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Available Rentals

Totem_2826_A (1)2826 Totem Drive

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Totem_2826_A (6)FOR RENT: A very large second floor unit with a spacious kitchen and separate dining room, sunny living room, two bedrooms and one bath.  This unit comes with a shared heated garage, free laundry, and all utilities included.  Pets are allowed on approval.  Fully fenced yard. Price is $1,700/month.  There is a military and on-time payment discount.  Available February 1st. For showings please call Jesse @ 907.328.9328 or email jesse@the-spouses.com

Blueberry_2023_B (2)2023 Blueberry Street

Blueberry_2023_B (4) Blueberry_2023_B (5) Blueberry_2023_B (8) Blueberry_2023_B (11)FOR RENT: Spacious 2 bedroom 1 bathroom second floor unit in a quiet, stable building close to the hospital, downtown and Fort Wainwright.  Unit has a large bathroom with additional storage space and hookups for an in-unit washer and dryer.  Assigned parking. Owner is a licensed real estate agent in the state of Alaska.  Price is $900/month. Available immediately. For more information or to schedule a showing, please call Jimmy Dixon at 907.378-9481 or email @ jdixon@fairbankshomepro.com.

Goldflake_1     980 Gold Flake Avenue

Goldflake_915Goldflake_910Goldflake_8Goldflake_7FOR RENT: Available immediately.  Roomy, newer 3 bedroom 1.5 bath single family home close to UAF.  The main floor is home to a spacious kitchen, and living room with wood stove, a very large pantry/storage room, laundry (with washer and dryer included) and half bath.  The second floor is home to three bedrooms, including a south facing master suite, ensuite bath and walk in closet.  Price is $1,375/month plus utilities. Pets on approval ($1,550 w/ pets). For more information or to schedule a showing, please call Jimmy Dixon at 907.378-9481 or email @ jdixon@fairbankshomepro.com.

Have Questions? Please call us at 907.328.9328 or use the contact form below and one of our agents will contact you.

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New Years Eve in Fairbanks

HappyNewYearBannerWe might not have Dick Clark or his pale-by-comparison replacement Ryan Seacrest, to kick off New Years Eve in Fairbanks, but we Fairbanksans still know how to have a good time.  And this year, even Mother Nature and Father Time seem to be getting along with temps expected to hover between 5 and 20 above.  That beats the daylights out of watching fireworks while holding a frozen cup of doctored hot chocolate at -40.

If it’s fireworks you’re looking for, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will be putting on it’s annual Sparktacular starting tonight at 8PM at the West Ride.  A word to the wise.  ARRIVE EARLY. If you plan to find a spot to photograph the display, ARRIVE EVEN EARLIER. This is a huge event in Fairbanks parking space for even a Yaris can be at a premium.

If you’re looking to kick up your heels and ring in the new year with gusto, there’s always the Exotic Erotic Masquerade Ball at the Blue Loon.  This isn’t your typical Victorian era masquerade ball; this is for those of you with an exhibitionist streak.  The more daring and risque the costume, the more likely you are to be the belle of the ball.  The doors open at 8:00 and everyone is welcome, but the more into character you get, the lower the cover charge.

For the slightly more reserved, the Ballroom Dance Club of Fairbanks is hosting a New Years Eve dance at the Pioneer Park Dance Hall from 9:00 until midnight with plenty of partners to keep your dance card full.  This is strictly a non smoking, no alcohol event.  Don’t let that stop you from taking part… a well timed foxtrot with your partner will give you a high no whiskey sour could ever match.

If a more relaxed, less heart racing evening is what you had in mind, Bobby’s Downtown is putting together a special New Years Eve menu with entertainment by Darrell Jarmon.  The Turtle Club is also hosting it’s annual Turtle Club New Years Eve with appetizers, champagne and a fireworks starting at 11:30.

If you’re like Kathy and me, New Years Even will be a quiet dinner at home  followed by a Downton Abby marathon and watching our neighborhood fireworks display from the lake in front of our house.

However you choose to ring in the new year, please do it safely and remember that if alcohol is a part of your festivities, hand someone else (preferable sober) the keys or call a cab.  You’re much too important to too many people.  Happy New Folks!

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Happy New Year

At the close of 2011 Kathy and I were sitting sitting in a waiting room at Providence Oncology Medical Center, being attended to by some of the best and brightest medical minds on either coast.  I remember we were watching a cow New Years Eve Fireworkmoose and her gangly baby munch on the shrubs next to the building and commenting on how neither of us had absolutely any idea where 2011 had gone, except that gone it hand… and in a total whirlwind.

And now, we find ourselves on the cusp of ringing in yet another new year.  They’re coming a little faster these days,  but we won’t go there.  We gave up on New Years resolutions long ago, knowing they would be defeated by January 3rd when it came time to dispose of the last of the Christmas cookies that were left, which somehow inevitably meant eating them.

As we move into 2013, our hope for you is that your dreams and ambitions remain clearly in focus, your will to achieve them remains undeterred, and your faith in yourself remains unwavering. Here’s to a glorious 2013!

I’ll leave you with a favorite quote. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

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Shopping in Fairbanks: Go Local

Shopping in Fairbanks: Go Local

Tick, Tock. Hear that? It’s the sound of time running out to get your Christmas shopping done. If you’re like most people I know there are still a few names left unchecked on your Christmas list. Christmas comes at the same time every year and yet it seems I’m always rushing to get that one last gift.

Shopping in Locally Owned Fairbanks Stores. I’m very happy to have the choices the national chain stores have brought to Fairbanks. As a Fairbanks real estate broker, I understand how important they are to the community and our economy, but I also like to support our local business owners where I can. I encourage you to do the same!

Something Special has been one of my favorite Something Special Fairbanks Alaskastores for more than two decades. They have a fantastic selection of crystal, china, polish pottery, Alaskan gifts, chimes, music boxes, candles and Christmas items. Shopping in Fairbanks: Go Local!Really, it’s just a wonderful store and the owners Myrna, Kim and Stacia are fantastic folks.

If Only is a treasure tucked away in a wonderful space on Cushman next door to Arctic Travelers between Second and Third Avenue. Founded by five friends in 1998, the store carries handcrafted jewelry, fine writing implements, personal journals, sketchbooks, stationary, extraordinary gift wrap for that extra special gifts, Hansa animals for the little ones and Vera Bradley bags and luggage for mom.

Arctic Travelers Gift Shop has been a Fairbanks landmark for decades. They carry a wonderful selection of Yupik Baskets, Inupiat Carvings, Athabaskan Beadwork, Scrimshaw knives, carved antlers, Quivit, beaded jewelery and a great selection of ivory. They staff is always friendly and they’ll even gift wrap your purchases!

The Fudge Pot. Do I really need to say anything here? Their fudge is fantastic, mouth watering and addictive. Stop by and try a sample… They also make a pretty mean espresso and their sandwiches are delicious. If you can tear yourself away from the fudge counter they also have some cute Alaskan gifts.

Big Rays has been outfitting Alaskans since 1947… and for a reason. They carry an incredible selection of cold weather gear; parkas, hats, gloves, thermals, boots, socks and work wear for every member of the family. The store is nothing if not packed, but it’s worth squeezing your way through. Don’t miss the fly-shop downstairs!

Prospector Outfitters. Although not the same Prospector Outfitters long time Fairbanksans are used to, the store does carry a huge selection of cold weather gear and some great Pendleton, Woolrich, Helly Hansen and other quality name clothing. Prospector is a great place to outfit the entire family!

Gold Rush Fine Jewelery on Second Avenue has perfected the art of creating one of a kind gold, gold nugget and diamond jewelery. If you can dream it, the folks at Gold Rush can make it. They have a large selection fo unique gold nugget rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants you won’t find anywhere else and that are sure to make that someone special in your life feel pretty special on Christmas morning.

Apocalpyse Design has a great selection of very high quality handmade outdoor clothing and gear for those folks who put their gear to the ultimate test. They design and create outerwear for you and your four legged friends as well as luggage and compute bags, mushing and ski-joring gear.

Fairbanks Fast Foto Your source for digital cameras, lenses, flashes, camera bags, tripods and monopods, memory cards and quality photo processing. The staff is incredibly helpful and if they don’t have what you’re looking for, then can get it. I’ve purchased several “L” series lenses for my Canon and they have always been willing to negotiate their prices to make them competitive to any online shop (even B&H).

Beaver Sports. Do you know someone on your list ski, snowshoe, hike, bike, kayak or canoe? Wait, this is Alaska, of course you do. Well, this is your store. The friendly and very knowledgeable staff has everything needed to get out and enjoying Gullivers Books Fairbanks Alaskathe great outdoors. As outdoor enthusiasts themselves, they know what works and doesn’t and will use that experience to properly outfit those outdoor junkies on your list.

Play It Again Sports carries a great selection of new and used exercise gear for those planning to have a New Years resolution involving getting in shape. Basketball, baseball, hockey, football, skiing or snowboarding. Whatever sport you’re into… they have the gear you’ll need.

Great Alaska Bowl Company is a must stop if you’re looking for something uniquely Alaskan. One of on a few mills that create hand carved wooden bowls using technology over 100 years old. Carved from birch logs, their bowls come in several sizes and can be used for almost anything. Make a gift bowl out of Alaskan candies, syrups and chocolates in the store or bring in your own gift and have it shrink wrapped inside the bowl for a truly personalized gift.

Gullivers Books. I love Gullivers! What they lack in size, they make up for with a great selection and an outstanding staff. Find everything from the latest Grisham, Koontz or Cromwell novel to the classics. Hoping to get your hands on the latest political memoir? Looking for Alaskana? You can find it all right here… and what you can’t find Dave and the staff can order for you. Don’t miss the Second Story Cafe and the great selection of used books upstairs.

Material Girls. Do you know someone who likes to quilt or embroidery… or wants to? Material Girls has a great selection of material and offers classes to get them started.

UAF Museum of the North Store carres a great selection of baleen and grass baskets, ivory, jade and silver jewelry and carvings, handmade Native masks, toys, arts and crafts, quiviut scarves and books for all ages.

Spaulding Interiors. Designer Tamara Spauling has been creating beautiful homes in Fairbanks for three decades. She carries a fabulous selection of fine heirloom furnishings and decor items you absolutely won’t find anywhere else in Fairbanks… and possibly the state.

Santa Claus House. What shopping list would be complete without a stop at Santa’s House? A wonderful toy shop, Christmas ornaments of every kind and stripe, pottery, Dickens Village (Kathy says I can’t go in this section again until I biuld a room to house our collection), ivory, dolls and more. Don’t miss the Alaskan t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and gifts and the mini-museum of Alaskan memorabilia. If you’re lucky Saint Nick might even let you sit on his lap.

Do you have a favorite locally-owned store that’s not listed? Please leave the name and what makes them special in the comments section and I’ll update the list.

Happy Shopping… and Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and God bless…

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Fairbanks Alaska Food and Toy Drive

Fairbanks Alaska Food and Toy Drive

Fairbanks Alaska Toy Drive

As a Fairbanks real estate broker, I see a lot of houses in the course of working with our clients. Amazing, I know. Most of the time I enjoy it (I love what I do) but sometimes it leaves me speechless.

Several years ago a client called a few days before Christmas and told me they had found a house that looked perfect and asked to see the interior. The call came as the last of a house full of out of town guests were arriving and frankly the last thing I wanted to do was show a house. But, we had been looking for a place for these young kids to call home for a while and their enthusiasm was contagious. So, I scheduled a showing and agreed to meet them the next evening.

The house was a tiny little duplex was so small I wasn’t sure we were all going to be able to fit into it at the same time. The buyers, however, loved it and while they were discussing furniture placement I walked next door to let the tenant know we were there and give them a moment to prepare for us to do our walk through. What I wasn’t prepared for was what was waiting inside. A mother and three adorable little girls who (we found out later) had left an abusive home with nothing more than what they had on them at the time.

There on a old TV stand stood the scrawniest little black spruce Christmas tree God ever put on the face of the earth. Poor ‘ol Charlie Brown would have been hard pressed to find a sadder looking tree. A twin bed, a couple of straight back chairs and a few books was all we saw. It was a stark reminder that a lot of needs were going unfulfilled in the world… and more than a few in my own backyard.

Fairbanks Alaska Food Drive

It’s easy to help. Money, food, clothes, toys, your time; the smallest gesture would mean the world to someone who is struggling this season. Below are a few Fairbanks charitable organizations and groups that could use your help.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~ Mark Twain

Fairbanks Rescue Mission

Salvation Army

Fairbanks Community Food Bank

Meals on Wheels

If you have time to donate as well, these organizations would love to hear from you. Don’t forget the folks at Denali Center & The Hospice of The Tanana Valley.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~ Winston Churchill Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas & God Bless…

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Fairbanks New Constructions Starts Decline

Fairbanks New Construction starts decline to 1999 levels.

It’s no secret that with the dramatically changed lending landscape, existing home buyers are facing a more thorough examination of their income and credit profiles. Home builders, especially small builders have found the lending environment for speculative building projects has all but dried up. In an era where multiple buyers were on every corner, lenders fears about a builder defaulting was at a minimum. Fast forward to today and we face an uphill battle to convince lenders speculative building is worthwhile, and on the right scale, relatively low risk.

As you can see from the above chart, Fairbanks new construction starts have dropped to their lowest level since 1999. Today there are less than 30 new construction homes on the market. When we started building in 2002 it was because clients were telling us daily that the glut of existing homes were too dated, unmaintained or the homes simply didn’t fit their lifestyle. Today, we’re hearing the same cry from buyers who have their sights set on a brand new Fairbanks home.

If you’re one of those buyers for whom only a new home will do, take heart as there are options. Realize that the spec homes currently for sale (and priced correctly) are in demand; be prepared to make an aggressive offer if the situation warrants. An increasingly popular option is to contract with a builder to build a home from his (or her) existing plan library. Many builders have a library of homes they’ve already built and in some cases, land upon which to build it. Although many lenders have curbed speculative construction lending, most will extend credit to a builder with a contract in hand from an approved buyer. Granted, the latter can take some time but you could end up with a brand new home for about the same price you would otherwise pay.

Have questions? Ready to start the search for your piece of the Last Frontier? Call us at 907.699.6024 or contact us online.

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