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  • Fall 2014 home décor: An ensemble production

    Are you a fan of midcentury modern? Drawn to classic elegance? Does the handcraft of global décor grab you? There was an era when experts said to pick just one, but now we can mix and match or go all in. Each season brings updated versions of successful pieces, plus an interesting array of new looks.

    • Updated: September 21
  • What to do, what to do?

    We all know that the Federal Reserve Board has pushed billions of dollars into the bond markets over the last few years to keep rates down and stimulate the economy. The Fed has always said that this measure, known as “quantitative easing” (QE), was temporary and that as soon as the economy recovered sufficiently the infusion of funds would end. The year 2015 has been proposed as the target for the end of QE.

  • Yardman takes top award in Parade of Homes

    Green Star photos credit Lee Klopfer

  • Artist riffs (respectfully) on church forms

    Since the mid-1980s, Roberto Cardinale has created replicas of about 500 American and European buildings, most of them churches. Look at his portfolio and it’s easy to see he loves the old churches of New Mexico.

  • Exterior decorating: Updating with paints, trims

    Color and decorative pieces can improve the look of a home outside as well as in. Add trim boards, columns or porch accessories and you can dress up the facade of a house, improving its value and curb appeal.

  • Magic of staging: Six easy fixes to make you like your house better

    Home stagers are the people who sweep through homes going on the market and make them look uncluttered and cozy without a huge investment of time or money.

  • Market Ready: Staging with children

    Question: We have three young children, so staging our apartment before each showing can be a challenge. What’s the bare minimum we should do?

  • Property management: Debt vs. equity financing

    An important decision for any investor wishing to purchase a commercial property is how to structure the financing of the proposed purchase. Can the investor pay with cash? Does he want to leverage the property, and if so, to what extent? This decision can have impacts beyond what most investors think. Not only can it affect your taxes, but it can also affect the return you receive on any given estimate. Understanding how debt financing can impact an investment is a very important aspect of any commercial transaction.

  • Décor in all its facets

    Fans of crisp, modern architecture and clean-lined shapes will love one of this fall’s strongest style trends: faceted décor.

  • Recent home, land sales

    July 19 - Aug. 18

  • Property management: Find great renters by being proactive

    ‘‘My home has been vacant for too long and it is nearing the end of August. Why is it not renting?”

  • Summer veggies were just the first round

    In the heat of summer, it’s hard to imagine that the weather will ever be cool again. And with dry weather, it’s hard to imagine it becoming rainy again.

  • Living roofs take root in wine country

    Odette Estate, which opened recently, is part of a small but blossoming trend of green-roofed wineries.

  • Water Energy Nexus: Graywater — how does it fit?

    A couple of months ago I wrote about the use of graywater and received many questions on the subject. Is leftover dishwashing water graywater? What are the possible uses of graywater? Can I mix rainwater and graywater? How important is graywater in a water conservation plan? Is graywater reuse legal in New Mexico? The list goes on. It is great to see the interest in this unique resource.

  • The next great light bulb

    NEW YORK — As of Jan. 1 this year, the 60-watt incandescent light bulb — that classic of the genre; the Edisonian ideal; the signifier that illuminates in your mind’s eye when you’re asked to picture “a light bulb” — was banned forever. Perhaps you prepped by hoarding a box of bulbs in the back of your closet. Or perhaps this news took you by surprise, and you now live in fear of the moment the beloved incandescent in your bedside lamp flickers out.

  • Title News: Make sure you understand restrictive covenants

    When enforced, restrictive covenants — deed restrictions that apply to property in a specific development or subdivision — protect property values. The original developer usually puts them in place. Ask for a copy of the covenants immediately if your intention is to buy. Ask for them before executing a purchase agreement. Read them — know them — before you ever consider a change or improvement. Know if you can have horses, chickens and pets. Know if you can build the monster RV pad, mother-in-law casita, detached garage or fence.

  • Buyers don't need 20 percent up front

    What is the biggest misconception about mortgages? The down payment. I can’t tell you how often I hear some version of this statement: I want to buy a home but my (friend/cousin/neighbor) says I have to have 20 percent for a down payment. Hold that thought and let’s see how true it is.

  • Buyers hip to online home search

    Today, the front-page focus is about an uptick in consumer confidence and the housing market recovery. What is missing is the rest of story about how consumers have dramatically changed how they approach buying a home.

  • Designer inspired by botanicals

    It may seem strange talking about fashion in a column dedicated to gardens, but if you take a close look at the work of internationally acclaimed fashion and textile designer Patricia Michaels, you will understand. Nature is not only a dominant theme, it is the driving force behind all that she does and represents. From her “Waterlily” Native name and logo to her signature eagle-feather scarves and petal-shaped parasols, her reverence for all things living and growing is evident.

  • Healthiest gains in Tesuque last quarter

    “What in the world is going on with the real estate market?” we are often asked. It has been a conundrum and it can cause a great deal of consternation for real-estate brokers and homeowners alike. The statistics just published by the Santa Fe Association of Realtors for the second quarter of 2014 show us a mixed bag. While closed sales were up almost 3 percent from this same time last year, the pending sales declined nearly 39 percent. The median sales price also declined roughly 4 percent from this same time last year to $288,621, while the average sales price remained virtually the same. New listings saw a 3.5 percent decline with 1,253 homes coming on the market for sale while the inventory of homes ticked upwards almost 6 percent to 2,353 units available.

  • Knock down carbon footprint with good building

    Last month we discussed the critical implications that the construction methods of our homes and buildings has on the causes of climate change. The energy consumption of our buildings is the largest single source of greenhouse-gas emissions across our economy. The building sector also provides us the largest source of low-cost and easily attainable reductions in energy consumption and thus greenhouse gas emissions with existing technology. In many cases, the climate-friendly options for our homes are those that also save us money over time: improved insulation, high efficiency lighting and heating, and solar technology. No futuristic, yet-to-be-discovered technology needed.

  • Listen to your loan processor

    Loan officers may disagree, but the most important ally a borrower has in the loan finance process is the processor. When applying for a home loan, make friends with the processor. It will pay dividends.

  • Power-rowing for the children

    July was an exciting month for sports fans. Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and LeBron James announced that he was going home to Ohio and the Cavaliers. This month, Dearest Readers, we have our own athlete, Gavin Sayers (Santa Fe Properties), who will himself be making history when he spends two days rowing the mighty Mississippi with his old friend and rowing buddy John Pritchard, a 1980 Olympic silver rowing medalist. A native of England (yes, Possums, that refined British accent is real), Gavin was a member of the prestigious Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames, which is where he and John first rowed together.

  • Realtor profile: Alan Ball

    This interview series focuses on the people in Santa Fe’s real-estate industry. Alan Ball is an associate broker with Keller Williams Realty and a longtime blogger; his blog address is www. santaferealestateconsultant.com.

  • Wastewater: demand exceeds supply

    If you have any doubt about the importance of reclaimed wastewater in the City of Santa Fe’s water portfolio, I urge you to read the comprehensive 2013 Reclaimed Water Resource Plan, www.santafenm.gov/using_reclaimed_wastewater. It was prepared by Claudia Borchert (former Water Resources Coordinator, now Director of the Santa Fe County Public Utilities Division) in collaboration with a working group of dedicated and diverse community stakeholders.

  • Clearing closets, with help from an app

    After Brenda Edmondson lost 50 pounds over the course of a year, she wanted to buy a new wardrobe. But first, she needed to get rid of her old clothes.

  • Market ready: For Bathroom fixtures, hold the mustard

    Question: The toilet, sink and tub in my bathroom are all a very retro shade of mustard. Should I replace them before putting my apartment on the market?

  • So you’ve decided to rent out your home? Some tips

    Cynthia Kent and her husband, John, didn’t set out to be landlords, but career choices made it necessary.

  • U.S. home price gains slow for sixth straight month

    WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices rose in May from a year earlier at the weakest pace in 15 months as sales remain modest in the spring buying season.

  • Glowing recommendations for outdoor lighting

    Outdoor lighting is often an afterthought in exterior face-lifts and landscape designs, something not remembered until the plants are dug, the deck is built and the house is repainted. If you find yourself in this kind of dark spot, don’t despair: We talked to professionals for some simple ideas that will make a big, bright impact.

  • Managing use during reservoir work

    The principle of conjunctive use management means using surface water when it is available and using groundwater only as necessary. The city’s water-supply portfolio includes two major surface water sources: the reservoirs that accumulate water from the Santa Fe River watershed and the Buckman Direct Diversion project, which diverts both San Juan-Chama Project (Colorado River Basin) water and Rio Grande water.

  • News From SFAR: Focus points for the homebuyer

    Homeownership is an investment in your future and offers immediate benefits and value. It helps build wealth over the long term, strengthens communities, reinforces the nation’s economy, and has been shown to reduce crime and improve education. Buying a home is one of the most important decisions in a consumer’s life. Consider these homebuying tips from other consumers, people who recently completed their own real estate transaction, and the suggestions they’d offer to other buyers.

  • Spouses Selling Houses: Free Henry Standing Bear — and grow New Mexico

    It is only July, and while most of the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying lazy days under the summer sun, here in New Mexico, the mudslinging for the governor’s race is in full swing. Most folks already know who they are going to vote for, so couldn’t they at least wait until September and let us enjoy the summer? If the candidates wanted to improve things, they could begin by running respectful, truthful, educated campaigns, and then they can get the swing voters in the fall.

  • Ask a Designer: Finding beauty in subtlety

    Paint your walls a bold color and friends will likely praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art and your decorating is bound to earn compliments. But creating a noteworthy room with subtle, understated elegance is a bit more complicated.

  • The Home Page: Working on climate change at home

    Although climate change has been in the forefront of scientific discussion for decades, it seems only recently that the media and the public at large have begun a serious discussion about it.

  • About the permissive easement

    An easement right gives a person license to use another person’s land for a specific purpose. The most common easements are used for installing utility lines and for wind farms. Most of the easement rights are express and implied. Others are created by permission.

  • Cornerstones at work in Galisteo

    THE BUILDING — La Sala, a Territorial-style meeting hall, was built in 1899 using the indigenous New Mexico adobe methods adapted from Native Americans and was in continuous use from the time it was built until the mid-1970s for community events such as dances, weddings, and family receptions. The structure expands on the traditional meeting hall dimensions of 20 feet x 60 feet with the addition of a stage at one end, which extends the overall length to 80 feet. The interior of the building is almost pristine with its original floorboards, bancos (benches), and door and window placement. The addition of a brick parapet also reflects the Territorial style. There is a traditional flat roof with a north-facing slope and canales (drains). La Sala de San José is one of the most important historic structures in the heart of the village of Galisteo. It is one of a small group of remaining dance halls in New Mexico, and upon completion of the project will be used for civic events.

  • Investment properties for cash flow

    Tourism in Santa Fe is a four-season affair. Summer may be prime time, but ski season, spring break, fall, and our magical end-of-year holidays bring vacationers from all over the country – and the world. Both long- and short-term (less than 30 days) rentals are increasingly popular with visitors, bringing incredible opportunities for investment-property buyers. You can achieve terrific cash flow and have your renters pay your mortgage – on 15-year mortgages!

  • On the power of Instagram

    What on earth is Instagram? It’s a social networking, mobile photo-sharing, and video-sharing service. If you are one of the 73 percent of adults already on social media to promote your business, service, or organization, then you have heard of Instagram. Yet you may not have had the time or inclination to explore another platform. If you are now more comfortable using your smartphone to make pictures and videos, then it is worthwhile to explore the power of Instagram.

  • Realtor profile: Coleen Dearing

    This interview series focuses on the people in Santa Fe’s real-estate industry. Coleen Dearing is an associate broker with Coldwell Banker Trails West Realty and is president of the Santa Fe Association of Realtors.

  • Recent home and land sales

    Mary Jo Hoven, 31 Willow. $120,000.

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