2014 The Year to Buy a Home

January 10, 2014 in Blog

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2014 “new home” “real estate”

Well, it took a while (365 days, in fact), but here we are in the New Year. What does 2014 have in store for you? Do you plan on making this the year you quit smoking or drop those ten pounds that have been bugging you? Maybe take up a new hobby? What about buying a new home or a place to spend family vacations? While New Year’s resolutions that focus on self-improvement often fall by the wayside when your daily routines set in, purchasing a new home or vacation property is a concrete goal you can actually plan for.

If this is the year you move to a new house or go for it and buy a mountain respite for weekend getaways, we’re excited for you—real estate decisions provide you with a great feeling of moving forward and starting the next chapter of your life, not to mention the financial benefits of investing in property. What’s great about New Mexico (besides the enchanting scenery, of course) is that home prices are "home sweet home" home "buying a home" "real estate" "new mexico"comparatively lower to other southwestern states—while it’s unfortunate that many people moved out of state in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the exodus left a good amount of inventory—there are good deals to be had, and while prices are showing a gradual but steady climb, the economics still favor the buyer.

Still, the market is improving. Consumer confidence is growing every month, as unemployment decreases little by little. Home prices will go up accordingly, which means there might not be a better year for buying a new home than this one. If this is your year, we’d love to help you find the perfect house in Southern New Mexico!

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.

Holidays in Cloudcroft New Mexico

December 2, 2012 in Blog

Well, now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, have you started your diet or workout regimen? If you’re like the Amigo staff, you’ll probably start it… tomorrow. Just kidding! We’ll get around to it eventually, but with the holiday season in full swing, there’s so much shopping, baking, and visiting to do that the treadmill might get a little underused. That’s okay, because Christmas in Cloudcroft is plenty fun even if you end up with a few extra pounds or an inch or two on the waist.

One thing we look forward to at the beginning of every holiday season is the annual Lighted Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on Burro Street. Burro Street is the scene for many of our little village’s seasonal events, but the Christmas Parade and the tree lighting are "christmas cloudcroft" "holidays in new mexico"by far the most spectacular.     This year, be sure to get a spot on Cloudcroft’s main drag by 7pm on Saturday, December 8th for the start of the parade—if you get there at 5pm, there will be refreshments available, too.

The tree lighting is one of the best parts, too. Your family members are welcome and encouraged to bring ornaments for the tree, and if you have young children, this is one of those great family memory moments you don’t want to miss. With the parade, the Christmas tree and all the caroling in between, the start of Cloudcroft’s holiday season is a must-do, and just another fun thing that makes living "holidays in cloudcroft" "new mexico vacation"or vacationing in Southern New Mexico truly spectacular.

And speaking of vacationing, if you’re from out of town and are looking for a winter vacation or getaway in Cloudcroft, don’t hesitate to give Amigo Realty a call. We have some cozy cabins and vacation homes for rent, lease and sale, and we’d love to meet you this holiday season.

Memorial Day Celebrations

May 23, 2012 in Blog

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Memorial Day weekend is almost here, and with it is Cloudcroft’s annual Mayfair! On May 26th and 27th, just about everyone in town (not to mention many more folks from all over) heads to Zenith Park for two days of art, food, and fun. If the weather guessers got close this week, we should have some great temps in the ‘70s; I guess it’s just another perk of mountain living—when spring rolls around, you get spring temps! In any event, I’m just glad our little community has such a fun event every year to look forward to.

What’s really interesting to me is that people come to Mayfair from miles around—even from as far away as Santa Fe and El Paso. Sure, they’re probably relatives visiting for the weekend, but I like to think that Cloudcroft and the Sacramento mountains offer these out-of-"cloudcroft new mexico" "cloudcroft in the spring"town visitors a great vacation destination; after all, Cloudcroft was founded in part because of its scenery, and taking in the sights on a gorgeous spring weekend might make it tough to leave.

If you are from out-of-town and find yourself falling in love with our little village, get in touch with us, because we’d love to welcome you into our community and show you some real estate.

Happy Memorial Day!

Spring has Sprung in the Cloudcroft

March 25, 2012 in Blog

When you’re buying a vacation home, one thing you should consider is the surrounding community. If you’re retired and are looking for peace and quiet, you wouldn’t want a house in New Orleans, no matter how good the deal. If your potential new home is off the beaten path, how far are you willing to drive for activities? If you’re looking for an annual ski retreat, will you use the house in the summer? golf "the lodge" cloudcroft

As far as Cloudcroft goes, I think it offers a wide variety of family-friendly things to do year round—you might be looking for a ski lodge during the winter, but Cloudcroft also offers a nice little weekend retreat when the weather warms up. The village itself is alive with art galleries and artisan shops, as well as several fine restaurants and bars, plus some good ol’ fashioned diners. Then there’s the great outdoors—Lincoln National Forest holds some fantastic hiking and biking trails and has plenty of campsites, and for the golfer in your family, there’s the course at the Lodge Resort.

If the rest of your family isn’t that into playing 18 holes, there’s always something going on in town—coming up April 7 is the Kiwanis Easter Egg hunt at Zenith park, not to mention June’s Mountain Music Festival, and the B.A.M.M. Festival Father’s Day weekend, if your kids are a little older and can handle a concert that runs a bit later. The Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce’s website is a great source for upcoming events, especially if you’re planning a specific weekend to get away.

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All in all, a home-away-from-home should be one you get to use no matter what the season. We’d love for you to be part of our little community all year long!

Spring Break in the Mountains

March 11, 2012 in Blog

Well, it’s spring break here in Cloudcroft, and while lots of college kids are blowing off steam at beaches in Florida, Texas and Mexico, we’re pretty happy to relax amid all this gorgeous mountain scenery. Don’t get me wrong—sun, sand, and beer are fun and all, but for my money, nothing beats a glass of wine on a porch, surrounded by nature—I guess I just like the peace and quiet.mountain scenery rainbow cloudcroft new mexico

If you’re looking for the kind of peace and quiet that only a mountain cabin can provide, now’s a great time to look into buying a vacation home. New Mexico real estate is kind of a buyer’s market right now; interest rates are at an all time low, and home values are still about 25% less than they were five or six years ago. As the economy continues to recover, home prices are going to climb, so if you’re interested in a vacation home for your family to enjoy for years or want a solid investment to hang onto when the market gets hits an upswing, you can’t go wrong by buying a New Mexico vacation property right now.

butterfly mountains cloudcroftStill, purchasing a vacation home might sound a little daunting, which is why we suggest trying before you buy—we have plenty of properties available for rent, so if you find that mountain living might not be your cup of tea, you’re not stuck with another house you’ll have to sell. Sipping chardonnay on the porch listening to the birds might sound great to me, but maybe you’d rather be at a beach with a Corona. Either way, give mountain living a try with a little staycation in a rental; if you fall in love with Cloudcroft’s scenery, its boutiques, and its small-town charm, we’ll be happy to help you find the New Mexico vacation home of your dreams.