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7 Things You Should Do to Prepare Your Listed Home for Winter


If you’ve put your home on the market and it’s currently vacant, there are seven things you should do to it to prepare it for winter.

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Let’s be honest—we’ve got snow coming. If you’ve got your home on the market and it’s currently vacant, there are seven things you need to do to prepare it for winter. 

1. Give a key to a neighbor or friend who’ll be checking in on the property. Neighbors are usually the better choice in this regard because they’re in close proximity to the house. If something happens to the heating system and it’s 20 degrees or colder out, you only have about 24 hours before you lose the whole house. 

2. Have the home winterized by a professional. This goes without saying. It might cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000, but how much will it cost you if the house freezes up? 

3. Add glycol to the heating system. This is something you should discuss with your boiler professional so they can advise you on whether or not this is a good idea, but glycol will at least keep your home’s pipes from bursting. 


Adding glycol to your heating system will help keep your home’s pipes from bursting.

4. Purchase or install a free alarm or a home monitoring system. There are a couple different things you can do with a freeze alarms. Some you can simply plug into the wall with a thermostatic switch and a light to notify your neighbor in case the temperature gets too cold. You can also get a Sensaphone. If you have questions about which one to buy, just email me and I’ll send you information about the one I like to use. 

5. Get your boiler cleaned and serviced by a professional. We have some great vendors we can recommend to get this done for you. 

6. Set your fuel on “autofill.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had sellers let their houses run out of fuel and let them freeze up. 

7. Advise any other companies with accounts or services related to your home that it will be vacant and on the market, including your insurance company. With a lot of policies, if you don’t let them know after a month or two that your home is vacant, your insurance won’t cover it if something happens. 

If you have any questions about preparing your home for the winter or you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to help you. 

A Mid-Year Market Update for Interior Alaska


We’ve got an extensive real estate market update for you today. Here are all the numbers you should know.

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I’ve got a lot of great information to share about a few different markets here in Alaska today. For the quick hits, if you go to our home page and scroll down a bit, you’ll see them. There are stats for the Fairbanks, Anchorage, North Pole, and Mat Su Valley markets on there. If you want a deeper dive, click on the “more” tab on the top of the page, where we post our weekly market trend reports. I reference them a lot in our radio show, so I invite you to download them and follow along on our next episode. 

Here are a few statistics I want to highlight specifically in the Fairbanks market as of September 3rd:
  • 186 active listings
  • Average days on market is 73
  • Average list price is $241,695
  • 101 listings under contract (pending)
  • Average sold price is $250,438
  • An average list-to-sale ratio of 98.6% 
  • 3.4 months of inventory, which puts us in a balanced market
  • The pending ratio, which shows us how quickly listed homes are going under contract, is at 35.2%

The discrepancy between homes that sold quickly and homes that didn’t is clear. It usually comes down to pricing the home right, conditioning it right, and marketing it right. Time is money, and the statistics show that. Overall, we’ve got a balanced market in Fairbanks trending toward sellers. With a pending ratio of 35.2%, I call this an active market.


Fairbanks is a very active market right now.

The North Pole market is very similar. Here are some of the numbers we’re seeing there:
  • 137 active listings
  • Average days on market is 67
  • 70 homes under contract (pending)
  • 98.8% list-to-sale ratio 
  • Average sold price is $236,344
  • Four months of inventory
  • A 33.8% pending ratio

Finally, I want to talk about the trends we’ve been seeing across the entire market. As far as units sold goes, we dropped a little from 101 to 96, but that's not too much to be concerned with. We saw a jump in the median price, from $221,695 to $226,325.

Obviously, we’ve gone through a lot of information. The crazy thing is that we have barely scratched the surface. If you have any questions or would like to have these numbers explained in further detail, we’d be happy to help. Give us a call or send us an email today and we’ll be here to help.

How We Helped Laura Buy a New House



"First of all, they sold my house very quickly at a fair price. They did all the legwork so I really was able to go to work and focus on what I needed to focus on in my life. They helped me buy a new house and they managed to coordinate both the sale and the purchase of my new house all on the same day. On one occasion Greg Merdes came out at 26 below zero to find the waste vents for our septic system because my husband was unable to do it. And so Greg borrowed his equipment from someone, came out, dug around, and found the waste vents and marked them on his own time and on a Sunday at 26 below zero. He did not have to do that."