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Choosing a Home Security System for Your Roseburg OR Home

by Mary Gilbert


The home security business is booming, and with so many different brands, subscriptions, and DIY systems, it’s hard to decide what’s right for you and your home.  Let’s take some confusion out of the process with these tips and suggestions:
 

 

  • - First, decide on whether you need round-the-clock monitoring, or if you want to keep an eye on things yourself using your smart phone. 
     

  • - Major strides have been made over the past few years with third-party monitoring systems, and many companies offer apps for your phone so that you, as well as the company, can watch over things. 
     

  • - Most monitoring companies offer a free trial period as well, some up to 30 days.  If you’re not happy, you don’t have to commit to their service and worry about extra fees if you cancel before the trial period is up.  Ask before you commit. 
     

  • If you’re a renter, and worry about the permanent installation, most companies are offering wireless sensors and cameras that can be moved as you move. 
     

  • - For the DIYer, you or someone you know should be comfortable with setting up your system, not only the physical installation, but connecting it to your home’s internet or home management system. 
     

  • Safewise.com ranks their favorite 24-hour, monthly fee-based systems, and gives you all their pros and cons for each company. 
     

  • - Find the self-monitoring system that will work best for you with safehome.org‘s top systems, as well as their highest-ranked third-party systems. 
     

  • - Is there an elderly person in your life that lives alone?  Consider purchasing a security system for them, and Safe Home offers their favorites for ease-of-use and cost. 

 

There have been so many improvements to home security systems to accommodate busy families and the ease-of-use for setting and deactivating the alarm system as you come and go, you can find a system that best fits not only your home’s needs, but your family’s needs as well.  If you decide on a third-party service, make sure you budget accordingly, since there is a monthly fee, and usually a cancellation fee if you change your mind mid-contract. 
 

Contact the experts on The Mary Gilbert Group for all your Real Estate needs! 541.371.5500 or sold@marygilbert.com. 

Photo credit: PCMag.com

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
172 NE Rifle Range St, Roseburg, OR  97470

Comfort and quality meet today’s busy lifestyle at this beautiful townhouse condo in desirable Waterstone Crossing! This two story end unit offers 3 spacious bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a stylish kitchen, newer roof, carpeting and interior paint in 2016, crown molding, built ins and neutral colors, plus exterior building maintenance, garbage and landscaping all included in HOAs for low maintenance living.  A sun filled living room sets the scene for entertaining and family function with a cozy fireplace and bay window. A delicious kitchen complete with brand new stainless steel appliances, glistening granite counters, a breakfast bar and tons of cabinet space is sure to impress. The dining area is perfect for casual meals or elegant parties and easily lets you take the fun outside through sliding doors to the concrete patio in the fenced yard. The first floor laundry helps you keep things organized and tidy. Heading upstairs you will find three generously sized bedrooms including the master suite with plush carpeting, abundant closet space, a bay window and private bath. Three parking spaces included. With easy access to shopping, dining and recreational activities you will appreciate this prime location. Pack your bags and come on over, we are sure you will want to stay.

Mary Gilbert, Licensed Realtor in Oregon has distinguished herself as a leader in the Roseburg OR real estate market. Mary assists buyers looking for Roseburg OR real estate for sale and aggressively markets Roseburg OR homes for sale. 

Mary, Licensed Realtor in Oregon brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Roseburg OR home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future –Mary Gilbert of Keller Williams Realty Umpqua Valley will help make the most of your Roseburg OR real estate experience. Give her a call today, 541-371-5500, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
4055 Azalea-Glen Road, Glendale, OR  97442

If privacy, peace and quiet are what you have been searching for, then do we have the property for you! This rural farmhouse sites on 9.72 acres and is zoned RR (Rural Residential -2 acre minimum). Ideal for multiple family set up with a 2 acre parcel and 7.72 acre parcel that has a home, plus view area for a second homesite. The farmhouse features 3 bedrooms and a full bath, a wood stove, wood floors and ceiling fans. The carport is great for your vehicle storage, plus there is enough space on the property for all your tools, toys and hobbies including plenty of areas for gardening. You will enjoy listening to the birds chirp, crickets sing and wildlife visitors as you explore this wooded setting. Appreciate the convenient location with easy access to I-5. Let’s go take a look!

Mary Gilbert, Licensed Realtor in Oregon has distinguished herself as a leader in the Roseburg OR real estate market. Mary assists buyers looking for Roseburg OR real estate for sale and aggressively markets Roseburg OR homes for sale. 

Mary, Licensed Realtor in Oregon brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Roseburg OR home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future –Mary Gilbert of Keller Williams Realty Umpqua Valley will help make the most of your Roseburg OR real estate experience. Give her a call today, 541-371-5500, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Exploring Roseburg Oregon: Winter Strings Concert

by Mary Gilbert


January 22, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Come enjoy children of the Douglas County Youth Orchestra performing on stage with violins, cellos, and bass instruments. They will be playing classical pieces that will be sweet music to your ears! 

The concert will be held at:

First United Methodist Church
1771 W Harvard Ave.
Roseburg, OR 97471

Courtesy of The Mary Gilbert Group

Photo Credit: visitroseburg.com

Is it Time for New Windows?

by Mary Gilbert


Whether you just bought your home or you’ve owned it a while, it can be easy to overlook the windows that open it up to the world, as if they didn’t even exist. Even if you don’t, you probably know that a lot of glass and natural light is awesome, but it comes at a cost. As windows age and homes settle, windows can distort ever slow slightly. It’s not enough that you’d notice, at least until the first cold blasts of Arctic air are blowing into your home.

 

Short of waiting for a major blowing snowstorm, how can you if it’s time for new windows? And what do you do if it is? We’ll walk you through it. Read on, reader!

 

Signs Your Windows are Giving Up the Ghost

When it comes to the big things in your house, windows are pretty huge. On the hassle scale, replacing windows is up there with a new roof or trying to retile the busiest room in your home. Unfortunately, these are all jobs that you’ll eventually need to tackle, but sometimes you can make repairs rather than start a replacement project that will eat up your money, your time and turn your home into a construction zone.

 

Starting at a few hundred dollars each, a house full of windows can be a huge investment that you’re unlikely to get back. Before you go window hunting, check this list to see if buying new windows is the right move after all:

 

  • Are your energy bills climbing or already high? A significant rise in your utility bills over the last year, or even five years, that comes from an increased use of power or gas and not simply a rate hike means you’re leaking somewhere. Windows are often the culprit. If you can borrow an infrared camera, you can track exactly where the energy loss is coming from. If you don’t have a friend with such fun toys, many home pros offer this service. Check HomeKeepr for a referral.
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  • Are they tricky to open or won’t stay open without a prop? Really old windows may have a problem staying open because their corded weights have broken after decades of use and fallen into the interior space between the window and the wall. Newer windows might refuse to close because they’ve shifted ever so slightly. Either way, these are windows that are a huge pain to operate. That alone can be a good reason to replace them.
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  • Can you hear your neighbors when you’re indoors? Cars, kids and pets, they’re all part of living in most communities, but they also make a lot of noise. Good quality windows will help reduce the volume, though none can block noise entirely. If you can hear your neighbor’s car like it’s in your own driveway, you definitely need to consider a window replacement.
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  • Do you wake up to condensation between the window glass panes? A small amount of condensation isn’t really anything to worry about, but when it’s widespread or happens every day and hangs around for most of it, your window pane seal has probably been compromised. Sometimes you can contact the manufacturer or the reseller where the window came from and order a replacement pane, but they can be difficult to install and costly, which is why many people choose new windows at this stage. A window with a busted seal is one that’s costing you serious cash. The air trapped between those two (or three) panes of glass act as insulation, reducing the rate at which the window cools.
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  • Is there extensive damage? Sometimes the damage to your windows can’t really be seen until you open them up, examine moving parts closely and, when necessary, remove some trim to look for rot that’s hidden inside the wall. Small sections of damage can sometimes be repaired, but larger areas indicate that you need to fix whatever cause the damage in the first place and then replace that window with one that’s new and healthy.
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What if My Windows aren’t Damaged?

If your windows are in great shape and the only problem you’re having is heat loss, you can do a few different things to maximize your efficiency when the cold wind blows. Those include:

 

Winterizing. Go around the house and seal up all the nooks, crannies and cracks you might find. A new bead of caulk around each window and door and along all the trim will help reduce drafts.

 

Sticking up window insulation film. For a temporary fix this winter, you can install window insulation film on the cold windows in question. When installed properly, you can barely tell there’s anything between the room and the window.

 

Installing heavy curtains. Like a warm blanket on a cold night, a thick insulating curtain can help reduce both heat loss and drafts. The only catch is that you have to keep them closed, which can make your cabin fever burn this winter.

 

Contact The Mary Gilbert Group for all your Real Estate needs! 541.371.5500 or sold@marygilbert.com. 

 

By: Homekeepr, David Weinstein

Carpet Cleaning 101 for Pet Owners

by Mary Gilbert


It’s amazing how much a pet can give you just by simply existing. According to the Centers for Disease Control, owning a pet can help increase your fitness level, lower stress, help improve your health and generally make you happier. And, although not specifically mentioned by the CDC, any pet owner can add a few more contributions, like urine stains on the carpet, fur clinging to every surface and the occasional hairball (unless your pet is a fish, then all bets are off).

 

For owners of terrestrial animals, cleaning the carpet is going to be a necessity sooner rather than later. And doing it right means not having to do it over and over again (hopefully). Because animals tend to do their business where they’ve done it in the past, getting that particular smell out of the rug is an important art to learn if you intend to share your life with a cat or a dog.

 

First, About Carpets and Liquids

There’s a lot of very bad advice online about how to clean up your pet’s urine spots. You know the ones. You walk through the bedroom at night and — bam — there it is. Some random bloggers would have you put down a paper towel and then basically try to absorb the liquid by stomping it out. Unfortunately, that’s about the worst thing you can do.

 

Carpets are really absorbent, but much of that absorbency is down below, in the pad, which is covered up by the rug. So when you stomp on a liquid mess, what you’re really doing is spreading it further through the pad, creating an even wider puddle in a place where your flimsy paper towels can never go.

 

Unless you’re prepared to rip up the carpets and deal with the puddle, consider purchasing a tool that can extract fluid from rugs, like a handheld extractor, a floor cleaner with an extract-only mode or, in a pinch, a wet/dry vac (this one is harder to get smelling fresh and clean again). Any of these tools is far more effective than a paper towel — or even a whole roll.

When it comes to cleaning urine out of carpet, always follow the same procedure:

 

  1. Use an extractor to pull as much fluid as possible out of the carpet and pad. Remember that the small spot on top of the carpet may be hiding a lake of urine that’s locked in the pad. Keep extracting in a wide arc until nothing else comes out.
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  3. Treat your carpet with a bio-enzymatic cleaner like Nature’s Miracle Urine Destroyer. Don’t use a carpet cleaner first or you may lock any stains in to the carpet permanently.
  4. If a spot remains, use a stain remover to help break it up. You’ll want to be sure the enzymes have finished doing their thing, though.
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Of course, liquids aren’t the only gifts your pets will leave behind. When it’s a bit more solid, you’ll want to follow similar guidelines, except when you clean the solids, use a putty knife to avoid pushing the solids deeper into the carpet. If it’s any serious kind of solid, you’ll want to swap the bio-enzymatic cleaner for one that’s also oxygenated.

 

So Much Hair, Everywhere

You love your pet. You do. But he has so much hair and he’s just carelessly leaving it wherever it happens to fall. This is why it comes to you to clean up behind what may be the worst roommate there has ever been. Pet hair in carpets can require a lot of effort to keep cleaned up, but if you can’t choose between the pet or the carpet, give these tips a try:

 

  1. Wrap masking tape around an old paint roller attached to a broom handle. You’ve literally just built a giant lint roller, now go forth and roll all the hair off the surface of the carpet. You’ll still need to vacuum afterward, but you might not have to empty the bin as often.
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  3. There’s a device called a carpet rake that is basically what you might imagine. Choose one with rubber bristles, like this one, then run it over the carpet collecting hair until you regret having purchased a carpet rake.
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  5. Choosing a high powered, pet-focused vacuum with a HEPA filter is probably the best general purpose tool you can get for dealing with hair in carpet. You’ll need to vacuum frequently, as much as three times a week, to keep ahead of your favorite hairball.

Ultimately, many pet owners decide that they spend way too much time cleaning up after their pets instead of interacting with them and install hard flooring. Sure, the dog hair may start piling up in the corners and behind the doors, but those ten hours a week you could be spending with him rather than cleaning up after him are a pretty important part of his short life.

 

Let's find a home for you and your furbabies! Contact The Mary Gilbert Group at 541.371.5500 or sold@marygilbert.com. 

 

By: Homekeepr, Rob Morelli

0 Darley Drive: Five Acres to Build Your Dream Home!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
0 Darley Drive, Roseburg, OR  97471

Located just on the edge of town, this great location awaits for your custom home with miles of views of the valley and Callahans! Septic approval, other utilities available. 5.25 acres! Start living the good life in beautiful Roseburg OR!

Mary Gilbert, Licensed Realtor in Oregon has distinguished herself as a leader in the Roseburg OR real estate market. Mary assists buyers looking for Roseburg OR real estate for sale and aggressively markets Roseburg OR homes for sale. 

Mary, Licensed Realtor in Oregon brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Roseburg OR home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future –Mary Gilbert of Keller Williams Realty Umpqua Valley will help make the most of your Roseburg OR real estate experience. Give her a call today, 541-371-5500, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Terms First Time Home Buyers Should Know

by Mary Gilbert


The time has come to begin the steps of buying your first home and looking around the internet and other real estate-related media, you’re finding there’s a lot more to know than finding a house, getting a loan, and signing papers.  There are some key words that can be unfamiliar to a first-time home buyer, so familiarize yourself with these lesser-known terms so you’ll have fewer questions and stumbles along the way:
 

 

  • - In order to be certain that the home is worth the amount of the loan, there will be a home appraisal performed by an unbiased inspector of the lender’s choosing. 
     

  • - At the final paper-signing, the buyer is required to pay closing costs, which normally include attorney fees, surveyors, inspections, and title insurance, among other things.  Be prepared to have 2-5 percent of the purchase price for closing costs.
     

  • - If you’d like to pay less interest over the time of your loan, you can purchase discount or mortgage points.  To learn more about this option, check out these tips from the Nerd Wallet website. 
     

  • - Earnest money is money that will be paid to the seller to show good faith of the buyer towards the home purchase.  It will be applied to your down payment. 
     

  • - When you have funds in escrow, you will have given funds to a third party to hold until they have verified that inspections, disclosures or any disputes have been resolved.  Keeping it in escrow protects your deposit before you sign the final contract to buy your new home. 
     

  • - Pre-approval is very important and differs from being pre-qualified.  If you’re pre-approved for a loan amount, you have a realistic expectation of what you can buy. 
     

  • - If your down payment is less than twenty percent of the purchase price, you will pay private mortgage insurance typically until that amount reaches twenty percent of the loan or home value. 
     

  • - Your lender will require the purchase of title insurance, which protects real estate owners and lenders against any property loss or damage for whatever reason.  Learn more about what title insurance is and what it covers from the CFPB. 

 

There are other terms and abbreviations you may find in your search for a house in their descriptions and about real estate in general that you won’t be familiar with.  Here’s a longer, more comprehensive list from realtor.comⓇ.  The more you know before you get started, the smoother the home-buying process will be!

Contact the experts on The Mary Gilbert Group for all your Real Estate needs! 541.371.5500 or sold@marygilbert.com. 

1007 Ash Creek Road: Exceptional Horse Property on 170+ Acres!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
1007 Ash Creek Road, Riddle, OR  97469

Start living the Oregon dream on this extraordinary 170+ acre property! Surrounded by open space and lush green pastures, one is reminded of a simpler time when the activity of enjoying the outdoors was the focus. SKS Ranch has a combination of +/- 45 acres of improved pasture, grazing areas and timber, plus two homes for everyone’s convenience. Enjoy multiple ponds and 8.5 acres with water rights from Mitchell Creek.

Calling all horse enthusiasts! This is the horse property you have been waiting. Complete equestrian facilities include BLM access, a barn with stalls, 24x12 tack room, hot water rack, a paved alley way, plus a full size outdoor arena! Multiple farm use buildings with plenty of storage for all your tools and equipment.

Have you always wanted your own vineyard? Soil testing indicates suitability for winegrape production and should produce high quality fruit and wine. The openness of the landscape, good air drainage and mesoclimate structure of the area should produce the conditions needed with 6 potential planting areas. Great use for other crops as well, truly a gardeners dream.

The main house sits atop the foothills featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, gleaming hardwood floors, soaring ceilings, rustic accents and a well thought out floor plan inviting the outdoors in! Enjoy panoramic views from the wrap around deck, perfect for grilling and chilling. Vast wall of windows, vaulted wood paneled ceiling, exposed beams and a stone fireplace set the scene for elegant entertaining plus comfortable everyday living in the great room. Soap stone counters, abundant cabinetry, and an eating bar make meal prep a breeze. A connecting sun filled dining area with sliding door allows family and guests to mingle with the chef. Loft style master suite features plush carpeting, two double closets and a soothing bath tub/shower and vanity. Two secondary bedrooms on the main floor provide the perfect space for kids and guests featuring double closets, built in drawers, and a large shared bathroom. A large laundry room with pantry helps to keep you organized.

The second home sits in the middle of it all with the facilities right outside your front door! Illuminated by natural light through the many windows, kick back and toast your toes by the stone fireplace with mantel, the focal point in the cozy living room. Flowing into the eat in kitchen enjoy a large center island, pantry, built in desk, plenty of cabinetry and a dining area for family and friends to gather. Relax in the comforting master suite with plush carpeting, double closet, sliding doors to deck and a private bath with tub/shower and double vanity. Two secondary bedrooms share a full bathroom and provide privacy and room to grow. Great deck for BBQs and outdoor relaxation.

With the benefit of abundant open space, endless activities abound right outside your door. Whether the attraction is horseback riding, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, cross country skiing or snowshoeing, the fact that one need not leave this one of a kind compound adds to its convenience and livability.

Appreciate this unique opportunity to own a piece of Riddle Oregon not easily duplicated. Make your appointment today!

Mary Gilbert, Licensed Realtor in Oregon has distinguished herself as a leader in the Roseburg OR real estate market. Mary assists buyers looking for Roseburg OR real estate for sale and aggressively markets Roseburg OR homes for sale. 

Mary, Licensed Realtor in Oregon brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Roseburg OR home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future –Mary Gilbert of Keller Williams Realty Umpqua Valley will help make the most of your Roseburg OR real estate experience. Give her a call today, 541-371-5500, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Exploring Roseburg Oregon: Frisson Ensemble

by Mary Gilbert


January 17, 2019

Musically talented individuals from New York City entertains with a myriad of rarely-performed masterworks including quintets, ensembles, nonets, sextets, and a small chamber orchestra.

Tune in to their performance on Thursday, January 17th at 7 PM in the Jacoby Auditorium at Umpqua Community College.

For more information call (541) 643-8046.

Courtesy of The Mary Gilbert Group

Photo Credit: visitroseburg.com

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2365 NW Kline Street, Suite 201
Roseburg OR 97471
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