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Alaska Real Estate Blog: Dar Walden Team

Best neighborhoods in Anchorage, AK for families

Anchorage is full of wonderful neighborhoods prime for family living. Our city is known for its scenic subdivisions, large home sites, and well-planned communities that are always close to great schools and nature. Choosing the right neighborhood from such a high-quality selection of options can prove difficult, but making the right decision is simply a matter of personal situation. Today we'll showcase 4 of Anchorage's best family neighborhoods so you can get one step closer to finding the perfect community to put down roots in.


Turnagain is a large coastal neighborhood located on the eastern edge of the city. This community is just south of downtown, making it convenient to all of the city center's famous amenities. Due to its sheer

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How to get your mortgage approved

Over the years, real estate professionals from The Dar Walden Team have worked with several Alaska buyers to help them secure a loan for their home. As a result, we've become well-versed in the factors that lead to success when applying for a mortgage, and we want to make sure that prospective home buyers are aware of the possible hindrances beforehand to avoid any troubles they may encounter.

Buying a property can be a long and sometimes taxing undertaking, so thwart any additional stressors by being well prepared and ensuring that your loan will be approved without a hitch. If you're not exactly sure where to start, worry not. Our team has compiled these 7 critical keys to acquiring a loan so that you can move onto the next steps of your buying

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Best home improvements to do in Anchorage, AK

Being a homeowner is all about making smart financial decisions. When you're considering one or several home improvement projects, it's easy to get carried away with glamorous notions of all-out property transformations. But home improvement is all about blending function and style, while staying on budget. To start planning for your project, start by considering how long you plan to stay in the home. If there's a possibility that you might move within the next few years, make sure you look at improvements that will add value to the home — or at least not remove value. For example, it has been shown that swimming pools and eccentric styles make it harder to sell a home.

Once you've considered your goals, put together a realistic budget. The last

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Is It Better To Buy Or Rent In Anchorage, AK

If you're looking for a first home in Anchorage, you have a wealth of options to choose from. Prospective first-time buyers in particular may be wondering whether to make the jump into homeownership or to try renting a house first. Luckily, Anchorage does have a variety of great entry-level or "starter" homes for those needing an affordable place to begin their journey as an owner. In addition, the downtown area is seeing an uptick in low-maintenance condo options which are perfect for busy professionals and young couples who may not have the time for a fixer-upper or a property requiring lots of yardwork. But this abundance of options doesn't mean that renting is out of the question either; sometimes it's better to wait and rent a little longer

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Living Near The Best Schools In Anchorage, AK

Choosing where in Anchorage to buy a home can be tricky, especially with so many great family-friendly neighborhoods, both old and new. But if one of your main buying priorities is to be close to the city's best public schools, you can certainly narrow down your search a little bit. Many of the subdivisions in Anchorage were specifically planned to be within walking distance of our fantastic local schools, and while all of Anchorage's schools offer wonderful educational opportunities, some are exceptionally sought-after. Whether for above-and-beyond academic or extracurricular programming, broader resources, or university prep programs, these schools are some of the best choices for students living in Anchorage. Here we'll showcase a few great

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Energy efficient home upgrades

In today’s real estate market, many buyers are concerned with energy efficiency and eco-friendly home features. Climate change and rising energy costs have created buyers who are concerned about how eco-friendly their homes are and who want to reduce their carbon footprint.

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly home for your next purchase or you simply wish to make your home more eco-friendly, consider the following tips and tricks:

Conduct an Energy Audit

It’s easy to make claims that a property is “eco-friendly” or “energy-efficient” but when it comes to purchasing an eco-friendly home, it’s a good idea to conduct your own energy audit to make sure the claims are solid. Hiring an expert to do the audit is the best way to confirm that the

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Last August marked the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service. As Alaskans, this means something special to us. We reside in the largest state — one that is home to virtually every type of landscape, from the highest peaks on the continent to the depths of the ocean and an impossibly vast range of flat valleys, plains, foothills, marshes, and lush forests in between.

Alaska is home to some of the most instantly recognizable parks in the country as well as its own share of hidden gems, the names of which only elicit a click of familiarity in the minds of locals, and perhaps geography enthusiasts. In fact, two thirds of the nation's National Park Service land is located right here in The Last Frontier. That's why we've decided to celebrate

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If you're looking to experience the peak of luxury living in Alaska, look no further than the state's current most expensive property available. Not only is Anchor Point's 74200 Alaskan Oceanside Paradise Estates a truly glamorous piece of real estate, it's a classically Alaskan property that comes with a slice of paradise included. Located in one of the most spectacular locations in the world, this 4,322 square foot masterpiece is tucked onto 31+ acres of sun-drenched grounds, wooded meadow, and clear cobalt waters framed by wildflower-specked rocky beaches and alpine vistas. The home has its own sparkling private lake and comes with an exclusive golf course as well as — yes, really — a gold mine.

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Though it sounds lavish, this

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When people start to think about retirement, the first images that come to mind are primarily of pristine white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and lush palm trees. You might envision days lounging by a sparkling pool, swimming with sea turtles, and watching the sun set behind tepid surf. But there are just as many reasons to do something entirely different. Retiring in Alaska might seem like something suited to someone hardier, but the truth is that many of the things that attract retirees to the Sun Belt can be found here — and life in Alaska can be just as thrilling or as comfortable as you like. If you can feel the pull of the last frontier but you still need some convincing, here are 8 excellent reasons to consider going north for your golden years.

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An Anchorage summer is a truly special experience — though the city is alight with festivities throughout the year, summer's extended days and cool to balmy weather make a rich variety of activities possible. From fascinating educational features to artistic displays and ultra-active nature adventures, the options here are unlimited. Whether it's your first summer in the city, or you're just looking for fun ways to fill up your calendar, use our handy sampler of upcoming events to perfect your itinerary!

Bear Paw Festival

Bear Paw Festival is an annual tradition that will take place July 6th to 10th! Ideal for all ages, this yearly fun fest will be chock-full of activities such as photo contests, entertainment stages, sidewalk chalk, and a lunch box

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