Saturday, October 13, 2012

Zillow states they are the "Largest" real estate website

The Big "Z"?

Things are changing in the Real estate web world as Zillow moves into the number 1 spot. Many agents are paying fees to be a part of the Zillow "Premier Agent" program. Zillow then takes the funds they receive from "Premier Agents" to assist in funding their site.

Problems exist for Zillow in the New Mexico search because New Mexico is a non-disclosure state. This means the terms of New Mexico home sales are not made public. In most areas the Zillow Zestimate of value is very accurate, however, our disclosure laws cause a real problem with Zillow Zestimate.

When a market analysis of value is needed in New Mexico, whether it be homes for sale in Corrales or homes for sale in Sandia Heights, A trusted real estate advisor is necessary.

At the Albuquerque Real Estate Group we use the same comparable data that is made available to the lenders appraisers.

If you are looking for fast and Accurate estimates of value please feel free to give us a call! We would love to help you!

As always, for all your Albuquerque real estate needs, whether Albuquerque Homes for sale, or
Albuquerque Real Estate Brokers, be sure to contact The

by Tim Fish

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thinking of buying a home now in Albuquerque?

Thinking of buying your first home? Is now the right time? Is this the bottom of the market?

Despite the economic hard times our Country has seen lately, the housing market here in Albuquerque has been showing signs of recovery. Home prices are low and interest rates are very good. There are some great deals just waiting for buyers to snatch up.

The fun part is looking at all the options a buyer has these days. From brand new homes that can be somewhat customized to bank owned fixer uppers and everything in between.

The first thing a potential new buyer needs to do is figure out how much home they can afford. Most people have no idea. This is why speaking with a lender is so critical. Sometimes buyers are surprised at how much home they can afford. Also taking into consideration, the tax breaks of home ownership.
Other times, they are surprised to learn that monthly payments will include private mortgage insurance or taxes higher than they assumed. Either way, this is the first step.  Whether you are looking to at homes for sale in Rio Rancho or homes for sale in Glenwood Hills, we can help!

At the Albuquerque Real Estate Group we work with lenders that make this first step super easy. With one phone call a buyer can get all their loan related questions answered. It is a simple process to start.  There are many programs available and it is essential buyers finds the right one. Another plus is that then a buyer knows what price range they should be looking in.

Then comes the fun part, looking at homes! Our website is a great way to search for homes in Albuquerque and the surrounding areas. Feel free to call or email us with any questions. We are waiting to help you find your new place to call home. As for the question "Is this the bottom of the market?" Nobody really knows. In fact there is only one way to tell...and that is when the market is on it's way back up. Don't miss out!!

By Tim Fish

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

North Albuquerque Acres, A great place to live!!

An area that has received increased attention is in the extreme northeast section of the city, and it is called North Albuquerque

Originally it is said that this distant area of Albuquerque was used as an enticement to get young professionals to relocate to your fair city. When they came they received a lot! What a deal right? Well back then it was a long way north of the existing City limits!

Times have changed! Now North Albuquerque Acres provides a tranquil escape from the inner city life. One of the main attractions of the area is the abundance of wildlife! I remember that one Christmas eve my wife and I returned home to be greeted by a small herd of Deer in our front yard. Quail are a big part of the area as well. In the spring it is common to see a mama quail running down the rear wall when a half a dozen babies all in a line running right behind her.

On another occasion I recall standing in my backyard watching the sun set on the Sandia mountains and suddenly the largest Owl I have ever seen came swooping up and landed on our roof. Our feathery visitor remained there for about an hour before it flew away.

Almost every night you can hear the sound of coyotes howling during those waining moments of day light. Then only quiet exists.

We loved it there and I can recommend North Albuquerque Acres homes for sale to anyone wanting city convenience yet a country atmoshere.

Be sure to visit our site and watch the Video on North Albuquerque Acres!

As always remember, we are here to assist you!

by Tim Fish

Monday, October 8, 2012

Several choices in (Home) shopping - guest blog, Lorri Zumwalt

My teenage daughter and I were shopping the other day. The sales associate that helped us was someone that clearly did not belong working with the public. She was incredibly rude and condescending. Argued with me over whether a product existed or not. I was right. I knew more about what she was selling than she did.

Yeah, it was the make-up counter at a department store. Let's not underestimate the importance of finding the right anti-aging serum. Also, it was gift with purchase time.

My daughter is in her second year in a high school marketing class. She is very observant and notices both good and bad customer service, even at age sixteen. She said "Let's go to another store that sells this same stuff!" My response was "You are right, I will not give her my business." My daughter is aware that consumers have options.

We at the Albuquerque Real Estate Group understand that you have options too. Our goal is to give excellent customer service, whether you are looking for Rio Rancho real estate or Edgewood real estate. We want people to share their experience as a positive one. If you are looking to buy or sell Albuquerque real estate, please contact us!

My daughter and I both made purchases that day from the same store. Like I said it was gift with purchase time and that limited our options. We just found a different sales associate that had a great attitude and was happy to help us. After I explained to my daughter that these ladies work off commission she said "That first lady will not last very long!" I could not have said it better myself!

Happy Shopping!! :)

by Lorri Zumwalt