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20 Mar 2013 14:11
Growth & Gracias 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherHome prices nationwide are the best in six years, on a year-on-year gain. This includes distress sales as reported by CoreLogic, a property information service. It is also the 11th consecutive month of increased home prices nationally, per FNC Residential Price Index. This rise in home prices in January indicates that the recovery is widespread.

Santa Fe is once again leading the nation, rated one the "5 best markets to buy a home" by CCN Money Magazine in March 2013. In the Land of Enchantment..."Home prices are forecast to rise 9.1% over the next five years - the second highest price gain in the nation," according to Fiserv, provider of financial technology.

Santa Fe is a destination and luxury market that uniquely offers homes in all price ranges; which creates a stable economic base and community. Last year I represented properties from $70,000 to $1.5 million; a significant range of investment. Right now there are opportunities for everyone! I do expect prices and sales to increase this summer in all price categories.

On a lighter note, get your boots on and come out to play, while supporting our community.
I will be hosting "Angels Night Out" at the Cowgirl on March 28th, 5:00 to 9:00 pm. This is a fundraiser for Kitchen Angels, a non-profit that provides delicious meals to home bound individuals. A generous 25% of your dining proceeds go to Kitchen Angels. Call the Cowgirl to make reservations: 505.982.2565. If you cannot attend, you can make a donation right now: www.kitchenangels.com

It is my belief that life will improve, and that there are silver linings and angels here on earth too. When we are in the middle of "our dark night" it does not always feel like that; however like the dawn, hope and new opportunities are inevitable. May this be your best year ever!

"Hope sees the invisible,
feels the intangible,
and achieves the impossible."
Anonomous

All the best,

Emily Garcia
Real Estate Professional

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12 Mar 2013 08:54
We are heading back up! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherHome prices are projected to be on the rise all the way through to 2017! Since the real estate market crash, there has been a broad-based and solid recovery in home prices with a steady increase in both property prices and property sales. Look forward to an average increase of 3.3 percent over the next few years! Click here to read the full article presented by RIS Media, the leader in real estate information systems.

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08 Mar 2013 09:56
Home Prices expected to rise in 2013! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherA very optimistic view of the upcoming year for real estate was presented by the December CoreLogic HPIģ report. It's research indicates the rise of home prices in 2013. "We are heading into 2013 with homes on the rebound." Homes in 2013 are set to rise 8.6 percent on a year-over-year basis. Is 2013 living up to its projected gain? Click here for report

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21 Feb 2013 21:56
My Son, Giving Back, and Love... 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherIt is my belief that we are here to be happy and to enjoy life. In February we can't help but think about love and this year I want to pause and acknowledge the deep joy my son has brought into my life. Isaac was born smiling, literally. He has taught me more about joy than any other single person Recently I met a new friend of Isaac's, who told me, "Isaac knows no strangers" and this summed up for me how very friendly and loving he is... As I reflect on the organizations that I contribute to, I realize the choices were shaped by those I love...

Because of Isaacs's passion for a healthy environment, I am a donor to Conservation International. With every closing, I save acres of rainforest. They also are cleaning up the oceans and create healthy eco-systems, while establishing sustainable work for communities within these areas. For more information go to: www.conservationinternational.com
As a young mom I had a close circle of family and friends. I created a "childcare cooperative" where we traded poker chips for a few hours of babysitting for one another. It was a life saver! Right now I am very involved with Many Mothers, a non-profit that provides volunteer support to young mothers. Our fundraiser will be held in May, and you are invited! For more info: www.manymothers.com

Kitchen Angels is an organization that provides food to home bound individuals. When my late husband was ill, they saved our lives with a daily bag of love and delicious meals. Ever since, I have been a contributor and an advocate for this heart-centered organization. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals or to cook. It's great fun and a wonderful way to meet folks: www.kitcheangels.com

These are only three of the organizations that I support. In Santa Fe there are many opportunities to get involved, whatever your skills or background are. I encourage you to give back, to give thanks and to help in some small or large way to make a difference wherever your heart is.
Finally, I want to thank you for being a part of my life and world. I am blessed to live in the land of enchantment and to work as a real estate professional where I get to make a difference in the lives of so many wonderful people.

As my 1 1/2 year-old, niece Stacy said to me recently, "Love, love, love!"
"I have found that if you love life, life will love you back."
Arthur Rubinstein

All the best!

Emily Garcia
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20 Feb 2013 10:01
A Sweet Side to the Film Industry! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherA deep history, fresh roasted green chile, UFO's, Billy the Kid, magnificent art and now film making are just a few of the unique features that make up the Land of Enchantment. The stories that originally rest in the minds of film makers around the globe have found their homes in our wondrous landscape and rich culture. Many of these films are independently released and need the love and support from many people in order for the film to be successfully created. Among these films lives the soon to be released short film, "The Pie Lady of Pie Town." This film features a small town, it's many personalities and stars a woman whom, through her pies creates a little slice of happiness. See how you can contribute to the success and every-growing film industry of New Mexico, by viewing the sizzle reel for this sweet new slice of a film! http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/310251

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11 Feb 2013 13:36
Lucky 13! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher2013 is projected to show low mortgage rates all year long!

According to the Investment Strategies section on the Charles Schwab website, investors can rest assured that despite day to day fluctuations mortgage rates are expected to remain low for the full year of 2013. Although there is no guarantee, the Federal Reserve Board is committed to keeping interest rates low, therefore mortgage lending and refinancing will remain affordable. With that being said, now is a time to buy and 2013 is projected to be a great year to invest!

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05 Feb 2013 10:08
Love is in the air!...or in the snow 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherFresh snow fall, tranquil spas, luxury resorts and fine dining are among some of the special amenities you get to enjoy while basking in the beauty of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Whether you want to run off for a few days with your lover or with your best of friends, Santa Fe has been rated among one of the hottest places to visit. From Ten Thousand Waves; a Japanese-style hot-tub spa to The Inn of the Five Graces; Rated #1 for Santa Fe hotels or from one of the most exciting and original chocolate shops in the world, Kakawa Chocolate House to the slopes of Ski Santa Fe; you will discover the key to your loves heart or forever enhance the bonds of friendship with a weekend getaway to one of the most unique cities in the country. Stay in the know with www.emilygarcia.com">insider info. ;real estate broker and Santa Fe aficionado!

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30 Jan 2013 12:23
Brand New Interactive Website! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherI'm thrilled to share my new website with you! Enjoy Exploring the depth of its offerings. This website has been specifically designed, for you, the user and we are excited with all it can and will provide. Please let me know if you need to be in the Black Book, would like to add a letter of recommendation, or have any additional information.

Credit and tremendous thanks to:

ABD Consulting:
My website was designed and built by Bob Johnson and Anita Miller; techo geniuses, clients and beloved friends. ABD Consulting can be reached at 505.795.8048 or james_r_johnson@earthlink.net.

Lilly By Design:
Marketing support came from Kate Lilly; a web mistress, word smith, and graphic goddess. She can be reached at lillybydesign@gmail.com or 805.304.7651.

Bob Desmond:
The glorious sunset image is from photographer, client and dear friend, Bob Desmond. His photographs capture the Divine in nature with his work. Bob can be reached at rjdesmond@att.net.

Other acknowledgments go to:
Ken Gorman for My brilliant RSS Newsfeed, my niece Jessica Colclough for providing outstanding administrative support, Lori Kolb who contributed endless advice and assistance and Kate Marburger in the Sotheby's marketing department who was invaluable.

It takes a community to build a site and I'm deeply grateful!

And now let us welcome the New Year, full of things that have never been"
~ Rilke

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25 Jun 2012 13:34
Elbow Grease: the Canadian Solution to Increase Home Value! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherLast year, 62 per cent of Canadians invested in renovation projects to add value to their homes before selling, according to the BMO Financial Group. They are "becoming more strategic on spending" by renovating to increase the value of their houses.

The most popular way add value and marketability to a home is painting. Then come larger renovations of kitchens and bathrooms which provide payback of 65 to 120 per cent at resale. There are other renovation projects that offer gains on investment as window/door replacement, expansion or repair of a deck. Nowadays, sellers can also try to improve the energy efficiency of their home when renvating. It is a smart way to distinct the house by saving on future energey cost.

I am skilled and happy t assist you in evaluating what renovations would be of value if you decide to improve or upgrade your home. For Real Estate advice, feel free to contact me, I am here to help!


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20 Jun 2012 09:10
Housing Recovery in our National Real Estate Market! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherOur coutry continues to make progress on its recovery. According to Villacorta, "The subsequent stabilization pattern seen in recent months has progressed into the start of moderate growth". On June 5th, Capital published that the national median home prices grew on a quartely, as well as on an annual basis in May. This is the first time since August 2010. In the West, home prices grew up by 2.7 per cent in the first quarter of this year. This rate ranged the West as the leader over all the regions in the U.S.

To read the complete article about the housing recovery, click on this link.

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18 Jun 2012 10:29
Summer Fun in Santa Fe 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherToday we are highlighting our favorite summer activities in Santa Fe. You can also visit the Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau website to see the complete summer program.

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05 Jun 2012 15:27
An Amazing Summer in Santa Fe! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherSummer is coming soon with its long sunny days, bright blue skies and cool evenings! Summer in Santa Fe is synonymous with fun and exciting time. With all of these festivals, world-famous art markets, and opera; it is impossible to be bored! You can also enjoy a wonderful sundown horseback ride, a sportingly bike ride in the mountains or a peaceful hike in the green forest. You will love the free concerts on the Plaza every evening from Monday through Thursday featuring every kind of music. You can also delight a picnic with friends at St John's College on Wednesday from June 13 through July 25; and then enjoy the Music on the Hill concerts.
Have fun this summer in our lovely Santa Fe!

For more information about Santa Fe summer activities, visit the Santa Fe Official Travel Site.

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29 May 2012 10:06
Real Estate Market Still on the Raise! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherThe first quarter of this year is the strongest one for home sales in five years. Existing home sales increased by 3.4% in April from the prior month, according to the National of Realtors. More young people are leaving their parents' homes, 2.2 million jobs have been created this year, housing affordability is high and mortgage-interest is reaching record-low rates with a fixed-interest available at 3.79%. According to Lawrence Yun, the National Association of Realtors Chief Economist, home sales are incresing because of "Historically high housing affordability conditions, ongoing job creation, a solid stock market recovery, rising rents, a larger pool of qualified renters, a pent-up demand and improving confidence are drawing buyers to the market".
These good economic conditions are encouraging the recovery of the housing market. Because home prices are starting to rise, it is an historical opportunity for homebuyers and investors to buy a home in our lovely Santa Fe.

To read the complete article about the housing and economic forecast, click on this link.

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24 May 2012 12:07
Santa Fe a Top 10! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherSanta Fe is one of the top areas where home prices are rising fastest according to the Fiserv, a well-respected financial services company. With a median home price of $ 248,000, Santa Fe is an area where home prices are higher values. The City Different offers quality of life which includes great weather, and a luxurious but relaxed lifestyle. In addition, this is a center for art and culture diversity. Today, we are happy to report that the unemployment rate is at a low 5.5% while the national one is at 8.1% making it one of the top metro areas for jobs.
After a drop of 17.1% on home prices, Fiserv forecasts an increase of 10% through 2013. It is time to invest in this real estate market now!
To read the complete report published by CNN Money, click on this link.

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22 May 2012 08:40
Santa Fe: An Authentic Appeal 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherSanta Fe is a really special place to live. This is a jewel in the heart of the desert.

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17 May 2012 08:17
A Worldwide Price Growth 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherThe global real estate markets home prices have increased a lot over the past five years. Knight Frank, a global real estate consultancy, published a study where ten countries are ranked according to highest average growth in housing prices. For example, Switzerland, the number 10, has seen its housing prices increased by 27.5 per cent. China, the worldís hottest property market, has seen its property prices raised by 110.9 per cent. Currently the U.S. real estate market is also improving and home prices are increasing. Now is an opportunity for investors to buy a house in our nation.
To read the complete report published by Knight Frank, click on this link.

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23 Apr 2012 12:53
National Home Building Permits on the Rise! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherA few weeks ago, I mentioned in the ‚??Rent and Job Growth go Hand in Hand‚?Ě post a rise of commercial building permits here in Santa Fe. This rise can now be seen in home building permits across the U.S. WMBF News reported on April 17, 2012 that a rise of 4.5 percent of building permits has been recorded in March; which is the highest level since September 2008! That‚??s a three and half year record high folks! Yes, the market is steadily improving.
This growth is a healthy sign for our economy. According to The National Association of Home Builders each home built creates about three jobs per year and generates taxable revenue for the economy as well.
Competing with deeply discounted foreclosures and short sales is a daily challenge for builders. So construction activity is doing better but there is a long way before going back to full health.
To read the complete article and find more information about building permit increasing, click on this link.

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20 Apr 2012 10:09
The Santa Fe River is Flowing! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherSpring arrived early this year in Santa Fe! The river flow can vary with each year and the seasons. Having this early spring runoff will positively affect high river levels.

To enhance vegetation along the Santa Fe River corridor, the City Council decided to open the city reservoirs and to let the water flow in the River this Monday. This measure will support plants that convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and will help to clean storm water runoff and control erosion.

We can also now delight the beauty of free-flowing water from the parklands all along the river.

For more information, you can read the complete article at http://www.santafenewmexican.com/newsbriefs/

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16 Apr 2012 13:44
Let the Sun In! New Mexico: Solar Energy Leader 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherThe Solar Energy Association ranked our beloved Land of Enchantment first in the U.S. in the production of electricity from solar power.
Use solar energy is a smart way to reduce our utility bills. New Mexico inhabitants have identified this opportunity.

The association's annual Solar Market Insight report published in March that New Mexico provided last year 116 megawatts of solar power with photovoltaic solar system installations. This is the fourth highest amount in the USA. This growth is partly due to a federal government support. Grants and tax credits has been provided to residential and commercial customers for solar energy projects.

For more information about this Industry report, click on this link www.santafenewmexican.com/localnews/Industry-report--NM-among-solar-energy-leaders and visit Santa Fe New Mexican website.

For more information about Santa Fe and/or real estate issues in general, go to my website and learn more. Need a Real Estate Broker, or Real Estate advice? Contact me, I am here to help.


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12 Apr 2012 13:50
While Lenders Loosening Credits, Real Estate Market Attracting Buyers 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherRemember a recent post ‚??Good Ingredients to a Recovery Real Estate Market Recipe‚?Ě? I mentioned record low mortgage rates as one of these ingredients. Let‚??s talk about it!
CNN Money published on February 2, 2012 that the 30-year fixed rate fell to an average of 3.87% in February; and now lenders are loosening credit. DSNews reported on January 24, 2012 that the average score required to attain a mortgage is stabilizing. Banks are lending amounts up to 3.5 times borrower incomes, instead of 3.2 during the crisis. When lenders are more flexible, it helps potential homebuyers to become home owners. Last year in November, 8% of the contracts were cancelled because potential buyers didn‚??t meet the conditions for a loan.


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09 Apr 2012 09:14
Rent and Job Growth go Hand in Hand 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherJob and rent growths are progressing like synchronized swimmers. An increase of more than 200,000 jobs has been posted last month in the United States. In addition, household income grew by 1.7% in the fourth quarter, which is the right direction! There is a strong relationship between job growth and apartment demand, because once you have a job, you need a place to stay. Therefore, a healthy employment has a positive impact on housing demand, which makes everyone happy.
In Santa Fe commercial construction permits have increased by 35% over 2009! This was reported in the Santa Fe New Mexican on March 25, 2012. We would expect Santa Fe employment will flourish as a result, and will also lead to the rental market increasing. For more information about real estate in Santa Fe, visit my website.


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05 Apr 2012 11:58
In Santa Fe, All you need is a little bit of Sunshine! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisher‚??No annual utility bills‚?Ě might be the dream of each citizen all over the world, but here in Santa Fe, some builders are working to make this dream come true. Contractors have defined this new trend and utilize their engineering skill to build state of the art ‚??green‚?Ě homes. Renaissance Builders has recently built a new line of Zero Energy Solar Homes. Custom finishes and energy savings are the main characteristics of these properties: ‚??Super insulated walls and ceilings, efficient boilers, lighting and appliances, whole house heat recovery ventilation and 3.4 Kilowatts of solar panels on the roof‚?Ě.
Zero Energy Homes are recent in the real estate market, but it may be the new model of our future houses. This construction is good for our purse and also for the environment. It might be tremendousto live in total harmony with nature and in a fabulous home, don‚??t you think? Check out www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2012/03/31/prweb9349744.DTL for the full story. For more information about real estate and/or Santa Fe, visit my website.


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03 Apr 2012 10:26
Ingredients to a Recovery Real Estate Market Recipe 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherRecord low mortgage rates, positive expectations in consumer mind, and favorable home prices are attracting homebuyers and investors. Fixed-rate mortgage reached a record low 3.89 percent in February, and the national median existing-home price was about $156,000 last month (all housing types). This is an historical opportunity for homebuyers and investors, and they don‚??t want to miss it!
Figures show that home prices are going to increase. The RE/MAX National Housing Report has noticed a 1.1% home price increasing over February 2011 in the 53 cities surveyed. So, it‚??s time to invest!
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28 Mar 2012 12:25
Consumer Confidence in National Real Estate 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherStabilization of Americans‚?? attitudes in the real estate market is happening, as found in the survey conducted by Fannie Mae. The results published in March, 2010 show that consumers are more confident regarding their financial situations. This has an impact on their attitudes about homeownership and renting. Respondents would be more ready to buy a house than last month instead of renting it.
Consumers have positive expectations concerning the market evolution. ‚??28% of respondents expect home prices to increase over the next 12 months (consistent with last month), while 15% say they expect home prices to decline (down 1 percentage since last month)‚?Ě. And more Americans than last month think that mortgage rates will go down in the next year.


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27 Mar 2012 10:55
Recovery in the Sunbelt 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherMost of the Sunbelt geographies, including Santa Fe, seem to be rising like cream! Recent economic and real estate factors show that these areas will probably surpass national growth rates during the next six to twelve months. The strengthening employment, migration and housing market are the main reasons of this recovery. The strong immigration trends found in the Sunbelt geographies drive population, business and economic growth. This economic change will have a positive impact on the real estate market of our ‚??Land of Enchantment‚?Ě.

Source: ‚??Downtrodden but Resurging U.S. Sunbelt Economies Likely to Surpass National Growth Rates‚?Ě, Jones Lang LaSalle, March 15th 2012.


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14 Mar 2012 13:27
Seniors: A New Niche Market and How Santa Fe is Favorable 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherThe structure of the population is changing, baby boomers are becoming seniors. We have to stay turned to these needs because they will require medical facilities. According to a study from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, this demographic change will influence the housing demand. That will shift the demand toward smaller homes, rental properties and senior housing. Nowadays, the way of living has changed; adults and children move. So, seniors have fewer reasons than before to stay in their old house with stairs and many rooms. This is a new senior niche market. It is important to remind that realtors have to listen to their clients first. Seniors might not be ready to move, they might have real ties to their house. Realtors should accompany them in this important stage in life.
This month, in my website www.emilygarcia.com and read March email blast I wrote how our local hospital, Christus/St. Vincient‚??s was just rated the best hospital in the state. For more information, see www.emilygarcia.com for the complete newsletter. Further, the average per square foot size of a home in Santa Fe is smaller than the national average. We are leading the market in the trend towards smaller homes, and not just for seniors. Finally, Santa Fe is considered a ‚??progressive‚?Ě retirement destination, as it offers so many cultural, historical and lifestyle interests. We will continue to be a leader in this market sector.


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12 Mar 2012 10:23
Best Snow this Season is SANTA FE,NM! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherEvery week we have been recieving a gentle snow with sunny skies and warm weather the rest of the week. On top of the mountain this is translating into some of the best ski and snowboarding conditions in the entire country! Those of us who live here, consider our mountain Santa Fe's best kept secret. Well the secret is out now, so come on down, enjoy the sun and fabulous snow.

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09 Mar 2012 16:27
New Mexico Exports Growing in Leaps and Bounds! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherA federal agency says exports of New Mexico products grew by nearly 36 percent last year. When most states are seeing their economies declining, New Mexico is growing! This will bode well for future jobs and housing.

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02 Mar 2012 17:07
Residential Real Estate Sales are UP in Santa Fe! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherSanta Fe homes sales for the city and the county are up almost 10% over Jan/Feb of last year! Nationally we are seeing increases of around 3%. Once again Santa Fe, New Mexico is leading the pack! For more information, go to my comprehensive website www.emilygarcia.com.

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01 Mar 2012 16:23
Fourth Quarter 2011 was better than expected! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherWell good economic news continues! The nation grew at a 3% rate for the fourth quarter, rather than the 2.8% that was projected. This means that consumer spending was higher and well as business investment spending. The growth is defined in the GDP, or the Gross Domestic Product, which is the single, broadest measure of economic activity in the United States. This should bode well for the coming months ahead... For more economic and real estate news, national and Santa Fe specific, go to my website www.emilygarcia.com

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01 Mar 2012 16:23
Fourth Quarter 2011 was better than expected! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherWell good economic news continues! The nation grew at a 3% rate for the fourth quarter, rather than the 2.8% that was projected. This means that consumer spending was higher and well as business investment spending. The growth is defined in the GDP, or the Gross Domestic Product, which is the single, broadest measure of economic activity in the United States. This should bode well for the coming months ahead... For more economic and real estate news, national and Santa Fe specific, go to my website www.emilygarcia.com

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23 Feb 2012 15:42
National Home Sales Up Again! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherExisting-home sales rose in January, marking three gains in the past four months, while inventories continued to improve, according to the National Association of Realtors¬ģ.

Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 4.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.57 million in January from a downwardly revised 4.38 million-unit pace in December and are 0.7 percent above a spike to 4.54 million in January 2011.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said strong gains in contract activity in recent months show buyers are responding to very favorable market conditions. ‚??The uptrend in home sales is in line with all of the underlying fundamentals ‚?? pent-up household formation, record-low mortgage interest rates, bargain home prices, sustained job creation and rising rents.‚?Ě

Total housing inventory at the end of January fell 0.4 percent to 2.31 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 6.1-month supply2 at the current sales pace, down from a 6.4-month supply in December.

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16 Feb 2012 10:01
New reasons to fall in love with Santa Fe! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherI love the idea of everyone celebrating love, so I cannot help but absolutely enjoy every thing about Valentine‚??s Day. This enchanted city that I live in, I also love. Therefore this month I am thrilled to share some fabulous secrets and/or new spots for you to enjoy‚?¶
Art, Entertainment, Donuts, Dining and Chocolate of course!
‚?Ę Gig Santa Fe is this town‚??s best kept secret! Walking into Gig really feels like a
club. The space is intimate and the lineup of artists is always quality as it‚??s owned and personally run by world-renowned guitarist, Bruce Dunlap. Go to www.gigsantafe.com for details.

‚?Ę ViVo Gallery is a few years old, but I‚??ve yet to rave about it‚??s refreshing addition to the Santa Fe Art scene. Located on Canyon Rd across from Geronimo‚??s, the collection is innovative and generally modern. Two of my own beloveds show there: Jane Rosemont‚??s photography and Rosemary Baile‚??s caustic and multimedia works. www.vivocontemporary.com

‚?Ę Whoo‚??s Donuts is dangerously delicious and the donuts are fresh and original; from maple bacon to lemon pistachio, chocolate and more‚?¶ Stop by 851B Cerrillos Rd and try something new. www.whoosdonuts.com.

‚?Ę Swiss Bakery. For old-timers, this is reminiscent of the original Swiss Bakery, with a different address and fresh new face. The blend of original European delights and Santa Fe specialties is delicious. 401 S Guadalupe Street.

‚?Ę Organic Chocolate Truffles. Dark, Milk or White, whatever your pleasure. Can Valentine‚??s exist without chocolate!? Christiana‚??s chocolates, currently available at Body, are the best ever. Her flavors range from espresso, salt, peanut butter, coconut, raspberry, ginger and more. Your beloveds will thank you.
I‚??d love to hear about your unique Santa Fe spots. Please send me the places and things that make your heart sing. May your heart always find something to love.
‚?¶Call me if there is anything I can assist you, your friends or family with.
‚??Happiness is something that comes into our lives
through doors we don‚??t even remember leaving open.‚?Ě
‚?? Rose Wilder Lane


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02 Feb 2012 09:31
Seventy Six Markets Deemed "improving by Builder 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherThe National Association of Home Builders track markets nationally for home building. In January 76 markets, which was nearly double previously, are showing improvement. The National Association of Home Builders called this as a ‚??substantial‚?Ě improvement, and so do I! For more information about real estate, go to my website, www.emilygarcia.com

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28 Jan 2012 17:31
Mortgages Rates Remain low! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherThe Federal Reserve is encouraging lending. They are keeping interest rates at all-time lows, so that we can refinance or purchase, in a desire to stimulate the economy and home sales. In fact, the Fed has come out and said that they plan on keeping interest rates low in 2012 to stimulate the economy. Housing is one of our countries largest economic impacts, so this will assist in our recovery, in addition to providing buyers continued opportunity to buy homes. To find out more about purchasing homes in Santa Fe, go to my website!

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19 Jan 2012 16:31
Leading Real Estate Indicator Shows National Real Estate Prices are Stable 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherPrices are no longer declining. Nationally home prices have been stable for the past two years. The Case-Shiller Index reports that the housing industry has been stable from 2009 ‚?? 2011. This means that there is only improvement ahead for real estate! To read more about Santa Fe, Santa Fe real estate or national real estate issue go to my user friendly website.

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15 Jun 2011 09:59
The Santa Fe Real Estate Market, Jazz at St. John's... 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherA sure sign the real estate market is improving is that the number of homes on the market, or "inventory," in all but one category (under $250,000) has decreased as compared to the same period last year. So if this puts you in a celebratory mood, join us on the lawn at St. John's College for free Jazz concerts, Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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25 May 2011 17:16
Sales in Santa Fe are up 15% over last year through April 2011 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherBuyers are coming out, confidence is up and the weather is great. In addition to the lilacs and fruit tree buds, we are seeing an increase in showings, which means that sales are going to continue to remain strong.

Sotheby‚??s in Santa Fe had a sales increase of over 50% year-to-date over last year, as we continue to lead the market. So if you want to sell your property rather than just list, call me! We are seriously doing business now!


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11 May 2010 15:03
Real Estate Sales in Santa Fe Continue to Climb! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherResidential sales in April were an all time high for monthly homes sales this year in Santa Fe, New Mexico. February, with horrible weather, saw an all time low of just under 100 sales. April saw and over 50% increase, with sales of homes at a yearly all time high of 157 transactions. This surpassed sales for the same period in 2008 and 2009. This trend appears to indicate that 2009 is the low and we are climbing on up! This summer should continue to show strength for property sales in Santa Fe.

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03 May 2010 09:57
Real Estate Activity in Santa Fe Continues to Increase! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherBoth March and April showed increases in the number of property showings. This is the number of showings over the previous year. In March of 2009 real estate showings were 874 for Santa Fe and in the same month of this year showings were 986, or an increase of 11%. And in April showing were up 6%. In 2008 there were 868 showing of homes and om 2009 there were 927 showings of homes. Showings are a leading indicator of sales, so the next fews months should continue to see increases in sales. These numbers are as reported by the Santa Fe Association of Realtors. If you would like more information about buying or selling real estate in Santa Fe, or would just like to know more about your unique situation contact me. I look forward to it! All the best, Emily Ivette Garcia, Real Estate Broker, CRS. ‚??Excellence in Real Estate, with a touch of grace‚?¶‚?Ě

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18 Apr 2010 10:04
A Greener Spring! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherNot only will the land be beautiful with all the snow we've had, I'm green now, too! This is my first monthly email blast rather than a quarterly newsletter. Contact me if you do not wish to receive these updates, if you have suggestions and/or want me to add someone to the list. (I will still be mailing an annual report as a comprehensive analysis of the year and upcoming trends.)

First, the real estate news

Buyers are getting off the fence
This can be seen in Santa Fe by the 4th quarter home sales, which were up from last year by a whopping 16%! Nationally home prices have risen or remained steady for eight straight months, according to Standard & Poor.

Other positive trends:

Locally the number of showings increased by 11% in March over the previous year! And nationally homes under contract increased by 17.3% over 2009. With the April deadline for federal tax credits for home purchases, it should be a great month for sales.

Bottom line, right now:

Homes that are well-priced and in good condition will sell. Buyers can still get a great deal with low homes prices and great mortgage rates.

Biggest trend the past ten years:

Well you won't be surprised... In 1999 only 37% of buyers began their search on line. Today over 90% of all buyers start on-line. So how can you tap into this?

If you are a buyer, I can set you up with an "automatic property finder" that will email you any new or amended listing that meet your criteria. Contact me to set you up today.

For my sellers, attached are all websites that I have your home listed on, in addition to my own. Sotheby's has the most comprehensive web presence of any brokerage. And in many cases, we have premier and/or an exclusive relationship.


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29 Mar 2010 13:03
New Short Term Sale Guidelines that will really help Home Owners! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherThe U.S. Treasury Department has launched a program that will provide financial incentives to mortgage servicers and borrowers who use a short sale or a deed-in-lieu to avoid foreclosure on a loan facilitated through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). HAMP aims to simplify and streamline the use of short sale and deed-in-lieu options so that there are more viable alternatives for borrowers.

The program summarized:
• Uses borrower's financial and hardship information collected in conjunction with HAMP to determine eligibility.
• Allows borrowers to receive pre-approved short sale terms prior to listing the property.
• Prohibits the servicer from requiring, as a condition of approving the short sale, a reduction of the real estate commission agreed upon in the listing agreement.
• Requires that borrowers be fully released from any future liability for the debt.
• Provides financial incentives to borrowers, servicers and investors.

The guidelines become effective April 5, 2010.

A complete description of the program can be found on the HAMP website .


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22 Mar 2010 13:03
Resales Cost less than New Construction 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherAccording to Forbes.com, it cost less to buy an existing home than it does to build. Foreclosures are the culpurit. Because the number of foreclosures is expected to continue, new building starts are expected to remain low this year. I had predicted this for Santa Fe and nationally in my New Years Newsletter. Contact me if you'd like more specific information about Santa Fe Real Estate and your needs.

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18 Mar 2010 11:03
Signs of Recovery 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherThe economic indicators lead the housing market. And last month saw and additional 2.7 million new job openings, as reported by the Labor Department. This is 200,000 more than the previous month. In addition the GDP, or Gross Domestic Product increased by 3% in the first quarter of this year. This should bode well for housing sales this spring.

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09 Mar 2010 17:03
Home sales still low nationally 

02 Mar 2010 09:03
Santa Fe shows Continued Signs of Stability 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherOne of the leading market indicators for sales is showings. Showings today are tomorrows sold listings. When comparing 2009 showings for January and February to the showings in 2010, the numbers are relatively stable. In January of 2010 we have record levels of snow, yet still posted 675 showings in January, compared to 781 in 2009. And February showed 711 showings, as compared to 721 showings for the same month in the previous year. These statistics are as reported by the Santa Fe Association of Realtors. For more information about Santa Fe Real Estate, go to my website.

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08 Feb 2010 13:02
Our beloved Santa Fe was featured in the New York Times Travel Section. 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherThe New York Times Sunday travel section is considered the primere travel advice column. This past Sunday, February 7, 2010 historic and innovative Santa Fe was featured. Ten new restaurants were named, many of which I hadn't been to yet! Check it out. It's a great article for old-timers and new-comers. And for more information about Santa Fe, visit my site at www.emilygarcia.com.





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01 Feb 2010 20:02
Santa Fe Real Esate sales continue to show positive increase over 2008. 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherResidential real estate sales for the month of January, 2010 were up 30% over the previous year in Santa Fe. In January of 2009 there were 72 homes sold in the city. In 2010 for the same period 105 homes were sold. Even land sales, which are lagging significantly behind the height of the market were up from 12 sales in 2009 to 18 sales in 2010. Though there is still room for improvement in sales, this continued growth is very positive. For more specific Santa Fe, real esate information, check out EmilyGarcia.com for complete information.

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29 Jan 2010 08:01
National Real Estate Inventory Receeding to Healthy Levels 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherAccording to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) the U.S. residential, real estate property levels have gone down from two years worth of inventory to only seven months of inventory. This is considered a healthy level, and is yet another since of our economy improving. For more national and Santa Fe real estate information check out www.emilygarcia.com.

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18 Jan 2010 15:01
2010 Real Estate Sales in Santa Fe Start out BUSY! 
enfeedia RSS feed publisherThrough January 15th, 2010 there have already been 42 residential sales. This is compared to on 26 for the same time period last year, which is a 38% increase. This sure is a good way to start out the year and affirms that Santa Fe has turned the corner. There have also been 330 showing scheduled and an average sale price of $623,729; which is significantly higher than over yearly averages. For more information, contact Emily Garcia at Sotheby's International Realty, 505.955.7963 or emily@emilygarcia.com.

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