7 Tips for Planning a Wedding in Alaska

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Congratulations! You’ve found your true love, and you’ve decided to get married in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Trouble is, you don’t live anywhere near Alaska. The good news: You don’t have to! We’ve come up with a few tips for the best way to plan a wedding in Alaska when you’re visiting from out of state.

1. First, choose your Alaska wedding venue

We can’t think of a more picturesque place to get married – think beautiful mountain vistas covered in wildflowers, overlooking a gorgeous blue river. You might even have your share of natural wedding crashers … Read More →

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Just You and Me

Kudos to all of you single parents out there. I seriously don’t know how you do it! I only had a small taste of being a single mom this weekend when Craig went out of town, and while it went smoothly, it definitely was a bit different. Since I knew Craig was going to be out of town for the weekend, I did my long run on Friday morning. Thankfully it was a cut-back week, …

Relocating to Anchorage: Clues You Found a Good Neighborhood

If you are relocating to Anchorage, Alaska, you will want to find the perfect home as well as the right neighborhood for your family. Anchorage snowbirds who rented part of the year often know a lot about the area. Whether you are a snowbird who has decided to buy or a professional relocating to Anchorage for a job, talk to your Realtor about what you want in a neighborhood. According to a recent real estate report by MoneyTalksNews, the right neighborhood is especially important for resale value. But a safe neighborhood is also important to people who want to retire. When visiting open houses or touring Anchorage homes for sales, look for clues that tell you it’s an up-and-coming neighborhood rather than one on the decline.     

•    Getting an idea of traffic patterns

It’s a good idea to visit the neighborhood at different times of the day including rush hour and weekends. Drive to ordinary places such as restaurants, grocery stores and shopping malls to see what the traffic is like as well as your daily commute if applicable.

•    Looking for signs of life

While driving in the area, pay attention to new developments as well as fire and police protection. It’s always good to buy a home close to a fire station, for example. A quirky indicator that you’ve discovered an up-and-coming neighborhood is if there are trendy coffee shops nearby as well as upscale restaurants.

•    Talking to neighbors

If you are outgoing, talk to neighbors. If you don’t want to strike up a conversation, take a walk to see whether neighbors keep their lawns mowed or the snow plowed in the winter. If neighbors are putting on new roofs, painting, replacing siding, landscaping or adding patios, you know the invest in their homes. Home improvement is a sign of a healthy neighborhood.

Your Anchorage Realtor can also fill you in on whether the neighborhood has an HOA or home owner’s association, gardening club or other activities. Buying into a master-planned Anchorage community means you’ll have access to other amenities, but monthly costs vary. Ask your Realtor whether homes are maintaining value or increasing in value in a certain area as well as crime reports and school data.

Relocating to Anchorage is often a life-changing move for many homeowners discovering the adventure and excitement of Alaskan living. At Wolf Real Estate, we dedicate ourselves to helping buyers and sellers in the Anchorage real estate market. For more clues on a good neighborhood, please contact us at 248-9653 or visit us online at http://www.anchoragehomesearch.com.

2015 Summer Racing Schedule

I am stoked for racing this summer! I cannot wait to get out there and run all of my favorite local races. I have the same ones I’ve been doing the past few summer but adding in a few new ones as well. Heart Run 5K – April 28 This race usually kicks off the racing season for most people. It is a very competitive 5K, and it will be my first time running it. …

A Day in the Life – 5 Months

Today Cullen is 5 months old! I love how much he is changing these days. Every day it seems like he learns something new and is becoming less like an infant. Here’s what our day looked like today. I enjoy doing one of these posts each month to document how he changes from month to month. 12:30 a.m. First wake-up of the night. Woohoo! This is improvement from the past few weeks. (I can’t talk …

Five Things Friday

Here’s a random post to get the weekend started. I’m off to bed so that I can get a long run in before work tomorrow morning! 5 Songs I’ve Been Listening to this Week: I actually don’t listen to the radio in the car anymore. I like the peace and quiet in the car–it gives me time to think. Plus, for some reason it feels weird to listen to the radio with Cullen in the …

My Boys + 50 Miles

I have been so bad about taking pictures lately. I don’t like lugging my dSLR camera around everywhere I go, so not many pictures get taken. And since I’m old-school and don’t have a smart phone, no pictures get taken on my phone either. This means there’s not a whole lot to recap as I like having a lot of pictures in a post, but here are a few random pictures of the boys who …

Alaska Land for Sale: 5 Tips to Purchasing During the Spring

Alaska has the most natural, untouched Alaska land for sale. With big lakes, miles of coastline and rivers, Alaska is a haven for nature lovers from across the world. The northern lights will leave you in awe and the vast landscape is picturesque and wild. Alaska land for sale is a buyers market where you can buy a piece of land at good price. But before you purchase that beautiful, untamed Alaska land for sale, here are 5 tips to purchasing during the spring:

5 Tips to Purchasing Alaska Land During the Spring

1. Where do you want to buy?

In Alaska, it is all about location when looking at Alaska land for sale. You need to decide whether you want to live in a city, town or village. If you want to be in or near a city, your best bet is to buy close to Anchorage, Alaskas most populated city with the town vibe. If you want to be closer to nature, but still close to or in a town, look at towns like Ketchikan or Wasilla. If you are a nature lover and loves fishing, look at the Kenai Peninsula. For pure outdoors lovers, Big Lake is perfect with stunning mountain views and lakeside Alaska land for sale.

2. Look before you buy

Many people make the mistake of buying Alaska land for sale without physically looking at the land. Many terrains in vast Alaska are rough and you need to find out by yourself how rough it is and travelling times. When you do go to see the property, bear in mind:

• Map the route before you leave by viewing aerial maps and using a compass;

• Have a travel plan where the right vehicle is used there and back;

• Preparation must be good as weather can change quickly. Take enough clothing, water and food with for in case;

• Wildlife in Alaska is wild. Know what to do if you come across a bear or moose and need to take evasive action quickly.

3. Size does matter

When deciding to buy, you need to differentiate the difference between a lot and Alaska land for sale. A single-family house with garage is allowed on a lot, but nothing else. You cannot build a shed or any other structure due to zoning regulations. Alaska land for sale covers a larger size, although within city or town limits, where different structures can be erected on the land. You may erect a greenhouse, machine shop, shed and many other buildings on a tract of land. You can even sub-divide your land into lots should you so wish and sell them separately.

4. Weather conditions

When wanting to buy Alaska land for sale, ensure you understand that the weather conditions here is ferocious during winter. Are you prepared to be cut from civilization for days on end from the rest of Alaska? Are you prepared to go without electricity for long periods and are you prepared for the rugged terrain. Weather conditions here are not for the feint hearted and your family and you need to understand and prepare for these conditions when looking at Alaska land for sale..

5. Loan considerations

Determine which type of financing you qualify for with the bank.You may find options limited if you want to buy raw undeveloped land versus land where a building is. Banks are often scared to finance an undeveloped land sale fully due to the risk involved. Buying land in Alaska is a unique opportunity to own Alaska land for sale in the last Frontier. The landscape and rugged nature lends itself to wanting to buy land there. Crime is very low and Alaska is a safe haven where your children can play freely without a fenced in mentality.

Contact us today or use our reliable, reputable and safe website to search for Alaska land for sale now.

Return to Running After a C-Section

It has now been 4.5 months (technically 19 weeks) since I gave birth to Cullen. Throughout my pregnancy, I knew I wanted to get back to running as quickly as possible. Call me crazy, call me being selfish, but running is what I love, and it makes me so happy, and I feel so much better about myself when I do it. Racing a half-marathon last summer while pregnant. Since I had to deliver Cullen …