Tax Benefits of Home Ownership

Happy New Year! A new year provides an opportunity for reflection and goal setting, including reviewing the tax benefits of home ownership! As you delve into your 2016 taxes, it’s important to make sure you are reaping the many tax benefits of home ownership. I found this great article on Market Watch that summarizes the many tax benefits of home ownership that I wanted to share with you. I hope this brings to light some of the ways that you can proactively take advantage of your status as a home owner. Opportunities to take tax deductions abound, include: Property tax […] Read more »

October 2016 Real Estate Market Statistics

The summary of the Greater Albuquerque area real estate market for October 2016 is out. The latest numbers show that our real estate market continues to look good with prices improving year over year, homes selling faster and inventory dropping. Here are the highlights comparing October 2016 to October 2015 and the news is all rosy. The median detached price rose 3.3 percent to $189,000 The average detached price rose 2.7 percent to $218,532 The number of new listings dropped 10.5 percent for single-family detached homes and 6.8 percent for condos, townhomes and other attached homes Overall inventory of detached […] Read more »

The Quintessence Community Is Designed For Great Living

Quintessence is a well-planned community located in the Albuquerque Acres area of Albuquerque, NM. It is located between Eubank & Holbrook, South of San Francisco & North of the Tanoan Country Club. This walkable neighborhood boasts wide, curving, landscaped streets with sidewalks and a large community park. Quintessence Park has several playground areas for tots and kids, sand play areas, a large grassy field, a couple basketball hoops, several tennis courts, and a wide walking path (which happens to be where my first son, Henry, learned how to ride his bike!). There is a nice mix of pueblo-style, Tuscan-style and […] Read more »

Available Quintessence Properties

Note: Use Landscape mode when viewing on a smartphone. Please call Kelly Taliaferro at (505) 270-5552 or fill out the Contact Form to explore living possibilities in the Quintessence Community. Whether you are interested in one of the properties listed here or want help finding your ideal home here or elsewhere, Kelly will listen to your needs and work with you every step of the way to achieve a successful outcome. She is a seasoned, top producing realtor, who specializes in marketing and selling the finest homes. Read more »

Albuquerque 2013 Real Estate Review

At the beginning of 2014, the Albuquerque Real Estate area has a stable 6 months supply of homes for sale. Currently there is a shortage of homes for sale throughout much of the nation. Recently I attended a conference where Dr. Lawrence Yun, a chief economist and Sr. Vice President of the National Association of Realtors, analyzed national real estate data. While the US housing market is on a slow, steady path to recovery, a number of factors, including housing supply, interest rates, & perceived economic recovery play key roles in the future of local real estate markets. Interest rates […] Read more »

How To Stage Your Home To Sell

Staging is the art of making your home appeal to prospective buyers. As a home seller, it is an essential step to maximizing your home’s potential value. Buyers want a home to feel welcoming and warm. A professional stager will frequently use items you already own to create the right ambiance, but you can also do quite a bit of staging yourself. Here are two simple steps to follow when staging your home. 1. Declutter & Depersonalize Buyers need to be able to picture themselves in a space. Decluttering and depersonalizing are ways to make a home more appealing to […] Read more »

Why Kelly Taliaferro Opened “Lucky Dog Realty”

Starting Lucky Dog Realty has been both exciting and scary, as anyone who has started their own business can relate to. There is greater risk going out on your own, but the potential reward can be greater too. When I first earned my real estate license I joined RE/MAX, a well-known international real estate company. And I had 9 happy years at RE/MAX Elite. My Qualifying Broker was always there when I needed advice, double checked my paperwork and then pretty much left me alone to sell homes. But at the end of every month, I wrote a big FAT […] Read more »

The Special Meanings of “Lucky Dog Realty”

I frequently am asked: Why Lucky Dog Realty? The name of my brokerage is practical and strategic. When I started practicing real estate, my Qualifying Broker suggested that all the new agents get a website and to use our own names. I thought that was a terrible idea for me since my name is Kelly Taliaferro, but is pronounced “Kelly Tolliver,” which is quite confusing! I wanted a website name that was catchy, easy to remember and encompassed a little about me. At the time my husband and I had just purchased our first puppy, a six-week old German Short-haired […] Read more »