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Old 12-10-2016, 08:52 AM
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I am moving to anchorage in 6 months. I can't decide between buying or renting. My monthly budget for housing is $1800. I will be there for 4 years with a chance of staying longer, so I'm leaning towards renting.

What are good neighborhoods? I've read a lot of posts to stay away from Fairview and mountain-view, but is there anything nice/decent near base?
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Old 12-10-2016, 09:04 AM
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Eagle River. Lots of military folks out there. However with the rising crime rates in Alaska I'd take on-base housing if you can get it.
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Old 12-10-2016, 01:33 PM
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Looking at a map, if you use Northern Lights Blvd and Tudor as the North to South Boundary and use Muldoon to The Seward Highway as the East to West Boundary you will find many nice neighborhoods. There are a few places within that area to avoid but then no matter where you choose there will be places to avoid. Access to the base is easy from this area. You will find everything from older homes to new construction.
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Old 12-10-2016, 02:10 PM
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Thanks, I'll look into it. I am from San Antonio, so I'm used to big city problems. I didn't live in the bad areas though.

Do y'all recommend block heater? We have a Mazda 3 and a tundra.
I'm looking into remote-start for our vehicles.
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Old 12-10-2016, 03:14 PM
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Remote starts keep wives happy and block heaters keep engines happy.
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Old 12-12-2016, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Music_Man View Post
Remote starts keep wives happy and block heaters keep engines happy.
Or a heated garage at home and an auto start for work.
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Old 12-29-2016, 01:50 PM
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There are a lot of military folks that live (buy and rent) in Eagle River. You can get a rental/house with a garage for the price you are looking in. I love my remote starter, worth every penny. I grew up driving in the snow, but really appreciate having AWD now. My recommendation would be trading in the Mazda and getting a 4WD or AWD unless you're really comfortable with winter driving. I also have studded tires for the winter which I won't go without again. I do drive 25,000 miles a year and visit difficult to get to properties often as a realtor.
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Old 12-29-2016, 02:20 PM
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I would buy if you can afford it(staying within the BAH ceiling). I am retired AF, and I have worked along side many coworkers that owned houses at each base they were assigned. Personally I could never afford to buy until later in my career, at which time, I still stayed on base because I was preparing for retirement.
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Old 12-29-2016, 10:27 PM
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We moved here for army and bought. The rental market and buyers market are very out of proportion. It's a buyers market, not a renters. For example, our mortgage is 1900 per month for the house we own, but if we were to rent it or rent it out we'd be charging 2,300. Eagle rivers real estate market isn't as stable as anchorage, a lot of our friends have taken big hits that sold it this year. In contrast, three of our friends as well of us that own in anchorage have profited off their houses in anchorage after owning 3 years or less.

We live on the east side and it's very pockety. All of anchorage is. We love our house and neighborhood but there are certainly bad areas. You'll find that unlike most cities that have a clear good area and bad area, anchorage has bag neighborhoods and good neighborhoods and their all mixed. I've never had any problem nor do I know anyone who has has any problems with crime.

The best thing you can do is work with a real estate agent, imo. I love ours. His name is Todd Obanion, he does rentals and purchases and very honest. Contact him and tell him Jami Eachon sent you! If you decide to rent instead of buy, id rent in eagle river as the uncertain economy doesn't impact you. We currently have friends who just listed their house for rent in a great neighborhood of eagle river:
12516 Crested Butte Drive, Eagle River, AK 99577 (MLS #16-16801) :: Core Real Estate Group
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Old 01-05-2017, 09:34 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I'm planning to rent my current house in Texas. That's the only reason I'm hesistant to buy a house in Alaska. I would prefer to live away from military. Eagle river seems like it would be base 2.0. Haha

I've read a lot of forums saying to not buy right now.
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