Nighttime Home Security and Safety

You hear on the news or from a neighbor that someone had a home invasion. Then you might think “That’ll probably never happen to me, I live in a nice, peaceful neighborhood”. Truth is, it can happen to anyone at any time. Here are some tips and tricks to help ensure that you and your family stay safe at night. … Read More

Great Décor Tips for Fall in New Mexico

Pumpkins. A definite sign that fall is on your doorstep or is already falling much great gusto from your trees. Matching this cheerful end-of-summer New Mexico sensation with fresh homey décor ideas is an absolute must. For starters, an awesome pumpkin or two on your porch and strategically placed saucer pumpkins will add to the effect. Don’t forget the trees … Read More

Preventing Electrical Fires in the Home

Home safety is important. But one thing many people overlook is electrical safety. There are around 51,000 home electrical fires a year, with nearly 500 deaths, over 1,400 injuries and $1.3 billion in damages. Yet there are ways to reduce the risk to you and your family. Here’s a few tips to get you started. Outlets: Don’t overload outlets with … Read More

Stay Safe This Hallows Eve in Albuquerque!

Halloween is almost here. It’s time for the spectacle of treats, crazy costumes for the kids and scaring each other silly. It’s also a time to remember to take some caution and safety preparation that can go a long way for our crazy little monsters of the night. Here’s a few tips on safety for this year’s Halloween in Albuquerque. … Read More

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Home of the Largest Balloon Festival In the World

Sitting in your lawn chair, the early dusky blue sky stretches before you. Not for long though. Nearby over 500 hot air balloons are preparing to take off en mass. What a massive amount of sound! The sounds of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta! Commonly called the Albuquerque Balloon festival, it is actually called a Fiesta. Why not?! It is a … Read More

Outdoor Living Ideas For Fall

Fall is almost here in Albuquerque and the temperature is getting a little cooler. But that doesn’t mean you have to lock yourself inside. Why not spruce up your outdoor living area for fall so that you can enjoy the splendor of the New Mexico area? Here’s a few ideas that might help get you started. Upstairs Terrace For those … Read More

Beware of the Rental Trap

It’s true that owning your own home has many advantages and benefits. Avoiding rising rental costs is one of the main benefits that stands out. The cost of renting is going up across the nation. According to ConsumerAffairs “The cost of putting a roof over your head continues to go up. Not only are home prices still rising, but the … Read More

Antique Lovers Unite in Albuquerque

If you love antiques, then get ready for the antiques event of the year in Albuquerque! Coming this Aug 5-6 is the 19th to the Expo New Mexico State Fair Grounds is the Annual Great Southwestern Antique Show. This huge antique show will benefit the New Mexico non-profit organizations that focus in enhancing arts and education in the area. You’ll … Read More

Bosque Farms

As larger cities like Albuquerque continue to expand, it’s getting harder to find rural areas to live that are close to necessary amenities. Bosque Farms is the exception to that pattern. It’s a rural village that lets you live the country life, while being close to great shopping, dining, and entertainment found in Albuquerque, only 20 minutes away. Bosque Farms … Read More

Buyer Traffic is Strong in New Mexico

We all know that the best time to sell anything, especially a home, is when demand is high and supply is low. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) just released two major reports showing that now continues to be an ideal to sell your home. REALTORS® CONFIDENCE INDEX Each month, NAR surveys “over 50,000 real estate practitioners about their expectations … Read More

The 4th of July

The 4th of July is just around the corner and it’s time to celebrate in Albuquerque! Here’s what’s in store for you this coming 4th of July to help celebrate our freedom. Freedom 4th The City of Albuquerque is hosting a huge celebration at Balloon Fiesta Park from 3-10pm. Admission is free! You’ll be able to enjoy all kinds of … Read More

Best Places To Eat In Bernalillo

Bernalillo may be a smaller town, but it certainly has some big options when it comes to eating out. People from all around come to Bernalillo for the great dining options. Are you looking for great BBQ? Freight House offers a modern industrial atmosphere where you’ll enjoy amazing BBQ, burgers, and 24 beers and cider on tap. You can also … Read More

More Americans Buying Homes

According to the newest report from the US Census Bureau, it turns out that for the first time since 2006, more people chose purchasing a home over renting in the first quarter of this year. There were 1.22 million new households formed in the first quarter, and of those, 854,000 were first time buyers. That makes the home ownership rate … Read More

Critical Questions to Ask When Buying a Home

Moving into a new home is an exciting time. But it can be frustrating. As you’re getting to know your new place, you’re going to be running into things that you didn’t know about before you moved in. But many surprises can be avoided if you ask the right questions of the seller. Sure, you may get details from the … Read More

Albuquerque is one of the 100 Best Places to live in America

Every year, US News & World Report comes out with their list of 100 Best Places to Live in America. And it’s no surprise that Albuquerque made the cut! They base their ranking on quality of life, job market, and people’s desire to live here, which is why Albuquerque made the list, considering all that this amazing city has to … Read More

Four Hills Village

Do want to live in a community that seamlessly blends recreation and near a large metro area? If so, then Four Hills Village is the ideal community for you. Just north of Kirtland Air Force Base at the base of the Sandia Mountains, this quiet community of 2500 has everything you need to make it a home. You don’t have … Read More

Mothers Day

Mother’s day is coming up this Sunday. Have you planned a special day for that special mom? There’s plenty of great ideas for spending a great day with your mom and showing your thanks. Here’s a few ideas to get you started. Brunch How can you beat brunch with mom? A number of restaurants in Albuquerque are hosting Mother’s Day … Read More

More Millennials Are Qualifying For Low Down Payment Programs

According to a report from Down Payment Resource just released, it turns out that 65% of first-time homebuyers bought their homes with a down payment of 6% or less in January. And of all buyers who had a mortgage, 62% made a down payment of less than 20%. What does this all mean for millenials? An article by DS News … Read More

Upcoming Events in Albuquerque

It’s time to experience history and different cultures in Albuquerque this week. These upcoming events in Albuquerque promise to be entertaining for the whole family, all while you learn about Native culture and medieval history. Here’s what’s coming up in Albuquerque during the next few weeks. Gathering of Nations Native American Powwow April 27 – 29 It’s the largest pow … Read More

Eat at the Best Restaurants in Rio Rancho

Are planning on buying a home in Rio Rancho? If so, then there’s good news! Rio Rancho is bursting at the seams great restaurants. Whatever your taste, you’re sure to find that perfect place to satisfy you’re cravings. Here’s a few restaurants in Rio Rancho you might want to check out soon. Joe’s Pasta House Receiver of the “Best of … Read More

The Importance of Using an Agent When Selling a Home

If you plan on selling your home in Albuquerque, of course you want the best price with minimal hassles, and actually getting your home sold. To do this, you need to realize how important it is to use a real estate professional. More people today are relying on technology to find a home. This has dramatically changed how people buy … Read More

Hot Listings in April

These hot listings in Albuquerque offer so much for the money! It doesn’t matter if you want tons of space or amazing views, these homes deliver what you’re looking for. Take a look at all they have to offer. 5013 LA BAJADA ROAD NW, ALBUQUERQUE When they say “location, location, location”, this is the place! This contemporary stunner come with … Read More

Albuquerque Parks

One of the many reasons people love Albuquerque has to be the amazing parks. Albuquerque Parks & Recreation manages almost 300 parks for the benefit of Albuquerque residents. You can engage in a wide variety of activities such as golfing, swimming, playing with your kids in the playground, walk through stunning open spaces, shoot some targets, ride a hot air … Read More

Are you buying a home for the first time in Albuquerque?

Are you buying a home for the first time in Albuquerque? Whether it’s your first time or not, buying a home takes a lot of effort. Here are a few tips that can help the process go more smoothly. Research Early Start researching websites and local real estate listings in paper journals. Make a note of the listings that interest … Read More

Rio Rancho is a Progressive and Growing New Mexico City

Rio Rancho is a progressive and growing New Mexico city. People looking to buy a home in New Mexico find that Rio Rancho has a lot to offer as a mid-sized city of 93,000 people. The city enjoys a strong employment base as Intel has a plant located in the city. And residents also appreciate the proximity to Albuquerque. Rio … Read More

Find Your Dream Home in Corrales

If you’re looking to buy a home in New Mexico that’s near the conveniences of the metro area but not in the middle of all the excitement, then Corrales may be just the place for your new home. Corrales is located in the Albuquerque metropolitan area, yet it still holds onto it’s connection to it’s past as an agrarian community. … Read More

Get Ready to Sell Your Home in Albuquerque!

Are getting ready to sell your home in Albuquerque? Then you probably know there’s a lot of things to consider to get the most money.  But there are some basic things you can do right now to make sure you get more money from the sale of your home and sell it faster. Here’s a few things you can do … Read More

Your New Home Awaits in Bernalillo

Sitting on the banks of the Rio Grande 15 miles north of Albuquerque is one of the oldest towns in the Southwest – Bernalillo. Bernalillo holds onto its history, but also is not afraid to grow and change with the times. This great historic town celebrates its history by working with wineries in New Mexico to host the annual Wine … Read More

Coldwell Banker Legacy #1 Broker

Congratulations to my Awesome Team for an amazing year, #1 Team for all of Coldwell Banker in Albuquerque as well as the #1 Team for the entire State of New Mexico. We are blessed and we are grateful to all of our clients and friends that made this possible.

Have a Perfect Valentine’s Day in Albuquerque

Are you ready for the perfect Valentine’s Day in Albuquerque? This is the year for finding a unique way to celebrate love. And there are plenty of Valentine’s events coming up on the 14th in Albuquerque that will make this your best Valentine’s day yet! Canvas & Coffee Class: Valentine Date Night ABQ Canvas and Coffee Here’s unique way to … Read More

NOW is the time to SELL your Albuquerque Home!

Home prices have continued to rise, but that won’t be for long! Living in Albuquerque you have a unique time period in which to sell your home for top dollar, while interest rates are still low! Take a look at the graphic below: New Mexico Real Estate has increased more than 6% year over year, almost doubling what was forecast … Read More

Top Albuquerque High Schools

Are you buying a home in Albuquerque soon and have children in high school? Then you certainly want to know the best schools to enroll them in. Every year, U.S. News and World Report puts together a list of the best schools in each state and city. There are 4 pieces of criteria that are used to rate each school. … Read More

Have you Considered Closing Costs?

As you plan on buying your next home in Albuquerque, you no doubt are already setting aside a down payment. But have you considered closing costs? If not, then you need to remember that’s it’s an important part of the buying process. What exactly are closing costs? They are also known as settlement fees, and are paid when obtaining a … Read More

In the Spirit of Christmas

In the true spirit of Christmas I was fortunate enough to work in conjunction with the Roadrunner Child Development in making some wonderful children’s Christmas better. I salute Roadrunner Child Development for the amazing job they do in helping children to receive the care and guidance that they so richly deserve. What a privilege it was for me to meet … Read More

Is Placitas Right For You

If you’re looking to buy a home in the Albuquerque area and are looking for a community that’s both far from everything and close to everything, then Placitas is the place! People are drawn to Placitas for many reasons. The weather, the tranquility, the hiking – there’s something here for everyone. Buying a home in Placitas means you’ll be close … Read More

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

It’s the holiday gift buying season and the Albuquerque area has a vast array of gift ideas for fantastic area attractions and venues! Consider replacing a traditional gift with one of these amazing spots for a great family experience. All 5 have been included in the 25 Best Things to do in Albuquerque, by! Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway Located … Read More

6 Tips To Get Your Home Ready to Sell

It’s a phenomenal time to sell your Albuquerque home! If you’ve decided to sell, make sure you’ve prepared your home for the market before advertising. You get one shot at making a great first impression and introducing your home to the market…so make it count! Many home buyers today want to move-in their new home as quickly as possible. Making … Read More

Let’s Be Thankful This Thanksgiving

This Thursday, November 24th, people around the country are going to be gathering with family and friends around the table to enjoy their Thanksgiving Day feast. Leading up to the big day, our thoughts are consumed with meal preparations, cleaning the home, watching parades, cheering for our favorite football team, or scoping out the deals for Black Friday. While all … Read More

Top School Districts to Live In

Part of determining where you will search for your new home depends upon the education being offered. Albuquerque, NM is blessed to have top rated schools for your choosing. Did you know that your homes school district also influences the value of your home?  Homes is great school districts value up to 70% more, than others! Ninety-one percent of Home Buyers said school boundaries were … Read More

Buying A New Home: 6 Ways To Prepare

With rates remaining low and prices on the rise, it’s a great time to start thinking about buying a home. One of the most important things you can do to prepare is to begin saving for a down payment and/or closing costs. Even if you qualify for a low down FHA or no-down program, you’ll still have to bring some … Read More

Brexit & The Housing Market

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about the effect Brexit might have on the US housing market. First news says the stock market had a negative response. This could possibly encourage the Fed to keep rates low or maybe even drop them just slightly. Eventually, the market will adjust and things will go back to the way they were. … Read More

What You Can Do To Make Your Home Stand Out

The end of summer often marks an important time for real estate. It’s a common time of year for owners to decide to list their homes for sale. It may be the change in the weather or the timing with the start of the school year and upcoming holidays. Whatever the reason, you can usually expect a flood of homes … Read More

The Next Steps After Listing Your Home

Once your property is listed on the Multiple Listing Service or the MLS and the sign has been affixed in your front lawn, you may be thinking about what comes next. Most people think there is nothing left but to wait for the offers to come in, but that’s not usually the case. You’ll have to put in a little … Read More

What To Expect With A Home Inspection

The stress of an inspector finding something wrong in your home is something that worries every seller but it doesn’t have to. If you keep in mind what the inspector is examining your house for, you can make the process of inspecting your home much easier for everyone. Sellers usually think all they’ll have to do for their inspection is … Read More

Now is the Time to Put Your Home on the Market

With the Albuquerque Real Estate market rising with the local economy, the worry of increasing mortgage interest rates promoting the market and the inventory of homes staying as low as they’ve been and the demand for homes still being high creates an amazing opportunity for anyone looking to put their home on the market. If you’re thinking of selling your … Read More

3 Things That Help Attract Buyers to Your Home

It may be thought that a buyer picks a home by how well the value of the additions or how well it’s been staged, this isn’t the case. These things do go a long way towards drawing a buyer to your home, they aren’t the main influences. The main factors that get buyers interested in a home are price, location … Read More

Now is the Time to Buy

Mortgage rates are hovering, still, at historically low rates. This is great news for buyers and if you’re in the buyer category, it’s great news for you. Before get your keys, there are a few steps you’ll to go through. Here we offer some expert tips on getting to the closing table. Start with a list – There should be … Read More

How to Make Your Offer Stand Out

With the current real estate market being as competitive as it is due to the lower mortgage rates and rekindled interest in the market, most buyers find it irritating to spend weeks and weeks looking for the perfect home for them only to discover the house has six different offers. It’s an infuriating and time consuming process that can drive … Read More

Find The Right Broker For You

The arrival of summer here in Albuquerque brings an increase of buyer interest in homes. Buyers who wish to purchase a home at this point might find it difficult to buy a home in this seller’s market, but having a good buyer’s broker can make an enormous difference towards getting the home you want. A good broker can also help … Read More

Why You Should Take Your Time When Buying A Home

With home inventory as low as it is at the moment some buyers panic and buy a home before they’ve checked out all if the details, which means they might end up with a home that doesn’t work for them. If you’re looking for a home make sure you take your time. You may miss out on a few homes … Read More

What You Can do to Your Home to Draw in Buyers

When placing your home on the market there are a few things that you can do to improve the appearance of your home in order to draw in buyers. Your labors could be well rewarded with less market time and more money when you sell. Here are the three biggest projects you can undertake to bring in buyers. Curb Appeal … Read More

Five Tips to Help Get You the Best Possible Deal on Your Mortgage

Lots of buyers find that their mortgage is the biggest expense they’ll have monthly, but most buyers do very little to no preparation and shopping around to find the best possible deal. A buyer could end up paying more money for their loans than is actually needed. Here are five huge mistakes that are made when getting a mortgage. Don’t … Read More

Helpful Tips & Tricks to Help Improve your Curb Appeal

If you’re planning on placing your home on the market, or already have your home listed, curb appeal is something that’s going to be extremely important, especially with the arrival of spring. The outside of your home is first impression a buyer will get of your home, so you have to ensure it’s a good one. If you’re planning on … Read More

Is a Fixer-Upper Fight for You

More and more recently people are eager to see the flipped or fixer upper properties. These homes have been glorified by the HGTV channel and articles depicting owners purchasing rundown homes in disrepair and repairing and reconditioning them to sell for thousands more. The hosts make it seem easy, but in actuality it can be a very difficult experience, especially … Read More

Tax Deductions Available for Homeowners

Homeownership is a dream that many people have, but it can seem like a daunting commitment with little to nothing in return. Some even choose to rent a home over owning a home, but there are actually a lot of great monetary rewards that come with owning your own home. There are some great itemized tax deductions available for homeowners that … Read More

Is It Better Remodel Your Home or Just Sell It

Real estate agents are frequently asked if it is better to a home remodel or to just sell it. Generally speaking, remodeling projects that improve or build off of what is already there is much more expensive than having something brand new built or something being added. You might end up with more money and time invested into a remodeling … Read More

Why Your Curb Appeal Matters

Having great curb appeal can go miles toward your home getting noticed quickly and getting the most money out of the deal as possible. Agents will often cite outdoor remodeling projects as some of the most valuable projects toward the selling of a home, but most homeowners don’t know which projects will get them the most return for their money. … Read More

The Importance of Home Pricing

When putting your house on the market, it is important to price it correctly. Pricing a home too high to start can be a waste of both money and time for you, the seller. A seller will get some showings, but any offers that you get won’t be anywhere near your asking price, or won’t even come in. If a … Read More

Mortgage Tips for Luxury Home Buying

Mortgage interest rates being as low as they have been have encouraged many into buying their first home. If you or someone you know is planning on getting a home, here are a few tips that can help the process. What Can You Afford? One of the most difficult parts of buying a home is figuring out what you can … Read More

How a Real Estate Agent Primes Your Home for the Seller’s Market

Planning on moving to a new home but have to sell the one you’re currently in first? There’s quite a bit of preparation involved and it can be useful to employ the help of a skilled Realtor to assist you in the process. Certainly you can go about this yourself, but a New Mexico Real Estate agent can share with … Read More

Preparing Your Home for the Winter

As the winter weather begins to get more harsh, it is important to take the necessary steps to prepare your grounds to avoid any possible chaos! No one wants to be outside in the cold taking care of the things they wish they’d done when it was warmer! Protect the outside of your home and keep the inside warm and … Read More


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Making Your First Home Your Own (On a Budget)

Purchasing your first home is an exciting, monumental step in the story of your life. Finally, the freedom to personalize your dwelling is available to you, and deciding how to truly make it your own can be a little overwhelming at the start. It’s likely you may feel you want to hit the ground running: repainting, refurnishing, renovating. The house … Read More

Wall Street Journal

We want to say congratulations to Sandi Pressley for once again making the Wall Street Journal as one of Coldwell Banker’s top teams internationally! Way to go, and way to represent! Joe Gilmore and Mike Carter