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Pick Your Pumpkins at These Top Albuquerque Patches

by Sandi Pressley

Not sure where to get your pumpkins this year in Albuquerque? Sure, you can probably get yours at the supermarket. But that's nowhere near as fun as going out to a patch full of huge pumpkins and picking them yourself. There are some great pumpkin patches in the Albuquerque area where you can get the full autumn experience. Here's a few pumpkin patches to check out.

Galloping Grace Pumpkin Patch

The Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, is home of the annual Galloping Grace Pumpkin Patch. It's open daily in October from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and features a multi-acre patch with pumpkins, a mini corn maze, a roping arena, duck races, a corn pit, a harvest maze, tractor races, and other activities for younger kids. There is also a country store and fall decor for sale. The patch supports the Galloping Grace Youth Ranch in Rio Rancho, where any child can ride horses and learn about ranch life and responsibilities.

Maize Maze at Rio Grande Community Farm

Pick pumpkins and learn at the Rio Grande Community Farm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October while explore its seasonal Maize Maze and pumpkin patch. This eight-acre maze also includes activities such as pumpkin painting and harvest fun. On the Saturday before Halloween, the Fall Festival and FarmStrong Fun Run will take over the farm as a fundraiser for local charities.

McCall's Pumpkin Patch

You can spend the whole day having fun at McCall's Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty, New Mexico. You'll enjoy hayrides, pedal karts, a huge corn maze, and a giant slide for the kids. For a little fun with history, explore the western town and the miner's shack, and go mining for gemstones. Visit and pet the animals, check out the goat bridge, cheer on your favorite at the duck races, and clap to the music played by the hillbilly band. After all this fun, don't forget to select your pumpkin to take home.

Wagner Farms in Corrales

Wagner Farms is a must for fall. Located in Corrales, the farm offers fresh roasted chiles, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and a place to pick out a pumpkin or two. And don't forget the hayrides, a one-acre corn maze, an apple orchard, a vineyard, and a petting zoo. Kids can let off steam on the hay bale structures and enjoy the games in the children's play area. Have fun into the evening with night mazes with harvest bonfires. 

Wagner's Farmland Experience in Los Lunas

Wagner's Farmland Experience in Los Lunas has the same type of family fun as the attraction in Corrales, but you can enjoy two corn mazes here in addition to the farm animals and fall activities. Starting in late September, Wagner's transforms the farm into an exciting pirate adventure which is open every night of the week. There is also a u-pick flower and vegetable patch alongside the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, and every Saturday night, the farm hosts a haunted night in the mazes.

Looking to find the perfect home in Albuquerque? Let us help you find the perfect home in Albuquerque. And make sure to join us twice a week on our blog for more great reasons to buy a home in Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Follow us on Facebook for the latest Albuquerque real estate updates.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

104 Sandia Mountain Ranch Drive, Tijeras, NM  $479,000

3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms (2 full, 0 half) / 2608 Square Feet

Resort style living in the mountains with incredible views on approx 3.25 acres in Sandia Mountain Ranch!! Custom elegance featuring TPO Roof, Refrig Air, Sec System, Water Softener, Skylights, Private Elec Gate. Amazing outdoor living space featuring a huge raised deck for entertaining, relaxing in nature taking in the mountain views! Great room features wall of windows, wood beam ceiling, wood stove. Custom kitchen features cherry cabs, granite countertops, walk-in pantry, bkfst bar & nook. Master suite features his/her vanities, jetted tub, sep shower, two walk-in closets. Finished & insulated oversized 2CG!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Who to Know When Buying a Home in Albuquerque

by Sandi Pressley

How do I get approved for a home loan? Who will help me find the right home in Albuquerque? Don’t panic! Here are the top four people you need to know when it comes to buying a home.

The Person Who Approves the Loan

One of the first people you’ll need to work with is a loan officer or lender. This is the person who helps you understand the ins and outs of getting a loan, as well as any requirements or conditions.

Before speaking with the loan officer, however, you may want to estimate what a monthly mortgage payment may look like, which you can do with a simple mortgage calculator. Your monthly payment will include homeowners insurance, property taxes paid into an escrow account, and, if you put down less than 20%, PMI or private mortgage insurance.

Remember: The bank will provide an initial number of what it thinks you can afford based on your gross monthly income. But it’s up to you to account for your own personal budget and living expenses.

Once you’ve spoken with the lender, it’s worthwhile to get a preapproval letter, which shows how much the bank would be willing to lend you based on your full financial picture. Without this letter, most sellers won't take you seriously and may not even accept your offer.

The Person Who Finds the Home

A real estate agent is usually the first person that most people speak to during the homebuying process. You need someone who understands the housing market in Albuquerque.

When you begin your home search, you might start with an online search. While these property listing sites provide formatted data on available properties, a REALTOR®, such as Sandi Pressley, will have access to the latest information and can provide any updates or correct misinformation found online.

A REALTOR® can work on your behalf or on behalf of the seller. When you’re buying a home, it’s important to work with a buyer’s agent, whose responsibility is to you, not the seller.

You should ask the agent all the questions that are important to you — how much other homes in the area recently sold for, how long those homes were on the market, and any other questions that might help you make an informed decision.

The Person Who Inspects the Home

Once you have found a home, made an offer, and signed the contract to buy, it’s time to hire a home inspector. The contract will specify how many days you have to get the inspection. The home inspector will come to check things like structural integrity, plumbing, electrical systems, heating and cooling, the condition of windows, walls, door frames, ceilings, the attic — basically anything that can be seen without going into walls.

The Person Who Checks Ownership of the Home

The title officer or title company checks the ownership of the home to make sure there are no potential disputes with previous owners, and, ultimately, will issue title insurance for the property. This insurance protects you and the lender if there are claims or lawsuits against your ownership of the property.

Each person has a distinct role in the homebuying process in Albuquerque, and being informed about exactly what you need from them helps make the process run smoothly. The key is patience — it’s all worth it when you get the new keys to your home!

Looking to find the perfect home in Albuquerque? Let us help you find the perfect home in Albuquerque. And make sure to join us twice a week on our blog for more great reasons to buy a home in Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Follow us on Facebook for the latest Albuquerque real estate updates.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

104 Sandia Mountain Ranch Drive, Tijeras, NM  $479,000

3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms (2 full, 0 half) / 2608 Square Feet

Resort style living in the mountains with incredible views on approx 3.25 acres in Sandia Mountain Ranch!! Custom elegance featuring TPO Roof, Refrig Air, Sec System, Water Softener, Skylights, Private Elec Gate. Amazing outdoor living space featuring a huge raised deck for entertaining, relaxing in nature taking in the mountain views! Great room features wall of windows, wood beam ceiling, wood stove. Custom kitchen features cherry cabs, granite countertops, walk-in pantry, bkfst bar & nook. Master suite features his/her vanities, jetted tub, sep shower, two walk-in closets. Finished & insulated oversized 2CG!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Whether you're familiar with fine wines, or you're just starting your wine tasting adventures, Albuquerque's wine tasting rooms offer the perfect opportunity to explore award winning wines of the area. New Mexico has an ideal climate for producing fine wine, and it's a centuries-old tradition. If you're in the mood to try something new, here's a few of the top wineries and tasting rooms in the Albuquerque area to help you find the perfect vintage.

Camino Real Winery

Open weekends for tours and tastings, their grapes here are grown in the countryside of Tome, south of Albuquerque. They also offer a selection of New Mexico craft beers.

Casa Abril

Casa Abril produces wines using Spanish and Argentinian grapes of Tempranillo and ​Malbec varieties. The grapes are grown in rural Algodones, located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Casa Abril continues the Spanish traditions brought to New Mexico centuries ago.

Casa Rondena Winery

Nestled in the heart of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. Wines are crafted from the grapes grown right on the winery's grounds and range from dry whites to Syrahs and reds. You can taste their award-winning wines in the tasting room and enjoy a stroll through the grounds, or have a glass on the patio.

Corrales Winery

This family owned winery produces award winning Muscat Canelli dessert wine with their own grapes. Other wines are produced from New Mexico grapes to become Rieslings, Mariachis, and Cabernets. Found in the heart of the historic village of Corrales, the area is one of the oldest wine growing regions in North America. Visit the winery and stay on to shop in the village, which features fine arts and crafts.

Gruet Winery

Take a taste of five Gruet wines and you'll get a souvenir glass to bring home. Or you may choose a tasting of reserve wines and receive a souvenir Riedel/Gruet champagne or wine glass. Tours are available for up to 30 people, and even larger groups can be accommodated if split into more than one group. Its grapes are grown in southern New Mexico near Truth or Consequences, which has ideal growing conditions for grapes. Gruet produces nine different sparkling wines, two Chardonnays and two Pinot Noirs, both with regular bottling and reserve bottling.

Milagro Vineyards

The winery produces Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah wines from their own grapes. The fine wines are made from Vinifera grapes and finished through handcrafting with traditional techniques in French oak casks.

Looking to sell your home for the right price in Albuquerque? Let us help you sell your home in Albuquerque and get the right price. And make sure to join us twice a week on our blog for more great reasons to buy a home in Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Follow us on Facebook for the latest Albuquerque real estate updates.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

104 Sandia Mountain Ranch Drive, Tijeras, NM  $479,000

3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms (2 full, 0 half) / 2608 Square Feet

Resort style living in the mountains with incredible views on approx 3.25 acres in Sandia Mountain Ranch!! Custom elegance featuring TPO Roof, Refrig Air, Sec System, Water Softener, Skylights, Private Elec Gate. Amazing outdoor living space featuring a huge raised deck for entertaining, relaxing in nature taking in the mountain views! Great room features wall of windows, wood beam ceiling, wood stove. Custom kitchen features cherry cabs, granite countertops, walk-in pantry, bkfst bar & nook. Master suite features his/her vanities, jetted tub, sep shower, two walk-in closets. Finished & insulated oversized 2CG!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Keep Your Kids Safe in Albuquerque This Halloween

by Sandi Pressley

Halloween is almost here, and no doubt your kids have already picked out the costumes and making arrangements to get the most out of the holiday. But as a parent, of course you want to keep them safe as they go out into the streets. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Here's a few reminders to keep your kids safe in Albuquerque this Halloween.

Costume Safety

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation
When They're on the Prowl
When They're on the Prowl
  • A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
  • Agree on a specific time children should return home
  • Teach your children never to enter a stranger's home or car
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
  • Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street
For Drivers
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
  • Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween
Make sure to stay safe this Halloween and make it a night of fond memories in Albuquerque!

Looking to sell your home for the right price in Albuquerque? Let us help you sell your home in Albuquerque and get the right price. And make sure to join us twice a week on our blog for more great reasons to buy a home in Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Follow us on Facebook for the latest Albuquerque real estate updates.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

1800 Cooke Canyon Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM  $385,000

4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms (1 full, 2 half) / 2690 Square Feet

Mountain Views! This popular one story Pulte floorplan has 4BDRS/3BA plus separate office/study with French doors!! Light, bright and open featuring two walls of sliding doors opening to the outdoor living space, covered patio showcasing mountain views! REFRIGERATED AIR! Tankless Water Heater! Approx 19k in new engineered wood flooring! 11k Professionally landscaped backyard with grass, roses, shrubs! Gourmet kitchen has built-in stainless steel appliances, gas cooktop, huge teardrop shaped Island, granite counter tops, beautiful cabinetry, backsplash & walk-in pantry. Master suite has bay window, large shower, raised granite dual sink vanity & walk-in closet!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Pros and Cons of Fencing Your Yard

by Sandi Pressley

If you're deciding whether to build a fence for your property, be it a wood, wrought iron, vinyl or chain link fence, they can be expensive. So it's a good idea to decide what your needs are and if a fence is worth the cost. You need to consider the pros and cons of fencing your yard.

Since fences are so prevalent, the pros certainly outweigh the cons. Here's a few points to consider.

PROS

Privacy

Privacy is obviously the main benefit of having a fenced yard. Having a fence not only reduces the disturbance to your neighbors, but to your family as they play in the pool, garden, sunbathe, etc. Having privacy in your yard can play a vital role in making sure your time outside with family and friends is protected from prying eyes.

Safety

Safety is another key reason people decide to fence their yard. If you have a swimming pool, it's especially essential to have a fence that will protect your family. It's also a great way to keep out the critters you don't want in your yard, as well as letting your dog run free.

Noise Reduction

If you live near a busy street, noise may be an issue. Building an 8 ft high solid fence can reduce noise by up to 10 decibels. Acoustifenc is a product that has been used to reduce sound along highways and mass transit lines. You can now use it in residential settings, and it's reported to reduce noise by up to 5 percent, depending on fence height, elevations and noise frequencies.

Design Element

A well built fence can add a great deal to your home's overall appeal. Picket fences are a great example of how a fence can add to the attractiveness of a property, as well as define the property boundary.

The biggest cons in building a fence are often overlooked. Months or years after building a fence consumers may feel like they made the wrong decision.

CONS

Maintenance

A fence well cared for will add to the appeal of your home for years. But if you don't keep them up, they can deteriorate over the years, especially wood fences. Wood fences, specifically, require occasional cleaning, staining, sealing or painting and can warp and rot over time.

Expense

Fencing an an entire property, or even part of one, is expensive. The price can vary a great deal depending on materials and length, number of gates, and labor.  A wooden privacy fence now averages $17.31 to $23.13 per linear foot – that’s $2,596.50 to $3,469.50 for a 150-foot-long fence.

When determining whether to build a fence or not, it is important to weigh the pros and cons. Typically, the pros will outweigh the cons.

Looking to sell your home for the right price in Albuquerque? Let us help you sell your home in Albuquerque and get the right price. And make sure to join us twice a week on our blog for more great reasons to buy a home in Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Follow us on Facebook for the latest Albuquerque real estate updates.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

8000 Oso Loco Road NE, Albuquerque, NM  $288,000

3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms (1 full, 0 half) / 1879 Square Feet

Excellent opportunity to own in Far North East Heights neighborhood! This beautiful home is close to in shopping, bike paths and highly desirable schools. Open and bright floor plan with custom Southwest touches throughout; ledges; arched doorways and more. A custom Kiva fireplace with built-in Bancos grace the family room that opens to the sunny kitchen with breakfast bar; kitchen island; lots of cabinets and pantry for storage. Separate formal dining room. Master Suite w/access to patio and ample spa like en suite with walk-in closet that includes a custom closet system. Low maintenance front and backyard landscaping w/ lush shrubs and trees & cool covered patio for warm summer evenings.

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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What Albuquerque Home Buyers Should Know About Appraisals

by Sandi Pressley

Most of us have our own reasons for wanting to buy a home in Albuquerque. Maybe we want a bath with a luxury spa. Maybe we want a huge deck for parties.

But your lender doesn't care about such things - the designer tub, the fire pit, and all the extras. What they really care about is the actual value of the home and if it's worth as much as the value of the mortgage.

To a bank, a house is collateral. That means that they can foreclose on the home if you miss payments.

Therefore, a home must be valued at, or above, the agreed-upon purchase price, and this has to happen before you can close on a house. That’s where a home appraiser comes in.

A Home Appraiser Is Neutral

After you sign a home purchase agreement, which is the contract between you and the seller about the terms of the pending sale, and before your lender approves your loan, the home you’re buying must pass an appraisal.

An appraiser is either licensed by the state or a certified professional. It's their job to asses the value of the home. They are on no one's side, not you or the seller. They are chosen by your lender through an appraisal management company, which is a neutral entity.

Appraisers survey a house in person, using five main criteria to determine the value of a home:

  • Location
  • Age
  • Condition
  • Additions or renovations
  • Recent sales of comparable homes

Be Prepared to Pay for the Appraisal — or to Negotiate

Usually the home buyer is the one that pays for the appraisal, and this is generally included in the closing costs. But this can be negotiated. You can always ask if the seller will pay for it.

Home appraisals are not as expensive as you might think. They will usually cost between $287 and $373.

Appraisals Take a While, So Be Patient

Typically, a purchase agreement has a “home appraisal contingency” requiring that the appraisal be completed within 14 days of the sales contract being signed. Because it takes appraisers some time to visit your house and write a report — up to a week, or longer in a busy housing market — your lender will order the appraisal immediately after you sign the purchase agreement.

Looking to sell your home for the right price in Albuquerque? Let us help you sell your home in Albuquerque and get the right price. And make sure to join us twice a week on our blog for more great reasons to buy a home in Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Follow us on Facebook for the latest Albuquerque real estate updates.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

8000 Oso Loco Road NE, Albuquerque, NM  $288,000

3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms (1 full, 0 half) / 1879 Square Feet

Excellent opportunity to own in Far North East Heights neighborhood! This beautiful home is close to in shopping, bike paths and highly desirable schools. Open and bright floor plan with custom Southwest touches throughout; ledges; arched doorways and more. A custom Kiva fireplace with built-in Bancos grace the family room that opens to the sunny kitchen with breakfast bar; kitchen island; lots of cabinets and pantry for storage. Separate formal dining room. Master Suite w/access to patio and ample spa like en suite with walk-in closet that includes a custom closet system. Low maintenance front and backyard landscaping w/ lush shrubs and trees & cool covered patio for warm summer evenings.

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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The Sandi Pressley Team Gets Rave Reviews

by Sandi Pressley

Sandi Pressley and her amazing team have been the top real estate agents in New Mexico for years. And if you take a look at all her reviews on Zillow.com, you'll see nothing but 5 stars all the way. In fact, out of 113 reviews, Sandi and her team have an average rating of 4.9 stars! You can't beat that kind of feeback anywhere.

So what exactly do people have to say about the Sandi Pressley Team lately? Here are some recent reviews that show why they're still the #1 real estate agents in the state.

"Sandi does a great job at getting it done. She answers all your questions and walks you thru every step of the process. This is my second time to work with her and her team. Will do it again if needed.” - 08/28/2019 - karenab69

"Sandi and Tori were amazing to work with!  They made the process very simple and answered my ten thousand questions I asked along the way with ease!  Will definitely use them again with selling and buying future properties!  Thanks again!" - 08/19/2019 - awagner10979

"Best service ever! My family and moved from Germany and Lisa met all of our goals and needs with a smile. She got us connected to the right broker, saved my over 3000 dollars by protecting my interest. Her knowledge of the market and the neighborhoods is second to none.  She made the whole  experience pain free!." - 06/11/2019 - brian brown

"It was a fantastic experience working with Lisa and she made our dream of buying a house become a reality. She is extraordinarily knowledgeable in each aspect of the house buying process and made the entire experience run very smoothly. She cares genuinely for her clients, goes the extra mile and  always has their best interests at heart. I highly recommend having Lisa as your agent!" - 06/05/2019 - Samislam55

Sandi and her team keep you well informed.
She keeps the team moving in an organized and timely manner. We appreciated the concern for our well being during the process. They did an amazing amount of advertising.

"Sandi and her team keep you well informed. She keeps the team moving in an organized and timely manner. We appreciated the concern for our well being during the process. They did an amazing amount of advertising." - 05/28/2019 - rkcrane

"Meredith Stumpf stays on top of all facets of the selling process. Selling a home is a process full of stress and at times drama. Meredith had a steady hand and voice of reason when buyers were demanding, unreasonable or fickle.  Although we have not yet closed on the sell, we had a firm contract  in just 27 days. This was an important event in our family's life and the first ever home sell for my wife. I really wanted it to go well for her. It did go well. She is relieved. We are happy." - 05/15/2019 - zuser20180206162248570

What about you? If you're ready to add your happy experience to the list, give us a call to let us know how we can fulfill your Albuquerque real estate goals today!

Looking to sell your home for the right price in Albuquerque? Let us help you sell your home in Albuquerque and get the right price. And make sure to join us twice a week on our blog for more great reasons to buy a home in Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Follow us on Facebook for the latest Albuquerque real estate updates.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

8000 Oso Loco Road NE, Albuquerque, NM  $288,000

3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms (1 full, 0 half) / 1879 Square Feet

Excellent opportunity to own in Far North East Heights neighborhood! This beautiful home is close to in shopping, bike paths and highly desirable schools. Open and bright floor plan with custom Southwest touches throughout; ledges; arched doorways and more. A custom Kiva fireplace with built-in Bancos grace the family room that opens to the sunny kitchen with breakfast bar; kitchen island; lots of cabinets and pantry for storage. Separate formal dining room. Master Suite w/access to patio and ample spa like en suite with walk-in closet that includes a custom closet system. Low maintenance front and backyard landscaping w/ lush shrubs and trees & cool covered patio for warm summer evenings.

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Home Staging Tips For Fall in Albuquerque

by Sandi Pressley

Having your home on the market in Albuquqerque during the autumn selling season can be a great thing. There are fewer homes on the market, which means you will be in an ideal position to market your home. Here's a few staging tips to help you close the sale by the holidays.

1. Brighten Up

Days are getting shorter, and that can be a good thing for sellers. When you have a well-lit room, it looks larger and more inviting. Turn on all of your lights before the showing, and make sure they can be seen from the steet so that they welcome buyers as they drive up. 

2. Light Your Buyer’s Fire (with Fire)

Buyers want to see themselves relaxing in front of a warm fire. You can help them envision the warmth of thier new home by building a fire if you have fireplace, along with lighting some well-placed candles.

3. Use Seasonal Scents

Normally you would use unscented candles when showing a home, as you don't want to alienate buyers. But the fall season may be a time to bend that rule and light a few candles that have an autmn scent.

Because smell is so intricately tied to emotion, harnessing the aroma of fall will evoke memories of apple picking, pumpkin carving, leaf raking and other family-friendly activities.

4. Get Cozy

A few throw pillows and soft blankets will make your home feel more cozy. This will help buyers feel more relaxed and ready to curl up with a good book.

5. Make Your Curb Appealing

The approach of fall heralds crisp breezes and brightly colored leaves. Embrace the natural hues of the season by adding fall-hued foliage and flowers to your outdoor landscape — mums, goldenrods, Aster, smoke bush, Heleniums, burning bush, Virginia Sweetspire, witch-hazels and Viburnum are all plants that thrive in colder temperatures and produce gorgeous, seasonal color.

6. A Little Goes a Long Way

As with any seasonal decor, it’s important to make sure you don’t overdo your decorating efforts.

Good: a fall-hued wreath on the front door and a few cheeky-looking pumpkins.
Bad: a pumpkin-patch themed front yard, including hay bales and a scarecrow.

Good: bringing seasonal color inside via candles, pillows and fall foliage.
Bad: a home cluttered with Halloween knick knacks and an excess of fall accessories.

Remember that when it comes to decorating your Albuquqerque home for a showing or open house, it’s always better to keep it sweet and simple.

Looking to sell your home for the right price in Albuquerque? Let us help you sell your home in Albuquerque and get the right price. And make sure to join us twice a week on our blog for more great reasons to buy a home in Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Follow us on Facebook for the latest Albuquerque real estate updates.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

2612 Espanola Street, Albuquerque, NM 87110  $170,000

3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms (1 full, 1 half) / 1140 Square Feet

HUGE LOT with BACKYARD ACCESS and custom gate in the NE Heights! Conveniently located close to Uptown, Trader Joe's, shopping, restaurants & parks! 3BDR/1.5BA/1CG featuring a large open great room with huge picture window and tile flooring! Remodeled kitchen with new soft-close cabinetry & crown molding, Quartz countertops! Beautiful shade tree in the front yard and oversized backyard with plenty of room for pets, backyard access, custom metal gate and covered patio for Summer BBQs!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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We all have feelings, and those feelings can be strong when you sell your home in Albuquerque. But you shouldn't let those feeling get in the way of making a good deal.

Putting a home on the Albuquerque market that you've invested so much time and money into can could your judgment, because you may feel the buyers should have the same feelings about your home that you do. That's not usually how it works, so there's going to be times when you get an offer for your home that's far lower than you expected.

What do you do when that happens? Walk away, or stop and weigh your options?

Here are some points to consider before you decide:

Are they really low-balling you?

In reality, a low-ball offer is at least 20% below the list price.

So as an example, an offer of $80,000 on a $100,000 home will be more quickly dismissed than a $1.6 million offer on a $2 million home.

Should You Immediately Reject a Low-Ball Bid?

Reject any drama that a low-ball bid may create. Think about the above rule of 20%. If the offer is far below that, then that may be an issue. Your agent can help you keep your perspective and decide if the offer is valid.

As with any negotiation, you should counter the offer. This will show the buyer you want to work with them. You then have a better chance of coming up with an offer that satisfies both parties.

And you'll never have a chance of getting to that final number if you allow your emotions to cloud your judgment.

Is Your Price Too High?

Are you getting too many low bids? It may be that you've set the price too high for the local Albuquerque real estate market.

Your agent will help you set a price based on how much similar homes have sold in in your neighborhood. The best price you can set for you home is one that is step with those sales, known as comps. You need to be willing to adjust your price if not enough buyers are willing to pay that much.

What Do You Really Need?

There are a number of potential deal sweeteners that a potential buyer could provide that may make a low offer more appealing. These include:

  • A preferred closing date

  • A solid mortgage pre-approval letter from the buyer (not just a pre-qualification)

  • A larger down payment

  • Fewer inspection contingencies

  • Will You Look Too Desperate?

Don't worry about how your willingness to entertain a low-ball offer is perceived. What matters most is the result.

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326 Atrisco Drive SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105  $189,000

2 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms (1 full, 0 half) / 1570 Square Feet

Check out this incredible opportunity! Precious 2 BR Adobe with separate Casita! Lovingly restored, the main house boasts wood floors, newer water heater, newer metal roof and refrigerated air. With beautiful landscaping surrounding, the separate casita has a kitchen, full bath & combo sleeping/living area. This oversized lot - greater than a 1/2 acre - also boasts irrigiation from the Atrisco Ditch and great open space!! Both the main house & casita have a solid Air BnB rental history. Don't miss this one!

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Bring in the Fall Season With These Fun Events in Albuquerque

by Sandi Pressley

Fall is just around the corner and it's time to embrace the season in Albuquerque with some fun events. Here's a few events coming up this month and October that are sure to make the beginning of Autumn a time to remember.

Community Expo

Sat, Sep 21, 10 AM – 2 PM MDT
in 4 days
2335 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerqu

Sat, Sep 21, 10 AM – 2 PM 
2335 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque

Community Expo is a family fun day, music, food, get resources from local business owners and shop with local vendors.

Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk

Fri, Sep 20, 8 PM
Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk
330 Tijeras Ave NW Suite Q, Albuquerque, NM

The 100-minute Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk will guide you past 1.3 miles of Albuquerque’s dark side, including historic (and reportedly haunted) sites such as the KiMo Theater, old Bernalillo County Courthouse, the Wool Warehouse, Freed Building and more.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2019

Oct 4 – Oct 13

There's simply no other festival like it in the world. It's the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® and it's coming up next month on October 5-13. This beautiful time of the year is only made more amazing with the sight of hundreds of colorful balloons in the air. But this fiesta is not all just a bunch of hot air. There's so much going on during these 9 days to keep everyone from around the world in amazement.

Albuquerque Oktoberfest

Thu, Oct 10, 12 – 10 PM
Rio Bravo Brewing Company

Enjoy Dancing, Special Oktoberfest Brews, German Bands, and Huge Fresh Pretzels. Authentic German Food brought to you by the German American Club.

New Mexico Brew Fest

Sat, Oct 12
Expo New Mexico

Held during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico Brewfest is expecting thousands of thirsty craft beer lovers. This year promises to deliver another round of great live music and the biggest selection of New Mexico craft beer., along with some of the finest local food trucks and specialty food producers.

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HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

326 Atrisco Drive SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105  $189,000

2 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms (1 full, 0 half) / 1570 Square Feet

Check out this incredible opportunity! Precious 2 BR Adobe with separate Casita! Lovingly restored, the main house boasts wood floors, newer water heater, newer metal roof and refrigerated air. With beautiful landscaping surrounding, the separate casita has a kitchen, full bath & combo sleeping/living area. This oversized lot - greater than a 1/2 acre - also boasts irrigiation from the Atrisco Ditch and great open space!! Both the main house & casita have a solid Air BnB rental history. Don't miss this one!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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