October 2015

Found 8 blog entries for October 2015.

Moving

Moving anywhere is stressful, but when you move from one state to another and that state is Alaska, it can add a new level of stress. Moving to Anchorage doesn't have to be so stressful, however. Here are some of the things you can do to make relocating to Anchorage less stressful.

Avoid the Fixer Upper House

With such a huge move it's not time to add the stress of fixing up a house in need of a lot of work. Instead, choose a home that is turnkey. You want to be able to just arrive and move in immediately without any issue.

Discover New Things Fast

Whenever you move, you go through a grieving process because you have lost something. Even when you gain a new home, new job and new neighborhood, you may feel like you have lost memories, old

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According to an article by The Street, fewer and fewer retirees are interested in living in a traditional 55 and older community. As a matter of fact, a survey by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate showed that over half of baby boomers plan on moving to a new location once they retire. And for a variety of different reasons, Anchorage appeals to many baby boomers.

As a result more and more retirees are choosing to relocate to the Anchorage, Alaska area. And while you probably aren't looking for a “trophy home”, you may be looking to upgrade a bit. If so, here are a few things to consider.

Buying a Second Home

If your goal is to buy a vacation home in Anchorage, consider a townhome or a condo. Both are perfect for part time residents. If you

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Home Sold

You may be considering saving up the funds to be an all cash buyer for your next piece of real estate. If you’re moving to Anchorage with the intensions of being an all cash buyer, you may have a leg up on the competition. While the prices can be higher on Anchorage real estate, you could definitely find a great entry-level type of home, a foreclosed home or a short sale with cash, unless you’ve saved a huge chunk of money.

The good news is, you’ll find that you have negotiating power, you’ll skip out on the hassle of a mortgage and you’ll be a popular buyer among sellers. You don’t have to be a wealthy investor to pay cash for your next Anchorage property when many middle-class folks are choosing this debt-free lifestyle and having success. Here

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Home for Sale

When you’re ready to buy real estate in Anchorage, you may not know exactly what to look for. Anchorage is seeing a lot of baby boomer buyers as well as young buyers looking for their first home. Many folks in their 50s and 60s want to stay in Anchorage to retire as they want to remain in their hometown.

For those just joining the area, you may find that you’re going to want to stay here for a while. Consider the location when you choose the real estate you’re going to purchase, and be sure to compare pricing and condition. Here is a look at what to consider when buying Anchorage real estate.

Choosing a Walkable Neighborhood

You’ll want to look for a neighborhood that is walkable when choosing a location. Boomers love a walkable neighborhood

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When it comes to buying a new home, there are many expenses that come with the actual home purchase. The last thing you should be doing at this time is making any extra purchases, like vacations or excessive furnishings. All of those things may be desired and perfect to purchase in time, but right now is not the time to do so.

The home buying process can be fun but it will require a lot of work and money so it’s important to save your energy and cash right now while you get through this process. The bills will be rolling in soon, so here is a look at what expenses to avoid right now ensuring you can afford your new purchase.

Regular Lawn Services

It’s a nice idea to upgrade the landscaping if it’s a one-time purchase, but paying for regular

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Home

Closing costs can make an already expensive purchase feel unreasonable. After you’ve purchased your new home, you’ll not only be faced with tons of paperwork to complete, but also with a detailed estimate and breakdown of your closing costs from the lender. This is going to show deposits, pro-rations of taxes and fees that you’ll be responsible for.

These closing costs can be shocking and overwhelming to a home buyer since they feel that the hard part should be over with. The last fees due before you get to move into your brand new home can cause some sticker shock but there are some ways to reduce this big number to something more reasonable. Here are some tips to reduce closing costs in your next home purchase.

Before you choose a lender

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Dining

Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse is the place to be tonight for a fantastic dinner. This local favorite is known for their good food, good beer and good company since they opened in 1994. It’s located in downtown Anchorage in a casual setting featuring great prices, excellent food and live local music.

It was one of those restaurants that seemed to be an overnight success and quickly gained a loyal following. For tourists and locals alike, Humpy’s is a top choice in Anchorage for a great night out. Here is a look at what to expect when you visit the Alehouse.

About Humpy’s

stop by Humpy’s at 610 West 6th Avenue in Anchorage open seven days a week. They are open from 11am-1am Monday through Friday with bar hours until 2am or 2:30am at night. On

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During your relocation to Anchorage, you may have wondered if the neighborhood you end up in would turn out to be a good choice or not. It’s hard to know what you’re getting yourself into with a new city and it’s really important to love your neighborhood. Relocating to a new city is already a challenge but feeling uninformed about the types of neighborhoods to choose from is even more stressful.

It’s important to not only find the perfect home, but also the right neighborhood for your family. When you’re trying to determine if a neighborhood is safe, social and in a great location, there are some ways to get the scoop before making your purchase. Here are some tips to finding the right neighborhood in Anchorage.

Talk to the Neighbors

When

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