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628 W Maple Street: Nicely Maintained 3 Bedroom Home!

by Amy McLeod Group

Salem-Keizer OR Real Estate For Sale
628 W Maple Street, Stayton, OR  97383

Enjoy country quiet with close proximity to town in this nicely maintained home nestled amongst the trees! 628 W Maple Street is sure to check numerous “must haves” off your list…an open floor plan, 3 spacious bedrooms, 2.5 baths, warm wood trim, neutral colors, plush carpeting, recessed lights and an attached 2 car garage. A lovely two story front entrance leads you right into the large living room illuminated by natural light and kept toasty warm by the gas fireplace. This space provides comfortable everyday living with plenty of room to entertain guests. Sip your morning coffee in the vaulted dining area overlooking the yard. Style and utility meet in the nicely arranged kitchen accented with an abundance of beautiful cabinetry, a gas range and durable tile flooring. Retreat to the soothing master suite with an en suite featuring a double vanity, walk in shower and handy laundry pass thru. Two generously sized secondary bedrooms with large closets and a shared full bath provide space for everyone. Keep things tidy in the spacious laundry room with cabinetry and shelving. Heading outside, relax under the beautiful pergola, BBQ on the patio or enjoy a short walk to the river. Offering so much is quality and location, we are sure you will be ready to call this special place yours!

The McLeod Group Network has distinguished themselves as a leader in the Salem Oregon real estate market. As a full service, real estate team - focused on working with our Seller and Buyer clients to help achieve their real estate goals!

We bring a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Salem Oregon home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why our clients benefit from our unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, focused on the Future –The McLeod Group Network will help make the most of your Salem Oregon real estate experience. With over 40 years of combined experience, you can rest assured that your real estate transaction will be handled and cared for with the utmost respect and attention to detail. Give us a call today 503-798-4001 and discover the difference we can make during your family's move.

Exploring Salem Oregon: Bjornson Vineyard Harvest Lunch and Tour

by Amy McLeod Group

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Come join us for a tour of the vineyard and winery where you will learn how the grapes make their journey from the vine to wine. Afterward, sit alongside our harvest crew and enjoy a hearty harvest lunch prepared by Chef Matt Ross.

$40/person.

Bjornson Tasting Room
3635 Bethel Heights Rd. NW
Salem, OR 97304

503-687-3016

www.bjornsonwine.com/events

Courtesy of Amy McLeod, The McLeod Group Network

Photo Credit: travelsalem.com

We're Stuck in Our Starter Home—Will It Be Our Forever Home, Too?

by Amy McLeod Group

Right after we got married, my husband and I bought a starter house. At the time, we didn’t have much in savings (or in income), so it wasn’t our dream house. But it was our house, and that was enough. Coming from the tiny apartment where we started out, this three-bedroom, one-bath Cape Cod on a quiet street seemed like a dream. Our plan was to stay five years, tops, then sell it and move on to something bigger and better.

That was 12 years ago … and we’re still here.

At first, our long stay in our starter home happened purely by accident. We had two kids in quick succession, and I'd made a career move into an unsteady field. We were just too busy (and to be honest, too scared) to make the leap.

A few years ago, however, we decided we were ready to enter the real estate market once again. Financially, we were comfortable, and we were rapidly outgrowing the house that had once fit us perfectly. Time to move on!

But that's when it hit us that the real estate market had changed. A lot.

In Lancaster, OH, where we lived, we quickly came to realize that a seller's market reigned, filled with ambitious sellers and vicious buyers who often pounced before a "For Sale" sign was even planted in the ground. We fell in love with three homes that went into contract before we could even make an offer. When we did manage to make an offer on two other homes, we were outbid each time.

That kind of letdown was heartbreaking. After we had pictured our family in that kitchen or our cars in the driveway, it wasn't easy to trudge home in defeat to a place where we no longer wanted to live, again and again.

In short, we were stuck in our starter home ... and, lacking any other recourse, I decided to change my way of thinking.

As bad as I wanted a new house, I also knew we weren’t willing to overpay. So instead, I decided to take another look at our humble home and, rather than focus on its flaws, wonder we could turn it into the forever home we'd been searching for everywhere but here.

From starter home ... to forever home?

There are so many projects we dreamed up for this house when we bought it, and then brushed aside because we didn’t plan on staying. I can’t count how many times we said, “If we were going to stay here, I’d love to…” followed by some totally doable project we’d certainly get to with the next house.

For instance, we wanted to paint, but surely the new owners would have other colors in mind. We wanted a new couch, but figured we should probably wait until we move so we could pick out one that fit in the new house.

Finally, we realized that we are staying here—at least for now. Why should we wait? This old house has been good to us over the years. It’s where we brought home our babies and watched them grow. I learned to cook in this kitchen. I got my career off the ground at my little desk in the corner of the dining room.

I realized this wasn't our starter home—it was just home.

So this summer, I took the plunge. I took our sad, grungy, enclosed patio, and transformed it into a glorious summer retreat. New paint, new furniture, and good bit of elbow grease gave me a place I actually enjoyed sitting to watch my kids play.


My first step toward transforming our starter home to home. 

Something about that first project—even though it was a small one—made me realize that we had been approaching this all wrong. The heartbreak of not getting a house we loved didn’t sting quite so much. The prospect of staying here wasn't so bad.

I kept up the momentum. I replaced our big, hulking black fridge (I promise, they were somewhat in style in the early aughts) with one made of shiny stainless steel. I hung some new shelves in my kitchen and bought new rugs. Not a big change, but the room felt fresh to me.

I wasn't sure where to go next, but this old house led the way. An overflowing toilet led to the discovery of a rusted-out pipe under the floor. Rather than try to make the fix with minimal damage, we ripped out the old bathroom and created a whole new one that we love. I still wish we had more than one bathroom, but the one we have is pretty now, so it'll be just fine.

Next came the couch. I was all too happy to pass that 12-year-old beast off to a happy newlywed couple and buy an overstuffed sectional I’d been eyeing for years. Suddenly, my living room seems like the perfect place to get cozy and relax.

I hung new pictures. I potted succulents. My dad helped me landscape the overgrown front yard. Last weekend, I picked up paint samples.


I
t took more than a decade, but the front yard finally has nice landscaping.

At first glance, it may seem like we’ve given up on our dream, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. We still pore over real estate listings, and we still go to open houses. We still talk about buying a new house—"someday." And of course, all these changes will be a major advantage when it’s finally time to list this house.

This probably isn’t our forever home. Nonetheless, taking the time to change the things I didn't like about it have made it a great place to be right now. Now, when my husband and I check out the newest listings, we don't complain when nothing seems to fit. We just sit back on our brand- new couch, look around the house we love, and know we're happy right where we are.

Let’s get together and find your starter home or move you up to your dream home! Contact The McLeod Group Network at 971.208.5093 or admin@mgnrealtors.com.

By: Realtor.com, Whitney Coy

Enjoy free admission at The Hallie Ford Museum of Art in honor of Family Weekend at Willamette University. Activities for all ages, led by education curator Elizabeth Garrison, Sonia Allen, and other volunteers.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Hallie Ford Museum of Art
700 State St.
Salem, OR 97301

503-370-685

Event Website

Courtesy of Amy McLeod, The McLeod Group Network

Photo Credit: travelsalem.com

 

Salem-Keizer OR Real Estate For Sale
7418 Everwood St NE, Keizer, OR  97303

Contemporary and chic are the perfect words to describe this beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on a quiet cul-de-sac! Outfitted with the finest finishes, 7418 Everwood Street features gleaming hardwood floors, a gourmet kitchen, elegant formal entry, luxurious master suite, recessed lighting, modern fixtures, neutral colors and an attached 2 car garage. The effortlessly flowing floor plan makes entertaining a delight starting in the open living room with a toasty gas fireplace, built-ins and large windows filling the space with natural light! A dazzling chandelier highlights the dining area that leads to the stylish and functional kitchen. Stainless steel appliances, glistening countertops, an abundance of gorgeous cabinetry and a breakfast bar will surely impress the chef! Soaring high vaulted ceilings set the scene for total relaxation in this spacious master suite. Plush carpeting, a fireplace, walk in closet, dual vanity and large shower wait to pamper you. Two generously sized secondary bedrooms, a full bath and vaulted bonus room provides so much living space to match all your needs. Enjoy the beautiful landscaping, a large patio for BBQ’s and fenced yard overlooking the city park and school. Start living the good life at this Keizer OR beauty!

The McLeod Group Network has distinguished themselves as a leader in the Salem Oregon real estate market. As a full service, real estate team - focused on working with our Seller and Buyer clients to help achieve their real estate goals!

We bring a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Salem Oregon home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why our clients benefit from our unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, focused on the Future –The McLeod Group Network will help make the most of your Salem Oregon real estate experience. With over 40 years of combined experience, you can rest assured that your real estate transaction will be handled and cared for with the utmost respect and attention to detail. Give us a call today 503-798-4001 and discover the difference we can make during your family's move.

8 'Valuable' Home Features That May Be a Big Waste of Cash

by Amy McLeod Group

No one likes to overpay for a purchase, and this is particularly true when buying a home. After all, every square foot of space or block closer to a top school will cost you big-time!

So if you're a thrifty soul who must make every home-buying dollar count, check out these home features that often inspire sellers to jack up their price. That's fine if you truly want these things, but if not? You're wasting your money.

1. A huge yard you rarely enjoy

A sprawling green lawn may have a certain curb appeal at first sight. And if you have kids or plan to spend a lot of time outdoors, it's a fine feature to splurge on. But if you doubt anyone will be out there much, you're just tossing money out the window.

It turns out sellers charge a premium for that patch of grass, and you'll funnel even more money going forward on lawn maintenance (or else spend your weekends mowing, weeding, and pruning the yard).

"It could end up just costing you a lot of money to maintain, even though it’s not being enjoyed," says Tim Bakke, director of publishing at the Plan Collective, a website that provides house plans.

2. A short commute you won't use

If you work from home, commute at off-hours, work in the suburbs, or are retired, don't pay extra to buy a house near mass transit, or within easy driving distance of major office areas—those are homes that regular commuters might covet, prompting sellers to charge up the wazoo.

"Homes closer to major commerce centers cost quite a bit more than homes in outlying or suburban areas," says real estate agent Jamie Klingman at Boutiquerealtyflorida.com.

Is this an important factor to you? If not, consider a home that's a bit farther out to save cash.

3. A top school district when you don't have kids

A home zoned for a great public school will always command top dollar on the open market.

"And you'll also pay for this through your taxes," says Bakke.

However, if you don't have (or plan to have) kids, why empty your wallet to send someone else's child to school? Look for homes just outside the district to save on purchase price and property taxes.

4. A single-story house when you're fine with stairs

In many locations, homes all on the same level command a higher dollar value because the boomer generation prefers them when downsizing, says Jen Nelson, an agent in Phoenix.

If you can handle going up a flight of stairs or two, consider a two-story house to get more bang for your buck. (Another bonus? A smaller roof to replace when the time comes.)

5. A bigger house than you truly need

Very often buyers purchase a home that's way bigger than they actually need.

"People end up with too much house and not even using the rooms they have," says Pat Vosburgh, a certified real estate negotiation expert at Vosburghandvosburgh.com.

Since a purchase price directly reflects things like size, why overpay for bedrooms or media rooms you won't use—and have to heat, cool, furnish, and clean? Instead, protect your bank account by looking only for homes that reflect how much space you'll actually use.

6. A hot neighborhood

A hip neighborhood that everyone's buzzing about can send home prices soaring. But getting caught up in the hype and overspending in an area where prices haven't quite gelled yet can be a risky proposition where you end up (you guessed it) overpaying. Buy homes only in new areas that are still a relative bargain.

7. Fancy amenities you won't use

Here's a reality check: If you don’t drink wine regularly, you don’t need a wine refrigerator—or to pay for a house with one, either.

"A six-car, air-conditioned garage or a built-in commercial pizza oven may appeal to a specific buyer," says Bruce Ailion of Atlanta's Re/Max Town and Country. But such premium upgrades and add-ons will send a purchase price north, so you'd better make sure you use whatever you buy, often.

This is especially true when you buy a condo or a home in a planned community, since you'll have to consider the monthly condo or HOA fees you'll be paying as part of your purchase price. Make no mistake, those fees are for amenities—think a gym or lounge—so if you don't plan to take advantage of these features, you're squandering your money.

8. The nicest house in the neighborhood

It may be tempting to snag the home with the biggest price tag in a certain ZIP code for bragging rights. "But you never want to buy the most expensive home in the neighborhood," says Vosburgh.

While it might be fun to know your casa is the area’s castle, having the top comp in a neighborhood may become an issue when it comes time to sell. This scenario leaves little room for your home's price to appreciate, so you may not be able to recoup what you paid. So unless you're truly smitten with this home, buyer beware.

Contact the expert's on The McLeod Group Network for all your Real Estate needs! 971.208.5093 or admin@mgnrealtors.com.

By: Realtor.com, Margaret Heidenry 

522 Chemawa Rd N: Mid-Century Charmer Loaded with Updates!

by Amy McLeod Group

Salem-Keizer OR Real Estate For Sale
522 Chemawa Rd N, Keizer, OR  97303

Lovely mid-century charmer loaded with recent updates including fresh interior paint, bathroom flooring and new carpeting, plus 3 spacious bedrooms, wood floors, recessed lighting, neutral colors and an effortlessly flowing floor plan. A toasty wood stove in the living room creates a soothing atmosphere for comfortable everyday living. A sliding door to the large, privacy fenced yard with a patio and deck is perfect for endless outdoor enjoyment. A sun filled eat in kitchen delivers plentiful cabinet and counter space making meal prep a breeze. Large windows illuminate the family room with natural light and provide so much extra living space. Abundant closet space, two ceiling fans and outdoor access make this master bedroom a sweat retreat after a long day. The two secondary bedrooms are ample in size with a full bath to share. An attached 1 car garage for vehicle and tool storage. The finest in one level living in this convenient location awaits at 522 Chemawa Rd – do not hesitate, this move in ready Keizer OR beauty will not last!

The McLeod Group Network has distinguished themselves as a leader in the Salem Oregon real estate market. As a full service, real estate team - focused on working with our Seller and Buyer clients to help achieve their real estate goals!

We bring a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Salem Oregon home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why our clients benefit from our unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, focused on the Future –The McLeod Group Network will help make the most of your Salem Oregon real estate experience. With over 40 years of combined experience, you can rest assured that your real estate transaction will be handled and cared for with the utmost respect and attention to detail. Give us a call today 503-798-4001 and discover the difference we can make during your family's move.

Exploring Salem Oregon: Silver Crest Haunted House

by Amy McLeod Group

Join us for a spooky time at our Haunted House! 

Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Admission - $5

All proceeds go to the Silver Crest Booster Club, a non-profit organization supporting Silver Crest Elementary School. 

Please visit our WEBSITE for FAQs about our haunt.

Silver Crest Haunted House
365 Loar Rd. SE
Silverton, Oregon 97381

(Approximately 25 minutes from Salem)

Courtesy of Amy McLeod, The McLeod Group Network

Photo Credit: travelsalem.com

10 Ideas for Decorating Pumpkins That Up Your Gourd Game Big-Time

by Amy McLeod Group

Pumpkin decorating ideas are popping up everywhere right now, with Halloween and Thanksgiving on the horizon and our obsession with pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin-scented everything cranking into high gear. If you're bored with the usual jack-o-lantern and want to pull off some more creative gourd decor, you need look no further than this list below.

1. Go full metal

Photo by Sarah Greenman 

Liz Toombs, president of PDR Interiors, likes to keep her pumpkins in service from October through December. "One year, I was even able to incorporate pumpkins into my Christmas decor because I used a woodland-themed tree," she explains.

One of her secrets is spraying them with metallic paint. Toombs gives them a coat of silver and then groups them on a black cloth runner with matching serving pieces and dried grass. "It makes for an interesting texture combination in a chic color scheme," she reports. And she likes to paint the pumpkins on her front stoop and adorn them with sequins for extra curb appeal.

2. Fill glass canisters

Photo by Kirkendall Design

Try filling cylindrical glass vases with mini pumpkins, Toombs suggests. "And tiny faux pumpkins in a piece of crystal is another easy way to achieve the look," she says. These little gourds can also float with votive candles in a large punch bowl for a stunning centerpiece.

3. Make pumpkin pots

By Corynne Pless Brooklyn

Create a vessel for succulents or seasonal plants, such as bittersweet, 'mums or asters, inside hollowed-out pumpkins. "Or make a fairy garden by cutting a large hole in one side, scooping out the insides, and then putting in miniature furniture and other fairylike items," says Jamie Novak, author of "Keep This Toss That."

4. Adorn the loo

Photo by Elad Gonen 

Everyone stacks pumpkins on the front porch or on a buffet—so it's worth branching out. "It's less expected to see a pumpkin weighing down paper hand towels in your guest bath," Novak notes. Line bookcases and windowsills with gourds, or fill your fireplace with a variety of shapes and colors. "Include a strand of battery-operated lights in a seasonal orange shade for a realistic glow," she adds.

5. Choose white pumpkins

Photo by Rikki Snyder 

Think beyond the orange and pick up pumpkins that are white, creamy peach, or beige. "Or decorate fake pumpkins with velvet and sequins, which are popular materials right now," says Toombs. Jeanine Boiko, a blogger at Okio B Designs and a real estate agent with Exit Realty Gateway in Wantaugh, NY, favors a black-and-white harlequin pattern on her pumpkins. "And I once filled a mini red pickup truck with putka pods, similar to mini pumpkins, that I found online," she adds.

6. Spell it out

Photo by Seaside Interiors

Put these gourds to work by painting words on them or carving out letters. Novak writes "Welcome" on a big pumpkin for her front step, while Karen Gray-Plaisted of Design Solutions KGP cuts "Thanks" or "Greetings" into her bigger ones and then makes a slit on the top of mini pumpkins to slide in place cards for the table.

7. Create serving vessels

Photo by Sarah Greenman 

You can also transform your pumpkins into serving pieces. Hollow out a pumpkin, line it with a plastic bag that fits the inside, and then fill your bowl with Halloween candy. A set of these pumpkins can also stand in for a bean bag toss game or hold a trio of fall mums on the deck. Having a party? Use the shell of your pumpkin as a soup tureen (bonus points if you actually make pumpkin soup from the innards) or as an ice bucket for drinks.

8. Craft a wreath

Photo by Rikki Snyder

Tiny foam pumpkins or small gourds can be hot-glued to a plain wreath shape from the craft store. Add a gingham ribbon and insert fake wheat stalks into the gaps. Decorate the front door—or hang your DIY wreath over the fireplace, on an interior door, or in a hallway.

9. Build with pumpkins

Photo by Sarah Greenman 

In many parts of the country, most greenery is done for the season, but your outdoor urns can still be useful when pumpkin time rolls around. "I like to create a topiary of pumpkins in large planters outside," says Gray-Plaisted.

10. House the birds

Photo by Noelle Johnson Landscape Consulting 

Before you compost your pumpkins, bid them adieu by slicing them in half crosswise and filling each section with birdseed. Lay small dowels across the top for perches.

Let's get together and find you a home to decorate! 971.208.5093 or admin@mgnrealtors.com.

By: Jennifer Kelly Geddes, Realtor.com

Exploring Salem Oregon: Terra Gardens Fall Event 2018

by Amy McLeod Group

Taste test to find the perfect apple tree for your garden, explore the beauty of local art and handcrafted items, play games in the kid's corner, and enjoy the music. There is something for everybody at the Fall Event!

Free admission!

Terra Gardens Nursery & Bark
270 Cordon Rd. NE
Salem, OR 97317

503-581-0441

Event Website

Courtesy of Amy McLeod, The McLeod Group Network

Photo Credit: travelsalem.com

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