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How to Decide to Pay Off Your Home in Albuquerque or Invest

by Sandi Pressley

Looking for something to do with extra cash? If you own a home in Albuquerque, you could pay off your mortgage. Or you could invest your money in something else. Which option is better?

There's been no shortage of debate on this matter, with great arguments on either side. But in the end, it's a decision that will have a huge impact on your finances.

Which way should you go?

You need to consider these variables:

  • Your home’s current market value
  • Your mortgage interest rate
  • Home appreciation in your area
  • Your income tax rate
  • Expectations for inflation
  • An assumed rate of investment return

certified financial planner named Justin Goodbread analyzed these variables by sung national averages in order to compare various scenarios between investing and paying off a mortgage.

As it turned out, the math favored investing. But the math isn’t the only thing you should consider. It also depends on your own situation. Goodbread offered two rules of thumb to decide:

You should pay off your mortgage early if you’re a conservative investor, in a low tax bracket with a high mortgage interest rate.

And you should invest if you’re a more aggressive investor, in a high tax bracket with a low, 30-year, fixed mortgage interest rate, and if you’re younger than 50.

What are some reasons to keep your mortgage?

  • Maintaining liquidity.  Paying off a mortgage will leave you without a cash cushion in an emergency.
  • Your home’s value isn’t affected by a mortgage.  The value of your home will increase over time. But this will not affect how much you owe on your mortgage.
  • Mortgage interest is inexpensive. Your mortgage is secured by your home’s value, and this keeps interest rates much cheaper than credit cards and personal loans. Even better, the interest is tax deductible.

Of course, in the end, the choice of investing vs paying off your mortgage is one you should make carefully.

Search for your dream home in Albuquerque with our easy to use home search. 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!

17 Juniper Hill Loop NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122  $579,000

3 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms (2 full, 1 half) / 2770 Square Feet

Heaven in Sandia Heights! Views! Serene, light filled sanctuary, within this spectacular custom built home by Kjell Slaan. This spacious home has soaring ceilings, light filled rooms, walls of windows with magnificent Mountain and city views. Pride of Ownership. Two living areas w/Fireplaces. Nice sized kitchen with breakfast nook, ample cabinet space, island w/cooktop, flows into dining room. Three generous bedrooms. More views from Master suite. Wonderful outdoor entertaining spaces. Membrane roof/2015. Septic ASU advance treatment/2006. Newer Windows. One owner GEM. Nature brings serenity to this home with the Vibrant New Mexico sky. Discover the wildlife such as deer, rabbits, eagles, hummingbirds, & squirrels. Close to shopping, restaurants, trails, mountain biking, tram, I25.
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Heaven in Sandia Heights! Views! Serene, light filled sanctuary, within this spectacular custom built home by Kjell Slaan. This spacious home has soaring ceilings, light filled rooms, walls of windows with magnificent Mountain and city views. Pride of Ownership. Two living areas w/Fireplaces. Nice sized kitchen with breakfast nook, ample cabinet space, island w/cooktop, flows into dining room. Three generous bedrooms. More views from Master suite. Wonderful outdoor entertaining spaces. Membrane roof/2015. Septic ASU advance treatment/2006. Newer Windows. One owner GEM. Nature brings serenity to this home with the Vibrant New Mexico sky. Discover the wildlife such as deer, rabbits, eagles, hummingbirds, & squirrels. Close to shopping, restaurants, trails, mountain biking, tram, I25.

 

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Avoid These Moving Mistakes When You Buy a Home in Albuqueruqe

by Sandi Pressley

Whether you're moving to or from Albuquerque, it can be a very stressful and exhausting time, even if all goes as planned. And since things rarely go perfectly when you move, that stress can go through the roof. Even though you can't expect everything to go as planned, there are mistakes that can be avoided that will make it worse.

Try to avoid making these following mistakes during your move:

Not Planning

Planning for your move is realy key to avoiding stress. The moment you know you're moving, start planning. The more time to plan, the better. When it comes time to move, then you should be ready for the unexpected. If you fail to plan, this can lead to disaster. Sure, there are times when you have to move suddenly. But in most cases, you should have enough time to plan.

Moving Everything

You don't have to take verything you own to your new home. Most people accumulate items they don't need over time. So take this opportunity to declutter and get rid of extra things you won't need in your new home.

Separate those items into donations, items to sell, items to recycle or dispose of, and items to move. Then when moving day comes, you'll have less to deal with and more room on the moving truck.

Spending Money on Packing Material

If you're trying to save money, there's no good reason to spend a ton of money on packing materials that will only be used once and then disposed of. If you need boxes, check with local stores to see if they have any that haven't been broken down. If you can find newspapers laying around, that makes for great padding. You may still need to buy some materials, but you won't need as much.

Not Making a Moving Survival Kit

If you're moving a long distance, it's a good idea to put together a survival kit with a change of clothes, toilet paper, snacks, medication, water, and other essentials you may need.

Not Keeping Track of Expenses

You can write off your move from your taxes, so make sure you save receipts, bills of lading, and estimates to use on your tax return next year to deduct your moving expenses.

Keep these tips in mind, and hopefully you can relieve some stress during your next move.

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HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

1619 Camino De La Sierra NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112  $550,000

3 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms (3 full, 1 half) / 3415 Square Feet

Wonderful one owner custom home by Carlson Builders. Located in S foothills on approx acre of beautifully landscaped property with amazing view. This home has Hurd windows, custom cabinetry through out, GE Monogram/Jenn Air appliances, butcher block island, custom pantry, 3 cars plus carport, cedar closet, gun room, hidden closet. Even a detached workshop/studio. A 25'x39' great room for all occasions . Plantation shutters, two master suites. This home was built to stay, with post stressed concrete slab and a Garden room, and so much more. Minutes to hiking, biking, freeway and shopping.

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When you buy or sell a home in Albuquerque, the home inspection is a critical part of the process. A home inspection benefits all parties involved in the transaction, as it reveals what the condition of the home is and what needs work.

How can you get the most from your home inspection?  Here’s the steps of the process and how you can maximize the results.

Why Have Your Home Inspected?

If you’re selling a home in Albuquerque, the home inspection gives you the opportunity to make needed repairs, and as such, list your home for a higher value. Your home will also sell faster with fewer issues. Most people in Albuquerque want to buy a turn-key home rather than a fixer-upper.

Make sure you do your research when you hire a home inspector. The internet is a powerful way to look at reviews and work history. If you find a home inspector with a good track record, but they cost more, it’s worth it.

During the Home Inspection

Make sure you’re there during the inspection. This way, the inspector can show you the issues in person and explain options for repair. You can also ask questions and take photos. This will also help you learn about what to look for when you buy a home in Albuquerque.

Recheck and Take Notes

After your home is inspected, go back over the issues for a closer look. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, this will help with negotiations. Then you can increase or lower the asking price depending on the repairs needed.

Discuss and Negotiate Repairs

For home sellers, you can either do the repairs before the home is listed and ask for a higher price, or you can skip the repairs and lower the price. It all depends on how much time you have to put into it.

If you’re the buyer, you can ask for an asking price deduction that is equal to the estimated cost of repairs if you’re buying the home as-is. Another option is to suggest that the current owner get repairs done and then you buy it after a re-inspection following the repairs. This would be best for very expensive repairs such as for changing the entire roof or re-plumbing the entire home.

A good home inspection can make the difference between a smooth transaction and a disaster.  Make sure you find the right inspector and be involved in the process.

Search for your dream home in Albuquerque with our easy to use home search. 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!

1619 Camino De La Sierra NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112  $550,000

3 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms (3 full, 1 half) / 3415 Square Feet

Wonderful one owner custom home by Carlson Builders. Located in S foothills on approx acre of beautifully landscaped property with amazing view. This home has Hurd windows, custom cabinetry through out, GE Monogram/Jenn Air appliances, butcher block island, custom pantry, 3 cars plus carport, cedar closet, gun room, hidden closet. Even a detached workshop/studio. A 25'x39' great room for all occasions . Plantation shutters, two master suites. This home was built to stay, with post stressed concrete slab and a Garden room, and so much more. Minutes to hiking, biking, freeway and shopping.

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage or Invest?

by Sandi Pressley

If you have some extra cash on hand, what do you do with it? If you plan to make that money work for you, perhaps you've thought about investing or paying off your mortgage.

Which choice yeilds the best return? This has certainly been a heated debate, with passionate responses on both sides of the question.  Either way, it’s a decision that can have serious consequences financially.

Which way should you go?

You need to consider these variables:

  • Your home’s current market value
  • Your mortgage interest rate
  • Home appreciation in your area
  • Your income tax rate
  • Expectations for inflation
  • An assumed rate of investment return

Justin Goodbread, a certified financial planner, analyzed these variables, using national averages for these parameters to compare various scenarios between investing and paying off a mortgage.

As it turned out, the math favored investing. But the math isn’t the only thing you should consider. It also depends on your own situation. Goodbread offered two rules of thumb to decide:

You should pay off your mortgage early if you’re a conservative investor, in a low tax bracket with a high mortgage interest rate.

And you should invest if you’re a more aggressive investor, in a high tax bracket with a low, 30-year, fixed mortgage interest rate, and if you’re younger than 50.

What are some reasons to keep your mortgage?

  • Maintaining liquidity.  Paying off a mortgage will leave you without a cash cushion in an emergency.
  • Your home’s value isn’t affected by a mortgage.  The value of your home will increase over time. But this will not affect how much you owe on your mortgage.
  • Mortgage interest is inexpensive. Your mortgage is secured by your home’s value, and this keeps interest rates much cheaper than credit cards and personal loans. Even better, the interest is tax deductible.

Of course, in the end, the choice of investing vs paying off your mortgage is one you should make carefully. Join us every week for more real estate advice and local Albuquerque articles.

Search for your dream home in Albuquerque with our easy to use home search. 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!

5000 College Heights Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM 8712  $425,000

4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms (2 full, 1 half) / 2850 Square Feet

Casual elegance abounds in this beautiful custom home with private courtyard & dramatic functional floor plan featuring 4BDR/2.5BA/3CG! Oversized great room features coffered ceiling, tile flooring, gas fireplace, 8ft stacking patio doors that open up to the amazing outdoor living space w/wood fireplace & covered patio to entertain or relax & enjoy the best of New Mexico weather! Gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, gas cooktop, pot filler, built-in oven, bkfst bar, pantry, island! REFRIG AIR, central vac, skylights, RV Pad! Incredible mst suite on its own wing featuring backyard patio access, jetted tub, sep shower, built-in cabinets in walk-in closet. Beautifully landscaped & walled for privacy. Close to shopping, parks, Bosque trails, easy access across town Montano, I40!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Moving in Albuquerque With Pets

by Sandi Pressley

If you've ever moved, you know it can be a stressful time for people. But just imagine how stressful it can be for pets. It's a huge change to their environment that they aren't expecting or understand, especially if the home you're moving from is the only one they've ever known. So how do you make the experience less stressful? There’s no way to remove all the stress for you and your beloved pets, but you can take some steps to make the transition for bearable.

Here’s a few tips you can try.

Prepare for the First Few Days

The first few days of unpacking can be the rather stressful, so make an ‘overnight kit’ that has enough food, litter, toys and other needed items to keep your pets comfortable.

Keep Them Out of the Action

It's best if you can keep your pets with a friend or in a kennel during the move. But if that's not an option, at least keep them in a quiet space. If there’s an empty room in your new home or garage you can keep clear, then that is ideal. Check on them regularly and try to stick with feeding and walking routines.

Talk to Your Vet

If you’re moving to another area and need a new vet, contact your current vet to obtain records and prescriptions if any.  See if they can recommend a vet in your new area.

Move Them in Your Own Vehicle

Your pets, especially dogs, are used to your family vehicle. Your pets will take the changes better if they ride with you and not in a moving van or with other people. You may want to throw a blanket over their carrier so they can’t see the changing environment.

Keep Them Inside

Don’t let your dog or cat outside until you get to your new home, as they can get lost if they get away from you. Do this even if your dog is normally well behaved. They need a few days to adjust to their new neighborhood and environment.

Move the House Before Your Pets

The more of the house you can have moved and set up before you move your pets, the better. Try to set up one room first to move them into and keep them there to let them adjust.  Give them plenty of love and attention and toys to make them feel at ease in their new home.

Moving is never easy, but if you prepare, you can make it easier for your furry family.

Search for your dream home in Albuquerque with our easy to use home search. 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!

1005 Quincy Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108  $210,000

3 Bedrooms / 1 Bathrooms (1 full) / 1105 Square Feet

UNM South 3BDRs/1BA/1CG HUGE BACKYARD!!! WOW! Beautifully REMODELED KITCHEN with Quartz countertops, new cabinetry, SS appliances, recessed lighting! NEW ROOF! (2018) Updated windows! Hardwood floors!! Huge backyard features a pergola covered patio, grass, trees & mature landscaping & walled for privacy & plenty of room to entertain family & friends!! Excellent location UNM South, close to parks, schools, shopping, UNM & Nob Hill!!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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$499,000

Stay Warm in Albuquerque at these Top Coffee & Tea Houses

by Sandi Pressley

With that cool nip in the air, we all need something warm and revitalizing to start the day - or keep it going for that matter. And what better place to find the perfect cup of java or tea than in Albuquerque’s fine coffee houses? Here’s a list of some of the best coffee and tea houses in Albuquerque to warm up your day.

Pinon Coffee House

Pinon features coffee roasted locally by New Mexico Piñon Coffee. You can also enjoy pastries and breakfast burritos made in house, with new pastries flavors created every week.

Prismatic Coffee

If a great cup of espresso is all you need, then Prismatic is the place. They don’t feature food items, except for an outstanding stroopwafel made in house. Otherwise, you’ll just find superb coffee and a relaxing atmosphere to work or relax.

Satellite Coffee

As co-founder Jean Bernstein says “Coffeehouses are where we fuel up, exchange ideas, people watch, and hopefully get a little warmth. With coffee, all things are possible.” At Satellite Coffee you’ll find regular patrons hanging out, enjoying the outstanding coffee choices and relaxing vibe.

Humble Coffee Company

Humble Coffee is a craft coffee shop that specializes in single-origin espresso and brews. Located in the Nob Hill/University and Downtown neighborhoods of Albuquerque, you’ll also find a tasty supply of locally made breakfast burritos and pastries.

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HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

9300 Thornton Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109  $375,000

4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms (2 full, 1 partial) / 2717 Square Feet

 Light, bright and open floor plan on this custom-built NE Heights beauty with 4 bedrooms and over-sized 3 car garage. Full pitched tile roof. Separate laundry room with W/D that stay! Close to schools, shopping and lovely park!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Don't Try These Home Repairs Yourself

by Sandi Pressley

Owning a home can certainly be a rewarding experienc. And sometimes it makes you want to pull your hair out. The inevitable home repairs will come along from time to time, testing your patience and your wallet. You might be tempted to take on these repairs yourself, or have a friend who knows what they're doing" handle it? But there are some repairs that are definitely best left to thepros. Here's a few examples for you to consider.

Electrical Repairs

Electricians train for years to master their craft. And for good reason - electricity is dangerous. We take it for granted because we use it every day, but electricity can kill if not handled properly. Plus, bad electical work can lead to fires. You might think calling in your relative or friend who's a "great handyman" to do the repair for you, but often that can cause more problems or dangers than it will solve. Electricians can be expensive, but that is because they've spent many years studying and training to get the job done safely for you and them.

Basement Makeover

Renovating your basement may seem safe enough. But if you make mistakes, it could lead to major damage and injuty. A basement is a very important part of a home's structure, so don;t take chances. Even if the damage isn't fatal, it could wind up costing you far more than you bargained for.

Fun with Plumbing

Plumbing issues. Not a whole lot of fun to deal with one every day, leaving you tempted to take care of it yourself. You might think too, that plumbing, along with simple electrical repairs will be a walk in the park, but a fix done wrong can cause serious damage. To your home and wallet. So try calling a plumber. Why else are there at least a dozen in every town?

Gas Appliances

When it comes to gas appliances it could literally be an explosive situation if an appliance is not fixed and reconnected correctly during a repair. Similar to electrical repairs, if not done right, you could cause a leak, which could create major health problems and even a fire or explosion in your home or worse. So when it come to your gas appliances, don't DIY. Call a professional.

When it comes to health, safety and caring for your home, erring on the side of caution is always the best option.

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HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

2536 Sarita Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104  $169,000

3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms (2 full, 0 partial) / 1232 Square Feet

 Convenient location near Old Town & Rio Grande! Wonderful home with tile roof, refrigerated air, great room with fireplace open to kitchen with breakfast bar & pantry. Nice layout featuring master bedroom separate from the 2 additional bedrooms, great covered patio & attached 2 car garage. All appliances stay! Don't miss this turn key property!

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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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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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How to Keep Your Home Secure

by Sandi Pressley

Home security is an important consideration when owning or even renting a home. Many people have home security systems to help keep their home secure. But is that enough? A home security system can only do so much. There are other steps you can take to make sure your home is as secure as possible.

Here's a few important precautions you can take to firm up your home protection.

  1. An old trick that still works is leaving the TV or music on when you're gone.

  2. Reduce the amount of hiding places outside with motion sensor security lights.

  3. All exterior doors should have 1-inch deadbolts installed.

  4. Make sure to lock all doors and windows when going to bed.

  5. Never open your door until you confirm who is there. Check you security camera or get a doorbell camera.

  6. Thieves know all the hiding places for keys. If you must hide a key, don't hide it under a doormat or rock. Find an inconspicuous place or leave it with a neighbor.

  7. Use a metal pipe or bar, or a wood plank or dowel to secure sliding doors. You can also install a glass break sensor on the door.

  8. Keep your garage door closed, even when you're home. The garage leads straight into your home, giving intruders easy access. An overhead garage door contact can also provide further protection.

  9. Make sure drapes or blinds are closed on rooms that have valuable items.

  10. Keep expensive items that are not in use in a deposit box at your bank.

  11. Don't leave notes on your door for family or service people letting them know you're not home.

  12. If you plan on being gone for more than a few days, have someone you trust collect your mail and newspaper.

You can keep you home and family safe with just these few additional steps. Our world is becoming more dangerous. This isn't meant to scare you, just as a friendly warning to stay safe.

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