Help someone, help yourself

If you are reading this post, you have access to an extensive array of statistics compiled over many years of tracking the Santa Fe residential real estate market. This is not all that complicated, but one does need to be consistent to have meaningful data. The promise of learning is attractive to some and to others it might seem like hard work. Those real estate professionals we know that are successful typically combine a steady push to learn more and also a bunch of hard work. While the profession is not exalted, it is important and one is allowed to feel good now and then; helping a first time home buyer get into her first home – resolving a property settlement for an estate – bringing two willing parties together to successfully move an unusual property – and yes there is more.

When you click on any of the “pages” that are shown on the left side (Statistics) of this blog site, help yourself to any of the reports and spreadsheets shown there. You should be able to print them, save them as a .pdf for further handling or just look and study. They are not under lock and key. Anyone with a computer can easily see and grab the data. Some have been smart enough to present it to their customers as their own compilation and work. That is unfortunate – kind of like the friendly golfer that writes down the wrong score half the time and then wants to collect on the dollar-a-hole wager at the end. What is honest is what you see here. Keep it real and use this information all you like. Please provide appropriate attribution when you are asked. If you want to print out a report and white-out my name, what the heck. You might get a leg up for today. Hopefully you will be able to describe what all those figures really mean to a home seller or a prospective buyer.

There really is nothing special about the statistics included in this blog. What matters is that they are there. They are already compiled and arranged and organized ready for use. Anyone licensed in the Santa Fe Association of Realtors over the last 15 years would have the same data had they chosen to gather it. And I would go back further into “history” but that data is not as accessible for this purpose, coming from outdated and obsolete software programs. Do you really need more than 15 years of data?

Thank you for your compliments and feedback over the years. It makes me smile to be able to continue to provide useful and meaningful information for the public and for the real estate professional.

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The writer is a 68 year-old young man engaged as an active REALTOR (associate broker) with Keller Williams, in real estate sales and management in the Santa Fe NM market area. My career has been in and around the real estate industry for more than 35 years, ranging from mortgage lending (interim, commercial, residential); residential property management and leasing; shopping center development and leasing; real estate sales; sales training; title insurance as an executive and an escrow officer; various management positions; consulting and other related activities. That plus a bunch of banking experience including our family-owned Bank of Santa Fe in the 1980s. Where has the time gone?
My background means you have my working knowledge of the entire transaction process at your disposal. That comes with honesty and no bullshit.