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March 28, 2016

Albuquerque Real Estate Market Reports

 

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Our site updates it's information every 15 minutes and the information comes directly from the MLS unlike some national real estate websites. We understand that market timing and home price valuation is extremely important when preparing your home for sale. We also know that marketing your is equally important and we have developed a strong marketing plan to sale your home for the most money in the shortest time.

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March 15, 2016

7 Reasons to use a Real Estate Agent

The proliferation of services that help home buyers and sellers complete their own real estate transactions is relatively recent, and it may have you wondering whether using a real estate agent is becoming a relic of a bygone era. While doing the work yourself can save you the significant commission rates many real estate agents command, for many, flying solo may not be the way to go–and could end up being more costly than a realtor’s commission in the long run. Buying or selling a home is a major financial (and emotional) undertaking. Find out why you shouldn’t discard the notion of hiring an agent just yet.

 

TIP 1: LIST AT THE RIGHT PLACE 

A real estate agent’s full-time job is to act as a liaison between buyers and sellers. This means that he or she will have easy access to all other properties listed by other agents. 

Realtors understand the market better and can typically list the house at the correct price.  This gives home owners an advantage over listing the property themselves.   

 

TIP 2: BETTER HOME PRESENTATIONS 

Presenting a home matters now more than ever.  Realtors make sure that these presentations go smoothly. They also have tons of experience in staging homes. In today’s market, it really matters how a home is presented. 

 

TIP 3: GET MORE BUYER EXPOSURE

Buyers often contact a real estate agent before looking at properties. This means there are many buyers in every market that will only be looking at homes listed by an agent. Your home will get more showings and offers by listing with an agent. Agents are crucial to accessing these buyers who are shopping with other agents.

 

TIP 4: HIGHER OFFERS FROM BUYERS

Higher offers come in when you list with an agent. An agent help to make sure your property is seen by more people. They also make sure that all aspects of the buying process is handled in a professional manner. Having an experienced real estate agent can dramatically impact the offers you receive from buyers.

  

Real Estate agent not only get the traffic in, they know how to manage it. They can arrange and hold open houses in a way that gets as many visitors as possible. They also work with buyers so that showings are more convenient for you. 

 

TIP 5: NEGOTIATES INSPECTION RESULTS

A real estate agent will be able to identify trouble that you may not see, as well as recommend a good independent home inspector who will provide a detailed report on problems with the house.

Inspections can impact the sale of your house. Having a real estate agent gives you an expert in your corner as you handle this aspect of the sale. Real estate agents are used to dealing with these types of issues and can work through almost any challenge that arises.

 

TIP 6: SPEEDS UP TIME TO CLOSE

There is a lot of paperwork that has to transpire throughout the closing process. An agent handles all this paperwork daily so they know how to speed up the process. While anyone can spend a few minutes online and pull information on sales of comparable houses, real estate agents have the experience to know whether a specific house is overpriced or under-priced. In the best-case scenario, an agent will have such a good idea of what you're looking for that she won't even waste your time touring houses that won't work.

 

TIP 7: HOME SELLS AT TOP VALUE

Ultimately, you can sell your home for more money when you list with an agent. Most real estate agents can set a price on a home the minute they walk through the door. If they have a lot of experience in a market, they know how well a neighborhood holds its value, too.

March 7, 2016

What You Should Ask Your Real Estate Agent before Buying or Selling

What you should ask your Real Estate Agent before Buying or Selling

 

Buying or selling a home can be daunting. In fact, it can be a full-time job. For many people, it makes sense to hire an expert to handle the time-consuming tasks and the nitty-gritty details. Real estate agents can take work off your hands and also help you get a better deal.

 

When it comes to property information, you should never stop asking your agent until you are fulfilled. You should obviously ask about the condition of the home, and external factors like flood/hurricane zone, night trains, flying paths that you can ask to neighbors so being prepared is never a bad thing,

 

But something as important as the Housing market shouldn’t be left out unanswered, remember, if your market is bad, no amount of money will fix it.

7 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT

 

How the Housing market has performed over the past 3 years?

 Your agent/agency can easily give you year over year stats of the local housing market you are interested in buying. When it comes to recognizing trends in the market, real estate agents are on the front lines.

What is the foreclosure rate of the local Housing market?

This is also very easy to pull. It’s another great market indicator. If the rate is high or rising, this means the housing market is going through a significant change. 

Can I have a copy of the appraisal?

Most people either don’t ask for it, or don’t know that they can request a copy of their home appraisal when getting one on a transaction, and it doesn’t matter if you are paying for it, the bank is the client for the appraisal, not you, so most of the time people won’t give it to you unless you Ask your real estate Agent for it.

Estimated closing costs?

Usually, there is some surprise in the faces of the buyers when closing costs are on the table. . For average homes the closing cost are among the $10,000-ish price range, maybe more for a financed deal, money which is usually which is out of the pocket. You can get the seller to help you with some of this if your lender will allows it, usually it is a percentage in the 3% to 5% range.

Will this house pass for FHA financing?

FHA loans are very popular among the first-time home buyers because of the low down-payment requirement of just 3.5%. However, there is nothing perfect. If the property was built before 1978, and there is any visible damage or bug, then it can be a potential holdup. FHA is not easy going with lead paint, and will likely need the failure fixed before the transaction can continue, FHA almost never guarantees loans on fixer-uppers.

I want to buy & flip this property.  What’s my asking price after the repairs?

Determine current market value by Paying for an appraisal, there is no other option. Appraisers can process a “Subject to” which means that the definitive opinion of value is subject to the completed listed repairs; also they can pull a hypothetical condition regarding the property. Hypothetically, the property is in excellent condition instead of fair condition, and then the appraiser will study the market of excellent condition properties rather than fair condition ones.

How can I help to sell my house faster?

Knowing your home's disadvantages will give you an opportunity to fix them and a more realistic expectation of the home's market value.

There is nothing more frustrating than being stuck forever in the housing market and, there are there are lots of reasons behind it, lest list a few:

Poor pictures: This is the most important mistake your agent and you can make. If your agent is taking the pictures, ask your real estate Agent to check them before uploading them to the MLS. You can search on Trulia and Zillow and study which photos are poorly taken and off-turners and try to understand what is wrong with it so you don’t fall in to the same crack, also check the good ones and try to replicate them as better as possible also, Ask about a professional photographer, it can make a huge difference.

Not hiding your clutter: Obviously, do this preferably before taking the photos. Your house has to be organized and nice, make the buyer feel comfortable enough so he/her can picture all of his/her stuff placed in your property, if you have a ton of garbage lying around will not be a nice looking thing to watch.

Timing! Timing! Timing!: Some people think that location is the absolute number one, and it is true, but timing may be a very important number two, Ask your real estate Agent or agency which months are the busiest seasons to sell in your market, generally is summer, but in the case of some locations like Florida, winter comes with a lot of busy markets for snowbirds arriving, this way if you adapt to your market time you’ll get way more traffic when the market is at its fullest. 

 

Feb. 26, 2016

6 Tips on Selling a Home with Pets

6 Tips on Selling a Home with Pets

Selling a home is a hard enough task, but selling a home when you have pets living with you is even more difficult. Selling a home with pets presents several additional challenges for a home owner. More often than not, pets can cause serious damage - the scratches, odors and other casualties.

If you want to ensure you get the highest final sale price, you'll have to properly stage your home to create the idea that you are not a pet owner -- or at least eliminate any signs that your animals were destructive.

Here are some of the best tips to prepare for selling your home with pets.

1. Give Your Home a Deep Clean

 A strong odor is in fact one of the top reasons a buyer will pass on a home. You don't want to be scaring away potential home buyers with this. And the truth is, pets can make less than desirable odors and smells. So before you put your home in the market, make sure to give it a deep cleaning. Our sense of smell has a powerful effect on our emotions, our memory and on our perception of things.

Aside from the usual vacuuming of floors and cleaning counter-tops, make sure to cover as many tough spots as possible. This includes behind all furniture, underneath all throw rugs, and inside each closet.  Pet hair and dust do a great job at finding their way into those hard to access areas.

An initial urine odor on entering a house is sure to stick in the buyer’s mind, and he or she will likely deduct the cost of carpet replacement immediately from an offer as a result. Avoid this by having your carpet and flooring professionally cleaned, with a focus on removing pet odors. If the staining or odors are too bad, you may need to replace the carpet in the problem areas.

2. Declutter

When you have pets and you’re preparing your home for sale, it’s important to clean up after your pet’s belongings. This includes toys, beds, blankets or even their litter pans.

The last thing you want is potential buyers having to do so much avoiding of your pets pile of stuff while going around the house. Tuck these things in a closet or basement. Like other forms of home staging, removing extra pet clutter is an important consideration when you are selling your property.

3. Clean the yard

If you have pets, make sure that the exterior is something you give extra attention. Pick up any messes in the backyard and have any sod replaced and other damage repaired as necessary. These things may seem like small tasks but they can make a huge impact on a potential buyer’s outlook of your home. One of the best tips, when selling a home with pets, is to make sure you don’t neglect the yard as this is just important to some buyers as the inside of the home.

4. Have Your Home Checked For Fleas

If you suspect that your pets carry fleas, have a professional inspect further. Fleas and other pests can scare away potential buyers and is something you should address before anyone walks through your home.

5. Repair Any Interior Damage

Pet damage is never attractive when selling your home. Dogs and cats will inevitably destroy something, including carpets, furniture, hardwood flooring, walls, and doors. All of these should be repaired prior to showing the home. This may require some investment on your part, especially if the animal has damaged expensive items like your hardwood flooring or walls in your house. Regardless of the cost of repair, though, the value you will get for your house will be well worth paying for the repairs.

6. Remove Pets during Showings

When selling a home with pets, at the very least, you should remove them from your home when you are showing the property for sale. All the cute things your dog does will not help you sell your home, and will only remind the potential buyer that the house has contained pets previously.

You may relocate your pets to a friend or a relative while you’re selling your home. Other possible places to relocate is a kennel or a day care service for animals.

There are times where it may not be possible to remove a pet from a home. Maybe due to your job you just can’t come back and remove them or you can’t find anyone who will help take care of them. If this is the case your last resort is to secure them in crates. It’s not a smart decision to allow your pets to wander free during home showings as it can make some potential buyers very uncomfortable.

 

Selling a home with pets can certainly be challenging. It can bring additional work and effort into the equation. Remember to take the steps above before you list your home for sale.

 

 

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Jan. 29, 2016

Home Staging Tips - What to Do, What NOT To Do

 

Home Staging Tips – What To Do, What NOT To Do.

 In today's competitive market, putting up a “for sale” sign and waiting for the best won't be enough. You need to take extra steps to sell your home for the most money in the shortest period of time. Deliberately improving your property’s total appeal by transforming it into an attractive home that appeals to the largest potential buying audience has become the order of the day.

Here are some reminders to make that best first good impression to buyers:

 

What to Do.

 

1.       DE-PERSONALIZE.

 

Your home is a very personal possession.  In order to get into the heads of buyers, your goal should be to help them see themselves in it. Seeing less of your personal items will make it easier to picture living there. With that said, it’s very important to neutralize your property while being listed for sale.

The idea is to make your property a little more of a blank opus to appear less lived-in. Remove personal photos and replace them with artworks. Imagining of owning it would be hard if your family photos are everywhere. Display canvas artworks, paintings or images of landscape scenes, modern shapes, or aspirational travel.

Box and wrap you stuff neatly and store them for a while.

2.       CLEAR CLUTTER – LESS IS MORE.

 

One of the common reasons people give for moving from one house to another is lack of space in their current home. Prospective buyers are therefore looking for a new one that gives them more space, and more to grow into. That much of a space should be exhibited by your home.  

To achieve this, the less things or distractions that can be found inside your property, the better shot you have to be considered by the buyer. Remove any items that may not be relevant to the buyer’s daily functioning. They need to see the space they are getting, to see the real and good value of it. Not to mention, clutter keeps the buyer from seeing the beauty of your home interior.

 

3.     DEEP CLEAN.

 

Prospective buyers want to snoop around and get into every corner of your home. Buyers notice everything. One little mess or a dirty spot could turn them off.  So before placing your home on the market or taking photos for your listing, do a thorough deep-clean of your home. Clean the carpets, scrub the baseboards, remove the cobwebs. Confused on where to start? Cleaning checklists are available on the internet.

 

No one has ever decided NOT to buy a home because it is just too clean.  So clean, and clean some more, look around your house.  You can’t afford to miss a spot. Leave nothing untouched. 

 

4.         ADD LIVING ELEMENTS, THROW PILLOWS AND FRESH TOWELS.

 

While we agree that less is more, it is important to bear in mind that we have to make the property as impressive as possible. So if necessary, you may add or enhance the overall look and feel of the house. You may do the following:

a.     Roll-out a welcome mat. Upon entry to the house, a mat would also make a warm welcome, inviting the buyer to see the rest of it.

b.    Mount mirrors in strategic spots. Hanging a few mirrors make the dark areas in your house lighter and the size of the space appear double.

c.     Put throw pillows on sofa to accentuate the living room area. A vibrant throw pillow with neutral colored walls and sofa set can transform an entire room's feel. This can give a stylish and out-of-magazine flavor to the house that really appeals to buyers.

d.     Dress the Bathroom with elegant white linens. Clear the clutter in your bathroom and spruce it up with fresh white linens creating a spa-like display. You may add an orchid, candles and special soaps to add to the feel.

e.     Arrange decorative pieces. These vignettes can make a cozy, lived-in ambience to a house. Assemble classy colorful vases, lanterns, books, plants, baskets, and other decorative items on top of dressers, counters and even bookshelves.

 

What NOT To Do.

1.           DO NOT BLOCK NATURAL LIGHT AND VIEWS.

 

Good natural lighting and views usually do the magic. Trim any foliage blocking a window area outside the house. Manicuring outdoor spaces is one of the top must do items when preparing your home for sale. Make sure any plants blocking windows are trimmed in a manner that looks neat and allows light to pass into your home.  Don’t allow plants to block windows. 

 

2.           DO NOT LEAVE RED FLAGS.

 

After you have done the above mentioned tips, walk thru the house, check all corners and areas to make sure that everything is clean and in order. Do not ignore even the smallest item in your home that could possibly drive prospective buyers away. Paint your front door. Replace dead bulbs. Repair broken doors. Patch damage walls. Refinish your floors. Again, buyers notice everything.

 

3.           DO NOT IGNORE YOUR COMPETITION.

 

While you must be spending too much effort and time in preparing your home, remember that you are not the only one selling in the market. Never underestimate competition. You may want to see listings of other sellers or tale to prospective buyers who have had visited a property and learn from them. You might be able to get something and apply it to your own listing.

 

4.           DO NOT BE NEGATIVE.

 

While you eliminate all negative items in your home, it’s also important that you remove all negative thoughts and vibes you have. Stay positive and make that sale. Be nice when dealing with prospective buyers. Nothing beats pleasing accommodation for with visitors. Your own warmth and that of your home will surely leave the buyers impressed.

 

 

 

Jan. 13, 2016

Lots for Sale: Build Your ABQ Dream Home!

Lots for Sale: Build Your ABQ Dream Home Today!

 

High Desert

6309 GAMBEL OAK Court NE

Directions: Tramway and Academy, East on Academy (Turns into High Desert St). Left on Elena Gallegos, right on Gambel Oak Ct NE. Lot is located on right side of street.

Description: Majestic High Desert 1.06. acre lot perfectly situated on an elevated cul-de-sac just down the road from the open space/foothills, hiking and biking trails with incredible views of the distinctive fiery sunsets over the city to Mount Taylor & beyond, unforgettable Sandia Mountains and stunning NM blue skies. There are very few opportunities so don’t hesitate, come see this beautiful location and build your ABQ Dream Home in prestigious Highlands at High Desert today!

13535 ELENA GALLEGOS Place NE

Directions: From Academy & Tramway, East on Academy to Elena Gallegos, East on Elena Gallegos to lot on North side of Street.

Description: Wonderful one of a kind .80 acre lot perfectly located in the desirable Highlands at High Desert! This view lot has the most breathtaking views in Albuquerque and is surrounded by luxury high-end homes.

 Mariposa

2411 DESERT ZINNIA Road NE

Directions: From I-25 and 550 in Bernalillo, go 7 miles West on 550 to Northwest Loop, go about 2 miles South on Northwest Loop Road to Mariposa Parkway, west to Academy Rd., south to Blue Grama Dr. south to Desert Zinnia, east to property on the right.

Description: OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS! This is an amazing value, a beautiful lot nestled on a culdesac view lot next to the open space, walking trails, with vistas across the mesa, beyond the bosque to the Sandia mountains beneath the clear blue skies by day and star lit night sky, simply fantastic and ready for your new home. Utilities at the line, community center, indoor/outdoor pools, minutes to ABQ and an hour to Santa Fe.

Glenwood Hills

4428 SKYLINE Court NE

Directions: East on Montgomery from Tramway to Sunset Canyon, North and continue East to Skyline Ct. South to property on the East side of the street.

Description: Incredible, rare city .45 acre city view lot backing up to the Open Space Preserve with all city utilities in the street! This gorgeous lot is surrounded by high-end Luxury homes. If you want the best views on the city and beyond, this is the perfect site to build your ABQ Dream Home.

Placitas

CAMINO DE LA QUESTA DEL AIRE and PALOMINO

Directions: I-25 to Placitas, East on Hwy 165 6.9 miles, left on Camino De Las Huertas (past the post office in the Village, look for large sign directional to the Community Center)continue north approx 2.8 miles to Palomino Rd (vertical street sign)

Description: Beautiful Placitas Land and this is just one of 4 lots to choose from. Available for purchase and hold...bring your plan/builder. Phenomenal views of the Sandia Mountains, fiery sunsets and stunning landscape of beautiful Placitas. Live among the wild horses with a light commute to Albuquerque, Rio Rancho or Santa Fe. This could be what you have been waiting for!

Albuquerque lots for sale located in Placitas, High Desert, Mariposa and Glenwood Hills

Dec. 29, 2015

High Desert Land for Sale

Highlands at High Desert

High Desert Land for Sale

Located at the Luxurious Highland at High Desert subdivision. This building lot is .08 acres and is surrounded by breathtaking views of the City and the Sandia Mountains.  This neighborhood is well known for luxurious high-end-homes.

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May 10, 2015

Bosque Westside Home for Sale

Bosque del Rio | Private Community near the Rio Grande River

Bosque del Rio

Incredible Location on Bosque Entrada Tr. in the Private Bosque del Rio Subdivision. This home features stylish updates in every room and well thought out landscaping from front to back. You will also have private access to the Bosque and Rio Grande River walking and biking trails from the trailhead located at the end of your street. This community is tucked away with single access to the neighborhood, keeping privacy a priority. Don't hesitate call to view  this 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath  ABQ Dream Home.

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April 22, 2015

High Desert Building Lot for Sale on Gambel Oak NE

High Desert Building Lot for Sale

Located on Gambel Oak

High Desert Building Lot

Beautiful Luxury High Desert Lot for Sale

Perfectly Situated on 1.06 acres in the Luxurious "Highlands at High Desert" neighborhood in the Foothills North Region. Come enjoy the views of the City Sunsets and the Sandia Mountains. Sandia Land for SaleThis neighborhood has convenient access to hiking and biking trails from you front door. Call Veronica for information.

 High Desert Lot For Sale Foothills

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Jan. 10, 2015

Rio Grande Blvd 4316

North Valley Home for Sale at 4316 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

Rio Grande BlvdLuxury North Valley Home for Sale on Rio Grande Blvd. with private lane access. This beautiful 1-story home with all of the renovations of a new home & the magic & character that buyers who want NM charm appreciate. Thoughtfully designed, authentic pueblo architecture, luxurious amenities, impeccably maintained & beautifully remodeled. Refinished rich brick & wood floors, plastered & adobe walls, wood plank/beamed ceilings, custom kitchen w/granite countertops, 36'' Wolf Range, Sub-Zero Refrigerator, drawers & microwave, remodeled bathrooms, wool carpet & extensive mechanical updates. Gorgeous outdoor living spaces w/grass, irrigation, trees, garden area, majestic cottonwoods, wood barn w/electricity, sitting area, fire pit..a perfect place to relax & enjoy the sunset, swimming pool, multiple covered patios & MORE!