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Exploring Roseburg Oregon: Fall Antiques Show

by Mary Gilbert

October 13, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
October 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Step back in time and find treasures galore.  Perhaps you can find a few antique masterpieces for your home!

For more information call: 408-394-3521

Douglas County Fairgrounds
2110 Frear St.
Roseburg, OR

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5 Ways to Stick to Your New Home Furnishing Budget

by Mary Gilbert

You’ve finally done it! You bought the house of your dreams and closing is just around the corner. Then it occurs to you. Your aged and creaking futon, cement block and raw lumber bookshelves and that one lone chair in your kitchen might not be anywhere near enough furniture for the new space.

What’s a new homeowner to do?

Step One: Don’t Do ANYTHING Until After Closing

Before going into detail on how to keep your budget under control when buying new furniture, it’s important that you actually close your loan. It’s a common pitfall for new home buyers (and really, even home buyers who have bought before). Of course you’re excited, you got a clear to close — but you’re not closing for another week because there’s just not another day that works for everyone.


If you buy furniture, especially if you buy it on credit, you can literally have your loan approval revoked. You were approved based on your debt to income ratio, your credit score (which heavily weights how much of your credit is used at any given time) and your cash reserves. Whatever you do, don’t upset the balance. Don’t even breathe too hard. Window shop, but don’t buy anything yet.

You’ve Closed, Green Light on Shopping!

Because you were patient, your loan closed and all is well. The thought of moving into your new house with your sad, saggy furniture is almost too much, though. You want to get to it: new house, new furniture, new life. Before you do, consider these five tricks to help you stick to your home furnishing budget:

1. Actually have a budget. It’s easy to walk into the Pier Ones, Ikeas and Crate and Barrels of the world and lose all sense of self-control. Before you take your first step, determine how much you really can afford, whether you’re paying cash or putting your home’s furniture on a card. When using credit, be realistic because if you can’t pay the payment you’re going to suffer a lot for an overstuffed couch you bought on a whim.

2. Wait until you know how your space will function. Many new homeowners will be so excited about getting on with the furniture purchase that they buy furniture before they really understand how their new space works. Every house has a flow about it — when you add that to your own personal behavior patterns, you get rooms that are unique and require careful furnishing.

This means that the amazing coffee table you bought the day of closing may not end up working as well as you thought, but now you’ve got it and that money is just out the window. Each piece you buy should work with the way you envision the space. Save money by not wasting it, that’s a winning scenario.

3. Try online outlet stores. There are lots of places to buy furniture these days. If you’re handy with a tape measure and your imagination, sites like and can bring you brand new furniture and decor at a discount. Since you’re working out of an online shopping cart, it’s easy to compare different pieces or build a customized set of furniture for any given room and know exactly where you are price-wise. You can’t always say the same for brick and mortar furniture galleries where it’s easy to get turned around and allow yourself to be talked into upgrades or additional items you don’t actually need.

4. Wait for sales or open box items. Even if you prefer a real life store, you can clean up if you’re patient. Most home furnishing stores have regular sales, especially for big holidays. Think Presidents Day, Memorial Day and so on. It might be madness inside the shop, but you can start shopping a few weeks ahead to pick out your furniture in your own time. Write down the SKUs and bring them back during the sale to finish the deal.

These same shops do sometimes get items returned for any number of reasons, including that the product was delivered and it wouldn’t fit through the home’s front door. Minor scratches and dents are also possible when dealing with these “open box” furnishings. Often, though, those dings are in a place where no one will ever see them, they’re so small that no one would notice them or they’re the sort of damage you’ll eventually inflict upon the item through regular use. When it’s inevitable, you might as well get a discount.

5. Check out upscale resellers. So you bought your dining table at Havertys, but you hated the chairs they had on offer. Why not save some dough and check out your area thrift stores and other resellers like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore? These are always gambles, you may go in one week and there are sixteen couches and the next there aren’t any. If you’re building your furniture collection bit by bit, though, resellers will make your dollar go further, while often benefiting a charity. Don’t believe what you’ve heard about these places being cash and carry, most will offer local delivery for a small fee.

No Matter What Your Home Needs…

You know that new light fixture you bought for the dining room that the salesperson assured you was going to be easy to change out yourself? If it turns out that it’s a bit above your skill level, there’s always somewhere you can turn for help: your HomeKeepr community!

Whether you need a carpenter to build custom shelving, an electrician to run those under cabinet lights or a banker to make a loan for all the furniture you’re buying, we have you covered. Everyone in the community is recommended by Realtors in your area, so you know they’ve got to be good!

Contact the professionals on The Mary Gilbert Group for all your Real Estate needs! 541.371.5500 or 

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Is Your Home Staging a #PinterestFail?

by Mary Gilbert

There you sit, watching “The Vanilla Ice Project” on the DIY Network when a thought bubble forms over your head. If Vanilla Ice can remodel houses on television, you could probably save yourself the expense of a pro home stager and take the job into your own hands. Your Realtor will be so impressed that she’ll probably put it on her Instagram account right away.

This is a critical decision point. Do you put down the remote control and get to work making your home presentable for buyers or do you keep watching in hopes that Vanilla Ice breaks out into random song? It’s a hard decision.

As you lean forward to turn the television off, your spouse calls to see if you picked up milk on the way home from work. Of course you did. It’s just that important.

You may not realize it now, but one day you’ll see how close you came to total annihilation. That might be a bit dramatic, but you definitely came close to something…

What’s the Big Deal with Home Staging?

Staging a home is a delicate art meant to accentuate the positive features of your home, often with furniture you can’t afford or would never choose because of its basic impracticality. Who really owns a fainting couch in this day and age?

No one. Nacho cheese Doritos, football and fainting couches don’t mix.

This is why interior decorating pros often bring their own furniture and accessories to vacant or partially emptied homes. With their own furnishings, pro designers have a lot more control over how your home is presented and they can go wild creating a lot of interior decorating fantasies for people who will never own furniture like what your home is showcased with.

Even so, when potential buyers later see your professionally decorated home online, they’re far more eager to take a look right now than if your home is photographed empty, or worse, full of furniture that is practical and functional, but makes no sense with the architectural style. If your furniture were music, it would sound like a 10 year old learning to play the violin.

Does Professional Home Staging Make Sense for You?

There are some homes that absolutely demand home staging. That ancient manor on the hill, for example, that’s a place that needs to be photographed with furniture in it or else it’s just a series of long, scary, dark rooms. Put the right furnishings inside, from curtains to a long, elegant dining table, and suddenly it’s a glamorous and ornate dreamscape for someone.

A house like that, with a value in the millions of dollars, clearly is getting treatment that yours may not, but you’d might be surprised how well you can come out. According to reporting by, staging can cost about $2,400 per month and a typical contract is for three months, even if you sell sooner. That brings the total to around $7,200, give or take.

Before you decide you can do better on that kind of budget, take a moment to check out these sales-related stats from the National Association of Realtors 2017 Profile of Home Staging report:

* 39 percent of Seller’s Agents reported that staging greatly decreased time on the market. That means fewer house payments for you and a faster transition into your new place.
* 33 percent of Buyer’s Agents told NAR that staging resulted in a one to five percent increase in their clients’ offers. Nationally, the median home sold in August 2018 went for $320,200. If this home were staged, the owner would have seen an initial offer of $3,202 to $16,010 more than similar homes that weren’t staged.
* On the flip side of that, 29 percent of Seller’s Agents reported the same one to five percent increase in sales price versus comparables nearby, another 21 percent said they saw a six to 10 percent increase in the final sales price. If you do the math on this, that same $320,200 home staged may bring up to $32,020 more just because it was easier for the buyer to visualize themselves in the space.

Obviously, where you live and how in demand the area is will make a big difference in whether or not it makes sense to hire a home stager. The cost can initially be alarming, but with the right type of home and the right market, it becomes a bit of a magical money machine.

Before You Stage Your Home Yourself…

Why not drop in on your HomeKeepr community? Not only is it an easy way to find trusted and reliable home stagers in your area, you can touch base with your Realtor before you do anything rash. After all, that life-sized velvet painting of Elvis in your bathroom is cool, but it’s not exactly what homeowner fantasies are made of…

Contact the experts on The Mary Gilbert Group for all your Real Estate needs! 541.371.5500 or 

By: Homekeepr

0 Little Valley Road: 5+ Acres for a Potential Subdivision!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
0 Little Valley Road, Roseburg, OR  97471

Potential Subdivision in Green.  A total of 21 lots and 5.86 acres. The plated 2 lots ready to build on. Utilities at the end of street. Wetland study has been completed and submitted with county. Flat to slightly sloped parcel. Endless potential 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.

Make the Walls Talk

by Mary Gilbert

Who said every wall in your house had to be a white wall with art or family photos?  Why not add an accent wall to add interest and style, as well as be a focal point in the room?  Here are some wonderful ideas to make your wall go from silent to telling a story: 

  • - Stenciling has come a long way from the floral room borders of the 80’s and 90’s.  There are so many stencil designs available, and ambitious DIY’ers can even make their own!  Bob Vila gives us a step-by-step tutorial on stenciling, as well as offering tips and tricks that are good to know before you get started. 

  • - Wallpaper doesn’t need to cover every wall of a room.  Add a bold or bright print to one wall, and add style and interest to the room.  Get inspired for a wallpapered feature wall with these ideas from Better Homes and GardensⓇ. 

  • - Create an accent wall with paint--this DIY can be done in a day, and make a huge difference in the look of the room for the amount of time it takes.  This article from Real Simple has interior designer advice on choosing a color and even furniture placement after the job’s done, as well as tips for painting. 

  • - Plank walls are a popular choice for a focal point as well as an accent wall.  There are many materials choices for this feature:  reclaimed wood, pre-stained wood, peel-and-stick tile, and even vinyl paneling! 

  • - Sponge painting is still being used today, but with a more subtle look that adds the appearance of texture to a wall.  There are many techniques, and House Painting Tutorials has several examples and links to their tutorials for each technique. 

  • Creating a board-and-batten from stock materials is a good undertaking if you’re handy with power tools, and this type of wainscoting can really transform a room.  It may take a while to get this one done, but the difference it will make will be worth it. 

  • - Embossed tin panels or tiles can be used to create a vintage-look focal point, or add corrugated tin for a more industrial look.  

There are many more ways to change the look of your home with accent walls, and The Handyman website covers several of them--stone, brick veneer, and stamping to name a few.  Once you get started, you may love the style accent walls add to your home, and end up with one in every room!

Contact the experts on The Mary Gilbert Group for all your Real Estate needs! 541.371.5500 or 

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Come join us in Historic Oakland, Oregon as we turn the hands of time back to the 1800's. Stroll along the streets of Oakland amid costumed characters such as the Sheriff, who may just arrest you and put you in jail!

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

General Admission is FREE!

Other activities: ride in a horse draw carriage ($3.00), attend a Civil War Ball on Saturday evening ($5.00)

Enjoy seeing how things were done in the Wild West. Watch a Wild West Show. See the blacksmith pounding out tools, or the ladies who are spinning their wool, or piecing together a quilt. Kids can enjoy a lesson in our one room schoolhouse along with many hands-on activities such as washing clothes on a washboard or panning for gold. Gun slingers, mountain men, a gold miner, and fancy folks will all be here in Oakland to delight event goers. There will be old-fashioned games, crafts, food, and live entertainment for you to enjoy. See & hear the old-time fiddlers in action, and watch a group of Can-Can girls as they dance around town.

These are just some of the adventures that await you in the small historic town of Oakland, Oregon. Just 2 miles off Hwy 5 at exit 138 (northbound) or 140 (southbound) we are a world away from all the hustle and bustle of 21-century big city life. This is a FREE FAMILY EVENT.

There will be horses and other livestock here, along with very loud noises from the canon, muzzleloaders & Wild West shooters. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR DOGS AT HOME, where they will be happy & safe. Make this a GREAT weekend to visit Oakland, Oregon. Your favorite place to take 'A Step Back in Time' to the 1800’s!

Location: Locust Street in Oakland - only about twenty minutes from Roseburg

For more information call: Conni Riley at 541-315-8073 (text ok)

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Here's How Many Americans Can't Afford to Buy a Median-Priced Home

by Mary Gilbert

Forget affordability—the American dream is now a fairy tale for many would-be home buyers.

A median-priced home was out of reach for Americans in 84% of counties in the third quarter of the year, according to ATTOM Data Solutions' third-quarter Home Affordability Report. To come up with its figures, the real estate information company looked at U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data in each of the 440 counties it analyzed as well as sales deed data.

The report also found 30% of folks lived in places where they needed a household income of at least $100,000—if not more—to buy a median-priced home. Ouch.

(ATTOM assumed that buyers had at least a 3% down payment and were taking out a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. Property taxes and home and mortgage insurance payments were also factored in.)

“We’ve reached a tipping point for affordability,” says Daren Blomquist, senior vice president of ATTOM. While prices aren't coming down, he's starting to see the rate of increases slow just a bit.

“Something has to give," he says. "Prices cannot climb as quickly as they have been over the last few years.”

Nationally, home affordability fell to its lowest level in the past decade. That's bad news for bargain hunters, as home prices rose at a faster rate than wages in about 86% of the counties in the report.

Denver and its surrounding counties were named the most unaffordable in the country, thanks to the discrepancies between home prices and household incomes. Largely because of its status as a growing tech (and craft beer) hub, as well as the legalization of marijuana, the Mile High City has seen real estate prices go on a tear over the past few years as more folks are moving in.

"People have moved from more expensive coastal markets to Denver ... [and] they're able and willing to pay more," says Blomquist. "That's accelerated prices in the Denver market. It's bad news for people who live there and are making the average wages, because those folks are getting locked out of homeownership."

Denver County was followed by Arapahoe County, in the Denver metro area; Tarrant County, TX, in the Dallas metro area; Kent County, MI, which encompasses Grand Rapids; and Jefferson County, CO, which is also part of the Denver metro area. (ATTOM looked only at counties with at least 500,000 residents.) 

Meanwhile, Brooklynites need to fork over the highest percentage of their incomes, 37%, to become homeowners. So while wages were high enough relative to their incomes, they were paying the highest share of their earnings on homes.

Kings County, NY, the official name of Brooklyn, was followed by Marin County, CA, in the San Francisco metro area; Santa Cruz County, CA; San Luis Obispo County, CA; and Maui County, HI.

"Those are country club housing markets where there's a limited few who can afford to buy there," says Blomquist. "And the average Joe cannot and is not buying homes."

Contact The Mary Gilbert Group for all your Real Estate needs! 541.371.5500 or 

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Prepare for the Next Natural Disaster with These 7 Tips

by Mary Gilbert

Any time there’s a natural disaster, emergency preparedness is all anyone can think about. But soon after the news coverage fades away, it’s back to the same old grind, with little brain power paid to wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes and their ilk.

The truth is that natural disasters happen when they will and waiting until the last minute to be ready for one is a dangerous practice. Instead of that, you can be truly well-prepared for the next emergency situation.

Emergency Preparedness Is Quick and Painless

When done outside of an actual disaster, emergency preparedness can be easy as pie. People often assume they need to have complicated battlements in place just in case of an invading force, but the truth is that a little awareness can go a long way. Be ready for the next big thing with these tips.

#1. Understand your local disasters. Even if you’ve lived in the same area all your life, there’s probably something you could learn about local disasters and their patterns. For example, you may know that a tornado means duck and cover in the hallway, but do you know if you should evacuate your home when an EF3 tornado is coming your way? has a library of information on emergency preparedness, including how to manage many different types of natural disasters.

#2. Understand your insurance coverages. Insurance is never sexy, but it’s necessary. If you haven’t gone over your coverages in a while, today is the day. Call your insurance agent and set up an appointment to review everything in your portfolio. Ask the important questions, like “Is my car covered if my tree falls on it?” and “Will my house be repaired if there’s a flood?”

#3. Know who to contact before, during and after the event. Long before trouble pokes its head up, get a list of phone numbers together. These should be organized neatly and put in a place that’s easy to get to in case you have to grab them on the go. Numbers for a pet sitter, your child’s school, your spouse’s workplace and so on so help connect you with your loved ones before a predictable disaster.

Keep contact information for your mortgage servicer, your insurance agent and your favorite general contractor or handyman in the same place for after the disaster has ended. Out of area family may also be good resources for bigger disasters like wildfires and hurricanes.

#4. Have an emergency plan that includes your pets. You need an emergency plan that the whole family knows. It should include what type of disaster you’re preparing for, the steps you should take, what items need to be involved and how pets and small children will be handled. Obviously, you can’t plan for every outcome, but if you include the most common natural disasters for your area, it’s a good place to start.

#5. Practice your disaster plans monthly. No matter how well you may think you know your disaster plans, in the moment you may well freeze or forget something. That’s why practice is so important when it comes to preparing for these incidents. Determine how much time you have to get to safety, then time yourself with the goal of cutting the time down without missing anything on the list.

#6. Keep a stock of supplies. Even if you feel a little silly doing it, keep an emergency supply cabinet stocked. You don’t need several months’ worth of food and water, but enough to get you by for a couple of weeks will be absolutely valuable. Check expiration dates frequently, rotating out food that’s about to go bad and replacing it with food that has plenty of life left in it. While you’re at it, don’t forget to stock some lumber and fasteners. That way, you won’t have to fight the crowds at the home improvement stores in days following a natural disaster.

#7. Have an emergency fund. Even if you just put $10 a month into it, keeping an emergency fund in cash can help you make it through any disaster, even if credit card readers are down. Since epic disasters don’t occur every day, you have time to save, but you need to start as soon as possible to have plenty put away for that extra rainy day.

Recovering From a Natural Disaster is Hard, But HomeKeepr Makes it Easier

It feels like things will never be the same after a natural disaster, but you’ll get by with a little help from your friends and HomeKeepr community. Log in, check out the contractors your Realtor has recommended to help get everything set right again and then give them a call. When you’ve got so much to clean up, it’s nice to know you have home pros that you can trust to do the job right.

Contact the experts on The Mary Gilbert Group for all your Real Estate needs! 541.371.5500 or 

By: Homekeepr

241 Youngs Lane: Desirable Melrose Craftsman Home on 4+ Acres!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
241 Youngs Lane, Roseburg, OR  97471


Exquisite craftsmanship and the finest finishes are sure to excite at this desirable Melrose address! 241 Youngs Lane features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, high ceilings, durable tile floors, recessed lighting, modern fixtures and oversized windows throughout to enjoy the views! The open kitchen, living and dining spaces create the perfect layout for function and family gatherings. Toast your toes by the cozy fireplace while watching tv from the built in entertainment center. Glistening granite countertops, an abundance of beautiful cabinetry and stainless steel appliances make this kitchen a chefs delight. The dining area provides access to the stamped concrete patio extending to the rear of the home – plenty of room for entertaining or relaxation with a hot tub and fire pit. French doors lead you to the quiet master suite where plush carpeting and a private bath wait to pamper you. The two secondary bedrooms are generously sized with plentiful closet space and a shared full bath. Vaulted ceilings and large windows create the perfect atmosphere to get inspired in this home office or den. Perfectly situated on 4.02 usable acres with an attached 2 car garage, 18x30 RV cover and 30x60 shop for all your vehicles, equipment and hobbies. Do not hesitate, this move in ready Roseburg OR beauty will not last!

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.

808 NW Orchard Drive: Spacious Ranch in Convenient Location!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
808 NW Orchard Drive, Myrtle Creek, OR  97457

Spacious rooms and large windows highlight this family friendly floor plan at 808 NW Orchard Drive! This beautiful ranch features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a newer heat pump, automatic sprinklers, an attached 2 car garage and is currently set up for easy wheelchair access including a ramp. The huge living room is illuminated with natural light creating an alluring space for entertaining and family gatherings. An abundance of cabinetry and counter space, bar seating, easy care flooring and a full complement of stainless steel appliances make this kitchen a chefs delight! A large dining area is perfect for casual meals with views to the backyard.  Cabinetry, a utility sink and storage in the laundry room help you keep things tidy and organized. Plush carpeting, two closets, an elongated vanity and tub/shower combo produce a soothing oasis in the master suite. Two secondary bedrooms, a shared full bath and den/office, or use as a 4th bedroom, lets you decide what best matches your familys needs. A large front deck and rear patio to enjoy the fresh air while BBQing or relaxing. Appreciate the close proximity to the local schools and being right across the street from the Myrtle Creek Park and community pool! Offering so much in quality and location, this Myrtle Creek OR home is a super value with so many possibilities! 

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.

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Roseburg OR 97471
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