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Wishing Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving

by Sandi Pressley

This week we look forward to showing gratitude for what we have.  It’s a time when people all across the country come together and show how much we appreciate each other.  It’s also a time when people reach out to help those in need.  Do you have time to help out? If you have a few hours this coming week and want to help make Thanksgiving a day to remember for those in need, here are a couple of organizations in Albuquerque that you can offer your time to.

Joy Junction

Operation Turkey

Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

2032 Calle Pajaro Azul NW, Albuquerque, NM  $750,000

3 Bedrooms/ 3 Bathrooms (2 full, 1 partial) / 3600 Square Feet

Custom Single-Story Spanish inspired Dream Home! Stunning open concept floorplan showcases 3 living areas. Lush 1 acre property bordered by cottonwoods & calm outdoor living w/covered patios overlooking Horse Stables & Park-like grounds!

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Albuquerque Bed & Breakfasts Offer the Ultimate Getaway

by Sandi Pressley

There are many unique things about Albuquerque, and one of those is the unique and historic bed and breakfasts here. Whether you live in Albuquerque or visiting, the perfect getaway is waiting for you.  Looking for a romantic setting for a wedding, honeymoon, or anniversary?  Or what about a murder mystery dinner? Or maybe you want to spend a night in a historic Southwestern adobe?  There’s a B&B for just about any interest in Albuquerque! Here’s a few that will be the perfect solution for a unique and memorable getaway.

Mauger Estate B&B

Step back to the year 1897 in this exquisite Queen Anne Victorian home.  You’ll enjoy luxurious rooms with private baths, along with amazing breakfasts. And you can walk to the many cafes and restaurants located nearby. This B&B caters to business travelers, leisurely visitors, and locals alike.

Red Horse Vineyard B&B

If you’re looking for something more of a country flavor, then Red Horse is your perfect destination. The tranquil setting of the valley will certainly set your soul at ease. The hot tub, pool, spa, and trail rides will enhance the experience. And if you enjoy a thrilling mystery, make sure you stay for a murder mystery weekend.

Downtown Historic Bed & Breakfast

Another era awaits in this historic bed and breakfast, featuring 10 guest rooms and two unique private cottages. Located in the historic district, you can enjoy the history of the area, along with all the restaurants and local attractions. Or enjoy an afternoon tea or murder mystery.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

8719 Springhill Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM  $299,000

4 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms (3 full, 1 partial) / 3230 Square Feet

Lovely Brick Home in desired Richland Hills. Open & functional floorplan w/ soaring ceilings, cozy brick fireplace & stunning kitchen. Downstairs Suite with relaxing covered patio & oversized Master-baths & walk-in closets.

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Albuquerque Has the Best Local Gifts

by Sandi Pressley

The holidays are right around the corner.  Are you tired of buying the same old gifts every year? Albuquerque is the perfect place to find thos perfect southwestern gift items and unique fashions. You can find just about any type of handmade and Native American made crafts and gifts here – antiques, apparel, books, culinary specialties, furnishing – you name it. You can see the full list of great places to buy that perfect gift here.

Here’s a few stores that might peak your interest.

The Candy Lady

Featuring hand-made candies made from secret family recipes for over 26 years.

The Old Town Hat Shop & Accessory Boutique

Looking for the perfect hat for that special someone? You’ll find hats from a large variety of brands, along with the studio of ParaTi Hats.

Treasure House Books & Gifts

Do you know a bookworm who loves learning about the Southwest? Treasure House has all the books you could want about the history and culture of New Mexico.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

10001 San Francisco Road NE, Albuquerque, NM  $1,250,000

6 Bedrooms/ 6 Bathrooms (2 full, 4 partial) / 5750 Square Feet

This dream home is a slice of paradise at over 5800SF! Open concept floorplan showcasing arch accents,columns,gleaming tile, & hardwood flooring, and lush carpet. Renovated Spa-Like master bath offers many amenities including Steamroom.

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Tips for Moving with Children

by Sandi Pressley

You’ve made the decision to move. You’ve found the perfect house, so not it’s time to get packing. But what about the kids? No matter how far you’re moving, it usually is an upsetting event in a child’s life. So how can you make the ordeal go smoother?

Have a Family Meeting. Make your kid’s favorite dinner and have a nice meal with them so you can casually discuss the matter. This way you can let them know why the move is necessary and let them ask their questions.

Involve Them in the Process. Making your children part of the process will go a long way to smooth the process. You can go through the house and get rid of all the unnecessary junk that has accumulated over the years. Get the kids to help you decide what can be trashed, donated or sold.

Help Your Children Learn About Where They’re Moving. Help them learn about their new community. Encourage them to do some research of their own on the internet. Help the check out the local schools and school district. A website with pictures of their new school would be helpful and help them get a sense of where they’ll be attending school.

These are just a few suggestions on how to make moving with children easier. You can find more tips here.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

2012 Fraser Drive SE, Albuquerque, NM  $250,000

3 Bedrooms/ 3 Bathrooms (1 full, 2 partial) / 2020 Square Feet

Fabulous Energy Efficient Home by D.R. Horton built in 2012 features spacious and open floorplan. Features Higher Efficiency Furnace, Tankless Water Heater, Refrigerated Air, Granite Counter Tops, Custom Security Door and so much more. 

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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How Well is Your Home and Family Protected at Night?

by Sandi Pressley

We all hear more and more on the news or from a neighbor that someone had a home invasion. We all may think, “no that will never happen to me.”  But the reality is that it can happen to anyone at any time. Here are some tips and tricks to help ensure that you and your family stay safe at night.

Install a Home Surveillance System. These might be expensive, but well worth the price. But you can get a camera and a recording unit setup for under $200.  Hidden home security cameras with nighttime vision are the most recommended, while readily visible ones can be easily destroyed. To help, you can tie most of these systems right into just about any device or devices you want. Now you can find out if that strange noise was simply a stray animal or someone lurking about your home.

Motion Sensor Lights. These are handy even when you’re just coming home from a late shopping trip. These can also be of great importance to home safety at night. It might help deter a break in from someone who is easily deterred.

Always Lock Up. This may seem obvious, but many people simply forget or don’t bother to lock up all the windows, doors and even garage doors, simply because they don’t think they are at risk. Sure the neighborhood is safe and you know your neighbors really well, but the threat most often comes from outside your neighborhood. So, make sure to lock up. It could mean lives.

Safety is never overrated, so be safe and check out these other great tips and tricks for nighttime safety for your home, and most importantly, your peace of mind. Be safe!

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

8719 Springhill Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM  $299,000

4 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms (3 full, 1 partial) / 3230 Square Feet

Lovely Brick Home in desired Richland Hills. Open & functional floorplan w/ soaring ceilings, cozy brick fireplace & stunning kitchen. Downstairs Suite with relaxing covered patio & oversized Master-baths & walk-in closets.

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Preventing Electrical Fires in the Home

by Sandi Pressley

Home safety is important, especially if you have a family. One thing most people overlook is electrical safety. Home electrical fires are estimated at around 51,000 fires a year, with nearly 500 deaths, over 1,400 injuries and $1.3 billion in damages. Naturally there are ways to reduce the risk to you and your family. Here’s a few tips to get you started.

  • Outlets: When it comes to outlets it is always best not to overload them with extra adapters and power cords. Especially so in older homes that may not have a large enough power supply causing breakers to trip or overheat and very possibly cause major fires.
  • Light Bulbs: When using light bulbs be sure to use a bulb with the correct wattage for the fixture you are using it in. A higher wattage bulb can cause the fixture to overheat and possibly cause the bulb itself to explode.
  • Appliances: We own many more appliances now than used to be in the average home 50-60 years ago. Appliances from a simple clock to a computer generate heat. So be sure to give the appliance plenty of circulation space and never leave blankets, towels or anything that will cover them so that they do not overheat and cause an overload or short out an electrical socket.

Electrical fires can be such a dangerous and devastating occurrence that following some simple tips can save you or your family’s lives and your family’s livelihood. Here are quite a few more suggestions on how to minimize the possibility of an electrical fire in the home.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

10001 San Francisco Road NE, Albuquerque, NM  $1,250,000

6 Bedrooms/ 6 Bathrooms (2 full, 4 partial) / 5750 Square Feet

This dream home is a slice of paradise at over 5800SF! Open concept floorplan showcasing arch accents,columns,gleaming tile, & hardwood flooring, and lush carpet. Renovated Spa-Like master bath offers many amenities including Steamroom.

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Great Décor Tips for Fall in New Mexico

by Sandi Pressley

Pumpkins. A definite sign that fall is on your doorstep or is already falling much great gusto from your trees. Matching this cheerful end-of-summer New Mexico sensation with fresh homey décor ideas is an absolute must. For starters, an awesome pumpkin or two on your porch and strategically placed saucer pumpkins will add to the effect.

Don’t forget the trees outside shedding their spring and summer growth. Now is the best time to take advantage of their seasonal molting to brighten up your home with some gorgeous New Mexico colors, like leaf art. Let’s not forget the fun twigs and variety of berries and that become art pieces to make entertaining fall vases and fun DIY welcome wreaths.

Don’t forget that wood stove that’s been sitting quietly over summer. Bring out your best for the fall as New Mexico nights start getting cooler, giving you a reason to hang out around the warm and mesmerizing flames with friends or family remembering the good times, and looking forward to more to come.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

2012 Fraser Drive SE, Albuquerque, NM  $250,000

3 Bedrooms/ 3 Bathrooms (1 full, 2 partial) / 2020 Square Feet

Fabulous Energy Efficient Home by D.R. Horton built in 2012 features spacious and open floorplan. Features Higher Efficiency Furnace, Tankless Water Heater, Refrigerated Air, Granite Counter Tops, Custom Security Door and so much more. 

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Stay Safe This Hallows Eve in Albuquerque!

by Sandi Pressley

Halloween is almost here! A time of treats, crazy costumes for the kids and scaring each other silly. It’s also a time to remember a little caution and safety preparation can go a long way for our crazy little monsters of the night. Let us share some tips on safety for this year’s Halloween in Albuquerque.

Risks of car accidents with children go up unfortunately on this night more than any other, so we have a few ideas on how to keep the children as safe as possible.

One way is to try incorporating reflective tape or stickers into bags and costumes, as well as using face paint, non-toxic of course, as an alternative to visually obstructive masks. The kids are certain to find it fun to get their faces painted! Also try giving the kids some glow sticks, glow bracelets and whatever fun little glowing things you can find for them. Not only will extra fun be added to their costumes, but will help with added visual for drivers.

The younger children, 12 and under should never be out alone without their parents or a trusted adult to supervise. Try too to remind the older ones to stay in areas that they are familiar with, are well lit and give them the idea that going trick-or-treating with friends would be more entertaining. They’re certain to go for that!

Have a peek at this link for a few more tips on safety this Halloween. More importantly, don’t let them forget to have themselves a scary fun time this Halloween in Albuquerque!  

 

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

9320 Modesto Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM  $1,325,000

4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms (2 full, 3 partial) / 5285 Square Feet

Immaculate custom single level home in sought after North Albq.Acres. 2 car garage, laundry rm, 2BDRMs each w/private 3/4 Bath. In the West wing you will find another 2 car garage! Master Suite w/ ensuite is every homeowners DREAM. 

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Albuquerque - Home of the Largest Balloon Festival In the World

by Sandi Pressley

Imagine early morning in Albuquerque with the blue dusky sky wide open above you. So beautiful!  But that's not even what you've come to see. You're there for the great Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta! 

The largest festival of hot air balloon festivals in the world. Boasting over 500 hot air balloons that will take to the sky in a mass lift off. You can’t wait for Albuquerque to blow your socks off.

Of course, the hot air balloon lift off isn’t the only activity available during this event. Albuquerque has many other events and activities planned and available to you, such as fireworks and balloon glows during the evenings, Pilot Presentations, Mariachi entertainment and off event ground tours of local historical attractions and much more.

Here is a link to the schedule for the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Time to relax, be amazed and have some fun!

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

996 Lynx Loop NE, Albuquerque, NM  $595,000

3 Bedrooms/ 3 Bathrooms (2 full, 1 partial) / 3215 Square Feet

Custom Home features INCREDIBLE VIEWS of the Sandia Mountains, Tram & City lights from large balconies and decks. Master Suite features cozy fireplace, tranquil balcony, mountain views, complimented by the Spa-like Master Bath.

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Outdoor Living Ideas For Fall

by Sandi Pressley

Fall is almost here in Albuquerque and the temperature is getting a little cooler.  But that doesn't mean you have to lock yourself inside.  Why not spruce up your outdoor living area for fall so that you can enjoy the splendor of the New Mexico area? Here's a few ideas that might help get you started.

Upstairs Terrace

For those of you with a home that has an upstairs terrace, here's a great decorating idea.

Where to get it:

Wooden lounge set ($392, jossandmain.com)

Metal coffee table ($149, jossandmain.com)

Orange throw pillow ($27, jossandmain.com)

 

Here's a great idea for southwest themed accents for your porch swing, like this swing designed by Erin Martin that uses rope, metal rings, and wood.

Where to get it:

Round mirror art ($158, jossandmain.com)

Throw pillow ($59, jossandmain.com)

 

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

2012 Fraser Drive SE, Albuquerque, NM  $250,000

3 Bedrooms/ 3 Bathrooms (1 full, 2 partial) / 2020 Square Feet

Fabulous Energy Efficient Home by D.R. Horton built in 2012 features spacious and open floorplan. Features Higher Efficiency Furnace, Tankless Water Heater, Refrigerated Air, Granite Counter Tops, Custom Security Door and so much more. 

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Albuquerque NM 87111
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