Apr 21, 2015

Alaska Total Real Estate Market Overview Update for the Week of April 20th, 2015

The summer selling season has come early this year and inventory is up!  Buyers are finally are getting to choose from more homes! Below you can find a link to a PDF file of the market overviews for different property types.  Please call if you have any questions!

Want to search for homes in your price range?  Access to all Alaska MLS listings available here at the CroomTeam.com!

Mar 20, 2015

Colony Builders- Anchorage Alaska Home Builder Review!

I've had the pleasure of working with Colony Builders and in the past year I've had several friends inquire about how they can build a new construction home in Anchorage and how do they get started!  There are many ways to go about this but I'd highly suggest calling me and we will tour a model home so that I can schedule a meeting with a builder that you have seen a home they've built and you understand the quality of their work!

If I was to build a new home today, I'd choose to work with Colony.  No questions about it.  Bill Taylor is the builder and he is not a "production builder" like Spinell or Hultquist and I've seen the resale homes and their values several years after the original owner lists them for sale and I've been very impressed on how well they hold value and appreciate and how the homes still show beautifully where other newer homes show very worn out because of the low quality products used.  Also, I'm a huge fan of craftsman style homes and you'll see a lot of those details in the homes Colony has built! 

Tami Taylor is the listing agent and also co-owns One Of Kind Design where most of the interior selections are chosen for your new Colony Home and she's great to work with also.  I've found that Colony gives very generous allowances for your cabinetry, flooring, plumbing, lighting, etc. and that makes a huge difference in the end product of your home! A lot of builders you will find will nickle and dime you with upgrades that you pay out of pocket and you won't know that until you get into choosing your materials and then you may be tempted to pick low grade materials just so you don't go over budget.

Most people ask me if I'm allowed to represent them or do they just go to the builder.  I love representing new construction clients and I do my best to guide you through the process and bring up any items that you may not have thought about but should be discussed and negotiated prior to making an offer on your new home!  There are so many decisions from the lot you choose and how the house sits on the lot to the layout of the lot and what walls and fixtures can be moved to customize your home.  The great thing about purchasing from Colony Builders is that you qualify for a home just like you do a resale home so you don't have to go through the difficult process of obtaining construction financing.  If you'd like to know what builders I have been less than pleased with, feel free to call me at 907-317-1992 and I'm more than happy to discuss that with you! I'll even show you one of "those" homes and then take you to a Colony build and show you the difference. 

Currently Colony is building in Resolution Pointe and Brookwood in Anchorage and you can find more information about their floorplans at http://www.colonybuildersak.com/

A Sneak Preview of Our Listings!

We have 3 great listings coming on the market by April 1st!!  If you are a buyer or Realtor, please call me at 317-1992 and I will give you more information!

Downtown- $945,000
Over 4,000 square feet with a large mother in law apartment!  Huge lot, rare find!  In true downtown!

U-Med Area- Price to be determined
2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1 car garage!

Lower Hillside off of Elmore and O'malley- $449,900
5 bedrooms, 2 bathroom, renovated throughout, real wood floors just installed, completely remodeled kitchen and baths!  Half acre level lot! Over 2100 sq. ft.

All 3 will have presale home inspections before they are posted on the MLS.

Visit us at TheCroomTeam.com for more featured listings!!

Mar 16, 2015

4 Safety Issues to Repair Today!

I sold a wonderful townhome recently in Anchorage and the inspection revealed 4 common safety issues that we see a lot lately!  These are definitely items that you should take care of now rather than waiting until you sell your home because they protect your family and tenants now.

1.  Safety barrier in front of your gas fired appliances.
The Muni now requires a steel post in front of gas appliances in the garage.  This post can be purchased at Central Plumbing and heating and is screwed into the cement garage floor.  The handout from the Muni can be found at this link: https://www.muni.org/Departments/OCPD/development/BSD/Handouts/handoutm02.pdf
2. GFCI protection in all outlets above counter tops.
Your refrigerator outlet should not be GFCI protected and protection to an outlet does mean each outlet should have a push button tester on it, in fact electricians suggest not having that many push button outlets!  More FAQ including GFCI protection can be found here: http://www.muni.org/Departments/OCPD/development/BSD/Pages/HomeOwnersFAQ.aspx

3. Smoke detectors in each bedroom and hallway and not more than 10 years old.
You should test your detectors regularly as well as replace batteries once a year but if you twist off the detector and the manufacturing date on the back of it is 2005 or older, it's time to toss them and install new detectors.  Install the bedroom detectors within the first few feet in front of the door on the ceiling.  More FAQ including CO and smoke detectors can be found here: http://www.muni.org/Departments/OCPD/development/BSD/Pages/HomeOwnersFAQ.aspx

4.  Sealing holes or missing sheetrock in the garage sheetrock.
By having holes in the sheetrock, it reduces the fire protection sheetrock gives you.  The pipes getting warm over the years deterioriates the sealant and will need fire caulking added from time to time!  Your sealant needs to be rated for the fire protection.  Check with a hardware store to  make sure you are getting the right kind.  The foamy orange caulking is NOT the right type and we tend to see that used a lot lately!

Make a trip to the hardware store this weekend and knock out these few projects in no time and keep your family safe!