It is a privilege and a blessing to live in Alaska.
Yes, I state such even after the winter we have all experienced.
This blessed Last Frontier with not even a million humans as its population is my home and your home in the largest state of our American Union.
We all came from many places. Those who were born here have undoubtedly enjoyed some humor as we “newbees” adjust to what only Alaska can offer.
- The radio traffic updates as we commute alerting us to the need to slow down for a moose or bear crossing the Glenn Highway.
- The short time of daylight during the days of winter and the long wonderful hours of sunlight during the days of spring and summer.
- Lawn mowers running at 1 a.m.
- The kiddos in the cul-de-sac enjoying the extra hours of playtime in the spring and summer.
- The warm and friendly welcome from our neighbors as we all settle in after work.
- We are indeed blessed here in Alaska.
Yet, we all have a history. Many of us have come from somewhere else.
My history began in Mishawaka, Indiana. My mom and dad were first generation Americans. Their parents came from Belgium and Poland.
When Tom and I married, yes, our wedding was three days long. My husband and I left after the first day.
“Things got too rowdy.”
We were blessed with three children and a beautiful home in Colorado. In 1995, G-D had a bad toothache and my husband was called to take care of it in heaven. Yes, my Tom was a dentist. He was the best. We had 28 years of marriage and our three children are now grown and so far have produced seven grandchildren and I am so very proud of them all.
My career path had varied. As a child, I asked for orders for Christmas cards and went from door to door for my Blue Birds group at nine years. I worked my way through college at Indiana University as a weather girl on WTTV-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana. I owned my own real estate
company in Colorado: B.L. McClure and Co. I worked for 16 years plus as a stock broker with Morgan Stanley. I worked and trained in the magnificent World Trade Center in New York City in 1989. I will never forget 911 and the emotions I felt seeing it destroyed. When my family came to Alaska, I worked at the Carrs Quality Center bakery here in Eagle River while studying for my Alaska Real Estate license.
Does anyone remember being in the Carrs in Eagle River shopping around 5 p.m. and hearing a lady announce, “Come to the baker and form a line please. Our delicious bread will be ready for you in four minutes.”
That was me almost seven years ago.
My approach to real estate is simple: listen to what my valued listing clients need, gather information for them and service the listing properly. Correctly price the property and then bring it to the closing table. For my valued buyers, my approach is also simple: listen to their needs and find the home that meets and pleases them.
What a concept. Sticking to that is what has brought me success in this market and has built friendships and partnership with clients. I truly love what I do. Come in, chat with me and I will listen to what your needs are. Our Re/MAX organization is global and local and devoted to serving all of your real estate needs whether those be right here in the Chugiak-Eagle River area, other parts of Alaska or other parts of the world. Do you want a villa in Italy with grapes growing on your patio? That can be arranged though REMAX and of course me too.
So what am I doing in the middle of this gorgeous farm in this photo?
It represents a devotion of my career time to my love of real estate and my being honored to be part of the RE/MAX of Eagle River team.
This beautiful farm with its flat topography and succulent high producing soil is located 14 minutes from the Port Mackenzie in the Mat-Su Borough. It is 400 acres and is ready for a new owner to write its next chapter of history. One could be a farmer: grow food and hay, raise horses and puppies and have the level of privacy so many dream of securing.
Do remember: Only two percent of state of Alaska can be privately owned. Don’t miss your opportunity to secure a piece of the Last Frontier paradise.
Editor’s Note: Bernie McClure is a licensed Realtor with RE/MAX, Inc. of Eagle River and can be reached via phone at 854-4147.