Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Clean Out Your Car Like A Pro - Part 3

Start with Part 1 then read Part 2 before continuing.

Clean vinyl/leather seats often
Use a special chemical agent to wipe grime and dust off your seats. Afterwards, use a rub-in conditioner to give them that shine. This process will help restore your seats' natural colour and will leave them looking like brand new.

Kill bad odors
You may not know it, but cars often smell like their drivers and the various foods they lug around town. Whether your car smells like cigarettes or fried chicken, it's unpleasant for passengers riding in your vehicle. Avoid using an air freshener, as this will only mask the problem. Instead, opt for a heavy-duty odour eliminating spray to kill bad scents on contact.

Give your windows a good scrub, a really good one!
Although your windows may look clear, chances are they're dirty because windows are always exposed to the outdoor elements. No point in having a clean car interior if your windows are grimy and full of fingerprints. Use Windex to get a streak-free shine and pay close attention to the window's edges!

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

6360 Azaleas Rd NW (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

This is a Caretaker Property
Just like new Paul Allen Green Built Home (Gold Certified) ready for you to move in now. Stylish and environmentally sensitive 2+BR's and 2 baths, spacious living area and den/study. The eat-in kitchen features granite counter with all upgraded black appliances. The finest details including solid wood doors, light fixtures and gas fireplace. Covered patio, covered front porch & landscaped front and back. Don't miss this stunning home in cutting edge Saltillo.

6360 Azaleas Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114

Rent: $680/mo
Application Fee: $45
Security Deposit:  $1000
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2
Sq Ft: 1401
Garage Spaces: 2
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Clean Out Your Car Like A Pro - Part 2

Start with Part 1

Deep clean the mats and upholstery
You can usually find a carpet-cleaning machine for very cheap and it's essential you use one to clean your car like a pro. It sprays water and chemical cleaner onto the fabric, then sucks up all the grime back into the machine. If you're wary of purchasing a carpet-cleaner, see if you can rent one or borrow from a friend instead.

"Detail" all corners of your car
No need for industry-standard equipment when getting into the nooks and crannies of your vehicle. Simply wrap a fine cloth with cleaning agent to the end of a screwdriver and wipe down all the crevices of your car's interior. Pay particular attention to air vents, radio dials and dirty edges along the cup holders. Afterwards, use a shining agent like Armor All along the dashboard and trim to get that luxurious sheen.

Question to the Reader: What is your favorite car wash in town?

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

House for Rent - 13105 Chitalpa Pl NE (Albuquerque, New Mexico)


This is an incredible luxury rental home in the highly sought after High Desert Community located East of Tramway and South of Spain Road. The property has amazing views of both city and mountains, is walking distance to city parks, mountain trails and a variety of paved and dirt bike trails. The home is walking distance to the National Forest Wilderness and is located in a very friendly neighborhood.

The home has been meticulously maintained by the owner both inside and out. The Cherry wood floors, stainless steel appliances, Cherry wood cabinets and granite counter tops in kitchen, sparkling custom in-ground swimming pool with seasonal hot tub, water feature at front courtyard, putting green and xeriscaped landscaping will surely add to the enjoyment and comfort and easy maintenance of this fine home.

Rent: $2,800
Application Fee: $45
Security Deposit: $2,800
Available On: 12/1/2013

Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 3
Sq Ft: 2,856
Garage Spaces: 3

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12 month lease preferred. Due to the extensive wood flooring, no pets with claws will be approved.

Background check, employment and financial verification will be required prior to showing of the property. Partial refund of background check cost will be made in the event prospective Tenant does not lease the home. 

Please Contact our office or Tom Schmidt directly at 505.238.0700

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Clean Out Your Car Like A Pro - Part 1

Many of us love to take our car in for a pampering. Getting your vehicle detailed is always a treat, but it can get very pricey. That's why there's no harm in doing it yourself every so often. It's actually very easy to clean your car's interior -- and you don't necessarily need fancy machinery to get the job done right.

Below are a few tips to getting your vehicle so clean it'll look like the pros did it for you! Follow these tricks and you'll be riding in style... super hygienic style in no time!

Give your car a thorough vacuuming and get every last corner!
Give your carpets and seats a good vacuuming and you're halfway there to a squeaky clean interior. Move the seats forward and get rid of all the junk and debris hiding underneath. Unless you're meticulous all year-round, you might be surprised by some of the items lurking down there. Candy wrappers, lost change and even electronics are just some of the things people find underneath their car seats. Don't forget to remove the mats, and vacuum all the dirt under there too.

Question for the Reader: Do you clean your car on your own?

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Friday, November 15, 2013

2206 Margarita Dr SE (Rio Rancho, New Mexico)

Cabezon Home for Rent
Newer Home located in the desirable master planned community of Cabazon w/ community pool, parks and walking trails. Home has 2 living areas and a formal dining room. Enter the large master bedroom thru French doors and continue to the private balcony. Master bath features separate tub and shower, dual sinks and large master closet. Refrigerated air!

2206 Margarita Dr SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Rent: $680 per month
Application Fee: $45
Security Deposit: $1000
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2.5
Sq Ft: 2000
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Friday, November 8, 2013

Top Attractions In Albuquerque, New Mexico - Part 2

Albuquerque offers one any kind of entertaining things one desires to see. Filled with history, yet as modern as any city in the world, Albuquerque offers the visitor a pleasurable experience. Here are just a few of the wonderful things to do.

Click Part 1 to see the first entry in the series.

  • The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History gives one the history of nuclear history and theory. It is a tremendous learning experience and offers a fabulous gift shop.
  • Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque are one of the greatest museums in the US for families. It offers children the opportunity for hands on experience where they can enjoy a real learning experience.

  • The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, run by 19 Pueblo Indians displays the history of the Pueblo Indian Tribe. Here, one can enjoy art and artifacts from this remarkable race as well as enjoying Indian dancing demonstrations.

  • Old Town Albuquerque located in the center of Albuquerque offers one a fabulous shopping and dining experience. The town established in 1706 has many of the buildings that date from this era. It is an ideal place to relax, shop and eat.

  • Question to the Reader: What is your favorite place in Albuquerque to bring out of town guests?
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    Friday, October 25, 2013

    Top Attractions In Albuquerque, New Mexico - Part 1

    Albuquerque offers one any kind of entertaining things one desires to see. Filled with history, yet as modern as any city in the world, Albuquerque offers the visitor a pleasurable experience. Here are just a few of the wonderful things to do.

  • The Sandia Peak Tramway promises one the most exciting and thrilling things one can do in this fabulous city. One will cover 2.7 miles and climb to 10, 378 feet. The view is breathtaking, and it is fun to have a hamburger while looking over an 11,000-mile panorama.

  • The Albuquerque Zoo offers one the following exhibits; Africa, Amphibians, Life on a Limb, Apes, Cat Walk, Elephants, Mexican Gray Wolves, Polar Bears, Reptile House, Australia, Seals, Sea Lions, Tropical America and Zoo Babies. In addition, there is a Botanic Garden, offering a tremendous selection of plants and flowers. Further, there is an Aquarium where in the Pacific Coral Reef exhibit offers over 200 beautifully colored sea life.

  • The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History offers one a remarkable array of art and artifacts from the area. In addition to the permanent displays and exhibits, there are constant new exhibits coming in so that the place is always current and recent. A lovely cafĂ© is on site, so it is easy to spend the day here.

  • The beautiful San Felipe de Neri Parish church first established in 1706, but in the summer of 1792, the old building collapsed during a rainstorm. The present church is built on the town square in the shape of a cross. It contains many famous artifacts and articles.

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    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    An Overview of Vacant House Insurance

    What happens if you need to insure an unoccupied house? It may surprise you to find out that your homeowners insurance is not valid once nobody has lived in your house for 30-60 days. Of course, you can pretend that someone is living there, but don't expect the insurance company to help you out if something happens to your house. They will only protect you if you have unoccupied house insurance. But be prepared for sticker shock. In this author's personal case, the insurance company offered a normal homeowners policy for $400 and a vacant house insurance policy for $2,000. You can get vacant house insurance policies from most home insurers as well as those who specialize in insuring vacant homes. Just keep in mind that although a company may specialize in insuring a house under these circumstances, it does not mean that it will be cheap. How can you save some money on vacant home insurance? You can lower the risk to your insurer by installing security systems, making sure that your doors and windows are tightly sealed, and making your house look occupied (for example, you can ask your neighbor to park their car in your driveway).

    Rather than settling for the very expensive unoccupied house insurance, if your house is to be vacant for a period of time, you can get a caretaker thru Homes In Transition to occupy and stage the home. This way, you get the normal homeowners insurance rates and sell your home faster.

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    Friday, October 11, 2013

    36 Camino De Los Pueblitos (Plactias, New Mexico)

    Pastoral Setting in the Village of Placitas. Enjoy what Placitas is all about with this Rastra built, Energy Eff. Northern NM style Home. Wood Window, Open Gourmet style Kitchen, Granite & B. Block tops, Custom Cabs, Clay Walls, Stained Concrete over efficient in-floor Rad Heat. Spacious Open Loft of 1000 sf open to Great Room below. 2nd Floor Deck overlooks the verdant grounds featuring 1 full acre fenced, a natural spring, flagstone patio and 1000 sf detached gar/ w-shop. Must See. SORRY NO PETS

    36 Camino De Los Pueblitos
    Placitas, NM 87043

    Rent: $650/month
    Application Fee: $45
    Security Deposit: $1,000
    Bedrooms: 4
    Baths: 3
    Sq Ft: 3230
    Acres: 1.0
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    Thursday, October 3, 2013

    Creating a Realistic Budget - Conclusion

    Budgeting -- ooh, what a scary word! If you want to frighten someone whose finances are out of control, suggest that they tally up their expenses on a piece of paper. We all understand the value of such an exercise, but when it comes to the practicality of putting a budget together, we get cold feet. Budgeting doesn't have to be so painful, when you have a systematic series of steps to follow.

    Visit if Tip 1, Tip 2, Tip 3, Tip 4 and Tip 5 if you have not yet read it.

    So, comparing income to expenses, how does it look? If you came out in the black, congratulations! How much do you have left over? Regardless of how small or large the amount is, start stashing it away into savings and investments! Your choice of how to proceed will depend on your financial goals -- investing for retirement will involve less liquidity and more risk than just saving for next year's vacation. The main thing to remember is that you should build your savings and investments into your budget just like a bill -- and take care of these long-term responsibilities FIRST, before other costs. That's the secret to good financial management.

    Now, if you ended up in the red, we need to talk. The first step is to look at spending which can be reduced or even eliminated. Start by examining those "spending leaks" -- if they give you pleasure and satisfaction, dandy. Certainly late fees and interest charges don't fall into this category! But you can still overdo a good thing.
    Ask yourself if eating out 4 times a week gives you 4 times more pleasure than doing it just once. And could you get as much pleasure if you cooked a good homemade meal? Is the ridiculous mortgage on that 10,000 square foot house worth it? Or could you be just as happy (or even happier with less financial stress) in a place half the size? Also look for convenience expenses -- things that we spend money on because we are overwhelmed, too busy, or just worn out.

    Perhaps by re-evaluating how you use your time, you might discover that many of these expenses are just symptoms of misplaced priorities. When you arrive at a place where all of your spending decisions are DELIBERATE ones, you will find yourself several steps and quite a few dollars closer to a balanced budget that allows you to reach all of your financial goals.

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    Thursday, September 26, 2013

    Creating a Realistic Budget - Tip 5

    Budgeting -- ooh, what a scary word! If you want to frighten someone whose finances are out of control, suggest that they tally up their expenses on a piece of paper. We all understand the value of such an exercise, but when it comes to the practicality of putting a budget together, we get cold feet. Budgeting doesn't have to be so painful, when you have a systematic series of steps to follow.

    Visit if Tip 1, Tip 2, Tip 3 and Tip 4 if you have not yet read it.

    It's also important that you have some idea of your liabilities -- debts that still have to be repaid. Did you figure these payments in with your monthly expenses? If you are only counting the minimum monthly payment, you will never pay your debts off. You may not be able to do it right now -- but after we get your budget in order, the goal is to pay at least double the minimum amount on at least one of your liabilities each month. You should start with the credit card or loan that has the highest interest rate -- then tackle the next highest after the first debt is paid off. And if you can afford to pay more than double, go for it. You aren't really free to start working on other financial goals until you know you are debt free.

    Do you really know how much you make? The tendency is to quote whatever is printed on your employment contract -- to say, "I make _____ a year." But after taxes and Social Security and any other items that are deducted from your check, what are you actually bringing home? Take a minute to really examine all of your sources of income and calculate an honest total -- you can't have a realistic budget without it!

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