Small Business Saturday!

Did you know that today is officially known as Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday is celebrated the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year and encourages holiday shoppers like you to support the local, brick and mortar, small-town businesses. You can consider these the “mom and pops” in town.

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So, as you plan your weekend of holiday shopping and dining, please remember our local Pendleton businesses…each of whom I won’t be able to name, but here are some highlights: The Flower Cart, Blondie’s Cupcakery, Gaia Herbals, Pizza King, The Bank, the various downtown antique and consignor shops, Jimmie’s Dairy Bar, The Stable, Gathering Grounds, B’Dazzled, Serendipity, Puzzles Restaurant, Head Bangers, 1820 Pizzeria, Sugar Hair Salon…and many more.

Please shop local. Support our small town community. And help our local vendors and shops thrive during this busy holiday shopping season.

A Custom Home Like No Other.

This beautiful, one-of-a-kind Frank Lloyd Wright inspired custom home in Trillium Woods is just five years old and boasts over 3,700 square feet of unique features.

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This incredible two-story, five-bedroom, four-bathroom home was designed and built with attention to every detail. Enjoy a culinary inspired kitchen…perfect for entertaining during the holidays with a huge granite island, stainless steel appliances and prep sink.

Since the home is located within a beautiful wooded area, the architect thoughtfully designed the square footage of what would have been a basement without a view to instead be built upstairs. The home features a large living room, full bathroom and guests rooms. The master bedroom is on the main floor and features a laundry room, while an additional laundry room is also located upstairs. The downstairs features a mud room with a built-in planning desk and cubbies which is a great feature for busy parents.

This home is a true beauty and was just reduced in price to $379,900. Contact us to schedule your showing today.

Giving Thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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I want to take this time to thank my husband and kids first and foremost for supporting me when I decided to launch my own real estate business and build my team. Many of late nights were dedicated to getting clients taken care of deals put together. It’s not easy giving up family time for business. It seems there is never enough time in the day to get it all done!

It’s been a fantastic year for real estate sales. God has blessed me with the talent and skills to be successful in this crazy business. I am thankful for the amazing ladies who I call my co-agents/team. They have been supportive, eager to grow and learn, and dedicated to the team and being top notch agents. THANK YOU Cherri Enea, Dana Bemish, Marlo Davis, Patricia Travis and Michelle Frazier for all you contribute and bring to this organization, and my amazing marketing gals Janel Bantz and Christy Salisbury. Your talents are unmatched and have been remarkable in building the brand.

So, on this a day of “thanksgiving,” I recognize not only the many blessings for which I am grateful, but I also look toward 2014 with excitement to help more buyers and sellers in our community. My team and I aspire to be the preferred agency as we strive to “redefine the real estate experience.”

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Be Smart: Pre-Qualify.

Pre-qualification is one of the smartest things you can do to help your home buying process run smoothly.

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Getting pre-qualified is quick, easy and free. It gives you an estimate in advance of what loan amount you will be able to borrow and determine the loan type that’s right for you. Pre-qualification can even be done online. The lender will review your finances and estimate the amount of loan for which you may qualify. This pre-qualification is not guaranteed or considered to be any type of loan commitment…it’s simply a tool for you to know your borrowing power.

In addition, loan guarantees are offered on a variety of government sponsored mortgage programs and enable mortgage lenders to provide USDA mortgages. What is a USDA home loan? Well, this type of loan assists borrowers who would not traditionally be able to get approved. This loan means zero money down allowing financing up to 100% of the home’s value. USDA loans also provide very competitive fixed interest rates (never an adjustable rate mortgage) and affordable 30-year loan terms. This fixed rate guarantees that your monthly mortgage payments will never increase with a USDA home loan. The only fee associated the USDA rural housing program is a small, one-time funding fee.

So, all this being said, pre-qualification before you shop allows you to budget early on, and set your expectations on what you can afford…and what you might need to get out of your current home if you’re selling too. Once you create your budget and know about how much of a monthly house payment you can comfortably afford, your new home search will be more efficient. Knowing which homes are in your price range and the loan type you will need will save you time and allow your home buying expectations to be met.

If you’re in the search for a new home, I would love to help you! Contact me to get started today. I can help you not only sell your current home, but get you and your family into the home you desire! Connect with me on Facebook too!

Thinking Of Selling Or Buying A Home?

Are you considering selling your home or buying your first home? Now is the time! The Pendleton housing market is strong. Demand exceeds supply and we have many buyers who are waiting for the “right” home to come on the market.

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You will find it interesting to know that Pendleton kicked off Fall with 25 homes sold in September, with an average sales price of just under $169,000…and that was at 96.6% of the list price! (Wow!) We also had 27 new sellers enter the marketplace with an average listing price of $171,159.

The good news for you: we anticipate the holiday season to continue to show strong home sales market.

So if you’re thinking about selling your home, buying one, or know someone who is, please contact me. I know our little town, the people in it, the homes that are about to hit the market and the ones which have recently sold. Not only will I help you as a seller price your home according to our Pendleton market, but I will also strategize the perfect offer when buying your new home.

Let me get to work for you…get your home sold or find your perfect home quickly, at the best price and with little or no stress! Contact me through my web site, Facebook, or email at heather@therealestatepros.us. I look forward to working with you!

My Mobile App. Shopping Made Easy!

Having the latest homes for sale at your fingertips really cannot be any easier than it is right now. The mobile Keller Williams app is a quick download to your phone and allows you to immediately begin searching for homes in the area you’re looking to buy.

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Go the your app store and download the Keller Williams app to your smart phone. When you download it, be sure to enter my agent code KW2GG5QRP. You can get started by choosing the advanced search option to narrow your home search by location, price point, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage and lot size.

Looking for a home seems to be a large task, but with the ease of browsing from your smart phone in your pajamas on your sofa and an easy button tap to connect with me, I like to think I am making it pretty easy.

So download the app and be sure to enter my agent code so you can easily connect with me with questions or to schedule showings on the homes that grab your attention. Let’s find your perfect home!

 

Gear Up for a Cold Winter!

Have you heard that The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which has been publishing since 1792 during George Washington’s first term, has predicted a cold and heavy-snow winter? This famous book is known to have forecasts that are traditionally 80 percent accurate! The almanac is predicting below-normal temperatures and above-normal snowfall during most of the winter across much of the United States.

So, with that being said, here are some tips to get your home winterized and prepare accordingly.

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Clean your gutters. Once the leaves drop, remove them and any other debris from your gutters to help the winter’s melting snow drain properly.

Plug the leaks. Caulk, weather stripping, masonry sealer, tacky tape, window insulation kits and door sweeps go a long way to fix those cracks around windows, doors and outlets. This small fix will help keep the drafts to a minimum.

Program the thermostat. Lower your thermostat during the times of day that you’re not home or are sleeping.

Check your furnace. You’ve probably fired it up by now…make sure it’s working properly. An annual tune-up and cleaning is recommended. Replace filters monthly. Dirty filters restrict airflow.

Add some insulation. Grab a sweater and some fuzzy socks to warm yourself and be sure you have at least one foot of attic insulation.

Reverse the fans. Turn your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise to push warm air downward and re-circulate.

Install storm windows. Especially in our older homes, remove the screens and replace them with the storm windows or doors.

Wrap up pipes. Insulate exposed pipes in unheated spaces with foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation to protect from a pipe burst.

Seal the ducts. A professional technician can test your duct system to be sure they are properly sealed.

Get the gear. Move shovels, snow blowers and ice melt to a convenient spot in your garage. Put an emergency kit in your car too.

Prep the fireplace. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, keep firewood in a handy spot. Check the damper for proper opening and closing.

Secure the foundation. Seal entry points and crawlspaces to keep animals and mice from coming into your warm home.

Stock the pantry. Have extra non-perishable food, candles, matches, batteries and water on hand for possible power outages due to broken, iced-over power lines.

I hope these tips help you keep your home operating efficiently and save you some energy dollars over the winter. Just doing some simple maintenance and care on your home is so worth the savings!