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What does a Santa Fe Realtor, who recently learned by taking the hottest quiz in real estate, What Animal Am I, do next when they discovered they are an enterprising crocodile now driving on the way to get their car washed before a Sunday Open House... when all of sudden they encounter a tribe of deer on the road? As you can tell by the image, the obvious answer is stop and make sure there is no one behind you! the next call to action was to make an image since no one would believe me! And then, the answer (13 comments)
Dreaming about Santa Fe? Downsizing? Tired of rising gas prices? Need the Wood Gormley School District? Looking for no interior steps? Or want to age in place in a subdivision near the hospital complex? This answer is "yes" to those questions and benefits and could be your reason not to miss this affordable home opportunity on a .610 acre lot in the established DeVargas Heights subdivision close to everything important in Santa Fe. For more pictures, virtual tour, open house dates and other homes on the market in this neighborhood, click on this property site for the latest up-to-date information and details (8 comments)
Every now and then I see eye to eye with a bird. Especially, since this winter in Santa Fe has gone from cold to warm to artic cold to feeling almost like spring. Frankly, it is very confusing every morning to figure out just what to wear that I can wear all day. Birds do not have those thoughts. Their outerwear is unique to them. There is no shopping for spring clothes on their "to do" list. Although it snowed yesterday for about an hour, Mother Nature came back to Santa Fe today with a new act of warm air. Fortunately, I arrived early for a listing appointment and had (12 comments)
About the only thing Santa Fe and Serengeti share is the letter S. The climate zones, the geography, the cultures and everything in between is different. Yet, somehow the gift of a book, Surviving Your Serengeti, the challenge of a self-discovery quiz, the marketing genius of the book launch tied to an Active Rain challenge and the wisdom of its author, Stefan Swanepoel connected this Realtor in Santa Fe to the plains of the majestic Serengeti - all online! Here is what happened to me. Curious, I downloaded the first two chapters and then ordered the book. I scheduled the What Animal (35 comments)
As our new landscape of real estate becomes more solidly online, the opportunities for scam artists appear to increase by the minute. This morning I received an email from a buyer who wanted to purchase a $300,000 to $600,000 home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At first glance, it sounded normal until after my lst cup of coffee when I noticed several of these flags - cash, swimming pool, attorney in Canada. Then, I remembered the name from a Trulia inquiry last year. Mr. Horai Noraiki had surfaced again and this time at the end of the Santa Fe Trail landing (18 comments)
New Mexico Legislature Looks At Home Inspector Licensing - SM2 - 02/21/11 07:01 PM
Did you know that New Mexico is one of 16 states which does not currently require home inspectors to be licensed. In addition, there are no training and education requirements in place for anyone to set up a home inspection business. The 50th New Mexico Legislature began its 60-day session on January 18, 2011 with a new focus on real estate and ways to further protect consumers in their real estate transactions. Senate Memorial 2 is proposed legislation to STUDY HOME INSPECTOR LICENSING introduced by Tim Eichenberg would require representatives from the regulation and licensing department, the New Mexico real estate (9 comments)
Splish, splash I was taking a bath on a Sunday morning before an open house - actually it was my car. Although I was pressed for time, the thought of my car with mud on it from any of the number of dirt roads I drive on daily was not the impression I wanted to create on one of our rare, cloudy and gray days in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This time I did a two for one deal where I got gas and then went through the car wash. This affordable option gave me a few extra minutes to think and play in (16 comments)
Now if this image were a billboard in the sky, perhaps more Realtors® would stop and pay more attention to where real estate buyers are online and what they are doing there. Today, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), more than nine out of ten home buyers use the internet as the search tool of choice at the start of their home buying process. In 1995, it was only 5 percent or 5 out of 100! Today, some Realtors® get it and have jumped into the online pond with websites, blogs and email. Others are still looking at (16 comments)
Once again Uncle Kodak is challenging me to save trees and move into a paper-less world. This challenge has got my virtual assistant lizards back to work coming up with some new ideas to change how I practice real estate in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The problem as they see it is I keep buying paper! We all know it is not that simple given our real estate's addiction to paper. Here is what I do now to reduce paper and some new strategies for the future. My brokerage office desk is fairly paperless now given all the supportive technology (8 comments)
Seller Financing 1 - New Mexico Legislature 0 - 02/17/11 06:44 PM
Every now and then a call to action to Realtors makes a difference quickly. The 50th New Mexico Legislature began its 60-day session on January 18, 2011. Some of our elected representatives quickly focused on real estate. One example was Senate Bill 320 Real Estate Installment Contract Act. This bill would have basically ended the opportunity for any seller financing in New Mexico. In other words, any property owner who wanted to use seller financing to sell their real estate would no longer have the option to owner finance the transaction. Given the challenges everyone is facing to obtain financing to purchase real estate, if SB 320 became (6 comments)
Wild thing - you make my heart sing! This is often what people say when I take them out to see and stand on land for sale in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Every boomer I talk with today is looking for a way to buy land and finish a dream. If you are like them and your next chapter is in New Mexico... then perhaps this prime residential view lot in the Eldorado subdivision is in your future. Why? First, it is one of the few lots available in a subdivision community in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Second, the owner is offering (5 comments)
Does this happen to you? Do you ever see something that so engages your imagination that later when you read something else you connect them in some way? This is what happened to me. First, I love cars, especially the gorgeous classic ones. Some time ago, one appeared on the highway as I was driving north from Santa Fe to Taos. She was too beautiful to let the moment get away at 60 mph. I made this moving portrait. You see, she reminded of my 1941 Ford which did get away many years ago. Then, for some uncanny reason, when I read these amazing words (14 comments)
In Santa Fe, New Mexico pink comes before red. At least it does for me every morning if I am fortunate enough to be upright, awake and out the door with the pup before sunrise. Afterall there are things to think about or coyote tracks to discover or birds to see. This morning I got to thinking about how when the sun rises she tends to paint in pink and when she sets she usually loves red. And this got be back to an unexpected early Valentine's Day memory. Actually, it was sometime in October, 1965 when I received an (14 comments)
Stop... in the name of real estate and continue reading about this extraordinary book written by one of the best and genuine Realtors I've come to know and admire for all the ways she makes a difference in our industry, community on Active Rain and certainly in her local Baltimore, Maryland real estate market. What is hard for me to believe is that for nearly 25 years I lived in Washington DC and our paths did not cross. Of course, I was behind the camera and she was selling homes. I confess, I took the long way of finding Margaret (38 comments)
It is beyond challenging to keep up with the changes in online real estate search and at the same time imagine what it will do or look like in the future. About the same time Google announced the removal of Google Base for all things real estate on Google, Yahoo and Zillow began to announce again their new partnership and roll out a new experience for the real estate consumer on "the largest real estate network on the web". At the moment, I see this as one of those surprise engagements rolling out on Valentine's Day weekend. Without really seeing (10 comments)
Every day for the past thirty years or so I have passed by this remarkable wall plaster replica of a Eqyptian Hieroglyphics in my home. Each day for the past 18 days, I spent a few more minutes looking at this complex language of figurative, symbolic and from what I've recently learned phonetic form of communication. Given the events on the streets of Egypt for the past 18 days, I can only wonder how this raw and beautiful form of human communication, so deeply embedded in the Egyptian culture, could easly be transformed into the 140 characters of Twitter. After (8 comments)
Every now and then I represent a seller with a listing and a price which is too good to be true. Here is the story about a one acre lot in Santa Fe's 87501 zip code on a paved road with city sewer and water on the market at $3.68 per square foot. In real estate math the asking price is $160,000 - again for one acre! This residential land is cleared for two possible building sites before it slopes up the hillside. It is ready for a residence and casita home or live/work residence or a family compound. The acre (6 comments)
Do you ever wonder what happens to land sales in the winter, especially when the dirt is now white and covered with snow. In case you are waiting for spring to look for land in Santa Fe, you might want to change your game plan. In Santa Fe County during this recent unexpected artic winter blast, there were seven (7) land sales, year to date. The average sales price was $143,043 dollars UP from the average price of $131,528 dollars for the 213 land sales in all of 2010. What does this mean? People find and purchase land in Santa Fe County in (10 comments)
I never know what to expect at the end of my driveway each day when I walk down to retrieve the Wall Street Journal. This morning was no exception. By mistake, I opened the rolled up ice cold WSJ to glance at the headlines before racing to our brokerage weekly office meeting only to find good news! And good news for a change about our housing market. The Wall Street Journal reported that 28% of all real estate sales in 2010 were cash sales! Only two years earlier, the percentage was 14% - all this according to the National Association (17 comments)
Santa Fe... Phone Home! - 02/07/11 09:55 PM
Real estate in Santa Fe, New Mexico changed again today with Sotheby's International Realty's adoption of VOICEPAD, Inc technology. This mobile unique search solution allows the yard sign to talk back to the buyer, empowers the buyer and benefits the seller. This unique interactive marketing tool gives home seekers immediate access to complete property information instantly on their phone. At the same time, it gives home sellers a marketing edge in the marketplace, especially when they are competing with foreclosures and short sales. Accurate and quick information is always the key to a future sale. Now, it is possible to search (3 comments)
Sometimes snow is like the icing on the cake - delicious! At least, this was my take on Mother Nature's surprise dusting of snow overnight in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Walking out the door on my way to get the newspapers, I looked up to see this glorious morning blue sky framing a gentle touch of white peeking out over the parapet edges of my roof. The words "icing on the cake" just came to mind only to become my perspective for another day in the trenches of Santa Fe real estate. Sometimes, it is all about how we see things (12 comments)
New Mexico Gas Emergency Updates - 02/05/11 03:37 PM
New Mexico's natural gas shortage and lack of heat to upwards of 32,000 New Mexicans the past few days is front page news in New Mexico and everywhere else online. Here is an important link to New Mexico Gas Company customers for emergency updates. The recent artic cold delivered by nature to the Southwest exposed what appears to be a lack of preparation, common sense and certainly more exposure about who and what controls the state's public utility. Nearly two years ago, PNM sold New Mexico Gas to the son of the former chairman of the board of PNM for $630,000,000 as (8 comments)
Everytime I have a conversation with someone new in town, I find myself asking "what brought you to Santa Fe?" -- and every now and then, I get one of those extremely memorable and honestly unbelievable answers, "my horse". You see, most people have seen our northern New Mexico high desert landscape with mountains, arroyos and endless sky in numerous Hollywood Western movies. When I think about it, the answer did make s lot of sense. Those Western movies delivered today on Netflix still sell Santa Fe and continue to create a culture and lifestyle where jeans and boots and dreams all come together. It turns out, New Mexico is (5 comments)
Gmail ~ I Bet You Didn't Know It Does This! - 02/03/11 08:21 AM
There is more to Google than searching for anything on the planet online. Kristal Kraft reveals some of Gmail's best kept secrets in this blog. Take a minute and see why Gmail is more than email. Via Kristal Kraft ~Denver Real Estate~720-279-4599 (The Berkshire Group Realtors): Gmail has so many time-saving features. The more I study it the more I like it! Here's a quick list, read it over and let me know if you knew Gmail could do: UnDoSend ~ After composing and sending an email, you realize you shouldn't have sent it? Or are you famous for sending an attachment, (7 comments)
The GOOD News about the weather today in Santa Fe, where temperatures are chilling us out at -7 degrees this evening --- IS the weather has replaced the housing market news and chatter everywhere. Although our real estate market stats for January show a market in action, the buyers still on the fence are now pre-occuppied with the artic temperatures, the flight cancellations and everything else connected with the word "snow". They are missing the real story buried in snow. In spite of Santa Fe's record cold temperatures today, a quick review of our Santa Fe Association of Realtors data for (5 comments)
This morning after seeing my cat clearly make a February statement, the month has been on my mind all day. I decided to see what was behind the typical red curtain we color this month. I discovered the Romans considered February an afterthought and did not add it as month until around 700 BC. They added January at the same time. Why? They believed winter was a monthless period. Given the artic weather most of us are not experiencing, I can understand their perspective. No much happens when it is beyond cold! Therefore there is not any need for a (20 comments)
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