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Winter driving pointers-other than just put the phone down and drive safe!

Here are a few pointers to driving in Alaska that are helpful for winter weather. 

Check your antifreeze fluid levels in the radiator. Do not just put water in as it will freeze.
Check your windshield fluid level and also make sure it is washer fluid with an antifreeze rating. When the snow melts to slush and gets kicked up on your cars windshield, you will be thankful to have this.
All weather tires, studded tires or chains are also a great idea. If you go with chains, be sure you know how to install them before trying it in the cold. 
Make sure that the snow is brushed off your vehicle before driving. We have seen sheets of snow/ice come off vehicles on the highway and almost cause wrecks. 

Keep your gas tank at at least half full in case you get stopped in traffic. Wrecks can occur at anytime and you could be trapped on the road behind it for hours. Being able to stay warm is more than worth it!
Do not use cruise control in winter weather and be cautious if using overdrive (if overdrive kicks in on a hill-you can be sent spinning off the road). Sudden traction loss from either can happen on the ice causing you to lose control of your vehicle.Stay safe out there! 

 

WHAT CHILDREN LOOK FOR IN A WASILLA HOME SEARCH

WHAT CHILDREN LOOK FOR IN A WASILLA HOME SEARCH

We love it when the children are involved in the home buying process. They can truly give a different perspective on each home. Here are a few of our favorites:

Picking out a room (they typically choose the owners suite or the biggest room much to the dismay of any siblings present). We have been witness to this too many times to count! We have also been witness to how the family deals with the the ‘room choice’ issue. The best example was when the younger sibling said that his big sister should get the bigger room because she will only have it for a couple years. He explained that she is going away soon (college) and then he would get it for longer once she left….

We have had a kiddo pick a room because it is farthest away ‘from where the monsters live.’ They meant farthest away from the crawl space access. 

When they little family members choose a home because they can walk to school themselves because it is close (no more bus rides). Only to have a parent tell them that they will have more time for homework now that they didn’t have to ride the bus. Burst that bubble!

Yards and yard toys (or a dog house). Any of these three tend to get their attention for playing outside or finally getting that dog that the parents promised them. We have had several pick a home because of the dog in the back yard (they thought the dog went with the home).

Although the examples above are just some fun examples, we typically recruit the children to help when looking at homes. We may ask that they help ‘find’ all the light switches (keeps everyone together so we are looking at the same rooms at the same time). We may also ask them to count how many homes they can see from the windows (to help the parents see how private the home is). We also have them help turn off lights or help find the lock box or turn the house key (we still go in first though for safety reasons).  

We feel that it is important to include the children in the process to help them with the transition of a new home/moving. As a side benefit, it does makes looking at homes a bit easier for the parents to actually spend some time in the home without too much interruption. 

Just a few fun things and examples of how we include your little ones in your home searches. 

If you and your children are ready to look at homes, give us a call or send an email. We can show you any home, listed  with any company, any Realtor and represent you in the purchase.

Apparently, the home I showed them lacked a little color so they ‘fixed’ it for us. 🙂

Jacque & Larry Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers
907-373-8000 x1

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How do we handle real estate in 14 BELOW ZERO weather?

HOW DO WE HANDLE REAL ESTATE IN 14 DEGREE BELOW ZERO WEATHER?

With a pick ax of course! 

This is just an example of a home sale where, in 14 degrees BELOW zero temperatures, our real estate sign needed to be taken down. We use large steel bases and heavy 4 x 4 posts for our signs so even on a good day they take some muscle. The steel base works great to keep the signs in place with any wind but, with the snow and ice built up at driveway corners, we tend to have to break them loose this time of year (hence the pick ax and the ‘here’s Johnny’ face).

Just another example of some of the extremes we go through to ‘get the job done’ for you! 

In case the temperature scared you a little, we recently went to Montana 
and it was 27 below zero. Back in Wasilla the temp went back up to being 
in the 30 degree above zero range again. 🙂

If you need Realtors that will go to extremes for you, give Jacque & Larry a call today!

Alaska Dream Makers
907-373-8000 x1

Jacque & Larry Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers
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Iron Dog? What is an Iron Dog?

Iron Dog? What is an Iron Dog?

An iron dog, for those unfamiliar with the term is a snowmachine and THE Iron Dog is a grueling test of endurance for man and machine. This race is the ‘worlds longest snowmobile race‘ and it runs over 2000 miles. Crazy weather conditions, rugged and unforgiving terrain and some of the most beautiful territory in the world make up this a survival course on snowmachines.

Larry and I went to the start of the race this with my cousins and, although it was cold, we could not imagine what the racers would go through with the windchill factors. Wind chill from the normal weather conditions and also that of the created variety as they race man and machine in the harsh Alaska wilderness.

 

View the 2000 mile race route map HERE but remember-the state of Alaska is the size of Texas times TWO!

There are FAQ about the racers, machines and terrain in case you have questions. Pretty interesting information about everything from why duct tape is on the racers faces, how the trail is made and how cold it gets (OK, I have to spoil that one. It can get to MINUS 57 degrees F).

 

The race ends in Fairbanks and the first place finishers are expected to be at the finish line after noon on February 26. If you would like to track the racers by GPS, you can go to the Iron Dog website and check in.

Jacque & Larry

 

Prior to the race, the line up

 

The beginning of the race

 

 

Even the soda cans are heated so they do not FREEZE in the cold. Imagine what the racers go through!

 

 

Frostbite Footrace, Snowshoe Softball, Snow Scuptures and Dog Races…OH MY!

Frostbite Footrace, Snowshoe Softball, Snow Sculptures and Dog Races…OH MY!

So perhaps our brains are frozen because of what we Alaskans do in the ‘spring’ months.

This particular set of pictures is from out outing in Anchorage last weekend. The temperature was about oh…ZERO and we bundled up in attempt to defeat cabin fever.

Fur Rendezvous was always a favorite holiday as a kid. I remember bundling up as a family and spending all weekend in our snowsuits, mittens, boots, scarves and the like just to watch the dog races and see the snow sculptures. I even one a prize for a ceramic mouse I entered in the craft festival bout 32 years ago.

Past years favorites:
Snow sculptures
Carnival
Arts and Crafts ShowSome of the new favorites
Running of the reindeerSnowshoe softball
Frostbite footrace

For a current schedule click here  Fur Rendezvous or visit the website www.furrondy.net

Jacque & Larry

 

Larry and Jacque Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers

Direct: (907) 373-8000
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Mailing Address
PO Box 870276
Wasilla AK 99687

3751 S Well Site Rd.
Wasilla, Alaska 99654