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Luxury home foyer

Luxury homes face a longer and bumpier road to the closing table than most homeowners. There are a number of reasons for this: A smaller pool of buyers that are savvy and, because of their affluence, are in no hurry to buy. Several cogs can end up in the luxury home sale wheel and further slow the process to a crawl and kudos to you for wanting to know about these upfront.

The luxury home seller

One thing we’ve noticed with our high-end home sellers in Anchorage is that they have a mindset that theirs is the most luxurious home on the market. Now, that may be true, but combined with the attitude of most high-end buyers who can afford to be choosey and you’ve got the makings of protracted negotiations.

Understand that this sale is a business

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There is so much going on this month all over Southcentral.

August 6

Alaska 10K Classic

Lace up those running shoes; it's time for one of Alaska's oldest road-running races. The 10K Classic begins at in front of Atwood Hall at the Alaska Pacific University campus and follows an incredibly scenic route before heading back to the start. Can't manage 10 kilometers? Why not sign up for the 5K run? Either way, you'll be raising money for the Alaska Special Olympics and be able to participate in the post-race party. When you're ready to register, you'll find all the information you need at skinnyraven.com.

August 11

Bike Tour: Architecture of Anchorage

The best way to take a look at the incredible city of Anchorage may just be atop your

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Let’s face it, summer, for many of us, is when life kicks into high gear. With vacations and other activities to plan, work and looking forward to back-to-school, we’re pulled in so many different directions it’s amazing we even remember we have kids, let alone feed them!

Have no fear; the Unity Home Group® has put together a handy list of places the family can dine in Southcemtral that won’t break your budget because at these eateries, kids eat free! Call ahead to ensure the deals are still valid.

Denny’s

On Tuesdays from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Denny’s in Anchorage offers kids a freebie. On the kids’ menu you’ll find hot dogs, cheeseburger, chicken nuggets, a grilled cheese sandwich and pizza.

Find Denny’s at 2900 Denali St and 3850 Debarr

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fall foliage looking out a window onto a lake

If you’re one of the many Southcentral homeowners planning to sell this fall, the time to prepare is right now, believe it or not. You’ll have some competition once autumn hits and anything you can do to smooth the way now will put you way out in front of the rest of them.

You can hire the Unity Home Group® Team now as well and we can take care of the photography (see number 1 below), get the marketing plan pinned down and help you in other ways as well.

Here are some additional tips to help you hit the ground running in fall:

1. Photograph the home

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) claims that 90 percent of homebuyers shopped online at some point during their home search. Most of these buyers say that if a listing lacks photos

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Realtor.com recently asked homebuyers what is standing in their way of purchasing a home. Most claimed that they couldn’t find a home to fit their needs, but 10 percent say they’re concerned about selling their current home. That brings up the age-old “chicken-and-egg” real estate conundrum: What comes first, buying or selling? The answer to that depends on several factors:

Equity

The amount of equity you have in the home will help determine the sequence ― whether you should sell first or buy first. If you need the proceeds from the sale of your current home for the down payment and closing costs on the new one, you may need to sell first. Or, take advantage of some of the alternative solutions that we’ll explain below.

Your income

Can you

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pen writing once upon a time

 

Have you ever wondered who starts myths and why? Sure, the old fairy tales and legends are harmless but what about those regarding real estate? These are far more dangerous, especially to your bank account.

It’s time for a little real estate myth busting.

1. I’ll make a ridiculously low offer. After all, it’s a buyers’ market

Yes, homebuyers have far more control over a real estate transaction when there are lots of homes on the market but few buyers. This doesn’t mean, however, that it’s bargain basement shopping time. If you find a home you truly want, you’ll run the risk of insulting the seller and, regardless of how badly he needs to sell, he may not sell to you.
Many homeowners have longtime roots in the neighborhood and a very real

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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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