Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Homes for sale in 87111


In the Far Northeast Heights of Albuquerque, this is a popular area for the views, the shopping, the clear blue sky.

Come visit us in 87111 

Call Linda today for some great real estate advice!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Recycling in Albuquerque!

Yey, let's hear it for recycling programs now in Albuquerque. I have had my "Blue" can for quite awhile now, was one of the first testing areas. I really enjoy how easy it is now to keep my house free of the clutter of magazines, papers, newspapers, etc - without feeling the guilt of tossing.

Now, I can toss with a conscience and my home is much less cluttered.

I make it a habit to go through my home office areas once every 3-4 months and really clear out my old files, papers, etc.

The Blue containers will handle anything but pizza boxes and glass. I still haul my stuff to the recycling centers for glass, keeping my glass in a paper bag which then, you guessed...gets put back into the Blue container.


Enjoy your Blue bins and a cleaner house.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Outdoor Living Spaces - how wonderful!

Your home is not just inside the walls of the house. The home is the entire living space. Give it what it deserves! You can actually increase your square footage enjoyment by increasing the outdoor living space. Even in the winter!

Outdoor living spaces are often neglected areas. Even small patio homes and town homes have extra space that can be utilized. In your Albuquerque home, there is usually at least 10-15 feet of space on at least one side of the home, so let's make it enjoyable!

You can use planters to extend your growing areas, and try planting herbs and other usable plantings. Some herbs can grow into winter and can be used for cooking year round.

Look for small spaces that can be quiet sitting areas, pull up a chair, use a small fire pit....take a walk around your home and see if there is a secret view that you never knew was there and use that for your quiet space.

Outdoor lighting - it's now going solar! Set it and forget it! Solar lighting is now made with string lights, table top lights, even chandeliers !

When selling your Albuquerque home, outdoor spaces are going to add appeal and that little bit of extra 'something' that may make the difference!

Contact me today to find out how to get more out of your outdoor space !

Friday, October 11, 2013

When do I get the Keys?

"When do I get the Keys?"

I hear this every time I have buyers going to closing. Odd thing here in Albuquerque, we still haven't got this process down perfectly.

"Closing" refers to when all parties sign the final papers. "Funding" happens when the recording has taken place and all money is released to the parties. The $$'s can't be released until recording has taken place and sometimes that isn't until the next day.

So, you may not get keys or 'possession' until the next day. You have set up your movers, your utilities, your insurance...all for that day of closing on the contract. But here you are stuck in your old residence, waiting for that magic 'funding' moment to take place.

"But I've talked to the sellers and they are fine with me coming over before then..." Trust me, they aren't. That morning will come and all the casual assumptions you have made about legal possession are incorrect. Can't blame anyone here - you want to be in your home, and the sellers are now worried that their homeowner insurance might have to kick in if your contractors make a mistake and damage the house...whose house is it anyway?

The utilities have been put into your name and are out of the sellers' name and now they are still there...or at least you don't have your keys to enjoy your new utilities. What? I know, this is odd. We haven't figure out yet.

My advice is to just be aware that this is the tradition, and if you really really want to know exactly when you get to cross the threshold, put it in the purchase agreement for all parties to agree to. Date and Time for when you get those keys.

Enjoy your new home!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Agents, are you capable of derailing a client's fraudulent intentions? | Inman News

Agents, are you capable of derailing a client's fraudulent intentions? | Inman News

In today's market we are starting to see multiple offers and those stressful moments when you, as a buyer, might have to do some serious maneuvering to get the property that you want.

But, be careful when approaching these moments!

The official RANM forms used in New Mexico could put you at serious risk for losing your earnest money if you do not hold to the obligations in the purchase agreement when it comes to what type of proof of funds or approval letter you submit to the seller, when you have the ability to 'back out' of a purchase should your financing not be approved, and when that notice has to be given.

Be sure and consult with a Realtor who goes over the contracts thoroughly before you obligate yourself to a purchase.

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