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9 Ways homeowners can save on utility costs

  1. Wash full loads of dishes and clothes.
  2. Air-dry dishes, sheets and lightweight clothing, whenever possible.
  3. Use timers and motion sensors to turn lights off and on.
  4. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater to 120°
  5. Use weatherstripping and caulking around doors and windows to prevent drafts.
  6. Regularly replace HVAC filters, and have a licensed professional inspect your heating and cooling systems twice a year.
  7. Use spray foam insulation to seal gaps around pipes, chimneys, lights, windows, and brickwork.
  8. Invest in a programmable thermostat to conserve resources and money.
  9. As they burn out, replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs or CFLs.

In addition, contact your utility company and ask if they offer a free home energy audit. According to AmericaSaves.org, energy lost from a basement, unfinished room, attic, or garage can be an expensive waste of money. Sealing leaky ductwork can provide additional savings.

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!

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A low home appraisal can stall mortgage approval

What happens when a buyer and seller agree on a price, but then the lender’s appraisal comes back lower than the agreed-upon amount? Until the financing is approved, the deal can fall through. This is why you see the words “Contract Pending” on the agent’s yard sign.

Approximately 10 percent of real estate agents report on a monthly basis that a low home appraisal negatively impacted a sale, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Here are some ways that sellers and buyers can protect themselves from a low appraisal.

Sellers

  • Before you list your property, pay to have an appraisal done. In a seller’s market where some buyers are making offers significantly above the listing price, sellers need to understand how critical the appraisal is to closing the deal.
  • Do your homework and use a qualified appraiser who has a membership designation such as SRA or MAI from the Appraisal Institute.
  • Be sure the appraiser is comparing your home to the latest data about homes just sold or under contract in your area. Also, highlight any improvements to your home or landscaping that may positively affect the selling price.

Buyers

  • Ask your lender to choose one name among 2 or 3 qualified appraisers that you recommend.
  • Meet with the appraiser when the inspection is being done, and ask questions about the process.
  • If you receive a low appraisal, follow up and ask questions. The appraiser or supervisor may have overlooked the newest information.

I anticipate this happening more in the future. For information on pricing your home, or buy strategically to do all possible to prevent appraisal woes, please call, email, or text me to talk more about it.

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!

 

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!

5 Tips to add attractive value to your home

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Here are five home improvements that can enhance your own enjoyment, as well as increase your property’s value at resale time, according to HouseLogic.com.

  1. Crown molding. Upgrading to crown molding can make a room feel bigger, taller and more elegant. Wood moldings are available in a variety of styles that can be stained, painted or left natural. Some moldings feature indirect LED soft lighting.
  2. Ceiling fans. Replacing old, unattractive ceiling fans can enhance the entire look of a room. Choose a quality fan with the Energy Star label to get the best cooling results and least amount of noise. A “hugger” ceiling fan that’s flush-mounted is ideal for rooms with a low ceiling height.
  3. A mature tree can add between $1,000-$10,000 to the appraised value of a property. Trees growing along the street in front of a house can increase its resale value by an average of more than $8,500, according to numerous studies of appraisal reports.
  4. Deck or patio. If your property doesn’t have an outdoor living space such as a deck or patio, it’s a sound investment to make. Rebuilding a deck or expanding a patio can also offer a good return.
  5. Landscape lighting. A well-lit exterior can highlight the most attractive features of your property as well as help to deter would-be burglars. In addition, many homeowners insurance policies offer lower rates for motion-sensor lighting systems.

For more information on adding value to your home please call,e mail, or text me to talk more about it.

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!

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***

Three things to consider before buying a townhome.

townhome3 Points to Consider Before Buying a Townhome

Ready to downsize? Looking for a property that’s maintenance-free? A townhome might be for you. Here are points to consider before buying a townhome.

  • Are you ready to share a wall with a neighbor? This may be an unexpected point to consider, but if you’ve spent most of your homeownership years with a lot of space between your house and the neighbors, it’s something to discuss.
  • What are your outside space expectations? Many townhomes will feature decks, patios and/or small yards, but some will not. Think about how much you spend your leisure time outside, and whether the townhome complex has green space or nearby parks.
  • Do you like the idea of an HOA? Most townhomes will have a homeowners association. For a monthly or annual fee you will receive benefits such as lawn care, a party room or clubhouse, workout center, and monitored security.

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***