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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.

High Desert Land  High Desert Real Estate

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.

Bosque Entrada tr Westside homeRio Grande homes on th RiverBosque Entrada

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 22, 2014

Corrales, NM Horse Property

Welcome to 498 Applewood Road, Corrales New Mexico 87048Corrales Real Estate

Corrales New Mexico Real Estate – Luxury Horse Property in beautiful Corrales, This is a true Equestrian's dream. This Luxury Property has Acreage, Beautiful Horse Facilities, Guest House, Swimming Pool and much more all on a 2.1 acre gated corner lot w/ditch access on the south side of Corrales. Corrales Horse Property
This unique property offers a perfect blend of Luxury & the Village lifestyle. Elegant & move Corrales Luxury Homein ready 1-story Mediterranean style home; 3 master suites, Office, guest house, fully equipped kitchen , expansive island, subzero, 6 burner + griddle gas stove, double oven, dining/main living area w/stunning raised/exposed truss ceiling, gorgeous Tiffany Chandelier, gleaming wood floors, stacked stone fireplace, hidden flat screen TV. Lush grounds, outdoor living spaces, pool, spa, covered/lighted kitchen area w/mountain views, mini frig, granite bar top, heated horse barn w/office, 1/2 bath, tool, tack & rooms, 3 stalls, chicken coop,Corrales Luxury Home dog & goat house, pasture & so much more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb. 21, 2014

Featured Home Friday - 8721 San Diego Ave NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico

8721 San Diego North Albuquerque Acres8721 San Diego in North Albuquerque Acres

The miscellaneous amenities in this Luxurious Northern New Mexico Style Home are amazing in themselves: radiant heat, remote controlled blinds, wireless security, Smart System, metal clad/wood windows, entertainment spaces, double ovens, six burner Dacor gas cook top, granite counter tops, a Party Deck, really more than can be listed.  Once we get past that, the rest of the home is even more spectacular.  The master suite and loft/office and completely private.  Walls of windows bring nature inside your home with stunning views.  Beautifully stained concrete floors compliment the tongue and groove finished ceilings.  Ideal entertainment/game room.  The main level features a guest bedroom and full bath while downstairs you will find 2 bedrooms and a full bath of its own,8721 San Diego North Albuquerque Acres complete with outdoor access.  Once outside you will be in wonderment at the enclosed and landscaped backyard.  Grass, trees, a Koi pond, a water feature and a lifetime of views.  You may even want to enjoy those views from the wrap-around balcony.

Feb. 14, 2014

85 Overlook Dr Placitas New Mexico

Placitas Luxury Sunset ViewThe street says it all.  This quaint Placitas home has unbelievable views from every window.  In this pueblo style home perfectly placed upon a hilltop you will find diamond plaster fireplaces, brick floors, Alder wood cabinetry and Vigo beamed ceilings.  Step into a remarkable kitchen featuring a Franke sink dropped into lovely granite countertops.  The appliances are top of the line with a Subzero fridge/freezer and Wolf ovens paired with a six burner stovetop and a griddle!  The master bedroom holds a romantic air with its cozy loft. A spare room is spacious enough to be a great art studio, yoga room or office.    Once outside you will find yourself in an outdoor oasis.  Relax in the pool , the hot tub or just on one of the multiple patios.  Did I mention the views are to die for?Placitas Luxury Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb. 4, 2014

High Desert Home for Sale

13715 Canada Del Oso Pl NE, Albuquerque

High Desert Luxury HomeHigh Desert Luxury home with 360 degree views. This exquisite custom High Desert home boasts modern architecture and accents, including: etched glass on the entry door and windows, coffered ceilings, travertine floors, cherry cabinetry, stacked stone, three fireplaces, art niches, expansive windows with perfect orientation taking advantage of the ever changing scenery, and so much more.  The main level has elegant living and dining areas along with a perfectly equipped kitchen (due to that huge island) containing bar seating that opens into the family room and “Florida” room, which features built in rain sensors in the skylights and unobstructed views!  If that’s not enough, the main floor also offers three bedrooms, two of them sharing a Jack & Jill bathroom, while the third is the Master bedroom.  A separate Owner’s Suite rounds out this contemporary beauty.  Downstairs you will find a game room, theater and “secret” room.  In addition to all the amazing architecture, you will find magnificent yards, a pool with a waterfall, covered patios, outdoor kitchen, fire pit and too much to list ;)