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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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It is Still a Great Time to Purchase a Home

by Sandi Pressley

Good Tuesday Morning!

Yes, the market is heating up and the inventory of homes available for purchase has decreased significantly over the past six months. In fact, homes that are in great condition and priced well don't stay on the market long. The Albuquerque and Rio Rancho market area is even seeing multiple offers again. It is still a great time to purchase a home. Mortgage interest rates remain at historic low levels and home prices have not increased significantly, although this is on the horizon if current market conditions continue.

If you're a home buyer, among the things you can do to be prepared is to have a plan of action. If you're an aggressive buyer eager to find a home, hire a real estate agent that can help you find what you're looking for and will act quickly when properties hit the market.

When a home is first listed it will get the most attention. In a hot real estate market that could mean not just viewings but multiple offers and even offers that are over the listing price (not something we're used to thinking about lately, but that's the nature of real estate - it cycles through ups and downs).

So, if you're really serious about finding a home in a market where the inventory has dropped and the prices have increased, be prepared to take action the minute homes come on the market. Don't delay and say, "I'll drop by this weekend when I get a free moment." In some of today's markets, procrastination could be the deal breaker.

The Sandi Pressley Real Estate Team has 5 Home Buyer Specialists. Our Specialists do not list homes, they only work and represent home buyers. Working with a Home Buyer Specialist can make a significant difference in a market like the one we are in today. A Buyer Specialist knows the market, keeps on top of the current home inventory and can help you be on top of the best home purchase opportunities as they come about. Having a real estate agent working for you in this capacity in this market can make a significant difference in what kind of home you find and how much you pay for it. Contact us if you are interested in being fully represented as a buyer. You will love this approach to purchasing a home.

Have An Awesome Week!

SANDI'S LATEST HOT HOME LISTING!

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416 Monte Alto Pl NE
Price: $275,000 Beds: 4 Baths: 1.5 Sq Ft: 2,463
Well-maintained, single story home, nestled in the foothills on nearly 1/3 acre lot. Light & bright floorplan w/large great room, eat-in kitchen, formal dining & 4 spacious bedrooms. Master has shower & walkin closet. Some of the many recent updates include combo refrigerated air/heating unit & new stucco in 2012, new windows throughout in 2010, new appliances, light fixtures, updated baths in 2009 & new metal gate in 2012 to obtain back yard access. Huge 25x12 workshop insulated & finished!



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!!

Sincerely,
Sandi

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Getting your Home on the Market

by Sandi Pressley

Good Monday Morning!

If you are thinking about selling your home, now is the time to begin the process for getting your home on the market. One common thought is that Spring is the best time to get your home on the market. The reality is that by Spring home inventories often times increase and your competition level increases. If you can get your home ready for market by February or March you may beat the rush and have a better climate for a sale. Here are just a few things that you might want to pay attention to prior to placing your home on the market.

  1. Go through your home and do what I call de-clutter. This means take out over sized furniture items, nick nacks, anything that is not needed for everyday living. The idea is to make rooms looks larger and give prospective buyers the ability to see the space.
  2. Touch up interior paint or even re-paint if needed .This would mean making walls, trim ceilings looking as new as possible.
  3. Clean carpets and hard wood flooring.
  4. Clean your home thoroughly and don't forget to clean windows inside and out.
  5. Be sensitive to odors from cooking, pets, etc. Scented candles are a great way to keep your home smelling great. Prospective buyers are very odor sensitive.
  6. Maintain an even temperature in your home. Homes that are too hot or too cold will detract from showings.
  7. Always have your home neat, clean, drapery or blinds open and lights on for showings.
  8. Winter time is tough for exterior, but having your landscaping and home exterior looking great is important. Have flower beds with fresh bark dust, walks swept. leaves raked and washing down siding will greatly increase the way your home looks for drive bys.

One of the key functions that I complete when I visit a home for someone thinking of selling their home is going through a check list of items that the homeowner can do to enhance the appearance of their property. My objective is to list items that will increase the value, lessen the number of days on the market and helping the homeowner not perform tasks that are not dollar productive. If you are considering placing your Albuquerque/Rio Rancho area home on the market, please contact me for a no obligation visit that we can identify items for you to focus on and also get a good idea of your homes current market value.

Have An Awesome Week!

SANDI'S LATEST HOT HOME LISTING!

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15 Sinagua Rd.
Price: $325,000 Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Sq Ft: 2200
Gorgeous SW style home on 1.5 ac view lot. Lg great room with beamed ceilings/Kiva style corner fireplace. Beautiful kitchen w/Wolf range/stainless steel appliances/center island is open to the dining area. Lg mast suite w/beamed ceilings & deluxe bath/garden tub/separate shower. The versatile floorplan features an office w/separate entrance included in sqft, could be 4th bedroom. Amazing views all around. The road ends at BML land & open space about 1/4 mi from this spectacular home.



AND HERE'S YOUR MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!!

Sincerely,
Sandi

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