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8 Things Your Home Inspector Won’t Inspect

Don't overlook these areas that may be outside your inspector's expertise.

Inspection day is exciting. It's an opportunity to spend an extended period in your new-to-you Angel Fire or Taos, NM, real estate, exploring every nook, cranny, closet, and attic. Besides running all the faucets, testing the appliances, and peeling back that shag carpet to check for hardwood (fingers crossed!), what else should be inspected? Simply put: Everything.

Your home inspector should examine every square inch of the house, from the electric garage door to the built-in microwave. Faulty construction, improper electrical wiring, inefficient insulation, old heating, building permit violations, and other unseen problems can lead to expensive home repairs -- large and small. However, don't assume that if you hire a home inspector, they will be able to tell you absolutely everything you need to know about the house.

Home inspectors are very careful not to take on liability for issues outside their area of expertise, so there are certain areas that home inspectors will be hesitant to "sign off" on. Fill in the blanks by following up with additional inspectors who are experts in the following eight fields.

1. Roof inspection

You'll need to call in a roof specialist if your inspector isn't qualified to inspect the roof. Also, keep in mind that the roof may be difficult to access and examine if it's covered with snow. In this case, it may be possible to include a special provision that allows you to extend the inspection contingency specifically to accommodate the roof, in the hope that the weather improves.

2. Chimney inspection

If you or your home inspector suspect instability or hints of structural damage, it's important to hire a chimney specialist. The specialist will be able to use a "chimney cam" (a small video camera used to inspect the chimney from the inside) to uncover hidden damage.

3. Geological inspection

A property on a cliff or hillside, or one that is located in a flood zone, can benefit from a geological inspection. The inspector could unearth a severe drainage or ground-shifting problem -- and save you thousands in repair costs down the line.

4. Sewer inspection

Your inspector may be able to tell whether things are, um, "flowing," but a sewer expert can get a better sense of the integrity of your sewer line with a sewer camera to discover cracks or breaks from the house to the street. A sewer inspection is critical for properties that are heavily landscaped, where root growth can crack and clog the pipeline. Don't overestimate the importance of this inspection; a sewer line replacement can be an enormous expense.

5. Termite inspection

The seller commonly pays for this inspection, because many lenders will need one before approving a loan on the house. Regardless of who pays, make sure you review the finished report and that all the recommended work has been completed.

6. Moisture, mold, and toxin inspection

It's important to check for moisture in any crawlspace, basement, or below ground level areas. Moisture indicates a potential mold problem -- if there isn't one already. Be sure your house has a clean bill of mold health, especially in wet areas close to oceans or lakes.

7. Asbestos inspection

If the house was built prior to 1975, you will need an asbestos inspection. Asbestos can be present on insulation around ducting, water heaters, and pipes. If it is accessible and can be removed by an asbestos specialist, consider asking the seller to foot the bill.

8. Nonconforming-use inspection

The issue of nonconforming use does not require a specific additional inspector. It is usually a joint effort between your inspector and your real estate agent to determine if all additions and major changes have been properly permitted. Converted garages, sun porches, or add-on bedrooms can increase square footage, but when completed improperly, they can add headaches when it's time to make them legal.

Whether you are looking to buy a home in Taos or Angel Fire or sell your Angel Fire or Taos home call on Paula. We have two offices to serve you. In Angel Fire call (575) 377-2626 or in Taos call (575) 758-5852. There are many homes to choose from. We are members of the Taos Multiple Listing Service, so if you don't find the Taos property or property in Angel Fire that you are looking for on our site, you can access listings throughout The Enchanted Circle via the Taos MLS to view all Taos Real Estate and Angel Fire Real Estate listings. To speak directly to a broker call Paula at 575-770-3306. We are dedicated to making your dream a reality.

Obtained from Trulia

Should You Take Your Home Off the Market for the Holidays?

Home sellers often suggest to their agents that they should take their listings off the market during the winter holidays.

Surely nothing happens between now and the end of the year.

It's best to wait for the spring selling season, right?

Perhaps surprisingly, the answer is: not necessarily.

Conventional wisdom used to be that you shouldn't even try to sell your home during the busy holiday season.

But with the Internet, smartphones, tablets and our always-on lifestyle, that conventional wisdom isn't relevant anymore. The reality is, the home-buying season is now year-round.

Here's why you should consider listing your home during the holidays -- or even in January.

Today's buyers check the listings 24×7

These days, serious buyers are always real estate aware -- and the holidays are no exception. They may check out the latest listings in a mobile real estate app. before bed or while waiting for the bus. You know the drill. We can't pull ourselves away. Our hectic lifestyles also play a role. Many serious buyers today work hard. They don't shift into holiday mode until the last minute. Even during the holiday break, they're still squeezing in work. There's no such thing for them as "going off the grid." So why not continue to monitor real estate listings, too?

The inventory -- your competition -- is lighter

Despite our always-on lifestyles, many sellers still believe buyers stop looking come mid-November. At the same time, sellers who've had their homes on the market for months often take them off now to give the listing "a rest."

The net effect is that the inventory for good homes often tightens this time of year. There's less competition for sellers, at a time when motivated buyers are out there looking -- and no doubt wishing there were more properties to see.

If you've been considering selling, are motivated, are flexible on timing, and have a salable home, consider listing right after Thanksgiving. There's still a window of several weeks to get buyers into your home before the end of the year.

And those buyers swiping right will be excited to see something new and awesome hit the market. Buyers will be motivated to see your home, regardless of what the calendar says.

Update a slow mover

If your property has been on the market for months, most buyers and their agents will assume its stale, overpriced or that something is "wrong" with it, no matter how light the competition is.

In that case, it's time to take action, and the year-end holidays can be a great opportunity to shift course. Dramatically reducing the price or overcoming some major obstacle that's been preventing the sale might be what's needed to sell your home.

If you received lower offers early on but weren't ready to accept them, or you keep hearing there are issues with how your property shows, this is a good time to show the market you're listening and are serious about selling.

The motivated buyers, desperate for good inventory, will notice you and take a look. Strike while the iron is hot. You might even get a sale closed before the end of the year. But before you make any big changes, talk it over with your real estate agent, as always.

Plan B: List in January

Admittedly, the thought of keeping the house clean, holding open houses and vacating to accommodate last-minute showings during the holidays is a deal breaker for some would-be sellers.

If so, consider listing your property after New Year's Day. Traditionally, not much inventory comes onto the market in early January. While January inventory is typically still very tight, the number of buyers may be growing. Often, new buyers are ready to jump into the market as soon as possible. Some buyers are motivated to search for a home in January because of year-end tax planning.

Whatever the buyers' motivation, for sellers it means one thing: Demand for homes can increase at a time when inventory is traditionally low. And that means if you're ready to sell, you'll have an even more "captive" audience during the holidays, all the way through January.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home in Angel Fire or Taos, look to New Mexico Mountain Properties for all of your Real Estate needs. Our warm and inviting staff will help you get exactly what you are looking for, like our majestic mountain homes for sale in Angel Fire will give you the mountain setting you may want while our unique Taos homes for sale will let you get in touch with your creative side. Our Taos Ski Valley and Angel Fire condos for sale will put you right next to all the winter activities. If you're looking to build your own home, then our Angel Fire and Taos land for sale will give you the freedom to create your own dream home. If you are seeking to live totally off the grid, then look to our Taos Earthships for sale. Whatever you're looking for we can help you find it. Give us a call at 575-377-2626 in Angel Fire, 575-758-5852 in Taos or 575-770-3306 to speak directly to an agent. We are here to serve and welcome you to our spectacular area.

Information obtained from Zillow

Surprising Reasons To Buy A House In Real Estate’s “Worst Month”

The holidays might not be the most popular time to buy a home, but with lower buyer competition, motivated sellers, and year-end tax benefits, there are some good reasons to consider. So, if you're in the market, take note of these several benefits.

1. Bargain prices

The final month of the year is known for frantic shopping and countless holiday parties but not necessarily for purchasing a home -- and this can work in your favor. With fewer buyers in the marketplace, the available homes for sale are priced to sell. Plus, with fewer active buyers, there's less likelihood of bidding wars, and escalator clauses.

2. Flexible schedules

There's no need to wait until Saturday or Sunday to cram eight house showings into your schedule. Rather than using up your precious weekends, take an end-of-year vacation day on a weekday to check out the available inventory (especially if your company has a "use it or lose it" policy). Chances are, your agent has some time on their hands as well and would appreciate staying busy throughout December.

3. Motivated sellers

If a home is on the real estate market in December, there's usually a specific reason the sellers are looking to move: It could be job relocation, financial hardship, or personal change of circumstance. Regardless, it gives you an opportunity to negotiate a sweet deal -- lowball the listing price and ask for a closing date that works with your schedule.

4. Tax benefits

Purchasing a home in 2016 is good for your bottom line when tax time rolls around. If you close by December 31, you can deduct property taxes, mortgage interest, origination points on your loan, and interest costs -- all while building equity in your home. These deductions can be huge money savers, especially in the early years of your loan when you're paying off interest.

5. Lending lull

With everyone off celebrating the holidays, December is traditionally a lean month for mortgage brokers. That gives you an advantage in building the best possible mortgage you can. Since there are fewer real estate transactions, loan officers may be motivated to offer special incentives and possibly waive or reduce origination fees. With so few loans in the pipeline, underwriting turnaround times will be quick. You may be able to negotiate a better price with the seller if you're able to close the purchase in under 30 days.

When looking for the best Taos or Angel Fire Real Estate let us help you find your dream home. With amazing homes for sale in Angel Fire and Taos, you are sure to find that perfect home. Maybe land for sale in Taos and Angel Fire might be what you are looking for to build your dream home or live off the grid in our stunning Earthship homes for sale in Taos. How about a fabulous condo for sale in Angel Fire that puts you close to the slopes? Whatever you fancy, we are here to assist. Call us at 575-377-2626 in Angel Fire or 575-758-5852 in Taos our dedicated knowledgeable agents go that extra mile to find exactly what you require. To speak directly to a broker call Paula at 575-770-3306. We are here to serve and welcome you to our growing community.

Client Testimonial

When looking for a Real Estate Broker to sell your home in Taos or Angel Fire or to purchase a home in Angel Fire or Taos contact Paula Madappa.

Here is a review from one of Paula's former clients...

...There aren't many real estate brokers in northern New Mexico that have Paula's qualifications. When it came time to sell our home at Hidden Lake, there was no doubt that she possessed the professional skills, the stamina, and most importantly, the client base to sell our home.

Selling a home in northern New Mexico - especially a high end home - is a challenge. The market is not like California or Florida where a bidding war can occur after three days, resulting in a sale over your asking price. In New Mexico, you've got to find an agent who can effectively market your property over a long period of time and not lose interest. There are likely to be many twists and turns along the way to selling your property, and you've got to have an agent who can keep up.

Paula is exactly that kind of person. We have known her since the 1990s and watched her build a great business based on honesty, consistency, and of course, a great client list.

Here are some of the reasons that make Paula Madappa a great choice:

1 - Long time presence in the real estate business in northern New Mexico. She's plugged into the market and knows what's trending.

2 - Great business location. She commands one of the most prominent locations in Angel Fire with a business location that is visible to virtually everyone who enters town.

3 - Great internet presence. Rather than hide in the backwoods of this rural area, Paula has heavily invested in her internet presence, expanding her client base and potential for new contacts exponentially.

4 - Professionalism - Setbacks do occur, and when they have, Paula has taken them in stride and dealt with them in a professional manner. So whether you're considering the sale of your home or looking for one to buy, we recommend a visit to Paula Madappa at New Mexico Mountain Properties. She has the tools you need to get it done.

Donald L. Fink • Service provided: Helped me sell a home • Year: 2014

Whether you are looking to buy a home in Taos or Angel Fire or sell your Angel Fire or Taos home call on Paula. We have two offices to serve you. In Angel Fire call (575) 377-2626 or in Taos call (575) 758-5852. There are many homes to choose from. We are members of the Taos Multiple Listing Service, so if you don't find the Taos property or property in Angel Fire that you are looking for on our site, you can access listings throughout The Enchanted Circle via the Taos MLS to view all Taos Real Estate and Angel Fire Real Estate listings. To speak directly to a broker call Paula at 575-770-3306. We are dedicated to making your dream a reality.

5 Affordable Upgrades That Won’t Over Improve Your Home

Whether you plan on moving in the distant (or not-so-distant) future, these upgrades could be worth making before you go. Say you're living in a starter home. You don't plan on being there forever, but you also aren't going anywhere anytime soon. You'd like to make some home improvements, but you're worried you won't get much return on your investment when you're ready to sell.

While this thinking could be accurate if you're planning to fully gut and renovate your kitchen, there are plenty of projects that will add enjoyment to your day-to-day living These five projects are inexpensive (around $5,000 or less) to implement and will provide you with enjoyment for years to come -- or at least until you hang that "for sale" sign in the front yard.

1. Swap out your kitchen countertops

But don't assume granite is always the best choice. Granite isn't as special as it once was because every kitchen has it now. If the countertops are the only upgrade you're planning, splurge on recycled glass (around $85 per square foot) for a true wow factor, or for a less expensive but equally stunning option, try quartz (around $60 to $75 per square foot). Stick with neutral colors which will appear clean and bright and won't turn off potential buyers.

2. Invest in a free-standing fireplace

Adding tons of character without breaking the bank. Free-standing units use piping to vent the smoke out of the home so it makes for an easier, more cost-effective installation.

3. Increase your living space with decking

An affordable extension of your home and a perfect place to entertain guests or relax with your family. Decking materials can be used to create patios, outdoor living rooms, and even outdoor kitchens.

4. Add low-voltage outdoor lighting

Think lights along your driveway, walkways, and patio, and uplights on trees. Once you have a lighting system in place, make sure to install timers, which can also deter burglars.

5. Give your exterior a makeover

Have your house exterior and front porch professionally power-washed, upgrade light fixtures (this can be as simple as replacing the bulbs, swap out the hardware on your front door, upgrade your mailbox, replace worn-out or broken shutters, and freshen up your landscaping.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home in Angel Fire or Taos, look to New Mexico Mountain Properties for all of your Real Estate needs. Our warm and inviting staff will help you get exactly what you are looking for, like our majestic mountain homes for sale in Angel Fire will give you the mountain setting you may want while our unique Taos homes for sale will let you get in touch with your creative side. Our Taos Ski Valley and Angel Fire condos for sale will put you right next to all the winter activities. If you're looking to build your own home, then our Angel Fire and Taos land for sale will give you the freedom to create your own dream home. If you are seeking to live totally off the grid, then look to our Taos Earthships for sale. Whatever you're looking for we can help you find it. Give us a call at 575-377-2626 in Angel Fire, 575-758-5852 in Taos or 575-770-3306 to speak directly to an agent. We are here to serve and welcome you to our spectacular area.

Information obtained from Trulia

Is Fall The Best Time To Buy A House?

If you're serious about buying a home, fall might be the perfect time of year to make it happen. But it has a particular set of challenges too.

There's a reason people love the fall. After months of oppressive summer heat and humidity, autumn is the welcome relief: cool, crisp air and those colorful oft-changing landscapes. Anything pumpkin-flavored is a bonus too. But it's not just the cool weather and football season that you should be excited about. House hunting in the fall can be very successful.

Whether you're looking at homes for sale in Taos or Angel Fire, NM autumn can prove to be a great time to buy. That's not to say it doesn't have its challenges, though. Here are the ways in which buying a home this season can reward you with big dividends or prove to be somewhat difficult.

Pro: Sellers are serious

As in, serious about selling their homes this time of year. "Even though there typically is less inventory, the people that put their homes on the market this time of year are more serious about selling -- otherwise they would wait until spring," explains Brockman. "Motivated sellers equals more flexibility during negotiations. There is often less competition from other buyers because families don't like to move in the middle of a school year, people's lives are caught up in sports and holidays, and generally, there is a cocooning effect that takes place as the days grow colder and shorter." All of that means buyers are at a huge advantage when house hunting in the fall.

Pro: Inventory is low

So while sellers are likely to be more motivated to sell, when it comes to the amount of homes on the market, its slim pickin's this time of year. However, the upside to low inventory is this: Since the supply of listings shrinks this time of year, it's easier to narrow down the list of your top properties.

Pro: There's less competition

While the bulk of buyers rushed to get into their homes before the first day of school, you're in luck as a small minority of buyers looking to purchase a home in the fall. This means you have more time to look and the time necessary to properly negotiate a great deal in terms of price and terms that fit your needs. This also means you're not up against as many multiple-offer situations.

Pro: Move-in dates are (likely) flexible

Which means that instead of having to negotiate a 30-day close, sellers are more likely to work with you on a doable time frame. It makes it easier to negotiate delayed closings or extended occupancy dates. Most people do not want to move during the winter and the holidays and are more flexible with dates and deadlines.

Pro: Negotiating is easier

When a seller is motivated to sell, they're more likely to negotiate a bit more with a buyer. Buyers can capitalize on this urgency and use it to their advantage during negotiations.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home in Angel Fire or Taos, look to New Mexico Mountain Properties for all of your Real Estate needs. Our warm and inviting staff will help you get exactly what you are looking for, like our majestic mountain homes for sale in Angel Fire will give you the mountain setting you may want while our unique Taos homes for sale will let you get in touch with your creative side. Our Taos Ski Valley and Angel Fire condos for sale will put you right next to all the winter activities. If you're looking to build your own home, then our Angel Fire and Taos land for sale will give you the freedom to create your own dream home. If you are seeking to live totally off the grid, then look to our Taos Earthships for sale. Whatever you're looking for we can help you find it. Give us a call at 575-377-2626 in Angel Fire, 575-758-5852 in Taos or 575-770-3306 to speak directly to an agent. We are here to serve and welcome you to our spectacular area.

Information obtained from Trulia

How To (Finally) Get Your Offer Accepted

1. Be pre-approved before making the offer

Being pre-approved shows the seller that you have your financial ducks in a row. Even better is to have your lender pre-underwrite your file, a more thorough process in which you provide all pertinent documents to your lender. Doing this puts you in the same league as all-cash buyers. This will allow you to offer a shorter time to close because you have already cleared all of the financing hurdles, aside from appraisal, before you write the offer.

2. Don't lowball

If you haggle for produce at the farmers market, offering asking price (or above) right out of the gate might not be in your DNA. But attempting to negotiate on a house probably won't help you get to the closing table in a hot market. Go in at listing price or higher if the comparable supports a higher offer price.

3. Decrease your contingencies

Although you should go in with a strong offer, money isn't everything, and it doesn't always buy a seller's happiness. If money's been your only focus until now, change your game plan by waiving some contingencies. If you're pre-approved for a mortgage and have -- or can get a hold of -- some extra cash, you can waive the financial contingency, an agreement that lets you out of the deal if you can't get financing. This is a strategy for those who have extra cash or are using banks that do not require repairs. But keep in mind, if the appraisal comes in low, you must come up with the difference in cash. Another contingency to consider waiving is the home inspection. This is typically not recommended, however, as it removes your ability to ensure that the home is sound. A safer approach is to shorten the inspection period. Don't ask for 14 to 30 days call inspectors and have them ready to go in 24 to 48 hours.

4. Add an escalation clause

If you think a seller will get more than one offer, you can help ensure yours will be the one picked by having your offer automatically increase by a predetermined amount. Note that if the escalation clause is triggered, sellers generally have to disclose the competing offer to keep things honest. Let's say you offer $400,000 for a home with an escalation clause of $5,000 capping at $430,000. If someone else offers $410,000, your offer will automatically escalate to $415,000, beating that other offer. But if another offer comes in higher, such as $450,000, and your cap is $430,000, you would be out.

5. Offer to pay for closing costs or home warranties

Negotiations can include more than just the sale price of the home. There are costs involved with the closing process, and in a hot market, you can use those costs to your advantage by offering to pay them yourself. And here's another option: "Don't ask for a home warranty," says Tracey Hampson. "That is, on average, a $500 savings to the seller. And who wouldn't appreciate that?"

6. Write a personal letter to the sellers

Even if the sellers have a bidding war on their hands, it can still be difficult for them to part with the home they love, the home where they have made many happy memories. Sellers with an emotional attachment often want to know that the new owners will cherish the home as much as they did. Many times, buyers can appeal to the sellers on a personal basis, acknowledging the care the owners have taken with the home and expressing their desire to continue along that same path.

7. Get creative

When trying to get your offer accepted, it can pay to be creative. "Are you an artist? Maybe paint a picture of the house and give it to the seller with your offer," says Jake Goodson, a Portland, OR, broker. "Out-of-the-box stuff always hits home. But at the end of the day, your offer has to stack up financially too."

8. Be willing to wait

When you get too invested in one particular home, you might overbid. Sometimes it's best to step back and evaluate the situation. "There are thousands of homes; there is not a perfect one," says Bruce Ailion, an Atlanta, GA, real estate agent and attorney. Plus, if you wait for all the excitement to die down, you might just get the house anyway. "Many high bidders back out during inspection. The lower bidders may get a second chance at a more appropriate price," says Ailion.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home in Angel Fire or Taos, look to New Mexico Mountain Properties for all of your Real Estate needs. Our warm and inviting staff will help you get exactly what you are looking for, like our majestic mountain homes for sale in Angel Fire will give you the mountain setting you may want while our unique Taos homes for sale will let you get in touch with your creative side. Our Taos Ski Valley and Angel Fire condos for sale will put you right next to all the winter activities. If you're looking to build your own home, then our Angel Fire and Taos land for sale will give you the freedom to create your own dream home. If you are seeking to live totally off the grid, then look to our Taos Earthships for sale. Whatever you're looking for we can help you find it. Give us a call at 575-377-2626 in Angel Fire, 575-758-5852 in Taos or 575-770-3306 to speak directly to an agent. We are here to serve and welcome you to our spectacular area.

Advice for Buyers and Sellers in a Buyers' Market

Whether you're a seller or a buyer, approaching a buyers' market with a plan will get you faster results. When there is an abundance of homes for sale in a particular market, buyers and sellers both need to adapt their strategies. Here's how to proceed from either side of the transaction in a buyers' market.

How to sell in a buyers' market

It's not impossible to sell a home in a buyers' market. For the right price and the right house in the right condition, there will always be a buyer. But the home's true value may not be in line with the seller's expectations. Most sellers refuse to believe the reality of a buyers' market, and a struggle ensues. If you need to sell your home in a buyers' market, you must put your best foot forward from the start. Only the most serious of sellers should list their homes for sale in a down market. Why? If you don't need to move, but would just like to, then you aren't a motivated seller. This means you probably won't be pricing your home in line with recent comparable sales. It is likely to sit on the market for a long time, creating a big stain on your home and your listing. When it does come time to get serious, buyers will discount you.

Be a seller, not a lister

The better option is to stay in the home as long as you can, and wait to list it until you are really ready and motivated to sell it. At that point, it's imperative that you price the home correctly from the start. Also, make the necessary cosmetic improvements: clean, clear and declutter to get the home in its best possible condition. Following this path will ensure your home sells in a timely manner. And you will ultimately net more, having held out, than if you listed the home and had a series of price reductions over a one-year period. Of course, many sellers want to list and see what happens. But living in your home while it's on the market gets tiring. It will never show well after those first few weeks, and many sellers give up trying to present their home well. The better option is to wait it out until the market turns around.

How to buy a home in a buyers' market

Being a buyer in a buyers' market is a rare treat. You have the pick of the litter, lots of options and time on your side. But it does come with risks. There are few buyers and lots of inventory for a reason. Perhaps the economy is down, credit is hard to get, or your local market is slow (and it could get worse). It's hard to time the market, but often maverick buyers do fine in the long run. When you first get into the market, do your research. Understand pricing across the different towns, neighborhoods, and school districts. Buying in a buyers' market just might afford you the opportunity to get into the best area. Once you're in, you're in. It may not be possible to get into the best area six months or a year later. Once you've identified the location or locations you prefer, hit the ground running. Check out the existing inventory. In a buyers' market, there tend to be many homes for sale, and they may sit on the market for six months to a year.

Identify the motivated sellers

If you are a true bargain hunter and value is more important than the home's floor plan, location or lot size, identify the most motivated seller. Often this is the person whose listing has been sitting around forever. Work with your real estate agent, find out why the seller is selling and what their motivation is. The seller's agent can be a great source of information. When you find a motivated seller, make a low offer but make it clean. Complete your inspections quickly, get fully approved for a loan, and make the time frames fast. A foolproof offer, even if low, will motivate a seller to bite the bullet and move on.

Look for the value add

Markets will turn around eventually. Buying in a slow market all but ensures you some equity once things take a turn. And that is a great feeling. But take it one step further. Identify a home in a down market that needs some work, and you have an additional layer of value add or equity. While you don't need to find a total fixer-upper, be open to a kitchen or bathroom renovation. These renovations will add value, and you can make the home yours, instead of buying someone else's choices.

When looking for the best Taos or Angel Fire Real Estate let us help you find your dream home. With amazing homes for sale in Angel Fire and Taos, you are sure to find that perfect home. Maybe land for sale in Taos and Angel Fire might be what you are looking for to build your dream home or live off the grid in our stunning Earthship homes for sale in Taos. How about a fabulous condo for sale in Angel Fire that puts you close to the slopes? Whatever you fancy, we are here to assist. Call us at 575-377-2626 in Angel Fire or 575-758-5852 in Taos our dedicated knowledgeable agents go that extra mile to find exactly what you require. To speak directly to a broker call Paula at 575-770-3306. We are here to serve and welcome you to our growing community.

Information obtained from Trulia

6 Things Preventing Your Home Sale

The reason a home sits on the market longer than expected often boils down to a few easy-to-fix issues. Here are six of the big ones that might stop you from selling a home.

1. You've priced it too high

No matter what you feel your home should be worth, the hard truth is, it's worth only what people are willing to pay. Trust your real estate agent to inform you about a fair price for the current market. If you're dead set on getting your ideal asking price, take an honest look at whether you need to make upgrades to your home or wait for a market uptick.

2. No one knows it's for sale

Simply sticking a "For Sale" sign in the lawn won't cut it. Today's buyers do the majority of their home searching online, which means you need to get your home listed on major real estate sites. You'll also want to make sure your online listing includes plenty of high-quality, well-staged photos.

3. It's got glaring issues

It could be a big issue (such as a failing roof or wonky foundation), or it could be a small but obnoxious issue that buyers just can't get past (your beloved wall-to-wall pink carpeting, let's say). Ask potential buyers for feedback after you conduct showings; their answers may help clue you in to the problem. Some buyers are willing to accept a lower price or a closing credit for a home with a sticking-point issue, but others are turned off from the start and figure it's not worth the hassle of fixing it themselves or trying to negotiate a concession.

4. It doesn't show well

Make sure there is nothing stopping buyers from falling in love with your home during showings. Open blinds and curtains to let in the natural light and put lamps in especially dim areas. Remove any bulky furniture that may make rooms hard to navigate. And take care of small items you've been putting off, like fixing sticky drawer pulls or a leaky faucet. A number of small updates such as these could be turning off buyers.

5. Buyers can't picture themselves living there

Buyers are more likely to make an offer on your house if they can picture their own daily life there. Clean and remove clutter and get rid of personal items such as family photos along the stairway and your kids' artwork on the fridge. If your home is currently empty or near-empty, or your furnishings aren't to most buyers' tastes, you may want to consider staging the rooms.

6. You've neglected the curb appeal

A few simple fixes can make your curb appeal irresistible. Weed and mulch the flower beds, trim the hedges, clear the walkways, and repaint any flaking siding. Consider adding some homey touches such as a wreath on the door or a bench on the porch. You don't need to overspend on landscaping; just focus on making your home look presentable and welcoming.

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The Counteroffer

Most Americans don't have a lot of experience bartering for goods, but it's one of the most important parts of the home-buying process. Buying a home is rarely as simple as making an offer and paying that offer out. Negotiations can go back and forth for weeks before the seller and buyer are both satisfied. The vehicle for this negotiation is the counteroffer -- a vital and complex rejection and counter to an offer made by either party. Counteroffers are typically handled between real estate agents and are time sensitive. Selling or buying a home is more of a process than a transaction, so it's important to understand counteroffers before you make your first offer.

Why was I countered?

As a home buyer, if you make an offer below list price the seller may choose to reject, accept, or simply let the offer expire. Sellers may also counter your proposed closing date. If they need to move out quickly, they may want to push it earlier. Price and closing date negotiations are common from both parties, but there are even more reasons sellers can potentially get countered. The condition of the home is likely the biggest factor here. As home buyers conduct ongoing research into the home, any problems with the condition of the house can result in a counteroffer. Appraisals are another reason for counteroffers. If an appraisal comes in below the agreed-upon sale price, it will affect the amount the mortgage company will lend to the buyer.

Negotiation power

When reviewing a counteroffer, it's important to have an experienced real estate agent who can capitalize on your advantages in a negotiation. Both sellers and buyers can take steps to put themselves in an advantageous position through planning and smart counteroffers. Knowledge is power in negotiations, so try to glean as much information about the seller or buyer as you can. Sometimes sellers use the pending sale of their home to finance another, meaning they have a truncated timeline and could be more eager to make a deal. If you're selling a home with known issues, it's important to anticipate how these problems may put you at a disadvantage during negotiations. These types of issues put sellers at a distinct disadvantage because they have to either pay for repairs, lower the selling price, or reject the counteroffer . This is why it's worth the money (around $500) to pay for an inspection before listing a house. Preparation can save you headache and money down the road.

Responding to a counteroffer

If you've received a counteroffer as a buyer or a seller, carefully review every aspect. . So make sure you read everything carefully before you sign. With each individual counteroffer, take into account every aspect of the sale, including old and new information. If you made an offer above the list price, there is always the possibility for an appraisal to come in low. If you are responding to a counter before an appraisal or inspection, keep those at the forefront of your mind. Prepare yourself for future counteroffers once they are completed. Whether you're selling or buying a home, it's good to establish a baseline. As a buyer, you don't want to spend so much on a home that you move in with no cash for improvements and repairs. And as a seller, you should have a hard figure in mind of how much you want to make off the sale of your home. With a measured and informed approach, counteroffers can be your friend. Communicate often with your agent to let him or her know what you want from the sale.

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Taken from a Zillow Article

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