Spruce Cabins Cloudcroft Photo Contest

April 1, 2014 in Blog

"spruce cabins" cloudcroft "new mexico"Besides our vacation houses available for rent, we also operate the Spruce Cabins, a set of full-apportioned cabins near Cloudcroft’s Chamber of Commerce. They make for a fun place for you and your family to stay, because they’re within walking distance of Cloudcroft’s shopping and dining options, and they’re also close to a wide range of outdoor activities, from hiking and biking to hunting and hiking. For more than fifty years, these cabins have been a well-known and well-regarded stop for travelers and vacationers alike.

This month, Spruce Cabins is running a photo contest to win a two-night stay in one of their cabins, and we’re excited to help them out. In order to enter, you need only “like” Spruce Cabins on Facebook, and then share and tag Spruce Cabins in a picture of you or your family members in or around Cloudcroft. Whether you’re having fun, doing something silly or amazing, or marveling at the surrounding natural beauty, we want to "spruce cabins" cloudcroft "new mexico"see you enjoying our little mountain village.

A stay in the Spruce Cabins is great for out-of-town friends or relatives, as well as people who have visited in the past—rekindle the memories of your last trip in a village landmark! And while you’re at it, feel free to give Amigo Realty’s Facebook page a “like.” We’d love to meet you too, especially if you like Cloudcroft enough to stay!

The Best Time to Buy a Home

December 4, 2013 in Blog

Wondering when the best time to buy a home is? Of course, your timing is dependent on lots of different things, chief among them your "real estate" "buy home" home budget, but having said that, you might want to get started sooner rather than later. Buying a home is much more involved than a trip to the grocery store, or even more than purchasing a car; it’s a lengthy process, too. But more than that, forecasts on home prices put them rising by about 6% next year. That might not seem like much, but remember that 6% on $100,000 (for example) is actually six grand, an amount that you might otherwise put in an IRA, your kids’ college funds, or that sweet boat you’ve had your eye on.

Despite that modest projected growth, National Association of Realtors (NAR) economist Lawrence Yun, predicts that refinancing rates are going to drop to their lowest in fifteen years, but there’s also a caveat: because of the fallout from the market "new home" "real estate" home buycollapse of 2008 and the uncertainty over an uncertain regulatory environment, lenders are still a little tight about mortgages.

What does that mean for you? If you have good credit, and you’re ready to buy a house, now’s as good a time as you’re likely to get. Even with a modest rise in home prices, your finance rate is still pretty great. Should the construction industry experience an upswing, new home inventory will increase, and prices will drop, making them more affordable to those with slightly lower credit ratings.

What Makes a Good Real Estate Agent?

November 14, 2013 in Blog

What makes a good real estate agent? Because it isn’t just a sales record. Sure, if you’re buying or selling a home, you want to work with someone who knows how to move properties, but that’s only part of the puzzle. Above all, when you’re buying or selling a house, you want to work with a real estate agency that puts the needs of its clients first.

At Amigo, our commitment to customer service is of paramount importance. We train our realtors for service before sales—we strive to"real estate" realtor deliver what you’re looking for, not pressure you into buying something you’re not completely satisfied with. Purchasing a home is a major life event, and we want to ensure that our clients don’t look at their new home and wish they’d gone with someone else.

Part of that is teaching our sales staff to go above and beyond competency and truly excel. We focus on communication, especially where the mechanics of real estate transactions are concerned. If you are in any way confused about the process, Amigo Realty agents make sure to break it down in a way that’s easy to understand. Our service is consistent, and we are happy to answer any and all questions—our inventory knowledge is top-notch. All in all, we want you, the customer, to be satisfied with your experience, not to mention your home; if you should decide years later to move to another, we’d love to help you find your next one.

First Time Home Sales Tips

May 9, 2013 in Blog

When it comes to home sales, there are plenty of tips for first time buyers, especially in a down market. But what about first-time sellers? When you’ve outgrown your first home, have to move for a job, or decide a mortgage’s commitment is not suited for your rambling lifestyle, it’s time to put your house up for sale. Of course, though the recession has gotten better over the past couple years, "home sales" "real estate" "for sale" "new mexico" homereal estate is still a buyer’s market. Since buyers have lots of options right now, your best bet is to make your house as attractive to thrift-minded buyers as possible.

Some of the sales tricks a first-time seller (or a second, third, fourth, etc.) can use are as simple as giving the outside trim a fresh coat of paint. You want to do anything that will make your house more attractive from the street; re-stain the door, weed the flower beds, spruce up the lawn, power wash the exterior—whatever improves your home’s curb appeal can make the difference between a buyer saying “let’s see what’s down the block” and “let’s see what the inside looks like.”

As for the inside of your home, whatever you can afford to fix, fix it. Got scuffed or peeling/bubbling linoleum? Deep clean or replace it. Are there dings or scratches on the walls? Touch up the paint. Keep your home vacuumed and clean, and keep the clutter to an absolute minimum if people are coming "home sweet home" home "buying a home" "real estate" "new mexico"by regularly to take a look at your home. You want them to imagine living in your home, so put your personal effects (photos, papers, family-specific décor) in storage and replace them with neutral wall art.

In addition, you can turn your social network into a sales network. Facebook, Twitter, and Craigslist are all great places to spread the word about your house, and sites like Zillow.com or trulia.com are great places to list, and you can even get your own URL, like 4100Elmstreetforsale.com. The more you get the word out, the more people will come looking.