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10 Questions for your Prospective Home Inspector

by The Schnoor Team

A home inspection is a mainly visual evaluation of a home’s condition. Home inspectors typically provide inspection services to determine the performance of the home. The inspection isn't just about identifying problems with the house. A thorough inspector considers the appointment a master class in your new home.

Let's look at some question to ask prospective home inspectors (you should be interviewing more than one).

How long have you been doing this? 
While years of experience doesn't mean everything it will comfort you to know how long your inspector has been inspecting.

How did you learn this business? 
Your home inspector does not need to be a structural engineer. The best, and most common, background a home inspector should have is with residential construction and associated trades.

What are your licenses and what insurance do you carry? 
Obviously, the more the merrier but you can also go to's website to see about any required licenses for your particular state.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen? 
This sounds strange but will tell you whether they even know what they're looking at and how attentive to detail they are.

When will I receive your report? 
The best answer here is: a few hours later in your email with color pictures of any issues found. However, some guys still deliver an old-school binder to your Realtor the next day. A quick turnaround is usually a sign that they have been doing this enough that they have developed a reliable process.

Do you get on the roof? 
Some inspectors just do a quick visual check from a distance and will leave any further inspection to a Roof Inspector. In general, you want to be very clear about what he does or doesn't do.

Do you use moisture sensors/Do you do mold detection as well? 
Not all do, not a deal killer if they don't unless you suspect an issue. As mentioned above, this is just to get a better idea of what the inspector does or doesn't do.

How familiar are you with this sort of construction? 
This question really only applies if you are buying a home that has a different construction method than other houses in your area.

Got insurance? 
Ask whether the inspector carries errors and omissions insurance. This is sort of like malpractice insurance for an inspector.

Ask if you could see a sample report. 
This will give you an idea of what will be in your report. Note the organization, breakdowns, details, and use of nomenclature. A good report is the sign of a good inspector.

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A City In Motion: Visit Albuquerque

by The Schnoor Team

Enjoy the mild, sunny climate enjoyed year-round in the state’s metropolitan center, boasting entertainment options, shopping, nightlife and more. From Route 66 history and ancient pueblo traditions, to cowboy culture and Southwestern heritage, this friendly city has something for everyone. Explore the fine art galleries in Old Town and the fun and funky stores in trendy Nob Hill. Discover one of the city’s many museums or spend an afternoon at the ABQ BioPark, which includes a zoo, aquarium, botanic garden and fishing lakes.

Take to the nearby Sandia Mountains – by mountain bike for thrill seekers, or by tramway for a peaceful ride. Enjoy a cuisine that has been centuries in the making, and a newer beer scene that’s on the rise. And don’t miss the best view in town, from a hot air balloon floating high above the city, where you’ll see the sunrise peek over the mountains to greet you. From its Native American and Hispanic roots to its red and green chiles, Albuquerque is an authentic destination that also happens to be affordable. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today.

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Making A Splash

by The Schnoor Team

Now that the temperatures are slowly going up, I keep thinking to myself A dip in the pool sure would feel nice about now! and I know from the past that this sort of thinking is only going to start happening more frequently as the temperature keeps rising. I don't have a pool, but many of my friends do. 

But before the high-temps really start kicking in, one of the first things I advise them to put on their spring cleaning to-do list is to give their pool a quick glance over.

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For those of you that are lucky enough to have a home with a pool, there are a few things to keep an eye out for one of the most important things, which are leaks in the pool plumbing, leaks in the pool shell, and excessive splash out or evaporation from the pool.

Id recommend checking for excessive evaporation before you start getting too worried about leaks. One trick I learned last spring was the 'bucket test'. Here are the few simple steps to follow in order to find out if your pool is indeed okay:

Place a 5 gallon bucket on the second step or bench seat and fill it with water so that it is exactly the same level as the swim pool.

If evaporation is the cause of your loss, both levels should drop at the same rate.
If the bucket drops faster, you probably have a thirsty dog or kids who are playing dangerously close to the pool.

But seriously, If the water level in the pool is dropping faster than the water level in the bucket, you have a leak.
This test isn't perfect, but it can be a good indicator of major leaks.If you do the 'bucket test' and find out that you do in fact have a leak, there are a few hot-spots to check for leaks. 

Ultimately you are probably going to have to call a pool professional, but sometimes its nice to know ahead of time the general area of your problem.A few places to look before you call a professional:
Inspect around the filter pad for obvious leaks.

Look for damp spots or drips around the edge of the pool. A steady drip will result in a lot of water loss over a long period of time.

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Staging Your Home For Sale

by The Schnoor Team

Staging  your home for sale is the most important factor – after price – That determines whether your home will sell now or next year.  It’s a tough and competitive buyer’s market in Albuquerque. You and your home have lots of competition, for only a few buyers.  Among all the homes for sale, you want your Home to be the one that will sell!

THE KEY IS: for you to know that potential buyers connect with a home emotionally. Every potential buyer needs to be able to imagine wanting to live in this house rather any other house in competition with yours. Your home has to be the “prettiest girl at the dance.” We know that virtually every buyer uses the internet pictures, tour, and home detail to decide which homes they want to see. Staging is positioning your home to be at the top of every buyer’s “must see” list of homes to visit.

We do our part with a dominant internet presence and professional photography. We create the exposure, but you have to create the image of a lifestyle and living space that buyers cannot resist.

On behalf of The Schnoor Team Real estate, and based on our 27+ years of experience as top selling Real Estate Agents in Albuquerque, Here are 10 things you MUST DO to stage your home to get it sold.

1. First Impressions are Crucial  Enhance Your Entry

Buyers begin judging your home the moment they see it. Their impression starts at the curb, and continues through every room of your home Front landscaping is the first thing buyers see, and most likely serves as the first impression of your house.  But you should Landscape everywhere—, patios and decks should be attractive, trimmed and maintained. Add some color and make sure it is clutter- free

The other entry musts are -Update the front door with paint, color, and nice hardware. – add a nice mat and some potted plants or flowers.

Which house says “keep on driving vs. “show me this house ?”

2. De-cluttering

Clutter can be one of the most distracting aspects of showing a house. it is a deal breaker for buyers. You want buyers to be able to focus on your home.  Go one room at a time. If you don’t need it box it or donate it.   We can’t SELL it, if we can’t SEE it! If they have to imagine it they won’t consider it!!

3. De-personalizing

A few carefully chosen knick-knacks and family portraits may add warmth and character — too many are a distraction.
Anything that interferes with prospective buyers’ ability to see themselves living in your home should be eliminated.
Once it is for sale it is their home not yours.

4. Furniture

Less is more. Large, oversized furniture can makes rooms look smaller than they are. Small furniture in large rooms looks disproportionate.

5. Keep rooms true to their purpose 

You may have your dining room set up as an office or a second bedroom set up as a craft room, but buyers need to see homes true to their purpose. They want to see the formal dining room that was advertised on the MLS. They want to see 3 bedrooms, not two and a craft or exercise room.

6. Let the Light In

Natural light does wonders for a home and makes rooms more inviting. Make sure your window coverings are open during showings.
If you have views, play them up!
Light It up – Many homes are poorly lit which can deter buyers when they walk into your house. Don’t be afraid of high wattage bulbs, and replace light-switch covers that are old, dingy or broken.

7. Keep it neutral

It is much easier for the buyer to imagine putting their mark on a neutral room than it is to imagine yourself living in someone else’s Moroccan paradise. Paint is relatively inexpensive so paint all garish, dingy, or stained walls and ceilings.
8. Removing Odors
All traces of food, pet and smoking odors must be eliminated. Even when you’re sure they’re gone, remove your pets, ashtrays and other clues from the home. If we can smell it – We can’t sell it.

9. Thorough Cleaning

Clean from top to bottom. The basics mean having dishes and laundry done. Deep cleaning means cleaning carpets, removing stains, and scrubbing that bathroom, kitchen, – go from room to room until your home sparkles.

10. Hotel Inspired Bedrooms and Baths

Making them feel luxurious. You can do this inexpensively by updating your bedding and a liberal use of pillows, and of course make them light and bright and de-cluttered. Bathrooms can be made to look attractive just by adding lights, mirrors, and new fixtures.


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5 Reasons You Should Work with a Buyers Agent

by The Schnoor Team

Since we are involved in real etate on an hourly basis, we often forget that others are not. Yesterday I met a friend of a friend who asked me why she should work with a buyer agent. 

I forget some things are not common knowledge outside of the industry. Let's get into the thick of it, here are 5 reasons should work with a buyer agent. 

Only a "Buyer Agent" can Guarantee to:

• Represent only you, the Home Buyer
• Negotiate only on the Home Buyer's behalf
• Provide the true facts (good and bad) about value, market, neighborhood  conditions, and obvious physical defects.

A "Buyer Agent" Can Do A Better Job For You Because:

• They have a legal obligation to put the Home Buyer's interests first
• Other Agents will not disclose things beyond those required by law
• They will disclose factors which might be detrimental, or make a property less desirable
• Buyer Agents are negotiating only on your behalf to get the lowest price on the best terms

The "Buyer Agent" Owes You, The Home Buyer, The Duties Of:

• Confidentiality
Buyer Agents are prohibited from disclosing the real price a Home Buyer is willing to pay, the amount of mortgage a Home Buyer is actually qualified for, how much cash a Home Buyer has to work with, and the level of a Home Buyer's motivation to buy a particular home

• Undivided Loyalty
Buyer Agents are prohibited from advancing any interests that are adverse to their Buyer.

• Full Disclosure
Buyer Agents" are required to disclose all information which might affect their buyer's best interest. For example, what they know about the Seller's own motivation for selling, the price the Seller paid for the home, deferred maintenance or defects in the home, o Price comparables for similar homes, the listing history of the home, and potential problems in the neighborhood

Your "Buyer Agents" will help you:

With finding and negotiating for the right real estate
With the evaluation of financing alternatives
With the choice of a qualified home inspector
With the choice of other professionals as needed.

"Buyer Agents" goal is NOT TO SELL their clients any specific property.
The Buyer Agent is there to assist you in every way possible to finding the right home for you.

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Dont Let Bad Curb Appeal Happen to You

by The Schnoor Team

Your curb appeal-the appearance of your house and surrounding yard-has a lot to say about you. Good curb appeal says you care about your home and your neighborhood. Flub your curb appeal factor, though, and you'll trash your property value and detract from nearby houses, too. Here are some classic curb appeal no-nos.

Stay in synch with your neighborhood

Sure, you've got flair and panache. But take it too far, and your house becomes the proverbial sore thumb of the neighborhood. Better to put your money toward regular maintenance and energy-efficient upgrades that provide a return on your investment.



Stash your trash

You don't have to be a pro appraiser to know that a yard drowning in junk is a sure way to devalue your property. It's also an invitation for stray critters to move right in.


Choose exterior colors wisely

OK, you're an artistic individualist. We get it. But shock value is highly overrated when it comes to curb appeal. Your exterior color choices should be in harmony with other Las Cruces homes in your neighborhood. Scout around first before you paint or stain-your neighbors will thank you.

Hire a landscape designer

If you don't know what you're doing when it comes to making an attractive front yard, hire somebody who does. A modest investment in a pro landscape plan will pay off big-time when it comes time to sell your house. If you're adverse to regular lawn maintenance, consider a condo or an apartment.

A place for everything

You may be proud of your diligent recycling and trash maintenance routine, but that doesn't mean it should be on display for the world to see. Keep trash bins off to the side, and build a low-cost privacy screen to hide them from view.


Chained to a bad fence option

Chain link fence is sturdy, reliable, and relatively inexpensive. It's great for bordering back and side yards, but out front, it's flat-out ugly. With so many great fencing options available at a fairly modest cost, you owe it to yourself to re-fence. (And while you're at it, trim that grass!)

When high-tech is low-cool

Technology has brought many wonderful things into our lives-but good-looking exteriors aren't necessarily included. If you're a techno-geek, keep your antennae and solar collectors hidden from view behind shrubbery or privacy screens. Or forget trying to communicate with extraterrestrials and just rent "Mars Attacks" on DVD.

Ease up on the lawn ornaments

Front yards are great for well-trimmed shrubs and fetching flowers, but they really, really aren't the place to display your fetish. Keep ornaments to a minimum; when it comes to good curb appeal, moderation is a virtue, and helps preserve the value of your property.

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Explore Your Backyard [New Mexico Outdoors]

by The Schnoor Team

New Mexico isn't called the "Land Of Enchantment" for no reason! It offers a wide of range of outdoor activities, and scenic views. Each corner of the state has it's unique qualities, and the best part is that you can get anywhere in the state with just a short drive! 

Visit New Mexico True to plan your adventure today!

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8 Steps to Decluttering your Entire Home!

by The Schnoor Team

It starts as a small pile of mail, or a few clothes, or some toys, and a few days later the piles have multiplied in size. By the end of the week the pile has become a monster that you really don’t want to deal with. As I have stressed countless times, a clean house will sell faster and for more but a clean house also just feels better and will improve your mood! So I present to you an 8 step plan to attack and declutter each room to get your house under control!

TIP: Don't start with family heirlooms, those are the hardest to get rid of.

Step 1: Start Off Right

You will want to start in the place that really motivated you to begin cleaning in the first place. What was the straw the broke the camel’s back? A backlog of un-opened mail or laundry? The goal is to take care of that one AREA and not the whole room.

Step 2: The Bathroom

The bathroom is fairly easy to declutter. It is fast and easy to throw away empty or unused bottles, expired items, and old makeup. It’s important to remember that, depending on the size, your bathroom should not be treated as a linen closet. Don’t go overboard putting all your extras in your bathroom, use your linen closet.

Step 3: Public Rooms


Perhaps you’re embarrassed by all the DVDs, video games and newspapers scattered around your living room, or can’t host another dinner party until something is done about all that stuff on the dining room table. Areas that guests see are often a lot easier to go through and sort out.

Bonus: Cleaning them up will allow you to quickly benefit socially.


Step 4: The Kitchen

Most people view the kitchen as one of the biggest challenges. The entire area is filled with things that you use or could use: extra containers, boxes, twist ties, and extra kitchen tools. The best approach is to think of the last time you used each item. The items you haven’t used in a couple of months get put in boxes and store them away in the garage or attic. Anything that you haven’t used in a year or more gets stored in longer-term storage or gets donated.

Step 5: Clothing/Closets

Give yourself plenty of time for closets, around an hour and a half. I recommend starting in the corners and moving toward the middle. Items in this area are very personal and you will certainly have a hard time getting rid of clothes. Try to be objective, which clothes have you never worn? If you find yourself getting too bogged down put things in an “undecided box” put it away. If, in a year, you haven’t noticed they are missing: donate them.

Step 6: The Bedrooms

Bedrooms are made up entirely of personal mementos, photos, family heirlooms, and other items with lots of emotional attachment. The best idea is to get a close friend to sit with you and help you make QUICK decisions. Remember, your bedroom is primarily for relaxing and sleeping; all items that won’t help you do that doesn’t really need to be there. Step 9: Attic/Basement/Garage Never do these rooms solo—furniture and big boxes will slow you down, so schedule a helper. As with closets, work back-to-front, beginning in the back corners and moving toward the middle of the room. Back corners tend to fill with junk you don’t need, and make for quick tossing that opens up a lot of space.

Step 7: Home Office

Clear out your entire desk; empty drawers and clear off all surface spaces. Set paperwork aside to sort through later. Designate one desk drawer to office supplies. Sort through your desk files and papers and as you organize the paperwork, keep these guidelines in mind: If you don’t use the file on a weekly basis, or if it’s not personal or confidential, either dispose of it or store it in a separate filing cabinet.

Step 8: The Party

If you have reached this step you deserve a reward! Plan a party. A giveaway party, that is. Invite over friends who might be happy to take that necklace or the jeans you never wear off your hands. This party will kill two birds with one stone. You get rewarded for decluttering your entire home AND you will be further decluttering by getting rid of unneeded items!

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Making it to a Real Estate Closing

by The Schnoor Team


Successful participation in real estate negotiations is dependent on your complete understanding of local laws and the specific contents of every contract with which you are involved. Although technical negotiations are critical, it is every bit as important to support your clients emotionally and help make sure their path to closing is a smooth one.

One of the most stressful events of the transaction for both sellers and buyers is the home inspection. It's not unusual for everyone to be on edge until they hear the results, even if they think the house will breeze through with no problems. Try to get your sellers to relax. Let them know that if repair issues do occur, they can nearly always be handled so that all parties are happy with the outcome.

If there are serious problems with the house, they should certainly be disclosed to buyers before an offer is made. However, there are several things that buyers perceive as problems that truly aren't. Your sellers can keep the home from failing inspection by taking care of a few issues that always make buyers wonder if repairs are needed.

Be sure to remove all traces of mold and mildew inside and outside the house. Remove the source of dampness that allowed them to grow. Cover bare earth in crawl spaces and unfinished basements to place a barrier between the house and the earth. Exposed dirt is a source of moisture that can encourage insects and mold growth.

If buyers ask for repairs, you'll be responsible for helping your seller decide whether or not to make requested changes. Remember that the contract between the buyer and seller plays a crucial role in all repair issues and determines which items can and cannot be included in requests.

Water entering a basement often does so because of poor drainage, not because the foundation needs to be repaired. (Although, the foundation can become an issue over time if the poor drainage is not dealt with properly.) To improve drainage, clean the home's gutters and make sure downspouts are pointed away from the home's foundation, and that in-ground drainage avenues are clog free.

Another way to eliminate potential sources of moisture is to make sure that flashing around the base of chimneys is watertight and that the chimney's mortar and bricks are in good condition. Replace deteriorated shingles if possible.

Your sellers live in the house, so they are probably aware of little things that should be fixed. Make them aware that buyers nearly always question a home's overall condition when their inspection report contains a long list of items that need to be repaired. Handling a long list of little things early on will help them breeze through the inspection later.

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