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A Year Of Bold Interiors

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No matter which color experts you follow for your home interior inspiration, one thing they all have in common is bold, beautiful colors.

Pantone’s pick of regal Ultra Violet is meant to evoke creativity in your spaces while Benjamin Moore’s Caliente spices up the room with a confidence that cannot be ignored. A harmonious balance of rich blues and greens, marine-inspired Oceanside is the color of the year selected by Sherwin Williams.

The keys to using these colors are placement, pieces and pairings.

If you’re excited about painting these colors in broad strokes around your home, think about the placement. Choose interior doors, a powder room or an accent wall in the dining room.

If you want to embrace new color trends without the commitment of paint, throw pillows and rugs in one of this year’s colors are foolproof picks.

When pairing these bold colors, look to tone them down with rich, neutral colors. Remember opposites can attract, too. Use colors from opposing sides of the color wheel for an unusual but stylish combination.

It’s natural to shy away from these powerful hues, but there’s nothing to fear. These colors allow you to add personality to your spaces that your favorite neutrals just can’t offer.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

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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- rachel@rachelsheller.com

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Positive trends for first-time home buyers

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First-time buyers have had limited opportunities to purchase affordable housing over the past few years, but the inventory of resale properties has slowly been rising in recent months on a year-over-year basis, reports the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Continued growth in the job market along with rising salaries will also help first-time buyers qualify for affordable home mortgages.

“Rising interest rates coupled with increasing home prices are keeping first-time buyers out of the market, but consistent job gains could allow more Americans to enter the market with a steady and measurable rise in inventory,” says NAR’s chief economist.

The median age of first-time buyers was 32 years old for the third straight year. Not surprisingly, the majority of these buyers were married couples (54 percent), followed by single females (18 percent). The median income was $75,000 and the median purchase price of the home was $203,700.

For the steps to purchasing or more information on buying your first home please call, email, or text me.

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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

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5 Coolest And Quirkiest Houses In Portland, OR.

Portland Oregon has long been a city of quirky dive bars, unconventional personalities, and for just being flat out “weird.”

Many of the people have adopted this city’s cultural norm, as they pride themselves in being open minded and non-judgmental.

Some of those people have even decided to showcase the best of the cities weird personality by sprucing up their homes to match the character of the surrounding environment.

Being born and raised in Portland, OR by an unconventional family spending years going through back roads and side alleys, east side and west sides whether personally or professionally, these are some of the coolest homes I have ever come across.

There was no poll taken for this piece, this is simply one person’s opinion after years of home scouting and searching. Here are MY top five coolest and quirkiest houses that Portland has to offer.

  • LAURELHURST – THE PINK HOUSE

This house is one of my favorite houses of all time. Tucked away in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods you will ever see.

The Pink House has old Scottish architecture combined with 70’s flavor. I never thought you could make a pink house look tactful, but my hat’s off to these owners as they have done a fabulous job.

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  • LAURELHURST – THE MODERN HOUSE

This house seems to stick out like a sore thumb from it’s surrounding neighborhood. Such as incredibly modern design with such personality.

If you look closely, you can see the “cow family” on the balcony rails that provide this house with that much more personality.

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  • LAURELHURST – THE CASTLE HOUSE

This house exemplifies the creative talents Portland has to offer. Modern yet industrial, the castle house is the perfect example of one family’s willingness to say “why not.”

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  • SELLWOOD – THE EARTH HOUSE

This house is one of the more artsy and earthy houses that I have seen in the Portland Metro. With such grassroots designs, this house is the epitome of Portland’s organic culture.

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  • SW PORTLAND – THE YELLOW HOUSE

Possibly the most iconic, and most well-known house in Portland for being “quirky.”

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While there are many homes that were not mentioned on this posting that could have made the list, these were simply some of my favorites that I have seen over my long-time career as a real estate agent in the Portland market.

To say that these houses are “cool and quirky” could not be more of a compliment to the design and features of the home, as they perfectly exemplify the unconventional mindset that Portland has become so notorious for.

We all that one person in the friend group that is a little weird, and I think we can all agree that we find that one house in the neighborhood that is a little weird to be pretty cool.

We like to do things differently here in Portland, and that is exactly what these houses represent, a willingness to bring your original idea to life, to pursue your goals, and to not worry about what others will think of your decisions.

I hope you find this blog fun and entertaining and remember that “It’s A GOOD LIFE!”

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, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, Earth Advantage Broker, MASTERS CIRCLE, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Washington First

Direct 503.380.9634, Email- rachel@rachelsheller.com

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Tranquil and technicolor: Interior design trends for 2019

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Tranquil and technicolor: Interior design trends for 2019

This year, interior design is finding inspiration in wellness trends, plus throwing it back to the ’70s. Choose your look:

Intentional, sustainable design: Interior designers are leaning toward sustainability by using natural, reclaimed and upcycled materials. Look for rattan, linen and bamboo to be popular this year.

Houseplants continue to be trendy, and their health benefits appeal to wellness-conscious consumers. Wellness is also being reflected through calming, earthy colors such as terracotta, apricot and sage green.

“These are colors that ‘sit back,’ are soft and quietly composed,” says HomesToLove.com.au.

Bold, groovy style: In contrast to those soothing tones, you’ll also see vibrant, ’70s-inspired colors – think bright orange and yellow – in decorations and furniture. The rest of the primary color wheel is growing in popularity, too.

“From iridescent to full-out rainbow schemes, the technicolor palette has made major strides in recent years,” says Domino.com.

Curved couches and chairs are another ’70s throwback, says ElleDecor.com. According to TrendesignBook.com, bold floral prints on wallpaper as well as large geometric patterns for tile and statement ceilings will be popular choices this year, as a nod to the Art Deco era.

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, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, Earth Advantage Broker, MASTERS CIRCLE, 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

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Un-deck the halls, and clear the clutter

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Un-deck the halls, and clear the clutter

By exercising your decision-making skills, decluttering can actually increase your confidence and help you feel good about yourself, says PsychologyToday.com. Start off the new year by getting organized and you may be surprised at how empowering it feels.

  1. Schedule it. Set aside time to declutter and treat it like an appointment you can’t miss.
  2. Deal with mental clutter first. Put away your phone and other distractions. If you feel resistant to organizing, stop and write down your thoughts on paper. This may help you clear your mind and tackle the task at hand.
  3. Pick a small project. Limit yourself to one drawer or cabinet at a time. “Your resistance will always win if you expect yourself to do a large project all at once,” says com.
  4. Set a timer for 15 minutes. Sort as quickly as possible until the timer goes off. Put things into three piles: keep, maybe and donate. Seeing progress will motivate you to keep going.
  5. Get rid of the donate pile. Put it in your car or schedule a donation pickup ASAP. You’ll feel satisfied when you’ve completed the task, plus you can start enjoying that decluttered space right away.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, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, Earth Advantage Broker, MASTERS CIRCLE, 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

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    If you’ve enjoyed my service, please refer me!

How to re-energize after the holidays

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How to re-energize after the holidays

When the rush of the holidays comes to an end, fatigue can settle in as you try to adjust to your normal routine again. Here are a few small steps you can take to regain your energy and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Organize your desk.
It may seem like a small, menial task, but starting your week with a clean desk can do wonders for your productivity. Instead of feeling underwater in a sea of paperwork, having a clear workspace can reduce stress and encourage creativity.

Plan something.
Schedule a vacation, plan a party, or start a new project at work or at home. Having an event or a new challenge to look forward to helps you stay motivated and avoid the post-holiday slump.

Take care of yourself.
The holidays can take their toll on your mind and body, and the added stress often goes unaddressed. Take some time to exercise or do yoga, meditate, take a bath, or go to bed earlier than usual to help yourself reset.

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, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, Earth Advantage Broker, MASTERS CIRCLE, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Washington First

Direct 503.380.9634, Email- rachel@rachelsheller.com

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12 Home improvement goals to make this year

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12 Home improvement goals to make this year

Try to tackle one task each month to keep your home in great shape.

January: Change your HVAC filter.
Try to change your filter every 4-6 weeks to help your HVAC system run efficiently.

February: Wash the inside of your windows.
Use glass cleaner or distilled white vinegar on the glass. Dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water and dish soap to clean windowsills.

March: Change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Do this at least once each year and test smoke detectors monthly.

April: Inspect your indoor plumbing.
Check for dripping faucets, leaks under sinks and water spots on the ceiling. Hire a plumber if you find any issues.

May: Paint a room.
Use canvas drop cloths to protect your floors and inexpensive paper or plastic ones to cover furniture.

June: Examine your home’s exterior.
Look for cracks in the driveway, holes in the siding, and tree branches or roots that are too close to your home. Call a professional for anything that needs attention.

July: Wash the outside of your house.
Power washers can damage your siding, so use a siding cleaning kit attached to a regular garden hose instead.

August: Treat for pests.
Hire an exterminator to treat for termites, spiders and other pests. Consider setting up a monthly or quarterly contract.

September: Clean the gutters.
Clear out leaves and debris. Have a professional inspect the gutters and downspouts for damage.

October: Inspect the chimney.
Hire a chimney sweep to clean and inspect your chimney, even if you don’t use the fireplace often.

November: Get organized.
Clean out kitchen cabinets and organize overflowing closets to prepare for the holidays.

December: Deep clean the floors.
Shampoo carpets and give wood floors a good cleaning. Check for exposed nails or boards that need to be repaired.

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, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, Earth Advantage Broker, MASTERS CIRCLE, 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!