Angelina Romero helps people find the home they need to make a good life possible. She does so with care and respect, regardless of the size of the purchase or sale.
Romero says, “One of the best feelings I have experienced while being a Realtor is helping a young couple purchase their first home when they didn’t believe that was possible.” Romero explained the whole process from start to finish and helped the couple find a great lender, which helped them purchase the best house for their budget. “They are now raising three children and their dog in the home. We remain friends to this day,” she adds.
Romero is bilingual, which helps her assist clients. She remembers members of a family who sought her out because she could speak Spanish and would help them in their native language. “They already owned a home and were looking to move up, as their family had grown and they needed more space. Not only did we find the perfect home for them, but they were so pleased with the way I assisted them every step of the way that they referred all of their friends and family to me knowing they would receive the same level of service. They, too, are close friends.”
In addition to her work as a Realtor, Romero volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and has participated in “build” events to help construct homes. She observes, “Not everyone has the means to purchase a home. This organization helps deservingfamilies achieve that dream by building decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need and volunteers.”
The other organization that is special for her is HEART, an acronym for Hope, Empowerment, Advocacy, Respect and Transitional housing. HEART provides assistance to women who are on the verge of homelessness and those who have become homeless. The organization assists in finding transitional living arrangements and rental assistance for the women and their pets. Romero is a past board member and plans to become active again with the organization.
Romero came to Taos in the spring of 2009 from Phoenix, Arizona. She noticed right away that the Taos market has its own character. “The majority of homes here are unique in architecture, artistry and construction. Our beautiful views and varied landscape offer so much,” she says. Romero helps her buyers understand the issues involved with purchasing and owning a home here, including such unique factors as the differences between being on a shared well, private well or having town water, as well as the implications of a pitched versus flat roof.
Now is a good time to be a buyer here, she notes, as real estate prices have a long ways to go to reach pre-recession levels. “One buyingtrend is in the $200,000 to $350,000 price range. The inventory in this range is quite limited,” she says. Last year, there were 539 residential properties sold, of which 385 were priced below $350,000. Sales are increasing now and there are only 316 properties for sale right now, but that number will increase with the coming of spring.
Romero says that over the past 12 months, home values in New Mexico have increased approximately 4.6 percent. She says, “I expect that this will continue and perhaps be higher in our market due to the lack of homes available for purchase. I truly believe that we will see a continued increase in home sales beginning this spring.”
The real estate business today requires keeping up with the latest technology and information, but at the core of the work for Romero is staying grounded and being compassionate about what her clients need. She knows that you just can’t ask someone how many bedrooms they want. A Realtor must ask the deeper questions about how people want to live. “I understand that it is important to listen to my buyers and sellers to get a complete grasp on exactly what they want to accomplish. I put the same amount of emphasis on each transaction, regardless if it is $200,000 or $2 million.”
Romero works with sellers to make sure that their properties are in optimal condition without spending lots of money. She uses her experiences as a leading home stager to make sure the house looks great to ensure that it sells quicker and for a top price. “One of the compliments I receive from clients and brokers is when they see my name attached to a listing, they know the home will show as turnkey or move-in ready.”
Sheryl Harding has worked with Romero to buy and sell several homes. She says, “By far, Romero was the most professional agent we ever worked with. She was motivated and always had a positive attitude. I was impressed that she came in, helped arrange the house and took pictures herself of our home for sale. Her pictures were really good, and I feel that is one of the most important things: to have good photos for the listing that people can see online. She helped sell our house in Taos Canyon for the asking price. I give her all the credit."