Here is some good information on the housing market here in Santa Fe
Greywater technician needed for a job. We have specs and photos. If you are interested please contact us.
Historically, wood window frames were universally used but advances in technology have created different alternatives that offer many benefits. Fiberglass windows are becoming more popular as modern improvements have made them stronger and more durable. Developed in the 1980’s to meet the demands of lower maintenance and better performance, fiberglass windows are gaining popularity. Studies show that market share of fiberglass windows doubled in 2005 and in 2009 the market share increased from 1.6% to 3.1%. The share is anticipated to increase to 4.3% in 2010 as global sustainable building spurs ever more demand for products with low life cycle costs. As more mainstream window and door manufacturers introduce fiberglass frame pieces for new construction and replacements, fiberglass products have become more available in a range of energy efficient options; including low-e gas filled insulated glass units in many different styles from awning to double hung custom profiles.
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.
by Faren Dancer
If you’re looking to do a major renovation on an existing residence, a large menu of possibilities exist for how to green your project. You might look at, not only, potential energy savings and a lower carbon footprint, but an array of healthful and sustainable solutions to add to your ever expanding wish list. Most of us may not be able or willing to tear off the roof, demo the old wing or leave just one wall standing. There are sensible levels of attainment based on what the budget allows.
Dear Mayor Coss, Santa Fe City Council, and President Obama,
Thank you for this opportunity to be heard on how to promote job growth and our local economy during these challenging times. As business people in Santa Fe we believe the best way to stimulate job growth is through the building industry. It is (or was) the third largest industry in Santa Fe behind tourism and state government before this recession. Now our work has all but vanished and our unemployment is enormous. Continue reading