Found 46 blog entries about Sellers.

Image of cyber hacker with laptop

Phishing, hacking, wire fraud  these are all ways people attempt to steal from others online. As real estate searches and transactions move more and more online, the chances of being caught up in a cyber scam have become even greater.

“By now most people have heard of the Nigerian prince scams or phishing emails asking for social security or banking information, but many people don’t know that they need to watch out for possible scams when buying or selling their home,” said Jon Schnoor, 2016 President of the Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors®. “Cybercrimes have become increasingly sophisticated over the years and the people perpetrating them focus on situations where a lot of money is changing hands, making real estate transactions an

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 Adobe girl from New Mexico True

You’ve heard the expression, ‘dumb as mud?’ Well, that’s not really how we think about our mud here in New Mexico.

Adobe is a defining feature of New Mexico’s unique architecture, and something visitors from around the world are drawn to discover and explore. Along with New Mexico's endless skies and stunning landscapes, adobe gives our state a look and feel that can’t be found anywhere else.

Find “Cured Earth” and the New Mexico True Adobe Trail at

Pick a trail and see where it leads – to classically New Mexican adobes or Victorian neighborhoods on the Architecture Trail; to green chile cheeseburgers and family-owned wineries on the True Cuisine Trail, to famous artists, Native craft and top museums on the Art, Culture

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 Reviewing a contract

By Eva Medcroft, Editor for

In 2010, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created under the Dodd-Frank Act. The purpose was to create a 21st century agency that helps consumer finance markets work by making rules more effective, by consistently and fairly enforcing those rules, and by empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives.

When financing a home, CFPB’s goal is to ensure home buyers are engaged, prepared and knowledgeable so they are more likely to achieve successful, sustained homeownership.

To empower home-buying consumers with the information they need to make informed mortgage choices, the CFPB has implemented of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, which is often

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REALTORS wear many hats

There are many aspects to a REALTORS®' job as your listing agent. If you are selling  your home, they provide a series of services to ensure your property sells as quickly as possible for the best price possible.

Here are just a few examples of what REALTORS® do for you as a listing agent:

  • Produce Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) reports to recommend the most competitive selling price so your property doesn’t sit too long.
  • Advise you on staging your home to get a better price
  • Coordinate professional photography of your house.
  • Create a marketing plan for your property.
  • Recommend contractors and vendors to help prepare your home for market.
  • Promote the benefits of your house and neighborhood to potential buyers.
  • Coordinate
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Kitec Plumbing System; Credit:

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During the housing boom from 1995 to the downturn in 2007, thousands of homes were built in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque’s west side.  Many of those new homes installed Kitec plumbing fixtures.

Even though Kitec was recalled in the late 1990’s, some New Mexico builders continued to use the product. This has left many Albuquerque and Rio Rancho homeowners at risk of structural damage and massive flooding. Because of the type of damage it can cause, Kitec repairs can range upward of $20,000.

In this multi-part series, we will provide you with information you can pass on to your clients and information you need to know as a REALTOR® about disclosure requirements for legal cases like Kitec Plumbing

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Green homes

Whether you’re building the home of your dreams or looking for an existing unit, there’s a lot of data involved in finding the right environmentally friendly dwelling. Here’s a breakdown of the different certification systems for energy-efficient homes.


The Residential Energy Services Network is a not-for-profit corporation that develops industry-wide standards and rules for energy efficiency ratings and certification systems for buildings. In addition to overseeing the HERS index (see below), RESNET certifies contractors of all types, including builders, roofing and siding professionals, and remodeling contractors.

HERS index

The Home Energy Rating System is an index measuring a home’s energy efficiency. An average home built to

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Couple looking at property flyers

These tips will help you convince buyers your property offers top value for their dollar.

Amp up curb appeal.

Look at your home objectively from the street. Check the condition of the landscaping, paint, roof, shutters, front door, knocker, windows, and house number. Observe how your window treatments look from the outside. Something special—such as big flowerpots or an antique bench—can help your property stand out after a long day of house hunting.

Enrich with color.

Paint is cheap, but it can make a big impression. The shade doesn’t have to be white or beige, but stay away from jarring pinks, oranges, and purples. Soft yellows and pale greens say “welcome,” lead the eye from room to room, and flatter skin tones. Tint ceilings in a

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Trading money for a key

Be prepared and know who's responsible for the variety of fees and expenses at the closing table.

  Buyer Cost Seller Cost Other
Down Payment      
Loan origination      
Points paid to receive a lower interest rate      
Home inspection      
Credit report      
Mortgage insurance premium      
Escrow for homeowner's insurance
(if paid as part of the mortgage*)
Property tax escrow
(if paid as part of the mortgage*)
Deed recording      
Title insurance policy premiums      
Land survey      
Notary Fees  
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For rent sign in front of house

I am thinking of moving and can't decide whether to sell or rent my current home. Any advice?

There are many things to take in to account when making the decision to sell or rent your home. The first step would be to have your REALTOR® perform a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) which will give you an estimate of your home’s value. If you are thinking of renting, make sure you are comfortable with the idea of being a landlord. If you do not want to handle the potential home repairs and emergencies that crop up, you may choose to hire a property management company for a fee or elect to sell your home. Contact your REALTOR® today to help make the decision that’s best for you.

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For sale sign in front of house

Why would I need a REALTOR® when I could just sell my own home as a FSBO (for-sale-by-owner)?

REALTORS® will do a market analysis so that your home is priced to sell. As REALTORS®, they will market your home on the Multiple Listing Service, where it is seen by approximately 2,900 other REALTORS® who may have a buyer for it. It is also sent to a number of other marketing sites and home searches. Lastly, for most of us, our home is our largest asset, and a REALTOR® can guide you through the process - from accepting offers to making sure all necessary disclosures are done.

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