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24% Increase In Sales For Palmer and Wasilla Real Estate January 10th, 2014
We are ten days into the new year. This is a great time to look back to see what 2013 was like. As I mentioned in the updates all year, 2013 was a definite improvement over the previous years.
We had a 24% increase in residential sales this year. That’s huge in anybody’s book. Compare that to only a 6% increase from 2009-2012. This big of a jump in one year is very significant. Look at the chart on the bottom. And check out posts from 2012 and 2011 for comparison. The hard numbers are a little different because I used some different criteria, but the trends are the same.
I’m not sure if 2014 will look the same. I know that we are very busy here at Valley Market Real Estate. Our advice to sellers is not to wait until spring to put your house on the market. There are serious buyers out there right now. A house that is priced right and in good shape is going to get a lot of interest.
The house in the upper corner just came on the market for $212,000. Check out the video . It’s a pretty amazing house for the price.
Total House Sales
This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by, and to, the subscribers of Alaska Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (AK MLS, Inc.). AK MLS, Inc. does not guarantee nor is it in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by AK MLS, Inc. is for its own use and may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.
The Reindeer Farm December 2nd, 2013
5561 Bodenburg Loop, Palmer Ak 99645 * 907-745-4000 * www.reindeerfarm.comI like to hike the Butte. Looking down from almost any rest spot I can see the Reindeer Farm, and notice that there is a lot of action almost any day. That’s when I often comment, “we should go do that”- well we finally did. This time, I was part of the action.
When we arrived at the farm’s parking lot I could not believe how full it was. I also could not believe how reasonable was the admission at $10 a person. The first thing I saw when I walked through the gate was a picture perfect pumpkin patch. After walking through the pumpkins to the center of the action I realized just how much there was to do. There were horse drawn carriages, a hot chocolate hut, and a food cart. Should we feed the horses first or ride them? For a minute or two I was not sure which way to go.
I could see that the hay ride was about to begin so my crew and I hopped on. What I thought was going to be a stroll round the farm actually turned out to be a ride to the other side of the farm. A very cool ride at that. This is were I found my two favorites of the farm.
First was the Hay Bale Maze. This was no dinky maze ether. It took a good 20 minutes to navigate. I could see over the bales but that only offered minimal help, however, I eventually did get to feel the success of mastering the maze.
Second favorite was the potato launching sling-shot. The goal was to hit the blue barrels and scare crows that were about a football field away. We each got 5 tries and if we hit the target we could pick from the treasure chest. If you ask me the prize is getting to launch a potato at high speed.
When we were done enjoying our time at the back of the property we hopped back on the hay ride which brought us back to where we started. But we weren’t ready to leave because there was much more fun to be had. Rabbit holding, Hot chocolate sipping and spooky barn exploring were next.
I found it very hard to resist the “pretty please can we take a rabbit home? PPLLLLEEEAASE.”
Last but not least for me and my crew was to feed the reindeer from our hands. SO fun and exciting! You might think that the reindeer would mistake your finger for food but they have mastered how to eat the food and not you.This experience was just as fun for me as it was for my kids and nephew. Not only did I enjoy the Reindeer Farm but I enjoyed wathcing the kids having fun and being adventurous in a cool safe way!
Wasilla and Palmer Real Estate Market, 2013 year to date. October 21st, 2013I have been making periodic reports on the real esstate market this year. Here is the August report and the March report.
Both of these reports indicated a strong year for the market in the Valley. I have been concentrating on the Palmer and Wasilla areas because that is where over 80% of the properties are sold.
Since the Alaska Dispatch recently caught up with the story in Home Prices In South-Central Highest Ever I thought I would do an update.
See the hard data below. I rounded off the prices to the nearest thousand dollars.
I included both average and median prices. Some people would rather use the median price since that tends to eliminate fluctuations caused by extremely low or high sales.
Total House Sales
It’s easy to see that this is a strong year for sales. Prices have increased somewhat and the demand is bound to continue to push prices up unless something like the economy or interest rates step in to change things.
By the way, if you happen to be looking for a home with a view it’s really hard to beat the one pictured above. Call or email for more details on that house. Price has been reduced to $360,000 for a 5 bedroom house with a fantastic view.
This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by, and to, the subscribers of Alaska Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (AK MLS, Inc.). AK MLS, Inc. does not guarantee nor is it in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by AK MLS, Inc. is for its own use and may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. – See more at: http://valleymarket.com
Marty Van Diest, Tele 907.232.7900 / marty[at]valleymarket[dot]com
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