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Thanksgiving Real Estate Report 11.24.2009

by Eric Bushnell

As we look forward to Thanksgiving, we should look back at what has transpired in our local real estate market.  We have a lot to be thankful for. 

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This year sales of existing homes has been steady.  As of today the number of sales is outpacing last year.  Inventory levels are well below last years numbers.

Single Family Homes

  • 350 Sales in 2008 vs. 366 Sales in 2009
  • Median Sales price increased from $300,000 to $305,000
  • 4.4% increase in the number of homes sold, 1.6% increase in price

Condominiums/Townhomes

  • 76 Sales in 2008 vs. 68 Sales in 2009
  • 10.5% drop in the number sales
  • Median Sales price decreased from $227,000 to $222,500

The difference in condo price does reflect a lack of new construction in this segment as well as downward pressure on prices of existing condos.

Construction of new homes sales has increased so far this year up 18.%, 44 new homes vs. 36 last year.

We have a lot to be thankful for.  Our housing market is good, pricing is stable, and some new homes are being built.  If you have a good home, and a roof over your head, please do something to help those that do not.

I would like to thank all the wonderful people I worked with this year.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

 

Lower interest rates help us save!

by Eric Bushnell

Is now the time to buy a home? 

Can you afford it? 

What are interest rates going to do? 

Should I? 

What if it's not my perfect home?

These are questions we all ask ourselves, and I am here to say that there is no easy answer.  But there can be peace of mind in making a decision and moving in one direction or another. 

Uncertainty causes stress.  Stress causes health problems.  Stay away from the stress.

My father gave me very good advice when I was younger.  I was looking at two career paths and did not know which one would be the better one.  He told me to pick one, and don't look back, go for it.  I did and for the next ten years I excelled at my career.  That move eventually launched me into my present career.

This is a simple lessen, and we've all heard a version of it from someone.  It doesn't make it any easier to make a decision, but here is something that might. 

 

Change in Interest vs. Reduced Sales Price

Purchase Price  $200,000

Interest  Rate  5%                          Term  30 years                              Payment  $1,073.64

  ½% Increase in Rate  $1,135.58

  5% Increase in Price  $1,127.33

A ½% change in interest rates is approximately equal to 5% change in price  

  1% Increase in Rate  $1,199.10

  10% Increase in Price  $1,181.01

A 1% change in interest rates is approximately equal to 10% change in price 

The National Association of Realtors anticipates that Interest rates will be gin to rise in 2010 and that by the end of the year they will be approximately 5.8%. Compared to day's rate that is an increase of 1% or you will end up paying 10% more for your home. 

I think that says it all.

Coaching session

by Eric Bushnell

Some of you may know that several times a week I am a volunteer coach for the MAHA Mini-mites hockey team.  There is about 54 kids ages 4-6.  At the beginning of the year we start out with about 25 kids that have never skated before.  In fact, that first practice is the very first time they've put skates on. google map to real pro systems

This is a little comical, and very stressful. Yes, stressful, for the kids as well as the coaches.  Kids learn fast, but that first night and in the next few weeks, we do see a few tears, a lot of laughing and several very big smiles. 

Kids are cool, although their attention span is a little short.  We do all kinds of drills to teach the fundamentals.  Here is one of Coach Doug's favorites, Hungry Brown Bear:

We start laying down on our backs sleeping, Do you smell anything?  Let's sit up and see, I don't see anything, but I can smell something, I think it's coming from over there.  Do you smell it?  Lets crawl over there, be careful make sure its safe.  Smell it, I do, it's making me hungry.  Lets stand up and see what it is.  Stand Tall look over the bushes.  I see fish, hey there is a lot of fish for all of us, lets go get them.

And we all skate to a spot about ten feet away and drop the the ice and eat fish.

Sounds silly, well the kids love it and the stress falls away.  They think we're really cool.

I learned a very valuable lesson while doing this drill with the kids.  You can have fun being silly, what ever you're doing have fun.

Murkowski Announces Town Hall Meeting on Health Care in Chugiak

by Eric Bushnell

        


Murkowski Announces Town Hall Meeting on Health Care in Chugiak


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that she will hold a town hall meeting in Chugiak on health care reform next Wednesday, November 11, 2009, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Mirror Lake Middle School.


“In my efforts to keep Alaskans informed about the health care debate in Washington, I will hold a health care town hall meeting in Chugiak next week,” Sen. Murkowski said. “I continue to hear from Alaskans on this critical issue. The opportunity to share with my constituents what I know about the legislation that is being debated in the Senate and the House of Representatives and to hear their views is an important part of the representative process.”
  
Sen. Murkowski held health care town halls in Anchorage, Fairbanks, the Mat-Su Valley and the Kenai Peninsula in August, a video town hall from Washington with residents in Kodiak in September and two telephone town halls with Alaska constituents earlier this year.
 
WHO:              U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski
 
WHAT:            Town Hall meeting on health care reform legislation
 
WHEN:            Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
 
WHERE:        Mirror Lake Middle School
                       22901 Lake Hill Dr.
                       Chugiak, AK 99567-2069

Winterization, it's that time of year!

by Eric Bushnell

I received my first report of a frozen pipe.  You heard me, someones pipes froze.  The weather has turned and its cold.  8 degrees was the reading on my thermometer on Monday morning.  Today is better about 35, which made the roads really slick.  We will discuss this at another time.

Lets talk about winterizing your home.  Why? Because if you do not, it will, not it may, it will cost you alot of money. 

This time of year were busy, I understand.  I've got at least 6 appointment this week, but that is no excuse.  I visited a home on Tuesday and the hose was still hooked up to the faucet.  Yes, it was frozen, and this can lead to a busted pipe just inside the wall. Here's a short list of things you need to do:

  • Remove all hoses from outside faucets.
  • If you can turn the water of to a exterior faucet, do so, and make sure you drain it.
  • Visit your crawl space and make sure that the vents are closed.  they were open during the summer months to help ventilate the crawl space.  make sure they're closed.  This will help you heating bill and protect against frozen pipes.
  • Have your furnace inspected.
  • Change the filter in the furnace, this will lessen the wear and tear on the unit.
  • If you have storm windows, now is the time to put them on.
  • Make sure your snow blower is working properly
  • buy several bags of snow melt and have it ready.
  • Clean out your gutters, this helps protect you from ice damming.

This only takes at most an hour of your time.  Calling the plumber when the pipes freeze could take hours, and the bill could be in excess of $15,000. Yes, that's right.  One repair bill I saw after the pipes froze was in excess of $15,000. There was a lot of damage done to the home.

It's winter, take of your home. Oh, bythe way, put new wiper blades on this weekend.  If it snows you'll really appreciate it.

Eagle River Market Report

by Eric Bushnell

I was very surprised this morning when I reviewed the current homes listed for sale in Eagle River.  The number of homes has been slowly diminishing as we moved into the fall selling season, which is reverse of what we normally see. 

If you are looking for a home; the number of home you could visit got much smaller this week: 

  • Only 91 homes are on the market available for sale. 
  • There a few new homes being built, but not the number need to keep the market balanced. 
  • This last week there was only one new home listed for sale and 7 homes went under contract.

Several homes left the market; at least one was a higher priced home and there is very few buyers above the $700,000 mark.  These sellers are waiting for spring.

Good news out there about the First Time Home buyers tax credit:

  • It appears that Congress is about to pass some type of extension that may allow you to purchase a new home and receive the credit, as long as you buy a house before next April. 
  • There appears to be two versions of the bill, one in the Senate and one in the House. 
  • They will need to get together and come up with something they both agree on. 
  • It does appear that they may have a meeting of the minds before Thanksgiving.

From what I see there are more people moving to Eagle River in the coming months.  My estimate is 35-50 new families are currently on their way to Alaska and will be in in January and February.  You might want to sell your home and move into something more fitting for you. 

I have two websites that can assist you. 

For Sellers- www.ValueMyAlaskanHome.com

For Buyers- www.EagleRiverHomesforSale.com

Feel free to comment ont his post here or text me at 907-360-7471.

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Lee Realty, LLC
Lee Realty, LLC.
5050 Dunbar Drive #F
Wasilla AK 99654
Office: 907-376-0119
Fax: (907) 376-4039

 

 

 

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