Rio Rancho & Albuquerque Real Estate Blog

Welcome to my blog about Real Estate in the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho areas.  This is where I get the opportunity to demonstrate what a great writer I am and to show you my profound thoughts and insights.  

BTW - I am not a great writer and don't have profound thoughts.  But I will try to provide you with useful information regarding Real Estate as I come across it.  Perhaps there will be the occasional gem.  Who knows?   Maybe I can illicit an ah-hah!


July 17, 2017

Rio Rancho - the City of Vision


Rio Rancho lies to the north and west of Albuquerque and is the third largest and fastest expanding city in the state of New Mexico. The Rio Rancho area was originally part of the Alameda Grant, which was founded by the Spanish in 1710.  Residents who live in Rio Rancho appreciate the good schools and low crime.


In the early 1960s, the AMREP Corporation purchased 55,000 acres of land on the outskirts of Albuquerque, originally called Rio Rancho Estates. This was the beginning of Rio Rancho.

AMREP marketed the area to residents in the Midwest and eastern states.
Most of these early residents were New Yorkers, as the developers advertised heavily in New York media.  When home building began in 1962, many of the first residents were middle-income retirees. In 1966, the 100th family moved to Rio Rancho and by 1977 the population had grown to 5,000. In 1971, AMREP purchased and platted an additional 35,000 acres.


In 1981 Rio Rancho was incorporated and its population had reached 10,000. Several years later a new financing program, offering low interest home loans, changed Rio Rancho from a retirement community to a community attracting young families. Rio Rancho's population estimate, as of July 1, 2016, was 96,028 (U.S. Census information).


The opening of a large Intel Corporation plant in 1981 had a major economic impact on the city.  Since the 1990s, Rio Rancho has taken steps to become more independent from neighboring Albuquerque, including the establishment of separate school and library systems and attempts to attract businesses to the area.




Posted in Rio Rancho
July 17, 2017

The Town of Bernalillo


The Town of Bernalillo


Known as the “City of Coronado”, the Town of Bernalillo is set at the northwest slope of the Sandia Mountains and hugs the banks of the state's major river, the Rio Grande. This community boasts being the historical center of the State of New Mexico with occupation reaching back almost a thousand years. Bernalillo progressed from a string of haciendas along the river in the 1600's to a commercial center of trade among the pueblos and the Mexican settlers in the 1800's. Founded by Don Diego de Vargas in 1695, the Town of Bernalillo remains a retail trade and service center for this part of the Rio Grande basin.

The main street, Camino del Pueblo, is synonymous with three other historical attributes: U.S. Route 66, El Camino Real, and Old State Highway 85. Running through the center of town, this roadway is rich in history, and was the major link with the outside world for several hundred years as it connected Santa Fe to Mexico City. It remains one of the oldest historical trails in the United States.

This community has much to offer in
recreation, commerce, and social amenities. It has the advantages of larger cities and access to large-city services without the strain of urban living. The Town of Bernalillo is 15 miles from Albuquerque, the largest city in the state, and borders the state's fastest growing metropolitan area, Rio Rancho. Bernalillo's location provides direct access to the Jemez Mountains to the north-west and the Sandia Mountain range to the south-east, guarantees opportunities for unique and plentiful outdoor activities. Numerous city parks, ball fields, playgrounds, and picnic areas including historical, social, and cultural events are mainstays of community life.

The wine grape was introduced here in the 1620's and vineyards flourished in Bernalillo with each family making its own wine. Wine making became a major industry. However, floods, drought, and prohibition upset the market. Today New Mexico's wine industry is healthy; and, Bernalillo celebrates the industry and the local heritage each Labor Day with the premier event in the state:
The Mountain West Brew Fest at Bernalillo. This event sponsored by the Town of Bernalillo Main Street Association is billed as a tourism and economic development project that is nearing its 20th anniversary.

Bernalillo as has been a growing commercial area, in recent years.
 New commercial buildings and businesses are popping up everywhere. The major highway that runs through the town, U.S. 550, carries an average of nearly 30,000 vehicles each weekday and offers access to SW Colorado and the Four Corners Region.


July 10, 2017

342 N Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo





June 5, 2017

Club Rio Rancho's Future Looking Brighter


Club Rio Rancho’s future looking brighter” an article recently released by KOB 4. Click the following link to view the article.

New negotiations mean Rio Rancho may get its only golf course back.  Over the past three years, Club Rio Rancho has changed owners three times and eventually stopped operating as a golf course. Residents worried it would be developed, ruining the views they moved there for, and even lowering their property values.   

Neighbors are fighting to keep the quality of life they paid for. They have formed a group called "The 18." 
Operators of their website seek to keep homeowners within the entire 27-hole community informed about future plans of the property.

On Wednesday, “The 18” informed residents that current property owner, Josh Skarsgard, are negotiating with a company out of Arizona that specializes in revitalizing struggling golf courses.

The letter says a proposal with Bellows Golf Management, LLC would require some development to pay off the property's debt, but the company is willing to invest up to $6 million to bring back 18 greens and fairways, plus remodel the clubhouse. 

Bellows Golf out of Scottsdale Arizona specializes in the revitalization of struggling and/or failing golf courses and according to Skarsgard, is “the real deal”.  They have identified the former Club Rio Rancho as an ideal site. 


The proposal would require approximately 90-100 acres to be developed into a master planned residential community to fulfill the debit obligation of $3.2 million.  In turn Josh Skarsgard would deed the remaining 170 acres and clubhouse to Bellows Golf Group.


The City of Rio Rancho hired Consensus Planning to help give all the stakeholders a voice in creating a master plan for the club.

Posted in Lifestyle
June 5, 2017

Rio Rancho Watering Restrictions


Watering Restrictions

That time of the year again!  From April 1 and lasting through October 31, the City of Rio Rancho’s annual outdoor watering restrictions are in effect .In order to prevent water waste: spray irrigation (a sprinkler device that propels water through the air in the form of small particles or droplets) is prohibited during the hours of 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. for all properties that are within the City Limits as well as those properties that are served by the City’s Water Utility. Watering by hand is allowed during these hours.

Watering restrictions do not apply to water used for dust control or soil compaction, or drip irrigation, low-emitting bubblers, hand watering, or watering of containerized plants and plant stock. Shutoff nozzles are required on any hoses used for hand watering, car washing, or other outdoor uses.

Residents are encouraged to contact the City’s Water Waste Hotline at (505) 896-8299 if they observe water waste violations. If there is no answer, it means that our technician is out in the field looking and issuing violations, please leave a message of the location, date, and time the violation was observed. Those who are not in compliance with the City’s watering restrictions will be subject to fees.




Posted in Lifestyle
June 5, 2017

Water Quality Report


RIO RANCHO Water Quality Reports




The City of Rio Rancho is committed to providing safe and healthy potable water utility services to the community. The City works proactively to maintain our vital potable water supply with investments in infrastructure to remove contaminants and recycle water, along with water conservation and education. Water Quality Reports, also known as Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR), are provided each year to help residents learn more about the City’s role in providing and maintain safe and healthy potable water supplies. These reports are generated at the end of every calendar year.


The City of Rio Rancho 2016 Consumer Confidence Report is available online, click the hyperlink to access the 2916 report.  Previous Yearly Reports are available as well click Water Quality Reports


Posted in Lifestyle
Sept. 12, 2016

For Sale: 832 Claudine St. NE, Albuquerque

The Princess Jeanne neighborhood marked the offering of “The American Dream” after World War II and the Korean War at the time of a home shortage, when GIs were returning home, settling down, and starting families.

These properties were marketed as “wife planned”, according to Dale Bellamah Homes Records.  They featured spacious patios, fireplaces, and such “new” products as linoleum, Formica, and Pulverator disposals.  Dale Bellama’s 1,600-home development was named Princess Jeanne Park for his wife. It was built in 1954 between Lomas and Indian School from Eubank to Juan Tabo.

The home at 832 Claudine Street, NE, boasted many of these “new” features (except for the fireplace), and although the newness has been worn down and replaced or updated, the comfort of a livable, family home has not.  Homes in this neighborhood have seen several generations grow up.  832 Claudine’s most recent residents were a family of four, a single mother raising her 3 children.  The children grew up in the home, playing in the yard, even as their mother tried to cultivate the lily ponds.  The three are adults now, and have become a doctor, an HR director for RedW, and a Navy sailor.  With her nest now empty, Mother is ready to down size.  This home holds a lot of wonderful family memories, but there is room for many new ones.  Click here to see a video of this great property.

Click here to see the listing.

Posted in Lifestyle
Nov. 26, 2015

Common Mistakes Made on Home Renovation Projects

All those people on HGTV (and TLC, and ABC, and NBC, and CBS, and every other channel on basic cable) make home remodeling look so easy right?

Many homeowners undertaking home improvement projects realize that DIY remodels and renovations were much more difficult than originally planned. Now, some homeowners are stuck with a refrigerator in their living room because they made some of the most common remodeling mistakes.  As you get ready to remodel your house, plan for the necessary and unnecessary, and do your research to avoid some of the most common remodeling mistakes. Here some of the biggest remodels mistakes with some helpful tips. 

Here is a link to a Home Improvement Planner App this App will help you keep control of your budget.

Failure to understand the Scope of the Project

Swinging away with sledge hammers, as seen on TV, is not always the best method for demolition, most disasters happen during demo.  It can be exhilarating to tear down a wall and see your vision start to come to life, but was it in your plans for that wall to come down?  Although funny when it happens on TV but it won’t be when you do it. Develop a destruction plan; and your wallet, sanity, and well being to yourself and others will be spared.

Safety First!

The wait at the ER is long enough already – no reason to add to the wait by ignoring long standing safety precautions.  This includes the ones you were taught when you were a kid.  Turn off the breakers when working with electricity and don’t stand on the tops of ladders.  Yes, you have to wear the dorky safety goggles. I know they’re not flattering, but you don’t want the alternative.  

Don’t Blow your Budget

Remodels are one thing you don’t want to be ‘cheap’ on, but don’t blow your budget just to get the best of all worlds. Unless you have unlimited financial resources, set your budget before you start tearing down walls. Estimate all costs, even the little ones like nails and screws. 

Build in a Contingency fund - have 25% more money than the budget to begins with, just in case.  Start off with a list of “must haves” for your project and then include a “nice to have” list as well, just in case the budget allows for it.  Start the project with enough money to complete the project, better to put off and save up than to have a half finished remodel with plastic tarps all over the place. 

Overestimating your DIY Abilities

Overzealous homeowners may see a renovation project on TV or in a magazine and immediately think they can do the work themselves.  It doesn’t matter how many YouTube videos you watch. Sometimes, you need to call in the professionals.  

Be the bearer of money for remodeling, not the bearer of expertise.  Complicated projects like installing a roof, hanging drywall, and rewiring electric can be labor intensive and will have a lifelong effect on the value of your home. Don’t avoid a contractor just to save a little money.

This would be a good time to invest in a little money for a Angie's List account, see what other people have to say about the contractors you are about to hire.  

Choosing the Improvements

If the ultimate goal is to sell your home, opt for renovations that will look beautiful through the ages and avoid bold choices that may only appeal to a select few buyers.  Make sure you pay attention to the things that really matter, like structural damage, electrical wires, and busted pipes.

Expecting everything to go as Planned

Optimism is great, but a nice healthy dose of reality will go a long way!  Knowing what could potentially go wrong puts you in a better position to handle problems as they arise.  Having that extra set of Contingency Money set aside will help too!  Plan for a few hiccups along the way.  

As long as you have a budget and a plan, remodeling can be a fun project that brings the family together.  

Posted in Lifestyle
Nov. 13, 2015

Over 55 Communities

Over-55 Adult Communities 

Retirement is an exciting time in a person’s life, but it requires careful decision making.  Do you remain in your home, move to a new home or apartment, or move to an over-55 adult community? 

Although each option has its pros and cons, more and more retirees are choosing to move into active adult communities.  The top four reasons for considering moving to an adult community include: 

  • Convenience. Over-55 adult communities are usually geared toward making life as convenient as possible.  Typically the staff or contracted companies maintain and care for your home and landscaping. This kind of worry-free living allows you to enjoy yourself without worrying about household maintenance and yard work. In many cases all of your expenses are covered in one fee, including taxes, insurance, and utilities. This makes it far easier to keep track of monthly expenditures. In addition, adult communities tend to be in close proximity to restaurants, shopping, movie theaters, churches, banks, health care centers, and other conveniences that are important for active adults. 
  • Socializing. Since an adult community consists of other adults who are retired or near retirement, opportunities abound for interacting with people who have similar backgrounds and interests.  Adult communities also tend to be quieter and more peaceful without children present. 
  • Safety. Many adult communities offer an added layer of security that most homeowners cannot afford to implement.  Some retirement communities are also gated, limiting access to only authorized vehicle and foot traffic and therefore reducing crime.
  • Amenities. Older adults now want to live in a place that offers more than just a home. Some adult communities even offer organized social activities, pools, exercise equipment, health and wellness programs, sports, and arts, crafts, and cooking classes.  And because they are becoming more readily available, adult communities allow seniors to stay close to familiar locales, old friends, and family.   

With an adult community, many of the worries of home ownership are alleviated.  Additionally, retirees can enjoy the safety and convenience of adult communities while having the opportunity to explore areas that are of interest to them.  With so many perks associated with living in an over-55 adult community, it is easy to understand why so many retirees are choosing this type of living.

There are 5 Adult Living Communities in the ABQ Metro Area, click here for more information or to Search for Homes for Sale in Adult Communities


Posted in Lifestyle
Nov. 1, 2015

Gated Communities

Gated Communities 

Are Gated Communities Safer?

Albuquerque and Rio Rancho Gated Communities

Gated communities are a form of a residential community containing strictly-controlled entrances for pedestrians and automobiles, and are often enclosed by a perimeter of walls and fences.  Gated communities usually consist of small residential streets and include various shared amenities.

Do Gates Reduce Crime? 

This is the most common question that is asked. The answer is always a qualified "yes." Fences and working gates definitely reduce unauthorized vehicle and foot traffic on a property.  Note the emphasis on working gates. 

The effectiveness of gates and fencing depends on the nature of the property and the management controls in place. Formidable fencing and gates, by design, restrict access and therefore provide both a physical and psychological barrier for criminals.   Sure, one can tailgate onto a property behind someone else, but this requires effort and it exposes the criminal to a potential witness. 

Gated communities are popular nationwide for the sense of peace and security they provide homeowners.  Limiting access through security gates requiring access codes or the presence of security guards at gatehouses is a logical way to reduce crime and create a more relaxed atmosphere for residents. 

Gated communities in Albuquerque come in a range of sizes and prices.  Gated community buyers can find an ideal subdivision for their needs, whether on the East Side or the West, in the East Mountains, Valencia County, or Placitas. There are subdivisions to suit all pocketbooks, from first-time buyers to luxury homes.

Posted in Lifestyle