Why I Love Selling New Homes

Today is the last day for the Parade of Homes and I want to encourage you to visit the homes that are open from noon to 6 pm because there is something special about a brand new home. It is a blank page which a new homeowner can fill with their own dreams and memories. I love to sell new homes because they are free of the past. The turning of the soil, the fresh smell of the lumber drop, walking the subfloor creates the dreams of the future. There are thousands of parts to a new home and building one requires hundreds of hours of coordination and planning. Buying new allows a buyer to personalize their home and receive the benefits of advanced technology and design. Over the years, wiring, appliances, shingles, furnace and windows have all improved.

This year there are only 24 homes entered into the Parade. Anchorage’s new single family homes remain at record lows with only 113 permitted through July. Only Hultquist Homes, Spinell Homes and Troy Davis have built more than 17 homes so far this year. Home ownership is the dream and backbone for social stability and wealth creation in our country. Unfortunately, that opportunity is more expensive and has fewer choices. Popular new home communities include Huffman Timbers with 11 permits and Resolution Pointe 10. Under construction is Resolution Bluffs with unique and luxurious home sites from $239,000. WestGate, only minutes from Kincaid Park, has 8 duplex condos permitted on large R2A lots, giving condo buyers a unique opportunity to have spacious backyards. All three of these communities are open today.

Anchorage has finally recognized its housing crisis and how it scrambles to solve the housing needs of almost 300,000 people has yet to be seen. But, one thing is certain. Anchorage needs to support its local builders. The need is great for basic efficient housing for the homeless andnew hillside developments for the growing families. In the Parade this year, you’ll visit ranch homes for baby boomers and entry level condos for the new millennial buyer.

The primary objection to a new home is that it will cost more, perhaps as much as twenty percent according to national statistics. But what price can you put on a more livable floor plan, personalization, energy efficiency, smart and healthy living with improved air quality and no surprising or unexpected costs for repairs and maintenance.

Author: Connie Yoshimura

Connie Yoshimura, owner/broker of Dwell Realty, has over 30 years of residential real estate experience with an exemplary track record of excellent customer service and extensive community knowledge in Anchorage and Eagle River. Connie has built a solid reputation in the real estate community and she was the number one individual realtor according to MLS in 2015. Connie served as the Chair of Planning and Zoning Commission for the Municipality of Anchorage and she has ample experience on developing communities from the ground up, including such popular neighborhoods in Southport and southeast Anchorage.

Her avocation is playwriting and she has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Her plays have received productions and/or staged readings in Los Angeles, New York City, Oklahoma City and her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska where she resides with her husband, Ric Davidge, project manager for CY Investments, LLC and two poodles, Peaches and Hapa. Connie is a popular real estate columnist and her articles appear in Alaska Journal of Commerce, Alaska Dispatch News, and Homes and Land Magazines. She was featured in Anchorage’s Centennial book on Anchorage by Charles Wohlforth. If you’re interested about real estate in Anchorage and Eagle River, you could read her latest blogs at www.columnsbyconnie.com.

Connie is proud to have helped thousands of buyers and sellers through the challenging process of marketing, negotiating, and closing on their homes. She looks forward to assisting you with your home buying and selling needs. She is also available as a residential land development consultant. You may contact her at cyoshimura@gci.net or call her at 907-646-3670 (Office) or 907-229-2703 (Cell).

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