Here is some good information on the housing market here in Santa Fe
We have been contacted by an editor for a variety of National home improvement publications for fall and winter home mainteance and improvement checklists
Please submit articles, tips and to-dos with any exterior high resolution images to go along with them to us. We will forward them along with appropriate credits. This is a great opportunity for you and your business to get some national exposure. Let’s represent the Southwest! The deadline is October 17th. Contact us if you have any questions.
See the Announcement here
Too bad our governor thinks green building codes and credits are bad for business. Seems like shortsighted thinking to us.
More details from the SEA
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NMSEA ACTION ALERT !!!
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The Martinez Administration is planning to roll back the NM Energy Efficiency Building Code which was approved (after a lengthy and very open process) in 2010, which had a very high level of public support, and which is scheduled to go into effect this July.
Please consider the info below, and take a moment before the end of this week to mail or fax your opinion to the NM Construction Industries Commission.
Points to keep in mind:
1) the average $13 per month savings being quoted in the media is net – ie after including the costs associated with meeting the new code. A major argument from the Martinez faction is that the cost of meeting the code will be greater than the $13/mo saved – a gross & deliberate distortion of the facts.
2) the new code included specific provisions dealing with classic NM architectural innovations and practices. It doesn’t include everything that we would have liked, but it’s a whole lot better than the alternative.
3) the Martinez administration’s rollback strategy has been to “clean house” at the Construction Industries Commission and then ram this change thru before “the public” has time to react. Public hearings are required by statute, so they were scheduled immediately after the Memorial Day weekend – ie to make it as hard as possible for the “opposition” to get organized. This is clearly an inside hatchet job, as opposed to the long and very public process of creating the new energy code specifications in the first place.
4) the Albuquerque Journal published their own editorial on 5/22 supporting this rollback – and using the same misleading arguments ie that costs weren’t considered the first time around, and that the new rules will kill jobs.
5) The Albuquerque Journal has accepted an op-ed by NMSEA VP Gary Vaughn opposing the rollback, which will be published in their “green building” focus section on Tuesday May 31. If any of you want to submit op-ed pieces, better do so ASAP. The bad news is that such a late publishing date will make it difficult for readers to register their opinions with the CIC before “the deadline”.
6) The CIC is required to tally “official” public comments – ie comments that follow their specific rules. That means statements made at the public hearings, and written statements made by mail or by FAX. Emails and any communication with individual commissioners can be ignored at will. So it’s important to mail or FAX your opinion to the CIC at the “official” address or FAX number listed below. And note that comments must be received by 5PM on June 2 – otherwise they’ll simply be ignored. There’s no real need to justify your opinion – all that they will be tallying is Yea or Nay for rolling back the code. The final tally is not legally binding – but it’s the only form of leverage that we have.
7) if you can make the formal hearings, or encourage others to do so, please do that. A big pro-efficiency turn out will make the news and add to the pressure to stop the rollback.
there’s only one week left to “act” – and that includes the long holiday weekend.
9) the bottom line is that the current efficiency code – set to go into effect in July – will have a bigger beneficial effect on NM’s future energy use than any other recent energy related initiative – including our hoped-for “dream” revision of passive solar adobe building codes and incentives, the consequences of PNM’s temporarily delayed PV grid-tied interconnect rider, and the combined effect of our last 11 Solar Fiestas.
STATE OF NEW MEXICO
CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES DIVISION
Regulation and Licensing Department
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
Public hearings on the proposed changes to the following CID Rules: NMAC 14.7.6 2009 New Mexico Energy Conservation Code;NMAC 14.8.2 2009 New Mexico Plumbing Code; NMAC 14.9.2 2009 New Mexico Mechanical Code; and,NMAC 14.10.4 2008 New Mexico Electrical Code, will be held as follows:
* June 2, 2011, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: FARMINGTON – McGee Park Convention Center, #41 Road 5568, Bloomfield Hwy
* June 2, 2011, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: ROSWELL, NM – City Council Chambers, 421 N. Richardson
* June 2, 2011, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: LAS CRUCES, NM – Las Cruces Administrative Offices, 505 South Main Street, Suite 249, Conference Room A
* June 2, 2011, 9:00 pm – 12:00 pm: ALBUQUERQUE, NM – CID Conference Room: 5200 Oakland Avenue, NE
Copies of the proposed rules are currently available on the Construction Industries Division’s website: www.rld.state.nm.us/cid and at the CID office in Santa Fe. You are invited to attend and express your opinion on these proposed rules changes. If you cannot attend the meeting, you may send your written comments to the Construction Industries Division, 2550 Cerrillos Road, P.O. Box 25101, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504, Attention: Public Comments. FAX (505) 476-4685.
All comments must be received no later than 5 pm, on June 2, 2011.
If you require special accommodations to attend the hearing, please notify the Division by phone, email or fax, of such needs no later than May 27, 2011. Telephone: 505-476-4686. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/cid Fax No. 505-476-4685
NEW MEXICO SOLAR ENERGY ASSOCIATION
1009 Bradbury Dr. SE, # 35, Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-246-0400, 888-886-6765, Fax: 505-246-2251
Home Improvement Santa Fe – Search Term List for Santa Fe’ans Seeking to Fix or Remodel Their Home or Business
We all have those moments when we’re seeking that elusive term that is right at the tip of our tongue but what we’re looking for just isn’t there. Well, when it comes to home improvements in Santa Fe, that problem is no exception. We came up with a list of most, but not all the search terms you can type in when you’re looking for a home improvement or commercial building service provider that you can type in on a search engine to find who or what your looking for to fix your home. We hope this helps you find what and who your looking for to fix or remodel your home or business. Take a look at this list.
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Rural Living just minutes from town on 2.3 acres – Gorgeous views. 3 Old Galisteo Trl, 87508
$1,175.00. Really darling and charming home on 2.3 acres! Plenty of room to store an RV or other recreational toys! Located just outside of town by a hop, skip and a jump off of Rabbit Road. Brick, tile and wood floors. 3BR, 1.5 baths, 1450SF. Real kiva wood burning fireplace. Near the Rail Trail so you can do some great hikes! All appliances included – fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer.
Light and Bright with all new floors in Santa Fe. 7563 Kachina Loop, 87507
3BR, 2bath, 1292SF, all new floors, all appliances inculded. All new floors, easy care front and back yards, 2 car garage!! In a nice gated community!
Please let us know if you want to see some photos or have any other questions.
We need an Office assistant. If you know anyone looking for a job in Santa Fe please let them know. Here is our craigslist post with more info.
This was a letter we received in our inbox. This is a great opportunity for our homebuilders. Let us know if you want to apply.
My name is Grayson and I am writing from Atlas Media Corp and the DIY Network. I am in the process of casting a show for DIY entitled “Ultimate Home Builders,” a documentary series following the build of 13 homes from the ground up. I’m writing this e-mail to see if you might be interested in taking part in the series. We are looking to film a build that will be breaking ground in the next month, with the length of the project lasting around about 5 months.
In terms of a time commitment, we would send a film crew out to cover key parts of the build about 5 or 6 times during the length of construction. We would also want to do a couple of interviews with you and the homeowner. While we are not able to compensate you for your time, it would be a great advertising and publicity opportunity to be featured on a show that demonstrates the positives of homebuilding.
This is a legitimate television show, which means we are not looking for any sort of money from you. If you have a family in mind that would be interested, then we would like to receive photos of you, the family, as well as a bio giving us a little bit of background about you both. Any information on the house (style, square footage, unique design elements etc) would be much appreciated. Please let me know if you would like any further information on the show and if you are interested in moving forward.
Feel free to check out the DIY Network website http://www.diynetwork.com for a better sense of their programming and viewership.
If you are interested please contact Wise Improvements
For homeowners one of the most important questions to ask yourself when considering an improvement project (second only to “will I love this?”) is “will this be worth the investment if I ever decide to sell?” This is a daunting question which is not easy to answer. There are so many factors involved including local markets, comps and budget. Luckily for us the Association of Realtors and the Remodellers Council of the National Homebuilders Association (we are members of both) do an annual Cost vs Value report on home improvements, retrofits and remodels.
While Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico do have our own little quirks in this area I think it is a good jumping off point. For example decks, and front door replacements in the mid range category are good performers returning 80.6% and 128.9% on investment respectively. On the higher end remodels replacement of siding (new stucco?) and window replacements (vinyl and wood) performed the best. Check out the full report. It gives average prices for projects and other valuable information. Wise Improvements would love to hear your reaction to this study and your experiences with ROI on improvements and remodels in our local market. If I get enough responses I will post them which may help us all navigate this complex real estate market we all find ourselves in.
Thanks, Joe L.
This is not the entire fix like 2030.org and Mazria’s plan for 4.5 million jobs but it is a start. Apparently it will start with a home energy score program rolled out in ten states. The closest to us will be Eagle county Colorado. We will keep a close eye on this. Then a FHA backed home improvement PowerSaver program. These will be accompanied by a list of skills and guidelines for professionals in doing this kind of work. There is also a SBA program for entrepreneurs looking to get into this field. This is endorsed by the NAHB but they will be tracking it closely to make sure it does not have adverse affects on existing housing stocks and their appraisals. Thanks Joe Biden, Obama, Udall, Bingaman, and Lujan and everyone else that worked on this. Let’s get green retrofitting! For all the information see here.
Wise Improvements has partnered up with Bernadette Vadurro to promote her live seminar Nov 18th and 19th at the Ex-hibit seminar space in Albuquerque. If you want to get ahead with your business in the ever-changing digitally networked world this seminar is for you. You will learn about Blogs, Word Press, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Picassa and all the other free web tools that can help you find new clients and stay in touch with existing ones. It costs $379 for this two day event (lunch is provided). This is a great opportunity for contractors and Real estate Professionals to grow your business and get ahead of the competition. Please contact Wise Improvements directly if you are interested or would like more information.