Albuquerque, NM Real Estate News

By Ashley Drake Gephart
(Drake Intel Group)
Monday 08.27.07 6:30-8PM - The Ancient Art of Papel Amate at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Cost - $20. Tuesday 08.28.07 7-9PM- Cooking with Claus at Le Cafe Miche. Oysters Rockefeller start off the class and for dessert fresh blueberry creme brulee. Wines with each course. Cost - $34. Wednesday 08.29.07 11AM and 3PM - Enchanted Skies at Lodestar Planetarium. Travel the universe in 3-D and learn about the NM sky. Cost - $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children 3-12. Thursday 08.30.07 11AM and 3PM - Mystery of the Nile at the Lockhead Martin Dyna Theater. Cost - $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children 3-12. Friday 08.31.07 7:30PM - Mystery Cafe. Currently Playing, "The Mother Lode". Enjoy this original interative mystery dinner theater located at the Sheraton U...
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By Ashley Drake Gephart
(Drake Intel Group)
PhotosNo photos, or the few that are being used, are very bad photos. There should be no people or pets in them. They should not be fuzzy or dark. They should not include closeups of the a/c unit, light fixtures, or the toilet. Speaking of toilets, we really don't need to see them. If the photo can't be angled so as to not include them, then at least shut the lid!Unless there is a security reason, there should be the maximum number of photos your local MLS will allow. Ask your agent to provide a full customer sheet with the photos. Or search any site such as your local board or real estate company to see what the photos looks like.Limited ShowingsRestricting your showings to 10am-7pm shouldn't cause too much of a problem. Even asking for an hour or two of notice should be fine. Only all...
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By Ashley Drake Gephart
(Drake Intel Group)
Monday 08.20.07 7-8:30pm - Monday Night Meditation. Learn how meditation works and its benefits every Monday at the Shakyamuni Buddhist Center. Cost - $8. Tuesday 08.21.07 8-9:30pm - Night Walk at the Garden -Explore the flaura and fauna by the light of the moon on this guided tour. Cost - $6 adults, $4 children 3-12 and seniors. Wednesday 08.22.07 4:45-6:15pm - Introduction to Hula for Seniors. Taught by native Hawaiian Cindi Heffner at Highland Senior Center. 131 Monroe St NE. 256-2000. Cost - Free Thursday 08.23.07 9am-5pm - Airships: The Big, Bad, and Bold at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. History, culture, art, science and recreation of Blimps! Cost - $4 Adults, $1 children ages 4-12, $2 seniors. Friday 08.24.07 Dusk (about 8:30pm) - Movies on Civic ...
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By Laura Warden Nordin, 30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate
(Century 21 Camco Realty)
Albuquerque, New Mexico hosts the Southwest Regional Team Roping Finals this weekend, August 17-19, 2007!This is a huge event for team ropers, with the 2006 event having a total payout of over half a million dollars!Thousands of horses and riders will be gathering at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds this weekend to compete. Prizes include cash prizes of up to five or ten thousand dollars per event, trohpy Martin saddles, plus trophy leather coats, trophy Gist buckles and spurs, and even special edition gold buckles! For those not familiar with the sport, the rodeo event of team roping involves (surprise, surprise!) a team of riders and their horses, cooperating to try to rope a steer as  quickly and efficiently as possible. The steer bolts out of a chute, getting a head start on the hor...
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By Ashley Drake Gephart
(Drake Intel Group)
Frank Marcello opened his latest restaurant in November of 2006. Marcello’s Chophouse is an upscale restaurant in the ABQ Uptown Mall. I finally had the opportunity to have lunch at Marcello’s this week. It was a pleasant experience. We had a late lunch so it was fairly empty and by the time we left, I think we were the only patrons since meals aren’t served during 3pm-5pm.   Jason, our server, was attentive and very familiar with the menu. I ordered Frank's Healthy Chicken Platter. I must say that the oven-dried tomatoes were delicious! My lunch companion ordered the Chilled "Really Big" Shrimp. Jason was accommodating in her request for cocktail sauce without the green and red chili normally served.The atmosphere was relaxing with small dining areas separated by partial walls. Adornin...
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By Ashley Drake Gephart
(Drake Intel Group)
 Albuquerque Eco-friendly living Friday, August 17th 9am - Saturday, August 18th 4pm. The City of Albuquerque is hosting a Tech Recycling event at the Balloon Fiesta Park.Electronic recycler Natural Evolution will accept most broken electronics. Check out the City of Albuquerque website for more details about what can and can't be donated. The cost is free and residents can bring their unwanted items on Saturday. Friday is for businesses to donate. Help keep Albuquerque clean with responsible disposing of your electronic trash.Solar Alternatives to electricityHow about those cell phones, cameras, and mp3 players? They use a lot of energy to keep charged. Here are a couple of greener alternatives.Solio - This universal charger will charge many different items using various tips. It will ...
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By Ashley Drake Gephart
(Drake Intel Group)
Monday 08.13.076-9pm - Marcello's Chophouse. Open Piano Night in the Piano Bar. Read more about Marcello's Chophouse.Tuesday 08.14.078-11pm - Scalo, Il Bar -Open Jazz Jam with the Stu MacAskie Trio - Free. Wednesday 08.15.07Noon-1pm Lunchtime at the Library - Bring your lunch and enjoy Mariachi and Mexican Folk music at the Main Library - Free. Thursday 08.16.076:30-9pm Bear Canyon Senior Center Thursday Night Dance Friday 08.17.07Dusk (about 8:30pm) - Movies on Civic Plaza "The Day the Earth Stood Still", a 1951 Sci-Fi film.Saturday 08.18.07 10am-4pm - Around the World in 80 Days. Each Saturday your balloon will land in a new part of the world. This week will be Arctic - Iceland and Norway. You'll explore that locale's culture, ballooning history, sample food, and enjoy entertainment. ...
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By Laura Warden Nordin, 30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate
(Century 21 Camco Realty)
The Arabian Youth Nationals Horse Show was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the week of  July 28th-August 4th of this year.  The show featured 124 different classes of competition, and drew 32,000 spectators to watch these wonderful horse and rider teams compete. This is the Arabian Horse Association premier youth event of the year, and includes competitions in English, western, side saddle, native costume, working cow, dressage, and hunter disciplines.  There are also other opportunities at the Youth Nationals. Events include  leadership training, games and contests, parades and even dance parties!Hundreds of young people competed with their prize Arabian horses, with many coming home with that coveted ribbon recognizing the excellence of their performances. Click here for comple...
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By Ashley Drake Gephart
(Drake Intel Group)
SOLDSee the most up-to-date list of Four Hills homes for sale. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Four Hills, please contact me today.Open House Sunday August 12, 2007 1:00-3:00pmSprawling one-level pueblo style home in Four Hills. 1020 Brazos · Albuquerque NM· 87123 5 Bedrooms · 2.75 Bathrooms · 2 Car Garage · 3740 sq. ft.  MLS # 507472 · $500,000 The foothills location with large lots, spectacular mountain and city views, makes Four Hills a great neighborhood in SE Albuquerque. The Four Hills Country Club  boasts a 135 acre 18-hole, par 72 course designed by Bob Baldock. You can also enjoy tennis, swimming and dining as well as two large ballroom style banquet facilities. If this home isn't what you are looking for view other Four Hills Homes or search for ABQ Homes. If you a...
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By Ashley Drake Gephart
(Drake Intel Group)
When you're ready to take a splash and buy a home with a pool, there are several factors to consider. Utilities - Ask to see a year's worth of utility bills. Find out what months the previous owners have kept the pool open as well as the average temperature they've kept the pool heater set. Your usage may differ and you should take that into account. Maintenance and repairs - Even if you plan to maintain the pool yourself, factor in the cost of chemicals. If you plan on hiring a pool service, be sure you understand the cost of not only weekly service, but opening and closing the pool each year. Maintaining the pool - If you plan on maintaining the pool yourself, make sure you understand how much time this will take. If you hire a service, you generally wouldn't need to be home. Landscap...
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By Ashley Drake Gephart
(Drake Intel Group)
In the Spring of 2004, a beautiful calico kitten showed up on our patio. She was cold, scared, and hungry. We managed to coax her in. We gave her food, water, and love. She didn't want to stay in and kept getting out. We put food and water on the patio. After a couple of weeks, it was obvious she was pregnant. By this time, we had named her Madison. Madison got out one night and we couldn't find her for several days. I was worried about her knowing she was about to have her babies. Fortunately, our neighbor Jack was able to get her into his house. Several days later, on April 15th, Madison, who Jack had renamed Roxy, gave birth to her five precious little kitties. We took in Salem and Christopher and have given them a happy, safe home. Some animals are not so lucky. Help give a happy ho...
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By Ashley Drake Gephart
(Drake Intel Group)
We had a pretty good rain today in Albuquerque, NM. Like a lot of other SW desert cities, we don't have adequate drainage on the streets. So within minutes, the streets can flood. I was just off Academy Road near the Arroyo Del Oso Golf Course, when a storm hit today. You can see the heavy winds in the first video. The second one shows how Academy was slowing down traffic. Just like the rest of ABQ, the north side was the heaviest covered. Typically, the streets will clear in under 30 minutes and we are left with dirt and rocks on the roads. Here are some tips to remember when driving under these conditions: Do not try and cross running water. In ABQ, it is important not to drive through Arroyos that have a road. See the third video on how fast the water can run. Allow more driving time...
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By Ashley Drake Gephart
(Drake Intel Group)
The Albuquerque Home Market report UNM South (MLS area 42) View current list of UNM South homes for sale. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in UNM South, please contact me today. UNM South is South of Central between San Mateo and I-25.Request a complimentary market analysis of your home. June 2007#  of HomesMedian PriceLowest PriceHighest PriceNew Listing82$ 259,950$ 37,950$ 575,000Pending11$ 224,900$ 105,000$ 795,000Sold24$ 229,000$ 110,000$ 449,500 Last 12 months SalesSquare FeetBedroomsBathroomsMinimum4951.75Maximum504564 Last 12 Months SalesDays on MarketMinimum0Average34Maximum290Neighborhood SchoolsAlbuquerque Public SchoolsMonte Vista ElementaryBandelier ElementaryWilson Middle Jefferson MiddleAlbuquerque HighHighland High Albuquerque Resources:Wind Energy in New Mexico A...
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By Ashley Drake Gephart
(Drake Intel Group)
   Fun, Funky, and Friendly describes my favorite place to hang out. Flying Star Café in Albuquerque is a great place to have a meal and chat with friends. Or just grab one of their delicious cookies and enjoy their magazine bar. They have tons of great magazines to read at your leisure. Want to surf the web? They have free wi-fi and a computer bar where you can plug in if you need juice for your laptop. With a great menu selection and great service, you are sure to find something you like. I personally like the fish and chips--just make sure to save room for one of their great desserts.    The first location opened in 1987 in Historic Nob Hill and has grown to six locations with a new one scheduled to open later this year. Flying Star Café is a great supporter of the community. One of ...
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By Ashley Drake Gephart
(Drake Intel Group)
The Albuquerque Home Market report Foothills South (MLS Area 51)  View current list of Foothills South homes for sale. Foothills South is located East of Tramway between Central and Montgomery.    June 2007#  of HomesMedian PriceLowest PriceHighest PriceNew Listing48$ 364,500$ 141,500$ 795,000Pending14$ 294,450$ 172,000$ 575,000Sold22$ 299,575$ 141,500$ 599,000Last 12 months SalesSquare FeetBedroomsBathroomsMinimum88621Maximum520054.5Last 12 Months SalesDays on MarketMinimum0Average32Maximum401Albuquerque ResourcesCity of AlbuquerqueGlenwood HillsAlbuquerque Public SchoolsIf you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Foothills South area, please contact me today. For all your Albuquerque Real Estate Ashley Drake Gephart Keller Williams Realty Cell: 505.261.0389     These statistics we...
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By Brian Warden
(Choices Real Estate)
Whether you live in Albuquerque or are just visiting, on of the places you just should not miss seeing is the Albuquerque Aquarium. Located at 2601 Central, in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Aquarium is part of the Albuquerque Bio-Park. The Aquarium allows visitors to take a journey down the Rio Grande River, observing the denizens of the river, and then of  coral reefs and the open ocean. Some of the highlights of the aquarium include sea horses, an eel tunnel, sea turtles, sharks, and manta rays. Click here for a slide show presentation on the Albuquerque Aquarium.To take a virtual tour of the Albuquerque Aquarium, just double-click on the "play now" arrow below: 
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By Laura Warden Nordin, 30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate
(Century 21 Camco Realty)
Here we go with another of my colorful charts, this time focused on the Northeast Heights area of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Realtors all over the country would probably give their eyeteeth about now to be able to show statistics like this for their local real estate market. That's because most of NE Albuquerque is still comfortably in the true "sellers' market" range, according to absorption rate figures!We'll take a look at the exact figures shortly, but first, those of you readers who are new to this blog and not Realtors yourselves may be asking "What is absorption rate, and why should I care?" Briefly, absorption rate is a way of calculating how many properties are on the market trying to be sold compared with how long it is taking such properties to sell. We calculate absorption rat...
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By Brentwood Real Estate - Team Elite Keller Williams
(Keller Williams)
Albuquerque, New Mexico is a great place to live. If you are looking for information about Albuquerque Country Real Estate than check out Brian Warden's website that is full of great information. When searching for real estate and trying to find the home of your dreams, it is important that you go with someone you can trust. Brian has been selling real estate for over 20 years and is an area specialist. Choices Real Estate is packed with great resources, you can search the Albuquerque MLS to help you find the home of your dreams. They also offer a mortgage calculator to help you find just what you can afford.Brian has years of construction experience and he uses this to help his sellers the right repairs, updates, and improvements that will maximize their profits. So if you are relocat...
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By Ashley Drake Gephart
(Drake Intel Group)
Dear Mr. and Mrs. SellerYour home looks lovely on the Internet. The curb appeal was divine. Unfortunately, my buyer never got to see your home. We did spend several minutes attempting to access your house. My buyer, a big strong guy, even tried to open the lock on your $699,000 home but couldn't because it doesn't function. Lowe's sells them for as low as $13.97. They have one that looks like yours for $119.00. Small price to get your home sold! Keep in mind we don't need to come back to your home since there are currently over 6800 homes on the market in Albuquerque. This was your first impression and frankly, it was lacking. If you are thinking of putting your Albuquerque home on the market, give me a call. I will even send you a coupon for 10% off at Lowe's to buy a new lockset for y...
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By Ashley Drake Gephart
(Drake Intel Group)
The Albuquerque Home Market reportAcademy West (MLS Area 32) View current list of Academy West homes for sale.Academy West is located North of Montgomery and South of Paseo Del Norte, East of I-25 and West of Wyoming.June 2007# of HomesMedian PriceLowest PriceHighest PriceNew Listing41$ 220,000$ 75,900$ 449,500Pending11$ 232,000$ 109,500$ 449,500Sold29$ 182,900$ 70,000$ 450,000Last 12 months SalesSquare FeetBedroomsBathroomsMinimum53511Maximum400053.75Last 12 Months SalesDays on MarketMinimum0Average30Maximum203Neighborhood SchoolsAlbuquerque Public SchoolsAlbuquerque ResourcesIf you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Academy West area, please contact me today.For all your Albuquerque Real Estate needs:Ashley Drake GephartKeller Williams RealtyCell: 505.261.0389 These statistics w...
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