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Exploring Roseburg Oregon: Spring Craft Fair

by Mary Gilbert


44th Annual Spring Craft Fair

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Come join us at the 44th Annual Spring Craft Fair!  Local and regional artisans, crafters, and entertainers come together for this event with over 120 booths.  You will have the opportunity to view and purchase hard-to-find hand-crafted treasures and partake in booths offering henna body art, astrological and card interpretations, massage, herb, and plant products.  Three live stages will showcase music, dance, magic, vaudeville, and much more.  Discover great gifts, handmade goods, and more!

Douglas County Fairgrounds
2110 Frear Street
Roseburg, OR

For more event information email [email protected].

Event Website

Courtesy of The Mary Gilbert Group

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What is a Homeowner’s Association?

by Mary Gilbert


For everyone out there looking at homes right now, there are three little letters that could make or break your purchase decision. They are “H,” “O” and “A.” Three of the most frightening letters of the alphabet, imposed over the largest purchase you’ll ever make — it’s a recipe for high anxiety.

 

But not every Homeowners Association is the nightmare that many home buyers imagine. As long as you do your homework and know exactly what you’re getting into, your HOA may be the best decision you ever made.
 

Homeowners Associations, Maintenance and Uniformity

HOAs are often part of life for condo, townhouse and some single family homeowners. They’re not all good and they’re not all bad. Their purpose in this modern world is to maintain a sort of uniformity and authority that can not only help neighbors deal with disputes, but help the neighborhood as a whole keep a nice, shiny reputation.
 

When it comes to attached homes, like condos and townhouses, the HOAs also maintain the exteriors of buildings, including roofing, and common areas, like lawns. Single family HOAs often provide amenities like pools and common buildings that can be used for parties. The more the HOA does, the more the fees will be. And sometimes there will be fees even if they don’t do much.
 

Homeowners Associations Versus Neighborhood Associations

Another point to clarify is that there is a difference between a neighborhood association and a homeowners association. Neighborhood associations are voluntary, generally have very low fees for membership and do not run with the land. That means that you can buy a house where the former owner was part of the neighborhood association, but decline to be a member yourself.
 

On the other hand, if you buy a home that’s part of a homeowners association, the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) run with the land itself. So, you buy the land (usually with a house on it) and at closing sign that you agree to the HOA’s rules. You can only change those by being an active part of the association itself and going through the process it takes to allow RV parking in the front yard or whatever it is that you really want to do.
 

Is an HOA For You?

It’s really hard to know if you’re going to get along in an HOA-controlled neighborhood without taking a long hard look at those CC&Rs. They vary widely, just like the people who live in different neighborhoods. Even if you find a home that you absolutely love, don’t sign a thing until you’ve seen the CC&Rs and gone over them with your real estate agent. You will be living under those rules for a while, make sure you can accept that.
 

While it would be fun to have a pool you don’t have to clean, sometimes you have to be realistic and say, “These rules just aren’t for me or my lifestyle.”
 

But, sometimes those rules are really practical and make a lot of sense. For example, some might state that your grass has to be kept under six inches high. Great rule, this practice reduces animal and insect problems by removing cover.
 

Others might say you can’t have a clothesline or a fence, which might be a total deal-breaker for you. There is often an appeal process, but if that clothesline is a big enough issue, don’t risk it. There are plenty of houses in the sea.
 

Don’t Forget, HOA Fees Are Included in Your DTI

Last, but not least, remember that HOA fees will be included in your debt to income calculation. So, if you are just barely able to afford that lovely home, the monthly fees may make your lender give you the red light. This is an important item to check when you’re investigating the other terms of the HOA.
 

You can expect them to run anywhere from a few hundred to over a thousand dollars a month. Definitely something you want to be sure about before committing. Would you rather have that much more in home, or in amenities?
 

Already in Love With the Idea of a Home In an HOA? Contact The Mary Gilbert Group and let's go take a look! 541.371.5500 or [email protected]

By: Homekeepr, Rob Morelli

Smart Homes Need Smart Protection: Getting to Know Smart Cameras

by Mary Gilbert


Things seem to be getting smarter and smarter these days. From smartphones to smart pressure cookers, anything that can be built with a brain or an internet connection seems to be being bulked up. Some items that are getting brains don’t necessarily make a lot of sense (smart toothbrushes?), and others seem like they should have gotten smarter sooner.

Smart cameras are a perfect example of the latter. They’re a good balance between smart and sexy, and they will keep your smart home safer.
 

Getting to Know Smart Cameras

A smart camera is different from a regular home security camera in that one camera can integrate with lots of sensors in your home and actually learn your behavior. So, if you normally disarm the alarm at 8:00 am and rearm it at 4:00 pm, that camera will begin to build that information into its profile of your household.
 

This way, when someone comes in at 8:00 pm and tries to disarm the alarm, even if they’re successful, the camera will be on alert for more clues about who this person is and if they belong in your home. You’ll be notified through an app in your phone that someone is lurking about.
 

Some smart cameras, like the Nest Cam IQ are even able to learn faces and distinguish friends you designate from strangers. When a stranger appears in this camera’s sight, it notifies you right away. If it’s simply a friend stopping by to see if you’re home, you can ask the Nest IQ to essentially ignore their activity.
 

Benefits of Modern Smart Security Cameras

Security cameras have been in homes for decades now, but today’s security cameras bear very little resemblance to their ancestors. Although they share functionality, that’s about all they have in common today. Here are a few things to keep in mind about modern smart cameras:
 

They’re tiny, with great big brains. As mentioned above, some smart cameras learn patterns of behavior, others go further and learn faces and names. All of this is made possible by modern computing and it’s stuffed into a tiny little package that’s hardly noticeable.
 

Minimal wiring is required. Old school security cameras required you to run new wiring from them to the television and recording device you were utilizing. Assuming the place you’re stashing the camera already has power, that’s still a lot of extra cabling to deal with. Smart cameras connect to your devices using WiFi, though they may need a wire for power.
 

Monitoring is DIY. Gone are the days of paying a company to do your monitoring or having way too much space in your house devoted to self-monitoring of those big ancient cameras. Now, you can monitor your camera in real time, no matter where you are. It’s a snap to just drop in and see how things are going in your vacation home or review videos from last night to see if your kids threw a house party while you were away.
 

Video storage is in The Cloud. The one drawback to smart cameras is that you will have to pay for storage for your recordings if you want to keep them. Most companies offer packages by time spans that range from about 24 hours to weeks and weeks. You can download your videos, but what you don’t download will disappear after the length of your storage subscription.
 

Get Smarter, Add A Smart Camera To Your Home Security
 

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

By: Homekeepr, Saro Cutri

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.

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
298 Grandview Street, Glide, OR  97443

Lovely corner lot with beautiful mountain views from the Southwest await one lucky buyer! This 0.7 acre lot is closet to town, yet far away from any neighbors providing excellent privacy and seclusion. Outdoor enthusiasts will love this spot being close to Little River and the North Umpqua. It is the perfect place to build your mountain getaway! Additional lot available, please see MLS # 19303215 for additional information.

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.

264 Grandview Street: Build Your Dream Home in Glide OR!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
264 Grandview St, Glide, OR  97443
264 Grandview St #2, Glide, OR  97443

The perfect spot to build your mountain getaway! This lovely 0.71 acre lot is located close enough to town, yet far enough away from neighbors for privacy and seclusion. Image an expansive deck and large windows where you can enjoy the excellent mountain views from the Southwest in the evenings. This is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts as it is situated close to both Little River and the North Umpqua. Start living the good life in Glide 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.

Workshops for First-Time Home Buyers

by Mary Gilbert


That’s right--classes for home buyers!  If you’re just starting out on your home-purchase process, you may get overwhelmed when you find out all that’s involved.  Sadly, it’s not as easy as finding a house, paying for it, then moving in.  It’s a great idea
 to learn all you can about the process as well as being a homeowner. 

 

  • - Don’t wait until you’ve found a house you want to purchase before signing up!  Find a course that will help you learn the ropes from house-hunting to closing so you’ll feel confident when you contact a Realtor to begin your search. 

  • - Credit counseling is best done about six months before you start looking at homes, so you can learn about improving your credit score, as well as creating a budget and sticking to it.  You want the highest credit score possible so you can receive pre-approval for a mortgage. 

  • - Don’t have enough saved for a 20% down payment?  A workshop will help you find a program that will assist you with finding low down payment programs, as well as if there are any grants available in your community. 

  • - HUD-approved counseling agencies usually offer one-on-one sessions so you can get a better understanding of your own personal financial situation, as well as answer any specific questions you may have. 

  • - Many workshops have more than one “instructor;” you will hear from lenders, appraisers, inspectors, and insurance agents that will discuss their roles in the home-buying process. 

 

When dreaming of buying your own home, don’t let all of the information overwhelm you and keep you from even trying! If you are pressed for time with work and family, online course may be for you!  All it takes is this first step, and you’ll find that a home-buyer course will show you won’t be alone on the road to home ownership.   

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

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Exploring Roseburg Oregon: RV Palooza

by Mary Gilbert


March 22 - March 31, 2019

Come to the RV Palooza at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and get a first look at the new 2019 RVs and their cool, new innovations from America’s top manufacturers.  See floor plans, makes and models from brands such as Forest River, Winnebago, Thor, Heartland, Newmar, DRV, Northwood, Jayco, Lance, Eclipse, Pleasure-Way, Roadtrek, Coachmen, and more!

Finance mangers will be on site to help you get financing for your RV lifestyle.  Inventory will be offered at show-stopping Palooza prices!  There will even be a free driving school to help you learn how to maneuver a Class A motorhome, fifth wheel or travel trailer.

Event Website

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Patio Planning 101

by Mary Gilbert


It’s finally spring! Time to break out the grill and the patio set and spend your evenings cooking out under the stars. Except, you don’t have a patio, you have a backyard that’s currently a soppy, muddy mess from spring rainstorms. You’d love to get outside, but it’s just so mucky and sticky out there.

 

This year, you’re resolved to install a patio once and for all. There’s a lot to consider when planning your shiny new patio, but don’t worry, we’re here to help make it simple.
 

Patio Planning: The Basics

If this is your first major home improvement project, you’ve picked one that should give you a real sense of satisfaction when it’s done. But you’ve also chosen to tackle a multi-part effort that’s not very cut and dry. Before you go out and rent a Skid Steer and hire three guys to pour cement, make sure you’ve checked these items off your pre-patio checklist:

  • Location, location, location. Although many patios are constructed as a transition from the house to the rest of the yard, there’s not a rule saying this has to be the case. Choose your favorite flat spot on your lot and try to imagine what it would be like having dinner there.
  • Materials. Many patios are poured concrete slabs, but there are also some fantastic stones and pavers out there that would make excellent patio surfaces. And don’t forget the brick. Patios are great because they can really stand the test of time when the right materials are chosen. Consider the weather in your area when you’re shopping.
     
  • Size and shape. Like there’s no required spot for your patio, there’s also not a standard size or a standard shape for them. You want a 10×16 rectangle? Poof! Done. What about a 15 foot long kidney shaped patio? No problem. Design the patio of your dreams, not the patio that other people think should be your dream.
     

Bringing It All Together

Now that you’ve got a basic understanding of what your patio will be made from and where you’re going to put it, it’s time to take the next step and put that pencil to paper. It can help to draw your entire lot on grid paper, adding buildings, plants and other noteworthy features in their correct spots (you’ll need to measure all of this for best results) will ensure that your patio plan doesn’t run into pesky problems from real life colliding with your perfect patio.
 

That handy drawing of your patio can become a map to something a little bit more impressive than a simple slab in your backyard. Consider drawing in (and including!) these user-friendly elements so you can make it do even more:
 

  • Pergolas. There’s nothing like a pergola to create a semi-shaded spot in your yard. If your patio is attached to the house, adding a pergola is just a natural step. If not, you can still anchor one in cement so it can be freestanding and won’t blow away. Pro tip: grow your favorite vines on that pergola and they’ll help shade you all summer long.
  • Built-in seating. Sure, you have a patio set, but sometimes it’s nice to have some extra benches in case you’re wanting to sit, but not at a table. Like deck builders put benches around the outside of decks, or use them to separate areas on a very large deck, you can do the same with benches made from the same materials as your patio.
  • Water features. Look, no one said you need a fountain or pond near your patio, but wouldn’t it be pretty cool? Small fountains add interest and ponds not only give you a place to keep impressively large koi, birds and other wildlife can use them for water.
  • Outdoor kitchen. This is the ultimate patio upgrade. Adding an outdoor kitchen, even if that’s just a built-in grill and a small sink, can make your home easier to sell down the line and possibly even increase your home’s value.

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

  • By: Homekeepr, David Weinstein

391 Becker Road: Three Bedroom Home with Fantastic Views!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
391 Becker Road, Roseburg, OR  97471

Nestled in the beautiful Umpqua Valley, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath a-frame home boasts fantastic views, open living spaces and 8.56 sprawling acres! Soaring high vaulted ceilings and a large fireplace give the living room a cozy ski chalet feel with stunning views! The open kitchen layout is perfect for entertaining and family function. The detached garage provides a mother-in-law apartment and separate livestock barn. Your dreams of a small farm are about to come true! There is plenty of space for livestock, gardening and room to roam. Possible 2nd homesite per county. Endless potential at 391 Becker Road – you just need to come 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.

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Roseburg OR 97471
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