Real Estate and Buying Tips from Our Local Experts

MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR HOMEOWNERS

By Shawn Long on

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will...

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FINDING THE RIGHT MATTRESS

By Shawn Long on

You’ve got more options than ever when mattress shopping these days with no shortage of brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers to choose from. Here are the factors you should consider when you’re shopping for a perfect night’s sleep. Mattress construction: The most popular mattress types are inner spring mattresses, memory foam...

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UPSIZING YOUR HOME

By Shawn Long on

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof. Remodeling and adding to your home...

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5 CRITERIA FOR PRICING A HOME

By Shawn Long on

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to...

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WHICH DOWN PAYMENT STRATEGY IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

By Shawn Long on

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get favorable rates from...

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TAKE 5: WHAT TO NEGOTIATE WHEN BUYING A HOUSE

By Shawn Long on

Whether you are a first-time home buyer or a seasoned veteran, the negotiation part of the transaction can be a little daunting and stressful. However, it is necessary to ensure you are getting the best possible deal for your money. So, what should you negotiate when buying a home? Closing...

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What Type of Mortgage is Right for Me?

By Edie Czerniak on

When our parents were buying their first home, there was one way to finance the purchase. You would walk down to the corner bank and asked for a 30 year mortgage. Today the average home owner moves every 5-7 years. Depending on your needs there are a number of mortgage...

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Thanksgiving Recipes

By Donna Bihn on

I host Thanksgiving every year and I find tons of amazing Recipes just by searching online.  I have taken the time to compile a bunch for everybody to see.  Hope you find something that you would love to add to your Thanksgiving dinner this year!  Enjoy!! Please feel free to...

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The Perfect Setting

By Patricia Hayden-Reber on

Thinking about a retirement home or a vacation getaway? I know the perfect place to look! A little over an hour away from Albuquerque you will find a small town known as Mountainair. This small town boasts impressive views of  Chupadera Mesa and the Manzano Mountains and offers a unique...

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Round About Philly

By Lisa Locke on

Philadelphia has great food. The cheesesteak is one of those perfect foods. There’s something about the combination of griddled thin-sliced steak, melted  cheese, diced onions, and a soft  roll that hits us on a level that only the most decadent meals do. If there’s one city that’s synonymous with this...

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