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Save Money With These Appliance Maintenance Tips

by Sandi Pressley

You've seen it before. The washing machine stops washing, leaking on the floor. The stove cuts out just before a big meal. The fridge cuts out and spoils the food.

These disasters can be avoided or delayed with just a few easy DIY maintenance steps. And the best part is that you can do them yourself. Here's a few things to look for to take care of your appliances and potentially save money.

1. Check Your Oven's Door Seal

Your oven can lose more than 20% of it's heat if the door isn't sealed properly, creating a longer to cook time. Open the door and check the rubber or fiberglass gasket that goes around the edge of the door. If you feel any deformed, torn, or broken areas, or if you close the door and find any leaks, replace the seal.

2. Check Range Filters

Metal filters can be washed in a dishwasher or by hand. Replace charcoal filters (don't wash them).

3. Clean Stove top Drip Bowls

Clean the drip bowls underneath your burner elements by pre-soaking them for 5 minutes in cleaning solution. Wash by hand and place them back on the stove top. Try to clean them after spills so they don't get burned in next time the burner is used.

4. Clean Refrigerator Coils

Refrigerator coils can get clogged with dirt, dust and pet hair. This will restrict airflow and make it harder to keep it cool. Gently clean the coils once or twice a year with a vacuum. They can either be found behind the kick plate or in the rear.

5. Change Refrigerator Water Filter 

Old water filters can expose your to harmful water. Make sure you change them every 3 - 6 months, depending on how much water, and brand, you use.

6. Repair Rusty Dish Rack Tines 

Check your dishwasher racks for rusty tines. If you do find rust, it can easily be repaired with a sealant and replacement tips to cover the tines. This will keep your dishes and silverware from being ruined.

7. Maintain Your Garbage Disposal

Check your garbage disposal for any stuck items. Make sure the power is off and do not use your hands! Pour a combination of ice cubes and salt, or vinegar down the drain, then run cold water for 10 seconds and then turn on the disposal with the water still running. Never run the disposal without water. You can remove odors with citrus peels, or with odor removal packets sold in most stores.

8. Clean Dryer Exhaust

Check for lint in the dryer exhaust by loosening the clamp and pulling the exhaust hose from the back of the dryer. Pull out lint with your hands or gently with a hanger. Vacuum before you re-attach the hose.

9. Check Washing Machine Hoses

You can prevent your washing machine from flooding by checking hoses for leaks. Check for cracks, leaks, or weak spots. As a rule of thumb, replace hoses every 5 years.

10. Clean AC Filters

Cleaning your AC filter every 2 - 4 weeks will increase your AC's life, as well as maintain efficiency. Vacuum reusable filters, and replace disposable ones.

If you follow these tips, you'll hopefully be able to avoid costly appliance repairs or replacements.

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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Improve Your Curb Appeal

by Sandi Pressley

When you sell a home, you want it to look it's best. Buyers will judge a home almost instantly based on how it look son the outside. That's why having great curb appeal is so important to a successful home sale. The good new is that you don't have to spend a ton of money to make your home stand out. Here's a few ideas that will help you spruce up the curb appeal on your home and get more money from the sale.

Replace Old Hardware

Replace old hardware, such as door knobs and house numbers, with fresh new fixtures.

Makeover the Mailbox

If your mailbox is next to your home (not across the street), then you can spruce it up to compliments your home. Pick a box that reflects your home's trimmings. You can paint the post or surround it with flowers.

Add Planters

You can place various potted plants on the front steps and patio, complimenting you garden.

Outdoor Lighting

Low voltage lighting along paths and walkways is a striking way to add flare to your home.

Reveal the Architecture

Don't go overboard with plants and landscaping that can hide your home. Keep your landscaping back from the home to let it shine.

Pressure Wash the Exterior

This is a quick and easy makeover that will make your home shine.. A pressure washer can be rented at most hardware and home improvement stores, and are easy to operate.

Display a Wreath

Welcome buyers with a beautiful seasonal wreath on the front door.

Lay Out a Path

You can use pavers to make a curved walkway and add unique flair to your yard.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

A fresh coat of paint can liven up any home, especially if the current coat is fading or chipped, or the color is outdated.

Add Window Boxes and Shutters

Adding colorful shutters with window boxes with matching paint will brighten up any exterior. You can also add colorful flowers to make it stand out even more.

Line Up the Porch Chairs

If you have a porch large enough for a few chairs, make sure they're lined up. If you don't have matching porch chairs, it would be worth investing in a set.

These are just a few ways you can spice up the exterior of your home and drive a higher price on your home for sale.

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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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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