SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-HOMES FOR SALE. SELLERS, LIGHTS PLEASE!!

Helpful tips on getting your home sold from your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent.

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Lights, please??  You may be asking what your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent is talking about with this article of  our Seller, Get Top Dollar Tips.  Everyone has lights in their house, obviously-but is your lighting helping or hurting the sale of your home?

Quick example of the importance of lighting:

Professor Von Helsing approaches the house with trepidation – the lone light is from the moon and even that scarcely illuminates the entry way.  He wonders what horrors are hidden in the shadows…

A potential buyer for Count Dracula’s castle might also question what is tucked in the dark corners and hallways of the eerie abode.

Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, and old Hollywood horror-movie directors understood the impact proper lighting has on a situation.  A multitude of horrible, dirty, dangerous, unsightly, disgusting surprises can be lurking about, waiting for the most opportune time to make their presence known.

But while Von Helsing overcame his fears and entered the castle despite them, potential homebuyers may not make it past the unlit foyer, no matter how attractive it is.  If buyers can’t SEE it, they can’t love it.  Even worse, they can fear the unseen (and quite possibly insignificant) qualities, and become uneasy in a home that may be just perfect for them.

Lighting can be a relatively inexpensive but effective way to highlight the positive qualities of your home or downplay areas that are less attractive.

The most desirable and inexpensive lighting is natural sunlight.  The easiest way to capitalize on this natural resource is to show your home during the daytime when the sun is shining brightly, throwing open blinds or shades, de-cluttering windowsills, and washing panes to allow light inside.  This is also a good time to move Aunt Gerties’s antique walnut wardrobe away from the window.  To do its job, light needs to enter a room unhindered.

Unless your window overlooks a neighbor’s collection of rusting cars or a grimy, graffiti-ridden wall of the building next door, it’s good to keep curtains open when showing your home.  It makes the room look bigger and more inviting. If the view is less than attractive, hang sheer curtains over the window that will allow some light in while subtly distracting the buyer’s attention from the unsightly scene.

If the house is dark with few or very narrow windows, take heart.  A trip to your local home improvement store can lighten things up quickly.  Even naturally lit houses can benefit from the addition of appropriate electric lighting.

Begin by slowly walking through your house, taking special care to flip all switches and look at each light fixture and lamp.  Are there burnt-out bulbs that need to be replaced?  Keep a list of all the size bulbs you need to purchase.

In part 2 of Sellers-Lights Please, we will discuss in more detail how to get the best lighting for your home.  Until then, remember, lights are for the living!!

For more tips on getting your home sold visit the rest of this series:

Sellers Top Dollar Series

Thinking of selling your home, or just want to know what it might sell for in the current market?  Call me direct at 503-931-1846.

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One Owner Home – Move-in Ready!



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$239,900
Single Family Home
For Sale
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3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
Interior: 1709 sqft
Lot: 0.14 acre(s)
Location
5457 Sugar Plum
Salem, OR 97306

Mel Wagner

Mel Wagner

Coldwell Banker Mtn. West Real Estate, Inc.
(503) 931-1846
MelWagnerBroker@msn.com
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Single Level Move-In Ready Home!!



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$219,900
Single Family Home
For Sale
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3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
Interior: 1496 sqft
Lot: 0.12 acre(s)
Location
2825 Vintage Ave SE
Salem, OR 97306

Mel Wagner

Mel Wagner

Coldwell Banker Mtn. West Real Estate, Inc.
(503) 931-1846
MelWagnerBroker@msn.com
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Listed by: Mel Wagner

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Rock Ridge Estates-Completed in Time for You to Get Your Tax Credit!!



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$319,900
New Construction
For Sale
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
Interior: 2350 sqft
Lot: 0.16 acre(s)
Location
2070 Soapstone Ave SE
Salem, OR 97306

Mel Wagner

Mel Wagner

Coldwell Banker Mtn. West Real Estate, Inc.
(503) 931-1846
MelWagnerBroker@msn.com
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Rock Ridge Estates-Completed in Time for You to Get Your Tax Credit!!



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$345,000
New Construction
For Sale
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3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
1 Partial Bathroom
Interior: 2700 sqft
Lot: 00 sqft
Location
2050 Soapstone Ave SE
Salem, OR 97306

Mel Wagner

Mel Wagner

Coldwell Banker Mtn. West Real Estate, Inc.
(503) 931-1846
MelWagnerBroker@msn.com
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YOUR SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AGENT TOOK A BREAK TODAY FROM THE SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE MARKET!

It was a lovely day today in Salem, Oregon.  The sun was shining and it was just a beautiful day.  I had scheduled today off to enjoy the Wine, Cheese and Pear Jubilee at Willamette Valley Vineyards, and let me just say, we were not disappointed.  The wines were great, as were the pears and cheese.  The view was awesome from the deck at Willamette Valley Vineyards.  The Jubilee is still going on tomorrow from 11 am to 6 pm.  We highly recommend buying the cheese box and a glass of wine once you are done tasting, and enjoying the lovely view.

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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!

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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!



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$209,000
Single Family Home
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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

    

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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?
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$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.
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SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-SPEND A LITTLE, GET A LOT SELLERS TIPS PART 2

33378386_thmIt’s time for the second installment of our Spend a Little, Get a Lot series for Salem Oregon Home Sellers courtesy of your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent.   When preparing your home for sale, there are many quick and easy tips that can get your home in top showing condition.  Here are a few more to get started on:

  • Don’t have the time to keep the house clean?  Consider hiring a cleaning service to keep your house in shape while it’s on the market.
  • If your wall-to-wall carpet looks fine except for a couple of worn spots, have it professionally cleaned and cover the imperfect areas with small rugs.
  • Make sure stairways are safe by freeing them of toys or slippery mats, securing the handrail, and installing good lighting.
  • 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.
  • Keep your lawn looking thick and green by fertilizing during the appropriate season.

Now, mind you on the carpet tip-a good buyer’s agent will look under your throw rugs.  So, you aren’t trying to hide anything from the buyer concerning the carpet, you are just trying to give the home an overall better presentation.

If you are considering selling your home and would like more tips on preparing your home for selling, or would like a complimentary market analysis to give you a better idea of what your home will sell for in the current market, you can contact me directly at 503-931-1846.

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Spend a Little, Get a Lot Part 1

Salem Oregon Sellers Top Dollar Series

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