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How NOT to do a quick home repair!


Ever think, “I can fix that’ and then you have the brilliant quick fix idea? 

This was not quite one of them but I suppose it did fix the hole under the sink for a temporary solution…

Duct tape and a license plate, unconventional ‘fix’ to a hole under the sink.


We have a list of home inspectors that are willing to answer questions about how to property to repairs so that they pass inspections and meet code requirements. Just remember that even though it may be acceptable to you as you live there, the new buyers (inspector, appraiser and lender too) of/for your home may have a bit different expectation of ‘fixed’ and may require it to done differently.

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! 


Information for Military Transfers to JBER (Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson)

Information for Military Transfers to JBER (Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson)

First of all, Larry and I want to say thank you for your service to us and our country.

As an Air Force brat myself and the youngest of five children to a career military dad and stay at home military mom, I appreciate everything you do.

I (Jacque, the one in yellow) was born on Elmendorf AFB when my parents were first stationed here. Shortly after, the family was moved to Rantoul Illinois (Chanute AFB) and then back to Elmendorf when I was five. We stayed in base housing until pop retired from 23.5 years of service in 1982 and we moved to Wasilla. The family has been in Wasilla ever since.

I remember going to the flight line to watch the planes, Green Lake to go fishing, Hillburg Ski Area and snow machining all over the back of the base. The shuttle bus to anywhere on base, the pool and gym, the bowling alley, meeting pop at the hospital for lunch (he is a PA-C) all have fond memories for me.

If you are new to our area, the main website for JBER info is here.

If you would like housing purchase information, it would be our pleasure to assist you in purchasing your new home. Our website has a direct link into the MLS and has the most current and up to date information available. Our website is here.

Some other sites to look at are as follows:

Elmendorf Officers’ Spouses’ Organization

Commissary hours and info

JBER Services and Recreation

Hillburg Ski Area

My pop, John B Henley II (AKA Skip) is an E-9 Commissioned, Purple Heart Decorated, stationed everywhere from AK, CA, OH, IL, TX and even Tripoli Libya, survivor of Vietnam and just an all around cool guy. He still works with veterans as a private contractor and he really enjoys being active within the military community.  Yeah, I am biased but what can I say?


Vacation or Short Term Rental in the Heart of Wasilla


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Speaking of adventures, some that you may consider depending on the time of year are:

Photographing mountains & wildlife
Hiking in Hatchers Pass or many other locations
Climbing the Butte for a 360 degree view of the Valley
Fishing the many local rivers, creeks and lakes
Driving up to view the majestic Mount McKinley
Kayak local lakes or river rafting
Bike trek the long, paved paths (or dirt paths if you choose)
Explore Wasilla, Palmer, Talkeetna and other quaint local towns
Shop for necessities, gifts, trinkets and unique Alaskan items
Reserve a spot and fish with a local fishing guide
Skiing, downhill and cross country
Watch the world famous Iditarod Sled dog races
Visit and have fun with Fur Rendezvous
Snow Machine, snow shoe, or have a snowball fight!
See the monster, record breaking veggies at the AK State Fair
Pick blueberries in Hatchers Pass
Drive down the scenic highway and spot Dall Sheep and waterfalls all along the way
Climb on or simply go up to an actual glacier

Owners are both real estate licensees in the state of Alaska

Larry and Jacque Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers

Direct: (907) 373-8000
Toll Free: (877) 291-0887
Fax: (888) 818-6183
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Mailing Address
PO Box 870276
Wasilla AK 99687

3751 S Well Site Rd.
Wasilla, Alaska 99654