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How to pull off a neutral room

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How to pull off a neutral room

A neutral decorating scheme can create a beautiful, serene space. Neutrals are also flexible, making it easy to swap out pieces as you feel inspired. Consider these design tips to make the most of neutrals in any room.

Add warm hues. Wood accents are a great way to add warmth and keep a neutral room from feeling cold or sterile. Try displaying wood cutting boards or adding a natural wood shelf in the kitchen. Crate&Barrel designers suggest using a walnut mid-century bench as a coffee table to bring a unique element to your living space.

Choose contrasting textures. Layering tactile and visual textures is key to making a neutral room interesting, says Houzz.com. Plush rugs, exposed brick, concrete walls, faux-fur throw pillows, and textured artwork can add interest and depth to any room.

Lead the eye. Hang an abstract painting in soft neutrals to draw the eye upward, says Crate&Barrel. You could also consider adding a pop of color through a tall plant or an accent pillow with a bold pattern.

Use metal accents. Metals pop against a neutral backdrop. Choose metal light fixtures and drawer pulls, or display metallic kitchen utensils. ElleDecor.com predicts that copper and rose gold are fading out for 2019, so consider more natural-looking metals such as polished nickel and antique brass.

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A low home appraisal can stall mortgage approval

What happens when a buyer and seller agree on a price, but then the lender’s appraisal comes back lower than the agreed-upon amount? Until the financing is approved, the deal can fall through. This is why you see the words “Contract Pending” on the agent’s yard sign.

Approximately 10 percent of real estate agents report on a monthly basis that a low home appraisal negatively impacted a sale, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Here are some ways that sellers and buyers can protect themselves from a low appraisal.

Sellers

  • Before you list your property, pay to have an appraisal done. In a seller’s market where some buyers are making offers significantly above the listing price, sellers need to understand how critical the appraisal is to closing the deal.
  • Do your homework and use a qualified appraiser who has a membership designation such as SRA or MAI from the Appraisal Institute.
  • Be sure the appraiser is comparing your home to the latest data about homes just sold or under contract in your area. Also, highlight any improvements to your home or landscaping that may positively affect the selling price.

Buyers

  • Ask your lender to choose one name among 2 or 3 qualified appraisers that you recommend.
  • Meet with the appraiser when the inspection is being done, and ask questions about the process.
  • If you receive a low appraisal, follow up and ask questions. The appraiser or supervisor may have overlooked the newest information.

I anticipate this happening more in the future. For information on pricing your home, or buy strategically to do all possible to prevent appraisal woes, please call, email, or text me to talk more about it.

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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

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5 Places to use patterns and 2 places to avoid them

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Some people love them, some people hate them. But there’s always room for a little pattern in your home’s interior décor.

Use patterns

Towels and napkins
Small bits of fun prints can add character to a plain kitchen. Dish towels and cloth napkins are easy to switch out, making it simple to change colors in your kitchen. Don’t be afraid to try floral, stripe or geometric designs and rotate them regularly.

Outdoor furniture cushions
While your patio furniture should be sturdy and timeless, the cushions and pillows can be anything you like. Change them with the season or just because chartreuse is your new favorite color. Bold floral prints and bright colors work well outside.

Throw pillows
Throw pillows can take a living area from “blah” to “wow!” Pair pillows touting small prints with solid pillow partners. If you’re feeling extra edgy, a texture like fur or denim can add another dimension to your living room.

Kitchen backsplash
The backsplash can transform a kitchen. Try a bright, hammered copper or glass tiles to bring light and energy into the space. Have fun with this change by choosing a unique material that can be the room’s focal point.

Curtains
Curtains are a prime place to incorporate large, bold prints. Complement busy patterns in curtains with solid-color accessories in the same shades to avoid making the space look too busy.

Avoid patterns

All four walls
Too much of a print can make a room feel cluttered. Try accenting one wall with a bold pattern, because a room full of prints can be hard to look at and even harder to update.

Couches
A patterned couch is usually best left on the showroom floor. As an investment piece, couches should be more neutral than trendy. Most prints go out of style within two to three years, so don’t let the appeal of your couch expire that quickly.

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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Earth Advantage Broker, Oregon First, Realtors

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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!

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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

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***I’M ALWAYS HAPPY TO HELP YOU AND YOUR REFERRALS***

GORGEOUS GRESHAM HOME! $394,999 4 bed, 3 bath, 3 car garage, RV parking

     Welcome Home! This GORGEOUS traditional style home is in a highly sought after Gresham neighborhood, just steps to a wonderful Greenspace! This beauty features 4 big bedrooms, 3 sparkling clean bathrooms, jumbo 19 X 16 family room with cozy gas fireplace plus under stairs storage (your very own “Harry Potter” closet). Soaring vaulted ceilings throughout, bright and open floor plan. Updated kitchen with timeless granite counters, gas range top, lots of cupboard space, vaulted ceilings,  plus spacious eating bar and eating area. The master suite has a walk in closet, jetted tub, shower, vaulted ceilings, skylight, and double sinks! Soothing air conditioning, large 3 car garage, sizable RV parking, private, fenced low maintenance back yard, tool shed and comfortable covered back deck, AND an additional sitting patio.Powell Valley, Gordon Russell, and Sam Barlow School District.

127 SE Greenway Lane Gresham, OR

RMLS # 17232293 Asking $394,999

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-homesforyou@frontier.com

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Three things to consider before buying a townhome.

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Ready to downsize? Looking for a property that’s maintenance-free? A townhome might be for you. Here are points to consider before buying a townhome.

  • Are you ready to share a wall with a neighbor? This may be an unexpected point to consider, but if you’ve spent most of your homeownership years with a lot of space between your house and the neighbors, it’s something to discuss.
  • What are your outside space expectations? Many townhomes will feature decks, patios and/or small yards, but some will not. Think about how much you spend your leisure time outside, and whether the townhome complex has green space or nearby parks.
  • Do you like the idea of an HOA? Most townhomes will have a homeowners association. For a monthly or annual fee you will receive benefits such as lawn care, a party room or clubhouse, workout center, and monitored security.

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-homesforyou@frontier.com

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The temperature is rising.. here are some tips on how to keep cool!

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Hot weather can drive up your energy bills, and an inefficient air conditioning unit can leave you sweaty and uncomfortable. Here are some ways to keep your home cool and save money in the process.

Close your blinds.
According to The Family Handyman, around 30 percent of heat comes in through your windows. By closing your blinds and drawing the curtains you can keep unwanted heat out.

Grill your food.
Avoid using the oven and stove. Clear skies allow you to fire up the grill and get more use out of outdoor furniture.

Switch to CFLs.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) cut lighting costs as well as cooling costs. They give off very little heat, and when your house feels uncomfortably warm, every small improvement helps. 

Allow air flow.
Keep interior doors open to let air flow freely between rooms, which helps regulate the cool air. Open windows in the evening to bring the cool breeze in.

 

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct-503.380.9634, Email-homesforyou@frontier.com

See ALL available houses at my website!

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***I’M NEVER TOO BUSY FOR YOU AND YOUR REFERRALS***