Much of Anchorage’s original housing stock consisted of ranch homes in Nunaka Valley, Old Turnagain and the ‘pilot’ housing along the original airstrip that we now call the ‘Park Strip’. The Nunaka Valley homes were small square footage, many with just two bedrooms and Continue Reading
What Is the Benefit of a Lot Reservation?
From the time a land developer purchases a tract of land until he/she is able to sell lots in a fully approved and platted subdivision, there are multiple steps and obstacles to overcome. That approval and construction process may take anywhere from six months (if you are Continue Reading
I’m sure this headline comes as a surprise to many of you who have known me for over forty years as an ‘Anchorage’ realtor and residential land developer. However, I can no longer ignore our great neighbor to the north. Forbes Magazine recently rated the Gateway Continue Reading
Why I Work the Street
That’s what I call doing open houses on weekends. That’s about the only time buyers have to look at homes. The rest of the week they’re busy working one, two, maybe even three jobs so that they can qualify to purchase a new home. I work the street Continue Reading
2019 Real Estate Market Report & 2020 Predictions
There’s been little change in the Anchorage real estate market over the past five years. The average price of a single family home has remained stable, varying up and down by only a few thousand dollars from $364,919 to $375,000. Residential inventory has had a slow decline Continue Reading
It’s Time to Increase Lot Coverage Ratios
Seventy-seven per cent of all home buyers, regardless of age or geographical location, prefer to live in a detached single family home. That percentage has consistently increased since 2003 when the National Association of Home Builders first began Continue Reading
How ‘Silly’ is This?
The photo below is an example of the current required driveway width in residential single family subdivisions. According to Title 21: Land Use Planning, page 7-133, the “total width of driveway entrances to a residential lot from a street shall not exceed 40 percent Continue Reading
How to Buy a Home that Doesn’t Exist (Yet)
Welcome to the Spring Preview of Homes! Dwell Realty is honored to have 12 of the 28 entries which makes us at the epicenter of knowledge for buying and selling new homes. Last year there were only 193 single family homes built in Anchorage and for the first quarter of this Continue Reading
So You Want To Buy a Piece of Land
It looks good. Has tall trees. Even a view of the mountains and a peek-a-boo view of the inlet. But, what else do you need to know? First, does the current zoning allow for what you want to do with the property. Whether it is a potential tract for Continue Reading