Category Archives: N Portland Homes for sale

What’s happening right now in our real estate market! Have you felt it?

MONTHS OF INVENTORY 8-16-17

Have you felt it? Real Estate is slowing down a bit. Its been almost a year since we have had 2 months of inventory on the market. This is not a bad thing. Actually, its a necessary market correction. We always have a cool down of the market in September after schools starts, but this year we started a little earlier, but on top of that we have correction on the heels of the annual change in the market. You’ve probably noticed many “price reduced” signs on properties for sale. We are still in a strong sellers market, but in order to get top price for your home staging and pre-listing preparations are the key(call me!~ I’m a “stager” at no additional cost to you-it’s part of my services). If you are purchasing a property this is the time you have been waiting for. There are more properties on the market to choose from.

Below are some current stats hot off the press!

  1. The Portland metro real estate activity  for pending sales, at 3,040, fell 7.9%  short of the 3,302 offers accepted last year in July 2016 and 6.6% short of the 3,254 offers accepted last month in June 2017.
  2. New listings (4,202) showed a 3.9% decrease compared to July 2016 (4,372) and a 11.3% decrease compared to June 2017 (4,739). Total market time decreased
    by five days in July, ending at 33 days. In the same period, inventory crawled up to 2.1 months.
  3. Average and Median Sale Prices Prices continue to rise in the Portland metro area. Comparing 2017 to 2016 through July, the average sale price rose 9.3% from
    $391,600 to $428,000. In the same comparison, the median sale price rose 11.2% from $340,000 to $378,000

On top of these great stats (yes, they are great numbers! We are one of the very strongest markets in the Nation, despite out slight cool down), the interest rates are still very low, making it affordable to get a loan and buy relatively inexpensively.

That’s the latest and greatest in our fabulous real estate market! If you want to jump in, CALL ME! I can help! Lets talk about all your options! You might be suprised at how many you have.

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, Licensed in the State of Oregon,

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 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

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

    My business is primarily based around referrals
from my clients.  If you or someone you know is
thinking about buying or selling real estate,
please feel free to pass along my information
or just let me know!

Have you wondered how much houses are appreciating in value? How long it takes to sell? Look no further…read on!

MARKET APPRECIATION RATES 7-2017

Have you wondered how much houses are appreciating in value? How long it takes to sell? The handy chart will give you a quick view at the very latest real estate stats and time frames based on the past 12 months. This is a good frame of reference for different locations in our Portland-Metro areas. The above chart will show you

1.  the current time it takes, on average, to sell a home, or “Days on the market” (DOM).

2. the average sales price of all homes in a particular location

3. The average appreciation (increase in value) for homes in each area.

Take a look at Mt. Hood’s appreciation (increase in value) at a WHOPPING 23% appreciation in just the past 12 months. Each neighborhood is different and each house is unique. For more information on your property, or if you would like to talk about way to increase your properties value, please call email, or text me anytime.

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent

Oregon First, Realtors, Direct 503.380.9634,  Email- homesforyou@frontier.com

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

    My business is primarily based around referrals from my clients.  If you or someone you know is thinking about buying or selling real estate,
please feel free to pass along my information or just let me know!

GORGEOUS GRESHAM HOME! $394,999 4 bed, 3 bath, 3 car garage, RV parking

     Welcome Home! This GORGEOUS traditional style home is in a highly sought after Gresham neighborhood, just steps to a wonderful Greenspace! This beauty features 4 big bedrooms, 3 sparkling clean bathrooms, jumbo 19 X 16 family room with cozy gas fireplace plus under stairs storage (your very own “Harry Potter” closet). Soaring vaulted ceilings throughout, bright and open floor plan. Updated kitchen with timeless granite counters, gas range top, lots of cupboard space, vaulted ceilings,  plus spacious eating bar and eating area. The master suite has a walk in closet, jetted tub, shower, vaulted ceilings, skylight, and double sinks! Soothing air conditioning, large 3 car garage, sizable RV parking, private, fenced low maintenance back yard, tool shed and comfortable covered back deck, AND an additional sitting patio.Powell Valley, Gordon Russell, and Sam Barlow School District.

127 SE Greenway Lane Gresham, OR

RMLS # 17232293 Asking $394,999

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-homesforyou@frontier.com

See this home and ALL available homes on my website!

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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

The pros and cons of city living.

blog-d58The Pros and Cons of City Living

A home is partially what you make of the walls that surround you, but it’s also about the environment that surrounds your home. If you’re thinking about making a move to the city, consider these pros and cons before you start packing.

Pros:

Walkability and public transportation
City living can put you in walking distance to work, school, grocery stores, and other points of interest. What you can’t reach on foot is likely only a subway or bus ticket away. Skip car payments, insurance and gas by purchasing a public transit pass.

Availability of amenities
A new restaurant, theater or museum is always popping up in the city. Cultural experiences abound, and special events come and go frequently. Health and emergency services are also much closer and more readily available.

Professional and personal opportunities
A higher concentration of people naturally means a higher concentration of opportunities. There is likely more demand for your profession in the city, accompanied by a higher paycheck. Networking professionally or expanding your social circle personally are much easier to do in an urban area.

Cons:

Cost of living
Your dollar will not stretch as far in the city. You will pay more for less living space, pay for parking that is free outside the city, and may even experience sticker shock at the grocery store.

Crowds and noise
More people means more traffic, more noise and longer wait times at your favorite restaurant. Even if your home is in a quieter neighborhood, chances are still high you’ll be falling asleep to the sounds of horns honking, sirens blaring and people walking home late at night.

Limited outdoor living space
Private yards, patios and decks are more limited in cities than anywhere else. You may have to share outdoor condominium amenities with neighbors, or go to a public park to host a barbecue. If you have a pet, consider where you will have to walk it in all kinds of weather.

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-homesforyou@frontier.com

See ALL available homes at my website!

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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

Common home-buying pitfalls to avoid!

Ready-to-buy-a-homePurchasing a home can be exciting, challenging, scary, and confusing. There are several common pitfalls that trip up many home buyers. Knowing what they are can set you up for greater success.

Skipping pre-approval. 
Less extensive than prequalifying, your lender will take a deeper dive into your finances to pre-approve you for a loan. Checking the pre-approval box will give you a clear budget and be in your favor in a bidding war.

Making an emotional decision. 
Choosing your future home can be emotional. Remember, you’ve set a budget for a reason, so stick to it. Don’t skip the inspection or back down from reasonable demands just to land the home. Always have a backup plan, and try to keep your emotions in check until the deal is finalized.

Foregoing a Realtor®
The best way to find a home is with professional assistance. Realtors® will work to help you find the best deal on the best home available. It’s their job to know the market inside and out, and they will often have insight that isn’t publicly available. Choose a trusted real estate professional to make sure you avoid these and other common home-buying pitfalls.

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-homesforyou@frontier.com

See ALL available homes at my website!!

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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

Thank you so much for your testimonial, Eric!

“OK where should I begin

Rachel may have had thousands of clients in her career, but I think we could be put in the top 20 for most challenging clients and keeping her on her toes.
She was very patient and understanding when we had pulled offers on three separate homes. We were aware this takes time to prepare offers
and she is putting her reputation of many years on the line with our instant change of decisions.

In the end she really understood we needed to find the right home that felt comfortable for me and more important my wife…which is another story.

Rachel took charge on the small details that need to be covered and demonstrated she always has her clients best interest. One example is on our closing with a seller there were a  number of repairs that were not completed. Rachel took it upon herself and called the contractors to confirm the repairs would be made. she even went a step further and found one of her own contractors to replace a window that the seller told their realtor that it was in the process of being replace. Which was not the case, in my opinion the sellers Realtor should share some of her commission for what Rachel did to help with the repairs.

I have never recommended a realtor to someone, that is the truth but I keep Rachel’s card in my wallet to give to anyone looking for a relator that has a passion to please her clients.

Best Regards”

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-homesforyou@frontier.com

See ALL available homes at my website!!

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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

Got the travel bug?

travel

How to Travel on a Budget

Vacations don’t have to be out of reach. Follow these tips to travel on a budget.

Budget in advance.
Set aside money each month in a separate account ahead of time instead of planning to pay off your vacation expenses later.

Go during the off season.
Avoid traveling during holidays and school breaks to get better deals.

Talk to a travel agent.
Travel agents have connections and can help you access prices not available to the general public.

Set vacation priorities.
List your non-negotiable vacation priorities, such as destination and type of hotel. Also assess where you can save money, and then enjoy the expenses you budgeted for without feeling guilty.

 

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email- homesforyou@frontier.com

See ALL available homes at my website!!

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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