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Moving to Albuquerque/Santa Fe? Here’s What You Need to Know

Whether you’re moving from across the city, the state, or the country, relocation is a big life change. Packing up your old home, finding and closing on a new one, and taking care of all the details in the process? It’s easy to get overwhelmed.

But when you’re moving to a one-of-a-kind area like Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the process is well-worth it in the end! After all, where else can you find hundreds of years of history, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and some of the most stunning landscapes in the country?

If you’re making the move to Albuquerque or Santa Fe, don’t worry: we’re here to help. Here’s everything you need to have a successful relocation journey.

Get to Know the Area

Albuquerque at night.

Sandia Mountains Trails, award-winning golf courses, the Old Town Historic District, the  Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta—every aspect of the area offers something unique.

If you’re getting ready to make a move, take some time to really dig into what makes Albuquerque and Santa Fe so special, from the different neighborhoods to the wide range of homes. These cities have a little something for everybody, from premier shopping to an active nightlife. Check out a few of our favorite hidden gems as you prepare for your move!

Find Your Dream Home

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There are lots of different stages to the relocation process, and maybe you’re still in the home search phase. Santa Fe and Albuquerque are home to a wide variety of homes in different price ranges, sizes, and locations, so there’s an option for nearly every buyer!

Take some time to think about what’s most important to you in a home. Do you need recently updated features? A yard with plenty of room to roam? A quick commute to work? Once you’ve nailed down the basics, use our home search tool to find a few options!

Get Some Answers

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Buying, moving, relocating—it all comes with a lot of questions. From finding the right mortgage to recommending local lenders to answering your questions about closing, our Buyer FAQs were made to break down every aspect of relocation. Browse a few of our answers, and let us know if you have any other burning questions!

Pack Like a Pro

A person packing up a box.

While it’s certainly not the most complicated part of moving, it might the most dreaded. Staring down all of your possessions, knowing you’re going to have to find a way to pack it all up in boxes and haul it to a new place…sounds exhausting.

While packing is going to be more time-consuming than other tasks, there are ways to make it much easier on yourself. Start stockpiling some cardboard boxes, and check out our guide to packing like a pro!

Make Your Move with the Feil Team

Moving is stressful, but our team is here to help take some of those worries off of your shoulders. Take some time to dive into our resources, and give us a call when you’re ready to start your real estate journey!

Why We Give to All Faiths

Young boy sitting on a train platform reading.As members of the Albuquerque community, we believe in the power of giving back. Donating to local charity organizations is a core tenet of our real estate mission, because it enhances our community. Whenever possible, we like to make financial donations to a local charity that has helped thousands of New Mexicans.

All Faiths is a behavioral health agency that seeks to empower New Mexicans by “creating pathways to prevent and transcend the effects of trauma and abuse.” We believe in the work that they do because they have directly benefited the lives of children and families throughout New Mexico.

Continue reading to learn about some of the reasons why we donate $500 from every closing to this incredible organization.

All Faiths

The organization began as a grassroots effort in 1955. Eight women of different faiths and backgrounds joined together to create a committee to opening a center for children in need.

The home officially opened in 1956. During this first year, around 138 children were served. During the 2015-2015 year, the All Faiths Children’s Safehouse served more than 1,100 children who had been victims of abuse.

Children’s Advocacy

Two children smiling over a plant.At its center, All Faiths is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children. They do this by working as an advocacy group on behalf of children throughout New Mexico who may be suffering from trauma or abuse.

All Faiths accomplishes its goals by offering a number of different services to children and families and needs. They offer family wellness courses, investigation, outpatient treatment and therapy, counseling, and community based behavioral health.

In addition to these services, the All Faiths organization strives to continually improve its services offered. In part, All Faiths serves children and families by partnering with other agencies dedicated to children’s advocacy.

Doing Our Part

We support All Faiths because we believe that all children have the right to a safe and happy childhood. In addition, we agree with their mission statement and the work they do to improve the lives of children in New Mexico.

There are a number of fantastic charity organizations in New Mexico, but we felt most compelled to donate to All Faiths because of the sensitive work they do. They have a holistic approach to children’s advocacy, and offer custom solutions to children of differing backgrounds.

If You Have Any Questions…

Please reach out. We would love to chat with you about the many reasons we donate to All Faiths. You can also read more about their mission on their website.

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Explore Historic Old Town Albuquerque

Albuquerque’s heart lies in its historic Old Town. An integral part of Albuquerque since the city’s founding in 1706, Old Town remains an important cultural hub. As Albuquerque’s first official neighborhood, this 300-year-old neighborhood is home to the oldest church in Albuquerque, the San Felipe de Neri.

Today, Old Town is a vibrant hot spot home to museums, locally owned shops and galleries, and delicious restaurants. Let’s take a quick tour.

All the Fun is Waiting in Old Town

When Old Town was first settled in 1706, settlers built historic adobe homes in a Pueblo-Spanish style. Newer architectural styles did not grace the streets of Old Town until the late 1800s, when the railroad brought more modern Victorian styles.

History

hot air balloonsIf you’re interested in learning more about the fascinating history of Old Town, peruse any of the wonderful museums here. The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History has both vast collections of native art and traveling exhibitions. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science will capture your imagination with its prominent dome planetarium.

Afterwards, walk through the Botanic Gardens to explore local foliage or go fishing at Tingley Beach. Fans of culture and history may have a hard time deciding exactly what to do in this cultural hot spot!

Here are some of our other favorite museums and attractions in the area:

  • The Turquoise Museum
  • Rattlesnake Museum
  • ABQ Bio Park
  • Tricentennial Tiguex Park
  • Tingley Train

Events and Music

From holiday celebrations to live musical performances and the annual Balloon Fiesta Week, Old Town Albuquerque has a lot going on. Every year, Albuquerque hosts the beloved Balloon Fiesta, which means a whole week of partying in Old Town!

A number of holiday events take place during the “colder” months (except it never really gets too cold in New Mexico), such as the Old Town Holiday Stroll.

New Mexican Cuisine

enchiladasIf you’ve been dying to try traditional New Mexican cuisine, you can’t do much better than Old Town. As soon as you wander into town, you’ll encounter the delicious smells of roasting meat and enchiladas. Treat yourself to a heaping plate of these wonders, or a sopaipilla stuffed with chiles and seasoned chicken.

Go Shopping!

There’s something for every budget waiting in the locally owned shops of Old Town. Whether you’re searching for fine-art, Breaking Bad memorabilia, or one-of-a-kind clothing, there’s a wide range of shops to peruse.

Eager to Call this Wonderful City Home?

There’s a reason so many homebuyers and visitors are flocking to beautiful Albuquerque. With fantastic natural wonders, excellent schools, and beautiful homes for sale, this is an excellent place to call home.

If you have any questions about the real estate opportunities in Albuquerque, or its surrounding communities, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We have easy-to-use home search tools and other buyer resources to help you in your real estate journey.

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Your Guide to Moving to Albuquerque

So you’ve made the decision to move to Albuquerque. Congrats! This is a fantastic place to live. The weather is moderate and comfortable year-round, there’s ample outdoor recreation, and the local culture is unbeatable.

This area is known for its fascinating Native American culture and history, as well as its delicious food. Local Albuquerque has vibrant street art and murals, awesome museums and aquariums, and no shortage of gorgeous outdoor sights.

If you’re moving here, you’ll soon discover why locals get so excited about hot air balloons, and what it means to live at a higher altitude.

We could rave about life in Albuquerque for days, but before you move, check out these helpful relocation tips!

Plan Ahead

The number one tip for a successful and stress-free move is in-depth planning. If you have the time, start planning your move a couple months in advance. Use these relocation tips as a guide.

Moving with a pet? Check out these tips for a stress-free move with your four-legged family members!

Get Rid of Excess Stuff

A month or two before your move, have a garage sale. Get rid of everything that you don’t use or that you’ve outgrown. This way, you’ll have less stuff topack and worry about when it’s finally time to move.

If you don’t have the time for a garage sale, consider donating unwanted items to a local charity.

Gather Packing Supplies

moving boxesIn the weeks before you start packing, begin to gather packing supplies. Hit up your local big-box retailer during off-hours to see if they have extra boxes. You can also go to the liquor store for this. Keep in mind that these boxes are not reinforced.

Be sure to stock up on other supplies, including:

  • Packing tape to reinforce boxes
  • Bubble wrap or other cushioning for fragile items
  • Labels
  • Permanent markers

Label Everything!

When it finally comes time to pack up everything, do it one room at a time. Start a week or two in advance by packing up the stuff you don’t use every day. Pack heavy items like books in smaller boxes, for easier moving.

Try to pack by room, and then label every box by the room it belongs to. Once you arrive at your new home, instruct the movers or friends to move boxes labeled with their corresponding room.

Keep Valuables and Important Documents Close By

The night before moving, pack all of your personal, must-have items in a box or bag and keep it close by. Pack this with any valuables, like jewelry or antiques, as well as with personal documents.

Include medications, contact information, cell phone chargers, and snacks, as well as toiletries like your toothbrush. You’ll thank yourself later.

Prepare Your Body

high elevationIf you’re moving from somewhere sea-level, you should know that your body may take a few days or even weeks to adjust to the altitude.

This is very normal for newcomers to Albuquerque, but give your body a few days of lounging around to adjust.

Any Other Questions? Let Us Know!

We’re so excited to have you join the Albuquerque community! If you need any additional relocation resources, please let us know.