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Style Your Coffee Table Like A Pro

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A well-designed coffee table complements the rest of the room and creates an interesting visual story. Consider these tips to make your table look professionally styled:

·         Display decorative items in odd numbers (especially in groups of three) to create an effortless look. Add at least one tall item to draw the eye up, such as a vase with flowers or stems.

·         Aim for a cohesive, balanced design. For example, add a sculptural piece on top of a stack of books to keep them from looking too flat. Pull in colors from the rest of the room or pick items that are similar in shape. Try using a serving tray to tie your decor together.

·         Include one statement piece that sparks conversation or showcases your personality. This could be something you bought on a trip, an interesting antique, or an item in a color or texture that pops.

·         Keep functionality in mind by leaving enough space for drink glasses and snack plates. Add a decorative box or basket to catch remotes and other daily items.

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

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January 2019 Portland Real Estate Market Action Report-what to expect this year

January Residential Highlights

The Portland area saw an uptick of new listings to begin the year this January. There were 3,048 new listings, a 22.6% increase over January 2018 (2,486) and more than double the 1,255 new listings offered last month in December 2018. The prior January that had more listings was in 2011, when 3,128 were offered.

Pending sales, at 2,045, decreased 11.5% from January 2018 (2,311) but surged 27.9% ahead of the 1,599 offers that were accepted last month in December 2018.

Closed sales, at 1,451, ended 10.9% cooler than last year in January
2018 (1,628) and 21.4% cooler than last month in December 2018 (1,846).

Inventory rose to 3.3 months in January, with total market time rising
to 76 days.

Average and Median Sale Prices

Comparing the average price of homes sold in the twelve months ending January 31st of this year ($452,200) with the average price of homes in the twelve months ending January 2018 ($430,000) shows an increase of 5.2%. In the same comparison, the median has increased 5.3% from $380,000 to $400,000.

The market is seeing increased inventory and slower sale pending times. By some measures, housing and mortgage markets took a turn for the slowdown in 2018. 2019 will still be a good year to buy and sell.

If you are a seller you’ll need to price appropriately and realistically, plus make sure your home is in the best condition possible to compete for the current buyer pool. I can help you establish a realistic list price and give you a hierarchical list of things to do or not to do before listing. Your location, type of property, time fame, etc. all make a difference is determining your “pre-listing” steps. Did you know i’m a staging agent? That service is included complimentary for my clients. If your thinking of selling in the next couple years I would recommend taking a look at selling now.

If your a buyer this is the year time you have been waiting for. Many buyers have been struggling to get pre-qualified for a loan because of student loan debt or other situations. The interest rates are steady and inventory is the highest it’s been for a long time. There is much to choose from. Buying real estate is still one of the very best investments you can make. You have to live somewhere! You might as well reap the benefits of buying. Call me to go over the many benefits for you.

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2019 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

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- rachel@rachelsheller.com

View ALL available Houses on the market on my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

Email- rachel@rachelsheller.com

5 Ways to use Pantone’s Color of the Year

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For the past 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced interior design, fashion and other creative industries. This year’s color is called Living Coral, an orange-pink hue that symbolizes optimism and lightheartedness.

Try one of these ideas for using Living Coral in your home:

Paint your front door. Experts say a colorful door boosts curb appeal, plus it’s a chic, inviting way to welcome your friends and family.

Style a nursery. Bright but calming, Living Coral makes a cheery addition to a nursery. Try pairing it with light pink, deep blue or eucalyptus green.

Use it as an accent. Energize your living room with a throw blanket or a few decorative pillows, or make your entryway pop with a new piece of art.

Warm up the kitchen. The director of design at Master Brand Cabinets says this hue “breathes life” into kitchens. Try painting the kitchen island, an accent wall or the inside of glass-front cabinetry in Living Coral.

Go bold. Living Coral can be the “star of the room,” says House Beautiful. Try painting built-in shelves, or make a coral couch or chair the focal point. Tone it down by adding neutral colors and pieces made of wood, brass or marble.

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

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

Surviving a kitchen remodel

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Living in your home while renovating your kitchen comes with a certain level of chaos, but a little forethought can help you make it through.

Plan for simple meals and lots of takeout. Think sandwiches, soups and anything that can be grilled. If you’ll have access to a fridge, consider making and freezing meals that can be added to a slow cooker as needed. Factor takeout costs into your renovation budget and look for restaurants with daily deals such as kids eat free or two-for-one specials to help ease the financial strain.

Set up a temporary kitchen. Ideally, this will be away from the construction zone and close to a water source. Make sure the electrical outlets in your “kitchenette” can handle small appliances and a mini fridge, if possible. Plastic drawers on wheels work well for storing dishes, utensils and non-perishable food, and be sure to protect your temporary countertops from hot dishes.

Helpful items for your makeshift kitchen include: a microwave, coffee maker, electric teakettle, slow cooker (or Instant Pot), toaster oven, electric grill, cutting board, sharp knives, grilling tools, dish soap, scrub brushes, dish towels, a few spices, and a large tray to carry food to your eating area.

Control the mess. There will be days when you just need to use disposable plates and utensils, but relying on them too much creates a lot of waste. Try keeping only one place setting per family member, which will force you to wash dishes right away. If you’re rinsing plates in a bathtub or bathroom sink, catch stray food scraps with a drain strainer to prevent clogs.

Expect delays. It’s helpful to practice patience if or when the contractor encounters “unforeseen issues” after tearing out the old cabinets, your new stove arrives 10 days late or the plumber accidentally floods the adjoining laundry room.

Keep your sanity. Designate at least one room in your home that’s construction-free and tell your contractor, if necessary. Having a peaceful place to escape during renovations can help your family regain a sense of normalcy along the way.

Five Star award Winner 2011-2019 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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Weighing The Benefits and Risks Of Prefabricated Homes

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Prefabricated or prefab homes are gaining interest among some segments of the population. Made in a factory and assembled on site, these homes are far more stylish and accessible than most people expect. Of course, there are benefits and risks associated with prefab homes. Here are a few points to consider:

Cost
While prefab materials will likely cost less than a traditionally built house, the costs associated with the property could prove more expensive in some cases. Plumbing, excavation, foundation work, and electrical costs add up quickly. To save your hard-earned dollars, talk to your agent about property that already has some of these checked off the list.

Sustainability
Prefabricated homes are often considered more environmentally friendly than traditionally built homes. The construction process produces far less waste than a typical build and prefab homes are known to be more energy-efficient.

Availability
The costs and risks associated with purchasing and building a new prefabricated home may be dodged by purchasing one that has previously been owned. Ask your real estate agent for help locating resale prefab homes that can deliver on the cost and efficiency perks without the hassle of purchasing from the factory.

Style
As prefab homes become more popular, they are also becoming more fashionable. Interior spaces are designed intelligently and are typically less architecturally complex. Many have a sleek, modern feel and, as a bonus, are very sustainable and low-maintenance.

Quality
Many traditionally built homes contain materials which have been exposed to the elements. This means precipitation, temperature changes and humidity can all impact the quality of the materials. Because prefab housing materials are factory-made, they are protected until they are ready to assemble. On the flip side, many prospective home buyers view prefab homes to be of inferior quality, which can affect future resale potential.

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- rachel@rachelsheller.com

View ALL available Houses on the market on my website

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A Year Of Bold Interiors

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No matter which color experts you follow for your home interior inspiration, one thing they all have in common is bold, beautiful colors.

Pantone’s pick of regal Ultra Violet is meant to evoke creativity in your spaces while Benjamin Moore’s Caliente spices up the room with a confidence that cannot be ignored. A harmonious balance of rich blues and greens, marine-inspired Oceanside is the color of the year selected by Sherwin Williams.

The keys to using these colors are placement, pieces and pairings.

If you’re excited about painting these colors in broad strokes around your home, think about the placement. Choose interior doors, a powder room or an accent wall in the dining room.

If you want to embrace new color trends without the commitment of paint, throw pillows and rugs in one of this year’s colors are foolproof picks.

When pairing these bold colors, look to tone them down with rich, neutral colors. Remember opposites can attract, too. Use colors from opposing sides of the color wheel for an unusual but stylish combination.

It’s natural to shy away from these powerful hues, but there’s nothing to fear. These colors allow you to add personality to your spaces that your favorite neutrals just can’t offer.

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- rachel@rachelsheller.com

View ALL available Houses on the market on my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

Here is how to spot the next hot neighborhood

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Location, location, location
Location is one of the most important elements – if not the most important element – to consider in a home search. While it’s easy to find markets that are already buzzing, how can you spot up-and-coming neighborhoods?

Uptick in businesses
Take note when chic hotels, stylish boutiques and trendy restaurants begin to emerge in the surrounding areas. If a neighborhood is creating a higher demand for new venues, then its property values are likely to soar.

Fixer-upper potential
Neighborhoods that may be considered past their prime but offer unique architecture and structural integrity are prime real estate opportunities. Victorian, Tudor and Spanish-style older homes are popular, especially among millennials and first-time home buyers who are willing to invest in a home that requires a little extra love, attention and elbow grease.

Fast-selling properties
As homes begin to spend less and less time on the market, it’s a good sign that the neighborhood is increasing in popularity. Sometimes, it only takes a few buyers taking an interest in a neighborhood before other buyers take note and begin to see its potential for future growth.

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- rachel@rachelsheller.com

View ALL available Houses on the market on my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington