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RARE ONE OWNER HOME IN ONE OF GRESHAM’S FINEST NEIGHBORHOODS!

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Welcome Home! RARE, one owner home has been lovingly cared for and maintained since new! This gorgeous home features 4 spacious bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms (both full baths have been remodeled/updated), 2 oversized car garage with room for a good sized shop/work area, large living room with vaulted ceilings and cozy wood fireplace, fabulous 19 X 14 family room with another cozy fireplace, and wood wainscoting, plus big fenced, private backyard all situated in one of Gresham’s highly sought after neighborhoods. Sam Barlow School district.
Remodeled (In approx. 1999), bright, great room concept kitchen  includes all appliances, new neutral flooring, and vaulted ceilings. The expansive dining room also has vaulted ceilings and a slider to your gorgeous deck that overlooks your private, fenced back yard. AHS Home warranty included!
Move in ready and just waiting for you to can it HOME!! RMLS#15077480

YOUR HOME-FALL DECOR

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DECORATING FOR FALL

Can you believe that the first day of fall was September 23rd, 2015?

My goodness, time flies. Since fall is upon us, this might mean that your home is in need of some fall decor updates. Fall provides the opportunity to update your decor with deep bolder colors and unique accents. Below are some tips you might want to incorporate into your fall home decor:

  • Vintage Finds – try browsing your local thrift shop to find unique and often times, affordable goods. Not only can vintage finds add unique touches to your decor, it is also a great way to be eco-friendly because you are recycling old items as opposed to purchasing new ones.
  • Neutrals – neutral colors can add a warm and elegant look to any room. Try incorporating neutrals with a pop of color for contrast.
  • Warm Wood – warm wood can give your home a vintage and rustic feel. If you are looking for a rustic touch, try adding some wood accent to your decor.
  • Bold Accent Colors – try decorating with deep accent colors like yellows, blues and orange. When pairing neutral colors with these bold accents, it can give a room a burst of personality and charm.
  • Textures and Patterns – when done subtly, a bold texture and/or pattern can give a room tenacity without being overbearing. Try adding unique, contrasting, yet complimentary textures and patterns to your rooms to add a hint of creativity and personality.

Thanks you Mark Alto with Summit funding for this wonderful article.

for more information on staging your home and getting it ready to sell call, email, or text me anytime.

6 TIPS FOR BUYING IN A SELLER’S MARKET

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6 Tips for Buying in a Seller’s Market

In many regions across the U.S., it’s a tight market – inventory is low and demand is high. Our market in the Portland/Metro locations is no different. While this is great for sellers, it can be tough for buyers. But there are some steps you can take to increase your chance of getting the house you want without paying more than you should.

  1. Get pre-approved. Make sure your financial ducks are in a row and get a pre-qualification or pre-approval letter from a reputable lender. This will allow you to move fast when the right house comes along and show the seller that you’re a viable buyer who should be able to close quickly.
  2. Expand your search methods. Work with a real estate professional who will know about houses coming onto the market. See if family, friends or coworkers know of any houses coming up for sale and tell your REALTOR®.
  3. Separate needs from wants. In a competitive market, you’re going to have to compromise on something – location, amenities, home condition, etc. Know ahead of time what you must have and what you can let slide, so you don’t waste time deciding.
  4. Be flexible. Show that you are willing to move as quickly, or as slowly, as the seller wants. Some houses are being sold the week (or even the day) they are listed, so you need to be easy to work with.
  5. Sweeten the pot. Find something you can offer that will make the seller want to do business with you – offer more cash upfront, waive mortgage or inspection contingencies, or forego the seller-provided warranty. Make it a good deal from the seller’s perspective.
  6. Know your limits. Keep in mind that lenders often approve you for more than you can actually afford. So figure out your realistic limits, and don’t let a bidding war push you out of your price range.

2015 FALL HOME MAINTENANCE TIPS

Fall home Maintenace

The days are getting shorter, and maybe there’s a nip in the air – autumn is here at last. Now is the perfect time to get your home in shape before winter starts to take its toll, and while the weather is still pleasant enough to spend time outdoors.

Seal it up: Caulk and seal around exterior door and window frames. Look for gaps where pipes or wiring enter the home and caulk those as well. Not only does heat escape from these openings, but water can enter and may eventually cause structural damage and mold problems.

Look up: Check the roof for missing or damaged shingles. Upcoming winter weather can cause serious damage to a vulnerable roof, leading to a greater chance of further damage inside the home. It’s best to have a qualified professional inspect and repair the roof, but you can do a preliminary survey from the ground using binoculars.

Clear it out: Clear gutters and eaves troughs of leaves, sticks, and other debris. Consider installing leaf guards if your gutters can accommodate them – they are real time savers and can prevent damage from clogged gutters. Check the joints between sections of gutter, as well as between the gutter and downspouts, and make any necessary adjustments to tighten them.

No hose: In climates with freezing weather, drain garden hoses and store indoors to protect them from the elements. Shut off outdoor faucets and make sure exterior pipes are drained of water. Faucets and pipes can easily freeze and burst, causing leaks and water damage.

Warm up time: Have the furnace inspected to ensure it’s safe and in good working order. Most utility companies will provide no-cost inspections, but there can often be a long waiting list come fall and winter. Replace disposable furnace air filters or clean the permanent type according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Using a clean filter will help the furnace run more efficiently, saving you money and energy.

Light that fire: If you enjoy the crackle of the fireplace on a chilly fall evening, have the firebox and chimney cleaned before using it this season. Creosote, a byproduct of wood burning, can build up to dangerous levels and cause a serious chimney fire if not removed.

Thank you “Pillar to Post” home Inspection for the handy Fall home maintenance tips.

For all your real estate needs call, email, or text Rachel!

YUMMY SEPTEMBER RECIPE

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Whether you’re buying or selling, I’m always ready to get cooking. With my preparation and attention to detail, I’ll get you the results you need.

Call, email, or text anytime

THE MOST CURRENT RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE NUMBERS 9-11-2015

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Most Current Residential Property Highlights

We just got the very latest Portland/Metro real estate numbers. The Portland metro area saw a little cooler real estate activity in August, but the market remains strong. Inventory rose slightly in August to 1.9 months. We are feeling a slight slowing down of the market which is typical for this time of year. The total market time decreased slightly, to 41 days (how long it takes to sell). There are currently a total of 5,837 active residential listings in ALL the Portland metro area.

Activity has been higher in 2015 than in 2014 across the board. Pending sales are up 24.4%, closed sales are up 21.8%, and new listings are up 8.5% for the year.

Average and Median Sale Prices

Prices continue to rise in 2015 compared to 2014. Comparing each year through August, the average sale price rose 6.2%. In the same comparison, the median sale price rose 7.0%.

All neighborhoods are different. If you would like to know what is happening real estate wise in your neighborhood or maybe, the one you would like to buy in, please don’t hesitate to give me a call, email, or text. I look forward to hearing from you.

GREAT GRESHAM HOME $279,999 3 bedroms, HUGE Family room, remodeled

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WELCOME HOME! This beautiful home is remodeled throughout, has soaring vaulted ceilings, open & bright floor plan, hardwood floors, BIG 14 X 13 master suite with bathroom, walk in closet & double sinks. LARGE, cheery kitchen with hardwood floors & stainless steel appliances-All included! Extra deep garage with shop area, ENORMOUS fenced back yard with RV parking, newer roof/gutters/exterior paint, and two tool sheds. This home is sitting pretty on a .21 acre lot, with room for a really large RV. All the room you need for all your toys! See more info at http://www.rachelsheller.com. Competitively priced at  $279,999 RMLS#15674920

BIG, BRIGHT CONDO! 3 spacious bedroom, 2 full bathroom, 1 car garage $155,000

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This beautiful condo is prominently perched with lovely views of the pool and tucked in away from the street noise and hustle and bustle. This rare, hard to find 3 full bedroom condo in Emerald Valley condominium features an OPEN & BRIGHT floor plan, 2 beautiful bathrooms, lots of storage, 1 car detached garage, updated kitchen with eating bar, tile counters, telephone nook, and all appliances included (Stainless steel fridge, stainless steel dishwasher, Stove), newer gas water heater, high ceilings, vaulted ceilings, lots of windows lets tons of light in, clothes washer and dryer in unit and INCLUDED in sale, wall air conditioner, ceiling fan, large 15 X 12 living room with cozy gas fireplace, and formal 9 X 5 tile entry.  The mostly covered 12 X 8 deck is perfect for relaxing or entertaining, has a spacious storage area and overlooks the pool and wonderful recreation center/workout facility.  The $315 monthly HOA includes cable (up to channel 72), water, sewer, garbage, pool, recreation center, work out room, and exterior maintenance. RMLS#15437484   See more photos on my website.

TERRIFIC, LARGE TIGARD HOME $349,999

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COMPETITIVELY PRICED at $349,999! WELCOME HOME to your private oasis! This gorgeous home is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac on a generous .25 acre lot. This open & bright home features large, bright windows, 4 full bedrooms with 3 full baths, vaulted ceilings, BIG kitchen, remodeled or updated bathrooms, newer, plush carpet on the main floor, new beautiful laminate flooring on the lower level, custom deck looking over a private, soothing back yard. The deck is just waiting for you to entertain or sit and relax the day away! This special home has an extra long driveway which might work for RV parking. the garage is oversized with a small shop area. All situated in Tigard school district. See more information on this fabulous home see my website. RMLS #15030164

ONE OWNER HOME IN CULDESAC! $224,999 3 big bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 car garage, RV parking

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Beautiful one owner home at the foot of Powell Butte Nature Park! This wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage home has been kept in excellent condition. Easy one level living in this rambling ranch with an open floor plan welcome you home! Master bedroom is a full suite  with vaulted ceiling, double closets, skylight,  & double sinks in bathroom. Extra large great room with family room that features a cozy gas fireplace and slider to private backyard. The kitchen is GORGEOUS and is in like new condition-all appliances are included in sale-BI-Stove, FS-Fridge, Dishwasher, plus clothes washer & dryer too!
2 car garage with garage door opener and RV parking are just a couple of the amenities waiting for you. RMLS#15494902 WELCOME HOME!!