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Weighing The Benefits and Risks Of Prefabricated Homes

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Prefabricated or prefab homes are gaining interest among some segments of the population. Made in a factory and assembled on site, these homes are far more stylish and accessible than most people expect. Of course, there are benefits and risks associated with prefab homes. Here are a few points to consider:

Cost
While prefab materials will likely cost less than a traditionally built house, the costs associated with the property could prove more expensive in some cases. Plumbing, excavation, foundation work, and electrical costs add up quickly. To save your hard-earned dollars, talk to your agent about property that already has some of these checked off the list.

Sustainability
Prefabricated homes are often considered more environmentally friendly than traditionally built homes. The construction process produces far less waste than a typical build and prefab homes are known to be more energy-efficient.

Availability
The costs and risks associated with purchasing and building a new prefabricated home may be dodged by purchasing one that has previously been owned. Ask your real estate agent for help locating resale prefab homes that can deliver on the cost and efficiency perks without the hassle of purchasing from the factory.

Style
As prefab homes become more popular, they are also becoming more fashionable. Interior spaces are designed intelligently and are typically less architecturally complex. Many have a sleek, modern feel and, as a bonus, are very sustainable and low-maintenance.

Quality
Many traditionally built homes contain materials which have been exposed to the elements. This means precipitation, temperature changes and humidity can all impact the quality of the materials. Because prefab housing materials are factory-made, they are protected until they are ready to assemble. On the flip side, many prospective home buyers view prefab homes to be of inferior quality, which can affect future resale potential.

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

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RACHEL SHELLER- PMAR 2019 MASTERS CIRCLE

I am a Diamond-Platinum Masters Circle Member again in 2019. The Diamond-Platinum is the highest level in the Club. This prestigious Club is a mark of distinction for Realtors. Below are a few of the attributes of a Masters Circle member and why it’s important.

EXPERIENCE:
Whether buying or selling a personal residence or investment property, a real estate transaction involves important financial and emotional considerations. The services of an experienced Realtor® define the difference between just surviving and really enjoying the process.
When you buy a home, a skilled broker helps you find the house that best meets your needs and expectations. You rely on their knowledge of the market area and available inventory as well as their ability to recommend other qualified housing professionals. This includes mortgage lenders, home inspectors, and others whose services will be integral to a great home buying experience.
When you sell your home, a seasoned broker can save you time and money. The ability to correctly price and market your home is critical. Understanding how to interpret current market conditions and position your home for a faster, easier sale requires knowledge and skills only gained through experience.
RESULTS:
Choosing your real estate broker is your first important decision. Your broker should be a Realtor®. As a member of the National Association of Realtor®, your broker subscribes to the highest standards of business ethics and practices. The Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtor® (PMAR) is a local chapter of this respected organization.
Your Realtor® should also be a member of the PMAR Masters Circle. The Masters Circle is a benchmark organization formed to recognize Realtors® distinguished by their sales accomplishments and dedicated to the highest degree of professional quality service. Membership is earned by Realtors® who annually demonstrate outstanding achievements in the listing and selling of property. For most people, buying real property is their largest single investment. You benefit from working with a Realtor® who has an established record of success.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE:
Sales achievement is just one mark of excellence. Members seek to build and stregthen the relationships between the real estate industry and the communities they serve. The PMAR Masters Circle makes annual contributions to non-profit organizations committed to serving the greater Portland area.
YOU HOLD THE KEY:
When the time is right to consider your first or your next real estate transaction, remember your goal is to buy or sell real estate. However, your objective should be to maximize the enjoyment and the financial benefit of the entire transaction by working with a proven professional.
The choice is yours — choose wisely.
Choose a Realtor® who has earned membership in the PMAR Masters Circle. Call me when your ready to get going on your next move.

I’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

91% of sellers listed with a Realtor®

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This past year was definitely a strong seller’s market, according to recently released data from the National Association of Realtors®. With stiff competition among buyers for the low number of listings available in the marketplace, you might think that homeowners would opt to sell their own houses. However, for-sale-by-owner properties were at an all-time low. In fact, 91 percent of sellers listed with a Realtor® in order to take advantage of the professional agent’s knowledge of the market and expertise in negotiating the sale.

Here are some other trends about home sellers in 2018:

  • Nearly 45 percent moved up to a larger house.
  • The median gain in their home equity was $55,000.
  • The average time spent living in the home before selling was 9 years.
  • The typical distance between the property sold and the property purchased was about 20 miles.
  • Typically, Listing with a Realtor gets you more money than going alone.

For more information on selling and/or buying in today’s market please call, email, or text anytime to go over all your options, steps, costs, time it takes and how to get the best deal possible.

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2019 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 an accurate list of  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!

Is it time to move?

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Selling your home is certainly a personal decision. Here are five points to consider:

  1. You want to take advantage of the current real estate market. Housing prices are just beginning to level off in many areas, but it’s primarily still a seller’s market.
  2. Your financial situation has changed and you want to lower your mortgage payments. A job change, divorce, serious illness, or death may call for a new living arrangement.
  3. Your family has outgrown your starter home. What was once a cozy little home for two may not be the ideal situation for a family of five.
  4. You’re tired of paying for maintenance and repair bills on an older property. When the most frequent visitors to your home are the plumber, electrician and appliance repair technician, then it may be time for a newer house.
  5. You’ve spent at least five years in your current home and you’re ready to move on. If you have positive equity in your home, then you may be ready to sell.

For more information on getting ready to sell, steps to selling, costs, time it takes and how to move simultaneously from your old home to your new please call, email, or text me.

Five Star award Winner 2011- 2019 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 an accurate list of  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!

Positive trends for first-time home buyers

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First-time buyers have had limited opportunities to purchase affordable housing over the past few years, but the inventory of resale properties has slowly been rising in recent months on a year-over-year basis, reports the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Continued growth in the job market along with rising salaries will also help first-time buyers qualify for affordable home mortgages.

“Rising interest rates coupled with increasing home prices are keeping first-time buyers out of the market, but consistent job gains could allow more Americans to enter the market with a steady and measurable rise in inventory,” says NAR’s chief economist.

The median age of first-time buyers was 32 years old for the third straight year. Not surprisingly, the majority of these buyers were married couples (54 percent), followed by single females (18 percent). The median income was $75,000 and the median purchase price of the home was $203,700.

For the steps to purchasing or more information on buying your first home please call, email, or text me.

Five Star award Winner 2011-2019 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 an accurate list of 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 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!

Un-deck the halls, and clear the clutter

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Un-deck the halls, and clear the clutter

By exercising your decision-making skills, decluttering can actually increase your confidence and help you feel good about yourself, says PsychologyToday.com. Start off the new year by getting organized and you may be surprised at how empowering it feels.

  1. Schedule it. Set aside time to declutter and treat it like an appointment you can’t miss.
  2. Deal with mental clutter first. Put away your phone and other distractions. If you feel resistant to organizing, stop and write down your thoughts on paper. This may help you clear your mind and tackle the task at hand.
  3. Pick a small project. Limit yourself to one drawer or cabinet at a time. “Your resistance will always win if you expect yourself to do a large project all at once,” says com.
  4. Set a timer for 15 minutes. Sort as quickly as possible until the timer goes off. Put things into three piles: keep, maybe and donate. Seeing progress will motivate you to keep going.
  5. Get rid of the donate pile. Put it in your car or schedule a donation pickup ASAP. You’ll feel satisfied when you’ve completed the task, plus you can start enjoying that decluttered space right away.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!