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Home maintenance: your fall to-do list

Regular maintenance on your home gives you peace of mind and keeps your resale value strong. Putting some energy into seasonal and biannual tasks now will set you up well for holiday entertaining.

Here are 9 items to include on your fall to-do list:

Clean the gutters: Clear out any leaves and debris, and ensure your downspouts are draining properly. This will help prevent wood rot, keep away pests and prolong the life of your gutters.

Check smoke/carbon monoxide detectors: It’s recommended to do this each spring and fall, so give them a test and replace batteries if needed.

Inspect and clean the dryer vent: It’s recommended that you have your dryer vent checked once each year. Excessive lint buildup can pose a dangerous threat of fire.

Clean the chimney: Whether you have a wood-burning fireplace or gas logs, hire a professional to inspect and clean your chimney once a year.

Service your HVAC: Call a professional to service your HVAC components to see if everything is running efficiently. Make sure to change your air filter and test your thermostat as well.

Deep clean indoors: Polish wood floors, scrub down cabinets, vacuum hard-to-reach spaces, wipe down the fridge, dust ceiling fans, etc. This will make hosting easier with the busy entertaining season quickly approaching.

Spruce up the yard: Rake leaves, prune back bushes and trim any trees that are getting too close to power lines or the roof. This will promote healthy growth and protect your property from falling branches.

Inspect windows and doors: Check for drafts and re-caulk or add weatherstripping where needed.

Reseed/fertilize the grass: Lawn-and-garden experts recommend fertilizing in the fall and spring, and fall temperatures are ideal for helping cool-season grasses
take root.

I hope this little list helps you prepare for Winter. If you need professional real estate help, please call, email, or text anytime.

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!

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To the suburbs and beyond …

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While some people prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of urban living, sometimes suburbs are not rural enough for their lifestyles. They want to live in the “exurbs,” which are farther outside the city than the suburbs.

Some home buyers are seeking several acres of usable land for extensive gardening with room for chickens, goats or horses. The exurbs are often preferred by people who work from home or want a second home or vacation property.

The larger lots in the exurbs allow for more privacy and less crime. However, few exurbs provide sidewalks or jogging trails. And there’s not a Starbucks on every corner. For more information on options for a Suburban move call, email, or test me to start the conversation.

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!

How to avoid over-improving your property

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If you’re getting ready to sell your home, think twice before investing in expensive improvements, such as remodeling the kitchen or putting in a new bath. It’s certainly true that the kitchen and bathrooms are key to selling your house, but also keep in mind that very few home improvements provide a 100 percent return on investment.

The most important factor to consider is how your property compares to those that have recently sold in the area. When you’re trying to sell the most expensive home on the block, it can be difficult to recoup all of your remodeling expenses at resale time.

The best way to decide about remodeling before selling is to consult with me and I’ll do a comparative market analysis. This complimentary information will focus on the amenities and resale prices of comparable properties, so that you can make the best decision about getting your home ready to sell. Call, email, or text me anytime to go over what you should and shouldn’t do to get the top dollar for your home.

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

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

Licensed in the State of Oregon and i the State of Washington

Your offer has been accepted: what’s next?

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Learning that your offer for your new home has been accepted is one of the most exciting times in the purchasing process. But, that excitement can be short-lived if you are not prepared for what comes next. Here are a few things to do after your offer has been accepted:

Celebrate!
You found your new home. Don’t let the moment slip by without acknowledging this major accomplishment.

Communicate with your agent.
After the excitement settles, try not to panic when you see your to-do list. Your agent will guide you through the process. There are so many steps to take after an offer has been accepted, and unexpected issues can pop up. So, prepare yourself to maintain a positive mindset.

Closing considerations.
Prior to the closing, you’ll have to schedule inspections and appraisal, work out the cost of any necessary repairs, and confirm financing. Don’t worry, though, you are almost there.

Remember, an experienced real estate professional will be there every step of the way to help you with all the details. You’ll be unlocking the front door of your new home before you know it!

For more information on buying or selling a home, please call,e mail, 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

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

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Licensed in the State of Washington

What is the appreciation in your location? Take a look!

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How does your area stack up? Keep in mind each City has many neighborhoods that are priced differently than the average. You can call me for a detailed estimated sale price for your home. Appreciation rates are in the positive numbers all across the board. West Portland may be a little sluggish on appreciation, but prices are generally higher in that location, so you can only increase so much….

Days on the market are looking good too. That is the time it takes to sell your home, on average. Even though we are in a sellers market still (but that is changing-more in another blog) you can still over price your home and it will sit on the market  longer, or worse, not sell at all.

This was a quick peek at the latest real estate numbers. For more information specific to you, please call, email, or text. I look forward to hearing from you!

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 go to my website.

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

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

 

 

 

4th Quarter real estate market projections…..

What’s on the horizon for the 4th quarter in 2018?

The housing forecast for the fourth quarter of 2018 is more of the same. Lower inventories of new and resale properties on the market continue to underserve the wants and needs of home buyers. And as this housing demand increases, it generates higher and higher home prices, according to GordCollins.com.

Recent data from the National Association of Realtors® suggests that mortgage interest rates could rise to 5 percent by the end of 2019.

Don’t be misled by the falling numbers of home sales in recent years. It’s the result of a shortage of available homes, not a lack of qualified home buyers. The real estate market in this country is strong and backed by a booming economy and robust job market.

For more information on our local market, or to jump in and get started call, email, or text me 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-    homesforyou@frontier.com

View ALL available Houses on the market go to my website.

Licensed in the State of Oregon and Washington

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