New ‘Wel­come Guide’ avail­able


The Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors has pub­lished a re­vised ver­sion of the Santa FeWel­come Guide for new res­i­dents and emer­gency-ser­vices work­ers. The first edi­tion of the Guide was pro­duced with the sup­port of a $2,500 Hous­ing Op­por­tu­nity Pro­gram grant from the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors. The Guide fea­tures in­for­ma­tion on city and county ser­vices, af­ford­able hous­ing pro­grams, recre­ation, health care, ed­u­ca­tion, trans­porta­tion, home­owner tips, things to do and see, so­cial ser­vices, and even a lingo sec­tion to help new­com­ers pro­nounce place names like a Santa Fean. More im­por­tantly, the Guide in­cor­po­rates a de­tailed and ex­ten­sive list of af­ford­able-hous­ing pro­grams found here in Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors (SFAR) is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that emer­gency (fire, po­lice, and hospi­tal) work­ers have ac­cess to the best and most com­pre­hen­sive af­ford­able-hous­ing in­for­ma­tion to en­cour­age them to live and work in Santa Fe. It re­mains a vi­tal need that our lo­cal po­lice and fire work­ers can find af­ford­able homes or rentals in Santa Fe to pre­vent long, out-of-town com­mutes as well as be­ing a part of our lo­cal com­mu­nity. Real­tors con­tinue to work to find ways to ad­dress the prob­lem. The as­so­ci­a­tion has at­tracted na­tional fund­ing to en­cour­age the re­de­vel­op­ment of the St. Michael’s cor­ri­dor to en­cour­age multi-fam­ily hous­ing through reg­u­la­tory ad­vo­cacy, a lo­cal Mid­town Al­liance, the de­vel­op­ment of a web­site to pro­mote the city’s new Mid­town LINC Over­lay Dis­trict, and other sup­port­ive projects.

Santa FeWel­come Guide 2017 is a valu­able tool for new­com­ers, es­pe­cially those look­ing to set­tle in and bet­ter ac­cess the valu­able and di­verse ser­vices avail­able to our res­i­dents. Hav­ing the Santa Fe Wel­come Guide avail­able to the pub­lic and our mem­bers’ clients in an elec­tronic for­mat is ideal; it of­fers live web­site links to area sites, so folks can con­nect eas­ily to get more spe­cific de­tails on ser­vices and things to do.

TheWel­come Guide is avail­able on the as­so­ci­a­tion’s web­site: The dig­i­tal ver­sion will be up­dated reg­u­larly and the printed ver­sion an­nu­ally. Printed copies of the Santa FeWel­come Guide will be pro­vided to lo­cal po­lice and fire re­cruit­ment staff to share with new re­cruits. The re­vised elec­tronic copy will be pro­vided to Chris­tus St. Vin­cent Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter to share as needed with newly hired med­i­cal staff.

The Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors wel­comes feed­back from lo­cal busi­nesses, or­ga­ni­za­tions, and read­ers about the Guide, in­clud­ing ways to ad­dmore spe­cific and ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion of in­ter­est to new­com­ers, emer­gency work­ers, and the gen­eral pub­lic. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Santa FeWel­come Guide 2017, visit

Paco Arguello is chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors. Con­tact him at 982-8385 or

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