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Celebrate 2020 in Beautiful Taos and surrounding areas

It's the beginning of a new decade and there is so much to do in the area! From Taos to Angel Fire to Red River, you can find events for everyone from the cultural to the candid and the Enchanted Circle is the place to celebrate with friends and family! Check out our top picks for the best New Mexico has to offer:

***Taos Pueblo Feast Days

Jan. 1 Turtle Dance– Taos Pueblo will open to the public by 9 am to all visitors. No visitors are allowed prior to this time, dances may last all day dependent on weather. No cellphones and/or recording devices allowed. Thank you for respecting our home. (FREE ADMISSION)

Jan. 6 Deer or Buffalo Dance– Dependent on which dance, this is the tentative schedule: Deer dance will start 1 pm (approximately), lasting all afternoon. Buffalo dance will start 11 am (approximately), lasting 2 hours or so.

***New Year's Eve at El Monte Sagrado

Date and Time Tuesday Dec 31, 2019 Wednesday Jan 1, 2020

December 31st 9PM - January 1st - 1AM

Location El Monte Sagrado

Fees/Admission Tickets are $40 with advance purchase and $50 at the door. https://tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/354175?tc=hmt

Website https://www.elmontesagrado.com/

Contact Information El Monte Sagrado - 575.758.3502

***TAOS INN: Come check out Taos Inn December 31st for a NYE celebration and stick around for the Town of Taos New Year's Eve Celebration at Taos Plaza, and the New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks. Lastly, on January 1, be sure to return to Taos Pueblo to witness the symbolic beginning of a new year during the annual Turtle Dance. https://www.taosinn.com/blog/a-terrific-taos-holiday-season

***Angel Fire Resort Bundle up and join us at the base of the mountain for an evening of music and of course our traditional torchlight parade and fireworks. If you are twenty-one or older, after activities have wrapped up on the mountain, come on down to the Village Haus. We will be keeping the party going with music, drinks, and fun until 2020!

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Cookies & Hot Coco at the Base Area GIANT Coca Cola Bear Giveaway Coca Cola Swag Giveaways

6:00 pm Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Bundle up the family and join us at the base area for our annual New Year's Eve Fireworks & Torchlight parade.

7:00 pm – Midnight NYE Party @ Village Haus You must be 21 or over

***Red River's Old Fashioned New Year's Eve Red River Valley in the Winter (Carl Brown)DECEMBER - Guests and locals can find New Year's Eve Celebrations for all ages beginning with the annual New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display at Red River Ski Area on on December 31st. On New Year's Eve, take the kids to the Red River Community House for an Old Fashioned New Year's Eve Party to enjoy pizza, music and games. A countdown ball drops at midnight Eastern time (10 p.m. in New Mexico) allowing even the youngest celebrants to ring in the new year before heading to bed!

Kids of all ages are also welcome at the annual New Year's Eve Potluck at Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area with lighted skiing and sledding at the base area.

Adults will enjoy ringing in the New Year at one of Red River's local bars with live entertainment and, of course, champagne!

Contact the Red River Chamber of Commerce Telephone: 575-754-2366 Email: rrinfo@redriverchamber.org

As you celebrate the beginning of a new year, let this be a time to chase new adventures and dream big in 2020! Have you been ever imagined what it would be like to own a Taos condo or to find land for sale in Taos to build your dream home? Have you pictured friends and family gathering after a day on the slopes in your spacious home in Angel Fire, finding the perfect parcel for sale in Angel Fire or condo for sale in Red River? There are so many possibilities to make memories in the beautiful Enchanted Circle so let one of our expert brokers show you what's out there today! Call 575-377-2626 in Angel Fire or stop by at the blinking light with the tipi out front! Or call 575-758-5852 for Paula in Taos. New Mexico Mountain Properties wants to help you with all your real estate needs!

Christmas in Taos Pueblo...Come be a Part of the Tradition!

Christmas is the most magical time of year in beautiful Northern New Mexico with all the traditions, visitors and snow it is the perfect place to come to celebrate with family and friends. There is nothing quite like starting your own family traditions that intertwine with the culture and rich history of New Mexico. The Taos Pueblo is such an important part of the culture here and we hope you will check out the events in the area and become familiar with all that is the Taos Pueblo.

Christmas Eve Procession at Taos Pueblo December 24, at Sunset Nowhere else on Earth can you experience this magical event. A stunning contrast between massive bonfires and the Procession of the Virgin with rifle salutes from the rooftops of the 1000 year old adobe pueblo buildings. A pageant of beauty, heritage, and awe inspiring imagery. For details visit taospueblo.com

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parades December 24, 6:00 PM A great way to kick-off your Christmas Eve celebrations! Watch as skiers make their way down the mountain in the dark with flares as their only means of light. All the area ski resorts – Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire, Sipapu, Enchanted Forest, and Red River – have torchlight parades and fireworks during the holiday season.

Taos Pueblo Deer or Matachinas Dance December 25, 2:00 PM, Taos Pueblo Plaza Witness this ancient Native American ceremonial dance honoring the depths of winter, as danced and drummed by the people of Taos Pueblo. No cameras, cell phones, or video cameras allowed. taospueblo.com

Town of Taos New Year's Eve Celebration on the Plaza Tuesday, December 31, 2019, Taos Plaza 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Mayor Dan Barrone and his family will be serving a pig roast dinner free to the community and visitors starting at 7:00 PM. Time Square Countdown at 10:00 PM followed by fireworks display by Taos Volunteer Fire Department. Live music by Michael Hearne and The Damn Band from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Join us for a fun, family-friendly celebration!

New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks December 31, starts at 6:00 PM Watch the trails of light as skiers with torches in hand glide down the famous Taos Ski Valley mountain under the starry skies. Firework displays light the winter sky in celebration of the new year. All the area ski resorts – Angel Fire, Sipapu, Enchanted Forest, and Red River – have torchlight parades and fireworks during the holiday season.

While you are here, think about becoming a permanent part of this rich Taos culture and let one of our knowledgeable brokers show you a fabulous Taos condo for sale or land for sale in Taos. We have many homes for sale in the Taos area that are fully furnished and ready to hand you the keys to your future!

Imagine all the adventure and traditions you can create with family and friends in Taos or Angel Fire. We also have homes or and condos for sale in Angel Fire or Angel Fire land for sale. Come visit and stay forever in the beautiful Land of Enchantment! Call 575-758-5852 for Paula or 575-377-2626 in Angel Fire. We are located at the blinking light with the tipi in Angel Fire. Let us help you with all your real estate needs!

Are you ready to buy

Home buyers have faced tough challenges -- housing prices have risen, a dollar doesn't go as far as it once did and rent is more expensive than the past, but the economy is doing well and things are moving!

Looking for some tips to make such a large purchase? With more flexibility and a bit of financing creativity, there are many simple ways to achieve homeownership.

Financing First: The first step to knowing if you can afford a home is figuring out what financing options are available to you, including what mortgages you're eligible for and how much you need (and can afford) to put down upfront.

Learning the minimum FICO score required by lenders and understanding your own credit score are important starting points.

Many who dream of owning a home aren't sure how much they have to put down, what the lender-required minimum down payment will be (it's not always 20%), or what programs are available to help with down payments, like FHA loans.

Before buyers even start thinking about saving for a home, they should know what their financial resources are and if they're eligible to buy.

Make enough money to save: With fewer resources to pull from than their older, wealthier counterparts, renters wanting to buy face tough financial headwinds.

According to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2019, renter households typically earn a median income of $37,500 annually, which is nearly $40,000 less than the median household income netted by households who recently bought a home (of whom the median household income is $75,000 annually).

2 Income households can help you save enough cash: One of the most daunting parts of home buying? The down payment. In fact, two-thirds of renters cite saving for a down payment as the biggest hurdle to buying a home, according to the Zillow Housing Aspirations Report.

For people buying the national median home valued at $229,000, with the traditional 20% down payment, that's $45,800 upfront -- just to move in. While that is the norm for some, there are many cases where 20% down is not needed. Find a good lender that you can be open and honest with and they can guide you towards your goal.

Although putting down less than 20% means additional considerations, such as the cost for private mortgage insurance (PMI), some find it worth the hassle. In fact, according to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2019, only one-fifth of recent buyers (20%) put 20% down, and just over half of buyers (56%) put less than the traditional 20% down.

Buyers are also getting creative about piecing together a down payment from multiple sources. According to the report findings, 34% of buyers who get a mortgage also get help in the form of gifts or loans from friends and family to come up with a down payment.

Know your deal breakers, but be flexible: To get into a home -- even if it's not the home of their dreams -- some of today's buyers are considering homes and locations outside of their initial wish list and getting increasingly flexible when it comes to neighborhood, house condition and even home type.

Affordably priced homes do exist, it will just be harder to find one you love and that meets your criteria.If you are willing to be flexible and prioritize your wish list, you can most definitely find a home that will suite your needs!

If you need help finding that home, let one of our expert Taos brokers help you find a Taos condo for sale, some Taos land for sale to build the home of your dreams or a fully furnished home in Taos to hang your boots. Whether it's a vacation home for family and friends or a permanent residence in Taos, let us help you with all your real estate needs!Call 575-377-2626 or 575-758-5852 for Paula.

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