The Comeback of the Dining Room

Dining Room

For a while, many Albuquerque home owners had lost interest in dining rooms. Formal dining rooms didn’t get decorated or even used since homeowners weren’t motivated to do so. But that may be changing. The dining room has lost its footing over the years to expanded kitchen eateries and admonished for its lack of use, but the formal dining room … Read More

Luxury Living Is Yours With These Spectacular Listings!

10200 Corona Avenue NE

Are you in the market for a luxury Albuquerque home that offers the very height of custom distinction? A full array of luxury features await you in each of these unique and amazing estates. Please contact us for an exclusive showing since there are too many great features to list here. Feel free to contact Sandi Pressley and her team … Read More

What is Opendoor iBuyer?

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Have you heard about Opendoor? If you plan to sell your home in Albuquerque, perhaps this company has crossed your path. Opendoor is capitalizing on the popularity of iBuyer technology. The term iBuyer refers to an instant buyer. IBuyers theoretically make the process of selling a home easier, faster, and sometimes cheaper. What Is an iBuyer? As was touched on, … Read More

Country Living and Amazing Views! Check Out These Just Listed Homes!

2625 HALCON Place SW

If you’re ready for a beautiful home in the country and amazing views, here are two brand new listings you just have to check out. These fine homes offer a broad range of features for the price. Arrange for a viewing before they’re gone! Feel free to contact Sandi Pressley and her team at 505-263-2173 to get more information and … Read More

Have a Happy Memorial Day!

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy We wish all of you the very best this Memorial Day weekend as we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Here are some Memorial Day events planned in Albuquerque … Read More

Just Listed! Check Out Our Latest Hot Properties!

4 Camino De La Vina Vieja

The real estate market in Albuquerque has never been hotter, with homes still selling at record pace. That’s why we’re excited to offer 3 new listings just posted on our website. These affordable homes are perfect for first time home buyers as well as home buyers looking for an upgrade. Check these out now before they’re gone! Feel free to … Read More

Appliance Repairs You Can Do Yourself and Those You Should Not

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We take appliances for granted until they break. Then our entire day goes down the drain. A repair can be expensive and time-consuming. However, sometimes you can do the repair yourself. Here are 5 repairs you can do yourself, and two you shouldn’t. Replace the Thermostat in The Dryer In most cases, the thermostat is the problem with a dryer … Read More

Will Writing a Letter to a Seller Make a Difference?

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When it comes to buying a home in Albuquerque, the competition is stiff. You will no doubt end up in a bidding war if you do find a home you want. You need to act quick to stay ahead of the competition. More money will always make your deal more appealing, but that’s not always an option. One way to … Read More

Common Contingencies When Buying a Home in Albuquerque

Key in Front Door

You need to be aware of contingency clauses when buying a home in Albuquerque. These clauses bind the contract by requiring certain requirements to be met prior to closing. If they aren’t met, then the contract can be terminated. Some people describe these as if-then scenarios. For instance, if you sell your home you’ll buy someone else’s. The buying process … Read More

What Is Earnest Money?

home model on calculator

If you’re planning to buy a home in Albuquerque, earnest money is just one of the terms you need to be aware of. It is often overlooked by buyers, but not understanding it can cause roadblocks once you’re ready to make an offer. The Basics of Earnest Money Simply put, earnest money is a deposit that the buyer makes on … Read More

Albuquerque Real Estate Trends to Look For

Albuquerque Real Estate Trends

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Albuquerque it’s good to know what to expect in real estate trends. The spring months are always exciting and interesting in the real estate industry, so what are analysts expecting us to see in the near future? Increasing Mortgage Rates It appears that mortgage rates could continue to rise, depending … Read More

Is Rent-to-Own a Good Way to Buy a Home in Albuquerque?

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If you want to buy a home in Albuquerque, one of the options you might come across is rent-to-own. It may sound like a great deal at first, but as with anything, there are pros and cons. The real question boils down to if it’s the best way for you to go in order to own a home. Here are … Read More

Make Your Albuquerque Home Smarter

Smart Home

Are you thinking about making your Albuquerque home a little smarter? With smart home technology, what was once the world of the future is today’s reality. With a single voice command, you can perform a vast array of functions, like turning on your lights, opening the garage door, setting the thermostat, or playing your favorite playlist. This might sound like … Read More

Make a Stunning Albuquerque Garden on the Cheap

two wooden lawn chairs in a nice yard with flowers

One of the best ways to attract home buyers in Albuquerque is with a beautiful garden. When they drive up to your home, they’ll be compelled to look further when they see the vibrant array of plants. However, what if you can’t spend a fortune to create a huge garden? You still can have a beautiful garden with the right … Read More

Why Quartz is Becoming the Better Choice for Kitchen Countertops

Quartz Countertop Examples

There’s nothing better than granite countertops for your kitchen, right? That seems to have been the prevailing opinion for years now. But times change, and so do design trends. Now the new material of choice for kitchen counters is turning out to be quartz. It’s now the choice of homebuyers and renovators, as well as design shows and flippers. If … Read More

Agents, Brokers, and Realtors – What’s the Difference?

Real Estate Agent signing contract

When you decide to buy or sell a home in Albuquerque, you need to first decide who you’re going to have on your side to help you complete your transaction succesfully. Albuquerque real estate professionals come in three types – agents, brokers, and Realtors. So what really is the difference between them, and why does it matter? There are overlaps … Read More

What Matters Most on Your Credit Report

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If you plan on buying a home in Albuquerque, your credit history is critical. If you haven’t reviewed your credit report in a while, you probably need to pull another one for free from This site allows consumers to retrieve their free credit report once a year from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. It has the main goal of ensuring … Read More

Find Your Dream Home in Albuquerque With These Hot Properties

2509 Ridgecrest Drive SE

Are you ready to move into your ideal home in Albuquerque? Since the busy Spring home selling season is coming soon, now is the perfect time to find the home of your dreams. These homes are sure to go fast, so make sure you schedule a viewing today! Feel free to contact Sandi Pressley and her team at 505-263-2173 to … Read More

How Can Replacing Your Windows Help Sell Your Home Faster in Albuquerque?

Replacement Window Example

As you prepare to put your Albuquerque home on the market for sale, you should think about how to make it more appealing. Many home sellers will paint, add landscaping or make other small, affordable updates to attract buyers. Another affordable project that you can do now is installing new windows. New window installation is something that many home buyers … Read More

Impress Albuquerque Home Buyers With These Lawn Tips

Beautiful Lawn

Your front yard speaks volumes about your home. If your front yard is rough, messy, and unkept, buyers will naturally leave the field while driving to the next property on their list. Don’t let that happen by ensuring your front yard is lush and as beautiful as the inside of your home. Are there areas in your front yard you … Read More

Start Your Morning With These Top Albuquerque Coffee Shops

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The weather is getting a bit nippy here in Albuquerque, which is just what you would expect for this time of year. So how are you warming up after a cold night? If you love coffee and other hot drinks, then you’ll want to check out some of the top coffee shops in Albuquerque. They offer just about any kind … Read More

Stressful Mistakes to Avoid When Moving in Albuquerque

Happy couple moving into a new home

Moving is a process that few of us find relaxing and stress-free. But it’s a part of life, and there’s no getting around it. So the question becomes how we can make moving a less stressful experience. When you move in or out of Albuquerque, the way to keep stress at a minimum is to plan and avoid predictable mistakes. … Read More

Start Your New Year Home Search With These Latest Hot Albuquerque Properties

803 Warm Sands Court

It’s a new year, and it’s time to start your search for a new home in Albuquerque. Out latest Hot Listings will help you get your home search off to a strong start. And with prices as low as $220k, we have a home for every budget. Feel free to contact Sandi Pressley and her team at 505-263-2173 to get … Read More

Find the Right Home in a Seller’s Market in Albuquerque

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By most accounts, we are currently in a seller’s market in Albuquerque. Home prices nationwide are expected to rise, and there are fewer homes on the market. This means that as a home buyer in Albuquerque, you need to up your game to get the right home. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind as you search for … Read More


Selling a home in Albuquerque can be a rewarding but challenging endeavor. There are many tips that can help you sell your home faster and for a higher price. When it comes to first impressions, your home’s exterior is everything. The way the outside of your home looks can very well make or break a sale before the buyer looks any further. So here are … Read More

Help Support Albuquerque Businesses This Holiday Season

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Are you still looking for the perfect gifts for the holidays? Why not skip the online route and support local Albuquerque businesses? Buying gifts from local vendors is a great way to not only give to your loved ones but to the community you love as well. Your local Albuquerque merchants will definitely appreciate your support. Here are some gift … Read More

Find the Perfect Christmas Tree in Albuquerque

Are you ready to find the perfect Christmas tree this year? With all the outstanding tree farms and nurseries in Albuquerque, you won’t have any problem finding the ideal tree to help celebrate the season. Here’s a list of some of the best places to get your tree. And of course, they are all adhering to COVID guidelines to make … Read More

Wishing Everyone in Albuquerque a Happy Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving is a particularly special holiday for all of us. We’ve all had a tough year, but that only makes us more greatful for what we do have. So let’s take all the negative things that have happened this past year and look for the positive things that we can show our gratitude for. Here are some things we … Read More

How to Find the Perfect Home in Albuquerque

If you’re looking to buy a new home in Albuquerque, there will be a lot to consider. There are plenty of options when it comes to real estate. You’re spending your hard-earned money on this decisions, so you deserve the best home possible for your needs. How can you choose the right home for your needs? Here are some pointers … Read More

Other Types of Income That Can Help You Qualify for a Loan

Are you thinking about buying a home in Albuquerque, but not sure if certain forms of income will help you qualify for a loan? Lenders want you make sure you can repay your loan comfortably. They can determine this by comparing your monthly income with monthly debt. If you work for an employer or for yourself, this can be done by reviewing … Read More

Does Your Credit Need to Be Perfect to Buy a Home in Albuquerque?

Do you think you have to have perfect credit to buy a home in Albuquerque? Many people do. But the reality is that quite a few people buy homes without a credit score above 700. Even so, poor credit scores keep people from even trying to buy a home, assuming they won’t qualify. Yet, as with most things, knowing how … Read More

How to Handle Moving Company Issues

Buying a home in Albuquerque involves making important decisions. One of the most important of those is how you plan to move your belongings. If you plan on hiring a moving company in Albuquerque, the thing to remember is that not all moving companies are operating on the same level. There are a number of things that can go wrong … Read More

Our Latest Listings Offer the Perfect Start to Your Albuquerque Home Search

Are you ready to get your Albuquerque home search going full steam? Our latest featured properties offer something for everyone. Two of these properties were just listed today, so make sure you jump on these great homes while they last. And if you’re looking for for the ultimate luxury home for sale, take a closer look at our two latest … Read More

Clean Your Attic for a Faster Sale

Want a way to get more money from selling your home in Albuquerque? A clean attic can make a big difference.  You may just think of your unfinished attic as storage, so who cares if it’s clean? But it can be a huge collector of junk and dirt. Whether you sell your home or not, a clean attic can make … Read More

Sell Your Albuquerque Home Faster With These Curb Appeal Ideas

Selling a home in Albuquerque is an opportunity to make a significant amount of money. And you can maximize that opportunity by enhancing your home’s curb appeal. Making your home stand out in the market is crucial to making a quick sale and getting the highest offer possible. Here are some simple and effective ideas for enhancing your curb appeal … Read More

October Brings More Fun to Albuquerque

It’s hard to believe, but October is here. And there’s plenty of fun to be has this month in Albuquerque. While we may be missing the Balloon Fiesta, we can still enjoy a virtual presentation. The Gathering of Nations will also be hosting a virtual event as well. With other virtual events this month, you won’t miss out on the … Read More

Start Your Albuquerque Home Search With These Latest Hot Properties

The summer home selling season may be over, but that doesn’t mean the Albuquerque real estate sceen isn’t still sizzling. Thanks to one of the hottest real estate markets in memory, homes are selling fast here in Albuquerque, despite the pandemic. If you’re a regular reader of our blogs, you’ve no doubt noticed a “Featured Hot Property” at the end … Read More

Should You Go Solar?

Solar energy has been around for several decades, but it’s a trend that’s finally staying to gain more traction. If you live in a sunny place like Albuquerque, solar energy can be a good investment for your home. In fact, according to Project Sunroof’s Solar savings estimator, the average home in Albuquerque can save $14,000 over 20 years by using … Read More

Round Out Summer With These Fun Albuquerque Events

It’s hard to believe summer is almost over. But you can still enjoy the last days of summer in Albuquerque with these upcoming events. Enjoy fresh farm produce, live music, or an exciting soccer match with our local team. There’s still something for everyone to enjoy in Albuquerque. Here are some of the events you can look forward to this … Read More

What You Should Know About Pre-Approval Vs. Pre-Qualification

Are you in the market for a home purchase in Albuquerque? One of the first steps (if not the very first) a buyer will take in the home buying process is getting pre-qualified and/or pre-approved. For many first-time home buyers, the difference between these processes is unknown, however, it is critical to understand the difference. In most instances, the current … Read More

Buying Your First Home in Albuquerque? Here’s Why You Need Guidance.

Homeowners receiving their new house keys

If you plan to buy your first home in Albuquerque, you’re certainly not alone. There’s a growing trend this year in home sales across the nation – first-time home buyers. In fact, last month in June, first-time home buyers made up 35% of home sales nationwide. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) had this to say about the rise in … Read More

Spice Up Your Kitchen With a Backsplash

Kitchen backsplash tile

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to add some spice to your kitchen? Adding a backsplash is a practical way to add aesthetic value to your kitchen. And if you plan to sell your home in Albuquerque, a good looking backsplash will be one more thing about your kitchen to attract home buyers. Usually most people use porcelain or … Read More

You Can Buy a Home in Albuquerque With a Lower Income and Credit Score

FHA Loan

Do you want to buy a home in Albuquerque, but don’t have the best credit or a high income? Don’t give up, because your goal of owning a home can become a reality, even in these uncertain times. If you don’t qualify for a conventional mortgage, you may qualify for one of a couple of government-backed loan options – the … Read More

Should You Buy a FSBO in Albuquerque Without an Agent?

Home For Sale By Owner

If you’ve been looking to buy a home in Albuquerque, you may have seen some homes for sale by the owner, otherwise known as a FSBO. That means they are not selling their home with the help of a real estate agent. You may be tempted to deal with them without an egent of your own, thinking it will save … Read More

3 Differences Between the Limited and Standard 203(k) FHA Loans

Comparing home loans

You’ve found a home for sale in Albuquerque in the ideal neighborhood, and it’s priced just right. But something is holding you back from making the deal. Could it be the outdated appliances, dark brown exterior, and wall-to-wall carpeting? You can make it the home of your dreams with an FHA 203(k) renovation loan. This type of loan will let … Read More

Mistakes to Avoid When Flipping a Home in Albuquerque

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Is flipping homes in Albuquerque a good way to make money? Many people are looking for new ways to bring in an income, and flipping homes may sound like a smart business move. It can be, but only if you do it right. Flipping homes ends up being harder and more expensive than most people realize. And if you think … Read More

Find Your Perfect Home in Corrales

If you’re looking to buy a home in the Albuquerque area that combines the feel of the country with the conveniences of the big city, take a look at what the Village of Corrales has to offer. Located along the Rio Grande river, nature lovers appreciate the beauty of the area, enhanced by the Rio Grande Bosque, a greenbelt to … Read More

How to Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is without question one of the most important rooms in any home, and a main selling point when selling your home in Albuquerque. In fact, it can make or break a deal. In fact, a home with a remodeled kitchen can sell up to 8% faster, according to In the “old days”, the kitchen was kept in … Read More

What Are E-Closings?

Back in the days before the coronavirus, closing on a home purchase in Albuquerque was an affair that included a bunch of people passing pens and paper around the table, exchanging handshakes. Today, that’s a scene that evokes a bit of cringing. Times have changed, and so have the way we close on home purchases. Now, lenders use what are called e-closings to navigate social distancing guidelines. … Read More

Should You Downsize to a Smaller Home in Albuquerque?

Downsizing. It’s a word that’s been on more people’s lips lately due to the economic situation we’re living in now. Many people are thinking about how they can adjust their finances to ride this storm and be more secure. For those who own a home in Albuquerque, the thought of moving into a smaller and less expensive home has stood … Read More