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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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Modern Or Contemporary: What’s The Difference?

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Your friends may describe a home as “modern” or “contemporary,” but what do they really mean? According to REALTOR® Magazine, here’s how these two styles differ.

Modern: This style of house focuses on straight lines and limited details. Honesty and simplicity are characteristics of modern architecture. Here are some other traits:
• rectangular exteriors with flat roofs
• open floor plans
• changes in elevation (such as split levels)
• monochromatic color palettes
• limited decorations

Contemporary: This style of house may combine traits from several design styles, ranging from traditional to modern. Contemporary architecture is constantly evolving, characterized by the following:
• curves or sweeping lines
• asymmetrical shapes
• mixed materials – wood, stone and brick
• a combination of indoor-outdoor spaces
• large windows and skylights

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How To Prevent Mold In Your New Home

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As the seasons change, spring cleaning is an excellent time to address any places in your home that could be breeding grounds for mold. It’s important to keep potential problem-areas dry, eliminate anything that blocks airflow, and keep exterior doors and windows shut when running the air conditioner.

Mold thrives in humidity, so thoroughly check for dampness near sump pumps, basement doors, windows, and hot water tanks. Moving furniture away from registers allows air to circulate and helps eliminate condensation. Standing water is a major offender, so be sure to check drip pans under your refrigerator and your AC unit, and dry up any puddles before they become a problem.

If your home is prone to high humidity, consider investing in a dehumidifier. You can purchase a whole-house dehumidifier or portable ones for specific rooms. If possible, vent bathrooms to the outside to reduce humidity from hot showers. If you suspect mold in your home but haven’t found the source or need help removing it, contact a qualified professional to help you solve the problem.


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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

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Home Staging: Buyers Want To See Your Home At Its Best

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A 2018 survey from Home Staging Resource found that 85 percent of staged homes sold for 6-25 percent more than homes in the same market that weren’t staged. According to the National Association of Realtors®, the three most commonly staged areas are the living room (83 percent), kitchen (76 percent) and master bedroom (69 percent).

Consider these home-staging tips.

Living room: To eliminate dark shadows and enhance the decor, brighten up the room with chic lamps. Remove oversized furniture and arrange the rest in conversational groupings. When it comes to accessories, go for symmetry, which is most pleasing to the eye.

Kitchen: Clear everything off the countertops except for a pretty bowl of fruit or another decorative item. Pare down the dishes, utensils and appliances in your cabinets and drawers to make these storage areas look bigger. Scrub dirt, grime and stains from walls, cabinets, backsplashes, and floors. Clean and organize the pantry. Store trash cans in the garage.

Master bedroom: Consider replacing a king bed with a queen or full size to increase the available floor space. Pack up more than half of the clothes in the closets and then place remaining items on matching hangers. Store jewelry and other valuables in a safe spot. Be sure an attractive, neutral-colored comforter is the focal point of the room.

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Transform Your Yard Into An Edible Landscape

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Lawns take up three times as much space as cornfields in the U.S., according to a study from NASA. All that real estate, plus the water and fertilizer required to maintain pristine yards, means that Americans spend a massive amount of resources on a “crop” that no one eats.

Over the past decade, “edible landscapes” have grown in popularity as some designers and homeowners are looking to transform “sterile lawns” into spaces that are both beautiful and productive. These re-imagined landscapes can range from small raised beds to full-yard takeovers, and they often include native perennials, fruit trees, herbs, and other food-producing plants.

It has been said that edible landscapes can have many benefits including producing fresh food for your family and community, increasing biodiversity, saving natural resources, and using less fertilizer.

Companies that offer edible landscaping often provide design, installation and maintenance services, plus many offer workshops or one-on-one mentoring so you can learn how to care for your new yard. These organizations often work with homeowners associations to make sure lawns are both productive and aesthetically pleasing.

If you’re interested in creating your own edible landscape, here are some of the best plants to consider:

·         Perennial herbs: Try sage, lavender, rosemary, oregano, mint, or thyme, which tend to attract fewer animals than annuals and biennials such as parsley, basil and cilantro.

·         Peppers and beans: Animals are most interested in the leaves of these plants, and taking a few precautions can limit any damage to the produce itself.

·         Edible flowers: While a fun, surprising addition to any salad, make sure you’re careful about what products you use to feed and spray your edible flowers.

·         Eggplant and artichokes: These are both beautiful and nutritious additions to your landscape and most animals will leave them alone thanks to their prickly leaves.

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

Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634

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How To Prevent Mold In Your Home

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As the seasons change, spring cleaning is an excellent time to address any places in your home that could be breeding grounds for mold. It’s important to keep potential problem-areas dry, eliminate anything that blocks airflow, and keep exterior doors and windows shut when running the air conditioner.

Mold thrives in humidity, so thoroughly check for dampness near sump pumps, basement doors, windows, and hot water tanks. Moving furniture away from registers allows air to circulate and helps eliminate condensation. Standing water is a major offender, so be sure to check drip pans under your refrigerator and your AC unit, and dry up any puddles before they become a problem.

If your home is prone to high humidity, consider investing in a dehumidifier. You can purchase a whole-house dehumidifier or portable ones for specific rooms. If possible, vent bathrooms to the outside to reduce humidity from hot showers. If you suspect mold in your home but haven’t found the source or need help removing it, contact a qualified professional to help you solve the problem.

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

Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634

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5 Ways to use Pantone’s Color of the Year

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For the past 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced interior design, fashion and other creative industries. This year’s color is called Living Coral, an orange-pink hue that symbolizes optimism and lightheartedness.

Try one of these ideas for using Living Coral in your home:

Paint your front door. Experts say a colorful door boosts curb appeal, plus it’s a chic, inviting way to welcome your friends and family.

Style a nursery. Bright but calming, Living Coral makes a cheery addition to a nursery. Try pairing it with light pink, deep blue or eucalyptus green.

Use it as an accent. Energize your living room with a throw blanket or a few decorative pillows, or make your entryway pop with a new piece of art.

Warm up the kitchen. The director of design at Master Brand Cabinets says this hue “breathes life” into kitchens. Try painting the kitchen island, an accent wall or the inside of glass-front cabinetry in Living Coral.

Go bold. Living Coral can be the “star of the room,” says House Beautiful. Try painting built-in shelves, or make a coral couch or chair the focal point. Tone it down by adding neutral colors and pieces made of wood, brass or marble.

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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, Realtors

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