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Is your patio oh so shabby? These super-easy projects will make hanging outside fun again.

Oh, your poor, sad patio. Not a comfy seat to be had, and that cracked concrete . . . well, it probably looked really great when disco was king. 

Whether you love to entertain friends or bask in the sun with a cocktail and a novel, here are five easy ways to inject new life into your little corner of nature.

#1 Stop the Pests that Make Your Patio Look Untidy

It's hard to enjoy your patio if it's covered in debris scattered by the wind or by critters with a penchant for digging and trampling. Stop critters with the humble pine cone -- instead of regular mulch.

Those spiny cones will deter pests and mischievous pets.

And chances are your

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In the current Covid-19 pandemic many of our elderly are shut in in nursing homes with very little contact to the outside world. Social isolation is impacting everyone, in every nursing home around the country because people are stuck in their rooms which research shows can undermine their physical and mental health.

Pictured Left to Right, Janis Garner, RN E-Unit Manager, Todd Winder, Facility Administrator, Kim Clark, and Trish Rhodes, LBSW.

"I was visiting with a very good friend Janis who is a Nurse at Ft. Bayard Medical Center about how things were going with residents. She said they were struggling with not being able to have visits from family and friends." She went on to say that the caregivers were trying to schedule video visits

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

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Like this easy hack: coat paint brushes in fabric softener to keep bristles soft.

A DIY painting job doesn't have to equal crooked lines, besmirched floors, and ceramic sinks speckled with robin's egg blue.

Use these easy painting hacks, to make the process faster and less messy — and ensure a fresh, modern look for your home.

#1 Soak Brushes in Fabric Softener to Keep Brushes Soft

Every DIY painter has been privy to the horrors of a day-old brush with stiff bristles that makes round two nearly impossible. Try this painting hack instead:

To keep paint brushes soft:

  1. Rinse thoroughly (no soap).
  2. Mix half a cup of fabric softener with a gallon of warm water
  3. Swish brushes in the mixture for 10 seconds or so.
  4. Lay them flat or hang
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The Parade serves to provide New Mexico with a renewed celebration of the great features and exciting new home projects that are available in the Albuquerque area. For the Spring 2020 Parade, we’re excited to present several homes from some amazing home builders! To view the Spring 2020 homes, please click the button below.

The Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico (HBA) is proud to bring you the Spring 2020 Parade of Homes. The Parade showcases many of our area builders as they celebrate the home. We think you’ll enjoy the inspiring designs. We hope everyone who comes out over both weekends of the Spring 2020 Parade enjoys seeing the best that the Albuquerque home builders have to offer.

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New Feature! Virtual

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With these tips and tricks, your house will be swoon-worthy in no time.

All the world’s a stage, said the Bard.

That includes your house. Which is for sale. And thus needs to look bee-yoo-tee-ful.

Staging entails hiring experts with a flair for interior design. They reimagine your living space and give your house a makeover (with temporary decor and furnishings) so that it gets “oohs” and “aahs” from the buying masses. 

Great staging isn’t an insurance policy — there’s no guarantee it will bring in more money when you sell your home — but it’s an important marketing tool. It presents your house in a flattering light and helps you compete at a favorable price. (In that sense, staging is like dressing your house for the price you want, and

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Learn how to clean 7 tough stains off your walls — and ensure a lasting paint job.

You can't wait to cover up that nasty beige on your walls, but as you take a close look at all the areas you're gonna have to prep you see a lot of grime, gunk, and stuff that looks too stubborn for your standard vinegar wash.

Any cleaning rookie can wipe off dust and cobwebs. But it takes a cleaning pro to scour grease stains, watermarks, and kids’ crayon and ink wall art.

Kitchen Grease on Walls

Grease is an occupational hazard of cooking. If only it wouldn't ind it's way onto your walls and cabinets, trapping all kinds of gunk. Yuck!

Good news. Any decent dish soap can remove grease stains on walls.

For small stains, mix: 1/4 teaspoon of soap in a cup

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NAR is a national partner for the 2020 census and want all 1.4 million members to take part in the census and to encourage their friends, neighbors, and clients to do so as well.

The Census survey is available online at 2020census.gov, by phone, or by mail.

You might not know but census data provides tremendous value to our members. NAR uses that data for research and examining trends in communities across this country. The usefulness of that information relies on current, accurate data from the federal government.

“Full participation in the census is in many ways the only way to ensure that data is correct.”

The census also helps determine Congressional representation. And, $1.5 trillion is distributed to states and localities based on census

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We wanted to recognize the Las Cruces Association Of REALTORS® for their outstanding community efforts in Southern New Mexico! They raised over $13,000 last October (2019) at our Annual Golf Tournament and Charity Auction. The 2019 raised funds are for donations for 2020 to local non-profits in Dona Ana County.

The Community Service Committee of the Las Cruces Association of REALTORS ® made donations to the following non-profit organizations in March:

$500.00 – Alzheimer’s Association of New Mexico, Las Cruces Chapter
$750.00 – Dyslexia Institute of Southern New Mexico (pictured)
$1000.00 – Casa de Peregrinos (pictured)
$250.00 – Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces
$250.00 – Battle of the Books
$750.00 – Down Syndrome Families of Las Cruces (pictured)

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Finding drainage problems when they’re smaller and easier to fix can save you thousands of dollars and plenty of headaches down the line.

You don’t have to be a geophysicist to know that puddles in the basement or a lake on the front lawn are signs of drainage problems.

But many drainage problems aren’t so obvious. Here’s how the pros read some of the more subtle signs of bad drainage, and why you’ll save big bucks if you tackle these problems now instead of later.

Sign #1: Gushing Gutters

A mini Niagara over the edge of your gutter means dead leaves and debris are blocking the flow. But you don’t need a live gusher to tell you you’ve got problems: Vertical streaks of dirt on the outside of gutters, mud spattered on siding, or paint peeling

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