New Mexico Population in Flux Due To Immigration and Emigration

For many years now there has a be an almost calculative immigration from New Mexico into the other areas of the country. There are many factors that can play into this and they will be explored. Yet that isn’t to say that New Mexico is completely at a loss. There is some support to be found. Whether or not this support is here to stay, or quick to leave as the population crisis of New Mexico becomes more well-known has yet to be determined, but the citizens of New Mexico are hopeful.

Most of the inhabitants of New Mexico are leaving not because of crime or because there are housing crises, but because there simply are not enough jobs to go around, even if people have the appropriate credentials to score a high-tier job. So, what most of the citizens are doing is getting their education within the state, then moving outward to places like Colorado and Florida to get those jobs that were promised to them. Some of them come back, but most of the time do not. The education of those moving out of the states are usually a bachelor’s degree or higher, with the education of those moving in being a high school diploma at best. This swing can both be fatal and lifesaving for the state, depending on whether those that are moving in have the drive and innovative thoughts to improve the state, or just moved there for the culture. Whichever one it is has yet to be seen, though it is expected to be identified soon.

Even though nobody is actively moving into New Mexico, the state is still supported through the immigration to The United States as a whole. With plenty of people coming from the east and Asia, wealth is redistributed almost constantly, and New Mexico is given enough to keep them going even without a population as big as the other states. Whether this will remain the same, or if New Mexico will be identified as a dead-end state and cut from those rewards, nobody knows, but it is projected to remain the same even as we come into the 20’s and possibly the 30’s.

Most see the cycle of immigration from New Mexico and the support from the government to continue with the years, because of the problems within the state itself, but proof of this conclusion coming to fruition has yet to be seen, because it all depends on which president takes position in office, and if they will see the problem and fix it. Perhaps we will see a definite answer with the election of a new president in 2020, perhaps it will remain the same. Perhaps the citizens themselves will come up with a solution. Nobody knows, but everyone is hopeful for change.

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How Non-Disclosure Laws are Propping Up Real Estate Commissions

More and more people are learning about the real estate industry in general as well as the particulars of their properties. And as home prices creep up—especially in Santa Fe, Taos, and highly desirable neighborhoods throughout the state—real estate commissions are going up right along with them. These two things combined are landing a lot of people to wonder about ways of reducing their realtor fees and preserve more of the equity they’ve accrued. In New Mexico, we’re arguably behind the curve in retaining the traditional 6% rate across the board. Part of this has to do with the size and idiosyncrasies of our housing market. But another, more tangible factor is the increased difficulty and opaqueness in evaluating local housing prices due to non-disclosure laws.

What are Non-Disclosure Laws?

In New Mexico, non-disclosure laws mean that the sales price of a home or other real property is not available to the general public. It doesn’t mean that there’s some kind of blanket gag order. The buyer, seller, realtors, and other people who learn the information as members of the public are free to discuss and publish the information. However, you can’t make a public records request at the county tax/assessor’s office, much less go to a website and find the sales price history of a home going back decades (more on this in a moment).

Note: Don’t get confused between disclosure requirements and non-disclosure laws. In real estate lingo, disclosure requirements refer to what the seller must disclose to the buyer about the condition of the property. You can find a guide to New Mexico’s disclosure requirements here.

What’s the Point of Non-Disclosure Laws?

It depends who you ask. Certainly, the case can be made that the sales price of someone’s home is personal information that deserves some measure of privacy. In Denver, Colorado, for example, you might have a colleague, neighbor, or acquaintance over for a party and they know how much you bought your new home for because they looked it up on the county assessor’s website. They gossip to other guests about how much your house is worth and then suddenly it dominates the conversation when you’d much rather be talking about sports, business, personal hobbies, rather than trying to react to guests’ judgment and/or envy. Alternately, there may also be some fear, though no evidence we’ve seen, that would-be burglars might use the public information to case specific properties for theft. At least, these are some of theories we’ve heard through the grapevine.

I think most people would tell you that the biggest effect these laws have is to create barriers for buyers/sellers and online resources to accurately estimate a home’s value. And while, again, you can make an argument that this only encourages people to get into trouble by dismissing realtors altogether, we’ve long thought that the truth is closer to the idea that these laws prop up traditional real estate agents and their commissions.

 

Bandelier National Monument: What You Need to Know

This 33,677-acre preserve encompasses some of the most dramatic volcanic landscapes and archaeological ruins in New Mexico. The former home of ancestral Pueblo people, the area was occupied from AD 1150 to 1600. The remains of the area include structures like masonry walls and dwellings, all of which are carved from the volcanic rock. Petroglyphs pepper the walls and work to illustrate Pueblo culture and daily life. Located near Los Alamos, this monument is a big draw for people living in the area. 
 
Bandelier was designated by President Woodrow Wilson as a National Monument in 1916. The park infrastructure was further developed in the 1930s by crews of the Civilian Conservation Corps. While not a designated National Park, the National Park Service cooperates with surrounding Pueblos, other federal agencies, and state agencies to manage the 50-square-mile area. Most of the pueblo structures are around 3,500 years old, and the monument preserves the homes and territory of Ancestral Puebloans.  
 
Over 70 percent of Bandelier National Monument is wilderness. It comprises a large portion of the Pajarito Plateau and has over one mile of elevation change, creating a wide range of life zones and wildlife habitats. There are three miles of road and more than 70 miles of hiking trails. Frijoles Canyon contains a number of ancestral pueblo homes, kivas, rock paintings, and petroglyphsTyuonyia circular pueblo site that once stood 1-3 stories tall, is of particular archaeological interest. Most sites date from the Pueblo III Era to the Pueblo IV Era. 
 
Bandelier National Monument is not, however, just a spot for history lovers. The park has an educational museum, hiking trails, and campsites, all of which are perfect for getting out and exploring the strangely beautiful New Mexican wilderness. Wildlife is locally abundant, and both deer and Abert’s squirrels are frequently encountered in the canyon. A substantial herd of elk are present during the winter months, and backcountry hikers have been known to encounter both black bear and mountain lions.  

White Sands National Monument: What You Need to Know

New Mexico is full of some pretty spectacular national wonders, but White Sands National Monument is one of the most beloved by both tourists and locals. This is one of the most stunning landscapes in the state, and it’s just a half and hour’s drive southwest of Alamogordo. Situated in the Tularosa Basin, a northern offshoot of the Chihuahua Desert, and surrounded by rugged mountain on all sides, White Sands National Monument is full of gleaming white gypsum sand.

These sands comprise some 275 square miles of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live there. The monument was established in 1933, and it is completely surrounded by military installations. This creates an interesting tension; the monument and nearby military professionals have a difficult relationship, as errant missiles would often fall on the monument. In the past, they have even destroyed visitor areas. However, an accident has not occurred in several decade.

White Sands National Monument also has an interesting relationship with the U.S. government. In January of 2008, two New Mexico Senators wrote letters of support for the site’s application to become a World Heritage Site. This, however, generated a lot of controversy in the area; if White Sands Monument receives the designation, there is likely to be outside pressure to halt the nearby military operations. Similarly, in May of 2018, another Senator introduced a bill to designate White Sands as a national park. The bill is widely supported, but several Otero County commissioners oppose the bill because it will increase area regulation.

Regardless of White Sands National Monument’s history as a point of tension, it is part of what makes New Mexico such an interesting state. Gypsum rarely occurs as sand because it is water-soluble; rain often dissolves gypsum, and rivers then carry it to the sea. However, the Tularosa Basin has no outlet to the sea, so it traps rain that dissolves gypsum. The rainwater sinks into the ground, which forms shallow pools that subsequently dry out. Over time, this process has created dunes as high as sixty feet. If you’re visiting or considering moving to the state, White Sands National Monument is a must-see natural wonder.  

 

Santa Fe Named 4th Top City in the United States

Travel + Leisure Magazine has named Santa Fe the 4th Top City in the United States for 2018, making this the third year in a row in which the city has appeared in the Top 5. The awards are based on a survey of the magazine’s 300,000 readers, who represent people who love to travel. The top five cities this year, including our own state capital, included Charleston, South Carolina, New Orleans, Louisiana, Savannah, Georgia, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and New York City.

Santa Fe consistently ranks high in the annual voting as a top destination for travelers. Travel + Leisure did the survey in conjunction with M&RR, a national research firm. Magazine readers were invited to fill out a survey online, the answers of which were tallied into a final score based on reader experiences related to things like sights and landmarks, culture, food, value, shopping, and friendliness. This year’s survey took place between November 6, 2017 and March 5, 2018. All award winners, including Santa Fe, will appear in the August 2018 print edition of the magazine.

On this outstanding achievement, Randy Randall, the Executive Director of TOURISM Santa Fe, said, “We’re honored to be recognized year after year by the travel-savvy readers of Travel + Leisure, and feel that it reflects Santa Fe’s commitment to provide a truly authentic experience for people interested in culture, history, the arts, cuisine, one-of-a-kind shopping, the outdoors, rejuvenation, and wellness.” He continued, stating that “the Santa Fe community works incredibly hard every day to make this a reality.”

So, there you have it. Not only is New Mexico an excellent place to live, but our capital city is one of the best in the nation. Santa Fe is also one of the Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation and has an excellent livability ranking. If this isn’t enough to convince you to check this place out, we’re not sure what is.

 

Balloon Fiesta: What You Need to Know

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, known colloquially as “Balloon Fiesta,” is one of our favorite state festivals. This is a yearly hot air balloon event that takes place during early October—just after peak tourist season and just before the cold weather kicks in. This is a must-see event for anybody with even a casual interest in our beautiful state.

Balloon Fiesta began as a small gathering of 13 hot air balloons in 1972. Since then, it has grown to become the largest balloon event in the world, now attracting almost 600 balloons and over 1,000 pilots. The first gathering was held in the parking lot of Coronado Center Mall in Albuquerque, but the event quickly caught national attention; the following year, thirteen countries took part in the “First World Hot Air Balloon Championship,” which was held at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Just four years after the event’s inception, the city of Albuquerque hosted 273 balloon entries. In 2000, Balloon Fiesta organizers registered over 1,000 balloons.

Hundreds of thousands of guests from around the world visit Balloon Fiesta each year. In addition to offering spectacular views of hot air balloons dotted across the Albuquerque horizon, the event now offers several unique events. The festival offers a car show, the AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational and Demonstrations, Laser Light Shows, live music, fireworks displays, and several panels and Q&A sessions.

If you visit New Mexico for Balloon Fiesta, book your flights and hotels (or Air Bnbs!) in advance—though the event takes place outside of peak tourism season, it still draws a massive crowd. Once you’re settled, be sure to catch a Mass Ascension (they happen every morning) and the Nigh Magic Glow, where each balloon is illuminated against the diminishing sunset. Tickets are surprisingly affordable—General Admission is just $10 per session. Music Fiesta tickets cost a bit more, and you will have to pay to access dining areas. In all, this inexpensive annual event is a necessary visit for any fan of our beautiful state.