fairbanks ak realtors: Denali Estates - Fairbanks Condominium - 11/02/09 07:56 PM
Fairbanks Real Estate - Denali Estates - Fairbanks Condominiums

Built in 1982 by Jerry Sadler, Denali Estates is one of the most sought after condo addresses in Fairbanks.   Many owners have resided in their condominium since it was built and take a great deal of pride in the building.  Denali Estates encompasses forty units over three floors.  75% of the units have assigned indoor parking and separate indoor storage areas.  The remainder of the units have off-street assigned parking.
While not a new development Denali Estates has been very well cared for with most units showing very well.  We lived … (12 comments)

fairbanks ak realtors: Sullivan Roadhouse ~ Delta Junction, Alaska History - 07/20/09 05:00 AM
Sullivan Roadhouse ~ Delta Junction, Alaska History
The terminus of the historic 1,422 mile Alaska (or Alcan) Highway lies at the heart of Delta Junction, Alaska. At that junction, travelers headed north to Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright or Eielson Air Force Base will find the Sullivan Roadhouse - the oldest original roadhouse still standing in Interior Alaska.

Following the lure of the Klondike gold rush to Alaska in the 1890's, Jack Sullivan and Florence Hamburg joined thousands of others on the long, arduous trek north with dreams of strikng it rich.  It was in Nome, Alaska that they met and were … (23 comments)

fairbanks ak realtors: Wordless Wednesday - Fairbanks Alaska Florists - 07/15/09 09:55 PM
Fairbanks Alaska Florists - Keeping your home and office beautiful and fragrant!
Although we live north of the 64th parallel, Kathy and I are southerners through and through.  Moose chili, banana puddin', fresh halibut and grits can always be found in our home.  We northern-transplanted southerners sure do like to eat well.  One of the other traditions that followed us around the world and north to Alaska is always having fresh cut flowers in the house.

I remember as a boy how my mother would fuss over 'the garden.'  Hours were spent in a big wide brimmed straw hat in … (18 comments)

fairbanks ak realtors: 2009 World Eskimo Indian Olympics - 07/15/09 05:29 AM
For centuries the people who called the circumpolar areas of the globe home have survived and thrived in some of the harshest conditions imaginable.  They lived off what God and Mother Nature provided. 
Shelters were built to shield families from the elements from primitive materials. Imagine, if you can, building a home capable of enduring a harsh Alaskan winter without making a single trip to Home Depot.  Hunting parties tested their patience, endurance and skill against the animals that shared the landscape with them.  The byproducts of their hunting also provided the raw materials necessary for clothing to keep them warm … (24 comments)

fairbanks ak realtors: I'm shocked... - 05/13/09 06:25 PM
Mr. Buyer... you're still on the fence about buying a home in Fairbanks, Alaska?    
The Fairbanks Real Estate Market is still humming right along... Uncle Sam will give first time homebuyers an $8,000 credit... and you can even use it as (part/all) of your down payment... Fairbanks/North Pole Home Buyers can receive up to a $7,500 rebate on a new construction home... Rates for a 30 year fixed loan are below 5% (4.625% as of 5/13/2009)
** Whatcha waiting for? **
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fairbanks ak realtors: Climb that mountain.... - 05/08/09 04:22 AM
I swore I would never, ever make that trip again.  The last time I did, it cost a pretty penny to charter a helicopter to fly me off the mountain.  For some reason I have an aversion to looking out the window of a bus (driven by an undoubtedly high college kid who looks like he's one toke away from driving us all to a certain death) and seeing terra firma... 1,500 feet straight down.  Nope.  Sorry. Just not gonna do it.

This past weekend the boss and I took some much needed R&R time and headed south to Denali … (28 comments)

fairbanks ak realtors: Fairbanks Ak Real Estate - Market Report - 04/15/09 02:33 PM
Fairbanks, Alaska Real Estate - Market Report As much as it will surprise many buyers, and a few sellers, parts of the Fairbanks market are starting to strongly favor sellers. A limited inventory of homes for sale is causing buyers to scramble for, and in many cases, compete with other buyers for homes. I've talked to no less than 7 or 8 agents in the past couple of weeks who say their clients lost 'the house' because of multiple offers. It's true. Multiple offers are alive and well in Fairbanks. North Pole, for example, has seen a marked decrease in the … (4 comments)

fairbanks ak realtors: A Modern Revolution - Fairbanks, Alaska Tax Day Tea Party - 04/13/09 08:38 PM

It's time to send a message to our government... Stop Spending Our Money. 
I have long been a small government fiscal conservative.  The Federal Government was not designed to be nor did the Founding Fathers dream it would ever evolve into a bloated, inefficient, constituent ignoring, revenue inhaling entitlement distribution center. 
It's time for a modern Declaration of Independence from those who serve only to further their own power.  We need to return this nation to her people.
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government … (11 comments)

fairbanks ak realtors: The place I call home... - 04/13/09 01:57 AM

 
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fairbanks ak realtors: The art of the deal...or not - 04/12/09 03:22 PM
Principles of negotiation.  Books have been written about it.  Speakers travel the world lecturing about it.  Millions have been spent trying to uncover the secret.  For some, it will remain an abstract principle they will sadly never master.
A few weeks ago I had the chance to speak with a fellow for whom negotiations had not been a kind mistress.  This fellow, we'll call him Stanley, set out to buy a home for his family and ended up outmaneuvered by a more skilled negotiator into a contract he now wishes he had never signed.
Stanley and his family had been renting … (56 comments)

fairbanks ak realtors: Spring in the Interior... - 04/08/09 03:27 AM
It isn't exactly an Kincaid landscape, is it?.  Like many of our northern neighbors we're still covered in snow.  A lot of it.  The good news is it is melting. The bad news is it's taking it's sweet time about it. 

 While I'll admit that I'm not overly fond of watching the mercury drop below negative sixty, I love winter.  The beauty that comes with a drastically altered landscape, weekend trips to the mountains to sit in front of a roaring fire and drink hot toddies or picnicking on the back of the snowmachine in the middle of a frosted forest. … (13 comments)

fairbanks ak realtors: Speechless Sunday... - 03/01/09 04:43 AM
... or not.
This seal is one of many adorning the vault doors in the old Courthouse.  Originally built as a Federal Courthouse in 1932, the building is now office condo's in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska.  This is one of about a dozen vaults in the building, most of which have had the lock mechanism removed... but a select few still remain. 

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fairbanks ak realtors: Wordy Wednesday - 02/25/09 06:08 PM

The worst is behind us... winter weather, that is.  It seems as though we have passed through the dark days of winter and are emerging into spring mode. 
It's a little early yet t break out the John Deere and although we'll have snow on the ground for a while longer we're earerly looking forward to summer.
Before we know it we'll be having backyard BBQ's, planning trips to the lake and digging out my 'Fear No Fish' cap to slay some salmon.  There'll be trips to McKinley, wildlife to view and friends and family will start piling into Hotel … (33 comments)

fairbanks ak realtors: First-time Buyers of Fairbanks, Alaska homes get up to an $8,000 Rebate! - 02/20/09 03:16 AM
First time buyers of Fairbanks, Alaska homes get up to an $8,000 Rebate!The "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009" recently signed into law improves the Federal tax credit to first-time Fairbanks homebuyers.  This is a credit back to first time Fairbanks homebuyers or a credit against taxes currently owed to Uncle Sam.
How does this apply to Fairbanks homebuyers? To qualify for the tax credit...
You have to be a first time home buyer; meaning the borrower(s) can not have owned a home at anytime in the last three years; Your income can't exceed $75,000 for a single borrower or … (12 comments)

fairbanks ak realtors: When EXACTLY is enough, enough? - 02/09/09 06:33 PM
The news de jour today is that the US Senate is voting on yet another proposed economic stimulus package.  Well, pardon me if I don't break out my pom-pom's and kazoo and shout hallelujah.  I actually feel more like sitting on the curb, putting my head in my hands and saying a prayer the Capitol will suddenly fall into a giant sinkhole never to be seen again.
When do we say enough is enough? 
"The stimulus package the U.S. Congress is completing would raise the government’s commitment to solving the financial crisis to $9.7 trillion, enough to pay off more than … (106 comments)

fairbanks ak realtors: Fairbanks AK Real Estate - December 2008 Market Review - 02/04/09 01:10 AM
Fairbanks Alaska Real Estate - December 2008 Market Review
Yes, the title says December. It's been a busy month for the Fairbanks estate market... or at least it has for our office. End of month stats will ultimately tell the tale if it's market wide.  
We saw some surprising numbers in December.  Although the number of Fairbanks homes sold was down 19% over December 2007, we saw a near 36% increase in sales over November 2008. Many folks I spoke to were expecting the December numbers to be quite bleak.
Homes in Fairbanks spent less time on the market in December … (0 comments)

fairbanks ak realtors: Attention: Eielson AFB Students - Scholarship Funds Available - 02/03/09 02:06 PM
Together, the Air Force Sergeants Association, the Airmen Memorial Foundation and the Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force Association offer annual scholarships to eligible, dependent children of Air Force Active Duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command enlisted members and Air Force Sergeants Association Members in active, retired or veteran status.More than $1.5 million has been awarded through the AFSA Scholarship programs.  Dependents with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and a minimum combined SAT score of 1650 or a combined ACT score of 24 are encouraged to submit an application.  Applications for the upcoming academic year … (3 comments)

fairbanks ak realtors: Mt. Redoubt....Where have all the virgins gone? (LOCALISM FEATURED) - 02/02/09 03:54 PM
Yesterday while standing in line at the grocery store I overheard two fellows talking about Mt. Redoubt.  I was thumbing through the latest National Enquirer Alaska magazine while waiting on the cashier to figure out what the produce code for a yellow squash was when I overheard...
"All we need is to find a few good virgins and the volcano gods will be happy again."
After a round of hearty laughter the other fellow looks at him and says "yea right, do they even make them anymore." 
The official news from the Alaska Volcano Observatory is that we're still experiencing significant … (53 comments)

fairbanks ak realtors: Fairbanks Condominium Directory - 2008 Market Review - 02/02/09 01:31 AM
Fairbanks Alaska Condominiums... All the benefits of home ownership without all the work. Sound good? If so, a Fairbanks condominium might be perfect. Fairbanks has a wide variety of condominium projects to choose from starting with a cozy 1 bedroom 1 bath flat for $88,000 to a stunning new condominium development on the Chena River for $350,000. Most Fairbanks condominium fees include heating oil/natural gas, water/sewer, lawn care, snow removal, refuse service, structural insurance and building maintenance. There are a handful of condominiums that include everything listed above except heating oil/natural gas. For those select developments the condominium fees are generally … (4 comments)

fairbanks ak realtors: Mt. Redoubt Eruption Update... - 02/01/09 02:21 PM

News from the Alaska Volcano Observatory this morning suggest we're getting closer to a Mt. Redoubt eruption.  Located approximately 95 miles southwest of Anchorage, Mt. Redoubt has been showing increased seismec activity for more than  a week. 
While an eruption hasn't ocurred yet, smoke plumes have been spotted on a number of ocassions and hole in the glacier has greatly enlarged since the last AVO overflight, suggesting the likelyhood of an eruption remains very high.
According to the latest measurements, the opening in the glacier is now the size of two football fields wide and increasing.  The photo to the … (20 comments)

 
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