Archive for the 'Uncategorized' Category

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE – WINE, CHEESE AND PEAR JUBILEE

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Wine, Cheese and Pear Julilee

One of Oregon’s premier events is happening next weekend for wine lovers and yes, your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent plans to join in the fun!  Willamette Valley Vineyards is hosting the 7th Annual Wine, Cheese and Pear Jubilee. The jubilee will feature award-winning wines paired with local artisan cheeses and Oregon pears.  Admission is $5 and includes wine and food tasting, along with a complimentary Reidel wine glass.  Dates and hours are March 6th and 7th from 11 am to 6 pm.

Hope to see you there for some of the Willamette Valley’s best local wine, cheeses and pears, and of course, one of the most beautiful views in the Willamette Valley!

pears2

  • Share/Bookmark

Tags: , , ,

SOUTH SALEM OREGON HOME FOR SALE-5713 FLAIRSTONE DR. SE

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

This is it! Your chance to own a 1 owner, single level home, that has been lovingly cared for. This three bedroom, two bath home has vaulted ceilings, large living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room and large master suite with WIC. The kitchen has plenty of storage and a breakfast bar. Nice backyard with large deck.


Single Level One Owner Home!



Overview
Maps
Photos
Description

$209,000
Single Family Home
For Sale
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
Interior: 1485 sqft
Lot: 0.12 acre(s)
Location
5713 Flairstone DR SE
Salem, OR 97306

Mel Wagner

Mel Wagner

Coldwell Banker Mtn. West Real Estate, Inc.
(503) 931-1846
MelWagnerBroker@msn.com
http://www.MelWagnerBroker.com

    

Listed by: Mel Wagner

Our recent listings

Subscribe to our listing feed
See more Salem, OR real estate for sale

Powered By RealBird.com

  • Share/Bookmark

Tags: , ,

SALEM OREGON AREA REAL ESTATE-INDEPENDENCE HISTORICAL HOME FOR SALE

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

SALEM OREGON AREA REAL ESTATE-INDEPENDENCE HISTORICAL HOME FOR SALE!!

If you love historical homes with all the charm and character from yesteryear, you will love this home!!

Don’t miss your chance to own this diamond in the rough historical home that was on the Independence Historical Tour of Homes. This home is loaded with potential and still has the original woodwork and built-ins. The moment you come through the door, you will be stunned by all the charm of yesteryear. With the proper tools and motivation this 5 bedroom, 2 bath home will be back on the tour agian!!!


Looking for a Home in the Downtown Historical District of Independence, Oregon?
Overview

Maps

Photos

Description

$214,900
Single Family Home
For Sale
Main Features
5 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
Interior: 2562 sqft
Lot: 0.15 acre(s)
Location
92 Log Cabin ST N
Independence, OR 97351

Mel Wagner Mel Wagner

Coldwell Banker Mtn. West Real Estate, Inc.
(503) 931-1846
MelWagnerBroker@msn.com
http://www.MelWagnerBroker.com

Listed by: Mel Wagner

Our recent listings

Subscribe to our listing feed
See more Independence, OR real estate for sale

Powered By RealBird.com

  • Share/Bookmark

Tags: , ,

SELLERS, SELLERS, SELLERS-WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

SELLERS, SELLERS, SELLERS-WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?  THIS TITLE MAY BE A DEAD GIVEAWAY THAT I HAVE NOT HAD A GOOD SHOWING, AND THERE IS SOMETHING THAT COULD BE DONE ABOUT IT!!

21733747_thm

So, I may have already “showed my hand” on this blog by my title, but really-this needs to be addressed!  For the sake of Real Estate Agents and Buyers everywhere.

I have this wonderful family that has been searching for “the home” for a few months now.  We are limited to a small town in the Salem Oregon area/Polk County.  The amount of listings that come on the market each month is limited because it is a smaller town.

We had a good one, or so it sounded, come on the market.  So, we immediately set up a time the following evening to view this wonderful home.   I arrived before the buyers and obtained the key from the contractor’s box on the front door.  I then proceeded to open the front door.  What happened next, I cannot even describe with appropriate words.  Here is this lovely home, in a well established neighborhood, where all of the other homes are kept up.  The door opened and I immediately was blown over by one of the worst dog/urine smells I have encountered.  So, okay, I am a trooper, and my buyers were really excited about this home from the outside.  I knew right away, there is NO WAY I would be able to spend any time at all in this home without some fresh air.  So the first thing I did was open all outside doors for some air, and then bravely sauntered through to turn on the lights.

Shortly thereafter, my wonderful buyers arrived.   I met them at the door to welcome them, and they stepped inside.  Now, in some areas of the home, the smell was not as bad at this point.  Mind you, the sellers did have the carpet cleaned, and had two rooms that they were going to replace the carpet.  Unfortunately, those are the two rooms that do not have the extra thick carpet.   My buyers liked the layout, the backyard is fabulous…. we have discussed the smell somewhat, and that my buyers would rather have a flooring credit than new carpet in the two rooms that are planned to have new carpet.   As we spend more time on this other plush carpet… we are really noticing that the biggest smells are coming from these rooms.  As we stand in the kitchen, where there is no carpet, debating on an appropriate offer, considering all the flooring will need to be replaced, and possibly some sub flooring….  I am now itching, really itching…. and trying to be cool about changing from one foot to the other, scratching my legs…. one of my buyers says….. “I’m sorry, I have to go outside”.  Okay, I had been feeling a little itchy, okay, maybe a lot itchy.   All of sudden we are all scratching madly as we make our way through to be sure the doors are locked, and the lights are off.  By the time that we are outside discussing the home, I am scratching everywhere, not just my legs, as are the buyers.

Sellers, when people cannot even remain in your home…. that may be a sign that you need to replace all of the flooring, or at least set off a bug bomb or two.

Needless to say, as much as my buyers loved the layout and the backyard.  We will not be making an offer on this home. Yes, once I shook off my pants legs and entered my car, I did lift up the legs of my pants in between scratching my head to see if there was anything crawling on me.   Thankfully, it was my last appointment on Friday night and I headed home at high speed.   I am blessed to have a hardwood entry on my main level that leads to the laundry room where I immediately put my clothing in the washer, wrapped up in a folded towel from the top of the dryer, and hit the shower. To my great delight, after the shower, the itching had stopped.

Sellers, smell is a very important part of getting your home sold.  If your real estate agent makes suggestions for you because of the smell of your home due to pets, or anything else…. listen to them!  If you have animals, be prepared that you may have fleas or other irritants….   take care of these issues before you list home and you won’t lose good buyers……

Thanks for listening to my vent for February….  I don’t think I can top this one, this month….. at least I hope not!!

22210458_thm

  • Share/Bookmark

Tags: , , , , ,

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-SELLERS-LET’S TALK ABOUT CURB APPEAL PART 2

Monday, February 1st, 2010

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-SELLERS-LET’S TALK ABOUT CURB APPEAL PART 2. HELPFUL TIPS ON GETTING YOUR HOME SOLD FROM YOUR SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AGENT.

In Part 1 of “ Sellers, Let’s Talk About Curb Appeal” we set the groundwork for the basics, in Part 2 we will go more in depth on the subject of curb appeal.

21568067_thm

Improving the appearance of the driveway can be as easy and inexpensive as cleaning up oil spills, pressure washing to remove mildew or moving extra cars to another location. For damaged driveways, excessive cracks may be more unsightly if they’re filled with patches. In this case, resurfacing the driveway may be necessary.

Landscaping and lawn maintenance create the backdrop for the house. Like the scenery in a play, it showcases the main attraction. In his book, Sell It Yourself, Ralph Roberts vividly describes the ideal lawn. “You want your yard to look like a golf course fairway – lush, green and meticulously maintained.” This requires filling bare spots with grass plugs or sod, applying fertilizer and bug killer, and regularly watering the lawn.

For those with little spare time, it may be worth the money to hire a maintenance service to shape up your yard and keep it maintained as long as your house is on the market.

Add some color with a flowerbed or two of various annuals. A newly mowed and edged lawn accented with flowers makes a good first impression. The yard should look clean and green…with a few splashes of color.

Of course, once the lawn is golf course quality, you don’t want to spoil the effect with a cluttered yard. Neatly trim bushes and hedges so they accent the yard. Keep leaves raked and walkways swept daily. Trash cans, hoses, yard tools and toys should be stored in the garage or a shed. And while lawn ornaments – pink flamingos, elves, concrete geese or a statue of David – may make your life brighter, someone else might find them offensive. Put them in storage.

Want the most dramatic improvement in appearance for the best value? Paint the exterior of your house, including trim, window frames, shutters, gutters and downspouts, mailbox and front door. Opt for neutral shades of white, light grey, or pale beige, which are more universal.

If the existing paint on the outer walls is in good shape, consider touching up everything else in the list. This will make the house look brighter.

The front door is the transition area. At its best, it carries the pleasant look of the lawn – and the opinion of the buyer – over the threshold of the house. At worst, it undoes everything you achieved with the lawn and casts a pallor on the rest of the house. The buyer won’t miss the entryway, so the seller must not overlook it. Pressure wash the front steps, railings, and door. Clean out light fixtures, replace burnt-out bulbs and fix the broken doorbell. If the door is solid and in good working condition, give it a fresh coat of paint. If it’s damaged, cheaply made or otherwise unsightly, invest in a new, hardwood door. When this is done, add the final touch to the threshold: A brand-new doormat. After all, with all the work you just finished doing to spruce up the place, you want buyers to feel welcome.

By the way, Pam’s place now looks like a European country house, complete with shadow boxes, a wrought iron gate and English gardens. But the very first thing she did was paint the exterior…soft beige.

I hope you found these tips helpful to get you started on some great curb appeal for your Salem Oregon Home for Sale. For more selling tips from your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent check out:

  1. The Bathroom – Part 1
  2. The Bathroom – Part 2

If you are considering selling your Salem Oregon Home, feel free to contact me for any questions that you may have, and a copy of my free book, “How To Sell Your House For Top Dollar, Fast“.

  • Share/Bookmark

Tags: , , ,

SALEM OREGON HOME FOR SALE-NEW TO THE MARKET-AND IT’S A CUTIE!! 4105 MARKET ST NE

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AND HOMES FOR SALE-NEW LISTING!! What a cutie!! 3/1 with formal dining room and large living room with wood burning fireplace. All the charm of yesteryear with arched doorways and hardwood floors. Third bedroom is above garage and not included in sq ft. Fenced backyard. Close to shopping, bus line, I-5, Boys and Girls Club and more! Buyers, buy this home with confidence-the sellers are buying you a 1 year AHS Home Warranty.


What a Cutie!! 3/1 with Fenced Backyard.



Overview
Maps
Photos
Description

$159,900
Single Family Home
For Sale
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
1 Bathroom
Interior: 1148 sqft
Lot: 0.14 acre(s)
Location
4105 Market ST NE
Salem, OR 97301

Mel Wagner

Mel Wagner

Coldwell Banker Mtn. West Real Estate, Inc.
(503) 931-1846
MelWagnerBroker@msn.com
http://www.MelWagnerBroker.com

Listed by: Mel Wagner

Our recent listings

Subscribe to our listing feed
See more Salem, OR real estate for sale

Powered By RealBird.com

  • Share/Bookmark

HOME FOR SALE IN SALEM OREGON-1570 COTTAGE ST SE

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE FOR SALE.  Charming cottage located in the beautiful Historic District of downtown Salem, and less than 1 block from Bush Park. Home remodeled in 1983. Hardwood floors and tons of storage and built ins. Newer gas furnace, CAC, UGS and appliances. Fenced backyard with large deck. Close to downtown shopping, restaurants, WU, State Offices and Salem Hospital.


Charming cottage located in the beautiful historic district of downtown Salem.



Overview
Maps
Photos
Features
Description

$189,900
Single Family Home
For Sale
Main Features
1 Bedroom
1 Bathroom
Interior: 869 sqft
Lot: 0.11 acre(s)
Location
1570 Cottage ST SE
Salem, OR 97302

Mel Wagner

Mel Wagner

Coldwell Banker Mtn. West Real Estate, Inc.
(503) 931-1846
MelWagnerBroker@msn.com
http://www.MelWagnerBroker.com

Listed by: Mel Wagner

Our recent listings

Subscribe to our listing feed
See more Salem, OR real estate for sale

Powered By RealBird.com

  • Share/Bookmark

Tags: ,

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-SPEND A LITTLE…GET A LOT-SELLER TIPS PART 1

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-SPEND A LITTLE…GET A LOT-SELLER TIPS  PART 1

The” Spend a Little….Get a Lot” series will be very short articles with a few quick, inexpensive tips to help you get your home ready to sell, and to help you pocket more money .

  • Holiday displays, including Christmas cards, should be removed and stored by the first week in January.
  • Use degreaser and a razor blade to make basement windows crystal-clear.
  • Remember to put away valuables while showing your home.  Expensive jewelry belongs in a safe deposit box.
  • Have long-stemmed artificial flowers to pack?  Ask your local florist for a couple of boxes wholesalers use to deliver fresh flowers to florists.
  • Even if your entire house doesn’t need to be painted, putting a fresh coat of paint in a new color on the door and trim may keep a couple thousand dollars on your sale price.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to call professional painters because their schedules may be filled.  Hire them as soon as you make the decision to sell.

33378386_thm

HOW TO AVOID THE MOST EXPENSIVE MISTAKES THAT SMART PEOPLE MAKE WHEN THEY SELL A HOME…..

Basing their asking price on needs or emotion, rather than on market value.

Many times, people make their pricing decisions based on how much they paid for or invested into their home.  This can be an expensive mistake.  Overpriced homes take longer to sell and eventually net the seller less money.  Consult with a professional real estate agent.  They can assist you in pricing your home correctly from the beginning.

  • Share/Bookmark

TOP FIVE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR DOGS

Friday, January 1st, 2010

HERE IS A LITTLE HUMOR ON THIS NEW YEAR’S DAY FROM SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AND HOMES FOR SALE.  HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVERYONE!!  MAY YOUR YEAR BE FILLED WITH GOOD HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND MUCH SUCCESS!!

33349456_thb

5.    I will not suddenly stand straight up when I am lying under the coffee table.

4.  I will no longer be beholden to the sound of the can opener.

3.  I resolve to get a bite into the guy who gives me shots every year.

2.  I WILL break into the pantry and decide for myself how much food is “too” much.

And the #1 New Year’s resolution made by dogs……

1.  I will not chase the stick until I see it leave the hand!!

  • Share/Bookmark

Tags: , , , , , ,

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AND HOMES FOR SALE-HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Friday, December 25th, 2009
SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AND HOMES FOR SALE WISHES YOU A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!! 
21528119_thm
From my family to yours….sending wishes for a very Merry Christmas full of fun, excitement and warm family memories!!

This twist on The Night Before Christmas was sent to me by a friend.  I thought it was cute, and don’t remember seeing it before.  Enjoy!

‘Twas the night before Christmas & out on the ranch
The pond was froze over & so was the branch.
The snow was piled up belly-deep to a mule.
The kids were all home on vacation from school,
And happier young folks you never did see-
Just all sprawled around a-watchin’ TV.
Then suddenly, some time around 8 o’clock,
There came a surprise that gave them a shock!
The power went off, the TV went dead!
When Grandpa came in from out in the shed
With an armload of wood, the house was all dark.
“Just what I expected,” they heard him remark.
“Them power line wires must be down from the snow.
Seems sorta like times on the ranch long ago.”
“I’ll hunt up some candles,” said Mom.  “With their light,
And the fireplace, I reckon we’ll make out all right.”
The teen-agers all seemed enveloped in gloom.
Then Grandpa came back from a trip to his room,
Uncased his old fiddle & started to play
That old Christmas song about bells on a sleigh.
Mom started to sing, & 1st thing they knew
Both Pop & the kids were all singing it, too.
They sang Christmas carols, they sang “Holy Night,”
Their eyes all a-shine in the ruddy firelight.
They played some charades Mom recalled from her youth,
And Pop read a passage from God’s Book of Truth.
They stayed up till midnight-and, would you believe,
The youngsters agreed ’twas a fine Christmas Eve.
Grandpa rose early, some time before dawn;
And when the kids wakened, the power was on.
“The power company sure got the line repaired quick,”
Said Grandpa – & no one suspected his trick.
Last night, for the sake of some old-fashioned fun,
He had pulled the main switch – the old Son-of-a-Gun!
-anonymous
3d1
  • Share/Bookmark