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Salem Oregon Real Estate-West Salem Neighborhoods-Chatnika Heights

Salem Oregon neighborhood information from your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent/Consultant.

Chatnika Heights is located in West Salem, which is across the bridge and part of Polk County.  Chatnika Heights is home to a large selection of single-level, two story and split entry homes.  Chatnika Heights is located just outside of the city limits on Glenn Creek Road just past Doaks Ferry Road.  One great benefit of owning a home in Chatnika Heights is that it does sit outside of the city limits. Therefore, your property taxes are lower because you are not paying any city taxes.  This also means that your monthly payments will be lower if your loan includes a reserve account for property taxes.

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Chatnika Heights

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Chatnika Heights

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Chatnika Heights

Most of the homes in this area were built in the 60’s and 70’s.  However, you will find some homes that were built more recently, including some in the past 10 years.  There are many different styles, and streets have mature landscaping and are tree-lined.

If you live on Willow Creek, Lakeview or 31st Ct. you may be treated to a lovely backyard view of a private lake depending on where your home is located.

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Private Lake View

Many other homes in this neighborhood also have lovely views.  Whether you are looking for a wooded view, or a view across the river to Downtown Salem, there is a home in Chatnika Heights that will give you the view you are looking for.

We are in our rainy season right now, but if the views are this lovely during the rainy season, you can imagine how beautiful they are on a nice Spring or Summer day.

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Chatnika View

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For more information on homes available in the Chatnika Heights neighborhood, or homes in any neighborhood in the Salem Area, you can call me direct at 503-931-1846 or email me at MelWagnerBroker@msn.com.

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SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-SOUTH SALEM NEIGHBORHOODS-ROCK RIDGE ESTATES

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-SOUTH SALEM NEIGHBORHOODS-ROCK RIDGE ESTATES

SALEM OREGON NEIGHBORHOOD INFORMATION FROM YOUR SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AGENT

Rock Ridge Estates is a beautiful subdivision that is located in South Salem.  Rock Ridge is close to shopping, parks, and the freeway.   If you are looking for a new, or newer home, then Rock Ridge Estates is a great place to start your home search as construction on these homes started in 2005 and continues today.  Home prices vary depending on location, size and view ranging from $300K to $700K.  Some of the builders in Rock Ridge Estates are J.R. Loney Construction, Rick Massey Construction, Sunco Homes and John Hammer, Jr.  These builders have all won Builder of the Year awards from the local Homebuilder’s Association, and some have served as past presidents of the organization.  Many of the homes in this subdivision have been on the Tour of Homes in past years, and a few have had the additional title of being the New Product House for the year.  New Product Houses are built with all of the latest “goodies” from that year.  Also, many of these homes and available lots have gorgeous views.

As of this posting, I currently have two new construction listings under construction by J. R. Loney construction, and one view lot available for a custom build.    These two homes that are under construction, 2050 Soapstone and 2070 Soapstone will be completed in time for the tax credit, if you are hoping to take advantage of the credit.  For more information about these two homes and lot, or any homes in Rock Ridge Estates, you may contact me at 503-931-1846 or email me at MelWagnerBroker@msn.com.


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SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-NEW CONSTRUCTION-ROCK RIDGE ESTATES $345,000

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AND HOMES FOR SALE-NEW CONSTRUCTION-ROCK RIDGE ESTATES $345,000


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



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$345,000
New Construction
For Sale
Main Features
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
http://www.MelWagnerBroker.com

    

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SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-NEW CONSTRUCTION-ROCK RIDGE ESTATES $319,900

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AND HOMES FOR SALE-NEW CONSTRUCTION-ROCK RIDGE ESTATES $319,900



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
http://www.MelWagnerBroker.com

    

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ROCK RIDGE ESTATES-NEW CONSTRUCTION BY J. R. LONEY-2050 SOAPSTONE AVE SE SALEM OREGON


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



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$345,000
New Construction
For Sale
Main Features
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
http://www.MelWagnerBroker.com

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

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
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

    

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SELLERS, SELLERS, SELLERS-WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?

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!!

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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!!

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

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.

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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“.

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SALEM OREGON HOME FOR SALE-PRICE REDUCED-655 DIAN AVE NW

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE AND HOMES FOR SALE HAS A NEW PRICE REDUCTION AT 655 DIAN AVE IN NW SALEM.

This is a fantastic home and a definite must visit. Dian is a lovely single level 4/3 in well established neighborhood. The 4th bedroom is oversized and could be a large family room, bonus room or possible dual living. Private, fenced backyard with mature landscaping and concrete pathways. Newer furnace with electrostatic air cleaner, CAC, roof, leaf guard gutter system, garage door and openers, updated plumbing and exterior paint.


Lovely Single Level 4/3 in West Salem



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$229,999
Single Family Home
For Sale
Main Features
4 Bedrooms
3 Bathrooms
Interior: 2191 sqft
Lot: 0.18 acre(s)
Location
655 Dian Ave NW
Salem, OR 97304

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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FIRST TIME OPEN HOUSE 4643 Kingston CT, Salem OR 1/03/10 1-3 pm

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-HOME FOR SALE-OPEN HOUSE AT 4643 Kingston CT. in Salem, Oregon.  This open house is  one of my newer listings, and is a first time open.  This is a lovely 3/2 single level located on a cul-de-sac.  It has a large, fenced backyard and many updates.   For more information you can call me directly at 503-931-1846.


Salem, Oregon home for Sale. Single Level 3/2 with large fenced backyard.
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Open House
$189,000
Single Family Home
For Sale
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
Interior: 1254 sqft
Lot: 0.16 acre(s)
Location
4643 Kingston CT NE
Salem, OR 97305

Mel Wagner Mel Wagner

Coldwell Banker Mtn. West Real Estate, Inc.
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