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Pricing your home in a seller’s market

Pricing in seller market Fall 2018

The current economy, market demand and human emotion all factor into setting the right asking price for your home. In a strong seller’s market, it’s tempting to overprice your property to see what kind of offers you receive. On the other hand, some sellers prefer to set a below-market asking price, hoping to spark an emotional bidding war among buyers.

Here are some points to consider:

  • Not all seller’s markets are created equal. Discuss your asking price with a local Realtor® in order to gain more knowledge about resale properties in your neighborhood or subdivision.
  • Curb appeal is still an important factor. Attracting prospective buyers who drive by the properties for sale in your area is key to enhancing the emotional appeal of your home. A spotless interior will never be seen if the exterior is not in tip-top condition.
  • Interior decorating increases buyer desire. Even though buyers know that the furnishings don’t stay with the home, attractive interiors make the sale. On average, professionally staged homes sell 88 percent faster and for 20 percent more than non-staged homes, according to data from the National Association of Realtors®.

For more information on pricing your home correctly and getting reedy to list please call, email, or text me anytime.

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Five Star award Winner 2011- 2018 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon. 

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-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View a current list of ALL available Houses on the market go to my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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

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9 Ways homeowners can save on utility costs

  1. Wash full loads of dishes and clothes.
  2. Air-dry dishes, sheets and lightweight clothing, whenever possible.
  3. Use timers and motion sensors to turn lights off and on.
  4. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater to 120°
  5. Use weatherstripping and caulking around doors and windows to prevent drafts.
  6. Regularly replace HVAC filters, and have a licensed professional inspect your heating and cooling systems twice a year.
  7. Use spray foam insulation to seal gaps around pipes, chimneys, lights, windows, and brickwork.
  8. Invest in a programmable thermostat to conserve resources and money.
  9. As they burn out, replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs or CFLs.

In addition, contact your utility company and ask if they offer a free home energy audit. According to AmericaSaves.org, energy lost from a basement, unfinished room, attic, or garage can be an expensive waste of money. Sealing leaky ductwork can provide additional savings.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2018 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon. 

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-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View a current list of ALL available Houses on the market go to my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon

My business is referral based.
If you’ve enjoyed my service, please refer me!

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***

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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

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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***