Monday, December 03, 2012
This is always good news for Albuquerque real estate!
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Friday, November 30, 2012
This area has alot of new construction and older homes, and is near the Petroglyphs area of Albuquerque.
Great shopping, lots of restaurants, Cottonwood Mall!
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Monday, November 26, 2012
Nob Hill/UNM is one of the most popular and hip areas to live - here are some stats to help you find your next home!
If you need to contact someone that loves UNM/Nob Hill real estate, call me first!
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Here are some sites and sounds of UNM Nob Hill!
Monday, November 19, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
13 Reasons to List During the Holidays in November and December
Here are the reasons to list your Albuquerque home for sale during the holidays....no kidding!
1. There is less competition for buyers.
2. Winter prospects are more serious buyers.
3. Your home looks better during the holidays.
4. One of the highest percentages if “the listing sold” to “listing taken” occurs during this time of year.
5. Mortgage interest deductions if bought by the end of the year.
6. You may receive more money for your home now because you have less competition.
7. Throughout the holiday season, you may restrict showings during your personal family events.
8. Buyers have more time to look at homes during the holidays, especially during vacations.
9. January is traditionally the biggest transfer month and you must be on the market to capture that market.
10. By selling now you can have a delayed closing or extended occupancy until the beginning of the following year if you want it.
11. When you sell during the winter you have an opportunity to buy during the spring, when many homes are on the market.
12. You may have fewer actual showings, but more qualified and motivated prospects.
13. Corporate transfers, who need to buy a home now, can’t wait until spring.
When you are ready to sell your Albuquerque home, call me first!
Monday, November 12, 2012
Monday, November 05, 2012
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View Academy West homes in Albuquerque in a full screen map
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Come visit New Mexico and see what we have to offer!
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Monday, October 29, 2012
View Far Northeast Heights - Albuquerque sales in a full screen map
Closed sales of homes in the Far Northeast Heights in Albuquerque - for more information on a specific sale or if you want to know about your own property, please contact me anytime for more information!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
View SANDIA HEIGHTS Sales for 2012 in a full screen map
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For more detailed information, please don't hesitate to contact me anytime.
Find out how I can assist you with real estate sales, purchases and investments.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
View Foothills North sales data in a full screen map
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Monday, October 15, 2012
HOW ARE YOU PAID FOR YOUR SERVICES?
As a seller, you pay my brokerage a percentage of the sale at closing. This, along with customary closing costs for a seller to pay, i.e. title company fees, closing fees, search fees, are taken out of your proceeds at closing. My brokerage then pays me a percentage of what they have collected. If no CLOSING occurs, I am not paid anything. Out of this amount I pay my federal and state income taxes, my desk expenses (what it costs me to work at my brokerage), and all of the marketing costs that I have incurred while trying to sell your home (i.e. signs, flyers, brochures, internet advertising, etc).
As a buyer, the seller is agreeing to pay my brokerage a percentage an amount offered in the MLS to successfully bring you to closing on their property. If there is no closing, I don't get paid anything. So, it's important to know that while I am showing you homes, there is no fee; there is no fee for my advice, consultation or time spent working with you to find you a home. As long as the seller is agreeing to pay for my services (i.e. if it is in the Multiple Listing Service, aka MLS, the fee they are paying me is clearly defined) my services are paid for by the seller.
It's important for this reason to go over your rights and obligations as a buyer under a buyer's contract. Most "For Sale By Owners" will be glad to compensate me for bringing you to their home to purchase, as there are many other things to be performed other than just getting a contract signed to purchase their home. Most sellers don't have access to what needs to be done, and don't have the time to complete these duties.
For a free consultation about how to buy or sell a home, contact me today! Fill out my "Seller's form" and I will be in touch with you immediately.
Monday, October 08, 2012
What is a 'lease purchase'?
Is it a good way to buy?
It depends on what your goals are. To find a seller who offers their Albuquerque home for sale as a lease purchase narrows your choices. Also, you might lose your deposit if you don't close on the property according to the terms of the purchase agreement.
For more in-depth information about this type of purchase, or for any other question that you might have, either contact me directly, or simply post your question below.
I look forward to assisting you!
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Why don't all sellers have open houses?
There are some homes that I see for sale that I want to see on an open house...
Some sellers appreciate that they only want qualified buyers looking at their homes under the supervision of a licensed real estate broker. An open house is just that - open to the public regardless of whether someone is really in the market to buyer a home. They might just be looking at the decorating, or something as unsavory as casing the place for bad things.
Primarily open houses are done for the benefit of the broker holding the home OPEN. It is an opportunity for them to meet and greet the neighbors, prospective buyers and perhaps even prospective sellers.
So, if you ever see a home that you are interested in viewing, and you are in the market to buy and are prequalified...don't be afraid to contact a real estate professional and get a personal tour.
If you have a question that you would like answered, please email me or send a comment below - I'll get to it right away!
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Yes, be prepared to pay for inspections and maybe even the appraisal at the time of the inspection or service. While some of these items sometimes are negotiated for the seller to pay, a lot of sellers are requesting that the buyer pay for any inspections that are necessary for the buyer's purchase.
According to our contracts in New Mexico, you have a 'due diligence' period in which to get all of your inspections done that you want performed to satisfy your questions on the property. Some inspectors will require payment at the time of inspection. Some will waive the fees until you close. Just be sure when you are preparing to purchase a home, that you factor in some of these early 'out of pocket' expenses.
If you have any questions that you would like answered, simply post a question below and I'll get to it right away!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Simply - sure, but your offer won't get anywhere. The seller will counter back "subject to reviewing proof of funds to close" and the offer will still be open. This means anyone else can buy the house before you get that project done.
Then, disappointment all around.
I know it sounds like a simple project to get through the full approval process, and it used to be...but things have changed and so have the rules. I have had some clients take a week, two weeks, or sometimes more to get the package put together that feels comfortable to them. There are many things to consider like interest rates, costs of the loan, getting things cleared up like student loans, child support, estate issues, or selling an existing house!
While it is easy to contact a lender and get the process started, it's much more efficient to make sure all of your ducks are in place and then go find the home of your dreams!
There is something to this real estate 'karma' that when you find the perfect home, someone else has found it, too - and it's the same home you are looking at.
For more information and set up a free consultation, contact me today!
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
When you are ready to buy a home, contact a real estate professional. The best Realtors will have you meet them at their office or set up a telephone conference to discuss your needs.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Eco-friendly version of Market Reports.
Detached: 3,988 Attached: 369
2nd QTR 2011 Detached: 4,180 Attached: 410
% Change (Detached)
Detached: 2,071 Attached: 193
2nd QTR 2011 Detached: 1,915 Attached: 157
% Change (Detached)
Detached: $209,780 Attached: $140,359
2nd QTR 2011 Detached: $200,314 Attached: $139,419
% Change (Detached)
(in millions) Detached: $434.5
2nd QTR 2011 Detached: $383.6 Attached: $21.9
% Change (Detached)
Detached: $173,500 Attached: $135,000
2nd QTR 2011 Detached: $165,000 Attached: $135,000
% Change (Detached)
(average) Detached: 81
2nd QTR 2011 Detached: 83 Attached: 87
% Change (Detached)
Area 180 Areas 210-293 Areas 690-760
City/County DET Sales 2012 DET Sales 2011 % Change Albuquerque 1,445 1,915 +8.65% Corrales 28 18 +55.56% Rio Rancho 357 353 +1.13% Bernalillo 24 19 +26.32% Placitas 24 17 +41.18% East Mtns./Estancia 91 77 +18.18% Valencia County 102 101 +0.99%
Friday, August 03, 2012
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And, just for the picture above - this is a happy lizard living in 87111 - he's found a home and so can you!
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Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
I know that some Realtors will say "price it right", which is true. Price can overcome a lot of objections and someone will buy something at the right price. It has been to perceived as a great value for that buyer. There is one out there.
But - if I could tell someone what the best thing is to do? What can you do that will make someone say Yes to your home over another?
CLEAN! Clean, and I mean clean like you have never cleaned before. Do the "Up on the ladder and clean lightbulbs clean".....Nothing is more impressive than walking into a home, vacant or full of furnishings, than smelling and feeling what 'CLEAN' is really like.
So often I show a property to a prospective buyer, and while we are looking closely we see bugs in the windowsills, open up a custom cabinet and there is the drip from last night's creme brule.
It's not how we live on a day/day basis. I know this. I love a clean house, but I guarantee you will find dust bunnies and lint. But I'm not selling my house, not right now. When I have sold my own homes, I clean like it's a hospital. They have always sold quickly.
There are some buyers, I grant you this, that only look at floorplans, or views, or ammenities...but if their decision is down between your home and the same floorplan down the street, guess which one will be the winner?
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Every morning my first line of business is to open up the MLS and see what is on the market fresh and ready to show to my buyers. If I see a listing with no photos, or a toilet photo...I can't help but think that someone just doesn't care. But is it the listing broker? Is the seller? Not sure, but when your home hits the market for sale, it has now become a product. A product that should be ready to sell, spit polished and offered in it's best light. 3 photos with a toilet shot just doesn't cut it. Or, 10 photos if the MLS offers 25, just doesn't cut it.
I see it every day - a home goes on the market and hits the MLS as a live/I'm for sale/buy me now listing. There are no pictures. Why? Not sure - but no pictures, so what do I do as a buyer's broker? I move on...I'm thinking so do my buyers. Since 90% of home buyers shop for their next home via websites, why would you launch a new listing with no photos? Camera in the shop? Not good at photography? I'll get Round Tuit?
Or, there's a photo, or three. Just three. One of the front, shot with the smart phone through the windshield.
My favorite - one of the toilet with the lid up.
Maybe one of the empty living room.
If the MLS offers a maximum of 25 photos, then you should be demanding that your listing broker post multiple, good quality, representative marketing photos of your property and have them ready when that listing hits the MLS. Not just a few photos that show a few rooms, as many as it will allow to show lots of features of the home. I pay extra to have my listings photographed by a professional photographer, who knows the angles and the lighting and the best way to shoot a room. The listing isn't presented to the market until those photos are ready to be entered into the listing data before it hits the market. I don't like down time.
Stop your broker from selling your toilet and get them to sell your home.
Friday, May 18, 2012
I've often said this when I'm helping people buy or sell a house - don't look at the square foot price and think it's the final answer on what a home is "worth". Alot of factor go in to what your home will sell for, or what you should be paying for a home.
First of all, it's the APPEAL. How did that property make you feel when you walked in the front door? Does the home have a feeling of calm, of good workmanship, good colors, layout and has the house been loved? I go into homes every day where I feel like running out the front door as fast as I walked in. The home hasn't been taken care of, or the carpet is soiled, stains on the walls, laundry on the floor - or no landscaping. It smells. If it makes me feel bad, it is certainly going to make a buyer feel bad. As a seller, you must do work on your home to make it feel good to a buyer. It must feel loved.
As a home buyer, don't just look at the price per square foot on a home and think that because the neighbor's house is priced $10.00 per square foot less, that this is a reason for making an offer $10.00 per square foot less..and I say this with confidence. I just finished consulting with an appraiser, and he said that the price per square foot of a house is not as relevant as you think. He confirmed that when he goes into a house, and his first impression is 'wow, nice', that feeling stays with him as he is assessing the value of the home. The amount of 'wow' that he experiences has a direct influence on his valuation model, as it should. If this wasn't true, then how can 4 tract homes on the same street, with the same floorplan, and priced differently not all sell at exactly the same time and for the same price? It's because one of them stands out - and if it's not just bought by the principle of what I call the 'bargain trigger' (the home is just so low priced that the above factors are overlooked), one home wins out because it just has an amazing appeal.
Sometimes it's landscaping - bringing the outdoors "in" as living space. This can be done by having outdoor flooring that is like indoor flooring; beautiful patio furniture, fresh flowers, and sometimes even a ceiling fan or outdoor music. Sometimes it's by having one or two custom lighting fixtures, or exceptionally upgraded countertops. I recently saw a home that was a simple, inexpensive tract home that sold because the owners had installed a high-end Wolf range in the kitchen along with other high end appliances. It was the 'wow' of the home that made it exceptional.
I recently brought a buyer to a 'wow' home. When we looked at the immediate area, the homes were priced all over the place in price per square foot, and had various floorplans. This home, which had been lived in by these owners for over 30 years, was a 1940's bungalow that had a wow factor even though they had not updated the home. In fact, that was the appeal. It was vintage, and sparkling clean. The wood floors had been refinished and the original cabinets were like antique treasures. The grounds were exceptional, with fruit trees, plants and gardens that knocked your socks off. When she saw the home, she knew she had to have it. It was priced reasonably, but high if you looked at it with the "arm chair appraiser approach". The actual appraisal came in higher than the purchase price.
I also just listed an amazing home that gave me a 'wow' when I walked in the door. It was clear that the owner had loved her home, and had taken exquisite care of it. The colors were warm and soft, her furnishings were superb. The neighborhood was an average, tract home neighborhood in a modestly priced area. Nothing exceptional about the location. But when you walked into that home, and through the back door, the wow didn't stop. The back yard was beautifully landscaped and the views were great. The patio furniture was perfect. The whole of the experience was exactly as you would want every listing to be. We priced it at the high end and sold it in 2 weeks for full price. The buyer said 'wow' and had to have it.
Houses aren't hamburger.
Monday, April 09, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
I've been feeling this way for awhile; the activity in the Albuquerque market is starting to feel a trend of 'normal'. This doesn't mean, however, that prices are going UP, but it does mean that the inventory is trending towards meeting the demand. More buyer interest, easier to get buyers qualified to buy, and sellers who have strategically priced their home to sell rather than 'testing' the market.
The Albuquerque real estate market has a unique personality, let's profile it today! Call or email me anytime for more information about the Albuquerque real estate market.
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