Monthly Archives April 2013

Taos Real Estate Dreams and Visions

I had a Taos real estate dream last night. I’m not kidding. I dreamed a neighbor of mine out here in the Tune Drive area, near the Gorge, called me to say she was putting her Taos house on the market. Great, I thought, I’ll get another listing! The inventory for homes in Taos is low right now, and this seemed like a great property listing for me.

 

Of course, I told her, I’d love to list your house! She replied that she wouldn’t be listing the property with me, but that she was listing it as a FSBO (For Sale by Owner), and she wanted me to “just put it on the MLS.”

Well, of course this naïve request immediately woke me up! And I began thinking how uninformed many homeowners are about real estate marketing...

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Home and Land Buying in Taos

Taos real estate purchases are increasing as the spring selling season gets underway. Folks are out looking and buying, taking advantage of low interest rates.

Second home sales are brisk in the New Mexico Mountain Properties office, and land sales are picking up, too, after a long hiatus.

Finding a new home can be stress-free if you follow some common sense guidelines:

1) Work with a Realtor! New Mexico Mountain Properties has offices in Taos and Angel Fire. We know these markets; our agents have lived and worked in these areas for 15+ years. Many of our clients see our listings on Trulia, Zillow and other real estate websites and contact us for more information...

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Buying a Fixer-Upper in the Taos Real Estate Market

Buying a fixer-upper home or condo here in the Taos real estate market is easy, if you follow a plan to assess the property and your abilities. You could save a ton of money.

 

Following are some helpful hints:

1) When looking at a fixer-upper, the first thing you should do is to assess what you can do yourself. Remodeling can be fun and inexpensive, or a real nightmare. Do you have the skills? Do you have the time and desire to take on the challenge?

2) Price the cost of repairs and remodeling before even making an offer. Get a contractor over to the house so you can get a written cost estimate. If you’ll be doing the work yourself, get a price on the supplies and materials you’ll need. Then add a percentage in for unforseen issues and overruns.

3) Check with the County to see what permi...

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