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It’s fun! It’s exciting! It’s important to take everything with a grain of salt!

Oh, let’s just admit it, shall we? Browsing for homes online is a window shopper’s Shangri-La. The elegantly decorated rooms, the sculpted gardens, the colorful front doors that just pop with those “come hither” hues.

Browser beware, though: Those listings may be seductive, but they might not be giving you the complete picture.

That perfect split-level ranch? Might be too close to a loud, traffic-choked street. That handsome colonial with the light-filled photos? Might be hiding some super icky plumbing problems. That attractively priced condo? Miiiight not actually be for sale. Imagine your despair when, after driving across town to see your dream home, you realize

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Planning your next home improvement project? Consider one of these high ROI upgrades.

Source: "Choosing High ROI Upgrades"

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You’ve asked friends to recommend great contractors, picked your favorite, checked references — and maybe even conducted an online background check on his business. So you know you’ve found a top-notch guy for your home improvement project.

But remember that his bottom line is getting you to sign a contract, and he’s not going to mention anything that might get in the way. Before you make a commitment, here’s what you need to know in order to protect your own bottom line.

1. He’s Not the Only Game in Town

Even if you believe you found the best contractor in the area, don’t hire him unless you’re sure he’s right for your project.

You should solicit at least three bids from three different contractors before awarding a home improvement project.

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1. You Need A Large Down Payment

The first step to buy a home in Albuquerque NM for many home buyers is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage. Home buyers need a good lender to understand the different home loans they may be qualified.

There are many different types of loans and all different down payment requirements:

  • In Albuquerque, there is a first time home buyers program that allows first time home buyers to buy a home with an out of pocket payment of $500 to $1000.
  • There is another home loan called the Next Home, this home allows home buyers to purchase a home for as little as 0.50% down payment.
  • Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans require a down payment of only 3.5%.
  • If you
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It’s fun! It’s exciting! It’s important to take everything with a grain of salt!

Oh, let’s just admit it, shall we? Browsing for homes online is a window shopper’s Shangri-La. The elegantly decorated rooms, the sculpted gardens, the colorful front doors that just pop with those “come hither” hues.

Browser beware, though: Those listings may be seductive, but they might not be giving you the complete picture.

That perfect split-level ranch? Might be too close to a loud, traffic-choked street. That handsome colonial with the light-filled photos? Might be hiding some super icky plumbing problems. That attractively priced condo? Miiiight not actually be for sale. Imagine your despair when, after driving across town to see your dream home,

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GAAR is proud to recognize REALTOR® Holly Slade, one of five GAAR Good Neighbor award winners we're recognizing in 2019. 

Holly founded Feed NM Kids whose mission is to end childhood hunger in New Mexico. Holly's hard work has paid off and in two years, the non-profit has already distributed more than 34 tons of food to needy children in our state.

Good Neighbors are REALTORS® and Affiliates that dedicate themselves to volunteer service. They donate gifts, money, and – most importantly –  a lot of time to their charity.

We'd like to thank all of our winners and nominees for their work in the community. Please look for upcoming articles about the charitable work and the organizations they serve. 

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Good Neighbors are REALTORS® and Affiliates that dedicate themselves to volunteer service. They donate gifts, money, and – most importantly –  a lot of time to their charity.

GAAR is proud to recognize Affiliate Alan Feuer, one of five GAAR Good Neighbor award winners we'll recognize in 2019. Alan has volunteered his services to Beds4Kidz for the past four years. Beds4Kidz provides beds to low-income families. Alan provides regular training sessions to staff and volunteers to help them provide safe, clean beds for the families. Congratulations to Alan!

We'd like to thank all of our winners and nominees for their work in the community. Please look for upcoming articles about the charitable work and the non-profits they serve. 

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Good Neighbors are REALTORS® and Affiliates that dedicate themselves to volunteer service. They donate gifts, money, and – most importantly –  a lot of time to their charity.

Congratulations to Lamia Faruki, one of five GAAR Good Neighbor recipients we'll recognize in 2019. Lamia has volunteered for Creativity for Peace since 2009. Creativity for Peace empowers young Palestinian and Israeli women to become leaders in their communities by transforming anger and prejudice into mutual respect.

We'd like to thank all of our winners and nominees for their work in the community. Please look for upcoming articles about the charitable work and the non-profits they serve. 

2019 NAR Good Neighbor Award Deadline is Friday, May 10th

The National

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