Newsletter November 2017

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Greetings,
 
Winter is coming!!! 
 
Like it or not friends the cold weather is here and the furnaces are kicking in.  Did you know that NW Natural Gas provides free inspection of all gas appliances at your home or business?
 
Just call to schedule. Find more details here.
I recommend that you schedule to have safety inspections on gas equipment (stoves, furnaces, fireplaces)  once a year to help keep your equipment running at peak efficiency. The annual inspection is offered by NW Natural as part of their customer service, so there is no extra charge for the visit. Who doesn’t love FREE!
 
What’s included in the inspection?
  • Run the equipment for proper operation
  • Visually inspect the venting system
  • Clean and adjust pilot lights as needed
  • Check for possible damage
  • Inspect safety devices and controls
  • Review operation of equipment in accordance with manufacturer settings
Who do you know that needs some real estate help!  Shoot me an email at Cricket@forsalebyforsey.com and I’ll jump into service.
 
Ps: Thanks to all that texted and emailed with condolences over that horrible Michigan State Loss this weekend. Putting it behind me and hoping for some better games soon!
 
Stay warm,
 
Cricket
 

 

Portland Metro Real Estate Market Update


Stats provided by RMLS Home Sales Report October 2017
 
The Portland metro area saw cooler numbers across the
board in October, but new listings made the solitary gain.

 
Average and Median Sale Prices
Prices continue to rise in the Portland metro area. Comparing
2017 to 2016 through October, the average sale price rose 9.0%
from $393,900 to $429,400. In the same comparison, the median sale price rose 10.1% from $345,000 to $379,900.

 
Contact me for more information to better understand today’s market.
 
Featured Listing

Beautiful home in Lake Oswego
Located on a ¼ acre lot. Close to trails, shopping, Mountain Park Tennis Club, I-5 and 217. Private landscaped backyard. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2826 sq. ft.
Offer at $639,000 – RMLS # 17542742
 
Contact me for more information/details on this or other properties.
 

 

Helping First-Time Sellers Through the Sale

Even the most steely-eyed sellers can get emotional when it’s time to list a home. It’s the place where they raised their children, gathered friends for annual holiday parties, or painstakingly executed their design vision over many years. The longer you’ve stayed in a home, the greater the challenges you may face getting up-to-date on the rules and regulations governing transactions. Those who have never before sold are, indeed, in uncharted territory.
 
Contact me for more information or help on selling or buying your home.
 
Tips On How To Handle Holiday Stress
Although it’s easy to envision a marvelous, relaxed holiday season full of pageantry, positivity, and perfect pies, this is not what the splendor of the season always delivers.
 
Start preparations now to manage your holiday stress.
 
1. Eat Clean, Nourishing Foods.  This is true throughout the year, not just the holidays. Don’t forget to eat your vegetables, your pastured meats and your healthy fats. Don’t miss out on bone broth and fermented foods to help your gut and your digestion. Give your body the nutrients it needs to function at its highest level and ward off stress!
2. Sleep.  Don’t forget to sleep! Your body needs sleep. This is when your body recharges and refreshes itself. Without adequate sleep, your body will not be able to recover from stress. Lack of sleep can also lead to sugar cravings and weight gain….so get some shut eye!
3. Exercise. Get out there and get moving! Exercise has been shown to help reduce stress by increasing your endorphins (your feel good neurotransmitters) and helps you forget about the worries of the day.
4. Magnesium.  Most Americans are magnesium deficient. Magnesium is a mineral that we need and can help your body handle stress. I have three favorite ways of getting magnesium. One is to take an magnesium bath. The second is to use a magnesium powder as a tea. The third is to use a magnesium oil spray. Try it and see if it helps you!
5. Maca.  Maca is a root grown in the Andes Mountains. It is an adaptogen, meaning it supports the adrenal glands and helps the body deal with stress. It also supports the endocrine (hormone) system and is a great energy booster. It is usually sold in powdered form. It is great in smoothies and can also be added to many desserts, beverages and yogurt.
6. Breathe.  Try this technique I learned in my health coaching program. Inhale for a count of 4. Hold for a count of 7. Exhale for a count of 8. Repeat the cycle 4 times. Instant stress relief!
7. Meditate.  Do you meditate? Do you zone out once in awhile and go to a calm place? I will admit that I have a very hard time sitting still for meditation. However, there are numerous ways to get it done. You can try yoga for a nice meditation and exercise combo.
8. Just Say No!  You do not need to say yes to every single thing that comes up at the holidays. You can say no. Don’t feel bad. Don’t feel selfish. Saying no to things you really don’t want to do is one of the most freeing changes you can make! Take care of yourself. Spend time with your family!
9Appreciate.  Think of all of the things you love and how they make you feel. Create a Gratitude Journal and make a list before bed each night. Gratitude can do wonders for your mind and your body!
10. Stay Hydrated.  Feeling stressed? Have a nice big glass of water (purified water, of course). According to WebMD, even one glass of water can help decrease your cortisol levels (i.e. your stress hormones). Being dehydrated can put added stress on your body. There is no reason to add even more stress this time of year! Drink that water!!
11. Essential Oils.  Peace and Calming, is perfect for reducing stress, anxiety and tension. It can promote relaxation and peace and help relieve insomnia. Try it and see if it works for you! There are so many other essential oils good for reducing stress such as lavender, ylang ylang, lemon and frankincense. 
  1. Have you tried reflexology? It is great for stress and tension reduction. You can even perform it on yourself!

 
Source: The Balance
 

 

Energy Awareness

Find out how you can reduce your household’s energy consumption this fall while preparing for the seasons ahead.
 
Reducing Home Energy Use
The average U.S. household consumes tens of thousands of kilowatt hours of electricity each year, and much of it is completely unnecessary. Making changes as simple as adding a few energy-efficient appliances and turning off gadgets when you’re not using them can save you a significant amount of money while also reducing your carbon footprint.
 
Don’t fret if new Energy Star-labeled appliances aren’t in the budget. Instead, try working in a few small changes from this Home Energy Checklist to help you save throughout the year. Here are a few more ideas: 
  • Unplug electronics, gaming consoles and chargers when not in use.
  • Insulate your water heater with a blanket and turn the temperature down to at least 120 degrees. 
  • Replace bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs and turn them off anytime you leave a room.
  • Schedule an energy audit and replace your thermostat with a programmable unit.
Prepping Your Home for the Cold
During cooler months you can save additional money and energy with simple, inexpensive fixes like: 
  • Using insulating drapes to help diffuse winter chill. Just make sure to open any south-facing drapes to take advantage of the sun’s natural heating capabilities.
  • Finding and sealing air leaks. Check your windows, doors and pipes, and use weatherstripping or caulk to stop cool air from seeping in.
  • Closing fireplace dampers when not in use. You can also have the entire flume completely sealed off if you use your home’s heating system exclusively.
Reducing your energy consumption not only makes a positive contribution to our planet, it also leaves money on the table for fun fall pastimes. With just a few of these small changes, you can get more from your energy budget.
 
Source: Energy.gov
 
Thank you and have a great month! 
I hope you have found my eNewsletter informative. If you have any real estate questions feel free to contact me.
 
As always, thank you for your friendship and referrals.
 
Cricket Forsey