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Home Buying in Anchorage : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Jun 29, 2017
Steve Bracero answered:
Pending- an offer has been made on the home and it is in the process of closing... It is possible the house can go back on the market but likely you will see it is sold within 30-60 days after the offer is accepted. ... more
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Fri May 5, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
I'm a former realtor and my advice is DO NOT CLOSE PERIOD!!! Having been a licensed realtor, your agent is telling you to close but hold back the money because 1) he/she wants to receive their commission check and 2) the title / deed can be registered with the county making you the new owner.

This is a very bad deal for you because ...

1) If the title / deed passes from the current owner to you, then all rights and responsibilities of owning the home is on your shoulders. Therefore, ALL the garbage will be your responsibility and the owner doesn't have to get rid of it.

2) The realtors don't care (including yours) because once a real estate transaction closes, they have no further responsibility to do anything. Meaning they don't have to get involved and their advice will be:
"I'm sorry but since the transaction closed and you're the new owner, you need to contact an attorney. I can recommend one and here's the phone number."

To repeat - once you close, the house and all the responsibilities are yours. Do NOT listen to your realtor. You have every right to delay the closing until ALL the garbage is thrown out. Your agent can wait a few days to get paid. If your agent gives you a hard time, tell him/her "too bad. They are not paying your mortgage, property taxes and insurance."
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Mon Feb 27, 2017
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Thu Aug 4, 2016
Alysse Musgrave answered:
Hire an Exclusive Buyer Agent to represent you. EBAs represent homebuyers only so there is no conflict of interest to jeopardize your negotiating position. Visit for a referral.

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Tue Feb 9, 2016
Slauzier asked:
why aren't Anchorage median prices and prices/sq.ft. listed as in other cities?
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Sun Jan 17, 2016
Mark S. asked:
I am stationed at the American Embassy in Warsaw, Poland - Is there a way to get qualified without using a US phone number? You can use my email for contact and leave me a number I can…
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Sun Dec 27, 2015
Shayes asked:
Two bedrooms 1-12 bath monthly dues okay. Would like lots of Windows with a view.
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Sun Aug 30, 2015
Forgivennt4saken asked:
Looking for a va lender that can do a 580 credit score in anchorage, alaska
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Mon Jun 8, 2015
Gary Cox answered:
Every property is different. If you want me to take a look, please call me at 907-727-4279. Thanks-Gary
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Sat Feb 28, 2015
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
Fri Dec 5, 2014
Dan Tabit answered:
Probably not. Most of the homes listed as Foreclosures are not currently for sale and when they are, the price will not be what you saw here. RealtyTrac sells subscriptions, not homes. You can get foreclosure information from a great local agent, as well as real homes you can buy. Best of luck. ... more
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Fri Oct 24, 2014
Kristina Carlson answered:
It has been an interesting year in Real Estate up in Alaska. We started off the year with low inventory to now having a few months of inventory to chose from. The market will be a lot more competitive during the summer months as that is when most people like to move. It will all depend on your time frame and location of property. Let me know if you would like more information about a certain area as I would be happy to help. :) ... more
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Wed Sep 24, 2014
Kristina Carlson answered:
This is not uncommon when dealing with banks. There are so many people involved with the decision making that things get lost or pushed back very easily. Be patient and ask your realtor to follow up with your offer and the bank on a regular basis. Once the property is actually sold, there will be a contingency for 3rd party approval and that is how you know it is no longer available. Sometimes it can take months to actually open escrow as the 3rd party approval is a very slow process. Make sure to give yourself enough time to close on a REO property and don't set your expectations too high as you have no say in the timing of the transaction. But, if you are patient and diligent it will all pay off in the end. Consider it "sweat equity." ... more
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Tue Jun 17, 2014
David J. Parks answered:
If you need help finding a house, give me a call... here is a list of Alaskan themed reality shows - which does not include "Buying Alaska" or "Living Alaska" which would make a reality show of you buying a home. Hope all is well. David 907-350-0144

The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Kid
Alaska State Troopers (TV series)
Alaska Wing Men
Alaska: The Last Frontier
The Alaskans

Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold: Under The Ice
Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp

Deadliest Catch

Flying Wild Alaska

Gold Rush (TV series)

Ice Road Truckers

Klondike (miniseries)
Klondike (TV series)
Kodiak (TV series)

Life Below Zero

Men in Trees

M cont.
Mounted in Alaska

Northern Exposure

Out of the Wild

Sarah Palin's Alaska

Top Chef (season 10)
Tougher In Alaska

Ultimate Survival Alaska

Yukon Men
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