In the New Oxford American Dictionary on my computer the word enchantment, noun form of enchant, is defined as “fill (someone) with great delight; charm,” e.g. Enchantment is what we experience living in New Mexico.
While having never worked with real estate professionals in other states, other than as buyer or seller of a home or land, I imagine the professional’s life is as challenging no matter what state.
What could make the profession in New Mexico enchanting, as our moniker implies, is the great diversity of land, people, and home styles.
As long ago as 800 AD multi-tiered adobe homes were started. Some ancient buildings remain, mudded over again and again and yes, continue to be lived in. The adobe of yesteryear has evolved, at least in most cases, contemporary adobe, rammed earth, straw bale, and adobe look a likes made of frame with stucco over. These historic based southwest home styles have been joined by brick, metal, log, frame with siding. There are territorial, colonial, Victorian, Georgian, converted rail cars, contemporary and beyond. There are flat roofs, peaked roofs, and sloped roofs. Manufactured and modular homes are prevelent. My home is a northern New Mexico farmhouse, stucco on frame, peaked roof.
This is a land where out buildings are the norm, not the exception. In my neighborhood, one cannot expand unless it IS a separate building. A Hogan joins with barns, stables, casitas, garages, storage sheds, cowboy shacks, riding facilities, outhouses, bunkhouses, etc.
Architectural details have been passed down from generation to generation of new homes. You can find them here:
Perhaps it is the less severe weather that permits this great variation or the eclectic population.
Or, perhaps I missed something in the many-states residences I have had and am now just waking up in New Mexico.