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Bad news from the home inspector has the potential to slow down or even halt your purchase. This is even truer if the problem requires an expensive fix, such as foundation or  roof problems. But, don’t panic. There are several ways we can approach this, one of which may just save the deal.

Ask the seller to make the repairs

Our first option when faced with major repair or replacement costs is to ask the seller to make the repairs before the close of escrow. The seller may not agree to this but it wouldn’t be wise. If you were to walk away from the purchase he would be forced to put the home back on the market. That’s a hassle in itself but consider this: Since he is now aware of the problem he is forced, by law, to disclose them to the next

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It’s no secret that spring and summer are the peak home-buying seasons in Alaska. Folks that want to move usually plan for it to happen around the time the kids get out of school so the months leading up to August are typically our busiest. Plus, the weather is more conducive to getting out to house-hunt during this time than during the winter months, which also contributes to the busyness of the spring home-buying season.

If you’re one of the many Alaska homeowners planning to sell this summer, the time to prepare is right now. You’ll have lots of competition as we get deeper into June 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 will

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Shopping for a home in Southcentral isn’t as easy as it sounds. First, you’ll need to decide where in this huge area you want to live. Will it be the amazing Mat-Su Valley or do you need to be closer to Anchorage? With all the incredible neighborhoods here, how will you decide which is the best fit? 

This month, Southcentral helps you out by taking a look at one of Eagle River’s more popular neighborhoods: Eagle Crossing.

Homes in Eagle Crossing

This residential neighborhood saw most of its construction occur in the late 1990s and the developer turned over the HOA to the homeowners in 2000. Today you’ll find 233 single-family homes, with an average of 2,400 square feet of living space and private backyards. Many have mountain views and some

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The Montagues and the Capulets, the Hatfields and McCoy’s, the Starks and the Lannisters – neighbor disputes, whether real or imaginary, captivate readers and viewers. But, since we don’t live in the Dune universe and tensions between two neighbors in modern-day America aren’t over the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, disputes need to be resolved in a somewhat civilized fashion.

Forty two percent of Americans claim they’ve been ensnared in a neighborhood feud, with noise the most common complaint. What other types of neighbor disputes are common in Anchorage and how do neighbors typically go about disputing and resolving them?

Most Common Neighbor Disputes

Whether it’s loud music or barking dogs, noise complaints are the most common among

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Choices – it’s great to have them but challenging to narrow them down. Whether choosing between where to have dinner, which movie to see or something as important as where to live in Southcentral, making up your mind is sometimes quite difficult.

House hunting is either feast or famine: sometimes there are no homes that you like, other times, there may be too many that offer exactly what you want. So, how do you “say yes to one and let the other one ride,” as the Lovin’ Spoonful so aptly put it back in 1966? Here are some factors to consider when weighing one choice against the other.

Mortgage Costs and Financial Considerations

One of the biggest mistakes people make when buying a home is assuming their monthly mortgage payment is the

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Anchorage, Eagle River and the Mat-Su Valley are full of amazing homes located in what are known as managed or Common Interest Communities (CIC). If you’ve never purchased a home in a managed community (“managed” as in overseen by a homeowner association or HOA), you probably have no idea what will be included in the package of HOA documents the seller is responsible for providing you.

That’s ok, at this point you’re not expected to. You are, however, expected to know what is in this package and read and understand every word before you fully commit to the purchase.

HOA documents aren’t light reading. They’ve been prepared by lawyers, for lawyers so naturally they are filled with legalese. Understanding the lingo, however, is critical to the

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We recently got an email from Mark in Anchorage:

“One of those big online national real estate websites values my Anchorage home at $285,000. One of my neighbors, whose house is quite similar to mine, just sold his home for $325,000. I’m getting ready to put my home up for sale and I’m so confused over the whole process of figuring out how much it’s worth.

I know that my real estate agent will help me come up with a price, but what if his price is different from the previous two I mentioned? How will I know which of the three truly reflects the market value in my neighborhood? Just how does one figure out how much a home is worth?"

Good for Mark that he understands that his asking price for the home should reflect market value for his

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With less than two months left before Southcentral schools let the kids go for the summer, it's time to start thinking about how you'll keep them busy for those almost-three months of “vacation.” Summer camp, if you can afford it, is one way to ensure your children are being cared for while they have some fun, learn something new or both.

Trailside Discovery Camp

All kids need to get out in the great outdoors in the summer and Trailside Discovery Camp provides the perfect opportunity. Here, children (ages 4 -16) participate in environmental educational experiences at the Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage or Spring Creek Farm in Palmer. It's such a popular camp, in fact, that the program for ages 10 to 13 is already full and has a

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Ah, spring – the time homebuyers binge on Southcentral real estate. Look at any graph over the last decade or two of monthly housing activity in the area and you’ll see a February slump and then a rapid rise in activity until the peak in April. In 2014, we experienced two peaks in Anchorage, one in April and another in July. Suffice it to say, it’s no secret that spring is the ultimate home-buying season in Southcentral.

If you’re one of the many homeowners planning to sell a Southcentral home this spring, it’s not too late to get the home ready. You’ll have lots of competition this month and anything you can do to prepare for the market will put you way out in front of the others.

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

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There's so much to do this month in Southcentral so get out your calendar and circle some dates!

April 8-10

Spring Carnival at Alyeska Resort

The 38th Annual Spring Carnival will feature all your favorite wild and wacky events spread over three days, beginning with the 6th Annual Costume Party at 6 p.m. on April 8. In addition to wearing crazy creations, it's the time to register for the Slush Cup, Idiot Swim, Dummy Downhill and all the competitions hosted throughout the carnival. The full schedule of events is available at alyeskaresort.com.

April 13

Wildlife Wednesday at the Zoo

Worried about the effects of global warming on our Alaskan wonderland? Learn more about what's happening to the wildlife around us during a free lecture at

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