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Rio Rancho Rated One of the Best Places to Live in America

by Sandi Pressley

 

The third-largest city in New Mexico, Rio Rancho is surrounded by scenic desert landscapes and views of the Sandia Mountains. It has emerged as an alternative to nearby Albuquerque, attracting numerous residents with a high quality of life and plentiful amenities.
The rapidly growing city boasts good schools and a reputation as one of the safest places in the state. Family incomes are well above the state median, while housing costs are still modest.
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Rio Rancho has also been surging economically in the past decade. By far the area’s largest employer is Intel, which has a $2 billion facility located here. But other employers include major companies like Hewlett Packard and Walmart, as well as schools like University of New Mexico West Campus and Central New Mexico Community College. — Sergei Klebnikov

 

Money magazine has just come out with their top 50 list of best cities to live in America. Rio Rancho made the list at #30! And it's no surprise to anyone who lives here as to why.

What makes Rio Rancho such a fantastic place to live? The amazing scenery is one big reason. The surrounding desert and picturesque Sandia mountains make for a scenic view that can't be beat. People also find that Rio Rancho is a great alternative to living in Albuquerque, as it also enjoys a wide range of amenities and high quality of life.

Rio Rancho also boast a healthy economy and outstanding schools, along with being one of the safest cities in the state. Intel is the largest employer in the city, with a $2 billion facility located here. You'll also find other major employers such as Walmart and Hewlett Packard. Higher education is provided by the University of New Mexico West Campus and Central New Mexico Community College.

The shopping and dining options are also outstanding in Rio Rancho. You'll find plenty of local stores and artisans that create Southwestern arts and crafts. And just a short drive away is the Cottonwood Mall, with more than 135 retailers.

Since the scenery is such a huge draw, you'll certainly enjoy it in the dozens of parks and bike paths, along with 6 dog parks, 5 maintained trails, and 4 aquatic centers.

Rio Rancho Public Schools atke care of 18 schools. You can chose from two regular high schools and two alternative high schools, plus four middle schools, 10 elementary schools and one preschool.

Rio Rancho Facts

Population: 95,594

Clear Days Per Year: 278

Median Family Income: $72,807

High School Graduation Rate: 81.7%

Median Home Price: $199,250

Average Commute: 27 min

Projected Job Growth 2017–2022: 8.35%

Home Price/Income: 2.7x

If living in Rio Rancho sounds good to you, why not start searching for the home of your dream in one of the best cities to live in America. Search homes for sale in Rio Rancho now!

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

3620 Monte Vista Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM  $330,000

3 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms (2 full, 0 partial) / 1590 Square Feet

Vintage beauty in the heart of NOB HILL!! Vintage feel in harmony with modern elements. This updated and remodeled classic home features a versatile floor plan with 3BDRs/2BAs plus two living areas, an office/study, second kitchenette and second entrance. Desirable URBAN location is close to shopping, restaurants, parks, Nob Hill, UNM and transportation!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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How to Use Our Website to Buy or Sell Your Next Home

by Sandi Pressley

The Sandi Pressley Team has taken great care in making our website, www.albuquerquehomesolutions.com, a useful and powerful tool for anyone looking to buy or sell a home in Albuquerque. Our website is full of useful features and tools that will help you start your home buying or selling journey. If you plan to buy or sell a home soon, why not a take a few moments to see how our website can be a valuable resource.

Here's a few main features to look for on our website.

For Home Buyers

Featured Properties

Our Featured Properties page showcases our own premium listings in the Albuquerque area. You can sort listings by a number of factors, such as price, type, and open houses.

Property Search

This powerful property search tool lets you find the perfect home in Albuquerque that fits your exact needs. You can refine your search using a wide range of parameters, such as price range, sq feet, construction, schools district, and much more. By clicking on the Map Search tab, you can even draw a map around the area you want to search in.  It makes find the right home in Albuquerque even easier!

There is also a list of neighborhoods in the main menu under "Search MLS" which will let you search for homes in that specific neighborhood, along with information about that neighborhood.

Property Detail Pages

Selecting any property in the Featured Properties or Property Search pages will bring you to a comprehensive detaile page for that property. In addition to detailed information about the property itself, you can also view information about local schools, walks scores, and use a convenient mortgage calculator.

Email Listing Alerts

Be the first to know of new homes that meet your search criteria as soon as they hit the Albuquerque real estate market. It's a free, no obligation service that will help you stay in tune with the local real estate market.

Community Pages

Want to learn more about the communities that make up the Albuquerque area? These community real esatet and information pages will give you the run down on each community, along with being able to search homes for sael in those communities.

Buyer's Resources

This section features a number of useful articles to help home buyers with a variety of topics.

For Home Sellers

Home Valuation

Get an instant market valuation for your Albuquerque or surrounding area home. It's free, and no obligation.

Seller Resources

Just like the Buyer's Resoruces section, this section also features a number of useful articles to help home sells with a variety of topics.

These are just a few of the helpful tools and resources avaiable to our current and future clients. If we can offer any additional help in buying or selling your home, please feel free to conatct us.  We're always happy to help.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

3620 Monte Vista Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM  $330,000

3 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms (2 full, 0 partial) / 1590 Square Feet

Vintage beauty in the heart of NOB HILL!! Vintage feel in harmony with modern elements. This updated and remodeled classic home features a versatile floor plan with 3BDRs/2BAs plus two living areas, an office/study, second kitchenette and second entrance. Desirable URBAN location is close to shopping, restaurants, parks, Nob Hill, UNM and transportation!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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5 Tips For First Time Home Buyers

by Sandi Pressley

Most first time home buyers are in their early 30's when they decide to buy. That's a young age to make such a huge financial decision. Of course, it's also a stressful decision no matter how old you are.

How can you reduce the stress of buying a home for the first time? Here's a few things to consider.

How Much Home Can You Afford?

First you need to decide how much of a home you can afford before you start looking for a home. You can use an online mortgage calculator to find out the maximum amount you can afford to pay on a mortgage. This will be based on the price of the home after the down payment for a 30 year mortgage.

An even better way to pin down how much you can afford is to work with a loan officer to help you come up with an amount. They have more detailed access to information such as how much the bank can loan you and what the interest rate will be.

What Can't You Live Without In a Home?

Before the home search begins, you need to sit down and figure out what really matters to you in a home. And not just in the home itself, but the location. Also consider what would make you miserable. Then put it all down in a list of items that are non-negotiable.

After you start looking at homes, then you should take another look at your list and adjust it as you know more about the homes that are available.

Use an Experienced Local Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent can make all the difference when buying a home. Try to get a referral from friends or relatives who live in the area you want to move to. If that's not an option, you can check agent reviews online for local real estate agents.

A good real estate agent knows the area and listens to your needs. In many cases, a great agent will have repeat clients over the years. Look for an agent who has reviews that reflect this. They will also be able to connect you to loan officer and real estate attorneys, along with other needed professionals.

Compare Prices

You should look at homes in the area that are comparable to get an idea of what they're selling for.

You can easily compare homes in the area you plan to move to using tools such as our Advanced Home Search feature.

Ask Your Real Estate Agent About Closing Costs

Closing costs can vary widely. These costs usually include hiring an attorney to look over the buyer seller agreement, along with a home appraiser to inspect the home before the sale. A good real estate agent will be happy to help you determine closing costs.

Being a first time home buyer may seem daunting, but it's something you can accomplish successfully with the right planning and information.

Check back on our blog every week for more real estate advice and local articles about living in Albuquerque. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for up to date real estate news for Albuquerque and surrounding areas.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

78 Desert Mountain Road, Placitas, NM  $399,000

3 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms (2 full, 0 partial) / 2452 Square Feet

 Quality & Workmanship radiate thruout this beautiful Southwest Custom home on nearly 1 acre lot! Wheelchair friendly oversized doors and hallways. Large walled in Garden & pet areas. Experience the peaceful serenity & gorgeous views of living in Placitas!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Add Southwestern Style to Your Home

by Sandi Pressley

If you're planning to buy a home in Albuquerque, or already live here, no doubt you want your home to reflect the spirit of the Southwest. The Southwest is home to unique artwork and décor found nowhere else. What area some of the essentials you need to make your home a Southwestern haven?

Wall Art and Decor

Adding a Southwestern rug or art to a bare wall is a great way to add rustic beauty to any room. You might try mounting tapestries or rugs with rustic wooden rug hangers that clamp to protect the rug. Your room acoustics will also be softened with rug hangings, especially in rooms with tile floors.

You can also mount terra cotta Kokopellis and gecko lizards, wrought iron suns, rabbit fur mandellas, framed Southwestern paintings and laser-cut metal designs finished in rustic hues.

Southwestern Pottery

For any Southwestern home décor, pottery is a must. You can put pottery anywhere – tables, bookcases, floors, cabinets, you name it. Southwestern pottery tends to get expensive, so you may want to go with Mexican pottery. Mexican pottery is almost the same quality as Southwestern potter in may cases, and it works great with your southwestern décor.

Rugs, Blankets & Throws

You can add a great range of colors to your home with Southwest rugs and blankets, as they come in a variety of striking colors, sizes, and textures. Like pottery, imported rugs and blankets can be more affordable that ones made in the Southwest. You can display them on a wooden kiva ladder for a striking affect. These ladders look like the ones used in the ancient civilizations of the Southwest. You can use blankets and throws as table rugs, on furniture, or as a colorful tablecloth.

Lamps & Lighting

You can use lighting to enhance your Southwest scheme. You can use laser-cut Southwest themed lamps, or chili pepper light strings for a warm glow. Or you can replace switch plates with ones that have a Southwestern theme.

Accessories

You can round out your Southwestern decorating with all sorts of accessories. The options are only limited by your imagination. You can use candles, throw pillows and bedspreads, or a chili pepper canister set in the kitchen. The possibilities are endless.

With these few basics, you can bring all of the beauty and style of the Southwest to your home in Albuquerque.

Check back on our blog every week for more real estate advice and local articles about living in Albuquerque. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for up to date real estate news for Albuquerque and surrounding areas.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

6108 Eagle Eye Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM  $210,000

3 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms (2 full, 0 partial) / 1781 Square Feet

 Pride of ownership shows thru-out! Single story Pueblo style home delivers an open concept floorplan with tasteful updates thru-out; featuring 3BDRMS/2 Full Baths(Both with double sinks) & 2 Car garage! Backyard features covered Patio & ample space-Perfect for relaxing or Entertaining!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Buyers - Watch Out For This Email Scam

by Sandi Pressley

It's a nightmare scenario: You've been saving to put down a payment on your dream home. You're about to close the deal, but instead, you're deceived into wiring your money to an account outside of the country. You lose it all – the money, the new home, and possibly your life savings.

This may sound exaggerated, but it's not. It's the classic "business email compromise" scam, but this version targets people buying a home. The problem is that this scam is claiming more victims than ever.

It's a devastating scheme. The victim not only loses all the money they saved for a down payment, but it destroys their dreams and lives as well. Some who have been victims of this scam have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars, their dream home, and even their life savings.

The FBI reports that this kind of scam is on the rise. A company known as Proofpoint is also tracking these schemes.  According to Proffpoint, email schemes have reached a level 14 times higher than last year.

How does it work?

It doesn't take much for scammers to make this scheme work for them. They send emails to lawyers and real estate agents, who unwittingly click a link in the email and their malware is installed, compromising their email account. The scammers now have control of the email and can monitor the account for upcoming transactions. And the real estate professional has no idea this is occurring.

Then the time arrives to close the deal. The scammer will email the buyer from the hacked email account. The email seems perfectly normal, as the email address it's sent from is familiar and the email content looks official. The emails will claim that plans were changed and that the buyer needs to wire money to the seller's bank account.

And once you send the money, that's it. The scammer has it in their account in another country where it can't be touched by U.S. law. Scammers are stepping up their game, following up with a phone call to the buyer. They usually claim that they represent the title company or seller's law office to further convince the buyer that the wire transfer is legitimate. This extra step pays off for the scammer, as the payout is immediate and far higher than other types of scams.

Long Gone

As we know already, the money is gone for good once it's wired.  And the bank is not responsible to reimburse the sender, since the sender is the one who initiated and authorized the transfer. This differs from someone you didn't authorize just stealing money from your accounts. And since the funds are sent overseas, there's basically nothing U.S. law agencies can do about it.

How Can You Protect Yourself?

First of all, don't panic. All you need to do is apply some basic common sense and caution.

Be vigilant: Verify any suspicious emails regarding your transaction. Be alert. It's better to be overly cautious than to lose everything.

Voice verify: You must follow up any emails with a phone call to the sender if the email asks you to sign a document, log into a new website, send money, or give them any financial information. Yes it takes a few minutes, but it's well worth the time.

Talk to your bank: Check with your bank to see if they will place restrictions on wire transfers from your account in the form of a voice verification or other checkpoint.

Don't immediately respond to email: If you get an email that requests some kind of action, regard it with suspicion and follow up with a phone call to the individual sending the email.

We can all protect ourselves from these form of scams if we use care. You can always feel free to contact our office if we are helping you buy a home with any questions about emails you receive from us or anyone involved in the buying process.

 

Check back on our blog every week for more real estate advice and local articles about living in Albuquerque. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for up to date real estate news for Albuquerque and surrounding areas.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

6108 Eagle Eye Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM  $210,000

3 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms (2 full, 0 partial) / 1781 Square Feet

 Pride of ownership shows thru-out! Single story Pueblo style home delivers an open concept floorplan with tasteful updates thru-out; featuring 3BDRMS/2 Full Baths(Both with double sinks) & 2 Car garage! Backyard features covered Patio & ample space-Perfect for relaxing or Entertaining!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Smart Technology - The Easy Way to Make an Old Home New

by Sandi Pressley

 

If you plan on selling your older home, no doubt you want to find easy ways to bring it up to date. One easy way to do that is with smart home devices.  Most of them are easy to install and relatively inexpensive. Today's smart home technology adds convenient features and security to any home, without the need for extensive modifications.
As shown in the infographic, there are plenty of ways to make your home smarter. Some ways are easier and more affordable than others, but all of them make life safer and more convenient. And this is what buyers are looking for more than ever in a home. Smart technology adds value to your home, just like cosmetic upgrades. And the good news is that these upgrades are easy and inexpensive.
Even if you don't plan to sell your home soon, adding smart technology is still a great idea. Here's a few smart ways to update your home.
Smart Thermostats
Those old dial thermostats can really detract from the feeling that a home is up to date. If you still have those old thermostats, updating them to smart thermostats is a great investment. Smart thermostats show the buyer that you're interested in the functionality of your air conditioning. 
Smart thermostats also include energy saving features that can save on energy bills, which is a great selling point. Being able to control them with a smart phone is also becoming a desired feature. And for those concerned about the environment, smart thermostats help HVAC efficiency.
Smart Lighting
Smart lighting is probably the easiest smart devices to install. If you can screw in a light bulb, you've got this. And they make a huge difference to the feel of your rooms. Smart bulbs have almost limitless combinations of colors and brightness, allowing you to change the environment in an instant. 
This is also handy for showings. Each room can have a tailored lighting scheme that matches the use of the room, making it even more enticing to buyers. And you can use mart lighting in porch lights that are set to turn on at specific times.
Security Systems
Smart home security has made securing your home more affordable and convenient. Installing smart home security devices is much easier than old security systems, especially with WI-FI cameras and battery powered devices.
If you don't feel like installing your own sensors or cameras, some cable companies such as Comcast offer smart security packages along with professional installation. These systems offer the option of multiple cameras and 24/7 recording, all controlled from your smart device or on their website. Adding cameras, either with a service or simply tied to your smart device, can add convenience as well as security, as you can monitor areas of your home, including the front door.
You don't have to break the bank to make your home a smart home. If you do plan to sell your home, it can be worth the investment.  If you don't plan to sell your home, it can make your life more convenient and safe.  Either way, smarter is better.

 

Are you planning to sell your older home? You probably want to find easy ways to make it more modern. That's where samrt home devices come in.  They are easy to install and relatively inexpensive, and offer a great varitey of features that will make any home a showcase of modern technology. They add convenient features and security to any home, without the need for extensive modifications.

The infographic above shows a number of ways to make your home smarter. Some ways are easier and more affordable than others, but all of them make life safer and more convenient. This is exactly what buyers are looking for in a home. Smart technology adds value to your home, just like cosmetic upgrades. And the good news is that these upgrades are easy and inexpensive.

Even if you don't plan to sell your home soon, adding smart technology is still a great idea. Here's a few smart ways to update your home.


Smart Thermostats

Most older homes still have the old dial thermostats.  Those are the first items you should look at replacing. Not only do old thermostats say how old a home is, but they are inneficient. So updating them is a great way to start, and they show the buyer that you're interested in the functionality of your air conditioning. 

Smart thermostats also include energy saving features that can save on energy bills, which is a great selling point. Being able to control them with a smart phone is also becoming a desired feature. And for those concerned about the environment, smart thermostats help HVAC efficiency.


Smart Lighting

If you can screw in a light bulb, then you can install smart lighting. The possible lighting combinations are endless. Smart bulbs have almost limitless combinations of colors and brightness, allowing you to change the environment in an instant. 

This is also handy for showings. Each room can have a tailored lighting scheme that matches the use of the room, making it even more enticing to buyers. And you can use mart lighting in porch lights that are set to turn on at specific times.


Security Systems

Smart home security has made securing your home more affordable and convenient. Installing smart home security devices is much easier than old security systems, especially with WI-FI cameras and battery powered devices.

If you don't feel like installing your own sensors or cameras, some cable companies such as Comcast offer smart security packages along with professional installation. These systems offer the option of multiple cameras and 24/7 recording, all controlled from your smart device or on their website. Adding cameras, either with a service or simply tied to your smart device, can add convenience as well as security, as you can monitor areas of your home, including the front door.

You don't have to break the bank to make your home a smart home. If you do plan to sell your home, it can be worth the investment.  If you don't plan to sell your home, it can make your life more convenient and safe.  Either way, smarter is better.

Check back on our blog every week for more real estate advice and local articles about living in Albuquerque. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for up to date real estate news for Albuquerque and surrounding areas.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

3401 Avenida Charada NW, Albuquerque, NM  $$550,000

3 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms (2 full, 2 partial) / 4000 Square Feet

 Unique Custom home on 1/2 acre lot backing up to open space in the desirable Matthew Meadows! Features including home gym, movie theatre and hot tub just to name a few! New Roof and Stucco in 2014. This home is even available furnished!!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Enjoy the Variety of Albuquerque Parks

by Sandi Pressley

One of the many factors that makes Albuquerque such a great place to live is the parks and recreation system here. No matter your interest, you'll find a park suited for your needs, whether it be golfing, swimming, tennis, baseball, and softball, to bicycling and rock climbing. There's nearly 300 parks, along with open spaces, all for your relaxation and enjoyment. Here's a few of the outstanding amenities the parks in Albuquerque has to offer.

City Parks

Los Altos Park | 10300 Lomas Blvd NE

This city park offers plenty of recreation options from an indoor swimming pool to a skate park.

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park | 2901 Candelaria Rd NW

The Rio Grande Nature Center is a 38 acre urban wildlife preserve habitat. The park includes a visitors center, two gardens, several wildlife viewing areas, an education building and a building housing the non-profit Wildlife Rescue, Inc. You can also enjoy four constructed ponds that serve as a habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Mariposa Basin Park | 4900 Kachina St NW

Mariposa Basin Park features 3 walking trail loops around ponds, ideal for bird watchers, along with playgrounds & sports fields.

Open Spaces

Albuquerque maintains over 29,000 acres of open spaces.

Golf

There are 4 public golf courses located in the Albuquerque park system. They all include a well-stocked pro shop with rental clubs, range balls, cart rentals, and golf retail merchandise. Lessons are also available.

The oldest course is Los Altos Golf Course and is ideal for beginning to intermediate golfers and features a banquet and grill. Other courses include Arroyo del Oso, Puerto del Sol, and Ladera.

Recreation Activities

You'll find plenty of recreational activities which include basketball, flag Football, shooting range, softball, tennis, pickle ball, model aircraft flying, along with open space activities such as rock climbing, model rocketry, extreme recreation, and bicycling.

There's plenty of fun waiting for you in Albuquerque. Find a park near you:

 

 

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

3401 Avenida Charada NW, Albuquerque, NM  $$550,000

3 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms (2 full, 2 partial) / 4000 Square Feet

 Unique Custom home on 1/2 acre lot backing up to open space in the desirable Matthew Meadows! Features including home gym, movie theatre and hot tub just to name a few! New Roof and Stucco in 2014. This home is even available furnished!!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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A New Trend to Help First Time Home Buyers

by Sandi Pressley

 

Are you a first time buyer in Dallas/Fort Worth looking for help saving enough for a down payment? You're not the only one. The struggle is real, as they say. But there's been a new trend of young buyers using creative ways to save enough money.  One way is through crowd sourcing, and it's a great and safe way to let friends and relatives help save for this important purchase.
How does it work? Let's say that when a young couple gets married, they invite the wedding gusts to forgo the traditional gift giving and instead contribute to a “Down Payment Fund." Most of the time a newly wed couple already has the items they need for a new home, as they have their own furniture and home items living separately, or together. Now all they need is the perfect present - a new home.
When you break down the math, it makes it even more clear why this is such a great idea. If you have a wedding and invite abut 120 guests who all give gifts of about $186 (the average price), then you would get over $22,000 for your down payment! That would cover a 105 down payment on a $220,000 starter home. Of course this is just an example, and real world result certainly vary.  But it shows how much this can help a new couple on their way to buying their first home.
Services are already in place to make this all happen, such as a company called HomeFundMe. Friends and family can easily and safely contribute to the fund.  Plus the ones contributing can decide if their gift is  ‘conditional’ or ‘non-conditional’ on the beneficiary buying a home.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal article report, “about 400 borrowers have used HomeFundMe to help buy homes since the program launched in October and on average, they raise about $2,500.” The article goes on to show that these funds are used by the borrower along with their own savings to help them reach the down payment.
Add to this the fact that many first time buyers can take advantage of programs from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that lets them put down as little as 3%.  Also, FHA programs require as little as 3.5%, and VA Loans are often approved with 0% down!
Gone are the days when you had to come up with a whopping 20% down. And with this creative solution, now even more first-time buyers can make owning a home a dream come true.

 

Many first time buyers struggle with saving enough for a down payment. But one creative way to save that money is gaining traction - crowd sourcing. It's a great way to let friends and relatives help you buy your first home.


Here's how it works. When a young couple gets married, they will invite the wedding guests to skip the usual gifts and instead contribute to a “Down Payment Fund." Usually a newly wed couple already has the items they need for a new home, as they have their own furniture and home items. Now all they need is the new home.


When you see the math, it makes it even more clear why this is such a great idea. For example, if you have a wedding have 120 guests who all give gifts of about $186 (the average price), then you would have over $22,000 for your down payment! That would cover a 10% down payment on a $220,000 starter home. Not bad! This is just an example, and real world result certainly vary.  But it shows how much this can help a new couple on their way to buying their first home.


Services are already in place to make this all happen, such as a company called HomeFundMe. Friends and family can easily and safely contribute to the fund.  Plus the ones contributing can decide if their gift is  ‘conditional’ or ‘non-conditional’ on the beneficiary buying a home.


According to a recent Wall Street Journal article report, “about 400 borrowers have used HomeFundMe to help buy homes since the program launched in October and on average, they raise about $2,500.” The article goes on to show that these funds are used by the borrower along with their own savings to help them reach the down payment.


Another thing that helps first time home buyers is that they can take advantage of programs from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that lets them put down as little as 3%.  Also, FHA programs require as little as 3.5%, and VA Loans are often approved with 0% down!


Gone are the days when you had to come up with a whopping 20% down. And with this creative solution, now even more first-time buyers can make owning a home a dream come true.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

2228 Cebolla Creek Way NW, Albuquerque, NM  $397,000

3 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms (1 full, 1 partial) / 2345 Square Feet

Fantastic Del Webb gated community! Premium lot, wood tile flooring, plantation shutters, garage door screens, artistic landscaping, upgraded light fixtures & appliances, private courtyard w/OJstom gate & stucco wall are just a few!!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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The Fun Continues in August and September in Albuquerque

by Sandi Pressley

August is coming to a close and September is just around the corner, but there's atill plenty of fun in store in Albuquerque. Whether you love a good baseball game, want to go to the fair, get a taste of the grape, or enjoy fine art, there's something to keep just about anyone busy for the next month in Albuquerque. Here's what we can look forward to:

 

EXHIBIT: DA VINCI, THE GENIUS

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
Through August 29, 2018

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science hosts the extraordinary Da Vinci, The Genius exhibition created by Grande Exhibitions of Victoria, Australia in collaboration with the Museo Leonardo da Vinci, Rome, and the French scientific engineer Pascal Cotte.

This is the most comprehensive Leonardo da Vinci traveling exhibition ever assembled and is designed to be accessible to all ages.

 

ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES BASEBALL
Isotopes Park

Through October 31, 2018

"The 2018 season is shaping up to be yet another special year at Isotopes Park. The schedule is very favorable relative to the summer months and weekends. We are already planning some very big promotions and exciting things for our 16th season." - General Manager John Traub.

 

HARVEST WINE FESTIVAL

Balloon Fiesta Park

September 1, 2018 - September 3, 2018

Sample wines from 20 of the state's top wineries as we celebrate the New Mexico grape harvest. Enjoy dueling pianos along with fine food and art in the shade. Tickets include a wine glass, wine sampling, and $5 off any bottle of wine. Free parking.

 

80TH ANNUAL NEW MEXICO STATE FAIR

EXPO New Mexico
September 6, 2018 - September 16, 2018

One of the top 10 state fairs in the US returns to the EXPO New Mexico for another year of fun. Enjoy PRCA rodeo and performances by nationally-known country recording stars, plus Indian and Spanish villages. Explore art, agriculture, animals, entertainment, food, carnival rides, exhibits and shopping at one of the largest state fairs in the country.

Have a great time in Albuquerque over the next month!

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How to Save Money on AC Costs

by Sandi Pressley

It's no secret that it can get fairly hot during the summers here in Albuquerque. It's not like we can just run to a nearby beach to cool off. Most people who live in Albuquerque stay cool with the air from their AC. If you plan to move to the area, you probably know that air conditioning is especially desirable during the summer.

 

But the problem with leaving your AC running all summer is the high energy costs. In fact, AC units account for around 12% of home energy expenses, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Yet that doesn't mean you can't find ways to keep these costs lower.

 

What are some ways to reduce your energy costs?

 

Lessen direct sunlight.


Albuquerque can get plenty of sunlight during the summer months. And the hotter your home gets, the harder your AC has to work, raising your energy costs.

 

The easiest way to keep the sun out of the house is to close your drapes and blinds on all the windows during the day, and close the windows to keep out the warm air. You might also plant trees and shrubs on the west and east sides of the house.

 

And since nights are fairly cool in Albuquerque, take advantage of that cool air by opening windows at night and directing air in with fans in the windows. Fans take up much less energy and will bring the core temperature of the home down.

 

Let your AC unit rest.


Not every day is a scorcher. When the temperature get low enough to be comfortable, turn off the AC completely. This will give your unit a break and lower your energy costs.

 

Don’t touch the thermostat.


You might be tempted to set your thermostat to it's lowest level when temps go up. But that can make a huge increase in your bill. Try setting your thermostat to a consistent level of 78 degrees. This should be enough to keep both you and your energy bill cool.

 

Use ceiling fans.


Ceiling fans can be your AC unit's best friends. If you run your ceiling fans when you run the AC, you can even adjust the thermostats to 80 degrees, reducing your energy costs by 15-25%!

 

Keep the air filter clean.


Dirty air filters can affect the airflow in your AC, which makes it work even harder. And of course, this increases energy costs. Air filters need to be replaced or cleaned regularly every 90 days for optimal AC performance.

 

Keep cool for the rest of the summer in Albuquerque and save money!

 

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