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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.

What are the skills you should expect from a top-notch Realtor? Start with excellent listening skills, a solid grasp of our market conditions plus working knowledge of the effective professionals that can assist you in reaching your goals. I have written numerous contracts and specialize in bringing transactions to a successful close. Your goals are my marching orders, you might say. And my customers are happy to provide testimonials.

If you wish to contact me about purchasing real estate, I can assure you of my honesty and candid opinions of price and condition of properties you are considering. There are still differences of opinion about too many or too few homes for sale. Is your home selling? If not, why not? If you plan to sell property you own, my marketing and pricing skills allow me to compete with anyone in our market. As an example, I offer the widest possible range of internet exposure for sellers. You may contact me for free consultation and also I can help you sell your home for a reasonable commission. If you cannot qualify for a mortgage but have money to put down, I am optimistic we will be able to find a home with seller financing that meets your needs. Some sellers will offer to finance their sale if they know a buyer can only buy under those terms. I consider myself an expert on seller financing and have put together numerous creative deals over the years. Both sides can and should be adequately served, for a win-win result.

On a personal note, I hope we can include humor in our interactions. You should plan on my negotiating skills being much better than average and my tendency to talk too much a nuisance. As a Santa Fe resident since 1983, I welcome the opportunity to share what I know and love about the Santa Fe area you are calling home too.