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628 E Central Avenue: Multitude of Uses on 0.78 Acres!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
628 E Central Avenue, Sutherlin, OR  97479

Development ground in Sutherlin with frontage on E. Central Avenue and Everett Avenue. High traffic area near banking and retail establishments. House and shop/barn are rented out providing income to offset holding costs. All city services available. 2 tax lots. Multitude of uses permitted in C-3 zoning. SO many possibilities await at this Sutherlin OR property – come take a look 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: Christmas Craft Fair

by Mary Gilbert

Friday, November 30 - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 1 - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 2 - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Come join us for the Christmas Craft Fair at the Douglas County Fairgrounds!  Santa Claus will be available for photos and Christmas wishes, and holiday shopping will be available at various booths.  There will be plenty of holiday treats as well! 

For more information call: 541-440-4359

Douglas County Fairgrounds
2110 Frear Street
Roseburg, OR

Courtesy of The Mary Gilbert Group

Photo Credit: visitroseburg.com

Pie Day 2018

by Mary Gilbert

The Mary Gilbert Group had a fun time visiting with our Pie Day recipients! We are so thankful for our wonderful customers and family. Enjoy the holidays! 

5 Home Staging Ideas That Work Wonders During Winter

by Mary Gilbert

Winter is the time of year when most home buyers, like bears, retreat to their own cozy homes and hibernate. So what if you have a house you must sell right now, winter be damned?

Despite what you've heard, winter can actually work to a home seller's advantage. With fewer homes on the market, it's easier to stand out with some home staging—i.e., a few little tweaks to presentation that make your place shine like that crown jewel you know it can be.

So before you throw up your hands and take a home-selling hiatus, try these home-staging ideas for the winter months to make your house stand out.

Don't skimp on curb appeal

If you live in a snowy climate, you know there's little you can do about the white stuff piling up outside. But you can stay on top of your yard maintenance, so buyers have an easy path to your front door and walk away with a feeling that your place is easy to maintain. Shoveling the driveway and paths to your home is a must. And you'll want to clean out your gutters, so ice isn't backing up and giving the impression that you have roofing issues.

You can also add some winter-themed outdoor decor.

"I love putting evergreens next to the door and on the porch," says Rebekah Scott, real estate broker for Atlas Real Estate Group in Denver, CO. "Everyone knows how elegant evergreens look with snow on them, so it's a good way to really showcase the snow."

If you can, now's also the time to make sure your front door has a fresh coat of paint. A bright, colorful front door will stand out all the more in the snow, and that can really wow your buyer.

Turn up the heat

Many homeowners like to keep the thermostat set down in the 60s to save on their heating bills, but you don't want a potential buyer to think they're visiting a house that's hard to heat.

"A cold house can hurt the sale," explains Scott. "When a buyer enters the house and wants to hurry up and get out of there because it is so chilly, it probably means they are going to have a bad memory associated with the home, no matter how great it is. You want to provide a warm and inviting environment so buyers will want to take their time and linger. "

To make buyers feel they're right at home, turn up the thermostat. You'll also want to fix any drafty spots around the house. You may be fine shoving a towel under the front door to keep the cold air out, but buyers will not look kindly on linens on your floor, or a chilly breeze on their feet.

Fire up the fireplace

Not only is it a good way to ensure the house feels warm, but making use of the fireplace is a good way to show off a great feature of your home.

"I love when a home has a fireplace, and I can highlight that feature by turning it on during open houses," says Scott. Whether it's wood-burning or you have gas logs in that fireplace, by lighting that fire, you're giving potential buyers a window into what it would be like to cuddle on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and their feet in front of the fire.

"Hitting all of the buyer’s senses creates a memorable experience that will hopefully lead to them purchasing the home," she adds.

No fireplace? Play up the warm ambience with candles, fur throws, and other items that give off cozy vibes.

Add seasonal scents

It's always wise to clean your house and make the place smell nice and fresh, but the winter months are a time to focus on seasonal scents, Scott says. That means mulling seasonal spices such as oranges, cloves, and cinnamon on the stove, to go along with freshly baked holiday cookies cooling on a rack in the kitchen.

Music should also be seasonal, though not too heavy on the silly Santa songs. Scott suggests some smooth jazz that evokes the festive feel of holiday entertaining.

It's not a bad idea to have hot coffee on hand, says Dale Schaechterle, broker/owner at Realty Executives Integrity in Milwaukee, WI. Not only will it cut the cold, but it can boost the mood of potential buyers.

Pump up the holiday decor

You don't want to turn your home into the real-life version of Clark Griswold's over-the-top house in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," but Aaron Bowman, of Mazz Real Estate in Tolland, CT, says the holidays can actually make it easier to sell a home, if you decorate well.

"The main reason is that buyers like to picture themselves in the home hosting holiday get-togethers, and it's much easier to show them the potential of a house when it's decorated for the winter months," he says.

He recommends a big wreath with a bright red bow on the front door and some (electric or battery-operated) candles in the windows. Avoid blow-up lawn decorations or anything over-the-top or garish inside and out, favoring the sort of classic decor you'd expect to see on a greeting card.

And if the holidays are over, and you're still showing your home, remove the decor immediately! Got that?

Thinking about listing your home this holiday season? Let The Mary Gilbert Group help get it SOLD! 541.371.5500 or [email protected] 

By: Realtor.com, Jeanne Sager

1181 NW Kring Street: Beautiful Orchard Estates Home with Open Layout!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
1181 NW Kring Street, Roseburg, OR  97471

Beautiful Orchard Estates 3 bedroom home with an entertainer’s dream layout!  Soaring high ceilings, durable tile flooring, French doors, skylights, modern fixtures, a fenced yard and an attached 4 car heated garage, plus RV parking are just a few of the many desirable features offered at 1181 NW Kring Street. A combination of style and function will make preparing meals in this kitchen a delight. The breakfast bar, plentiful counterspace and an abundance of cabinetry give this space a warm and inviting aesthetic. You will enjoy the natural light that floods into the connecting living room with a cozy fireplace. A door leading to the back deck makes it easy and convenient to dine outdoors. You will delight in hosting dinner parties in the stately dining room with its French doors and bay window. A spacious first floor master suite will sweep you away with plush carpeting, a walk in closet, jetted tub, separate shower and dual vanity. A bonus room on the second level gives you so much extra living space! Use as a media room, playroom, man cave or additional bedroom – whatever suites your family’s needs. Keep things organized in the large laundry room with cabinetry and a sink. One lucky buyer gets to call this beautiful Roseburg OR property home! 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.

Table Saw Safety Tips

by Mary Gilbert

Interestingly enough, if you’re looking for images of table saws in any of the places where you get that sort of thing, you’ll see a lot of things that scream “hold my beer!” Although some are certainly stock photos being stock photos, there are people every day making the same kind of mistakes as the people in these stock photos. 

 

Here’s an example: Almost certainly, plenty of corresponding people in real life have said one of these two things: “I’ve done it like this for the last 20 years and never had an issue.” or “OUCH! There went my finger.”

For your own safety, and the safety of those around you, it’s time for a talk about table saws and how to use them correctly. They can be really dangerous, they can be really useful — you just have to know what you’re doing and how to do it safely.

 

What is a Table Saw Made For?

Beginning DIYers often assume that a saw is a saw and a hammer is a hammer. The truth is a little less simple. Sure, you can cut anything you want with a table saw, but you may not like the results. Or, you may be ok with the results, but your methodology is going to earn you a nickname like “Stubs.” And, Stubs, that’s not a thing you want.

 

Table saws are at their best when they’re ripping or crosscutting.

 

Ripping is when you take a board and you feed it through the saw the long way, so that you get a board with a custom width. For example, you have a two-by-four and want it to be more of a one-and-a-half-by-four. You’d set the fence, set the blade height, turn on the saw and slowly and carefully feed the lumber through until you reached the end. (Please note, always feed material into a table saw using a push stick or other device that will keep your hands as far away from danger as possible)

 

Crosscutting means taking that same board, but cutting the length down (feed it in the short way). You’ll want to use a miter gauge for this move. In this situation, you’re removing two feet from an eight foot long stud, or what have you. It’s really tempting to push these through by hand, but don’t do it!! The aftermath could be pretty horrifying.

 

Additional tools can be added to a table saw to allow it to cut different kinds of joints and angles, like what you might need for crown molding, but there are also more specific and less dangerous tools that can do the same job. Bottom line? A table saw is not to be trusted, else it nips off your fingernails.

 

Safety First with Table Saws

The most common injuries caused by table saws, a whopping 85 percent, according to researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health, are to the fingers and thumbs. Most frequently, those are cuts, but 10 to 15 percent of the sampled population had digits amputated by their favorite tool. That blade rotates at around 4,000 RPM, it would go through a finger like a hot knife through butter.

 

Now, that being said, safety, safety, safety. Below are tips you should not ignore:

 

1. The safety guard is there for your safety. It’s not a perfect solution and it won’t protect you if you feed your hand straight into the blade, but the safety guard is there to help minimize the danger to you from your table saw. Many, many, many homeowners take the blade guard off because it’s easy to get a lot of dust up inside of it, making it hard to see what’s going on at the blade level. Instead of taking it off and leaving it off, though, remove the blade guard and clean it when you’re done using the machine. If it’s plastic (which most are), just hose it out and leave it to dry for your next project.


2. Goggles can save your eyeballs. Although less common injuries than those to fingers, hands and arms, your table saw can hurt your eyes, too. Always wear goggles when using a table saw, even if it has a dust collector attached. You never know when wood will do something squirrely and end up being sort of flung into your eye. You’re closer to the blade than you think.


3. Always use push sticks and other material feeding tools. Collect up your push sticks and miter gauges now and know where they are at all times. Never ever feed material into the blade with your bare hands (or even gloved ones, really). This makes it far too easy for the blade to cut the board and the the operator, which would be you. This is why the photo at the top of this article is so incredibly dangerous. Stubs didn’t think it was a big deal, though. Not until after, anyway.

 

4. Watch for kickbacks. Material fed improperly into a table saw will kick like a mule. A great big angry one. If you’re standing directly behind the blade and the material when that happens, it’s not going to be a great day for you. Instead, stand just off to one side of the material and feed it into an already turning blade, advancing slowly. Cutting boards isn’t a race, except on reality TV.

 

 

 

 

 

Contact the expert's with The Mary Gilbert Group for all your Real Estate needs. 541.371.5500 or [email protected]

By: Homekeepr

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
2815 NW Kline St, Roseburg, OR  97471

Beautiful one of a kind custom home in Warewood Valley offers the desirable combination of space and privacy! Multiple levels featuring formal rooms and flowing spaces are loaded with special touches including soaring high ceilings, glowing hardwood and slate flooring, neutral colors, recessed lighting, built in vacuum, plus 3 spacious bedrooms and 2.5 baths! Upon entering, a sun filled living room will start this home tour off on the right foot! Plush carpeting and high ceilings welcome you to kick back and relax. The elegant formal dining room overlooks the living space providing a bright and airy feel. A built-in serving station, tray ceiling and hardwood floors create an alluring atmosphere for formal gatherings. Style and function meet this is gorgeous kitchen outfitted with a large cooking island, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, a tile backsplash, plus tons of storage with abundant cabinetry and a pantry. A charming breakfast nook opens to the deck for easy indoor/outdoor entertaining options. The toasty gas fireplace is the focal point in this stunning vaulted family room. The three generously sized bedrooms are conveniently located on the main level. The master suite is a soothing retreat with its jetted tub, separate shower, dual vanity, ample closet space and a private deck. Two secondary bedrooms are perfectly set up for a growing family with lots of natural light, mirrored closets and a shared full bath. Need even more space? A lower level bonus room with half bath and kitchen area is the perfect man cave, teen hangout or guest quarters. Enjoy outdoor living at its best in the fenced yard with multiple decks, mature landscaping a tool shed, oversized 2 car garage and plenty of room for parking including your RV.  Offering so much in quality and location, 2815 NW Kline St is a must see! Come take a look 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.

Removing Carpet

by Mary Gilbert

Homeowners of houses built in the wall-to-wall carpet phase may be pleasantly surprised to learn that there is hardwood flooring beneath rug.  If you’ve pulled up a corner of the carpeting and found just that, or simply want to remove the old carpet before new is installed, recarpeting the floor, leave the tack strips in place, and remove the padding anyway, as most installers require new padding to be put down. 

 

Call your local municipality to find out how they would like for you to dispose of the old carpet, because the large amount may not be able to be picked up by the regular truck.  Don’t hesitate to ask about recycling programs that are available, as virtually all carpeting can be recycled. 

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

Photo credit: kalnari.com/blog

Exploring Roseburg Oregon: Festival of Lights & Holiday Village

by Mary Gilbert

Come and enjoy the Festival of Lights where you will be able to see the world’s largest nutcracker on display in addition to 90 different light displays, wagon rides, and more!  Visit the holiday village where you’ll be able to visit Santa Claus and enjoy some warm hot chocolate, a model train set, and holiday goodies.

The Festival of Lights will be at the River Forks Park from November 25th through January 1st.  Holiday Village will be open nightly through December 24th.  Delight in the dazzling lights Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 PM and Friday & Saturday 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

For more information call: 541-637-5742

Event Website

Courtesy of The Mary Gilbert Group

Photo Credit: umpquavalleyfestivaloflights.com

Warm Wishes for a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

by Mary Gilbert

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Keller Williams Realty Umpqua Valley
2365 NW Kline Street, Suite 201
Roseburg OR 97471
541-371-5500
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