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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

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

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Look Who’s Moving To Portland!

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Have you heard the news? Oregon was the top destination for people looking to move to Portland in 2016, according to United Van Lines. Our beautiful state offers great restaurants, culture, nearby access to the outdoors (beach and mountains), art and entertainment. It’s no surprise that everyone wants to move here!

There are three distinct groups of people that are moving to Oregon: Retirees that are interested in moving back to the area to be closer to their families and friends. The second group are the 20-30 somethings that are ready to buy homes, have kids and settle down. These are the young, hard working household’s that will contribute to a strong economic growth for our state. The third group are young, college educated immigrants from other countries. Portland has become a magnet for talented young professionals from around the world. What a wonderful place we live in!

If you’re interested in buying or selling please give me a call. I’m always here for you!

-Rachel

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***

 

GORGEOUS GRESHAM HOME! $394,999 4 bed, 3 bath, 3 car garage, RV parking

     Welcome Home! This GORGEOUS traditional style home is in a highly sought after Gresham neighborhood, just steps to a wonderful Greenspace! This beauty features 4 big bedrooms, 3 sparkling clean bathrooms, jumbo 19 X 16 family room with cozy gas fireplace plus under stairs storage (your very own “Harry Potter” closet). Soaring vaulted ceilings throughout, bright and open floor plan. Updated kitchen with timeless granite counters, gas range top, lots of cupboard space, vaulted ceilings,  plus spacious eating bar and eating area. The master suite has a walk in closet, jetted tub, shower, vaulted ceilings, skylight, and double sinks! Soothing air conditioning, large 3 car garage, sizable RV parking, private, fenced low maintenance back yard, tool shed and comfortable covered back deck, AND an additional sitting patio.Powell Valley, Gordon Russell, and Sam Barlow School District.

127 SE Greenway Lane Gresham, OR

RMLS # 17232293 Asking $394,999

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 this home and ALL available homes on my website!

Licensed in the State of Oregon

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

The pros and cons of city living.

blog-d58The Pros and Cons of City Living

A home is partially what you make of the walls that surround you, but it’s also about the environment that surrounds your home. If you’re thinking about making a move to the city, consider these pros and cons before you start packing.

Pros:

Walkability and public transportation
City living can put you in walking distance to work, school, grocery stores, and other points of interest. What you can’t reach on foot is likely only a subway or bus ticket away. Skip car payments, insurance and gas by purchasing a public transit pass.

Availability of amenities
A new restaurant, theater or museum is always popping up in the city. Cultural experiences abound, and special events come and go frequently. Health and emergency services are also much closer and more readily available.

Professional and personal opportunities
A higher concentration of people naturally means a higher concentration of opportunities. There is likely more demand for your profession in the city, accompanied by a higher paycheck. Networking professionally or expanding your social circle personally are much easier to do in an urban area.

Cons:

Cost of living
Your dollar will not stretch as far in the city. You will pay more for less living space, pay for parking that is free outside the city, and may even experience sticker shock at the grocery store.

Crowds and noise
More people means more traffic, more noise and longer wait times at your favorite restaurant. Even if your home is in a quieter neighborhood, chances are still high you’ll be falling asleep to the sounds of horns honking, sirens blaring and people walking home late at night.

Limited outdoor living space
Private yards, patios and decks are more limited in cities than anywhere else. You may have to share outdoor condominium amenities with neighbors, or go to a public park to host a barbecue. If you have a pet, consider where you will have to walk it in all kinds of weather.

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***

Common home-buying pitfalls to avoid!

Ready-to-buy-a-homePurchasing a home can be exciting, challenging, scary, and confusing. There are several common pitfalls that trip up many home buyers. Knowing what they are can set you up for greater success.

Skipping pre-approval. 
Less extensive than prequalifying, your lender will take a deeper dive into your finances to pre-approve you for a loan. Checking the pre-approval box will give you a clear budget and be in your favor in a bidding war.

Making an emotional decision. 
Choosing your future home can be emotional. Remember, you’ve set a budget for a reason, so stick to it. Don’t skip the inspection or back down from reasonable demands just to land the home. Always have a backup plan, and try to keep your emotions in check until the deal is finalized.

Foregoing a Realtor®
The best way to find a home is with professional assistance. Realtors® will work to help you find the best deal on the best home available. It’s their job to know the market inside and out, and they will often have insight that isn’t publicly available. Choose a trusted real estate professional to make sure you avoid these and other common home-buying pitfalls.

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***

Thank you so much for your testimonial, Eric!

“OK where should I begin

Rachel may have had thousands of clients in her career, but I think we could be put in the top 20 for most challenging clients and keeping her on her toes.
She was very patient and understanding when we had pulled offers on three separate homes. We were aware this takes time to prepare offers
and she is putting her reputation of many years on the line with our instant change of decisions.

In the end she really understood we needed to find the right home that felt comfortable for me and more important my wife…which is another story.

Rachel took charge on the small details that need to be covered and demonstrated she always has her clients best interest. One example is on our closing with a seller there were a  number of repairs that were not completed. Rachel took it upon herself and called the contractors to confirm the repairs would be made. she even went a step further and found one of her own contractors to replace a window that the seller told their realtor that it was in the process of being replace. Which was not the case, in my opinion the sellers Realtor should share some of her commission for what Rachel did to help with the repairs.

I have never recommended a realtor to someone, that is the truth but I keep Rachel’s card in my wallet to give to anyone looking for a relator that has a passion to please her clients.

Best Regards”

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***

Got the travel bug?

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How to Travel on a Budget

Vacations don’t have to be out of reach. Follow these tips to travel on a budget.

Budget in advance.
Set aside money each month in a separate account ahead of time instead of planning to pay off your vacation expenses later.

Go during the off season.
Avoid traveling during holidays and school breaks to get better deals.

Talk to a travel agent.
Travel agents have connections and can help you access prices not available to the general public.

Set vacation priorities.
List your non-negotiable vacation priorities, such as destination and type of hotel. Also assess where you can save money, and then enjoy the expenses you budgeted for without feeling guilty.

 

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***