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For Sale: Bear Valley to King Salmon Properties to match your Only-In-Alaska lifestyle

Many Alaskans know that Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is multi-faceted with it's loan products, energy efficiency programs and free homebuyer education class. But did you know that we also have real estate for sale?

AHFC has 13 lots for sale in King Salmon. Just think, you could live minutes away from prime fishing on the Naknek river.

Would you rather be in Southeast? AHFC owns residential lots in the Bear Valley subdivision in picturesque Ketchikan.

Are you a business owner that has outgrown your office space? With 26,801 square feet of gross floor space, and it's close proximity to midtown, the airport and the highway, 625 W. International could be the perfect location for your business.

For more information on these properties, contact 907-330-8404.

Be in the know about your neighborhood

Have you ever wondered how to contact your neighbors in case your dog gets loose, or how to notify them of something going on? Now you can with a free website called, Nextdoor.com.

This website is a private social network centered around your neighborhood. Use Nextdoor to:

•Quickly get the word out about a break-in
•Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group
•Track down a trustworthy babysitter
•Find out who does the best paint job in town
•Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
•Find a new home for an outgrown bike
•Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name
•Advertise a garage sale.

Another great website to keep you up to date is Nixle. Local agencies (police, municipality, school district) post notices about closures, accidents and other things going on in and around your neighborhood.

No generation gap when it comes to one thing

What do millennials have in common with baby boomers? According to a new survey from home design website Houzz, it's a love for remodeling! While the reasons for remodeling may differ, sustainability & efficiency (boomers) vs. re-sale value & personality (millennials), both generations would rather remodel than buy a new house or take the time to fix up a fixer-upper.

Another thing these homebuyers have in common is the use of internet searches to find their potential homes. That is where the commonality ends. Millennials prefer to use real estate agents to close the deal while boomers would rather attend an open house and ask their own questions relating to the home. Another difference between millennials and boomers is longevity in the home. Millennials would rather sell and not dwell (for long), while boomers want to pay and stay in their homes.

With millennials representing the largest share of homebuyers for the past two years, and the aging housing in Anchorage, there is an increased need for affordable renovation options. To learn more about the three Renovation Loan programs that AHFC offers, click HERE and get those paint brushes ready!

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?

With Alaska's extended daylight hours and occasional warm summer temperatures, gardening can be a productive past time and a supplement to your pantry. It can also benefit your wallet and be an investment for your future. A tastefully designed yard can add "curb-appeal" to your house and in turn increase the overall value. Besides adding monetary value, a garden can help you sell your house faster than the average home owner.

When is the best season for homebuying? March. When is the best season for gardening? Not March. So take into consideration the time of year when you're putting your house on the market and whether your rose bushes will be filled with fragrant flowers or just troublesome thorns.

Here are a few tips to help you make your house the envy of the neighborhood, and will leave a great first impression for potential homebuyers.

Are you new to gardening in Alaska? Take a look at this easy step-by-step guide to help you get started.

Where is the most diverse place in America?

The answer very well may be your own neighborhood. According to University of Alaska sociology professor Chad Farrell who analyzed census data, Mountain View, a northeast Anchorage neighborhood, boasts the most diverse census tract in all of America. Read more about how a small community is making a big impact.

AHFC is proud to be a part of the growth and sustainability of the Mt.View neighborhood. We are in the process of completing a 70 unit building, Ridgeline Terrace, that will feature a total of 14 buildings, including a community center with services offered to residents by Kids Corps.