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
12753 W Birch, Palmer AK October 17th, 2013You will find this cozy chalet to be an easy 15 minute drive from downtown Wasilla and even closer to Big Lake. Speaking of lakes, this house is located on Long Lake. Your view will be of jumping trout just asking to be caught by you.
There are three bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms. It also features a loft area, and an open-great room concept with vaulted ceilings. The front wall of the house is full of windows looking out over the lake.
Not only is it lake front and on a quiet road but also beautifully landscaped making it perfect for outdoor play.
15250 Kristofer Lane, Palmer AK October 17th, 2013Two shops and a house best sums up this property. This would be a great place to operate your small business.
The first shop is attached to the front of the house, but there is a surprise inside. A cozy apartment makes up the back third of the structure. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and the kitchen dining living are open to each other. The attic is large enough for plenty of storage and has a bonus room.
The second shop is detached and has its own driveway. This second shop would be perfect for your small business patrons to use.
Rural Development Loan Changes For Palmer and Wasilla Alaska October 16th, 2013
Rural Development loans have long been a part of our real estate landscape in the Mat-Su Valley. When I was first licensed, the city of Palmer was the only area that qualified for Rural Development loans. Sometime later the rest of the Valley opened up to it.
Now, since October 1, certain areas are no longer considered rural as far as the United States Department of Agriculture,(USDA)is concerned. Yes, the USDA administers a mortgage loan program for rural areas of the United States. Anchorage of course does not qualify, but much of the valley does.
Recently, a map was produced to show the areas that did not qualify for this program. The Wasilla and Knik-Fairview areas were high-lighted in a recent census as the fastest growing areas in Alaska. Apparently this caught the eye of the USDA because that is the area that was disqualified.
If you have any questions about the Rural Development loans to see if you might qualify for this zero down program give us a call.
Marty 907 232=7900
Jay 907 232-4852
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