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Spend the Perfect Valentine's Day in Albuquerque

by Sandi Pressley

Are you looking for the perfect romantic thing to do with your loved one this Valentine’s Day in Albuquerque? If you own a home in Albuquerque, you have the advantage, as there are so many things about this city that’s perfect for lovers – great food, clean air, and wide open spaces. So put away those chocolates and do something different this Valentine’s Day in Albuquerque. Here’s a few of the best things to do for couples to get you started.

Sandia Peak Tramway

This may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of romance, but when you’re holding hands at 10,000 feet overlooking the Sandia Mountains and the entire city, what could be more romantic? Sandi Peak Tramway is the longest tram in the country and runs every 20-30 minutes and is a 15 minute ride. You can then have a romantic lunch or dinner at Sandiago’s Grill at the Tram while you enjoy the beautiful view.

ABQ BioPark Botanical Garden

The botanical garden features desert and Mediterranean plants covering 32 acres, setting the perfect backdrop for a walk along the 1.5 mile winding scenic footpaths.  And for a cozier setting, you can go to the ABQ BioPark Aquarium, where the dim lighting and sharks will set the mood.

Balloon Ride

One thing that Albuquerque is certainly famous for is hot air balloons.  It’s the home of the largest balloon festival in the world, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  Why not see for yourself what it’s like to fly free in the sky with your loved one? Companies like Air Carriage offer sunrise packages that are sure to thrill you both.

Albuquerque’s Old Town

Spend a few hours in the old west in Albuquerque’s Old TownYou can stroll through the adobe nooks and old vigas, visit the Albuquerque Museum, enjoy a latte at Velvet Coffee, and shop the myriad unique boutiques in this historic district.

If these ideas don’t quite suit you, here’s some more ideas for spending the perfect Valentine’s Day in Albuquerque. Check back on our blog each week for more great local Albuquerque information and real estate advice.


8222 Sprenger Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM  $329,000

4 Bedrooms/ 3 Bathrooms (1 full, 2 partial) / 2300 Square Feet

Beautiful & impeccably well-maintained original owner property on oversized lot w/paved backyard access perfect for RV parking. Open floorplan featuring 4 bdrms,3 Baths-w/updated cabinets/counters. Back yard offers gorgeous & mature landscaping w/low-use drippers, fish pond w/water fall & steel shed.

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Can You Finance a Home if You Are on SSI or SSDI?

by Sandi Pressley

If you live in Albuquerque and are on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you may have wondered if buying a home is attainable.  Perhaps you’ve wondered if merely owning a home may affect your benefits, making home owning nearly impossible. The fact is that many people living on SSDI and SSI benefits do qualify to buy a home, and it’s possible that you can as well. But as you can guess, there are obstacles to think about.

What are some of the challenges? As you know already, the benefits for SSI are low, and you will probably struggle to save for a home while trying to make ends meet.  And if you live on SSDI benefits, you may not be sure how long those benefits will last.  So when you go to apply for a loan, it may be difficult to prove you have a stable income.

Another factor to consider is that SSI rules limit how much income and assets you can have while receiving benefits.  So that creates a fine line between making or having enough to save for a home and keeping your benefits. Here’s the good news though:  the home is considered your primary residence, and not an asset.

All of this is not presented to discourage you from buying a home in Albuquerque. It may seem almost impossible to buy a home if you are on SSI or SSDI, but it’s not. There are a number of programs that can help.  For example, Fannie Mae offers loans for people with disabilities.  Here’s some examples:

  • Fannie Mae loans for disabled individuals
  • Individual Development Account (IDA)
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Homeownership Voucher Program

There may also be some nonprofits in Albuquerque that can help as well.

The bottom line is that if you are on SSI or SSDI and are considering buying a home in Albuquerque, give us a call at 505-980-2999 to see how we can help you find assistance.


10 Tres Amigos Road, Placitas, NM  $399,000

3 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms (2 full, 0 partial) / 2200 Square Feet

This stunning Placitas Custom Home offers a secluded .97 AC Sanctuary w/breathtaking views. Open & spacious floorplan featuring a dramatic entry way into a cozy living space. Warm & inviting property in a highly sought-after location. Fabulous access to hiking & biking.

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Find the Best Cup of Coffee in Albuquerque

by Sandi Pressley

Are you looking for a new way to start the day in Albuquerque?  If your way of waking up is with a delicious cup of java, tea, or tasty pastry, then you’ll have plenty of ways to do that in Albuquerque.  This city is filled with unique places to have the perfect espresso or refreshing cup of tea.  Here’s a few of the best places to get coffee and tea in Albuquerque.

Trifecta Coffee Company

Known as the first combined coffee roaster, coffee bar, and bakery in Albuquerque, Trifecta also features roasts from around the world, including coffees from Latin America, Mexico, South America, Africa, and the Pacific Rim. The coffee is not the only great thing about Trifecta.  Their pastries area all the rage, with blueberry scones, apple cake, and quiché of feta and artichoke.  The atmosphere is relaxed, as are the people who work here. All this adds up to Trifecta being a favorite morning spot in Albuquerque.

Espresso Fino

This family owned espresso bar features locally roasted coffees that are certified organic fair trade. Located in downtown Albuquerque, you can enjoy your brew in the charming atmosphere inside the shop, or get some fresh air in their sidewalk seating. All three owners, Greg, Nina, and Pablo are talented baristas, assuring a perfect brew with every visit. A downtown Albuquerque gem for sure.

Prismatic Coffee

If you find yourself in the sawmill district of Albuquerque, make sure you stop by Prismatic.  Not only can you get an outstanding cup of coffee, but they feature stroopwafels, a waffle cookie from the Netherlands. The owners and baristas take pride in what they do and it shows. This is not the coffee you find at the big chains.  They highlight the quality and care of fine coffee roasting. And of course you’ll find their passion translates to great customer service.  And if you need a little help deciding what you want, their unique flavor wheel can help you chose the perfect brew.

Humble Coffee Company

In addition to having some of the best coffee in Albuquerque, Humble Coffee also features breakfast burritos which are a big hit with customers. If you’re a tea drinker, then you’ll also find this to be a great place to sit and sip your favorite selection.  The vibe is hip and modern, yet charming. You can relax inside and take advantage of free wi-fi, or enjoy the outside patio.

Looking for more great places to start your day in Albuquerque? Check out the top coffee shops in Albuquerque.  And make sure to visit our blog every week for more great things to see and do in Albuquerque.


5243 Foothills Trail NE, Albuquerque, NM  $825,000

3 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms (2 full, 2 partial) / 3156 Square Feet

Amazing views of the Sandia Mtns & Rio Grande Valley in this beautiful gated community. Scott Patrick Gold Package custom home features oversized great room w/stacked stone fireplace, wall of windows, and much more! 

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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The Sandi Pressley Team Closes 2017 to Rave Reviews

by Sandi Pressley

In 2017, Sandi and her team closed out a successful year in Albuquerque real estate to rave reviews on Zillow. In fact, out of 78 reviews of The Sandi Pressley Team on Zillow, 27 were from last year alone! The team also was rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, an impressive score for sure.  And according to Zillow, her team also sold a total of 262 homes during 2017.  With those impressive numbers, it’s easy to see why The Sandi Pressley Team is taking the lead in the Albuquerque real estate scene.

It takes a special group of people to be this successful.  Her clients mention their appreciation for everything from the marketing, quick response time, knowledge, and professionalism demonstrated by Sandi and the team. And the great reviews come from both people buying and selling homes in Albuquerque. Here’s a sample of what people are saying:

From people selling a home in Albuquerque:

“We are extremely impressed with Sandi Pressleys team. From the pictures to the advertising top notch. We were impressed with the response time of all involved in selling our home. A special thanks to Sharahi Santos our realtor. She was there for us and went above what one would expect.”

“Working with Sandi was an excellent experience. She has her own team of workers that are great at what they do; they are assigned to different tasks to make sure everything is done on time and done well. Sandi's team was amazing and not only met my expectations but surpassed them. If you want your   home sold quickly and without a lot of fuss, call Sandi Pressley!”

“We were very impressed with Sandi and her team.  Sandi was extremely professional and very knowledgeable about our neighborhood's market.  Her team was great to work with; always professional and responsive. Because of the efforts from Sandi and her team, we received multiple offers and negotiated   an offer above asking price within 48 hours of listing.”

From people buying a home in Albuquerque:

“I have bought and sold over 20 properties in two states over 50 years and Sandi Pressley stands tall above all the realtors I've used.  She returns all my calls and is supported by the most efficient and wonderful team.  Just the Finest !”

“We would 100 percent recommend Tori Ducket to anyone in the market to buy a house. We got to know her professionally and now we even call her a friend! She takes very good care of her clients and treats everyone so well!”

“This is the second time I have worked with Arny; I have now bought one home through him and sold one as well.  I am highly recommending him to anyone looking for a realtor -- whether you are buying or selling.  He listens well, is very prompt in all correspondence, is respectful and professional   and offers sage advice.  Equally important, Arny has the full support of Sandi's entire team which may be the best in the business.”

The evidence is clear – if you plan to buy or sell a home in Albuquerque, then The Sandi Pressley Team is your best choice. If you want to learn more about how Sandi and her team can help you with your next real estate transaction, give us a call at 505-980-2999 or 505-263-2173 today!


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.

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