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How negotiable are bank owned homes

With a non distressed sale you will most likely pay closer to market value as seller's emotions and motivations are often involved but things usually move along at a reasonable rate. If things need fixed, there is a good chance the seller can and will fix them. They are usually the easiest all around.

With short sales, you first have the homeowner who may have no to little to normal motivation to move and second a bank with potentially long response times etc. There is no money to fix problems as the seller gets nothing from the sale. Banks sometimes assist in repairs but not often. That can create a problem with FHA or VA loans if the loan is dependent on repairs but short sale homes are usually purchased at a discount from market value. The long wait can play havoc with buyers on a more rigid moving schedule and there is the distinct possibility the home will go into foreclosure while you are trying to buy it. I have had it happen. At that point you may have to start over when it comes back on the market as a foreclosure.

Foreclosures are usually easier. The bank must sell at whatever price they can get. There is no emotion involved and no option to just keep it. Their price may not be very flexible the moment it gets listed but as time goes by the price will go down or become more negotiable until it sells. Response time is usually reasonable. Like short sales, repairs can go either way depending on the bank but most of the time they want to sell as is and if that means taking a lower price so be it. The greatest savings over market value can be had with foreclosures and they tend to be easy and fast provided there are no major repairs for the loan to be approved. You often have to pay both sides of the transfer tax but often the bank will pay for title insurance and that makes it almost a wash.

As for your personal decision of which to buy, you will have to weigh the +'s and -'s. Financing is probably the biggest factor. It is far easier for most people to finance a $200,000 home needing no repairs than to buy a $150,000 home needing $50,000 in repairs as they have no way of getting the extra 50k after the purchase unless they do the 203k loan. That loan in itself is a fair bit of work as you have to have estimates for the repairs from contractors ahead of time. If you have good access to money and a flexible purchase window, a foreclosures and short sales are great options. You may have to be more patient in choosing one that fits what you are capable of where as a non distressed sale homes have more likelihood of being ready to occupy as is.

If you're looking to purchase or sell a home, come to New Mexico Mountain Properties and our enormous selection of homes for sale in Angel fire as well as our Taos homes for sale. If its land you're looking for, we have the biggest selection in Angel Fire and Taos. We also have scenic condos in Angel Fire. Give us a call at 575-377-2626 in Angel Fire, 575-758-5852 in Taos, or call our agent direct at 575-770-3306.

How to buy the House of your Dreams

Writing an offer letter sellers will love might seem like a no-brainer, but don't underestimate this powerful tool.

It's like striking gold: After hours of scouring homes for sale in Atlanta, GA, or Seattle, WA, you've found the house of your dreams. In fact, you went home last night and played a little game of Where Does the Sofa Go? But before you can say "home sweet home," there's an offer to be made (and accepted). While these three tips won't guarantee that your offer will be chosen, they will help you be competitive, and you'll be one step closer to landing your dream home.

1. Carefully consider your approach

If you think your dream home's listing price is just a place to begin negotiations, think again. First, have a conversation with your real estate agent here at New Mexixco Mountain Properties. Looking at comparable homes will give you a better idea of the seller's asking price in relation to similar properties and can help you shape your offer based on property-specific amenities and location.

Next, you should decide how you'll pay for your purchase: cash or financing. Cash offers can sometimes command a lower selling price since there aren't mortgage details to sort through and the sale should close faster. If you're using financing but can offer a quick close (less than 30 days), take that into consideration in your offer price -- your real estate agent may be able to leverage a quick close to sweeten the deal.

If you're thinking of submitting a lowball offer, engage in a candid conversation with your real estate agent. Agents know the market well and might even know a thing or two about the listing agent through previous sales. There are certain times when a lowball offer might start favorable negotiations, but there are many others when such an offer can derail the reality of landing your dream home. If you decide to submit an offer substantially below the listing price, be prepared for a negotiation process-- or a flat-out "no."

When you're ready to make your offer, back it up with everything the seller needs to know. You want the seller to believe that yours is the one offer to look at twice. Be sure to include completed offer paperwork with signatures where they belong, and make sure you're asking for seller concessions that make sense for the market.

2. Weigh the pros and cons of your requests for repairs

Maybe you're looking to have some of your closing costs covered. Perhaps you just want the old, worn-out carpeting replaced. Asking for seller concessions is a normal part of the offer process, but you need to know what you can reasonably expect.

If you're in a competitive bidding situation, odds are that the seller is going to choose the offer requiring the least amount of work on the seller's part. Work with your real estate professional to make a list of "musts" and "would like" items for the sellers to tackle. You can put these concessions side by side with your offer price and see what makes for the most compelling deal. Bottom line: If you're negotiating and something's got to give, consider your requested concessions to stay competitive.

3. Don't be swayed by emotions

One step that's important not to forget in the offer process is setting a maximum price. If you're financing, you will have a purchase ceiling from your mortgage lender, but when the perfect home comes along, it's easy for heartstrings to overrule good financial sense. Ask yourself realistically, how much can you comfortably carry as a mortgage payment each month? How much is that home really worth? How long do you plan on staying in the home, and does that justify a higher-than-asking price? Remember, the tips we're including here are for traditional sales, not short sales or purchases of bank-owned properties. Those types of transactions have nuances all their own.

If you're looking to purchase or sell a home, come to New Mexico Mountain Properties and our enormous selection of homes for sale in Angel fire as well as our Taos homes for sale. If its land you're looking for, we have the biggest selection in Angel Fire and Taos. We also have scenic condos in Angel Fire. Give us a call at 575-377-2626 in Angel Fire, 575-758-5852 in Taos, or call our agent direct at 575-770-3306.

What is your fear about buying real estate

Buyers' biggest real estate fears sometimes hold them back from buying -- not just around Halloween, but throughout the year. The scary thing is, these fears are sometimes well-founded. Here are some of the issues that commonly keep home buyers awake at night, and what you can do about them. "The house has a cracked foundation, dry rot, or a leaky roof" Renovating, fixing and repairing are on few buyers' wish lists. When faced with the home of their dreams, they fear the inspection. What if there is dry rot, or a roof or foundation issue?

Most homes will need routine maintenance, and a good inspector will point this out. But it's important not to let your fears get the best of you. Much of what the inspector comes up with during the inspection is for informational purposes only. Every problem does not need to be repaired right away. The inspector's job is to point out every issue he sees in the house. Ask him to explain how bad the issue is, and how long it can go before needing replacement or repair. If an issue arises that needs immediate attention, go back to the seller and see if they will repair or credit you back to repair after you close.

"I'll lose my deposit"

Buyers typically put in an earnest money deposit with a signed contract. Typically, this is 3 percent of the purchase price. The seller does not cash the check. Instead, the money sits in an escrow account and can't be released without both parties' signatures.

It's nearly impossible for a buyer to lose their deposit. If you have an inspection, disclosure review or loan contingencies, work closely with your real estate agent to mark those timeframes. If you need to remove these contingencies in writing, plan to firm things up a day in advance. If you are in negotiations around a contingency date, be sure to extend the contingency date to keep yourself under contract. "I'll lose the house"

If you find the home of your dreams, you may have to move fast. Particularly in competitive markets, many homes sell before the first open house to quick acting and super-motivated buyers. If you see a new listing hit the market, be sure to let your agent know right away. Try to make an appointment to see the home as soon as possible.

Also, find out immediately how the seller's agent plans to handle any offers received. Sometimes they will take the first offer, especially if it's a good one. More often than not, the seller and the agent will have an offer date to review offers or ask for best and final offers by a certain day.

If you are travelling or busy with work, be sure not to miss out on your dream home. Be in constant contact with your agent, and flag potential homes that look like a great fit.

"My agent doesn't have my best interest in mind"

Great agents are always on the prowl for new properties, checking out the market and protecting your best interest at all times. Some buyers fear that their agent might have different motivations, or that they aren't on the same page. If you have doubts, change agents. Never settle or take any random agent that comes along as your buyer's agent.

You and your agent should be committed to each other. Sit down before you begin the process and speak to your agent, much like a job interview. And if you have any doubts about your agent's abilities or motivations, find another agent.

"We'll never find a house in time for..."

A real estate purchase should never be rushed. If you have a firm deadline creeping up, make a plan B. For example, many buyers face an expiring lease or a school application deadline. If you are three months out from a deadline and you haven't found a house, take the pressure off by putting an alternate plan in place.

Home buying is an expensive and complicated transaction. You don't want to rush into a purchase and make a mistake. It's much easier and safer to get another rental or find a temporary address or try some out-of-the-box idea. It may be a little inconvenient, but you can handle it.

If something scares you about a home, the buying process, or a third-party involved in the sale, voice your concerns. Listen to your voice of reason, and stick with your gut. Many home buyers' initial fears will fall by the wayside as the buyer gets into the market. Take it slow, and don't be afraid to take a step back to allow time and space to think things through. It's better to take your time than to let buying your dream home become a nightmare.

If you're looking to purchase or sell a home, come to New Mexico Mountain Properties and our enormous selection of homes for sale in Angel fire as well as our Taos homes for sale. If its land you're looking for, we have the biggest selection in Angel Fire and Taos. We also have scenic condos in Angel Fire. Give us a call at 575-377-2626 in Angel Fire, 575-758-5852 in Taos, or call our agent direct at 575-770-3306.

Late Spring Hiking in Taos

The snow is now melting and it will be time to hike at higher elevations. For now, the lower-elevation hikes near the river are still good choices in the morning and on the cooler days. Las Minas Trail begins at the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center in Pilar. You can visit the center for maps and advise. The trail begins at just more than 6000 feet and climbs 400 feet to the over-look bench. The hike is moderately steep in this section, and there's a sprinkling of wildflowers on the trail. Look for the scarlet paint brush lavender-colored phlox, white evening primrose and the purple pincushion cactus.

After the first overlook the trail heads southeast away from the edge. Continue on the rocky trail as it switches back towards the rim. An additional climb of 500 feet and about a mile of hiking bring the hiker to a flat overlook spot with views to the Rio Grande and all the way to Pedernal to the southwest. This is a good spot for lunch to end the hike or rest before continuing on.

Be sure to bring enough water for everyone in your group, including dogs. There are no water sources available and I can be hot on a clear day. On the way home, you may want to consider a visit to the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center. If you plan to stay more than a half hour there is a $3 per day use, payable at the fee stations.

If you are feeling adventurous on the way home, you can continue north of NM 570 and cross the Taos Junction Bridge. Drive 2 miles up the dirt road switchbacks for views down into the gorge. From the top of the rim, it is 8 miles north on the west rim road to the Rio Grande gorge bridge.

While you're visiting the Rio Grande gorge you may want to take some time out and come see our Modern, top of the line, efficient, luxuriant Earthship homes we have to offer in Taos, New Mexico, We also offer Land in Taos NM. Come see our vast selection of homes for sale in Taos New Mexico and Angel Fire New Mexico. Take a look at our condos for sale in the Taos Ski Valley and Angel Fire Resort.

Whatever you are looking for we will help you find it, our agents go above and beyond the normal, and give exceptional service. Please call us at 575-377-2626 in Angel Fire, 575-758-5852 in Taos, or call Paula directly at 575-770-3306.

What loans can affect your credit worthiness

Different types of debt can boost your credit score -- but over borrowing can hurt you

When you're shopping for a mortgage, your credit score is a really big deal; it can make or break your mortgage approval and ultimately determine whether you get that home for sale in New Mexico. But before you analyze your credit score, it's important to look at how your existing debt affects that score.

Debt comes in two types: secured and unsecured. When you borrow money to buy a house, the bank can take back the house to recoup its money if you don't pay the debt. That means the debt is secured -- it's balanced against something you want to keep and gives the bank some measure of security that it can recover the money it lent you. Unsecured debt, on the other hand, means the bank can't reclaim what you're buying with the borrowed money. (Credit card debt and student loans are unsecured.) The following four key consumer loans affect your mortgage worthiness in different ways. Read on to find out what steps you can take to improve your credit if you have these loans (or are considering them), so you can qualify for the best mortgage rates out there.

1. Student loans

Student loans are unsecured debt, but they're not necessarily bad for your credit score if you pay your bills on time. Because they often take decades to pay off, student loans can actually help your score. Likewise, other loans held (and paid consistently) over a long period raise your score. Student loans will figure into your overall debt-to-income ratio, though, so a large student loan or other loan might affect your ability to qualify for (and afford!) a mortgage.

2. Auto loans

Auto loans are secured debt, because the lender can repossess the car if you don't pay up. In some cases, auto loans raise your credit score by diversifying the types of debt you carry. And because auto loans are harder to get than credit cards, some mortgage lenders may look favorably on you because you've already been approved for a loan that wasn't a slam-dunk.

3. Payday loans

Payday loans don't usually show up on your credit report. But if you default on the loan, it could ding your credit. These loans are unsecured -- the lender doesn't have any collateral -- and their interest rates are often exorbitant.

4. Existing mortgage loans

Mortgages are the classic example of a secured debt, because the bank has the ultimate collateral -- a piece of property. Mortgages, when paid on time, are great for your credit score. However, missed payments on previous mortgages will make your new lender nervous.

If you already have a mortgage and are applying for a second one, the new lender will want to be sure you can afford to pay both bills every month, so they will look closely at your debt-to-income ratio. If your second mortgage is for a rental property, you may expect the rental income to count toward the income side of the equation. However, most lenders won't count rental income until you've been a landlord for two years. Until then, you'll have to qualify for any additional mortgages by using documented income from other.

Here at New Mexico Mountain Properties we will help you locate the perfect home you're looking for. You will find beautiful mountain land for sale in Angel Fire, our homes for sale in Angel Fire capture the majestic mountain views. We also have condos for sale in Angel Fire, which gives you convenience of walking to the slopes. Or live off the land in our Earthships located in Taos, New Mexico.

Our knowledgeable brokers will help you with whatever you are looking for, We have the best Taos real estate agents and Angel Fire Real Estate agents to help you in your search. Please call us at 575-377-2626 in Angel Fire, 575-758-5852 in Taos, or call Paula directly at 575-770-3306.

How to Choose The Best Agent for your Real Estate needs

Searching for a home and engaging with a real estate agent today is not the same as it was a generation ago. The space (both physical and virtual) between the buyer and the real estate agent was much larger, and coming together was slower and more methodical.

If a buyer saw a For Sale sign or an ad in the paper, they might call the real estate agency's office, get some information, and move on. Or they could walk into an open house solo. They could be rather anonymous.

But today's home buyers live online. They can click, text or email with agents, and seriously engage within hours. But does that mean they are active and serious buyers ready to transact? Not necessarily.

The real estate agent's experience

Meanwhile, real estate agents, who are commission-only independent contractors, will sometimes drive around for hours showing homes. They may take these buyers around for days or weeks, thinking they have a live client they can help. They might make an offer or two on behalf of the customer, even be present at a two- to three-hour-long home inspection ... all before the buyer decides to back out. They may buy a different house from the agent, or they may not.

Well-intentioned, hardworking agents can end up feeling like their time isn't valued -- particularly when they never hear from that buyer again.

Who's responsible?

Is it incumbent on the agent to be better at time management and qualifying their potential buyer clients? Or should the buyer be clear with the agent early on if they aren't serious just yet? I think that the consumer comes first, and it's up to the agent to better qualify -- as best they can. But it's also part of the business, and par for the course. Agents sign up for a sales job, and they can't win every deal. They need to ask lots of questions of their new "client" before offering up their time and cashing a paycheck that doesn't exist.

Some consumers relish the attention they receive from this new "friend" who will drive those places, show them around, and teach them something new about the world of real estate. If the buyer isn't paying for the agent's time, the reasoning often goes, why not take a few rides and see some great houses? But soon-to-be homeowners should be mindful of their intentions, and considerate of the resources the agent is delivering.

So what's a buyer to do?

Should everyone stop looking online or clicking the "Contact Agent" button? No way. Consumers should always feel free to click away, ask questions and gather information.

But they should be mindful of how things work once they start seriously engaging. Most buyers don't realize that there is a process to buying a home, and that it rarely happens overnight. From the time they first click on the photo of the killer master bathroom until they get the keys, it might be one year and three dozen (or more) house tours.

And if things don't feel right with the agent with whom you engage early on, move on. Keep researching independently, or get a referral for a good local agent. Or, better yet, just go with the flow and the right agent will come along organically.

And what about agents?

Real estate professionals need to understand that one text, click or email does not make an active buyer. A good agent has a handle on the sales process, and asks buyers lots of questions to get a read on them. A good agent fills their sales funnel with a mix of folks in all parts of the home buying process.

Early on, an agent needs to be a guiding light, resourceful and ready to answer questions. As some of their buyers get more serious, smart real estate pros know where to direct their attention.

The agents at New Mexico Mountain properties will be your guiding light, they are resourceful and always ready to answer any of your questions. Living in this beautiful valley you may choose to buy another angel fire home, or even convince a relative or friend to move here. If you do, choose NM Mountain Properties for all your real estate needs!! Call 575-377-2626 in Angel Fire, Taos is 575-758-5852 or call an agent directly at 575-770-3306.

Home improvement ideas that can help add value to your home

If you want to increase your profit potential, strategic home improvement ideas in these six categories -- some of which won't cost you a thing -- will give you the biggest return on your investment.

1. A budget-friendly kitchen remodel

Real estate agents will tell you time and again: Kitchens and baths are what sell a home. A dated kitchen can be a big turnoff, and there are lots of ways, both big and small, you can make yours as refreshing and inviting as possible, without investing in a total overhaul. When it comes to spiffing up your kitchen for resale, you don't need to majorly splurge to make a better impression on buyers.

Instead, bring the space to the point of what's known as "builder-grade luxury": Replace basic black appliances with stainless steel, for example, and ditch the laminate countertops in favor of granite. Yes, these home improvement ideas might sound pricey, and you could spend a pretty penny on appliances and granite, but builder-grade improvements stop far short of those over-the-top luxuries. So make your decisions with thriftiness in mind: choose one of the more affordable granite countertops (such as Napoli, Baltic Brown, or St. Cecilia), with a crisp and in-style beveled edge. Leave higher-end stone and more ornate beveling for your next home. The cost to upgrade appliances and/or countertops will vary within the four-digit range. But to keep this upgrade within your budget, try to find a deeply discounted appliance at an outlet or local "scratch-and-dent" store -- where almost-perfect pieces come with perfectly approachable price tags.

Want an even cheaper way to give your kitchen a quick face-lift? Simply refinish or repaint your cabinetry and add updated hardware (such as new hinges and drawer pulls), which can dramatically transform the look of the room for less than $100. Your best bet is to choose colors and styles that are likely to appeal to the widest range of homebuyers and make them feel as if they've walked right into their dream kitchen Pinterest board. 2. Upgrade the bathroom

When it comes to bathrooms, most buyers envision themselves relaxing in a modern, sleek space. The most basic upgrade starts with replacing old, pastel, 3-by-3 ceramic tile with modern tile like white subway-style ceramic or 12-by-12 porcelain tiles in a neutral hue. Replacing your plastic tub surround with a tiled shower costs about $1,000 but makes a big difference, and for an extra $100 to $150, you can also add a recessed alcove (a built-in wall niche for your shampoo bottles).

As with a kitchen remodel, consider which changes will have maximum impact. You may not need to replace that old pedestal sink. Instead, you could change out the faucet -- upgrade it from nicked brass to sleek new chrome -- and hang some luxurious towels next to it. The same goes for quirky floor tile; choose a new paint color that will enhance it rather than clash with it. Make sure the colors and styles you choose are as universally appealing as possible so buyers see a space they know they can live with. And again, scrub your bathroom from top to bottom -- there is no bigger turnoff than yellowed grout and leftover toothpaste in the sink.

3. Pick neutral paint colors

Paint still reigns supreme as the easiest and cheapest way to refresh any room, especially if you do the work yourself. Whites and neutrals can help buyers envision themselves in the space, since they provide a blank slate to serve as a backdrop for buyers' stuff. Forgo that bold navy accent wall -- the idea of priming and painting over it will just stress buyers out. Plus, lighter earth tones look good with hardwood floors, and white always brightens a room. If your rooms include mixed wood surfaces (floors, doors, and cabinets), select a neutral color and ask your local paint purveyor to mix in a few drops of gold to add warmth and harmonize discordant wood tones.\

4. Make an impact with flooring

Like paint, quality flooring can drastically change the look and feel of your rooms. Hardwood is always appealing to a wide range of buyers, as are high-quality laminate options and (affordable!) ecofriendly choices like bamboo and cork. If your home is hiding hardwood floors under that carpeting, let them shine if they're in good condition. If you already have hardwood floors but they're looking a little worse for wear, it's time to invest in a good sanding and refinishing. Whether you go the DIY route and rent a sander or pay someone to get it up to snuff, you're looking at a few hundred dollars for like-new floors. Just be realistic about your DIY skills before tackling a refinishing project. Gouged floors can bring your home's appeal way down, so if you're not handy, choose a pro instead.

Kitchens and baths gain value with tile or laminate flooring, which are both visually appealing and easy to clean. Carpeting is still acceptable in bedrooms, especially if it's plush, in great condition, and in a neutral color. But more and more buyers are turning away from carpeting altogether, so if you're in doubt about whether to replace your carpets or install different flooring, hardwood (or its more-affordable cousin, bamboo) is your best bet. Even a basic snap-to hardwood installation can beat out wall-to-wall carpeting when it comes time to sell.

5. Consider home staging

Staging your home helps buyers imagine themselves living in the space, and it's a relatively inexpensive way to dress up features you're trying to highlight. The first step is clearing the entire home of any clutter and removing any overly personal touches like family photos or children's artwork. Furniture should be arranged in a way that flows well and maximizes space -- buyers will feel claustrophobic if they need to navigate around big pieces as they move from room to room. If you can, bring in a professional home stager or interior designer to consult on the ideal room arrangements. Otherwise, use the following tips for a DIY approach. In each room, place furniture so it feels inviting and functional -- just because you can't live without a footstool next to your bed for Fluffy to climb on doesn't mean it should stay there when your home is on the market. In the living room, seating and tables can be configured into social and conversational areas, while placing an armchair in an empty bedroom nook will frame it as a cozy reading spot. Bright lighting will make spaces seem larger, so turn on those lamps, and make sure your decor and artwork enhance their surroundings rather than distract from them. Depending on whether you need to add, subtract, or rearrange, staging shouldn't cost very much at all, especially relative to how much of a boost it could give your home when it comes to bringing in buyers and helping your home sell quickly.

6. Amp up your curb appeal

Don't neglect your home's exterior. If buyers don't like what they see when they first pull up, they may not even get out of the car. To make the outside of your home appealing, ensure all walkways are clear, the landscaping is neat and tidy, and everything is in good repair. This may require more substantial repairs like repainting or replacing siding, fixing loose shutters, and sealing those cracks in the driveway. Or it could be as simple as mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, and planting a few colorful annuals to make sure nothing looks bare. Add one or two "homey" final touches, like a new welcome mat, new or repainted mailbox, updated house numbers, and an outdoor seating area with festive lights. Your home will feel extra inviting from the get-go -- and just may get a quick offer if it's love at first sight.

If you're looking to purchase or sell a home, come to New Mexico Mountain Properties and our enormous selection of homes for sale in Angel fire as well as our Taos homes for sale. If its land you're looking for, we have the biggest selection in Angel Fire and Taos. We also have scenic condos in Angel Fire. Give us a call at 575-377-2626 in Angel Fire, 575-758-5852 in Taos, or call our agent direct at 575-770-3306.

Zipline Adventure Tour in Angel Fire New Mexico

Zipline Adventure Tours | Opens May 28 The Zip Line in Agua Fria is high above the stunning Moreno Valley for an exciting zipline ride. We are sold out for some prime time slots already, so now is the time to secure yours to enjoy another zipline tour this summer.

Book the stay and zip package to SAVE When you book your lodging together with your zipline tours - you save. Just choose your favorite accommodations & book today! ] The Lodge Stay right at the base on the Mountain at The Lodge of Angel Fire Resort with easy access to restaurants & activities.

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RV Resort Stay at the new luxury RV Resort with plenty of accommodations like the club house, bath house, hot tub, Wi-Fi and much more.

Book online or call 800-633-7463 to make your reservations.

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Make Sure Your Home Appraises As High As Possible

1. Make those small repairs you've been postponing Your house isn't going to morph into a mega-mansion overnight, so some of the considerations for an appraisal (such as the number of rooms, square footage, and location) aren't negotiable. But you can make the most of your home's features. "Make sure that all the major systems have been serviced and that everything in the home appears to be maintained and functional. For appraisers, the condition of a home often matters more than the year it was built.

2. Improve your homes outside appeal

You might not pay much attention to your home's exterior, especially if you typically enter and exit through the garage or a side door. But curb appeal matters to potential buyers, and it matters to appraisers too. If you're wondering what else you can do (besides mowing the lawn) to boost curb appeal: Here's a quick landscaping fix:

• Strategically place container gardens • Mulch flower beds • Wipe down existing foliage and outdoor lights • Stage patios or porches with seating and pillows

3. Create a file of all recent improvements, upgrades, and tax documents. If you spend any money on your home, save all your receipts and keep them in a filing cabinet. (Or digitize the documents and store them on your computer.) It's also a good idea to take before-and-after photographs of any improvements and upgrades. By staying organize, you can easily prove to the appraiser what you did to improve and upgrade your home, and how much you spent. Also be sure to include documentation for any permits that were pulled as part of home improvement projects.

4. Know the comparisons in your area

One of the best ways to determine the value of your home is to compare it with similar homes nearby that have recently sold. If you know the comparisons as well as or better than the appraiser, you can challenge any lowball comparison they might use. ". Instead, here's a better approach: "Go to your local county offices and find out exactly what properties have sold in your area in the last six months and then go see them in person. You might find out that the property with the lowest sale price was a tear down.

5. Don't be forceful

To present the appraiser with all the great information you've gathered, you need to do so diplomatically, or all your efforts could be wasted. Meet the appraiser, and be as nice as possible but not overbearing, State that you have some information to share with them before they get started. You would then go over your Intel (don't forget to mention the brand-new shopping center nearby) and then let them do their job undisturbed. If you hover, the appraiser might wonder what you're trying to hide. One the appraiser is finished, you have one last chance to offer assistance. Ask the appraiser if they have any questions and if they feel there will be any issues with the appraisal.

If you're looking to purchase or sell a home, come to New Mexico Mountain Properties and our enormous selection of homes for sale in Angel fire as well as our Taos homes for sale. If its land you're looking for, we have the biggest selection in Angel Fire and Taos. We also have scenic condos in Angel Fire. Give us a call at 575-377-2626 in Angel

How To Sell A House With Tenants

Is the real estate market continues to recover in many parts of the country, millions of homeowners will consider getting back in the market, after unsuccessful attempts just a few years ago. When they couldn't sell their home, many owners became what we call "unintentional landlords." They were forced to rent the home because they had to move. As home values increase, the option to sell becomes a reality. But this time, they're trying to sell a tenant-occupied home.

A tenant can make or break your sale. You have to plan well in advance, and communicate openly with your tenant for the sale to be a success. In some cases, you may even have to postpone it. If you're the owner of a tenant-occupied property that you want to sell, you've essentially got two options. Here's what you need to know about each.

Option 1: Wait for the lease to expire Most real estate agents would argue that a seller should wait for the rental agreement to expire. Tenants can sometimes be a bit of a wild card in the high-stakes real estate game, so some agent's feel it's best to proceed after the tenant leaves. After that, make some cosmetic fixes to clean up the home, and sell it vacant. Waiting may be especially important if you have a difficult tenant or one who is unhappy that their home is "being sold out from under them." The last thing you want is to make showing the home more difficult -- and a disgruntled tenant could easily do that by mucking up paint or leaving his place a mess. The result is that your property looks less appealing to potential buyers, which can have a dramatic effect on your bottom line. On the other hand, selling a vacant rental unit isn't always ideal for the seller's finances. It can take months from the time the home goes on the market until it's sold -- months during which the landlord receives no rent. This can be especially trying for sellers whose homes have been a long-term financial burden.

Option 2: Sell while the tenant is still there

It can be beneficial to keep your tenants in your home during the marketing and sales process, provided you have a good relationship with them. Homes show better with furniture, giving buyers a better feeling for what it would be like to live there. Ready to sell but have a tenant in place? Do your best to work with them. Most tenants, upon hearing that the landlord would like to sell, immediately start looking for a new place to live. They'd rather just move on and not have to deal with keeping their home clean all the time, plus showings and phone calls from agents. If your home is in a desirable neighborhood, you plan to price it right, and you believe it could sell quickly, use your tenant to your advantage. Lower their rent for a month or two leading up to the showing, and provide them with an incentive to stay a little longer. If they agree to cooperate, guarantee them enough time to find another place and move. And if they're helping you to get the home sold quickly, offer to help pay their moving costs. Give thought to the message and delivery Most tenants really don't want to hold up your sale. Others will protest, and those are the ones who make the headlines or get talked about in real estate war stories. If you have difficult tenants and suspect they won't be cooperative, simply let the lease run out. Or find a way to legally take the home back, and sell it vacant. But if you have a good relationship with your tenant, try to work with them. No tenant wants to be surprised with little (or no) notice that they must vacate. Ultimately, the success of dealing with a tenant during a sale is less about the message itself, but in how the message is delivered.

Here at New Mexico Mountain properties, we take all the hassle out of dealing with tenants. We do it for you. We will also help you locate the perfect home you're looking for. You will find beautiful mountain land for sale in Angel Fire, our homes for sale in Angel Fire capture the majestic mountain views. We also have condos for sale in Ange Fire, which gives you convenience of walking to the slopes. Or live off the land in our Earthships in Taos, New Mexico. Whatever you are looking for we will help you find it, our agents go above and beyond the normal, and give exceptional service. Please call us at 575-377-2626 in Angel Fire, 575-758-5852 in Taos, or call an agent directly at 575-770-3306.

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