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Monday Market Memo– April 8-14, 2014 April 14th, 2014

Categories: For Buyers

1882 N Dodge

1882 N Dodge

Here are the real estate statistics for this week.

And just in time for spring. Notice that the chart shows 56 new listings and 42 pendings for the week. That is an active market folks.

If you are in the market to buy or sell, now is the time to do it.

For buyers interest rates are still good. This is your chance to lock in a great rate an still get in a home for a reasonable price. There are about 30 more homes on the market this week than there were last week.

For sellers we are currently seeing lots of multiple offers on good homes.

We pended two homes for buyers today. In both cases our buyers were competing with others but won the bid. Primarily this was because they were prepared to act.

Check out the home in the top left. It’s on 2.5 acres, was built in 2005 and has over 2,300 square feet with a two car attached garage and it’s set up for horse. Price at only $239,900.

Email us by clicking the contact button in the top row or just call Marty at 232-7900.



Number of Listings Average Price Median Price DOM
New 56 $246,717 $241,500
Total Active 692 $276,452 $235,000 144
Pending 42 $224,060 $227,450 67
Closed 20 $206,345 $193,750 87

Take a look at last week’s Market Memo for a comparison.

Written by Marty Van Diest

Monday Market Memo for April 1-7, 2014 April 7th, 2014

Categories: For Buyers

Victory Chalet $275,000 on 1.66 acre

Victory Chalet
$275,000 on 1.66 acre

At last, the Monday Market Memo is BACK!!

And just in time for spring. Notice that the chart shows 55 new listings and 50 pendings for the week. That is an active market folks.

I also note that there are 666 total listings on the market in the valley, not that this means anything.

If you are in the market to buy or sell, now is the time to do it.

For buyers the selection is best for the next 2 months. More homes will be hitting the market each week so watch closely. If you would like us to put you on a watch just let us know your criteria and we will send you the hot listings every day.

For sellers it’s important not to wait too long because buyers are out there right now. If your house is priced right it will get action.

Email us by clicking the contact button in the top row or just call Marty at 232-7900.



Number of Listings Average Price Median Price DOM
New 55 $238,630 $229,900
Total Active 666 $277,333 $234,700 143
Pending 50 $204,098 $229,900K/strong> 67
Closed 27 $204,207 $200,000 97

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.

Written by Marty Van Diest

7129 E Finger Cove, Wasilla March 13th, 2014

Categories: For Buyers, My Listings



4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom
Tons of Finger Lake Frontage
$525,000

This is a 4,320 sqft home with 1.45 acres by Finger Lake. Three stories, three car detached garage, dock with stairs down to the lake. Deck and Balcony overlook Finger Lake, other views include Pioneer Peak and the Knik Glacier.

Office Area

The home offers 4 bedrooms plus an great office area, sauna, hot tub and big living and family rooms. There are fireplaces in both main gathering areas, and separate utility and laundry rooms. Each floor has a full bathroom.

Kitchen plus pantry, dining, living and 2 bedrooms/1bath are on the second floor with indoor and outdoor access to the ground floor. The massive master bedroom with walk-in closet is on the top floor and boasts some beautiful lake views.

Hot Tub


The ground floor has newer carpeting and includes a great office
area, huge family room, laundry/utility, full bathroom, sauna and hot tub area with cool accent tiles.

Easy commute from this home… only 40 minutes from Muldoon.
Click through the photos below, click “FS” to view them full screen.

7129 E Finger Cove

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Written by Marty Van Diest

24% Increase In Sales For Palmer and Wasilla Real Estate January 10th, 2014

Categories: For Buyers

9545 E Terry

9545 E Terry


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.




Year Total House Sales Average Price DOM
2013 1509 $228,094 82
2012 1216 $221,934 88
2011 1234 $213,894 89
2010 1162 $217,470 89
2009 1145 $212,436 9489

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.

Written by Marty Van Diest

The Reindeer Farm December 2nd, 2013

Categories: For Buyers

5561 Bodenburg Loop, Palmer Ak 99645 * 907-745-4000 * www.reindeerfarm.com

Where to Begin

Where to Begin

I 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.

Hay Ride and Maze

Hay Ride and Maze

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.

Maze

Maze

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.

Potato

Potato

Launch

Launch

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.

Pretty Please

Pretty Please


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.

Feeding Time

Feeding Time

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!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Written by Marty Van Diest

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