Santa Fe Real Estate and Community News

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Oct. 12, 2020

Q: Have You Been to Santa Fe’s Great Parks?

Let’s take a look at three of Santa Fe’s awesome city parks!

It’s a little known fact that Santa Fe has almost 100 parks, 68 of which are developed, while 26 remain undeveloped. The city also boasts over 170 miles of walking trails.

The first stop on our city park tour is
SWAN Park on the south side of Santa Fe (0:25 in the video above). The park, whose name is a pleasant acronym for Southwest Area Node, lies between Jaguar and Tierra Contenta. It has playground equipment, recreational fields, and a picturesque setting. There’s beautiful grass to relax in and ample trees to hear the breeze. 

"Santa Fe boasts over 170 miles of walking trails." 



Next, let’s head over to the basketball courts at Ragle Park (1:00). As you can see, basketball is not my forte—but I’m an all-star at real estate! In addition to basketball courts, Ragle Park has baseball fields, walking trails, playgrounds, and it even has a concession stand for busy sporting events. This lovely spot on the east side of town is also home to my daughter’s favorite playground structure in all of Santa Fe (check out the three-tiered clubhouse at 1:23). 

 

The last—but not least—stop on our city park tour is the iconic Fort Marcy Park on the north side of the city. This park has an athletic complex with a full-size swimming pool, a gym, and locker rooms. It’s also home to our world-famous Zozobra marionette and the Sante Fe Fuego, our semi-pro baseball team. Fort Marcy Park offers plenty of playground equipment and exercise equipment for adults. 

 

For more information on Santa Fe parks and recreational facilities, click here. If you need any help with or advice on real estate matters, please reach out to me by phone or email anytime. I look forward to hearing from you!

Posted in Community News
July 16, 2020

Q: What's Our Approach to Keeping Sellers Safe?

Here’s how we ensure that you can still sell your home safely.

As our state reopens, more and more buyers want to see homes again. With COVID-19 still a big concern, how do sellers stay safe when people view their homes? Here are the steps my team and I are taking. 

First, we require everyone to wear a mask when entering one of our occupied listings. The day before the recording of this video, a potential buyer got very upset because we asked them to fix their mask during their viewing. They ended up leaving the home, but that’s okay—my seller clients, in this case, are older and their safety is more important than someone else’s comfort. 

"We ask anyone who wants to view one of our homes in person to take a Matterport tour of the home first." 



We also require any visiting buyers to wear gloves because let’s face it: People have a tendency to touch surfaces without realizing it. After that, we require them to put disposable booties over their shoes. We provide trash cans for buyers to dispose of these items when they’re done viewing the home. 


Lastly, we’ve invested in a Matterport camera that allows us to showcase 3D models of the insides of homes. This means you can walk through each room from the safety of your own computer. We ask anyone who wants to view one of our homes in person to take a Matterport tour of the home first. Since 2D pictures can be deceiving, this gives you a much better spatial understanding of the home. 


If you’d like to see one of our available homes, you’re interested in listing your home, or have questions about our Santa Fe real estate market, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m here to help.

April 23, 2020

Your New Mexico Market Update

Even in a pandemic, people still need to buy and sell homes. If you fall into that category, here’s what you need to know as we head into late May.

We’re well into what normally is the busy season of real estate and the pandemic continues to affect every aspect of our lives. I hope you and your loved ones are safe and sane at home. As far as New Mexico real estate is concerned, the market has been moving along considerably well; we’re still getting multiple offers on properties, so buyers are having to come in pretty strong on homes they really want. 
 
Heading into this mess, we were experiencing a sizable housing deficit here in our state, which drove the market up. Low inventory continues to be the story on the supply side, making it a good time to list your home. 

"We’re seeing short-term rentals come onto the market, as many owners don’t want to wait to see how this situation pans out." 



For buyers, consider that your only competition right now is, in effect, just local. Under normal circumstances, you’d have to compete against a lot more out-of-town buyers. 
 
When my team and I show houses, we’re using gloves, masks, and shoe guards. In fact, on a couple of my listings, we supplied these materials for anyone entering the houses. We’re of course asking that people thoroughly wash their hands before and after viewing a property, and stay home if they have even the slightest suspicions regarding their health. 
 
The name of the game is erring on the side of caution and being as diligent as possible. That being said, people genuinely need to buy and sell houses right now. The short-term rental market, which has historically done really well here, is not performing at all right now, so we’re seeing some of those properties come onto the market; quite a few of those owners are not willing (or can’t afford) to wait this out and see what happens, so selling makes sense for them. 
 
Considering all of these factors, there’s a lot of opportunity in our market now. If you have any questions about real estate, or are looking to buy or sell but don’t quite know how to proceed, give us a call or shoot an email. We’re always here to help.
Posted in Real Estate News
March 31, 2020

Real Estate Amidst COVID-19

Today I want to discuss where things stand with real estate in the Santa Fe and Albuquerque areas and what we’re doing to keep clients safe during this stressful time.

Today I want to discuss where things stand with real estate in the Santa Fe and Albuquerque areas and what we’re doing to keep clients safe during this stressful time. Our governor has ruled that real estate is an essential business, crucial to the vitality of our economy, so we’re still conducting business. We’re handling a ton of our work virtually. For example, I’m filming video tours of homes so buyers can see them without leaving their houses. Many people still need to buy homes, even during this challenging time.

If you have any questions about the topics discussed in this video, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m here to help.

 

March 12, 2020

The 2 Rooms to Focus on For Renovations

Today I’ll discuss the two most important home renovations that will help you get top dollar in today’s market.

If you’re in the market to sell your home for the most money possible, there are two very important home renovations you need to consider:
 
1. Kitchen. Buyers today are looking for a modern kitchen, which means stainless steel or quartz countertops, large cabinets, and if you have the room, a flow-through from the living area to the kitchen. Islands are also highly sought-after kitchen amenities for many homebuyers. The better your kitchen, the more money you’ll get for the house—you can earn as much as 15% with a renovated kitchen. 

2. Master bathroom. Today’s buyers like walk-in showers and double sinks. If you have room for a separate tub and shower, that will make your bathroom seem more luxurious and bring you more money. If you have enough leftover in your budget, do some minor upgrades to your guest bathroom to match the master bath as much as you can.
 
If you have any questions about renovating your kitchen or bathroom, or selling your home in general, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be glad to help you.

 

Feb. 27, 2020

Your 2020 Santa Fe Market Update

Inventory is low in our Santa Fe market—here’s what that means for buyers and sellers.

With the first two months of 2020 in the books, where does our Santa Fe market stand compared to last year?
 
In short, we’re in an inventory crunch. We were in an inventory crunch last year, but now it’s gotten worse: There are 20% fewer homes on the market now than there were in 2019. The law of supply and demand has driven up home prices, and the median price stands at $369,000. On the flip side, sales have decreased 18% year over year. 

"The law of supply and demand has driven up home prices." 



If you’re a home seller, now is a great time to list. The situation may get even better, but you can currently demand a high price, have your pick of the offers, and have more negotiating leverage than the buyers interested in your home. 
 
If you’re a buyer, you have to be quick, aggressive, and diligent if you stand a chance of getting the home you want because the good listings are moving fast. Many of them also attract multiple offers, so it’s important to work with a good Realtor. The good news is that even though prices have risen, interest rates are at historic lows, which means you can buy a house for less than what it costs to rent. 
 
If you have any questions about our market or you need help buying or selling, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m happy to help.
Posted in Real Estate News
Dec. 23, 2019

1112 Mckee Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

Beautiful 2bd-1Ba home has a large yard with great potential perfect for a single family or rental investment!    

Posted in 3D Property Tours
Nov. 11, 2019

Answering Insurance Questions With an Insurance Professional

Is roof damage covered by homeowners insurance? What about flood damage? Matthew Romero joined me recently to answer these questions and more.

I was recently joined by a special guest, Matthew Romero of Liberty Mutual Insurance, to answer a few questions about homeowners and flood insurance directly from an expert. 
 
Here’s an outline of our discussion, with timestamps so that you can skip around to the section(s) that interest you the most:
 
1:05- What kind of roof damage is covered by homeowners insurance?
2:20- Why it’s important to know the age of your roof before buying
2:45- The difference between water backup insurance and flood damage insurance
5:20- Is flood damage insurance affordable? Does Matthew recommend it?
7:15- Wrapping things up
 
If you have any additional questions for Matthew relating to insurance, feel free to reach out and give him a call at (505) 231-8149 or send an email to matthew.romero@libertymutual.com
 
If you have any other real estate-related questions for me, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Nov. 8, 2019

1661 Cerro Gordo Rd

Enter this beautiful historic Cerro Gordo  double adobe residence through the private walls of its warm and inviting courtyard. The home is adorned by beautiful mature vegetation, flowers, and fruit trees fed by drip irrigation.

Nov. 8, 2019

2008 Saint Croix Dr. NW Albuquerque

Well Appointed 3 bed 2 bath home with open floor plan, large master ensuite featuring his and her sinks and a huge walk in closet. Good separation of bedrooms and a fireplace for those cozy winter nights make this home shine. Bring the kids, the dog, you found your new home!!! :)