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CNNMoney names Santa Fe one of the Best Places to Retire Now

CNNMoney has named Santa Fe one of the Best Places to Retire Now.

By Anne VanderMey, reporter @FortuneMagazine, Posted June 20, 2012.  To read the original article in its entirety.

As reported by CNNMoney:

“Blue skies and mild winters don’t always have to mean Florida or Arizona. Santa Fe gets 325 days of sunshine per year, there are eight major golf courses in the area, and it’s a stone’s throw from a major mountain range: The Sangre de Cristo Mountains offer skiing, hiking, and spectacular views. It also has culture to spare: The city is packed with galleries and features a buzzing contemporary art scene, an internationally renowned opera, and an award-winning restaurant lineup.

No wonder, then, that in recent years Santa Fe has become an increasingly popular destination for retirees (and celebrities like Gene Hackman and Tom Ford). Housing isn’t cheap in the desirable center of town, where houses start at about $400,000, local realtors say. But closer to the outskirts, buyers can find classic pueblo-style homes for as little as $150,000.

Santa Fe has also held up well relative to other sun-drenched spots during the housing crisis. Employment here now outpaces the national average, and Fiserv Case-Shiller estimates that it will be one of the strongest housing markets over the next few years, with an annualized increase of 7.6% through 2016.”

American Lung Association Reports Santa Fe Air Ranks Among the Country’s Cleanest

By Staci Matlock | The New Mexican
Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012  To read the original article in its entirety.

Breathe deeply, Santa Feans.

The City Different and Santa Fe County has some of the cleanest air in America, according to the American Lung Association.

That’s excellent news for children, elderly and people with asthma, cardiovascular disease and emphysema who are most at risk of health problems when they breath polluted air. An estimated third of Santa Fe County’s population falls into one of those categories.

The association analyzed data from 2007 to 2010 related to ozone and particles emitted from vehicle tailpipes, power generating stations, mining, manufacturing and more. The association has analyzed air quality in U.S. cities for the last dozen years and published the results in annual State of the Air reports.

The reports rank cities based on levels of ozone, short-term particle pollution and long-term particle pollution. Santa Fe joined Honolulu as the only cities who were on the association’s “cleanest air” list in all three categories from 2007-2010, the period for which data was analyzed.

Santa Fe earned an A for low ozone and 24-hour particle pollution, and it passed the annual particle pollution category.

Particles are mixtures of chemicals and materials floating around in air. Some are so tiny they can’t be seen without an electron microscope. Some are thinner than a strand of hair.

Smoke, dust, pollen and gas fumes are just a few of the particles launched into the air by wind, plants, power generation and wildfires. People inhale the particles with air. People cough out the larger particles, but smaller particles can get trapped in lung tissue, causing illness.

Ozone, another dangerous lung irritant analyzed by the American Lung Association, also comes from a mixture of gases produced by cars, smokestacks and burning coal. The gases — nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds — when combined with sunlight and warmth, produce harmful ozone in the lower atmosphere.

Children, people older than 65, those who like to exercise outdoors and people who have existing lung problems such as asthma are more susceptible to the ill effects of elevated ozone levels. People exposed to high levels of ozone can suffer wheezing, chest pain, asthma attacks and respiratory infections.

The American Lung Association report notes that while air quality has improved overall around the country, 1 in 17 Americans (18.5 million total) live around unhealthy levels of ozone and particles.

Peaceful Country Retreat in Pojoaque/Nambe Area

 

Gourmet Kitchen - 45 Bouquet Lane

 

45 Bouquet Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico

MLS #2101202698, Offering price $470,000

3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 3 Car Garage

2,486 Square Feet, Lot Size .76 acres, Water Rights

Listing Agents:  Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty, (505) 603-3036 and Renee Edwards, Keller Williams Realty, (505) 470-7773.

Call us today to schedule a showing!

45 Bouquet Lane

 

Beautiful 2008 custom built home with spacious master bedroom and huge walk-in closet. Like new!

Open floor plan,

11 to 13.5 foot ceilings, plenty of light,

diamond plaster walls throughout,

vigas and beams, radiant floor heating,

custom gourmet kitchen and

over sized, insulated 850 sq. ft. three car garage (not included in 2,486 sq. ft., which is the main house only).

Bouquet Lane

Near Pojoaque Wellness center which has a magnificant swimming pool and exercise facilities.

10 minutes from Black Mesa golf course.

Mature trees line this shady, tranquil lane.

Town House within .8 mile of Santa Fe Country Club

6674 Jaguar Drive

6674 Jaguar Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87507, Offering Price $185,000, MLS #201200351.  3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,551 square feet, lot size .040 acres.

Listing Agents, Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty, (505) 603-3036 and Renee Edwards, Keller Williams Realty, (505) 470-7773

Very nice townhome with carport in the Evergreen Subdivison.  Just .8 mile to the first golf course tee at the Santa Fe Country Club.  Easy access to Veteran’s Memorial Highway 599.

One of two outdoor living areas

Built in 2007, this home is in hardly lived condition.  There are two outdoor living areas.

The floor plan is open and inviting with a lower level bedroom and bathroom. The upstairs bedrooms are spacious and comfortable.

Offered at a great price for the size and condition of the home.  Enjoy care free living near the golf course.

 

 

Kitchen

Call Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty at (505) 603-3036 or Renee Edwards, Keller Williams Realty at (505) 470-7773 for more information.

Recent Transactions

Below is a summary of some of my recent sales where I represented the Seller or the Buyer:

17 Los Ojitos, Santa Fe, NM 87506, Offering Price – $169,000, MLS # 201105094, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,938 Sq. Ft., Lot Size, .29 acres,  Represented the Seller and the Buyer.  Sold 6/27/12.

6600-6700 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507, Offering Price – $1,995,000, MLS #201001373, 12,000 sq. ft., Lot Size 24,363 Sq. Ft. Commercial.  Represented the Seller and the Buyer.  Sold 6/6/12.

734 Porvenir, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, Offering Price – $225,000, MLS # 201201321, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,348 Sq. Ft., Lot Size .014 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold 5/29/12.

21 Ceramic Court, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508, Offering Price$245,000. MLS # 201104457, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,943 Sq. Ft., Lot Size 2.46 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold 5/03/12.

06 Las Joyas, Santa Fe, New Mexico  87506, Offering Price – $899,000. MLS # 201201592, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, 4,837 Sq. Ft., Lot Size 2.66 acres. Represented the Seller and the Buyer. Sold 4/16/12.

3148 La Paz Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507, Offering Price – $225,000. MLS #702402, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,230 Sq. Ft.  Represented the Seller. Sold 3/26/12.

71 Star Dancer Trail, Santa Fe, NM  87506, Offering Price – $649,000.  MLS #201100993, 3 Bedrooms, 2 baths, 2,630 Sq. Ft. Represented the Buyer.  Sold 3/15/12.

2308 Calle Pacifica, Santa Fe, New Mexico  87505, Offering Price – $249,500, MLS # 201104870, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,753 square feet.  Lot Size .19 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold – 02/07/12.

18 Primrose, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506, Offering Price – $869,000, MLS # 201005531, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 3,300 Square Feet, Lot Size 1.5 acres.  Represented the Buyer.  Sold – 01/10/12.

1405 Vegas Verdes #105, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price $120,000, MLS # 201104936, 1 Bedroom, 2 Baths, 874 square feet.  Represented the Seller. Sold 11/30/11.

47 Bouquet Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $355,000, MLS # 201104078, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 2,487 square feet, Lot Size .8 acres.  Represented the Buyer and the Seller.  Sold 11/03/11.

2924 Pueblo Pintado, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $220,000, MLS # 201105107, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Lot Size .13 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold – 10/31/11.

621 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $1,380,000, MLS # 201103504, 8,700 square feet. Commercial. Represented the Buyer. Sold 09/09/11.

36 Vista Lagunitas, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $599,000, MLS # 201102611, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, 2,900 square feet, Lot size 1.499 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold – 7/27/11.

41 Camino de Milagro, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $635,000, MLS # 201006026, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 3,457 square feet, Lot Size 14.94 acres. Represented the Buyer. Sold – 6/23/11

138 East Santa Fe Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $443,000, MLS #201006182, a 2,159 square foot triplex and 140 East Santa Fe Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $352,000 MLS #201006188, a 1,760 sq. ft. duplex. Represented the Seller. Sold both – 3/29/11.

Recent Transactions

Below is a summary of some of my recent sales where I represented the Seller or the Buyer:

6600-6700 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507, Offering Price – $1,995,000, MLS #201001373, 12,000 Sq. Ft., Lot Size 24,363 Sq. Ft. Commercial.  Represented the Seller and the Buyer.  Sold 6/6/12.

734 Porvenir, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, Offering Price – $225,000, MLS # 201201321, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,348 Sq. Ft., Lot Size .014 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold 5/29/12.

21 Ceramic Court, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508, Offering Price$245,000. MLS # 201104457, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,943 Sq. Ft., Lot Size 2.46 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold 5/03/12.

06 Las Joyas, Santa Fe, New Mexico  87506, Offering Price – $899,000. MLS # 201201592, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, 4,837 Sq. Ft., Lot Size 2.66 acres. Represented the Seller and the Buyer. Sold 4/16/12.

3148 La Paz Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507, Offering Price – $225,000. MLS #702402, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,230 Sq. Ft.  Represented the Seller. Sold 3/26/12.

71 Star Dancer Trail, Santa Fe, NM  87506, Offering Price – $649,000.  MLS #201100993, 3 Bedrooms, 2 baths, 2,630 Sq. Ft. Represented the Buyer.  Sold 3/15/12.

2308 Calle Pacifica, Santa Fe, New Mexico  87505, Offering Price – $249,500, MLS # 201104870, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,753 square feet.  Lot Size .19 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold – 02/07/12.

18 Primrose, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506, Offering Price – $869,000, MLS # 201005531, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 3,300 Square Feet, Lot Size 1.5 acres.  Represented the Buyer.  Sold – 01/10/12.

1405 Vegas Verdes #105, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price $120,000, MLS # 201104936, 1 Bedroom, 2 Baths, 874 square feet.  Represented the Seller. Sold 11/30/11.

47 Bouquet Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $355,000, MLS # 201104078, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 2,487 square feet, Lot Size .8 acres.  Represented the Buyer and the Seller.  Sold 11/03/11.

2924 Pueblo Pintado, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $220,000, MLS # 201105107, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Lot Size .13 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold – 10/31/11.

621 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $1,380,000, MLS # 201103504, 8,700 square feet. Commercial. Represented the Buyer. Sold 09/09/11.

36 Vista Lagunitas, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $599,000, MLS # 201102611, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, 2,900 square feet, Lot size 1.499 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold – 7/27/11.

41 Camino de Milagro, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $635,000, MLS # 201006026, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 3,457 square feet, Lot Size 14.94 acres. Represented the Buyer. Sold – 6/23/11

138 East Santa Fe Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $443,000, MLS #201006182, a 2,159 square foot triplex and 140 East Santa Fe Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $352,000 MLS #201006188, a 1,760 sq. ft. duplex. Represented the Seller. Sold both – 3/29/11.

Recent Transactions

Below is a summary of some of my recent sales where I represented the Seller or the Buyer:

734 Porvenir, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, Offering Price – $225,000, MLS 201201321, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,348 Sq. Ft., Lot Size .014 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold 5/29/12.

21 Ceramic Court, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508, Offering Price$245,000. MLS # 201104457, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,943 Sq. Ft., Lot Size 2.46 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold 5/03/12.

06 Las Joyas, Santa Fe, New Mexico  87506, Offering Price – $899,000. MLS # 201201592, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, 4,837 Sq. Ft., Lot Size 2.66 acres. Represented the Seller and the Buyer. Sold 4/16/12.

3148 La Paz Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507, Offering Price – $225,000. MLS #702402, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,230 Sq. Ft.  Represented the Seller. Sold 3/26/12.

71 Star Dancer Trail, Santa Fe, NM  87506, Offering Price – $649,000.  MLS #201100993, 3 Bedrooms, 2 baths, 2,630 Sq. Ft. Represented the Buyer.  Sold 3/15/12.

2308 Calle Pacifica, Santa Fe, New Mexico  87505, Offering Price – $249,500, MLS # 201104870, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,753 square feet.  Lot Size .19 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold – 02/07/12.

18 Primrose, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506, Offering Price – $869,000, MLS # 201005531, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 3,300 Square Feet, Lot Size 1.5 acres.  Represented the Buyer.  Sold – 01/10/12.

1405 Vegas Verdes #105, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price $120,000, MLS # 201104936, 1 Bedroom, 2 Baths, 874 square feet.  Represented the Seller. Sold 11/30/11.

47 Bouquet Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $355,000, MLS # 201104078, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 2,487 square feet, Lot Size .8 acres.  Represented the Buyer and the Seller.  Sold 11/03/11.

2924 Pueblo Pintado, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $220,000, MLS # 201105107, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Lot Size .13 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold – 10/31/11.

621 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $1,380,000, MLS # 201103504, 8,700 square feet. Commercial. Represented the Buyer. Sold 09/09/11.

36 Vista Lagunitas, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $599,000, MLS # 201102611, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, 2,900 square feet, Lot size 1.499 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold – 7/27/11.

41 Camino de Milagro, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $635,000, MLS # 201006026, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 3,457 square feet, Lot Size 14.94 acres. Represented the Buyer. Sold – 6/23/11

138 East Santa Fe Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $443,000, MLS #201006182, a 2,159 square foot triplex and 140 East Santa Fe Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $352,000 MLS #201006188, a 1,760 sq. ft. duplex. Represented the Seller. Sold both – 3/29/11.

First Quarter 2012 – Santa Fe Home Sales Are Up While Inventory Is Down

According to the latest figures from the Santa Fe Association of Realtors, the number of sales is up and the number of properties for sale is down.   During the first three months of 2012, there were 249 sales of single-family homes in the City and County of Santa Fe, up 16.4 percent from 214 sales in the City and County of Santa Fe in first three months of 2011.  The inventory of all available properties for sale during the last quarter was 1,413, down 17.1 percent from the first quarter of 2011, which was down 17.2 percent from the first quarter of 2010.

During a presentation Wednesday, April 11, 2012, association officers said the statistics from the first quarter of 2012 show:

• Santa Fe housing prices remain low, compared to their high point in the second quarter of 2008.

• The upswing in the number of sales is due to low prices, low interest rates and buyer concerns that both prices and rates could  soon go up.

• Fewer properties are on the market which may be due to sellers taking advantage of low interest rate to refinance, allowing them to hold off in hopes that sales prices will improve.

“There’s a substantial uptick in the number of people looking for houses and some increase in the number of sales,” said association President Dan H. Wright.

Association President-elect Victoria Murphy, added that a number of people from out of state who had been looking for a home in Santa Fe recently have decided to go ahead with purchasing because they think both prices and interest rates soon will rise.

The median sales price of a single-family dwelling in both the city and county in the first quater of 2012 was $352,000, which is down less than 1 percent from $355,000 in the first quarter of 2011.  In a press release accompanying the first quater data Mr. Wright observed, “The Santa Fe single family housing market continues to stablize when you look at prices with sales up modestly over last year.”

Santa Fe Realtors Association officers say if the inventory of available housing continues to fall, it will push the median prices up.

The recent figures also show a 8.4% decrease in the number of days properties remain on the market, 247 days, compared to 270 days a year earlier.


Santa Fe Home inventory down as families stay put

By Bruce Krasnow | The New Mexican  This article was syndicated from The New Mexican, click here for a copy of the original article.
Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 -

Lower interest rates have boosted home ownership in Santa Fe, but they also have reduced sales inventory as more families refinance and stay put.

“A lot of times if it’s being refinanced, it comes off the market,” said Victoria Murphy, a broker with Santa Fe Properties who serves as president-elect of the Santa Fe Association of Realtors. “Sometimes it goes back on, other times they decide to wait [to sell].”

And refinance activity isn’t yet over, predicts Jeff Payne, a branch manager at Wells Fargo. He said the federal government will roll out a new program in February that should help those who owe banks more than a home is worth get in on fixed-rate home loans as low as 4 percent.

“We keep pinching ourselves to figure out if it’s real,” said Payne, who spoke to Santa Fe Realtors on Wednesday. “It’s real.”

Sharon Yermal, a Wells Fargo mortgage specialist, has seen many people who may want to sell but instead refinance to take advantage of lower rates. They do so with five-year adjustable-rate mortgages with the idea of lowering monthly payments now but with the intent of selling when the market recovers.

“Five years seems to be the timeline they’re looking at,” she said. “They’re not looking for it to happen in the next year or two.”

Sales figures released by the association Wednesday indicate that the inventory of properties for sale is down 30 percent from two years ago, while new listings are down 18 percent over the past 12 months.

At the same time, residential sales rose 10 percent in the fourth quarter and 2.4 percent in all of 2011 compared with 2010.

The median sales price in the city fell to $289,000 in 2011 from $300,000, a decline of 3.3 percent. In the city and county combined, the median price dropped to $349,000 from $354,000.

Median prices in Santa Fe are now at a seven-year low.

“I am absolutely surprised how many homes I’m seeing on the market for under $200,000,” Murphy said.

Biscochitos – New Mexico State Cookie is Seasonal Favorite

Biscochitos served at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, NM by Ashley Parrish, Tulsa World

SANTA FE, N.M.  -  In a town known for upscale New Mexican cuisine, the best holiday dishes might be the simplest.

By:  Ashley Parrish, World Scene Editor, Tulsa World, published 12/18/11.  This article was syndicated from the Tulsa World, click here for the original article.

Tamales are traditional. Cover them in red and green chile and they’re even called “Christmas-style,” although the term is used year-round.

And then there are Biscochitos.

Home cooks and bakers alike make batches of the thin shortbread cookies at Christmas. Diamonds, rounds, they come in all shapes. But they’re always mildly flavored with anise seeds and liquor and are finished in cinnamon sugar.

The state cookie of New Mexico is traditionally made with lard, and many natives won’t stand for substitutes. But this recipe from the Santa Fe Cooking School allows for vegetable shortening. It won’t be quite as traditional but is still delicious.

Holiday Biscochitos

Makes 4 to 5 dozen cookies

1 pound (2 cups) lard or vegetable shortening
1  1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons toasted anise seeds
6 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brandy

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cream the lard, or shortening. Add sugar, eggs and anise seeds and cream again. Mix dry ingredients separately and combine with the shortening mixture. Add the brandy and mix thoroughly.

3. Roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes. Sprinkle the cookie shapes with the sugar-cinnamon mixture and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until lightly browned.

-  Courtesy Santa Fe School of Cooking