Category Archives: Testimonials

FIREPLACES-warm, cozy and valuable

It’s hard to deny the charm of gathering around warm, flickering flames to read a book or share stories with your family. Fireplaces tend to evoke an emotional response from buyers and most people are willing to pay more to get one.

According to a survey from Angie’s List  approximately 25 percent of home buyers said

fireplace

they would pay up to $1,000 more for a fireplace, 35 percent would pay $1,000-$5,000 extra and 18 percent would pay even more. While gas and electric fireplaces are practical, the survey found that wood-burning fireplaces have the greatest appeal. About 60 percent of homeowners and home buyers throughout the country prefer the ambience of a wood-burning fireplace.

If you have the luxury of any type of fireplace, here are a few ways to make it extra cozy:

  • Start by having your fireplace and chimney serviced. The National Association of Home Builders recommends an inspection by a CSIA-certified chimney sweep once a year.
  • Arrange seating with the fireplace as the focal point. Add a few floor cushions or large  pillows to make it even more inviting.
  • For a rustic coziness, stack real logs in or next to a wood-burning fireplace (even if you don’t plan to burn them). Place a basket on the hearth to hold blankets, making it easy to curl up by the fire.

For help selling your home, or  buying a home with a fireplace please call, email or text anytime to get started.

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-   rachel@rachelsheller.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!

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Should you sell a home during the holidays?

Image result for christmas house

Traditionally, most sellers shy away from listing their homes in November or December. Some buyers, however, need to make a quick purchase before the end of the year due to a job transfer, estate settlement or other tax reasons. With very little competition in the marketplace, properties listed during the holiday season tend to sell more quickly and for a higher price.

If you’re worried about moving during the holidays, keep in mind that buyers often need to close by December 31, but they don’t necessarily need to take possession until January. That way both you and your buyers can enjoy one last holiday season in the old house before making the move.

Of course, the most pressing question is whether you should decorate your home for the holidays. Real estate professionals agree that homes show better with tasteful, festive decorations. Buyers can typically feel the warmth of the season and comfortably picture themselves living there. Be sensitive to different religions and use generic decorations that reflect a fall or winter theme.

Keep in mind the importance of curb appeal, and be sure there’s an attractive wreath on the front door to welcome buyers into their new home. Call me to learn more about selling during the Holidays and it’s benefits.

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-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View a current list of ALL available Houses on the market go to my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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

Pricing your home in a seller’s market

Pricing in seller market Fall 2018

The current economy, market demand and human emotion all factor into setting the right asking price for your home. In a strong seller’s market, it’s tempting to overprice your property to see what kind of offers you receive. On the other hand, some sellers prefer to set a below-market asking price, hoping to spark an emotional bidding war among buyers.

Here are some points to consider:

  • Not all seller’s markets are created equal. Discuss your asking price with a local Realtor® in order to gain more knowledge about resale properties in your neighborhood or subdivision.
  • Curb appeal is still an important factor. Attracting prospective buyers who drive by the properties for sale in your area is key to enhancing the emotional appeal of your home. A spotless interior will never be seen if the exterior is not in tip-top condition.
  • Interior decorating increases buyer desire. Even though buyers know that the furnishings don’t stay with the home, attractive interiors make the sale. On average, professionally staged homes sell 88 percent faster and for 20 percent more than non-staged homes, according to data from the National Association of Realtors®.

For more information on pricing your home correctly and getting reedy to list please 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,  Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, Earth Advantage Broker, MASTERS CIRCLE, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Washington First

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View a current list of ALL available Houses on the market go to my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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

Yummy Fall recipe for you

Novemebr recipie 2018

Enjoy!

Whether you’re buying or selling, I’m always ready to get cooking. With my preparation and attention to detail, I’ll get you the results you need.

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-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View a current list of ALL available Houses on the market go to my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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

 

Client testimonial

Being self-employed had many obstacles with trying to buy my first house. Rachel Sheller with Oregon First made my stress go away and focus on what’s most important. Finding the house that is going to fit my family best.  She was on top of every question, concern and any problem we faced. I would highly recommend Rachel to anyone, she is very good at what she does. She will do everything in her power to make sure you get what you need.  Thank you again Rachel, was a pleasure to work with you. Looking forward to my investment property next.

Thank you,

Chance Nelson

 

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

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available Houses on the market on my website.

 

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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

 

 

Typical Commute times to Portland from surrounding Cities

Portland proper is getting more  and more expensive to buy into. We have many surrounding ares that you might be interested in with short commute times into the City.  Portland and suburbs

This map shows the greater Portland Metro Area. It consists of several different cities (suburbs), which are all commutable to downtown Portland. This is a close approximation of travel times. For more information on buying in one of our wonderful Suburbs please call, email, or text me.

Suburb/City Average Non-Commute
Drive Time
Beaverton 12 minutes
Clackamas 18 minutes
Gresham 25 minutes
Happy Valley 15 minutes
Hillsboro 27 minutes
Lake Oswego 16 minutes
Newberg 47 minutes
North Portland 15 minutes
NE Portland 10 minutes
NW Portland 15 minutes
SE Portland 10-20 minutes
Sherwood 27 minutes
Tigard 18 minutes
Tualatin 20 minutes
West Hills 5 Minutes
West Linn 29 minutes
Wilsonville 23 minutes
Camas, Washington 29 minutes
Vancouver, Washington 13 minutes

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-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View a current list of ALL available Houses on the market go to my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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!