Category Archives: Real Estate

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

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***

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Client Testimonial- Thank you Billie & Jim DeMaagd

“We have bought and sold homes all across the western United States. Rachel was our agent when we bought three years ago and then listed and sold our home three years later. Her knowledge of the market, contacts, and use of amazing listing techniques got us multiple full price offers in less than a week. You are never out of the loop or uninformed during the process. Rachel cares about you and walks you through every phase of the process. She’s set the bar pretty high for us and what we’ve come to expect in an agent.”

Thank you so much Jim & Billie. It has been my honor to help 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 a current list of 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!

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

View an accurate list of ALL available Houses on the market on my website


Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington  m

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

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

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

CLIENT TESTIMONIAL-Thank you Shyle!

I have worked with Rachel Sheller on four different home sales/purchases over the last five years. I recommend her regularly when someone tells me they are thinking of buying or selling their home. Of the people I have referred to Rachel, we have all had the same experience: 

Rachel is: 

  • Consistent- she follows through with what she says she will do and then goes above and beyond. She caught several mistakes made by other parties in my transaction and helped to get them corrected. 
  • Flexible- She regularly has gone out of her way to make things happen for me when I am on a tight schedule.
  • Communication- I hear horror stories of people working with agents that are bad about getting back to them. Rachel has a very short turn around when responding to my calls, emails, texts, She also is very detail oriented in how she walks people through each stage of buying and selling. Rachel is highly adaptable in her communication style… giving me lots of details when needed and only key bullet points when that’s what I requested. 
  • Customer service: Rachel is caring and understanding. The nature of real estate is amazingly stressful. Rachel is a pro and understands this. Her level of customer service is outstanding. 
  • Referrals: Rachel comes so highly recommended that she is able to work off of referrals and returning clients. She is ranked in the top of her field. If you work with her, you will understand why she has achieved the reputation she has. 

If you are considering buying or selling, I can’t recommend Rachel enough.

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

View an accurate list of ALL available Houses on the market on my website


Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington  m

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