Found 9 blog entries tagged as Alaska Realty.

 

All too often, realtors use jargon that the average person isn't familiar with. The term “CMA” is one of those terms you may have heard, but wasn’t sure what it meant. CMA stands for Comparable Market Analysis. This is how real estate agents determine the market value of your home before they get it on the market.

Real estate agents come up with these values through research of your home’s location, comparable properties and the market. Unlike most commercial properties, whose value is determined by income, residential properties take a different approach.

There is a difference between “tax assessed value” and “market value.” Tax assessed value is what you pay taxes on and, depending on where you live, can be above or below market value.…

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Precision Home Group sells homes 44% faster than the industry average!

 

We have just finished collecting data from over the last 12 months and have the statistics to prove that we sell homes 44% faster than the average industry days on market.

Here in Anchorage, Alaska our current average days on market for single family homes is 45 days, while for Precision Home Group it is only 20 days. We are able to do this because of three things: marketing, agents and knowledge.

Precision Home Group’s marketing is the best real estate marketing in all of Alaska. We achieve this by using the best technology, all platforms and staying on the cutting edge of trends, while knowing what works in our market.

We begin by using professional photography which is sourced in house, which means we have our own photographer on…

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Strategic Analysis

When looking at both commercial and residential properties for the sake of an investment, one must ensure that they are getting the best deal possible. In order to do that, there needs to be a systematic way to look at a property and make sure that all aspects are accounted for. The Strategic Analysis method is the best way to make this happen. This method ensures that the potential buyer looks at four main areas of concern in the due diligence process: Financial, market and competitive, location and site, and political and legal. We will go into more depth on each one of these subcategories.

 

Financial Analysis

The purpose of an investment is to make money. In real estate, this is done in many ways, including…

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There are many differences between owning a condo and owning a single-family home. People who live in condos tend to do so because they enjoy the convenience and benefits that come from condo living. These include but aren't limited to: lawn care, snow removal (for those here in Alaska), some utilities, exterior maintenance such as roof and siding, and community amenities like pools, playgrounds and patios. They offer a community lifestyle where much of the property maintenance isn’t the owner’s responsibility. If you are thinking about purchasing a condo, consider these five concepts.

 

 

1. Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions

First, you must understand what CC&Rs are. CC&R stands for Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, and…

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There are many choices when it comes to selecting and hiring a property manager. With so many options, it can be difficult to know how to select the right one from the beginning. Below we will cover the four main responsibilities your property management company should offer.

 

The Four Responsibilities of a Property Manager

 

1. Set the Rent Logically

Setting rent may seem like a easy task, but is often times done incorrectly. Many of the do-it-yourself landlords look to Zillow or Craigslist when setting their rent, which is like going to a car dealership to price your 2000 Honda Accord based on the current year’s model; it is not accurate and won’t sell. These websites can be good resources, but when used alone will not give you all of the information you need. That is because it…

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Financing Myths Debunked

 

It can be difficult to get financing for a residential loan, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many common myths that people believe that just aren’t true. Because of these misconceptions, many people don’t even apply for a loan because they have doubts that they would qualify.  We will address the most common myths and the only true method to secure financing.

 

“I still have student loans so I won’t qualify.”

The amount of college debt today measures in the trillions and grows every day.  In today’s world, almost every college student has a loan. If this myth was true, then there would be millions of people not able to buy a home in America. This misconception is very common and grossly inaccurate.

The resounding theme of…

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There is a lot of mystery surrounding the mortgage financing world. With many different loan types and mortgage providers, it becomes difficult to know where to start. We are going to analyze, and break down, one of the most common loan types available, the FHA loan.

 

 

Before we talk about specifics, including pros and cons of using the FHA loan, lets explain the history behind it. FHA is the acronym for the Federal Housing Authority. The FHA was formed in 1934 during the Great Depression. This was done to spur home construction, reduce unemployment and increase the availability of loans to people.

Over the years the FHA has taken on many roles but at its core has kept the mission to keep housing affordable and achievable by all.…

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Five Beginner Investor Mistakes to Avoid

 

It has been said by many people that investing in real estate is the key to building wealth. Andrew Carnegie, billionaire industrialist, stated it best, “Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate.” However, how do you start, what are the mistakes to avoid, and where should you get your information from? This article will focus on the top five mistakes people make when beginning to invest in real estate.


1. Starting Too Soon

All too often, I see people who get too eager to invest in real estate and don’t quite understand what they are getting into or how to invest properly. They want to tell others, and themselves, that they are an “investor.” This title is not more important than the ability to purchase…

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Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT)

Part three of our Real Estate Investing Basics series is all about Real Estate Investment Trusts, also known as REITs. Let's dive in and discover what a REIT is, how they are used, and what the pros and cons are in comparison to the other real estate investments we have talked about.

 Real Estate Investing Basics: The ins and outs of REITs.

 

What is a REIT?

REITs were created by Congress in 1960. This was done to give everyday people the benefits of owning real estate. REITs are companies, treated by the IRS as corporations, who own various types income-producing real estate investments. Investors can buy into these companies by purchasing shares, which in many cases are publicly traded like stocks. They are modeled after mutual funds and bought and sold in…

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