albuquerque: Albuquerque Home Buyer Tips: Choosing a Realtor - 04/20/10 06:34 AM
If you are an Albuquerque home buyer, make sure to choose a Realtor with whom you feel comfortable with, listens to you, and responds to your home buying needs.  Questions to ask yourself are:
Do they return my email and calls in a timely manner? Do they ask me detailed questions to learn about my "home priority list"?  And do they listen? Are they familiar with and knowledgeable about the different communities in Albuquerque and surrounding areas like Corrales, Placitas, Rio Rancho, the East Mountains, and Bernalillo, NM? Am I comfortable spending time with them?  (Because chances are you will be … (4 comments)

albuquerque: Albuquerque Home Buyer Tips : Create Your Wish List - 04/20/10 06:22 AM
Albuquerque home buyers, if you are in the market of purchasing NM real estate, consider putting together a priority and wish list  of what you are looking for.  Following are some questions to consider:
What are the most important features and conditions you must have for your new home?   What items are negotiable and which ones aren't?   How many bedrooms and bathrooms?   How important is locationwith respect to work, school, community centers, libraries, supermarkets?   Are you looking for a live/work/play area to live, like in Nob Hill, UNM, ABQ Downtown, or the future green community Mesa del Sol, or are you … (0 comments)

albuquerque: Albuquerque Home Buyer Tips : Consult with Lender and Get Pre-Approved - 04/20/10 05:56 AM
Albuquerque home buyers have many great lending options.  Before you start shopping for your home in beautiful New Mexico, make sure to consult with a lender or mortgage broker to find out what you are pre-approved or pre-qualified for.  
An estimated loan amount will help you determine how much of a home you can afford.  A safe parameter to go by is to multiply your gross monthly income by .28 (just over 1/4 of what you earn per month before taxes and other deductions are taken out).  A lender will also look at your monthly debt payments and figure that … (0 comments)

albuquerque: North Albuquerque Acres Real Estate and Homes - 04/19/10 07:27 AM
North Albuquerque Acres real estate and homes are situated on the north-eastern outskirts of Albuquerque. Here you will find breathtaking views of the Sandia Mountains, West Mesa, and the city.  The high desert landscape surrounds many homes here, with yards that often devote a good percentage of its space to the untouched natural environment (where it is not uncommon to see families of mother and baby quail racing across unpaved roads!).  
Custom homes in North Albuquerque Acres often rest on approximately one-acre lots, and it is not uncommon to see horses in people's backyards.  Close to Paseo del Norte and Tramway, … (0 comments)

albuquerque: ABQ Uptown Homes and Real Estate - 04/09/10 02:39 AM
ABQ Uptown real estate offer many housing opportunities for sale and rent.  Many homes were built in the 1950's  and 1960's, with brick exteriors like Mossman homes.  Houses located in more established neighborhoods often offer mature landscaping, with huge trees that provide wonderful shade during those hot Albuquerque summer months.  Currently there are a number of condo developments underway for those looking for a more urban experience.  Traditionally a business and shopping district, and close to the center of the Albuquerque Metro Area, Uptown Albuquerque offers convenient access to all city amenities.  Here you will find many professional offices, hotels, proximity to freeway … (0 comments)

albuquerque: Beautiful Albuquerque Green Home: Build Green New Mexico GOLD Certified in North Valley ABQ - 04/08/10 11:44 AM
Earth Origins Construction LLC presents this breathtaking home located in the heart of Albuquerque's North Valley.  This home synchronizes green construction technologies with organic aesthetics inspired by New Mexico skies, earth, water, trees mountains, and light.  With a resounding exterior, sinuous, sustainably-harvested vigas, rammed earth trombe walls, custom bamboo cabinets, handcrafted 8' tall interior doors, hand-trowelled clay walls, and interior waterfalls, this home is art.  Abundant windows and skylights bring nature indoors, creating an environment of balance and peace.  Aesthetics join with function in the details of the home's green features.  Careful attention was paid towards maximizing the home's energy efficiency, indoor … (2 comments)

albuquerque: Homes and Real Estate in Albuquerque's Northeast Heights - 04/08/10 11:27 AM
Homes and real estate in Albuquerque's Northeast Heights communities often offer beautiful views of the Sandia Mountains and access to all urban life has to offer.  North East heights neighborhoods are centrally located within the Albuquerque Metro Area, which means quick and convenient access to almost anywhere from this part of town.  Homes in this area range greatly in style, aesthetics, age and market value, with established, older neighborhoods like the Princess Jeanne neighborhood offering more affordable real estate and newer subdivisions offering more expensive custom homes.  In general, price per square foot in Albuquerque's "Northeast Heights" tends to be lower than … (0 comments)

albuquerque: Spring Festival at La Montanita Coop in Albuquerque's North Valley - 04/07/10 03:03 AM
For all you Albuquerque locals, its already time for the Spring Valley Garden Party at the North Valley La Montanita Coop, this Saturday, April 10th between 10am-3pm!  The 40th Anniversary year of Earth Day is April 22, and what better way to begin celebrating this beautiful planet and all that we can contribute to restoring our health (earth's health included here!) than by praticipating in a Garden Party! 
I love attending this festival, as it marks the beginning of spring and summer weather.  It is a great community event, with various vendors selling vegetable and herb seedlings and transplants, many information … (0 comments)

albuquerque: Buying a Home in Albuquerque, NM: Tips for Purchasing ABQ Real Estate - 04/07/10 02:27 AM
Albuquerque Home Buyers:
If you are considering buying a home in Albuquerque, Corrales, Placitas, East Mountains, or Rio Rancho, NM, here are some important questions and tips to consider before you start searching for a home:
Where would you like to live?  Nearby any specific schools, shopping areas, or place of work?  How far are you willing to communte? What characteristics would you like and need in a house?  Any particular style (i.e. Pueblo,  Contemporary, Ranch, Territorial, Victorian, Modern Southwestern, etc.)?  What about number of bedrooms and bathrooms?  What size yard would you like?  Any particular green home features?    How … (0 comments)

albuquerque: Passive Solar Design Homes: A Green Heating Solution for New Mexico (and Elsewhere) - 04/06/10 04:09 AM

Passive Solar Designed Homes in Albuquerque
People here in Albuquerque and other Southwestern communities have been building with passive solar designs for hundreds of years.  Ancient adobe homes attest to this long-held building tradition in New Mexico.  When most people think of New Mexican architecture or building, adobe structures often come to mind.  With Albuquerque's beautiful sun-filled skies, designing for passive solar is a cost-effective and relatively simple green heating and cooling solution.
A Green Heating Solution in New Mexico - And Anywhere Else Where the Sun Shines!
You can easily save financially (and help "Save the Earth") from designing … (1 comments)

albuquerque: Garden Tips for Albuquerque, NM: Create Beauty and Help Sell Your Home! - 04/06/10 03:15 AM
Its Spring Time!  If you are selling your home, a beautiful garden creates a wonderful, abundant, and peaceful outdoor environment.  Unless a home buyer is looking for a zero maintenance yard, well-established, low-maintenance landscaping is more often than not attractive to buyers in search of a place that feels like they have come home.  
As the days warm up here in Albuquerque, NM, I am struck with garden fever.  Although we are not free from frost-free nights yet (looking out the window this morning, I see lots of gray clouds in fact), especially for those of us who live in the North Valley, South Valley, … (1 comments)

albuquerque: Homes in Far Northeast Heights Albuquerque - 04/05/10 12:14 PM
Homes in Far Northeast Heights Albuquerque include sought after communities like Sandia Heights, North Albuquerque Acres, Albuquerque Acres West, Foothills North, Academy West, and the "Far Northeast Heights" area itself.  Homes and real estate in these Albuquerque communities range in price per square foot, from the more expensive areas like High Desert, Glenwood Hills, and Tanoan Country Club, to more affordable, older communities, retirement communities, condominiums, manufactured homes, and rental properties.  Schools in the Far Northeast Height areas tend to be newer and rank well.  The nationally recognized private middle and high school Albuquerque Academy is located here.    Amenities include diverse retail … (1 comments)

albuquerque: Albuquerque Downtown Real Estate - 04/04/10 11:24 PM
Albuquerque Downtown real estate offers exciting Live | Work | Play community options.  Downtown ABQ  neighborhoods (including the Albuquerque Country Club, East Downtown or EDo, Huning Castle, Sawmill, Old Town, and Martineztown)  reflect cultural, social, and economic diversity.  Where else in Albuquerque can you find an exciting mix of residential homes (detached, condos, townhouses, and lofts), retail shopping, local farmers markets, entertainment venues, art galleries and studios, professional offices,upscale, locally owned restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and boutiques, professional offices, and hotels - all within pedestrian-friendly walking distance?  Since 1998, Downtown Albuquerque has been launched into a strategic revitalization movement, with community leaders targeting … (0 comments)

albuquerque: North Valley Albuquerque Homes and Real Estate - 03/30/10 07:02 AM
North Valley Albuquerque homes and real estate are often surrounded by an environment of peacefulness.  Winding streets, long, narrow parcels, acequias, and fertile landscapes fill the North Valley landscape.  Many homes sit on lush acreage, surrounded by colorful gardens, small orchards, and ancient cottonwood trees.  Because many homes are set on one acre or more sized lots, this is one of the few areas in Albuquerque where the city permits horses.  It is also common to see chickens, llamas, peacocks, and goats roaming in people's backyards.Existing housing is very diverse in price, size, quality, and type.  Most residential areas are marked with custom … (0 comments)

albuquerque: Westside Albuquerque Homes and Real Estate: Many Housing Opportunities - 03/30/10 03:36 AM
Westside Albuquerque homes and real estate includes communities located at West of the Rio Grande River, up and over the western mesa, South of City of Rio Rancho, and North of Central Avenue (Old Route 66).  Over the last twenty years, the Westside has seen huge growth, and like other rapidly growing suburban communities, it offers many options for housing, education, shopping, recreation, dining and other urban conveniences.  Many affordable home and real estate options exist in ABQ's west side, including attached and detached homes located in master planned communities like Taylor Ranch, Ventana Ranch, and Paradise Hills.  You can also … (0 comments)

albuquerque: Homes and Real Estate in South Valley Albuquerque, New Mexico - 03/29/10 03:16 AM
Real estate in Albuquerque's South Valley is often characterized by mature river valley trees, agricultural fields, farm animals, and green pastures.  The peaceful Rio Grande Bosque and River runs through the South Valley, with trails of acequias, or ditch banks, lining the rural landscape.  Rural areas are perfect for nature and animal lovers, with plenty of trails for horseback riding, biking, and long walks.  Many local South Valley residents have deep family roots which go back generations.  The South Valley also features a more urban real estate feel, with higher density neighborhoods like Atrisco and Barelas branching off from Albuquerque Downtown's … (1 comments)

albuquerque: Homes and Real Estate in the East Moutains Areas: In the Mountains, Still Close to Albuquerque - 03/28/10 10:51 PM
Homes and real estate in the East Mountains Areas of Albuquerque, NM offer many diverse options.  With quick access to I-40 , you can enjoy the peace and quiet of living in the mountains while still enjoing a relatively short commute to the Albuquerque metro area (depending on road conditions - snow and icy roads can slow down that commute!)  Living in the East Mountains offers amazing views, being surrounding by an abundance of trees like Pinons, Junipers, Ponderosa Pines, and Aspen,  wildlife, close access to campgrounds and skiing opportunities, cooler weather (about 10 degrees colder than Albuquerque), a sense of wide … (2 comments)

albuquerque: Should I Sell FSBO or Enlist a Realtor? - 03/28/10 03:19 AM
Selling your home involves more than just placing a "For Sale" in front of your home.  Other factors to consider are:
· Determining how your home realistically compares to others like it.   
· Deciding the fair market value of your property.
· Accurately completing - what can sometimes feel overwhelming - the pile of paperwork required for negotiations and offers.
· Understanding and choosing the right financing options to ensure the a smooth closing on your home.  
· Negotiating with home buyers who often want to offer sellers as little as possible.
· Being aware of the red flags and … (0 comments)

albuquerque: Show and Sell Your Home: Tips from Albuquerque Realtor Paul Chavez - 03/28/10 03:11 AM
Once you have made the important, and often difficult decision, of selling your home, one of the first things you must do before listing your home (hopefully with Earth Origins Realty if you are in the Albuquerque, NM area!) is to Clean - Decluttler - Start Packing - and Clean Again.  Did we mention clean?
When buyers walk into your home for sell, they need to envision and imagine themselves cooking in the kitchen, reading a good book in the living room, and feel calmness in the bedroom.  If all they notice is the dirty kitchen countertop, dust piling up on … (1 comments)

albuquerque: User-Friendly, No-Pressure MLS Search Tools offered by Albuquerque's Earth Origins Realty - 03/27/10 09:44 AM
With over 80% of home buyers using the internet to search for their next real estate purchase, Earth Origins Realty has created one of the most user-friendly and detailed MLS search tools available to consumers today. is designed for home buyers and anyone else interested in learning more about up-to-date real estate market conditions in Albuquerque, Corrales, Placitas, Rio Rancho, the East Mountains, and other NM communities to easily search the MLS for properties.  Rather than being about our real estate agency, Earth Origins Realty, our website is about providing an easy to use MLS portal.  Many real estate websites require people sign in and provide personal contact information before they can use the home … (0 comments)


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