Category Archives: 2017 REAL ESTATE FORECAST

How the new tax law affects home equity debt

If you’re considering getting a home equity loan or home equity line of credit (HELOC), make sure you understand how the tax rules have changed.

First of all, it’s important to clarify that acquisition debt is when money borrowed against your home is used to buy, build or improve a primary or secondary home. Home equity debt is when the money is used for something other than your home, such as paying student loans or funding a business.

Under previous tax laws, taxpayers could deduct interest on home equity debt – no matter what the money was used for – as long as the total mortgage debt was below $1 million, according to Realtor.com®.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act suspends this deduction unless the loan is used to “buy, build or substantially improve” a home, according to the IRS. Acquisition debt is still tax deductible, but the total debt limit was lowered from $1 million to $750,000.

Keep receipts from your home improvement projects and consult a tax professional to help you navigate your specific situation.

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- rachel@rachelsheller.com

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How to pull off a neutral room

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How to pull off a neutral room

A neutral decorating scheme can create a beautiful, serene space. Neutrals are also flexible, making it easy to swap out pieces as you feel inspired. Consider these design tips to make the most of neutrals in any room.

Add warm hues. Wood accents are a great way to add warmth and keep a neutral room from feeling cold or sterile. Try displaying wood cutting boards or adding a natural wood shelf in the kitchen. Crate&Barrel designers suggest using a walnut mid-century bench as a coffee table to bring a unique element to your living space.

Choose contrasting textures. Layering tactile and visual textures is key to making a neutral room interesting, says Houzz.com. Plush rugs, exposed brick, concrete walls, faux-fur throw pillows, and textured artwork can add interest and depth to any room.

Lead the eye. Hang an abstract painting in soft neutrals to draw the eye upward, says Crate&Barrel. You could also consider adding a pop of color through a tall plant or an accent pillow with a bold pattern.

Use metal accents. Metals pop against a neutral backdrop. Choose metal light fixtures and drawer pulls, or display metallic kitchen utensils. ElleDecor.com predicts that copper and rose gold are fading out for 2019, so consider more natural-looking metals such as polished nickel and antique brass.

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- rachel@rachelsheller.com

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FIREPLACES-warm, cozy and valuable

It’s hard to deny the charm of gathering around warm, flickering flames to read a book or share stories with your family. Fireplaces tend to evoke an emotional response from buyers and most people are willing to pay more to get one.

According to a survey from Angie’s List  approximately 25 percent of home buyers said

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they would pay up to $1,000 more for a fireplace, 35 percent would pay $1,000-$5,000 extra and 18 percent would pay even more. While gas and electric fireplaces are practical, the survey found that wood-burning fireplaces have the greatest appeal. About 60 percent of homeowners and home buyers throughout the country prefer the ambience of a wood-burning fireplace.

If you have the luxury of any type of fireplace, here are a few ways to make it extra cozy:

  • Start by having your fireplace and chimney serviced. The National Association of Home Builders recommends an inspection by a CSIA-certified chimney sweep once a year.
  • Arrange seating with the fireplace as the focal point. Add a few floor cushions or large  pillows to make it even more inviting.
  • For a rustic coziness, stack real logs in or next to a wood-burning fireplace (even if you don’t plan to burn them). Place a basket on the hearth to hold blankets, making it easy to curl up by the fire.

For help selling your home, or  buying a home with a fireplace please call, email or text anytime to get started.

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-   rachel@rachelsheller.com

View ALL available Houses on the market on my website.

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My business is referral based.
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5 Steps to a bedroom makeover

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Ready to refresh a bedroom in your home? Here are five steps to get the process headed in the right direction.

  1. Choose a color scheme. Don’t make this decision harder than it is. If you’re stuck on choosing a color, start with a neutral (such as gray, creamy white or taupe) and decide on one or two accents that can be easily changed as time goes on.
  2. Start sorting. Before you bring in anything new, you must get rid of the old. Donate current bedding, furniture and decorative items that cannot be recycled or refinished to fit the new decorating theme.
  3. Pick timeless pieces. For the big-ticket items like a comforter or dresser, choose pieces that will stand the test of time. Use smaller items like throw pillows to add color, texture and patterns.
  4. Change up the layout. While new furniture and a coat of paint can help change the feel of a room, a new layout can take it one step farther. Rearrange furnishings to give your room a fresh feel.
  5. Switch out light fixtures. If you have a floor lamp, add a chandelier. If you like to read at night, add some soft lighting over your bed. Look for warm lights and avoid fluorescent bulbs that will make your room feel sterile.

 

 

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,  Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, Earth Advantage Broker, MASTERS CIRCLE, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Washington First

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

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

Client Testimonial

Rachel was an amazing agent to us! She explained the entire process from start to finish before we even began searching for homes. She shows the the entire range of homes that fit your price and was able to beat out a competing buyer to get us our dream home! We will be using her for all real estate needs in the future! 5/5 stars life is good-house

SELLER and BUYER TESTIMONIAL 12-2017

“I always knew if I were ever to sell my home I would have Rachel do it. Her reputation precedes her!

Rachel knows her stuff. She knows who to call and how to get it done. You have questions Rachel gets answers. Dedicated and knowledgeable. And nice!!

She stuck with it and made it all work and was there with a shoulder to cry on if needed. And after all that found a perfect new home and literally made it happen. You won’t go wrong with Rachel. She gets the job done and becomes a friend in the process.

Love ya Rachel!”

-Martha Tidwell

Thank you Martha! It was my honor to work with you. I think your pretty awesome yourself.

Five Star award recipient 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 ALL available Houses on the market on my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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5 Steps To A Bedroom Makeover

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Ready to refresh a bedroom in your home? Here are five steps to get the process headed in the right direction.

  1. Choose a color scheme. Don’t make this decision harder than it is. If you’re stuck on choosing a color, start with a neutral (such as gray, creamy white or taupe) and decide on one or two accents that can be easily changed as time goes on.
  2. Start sorting. Before you bring in anything new, you must get rid of the old. Donate current bedding, furniture and decorative items that cannot be recycled or refinished to fit the new decorating theme.
  3. Pick timeless pieces. For the big-ticket items like a comforter or dresser, choose pieces that will stand the test of time. Use smaller items like throw pillows to add color, texture and patterns.
  4. Change up the layout. While new furniture and a coat of paint can help change the feel of a room, a new layout can take it one step farther. Rearrange furnishings to give your room a fresh feel.
  5. Switch out light fixtures. If you have a floor lamp, add a chandelier. If you like to read at night, add some soft lighting over your bed. Look for warm lights and avoid fluorescent bulbs that will make your room feel sterile.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

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

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

Direct: 503.380.9634, Email: homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available houses on the market on my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon

***I’M NEVER TOO BUSY FOR YOU AND YOUR REFERRALS***