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Home Buying in Santa Fe : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Oct 9, 2017
Heidisparre1 asked:
Click on photos and I can't scroll through...zillow and, alot more user friendly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Fri Apr 8, 2016
Linda Berkowitz asked:
Fri Feb 12, 2016
bonmetz asked:
I am a retiree with zero debt and live in a cash society in Mexico. I am thinking of moving to Santa Fe and want to purchase a house. My house and car in Mexico are paid fo670 r, I have…
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Sun Oct 25, 2015
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Sun Sep 27, 2015
Robert W Neill Jr answered:
A local real estate agent should be able to help you find a suitable and accessible property and you should be able to apply for a VA loan which offers really good terms.
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Mon Jul 6, 2015
Will Gamble answered:
Go SFE Northwest,,,,affordable and as the children age you will want to keep an eye on them as eventually, they will all be spending lots of time and money around the Plaza.
Anywhere in or near SFE in PERFECT....we miss is sooooooo! GORMLEY is a standout Public School and when in doubt, ask Dell Fox who is a fabulous custom jewellery maker.......sorry for the True Britain English spelling.....DELL is a great lady and shop her store....tell her Will Gamble said "HELLO"! She had a lovely child and will always steer you correctly....For insurance, See The Kelly Agency..... ... more
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Thu May 14, 2015
Amy Boeckholt Wilt answered:
I bought a foreclosure in Santa Fe a year ago. I had a real estate agent that had expertise and experience with this and guided me thru the process. I went thru 3 previous agents until I found one that understood what I wanted. I used Lynn G-Scott at Logic Real Estate. Do your homework on the property. Is it in Santa Fe or in the county. I have a Santa Fe address but am about 15 miles from the city limits and love it. Many of the areas outside of the city have little or next to no crime. Does it have a well? A private well is best. Shared wells are not good. Need to register the well if you buy. Ownership does not follow the house title. Also, what do you have for water rights? Gas or LP/propane? Electric baseboard heat? Consider the utilities. Flat roof? Check the roof maintenance. There are several kinds of roofs--foam, tar, rubber, metal. Re-sealing my foam roof due to lack of prior maintenance was my biggest expense ($7500) next to appliances. I knew it needed work going in, but I got the house at a greatly reduced price. If the water is turned off, you may not be able to get an accurate idea of the plumbing. I had some basic maintenance ($1000) after the water being off for two years. Check the septic if there is one. Look for signs of water damage, etc. Review your taxes and plan to protest them if you buy a foreclosure. Property taxes are tricky business, but getting the property properly assessed after you buy will be key to long term ownership.

Summary: 1. Get a good real estate agent 2) be prepared for repair costs with a foreclosure, be realistic 3) inspect as much as you can before you buy
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Sat Feb 28, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
Try Chrome. I've not had issues using it.
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Thu Feb 12, 2015
Aaron Borrego answered:
Looks like the lot is 0.385163 of an acre. Let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks!

Aaron Borrego
Logic Real Estate
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Sat Jan 31, 2015
Debra Liggett answered:
Hi Nance, The number of active listings in Santa Fe (87506) dropped by 5.1% from the previous month. Please feel free to visit my website at and click on "market trends" for various reports in regards to Santa Fe. ... more
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Sat Jan 31, 2015
Guin White answered:
Spring and summer are considered the listing season. As such, we usually see more listing activity during these months. Also due to increased buyer interest lately, more sellers are testing the waters. ... more
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Sat Jan 31, 2015
Guin White answered:
Hi Debi. Although this point is negotiable, it is typical for the seller to pay for Title Insurance for the Buyer in Santa Fe.
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Sun Dec 14, 2014
Randy Stoker answered:
Hard or distasteful water supply, the reverse osmosis is a process to purify and clean the water for household consumption. Check the fence and cement walk ways for gold colored stains from irrigation which would indicate hard water. Sometimes you need a water softener and reverse osmosis system to provide adequate water for consumption. ... more
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Wed Nov 12, 2014
Myersjulie31 answered:
I think that in general, most people clean before they close a house just about anywhere. It helps to make it much easier for the new people moving in. It can be really difficult to get everything cleaned up and looking nice since it may take a very long time. However, I have a friend that is moving out of her apartment soon, but she is getting some cleaning services to help get it into better shape for the next owner. ... more
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Wed Jun 4, 2014
Jim Olive answered:
Oh no! Snagged in an old question trap! WARNING...Bernardo has left the building...this is an outdated question dredged up somehow for some unknown reason...avoid answering it....
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Tue Jun 3, 2014
gdy459 answered:
Many if not most of neighborhood wells are shared in SF area. There are not really and pro's or con's, just logic.

Make sure there is an HOA for the well. If not then make one. You MUST be assured of repair/redrilling costs being shared and any HOA dues should be escrowed. The State Engineers office, (across from Capital bldgs) will have the deed (yes deed) to the well and the amount of water it is allowed. 1/4 acre feet is a bit over 80,000 gallons per year. plenty for a family of 5. Make sure you are entitled to an Acre Feet allotment both with the state and the HOA/deed to your land/property.

A replacement well can cost 25 thousand, not chump change at 40 dollars a foot to drill. Having an HOA and funds for replacement are absolutely necessary.

Community water is just a shared well with an HOA established. Note; ALL HOA stuff is PUBLIC record so do not be told to myob and just pay. Many NM scandals over misused HOA dues. When I lived in Cloudcroft they used HOA dues to go to San Diego to a supposed "water use' conference.

If you own the well then of course all responsibilities are yours alone.

One nice thing about a private well is that if it breaks you can buy and old trailer and a 500 gallon tank and the county sells bulk water for a penny a gallon. and delivery costs 10 cents per gallon most places.

Hope this helps, enjoy the new digs.
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Sat May 3, 2014
Allen Smith asked:
No one showed up. i am interested in the rentals but doi not know what else to do. Currently out of the country.
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Tue Mar 25, 2014
Anna M Brocco answered:
If you would like accurate data, curious as to why you are not working with an agent of your own to begin with, he/she can better help with your search, provide accurate and necessary information, schedule showings, etc. ... more
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