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Archives: March 2018

Staging Shortcuts That Sabotage Your Home Sale

Home staging is a major player in a home sale. How your home looks, feels, and even smells can influence buyers’ decisions, so it’s important to present your home in the best light.

Cleaning, decluttering, and rearranging furniture are essential to preparing your home for showings, but it can be tempting to take a few shortcuts to get your property on the market faster. Out of all the home staging shortcuts that can hinder your home sale, these you should avoid at all costs.

Keeping Your Interiors Too Dark

A dimly lit kitchen with tile floors, wood cabinets, and laminate countertops looking out onto a dimly lit dining area.Your property needs to shine on the market — don’t dim your home’s sparkle.

Natural light works wonders to maximize space, especially for small floor plans, so it’s important to let in as much sunlight as possible when staging your home.

Throw open the curtains, trim any shrubs blocking the windows, and polish the glass to welcome in the natural sunlight.

Painting All of Your Walls Bright, Bold Colors

Nothing stops home buyers in their tracks faster than loud paint colors that don’t match their personal style. After all, one buyer may prefer rich earthy reds while another may be drawn to calming blues and greens.

Instead of painting your walls in oranges, purples, and electric greens, opt for neutral tones like off-white or beige to appeal to as many home buyers as possible.

Painting All of Your Walls Neutral Colors

On the other hand, you can go too far with neutralizing your space. Remember, home buyers are likely looking at several different properties, so you need to make sure yours stands out — and that buyers can envision themselves living in your home.

An open concept living room with beige couches in the foreground and a modern kitchen in the background.Splashes of color here and there are enough to draw buyers’ eyes without distracting them from the overall look and feel of your home.

The trick is to find a balance between the bold and the neutral colors.

Need advice? We’re more than happy to provide some pointers.

Forgetting to Deodorize Your Home

Home buyers can fall in love with a property merely from the listing photos. But if a foul odor greets them at the front door, they won’t stick around for long.

It can be tricky to determine what your home smells like since you have lived in it for so long. But there are a few tricks you can use to ensure your home smells fresh and clean for each buyer who schedules a showing:

  • Open the windows to air out your home
  • Hire a professional to deep clean your home
  • Light candles with simple scents, such as orange or vanilla
  • Ask a friend or neighbor for honest feedback

We’re Happy to Share More Home Selling Resources

The whole goal of home staging is to present your property in the best light, both for listing photos and for potential buyers. If you have questions about what it takes to sell and market your home, give us a call and let’s chat.

Grandparents holding two small children.

Planning on Retiring in Your Albuquerque Dream Home? Read This First

If you’re well established in your career, you may already be thinking about retirement. If you’re nearing or have already reached it; we want to say congratulations! Retiring is an exciting part of life, one you’ve probably been looking forward to for a while.

Do you know where you’ll be retiring to? Ultimately, where you live out your retirement should complement the retirement lifestyle you want to have. Many retirees, as they advance in age, want to stay in their own home (instead of moving to an assisted living facility.)

This is called “aging in place.” It’s a wonderful option for homeowners who have the means to stay in their home. If you’d like to buy the perfect home to retire in, continue reading for some tips.

The Benefits to Aging in Place

In many cases, staying in your home as you age can be less expensive than moving to an assisted-living facility. Plus, you have the added comfort of being in the home you know. Your friends and community are still nearby to take an active part in your life.

If you’re planning on aging in place, here are four things to keep in mind as you search for your dream home.

Opt For a More Accessible Home

Single-story ranch style home.Whether it’s a cozy single-family home in an active adult community or a first-floor master bedroom in a ranch-style home, your retirement home should be easily accessible.

Explore your options by searching homes for sale in the Albuquerque area. There are a wide variety of housing options available here.

Keep Developing YourPlan

How thoroughly have you planned your retirement years? It’s not enough to make on plan and stick with it, you should evolve your plan as your situation changes.

If, you start to need more care as you age, your plan should change to reflect that.

Ensure Your Home is Safe

Living room with gray couch and blue pillows.Be sure the floors are easy to traverse, and free of clutter, and that everything is within easy reach in your dream home. Thoroughly check each room to be sure there aren’t any potential hazards.

As you get older, it’s also a good idea to install brighter outdoor lighting, secure handrails, and automatic hallway lights.

Work With an Experienced Realtor

When it comes to finding your dream “forever” home, you should work with a realtor who will prioritize your needs. Our mother-daughter team, The Feil Cabinet, is well experienced with buying and selling homes in Albuquerque for a variety of different people. Allow us to leverage our unique expertise to assist you in finding your dream home.

Get started today by searching for homes and looking at local neighborhoods. Please reach out to us if you have any questions, or simply need someone to chat with about your goals.

Finding Home in New Mexico: The 5 Best Neighborhoods in Albuquerque

Thinking of buying a home in Albuquerque but not sure which neighborhood is the right fit? Check out the top 5 neighborhoods in town to find your favorite and start searching for your dream home!

The Best Places to Live in Albuquerque

This city’s got a lot of great neighborhoods and communities, but in our opinion, there are a few that really stand out from the crowd. Here are our favorite five Albuquerque neighborhoods.

1. Albuquerque Country Club

best neighborhoods in albuquerque: albuquerque country clubAmazing amenities and unbeatable location make Albuquerque Country Club a local favorite. Spend a day on the 18-golf golf course. Enjoy some fishing at Tingley Beach. Visit the ABQ BioPark Zoo. Take a hike on the 16-mile Paseo Del Bosque Trail or explore the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens.

Plus, there’s a community junior Olympic pool, a fitness center, and tennis center. And with a location just minutes from Downtown, all the city’s best shopping, dining, attractions and entertainment are just minutes from home.

2. High Desert

best neighborhoods in albuquerque: high desert

Tucked into the rolling foothills of the sandia Mountains, High Desert homes boast some of the most breathtaking views in the city. An active HOA maintains the pristine natural beauty of the community and takes care of the upkeep of the neighborhood amenities, which include a community pool and spa. And though it’s quiet and secluded, High Desert is conveniently just minutes from shopping, dining, and the attractions of Downtown.

3. Ridgecrest

beautiful home for sale in ridgecrest, one of the best neighborhoods in albuquerqueIt’s not hard to see why Ridgecrest has been nicknamed “Parkland Circle”—the area is filled with grassy green lawns, lush parks, and breathtaking mountain views peeking through the trees. Just minutes from the University of New Mexico, Central Ave, and Old Town, Ridgecrest is a world of luxurious green living that’s still plenty convenient to the amenities, attractions, and opportunities of Downtown Albuquerque.

4. The North Valley

lush vineyard and farmland in the north valley, one of the best neighborhoods in albuquerqueFollowing along the Rio Grande, the North Valley is arguably one of the lushest and most beautiful neighborhoods in town, home to vineyards, farm fields, cottonwood trees, and even horse stables. Many of the area’s oldest homes—and families—are located in the North Valley, as well as some of its priciest homes and largest lots.

It’s also home to some fabulous amenities, like La Ladera Park, Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center, and Vernon’s Speakeasy. And despite its sense of rural beauty and seclusion, the North Valley is still convenient to main thoroughfares, allowing it to maintain a low 20 minute average commute.

5. Ventana Ranch

beautiful outdoor patio on a home for sale in albuquerqueThis stunning planned community of stained stucco homes, stone yards, and lush desert vegetation is less of a neighborhood and more of its own private world of attractions and amenities. It’s home to Central New Mexico Community College, local schools and parks, affordable housing, miles of multi-use paths, and even a community center featuring a fitness center, pool, and other amenities.

Ready to Find Your Perfect Home in Albuquerque?

Are you thinking of buying a home in Albuquerque? Then it’s time to contact The Feils. As your guides to all things lifestyle and real estate throughout the Albuquerque community, we’re here to help you explore the area, discover its beautiful neighborhoods, and find the perfect place to call home.

What’s Your Style? 5 Popular Architectural Styles to Consider for Your Dream Home

Dream homes around the country have one thing in common: amazing architecture. From Greek Revival to Modern, we’re breaking down the most popular architectural styles in America to help you discover your own dream home.

A two-story Greek Revival plantation home with tall columns, wrap-around porches, and a grassy lawn.

1. Greek Revival Homes

Popular during the 1820s, ’30s, and ’40s, Greek Revival takes inspiration from the ornate temples of ancient Greek cities.

In America, you’ll find this architectural style sprinkled in cities throughout the country. Picture the magnificent columns and symmetrical design of historic Southern plantation homes, monuments like the Lincoln Memorial, and the White House itself, and you’re thinking of Greek Revival.

This architectural style exudes elegance and sophistication, which is why Greek Revival is one of the most popular housing styles in the United States. Many Greek Revival homes feature:

  • neutral exterior colors, particularly white
  • gabled roofs with a cornice
  • tall columns, either fluted or smooth

The Painted Ladies in San Francisco, a row of tri-colored Victorian houses with the San Francisco skyline in the background.

2. Victorian Homes

Fans of Full House will instantly recognize these colorful Victorian homes in San Francisco. The Victorian architectural style made its debut in America during the reign of Queen Victoria in the 19th century, popping up in small towns and big cities alike.

Victorian homes are often asymmetrical and ornate, and they typically include some or all of the following features:

  • bright, bold exteriors instead of neutral tones
  • elaborate trim and rooflines
  • towers with pointed roofs
  • bay windows

Two Tudor-style buildings, the one on the left with black timber in a criss-cross pattern and the one on the right with red timber in a criss-cross pattern.

3. Tudor Homes

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, homes started to take on the look of medieval European castles and inns.

The Tudor, or Tudor Revival, style is best recognized by the decorative timbers on the exterior of the house, but homes with this architectural style also feature:

  • steep gabled roofs
  • dormer windows
  • large decorative chimneys

A two-story brick Colonial house with dormer windows on the roof and two brick chimneys flanking both sides of the house.

4. Colonial Revival Homes

Arguably the most popular architectural style in the United States, Colonial Revival first came on the scene between the 1880s and 1950s. Dutch Revival and Georgian Revival are considered subcategories of the Colonial Revival style.

Like Tudor homes, Colonials often feature dormer windows and gabled roofs, but they can also have:

  • simple rectangular windows
  • symmetrical exteriors
  • covered center entrances

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater House, a Modern three-story home with a stone chimney that is surrounded by trees.

5. Modern Homes

Also known as Mid-Century Modern, this architectural style was popular during the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s and valued simplicity over showy design. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater House is a great example of this popular home style.

Since Modern houses were also designed as a way to connect with nature, these properties tend to feature:

  • open floor plans that flow to outdoor spaces
  • large windows and sliding glass doors
  • ranch or split-level layouts

No Matter Your Style, We Can Find Your Dream Home

Have your heart set on a certain architectural style? We’ll help you find (or build!) your dream home with the look and feel you want. Contact us and let’s talk.

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