So You’ve Decided To Buy a Home in Albuquerque

If you are reading this, you’ve obviously weighed the benefits of homeownership in the Albuquerque, Santa Fe & Rio Rancho areas.  So now what?

Define your Search Parameters

94% of home searches begin on the internet!. With just a few clicks you can search through thousands of Albuquerque listings, virtual tours, and sort through lots of pictures and aerial shots of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho neighborhoods and homes.  Make sure you take into consideration the TYPE OF HOME you want and the NEIGHBORHOOD you prefer.  Ready to start searching for your new home?

How Long Will The Search Take?

In the current market, there are a lot of Albuquerque homes for sale, Rio Rancho homes for sale, Placitas homes for sale, as well as East Mountain homes for sale.  A truly motivated buyer can find the perfect Albuquerque area property within a few weeks.

Make sure you work with an agent who is famililar with the areas you are interested in. A good real estate agent can shorten your search time dramatically by listening to your wants and needs and keeping an eye on new inventory as it hits the market.  You’ll also need help from someone who is a full time Agent!  You wouldn’t take your pet to a vet who sees animals once a year would you?

There’s no need to drive around looking for open house signs. As your Albuquerque area real estate agent, I can tell you about Albuquerque properties for sale that fit your parameters make arrangements to show you properties at times that are convenient for you.

Do remember that the “best” Albuququerque properties do tend to sell quickly in ANY market. so if something seems particularly interesting to you, don’t wait too long to check it out or the opportunity may be lost! Work with a Albuquerque REALTOR® – Don’t cheat yourself!

How to Compare the Properties you find

If you are planning to see a number of Albuquerque properties, or other properties in Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, East Mountains, or Placitas, you should bring a notebook and a camera with you. You’d be surprised at how easily things run together after you’ve seen a few places. Take a picture of the front of the house and make sure the address number is legible. Take note of surrounding Albuquerque homes for sale.

Are they well maintained and similar in size. Is there anything remarkable about the street and its location? Once inside, write down the important attributes and any unusual elements, either good or bad. You can snap shots of the various rooms and even sketch a quick floor plan to job your memory later. Immediately after leaving, rate each Albuquerque house for sale on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest. Do the same for any house you find in Rio Rancho or Santa Fe.

After looking at Albuquerque homes for sale for a few days, you should have a good idea of which one or two homes you could see yourself living in. Ask your Realtor to show you these Albuquerque or Rio Rancho properties again, so you can make your final decision. One thing to remember- it’s quite possible that the first place you see is THE RIGHT home for you.

Don’t discount that feeling if it hits you. On the other hand, if after several days of looking you are no closer to finding the right house than when you started, don’t get discouraged. If you have special requirements, it may be difficult to find the home you’re looking for as quickly as you’d like.

Another note: Many people move 4-7 years after they purchase an Albuquerque home. If this is your first home, it doesn’t need to be your “dream house”. Start small and move up later. The same goes for school districts. Albuquerque is comprised of many district within APS (Albuquerque Public Schools).  Rio Rancho has its own school system, Rio Rancho Public Schools.  If you do not have children or your children are several years from beginning school, don’t let your entire housing purchase hinge on the school district where the property is located. Chances are by the time your child is ready for 1st grade you’ll have moved into another home.


The best place to start your home search is here, at

If you should have any questions about the proper way to search for your new home, call us or email us.  We are willing to answer any question!!

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