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Latest NAR Data Shows Now Is a Great Time to Sell in Albuquerque

by Sandi Pressley

Now is a Great Time to Sell Your Home in Albuquerque

Everyone knows that the best time to sell anything is when demand is the highest for that item and the supply is low. If you plan on selling your home in Albuquerque, there’s great news.  Two major reports released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that now is a great time to put your home on the market in Albuquerque.

Here is the data covered in the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index and Existing Home Sales Report that shows this.

REALTORS® CONFIDENCE INDEX

Every month, NAR surveys “over 50,000 real estate practitioners about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions.” This month, the index showed (again) that home buying demand continued to outpace the supply of homes available in January.

The map below illustrates buyer demand broken down by state.  If you look at Arizona, you can see that buyer demand is strong in this state, which is great news is you plan on selling your home in Albuquerque

Buyer Traffic Data Shows Strong Traffic in Arizona

In addition to revealing a high demand for homes, the index also shows that compared to conditions in the same month last year, seller traffic conditions were strong in Arizona.

That shows that demand for housing continues to be strong, but supply is struggling to keep up, and this trend is likely to continue throughout 2018.

THE EXISTING HOME SALES REPORT

The most important data revealed in the report was not sales but was instead the inventory of homes for sale (supply). The report explained:

  • Total housing inventory rose 4.1% from December to 1.52 million homes available for sale.
  • Unsold inventory is 9.5% lower than a year ago, marking the 32nd consecutive month with year-over-year declines.
  • This represents a 3.4-month supply at the current sales pace.

According to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR:

“Another month of solid price gains underlines this ongoing trend of strong demand and weak supply. The underproduction of single-family homes over the last decade has played a predominant role in the current inventory crisis that is weighing on affordability.”

There’s a guideline that often applies in Albuquerque Real Estate; when there is less than a 6-month supply of inventory available, we are in a seller’s market and we will see appreciation. Between 6-7 months is a neutral market, where prices will increase at the rate of inflation. More than a 7-month supply means we are in a buyer’s market and should expect depreciation in home values.

As mentioned earlier, there is currently a 3.4-month supply, and houses are going under contract fast. The Existing Home Sales Report shows that 43% of properties were on the market for less than a month when sold.

In January, properties sold nationally were typically on the market for 42 days. As Yun notes, this will continue unless more listings come to the market.

“While the good news is that Realtors in most areas are saying buyer traffic is even stronger than the beginning of last year, sales failed to follow course and far lagged last January’s pace. It’s very clear that too many markets right now are becoming less affordable and desperately need more new listings to calm the speedy price growth.”

Inventory of homes for sale is still well below the 6-month supply needed for a normal market and supply will ‘fail to catch up with demand’ if a ‘sizable’ supply does not enter the market.

If you plan on selling your home in Albuquerque, now is the time.  You can find out what your home is worth in Albuquerque with our home valuation website ValueMyAlbuquerqueHome.comYou can also follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate news in Albuquerque. And always feel free to call us at 505-980-2999 to speak with an experienced agent.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

5243 Foothills Trail NE, Albuquerque, NM  $798,000

3 Bedrooms/ 3 Bathrooms (2 full, 1 partial) / 3156 Square Feet

Gated community of the Wilderness! Casual elegance abounds in this Scott Patrick Gold Package custom home. Tons of features include Oversized great room w/stacked stone fireplace, wall of windows! Gourmet kitchen has custom island, pantry, gas cooktop, custom cabinetry, Sub Zero fridge, Wolfe double oven. Private Master Suite on its own wing! 

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Make Sure Your Children Attend the Best Schools in Albuquerque

by Sandi Pressley

Are you planning to buy a home in Albuquerque and have kids in school? Then no doubt you want to find the right home near the best schools in Albuquerque.  You certainly don’t want to end up regretting buying your home if it turns out that the school you live near isn’t right for your child.

You may think that your real estate agent can show you all the best schools in Albuquerque. But they can’t. Fair housing laws have been enacted that prevents agents from recommending schools.  Why? It was discovered that some agents in recent years have been labeling schools as "bad" to swing the sales of homes toward more affluent neighborhoods. So it’s a good thing that agents in general aren’t allowed to recommend schools. That means that you as a parent should research the best schools in Albuquerque for your children. After you find a school you think would best suit your children’s needs, then your agent can help you find the right home near that school.

There are at least 3 questions you should ask when finding the right school in Albuquerque.

What school will you child attend?

Sure this may seem obvious, and that’s why some people forget to ask it. There are dozens of schools in the Albuquerque Public School district, so that means you have a lot of schools to choose from. Their website has a great deal of information about schools in Albuquerque that should be useful in finding a good school.

What are the numbers?

Even though numbers don’t provide a complete perspective, they are a great place to start. You can find helpful ratings and scores on websites such as GreatSchools.org and Niche.com. They use test scores, reviews, and other factors to rate the best schools in a given area.

What about reputation?

If you know people in the area you want to move to in Albuquerque, ask them what they know the schools in the area. You might even meet with the principal of a school to get an even closer look, presuming you can make such an arrangement. See if they can give you a tour of the school with your child present.  Look at class sizes.  Is the library well stocked? What does your child think about the school? These are great indicators to look for.

Finding the right school and the right home for sale in Albuquerque is worth the effort.  Once you do find a great school for your child, let us help you find the right home near that school.  Our powerful search tools can help you find homes for sale near the schools of your choice in Albuquerque.  Also make sure to take advantage of our Home Buyer Listing Alerts to get automated alerts of homes as they hit the market. And you can always feel free to call us at 505-980-2999 to speak with an experienced agent.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

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.

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Discover Treasures From the Past in Albuquerque's Antique Stores

by Sandi Pressley

Antique collecting can be an addiction – just ask any antique lover. If you live in Albuquerque, you already know that this is the place to find the best antiques in the Southwest.  And if you’re thinking about buying a home in  Albuquerque and love to shop for antiques, then welcome home! Downtown Albuquerque is filled with places to pick up all the cool things from the past, no matter what your taste is.  You’ll find truth in the old saying “they don’t make ‘em like they used to” as you delve into the antique stores of Albuquerque.  Here’s a few of the better antique stores to get you started on your journey back in time.

Antique Specialty Mall

With nearly 50 dealers covering an area of over 18,000 sq feet, you’ll find plenty of treasures spanning over 200 years of history. You’ll definitely need to make sure you have enough time to spend at this one-stop antique shop.

Antiques & Things

Another great antique mall in Albuquerque, with 75 vendors in 15,000 sq feet. They feature a wide range of collectables and fine furniture, along with jewelry, clothing, Western and Native American goods, toys, art, and more.  Plus they’re located in an historic Five & Dime with the original oak floors and old cases, just to add more historic flavor to your antique shopping.

Cowboys & Indians Antiques

If you’re looking for antique Native American and Western art, then Cowboys & Indians Antiques is where you need to go. You’ll find items from many of the best-known antique dealers in the nation. Located on Route 66, it’s the perfect setting for your western antique shopping spree, or just to browse and enjoy the amazing pieces.

Old Town Antiques

This antique shop features a bit of everything. The vibe is both museum and retail store.  You’ll find an eclectic mix of items including antique Indian art, jewelry, pottery, antique art, early science, and much more.

There are so many great reasons to live in Albuquerque.  Check back on our blog every week for more great reasons to buy a home here. And if you’re looking to buy a home in Albuquerque and the surrounding areas, be sure to check out our powerful home search tool to find the latest homes on the market!

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

5719 Balsa Court NE, Albuquerque, NM  $410,000

4 Bedrooms/ 3 Bathrooms (2 full, 1 partial) / 2830 Square Feet

This beautiful custom home is nestled on a scenic mountain view lot in the highly sought after Peppertree Subdivision. An elegant entry to the circular staircase leads to the wonderful loft/office and 3 comfortable guest bedrooms & full bath.

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Rent A Home… Buy!

by Sandi Pressley

Self-made millionaire David Bach has written nine consecutive New York Times best-selling books. His book, “The Automatic Millionaire,” was on the New York Times bestseller list for a whopping 31 weeks. In fact, he is one of the only business authors in history to have four books simultaneously on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and USA Today bestseller lists.

In a recent CNBC article, Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” Then he said that, “If you want to build real financial security, real wealth for your lifetime, then you need to buy a home.”

Bach went on to explain why buying a home is so important:

“Homeowners are worth 40 times more than renters. Now, that first home doesn’t need to be a dream home, it can be a very small home. You might literally have to buy a small studio apartment, but that’s how you get started.”

 “Don’t do a 30-year mortgage. You want to take that 30-year mortgage and instead pay it off early, do a 15-year mortgage. What happens if you do a 15-year mortgage? Well, one, you pay the mortgage off 15-years sooner, that means you’ll be able to retire in your fifties. Number two, you’ll save a fortune (on potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest payments).”

What will it cost to pay your mortgage in fifteen years? Here’s what he had to say:

“For fifteen years, you got to brownbag your lunch. Think about that! Brownbag your lunch literally for fifteen years. You can retire ten years sooner than your friends. You’ll have real wealth, because you bought a home – you’re not a renter. And you’ll be financially secure for life.”

If a well-respected millionaire gives advice, it’s usually a good idea to follow it.  But of course, he’s not the first person in the know to advice on the wisdom of buying a home. Many successful individuals have found that over time, buying a home is the most advisable course toward financial security.

As an additional note on David Bach’s experience, he has been a contributor to NBC’s Today Show, appearing more than 100 times, as well as a regular on ABC, CBS, Fox, CNBC, CNN, Yahoo, The View, and PBS. He has also been profiled in many major publications, including the New York Times, BusinessWeek, USA Today, People, Reader’s Digest, Time, Financial Times, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Working Woman, Glamour, Family Circle, Redbook, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Investors’ Business Daily, and Forbes. Not a bad resume!

If you’re ready to buy a home in Albuquerque, you couldn’t have found a better city to buy a new home! Give us a call at 505-263-2173 to talk to an experienced agent. And if you don’t want to talk to someone just yet, you can browse our website for the latest real estate on the market.  And make sure to use our powerful home search tool to find the home of your dreams in Albuquerque.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

522 Palo Alto Drive NE, Rio Rancho, NM  $320,000

4 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms (1 full, 1 partial) / 2960 Square Feet

Like new Pulte Home Ruby Model versatile floor plan. So many options! Upgraded gourmet kitchen with stacked cabinets, SS appliances, electric cooktop, built-in oven, granite countertops, backsplash, island, pantry and recessed lighting, tile flooring! 

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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