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Exploring Roseburg Oregon: Free Fishing Weekend

by Mary Gilbert


Introduce a friend, child, co-worker, or family member to fishing during Oregon’s Free Fishing Weekend!  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offers Oregon residents and visitors the opportunity to fish, crab, and clam without a license.  Enjoy this fun and relaxing family friendly activity on June 1 & 2 statewide!

For more information call (503) 947-6019

Event Website

Courtesy of The Mary Gilbert Group

Photo Credit: visitroseburg.com

250 NW Plum Avenue: Charming One-Story Home in Winston OR!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
250 NW Plum Avenue, Winston, OR  97496

Searching for the perfect starter home or investment property? 250 NW Plum Avenue is a charming one story, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Winston OR that is worth a closer look! Vaulted ceilings with skylights allow for lots of natural light in this spacious living room, while a pellet stove insert is perfect for those cool winter nights. Quartz countertops, oak cabinets and a gas range highlight the eat in kitchen. Vaulted ceilings with an exposed beam make this family room a relaxing space to hang out. You could easily use this space as a formal dining room. A large laundry room with storage and a connecting full bath help you stay organized. The master features plush carpeting, abundant closet space and is closest to the second full bathroom. The two secondary bedrooms are on the opposite side of the home providing privacy for your growing family or from roommates. Off street parking, plus covered RV parking available. You have 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.

FSBO? Are You REALLY Ready to Sell Your Home Yourself?

by Mary Gilbert


Everybody likes the idea of a little DIY. Whether that means unclogging your own sink drain or putting in a few shelves in your pantry, there’s a lot of satisfaction that goes along with doing it yourself. Maybe this is why homeowners often seriously consider selling their homes on their own. Although going FSBO has the potential to save a few bucks, there’s a lot to know before jumping in.
 

What is a FSBO?

In real estate agent speak, “Fiz-Bows” are homes that are being sold and marketed by their owners; it’s short for For Sale By Owner. These sellers may negotiate with Buyer’s Agents to sell their house, but more often negotiate with the buyer directly. This buyer is either someone that the seller knows or it’s a complete stranger who called off of some kind of advertising for the home in question.
 

As you might imagine, this situation is just peachy until it’s not.
 

A Few Points to Ponder Before Going FSBO

The decision to sell your home yourself is not one that you should make lightly. There are a lot of things that must be done in order to execute a real estate contract and even seasoned real estate agents sometimes make serious mistakes. So, before you take the leap, keep these items in mind (just for starters):
 

Real estate agents carry errors and omissions insurance for a reason. There is no perfect contract and the more complicated they get, the higher the risk of something being accidentally recorded incorrectly. When that mistake is a high dollar issue, E&O kicks in to help resolve it. Generally speaking, if you’re selling your own home by yourself, your errors and omissions are on you.
 

Marketing matters. Even in a seller’s market, it’s fairly unlikely that plopping a “For Sale” sign on your lawn will attract the right buyers. Sure, you might get the neighbors popping by for a look, but they’re really just comparing their home to yours, they’re not generally serious buyers. This is going to be one of your biggest expenses, and marketing doesn’t come cheap.


You can’t just list your home on one site, you need to be putting your marketing where the people are — that means social media, local FSBO sites, the MLS (if you can access it where you live) and other outlets. This is where knowing your audience (your buyers) is really important. It’ll help you narrow your focus so you don’t spend as much on marketing as you could if you took a scattershot approach.
 

Contracts. You can’t sell a house with a handshake agreement. Well, you CAN in most states, but it’s not advised. Makes it real hard for the bank to finance and so forth. First thing’s first, do you have a contract you can use or a lawyer who will draft one for you? Any existing contracts should be checked over by a real estate attorney to ensure that you are protected.
 

Handling Offers. We all expect that contracts will come in at full price and also include nice notes about how our kitchen is amazing and the buyer can already smell the bubble bath in the master suite. That’s not always reality, though. What will you do when an offer comes in that’s insultingly low? The emotional weight can be massive. Most of the time, these things go off without a hitch, but there are some trouble contracts here and there. Are you confident enough to stake your equity on this gamble?
 

There’s nothing wrong with selling your house yourself, but if you choose to do this, you have to realize that it’s a huge commitment, as well as essentially being a second job. You have to be ready to show your house any time a potential buyer appears. You need to monitor the market so you can see when a price change is going to be necessary. Most importantly, you have to know how to respond when there’s a problem.
 

There Are No Perfect Houses

Anybody can sell a house that’s perfect. There’s no question about it. But in the real world, all homes have some kind of flaw. They’re structures made of thousands of different parts, after all. That one knotty stud with the bent nail under the drywall makes your house totally unique, even when compared with other homes that are the same floor plan.
 

The thing with all this uniqueness is that when a home inspector comes to inspect the home, they’re likely to find something wrong. As an owner, not having a lot of experience looking at inspection reports, you may think you’re being unfairly attacked or just feel generally insulted by the findings. After all, you wired up that outlet or plumbed that tub yourself.
 

If you can see your home the way your buyer does, you may have the stomach for selling it yourself. You have to be fair-minded, otherwise everything will blow up during the inspection period, if you make it that far.

 

Ready to work with a Real Estate Professional to get your home SOLD? Contact The Mary Gilbert Group today! 541.371.5500 or [email protected]

 

By: Homekeepr, Rob Morelli

Buying a Short Sale Home? Keep This in Mind

by Mary Gilbert


One of the greatest myths in the world of real estate is that buying a home that’s in a pre-foreclosure state, or one that has already been foreclosed upon, will get you the very best deal possible. This is inaccurate for a number of reasons, though if you know what you’re looking at you can sometimes snag a bargain. There are a few things you need to know before making that leap the first time.

 

What is a Short Sale?

Short sales happen because a homeowner is in big trouble financially and needs to unload their house. They may be in a negative equity position (underwater) or simply lack the equity to sell their home. There was a time when homeowners had to miss a few payments before lenders would consider a short sale, but today there are conditions, like a sudden loss of income, that can make a short sale possible faster.
 

Short sales save the homeowner from a long and potentially credit damaging foreclosure. They save the bank from having to get lawyers involved to collect the home that’s collateral for the mortgage that’s in default. They don’t do anything for a buyer by design (that’s not to say that you can’t benefit from them, they just didn’t really consider buyers when creating this out for homeowners in trouble).
 

Buying a Short Sale Home: The Basics
 

To successfully navigate a short sale, you’re going to need a few things:
 

  1. An experienced real estate agent. Writing a contract for a short sale is not like writing a contract for a standard home. There are usually a variety of clauses that must be included, as well as knowledge of what will and won’t be accepted in said contract to consider. Your interests have to be protected, which can really bloat a standard purchase agreement with a lot of extra verbiage.
  2. A really good home inspector. When people ask their banks for permission to sell short, they’re not doing it because they’ve been spending all their extra money fixing up the place. Often, these homes are in some amount of disrepair due to neglect. When finances are tight enough to get a short sale approved, you can bet home improvements are far from the current owner’s mind.
  3. Patience. It can take a very long time to get a short sale approved. If you’re looking to buy one as an investment, that wait might not matter, but if you want a place to call home, it’s going to be frustratingly long. This is because not only does the homeowner approve the contract, the bank has to, as well. If there are two or more banks involved, so much more the trouble. Buckle in, because it can take six weeks – six months — to close.
  4. Liquid or liquidatable assets. Depending on the state of the home, you will likely have to put some money into it right away. A leaky roof and HVAC with issues aren’t cheap to fix.


It is highly recommended that you use a real estate agent to purchase a short sale. This point cannot be stressed enough. Short sales are not always deals, as stated above, because banks know what their property is worth — they’re not going to let you steal that house for a song. The banks involved are also unlikely to make repairs or give you any sort of concessions.
 

How Can Banks Afford to Do This?
 

The next time someone tells you that mortgage insurance is a waste and does nothing for anyone but the bank, remind them that MI is what makes short sales possible and often prevent long-term credit damage during a foreclosure. When a home qualifies to be a short sale, the bank is using proceeds from a claim against the mortgage insurance to make up the difference between what the sellers owe and what a buyer is giving.
 

MI can help prevent something known as a “bleeding foreclosure.” This is a foreclosure (or short sale) that has sold, but has a balance remaining that cannot be forgiven. Not all homes sold short will “bleed,” but it’s a potential in many states, especially if you’re not carrying MI on your mortgage. So, rather than pay extra every month for MI, you’ll be paying monthly for the outstanding balance on a house you no longer own.
 

Ready to Shop for Short Sale Homes? The Mary Gilbert Group is here to help with all your Real Estate needs! 541.371.5500 or [email protected] 

By: Homekeepr, Saro Cutri

Attracting Wildlife to Your Landscape

by Mary Gilbert


Most homeowners landscape their property for aesthetic reasons, and there’s not a thing wrong with wanting your home’s outdoor areas to look beautiful.  Not only can your gardening be pleasing to the eye, you can attract beneficial insects and small mammal
s to your plantings.  Follow these tips if you’d like to create a mini-habitat oasis in your yard. 

 

  • - If you’re not sure where to begin, contact your local USDA Extension office, and they offer a wealth of information to educate you and get your started on your way to attracting wildlife. 
     

  • - Using native plants is the first step in attracting birds and butterflies, and most of these are perennials that have a short blooming season.  Don’t be afraid of losing color; you can intersperse the native plantings with colorful annuals. 
     

  • - Purchase or build housing to attract birds, making sure dimensions are correct for certain types of birds, and be sure birdhouse placement is where it will be most attractive to the birds. 
     

  • - Other man-made shelters can be made or bought to attract wild things:  houses for bats, butterflies, carpenter bees and ladybugs will not only add charm to the landscape, you will be bringing insects that will help you fight the bad bugs. 
     

  • - To invite frogs to take up residence, take any old clay pot, use ceramic tile cutters to make a doorway around the top edge, and turn the pot upside down on the ground for a frog house. 
     

  • - Besides placing feeders in different areas, clean water is essential for wildlife, and having small shallow dishes with clean water scattered about (under cover of plantings) will keep little animals coming back to your yard again and again. 
     

  • - Attracting wildlife can be wonderful and educational, but having deer devour your landscaping isn’t wonderful at all. Keep them at a distance by using this list of plants that don’t appeal to deer from Old Farmer’s Almanac. 

 

One of the first things you need to commit yourself to if you’d like all sorts of beneficial animals to visit and even live in your landscaping is going non-chemical for bad insects and weed control.  Education is the key, so do a lot of reading and learning before you begin this venture.  Landscaping that incorporates plants and animals is landscaping that benefits everyone. 

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

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Honoring Our Heroes!

by Mary Gilbert

51 SW Hart Avenue: Beautifully Updated Home on Corner Lot!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
51 SW Hart Avenue, Winston, OR  97496

Beautifully updated 3 bedroom home on a spacious corner lot in the lovely South Slopes neighborhood. Step inside to a sun drenched, open layout perfect for entertaining and family function. Gleaming hardwood floors, a toasty wood burning fireplace and large picture window with front yard views make this living room a comfortable space for everyday living. The modern kitchen is outfitted with a tile backsplash, stylish black cabinetry, stainless appliances and plenty of counter space for all your meal prep. A dining nook with sliding doors to the patio make it easy to enjoy indoor and outdoor entertaining options. All three bedrooms are ample in size, feature hardwood flooring, provide plentiful closet space and share an updated full bath with tiled tub/shower. Cabinetry and counterspace, plus a built in ironing board help you keep things tidy and organized in the large laundry room. Enjoy plenty of parking in front of the home and at the rear with room for RV parking! An attached storage with garage door is perfect for all your tools and toys, plus a newer storage shed! There is so much to love at 51 SW Hart Avenue – you simply have 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.


Visit the Butterfly Pavilion for its season opener at the Elkton Community Education Center. The ECEC has operated a popular butterfly pavilion for 13 years to teach people about the life cycle and habitat needs of native butterflies in the Umpqua River Valley.  More than 4,000 people visit each year.  Come and join us for our opening day!

For more information call: 541-584-2692

Event Website

Elkton Community Education Center
15850 State Highway 38
Elkton, OR 97436

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Photo Credit: visitroseburg.com

632 SE Garden Way Drive: Brand New Legacy Acres Home!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
632 SE Garden Way Drive, Winston, OR  97496

Be the first to live in this BRAND NEW attractive one-level home with upgraded features! Located in lovely Legacy Acres, this 3 bedroom, 2 full bath ranch is outfitted with easy care wood laminate flooring, high ceilings, gourmet kitchen, neutral paint colors, modern fixtures and recessed lighting all in an effortlessly flowing floor plan! Natural light fills the living room through the large windows creating a comfortable space for everyday living and family function. Glistening granite counters, stainless steel appliances, an abundance of cabinetry and an eating bar highlight this trendy kitchen. Sliding doors in the sun drenched dining area lead to a spacious deck for outdoor living, grillin’ and chillin’. The open layout is perfect for entertaining inside and out! Plush carpeting, a walk in closet and private bath make this master suite a delightful retreat. Two secondary bedrooms and a full bath are generously sized providing room for a growing family or guests. Keep things organized and tidy in the large laundry room with durable tile floors. An attached 2 car garage is perfect for vehicle and equipment storage. Beautiful front landscaping is included. 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.

Smart Windows Are Here: What You Need to Know

by Mary Gilbert


Everything’s getting smarter these days. Everything. Not only are smart appliances, smart outlets, smart light bulbs and smart TVs gaining traction, smart windows are all the rage among the techy types. They can also be a really useful part of your home automation setup.

They’re not for everybody and there are differences in what various types can do, though, so pay attention and research the windows of your dreams well before you choose one for your home.
 

How Do You Make a Window Smart?

There are actually several different types of windows currently using the moniker “smart.” Some, like those produced by Marvin, are simply regular windows fitted with smart locks at the factory. There’s little else that they do than a traditional window doesn’t besides let you know that you left the kitchen window unlocked.
 

If this is a concern because you have a child that might climb out a window or a teenager known to slip out of the house that way, this might be a solution for you, but it’s hardly touching what other smart windows can do.
 

Some of them can generate their own electricity. Who’s smart now?
 

Smart Homes Made Smarter With Smarter Windows?

There are many of the mindset that we’ve all gone a little wild with the “smart” stuff in our homes. Who really needs a smart toaster? Or a microwave that you can turn on with Alexa? What’s the point of smart switches when you have a smart light bulb?
 

There are so many questions. But the truth is that smart windows can have a big impact on your living space and your happiness. The smart windows with lock sensors can make it easier to sleep at night, which is always great, but other smart windows can literally change the feel of the room, no matter what time of day.
 

Before you run out to buy yourself some fancy smart windows, keep these items in mind:
 

  • Energy efficiency is a big part of many designs. Lots of smart windows are designed to help you get the most out of your utility dollars. Many can change color based on different environmental factors, like bright sunlight or especially dark days. This way, your home stays reasonably easy to heat and cool and you can have lots of big windows without lots of big curtains.
     
  • Smart Windows can do lots of different things. The fact that a smart window can simply be a window with a smart lock or a window that changes tint to help keep your utility bills low is only the beginning. Smart windows can also double as solar panels. It’s true!
     
  • They’re not cheap, but that’s not the point. The smartest of the smart windows may come in at around $1,000, making a whole home window refit unbelievably expensive, but that’s not really the point at this time. Right now, the “cool” factor and their ability to save energy are really what buyers are getting out of these advanced windows with their connected features. Early adopters make it possible for these kinds of technologies to fall in price over time, opening up the market even wider.
     

For homeowners interested in smart windows that have responsive glass but terrified of their price tags, it might make sense to put the windows in rooms that get extra hot or cold (just be sure to match the style of the windows in the rest of your house), rather than doing a whole home install that can become hugely cost-prohibitive.

 

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

 

By: Homekeepr, Rob Morelli

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Roseburg OR 97471
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