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Zillow Adds Public Reviews January 24th, 2011

Categories: About Wasilla Real Estate News

Zillow, a major real estate website has recently added a feature by which customers can give evaluations of their experiences working with their Realtor.

Some of my past clients have voluntarily published reviews on the site. You can read them here.

Since most of my business comes from word-of-mouth advertising I really appreciate this. If you are one of my past clients and would like to add a review all you need to do is click on the above link and then go to”write review”.

Written by Marty Van Diest

Uncle Bill Can Sell Houses In A Down Market July 9th, 2008

Categories: About Wasilla Real Estate News, For Sellers

I have an Uncle Bill who sold his home and real estate investments in southern California about 25 years ago. He moved to to northwestern Arkansas and reinvested.

Of course, with the difference in prices he was able to buy a LOT of houses.  I always joke that he bought up half the town.  Maintaining and managing those homes has been a full time job ever since, but they provided him a good living.

He is about the most productive person I have ever known.  I rode with him for a day on a maintenance run of some of his properties.  He could get more done in less time than anyone I ever met.  I had a hard time keeping up with him even though I was only holding the ends of the boards.

So now he has decided it’s time to sell most of his houses.  And he is selling them one by one and doing it easily.  He knows it’s a slow market so here is how he does it.

  • He makes sure the home is vacant.  These are rental properties and it is always harder to sell a property with a tenant in it than if it is vacant.  This is not necessarily true of owner occupied homes. 
  • He catches up on all the maintenance.  Nothing is left half-way done.  If it needs to be fixed, he fixes it.  If it needs to be replaced, he replaces it.  He does a good job on everything and then repaints.
  • He makes sure the lawns are mowed.  He and his grandson make the rounds regularly to make sure the houses look good from the outside.
  • He prices them to sell.  He doesn’t have an inflated opinion of value.  He looks at all the competition and then prices his house about $10,000 below the lowest competitor. 

So his homes are in better shape, are easier to view, and are priced better than the competition. 

And guess what?  They sell…quickly.  It is rare for him to have a home on the market more than a couple weeks  Buyers look at the competition and the choice is obvious.

We could all learn a thing or two from Uncle Bill.


Written by Marty Van Diest

My Dad’s a Blogger! January 17th, 2008

Categories: About Wasilla Real Estate News

Who says the internet is for the young generation.  Sure, my teenagers seem to find their way around the web like it’s their back yard, but we more mature folk can use it as well.

My Dad, Gale Van Diest, seems to take to it naturally.  He introduced my to Skype, and talks with his grandkids on Instant Messenger.  Can you believe it…he’s even on Facebook!

Now he has a blog…check it out at Gale’s Blog .

Written by Marty Van Diest

MatSuMLS Is History November 11th, 2007

Categories: About Wasilla Real Estate News, For Buyers, For Sellers

I have had quite a few questions about what happened to  If you click on it, it will go to an error page.  That is because it was bought out by AlaskaMLS inc.  MatSuMLS was owned by the Valley Board of Realtors who ran the Valley MLS system.  Most Mat-Su valley real estate companies belonged to both MLS systems.  Now there is only one MLS system for Valley Realtors, and that is the Alaska Statewide MLS system.

Alaska MLS inc. is a  broker owned, not Realtor owned, MLS system that has all of the Anchorage, Kenai, Kachemak, and now the Mat-Su Valley listings.  There are additional listings from many other areas of Alaska on the Alaska MLS system. 

The new place to search is the public website for the Alaska MLS.  That site is .  Don’t go to any more, it doesn’t work.

Written by Marty Van Diest

Wasilla Real Estate News Shows ALL The Listings August 31st, 2007

Categories: About Wasilla Real Estate News

It’s been awhile coming, but now you can search all the listings in the Wasilla, Palmer and Anchorage just by clicking the Search Everyone’s Listings link to the upper-right.

I’m still tweaking this so check it out and send me an email if you would like to see something different.  The goal is to have it simple, fast, and easy.

Please note…I don’t ask you to sign in.  Just search all you want.  I believe it’s faster and easier than the search engine on  If you would like to see some different choices please let me know.

Remember, I can show you any of the houses that you find on your search.   Just give me a call on my cell phone 907 232–7900.  Or send me an [email protected] .

Written by Marty Van Diest

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