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Home Selling in Anchorage : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Apr 6, 2017
Sunnie Houle asked:
Fri Sep 9, 2016
Angelica P answered:

To post your home for sale by owner on Trulia, click the link below and select Submit listings for sale.

You will be redirected to our partner site, Zillow. Once you activate your listing on Zillow, it will appear on Trulia within 24 hours.

For future reference, you can feel free to contact us about this type of inquiry through our contact form here:

Thank you for using Trulia!

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Tue Jun 21, 2016
Mrichardson asked:
I am the owner and would like to update with photos. This was just listed this morning.
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Thu Jun 2, 2016
Holly Stanton asked:
Thu Jun 2, 2016
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Fri May 13, 2016
Jeffrey.hase asked:
extension. Realtor was the listing licensee representing herself making 3% brokerage commission. She has a back up offer where she is acting as both the selling and the listing licensee…
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Sat Mar 19, 2016
Mike Stassen asked:
Fri Jul 24, 2015
Simon Watson answered:
One way for sale by owners to show up on the Trulia listings is to
post it on a web site called FIZBER.COM, it will show up on Truila within 24-48 hours

Simon Watson
Keller Williams Realty-East Bay
VA Buyer Experts
(925) 286-7112
(510) 859-4773
BRE 01881304
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Mon Oct 20, 2014
Kristina Carlson answered:
The summer is going to be a peak season for buyers but Anchorage has a competitive market in the winter time as well. Since Anchorage is a transient city, there are always people coming and going no matter what time of year. There are transplants coming from all over the world to work in the exciting fields that Alaska has to offer.

The main downside to selling in the winter is the buyers are not able to see the landscaping of the home which can add a lot of value. Buyers can also be hesitant to pull the trigger as the roof and some other exterior items are not accessible. I would recommend that if you are planning on selling in the winter, keep some landscaping pictures on hand so that the buyer can see all of the value in your home.
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Fri Mar 7, 2014
Trina Pomeroy answered:
You can absolutely put your home up for sale and have it be contingent upon your move, and as Erica mentioned, it is just a matter of finding a buyer who is agreeable to your terms. I am in the middle of a transaction right now where the Seller is leaving state at the end of May, but we are Closing on the property next week and have an Occupancy Agreement in place with prorated rent until the day the Seller vacates the property, at which point possession will be given to the Buyer. So, it is definitely doable! Please feel free to give me a call - I would be happy to help you with this as I have experience with situations such as yours. (907)223-7966 ... more
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Wed Feb 5, 2014
Erica Thynes answered:
My understanding is the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 states single taxpayers can exclude up to $250,000 in profits on their home's sale. Married couples (file jointly) can exclude $500,000 from their taxable income. You do not have to buy a replacement home, and your age is not factored. After you take the exclusion, you could buy a less expensive home or even rent one. The IRS will let you use the exclusion each time you sell your primary residence IF 1. you have owned and used the home as your primary residence for at least two out of the previous five years, and 2. you haven't used the exclusion during the preceding two years. So if you net, $500,000 or less and you file jointly, you won't be taxed. For example, you net $600,000 on the sale of the house, you will be taxed on the $100,000 you profit due to the $500,000 exclusion. Please confirm with your accountant. ... more
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Sun May 12, 2013
Katrina Benton answered:
You may be overlooking one of the most important benefits of working with a real estate professional.

A vast majority of the people who visit "for sale by owner" homes are casual lookers, unqualified prospects, bargain hunters, and thieves.

Letting strangers into your home without an agent running interference can put not only your property as risk, but your family members as well.

If you are trying to sell your home yourself, you have no way to screen prospects. I do.

As an experienced real estate professional, I can spare you the headaches that go with selling a home, including screening prospective buyers.

Call me 907-865-6469, and take the risk out of selling your home - and get you the best price in the least amount of time.


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Sat Mar 23, 2013
Jim Gribbin answered:
You should have scheduled the utilities to be turned off as of the day of closing. It is the Buyer's resposibility to schedule utilities to be turned on as of that same date.

The utilities are not in the Realtor's name and we really can't have utilities turned on or off without written authorization from the client (you). The utilitiy companies generally ask for a copy of that written authorization before they will let us do that sort of thing and are even asking for Notarized signatures on requests we Realtors put in lately. The thing to do now, is for you to have the utilies turned off.

As far as collecting for utilities you've accidently paid on the Buyer's behalf, I doubt it would be worth the legal hassles involved. You could always ask the Buyers though.
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Mon Mar 4, 2013
Jim Gribbin answered:
There is always a potential tax liability. Us Realtors are really not the ones to ask about this. I would recommend talking to an accountant ASAP!!!

Best of luck. I have a friend in a similar situation right now. ... more
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Wed Jul 11, 2012
Dale Lamoreux answered:
Hello Tom - if you want an attorney look over your contracts - as with anything - see if you can get one referred to you so you get one you have confidence. Other than that - realtors don't have much interaction with real estate attorneys. If i can answer any of your questions regarding real estate you can reach me at 907-441-9134

Bye for now,
Dale Lamoreux
Associate Broker, CRS, GRI, ABR, REALTOR®
"Your Real Estate Guardian Angel"®

"CRS of the Year 2009" "Serving Buyers & Sellers since 2000"
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Thu Jun 7, 2012
Broc Murri answered:
Hi Bev,

Yes, just do an online search, it runs about $300 or so.
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Wed Mar 16, 2011
Mark Mandigo answered:
Appraiser's try to find sold properties that are as close to the same as possible for comparison's sake. Within a mile or two of each other, year built, style, square footage, etc... Then they start making adjustments. These adjustments very upon other determining factors like how much of that square footage is above ground, cathedral ceilings that go from first floor to second story ceiling, etc...

This is all so they can make good comparisons, you don't want to compare an apple to an orange even though they are both a piece of fruit!

In different parts of Anchorage where the homes were built in the 50's - 70's many of them had no garage but did have a carport. Quite often the owners would enclose the carport and install a door. Sometimes they insulated and sheet rocked them, sometimes not. It's a good idea to have you're Realtor and home inspector investigate this if it's an older home in a long standing established neighborhood.

In Anchorage I've been seeing about $8,000 per additional car bay when it's an actual attached heated garage. NOTE: This is not the same as the difference between having a garage and having no garage, whether it's 1, 2 or 3 bay.

If you would like my "Cheat Sheet" of standard appraisers adjustments which I have compiled using many appraisals from my successful sold listings, just email me at and put Appraisers Cheat Sheet in the subject line, or call me at 907-223-8422.

Mark Mandigo is a licensed Real estate professional and a REALTOR® for the State Of Alaska you can visit his Blog at
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Fri Nov 19, 2010
Jimmie Anderson answered:
Stacy sometime the assessors office information is not correct for what ever reason.
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Mon Mar 1, 2010
Brandon Thorud answered:
In Alaska, we are known as licensees instead of agents for the purpose of this response. If the home your looking to purchase is listed with a licensee, you should find your own buyers licensee so you are represented. If you are purchasing a FSBO, a licensee is not necessary, but still recommended. You are never obligated to purchase a home with a licensee if you have not signed an exlusive buyers agreement to work with that licensee. You are free to work with whomever you feel will represent your best interests. Someone that you feel comfortable with, someone you feel you can trust.

Cindy Wilson
RE/MAX of Eagle River
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Sun Oct 25, 2009
Jenell Blue answered:
Commission structures can be confusing for most people. Search through Google or Yahoo for lower cost commission realtors and compare what they offer.
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