Kibe Lucas Real Estate Blog

a guide to moving with childrenLet’s just say it. Moving sucks. Once the excitement following the purchase of your new home has subsided, reality is bound to set in eventually. The honeymoon's over; it’s time to get to work, packing your belongings into cardboard boxes and getting ready for your new life in your new home.

But don’t forget about the children – those most affected by such a drastic change. While packing up your life and lugging it to a new zip code may not be a fun undertaking for you, it can be downright traumatic for those little ones in your family. But, there are a few things you can do to smooth the transition, and flip that negative to positive.

Be Open & Honest with Them

The worst thing you can do is try to keep the reality of the big move a secret.

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no cost evergy-saving tips for your wasilla homeWe may hate to admit it, but summer has officially come to a close for another year. Among other things, it means it’s time to fold up the shorts and t-shirts and put them away in a drawer, and pull out your sweaters and warm jackets. For many of us, it’s the time we start to spend more of our time in the warm confines of our homes, and turn the dial up on the old furnace.

This effort to keep warm unfortunately has the side effect of driving up your monthly utility bill. With an end goal of lowering the amount you have to pay each month, here are a few no-cost, energy saving tips for your Wasilla home. Save your money, and stay warm too!

Be Strategic in Lighting Your Home

Number one, use the natural light of the sun to your greatest benefit. Try

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3 southcentral alaska schools awarded wtih blue ribbon honorsThe Mat-Su Valley and Southcentral Alaska just keeps getting better and better. Recently, three Southcentral Alaska schools were awarded prestigious Blue Ribbon Honors for being exemplary high-performing schools! This is one of two categories that can garner schools Blue Ribbon honors by the US Secretary of Education. The other category is awarded to schools closing gaps in educatonal achievement.

The Blue Ribbon awards were given to a mere 329 schools across the country for 2016. Eligible schools can be elementary, middle, secondary and even private schools.

The Education Secretary has been awarding this widely coveted award for 34 years, since 1982. In that time 8,500 schools have been awarded. This year's award-winning schools will be honored in

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matsu valley hiking trailsThe Matanuska-Susitna Valley in southcentral Alaska encompasses some of the most stunningly beautiful natural landscapes found anywhere in the United States. To scale any of the mountain peaks found just minutes from communities like Wasilla and Palmer is to be transported to another world in the clouds, amid stunning mountain peaks. There is a multitude of trails ranging from the established and well-traveled to the highly technical.

You're sure to find something that matches your preferences perfectly, be it a relaxed afternoon stroll or a challenging overnight hike. We've put together a few suggestions below to get you started. Feel free to suggest one in the comments below, if you feel we've missed one.

Reed Lakes Trail

This hike is rated as

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spotlight on peters creek, akThe perfect getaway! Peters Creek is the serene small community, just 20 miles north of Anchorage in the shadow of the towering Chugach Mountain range. It’s a popular bedroom community for the nearby metropolitan center, as well as for members of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, just to the south.

Locals love the wide-open spaces, and quiet atmosphere while still maintaining convenient access to the big-city amenities found in Anchorage to the south, or in Wasilla or Palmer in the Mat-Su Valley to the north. The community is a mecca for outdoor activities that range from boating and fishing, to hiking and snowmobiling.

Are you interested in learning more about available Peters Creek real estate? Please visit our Peters Creek page - to chat with a

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3 beautiful wasilla waterfront homesThe natural environment that surrounds the communities of the Matanuska Susitna Valley is simply awe-inspiring. Cities like Wasilla and Palmer feature a stunning number of waterfront properties overlooking shimmering lakes, streams and creeks.

Let's take a look at a few of the Valley's most beautiful waterfront properties, currently available on the market!

3493 N Meadow Lakes Drive – Wasilla, AK

Classic lakeside living! This beautifully crafted log home has been lovingly designed to perfectly complement the surrounding landscape. This home serves as an ideal, quiet getaway in a serene nature setting surrounded by wildlife. The nearly 2,800 square-foot home boasts some incredible extras too, including a full mother-in-law suite in the

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Wasilla says no to tiny houses...for nowWasilla-residents, and would-be residents with thoughts of living in a trendy new tiny home will have to rethink their plans. Wasilla city council put a temporary moratorium on a request to allow the new tiny home trend to take foot in the city.

Councilor Stu Graham, the main proponent of the temporary ban, wants to avoid future issues related to these small homes being made into rental units that fall into disrepair, or are unsightly projects plopped down next to traditional homes.

“I certainly don’t have anything on people getting a great return on their investments but it has to be balanced with what the community needs.”

The city council approved the ban temporarily in Wasilla, from now through February. The moratorium applies to any

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What you need to know about alaska new construction, kibe lucas team real estateAt first glance, buying a new home seems like a fantastic option – I mean what’s not to like. You don’t have to deal with the footprints left by previous owners and you can even have a say in many of the home’s final details. If you get in early enough, you can even choose the lay-out or go with a fully custom home.

But, just like the purchase of any home, new or old, there are certain pitfalls you could easily find yourself in. It can be a great option for many just arm yourself with the information to go in as an informed consumer. Here’s what you need know before buying an Alaska new construction home.

Get to the Know the Area

By their very nature, developments of new construction homes tend to be built away from urban centers, in much more

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a few low cost ways to boost your alaska home's property valueWhen it comes to home improvement, it can be incredibly easy to spend, spend, spend. If you’ve ever hired a contractor or taken your car to be professionally serviced at the garage, you know how easily one simple repair can balloon into a laundry list of costly items.

This doesn’t have to be your reality though. We’ve compiled a few low-cost ways you can boost your Alaska home’s sales value without re-mortgaging the property you're about to sell.

Look Down

The flooring is the cornerstone of any home. It’s ever-present and hard to miss – that goes double for the potential home buyers you’re hoping to attract.

So, take careful stock of your flooring and assess how much love it needs (or deserves). A professional carpet cleaning is an inexpensive

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alaska's most expensive home

A new home has entered the market, shattering the previous record for most expensive home in Alaska. Many properties sell themselves as being truly one-of-a-kind, but few can stake as strong a claim as this expansive $6.5 million Anchor Point home.

Positioned at the mouth of the Cook Inlet about 200 miles south of Anchorage, this truly unique Anchor Point home boasts unrestricted views looking out into the endless Gulf of Alaska, from its own private beach. The stunning view may be the property's most enduring draw, but it certainly isn't among its most one-of-a-kind selling points. The property's most unique selling features include an incredible 25-acre private golf course and a gold mine. Yep, you heard that right, a bonafide gold mine. First

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