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COMING SOON in the heart of Sellwood!

LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!

COMING SOON! On the market 4/17/2018, 1424 SE Lambert Portland, OR 97202  RMLS# 18584205, Asking $479,999.

Immerse yourself in the Sellwood lifestyle and local! This gorgeous home is situated in the very heart of Selllwood and nestled in a charming, welcoming setting! Your options are limitless with this flowing 1 level rambler.  3 spacious bedrooms, 2 sparkling clean bathroom, resilient laminate flooring, 1 car over- sized garage, ALL appliances included, plus roof, windows, flooring, and  H20 heater all replaced in the past 10 years.  Cozy covered deck welcomes you to a rare and wondrous, private, fenced back yard; your own personal “Zen” retreat! You HAVE to see “Grandma Myrtle” Oak! A children’s story was written about this wonderful Oak tree! You’re in for a treat here! More information, photos, and virtual tour coming soon!

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, Email- homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available Houses on the market on my website.

***I’M ALWAYS HAPPY TO HELP YOU AND YOUR REFERRALS***

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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Are millennials slackers or geniuses?

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Millennials often get a bad rap for being unemployed, living with their parents, and putting off getting married or having kids, but, according to an article from Business Insider, there’s more to 18- to 30-year-olds than meets the eye!

  1. Millennials do most of their shopping in physical stores.  Sure, they are tech savvy and frequently shop online. But millennials haven’t completely abandoned stores and shopping malls. They like to touch and feel products before they buy them, and still appreciate the experience of shopping in a store. In fact, millennials still complete 54% of shopping in physical stores, according to the report.
  2. Millennials save more money than the national average. “Contrary to popular rhetoric regarding a highly challenged consumer who may be burdened with debt and living ‘paycheck to paycheck,’ our survey of millennials suggests the majority of the demographic (74% of total responses) saves money every month compared to 26% who do not,” the report says.
  3. Millennials are planning to buy homes. They are delaying home-buying and marriage and kids, but they are planning to get to those life milestones eventually. When asked what they are saving for, millennials said (1) a house, (2) a car, and (3) retirement.
  4. Millennials aren’t just relying on Uber and Lyft to get around. They are actually buying cars. Like with homeownership, many millennials have delayed purchasing cars. But car buying among this demographic is rapidly rising and will continue to grow, according to the report. About 64% of millennials plan to buy a car in the next two years, and most of those who don’t plan to buy a car already own one, according to the data. Only 5% of respondents said car-sharing services like Uber and Lyft serve as a replacement for owning a car.

 

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email- homesforyou@frontier.com

See ALL available homes at my website!

Licensed in the State of Oregon

***I’M NEVER TOO BUSY FOR YOU AND YOUR REFERRALS***

Lets make the most of this Oregon sun!!

 

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Creative Ways to Use Sunlight

Solar panels aren’t the only way to harness the sun’s energy. Try these creative ways to use sunlight and cut energy costs while protecting the planet.

Skylights
This one might seem simple, but skylights have many hidden benefits. If you love the ambiance of natural light, a skylight provides ample illumination with privacy that windows facing your neighbors do not. This energy-efficient window allows you to ditch the light switch and save on electricity.

Solar backpack
Low battery shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the outdoors. The ECEEN Solar Backpack allows you to hike, bike and enjoy sunlight while your backpack stores energy. The ECEEN Solar Backpack utilizes high-efficiency solar cells to provide power for your phone, GPS system or MP3 player.

Outdoor clothesline
Give your dryer a rest and hang your clothes in the yard. As long as the temperature outside is above freezing and it’s sunny, your clothes will be just fine on the line. Use clothespins to make sure laundry doesn’t blow away, and give it a few hours to dry. Once clothes are dry, use a steamer or the air-tumble cycle on your machine to get any wrinkles out, while still reducing energy usage.

Mood booster
Without enough sun exposure, serotonin levels in the body can drop. Low serotonin levels can be linked to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is a form of depression caused by seasonal changes in weather and sun exposure. Phototherapy, or exposure to the sun, can help boost your mood.

 

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email- homesforyou@frontier.com

See ALL available homes at my website!

Licensed in the State of Oregon

***I’M NEVER TOO BUSY FOR YOU AND YOUR REFERRALS***

 

Are you ready to get cooking?

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Whether you are buying or selling, I am always ready to get cooking!

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available homes at my website!

Licensed in the State of Oregon

***I’M NEVER TOO BUSY FOR YOU AND YOUR REFERRALS***

You can run from weather, but you cannot hide!

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7 All-Weather Home Maintenance Tips

You can run from weather, but you cannot hide. How should you prepare for Mother Nature’s wear and tear on your home? Start with these tips:

  1. Trim your trees. Dead branches can break off and fall through a window or onto a parked car.
  2. Check your fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in the spring and fall. You’ll sleep better knowing your safety systems are functioning properly.
  3. Protect your water pipes. Detach hoses in the winter and insulate pipes in the garage and on exterior walls as best you can.
  4. Properly shade your home from the sun. Blackout shades or outdoor awnings will help keep your home cooler and prevent wood finishes and upholstered furniture from fading over time.
  5. Add weather stripping around doors and caulk your windows to help regulate the inside temperature and prevent drafts.
  6. Check your roof regularly by viewing it with binoculars. If you catch damaged shingles in time, you may be able to repair them individually, lengthening the lifespan of your entire roof.
  7. Clean out your gutters. Make sure any precipitation can drain properly. Built-up leaves and other debris can weigh down gutters and cause damage.

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-homesforyou@frontier.com

See ALL available homes at my website!

Licensed in the State of Oregon

***I’M NEVER TOO BUSY FOR YOU AND YOUR REFERRALS***

Win the Bidding War!

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How to Win the Bidding War

Competition in the housing market can be stiff. Here are a few tips to help you win the bidding war for the home you want.

Submit all financial paperwork before house-hunting.

Including a pre-approval letter in your bid indicates you are serious about buying the home now and can be trusted to follow through quickly.

Include an escalation clause in your bid.

An escalation clause allows the bidder to make an offer, while stating he or she is willing to escalate the bid in small increments to a pre-determined amount if other bids are made. Ask your real estate agent for advice on when an escalation clause may be helpful.

Be flexible on closing.

If you have less demands than the other bidders, your offer could seem more attractive. Demonstrating you are flexible on the possession date or covering closing costs could play to your benefit.

Appeal to the sellers’ emotions.

Selling a house can be an emotional experience. A letter detailing why you love the home may tug on the sellers’ heartstrings. Show them their beloved home is going to a buyer who will care for it as much as they did.

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email- homesforyou@frontier.com

See ALL available properties at my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon

***I’M NEVER TOO BUSY FOR YOU AND YOUR REFERRALS***

Facing the Lenders!

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Facing the Lenders: How to Get Approved for a Mortgage

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or have bought and sold several homes, proving to a lender that you are financially prepared to take on a new mortgage payment can be complex. Doing your research and being prepared for their offers will help ease the stress.

Begin by gathering all your information. You need to know your monthly income, the sum of all your monthly debts (student loans, credit card payments, car payments, etc.), your credit score, how much cash you can put toward a down payment, and how much house you can afford. There are free online calculators to help you find any one of these totals. MortgageCalculator.org is a good place to start.

Calculate your income and debt before meeting with a lender to get a grasp on what you can reasonably afford. For the increasing number of millennial buyers, personal finance expert and founding editor of MoneyUnder30.com, David Weliver suggests buyers reserve 25 percent of their gross income for a total housing payment. CNNMoney.com offers this rule of thumb: aim for a home that costs about 2 1/2 times your gross annual salary.

Decide how much you can afford for a down payment. Expect any lender to require at least a 10 percent down payment, unless you plan on getting a special program loan such as an FHA loan. A minimum of 20 percent down is typically required to avoid paying mortgage insurance. Having your desired down payment in mind helps you when you start house-hunting, and is a great launching point for a conversation with your lender.

Have your paperwork ready to hand over. Expect to provide enough pay stubs to cover 30 days of employment. If you’re paid weekly, for example, you’ll need the last four. If you are self-employed or have various employers, they may ask to see previous tax returns.

Remember that you can get prequalified by a lender any time just to see where you stand financially. Getting prequalified is nonbinding and informal, but it will give you an idea of the types of homes you will be in the market for when you start your search.

Be sure to shop around for the best rates before making your decision. This is a major financial commitment, and you should be confident you’re working with people who want the best for you.

If you are looking for a great lender, I can recommend one.

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 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, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email- homesforyou@frontier.com

See ALL available houses at my website!

Licensed in the State of Oregon

***I’M NEVER TOO BUSY FOR YOU AND YOUR REFERRALS***