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Archives: November 2018

A Holiday Guide for the Best Winter Events in Albuquerque

December is almost here, and the holiday season is finally upon us! Although we may not have Jack Frost nipping at our nose here in Albuquerque, there are still tons of chances to deck the halls and get in the holly jolly holiday spirit.

From light festivals to Christmas parades, explore a few of the highlights happening around the area, and plan our you schedule of festivities.

Hanging of the Greens

A wreath hanging on a wall. One of the oldest traditions at the University of New Mexico, the Hanging of the Greens features almost 14,000 luminarias, making it one of the biggest luminaria displays in the area. Although it takes place on campus, the whole community is invited to attend.

Students will carol across campus, singing Christmas classics, as they walk to present the university President with a wreath. Stick around for the reception afterwards, and bring an unwrapped children’s book to donate to the children’s hospital.

Date: November 30th, 5:45PM

Location: UNM Bookstore

Twinkle Light Parade

A close-up of twinkling lights. One of the biggest and best celebrations in Albuquerque, the Twinkle Light Parade brings together hundreds of floats, marching bands, light displays, and holiday themed appearances.

The parade starts just as the sun starts going down, so the twinkling lights of the floats and parade vehicles cast a comforting glow over the city. Come out and celebrate the holiday season with the community, and enjoy this family-friendly event.

Date: December 1st, 5PM-8PM

Location: Historic Nob Hill

Old Town Holiday Stroll

An outdoor holiday market. The Old Town Holiday Stroll is a great opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of Old Town while you celebrate the holidays. Not only will there be a tree lighting ceremony, but all of the shops and restaurants in Old Town will be open for business!

Enjoy warm hot chocolate, live musical performances, and all of the holiday sales at Old Town retailers. If you can’t attend the celebration in person, it will be broadcast live on KOB 4!

Date: December 7th, 5pm-9pm

Location: Historic Old Town

The Bugg Lights

Various Christmas ornaments.A celebration that dates back 48 years, the Bugg Light Festival is a holiday institution. The festival features over 300,000 lights, tons of festive decorations, over 100 Christmas trees, and much more.

Opened nightly from Tuesday to Sunday until December 30th, visitors can enjoy holiday food, drinks, and fun — plus free admissions! If you want to donate to the festival, all proceeds will go towards continuing the tradition and local non-profits.

Date: November 24th-December 30th, 6PM-9PM

Location: Belen Harvey House Museum

Luminaria Tour

A hanging lantern.The Luminaria Tour is undoubtedly an Albuquerque Christmas tradition, and it’s celebrating its 54th anniversary this year. Bringing together community members on the night of Christmas Eve, the ABQ RIDE takes attendees on a guided tour through the warm luminaria lights in the city.

Although tickets for this year have sold out for the official ride, you can still take your own tour through the lights, from the Convention Center to Old Town. Plus, you can remember to buy your tickets early next year!

Date: December 24th, 5:30PM-7:30PM

Location: Downtown Convention Center

Celebrate the Holidays in Albuquerque

With twinkling lights, Christmas traditions, and festive community events, Albuquerque is full of the holiday spirit. Don’t miss out your chance to be a member of this active community — find your new home in Albuquerque today!

If you have any questions, want more information about events, or would like to schedule a home showing, don’t hesitate to contact the Feil family real estate team!

How to Sell Your Home During the “Off” Season

Sometimes, life happens. Maybe you’ve been hired at a new company across state. Or a sudden change in your family requires you to take in a relative and you need extra space pronto. Perhaps you’re retiring early so you need to downsize. Whatever the case may be, you need to sell your home during the “off” season.

Put simply, the “off” season refers to the period of time when the real estate market slows down. Generally, this means decreased inventory and competition from both buyers and sellers.

So, if you’re tasked with selling a home during the “off” season, you may be asking yourself how you’re going to do it. If you follow these tips, your home sale should go off without a hitch.

Don’t Pause for the Holidays

Person holding a box wrapped in off white gift paper, with seasonal decor tied to the front.While you may have heard other real estate agents say that it’s a good idea to pause your sale during big holidays like Christmas or New Years, we actually don’t recommend it.

If a buyer really needs to find their new home as soon as possible, they won’t likely be deterred by the holidays. And who knows, your home may just be the perfect one for them.

Stage it for Perfection

Living room space with patterned rug, glass coffee table, tasteful decorations, and a lit fireplace.Home staging is a delicate art. You should make sure your home is inviting and warm, but not too overwhelming with personal decor or large furniture. Generally, the best way to stage your home is by following these steps:

  • Hire a professional to deep clean it
  • Go through every single room and de-clutter (get rid of everything you don’t use/want — consider hosting a garage sale or making a donation to your local Goodwill)
  • Highlight the natural space of your home with a few pieces of furniture, but consider renting a storage unit to store excess pieces

Also, take advantage of the cooler weather! Create a cozy atmosphere for people who come to tour your home. Put out a plate of holiday cookies or have a pot of cider simmering on the stove top. This way, they’ll feel at home the minute they walk through your front door.

Price Your Home Effectively

Person doing research by consulting a page of research complete with graphs.Pricing your home is a tricky business no matter what time of year you decide to sell. But if you’re listing your home during your market’s “off” season, you have to be especially careful.

Potential buyers know that the inventory is low, and that the competition is as well. They’ll be looking for every opportunity to bring the listing price of your home down a few notches.

That’s why it’s so important to work with an experienced real estate agent to price your home. The right agent will know what listing price is best for your home, and how to get you the most amount of money for your home sale no matter what month it is.

Looking to Sell Your Home Before the Holidays?

We should talk. We would love to guide you through the home-selling process and get your home sold as soon as possible.

Why You Should Buy a Home During the Off Season

Your personal home-buying schedule doesn’t have to correspond with the real estate market! In fact, buying during the “off season” can yield tremendous advantages.

The “off season” differs depending on your specific location, but always refers to the period of time during a calendar year when both inventory and competition are low. Usually, this corresponds with the weather conditions in a particular area.

If you’re buying a home, you may just want to begin looking for your dream home during this period of market inactivity. Here’s why:

There’s Less Competition

Woman in a purple shirt sitting outside at a coffee shop table with her cell phone in one hand looking at a laptop screen.During the off season there are typically far fewer active buyers looking for homes, as most buyers prefer to look for homes when the weather is great or their kids are out on summer vacation. If you’re searching during the off season, you won’t feel as much pressure from other buyers looking at the same homes as you.

This gives you plenty of time to tour homes, think about them, and come to a decision about whether or not you want to put an offer down.

But the Same Great Inventory

Large kitchen interior with hardwood floors, sleek chrome appliances, and a large island with bar seating.While inventory does decrease during the off season, you can still expect to encounter a great selection of homes for sale in your area. Home selling tends to correspond less with the weather or the time of year and more with an individual seller’s situation.

After all, sellers usually have unique reasons (like relocating for work or searching for a bigger home) for selling their home that aren’t related to the weather or the season.

So no matter the time of year, there will always be homes for sale.

You’ve Got More Room for Negotiation

Two adults sitting across from each other at a coffee shop discussing something while one of them looks at a computer screen.As the buyer, you have the upper hand during the off season. Fewer buyers often mean more desperate or eager sellers. And many times, sellers whose homes didn’t sell during the busier seasons will drop their price to appeal to more buyers.

This eagerness to sell gives your more power in your negotiations. By working with your Realtor, you may be able to get the seller to agree to a lower price, or possibly even some upgrades or repairs.

Your Realtor Won’t Be as Busy

Not that your Realtor shouldn’t always make time for you, but during the hectic busy season, it can be tough! During the off season, real estate agents usually have fewer clients — meaning they have more time to dedicate to you and your needs.

However, when you choose to partner with us, you can expect a superior level of customer service—any time of year. Give us a call today to get started on buying your dream home.

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