Category Archives: Real Estate

Have you wondered how much prices are increasing near you? Here are the latest numbers….

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Have you wondered the appreciation (increase in value) rates are in our city? What about the days on the market(how long it takes to sell)? What about the average sales price for your City? Take a look at the very latest numbers for your City. For more specific information on your neighborhood and home please call, email, or text me anytime.

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

Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634

Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

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

 

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CLIENT TESTIMONIAL FROM TIANNA

Thank you Ryan and Tianna for the opportunity to help you and the wonderful Testimonial!

Looking for the home of your dreams? Rachel is amazing!! When I heard about a friends experience buying their first home I knew I needed Rachel as my real estate agent! As a first time home buyer knowing little about the process, my boyfriend and I were nervous about all the little details. Rachel  educated and guided us through the entire buying process and provided helpful information to us in our first meeting. She’s very professional ,personable, and a go getter! We found our dream home within a few weeks with persistent searching. With the competitive market, we were nervous about making our offer. Rachel made sure to prepare our offer putting our best foot forward which ultimately got us the home! I couldn’t be happier with our entire experience and would recommend anyone looking to find their dream home to Rachel. -Tianna Maslowsku

 

 

5 Places to use patterns and 2 places to avoid them

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Some people love them, some people hate them. But there’s always room for a little pattern in your home’s interior décor.

Use patterns

Towels and napkins
Small bits of fun prints can add character to a plain kitchen. Dish towels and cloth napkins are easy to switch out, making it simple to change colors in your kitchen. Don’t be afraid to try floral, stripe or geometric designs and rotate them regularly.

Outdoor furniture cushions
While your patio furniture should be sturdy and timeless, the cushions and pillows can be anything you like. Change them with the season or just because chartreuse is your new favorite color. Bold floral prints and bright colors work well outside.

Throw pillows
Throw pillows can take a living area from “blah” to “wow!” Pair pillows touting small prints with solid pillow partners. If you’re feeling extra edgy, a texture like fur or denim can add another dimension to your living room.

Kitchen backsplash
The backsplash can transform a kitchen. Try a bright, hammered copper or glass tiles to bring light and energy into the space. Have fun with this change by choosing a unique material that can be the room’s focal point.

Curtains
Curtains are a prime place to incorporate large, bold prints. Complement busy patterns in curtains with solid-color accessories in the same shades to avoid making the space look too busy.

Avoid patterns

All four walls
Too much of a print can make a room feel cluttered. Try accenting one wall with a bold pattern, because a room full of prints can be hard to look at and even harder to update.

Couches
A patterned couch is usually best left on the showroom floor. As an investment piece, couches should be more neutral than trendy. Most prints go out of style within two to three years, so don’t let the appeal of your couch expire that quickly.

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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Earth Advantage Broker, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634

Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available houses on my website!

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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

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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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, Green Realtor, 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***

 

The Top Reasons Why People Move

American home owners sell and move, on average, every seven years. People who have lived in the same home for the past 30 years may have a hard time understanding all this moving! They are shocked that people move so often, but I know one thing for certain: Their day to sell will come eventually.

Here are the top reasons why people sell:

  • The home is too small. First-time home buyers often outgrow their “starter” homes. As family size increases many home owners feel like they need more space.
  • The neighborhood has changed.It’s hard for many people to stay in a neighborhood that has changed negatively over time. Difficult neighbors, crime and generally feeling unsafe will push people to move if they can afford it.
  • To fix overlooked needs. Owners might believe they made a mistake when purchasing their present home and want to rectify that mistake. Maybe they thought they could get by without a back yard but are now interested in gardening, or they didn’t think about needing a large dining room to host those game nights with friends.
  • Job transfer. Relocation makes it necessary for many to move. If the commuting distance exceeds an hour, most people would rather sell and mover closer to work to avoid sitting in traffic.
  • Death in the family. It’s a sad fact of life, but many people eventually end up selling their parents or grandparents home, after the passing of the family member. It’s also very common for homeowners to transfer title to a property into a trust to avoid probate proceedings. This allows the successor trustee to sell the property without court approval.
  • Personal relationships. Moving in with a partner or getting married can mean one of the parties will need to sell, especially if both owned homes prior to the commitment. On the other hand, break-ups cause owners to sell as well.
  • Empty nest.The kids have grown up and moved out. The owners want a single-story house, a smaller home or a smaller yard. Who wants to keep up all that? Downsizing a home is very popular among retirees.
  • Community living. Active-adult communities are attracting many buyers over the age of 55. These planned communities have golf courses, workout facilities, weekend social gatherings and more.
  • See family more often. Some people want to be closer to their family as they age and will move to be near relatives. Parents want to be near children. Grandparents, near their children and grandchildren.
  • See family less often. To put more distance between the home owners and relatives. Some might move out of state to keep harmony within the family. Sometimes distance is key.
  • Lifestyle change.Some people are looking to change their lifestyle and would prefer to travel or pursue a hobby. Many people past a certain age want to find a calling that is meaningful to them. For these people, home ownership loses its priority status and turns equity into cash for following their dreams.
  • Home improvement or flipping.A small segment of people enjoys fixing up a home and flipping it, changing homes every two years or so. Once the work is completed, it’s on to the next home!

If you’re thinking about moving please give a call! I’d love to help!

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 2011-2017 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

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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

Create a Calming Space in Your Home

Every home needs a space dedicated to relaxing and rejuvenating. Whether it’s a bedroom, a meditation room or just a corner of the basement, here are some ways to make that place your calming space.

Use calming colors. Decorate with cool tones and muted colors to allow your brain to relax. Avoid harsh colors or busy prints. Taupe, gray, lavender, blush pink, or nearly any shade of blue are all colors that calm our senses.

Minimize the noise. Keep technology to a minimum because bright screens strain your eyes and busy your mind. Make the space a phone-free zone so you can avoid interrupting alerts and buzzes. An ambient noise machine is a great noise substitute, allowing you to listen to the sounds of ocean waves or rainfall.

Maximize the comfort level. Make the area comfortable and cozy. Fill it with soft pillows and blankets to make this space luxurious and nap-friendly. (Oversized, faux fur pillows are trending.) Set the mood for relaxation with soft lights that make the room glow.

Soothe your senses. Use a candle warmer or oil diffuser to fill the room with mellow scents. Eucalyptus, lavender, cedar, and mint are all natural, soft smells that leave your space feeling clean and inviting. Candles are great for soft, flickering light and peaceful scents, but be sure to blow them out before leaving your calming space.

Thinking about selling? Call me, i can help! I can also offer more information on staging your home! I’m a CSA! Certified Staging Agent.

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 2011-2017 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

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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

HOW MUCH HAS YOUR PROPERTY INCREASED IN VALUE? LOOK HERE!

October appraisation values for areas

Here is a handy dandy little chart to show you how much in % (percentage) properties has increased in value (appreciated) on average in different Portland-Metro areas. Take a look at those numbers! Where else can you get even 6% return on your investment? And 6% is the lowest number on the appreciation chart.

Notice the days on the market; how long it takes to get an offer once your home is put up for sale. Not too shabby! We are seeing most homes, if they are priced fairly in the first place, sell between 1-3 months on average.

So with this quick and dirty little chart you can see that our real estate market is strong and viable. The real estate market in 2018 is expected to still be as robust and active but appreciation will slow slightly. I foresee the appreciation to hover around 3%-7% on an average next year. Still fabulous!

If you have thought about selling and would like to talk about YOUR properties increase in value, pre-listing steps, staging (this DOES get you more money), and all your options, time it takes (start to finish), and steps involved call, email, or text anytime. I’d love to hear from you!

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 2011-2017 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

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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