Category Archives: SW PORTLAND HOMES

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***

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$258,900 3 FULL MASTER SUITES-GORGEOUS FAIRVIEW TOWNHOME!

21540 NE Laurel Wood Ln Fairview, OR 97024 RMLS$ 17462524

This absolutely gorgeous town home is located in a highly desirable, prestigious gated community! This wonderful community has so many extras and amenities it feels like you are on vacation and living in a luxury resort year round…but without the cost!

This beauty has high ceilings, and lots of windows that flood the home with light making it feel bright, open and BIG! . This fabulous home features THREE FULL master suites, and two of them have walk in closets! Whats a find! On top of  that there is a  powder room on the main!  The kitchen is a treat! The kitchen has a jumbo pantry, ALL appliances included, and lots of counter space-All granite!  Just imagine your life living here in quality and luxury for a fraction of the price! Your gonna love this one! There are really too many extras in this home and the community to list here- See more information on my website or call, email, or text me!

  • 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***

FALL CLEANING! WHAT A CONCEPT! TAKE A LOOK!

 

You have all heard of spring cleaning, but what about Fall cleaning? Here are a few goods ideas to get you ready for the fall and winder months. Fall is here!

1. Clean and Reverse Fans. Your ceiling fans have been hard at work all summer so they may have gathered more dust than you realize. Turn your fans off, and clean the sides, tops and bottoms of the blades. Reverse your fans so the blades send air upward to disrupt the warm air that collects near the ceiling and disperse it downward. This is particularly effective in rooms with high or vaulted ceilings and rooms with stoves or fireplaces.

2. Clean Window Treatments. Use a cordless hand-held vacuum to remove dust from hanging window treatments. If you have hanging curtains, take them down for a gentle launder. While they’re down, clean your windows and sills thoroughly.

3. Vacuum and Clean Furniture. Vacuum your upholstered furniture, and spot-clean the big stains as needed. Always test an inconspicuous area of your couch before applying any cleaning agent to a main area.

4. Seal the Air Leaks. Check your windows and doors for damaged weather stripping and cracked caulking, and make repairs as needed.

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***

 

Things to do in Portland – October 2017

October

Haunted yard October 2 – 31, 2017

See Davis Graveyard in Milwaukie any day, or after dusk to see the lights, or wait for special effects Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. Free.

Haunted pub crawl October 3 – 31, 2017

The Haunted Pub Tour in Portland’s historic Old Tow District includes beer tastings at two historic pubs and stories about their resident ghosts

Authentic version: Phantom of the Opera October 5 – 15, 2017

Phantom is an adaptation with “characters more richly developed than in any other version” of the timeless story about a masked man and an opera singer set in 1890s Paris, at Brunish Theatre.

Brass band October 6, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

Hear the famous quintet American Brass Quintet at Winningstad Theatre.

Portland Marathon & Health Expo October 6 – 8, 2017

Friday and Saturday are registration and a free Sports and Fitness Expo at the Hilton Portland. Saturday is the kids’ run. Sunday is the famous Portland Marathon and half marathon.

Greek festival October 6 – 8, 2017

Portland Greek Festival has Greek food, crafts, music, and dance at NE 32nd Ave. & NE Glisan St. Free.

Weird film festival October 6 – 8, 2017

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival screens films containing literary horror and weird tales similar to the stories of H.P. Lovecraft, and offers panel discussions, author readings, gaming, and art at Hollywood Theatre.

Halloween cabaret October 6 – 15, 2017

Villains & Vixens is musical cabaret with new songs by your favorite villains from TV, movies, musicals, literature, and legends at The Headwaters Theater.

Haunted house: 13th Door October 6 – Nov. 4, 2017

The 13th Door Haunted House features “animated creatures and theatrical actors” at 3855 SW Murray Boulevard in Beaverton. See schedule.

Arts of India October 7, 2017 (7 p.m.)

Dance of the Hummingbirds is a creative collaboration combining traditional Indian dancers, a live orchestra, paintings, and poetry at Winningstad Theatre.

Cheese festival October 7, 2017

Taste artisan and farmstead cheese made in the Northwest and meet the 30 artisan makers at The Wedge at 100 SE Alder Street.

Hip car show October 7, 2017 (5 to 11 p.m.)

Hot Import Nights brings exotic cars, nightclub acts, DJ music, and foreign models to Portland Expo Center.

Ideas conference October 7, 2017

Hear 13 fascinating speakers talk about a variety of subjects at TEDxMtHood in the theater at President Theodore Roosevelt High School.

Halloween ball October 7, 2017

The Pacific Northwest Witches Ball promises an upscale evening of music, dance performances, a costume contest, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and vendors at Monarch Hotel and Conference Center in Clackamas for age 18+. Elegant costume required.

Obstacle race October 7, 2017

Overcome mud, fire, ropes, and barricades to complete the 3.12 mile Warrior Dash for a medal and T-shirt at Hornings Hideout in North Plains.

Bigfoot festival October 7, 2017 (12 to 6 p.m.)

Bigfoot Bash at Logtoberfest features country music, local craft beer, and Sasquatch stories in the heart of Sasquatch country at Wind Mountain Ranch in Home Valley, WA.

Hops festival in Hood River October 7, 2017 (12 to 8 p.m.)

Enjoy beer from 50 breweries, local cuisine, arts and crafts vendors, and live music at Hood River Hops Fest in Hood River. Kids OK until 5 p.m. No dogs.

Haunted house: Fright Town October 7 – 31, 2017

Get three scary attractions for one price at Fright Town, under Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the Rose Quarter. Closed Mon. and Tues. except Oct. 30 & 31.

Fashion show October 11 – 14, 2017

FashioNXT debuts spring & summer fashion-designer collections at NW Northrup St & NW 9th Ave. (exhibits and cocktails at 6 p.m., runway show at 8 p.m, meet-and-greet market hour at 9:15 p.m., and after party at 10 p.m.).

Ballet October 12 – 14, 2017

Oregon Ballet Theatre performs the world premiere of Rhapsody in Blue plus the audience favorite Never Stop Falling (in Love) at Keller Auditorium.

Home and garden show October 12 – 15, 2017

The Portland Fall Home Show fills the Portland Expo Center with home-improvement vendors, dining-room exhibits, garden displays, and thousands of plants. Repeats in February.

Unique beer festival October 14, 2017 (noon to 6 p.m.)

A ticket to Cider and Beer Pro/Am gets you samples of specialty beer made by professional brewers and amateur home brewers at District East for age 21+.

Tattoo expo October 13 – 15, 2017

Portland Tattoo Expo brings 300 of America’s best tattoo artists and vendors to Portland Expo Center.

Gem and mineral show October 13 – 15, 2017

See rocks, minerals, fossils, gems, and jewelry at Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show at Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro.

Hood River harvest festival October 13 – 15, 2017

Hood River Valley Harvest Fest has arts & crafts, a food court, cider, wine and beer tasting, produce, music, and a kids’ zone overlooking the Columbia.

Apple Tasting October 13 – 15 and 20 – 22, 2017

Taste and buy 60 kinds of apples and pears, visit a kids’ tent, see cider making, and hear live music at Apple Tasting at Portland Nursery on Stark St. Free.

Haunted attraction October 13 – 31, 2017

Clark County Scaregrounds has three haunted houses, a carnival with rides, and midway games at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, WA. Dates in 2017: Oct. 13-15, 19-22, 26-31.

Onion festival October 14, 2017

The Great Onion Festival includes onion-eating and rolling contests, entertainment, and food booths at Archer Glen Elementary in Sherwood. Free.

Obstacle challenge October 14, 2017

Oregon Army National Guard challenges you to get past 3.5 miles of obstacles in a two-person team at Storm the Castle Obstacle Challenge in Salem for age 16+. Free.

Vegetarian festival October 14 – 15, 2017

Portland VegFest offers free samples, films, cooking demonstrations, 100 exhibitors, speakers, and tasty food at the Oregon Convention Center.

Dance cruise October 14 & 21, 2017 (11 p.m.)

Enjoy two hours of views, a cash bar, and dance hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s on the Flashback Dance Cruise aboard Portland Spirit, departing from Waterfront Park for age 21+.

Artist open house October 14 – 15 and 21 – 22, 2017

Visit the studios of 96 Portland artists on the self-guided Portland Open Studios tour to see their work, techniques, and spaces.

Fruit show October 20 – 21, 2017

Taste hundreds of varieties of apples, pears, kiwi, and grapes plus exotic fruit sorbet at All About Fruit Show. Hear speakers, meet fruit experts, and even order custom grafted trees at the fairgrounds in Canby.

Arcade game expo October 20 – 22, 2017

Play 200 arcade games and watch tournaments at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE) in the Oregon Convention Center.

Beer week October 20 – 29, 2017

Killer Beer Week includes a diverse lineup of craft beer events throughout the Portland metro area.

All-American musical October 20 – Nov. 12, 2017

All Hands on Deck is a patriotic 1940s show featuring “classic commercials, tight harmonies, impromptu skits, and 42 of the greatest American songs ever written” at Mister Theater.

Pumpkin beer festival October 21, 2017

Killer Pumpkin Festival offers 40 pumpkin beers and cocktails, pumpkin bowling and smashing, and live street music at Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub.

Wine walk October 21, 2017 (2 to 5 p.m.)

A ticket to Wine Walk Lake Oswego gets you 8 tastes of wine, snacks, music, and art in local shops.

Pumpkin regatta festival October 21, 2017

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta is a race across the lake in giant pumpkins, plus a 5K run, pumpkin carving, music, entertainment, kids’ crafts, costume contest, and food & drink vendors in Tualatin. Free.

Barn Dance October 21, 2017

The Barn Dance has live music, line-dancing lessons, a pig-roast dinner, and cold beer at Oregon Garden in Silverton for ages 21+.

Gluten-free expo October 21 – 22, 2017

Sample and buy products from vendors at the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest at Portland Expo Center.

Holistic expo October 21 – 22, 2017

Body Mind Spirit Expo [sound on some PCs] has exhibits and presentations about alternative health and psychic power at Washington County Fair Complex.

Salmon weekend October 21 – 22, 2017

Watch salmon swim up the Sandy River to spawn and die where they were born during Salmon Homecoming at Oxbow Regional Park in Gresham. Talk to guides, visit the campfire, and have hot drinks while they last. No pets. Free except parking.

Downtown race October 22, 2017

Run Like Hell! includes a half marathon, 10K, and 5K, which all begin and end at Pioneer Courthouse Square and include an after-party.

Halloween at McMenamins October 22 – 31, 2017

McMenamins has live music, dancing, and costume contests at various locations. (Note that the Olympic Club & Anderson School are located in Washington.)

Halloween cruise October 27, 2017 (10:30 p.m.)

Rock the Boat is a costume dance party with DJ music, a cash bar, food for sale, and two hours of cruising the Willamette River, departing from Salmon Street Springs Fountain for age 21+.

Halloween dance party October 27, 2017 (9 p.m.)

Big music videos, colorful lights, and pounding music await you at the ’80s Video Dance Attack Halloween Party in McMenamins Crystal Ballroom for age 21+.

Haunted park October 27 – 28, 2017

Get tickets in advance for the scary West Linn Haunted Trail for age 8+ (7 to 10 p.m.) or the less scary Enchanted Trail for younger children (7 to 9 p.m.), outdoors at Mary S. Young Park.

Anime convention October 27 – 29, 2017

Kumoricon offers cosplay, gaming, dancing, panels, DJs, and karaoke at Oregon Convention Center.

Antique and collectibles show October 27 – 29, 2017 (Friday costs more)

Billed as America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show, this event has 1000 vendors selling furniture, movie memorabilia, glassware, estate jewelry, paintings, and toys at Portland Expo Center. Repeats in March & July.

Thriller dance October 28, 2017

Location uncertain. Practice dancing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in advance, and then show up (ghoulish costume optional) for Thrill the World Portland.

Halloween pub ride October 28, 2017

Join 45 costumed partiers on a Hell on Wheels bus ride by Shanghai Portland, with music and party lights to six bars with no cover charge for age 21+.

Racy party October 28, 2017

Portland Erotic Ball offers bands, costume contests, and over-the-top adult entertainment in McMenamins Crystal Ballroom. Costume required.

Halloween jazz party October 28, 2017 (9 p.m.)

The Midnight Serenaders Halloween Bash features the Midnight Serenaders plus the Libertine Belles at The Secret Society for age 21+.

Halloween orienteering October 28, 2017 (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Beginners and advanced orienteers are invited to Vampire Orienteering, where you navigate to locate “check points” while avoiding vampires at a tree farm south of Sherwood. Families and costumes welcome.

Howloween at the zoo October 28 – 29, 2017 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Kids 2 to 12 will enjoy scavenger hunts, goody bags, and activities like watching animals eat pumpkins during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo.

Halloween for kids October 29, 2017 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Not-So-Scary Halloween features trick-or-treat bag decorating, a pumpkin smash, spooky stories, glow-in-the-dark painting, a costume dance party, and trick-or-treating at Portland Children’s Museum.

Mushroom festival October 29, 2017

The Mushroom Festival has mushrooms on display and for sale, experts to answer questions, food, arts and crafts, music, hayrides, and kids’ activities at Mount Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene. No dogs.

Trick or treating October 31, 2017

Safe trick or treating for kids

  • Oct. 31 – Alberta Street – 3:30 to 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 31 – Cedar Hills Crossing – 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 31 – Multnomah Village – 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 31 – Oregon City – 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 31 – Tigard (Main Street) – 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 31 – Vancouver Mall – 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Gresham (Main Ave.) – 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Mississippi Avenue – 3 to 7 p.m.

1990s Halloween party October 31, 2017

Dance to music videos at the ‘90s Costume Dance Party in Lola’s Room at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom.

HAVE FUN!!

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***

Look Who’s Moving To Portland!

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Have you heard the news? Oregon was the top destination for people looking to move to Portland in 2016, according to United Van Lines. Our beautiful state offers great restaurants, culture, nearby access to the outdoors (beach and mountains), art and entertainment. It’s no surprise that everyone wants to move here!

There are three distinct groups of people that are moving to Oregon: Retirees that are interested in moving back to the area to be closer to their families and friends. The second group are the 20-30 somethings that are ready to buy homes, have kids and settle down. These are the young, hard working household’s that will contribute to a strong economic growth for our state. The third group are young, college educated immigrants from other countries. Portland has become a magnet for talented young professionals from around the world. What a wonderful place we live in!

If you’re interested in buying or selling please give me a call. I’m always here for you!

-Rachel

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***

 

5 Ways to add “curb appeal” value to your home

Curb appealHave you ever heard the old saying; “Your only get once chance to make a first impression?” Curb appeal is your first impression.  The very first thing potential buyers see when driving by is the front of the house. Usually, the first photo on line is the front of the house. Those are your first impressions and an opportunity to impress potential buyers. Curb appeal matters. Curb appeal really does add value to your home.  It ultimately translates to a higher sales price. Not sure where to start? Here are 5 quick and easy ideas to get you started.

For a detailed list on what to do on your property to get the best curb appeal to give you the best chance to get the very highest price possible (and seller faster) call me today! Here is your list…

1. Wash up — Power wash the exterior to remove dirt build-up and other debris. Clean off the roof and gutters, and don’t forget the windows. Wash them inside and out to keep natural light flowing freely throughout the home’s interior

2. Outside updates — Re-stain the deck or reseal the patio, if needed. Make sure fencing is in good condition.

3. Prune and trim — Highlight your yard by pruning all trees and other plants. Keep the lawn mowed and weed the garden beds. Add small potted plants to increase color and greenery. Consider hiring a professional if yard work is not your specialty.

4. Attention to detail — Keep your front door looking fresh with a new coat of paint, or consider replacing the door, if necessary. Make sure house numbers stand out and the doorbell works. Don’t forget the mailbox. It should be upright, secure and aesthetically pleasing.

5. Pop of color — Add interest with a new doormat or fill window boxes with bright flowers. Choose colors that complement your home’s exterior.

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***

HOT NEW LISTING! $299,000 3 bed, 2 bath, 2 car gar, fenced back yard, dog run

RMLS# 17475195~ Asking $299,000~ 1590 SW Kings Byway Troutdale, OR

WELCOME HOME to this absolutely darling 1 level home in a highly sought after neighborhood. This home features 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 sparkling clean bathrooms, lovely living room,  fabulous family room with cozy fireplace, large dining area, bright kitchen with all appliances included new SS dishwasher in 2017, master bedroom has its own bathroom and ceiling fans, durable laminate flooring, open floor plan, 2 car garage, newer roof, fenced back yard with wonderful and useful composite deck, and dog run all on a .17 Acre lot!  Move in ready! See more photos and additional info on my website. This really is a Treasure! You’ll love it!

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.

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  

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**