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Diversify your investments with real estate

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Real estate is recognized as one of the most stable investment options available today. In fact, residential real estate has proven to be a less volatile long-term investment than equities. Financial planning is not a one-size-fits-all option, so how can you be sure real estate investing is right for you?

If you are interested in diversifying your portfolio with real estate, you should first discuss your options with an experienced real estate professional. You will get help with (1) determining the properties that suit your investment needs, (2) tracking down the critical data necessary to make informed decisions, and (3) keeping you up to date on changing trends in the residential market.

As with any investment, there are pros and cons to real estate. Property ownership isn’t as simple as an investment in stocks and bonds. You may not make significant profits right away, and it’s far from liquid. However, the upside is a long-term growth yield that frequently exceeds traditional stock market investments.

If you decide to invest in real estate, be sure to acquire a variety of property types, as well as properties in different markets. In addition to single-family homes or duplexes, consider commercial properties and apartments to keep your portfolio stable and limit the risks associated with the inevitable market shifts. That way, as the housing market ebbs and flows, you’ll still hold a valuable stake in all types of real estate investments. A well-rounded real estate portfolio will give you a better chance at stable, long-term growth.

Ultimately, working with a trusted real estate professional and experienced financial adviser is key to successfully discerning your options and choosing the best investments for your future.

For more information or to get started investing in YOUR future, please call, email, or text anytime!

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-    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!

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How to spot the next hot neighborhood

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Location, location, location
Location is one of the most important elements – if not the most important element – to consider in a home search. While it’s easy to find markets that are already buzzing, how can you spot up-and-coming neighborhoods?

Uptick in businesses
Take note when chic hotels, stylish boutiques and trendy restaurants begin to emerge in the surrounding areas. If a neighborhood is creating a higher demand for new venues, then its property values are likely to soar.

Fixer-upper potential
Neighborhoods that may be considered past their prime but offer unique architecture and structural integrity are prime real estate opportunities. Victorian, Tudor and Spanish-style older homes are popular, especially among millennials and first-time home buyers who are willing to invest in a home that requires a little extra love, attention and elbow grease.

Fast-selling properties
As homes begin to spend less and less time on the market, it’s a good sign that the neighborhood is increasing in popularity. Sometimes, it only takes a few buyers taking an interest in a neighborhood before other buyers take note and begin to see its potential for future growth.

 

Call me to talk more about buying “smart!”

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 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!

Most current RE stats for Portland-Metro

May Market Report Portland 2018

May Residential Highlights
New listings made some gains this May in the Portland metro area. At 4,665, new listings outpaced May 2017 (4,388) by 6.3% and rose 16.9% from last month in April 2018 (3,990). This was the strongest May for new listings since 2008, when 5,182 were offered in the month. Closed sales (2,803) fell 3.2% short of the 2,896 closings recorded last year in May 2017 but showed a 11.1% increase from last month in April 2018 (2,523). Pending sales (3,201) fared similarly, decreasing 6.8% from May 2017 (3,435) but rising 6.4% from April 2018 (3,008). Inventory in the Portland metro area remained unchanged in May. During the same time, total market time decreased by five days to end at 37 days.

Year to Date Summary
Activity so far in 2018 is a little mixed compared to 2017. New listings (17,506) are up 4.9%. Closed sales (11,492) are down 0.2%, and pending sales (13,360) are down 0.8%.

Average and Median Sale Prices
Comparing 2018 to 2017 through May of each year, the average sale price rose 5.9% from $423,800 to $448,600. In the same comparison, the median sale price rose 8.0% from $370,000 to $399,500.May Residential Highlights
New listings made some gains this May in the Portland metro area. At 4,665, new listings outpaced May 2017 (4,388) by 6.3% and rose 16.9% from last month in April 2018 (3,990). This was the strongest May for new listings since 2008, when 5,182 were offered in the month. Closed sales (2,803) fell 3.2% short of the 2,896 closings recorded last year in May 2017 but showed a 11.1% increase from last month in April 2018 (2,523). Pending sales (3,201) fared similarly, decreasing 6.8% from May 2017 (3,435) but rising 6.4% from April 2018 (3,008). Inventory in the Portland metro area remained unchanged in May. During the same time, total market time decreased by five days to end at 37 days.

Year to Date Summary
Activity so far in 2018 is a little mixed compared to 2017. New listings (17,506) are up 4.9%. Closed sales (11,492) are down 0.2%, and pending sales (13,360) are down 0.8%.

Average and Median Sale Prices
Comparing 2018 to 2017 through May of each year, the average sale price rose 5.9% from $423,800 to $448,600. In the same comparison, the median sale price rose 8.0% from $370,000 to $399,500.

If you’ve thought about selling please give Rachel a call for information on your home value, steps it takes to sell and what to expect when you sell and/or buy. She has helped many people successfully sell their home and she can help you too! For more information on the current real estate market and how you fit in it please call, email, or text anytime.

 

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- rachel@rachelsheller.com

View a current 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 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

GORGEOUS HILLSBORO TOWNHOME $314,999

GORGEOUS Hillsboro Townhome for sale! 3443 SE Brookwood Ave. Hilsboro, OR 97123

Asking #314,999, RMLS # 18034893

Your in for a treat! Really nice 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom, 2 car garage.  This home features high ceiling on each floor, open & bright floor plan, central air conditioning, big kitchen with island, pantry, tile counters, and all kitchen appliances included (replacement fridge in garage for you). Good sized dining are with slider to nice deck- ready for your summer BBQ’s!  The master suite is spacious and has high ceilings, a large walk in closet and sparkling clean bathroom. The comfortable & open living room has a cozy fireplace and darling balcony.

Take a look at this beauty! It’s in brand new condition and ready for YOU to call it  home! For more information or to see more photos or virtual tour please go to my website.

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-    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 and Washington

 

 

Practical solutions for a streamlined closet

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Practical solutions for a streamlined closet

If you’re like most people, reorganizing your closet has been on the top of your to-do list for quite some time. Here are some tips for deciding what stays and what goes, so you can easily find the clothes you want to wear without digging through your entire closet.

Solution #1: Three-month rule If you are constantly pushing aside unworn items in search of what you want to wear today, then it’s time to get rid of old clothing. Any items that are in season and haven’t been worn in the past three months probably aren’t going to be worn again. Consider donating usable clothing, shoes and belts, but throw away anything that’s stained or torn. For special occasion items like fancy footwear, formal wear or holiday-specific items, store them in a separate closet or in plastic bins.

Solution #2: Steps for shoes Instead of scattering shoes on the floor of your closet, check out boot and shoe storage options at a home improvement store. Solutions range from under-the-bed racks on wheels to over-the-door hanging bags and from benches to baskets to shelving to bins and boxes.

Solution #3: Containers and more Once you’ve cleared the clutter out of your closet, use storage containers and other organizational systems to keep hats, socks and jewelry in a specific spot. Putting this solution into practice is the real challenge. Although by making it a habit, you will save time on a daily basis and make sharing a closet a cinch.

Just a little helpful tip brought to 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, MASTERS CIRCLE, Earth Advantage Broker, Diversity Specialist-HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-  homesforyou@frontier.com

View a current 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

 

 

First-time buyers want your home!

First time homebuyers want your home.

Call or email today. 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, Realtors

Direct 503.380.9634, Email-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View a current list 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