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“Thank you so much for your expertise and kindness in selling my home. It is often hard to let a home go – and to try to quantify the priceless memories it holds. You were thoughtful and respectful of me and my sweet home. You brought joy and calmness to the process- and always found the right step to take to support the best price for my home.

Thank you thank you thank you for all that you did to sell my home and support me. I always felt like your only and most treasured client. . .

Blessings always to you.

Elizabeth”

Five Star award Winner 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, Washington First

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

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Call or email today to get started. Together we’ll explore the possibilities in our ever-changing real estate market.

Five Star award Winner 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, Washington First

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-  homesforyou@frontier.com

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

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

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

 

Rachel is now licensed in Washington

I’m now licensed in Washington State! I am now a dual agent in both Oregon and Washington to better serve your real estate needs. I am a Managing broker at Washington first. I will serve close in Washington State and all of our Portland Metro and surrounding areas.

Five Star award Winner 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, Washington first.

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View a CURRENT & ACCURATE list of 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 and Licensed in the State of Washington

The very latest real estate numbers & stats for Portland-Metro as of 2-15-2018

The first month of 2018 is in the books! The real estate numbers look pretty darn good! Take a look at the graphs. there are three that give different , and the most CURRENT information on our Portland-Metro real estate market.

Inventory rose a bit in January, ending at 2.2 months. 2.2 months is still a low number. Ideally, we want months of inventory to be around 5-7. This just means we are in  a sellers market still. Anything under 6 months of inventory is a Seller’s market.  During the same period, total market time increased by five days to end at 60 days. This in conjunction with the low inventory send a signal that possibly we will see more homes on the market soon.

We are seeing, on average, +7.6% appreciation in homes. That is a very good number. Where else can you get +7.6% growth, on average, just by living in your home, having a rental, or holding property? The median appreciation is even higher at +8.6%! I’m a big advocate for home ownership. It’s just a win, win, win all around for YOU!

Finally, take a look at the graph that breaks down the different Portland-Metro locations and their individual stats! Days on the market, appreciation schedule, average sales price, etc.  We are seeing POSITIVE appreciation in all areas. the highest is Mt. Hood at 16.2% and the least is West Portland at 3.2%. Take a look at the areas that you live or are interested in. Each neighbor hood also has different appreciation values.

If you would like more information about selling and/or buying ion today’s market, please call, email, or text anytime. I’d love to go over what your home value is, steps it takes to sell, what to do to get ready to sell, and what to expect when you sell ans/or buy. I’ve helped many people be successful and I can help you too!

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.

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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

 

5 Places to use patterns and 2 places to avoid them

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Some people love them, some people hate them. But there’s always room for a little pattern in your home’s interior décor.

Use patterns

Towels and napkins
Small bits of fun prints can add character to a plain kitchen. Dish towels and cloth napkins are easy to switch out, making it simple to change colors in your kitchen. Don’t be afraid to try floral, stripe or geometric designs and rotate them regularly.

Outdoor furniture cushions
While your patio furniture should be sturdy and timeless, the cushions and pillows can be anything you like. Change them with the season or just because chartreuse is your new favorite color. Bold floral prints and bright colors work well outside.

Throw pillows
Throw pillows can take a living area from “blah” to “wow!” Pair pillows touting small prints with solid pillow partners. If you’re feeling extra edgy, a texture like fur or denim can add another dimension to your living room.

Kitchen backsplash
The backsplash can transform a kitchen. Try a bright, hammered copper or glass tiles to bring light and energy into the space. Have fun with this change by choosing a unique material that can be the room’s focal point.

Curtains
Curtains are a prime place to incorporate large, bold prints. Complement busy patterns in curtains with solid-color accessories in the same shades to avoid making the space look too busy.

Avoid patterns

All four walls
Too much of a print can make a room feel cluttered. Try accenting one wall with a bold pattern, because a room full of prints can be hard to look at and even harder to update.

Couches
A patterned couch is usually best left on the showroom floor. As an investment piece, couches should be more neutral than trendy. Most prints go out of style within two to three years, so don’t let the appeal of your couch expire that quickly.

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

Direct 503.380.9634

Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available houses on my website!

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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

The Top Reasons Why People Move

American home owners sell and move, on average, every seven years. People who have lived in the same home for the past 30 years may have a hard time understanding all this moving! They are shocked that people move so often, but I know one thing for certain: Their day to sell will come eventually.

Here are the top reasons why people sell:

  • The home is too small. First-time home buyers often outgrow their “starter” homes. As family size increases many home owners feel like they need more space.
  • The neighborhood has changed.It’s hard for many people to stay in a neighborhood that has changed negatively over time. Difficult neighbors, crime and generally feeling unsafe will push people to move if they can afford it.
  • To fix overlooked needs. Owners might believe they made a mistake when purchasing their present home and want to rectify that mistake. Maybe they thought they could get by without a back yard but are now interested in gardening, or they didn’t think about needing a large dining room to host those game nights with friends.
  • Job transfer. Relocation makes it necessary for many to move. If the commuting distance exceeds an hour, most people would rather sell and mover closer to work to avoid sitting in traffic.
  • Death in the family. It’s a sad fact of life, but many people eventually end up selling their parents or grandparents home, after the passing of the family member. It’s also very common for homeowners to transfer title to a property into a trust to avoid probate proceedings. This allows the successor trustee to sell the property without court approval.
  • Personal relationships. Moving in with a partner or getting married can mean one of the parties will need to sell, especially if both owned homes prior to the commitment. On the other hand, break-ups cause owners to sell as well.
  • Empty nest.The kids have grown up and moved out. The owners want a single-story house, a smaller home or a smaller yard. Who wants to keep up all that? Downsizing a home is very popular among retirees.
  • Community living. Active-adult communities are attracting many buyers over the age of 55. These planned communities have golf courses, workout facilities, weekend social gatherings and more.
  • See family more often. Some people want to be closer to their family as they age and will move to be near relatives. Parents want to be near children. Grandparents, near their children and grandchildren.
  • See family less often. To put more distance between the home owners and relatives. Some might move out of state to keep harmony within the family. Sometimes distance is key.
  • Lifestyle change.Some people are looking to change their lifestyle and would prefer to travel or pursue a hobby. Many people past a certain age want to find a calling that is meaningful to them. For these people, home ownership loses its priority status and turns equity into cash for following their dreams.
  • Home improvement or flipping.A small segment of people enjoys fixing up a home and flipping it, changing homes every two years or so. Once the work is completed, it’s on to the next home!

If you’re thinking about moving please give a call! I’d love to help!

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

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-   homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available Houses on the market on my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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

The Weather’s Still Nice – Get Outside While You Can!

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Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area:

Surrounded by warehouses and port terminals in North Portland, Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is one of the region’s best-kept secrets. Take the Interlakes Trail or go by boat to explore one of America’s largest urban wetlands. Either way, you might find beavers, river otters, black-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles and Western painted turtles. You’ll also find a water control structure that is restoring this network of sloughs, wetlands and forests.

Elk Rock Island:

Elk Rock Island is connected to the mainland by a 40-million-year-old land bridge. The island is accessible at low water at the Spring Park trailhead on SE 19th Avenue and Sparrow Street. Follow the hiking trails that wind around the bay and through the island. Enjoy the natural habitat while remaining on the designated paths to avoid the poison oak.

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge:

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, a 140-acre floodplain wetland along the east bank of the Willamette River, which cuts through Portland from the south to the north on its way to merge with the Columbia River as it heads to the Pacific Ocean. Hawks, quail, pintails, mallards, coots, woodpeckers, kestrels, and widgeons are just the start of the list of birds that one might encounter in Oaks Bottom. Scores of great blue heron are found in the area because of its proximity to one of the rookeries on Ross Island.

Overlook Park:

What does it overlook? A massive train yard. But it’s still a gorgeous park, with sports facilities and a climbing tree straight out of Swiss Family Robinson. It’s also home to the North American Organic Brewers Festival. And also the best train-yard views in Portland.

Council Crest Park:

The water tower that now stands atop Council Crest used to be a 77-foot-tall wooden observatory, part of the Council Crest Amusement Park which operated from 1907-1929 and was torn down in 1941. From the top of the hill, one can see five mountains in the Cascade Range: Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, Mt Adams, Mt Jefferson, and Mt Rainier. In addition, the park boasts a fantastic 180-degree view of Portland and surrounding towns.

Laurelhurst Park:

Laurelhurst Park is a gorgeous example of the City Beautiful Movement in landscaping. In 1919, the park was named the most beautiful park on the west coast by the Pacific Coast Parks Association, and it was the first city park ever named to the National Register of Historic Places. A stroll through the park and surrounding neighborhoods make a perfect afternoon outing.

Pier Park:

Pier Park, located in North Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood, is home to a public pool and expansive park area equipped with a seasonal play fountain, play structure, covered picnic area, baseball, soccer, and softball fields, tennis and basketball courts, paved walking paths and an accessible restroom. The park also has an impressive 11,000 square foot (1,021 square meter) skate park with a 20-foot (6.1-meter) diameter full-pipe.

Washington Park:

Here, you’ll find the Oregon Zoo, Hoyt Arboretum, the World Forestry Center, the International Rose Test Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Children’s Museum, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Pittock Mansion:

Surrounded by 46-acres of natural beauty, no other place in town offers a more breathtaking view or revealing glimpse of Portland’s past than Pittock Mansion. It has better views of the city than any other Portland park, and it’s free to tour the grounds. Tours of the sprawling mansion cost $10.00.

Cathedral Park (pictured):

Cathedral Park lies in North Portland nestled on the banks of the Willamette river. Walking beneath the towering cathedral-like footings of the St. John’s bridge with the sun rays streaking through the morning mist, and the trees of Forest Park swaying in the distance as a cool breeze passes through them, is an amazing experience.

Tanner Springs Park:

Located 20ft above what was once Couch Lake in the Pearl, this urban wetland lets you walk across the water on zig-zagging paths surrounded by a massive art installation involving 368 railroad tracks.

Mt. Tabor Park:

Portland’s Mt. Tabor, a volcanic cinder cone, is a very popular destination and features expansive views of downtown Portland, picnic areas, a dog off-leash area, natural surface and paved paths, a playground, a performance stage, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts — not to mention the picturesque outdoor reservoirs that once held the city’s drinking water.

Forest Park:

Forest Park flanks the hills on the west side of the city, just 10 minutes by car from downtown, and overlooks Portland’s main waterway, the Willamette River. This natural getaway, which is the largest wooded urban park in the United States, is filled with more than 70 miles of walking and hiking trails. The Macleay Trail is an interesting one: it passes an abandoned stone house, which makes a great photo op!

Powell Butte Nature Park:

Powell Butte, an extinct cinder cone volcano, rises near the headwaters of Johnson Creek – an urban creek with remnant populations of native salmon and steelhead. The park is comprised of 611 acres of meadowland and forest.

Tryon Creek State Park:

Just minutes south of downtown in southwest Portland, Tryon Creek is a once-logged forest that has naturally regrown into a lush stand of red alder, Douglas fir, big leaf maple, and western red cedar, with more than 50 species of birds and many small mammals residing in the Park. Trout, too, reside in the creek.

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden:

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden is a unique seven-acre garden containing an outstanding collection of rare species and hybrid rhododendrons, azaleas, and other lesser known ericaceous plants, as well as many companion plants and unusual trees. This internationally recognized garden is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year. April through May, when the azaleas and rhododendrons are in full bloom, the garden is spectacular. A spring fed lake surrounds much of the garden, attracting countless waterfowl which nest and feed in this natural habitat. In fall and winter, trees and shrubs add their own color and interesting structure.

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

Five Star award recipient 2011-2017 honoring the top 7% of real estate professionals in Oregon.

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available Houses on the market on my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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