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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.

IT’S A GOOD LIFE!!

Five Star award Winner 2011-2019 honoring the top 7% of
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

View this ALL available Houses on the market on my website.

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

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

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Gresham Townhome style Condo by Golf Course $189,999~ RMLS# 1921782

PRICE ADJUSTMENT to an amazing price of $189,999

PRICE ADJUSTMENT! PRICED TO SELL!

 1702 NE Hogan Drive Gresham, OR 97030~ RMLS# 19217282~ Asking $189,999

This a rare floor plan that features 3 full bedrooms, 1 ½ remodeled bathrooms, plus a bonus/office, and deeded carport. This gorgeous home boasts a big master bedroom with JUMBO walk in closet with built in safe, and slider to covered deck for you to enjoy the soothing creek.

You’ll love the open & bright feel of this fabulous home. The newer laminate floors on the main floor make the unit feel extra big, plus the slider to the patio gives your eye a peaceful sight line. All appliances are included in the sale of this home Fridge, range, dishwasher and clothes washer & dryer. All you have to do is move in! The HOA monthly covers water, sewer, garbage, exterior maintenance, common areas, landscaping, recreation center, and pool. You’re close to everything! Take a look at this exceptional value in Gresham. FHA approved complex too! For more info, photos, and virtual tour go to my website.

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- rachel@rachelsheller.com

View ALL available Houses on the market on my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

5 Coolest And Quirkiest Houses In Portland, OR.

Portland Oregon has long been a city of quirky dive bars, unconventional personalities, and for just being flat out “weird.”

Many of the people have adopted this city’s cultural norm, as they pride themselves in being open minded and non-judgmental.

Some of those people have even decided to showcase the best of the cities weird personality by sprucing up their homes to match the character of the surrounding environment.

Being born and raised in Portland, OR by an unconventional family spending years going through back roads and side alleys, east side and west sides whether personally or professionally, these are some of the coolest homes I have ever come across.

There was no poll taken for this piece, this is simply one person’s opinion after years of home scouting and searching. Here are MY top five coolest and quirkiest houses that Portland has to offer.

  • LAURELHURST – THE PINK HOUSE

This house is one of my favorite houses of all time. Tucked away in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods you will ever see.

The Pink House has old Scottish architecture combined with 70’s flavor. I never thought you could make a pink house look tactful, but my hat’s off to these owners as they have done a fabulous job.

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  • LAURELHURST – THE MODERN HOUSE

This house seems to stick out like a sore thumb from it’s surrounding neighborhood. Such as incredibly modern design with such personality.

If you look closely, you can see the “cow family” on the balcony rails that provide this house with that much more personality.

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  • LAURELHURST – THE CASTLE HOUSE

This house exemplifies the creative talents Portland has to offer. Modern yet industrial, the castle house is the perfect example of one family’s willingness to say “why not.”

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  • SELLWOOD – THE EARTH HOUSE

This house is one of the more artsy and earthy houses that I have seen in the Portland Metro. With such grassroots designs, this house is the epitome of Portland’s organic culture.

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  • SW PORTLAND – THE YELLOW HOUSE

Possibly the most iconic, and most well-known house in Portland for being “quirky.”

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While there are many homes that were not mentioned on this posting that could have made the list, these were simply some of my favorites that I have seen over my long-time career as a real estate agent in the Portland market.

To say that these houses are “cool and quirky” could not be more of a compliment to the design and features of the home, as they perfectly exemplify the unconventional mindset that Portland has become so notorious for.

We all that one person in the friend group that is a little weird, and I think we can all agree that we find that one house in the neighborhood that is a little weird to be pretty cool.

We like to do things differently here in Portland, and that is exactly what these houses represent, a willingness to bring your original idea to life, to pursue your goals, and to not worry about what others will think of your decisions.

I hope you find this blog fun and entertaining and remember that “It’s A GOOD LIFE!”

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, 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

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

My business is referral based.

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

A rare opportunity-Mt. Hood living at its finest!

24602 E Arrah Wanna blvd. Welches, OR 97067 RMLS# 18525637

4 spacious bedrooms, 3 bright baths, 2 car over-sized garage, 2244 SF on 1.15 acres. Asking $469.999

Immerse yourself in the Mt. Hood lifestyle and enjoy all the possibilities living on the Pacific Rim has to offer. This gorgeous property backs to the golf course tree line and is situated in one of Mt. Hood’s finest locations! Stunning renovated kitchen with beautiful quartz counters and stainless steel appliances (all kitchen appliances included), plus all three bathrooms are remodeled (2 two in the past couple years) are just the tip of the iceberg on the many amenities and features this home has to offer.  The useful covered wrap-around porch adds unique charm seldom seen and hard to find. The jumbo over-sized garage is perfect for a shop area or personal space…or both!  This home feels open, bright and cozy throughout. Enormous fenced back yard with Koi pond, fire pit, fenced garden area and  large shed. Amazing possible potential to divide and build. Buyer to verify with the County.

There are to many exceptional details, upgrades and amenities to list. See more information and virtual tour on my website or call me for more information. Don’t let this one pass you by.

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, 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

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

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

5 Steps to a bedroom makeover

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Ready to refresh a bedroom in your home? Here are five steps to get the process headed in the right direction.

  1. Choose a color scheme. Don’t make this decision harder than it is. If you’re stuck on choosing a color, start with a neutral (such as gray, creamy white or taupe) and decide on one or two accents that can be easily changed as time goes on.
  2. Start sorting. Before you bring in anything new, you must get rid of the old. Donate current bedding, furniture and decorative items that cannot be recycled or refinished to fit the new decorating theme.
  3. Pick timeless pieces. For the big-ticket items like a comforter or dresser, choose pieces that will stand the test of time. Use smaller items like throw pillows to add color, texture and patterns.
  4. Change up the layout. While new furniture and a coat of paint can help change the feel of a room, a new layout can take it one step farther. Rearrange furnishings to give your room a fresh feel.
  5. Switch out light fixtures. If you have a floor lamp, add a chandelier. If you like to read at night, add some soft lighting over your bed. Look for warm lights and avoid fluorescent bulbs that will make your room feel sterile.

 

 

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!

Spice up your front porch for fall

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You don’t have to be a farmhouse fanatic to make your home festive this season. Here’s some inspiration for decorating your front porch.

Pumpkin palettes
Instead of orange-everything, choose a pastel color palette with peach, light blue and white pumpkins, or freshen up your porch with lime green, yellow and off-white gourds. For a bold, classy look, forgo the natural colors altogether and spray paint your pumpkins gold and white.

Seasonal plants
Mums are hardy fall flowers that bring a pop of color to your front steps. Marigolds, ornamental kale, snapdragons, and coral bells are also ideal for fall arrangements. For some extra flair, use rustic planters such as bushel baskets, wooden crates, olive buckets, or even hollowed-out pumpkins.

Finishing touches
Add fall-themed throw pillows and a plaid blanket to a porch swing or wooden bench. Intersperse a few candles or lanterns with your pumpkins and fall flowers, and arrange your decorations symmetrically on either side of the steps.

If you don’t have a porch, move your fall display to the front yard and anchor it by using a larger decoration such as a hay bale or red wagon. I hope you found this enjoyable and fun to read.

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, 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 ALL available Houses on the market on my website

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

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

How to increase curb appeal

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A buyer’s first impression sticks. Think about what attracts you to a property when looking at homes online and what is the first thing you notice when attending an open house. Prospective buyers are attracted by the home’s curb appeal. The National Association of Realtors® says that 63 percent of people will drive by a property they liked online to see how it looks in person.

Here are three basic tips to help you increase your home’s curb appeal:

1. Declutter your front yard and driveway.
Whether it’s keeping up with lawn maintenance, trimming bushes or picking up toys, a well-kept yard makes a positive impression on prospective buyers. If the front of your home is in disarray, buyers assume the interior will be as well.

2. Make decorative outdoor furniture a focal point.
Nothing says “welcome home” more than comfortable seating on a porch or patio. People who are considering moving to your neighborhood will sense that it’s a friendly, safe place to spend time relaxing outside.

3. Power wash your home’s exterior.
Remove any dirt, leaves, grime, or cobwebs to really make your home shine. Follow up by washing all of the windows, inside and out.

For more information on increasing your curb appeal, please call, email, or text Rachel.

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, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View a CURRENT & ACCURATE list of ALL available Houses on the market on my website

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