Treating your pet to an eco-friendly lifestyle

Image result for dog treats

We all want to live more sustainably, but have you considered how much waste your pet supplies produce? Here are some ways to provide for your furry companion, without compromising your environmental values.

Buy eco-friendly products: While most pet products are made of plastic or contain plastic in some way, there are a few companies leading the charge for sustainability. Earth Rated sells vegetable-based, compostable waste bags for dogs. Wigglywoos creates eco-friendly, vegan options for leashes, collars and harnesses. Purina offers Yesterday’s News, a cat litter made from recycled paper. Another simple way to be more sustainable is to buy your pet’s food in bulk. It costs more upfront, but buying in bulk means fewer plastic bags and generally saves you money over time.

Make your own: A great way to cut down on plastic packaging from pet supplies is to make your own. You can make dog treats out of flour, peanut butter, bananas, and chicken stock, or shred old newspapers for your cat’s litter. If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can make your pet’s food from raw meat and eggs, bone meal, and vegetables. By doing your research and getting creative, you’ll feel confident that your dog or cat is getting the best meal for its nutritional needs.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2020 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.  

Rachel Sheller, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, Earth Advantage Broker,

MASTERS CIRCLE, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First- Principal Broker, Washington First-Managing Broker

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!

7 Ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Image result for st patrick's day 2020

While many people think of St. Patrick’s Day as the holiday of green beer, here are seven family-friendly ways to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint.

1.     Enjoy a local parade. Get the family together to watch marching bands, bagpipes and Irish step dancers in your area.

2.     Turn your food green. Dye your pancakes green, make cupcakes with green frosting or enjoy a mint milkshake as a festive treat.

3.     Eat traditional Irish food. Corned beef and cabbage or Reuben sandwiches are popular restaurant specials, or try making shepherd’s pie or Irish boxty at home.

4.     Enjoy an Irish beverage. Ireland has more to offer than Guinness and Jameson. Warm up with a cup of Barry’s or Lyons tea and top it off with a splash of milk.

5.     Listen to Irish music. Traditional Celtic music is standard fare. Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys are two Irish-American punk bands if you want a change of pace.

6.     Find a green landmark. Iconic sites around the world light up green for St. Patrick’s Day, making for a festive selfie backdrop.

7.     Watch the Chicago River turn green. Since 1962, the city has dyed the river by using an environmentally friendly powder that turns bright green when it hits the water. If you want to witness the transformation, be there on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2020 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.  

Rachel Sheller, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, Earth Advantage Broker,

MASTERS CIRCLE, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First- Principal Broker, Washington First-Managing Broker

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!

Spring cleaning checklist

Image result for spring cleaning

As the weather begins to warm up, now’s the time to let your house breathe and do some spring cleaning. Set aside a day or a weekend to tackle your entire living space so you can freshen up your home without dragging out the process. Use this list to organize your cleaning room by room.

Kitchen:

·         Wipe down cabinets.

·         Clean windows.

·         Deep clean stovetop, oven and microwave.

·         Clean out fridge and pantry. Remove everything from the shelves and wipe down inside. As you return items, throw away any expired food, as well as spices that have been open longer than a year.

·         Remove everything from countertops and thoroughly scrub counters and backsplash.

·         Sweep and mop floors.

Living Room:

·         Clean out fireplace.

·         Dust ceiling fans, furniture and electronics.

·         Wash or vacuum window treatments.

·         Clean windows.

·         Freshen couches and chairs. Vacuum and use upholstery cleaner where needed. Rotate the placement of couch cushions.

·         Wipe down baseboards and crown molding.

·         Vacuum and steam clean carpets.

Bedroom:

·         Remove all bedding and sort into five piles: mattress pads, fitted sheets, flat sheets, blankets, and comforters. Wash in that order so you can make the beds as each load is completed.

·         Wash or vacuum window treatments.

·         Clean mirrors and windows.

·         Dust furniture with microfiber cloths.

·         Wipe down baseboards and crown molding.

·         Vacuum and steam clean carpets.

Bathroom:

·         Spray surfaces of tubs, showers and toilets with a heavy-duty cleaner, then allow to soak while you finish the next three items on the bathroom checklist. Return to rinse surfaces before completing the fifth item.

·         Clean mirrors, windows and sinks.

·         Wipe down walls.

·         Clean baseboards and vacuum or mop floors.

·         Wash towels and throw rugs.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2020 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.  

Rachel Sheller, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, Earth Advantage Broker,

MASTERS CIRCLE, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First- Principal Broker, Washington First-Managing Broker

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!

Seller and Buyer review of Rachel Sheller

“When we decided to find a new home that we could retire to and “age in place”, we contacted Rachel Sheller.  At first we were only mulling over when and what we were thinking.  This took us a couple of years at least before we were ready to actually make the move, but Rachel was patient.

We developed a pretty long list of what we were looking for in a new home, and decided that we would find the new home, get it ready, move, prepare the old place for resale, and then put it on the market in that order.  This whole process took abut a year, but Rachel was ready to assist us at each stage.

Her knowledge of the market and legal processes was a great help in keeping us informed and preparing us for each step.  Our repeated rejection of several houses didn’t phase her in the least.  She was able to take each house rejected and use that information to refine the search for the right house.  And of course we did find that house.

Rachel had many good contacts for the professional help that we needed in inspecting the new house, arranging repairs on the old house and guiding us through the loan approval process and closing.  We certainly would recommend her for anyone who is looking to find a new home.  Her integrity, and knowledge of the local housing market along with her contacts basically provided a good clean transition into our new living arrangements.”

Thank you so much Herb & Ruth for the wonderful Testimonial about what it was like working with me. The real honor is mine to be able to help you find your dream home you can age in place in.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2020 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.

Rachel Sheller- Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES,Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, Earth Advantage Broker, MASTERS CIRCLE-Diamond-Platinum, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First-Principal Broker, Washington First-Managing Broker

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!

Updates in Interior Design

Image result for modern farmhouse

If your farmhouse decor is beginning to feel a bit dated, here are some ways to transform your interior design from rustic to modern.

The new “farmhouse industrial” style combines whitewashed woods, distressed finishes and modern metals, according to PotteryBarn.com. Comfortable, casual and inviting are the three words that best describe this updated look. In addition to wrought iron, galvanized metal and black accent pieces, including a pop of dark red accessories creates a cozy and family-friendly living space.

Houzz.com offers these tips for modernizing a farmhouse kitchen. Charcoal-colored grout adds dimension to white subway tiles. Quartz countertops that resemble the designs in Italian Calacatta marble give a fresh and light appearance. Try adding a matte black faucet or antique bronze pendant lights to draw attention to the industrial look.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2020 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.  

Rachel Sheller, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, Earth Advantage Broker,

MASTERS CIRCLE, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First- Principal Broker, Washington First-Managing Broker

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!

A Look Inside the Crystal Ball

Image result for crystal ball

Here are three predictions about the housing market, according to the Home Price Expectations Survey compiled by the research firm Pulsenomics.

·         “Our most optimistic group of experts expects 31.2% cumulative home value appreciation through 2024, while our most pessimistic group expects a cumulative gain of just 7.8% over the same period,” reports Pulsenomics. The discrepancy among real estate experts is likely because this past decade has been unusual and therefore not a good predictor of what the future may hold. Is this lengthy seller’s market the new normal, or will the housing market eventually return to its historic patterns?

·         Members of Generation Z (today’s young adults under the age of 24) are expected to exceed the homeownership rate of millennials when they reach ages 35 to 44.

·         A significant number of those polled in the survey say younger millennials along with the Gen Z demographic may have an easier time qualifying for their first home purchase because housing values are predicted to even out, causing the required income-to-mortgage ratio to decline.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2020 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.  

Rachel Sheller, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, Earth Advantage Broker,

MASTERS CIRCLE, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First- Principal Broker, Washington First-Managing Broker

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!

Common Mistakes Buyers Make

Image result for mistakes

Here are two mistakes buyers often make when shopping for a home, according to Realtor.com®.

Not sticking to a budget
Once you’ve set a housing budget, try to avoid getting emotionally attached to a home that’s way out of your price range. Borrowing more than you can comfortably afford can lead to long-term financial problems. One rule of thumb says that your total monthly mortgage plus other debts (car payments, student loans, credit cards, etc.) should not exceed 43% of your pretax earnings.

Not comparing lenders
You can save money both in the short-term (closing costs) and long-term (interest rates) by shopping around before committing to a mortgage. You may want to begin with your own bank, but check with other banks, mortgage brokers or online lenders as well.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2020 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.  

Rachel Sheller, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, Earth Advantage Broker,

MASTERS CIRCLE, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First- Principal Broker, Washington First-Managing Broker

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!