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Unique House Pricing and Unique Realtor Compensation June 24th, 2014

Categories: For Sellers, Wasilla Real Estate News

I thought I would post an email I sent today to show how we work at Valley Market Real Estate. I made a few redactions to protect identities but otherwise this is just a copy and paste of an email sent just a few days ago.

Hello,

I viewed your house with XXXXXXX. It was good that I did. I was in your house just once quite a few years ago. It is certainly a unique Alaskan house.

There are really no close comparisons to your house to try to nail down a real accurate price that a buyer will be willing to pay. The woodwork in the house is impressive and the fact that much of it is recycled wood makes it even better.

The location is also extremely unique. It is unlikely that the land around it will be developed in the foreseeable future. It is hard to find properties like this.

After viewing the property I would have to say that the value is around $250K with a margin of error of 10% or so. So that is a range of $225-$275K. I know that is a huge range, but with the current market situation and the extremely unique property I don’t feel it would be responsible to let you believe we can price this more accurately than that.

It’s one thing to compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges but when you have a pomegranate in an apple orchard it’s a little difficult to make good comparisons.

I am VERY flexible when it comes to marketing choices. I have different packages ranging from 4.5% to 7%. All the packages include great photos, good signage and extensive internet coverage. I do the same amount of support on the transaction management portion of it, and that is really where a real estate licensee’s value lies.

Give me a call

Marty Van Diest
Valley Market Real Estate
907 232-7900
[email protected]

Written by Marty Van Diest

Sing Me Back Home, Again January 27th, 2013

Categories: Wasilla Real Estate News

Paul Holmberg

Paul Holmberg

Album reviews are a rare occurrence on Valleymarket.com. In fact this is the first one, and likely the last. Paul Holmberg is a friend of mine who is releasing a new CD this week. Come to Vagabond Blues in Palmer Friday Feb. 1 at 6PM to hear Paul Holmberg and friends. I believe admission is free. This will probably pack that place out. I plan to be there.

Paul Holmberg is an authentic Alaskan of Aleut and Swedish descent born in a Widgeon amphibious airplane 35 miles southeast of Chignik Alaska 2000 feet in the air. He has been a commercial fisherman all of his life, turning to the guitar and country music to relax from the high stress of skippering a limit seiner off the capes of the Shumagin Islands.

Holmberg’s new CD, Sing Me Back Home, Again, is a mixture of traditional country and gospel music. It is heavily influence by the old country records he grew up listening to in the fishing villages of Sanak and Sand Point. Artists like Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Rodriquez had a huge influence on his musical style.

Paul met Rueben Hillborn, “The Singing Fisherman”, early in his life. Rueben’s “Missionary Pilot”, is included in this CD, a tribute to the mentoring role he played in Paul’s formative years. Missionary Pilot is one of my favorites because of my childhood memories flying with Ken Hughes Sr. and Jr.

As a fan of traditional country music myself I really enjoyed, “Back Home Again”, and “Sowin Love”. This is a happy soothing album. The kind of music that relaxes me and puts me in a good mood. Much of the new so called “country” tends to have the opposite effect.

I listened to this with a good set of headphones allowing me to enjoy the quality of the musicians in the background. These pickers have played for some of the best and their skill is obvious. The picking of Harold Kennedy and Ronnie Stewart lend a finishing depth to the whole album.

Very nice album. I’ll be looking for the next one.

You can order music directly from his website at Paulholmberg.com

Written by Marty Van Diest

Wasilla and Palmer Real Estate Statistics For October 8-15, 2012 October 15th, 2012

Categories: For Buyers, Monday Market Memo, Wasilla Real Estate News

These are the numbers for the second full week of October. Thirty new listings this week is still a healthy amount of new inventory.
Four of these are foreclosures. If you would like to see all the latest foreclosures please just click the foreclosure link at the top of this page. Three are new construction, which is just about the ratio that we have seen all year. New construction and foreclosures have about equal shares of the market.

If you are looking for the best deal on a new construction right now, check this one out on Grey Wolf Drive.

Please note that the total inventory has decreased compared to the statistics from a couple weeks ago.

The market is still showing pretty normal numbers for this time of year.


Average Price Median Price DOM
New 30 $207,900 $194,000 .
Total Active 831 $257,058 $224,900 147
Pending 22 $212,428 $227,475 95
Closed 28 $225,522 $217,500 94

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

Matanuska River Floods Houses and Roads September 21st, 2012

Categories: Alaskana, For Buyers, Wasilla Real Estate News

The Matanuska River has been damaging this summer. It has washed several homes down the river along with septic systems and fuel tanks. There’s a foul smell in the air today along the Old Glenn Highway. Just this morning there was a steady stream of flotsom running down the middle of the river including building materials with nails sticking out and wires hanging off.

It didn’t have to happen this way. At one time, local contractors mined the river for gravel. They were able to take gravel out of the river in the winter and sell it the next summer. This could easily be done again and would serve to guide the river away from the populated banks.

Instead, “the powers that be,” will not give a permit to touch the riverbed. I’m really not sure who is responsible for holding back the permits but I’m sure the land owners would love to receive some ability to protect their property. I don’t believe it is the government’s job to protect these properties, but they should not prevent the homeowners from doing what they can to save their homes.

Written by Marty Van Diest

Engstrom Road Area – Wasilla January 31st, 2012

Categories: Alaskana, For Buyers, Wasilla Real Estate News

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The Bogard-Engstrom Road area is one of Wasilla’s hidden gems. With the icy roads and constant stop-and-go of the Palmer-Wasilla Hwy, lately I have found myself trying to avoid it as much as possible and take routes with less stop lights. Bogard road has really grown on me in these last few months! The speed limit is usually around 50, with minimal slowdowns depending on the cars in front of you. There are really only three stop lights on the entire stretch.

Engstrom Road is only about 2 miles from the Palmer-Wasilla and Trunk Road intersection. You can also eventually connect with Wasilla-Fishhook Road with a few turns.

Subdivisions include: Shorewood, Hart Lake Estates, Horizon Estates, Wolf Lake, Aspen Ridge Estates, Harmony Acres and Rover Ridge. There are no less than 5 lakes in the area, and “one of the premier private airports in Alaska:” Wolf Lake Airport.

Map of the Area. Click for a bigger view.

Map of the Area. Click for a bigger view.

This area offers beautiful mountain views and quiet privacy, with quick commutes to Palmer, Wasilla and even Anchorage. The following photos were taken off Engstrom Road and its connecting streets. Click on any photo to see a larger version.

Moose off Engstrom

Moose off Engstrom

Off Settlement Avenue

Off Settlement Avenue

Off Hart Lake Loop

Off Hart Lake Loop

Off Rutan Avenue

Off Rutan Avenue

Off Engstrom in the Fall

Off Engstrom in the Fall

Click HERE for more information on a home under construction in this area right now!
Click here or see below for listings currently available in the Engstrom-Hart Lake Loop area, from Bogard to Pamela Drive.

Written by Marty Van Diest

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