Wasilla, AK Real Estate News

By Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
(Rowlett Real Estate School)
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By Pauline Hofseth, Daring to Care
(Prudential Jack White/Vista Real Estate)
The Colony High School Band became a part of history today when they marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in the Inaugural Parade. The students were able to become a part of history through hard work, perseverance and and the great negotiating skills of the band's director, Jamin Burton. The band raised the $67,000 needed for the trip without the help of public funds. The Colony High School Band, which is only five years old, also marched in the 2006 Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C.  The CHS Marching Band has been featured on the Marching.comwebsite. The Colony High School Band is the only marching band in Alaska . Colony High School is located in Wasilla Alaska You can read what the kids are posting to their Inaugural trip blog which is being featured in the Anchorage Daily News....
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By Marty Van Diest, Your Alaskan Realtor
(Valley Market Real Estate)
Yesterday I looked at the market trends for the Knik-Goose Bay Road area.  You can see that here. Today I have the numbers for Palmer and Wasilla.  The first chart is Wasilla and the second chart is for Palmer. These are based on the specific map areas of Palmer and Wasilla.  You will notice that the Wasilla area has more sales than Palmer.  The reason becomes obvious when you look at the maps, there just are more developments in the Wasilla map area.  The total sales volume is down about 18% from last year and down about 25% from the high in 2006.   However the median sales price is only down about 2% from the high in 2005. Year Total Sold Average Price Median Price 2003 468 180,862 165,063 2004 477 193,244 175,000 2005 492 220,412 208,500 2006 559 241,604 225,000 2007 520 241,885 224,...
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By Marty Van Diest, Your Alaskan Realtor
(Valley Market Real Estate)
John McCain just shocked America by choosing our governor and former Wasilla mayor as his Vice Presidential running mate. All of a sudden, people all over the world are talking about Wasilla.  They are even pronouncing it correctly.  No more Waseea.  Almost everyone I met today is excited about her candidacy.  Most of the people in this area voted for her as governor and still support her.  I think she still has an approval rating in the high 80s. Our home phone started ringing early this morning.  Reporters were calling for my wife Grace who is a delegate to the Republican National Convention.  She is in New York state visiting relatives before heading for Minneapolis tomorrow for the convention.  I’m not sure how this is going to change our little community.  Wasilla is already one o...
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By Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired
(Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®)
I would like to introduce a new member of the Active Rain team. Dody Kettler is a Realtor with Prudential Vista Jack White serving Wasilla and Palmer, Alaska. Dody is a self described a military wife, mother to three children and Realtor in one of the most beautiful places in Alaska - I can't argue with her there. :) Be sure to check out her ActiveRain blog, say hi and show some support as she gets her feet wet. Relocating to Wasilla or Palmer, Alaska? Wasilla and Palmer Alaska are approximately 40 miles northeast of Anchorage, Alaska in the beautiful Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Both Wasilla and Palmer, with a population of 6,500 and 6,900, respectively, have retained a wonderful small town feel despite progressive growth. Wasilla is considered the retail and commercial hub of the Matanu...
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By Marty Van Diest, Your Alaskan Realtor
(Valley Market Real Estate)
I just read an article by Yale Economics Professor Robert J. Schiller about why we had such a large increase in home prices since 2000.  Basically, he believes it was a self-fulfilling prophecy.  People believed that the prices will go up and so they did.  It was a classic bubble like the bubble in tulip bulbs in Holland centuries ago.Of course, eventually a bubble like that bursts and things come down to a more normal price.  He says that the higher prices are not based on any underlying value, other than the percieved value that someone else may give for the property.  As long as someone else will pay more than the seller's purchase price, the prices continue to increase.Of course there is an underlying value in any house, that is the amount that it would cost to purchase the labor, l...
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By Don Zimmerman
(IEC Realty)
Here are some pictures that were taken right out back of our house. Alaska is truly a beautiful place and I'm privileged to live here!   
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By Don Zimmerman
(IEC Realty)
  Wasilla, AlaskaLocation of Wasilla, AlaskaCoordinates: 61°34′54″N 149°27′9″W / 61.58167, -149.4525CountryUnited StatesStateAlaskaBoroughMatanuska-SusitnaArea - City 12.4 sq mi (32.2 km²) - Land 11.7 sq mi (30.3 km²) - Water 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km²)Elevation 341 ft (104 m)Population (2000) - City5,469 - Density466.8/sq mi (180.2/km²)Time zoneAlaska (AKST) (UTC-9) - Summer (DST)AKDT (UTC-8)ZIP codes99600-99699Area code(s)907FIPS code02-83080GNIS feature ID1411788Wasilla is a city in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city was 5,470. The 2005 estimate gives the city a population of 8,471,[1] making it the largest city in the borough.Contents[hide] 1 Geography 2 Climate 3 Demographics 4 Description 5 History 6 Notable resid...
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By Gale Larson
(ShowCase Residential Staging)
    Closing just a few more sales before the Alaska real estate market goes into hibernation would be a nice thing for the wallet. Staging does pay you back. A faster sale is golden in these times. Professionally staged homes clearly outsell unstaged homes in every market. What are you showing your buyers?   Whether you're a realtor or owner-seller, having your property professionally staged can still attract buyers to your offering, possibly saving you from a price reduction(s), or worst yet, not selling THIS SEASON. Not many can withstand such poor results. Can you afford NOT to stage? Can you afford a price reduction or two? Can you afford holding costs until spring when the market will, hopefully, pick up? Can you afford one less sale?   For owner-sellers, costs associated with stag...
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By Marty Van Diest, Your Alaskan Realtor
(Valley Market Real Estate)
Every once in awhile a real special property hits the Wasilla Real Estate Market.  This is one of those properties. This 94 acres is part of a homestead that has been in one family for many decades.  The cabin was originally built in 1962, and as you can see from the photos, (click to expand photos), it is in really good condition.  The land is level and almost completely wooded.  There is about a 5 acre hayfield in the back of the property.  Wildflowers line the field and some irises are volunteering right out in the middle.  This is a great parcel for someone who wants a secluded place to live while having a good investment in land.  This parcel is only about a mile from the Wasilla city limits.  As you can see from this map, there is an easement that goes out the back to Fern Drive. ...
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By Marty Van Diest, Your Alaskan Realtor
(Valley Market Real Estate)
This home is in top condition.  If you need a large home in a great central location we have found it for you.  This is a four bedroom home with lots of open space.  The dining room, kitchen, and living room are all open to each other giving  a feeling of spaciousness.  In addition, the family room in the lower level is just huge, I believe you could play a soccer game in there. With a large detached garage and paved circular driveway, the exterior of the home looks nice as well.  The lawn around the back and sides of the house make a great place for children to play, the fact that this property is surrounded by woods lends to the feeling of privacy.  Here is a link to the google map which shows that it is only about 2 miles from downtown Wasilla.  As you can see, the Mat-Su Borough val...
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By Gale Larson
(ShowCase Residential Staging)
Silver Bullet  Home staging is an under-utilized marketing tool in the Alaska market. Informed home sellers, realtors, investors, & landlords use the services of a professional home stager to make their properties "SIZZLE". The goal of staging is to "WOW" potential buyers. Today, people expect the extraordinary. It's time to raise the bar. Make your open house event sizzle. . .burn the image of an outstanding property in the mind of visitors. They will come with an offer in hand.                                               Get scheduled before my calendar is booked solid!                                                                What's In It For You?Buyers will covet your house = offer$ Schedule multiple properties & save money on  package offers- better hurrry before your compet...
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By Marty Van Diest, Your Alaskan Realtor
(Valley Market Real Estate)
I drove by a little yellow house off of Lucile Street in Wasilla today.  I took a good look as I went by.  Kids toys were outside in the fenced yard.  The driveway was plowed, the owners were obviously living there.  It made my day!  I thought back to last winter when that family first contacted us. They were being evicted from their rental in Palmer because they had taken in a friends dog while he was on vacation. Pets violated the lease and of course, the landlord stopped by while the dog was outside doing it's business.   It was the middle of winter and they had 55 days to get out of the home.  This was a good sized family, Dad and Mom and four kids.  They did not have a huge income but qualified for a VA loan.  They had always rented but were pretty disgusted at the lack of freedom....
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