In the Press

February 25, 2020

Tips for Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Via: The Grant County Beat

Your home’s curb appeal is the first chance to impress potential buyers. Whether buyers are wowed by a beautiful and well-maintained yard or are repelled by dirty exterior walls and an overgrown lawn can significantly impact your home’s sales price if you're thinking of selling. Start working on your to-do list now so that your home will be ready to be listed and marketed this spring.

“When buyers pull up to a house, they want to be able to picture themselves living in and coming home to it. Dead grass and chipped paint can make that all the more difficult to visualize,” said Kim Clark, Association Executive of the Silver City Regional Association of Realtors. “Making sure your home is prepared - both inside and out - before you put it on the market could help it sell faster and for top dollar.”  

Here are a few tips to make sure your curb appeal is making the best impression on potential buyers:

February 04, 2020

Fair Housing Focus

By: Kim Clark, AE, GAD

 Leadership from the National Association of Realtors® met with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and other senior Department officials in January in Washington to discuss fair housing issues .

The new NAR initiative, abbreviated ‘ACT,’ will emphasize Accountability, Culture Change and Training in order to ensure America’s 1.4 million Realtors® are doing everything possible to protect housing rights in America. Specifically, the nation’s largest trade association will take new actions to ensure members uphold the fair housing standards incorporated in NAR’s Code of Ethics; begin integrating fair housing into all conferences and engagements; and form partnerships with fair housing advocates to pursue shared goals around accountability and training, among countless other initiatives.

One way members can sharpen their education skills is to take the Breaking Barriers course from The CE Shop. Fair Housing laws present an ever-changing landscape as new forms of discrimination reach legislative awareness. When you take this Breaking Barriers: Fair Housing course, you’ll learn your responsibilities as an agent and the federal, state, and local fair housing laws you must follow. With this 3-hour course, you’ll be able to properly serve your clients by offering equal and fair services to everyone. Enroll in this course today by visiting your state’s Continuing Education requirements at silvercityrealtors.theceshop.com and use the promo code FAIR30 for 30% off.

January 20, 2020

2019 is a Great Year for New Mexico Housing Market

Via: The Grant County Beat

Grant County saw the highest number of residential sales since 2006 with 366 homes sold though the Multiple Listing Service in 2019. 2018 sales were 344 and 2017 340. The previous two years the median sold price averaged $138k. In 2019 the median residential sales price was $153,750 and the home was on the market for an average of 168 days.

“After so many years, we’re finally in a seller’s market again - our little piece of paradise is on the map, and the real estate market in our area is suddenly super-hot! While property values are increasing again, we’re still in a perfect storm of low interest rates and taxes, paired with affordable home prices. It’s still a great time to buy a home here, but an even better time to sell.” Nikki O'Connell, 2020 President of the Silver City Regional Association of Realtors.

2019’s New Mexico Housing Market ended with sales numbers higher than every year since 2008 (when the New Mexico Association of REALTORS (NMAR) began keeping state-wide statistics) except 2018, which was an off-the-charts year for the housing industry.

January 15, 2020

REALTORS Honored

By: Kim Clark, AE, GAD

The Silver City Regional Association of REALTORS® held their installation and awards event on January 10. A special distinguished service award was presented to Linda Middlebrook for her service as the Association Board Secretary for 20 years.

 

Rebecca Smith was honored with the status of REALTOR® Emeritus by the National Association of REALTORS® and was presented with a certificate and a pin in recognition of 40 years of membership and service.

The top award bestowed by the Silver City Regional Association of REALTORS®, the REALTOR® of the Year Award was given to Nikki O'Connell of Hacienda Realty. Licensed since 2016, Nikki brings a graphic design, website and computer tech experience to her business. She is the current of the Association and has assisted with training and fundraising. She has volunteered locally with organizations such as Give Grandly!, Imagination Library and First Born. Recipients of this award are nominated by their peers for their service to the REALTOR® organization and their REALTOR® spirit.

The Association and MLS Boards of Directors were installed for the 2020 year. The event theme was the Roaring 20's and was set in the historic Buckhorn Opera House.

December 16, 2019

REALTORS Donate Wreaths

By: Kim Clark, AE, GAD

Members of the Silver City Regional Association of REALTORS, Inc. donated 48 wreaths to place at Fort Bayard last Friday. Several of the donors were at the National Cemetery to place the wreaths they purchased from Fort Bayard National Cemetery, Wreaths Across America.

Donors: Cissy McAndrew, LJ Lundy, Jim Thomison, Linda Rowse, Merry Wilcox, Robin Thomas, Dan Cook, Kim Clark, Pat Fell, Debbie Rogers, Becky Smith and Linda Pecotte.

November 19, 2019

What The MLS Does For You

By: Kim Clark, Association Executive and Governmental Affairs Director

The multiple listing service (MLS) marketplace connects buyers and sellers of real estate in the U.S. through their respective agents. The MLS gives first-time, low-income and other buyers better access to the American dream of homeownership, while also exposing the greatest number of potential buyers to someone selling a home.

What the MLS does for you: largest database of available homes, most up-to-date home status information, maximized visibility of homes for sale, accurate property information, facilitates cooperation between buyer and seller brokers, equal opportunity for all home buyers and sellers, easy to find the agent selling the home,  and level playing field between large and small brokerages.

A world without MLS...

See the infographic below

Source: National Association of REALTORS

November 06, 2019

Our 2020 Leadership

By: Kim Clark, Association Executive and Governmental Affairs Director

The Silver City Regional Association of Realtors and Silver City Regional Multiple Listing Service held their 2020 elections on November 6, 2019. There were no contested races. We are proud to announce our 2020 leadership.

Association Board of Directors are Nikki O'Connell, Robin Thomas, Dina Patton, Cassie Carver, LJ Lundy, Danna Stout and Marisa Villegas.

 

MLS Board of Directors are Rosalee Sirgany, Dana Carlsen, Dina Patton, Cassie Carver, Pat Fell, Ceci McNicoll and Sandra Hicks.

Installation of these officers and directors will be January 10, 2020.

August 14, 2019

Looking for Properties? We Have an App for That!

Via: Grant County Beat

The Silver City Regional Association Multiple Listing Service recently rolled out a new property search portal for Realtors, clients, and consumers. Homesnap optimizes all of the MLS data for mobile devices and delivers it through an app. Millions of people now use the same app as their real estate professional - find out why.

The industry-endorsed Homesnap search portal leverages real-time data from over 200 MLS’s to empower millions of consumers each month with a superior property search experience, while providing over 85% of U.S. real estate professionals with access to powerful mobile tools that automate their work and accelerate their success. Real-time MLS data on the go.

May 16, 2019

The Silver City Regional Association of REALTORS has awarded its 2019 REALTOR Scholarship to Cursten Blanton of Silver City.

By: Kim Clark, AE, GAD

Cursten is a 2019 graduate of Silver High School, and the granddaughter of Pat Fell. She was on the A/B honor roll throughout high school and received her Academic Letter from SHS. She participated in basketball, volleyball and track as well as FFA and 4-H. Cursten served several terms as a Grant County 4-H Council Officer and most recently as the 2018 President. She is currently serving as a New Mexico State 4-H Officer. She volunteered for numerous organizations and projects in the community. Cursten plans to attend New Mexico State University in the fall to begin coursework in the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Science to become an extension agent.

April 22, 2019

NAR Unveils "That’s Who We R" Campaign

Via The Grant County Beat

While many people know that a Realtor helps buy and sell homes, what they may not know is that only a Realtor is a member of the National Association of Realtors and subscribes to its Code of Ethics. It's the Realtor Code of Ethics that inspired the association's powerful new "That's Who We R" campaign, which launched in February.

The campaign aims to reinforce the value of Realtors as advocates for property owners, engaged community members and trusted advisors with in-depth knowledge of the industry.

January 16, 2019

REALTOR Honored

Via Grant County Beat

Members of the Silver City Regional Association of Realtors bestowed their highest honor “Realtor of the Year” for 2018 on Linda Rowse.

 

The annual ROTY award recognizes a Realtor who shows commitment to the Realtor spirit, who is involved in the community and in the Realtor organization both locally or state and nationally. Linda served the past 4 years on the Multiple Listing Service Board and as the President in 2018. Her focus was to improve the MLS with support to members with better information and quality. She has served as a Girls Scout leader, 4-H leader, Silver High Assistant Tennis Coach, on the Southwest New Mexico Tennis Board, and has hosted a Foreign Exchange Student. Linda works for Enchantment Realty and has been licensed for 11 years and became a Qualifying Broker in 2017.

 

Linda stated, “Silver City is the BEST place in the world to live and work because of all the wonderful people!  Thank you, my Realtor friends, for your kindness and support.”

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