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Hike #91 – Gila National Forest – Burro Mountains – Silby Road

Hike #91 – Gila National Forest – Burro Mountains – Silby Road.

Sunday, November 20, 2011 – Georgetown Road – Road 4158L

Thursday, November 20, 2011 – Georgetown Road – Road 4158L.

Real Estate: An Offer VS a Contract

The words ‘offer’ and ‘contract’ are often interchanged or misused.

An ‘offer’ is a demonstration by the buyer showing intent to purchase. An ‘offer’ is made using a ‘Purchase Agreement’.

A ‘contract’ is a legally enforceable document where both parties have signed and agree to abide by the points in the contract. Once both parties have signed the ‘Purchase Agreement’, it becomes a ‘contract’.

When you make an ‘offer’, the Seller can do 3 things:

•1.      Accept it

•2.      Decline it outright

•3.      Counteroffer

If there is a counteroffer, it means that they agree to everything in the ‘offer’ except for the changes outlined in the counteroffer. The most common counteroffer is price. As a result of a counteroffer, the Buyer may do one of 3 things:

•1.      Accept it

•2.      Decline it outright

•3.      Counteroffer

In some states you have a grace period to change your mind and therefore legally get out of a contract. In New Mexico, once the Purchase Agreement is signed by all parties, it is an enforceable contract. There is NO grace period.

Another detail, New Mexico is a “Community Property” state. That means that if an individual owns property, their spouse automatically owns it too – – unless there is a “Sole and Separate” agreement signed.

Today’s Saying:The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up”. – Twain

 

Linda Ferrara
Coldwell Banker Enchantment Realty
501 Silver Heights Blvd.
Silver City, NM 88061

1-800-456-3132

1-575-538-2931
1-575-519-9249

Silver City Mainstreet Project

Check out Gough Park in Silver City, NM

Silver City displays many art pieces around town.

National award-winning Silver City MainStreet Project has served Silver City since 1985. It is the longest continuously-operating program in New Mexico, and is one of 20+ MainStreet programs in the state. Over 1500 small towns, cities, and urban districts are participating in the national MainStreet Program. Silver City MainStreet Project builds the vitality of Historic Downtown through the national MainStreet four-point approach:

Organization: MainStreet works with businesses, members, and volunteers for shared success in downtown revitalization and activities. It has a full-time Manager, membership in and out of the district, and over 60 volunteers.

Promotion: Historic Downtown Silver City, with its unique and compelling characteristics and history, is a destination for both residents and visitors. The district is comprised of mostly owner-operated businesses. MainStreet and other organizations sponsor yearly special events that attract people of all ages to downtown.

Design: MainStreet provides free design assistance for businesses in Historic Downtown, and secures funding for and develops major downtown improvements like streetlights, sidewalks, the Visitor Center, Big Ditch Park, and Main Street Plaza.

Economic Positioning/Silco Theater: MainStreet operates the historic 1923 Silco Theater, a cornerstone venue for events and meetings downtown. MainStreet helps existing downtown businesses retain business and grow, recruits new businesses to the district, and encourages community involvement in economic development and membership.

http://www.silvercitymainstreet.com/index.php

Linda Ferrara
Coldwell Banker Enchantment Realty
501 Silver Heights Blvd.
Silver City, NM 88061

Toll Free: 1-800-456-3132

Work: 1-575-538-2931
Cell: 1-575-519-9249

Mexican Paella Recipe – from Silver City, NM

I’ve been trying recipes from a wonderful Mexican cook named Maria Teresa Bermudez. You may want to try this one – – it’s so tasty!!

Paella: The people of a small town in Spain heard news that her majesty the Queen would be passing their way. They decided to fix a very special dish for her, but couldn’t decide on a name. Time grew short, and they decided to call the dish “For Her” (Para Ella). Over the years, the dish became known as paella, a dish first made for a queen!

Ingredients:

2 to 21/2 cups diced, cooked CHICKEN

OIL

1 medium ONION, finely-chopped

4 to 5 large STEWED TOMATOES, chopped

1 large GREEN PEPPER, seeded and chopped

2 tsp. SALT

2 tsp. PAPRIKA

2 tsp. black PEPPER

dash CAYENNE

large pinch of powdered SAFFRON

1 crushed GARLIC CLOVE

2 to 3 cups CHICKEN BROTH

2 cups pre-cooked long-grain RICE

1 cup PEAS

1 cup SHRIMP, shelled and deveined

4-oz. can sliced GREEN CHILES

PARSLEY

BLACK OLIVES

Directions:

1. Stew a fryer chicken until tender-firm and save broth. Bone chicken into bite-size pieces.

2. Heat oil in Dutch oven and briskly sauté chicken. Add onion and chopped stewed tomatoes, chopped green pepper. Add all seasonings and mix.

3. To the chicken broth, add the crushed garlic clove and rice. Then add this mixture to Dutch oven and stir thoroughly.

4. Cook over medium heat in Dutch oven, covered, stirring occasionally for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

5. Meanwhile, season shrimp with desired seasonings. Sauté shrimp in garlic and oil. Add peas, shrimp and green chiles last 10 minutes of cooking time. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Garnish with parsley and sliced black olives before serving. (Serves 6)

Linda Ferrara
Coldwell Banker Enchantment Realty
501 Silver Heights Blvd.
Silver City, NM 88061

 

Toll Free: 1-800-456-3132

Work: 1-575-538-2931
Cell: 1-575-519-9249

 

 

Real Estate: Preparing to Sell Your Home

 There is a lot of information out there on how to prepare your home for sale. Here is a general list of what a seller should do to sell, sell, sell. I hope it helps you!

 • The #1 item on the list is DECLUTTER! I cannot emphasize this enough. Recognize that you are going to be inconvenienced during the selling process. Buyers want to see the walls, ceiling and floor. Clutter will distract them from seeing this. You are going to have to pack up your things anyway, do it now and get ahead of the curve. To give you an idea, you should have one item on a table or cabinet. Perhaps a vase. Everything else should be removed. No papers around, nothing on the kitchen counters (Nothing!).  Consider having a garage sale and sell some your old things. Or donate them to a second-hand store.

• Remove as much from your closets as you possibly can. Pack now. Take your off-season clothing and pack it up.

• The entire house should be sparkling clean. Top to bottom, inside and out. This is all about perception. The buyer perceives that if you don’t clean the tub, you also don’t take care of the roof, electric, plumbing, etc. Think insanely clean. Recaulk around the tub and shower to give it a fresh look. Wash your windows inside and out. Get rid of cobwebs. If you have light fixtures with plastic covers – -they tend to yellow – replace them. Clean your light switch plates. Heck, have a cleaning party; invite your friends and family. Have pizza afterwards.

• If you have lots of personal photographs around, they should be removed. Let the buyers imagine themselves in your house. Seeing photographs makes a buyer feel like they are ‘invading’ your space.

• Get rid of smells. The most common smell is cat odor, and cigarette smoke. While the house is for sale, clean the litter box daily. Have a “No Smoking Inside” rule. Clean carpets and drapes/curtains. Some people have very sensitive noses and will leave a house before seeing the whole thing due to odors. Ask a friend to be honest and tell you if they smell anything.

• Let’s talk about lighting. Replace every bulb in the house to high wattage bulbs. Open curtains, shades and drapes. Wash windows. When you know the house is being shown, EVERY light in the house should be turned on. Repeat: EVERY light in the house should be turned on. If a room only has one light, get a lamp or two. Turn them on.

• Fix the little things around the house. Loose cabinet doors, Kitchen drawers that don’t close right, tight doors, missing electric plates, torn screens, dripping faucets, broken windows.

• Freshen up the exterior. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, trim the bushes, and edge the walks. Clean the gutters. Remove all debris from the yard. If you have a storage shed, make sure the door opens easily. Make sure the shed is clean and looks nice. Patch or reseal your driveway. Put a pot or two of bright flowers near the entryway.

• Plan on a way to contain your pets during showings. You should have 2-3 different options. 1. Take your pet for a walk / ride while there is a showing. 2. Ask a neighbor to coral your pet. 3. Take your pet to work day.

• There are quite a few television shows about how to sell your home. Watch a few of them to get ideas on what you can do.

Linda Ferrara
Coldwell Banker Enchantment Realty
501 Silver Heights Blvd.
Silver City, NM 88061

1-800-456-3132

575-538-2931
1-575-519-9249

The Rodeo comes to Silver City, NM

Rodeo is a sport that includes a variety of events including: tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronco riding, bareback bronco riding, bull riding and barrel racing. There is also lesser events that include other animals.

Our annual rodeo event is called Wild Wild West Pro Rodeo and occurs in the Southwest Horsemen’s Association rodeo ground which is located in the east part of town off of Highway 180.

It’s a great event that is fascinating to watch. These guys are TOUGH!

 Here’s more information about the rodeo: http://www.prorodeoonline.net/ 

I have a silly story to tell about my husband and I. When we lived in New Jersey we would sit on the beach and my husband would enjoy watching the bikinis walk by. Fast forward to Silver City, NM and our first rodeo. When I saw those cowboys in their chaps and riding their horses, I leaned over to my husband and whispered, “this is my day at the beach!” Nothing like a cowboy in tight jeans and chaps!

Linda Ferrara
Coldwell Banker Enchantment Realty
501 Silver Heights Blvd.
Silver City, NM 88061

Toll Free: 1-800-456-3132

Work: 1-575-538-2931
Cell: 1-575-519-9249

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