Alamogordo, NM Real Estate News

By Michele Sims
(Affinity Real Estate, LLC)
Happy Monday! I hope your past week has been good. Things are moving right along in real estate; 17 properties have sold this past week. I have been working on several new upcoming listings; one went on the market today. And thanks to Rachel I have some really good photos. I am also excited to remind you about my "Open House Extravaganza" on Sunday, 15 May 2011 from noon to 3 p.m. - I have been planning something different, so I hope to see you there.     Also, if you are trying to find something to do, be sure to check out Discover Alamogordo - I updated it today. Don't forget to share any public events with me by sending the info to DiscoverAlamogordo@gmail.com 
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By Karen Krupovage, Owner & Qualifying Broker, Affinity Real Estate, L
(Affinity Real Estate, LLC Alamogordo, New Mexico)
Packratitis... a common phenomenon here in America.  The disease can start out with something as a simple as a "to read later"pile or other times the beginning phases are the result of something stronger like temporarily storing a sports collection in a spare room.  The to read late pile can be added to daily and moved from one place to another to accommodate the need for space to do something other than read.  Then the pile gets moved out of immediate site.  Out of immediate site leaves room for new piles to start - maybe the next pile is a "to fix" pile.  A "to fix" pile is a great place to keep stuff like a broken key fob; a perfect sized box that could be used to mail something, someday to someone; or how about the dog toy with the squeaker coming out?  The temporary location for t...
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By Michele Sims
(Affinity Real Estate, LLC)
As I was driving around the neighborhoods yesterday I was paying close attention for the "for sale" signs. Some houses I recognized as being on the market for quite some time, others not as long; BUT one thing that a lot of them did have in common was that they all have had started there for sale journey with a  different yard sign then they currently had. I even noticed that a few had to be on their third, possibly fourth yard sign. The big question is WHY? Why are sellers constantly changing brokers and companies? What happen to loyalty? Do they really think that company XYZ can sell their house quicker than company ABC? Okay, truth be told I can see why some of these sellers may have changed brokers/companies, but others I just don't understand. I think sellers need to be realistic a...
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By Michele Sims
(Affinity Real Estate, LLC)
I cannot believe that it is already May; this year is going by way to fast for me. Can someone please slow it down just a tad! Now if we could just get our houses sold as quickly as the year is going by, then everyone would be bouncing with joy! As of today there are currently 93 properties under contract and 12 of those are land lots. There 294 new construction and site-built homes on the market in Alamogordo, ranging in price from $33,000 up to $685,000. There is definitely a good selection of homes of homes to choose from if you are in the market to purchase.   So, what do those numbers mean . . . . It means things are moving in real estate and regardless what the everyone says real estate is always a good investment. The reason is because the real estate market will have have it's u...
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By Glenn Ward
(Affinity Real Estate, LLC)
Alamogordo, New Mexico Real Estate Market Report      As I travel around the city of Alamogordo I am often asked about the current market conditions for Real Estate. This seems to be a concern for a lot of people so I decided to write a market report. I am sure you heard about the housing bubble, the buyers that owe more than their home is worth, and about all the foreclosures. While these conditions are the norm for most of the nation there has not been a substantial decline in home values in Alamogordo, New Mexico.      Alamogordo is a small city of about 35,000 in southern New Mexico. We have a very good  climate that most people see as not too hot in the summer and not too cold in the winter. We do not have tornadoes, hurricanes, mud slides, and other natural disasters that plague m...
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By Michele Sims
(Affinity Real Estate, LLC)
Renting is easy, you find a place, you sign a lease, you pay a monthly payment, if something breaks you call the landlord. At the end of your lease you walk away with nothing. Your landlord is ahead of the game, as for the past year you have made his mortgage payment and possibly put a little money in his pocket. The landlord is improving his credit, as well building his wealth with your money.   Why not put your money to work for you? Home ownership has always been a good investment and will continue to be. Buying a home comes with responsibility, but can allow you to increase your net worth. Some benefits of buying a home are: • A fixed house payment • A tax deduction on your taxes (see your accountant or tax professional for details) • Pride of Ownership • A higher net worth • Improv...
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By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Known as the Friendliest Place on Earth, Alamogordo New Mexico is teeming with local events, festivals and activities year round. Alamogordo is located in South Central New Mexico right next to the White Sands National Monument. It's home to about 38,000 people and adjacent to Holloman Air Force Base so many residents are also military personnel. The White Sands Monument is probably the more highly visited attractions in the area and the vast field of brilliant white sand dunes covers about 275 square miles of desert. It's the world's largest gypsum dune field. Tourists and locals come year round for sledding, playing, picnicking, walking, biking, and relaxing at the dunes. Local Activities White Sands National Monument Oliver Lee State Park International Space Hall of Fame Toy Train De...
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By Michele Sims
(Affinity Real Estate, LLC)
As I put the finishing touches on my business plan/goals for 2011, I have to take a look a close look at 2010. For me 2010 was a success, even thought I did not meet my goals 100%; but success for me is not defined by numbers and dollar figures. It is about being able provide my clients with the information they need so they can make the best real estate decisions for themselves, as well as providing them with the best customer service I can. Setting goals and planning my business strategy is all about giving myself something to work towards – I set them very high because I want to be the best Associate Broker/REALTOR® I can be. This year is no different goals are set high and I am ready to go! It is not just about setting goals about the sales I want to make, but it is about what I ca...
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By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
When do you break out that buyers agreement? This may be a touchy subject for many agents. I have heard the gamut of responses as when to use one, not use one, where, and why. So when do you stop and say, "hey, how about we look over this buyers agreement before we go any further?" Do you ever? It's a touchy subject for most buyers agents to bring up. You don't want to scare off the buyer but you also don't want to show this buyer 100 homes for 3 months then have them go out one weekend without you and buy from a listing agent on an open house they just happened to run into. Nothing is more frustrating. My associates in Alamogordo real estate discuss buyers agency a lot and help those work with their agents in the office on good manners when it comes to this but how do you know when to ...
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By Meredith Oliver
(Meredith Communications)
French Brothers is proud to offer a variety of communities and home designs in Alamogordo, New Mexico. French Brothers currently has three communities in the area offering new homes priced from $139,900 to the high $100s including Cottonwood Heights, Las Alturas, and Bristol Park. Valencia is another community on schedule to open soon, plus for home buyers searching for the perfect place to build their new home, two acre home sites from the $50s are available in Las Lomas also located in Alamogordo.  French Brothers feature a great selection of home designs including one and two story floor plans with three, four and five bedroom options. For home buyers searching in Alamogordo, their communities have something for everyone including move-in ready homes and presale opportunities all wit...
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By Michele Sims
(Affinity Real Estate, LLC)
Happy Monday! Fall is here the weather is definitly cooled off!!! What pland so you have for this week? Here are few events happening here in Alamogordo that I am aware of that you may enjoy taking part of . . . have a great week and let me know what events you enjoyed! Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce Business of The Quarter Luncheon Monday, 25 October 2010 ; 11:30am Pepper's    The Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon Wednesday, 27 October 2010; noon GCRMC Conference Center Reservations are needed, contact Lillie Lewis at 575-443-7850 Guest speaker a cancer research scientist from UNM   Alamogordo Idol Audition Wednesday & Thursday, 27 & 28 October 2010; 5 p.m. Willie Estrada Memorial Civic Center http://www.desertdjsnm.com   Alameda Farmers Market Wednesday, 27 October 2010; 4:30 p....
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By Michele Sims
(Affinity Real Estate, LLC)
    On your way up to the mountain on HWY. 82 you will drive through High rolls and about a mile east of the tunnel is a little shop called The Tunnel Stop". I have been guilty of driving by this little store on several occaions, well finally we stopped. And bo what a great little surpise.  You will find a a variety of items displayed throughout the building to include local handmade property, hanwoven rugs, blankets, sterling silver & turquoise jewelry, hand woven combs, carved woodedn & metal structures, etc. . . . this is just a few of the things they have to offer.  They also have a wide selection of new and used books; and their is a seating area where you can enjoy fresh ground coffee, conversation, native american flute music, gentle wind chimes, and a tropical setting of plants,...
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By Michele Sims
(Affinity Real Estate, LLC)
The other night my husband and I had a discussion about how people (including us) forget about the person sitting across from us because we are to busy checking our phones/computers to see who has posted what on facebook, twitter, etc. My questions is are you always on or do you know how to shut it out to give 100% of your attention when you are in a face to face conversation?   I know I have been guilty and I am sure you have to . . . we all get so wrapped up in social networking that we forget about being polite when we are actually face to face with people. I am big into social networking and have even been referred to as blogzilla (thanks Glenn) and by no means do I want to stop using socail networking media to connect with others, but when is enough enough? When do you or do you di...
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By Michele Sims
(Affinity Real Estate, LLC)
 What's for dinner? Maybe you should go out and try Casa De Suenos New Mexican Restaraunt located at 35 St. Francis Drive in Tularosa! You can reach them at 575.585.3494.   Casa De Suenos is open seven days a week. There is a lunch buffet Monday - Friday and on Sundays they have a brunch.  They offer a nice variety of mexican food that serves lunch and dinner. They also are avaliable for banquest, patio dining, and they have a cute gift shop.  My experience here has always been pleasant and the food always good. I cannot wait to hear your thoughts. More photos at http://www.facebook.com/365thingstodoinalamogordonewmexico 
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By Michele Sims
(Affinity Real Estate, LLC)
Have you stopped by to see what the Alamogordo Recreation Center has to offer? They aren located at 1100 Orgen Avenue and can be reached at 575.439.4142 Alamogordo Recreation Center has a variety of programs avaliable for all members of your family. To include youth sports, swim lessons, a weight room, after school programs, special events, etc.  They are opened year round to provide you with a variety of programs, activites, and events. Their goal is to help enhance the quality of life by promoting a physicla, mental, and social well being for all who participate in their services.  I know we have had a a great experience with the soccer this season and looking forward to the next youth activity!       You can also visit them at http://ci.alamogordo.nm.us/coa/communityservices/familyr...
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By Michele Sims
(Affinity Real Estate, LLC)
 For me October represents the begining of fall. Fall is one of the four seasons; it transitions us from summer into winter. It is one of my favorite seasons as it brings cooler weather and a brilliant change of color to nature.  Fall is the perfect time to slow down and enjoy life. This is also a great time of year to finish up all those last minute projects. Then you can get a head start on getting things in order for the cold winter months, because before we know it the holidays will be here.   So, for the next month stay tuned for a variety of ideas, projects, and tips for ways to spruce up things around your house for fall.   Michele's 30 Day Blog Challenge 5/30 - 25 more to go! 
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By Michele Sims
(Affinity Real Estate, LLC)
Eagle Ranch started in 1974 by the Schweers Family, they now have the largest producing pistachio grove in New Mexico. You can visit them at one of their three locations in either Alamogordo, Las Cruces, and/or the Plaza at Old Mesilla. I am personally a frequent visitor of the "Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wines" here just north of Alamogordo. It is my go to place for gifts to send to family, friends, and clients. I think they have a great selection of gifts to include a large assortment of pistachios and wines from our area. You can also take guided tours of the farms, for more information you can check out their website at http://heartofthedesert.com/   For more photos visit: http://www.facebook.com/365thingstodoinalamogordonewmexico 
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By Lebron Little, GRI, ABR, e-PRO
(ERA Simmons Real Estate)
Well, we thought we had handled this problem.  We met with the city commission a few months ago and explained why we as REALTORS can not be held responsible for the weeds and yard work needed in vacant properties.  However is seems that another attempt has been made to attack us as a group: Alamogordo City Commission Opinion in the local newspaper. We continually make an effort to make our clients aware of the condition of their yards and properties.  This includes but is not limited to, yard work, exterior condition, interior condition, windows, doors, garage, roof, trees, etc.  The condition of the property can affect the sale of the property, and that is our main objective, sell the property.  For some reason the city commissioners feel that if the weeds are grown up in a vacant prop...
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By Lebron Little, GRI, ABR, e-PRO
(ERA Simmons Real Estate)
So how do you handle this situation?  Your seller wants to sell his home real bad so he can move/build/retire, etc.  He really loves his house but he has to sell.  He knows all the "bells and whistles" that make his home unique and the best house in the neighborhood.  So he wants to show the potential buyer everything he knows about his home.  You know, however, that some buyers want to be left alone while looking at a home so they can get a feel for whether this home really feels like home.  They don't care that all the kitchen cabinets have pull-out shelfs or that the bathroom lights were the best that money could buy at the time.  They just want to look at their leisure and not be followed from room to room by an over-zealous seller. Maybe our sellers need to be counseled more or str...
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