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Whether you are buying, selling, or just interested in different aspects of the residential real estate market - our goal is to provide you with the most current information.

 

The Ramsey Team has been writing the Residential Real Estate column for the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska Dispatch News for over 23 years.

 

Below are the most recent real estate articles.

Our Real Estate Articles

Energy efficiency improvements bring value to a home now - and when you're ready to sell it

April 20, 2017

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Sometimes, make home improvements and repairs can make owners feel like they are spending money without getting anything back.

However, if you were one of the thousands of Anchorage homeowners who participated in the Alaska Home Energy Rebate program, home improvements have extra value.

Buying a house that may have been flipped? Here's how to avoid costly mistakes

March 25, 2017

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Here's what you should consider. 

New Year's resolutions abound with the best intentions. However, sometimes you don't know where to start. If one of your 2017 goals is to buy either a new-construction or a pre-owned house, or to remodel or update your current home, we suggest getting a good handle on the cost of each option before moving forward.

Here's what is behind the surge of "Coming Soon" signs in Alaska real estate 

February 25, 2017

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Here's what you should consider. 

New Year's resolutions abound with the best intentions. However, sometimes you don't know where to start. If one of your 2017 goals is to buy either a new-construction or a pre-owned house, or to remodel or update your current home, we suggest getting a good handle on the cost of each option before moving forward.

Did your New Year's resolution include buying, selling or remodeling a home?

January 21, 2017

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Here's what you should consider. 

New Year's resolutions abound with the best intentions. However, sometimes you don't know where to start. If one of your 2017 goals is to buy either a new-construction or a pre-owned house, or to remodel or update your current home, we suggest getting a good handle on the cost of each option before moving forward.

As real estate sales slow for holidays, it's a good time to remember what makes a house a home​

December 16, 2016

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Unless you are one of the few people who need to buy or sell a house during the holidays, you tend to forget about the real estate market and think instead about things that are more important. With Thanksgiving just passed and Christmas almost here, let's remember we want to create a home, not just a house.​

Winter's almost here! Here's what you need to do to prepare your home.​

October 22, 2016

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Crisp days, cool nights and flocks of geese heading south are reminders to prepare your home for winter. Here are a few checklist items we recommend for this time of year and why.​

Staying in your current home as you age may not be your best option​

September 24, 2016

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At some point in life, understanding a Miller Trust could be an important part in your decision to continue owning a home or not. To start, homeownership can be viewed in a circular fashion — like a wheel of life. For many of us, our first home-away-from-home was likely a one-bedroom apartment or community dorm room with a roommate. As we made our way through life, the homes got bigger to accommodate a spouse, kids and toys.​

The McHugh wildfire holds lessons for Anchorage homeowners​

September 3, 2016

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The recent McHugh Creek fire was a wake-up call for Anchorage. We've heard for years how a fire could sweep across the Anchorage Hillside and in July we got a sense of the possibility.

 

This time we were on the lucky side of the "ifs."

 

In today's real estate market, timing really is everything​

July 23, 2016

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The old adage "Timing is everything" is particularly relevant to the real estate market. The timing of a

purchase or sale can increase the chances for a profitable real estate investment. Unfortunately, you often

don't realize the opportunity until the time has passed.

Moving with kids? Here's how to make it the least stressful experience you can​

June 23, 2016

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The end of school and the beginning of summer can be an exciting time for kids whose thoughts are of friends and free time. However more people move over the summer than any other time of the year. So when it is time to move, whether across town or across the country, the people we love the most – our children – may not share our enthusiasm.

Here's what you need to know about home inspections

 

 

April 17, 2016

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A critical step in selling or buying a home is the home inspection.  This is when a qualified home inspector visits to determine if a property has any structural, mechanical, electrical, or code issues.  The resulting report is important in the pending sale.

 

 

Despite low oil prices, Anchorage real estate market will be OK

 

 

March 19, 2016

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Take a deep breath, Anchorage. While you might sense panic in the real estate market, we have been here before. While the names and events that led us here are different, we will survive. Here are a few statistics to help put things in perspective.

 

 

How To Understand Home Lighting Systems

 

 

February 14, 2016

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How often have you been asked by someone outside Alaska, “How do you handle the short hours of daylight in the winter?” If anyone should be knowledgeable about the effects of light, Alaskans should be. However, have we just learned to live with darker days? Could we do better? In our previous column we talked about the technical aspect of lighting our homes. Now let’s talk about the practical use.

 

 

What Homeowners Should Know About LEDs

 

 

January 17, 2016

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Maintaining a home’s value requires a combination of maintenance and updating. Some updates can be cost-prohibitive for the average homeowner until consumers adopt new technology and prices drop. Light-emitting diodes, more commonly known as LEDs, are one of those technologies — prices have dropped 83 percent in the last four years, according to a recent Consumer Reports article. 

 

 

Thinking Of Renovating Your Home? Here's What You Should Consider

 

September 12, 2015

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Anchorage folks, many of us are getting older -- and our homes are as well. The average age of housing in Anchorage is 34 years, with 75 percent of homes built between 1960 and 1990 and 15 percent built after 2000. Chances are you are living in one of the 75 percent now.

 

Interior Painting Makes For A Noticeable Home Improvement

 

July 19, 2015

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We all typically have to do this task sometime during homeownership; whether for a remodel, for maintenance, or in preparation to sell -- painting a home’s interior is all but inevitable. Painting is the most noticeable home improvement because it covers so much surface area. Paint can create a mood, denote a style, and give your home personality. However, the numerous decisions involved in painting can make this improvement feel intimidating.

 

Upcoming classes help homeowners and real estate pros understand value of energy efficiency

 

June 21, 2015

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It is not often that you are able to look to the future and back to the past as events change around you. This is happening now as the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. pushes forward to show that there is a greater value in energy-efficient housing.

 

Do tax exemptions create unfair burden?

 

May 17, 2015

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In a recent mayoral debate, the candidates were questioned about tax-exempt properties. They were asked if laws should be changed to do away with property tax exemptions for nonprofits and church property. With state government and local agencies struggling with budget deficits, the real question might have been: “Am I paying more than my fair share of taxes?”

April 18, 2015

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Most people believe they have their homes and rental properties adequately insured against unforeseen disasters. The policy gaps are evident only when a problem occurs. Then you find out what is not covered.

March 16, 2015

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For some homeowners, the most difficult space to find in a home is storage space. As your clutter grows, you may think you need a larger home with more storage space. But maybe not. Instead, think organization. With spring just around the corner, here are a couple of tips we have learned over the years to manage and organize the overflow of stuff.

February 16, 2015

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Looking at new homes just completed or still under construction can be fun and informative. It’s like looking at the latest models at a new-car show. The builder/car manufacturer hopes to encourage you to fall in love with the newest design. However with a home, consider the differences between buying new or “pre-owned.”

January 19, 2015

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Imagine if the grocery store offered two bags of groceries at $30 each. Which one would you choose? Chances are you’d want to know what was inside each before making a decision.

November 17, 2014

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You’ve found a home, the home inspection is done, and you’ve submitted duplicates of the lender- required documentation. Now your loan is approved and everything ready to go to the title company to sign the closing documents. One of the questions during the loan process that you will be asked is, “How do you want to take title?” This question deserves more thought than...

October 20, 2014

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This summer, transferring real estate between parties just got a little easier under the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act (Alaska Statute 13.48) with Transfer on Death Deeds.

September 15, 2014

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Updates to Alaska landlord-tenant laws go into effect Sept. 15, 2014, with changes to rules governing pets, water service, PFD garnishment and other matters affecting property owners and renters.

August 24, 2014

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Most new homeowners and prospective buyers assume a home has good water quality since previous homeowners drank the water. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and occupants are not aware until a health problem occurs.

July 20, 2014

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So how is the market? At midway through the selling season, now is a good time to take the pulse of the Anchorage real estate market. Are we doing better than last year? Is it a buyer’s or seller’s market? Are property values going up? Well, this all depends. For a general perspective, let’s look at location and price range.

June 15, 2014

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Real estate professionals and buyers are constantly asking the same thing in today's market: "Do you know of anything new coming on the market?"

 

May 18, 2014

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When budgeting for expensive home-related items, replacing the roof or furnace may be the first things you think about. However, many Anchorage residents need to remember another expensive home necessity to include in their rainy day fund. About 20,000 Anchorage residents depend on home sewage systems and should budget for replacing failed septic tanks.

April 20, 2014

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A home is so much more than just a structure. What you do and say in your home speaks volumes to your children. Our childhood memories are about more than the size of our parents' house but what went on inside. More importantly, we need to realize that memories are created with active participation. A recent presentation from local charities reminded us that charities...

March 23, 2014

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Life is a series of choices and risks. When you buy a home -- the largest asset most people have -- how do you know your new purchase was built properly? Is the structure safe for your family to live in? What precautions were taken to protect against fire? Can this home withstand an earthquake, high winds or a flood? If remodeled, was work completed to code...

February 23, 2014

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Buying a home is a similar to playing a game of chess. Thinking ahead -- past the initial moves of acquiring a property to the next step of maintaining it -- pays off. Whether a new or pre-owned home, time and money are needed to win this investment game.

January 26, 2014

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No matter what you call the extra space -- mother-in-law apartment, nanny's quarter or Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) -- many homeowners have been confused about whether they could turn a portion of their home into a legal rental unit. However, since January 2014, changes in the Title 21 Land Use Ordinances allow more homeowners to designate...

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