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Cross Country Skiing near Independence Mine

by Eric Bushnell

Christmas had come and the our kids had a great time opening presents.  They spent the entire day in the PJ's until we went out Christmas night to see a movie.  Yes. you should go see Avatar, but I am not writing about that, I am sure there will be plenty of write ups and you do not need my opinion.  No, I want to share with you the next day, the day after Christmas.

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Our son was engrossed in Mario Kart on the Wii, and my teenage daughter was sleeping in.  My wife, Debbie, and I decided to go skiing (figured it would be a little more fun without the kids).  Just the two of us, jumped in the car and headed for Hatchers Pass.  This area is in the mountains above Wasilla and Palmer, and just 20 minutes from our house.  Very close and convenient.  We visit there are mainly during the summer months, as this is where my great grand father's gold mining claims are.  There is still a small cabin from 1936 on the site.

But today we were going cross country skiing. There are many trails in the area, local clubs keep them groomed.  There is the Arch Angel Valley trail, and the Independence mine trails that we would visit today.  There is also several sledding areas, including one that you drive and drop off the sledders.  They the sled down a run that is close to 3/4 of a mile in length.

There is also a great skiing/snow boarding area that may people frequent.  This are is similar to the sledding area.  Groups of skiers jump the car and one  lucky person chauffeurs them up to the top.  This is how I refined my back country skiing skills as a teen.

Today's trip was to the Independence Mine area.  The area has several trails that crisscross the mountain.  Our plan was to make it up to the Higrade Mine (The family mine), which is about a mile up the valley above the Indepence Mine.  We thought we'd check on the cabin and make sure everything was ok.  We started out the slow up hill slug from the parking lot to the Independence mine, this was about a mile.  We did good, and I only had to stop a couple of times.

Once we arrived at the half way point, halfway to the Higrade, we started the steeper climb. This became a bit of a challenge, as much of this was untouched snow.  Luckily it was only about 24 inches deep.  We made it another 300 yards and decided to call it quits.  Next time we will bring snowshoes for the final push to the cabin.  Cross Country skis were not going to get us there.google map to real pro systems

We headed back down, and yes this was a challenge.  Cross country skis do not work well on steep downhill runs.  S, after two backward flops, we made it back to the main trail system. (Picture to the right:Trail Closed).  We made it back to the groomed trails.  From here we made it across the valley.  The trail system is really nice, short uphills and gentle down hill runs. 

The trails guided us back towards the Hatchers pass Lodge.  We had a really great time, and made it back to the parking lot in about 45 minutes.  Then it was time to relax, so over to the Hatchers Pass Lodge for a nice Coffee nudge and Raspberry/Blackberry pie Ala mode.  This is a must do for anyone living in Alaska.  The trails are easy and the views are spectacular.

"Steady as she goes" A Market Update

by Eric Bushnell

"Steady as she goes"

We've heard this many times.  Keep a steady but consistent pace.  Doesn't sound real sexy but it is the 'Cure for what ails you".  A steady real estate market is a wonderful thing.

Homes are selling each week.  We get few new listings.  The inventory does not go up, although we could use a little more to keep the buyers happy.  The nation housing news came out today and it was positive across the country.  There are some expectations that the next couple of months will be slower. 

Not here in Eagle River.  We are forecasting more people moving to the area.  As rentals become scarce many families will look at new homes.  This will fuel the construction industry and we should see new homes starts increase this year.

Here are the numbers for the week of December 14Th-20Th:

  • 7 new homes were listed for sale
  • 5 homes went into contract (pending)
  • 3 homes closed

The current number of homes available in Eagle River:

  • 56 single Family homes
  • 12 homes under construction
  • 11 homes scheduled to be built (not started)
  • 25 Condo/Townhomes
  • 6 Condo/Townhomes under construction

The real estate market in Eagle River continues to be steady.  Just the way we like it.

Eagle River Market update for the week of Dec 5th-12th.

by Eric Bushnell

The winter selling season is in full swing and we have entered the holiday season.  These two factors are showing in the current Eagle River real estate market activity.

Here in Eagle River the market activity* was consistent for this time of year. 

  • There were just 3 new homes listed
  • 5 homes pended(accepted offers)
  • 2 homes closed (completed escrow contract)

The current number of existing homes available in Eagle River is dwindling, and in now down to just 59.  there are several new homes under construction however the few under construction will probably not be available until the January/February time frame. 

Information received from The Chugiak/Eagle River Chamber of Commerce shows local military personnel currently deployed returning in January.  There is also word that a new Battalion is being formed at Fort Richardson.  This could increase the population by as many as 5500 persons (not including families).  Current base housing availability is about 1200 units.  Not enough to accommodate the expected growth.

Housing availability in Eagle River will continue to be tight for the next 4-6 months.  Potential buyers may find themselves competing with other buyers for the best homes.  For helpful tips you may want to read the following report, "Eight Insiders tips for Home Buyers". 

 

*Based on information from AK MLS, Inc. for the period (date) through (date) but not compiled or published by AK MLS, Inc. Data maintained by AK MLS, Inc. may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. 

What is Blogging becoming?

by Eric Bushnell

Wow, I was driving into the office this morning and a 25 minute drive was drawn out into an hour and 15 minutes.  The snow was falling and traffic was crawling.  This happens every once and a while here in Alaska.  So I stared at the break lights in front of me and made sure I did not end up on the trailor hitch of the truck in front of me.  I also listened to a great book along the way.

"Marketing to the Social Web" by Larry Weber.  Very good listening material for a drive like this morning.  It made me really think about my own business practices.  I also saw the relevance this book would have in many industries.  Larry Weber illustrates the use of blogs and website for business and client communication in a manner that is easy to understand.

So, now that I am here in the office I go online, take a quick look at some of the national blog sites and Wow.  I've only done limited blogging and it in no way resembles what I see out there in the mainstream of America.  These modern blog sites resemble the front page of Google and MSN.

Blog's have become a business and are gaining traction in business.  Well that is an understatement.  Blog's have a very prominent place in business today.  Whether its real estate, automotive, big oil, or the retail market place, there is a blog about the industry.  Not just one blog, probably 100's.

Blog's are a great way to get a message out, it's a great way to vent, and it's a great way to have fun.  Blog's are serious, funny, and very, very cool.  There are even video blogs. 

How do you jump in?

Quickly and with a passion.  I say this because if you are not passionate about something, you will not follow through.  What you blog about will not be very interesting.  So get some passion and have some fun. If you do not want to blog, then post comments on blogs.  There are some very interesting pieces out there.

Letter Received from Senator Murkowski

by Eric Bushnell

Dear Eric:

 

Thank you for contacting me regarding first-time home buyer tax credits.  I appreciate hearing from you and having the opportunity to respond. 

 

I strongly supported the successful effort to extend this tax credit.  The extension became law on November 6, 2009.  Qualifying first-time home buyers are now eligible for a tax credit of up to $8,000 through April 30, 2010.  The new law also provides an additional 60 days for home buyers to close the sale and take advantage of the tax credit. Under this new law, home buyers are eligible for tax credits if they have not owned a home for three years before the purchase of a new home.  Additionally, the law allows existing home owners to qualify for a new tax credit of up to $6,500 if they have lived in their current residence for five years or more and purchase a home by the end of April 2010.  

 

I believe that if we are serious about getting our economy back on track, we must work to stabilize the housing market.  The decline in housing prices has put downward pressure on household balance sheets as many families' greatest asset declines in value.  Though I did not vote for the economic stimulus bill that was signed into law in February 2009, I supported the inclusion of the $8,000 home buyer tax credit in that legislation.  The tax credit has benefited more than 1.4 million home buyers since its inception in February 2009, and I am pleased that Congress decided to extend the program as it is contributing to the recovery of the housing market and the overall economy.

 

            Again, thank you for contacting me.  

United States Senator
Lisa Murkowski
http://murkowski.senate.gov

Winter Wonderland Walk and Tree Lighting

by Eric Bushnell

The Holiday season has arrived and we have successfully made it past Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  The sales are in full swing and there are several craft fairs each of the next couple of weekends.  The event you need to know about is this Friday night, December 4Th.

The Winter Wonderland and Tree Lighting ceremony in Town Square Park.  This is a big event put on by the Chugiak/Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.  The Eagle River Rotary will be bring Santa and his sleigh to the event, and local merchants will have booths set up to distribute hot drinks and seasonal treats.  The Chugiak/Eagle River Senior Center will be selling bowls of hot soup as a fund raiser, and the Chamber and Eagle River Rotary will be collecting food for local families.

Many of our local school choirs will be present to entertain, as well as singers for the Performing Arts Academy.  This is a lot of fun for everyone.  There will be free sleigh rides, and Santa Claus will be present to say hi to the kids.  Our office will be there handing out warm cookies to our friends and neighbors.

The Merry Merchant Munch is Friday and Saturday.  Prudential Jack White/Vista Real Estate and Homestate Mortgage will be participating on Friday afternoon, please stop by to see the decorations and holiday snacks.

Local TV Coverage on Real Estate

by Eric Bushnell

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

 

 

 

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