Home inspection is key to successful buying experience

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Home inspection is key to successful buying experience

The inspection is a key part of the home-buying process and one that can be intimidating, especially for first-time buyers.

By avoiding these common mistakes, buyers can help ensure that their home inspection proceeds smoothly.

  1. Cutting costs – Choosing an inspector based on the lowest fees could cost more in the long run. Ask your agent for recommendations.
  2. Not being present – Seeing for yourself is better than only reading a report. If you can’t be there in person, you might ask a trusted friend or relative to accompany your agent.
  3. Expecting perfection – Try not to overreact if the home has issues. Remain calm and deal with each repair accordingly.
  4. Not inspecting repairs – Once negotiated repairs have been completed, be sure to check the quality of the work.
  5. Forgoing the inspection – Even homes built within the past three years may have some problems that developed after the final walk-through.

For more information on this important step of the home buying process call, email, or text me anytime.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

Five Star award Winner 2011-2018 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon. 

Rachel Sheller, Principal Broker, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, MASTERS CIRCLE, Earth Advantage Broker, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Washington First

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available Houses on the market on my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

My business is referral based.
If you’ve enjoyed my service, please refer me!

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How to increase curb appeal

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A buyer’s first impression sticks. Think about what attracts you to a property when looking at homes online and what is the first thing you notice when attending an open house. Prospective buyers are attracted by the home’s curb appeal. The National Association of Realtors® says that 63 percent of people will drive by a property they liked online to see how it looks in person.

Here are three basic tips to help you increase your home’s curb appeal:

1. Declutter your front yard and driveway.
Whether it’s keeping up with lawn maintenance, trimming bushes or picking up toys, a well-kept yard makes a positive impression on prospective buyers. If the front of your home is in disarray, buyers assume the interior will be as well.

2. Make decorative outdoor furniture a focal point.
Nothing says “welcome home” more than comfortable seating on a porch or patio. People who are considering moving to your neighborhood will sense that it’s a friendly, safe place to spend time relaxing outside.

3. Power wash your home’s exterior.
Remove any dirt, leaves, grime, or cobwebs to really make your home shine. Follow up by washing all of the windows, inside and out.

For more information on increasing your curb appeal, please call, email, or text Rachel.

Five Star award Winner 2011-2018 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

Rachel Sheller, Principal Broker, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, MASTERS CIRCLE, Earth Advantage Broker, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View a CURRENT & ACCURATE list of ALL available Houses on the market on my website

***I’M ALWAYS HAPPY TO HELP YOU AND YOUR REFERRALS***

Licensed in the State of Oregon and i the State of Washington

Your offer has been accepted: what’s next?

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Learning that your offer for your new home has been accepted is one of the most exciting times in the purchasing process. But, that excitement can be short-lived if you are not prepared for what comes next. Here are a few things to do after your offer has been accepted:

Celebrate!
You found your new home. Don’t let the moment slip by without acknowledging this major accomplishment.

Communicate with your agent.
After the excitement settles, try not to panic when you see your to-do list. Your agent will guide you through the process. There are so many steps to take after an offer has been accepted, and unexpected issues can pop up. So, prepare yourself to maintain a positive mindset.

Closing considerations.
Prior to the closing, you’ll have to schedule inspections and appraisal, work out the cost of any necessary repairs, and confirm financing. Don’t worry, though, you are almost there.

Remember, an experienced real estate professional will be there every step of the way to help you with all the details. You’ll be unlocking the front door of your new home before you know it!

For more information on buying or selling a home, please call,e mail, or text Rachel.

Five Star award Winner 2011-2018 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

Rachel Sheller, Principal Broker, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, MASTERS CIRCLE, Earth Advantage Broker, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View a CURRENT & ACCURATE list of ALL available Houses on the market on my website

***I’M ALWAYS HAPPY TO HELP YOU AND YOUR REFERRALS***

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Licensed in the State of Washington

What is the appreciation in your location? Take a look!

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How does your area stack up? Keep in mind each City has many neighborhoods that are priced differently than the average. You can call me for a detailed estimated sale price for your home. Appreciation rates are in the positive numbers all across the board. West Portland may be a little sluggish on appreciation, but prices are generally higher in that location, so you can only increase so much….

Days on the market are looking good too. That is the time it takes to sell your home, on average. Even though we are in a sellers market still (but that is changing-more in another blog) you can still over price your home and it will sit on the market  longer, or worse, not sell at all.

This was a quick peek at the latest real estate numbers. For more information specific to you, please call, email, or text. I look forward to hearing from you!

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

Five Star award Winner 2011-2018 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.

Rachel Sheller, Principal Broker, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, MASTERS CIRCLE, Earth Advantage Broker, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Washington First

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available Houses on the market go to my website.

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

My business is referral based.
If you’ve enjoyed my service, please refer me!

 

 

 

4th Quarter real estate market projections…..

What’s on the horizon for the 4th quarter in 2018?

The housing forecast for the fourth quarter of 2018 is more of the same. Lower inventories of new and resale properties on the market continue to underserve the wants and needs of home buyers. And as this housing demand increases, it generates higher and higher home prices, according to GordCollins.com.

Recent data from the National Association of Realtors® suggests that mortgage interest rates could rise to 5 percent by the end of 2019.

Don’t be misled by the falling numbers of home sales in recent years. It’s the result of a shortage of available homes, not a lack of qualified home buyers. The real estate market in this country is strong and backed by a booming economy and robust job market.

For more information on our local market, or to jump in and get started call, email, or text me anytime.

Five Star award Winner 2011-2018 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

Rachel Sheller, Principal Broker, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, MASTERS CIRCLE, Earth Advantage Broker, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Washington First

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available Houses on the market go to my website.

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

My business is referral based.
If you’ve enjoyed my service, please refer me!

What’s next for the real estate market?

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Call or email today. Together we’ll explore the possibilities in our ever-changing real estate market.

Five Star award Winner 2011-2018 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

Rachel Sheller, Principal Broker, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, MASTERS CIRCLE, Earth Advantage Broker, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Washington First

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available Houses on the market on my website.

My business is referral based.
If you’ve enjoyed my service, please refer me!

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

 

 

Seller & Buyer Testimonial

“We worked with Rachel as first-time homebuyers and again when we were looking to sell our home and purchase another. There wasn’t a single question or problem we had that Rachel didn’t know the answer to. She is an absolute pro and it shows in every step of the buying and selling process. She handles everything from start to finish and stays on top of every detail. You want someone who knows what they’re doing and that’s Rachel! There wasn’t a single moment throughout our time working together that we didn’t feel like her top priority. She is willing to do whatever it takes to find you a house you love and get you the best outcome possible. You can rely on her to accommodate your situation and make this process as easy as it can be. We were so lucky to have her help!

Tucker and Olivia”

 Five Star award Winner 2011-2018 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

Rachel Sheller, Principal Broker, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, MASTERS CIRCLE, Earth Advantage Broker, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Washington First

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available Houses on the market on my website.

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

My business is referral based.
If you’ve enjoyed my service, please refer me!