Once or twice a month, I get an email that goes something like this:
“I am thinking of buying an acre in Alaska. Can you help me?”
I’d like to think I’m pretty good at helping people. Times like this I wonder. I’m not psychic!
I need more information. Where? Alaska is over 365 MILLION acres.
Dealing with remote property, I probably get these questions more often than some agents.
Approximately 65% of Alaska is owned and managed by the US Federal Government as national forests, national parks, or national wildlife refuges. The State of Alaska owns 24.5%. 10% is managed by thirteen regional and dozens of local Native corporations created under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Various private interests own the remaining land, totaling less than 1%.
That’s still a lot of land. Some is waterfront, some not. Much of this is remote, not connected to towns or villages. I’ve seen land from under $1000 to over $1,000,000 PER ACRE.
Don’t be shy. Give your agent enough information that he or she can help you.