Finances
Getting a home loan will be the concern of the buyer, not you. She or he will have to fill out the forms, go through the credit checks, etc. More subtle is the impact your own financial picture can … (0 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: Soldotna Real Estate Values: The Outlook for 2014 - 01/06/14 08:44 AM
If there is one question that homeowners and prospective shoppers have in common as we enter the New Year, it’s about the direction of Soldotna real estate values in 2014. Small wonder: the financial market meltdown of the last decade had such a profound impact on all forms of real estate that it still has many people looking nervously over their shoulders. How likely is another tumble in the coming 12 months? Will real estate values in Soldotna Real Estate continue to rise? Knowing the answer could make a big difference to anyone planning to buy or sell a home in … (0 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: How a Kenai Real Estate Home Stager’s Experience Can Pay Off - 01/03/14 06:26 AM
When you put your home on the market, one of the decisions it’s easy to overlook is whether to engage a Kenai Real Estate home stager. Especially if you know you have a good eye for décor or have experience in the visual arts, it may not seem necessary to call in a heavy-duty home staging pro to get your place in shape to sell.
It’s certainly not a requirement for listing, but using a professional home staging company can be invaluable for a number of practical reasons:
Your home is lived-in
That does give it a warm, comfortable feeling, but … (0 comments)

homes for sale in kenai: Isolate Emotions from Decisions When Buying a Home in Soldotna Real Estate - 01/02/14 06:43 AM
You’re nearing your goal of buying a home in Soldotna Real Estate! You have zeroed in on a property, submitted your offer, and heeded your agent’s advice and ordered a home inspection.
Soooo…what if the inspector finds major issues nobody expected? While most home inspections only uncover small problems that can be fixed easily, some do turn up serious issues. In 2013, 16% of REALTORS® reported sales that went off track due to the inspector’s findings. What’s your best course of action if that happens?
Buying a home after major problems have been identified should only proceed after you know how … (0 comments)

 


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