Feb 13, 2015

Price Correction in the Anchorage Market?

In the Anchorage housing market, we saw a price correction in 2008.  We always tell buyers and sellers we don't have a crystal ball to predict the future but we do have is hard data that is reported including the average sales price.  In my opinion, that is the key factor in predicting a future price correction, or a decline in values. 

In 2005 we had 12.39% increase  in sales prices.  In 2006, 7.98% increase and then in 2007 we saw 3.71% increase in values.  By 2008 we were declining in price by .35%, and again in 2009 by 1.5%. 

When values increase by more than 4% per year, that is not sustainable in most markets and you will see a price correction.  The government and our economy know that 4% is the key to a healthy economy and housing market.

Here are the the increases in the average sales prices in the last 3 years:
2012      4.77%
2013      2.95%
2014      3.23%

That's pointing us to a very healthy Anchorage housing market and since I lost my crystal ball years ago, my expertise of over 9 years selling real estate and researching current and past data, 2015 should be another steady and stable housing year for us.  Buyers should consider buying and not be scared of a market crash.  Interest rates are still incredibly low and you can lock in your housing cost for years to come by purchasing a great deal today!

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Feb 6, 2015

The Best Time to Buy a Home in Anchorage!

A friend emailed me this week and asked my opinion on whether it would be better to wait to buy until summer or is now the time to buy!  Let's look at the last three years and see when the average price peak and when it fell:

                          High                Low
2012                  April               February
2013                  July                 February
2014                  May                February

Why is February always the low month?  These prices are recorded as of the month the house closes, so back out of February 45 days for closing and you hit right around Christmas time.  If a seller has a home on the market during Christmas, do you think there is a lot of competition for them to get the few buyers shopping during the holidays?  You bet!  So they are likely more negotiatable but other than that one holiday we don't see a big change.

Top 4 Safety Items For Sellers and Homeowners!

Certain safety issues have been popping up time and time again this year for my sellers and buyers so whether you are thinking of buying or are a current owner, these items should be taken care of today!  Don't wait until you are selling a home, these will protect your families safety!

#1- Steel Barrier Post
The Municipality of Anchorage requires a steel post in front of your gas appliances in the garage.  It's simple and inexpensive to install!  But you do need to have a drill that can drill holes in concrete so hire a handyman if you don't have the right tools.  The post can be purchased from

Make Your Average Home Look Like a Luxury Home with New Flooring!

Out with the old, in with the new!  You are ready to remodel or you are picking out flooring in your new construction home but before you buy, let's look at ways to step up the WOW factor and take your home up a notch!

A builder grade or low price range home will likely feature a carpeted living room and then lineolum in the kitchen and sometime dining room.  Visually, this breaks up the room and families are moving towards wood floors in the main living areas and then tiled kitchens or extending the wood flooring through the kitchen also.  The less flooring variances in one space, the larger a room will look and feel!