Homer, AK Real Estate News

By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
Congratulations to Cassie Chmielowicz from Anchor Point Alaska for being featured in People Magazine for the beautiful Christmas Ornaments she has made for years....  People Magazine featured handmade ornaments from each of the 50 States and Cassie was chosen to represent Alaska.   The magazine googled galleries across the nation and came across the Art Shop Gallery owned by Karin Marks at http://www.artshopgallery.com  The contacted Karin and the rest is history. Personally I have been buying these ornaments for years and taking them to my family in Kansas. They love the bright cheery face paddling the kayak with little bears, and berry baskets. I also get my sister Jonna an angel every year...   After all this attention I went and bought myself one finally! They are just plain darling...
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
   Louise Hall Rings the Bell! Merry Christmas! Homer Alaska is full of really good people.... Small communities always give to each other and are there to help and support one another...   Louise is a good example of someone who just wants to volunteer to raise some funds for a good cause.... So here she is as she has been in front of the local Grocery store ringing the bell for the Salvation Army....   Louise Hall for all you do this Youtube is For YOU! Well it is you! Merry Christmas!!!!!
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
Winter Solstice is officially December 21st  2009 at 8:47 AM Alaska Time   Winter Solstice in Alaska is important! We are the land of extremes .... Winter Solstice is the longest night, shortest day .... But most important... .it marks the beginning of the return of daylight!  Daylight is on the way back! We start gaining about 10 seconds a day and that will escalate each day up to the Summer Solstice where we will have the longest day and shortest night....    Check out these sites for more information http://fairbanks-alaska.com/midnite-sun.htm    http://www.alaskaanchorage.net/alaska_winter_solstice_festivals.php    http://downtownwintersolstice.com/  
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
There were a lot of moose visiting town today.... Maybe because it is so close to Christmas they were doing last minute shopping... or last minute eating... it was hard to get pictures of them but I saw one moose on Lakeside Street across from Ulmers, another one at the All Hopped Up Coffee Shop on Pioneer   We had a visitor at Bay Realty today too!    Small but Hungry! Thanks for Stopping By! Everyone is Welcome at Bay Realty in Homer Alaska
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
Is this pretty or what?   An amazing site to see.... Full Moon in one direction and Glorious Sunset over the ocean the other direction....   But my favorite is right here     Looking thru a few dark and elegant trees at the top of Bay Crest Hill with the volcano in the background It doesn't get better than this!
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
  From Kirk Olsen Certified Appraiser here are the latest stats on the Homer ALaska Market Area   73 closed MLS sales in the last 12 months at $100k & up  (+8 sales from the previous 12 months) Median sale price: $224,200  (+2% from previous 12 months) Median marketing time: 119 days  (+42 days from previous 12months)   Ratio of sale price to list price: 99%  (+5% from previous 12 months) Looking Good In Homer Alaska Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
Bay Realty 13th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest! Thursday October 29!   Judging Starts at 5:30 PM   Pumpkins have been coming in! Bring Yours in Now! We already have 13 entries!!!   Its Going to be Fun Fun Fun!   Cash Prizes!  K-3 4-6 7-8 win $10, $20 and $25 Adult Grand Prize is $50.00!!   Treats No Tricks... Come one Come All!  
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
 October 27 in Homer Alaska and look at the gorgeous view at the top of BayCrest Hill Tonight....   Could not help myself had to pull in and take in the view.... The Half Moon Shining over fresh snow capped mountains to the left and the sunset over Mt Augustine Volcano to the right... almost unbelievable beauty.... So in the spirit of bloggers everywhere... I also had to share this view with you all! You Still Can Buy A Paradise in Homer Alaska!  
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
Halloween Is Coming Up... And Once Again Bay Realty Is Having Our Pumpkin Carving Contest   This will be Our 13th Year And Every Year We Get Fantastic Pumpkin Art!   So Be Creative And Or Scary Or Artistic And Bring Your Creations To Bay Realty!   Thursday Night October 29th At 5:30 The Judging Begins!   We Have Cash Prizes For Several Age Ranges And A Grand Prize For The Adults! Come One Come All For Fun and Prizes!
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
Homers Own Deadliest Catch “The Hillstrand Brothers” are in Town…. In Between Fishing, Crabbing and Endless Engagements with the Media and their Fans they are in town ready for a little hobnobbing with the locals! The Time Bandit is in Port and Looking good! “Meet The Captains” of the F/V Time Bandit Come by the Best Western Bidarka Inn from 11am-5pm, October 4th, 2009 Meet Captains John and Andy Hillstrand, get your book autographed or have a picture taken!  Everyone welcome! Check out their Web site http://www.timebandit.tv/ And the Discovery Network Website on the show that all America Loves …. The Deadliest Catch! http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/deadliestcatch/bios/bios_05.html  
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
      Positive Numbers Regarding Closed Sales In The Homer Market Area:  From Local Appraiser Kirk Olsen   In the Homer Alaska market area: 70 closed MLS sales in last 12 months at $100K & up (+6 sales from the previous 12 months)  Median sale price: $225,900 (+3% from the previous 12 months).  Median marketing time: 112 days (+40 days from the previous 12). Ratio of sale price to list price: 98% (+3% from the previous 12 months).   The figures are based on these MLS areas  490 Homer 488 Diamond Ridge & Skyline 492 Kachemak City & Fritz Creek
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
"Monday's child is fair of face..." Monday's child is fair of face,Tuesday's child is full of grace;Wednesday's child is full of woe,Thursday's child has far to go;Friday's child is loving and giving,Saturday's child works hard for its living;But the child that is born on the Sabbath dayIs bonny and blithe, and good and gay.   Sydney Jean AbellBorn 9-29-09 in Homer, ALaska 7-lbs 11 ounces, 20 inches.  Tuesdays Child is full of Grace Congratulations Sam and Shelly Abell! She is Beautiful!
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
Stunning Sunday Sunrise!  East End Road Homer Alaska   Known for its Spectacular Views of Kachemak Bay, Grewingk Glacier and the Kenai Mountains   I was just out here Saturday...The Day was so Beautiful I had to get some pictures of one of my listings   I took the opportunity to take a few of the Bay from  out East End off Old East End Road...   Thanks To Roger Imhoff (Surveyor Extraordinaire) for Providing the beautiful Sunrise Photo from His  Deck....Glorious way to start the day!    Or as he says...." that sunrise and a good cuppa joe....."  No wonder he always has that smile!
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
Noah was my Secret Agent the other day as we made an unofficial visit to the Boys and Girls Club   Wanted to see for myself... the children the city is going to throw into the streets come winter   They were an unruly group... probably don't deserve the city's consideration....   I mean really the city council has tough decisions to make ..... they said so....   and these kids are just not really all that important to the well being of Homer Alaska???   Why not just throw them out in January.....well unless you vote for sales tax on food... and then maybe....     You can not tell me these children don't deserve the City of Homers consideration....   Use your votes wisely in the next election and all following elections... Time to make some changes and those changes start with people who...
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
Saturday Night Special..... Homer Alaska   Beautiful Fall Days Have Made Life Pretty Special Right Now In Homer Alaska...   The Weather Has Been Spectacular...The Colors So Brilliant and Vibrant   The Views from Baycrest Hill in Homer Alaska Have Been More Stunning Than Normal    Special Moments in Homer Alaska.... Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea....
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
Good News! Homer Alaska rates 94 out of 100 in the Walk Score.   Have you ever heard of the walk score for cities? They look at many factors to decide this .... Walk score basically measures how easy it is to walk to nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks and of course art shops and such! I put in Bay Realty's address 331 E Pioneer Ave Homer Alaska and it was 94 out of 100!  That makes us a Walkers Paradise!     Check it out here..... http://www.walkscore.com/get-score.php?street=331+E+Pioneer+Ave+Homer+Alaska&go=Go Of course I have to say maybe this score won't hold up in the winter...especially with the city threatening to cut snowplowing on the roads and sidewalks if we don't all vote to re-instate the sales tax on non prepared food... but that is a topic for another time...(scro...
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Have you read the press release from the City Manager regarding his  budget and essential service cuts?   WOW! They are going to cut a lot... According to the Homer News they are going to cut the following: *Eliminate Community Schools after the winter term; * Cut eight-and-a-half city jobs, including Community Schools Director Mike Illg's position; * Shut down the old intermediate school building housing the Boys & Girls Club and the west campus of Kachemak Bay Campus; * Close the Homer Public Library on Mondays; * Reduce snowplowing, sidewalk clearing and street cleaning time; * Cut a $30,000 appropriation to the Homer Chamber of Commerce; * Cut funding to nonprofits and reduce support for the Pratt Museum by $20,000; and * Threaten 24-hour police, fire and EMT response.   Wow! The ci...
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
Noah wants to remind all drivers to be careful when they see the school bus!  School just started this week and we all need to be aware when the bus stops and let the children off. Kids can run and make mistakes so the drivers need to be cautious and not hit one of them...Please Safety First!   This year's National School Bus Safety Week theme is:"Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm" The dates are: October 19-23, 2009 (National School Bus Safety Week is always held the third full week of October.)
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
Walking on the beach at Lands End of the Homer Spit we spotted this bird.... supposed to be from New Zealand...    it always amazes me how many birds come here from all over the world to spend the summer and hang out in Homer Alaska... Birds like Homer just as much as people do...  we get people from all over the world too!     Some people call Homer the 8th Wonder of the world... maybe a stretch...but it sure is pretty here... and still very affordable.. You can still buy a piece of paradise. Right here right now!
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By Debra Leisek
( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska)
  Are these guys cute or what??? Talk about brightening up your Day! The owners of this Homer Alaska Home are brimming with creativity and Flower Power!  Each week or so they change outfits and themes... this week they are Back Yard Barbeque Kiss The Cook Charmers!   Last week they were Classic tourists with cameras and smiles at the ready! These Homer Folks Love Flowers! We all do...Winter is long and Flowers are good! There is no Place like Homer Alaska    
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