Real Estate Blog

Is Freddie Mac’s Home Possible® Mortgage Right for You?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 at 8:55am. 4 Views, 0 Comments.

While many of our Wasilla home-buying clients depend on an FHA-backed mortgage when they purchase their homes, there are other attractive loan products on the market that you should know about. This week I thought we’d take a look at one of the most popular loan products on the market today, Freddie Mac’s Home Possible®.

Who is Freddie Mac?

Freddie Mac, which is short for Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, is what is known as a GSE or Government Sponsored Enterprise. Both it and Fannie Mae were created by Congress, Fannie in 1938 and Freddie in 1970. What they do, in a nutshell, is buy mortgages from lenders and either hang on to them or bundle them into what are known as “mortgage-backed securities” which are then sold to

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5 Things Every Wasilla Homeowner Can Do to Save Money

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at 11:22am. 25 Views, 0 Comments.

Now that spring is in the air, it’s the perfect time to perform a few small money-saving maintenance activities. In less than a weekend, you can make your home more efficient and save yourself plenty of money this summer – and all year long.

Check Your Insulation – When’s the last time you made certain you had effective insulation in your attic? If the space is unfinished, you’ll be able to see if there are areas without adequate protection. If you spot gaps or damage, it’s time to have it replaced. You may need to make a call to a profession team, but at least you’ll know why you’re spending so much on heating over the winter.

Water Heater Maintenance – If you don’t have a blanket around your water heater, you’re using too

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The 10 Rules of Home Viewing Etiquette

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 at 10:49am. 19 Views, 0 Comments.

 

It’s a strange feeling knowing that while you’re at work, complete strangers will be traipsing through your home, looking in your closets and cupboards. That’s what home sellers face when they put their homes on the market and they have some horror stories about buyers who behave badly when nobody is looking. Not about Unity Home Team’s buyers, though. Ours are always well-behaved and courteous.

Whether you’re attending an open house or your agent takes you on a tour of a home, there are basic yet unspoken etiquette rules you should probably know about.

1. No photos without permission

Some people value their privacy and feel that photographing their most personal spaces is an invasion of it. Sure, these folks are few and far

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Treat Mom to a Massage in Wasilla This Mother’s Day

Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at 8:57am. 23 Views, 0 Comments.

It’s time to start thinking about how you’ll spoil your mom this Mother’s Day. May 8 will be here before you know it. Flowers and breakfast in bed may be the traditional treatments on this special day, but maybe it’s time to splash out. Why not book mom a massage this year?

Wasilla has two incredible massage practices, and you’re sure to fall in love with one (or maybe both) of them.

Alaska Massage Clinic – If your mom suffers from back pain, poor circulation, or frequent headaches, you may want to give Alaska Massage Clinic a call. The therapists at this establishment offer medical massages (and yes, they do work with insurance companies, so no worries there). Don’t worry if there aren’t specific conditions to treat; you can

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Dress up those Shady Garden Spots

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 at 9:37am. 28 Views, 0 Comments.

 

Designing a Wasilla shade garden doesn’t have to be a hassle, not if you know the right plants to choose. There are so many plants that will thrive in the shade--probably a lot more than you think-- from perennials to annuals. Gardeners can choose ferns, woodland flowers and luxurious ground covers. Whether your shade garden will be an accent or a focal point, here are some plants that should fit right in.

Summer Color

A very pretty shade perennial to consider is ligularia (Ligularia spp.), which blooms in tall spikes of golden flowers. Plant ligularia toward the back of the shade garden as it can top out at 8 feet if it’s happy.

Another plant that will add a pop of color to the shade garden is the annual ColorSummer Wave® Large Blue

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Experience Spring the Backcountry Alaska Way

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at 10:44am. 33 Views, 0 Comments.

 

There’s always a lot to do in Mat-Su, especially in Wasilla. But, when you want to experience Alaska truly, it’s time to get out of town and out into the backcountry for a day – or a weekend. Sure, you can head out for a hike, or take a drive into the wilderness. But, one of the best ways to see the countryside is to view it up close and personal atop an ATV.

Better still, you don’t need to own an ATV or have any experience operating one. You can book a private experience with Alaska All Terrain Tours, complete with a guide. All you need is a desire to enjoy nature from a new point of view.

 Get Up Close and Personal with Alaskan Wildlife

After a short safety and orientation course, travel through mining claim routes and forested

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Time for New Curtains in Your Wasilla Home?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at 10:15am. 31 Views, 0 Comments.

If you’re like most homeowners, you notice your curtains more during the winter. It’s just that you rely on these items more when you use them for light as well as the retention of heat. When it’s time for you to update the window treatments in your Wasilla home, a few, small tips can go a long way towards choosing the perfect curtains.

Colors and Patterns

The more considered your color and pattern choice, the better any room will look and feel. When choosing colors and patterns, you’ll want to keep these tips in mind:

  • Curtains can add a pop of color when they complement décor items, but they can also overpower a room when you employ too many color options.
  • You can use big patterns in small spaces, but you shouldn’t use

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Looking for Fine Dining in Wasilla?

Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at 10:33am. 28 Views, 0 Comments.

 

 

You can head to the big city for a night out, or you can head just around the corner to The Grape Tap. Chances are, you’ll find everything you wanted right here in Wasilla. This restaurant makes people feel comfortable while indulging their senses and has one of the best selections of wine in the state.

The Grape Tap isn’t large, but they are big on service and serving the best food in Mat-Su. As you drive up to the unassuming house that encloses this restaurant, you may think you’re in the wrong place. But, once you step inside, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to another world.

Whether you book a table in the dining room or the downstairs cellar (and booking is advisable), you’ll be treated to the same stellar

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Pricing your Wasilla Home

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at 11:53am. 52 Views, 0 Comments.

 

Someone called me last week in a panic because he’d visited one of the big real estate sites (like Zillow or Trulia) and the value listed for his Wasilla home was $40,000 less than what his neighbor recently got for his home. Yes, he said, the homes are nearly identical.

This is a common complaint from homeowners who attempt to get the current market value of their Wasilla homes from websites that make “guestimates,” based on very limited information. Hey, your home may be one of your largest investments – do you really want someone who has likely never been to Wasilla let alone your neighborhood to guess at its value? Feel comfortable getting a home evaluation from a site that not all MLS sites provide information?

So, today

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Building Retirement With Real Estate

Friday, July 22nd, 2011 at 1:27pm. 9520 Views, 0 Comments.

A recent Wall Street Journal article indicated that 95% of Americans will face financial difficulties when they retire. As most people don’t enjoy the thought of working into their 60’s and 70’s, now is the time to start building a retirement nest. While safer investments may be CD and money market accounts, others will opt for stocks, which hold the potential for great return, but also the gamble of losing your investment. A common trend for building a retirement fund is investing in real estate. For the initial investment required to buy an investment home, real estate has hands-down the highest return on that investment and has tons of potential to bloom into an abundant retirement fund if cared for correctly.

Real estate values have risen

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