All Blog Entries by Alfonso Salazar

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It's that time of year again — the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world's largest hot air balloon festival will take place from October 1 to October 9, 2016. This vibrant, globally renowned event attracts thousands of people every year, and for good reason. Situated in the gorgeous Balloon Fiesta Park which offers panoramic mountain views, the festivities can draw in more than 80,000 spectators to the friendly atmosphere.

The fresh fall air, the aroma of warm food, and the celebratory ambiance fills the park as guests wait for these amazing shows. What can you expect? Well, that depends on your ticket. The Chasers' Club ticket is an upgraded experience that offers you special seating in an exclusive, alfresco patio right in front of the

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NM Home Team New Home - Albuquerque

When it comes to buying a new home, there are a lot of options. Whether you are looking to relocate for a new job, or simply need a bigger house because of your growing family: NM Home Team has you covered! 

Take a look at the options for sale in the Albuquerque area, by following the link to our website here: NM Home Team | Albuquerque Homes

If you need further assistance and would like a few pointers, we are here to help!

Contact us via phone anytime at (505) 450-3779, or chat with us LIVE on the website: NM Home Team Main Page

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Starter homes are great for a small family, newlyweds or a couple without children.  As your family begins to grow, you may feel that the smaller "starter" home you bought may not be the best fit for your family.  

Here are five signs that you may have outgrown your home and it may be time to upgrade.  

1. Your family has grown.  As your children get older or you have more children, you may find that spaces are beginning to get cramped.  Toys fill the bedrooms, living room and have began to take over the kitchen and other common areas. 

2. You've gotten older.  You don't necessarily need a larger home, you may just need a home that meets your needs better.  As your children get older and move on, you may find your home is no longer suiting your

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When you are buying your first home, it might be a little overwhelming knowing where to start and what comes next.  I remember being confused, not knowing where to start or if we were even ready to buy a home.  

Here are 5 things to think about when you start considering that home ownership might be in your future.  

1. Think about what you can afford.  What are you currently paying for rent?  Could you afford to pay anymore than you already are?  Do you have any money saved that you could put down to help lower your mortgage payment?  Once you know what type of payment you can afford, you are able to figure a price range of the homes to begin looking at.  You don't want to have a budget of $200,000 but fall in love with a home that is $400,00.  

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Hardwood flooring is more popular than ever.  It gives you a timeless beauty along with the clean lines and durability.  This classic look is being used in many home renovations and opted for with new homes being built.  

All wood flooring is not the same.  There are different choices to meet your personal style.  Before you head to the store to pick out your flooring, there are several things to keep in mine, besides just keeping within your budget! It is easy to get overwhelmed and overspend, so you need to go in with a plan to balance the style and quality you want with the budget you have to work with.  

Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect flooring: 

 Tip #1

Match the room you are buying for with the flooring.  For example,

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Happy Earth Day!  

I love the earth  ways to green your spring cleaningWe all want to to protect our planet and Earth Day is a great reminder that we need to be careful in our day-to-day activities.  It's good that Earth Day falls in the middle of everyone spring cleaning, so we can take time to "green up" our storage, organization and decorating.  In order to reduce your impact on the environment and spruce up your home this spring, try some of these strategies: 

1. Storage: When you look in your pantry or refrigerator, you will likely see a lot of plastic containers.  These are extremely common and convenient to store goods in, but they are also extremely harmful to the environment to make.  Think about switching to glass containers (or reusing jam and pasta jars) to store rice, nuts, popcorn,

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Renting Vs OwningThere are many people that believe that renting is easier than home ownership, or that owning a home will cost much more than renting.  There are many things to look at when deciding what is best for your family.  Here are some tips to help you make that decision: 

Tip One: Look at the overall cost vs. benefit argument.

It is true that renting can make more financial sense in the short run, but the long-range view is much different.  Over time your rent will rise, sometimes each year going up a little more.  If you purchase a home with a fixed-rate mortgage, your monthly payment of principle and interest will stay the same.  

Tip Two: Consider the power of leverage:

When you buy a home, you have the ability to magnify the purchase power of

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First, let's talk about what "staging" is.  Staging is placing art, furniture and accents throughout the home to make it more inviting.  By staging a home, you are working to make it look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer and hopefully, make potential buyers fall in love with it.  Good staging to a home is like putting a well tailored suit on a man, it looks well put together, portrays confidence and draws people in.  

Why would you want to buy a home that looks distressed or plain when there is a home down the road that is clean, well put together and I already have ideas on decorating?  

Yes, staging does cost a little money that you may not have originally had in budget for, but it can make a big difference in how your home sells.   If you are

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camaro hot wheelsThere is always a lot going on throughout Albuquerque and Rio Rancho on the weekends.  Here are a few things you can go check out.....or visit the links at the bottom for full lists of things to keep you busy all weekend!   

2014 New Mexico International Auto Show

  • When: April 11 (12pm - 10pm), April 12 (10am - 10pm), April 13 (10am - 6pm)
  • Where: Albuquerque Convention Center (401 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque, NM) 505-768-4575
  • Cost: $5-$10, FREE for children under 5

2nd Annual Albuquerque Balloon Museum Car Show

  • When: April 12, 2014 from 10am - 4pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Balloon Museum (9201 Balloon Museum Dr, Albuquerque, NM 87107)  505-768-6020
  • Cost: Regular museum admission

Fiestas de Albuquerque 2014

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Albuquerque Rail YardThe Rail Yard, located in the Barelas neighborhood is a building that I remember growing up.  It's a part of our history, a beautiful part of our history.  I love the windows and have always wanted to go down there and take pictures, lots of pictures.  

Unfortunately, for years and year it has sit, empty.  Yes, there have been several films that used the building (including Terminator, Avengers and Transformers) but for the most part, the buildings have been sitting there, unused and deteriorating.  It's depressing seeing the building getting old, breaking and more windows broken. 

There is a group (sponsored by 516 ARTS, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit) that is transforming the rail yard into something that we can all enjoy.  

Beginning May 4,

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