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REY’S REAL ESTATE RECOMMENDATION October 22 2017   

By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show

October 22, 2017

Last week I suggested some thoughts about issues associated with selling a home. Today, I want to go to the other side of the equation and speak to what may be on the minds of people when they are contemplating the purchase of a home.

An article in realtor.com offers some great advice about addressing top concerns that you may have as a new home buyer. This counsel might help you get past some home-buying fears and bring you closer to realizing the American Dream of home ownership.

Fear No. 1: ‘I’m afraid I can’t afford a home’

Some house hunters are possessed by worries that their entire savings account will get sucked into a black hole if they buy. Then they’ll never be able to afford vacations, or new clothes, or food beyond beans and rice or mac ‘n cheese ever again.

The reality: Depending on what and where you’re buying, you’re not likely to drain your savings account. There are many loan programs out there that can help first-time home buyers with down payment assistance, or that don’t require a severed arm and leg in order to get a mortgage.

The best way to determine how financially ready you are to buy a home is to talk to a loan officer, like my friend Scott Robinson, the Santa Fe Branch Manager at the Gateway Mortgage Group (go to: gatewayloan.com/branches/santa-fe-nm/). Alternatively, you can also enter your income, debts, and other info in realtor.com®’s home affordability calculator to see exactly how much you can afford to spend on a home without going broke.

Fear No. 2: ‘I’m worried I won’t be able to buy a home I actually like’

The current economic climate may lead some buyers to believe that buying means they’ll end up living in a version of a “Saw” movie set—a windowless pit with exposed plumbing. Fact is, interest rates are low, allowing homeowners to snag a great deal and pay less over the course of their loan. Now the inventory of homes remains at a low level in Santa Fe—and in most areas around the country—so searching for the right home will take some time and energy. And if you see something you really like, make sure you are ready to move on making an offer, since there are probably several people thinking the same thing at the same moment.

Fear No. 3: ‘What if I buy a money pit?’

We’ve all seen that movie of the same name where Tom Hanks’s life and bank account are shredded, thanks to a rapidly disintegrating old house. But hey, that’s just a movie—most houses aren’t money pits, and even if there are potential issues lurking in the shadows, like a leaking pipe, you can do plenty to protect yourself. Before the sale, hire a good home inspector, like Jeff Brown of WIN Home Inspection (go to: santafe.wini.com). Jeff will be able to see signs of water damage, or any electrical and plumbing red flags. A home inspector will also advise you on potential repair costs, which can provide leverage for you as you go through a transaction with the sellers of the home. Next week, I am working with Jeff Brown on a home inspection here in Santa Fe for buyer clients of mine from California. They can’t attend the inspection, but Jeff offers a terrific service of electronically summarizing what he sees at any house he inspects, including pictures of potential problems.

Fear No. 4: ‘I’m worried I’ll overspend’

The asking price for a house may seem like an unholy amount of money. But keep in mind, that’s just what the sellers are asking for—what they get could be a totally different picture. Any good Realtor can help guide you to a realistic offer. A good broker will know the price points of the areas you’re targeting and can back them up with historical data and comps. Since you can search the prices of homes that recently sold in any area, it’s easier to find out what the neighbors paid and gain better insight before you place an offer.

Fear No. 5: ‘It’s just safer to rent’

Sure, renting means you aren’t trapped in one place, as you are with homeownership. Yet rent money disappears without allowing you to build any equity over time. In fact, by paying about $100 a month more, many renters could actually own their own home—and receive tax deductions. If in doubt, use a rent vs. buy calculator (find it at realtor.com) to crunch the numbers and see whether it’s renting, or buying that wins out in your area.

Learn more about this topic and also pick up additional news by joining us each Sunday on the “All Things Real Estate” radio show (12-2pm Mountain Time) on Santa Fe’s 1260 KTRC-AM, or via streaming at the “Listen Now” link at ATREradio.com.

REY’S REAL ESTATE RECOMMENDATION October 15, 2017

REY’S     REAL   ESTATE   RECOMMENDATION” 

By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show

 October 15, 2017

Those who wish to sell a home in this fall season, carefully consider a suggestions that my friends at the National Association of Realtors and I agree upon.

#1, your home décor isn’t always perfect for selling. Remember that while your home may be beautifully decorated, it still looks like your home, not the buyer’s.    Clutter, in particular, can make a home feel cramped and buyers will be distracted by too many personal items, as well as the need to negotiate around furniture to see your home.

#2, sellers need to disclose any problems with the property, like a broken air    conditioner, leaky faucets, water damage, or pest infestation. Don’t keep any of     your home’s flaws from your broker because you are scared it might hurt your sale. The listing broker is always on the homeowner’s side, but he or she must be aware    of what needs to be fixed, or what could become an issue in a transaction going     forward. Besides, a buyer who does a home inspection as part of any purchase, is   probably going to discover these problems anyway.

#3, remodeling doesn’t guarantee a price uptick. While remodeling projects may enhance a property, the projects homeowners take on are never a guarantee of payback at the time of resale. It is pretty standard that the payback will greatly depend on what type of home improvement was completed. Ask your real estate broker what improvements in our community seem to have a positive impact on home appreciation.

And #4, be ready to fix some things. Sellers may have to spend a few bucks to get their home ready to sell. For example, they may need to replace the trim the dogs scratched up, or clean the scuff marks off the walls, power-wash dirt off of sidewalks, repair damaged driveways, or put some new paint on interior or exterior parts of the house. Of course, to you, it’s totally normal because you’ve lived with these issues for years. But to buyers, these will look like expensive repairs, which means they may lowball you on an offer, or not make an offer at all, because your house is perceived to ‘need a lot of work.’ Remember—perception is reality, even when selling a home.

If you are a home seller and you consider these recommendations, you may see     an enhancement in the dollar value of an offer that a buyer makes on your property.

Learn more about this topic and also pick up additional news by joining us each Sunday on the “All Things Real Estate” radio show (12-2pm Mountain Time) on Santa Fe’s 1260 KTRC-AM, or via streaming at the “Listen Now” link at ATREradio.com.

Thank you!

Rey Post
Associate Broker
Sotheby’s International Realty
Santa Fe, NM

Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation

By, Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show

September 29, 2017

Today, I recommend that those who wish to buy, or sell a home carefully follow developments over the coming weeks that relate to the tax reform plan just issued by the Trump Administration and a small group of U.S. House and Senate members.

Though details are still being worked out, some of the proposed elements to the plan—as the National Association of Realtors has stated—have the potential for effectively challenging, or erasing incentives for homeowners.

Specifically, both the doubling of the standard deduction and the elimination of local and state tax deductions, along with any change in the current mortgage interest deduction—if you bought a home using a loan—could inhibit the homeownership rate.

My recommendation is—if own a home, or wish to buy one—contact your Congressperson and U.S. Senators to express your views.   

Put simply: Given the importance that buying and selling real estate plays in our economy, whateverCongress prepares in tax reform legislation that is then sent to the President for him to review and eventually sign into law, will have a significant impact on your life.

Follow the news on this issue and also join us each Sunday at the “All Things Real Estate” radio show (12-2pm Mountain Time on Santa Fe’s 1260 KTRC AM, or via streaming at the “Listen Now” link at ATREradio.com).

ATRE Remote Broadcasts From Haciendas, A Parade of Homes Tour

By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show
On August 13 & 20, 2017, Rey hosted remote broadcasts of the “All Things Real Estate” (ATRE) radio show from two of the nineteen properties of the 25th annual Haciendas, A Parade of Homes tour. This nationally-known event is sponsored by the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association (SFAHBA) and features some of the finest new construction and remodeled homes in the nation. During both two-hour broadcasts, Rey was joined by a variety of real estate, business, community and non-profit leaders who offered commentary on the event and the homes being featured.

For the seventh year in a row, the ATRE radio show had been asked to broadcast from this event, including at the “Grand Hacienda”-winning property on August 20. Rey is honored to have been asked by the SFAHBA—for the second year in a row—to serve as one of the 16 judges of the homes competing in the Parade. Serving in a group with three other judges, Rey and his colleagues toured specific homes offered in the Parade. Other judges who toured these and other properties competing in the event include well-respected home builders, architects, interior designers and business leaders from the Santa Fe community. The SFAHBA has already requested that the ATRE program return in 2018 to air remote broadcasts from this well-regarded event.
 
On August 13 Show:
  • SFAHBA Tour: Joining Rey to kick off the two-hour broadcast this Sunday is Kim Shanahan, Executive Officer of the SFAHBA. Kim will offer commentary on the mission of his association, the elements of the Parade, the home builders involved in this annual competition, as well as highlights of the homes being offered to the public for tour. As a professional home builder by experience, Kim will also offer his thoughts on the qualities of 36 Paseo Las Terrazas. Closing out the broadcast with Rey will be Joe Gammon, President of the SFAHBA and principal at House Incorporated, one of Santa Fe’s highly regarded home construction and remodeling companies. Joe will be able to offer his professional observations on the elements of 36 Paseo Las Terrazas, as well as the other entrants in the 2017 edition of the Parade.
  • Pulte HomesThroughout the ATRE broadcast, Joe Ortiz, On-Site Sales Director of thePulte Homes Las Campanas operation, will offer the “story” behind the design and construction of 36 Paseo Las Terrazas. This Parade property is a three-bedroom home, offering more than 3,600 heated square feet, a striking chef’s kitchen, numerous features that provide true Santa Fe essence, and views that overlook a Jack Nicklaus golf course at the Club at Las Campanas.
  • Hospital Working With ResidentsJeff Lamie, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, will offer his observations on the home being featured during Sunday’s show. Jeff will also share some thoughts on how the foundation and the CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center play major roles in providing extraordinary and compassionate health care to the home owners, buyers and sellers of the Santa Fe region. Jeff will also update the audience on the 2017 St. Vincent Hospital Foundation Annual Glamour and Gauze Gala on September 16. This year’s gala will support the hospital improvement project to create all private rooms for adult patients at the medicalcenter.
  • Title Insurance ReviewSteve Riemann, President of the Santa Fe Title Company, is a longtime corporate supporter of the ATRE radio program, and has offered commentary during multiple past Parade remote broadcasts. Steve is known for bringing well-respected real estate knowledge to not only the radio show, but also to the home buying and selling clients—and their respective real estate brokers—that his firm serves. The Santa Fe Title Insurance Company offers title insurance, escrow services, closing services, preliminary title reports, document recording, and property searches.
  • Architectural ReviewCraig Hoopes, Principal at the well-known architectural firm Hoopesand Associates Architects,will provide the audience with his professional observations on the design and numerous features of the home that is the site for Sunday’s broadcast. Craig and his firm are 2014 winners of the Parade’s “Grand Hacienda” award and are participating in this year’s event with two property entries in the competition. Craig’s firm has gained the reputation as one of Santa Fe’s top studios. Since its founding in 1992, the firm has specialized in the design of custom homes, performing/assembly spaces, sacred spaces, and custom spaces designed for end-users. This combination of projects has allowed the firm’s team to learn lessons from one scale of project that they can apply to another.
  • Sothebys International RealtyGregg Antonsen, Qualifying Broker and Senior Vice President of the Santa Fe operation of Sotheby’s International Realty, will join Rey in discussing the major role that the brokerage plays in aiding home buyers and sellers in the region. Sotheby’s International Realty is the leading real estate brokerage in Santa Fe and has considerable long-term buyer and seller experience in Las Campanas. Since January 2017, SIR has gained 63% of the market share of active listings by dollar volume in Las Campanas, as well as 58% of the market share of units sold by dollar volume in the community. In addition, the Club at Las Campanas is a longtime corporate supporter of ATRE, with General Manager Al Antonez and his staff on the radio program each month this year.
  • Home Roofing CommentaryJohn Grisak, President of Fix My Roof, LLC, will share his thoughts on the qualities of the home featured during today’s remote broadcast. John will also speak to the application of roof restoration that Fix My Roof, LLC, applies each day that the company works with home owners, buyers and sellers. Headquartered in Santa Fe, Fix My Roof, LLC, is committed to restoring existing roofs for a fraction of the cost of roof replacement while maximizing a positive impact on the environment by embracing environmentally responsible practices and educating the greater community about environmental stewardship.
  • Open House of the Week: Rey will discuss all of the open houses offered this Sunday by the brokers of Sotheby’s International Realty. Check the full-page Sotheby’s ad in the real estate classified section of the Sunday edition of The Santa Fe New Mexican for a roster of all of the brokerage’s open house events.

August 13 Podcasts:
https://santafe.com/thevoice/podcasts/all-things-real-estate-first-hour-august-13-2017

https://santafe.com/thevoice/podcasts/all-things-real-estate-second-hour-august-13-2017


On August 20 Show
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  • SFAHBA Tour: Joining Rey for the two-hour broadcast this Sunday is Kim Shanahan, Executive Officer of the SFAHBA. Kim will offer commentary on the mission of his association, the elements of the Parade, the home builders involved in this annual competition, as well as highlights of the homes being offered to the public for tour. As a professional home builder by experience, Kim will also offer his thoughts on the qualities of 8 Picacho Peak Drive. Closing out the broadcast with Rey in the second hour of the program will be Bill Roth and Bruce Thompson, Co-Chairs of the Parade Committee. Bill, a well-regarded builder with Modern Design + Construction, Inc., will join his Parade colleague—and also a highly-regarded builder—Bruce Thompson of Palo Santo Designs, LLC, as they offer their professional observations on the elements of the “Grand Hacienda”-winning property, as well as the other entrants in the 2017 edition of the Parade.
  • Tierra Concepts: Joining Rey in both hours of the show are Eric Faust, Keith Gorges and Kurt Faust, the principals at Tierra Concepts, who will offer the “story” behind the design and construction of 8 Picacho Peak Drive—a three-bedroom, contextual modern architecture home, offering more than 4,700 heated square feet, a very large chef’s kitchen, numerous Santa Fe-style traditional elements, with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the city lights of Santa Fe. Tierra Concepts is known as an award-winning luxury custom builder; designing, building and remodeling livable, custom, contemporary, and Santa Fe-style homes in harmony with the southwestern landscape. Eric, Keith and Kurt also join Rey as associate brokers in the Santa Fe operation of Sotheby’s International Realty.
  • Santa Fe Vacation Rentals:  Donna Jones White, Owner and Qualifying Broker of Santa Fe Vacation Rentals, LLC, will offer her own observations on the award-winning home being featured during Sunday’s show. Donna will also share information on how her firm serves as a major resource for vacation, as well as 30-day furnished long-term and unfurnished rentals in our community. Visitors to Santa Fe turn to Donna’s company to aid them in finding comfortable and high-quality residences for their stays in our community. Many of Donna’s clients eventually resolve to become residents of New Mexico.
  • Gateway Mortgage Group Review: Scott Robinson, Branch Manager of the Santa Fe operation of the Gateway Mortgage Group, will also join Rey for his own take on the qualities of the “Grand Hacienda” home being featured during Sunday’s broadcast. Scott is known for bringing well-respected real estate and lender knowledge to not only his regular guest visits to the radio show, but also to the home buying clients—and their respective real estate brokers—that his firm serves. The Gateway Mortgage Group is one of the largest privately held mortgage companies in the country, doing its entire mortgage servicing in-house, meaning that Gateway’s customers work directly with them until the time their loan is paid. Commentary contained within this broadcast is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a solicitation to extend credit. Scott Robinson, NMLS 202265, is a licensed Branch Manager with Gateway Mortgage Group, located at 502 West Cordova Road, Suite 1, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. All loans are subject to program guidelines and final underwriting approval. Gateway Mortgage Group, LLC, is an equal housing lender. NMLS 7233.
  • The Club at Las Campanas: Al Antonez, the General Manager and COO of the nationally known The Club at Las Campanas, will join Rey to reflect on the elements of the “Grand Hacienda” home serving as the site for Sunday’s radio show broadcast, especially given that the featured home is located in the community of Las Campanas. The Club offers an extraordinary setting to enjoy an ideal life in Santa Fe. As one of the nation’s most regarded country club destinations, it is also known for its deep commitment to the people, environment, as well as programs that help to make Santa Fe a better community. The Club’s amenities includes two championship Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses; a well-equipped fitness center; tennis and spa facility with seven synthetic clay courts; one of the finest equestrian facilities in the Southwest; as well as the casual and fine dining provided at The Club’s Hacienda Clubhouse. For the seventh year in a row, “All Things Real Estate” is partnering with The Club to offer information on the multitude of activities it is hosting in 2017. Among the major events for this year—and for the first time in The Club’s history—the facility is hosting the 2017 U.S. Women’s State Team Golf Championship, September 24-28, 2017. Al will review the significance of The Club hosting this major national golf championship.
  • Reside Home Interior Design: Professional interior designers Jeff Fenton and Chris Martinez of Reside Home will serve as special interviewers during the second hour of the program, as they speak with Annie O’Carroll principal at Annie O’Carroll Interior Design. Annie served as a member of the team of the “Grand Hacienda”-winning home built by Tierra Concepts. Jeff and Chris have been guests commentators on previous ATRE remote broadcasts and will use Sunday’s occasion to review with Annie the elements of her approach to the design of the “Grand Hacienda” home. Annie has cultivated a keen eye for great style and has—in her business practice—absorbed the design aesthetics she has found in nature, art, architecture and fashion. Annie has an interior design degree from the Design Institute in Newport Beach, California. Jeff and Chris host a monthly second-hour broadcast on the ATRE program, speaking to a variety of interior design issues. Reside Home is a design-based, boutique home furnishings showroom in Santa Fe, offering a unique mix of national brands, paired with one-of-a-kind pieces, all displayed to inspire. The firm is also proud to offer a private-label upholstery collection, Reside Loft. From furniture to rugs, lighting, pillows, art, accessories, and bedding, Reside Home has what it takes to make your home beautiful.
  • Open House of the WeekRey will discuss all of the open houses offered this Sunday by the brokers of Sotheby’s International Realty. Check the full-page Sotheby’s ad in the real estate classified section of the Sunday edition of The Santa Fe New Mexican for a roster of all of the brokerage’s open house events. Rey will also discuss the major role that the brokerage plays in aiding home buyers and sellers in the region. Sotheby’s International Realty is the leading real estate brokerage in Santa Fe and has considerable long-term buyer and seller experience in Las Campanas. Since January 2017, SIR has gained 63% of the market share of active listings by dollar volume in Las Campanas, as well as 58% of the market share of units sold by dollar volume in the community.

August 20 podcasts:
https://santafe.com/thevoice/podcasts/all-things-real-estate-first-hour-august-20-2017

https://santafe.com/thevoice/podcasts/all-things-real-estate-second-hour-august-20-2017

“All Things Real Estate” airs each Sunday (12-2pm Mountain Time) on Santa Fe’s 1260 AM & 101.5 FM, as well as via streaming at the “Listen Now” link at ATREradio.com.

 

How The Commentators of All Things Real Estate Are “Artists” In Real Estate

How The Commentators of All Things Real Estate Are “Artists” In Real Estate

By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show


On July 30, 2017, the “All Things Real Estate” (ATRE) radio show honored the shows guest commentators as “artists,” for the professional fashion in which they deliver useful real estate information to home owners, buyers and sellers.
 
In the first hour of the show, Rey was joined by his guest co-host, Bonnie Davis, Professional Community Association Manager of Westgate Properties, LLC, and  guests for a discussion of the value that the show’s commentators bring to home owners, buyers and sellers.
 
On July 30, 1937, independent efforts by radio performers in Los Angeles to create a Radio Actors Guild and in New York City to form a Radio Equity are combined to establish the American Federation of Radio Artists. Two weeks later that year (August 16, 1937), the Associated Actors and Artistes of America grant a charter to the new union. Since the commentators of ATRE are considered by many to be “artists” in their own right, the 1937 event is being used to underscore the great value that they bring to the field of real estate as the theme for the program.
  • The Value of ATRE’s Commentators: Rey will offer observations on how the varied roster of real estate, business, community and non-profit commentators over the eight years that ATRE has been airing has added considerable value to the message the radio show has delivered to those who wish to buy or sell a home.
  • Community Association Management Update: Bonnie will offer her thoughts on the theme of the show, as well as update the audience on current issues that residents within community association neighborhoods are facing this season. Bonnie will also review the elements of the second hour of the show when she and her guests will address timely community association matters important to home owners, buyers and sellers. Based in Santa Fe, Westgate Properties specializes in the management of multi-tenant commercial properties and homeowners associations. Their goal is to promote community through highly responsive management with the aim that quality of life, quality of work and the value of one’s real estate investment is improved.
  • Gateway Mortgage Group “Home Buyer Tip”: Scott Robinson (NMLS#202265), Santa Fe Branch Manager at the Gateway Mortgage Group, will offer his own thoughts on the theme of the Sunday show, especially focusing on the talented people who make up the team at his firm and how they contribute to his recurring radio show commentary. Scott will also provide his regular mortgage tip, which can benefit home buyers who are purchasing a property in collaboration with a lender. The Gateway Mortgage Group is one of the largest privately held mortgage companies in the country, doing its entire mortgage servicing in-house. This business element is important, since it means that Gateway’s customers work directly with them until the time their loan is paid.  
  • Open House of the Week: Rey will review the attributes of 1220 Cerro Gordo Road with his Sotheby’s International Realty broker colleague Marilyn Foss. This sophisticated country-style residence and guesthouse is sited on a beautifully landscaped lot, offering numerous features and located just a short distance from the Santa Fe Plaza.
In the second hour of the show, Bonnie Davis of Westgate Properties, LLC, will lead a discussion with her guests on the topic of “Dues, Collection and Foreclosures” in community associations. Among other issues relating to this topic, Bonnie and her guest commentators will tackle what to do when a home owner becomes delinquent in paying dues, as well as why it is important to have a collection policy in a community association, as well as what impact property foreclosures have on the collection process.
  • HOA Legal Review: Joining Bonnie in the studio are Javier Delgado and Melissa Brown of the Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado, Bolen Law Firm, as they offer observations on the theme of this week’s second hour of the show. Javier will also provide his monthly legal perspective on a variety of other issues facing homeowner (HOA) and condo (COA) association communities.
  • Insurance Advice: Vincent Marciano of the ADV Insurance Agency—specializing in community association insurance needs—joins Bonnie to discuss the theme of theSunday show, as well as offer his monthly insurance counsel on other matters of interest to home owners.
  • Landscape Tip: Sean Gabriel, Principal with locally-owned and operated Proscape Landscape Management, will offer his landscape tip of the month, which speaks to the theme of the second hour of the program.
Here are the podcasts of both hours of the show:

https://santafe.com/thevoice/podcasts/all-things-real-estate-first-hour-july-30-2017

 

“All Things Real Estate” airs each Sunday (12-2pm Mountain Time) on Santa Fe’s Talk 1260 AM & KTRC 101.5 FM, as well as via the “Listen Now” link at ATREradio.com.

How Major Institutions In Our Community Help Home Buyers, Sellers And Owners

How Major Institutions In Our Community Help Home Buyers, Sellers And Owners 

By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show

On July 23, 2017, the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show devoted attention to the “The Role That Major Institutions Play In Our Community,” as they serve the needs and interests of home owners, buyers and sellers. Here is information on this important topic as presented during the two-hour broadcast:
 
During the first hour of the show, Rey will be joined by Jeff Lamie, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, as well as his colleague Leah Vincent who has recently joined the foundation team.
 
More than 35 years ago, the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation was founded with the mission of serving the CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center as an independent source of funding for capital projects and advanced training for caregivers. Over the years, the Foundation has increased its efforts to help the hospital meet its annual operating needs, to help patients in need receive care and necessary medications, and to provide the community with programs as diverse as providing bicycle helmets to local youth to prevent head injuries to helping train EMTs. The Foundation has also aided in the creation of the Medical Center’s Cancer Treatment Center, expanded the Emergency Department, and provided support to purchase new and sophisticated medical equipment. As part of the show’s theme, Jeff and Leah will speak to the significant impact the Foundation has on the lives of those who own, buy, sell, and rent homes in Northern New Mexico. They will also update the audience on the Frost Pavilion. Once completed, the new wing of the hospital will provide numerous improvements to the well-regarded medical center, including the conversion of hospital rooms to all private patient facilities. In addition, they will inform listeners about the upcoming Gala taking place at Santa Fe’s La Fonda On The Plaza hotel on September 16. This exciting evening will connect the health system with the community and highlight the positive impact the CHRISTUS medical center has on the health and welfare of Northern New Mexico.
 
Also in the first hour of the show, Rey will review—with his Sotheby’s International Realty broker colleague Darlene Streit—the attributes of the “Open House of the Week”: 8 Sueno De Santa Fe. This elegant, custom-built five-bedroom home on five acres offers numerous features including granite countertops, travertine floors and stone accents, as well as an outdoor kitchen, next to manicured gardens. The home is located just minutes from downtown Santa Fe.

In the second hour of the show, Rey will continue the theme of highlighting the role that another major institution in our community plays in the lives of home owners, buyers and sellers. Joining Rey as his guests are Colleen Edwards, Director of Membership Development, and Brad Lardon, PGA, Director of Golf, at The Club at Las Campanas.
 
Colleen and Brad will discuss how The Club offers an extraordinary setting to enjoy an ideal life in Santa Fe. As one of the nation’s most regarded country club destinations, The Club was not only recognized as a Platinum Club of America for 2014-2016, it is also known for its deep commitment to the people, environment, as well as programs that help to make Santa Fe a better community. Colleen and Brad will offer an overview of the amenities at The Club, including two championship Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses; a well-equipped fitness center; tennis and spa facility with seven synthetic clay courts; one of the finest equestrian facilities in the Southwest; as well as the casual and fine dining provided at The Club’s Hacienda Clubhouse. In addition, they will discuss how the Club is known in the community as a place for multifaceted cultural, educational, artistic and musical programs. Colleen and Brad will also discuss how The Club’s members formed the Las Campanas Community Fund in 2003 to do even more to address the vital needs in the area. This endowment fund, which is administered in partnership with the Santa Fe Community Foundation, has grown significantly since inception and provides annual grants to a range of non-profit organizations in the Santa Fe area. For the seventh year in a row, “All Things Real Estate” is partnering with The Club to offer information on the multitude of activities it is hosting in 2017. Among the major events for this year—and for the first time in The Club’s history—the facility is hosting the 2017 U.S. Women’s State Team Golf Championship, September 24-28, 2017. Brad will review the significance of The Club hosting this major national golf championship. All proceeds from the tournament will go to the Las Campanas Scholarship Fund, benefitting young men and women who live in the community. A number of companies that serve people in Santa Fe are supporting the tournament, including United Rentals, the Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Nambé, Shamrock Foods, and Angel Fire Vodka.Here are the podcasts of both hours of the radio show:


https://santafe.com/thevoice/podcasts/all-things-real-estate-first-hour-july-23-2017
https://santafe.com/thevoice/podcasts/all-things-real-estate-second-hour-july-23-2017

“All Things real Estate” airs each Sunday (12-2pm Mountain Time) on Santa Fe’s Talk 1260 AM KTRC & 101.5 FM KVSF, as well as via the “Listen Now” Link At ATREradio.com.

 

Message from the President, August 2016

Message from the President Gary Bobolsky                 

August 2016

ARE WE THERE YET?
Have you ever had those moments in life where you catch yourself hurrying up in order to have fun, rushing to be done with a project, and even accelerating past the handshake in order to get to the meat and bones of a contract? Conversely, though, have you ever lingered in the space of anticipation, relished in the sweat of hard work and even drifted in and out of personal, heartfelt conversation before bringing ink to paper? I understand that we are part of the collective of hardworking Realtors, teachers, engineers, and parents, who take pride in our daily, professional toil, but have you really taken the time to enjoy the journey – your journey?

This may seem a simple task for some, but for so many, the end goal is always the prize to be honored. The ‘how-we-got there’ approach usually takes a small back seat to the end result. We tend to find excitement in finish lines, quotas met and total sales, but aren’t the most fun and intriguing moments of life those which entail the story behind the sale or the personality behind the transaction? My mother often reminded me that everyone has a story to be told. I, myself, am often less fascinated with others’ finest (or worst) moments, but rather the moments in between- the moments where I could relate to them as parents, co-workers and, ultimately, as humans, through the narrative of their personal story.
Taking time in each of our busy days to enjoy the process of whatever we are doing, to catch our breath and not be so hard on ourselves when tasks remain undone, may prove to be difficult at first, but can become a healthy virtue to strive towards. The voyage towards one’s goals is usually an integral part of anyone’s success, but the true nectar of life ultimately comes from the fruit of our labor. So go ahead, enjoy your journey. Enjoy the process and make sure your story is incredibly interesting.

Message from the President, July 2016

Message from the President Gary Bobolsky
July 2016


BECOMING COMFORTABLE WITH THE UNCOMFORTABLE
We are often taught at a very young age, that being uncomfortable is something we should either avoid or somehow fix. If we are hot, we turn on the air conditioning. If we are bored, we turn on the television or fixate on our phones. If we are stuck in traffic, we become angered at the car that cut us off. If we are sad, we turn to food, alcohol or something else to numb the feelings of being uneasy. How many times though, have you sat in those rough moments and even leaned into them in order to fully experience the emotions and thoughts you carry with them? It is so easy to escape our innermost anxieties in search of something happier, more exciting or comforting. My daughters’ blood curdling screams of pain after stubbing her toe on the leg of a chair are usually quieted after we focus on what she is feeling (i.e., What happened? Are you sad or mad at that chair? Which toe got hurt? What does that toe feel like? Are you still mad at that chair?) I try to teach myself the same process when I get frustrated or anxious instead of looking for a quick fix.
Taking a breath and embracing the uncomfortable can be a positive experience, if we allow it. Taking two minutes, closing your eyes and becoming aware of how you feel in that particular moment can be entirely revitalizing. More so, fully rationalizing a difficult situation, talking about it with friends, co-workers or family, and even sitting in the emotions that come up before taking action, can allow one’s self to fully synthesize a positive plan of action. Don’t get me wrong, I have been known to overthink a situation too, but the more I practice, the easier it becomes to ride the small waves of sensation instead of struggling on the violent surface of a full-blown emotion – just to stay afloat. We can use this method when preparing to have a difficult conversation with a client, negotiating with a tough contractor or just when you feel like you need to gather your thoughts and energy in an anxious moment. Leaning into the uncomfortable can teach us quite a bit about ourselves if we just allow it the space to take root and flourish.
Click here for your 2 minutes of Big Wave inspiration: https://youtu.be/WU1Xa6qdrAI?t=15s ;

Message from the President, June 2016

Message from Gary Bobolsky – President, Santa Fe Association of Realtors

June 2016
The Bold IS the Beautiful

It isn’t easy to be bold, courageous or brave. Most of us actually go out of our way to sneak away from situations where we must act with fearlessness. Yes, there are those people that jump out of airplanes and tether their legs to bungee cords capturing the whole scenario for YouTube uploads, but most adults that I meet are innately programmed to shy away from the fear that could change their lives. This year, I’ve been inspired by some pretty incredible colleagues challenging their personal adversities (whether they were health, work or family) by standing tall in the unknown and touching the essence of bravery with their spirit. Courage does not have to be as big as we think it should be, in fact, practicing small acts of bravery every day can inspire your co-workers, clients and family. Making sincere eye contact with the grocery clerk as he scans your food can be liberating for some who find connecting uncomfortable. Sharing a hidden personal experience with a client during an interview can surprisingly make a connection that enables you to stand out from others. Saying “I don’t know” should not be the scariest words uttered when asked a professional question from the public. Trusting our intuition about a new endeavor can be downright daunting. We can’t deny that most people struggle every day with fears of some sort, but we can learn to embrace fear by taking those small steps and relishing in its unfamiliarity. Over time, our minds and bodies will become used to this new language whereby the dynamic of our soul and being BOLD will just be like everything else common to us – second nature.

Enjoy your 2-minutes of BOLD-ness inspiration:

https://youtu.be/pL9DBEeLJDw?list=PLRd8e8clGTL5J4Svixq3Bi-BHEC4fNIsH

Message from the President, April 2016

Message from Gary BobolskyPresident, Santa Fe Association of Realtors

April 2016
 
Welcome to April of 2016 in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. Spring has officially arrived and with it all the fresh energy and newborn life that the season provides. The spring equinox is a powerful reminder that with such great abundance all around us, it is wise to ensure that you direct your most potent energies in the direction of what is most important to you. It is also a great time to clean up spaces, physical and mental, clearing a path for new things, thoughts, and even creative prowess to emerge in one’s work.

I am a believer that energy creates energy and I am sure you’ve heard the adage “Where focus goes, energy flows”. Put your energy into something you truly believe in, whether it is work, your family, your health, or one particular listing or client. The important key is to keep the energy flowing, cyclical from one project into another.
Be frugal with your energy – do not waste it. I’ve seen many colleagues be involved in many projects at one time, but lack a full vigor to really focus their energies into one project. I notice that those, whose energies are focused on one idea or notion at a time, (however small it may be) reap greater rewards in the long run. Put your energy in places where it will come back to you and benefit everyone involved.
Don’t forget to be creative with your energy. This can sometimes be harder than it sounds. Talk to friends and family. Read up on new topics. Ideas are waiting to be born in all situations, stories and personal experiences. For instance, your listing has not just sold because of price, but maybe there are other paths of exploration that can make a home or property more desirable to a wider audience. Let spring be the time to plant the seed thoughts of inspiration to secure a fruitful future for what brings you the most wealth and health.
Click below for your 2 minutes of inspiration:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODXi1-64dgg&feature=youtu.be

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 for April’s SFAR REALTOR Radio PodcastBoard HighlightsThe SFAR Board of Directors took action on the following items at the March meeting:

  • Approved sending a letter to the City of SF regarding the short term rental ordinance changes

Your friend and colleague,

Gary Bobolsky
2016 President
Santa Fe Association of REALTORS