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Sold a Single Family home in 2013 in Sandia Park, NM.
I hired Valerie and her team after trying to sell my house FSBO for 4 months. While I had gotten on the MLS, and tried as hard as I could to advertise, I wasn't getting any showings (6 in those 4 months!). While Valerie may not specialize in the east mountain area, she immediately identified effective ways to advertise and a strategy for selling a house that would appeal to a select market. The casateam was great - I felt like I had multiple people working for me to sell my house. The photos and videos they took were beautiful, professional, and definitely increased the traffic to my house. Valerie set up weekly emails that detailed how many times my property was looked at online, and where they had seen the listing. It also showed how many times my house had been shown. Her method for analyzing the correct price for the home was logical. I reduced the price once after a several weeks based on her recommendation - I never felt pressured to do so, however. When an offer came, Valerie was excellent at suggesting some counters that would have the buyers pay for certain inspections, and payment options that would resolve at closing allowing me to keep more $$ in my pocket during closing. As a first time home seller, I really appreciated all of her advice. Once we got under contract, the team kept me informed of everything that was going on - inspections, etc. I rolled in to closing not believing the process could be so easy. I don't usually give glowing reviews, but Valerie and the Casa team earned it.
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 in Rio Rancho, NM.
Valerie is a professional realtor with superior customer service skills! Valerie is very knowledgeable and helpful in all aspects of the realty business. She demonstrates a very professional attitude and courtesy and concern for me the seller as well as the buyer of my home. Valerie goes above and beyond her abilities as a professional realtor. Keeps you very informed of every transaction from the beginning to the closing of my home. With "can do" attitude I would be proud to have her on my staff. If not in charge of the entire company! She can handle it all! As Valerie has demonstrated throughout the entire process! Valerie, in my opinion is the best of the best! And should be commended for her professionalism and attitude. Her personality has demonstrated that! Valerie deserves a pay increase in my book! She is thee best! Bar none! It was a pleasure working with her! She is numerous uno!
Thank-you for everything Valerie. And I wish you the best and success in your realty career
Bought a Single Family home in 2008 in Rio Rancho, NM.
I met Val when looking at a house my husband and I just stopped in to check out out of curiosity. It ended up being the start of a great relationship!! I had never bought a home before and Val was great in every aspect of the process of doing so!(we did not buy the place she was showing when we met but another one a few months down the road!) I would highly recommend her if you are interested in anything having to do with the whole process! I had so many questions at different times and she always found the time to answer and help me understand everything going on. Thanks again Val! we are very happy in our place! (was just 5 years here in Oct!)
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 in Paradise Hills, Albuquerque, NM.
Absolute pleasure to work with! Very professional and more importantly, very genuine! I felt she was "on my side" during the entire process, and her entire team were seamlessly connected. I ended up purchasing a 'short' sale, and Val and her entire team worked tirelessly to make the entire process painless and easy. From home inspections to dealing with the VA, her recommendations were all top notch! Her confidence, knowledge, expertise, and character sealed the deal for us!
Approximately one year ago, I was exploring the options of applying for mortgage relief assistance, short sale, or deed in lieu of regarding my home. Unfortunately when I refinanced my home, I had obtained a “predator” loan from Countrywide at which time they loaned me more than they should have, based on the ratio/value calculations. My payment nearly doubled, having bought points, and at the time the interest rates were approximately 6-7%. I tried in vain to maintain the payment however did not for see medical/health issues looming around the corner. Eventually it all became so overwhelming for me. My treatments did not allow me to continue the upkeep of the home, was misdiagnosed, and receiving medication for the misdiagnosis. At this point I decided I needed to get out from under the home and spoke to several different real estate agents. Upon meeting Valerie Almanzar, from Your Casa Team, I immediately felt a connection and trustworthiness I had not felt with the other agents. Her knowledge and expertise in short sales was extensive and impressive. My twenty 26 yr old son (at the time) was very concerned and wanted to ensure this was the right choice for me. Valerie took the time to explain all our questions, alleviate all our fears and even advised it would be possible to buy another home within a reasonable amount of time. So I decided to put my home on the market. Within 9 days and three showings, we had an offer at the exact price we listed it for. In between this time, I called Valerie several times with my doubts and fears, and questioning was this the right thing to do. Valerie patiently listened to my concerns, reassured me all would be okay and allowed me to discuss all issues. She did not avoid any of this, but handled it with dignity, patience, understanding and genuine concern. Once the offer was made, then the process of a short sale is not an easy one I discovered. However due to Valerie’s extensive knowledge, rapid response to any and all of the banks requests, we were able to close the short sale within a three months period. This is completely remarkable! Most people I tell, are completely in awe that we closed so quickly without any flaws. And Valerie was able to get me a benefit known as a relocation allotment to help me move! WOW! And her assistat Sara Sanasac was extremely helpful in ensuring all my paperwork was in order, contacting the bank when necessary and keeping me organized and on top of everything. These two were a Godsend to me and will forever be grateful for their kindness, genuine sincerity and help throughout the whole experience. I am currently debating if I should look into buying another home and will not work with anyone else but Valerie! My son is also currently getting his financial situation together and is planning on using Valerie to assist in his home buying experience. I would recommend Valerie to anyone no matter what situation they are in. She is one in a million!
A grateful and loyal customer, Mary Harris
Response from Valerie
10/28/2013 - Unknown
Bought a home in 2013.
Valerie's team assisted me with buying a home in ABQ. I found Valerie to be excellent at explaining the process, and was exceptionally responsive to my emails and phone calls. I liked how many documents could be reviewed and signed online. I was disappointed in the lack of pricing guidance we received. When a offer was made or a counter offer received Valerie was quick and thorough in the review and I felt that she was very bright and confident. I was happy at her mastery of the subject and liked her aggressive discussions. That said when it came time to discuss a good price or to get an idea of negotiating I felt we were on our own. I worked with the mortgage, home inspection and other services recommended by Valerie and found those services to be excellent and of great value. Our closing happened on time and painlessly.
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 in Taylor Ranch, Albuquerque, NM.
Valerie is very professional, very knowledgable, personable and creative. She and her team assist you immediately.
I liked her recommendation of what to remove through out the house when pictures were taken so it shows very nice, after all it was on the internet.
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 in Rio Rancho, NM.
Valerie has surrounded herself with a true team of experts. All contact with her and her team was very professional and timely. Selling and buying a home is extremely stressful but the constant support for Valerie and her team was great.