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Refreshing your deck doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive!

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Hanging out with your family or hosting friends on your old, dingy deck is not very appealing. Lucky for you, refreshing it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Try your hand at the makeover ideas below!

Restore your decking. Depending on the shape it’s in, sometimes all your deck needs is a little love. If it’s still fairly new, your deck might just need a deep cleaning and a new coat of sealant. There is a multitude of deck finishing and cleaning solutions on the market to choose from to achieve this. However, if it’s more worn down, the rejuvenation process may be a bit longer, including searching for larger repairs, tightening any hardware, giving it a good cleaning, applying a stain, sealant, and paint, and more.

Add lighting. Ambient lighting can completely transform your outside space into a relaxing, cozy oasis. Consider adding solar lights that don’t require a plugin or battery replacement. The lights turn on automatically when the sun sets, making your deck come alive. You can also consider paper lanterns, rope lights, mason jar lamps, or small twinkle lights, depending on the style and mood you’d like to set.

Build a privacy screen. Privacy screens come in all styles, shapes, and sizes. Consider purchasing and installing bamboo fencing or lattice panels for a quick and easy solution. Or, if you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can build a wooden frame and grow climbing plants or vines or stretch outdoor fabric in between. Whichever route you end up choosing, make sure you get the most out of your efforts by evaluating all lines sight before building.

Home Equity. Getting a home equity line of credit allows you to borrow money against the value of your home. You receive usually up to 80 percent of your home’s value, minus the amount of your loan.

Retirement Funds. Homeowners can consider pulling money from a 401K or IRA account, even though they aren’t specifically meant to cover a home renovation. This option might incur additional penalties or tax payments, but maybe worth it when making improvements that will benefit them financially in the long run.

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

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8 Things You Can Do Right Now to Boost Your Health

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The first step on any journey is always the hardest — and if you’re trying to get fit and healthy, that first step can feel like a huge one.

But you can crush that first step by making small changes to your lifestyle, starting with everyday behaviors.

“Being aware of your habits — and rethinking those habits — can help you curb the worst of your behaviors,” explained Susan Bloom M.D., assistant clinical professor of preventive medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York City, and author of “The Immune System Recovery Plan.”

Sometimes, it’s those small — yet consistent — changes that have the biggest bang for your buck.

Here are eight simple lifestyle tweaks that can help boost your health, fitness, and energy.

1. Get More Sleep

“The very first place to start is a good night’s sleep,” says Jarrod Spencer, Psy.D., sports psychologist at Mind of an athelte in Bethlehem, PA.

But anyone who has spent the night (or nights) counting sheep, staring at the ceiling, or tossing and turning knows that it’s easier said than done.

Before you turn to over-the-counter sleep aids, set yourself up for sleep success by optimizing your bedroom — like using light dimmers so you can adjust the level of lighting, getting the right pillow, and investing in a sound machine.

Getting enough sleep can impact your mood, mental clarity, your ability to lose weight, energy levels, and more, so it’s important to try to get enough sleep under your belt every night.

2. Stand More

Research estimates the average person spends more than half of their waking hours with bum in a chair.

But I exercise,” you may be thinking. That’s great! But you’re not off the hook.

Another study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that for every single hour spent sitting watching TV after age 25, your life expectancy is reduced by 21.8 minutes.

While it might not be realistic to quit your (desk) job, you can do things like getting a standing workstation, and mixing in frequent, short sessions of light physical activity (e.g., walking) throughout the day.

The American Council on Exercise suggests taking breaks every thirty to sixty minutes.

3. Exercise Where You Can

Even when you’re watching TV at home, you can designate commercials a mental cue to get off your butt and fit in a few minutes (usually just 90–120 seconds) of squats, push-ups, or jumping jacks.

This will not only help add to your total minutes of exercise each day but will also help you make better food choices during your TV watching. It’s harder to eat the rest of that bag of chips when you’re doing push-ups.

4. Down Some Joe

There was a time when coffee had a bad reputation; it was reportedly unhealthy and stunted your growth. But there’s emerging research pointing to a bevy of health benefits.

If you’re caffeine-averse, no worries: Studies show benefits extend to decaf, as well.

And here’s some really great news for those who want to boost your exercise performance with coffee: Studies show that caffeine can help you train longer and harder.

One downside to coffee? Adding cream, sugar, and other toppings can rack up the calories fast.

Cut back without giving your taste buds a shock by gradually decreasing the add-ins.

Swap the packets of white sugar with a touch of honey. Instead of cream, try 2% milk or a milk alternative like unsweetened almond milk.

5. Make Your Tea Green

Not a coffee drinker? Tea is also a healthy beverage, containing health-promoting substances such as polyphenols, catechins, and epicatechins, which research suggests have antioxidant-like properties.

If you’re already a tea drinker, focus on green tea.

Why? Although all teas – green, black, white, oolong – have health benefits, green is king.

“Hot or iced, it’s an excellent way to hydrate and boost anti-oxidant intake,” says registered dietitian and exercise physiologist Samantha Heller.

But beware of the pre-sweetened teas, which are very high in sugar content, she warns.

In green tea, the leaves are wilted and steamed, processed immediately after picking, which accounts for the difference in the final photochemical balance, and gives green tea its health-boosting catechins

To boost your tea benefits, use water that is near-boiling, and let the leaves steep for about two to three minutes — leaving them longer will release tannins and make the tea bitter.

6. Drink All The Water

Water is a great way to quench your thirst, but it’s also essential to many vital body process.

You’ve probably read or heard that you need to drink eight glasses of water a day. Turns out there’s no scientific evidence to support that — your daily water requirements vary depending on your age, gender, size, activity level, and other factors.

Use your body weight as a general guide to get you started. Drink your body weight, divided by two, in ounces.

So if you weigh 150 pounds — that would be 150 divided by 2, which equals 75. That’s 75 ounces of water you should be drinking every day.

Keep yourself hydrated and on track for your health goals by carrying a water bottle with you and refilling it throughout the day.

7. Time Your Pre-Workout Food Right

Fueling your workout with food can help you get the most out of your workout, and choosing the right food and timing are key.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, you’re better off eating one to three hours before your workout so that your stomach and muscles don’t compete for energy.

Of course, everyone is different, so you might have to play with the time frame to see what works best for you.

“I recommend eating [at least] an hour before your workout,” says New Jersey-based registered dietitian Amy Gorin. “The snack should have a combo of carbs and protein — the protein provides your body with amino acids [the building blocks of muscle], and the carbs will help you power you through your workout.”

Some good choices include a peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole-wheat bread; Greek yogurt with fresh berries; an apple spread with almond or peanut butter; or a handful of nuts and raisins.

8. Get to Know Portion Control and Meal Prep

It’s all too easy to shove a burger in your mouth when you’re we’re rushed, tired or stressed.

An easy way to prevent overeating or grabbing not-so-healthy meals is to plan out your meals and snacks for the week or day ahead.

No weighing out your food. No calorie counting. Just match the container to the food group and you’re done.

Another easy trick — downsize your dishes. “Using smaller plates can cut down on your total caloric consumption,” explains Anderson.

Research found that larger plates lead people to serve themselves more, eat more, and waste more food.

*Statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

BY: Sheryl raft and Kate Bayless

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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

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How to spot the next hot neighborhood

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Location, location, location
Location is one of the most important elements – if not the most important element – to consider in a home search. While it’s easy to find markets that are already buzzing, how can you spot up-and-coming neighborhoods?

Uptick in businesses
Take note when chic hotels, stylish boutiques and trendy restaurants begin to emerge in the surrounding areas. If a neighborhood is creating a higher demand for new venues, then its property values are likely to soar.

Fixer-upper potential
Neighborhoods that may be considered past their prime but offer unique architecture and structural integrity are prime real estate opportunities. Victorian, Tudor and Spanish-style older homes are popular, especially among millennials and first-time home buyers who are willing to invest in a home that requires a little extra love, attention and elbow grease.

Fast-selling properties
As homes begin to spend less and less time on the market, it’s a good sign that the neighborhood is increasing in popularity. Sometimes, it only takes a few buyers taking an interest in a neighborhood before other buyers take note and begin to see its potential for future growth.

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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

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To Repair Or Replace? That Is The Question.

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A creaking floorboard. A finicky toaster. Are these bothersome quirks serious enough to be replaced or can you get by with a simple repair?

Kitchen appliances Small appliances such as a toaster or coffee pot probably cost more to repair than replace. For dishwashers, ovens and other large appliances, consider replacing older models with energy-efficient new ones.

Exterior door If it’s leaking, drafty or made of poor-quality materials, replace it. You will save money on heating and cooling, which will pay for itself over time. Plus, replacing an older front door with a new one will increase not only the security of your property, but the curb appeal as well.

Old wooden flooring Depending on the condition of your wood floors, repairing and refinishing is more affordable than replacing – especially if you’re willing to do some or all of the work yourself. Keep in mind that it’s not always necessary to sand the floors down to the raw wood. It’s wise to consult a flooring contractor to find out just how much work the job will require.

Drafty windows Replace warped, poorly fitting windows with today’s energy-efficient styles. Your energy bills will shrink and your home’s value will increase with this popular upgrade.

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real estate professionals in Oregon. 
 

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

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Is There A “One-Size-Fits-All” Checklist For First-Time Buyers?

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Unfortunately, there isn’t one checklist to follow that meets all home buyers’ needs. However, here are some tips to help first-time buyers avoid making these five common mistakes.

1.     Choosing a home that’s too small. You may not be planning to have children when you buy your first house, but those plans could change in the next 3-5 years. A cozy two-bedroom bungalow tends to get very crowded after the second child arrives.

2.     Choosing a home that’s too large. A five-bedroom Victorian may feel luxurious, but owning such a spacious house before your family has grown into it can be costly. In addition, your tastes in housing styles may change over the years.

3.     Buying an underpriced property. You may stumble on a house that’s a great bargain: priced to sell fast. It may be because the owners need to move quickly and have priced their house below market value. However, there may be other reasons that the house is underpriced, which means you’ll have to deal with those issues whenever you sell.

4.     Investing in a fixer-upper. It’s tempting to buy a house with great potential and plan to rehab it yourself. Unless you really enjoy carpentry, plumbing and painting – and have lots of free time and cash on hand – you may find your dream home has morphed into a nightmarish money pit.

5.     Falling for the amenities. Maintaining lush landscaping, a huge vegetable garden, massive trees, a pool, and an oversized lot can easily steal all of your leisure time. As a new buyer, you may want to minimize the number of amenities you have to care for this time around.

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Consumers Call For Sustainable Home Construction

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Sustainability is the key word in new home construction. Rising energy costs, poor air quality and wasteful water usage are driving the consumer demand for greener houses, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Energy-efficiency measures: Buyers of new homes have come to expect high levels of insulation, efficient HVAC systems, high-performance windows, and energy-saving appliances and lighting.

Water conservation practices: Water-efficient fixtures and appliances, whole-house filtration systems, and low-maintenance landscaping are three ways to conserve this precious natural resource.

Material selections: Durable products that are as long-lasting as they are eco-friendly include high-performance engineered wood, wood alternatives, recycled building materials, and sustainably harvested lumber.

Air-quality considerations: The home’s indoor environment is enhanced by the choice of high-quality HVAC equipment, formaldehyde-free finishes and consumer products with low volatile organic compounds.

Site design measures: Incorporating green spaces and preserving healthy trees are positive ways to minimize disruption to the existing land.

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Why Some People Want To “unlawn” America

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Lush, green and freshly mowed, well-maintained lawns may be as American as democracy itself. Many homeowners view managing pristine yards as a way to respect their property and neighbors. However, due to droughts in recent years plus a growing interest in sustainable living, more people are looking to “unlawn” America. Here are a few reasons why:

1.     Lawns use large amounts of resources and chemicals. There are 40 million acres of manicured turf in the U.S. (more than any irrigated farm crop), and upkeep requires massive amounts of water, fertilizers, pesticides, and gasoline.

2.     Lawns alter natural landscapes and ecosystems. Most lawn grasses aren’t native to American soil, and yard maintenance requires killing off existing plants and limiting habitats for wildlife.

3.     Lawns can represent a decades-old tradition. According to BusinessInsider.com, Americans spend about $30 billion on lawn care each year. TheAtlantic.com puts it this way, “We spend our money and our resources and our time cultivating our carpets of green not just because we want to, but because we are expected to.”

Unlawning advocates promote non-traditional yards that are as attractive as they are eco-friendly. Some commercial and residential landscaping now features native plants, cultivated gardens or mowed paths through wild grasses, hoping to maintain properties that respect both nature and the neighbors.

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