Monday, June 1, 2015

Homebuying Tips for Boat Owners


Homebuying Tips for Boat OwnersWhen one of the most important aspects of house hunting becomes finding a suitable parking place for your boat, it's time to admit that you're a boater for life.

You're also using your noggin. When marina fees can run up to $500 a month in some parts of the country – and that's without the additional cost of electricity – it might make more financial sense to purchase a home on the water, with a dock for your boat.

Whether it's your main home or a vacation place, there are a few key things to consider before deciding on a particular dock that just happens to come with a house.
How Big and How Deep?

Dock size and the berth's depth are the most important considerations, and for obvious reason. What's not so obvious, however, is that you shouldn't rely on property descriptions to tell the truth about either of these features.

"Frank's boat was 46 feet, and although the properties were advertised as being able to accommodate his pride and joy, we found out the hard way this wasn't always the case. While the slip wasn't large enough, the depth was, thus accommodating his draft (and if the draft was an issue, then dredging would have become a concern)," explained Samantha DeBianchi, an agent and real estate expert who appears on the TV show "Million Dollar Listing Miami."

She goes on to advise buyers to make a list of their boat's specs, down to the last detail, so they can confirm with the listing agent that the boat will fit. Why waste time looking at homes that won't work for you?

Consider bridges in the surrounding waterways as well. A fixed bridge that won't accommodate the height of your boat at high tide is a deal killer.

If you're selling a home that's ideal for a boat owner, double check the MLS listing and all marketing materials for accurate details about your slip, so you don't accidentally mislead a buyer. Everyone makes mistakes and, for many, it's easy to goof when working with numbers.
Nautical Commute Time

Just as you'd think twice about purchasing a home with a two-hour commute to work, the amount of time it will take you to travel from your new home to the open water should be a main point of interest. Especially for boat owners who use the craft frequently, it's important to determine how long is too long, and set a limit.
Be Ready for Inspections

For many boat owners, it isn't enough to just have the home inspected. You'll also need to be prepared to have the seawall looked at by a licensed contractor.

DeBianchi noted that the inspection will involve the scrutiny of the seawall for cracks, bowing, holes and insufficient batter pilings. The inspector should also check the dock pilings.

Ensure that all utilities to the dock are up to code and safe before your inspection, as well.
Zoning Concerns

Finally, all of the previous advice doesn't mean a thing if the zoning in your area prohibits either the type or the size of your craft. Your real estate agent can help navigate you through city, county/borough and other local zoning laws and restrictions.

Purchasing a home that must include a dock for your boat brings with it a whole new list of concerns. Understand that it's not a quick process, and that using a methodical, step-by-step process is the key to your success. Working together proactively with your agent will help ensure that the process runs smoothly.


 










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  • Targeted Market Analysis
  • Market Inventory Trends: Sold, New, Standard & Distressed Listings
  • Property Ownership Percentages: Owner Occupied, Rented, or Vacant
  • Median Days On The Market
  • Number Of Active Listings
  • Median Sale Price/List Price
  •  Median Square Footage Price
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  • School Info: student-teacher ratio
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We are a husband and wife team who have been married to each other for over 16 years. We have 9 amazing children (yes, all ours). We have become successful business owners for more than 18 years and have found what we love in life - PEOPLE! People, to us, are what define success.

We are absolutely pleased to work in the realm of real estate! Throughout our years of experience, we have attained people skills: Communication, Communication, Communication - And if we missed it, it's because of communication. 


Managing, directing, instructing, teaching, and assisting, are all individual actions that sum up a lot of mini tasks/jobs that produce and accomplish becoming successful in the line of work we are in.

Why we are worthy of hire: We’re honest, energetic, fun, outgoing, serious, motivated, disciplined, and have extensive expertise in customer service. Aside of this, we know how to get the job done and are honored with the opportunity to serve. You know, all of these seem like buzz words, except for the fact that we really put our heart into what we do and it shows. Play the short video above to learn a little more about us and what we offer. 

Try us and you’ll love us!
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Interior Design on a Budget



Interior Design on a Budget
Whether you're planning to furnish a new build, or you're simply seeking to give your current home a makeover, you don't have to break the bank to do so. There are countless ways to make a big impact easily and affordably. There are also several do-it-yourself options that can save a bundle on unnecessary labor costs. Here are some ideas to design your interior spaces on an easy budget.

Add or Change Your Color Palette

Adding a splash of color, or changing the hue in a room, is a very simple way to make an immediate impact. Paint is relatively affordable, and if you tackle the project yourself, it becomes an extremely economical way to make a dramatic statement.
Consider painting an entire room, or just an accent wall for a more subtle impression. Fresh paint can also do wonders for old furniture. Consider a completely new color for furniture, or a weathering technique to provide a rustic or even vintage look.
A whole kitchen remodel can become extremely pricy. Painting old or slightly dated cabinets is a great way to offer a fresh look at a fraction of the cost. Adding new hardware and drawer pulls provides extra character and charm both easily and affordably, to kitchen or bathroom cabinets.

Do It Yourself

One of the best ways to furnish or decorate an interior on a budget is to do it yourself whenever possible. Utilize your existing personal talents, but also don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and attempt a new project. Instructional videos and books can assist in walking you through new projects step-by-step. Of course, YouTube is a great place to find inspiration or instruction, should you need either.
Consider installing your own tile, laminate or linoleum floors or refinishing the wood floors you already have. Install updated plumbing fixtures or light fixtures to add a modern touch, and also save on utility costs.
Refurbish previously-owned or antique furniture as opposed to buying new. You could even consider crafting your own unique window treatments, utilizing the many ideas and tools available online.
Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration for do-it-yourself project ideas, including wall décor, unique shelving options, headboard ideas, fireplace makeovers, coffee tables or even crafty light fixtures.
When considering do-it-yourself decorating options, see if you can use things you already have around the house that will cost you nothing. Cut and display decorative grasses, ivy, cattails or seasonal flowers. Dry the flowers and grasses to create wreaths or swags to be hung, or use them for display in vases or decorative bottles and vintage jars.
For a project the entire family can enjoy, consider hand-crafting your own scented candles that can be used in any room. Another family decorating idea: Frame and display your child's artwork, family photographs or landscapes that hold meaning, as opposed to purchasing pricy artwork in stores.

Furnishing Your Home on a Budget

Be mindful and creative when shopping for home furnishings on a budget. Shop at flea markets, antique shops and garage sales for statement pieces such as bedroom sets, dining sets or armoires that can be refurbished to fit your style and taste. Browse websites such as Craig's List for unique bargains, or even look for contractor specials on premium, previously unused items.
Keep function in mind when planning budget kitchen décor, as opposed to purchasing unnecessary knick-knacks. Hang pots and pans for both use and charm, or fill and showcase decorative jars or canisters with kitchen essentials. Display large serving platters and baskets, and fill them with edibles such as seasonal fruits or vegetables. Hang everyday mugs on a fashionable rack and store cooking utensils in a trendy wire caddy or unique piece of pottery – or even hang them from metal brackets or a utility rail to add style and save counter space.
Decorating or refurnishing a home on a budget can be both fun and easily achieved. Remember to be clever and creative, shop wisely, and do what you can to save money while in turn crafting a unique and meaningful environment the entire family will enjoy.
Sources:
http://www.bhg.com/decorating/budget-decorating/cheap/cheap-living-room-ideas/
http://www.bhg.com/decorating/makeovers/furniture/fabulous-furniture-makeovers/#page=7
http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/practically-free-crafts#slide-1
http://www.hgtv.com/decorating-basics/12-ways-to-repurpose-home-furnishings/pictures/index.html


 






SEARCH Homes/Land For Sale In Specific Communities:
(Click 2 Search. All searches can be modified to look for land, multi-family, business opportunity, commercial, residential, condo, etc.)
·  Anchorage
·  Big Lake
·  Chugiak
·  Clam Gulch
·  Fairbanks
·  Girdwood
·  Glennallen
·  Haines
·  Homer
·  Indian
·  Juneau
·  Kenai
·  Kodiak
·  Nome
·  North Pole
·  Palmer
·  Seward
·  Soldotna
- See more at: http://ablazeaboutalaska.blogspot.com/2014/04/5500-wolverine-home-for-sale-in-wasilla.html#sthash.ItGIdXHJ.dpuf

TODAY'S CURRENT MARKET TRENDS BY ALASKAN CITY:




USE WHAT THE PROS USE AND KNOW WHAT THE PROS KNOW:
  • Price Trends: Sold VS Listed
  • Targeted Market Analysis
  • Market Inventory Trends: Sold, New, Standard & Distressed Listings
  • Property Ownership Percentages: Owner Occupied, Rented, or Vacant
  • Median Days On The Market
  • Number Of Active Listings
  • Median Sale Price/List Price
  •  Median Square Footage Price
  • Foreclosures, Bank-Owned
  • Median Household Income
  • Community Info: Demographic Stats, Crime, Shopping, Weather, Education
  • School Info: student-teacher ratio
_________________________________________________________________________________
SEARCH HOMES FOR SALE IN ALASKA:  
(Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer, Big Lake, Chugiak, Sutton, Willow, Fairbanks, Homer, Soldotna, Sterling, Seward, North Pole, Anchor Point, Happy Valley, Clam Gulch, Girdwood, Talkeetna, Valdez)
SEARCH HOMES FOR SALE 
VIA MAP:
_________________________________________________________________________________
  
MOBILE SEARCH LIKE A PRO!
Get FREE instant access to local homes from any cell or tablet. 
Keller Williams Real Estate Search available on Android, iPhone, or iPad gives you access to more than 4 million homes nation-wide as well as with the local focus of Alaska! Download our Mobile App HERE And Search Homes For Sale In Alaska today!  - or - Click the pic below:

 

_________________________________________________________________________________

ABOUT THE REAL ESTATE MARKET: 
Real estate market conditions change like the wind. Be informed about the current status of Alaska's Real Estate Market HERE or by clicking the picture below:


_________________________________________________________________________________
ABOUT US & WHAT WE OFFER: 

We are a husband and wife team who have been married to each other for over 16 years. We have 9 amazing children (yes, all ours). We have become successful business owners for more than 17 years and have found what we love in life - PEOPLE! People, to us, are what define success.

We are absolutely pleased to work in the realm of real estate! Throughout our years of experience, we have attained people skills: Communication, Communication, Communication - And if we missed it, it's because of communication. 

Managing, directing, instructing, teaching, and assisting, are all individual actions that sum up a lot of mini tasks/jobs that produce and accomplish becoming successful in the line of work we are in.

Why we are worthy of hire: We’re honest, energetic, fun, outgoing, serious, motivated, disciplined, and have extensive expertise in customer service. Aside of this, we know how to get the job done and are honored with the opportunity to serve. You know, all of these seem like buzz words, except for the fact that we really put our heart into what we do and it shows. Play the short video above to learn a little more about us and what we offer. 

Try us and you’ll love us!
_________________________________________________________________________________
CONTACT US:
Have a question?
Interested in Buying/Selling a home?
Inquire here or call/text us at 907-841-2380.
_________________________________________________________________________________
  
Keller Williams Realty Alaska Group Of Wasilla
1981 E Palmer-Wasilla Hwy, #202, Wasilla, AK 99654
COPYRIGHT 2014 MALCUIT DUO, LLC
18550,18340

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