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Exploring Roseburg Oregon: Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

by Mary Gilbert


Come out and celebrate the season at the Douglas County Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Enjoy FREE hot chocolate, hot apple cider, coffee, and cookies as we welcome the Christmas season! 

Don’t miss our Live Nativity Scene featuring REAL ANIMALS!

The fun starts at 5:00 PM!

Courtesy of The Mary Gilbert Group

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Grateful, Thankful, Blessed!

by Mary Gilbert

Put the Ho, Ho, Ho in the Holidays with These Holiday Decor Trends

by Mary Gilbert


Decorating for the holidays can be a lot of fun. What’s less fun is getting stuck in a rut with the same old holiday decorations year after year. Sometimes you just want to break away from the same old thing and do something new and exciting. What do you do if you don’t have any decorating ideas, though?

 

You’re in luck, because there are a number of different holiday décor trends that are popular at the moment. Regardless of your personal style, you should be able to find some way to spruce up your decorations and leave your guests in awe. Best of all, some of these are so versatile that you should be able to work them in regardless of your budget!
 

Farmhouse Chic

They say that everything old is new again, and this trend really digs back into the olden times. Using a lot of weathered wood effects and touches of nature, this look celebrates the holidays with a simple and rustic accent. Use small cut pine branches, natural cuts of logs, earthen tones and handmade decorations that wouldn’t look out of place in Little House on the Prairie to give your holidays a touch of farmhouse wonder. This is especially effective if your home already uses a lot of wood accents in its design.
 

Go Big and Go Bold

If rustic décor is a bit boring to you, feel free to take it in the opposite direction. Trees decorated with bold, colorful ornaments, the use of neon colors in decorations and a variety of metallic foil accents can really add some warmth to the holiday season. Combine this with outdoor decorations such as oversized ornaments for the lawn and light show projectors and you’ll have a one-of-a-kind holiday theme.
 

Upcycled Décor

If you like the homemade look and want some truly unique decorations, consider upcycling things around the house to give them a new purpose. Adding paint, accessories and lighting are great ways to take items that you don’t use anymore and give them a new life as holiday decorations. Since the end result depends on both your tastes and the materials you’re working with, no two upcycled decorations will be the same.
 

Add Some Shine

Sometimes glitter is in style, and sometimes it’s tacky. At the moment, though, glitter is coming in in a big way. Using glitter as an accent on your other decorations or going all-in and giving decorations a full coat can give your holidays a touch of much-needed shine. Just be careful when you’re working with glitter. Once it’s in the house, it might be there to stay.
 

Twinkling Accents

Lights are a cornerstone of holiday decorating, but a lot of people are using them as much for accent pieces as they are for big displays. Instead of putting all of the lights outside, try adding LED-lit garland and lighted wreathes as a way to add just a little bit of twinkle to your decorations. Often these decorations will use very small lights in short strings, giving you just the right amount of lighting to serve as a great accent without dominating your décor.
 

A Touch of Folklore

There are holiday traditions from around the world, including a number that might be important to your own culture. Embrace this, adding little hits of folklore and traditions from your culture into your decorating plans. These don’t have to be large overt displays, either; even just little touches as part of your accents can really help you to bring your decorations to life.

 

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

 

By: Homekeepr, Rob Morelli

Home Equity Loan or Line of Credit: Which is Better for You?

by Mary Gilbert


As you make payments against your mortgage, you build equity in your home. This equity can be used to secure future loans, making it easier to refinance your home or cover certain other expenses. Depending on your needs, you might consider taking out a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit (HELOC). The question is, which one is the better option for your current situation?

 

This is actually kind of a tricky question. Let’s look at what the differences are between these two ways of using equity and the situations that each is best for. That should give you a good idea of exactly how well each option fits your needs so you can choose the home equity solution that’s best for you.
 

What Is a Home Equity Loan?

As the name implies, a home equity loan is a loan that uses the equity you’ve built in your home as collateral. As with other standard loans, when you’re approved for the loan you receive the entire amount of the loan as a lump sum payment. Typically, the amount of a home equity loan is capped by the amount of equity you have in your home, with the new loan serving as a lien against the home. Home equity loans typically feature fixed interest rates and fixed repayment terms, with the most common terms being 10 or 15 years. As with other loans, you’re required to make monthly payments against the home equity loan until it is repaid in full.
 

What Is a HELOC?

A home equity line of credit is similar to a home equity loan in some ways, with the biggest similarity being that they are both borrowed against the equity in your home. Unlike a home equity loan, however, a HELOC does not give you a lump sum of money once the loan is approved. Instead, you receive a debit card or checkbook that you can use to access the line of credit. You’re only charged interest on the amount you’ve borrowed against the HELOC, and feature fluctuating interest rates and balloon payments after a certain period of time. There is also an advance period on the loan which is the time period in which you can access money from the line of credit; after this period ends, you can no longer borrow against it.
 

When to Get a Home Equity Loan

Home equity loans are great if you have a single expense or purchase to make and will need all of the money around the same time. Because they feature fixed interest rates, you know how much your monthly payment will be for the entire life of the loan. When you take out a home equity loan you get your money, pay for your purchase or other expense and then start repaying what you’ve borrowed. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
 

When to Get a HELOC

A home equity line of credit is a better option if you have multiple purchases or expenses that you have to pay out over a period of time. Many feature low introductory interest rates, allowing you to save money during the first several months because you’re being charged less on the initial purchases you have to make. Some homeowners also take out HELOC loans if they don’t have specific needs but want to have a safety net to cover possible purchases or emergencies; since they’re only charged interest on the amount that they actually borrow against the loan, that safety net can wait for the entire advance period without raising interest charges if the funds aren’t actually needed.
 

Getting Some Expert Advice

Sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly what type of equity product is best for your needs. Fortunately, The Mary Gilbert Group can help you find lending experts who can help you decide on the best option for your personal situation. Reach us at 541.371.5500 or [email protected] 

 

By: Homekeepr, Saro Cutri

125 Fisher Rd: One of a Kind Estate in Garden Valley on 5 Acres!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
125 Fisher Road, Roseburg, OR  97471

Style, sophistication and elegance prevail in this beautiful one of a kind estate in Garden Valley. Sprawled over 4000 sq ft offering tasteful amenities and finishes including gleaming wood floors, soaring high ceilings, 2 story foyer, built ins, bay windows, recessed lighting, designer color scheme, tons of storage space, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and an attached 2 car garage. Chic and comfortable, the spectacular living and dining room are highlighted with vaulted ceilings, wood floors and a gas fireplace. A kitchen sure to whet your appetite features an abundance of beautiful cabinetry, granite countertops, eating bar, tile floors and stainless steel appliances. Flowing directly into the family room creating the perfect floor plan for entertaining and family function. French doors bring you to the spacious patio and in ground pool for endless outdoor enjoyment. A huge bonus room is a thriving space to unwind, let the kids play or work from home. A large laundry room with a sink, built ins and a half bath helps keep you organized. Vaulted ceilings, corner fireplace, huge walk in closet, jetted tub, dual vanity, separate shower and French doors to a private deck create a master suite sure to sweep you away. Three generously sized bedrooms, one with vaulted ceilings and wood floors, provides tons of room to grow and privacy for all. Plenty of space for all your cars, boats, toys and tools in the 3500 sq ft fully finished shop with temperature control. Enjoy 5 usable acres that are all fenced, plus a tennis-sport court area. 125 Fisher Road offers something for everyone – it is the total package! Schedule your private tour 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.

House Plants for Dark Rooms

by Mary Gilbert


Daylight hours have become noticeably less, and so are out landscaping duties! If you’d like to bring the outside in but are concerned about the plants needing sunlight, don’t worry.  Many houseplants can be tucked away inside for Winter that thrive in low
 light!  Find one, or two, in this list: 

 

  • Aglaonema, or Chinese Evergreen, has many hybrids, and come with splashes of silver and red.  Not only will you have a plant that doesn’t need a lot of watering, but you’ll have a plant that brightens without having to buy a bouquet of fresh flowers every week! 
     

  • Using contrast in your rooms can apply to plants as well.  Calathea is a plant with variegated leaves, and some types have red stems and undersides of its leaves.  Placed in a corner with light-colored walls will make this low-light lover take the stage! 
     

  • What sounds tougher than cast iron plant (Aspidistra)? These long-leafed plants thrive in shady spots, can handle poor soil, and if you forget to water them, they will survive! 
     

  • Corn plant or dragon tree, (Dracaena fragrans) is a great plant if you’re looking for height.  It might need pruning once it starts getting too tall but is great for medium light.  Children would love to tell their friends they have a dragon tree in their house! 
     

  • Turn your room into a tropical oasis with parlor palms (neanthe bella)!  The best thing about this palm is that it doesn’t grow very tall and can do well in virtually any amount of light. 
     

  • Peace lily (Spathiphyllum) is a common houseplant, and rightly so.  While enjoying medium-low light, they do need water at least once per week to keep their beautiful dark green leaves and white blossoms. 
     

  • There are so many types of philodendron that you can find one for any houseplant need you have.  They prefer medium-low light, but in perfect conditions, they can grow tall. You get a bonus with philodendron, as they are proven air-cleaners! 
     

  • If you have a dark corner but no space for placing a container on the floor or furniture, pothos is the plant for you. The trailing vine is perfect to hang in a dark corner, and there are several hybrids to choose from. 
     

  • Does your grandmother have a pot of Swedish ivy that she’s been caring for as long as you can remember?  Plectranthus verticillatus grows very well in low light and be sure it has plenty of room to spread its trailing vines.   
     

  • When there’s little light and almost no room for a plant in your home, a terrarium filled with mosses, small-growing ferns, Pilea glauca “Aquamarine,” and sweet flag (Acorusare just a few of the plants that will grow well tucked inside an enclosed case.  Learn more about this age-old type of gardening. 

 

Bringing the outside in doesn’t mean you have to use the only sunny spot in the house.  Growing green things indoors can keep the air clean, and boost your spirits, both of which are important, not only during the dark Winter months but year-round. 
 

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

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0 Sable Drive: Building Lot with River Frontage!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
0 Sable Drive, Roseburg, OR  97470

Desirable 1.84 acre lot available to build your new custom home. River frontage to enjoy fishing, swimming and boating with the family. Take in the beautiful mountain and river views. Property has 168 feet of pristine North Umpqua River frontage. The location you have been dreaming of is available – what are you waiting for?

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: Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights

by Mary Gilbert


Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 at 5:30pm

River Forks Park
380 River Forks Road
Roseburg, OR 97471

Event Website

JOIN US FOR THE UMPQUA VALLEY’S FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION!

The Festival of Lights has become an annual tradition in Douglas County, drawing 25,000 visitors per year and generating hundreds of thousands of dollars for Rotary Club scholarships and service projects since 1993.

​For just $10 per car, visitors enjoy 90 light displays containing nearly 500,000 lights and all the traditional attractions that have made the Festival famous, including the Holiday Village, wagon rides, the World’s Largest Nutcracker and visits from Santa Claus himself!

​The Holiday Village is open Thursday through Sunday evenings through Christmas Eve in Helleck Hall. With Santa Claus, a model train set, cookies, candies, warm cider and souvenirs for sale, the Holiday Village is a must see.

Wagon rides are offered Thursday through Sunday nights for $5.

Courtesy of The Mary Gilbert Group

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Outdoor Turkey Frying: Tips and Tricks

by Mary Gilbert


Thanksgiving is on its way, and for most of us, that means turkey. In recent years, fried turkey has grown significantly in popularity; this has led to a lot more people deciding to pick up a large fryer and try their hand at frying their own at home. Unfortunately, this has led to a sharp increase in fryer-related accidents as well. Nothing can ruin a Thanksgiving faster than fryer incidents that result in burns, fires or other serious problems.

 

To that end, let’s look at a few ways to keep your turkey-frying adventures safe. Whether you’re a first-time fryer or a seasoned turkey-frying pro, here are some things to keep in mind to help keep your holiday safe.
 

Picking the Right Fryer

There are a few different options available when it comes to turkey fryers. You can opt for a propane fryer that heats with a burner or an electric fryer that you need to plug in. Regardless of the option you choose, make sure that it has temperature controls so that you can keep the oil below its smoke point. One of the big causes of fires at Thanksgiving is that people turn turkey fryers up too high and the oil starts to burn.
 

Proper Turkey Preparation

While everyone loves the thought of a big juicy turkey as a centerpiece, if you’re frying a turkey, you’re better off going with a smaller bird. Ideally you should opt for a turkey that’s no more than 8 to 10 pounds, or 12 pounds at the upper limit. While fryers can typically handle more than this, bigger birds are more likely to cause oil spills as you put them into the fryer pot. Make sure that frozen turkeys are completely thawed and patted dry and avoid using any water-based marinades to season the bird. Dry brining or other dry rubs are best when prepping your turkey.
 

Choosing the Right Location

Make sure that your fryer is on a flat, level and solid surface before filling it with oil. Don’t place the fryer on a deck, porch or other area where the surface underneath could shift or shake as people walk by. Don’t place the fryer under trees, near piles of leaves or around other flammable materials. If possible, place the fryer in a place that doesn’t get much foot traffic and where you can easily keep children and pets away.
 

Watch the Weather

Rain, snow and other inclement weather can cause major problems with turkey fryers, so only fry a turkey outside if the weather will be nice for the entire time that the fryer is hot. If you have a covered carport or garage then this may be a safe place to fry the turkey provided that it can’t be affected by heavy winds or other weather problems.
 

Be Safe While Frying

Wear eye protection, heat-protectant gloves and long sleeves while around the fryer. Always place the turkey into the oil slowly, don’t just drop it in. If using propane, turn the burner off before placing the turkey in the oil and then turn it back on once the risk of splashes or spills is over. Make sure that somebody is watching the fryer at all times, even if everything seems to be going well.

 

Contact The Mary Gilbert Group for ALL your real estate needs! 541.371.5500 or [email protected] 

 

By: Homekeepr, David Weinstein

199 NE Plum Ridge Drive: Newer 4 Bedroom Winston Home!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale 
199 NE Plum Ridge Drive, Winston, OR  97496

Handyman Special! Come finish what the seller has started. This newer home will make a great “Home Sweet Home” with 4 generously sized bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in the family friendly neighborhood of Plum Ridge! The cozy great room opens to the eat in kitchen creating an open layout on the main level ideal for entertaining and daily function. Abundant cabinet and counterspace including a breakfast bar provides tons of room for meal prep. Sliding doors off the dining area open to the rear deck perfect for BBQs. The fenced yard offers plenty of room to run and play, garden or to just kick back and relax! Appreciate plenty of parking and vehicle storage in the attached 2 car garage and driveway. Move right in and add your own personal touches and updates along the way.

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
541-371-5500
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