Category Archives: Real Estate

Make a statement with your entryway

House entry

Make a statement with your entryway

The entryway can be easily overlooked when decorating your home, but the truth is it makes a lasting impression. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to make the most of this space.

Do …

  • Reflect your style. Choose an entryway table that speaks to the overall feel of your home — be it bold, minimalist or rustic. This sets the tone and gives your guests a great first impression.
  • Use the “rule of three.”Avoid cluttering this space with small decorations. Instead, choose up to three statement pieces such as a large mirror on the wall, a unique lamp and vase with long stems. Keeping this space sparse will make it look clean and welcoming.

Don’t …

  • Stash your stuff. A pile of mail and mismatched shoes shouldn’t be the first things your guests see. Add baskets for shoes, use a tray to catch mail, and tuck keys, sunglasses and other miscellaneous items into a drawer.
  • Ignore function. Add a bench with throw pillows for guests to sit while taking off their shoes and include a coat tree or wall hooks for bags and jackets. When entertaining, move the majority of your items to a nearby closet to give your guests priority.

Did you know I’m a staging agent? Many of my clients have already have heard me talk about the rule of one, three, five. It’s true. i speak about it above. For more information on that, or making your best impression before selling, please call, email, or text anytime.

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

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available Houses on the market on my website

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The real spin on ceiling fans

ceiling fans

The real spin on ceiling fans

Since the days before air conditioning, fans have been used to keep air moving and cool people down by evaporating sweat on the body. But studies have shown that ceiling fans can accomplish much more than that.

In addition to evaporative cooling, fans also aid in convective cooling – moving warm, humid air away and replacing it with drier, cooler air. That allows even more water to evaporate from the skin.

Comfort is a mix of temperature, humidity and air movement. If the air is too humid, then a fan is not going to cool you because there is less evaporation.

When it comes to fans, it seems bigger is better. Also, a slower-turning fan is more effective and can cool you while saving on power costs. The combination of a smart fan and a smart thermostat will offer the most energy efficiency.

If a ceiling fan makes you feel cooler, then you might be inclined to raise the setting on your thermostat. Raising your thermostat one degree can save you 3-5 percent on energy costs. The opposite is also true. By reversing the ceiling fan, you can blow warm air down and feel warmer without turning up your thermostat. I hope this has helped you in a small way. If you need real estate help, please call, email, or text anytime.

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

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View 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!

Last months real estate highlights

August Residential Highlights

The Portland metro area saw more mixed activity in August, but new listings were up compared with August 2017.

At 4,214 new listings outpaced August 2017 (4,048) by 4.1%, despite cooling 2.3% from the 4,312 new listings offered last month in July 2018.

Closed sales (2,967) increased 8.4% from last month in July 2018 (2,736) but ended 2.2% under the 3,034 closings recorded last year in August 2017.

Pending sales, at 2,760, were 10.2% cooler than August 2017 (3,072) and 10.1% cooler than July 2018 (3,071).

Inventory decreased slightly to 2.3 months in August. Total market time increased to 40 days in the same period.

There were 6,929 active residential listings on the market in the Portland metro region this August.

Average and Median Sale Prices

Comparing 2018 to 2017 through August of each year, the average sale price rose 5.9% from $429,000 to $454,500. In the same comparison, the median sale price rose 5.6% from $379,900 to $401,000.

Year to Date Summary

Activity so far in 2018 is mixed compared to 2017. New listings (30,721) are up 2.9%. Closed sales (20,572) are down 2.0% and pending sales (21,836) are down 2.1%

for your information. If you’d like to talk more about the current real estate market please call, email, or text anytime.

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

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View 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!

Home inspection is key to successful buying experience

Contractor

Home inspection is key to successful buying experience

The inspection is a key part of the home-buying process and one that can be intimidating, especially for first-time buyers.

By avoiding these common mistakes, buyers can help ensure that their home inspection proceeds smoothly.

  1. Cutting costs – Choosing an inspector based on the lowest fees could cost more in the long run. Ask your agent for recommendations.
  2. Not being present – Seeing for yourself is better than only reading a report. If you can’t be there in person, you might ask a trusted friend or relative to accompany your agent.
  3. Expecting perfection – Try not to overreact if the home has issues. Remain calm and deal with each repair accordingly.
  4. Not inspecting repairs – Once negotiated repairs have been completed, be sure to check the quality of the work.
  5. Forgoing the inspection – Even homes built within the past three years may have some problems that developed after the final walk-through.

For more information on this important step of the home buying process call, email, or text me anytime.

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

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View 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!

How to increase curb appeal

curb appeal

A buyer’s first impression sticks. Think about what attracts you to a property when looking at homes online and what is the first thing you notice when attending an open house. Prospective buyers are attracted by the home’s curb appeal. The National Association of Realtors® says that 63 percent of people will drive by a property they liked online to see how it looks in person.

Here are three basic tips to help you increase your home’s curb appeal:

1. Declutter your front yard and driveway.
Whether it’s keeping up with lawn maintenance, trimming bushes or picking up toys, a well-kept yard makes a positive impression on prospective buyers. If the front of your home is in disarray, buyers assume the interior will be as well.

2. Make decorative outdoor furniture a focal point.
Nothing says “welcome home” more than comfortable seating on a porch or patio. People who are considering moving to your neighborhood will sense that it’s a friendly, safe place to spend time relaxing outside.

3. Power wash your home’s exterior.
Remove any dirt, leaves, grime, or cobwebs to really make your home shine. Follow up by washing all of the windows, inside and out.

For more information on increasing your curb appeal, please call, email, or text Rachel.

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, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

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What is the appreciation in your location? Take a look!

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How does your area stack up? Keep in mind each City has many neighborhoods that are priced differently than the average. You can call me for a detailed estimated sale price for your home. Appreciation rates are in the positive numbers all across the board. West Portland may be a little sluggish on appreciation, but prices are generally higher in that location, so you can only increase so much….

Days on the market are looking good too. That is the time it takes to sell your home, on average. Even though we are in a sellers market still (but that is changing-more in another blog) you can still over price your home and it will sit on the market  longer, or worse, not sell at all.

This was a quick peek at the latest real estate numbers. For more information specific to you, please call, email, or text. I look forward to hearing from you!

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

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available Houses on the market go to my website.

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

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

 

 

 

4th Quarter real estate market projections…..

What’s on the horizon for the 4th quarter in 2018?

The housing forecast for the fourth quarter of 2018 is more of the same. Lower inventories of new and resale properties on the market continue to underserve the wants and needs of home buyers. And as this housing demand increases, it generates higher and higher home prices, according to GordCollins.com.

Recent data from the National Association of Realtors® suggests that mortgage interest rates could rise to 5 percent by the end of 2019.

Don’t be misled by the falling numbers of home sales in recent years. It’s the result of a shortage of available homes, not a lack of qualified home buyers. The real estate market in this country is strong and backed by a booming economy and robust job market.

For more information on our local market, or to jump in and get started call, email, or text me anytime.

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-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available Houses on the market go to my website.

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

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