• +5

People looking to flee crowded urban areas in the pandemic are increasingly drawn to smaller homes with room to socially distance.

When it comes to housing and energy efficiency issues, the congressman has been solid. It'll be interesting to watch what's next as he begins a new career in the Senate.

Albuquerque asks voters every two years if they would approve a general obligation bond for its housing trust. The voters have never said no.

Paseo del Sol in Tierra Contenta needs to be extended. It has been on the eligible list for a decade but gets passed over every time the city spends its money.

Many a thoughtful voter, and I am one, has been struggling with Constitutional Amendment 1 on the ballot.

If you picked up or were delivered a copy of The New Mexican on Oct. 11, perhaps you saw the Haciendas magazine promoting the annual Parade of Homes sponsored by the S…

New fees approved the Santa Fe City Council could generate  $500,000 a year for the city, but there's no guarantee what's added to the general fund will go back to the Land Use Department.

Spray-foaming genius Larry Wilson's legacy lives on in the industry he pioneered and some massive beasts along Interstate 25.

    When I began building homes in Santa Fe more than 30 years ago, locally sourced logs were used for roofs as they had been for a thousand years. Then the 2006 Internati…

    Habitat for Humanity builds great houses, some of the best in Santa Fe, but it also is building great lives through hard work and positive examples of service.

    With its commitment to zero interest mortgages, more people should be contacting Habitat for Humanity, both homebuyers and developers.

    Traveling to see extensive acreage of historic or thematically designed gardens elsewhere is complicated during the coronavirus pandemic. Enter the virtual garden tour.

    "The goal today is to lavish just as much love and attention on your outdoor setup as you do your indoor rooms. Even if it's just a fire escape in the city," says interior designer Elaine Griffin, based in St. Simons Island, Ga.

    Developers like John Reeder should be applauded for their fortitude and vision. Instead, we put them through the wringer.

    For many millennial children of boomer contractors in Santa Fe, building houses, even stunning mega-homes, held no appeal. The pandemic changed things.

    Yes, bring land use and affordable housing together with economic development. But create a Quality of Life Department with tourism, recreation, arts and culture.

    Got some favorite flavors? Chances are you're already inclined to decorate with those tasty hues.

    New Mexico is operating on an amended version of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code and is now contemplating adoption of an amended 2018 model code.

    Building Santa Fe

    A radio show falls silent

    The greatest gift from the show was the opportunity to do over 500 interviews with anybody I could think of. 

    Santa Fe’s green building codes have been around so long they might seem institutionalized. But they are fragile. 

    An old joke in construction asks if there’s a guarantee on concrete cracks. The answer is yes, it’s guaranteed to crack. 

    Gross receipts taxes start to be paid within 30 days of a project breaking ground. The ramp-up curve is fast and steep.

    Mortgage Matters

    Progress still possible

    Mortgage lenders can take steps in these unusual times to expedite the successful closing of a loan.

    Artful Living By Design

    Assess your space

    When our homes are free of clutter, organized, functional, aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and reflect our unique personalities, home can offer us a balance of mind, body and spirit.

    Spouses Selling Houses

    A local market update

    The Santa Fe real estate market is still experiencing record-low levels of inventory, which is only exacerbated by the pandemic.

    “They are going down and down because more people are buying and sellers are more resistant to list,” said Santa Fe Association of Realtors President Susan Orth. 

    We want to hear from you on the important issues affecting Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. Use the link below to send a tip to the newsroom.