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Handyman repairing kitchen faucetCertain repairs simply must be made before selling your home in Anchorage. A leaky roof, broken windows and an inoperable furnace aren’t going to fly with buyers. Other fixes, however, aren’t as important but they may help sell the house.

“You want to spend as little as you possibly can on the improvements that make the most sense, and ignore the ones that you’re really dreaming about because you’ll never get your money back,” Barbara Corcoran tells the Today Show.

Front and Center

One of the best fixes you can make for the money is anything that is wrong with the home’s exterior, visible from the street. In other words, give the place some curb appeal by fixing all of the following:

  • Sagging and/or torn window and front-door screens
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Ice cream cone

In the year 1776, on July 4, the thirteen colonies formally claimed independence from England, via a Declaration of Independence, drafted two days earlier. We were in the midst of the Revolutionary War at the time and folks’ complaints included being unfairly taxed and that their grievances were ignored. Then, there were the religious and economic issues of the day.

From the Boston Massacre in 1770 to the Boston Tea Party in 1773, with King George, in 1774, giving away large grants of land to Quebec (land the colonists considered theirs), to the battles of Lexington and Concorde, this period of American history shows a young country feeling its oats.

So, sure, say the word “July” to an American, and the seminal event of 239 years ago still comes

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Happy July! We’re knee-deep in summer and the events calendar is packed with ways to have fun in Southcentral.

July 1-3

Girdwood Forest Fair

Looking for food, games, and live performances before Independence Day? You don’t need to travel far. The annual Girdwood Forest Fair runs from 11 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It’s a terrific place to shop for handcrafted items and sample exotic foods. You can also catch the Forest Fair Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Entrance is free for this summertime classic. Find information regarding parking and entertainment at girdwoodforestfair.com.

July 3

Eagle River 4th of July Fireworks

The first official Independence Day fireworks celebration begins at midnight at Lions Park. The

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Our Millennial generation is struggling. From heavy student loan debt to a lack of jobs, those that want to purchase a home are typically unable to do so. In fact, according to the United States Census Bureau, about 30 percent of them are still living at home with their parents.

Many Anchorage parents want to help. Many can’t. If you are among those that can - whether your aim is to push the “baby” bird from the nest or help him build wealth the American way, through real estate – how can you help?

Should you help?

The pick-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps type of parent may worry about creating a financially-dependent monster by giving their child a house in Anchorage. This may happen but, then again, it may not. It depends on your offspring’s

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Most everyone has a tiny space outside their home that can use some living color. Whether you live in a downtown Anchorage condo with a bare balcony or in a Wasilla single-family home with a patio or deck, a shot of color in the form of a charming garden may just take the spot from dreary to dreamy.

Let's take a look at some things to consider when planning for your summer balcony (or patio) garden.

Does the spot get sun or shade?

The amount of sun a garden receives is important to determining what to grow and it's tricky to determine this what with our long periods of daylight in the summer here in Southcentral. Does the spot you've chosen get lots of sun, afternoon sun or is it primarily in shade for much of the day? Shady gardens are a

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For a while now, Alaska has been shedding jobs in the oil and gas industry but the experts say the unemployment rate of 6.6 percent is now holding steady. While that is significantly higher than the rest of the nation, we’re happy to see it stop sliding downward.

If you are among the unfortunate who have lost jobs and feel that you can’t make your mortgage payments, don’t panic. While you decide on the next step to take, keep the following in mind.

Be Proactive

Don’t hide from your lender. Gather up all your bills and figure out exactly where you stand financially. Know how much money is coming in every month, how much you owe to others and where you can make cuts in your budget.

Once you are clear on your financial situation, contact

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Last week we took a look at some of the most common problems we see among local homebuyers. Today we wrap up the series with four additional tips for buying a home in Southcentral.

Vision

We’ve worked with many buyers who just can’t look beyond the cosmetics ― you know, dated wallpaper, stained or ripped carpets and even something as simple as laundry piled on the sofa. Before you enter even one door, realize that what’s behind it may not necessarily be what you’ll be living with for the rest of the time you own the home.

On the other hand, what you see may not necessarily be the reality of what living in the home will be like either. Staging homes is a common marketing tool and adds elements to the home that will be removed by the time you

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June is one of our favorite months in Southcentral. Sure, we get plenty of showers but we’re blessed with lots of sunshine too. It’s a mixed bag, but on those glorious sunny days we like nothing better than to pull up a chair on the patio of our favorite Southcentral eateries.

Bradley House

Southside Anchorage is home to what is, in our opinion, martini heaven, also known as Bradley House. Enjoy your lemon drop on the eatery’s huge deck, but if you go on a Friday, get there before 7 p.m. when the wait for a table is longer. Sure, you won’t have the view that some of the other Southcentral decks provide but as Anchorage’s Michelle M. says on Yelp, with “your friends and the glass of Pinot Gris in front of you, what else matters?” Find Bradley

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Imagine that you’re scheduled for surgery in the morning and, since nobody told you not to eat anything the night before (they just assumed you knew not to), you gorge on an amazing Italian dinner at Campobello’s. The next morning, as you slip away under a blanket of anesthesia, you don’t even think to let them know about the gluttony of the previous evening.

Assumptions can be deadly, whether literally or to the pocketbook. Most real estate agents, especially the inexperienced, assume that their clients know what they need to know going into a transaction. Sadly, most real estate consumers are left to fend for themselves when it comes to the learning curve.

Do yourself a favor and read on to learn about some of the most common things that too

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When we think of interior design and décor, most of us contemplate the aesthetics, or how the home will appear to the eye. We’re missing the boat, according to Dr. Sally Augustin and Dr. David Fell of FPInnovations. Incorporating certain outdoor elements in our décor can improve our health and mental well-being, they claim.

Of course it doesn’t take researchers to tell us how being in our favorite outdoor environment brings instant relaxation. Whether that’s fishing in Ship Creek or taking to the trails at Kincaid Park, it’s a safe bet that most of us can instantly recall that feeling of complete relaxation that washes over us while we’re in nature.

Here in Southcentral you may have amazing views of Turnagain, Lucile Lake or Pioneer.  If you are

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