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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 

Direct: 503.380.9634, Email- rachel@rachelsheller.com

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Find Your Best Workout. Live Your Best Life.

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Many people see exercise as a necessary evil that can be difficult to keep up, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Explore these ways to break a sweat and transform the hassle into a hobby.

Weight training
If you hate running but love to feel the burn, weight training might be your best workout. Consider your physical limits, especially if you have previous injuries or restrictions. Then, start off slow. Lift free weights, use machines to target specific muscle groups, or wear ankle weights when you go for a walk.

Cardio exercise
If getting your heart rate up is your goal, then cardio might be the right route for you. Find a high-energy playlist and hit the streets or treadmill for a jog. Zumba classes, swimming and basketball are all high-energy cardio exercises that are fun, too. Feeling the “runner’s high” after a workout is a good sign that cardio might be for you.

Stretching and resistance training
Yoga, pilates and stretching exercises can create lean muscles and increase flexibility. These low-impact forms of exercise are ideal for those who want or need a slower workout. Setting goals like touching your toes, hitting that yoga pose perfectly, or completing the splits can give you something to focus on during your workout.

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2019 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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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.

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2019 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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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.

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2019 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.

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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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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.

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2019 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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What’s Trending Across The Country?

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Here are nine facts and figures about the national real estate market, recently compiled by RISMedia.com.

New construction: This year, the National Association of Home Builders predicts about a 2 percent increase in the number of single-family houses built over last year, which may not keep up with growing consumer demand.

High-tech spending: According to industry data, North American consumers are expected to spend $63 billion on smart home systems and services by 2022.

Jewel tones: Ruby red, emerald green, sapphire blue, and amethyst purple are gaining popularity among interior designers and decorators.

Foreign investors: For six straight years, Chinese buyers have been the top foreign investors in America, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Traditionally, these purchases are for high-end properties, but a growing number of the Chinese middle class is buying more moderately priced homes.

Smart lawn care: Technology meets Mother Nature with automated lawn mowers, smart sprinkler systems, and apps for gardening tips, watering needs and plant identification.

Moving statistics: United Van Lines reports that the most out-of-state moves in 2018 occurred among the residents of New Jersey, Illinois and Connecticut.

Inventory increase: This past December, the number of homes on the market increased by 5 percent, according to Realtor.com®, which is a good sign for the pent-up buyers market.

Business opportunity: Female entrepreneurs are more likely to start a business in Texas, Ohio or Minnesota, says FitSmallBusiness.com.

Home values: The difference between the appraised value and the home seller’s expected value was less than one-half of 1 percent at the end of last year, according to the Home Price Perception Index.

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2019 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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The Return On Investment Of Home Improvement

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All home improvements are not created equal. The ever-important factor to consider is the “ROI,” return on investment. Here are three projects, according to the National Association of Realtors®, that add significant equity to your property, even if you have to hire a professional to do all or part of the work.

Insulation: While adding or replacing insulation is not a glamorous project, it does pay off at resale time and can save you up to 50 percent on your heating/cooling expenses.

Hardwood flooring: The investment in refinishing existing hardwood or having new hardwood installed will easily pay for itself at resale time. Homeowners love the look and feel of wood floors.

New roof: “How old is the roof?” is one of the first questions potential buyers ask when viewing the outside of a property. Re-roofing your home with the newest, eco-friendly materials can increase your equity position as well as help lower your energy bills.

For more information about the ROI of specific improvements to your property, consult your local real estate professional.

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2019 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 rachelsheller . com

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

My business is referral based.
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