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Happy Easter!

by Amy McLeod Group

4078 Braden Ln SE: Luxury 4 Bedroom Home in Fairview Addition!

by Amy McLeod Group

Salem Keizer OR Real Estate For Sale 
4078 Braden Ln SE, Salem, OR  97302

If you are looking for a move-in ready luxury home, have we got the property for you! Located in desirable Fairview Addition, this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home encompasses over 3100 square feet of flowing, open living spaces combined with formal rooms providing plenty of space for all your needs. Stunning accents can be found throughout including glowing hardwood floors, extensive moldings, designer fixtures and built-ins galore. Delight in hosting dinner parties in the sophisticated dining room under the light of the exquisite chandelier, then retreat to the formal living room for after dinner drinks. The gourmet, made to entertain kitchen will knock your socks off! Meticulous attention to detail is beyond evident with a center island, stainless steel appliances, an abundance of elegant cabinetry, a tile backsplash and built-in wine rack. Connecting to the spacious family room complimented by a gas fireplace with tile surround, this open layout is an entertainers delight! A home office/study, bathroom and huge laundry/mudroom complete the first floor. Upstairs you will first find an open loft area that is the perfect hangout spot! The sumptuous master suite will have you feeling like you are staying in a five-star resort with its plush carpeting, generous walk-in closet and spa-inspired bath. Three generously sized bedrooms and a shared hall bath provide tons of room to grow and privacy for all. A huge bonus room with half bath over the garage is perfect for guests or in-laws.  Heading outside, this haven was designed for comfort and leisurely fun with a covered patio, firepit, raised garden beds, spectacular curb appeal and an attached 2 car garage. Emerged in elegance, sophisticated style and expert craftsmanship, this 2016 Olsen Design and Development Tour home is sure to impress!

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.

We are hosting an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt the Saturday before Easter for adults only. Come out to the Vineyard to hunt down clues, drink wine, and have a fun time with friends and family. Sign up as a single, couple or group. Please RSVP.

Chateau Bianca Winery
17485 Hwy 22
Dallas, OR 97338

503-623-6181

www.chateaubianca.com

Courtesy of Amy McLeod, The McLeod Group Network

Photo Credit: travelsalem.com

Be Thankful You Don’t Have to Pay Your Parents’ Interest Rate!

by Amy McLeod Group

Interest rates hovered around 4% for the majority of 2017, which gave many buyers relief from rising home prices and helped with affordability. In the first quarter of 2018, rates have increased from 3.95% up to 4.45% and experts predict that rates will increase even more by the end of the year.

The rate you secure greatly impacts your monthly mortgage payment and the amount you will ultimately pay for your home. Don’t let the prediction that rates will increase stop you from purchasing your dream home this year.

Let’s take a look at a historical view of interest rates over the last 45 years.

Bottom Line

Be thankful that you can still get a better interest rate than your older brother or sister did ten years ago, a lower rate than your parents did twenty years ago, and a better rate than your grandparents did forty years ago.

Let The McLeod Group Network help you evaluate your ability to purchase a home in today’s market! 971.208.5093 or mcleodgroupoffice@gmail.com.

By: KCM Crew

Salem Keizer OR Real Estate For Sale
2020 Liberty St NE, Salem, OR  97301

Charming architectural details mixed with modern conveniences create this lovely two-story home at 2020 Liberty St! You are sure to love the rehabbed kitchen and baths, newer roof and furnace, easy maintenance siding, gleaming hardwood floors, arched doorways, extensive moldings and tons of built-ins! The wood burning fireplace provides a soothing atmosphere in this cozy living room. The breakfast bar lets you be in two places at once – relax on a bench in the living space while interacting with the chef through the arched cut out into the kitchen. An abundance of cabinet and counter space highlights this sun-filled room. Host the finest dinner parties in this elegant formal dining room that flows right into the family room where you can easily relax after a meal. The main floor master is a stylish retreat with its plush carpeting, neutral colors, cooling ceiling fan and two closets. Upstairs you will find the spacious second bedroom, full bath, plenty built-ins and closet space for all your storage needs, plus an additional room that would be great for an office space or rec. room. The backyard oasis is a delight with its privacy fencing, patio, decking, hot tub and storage shed. There is an additional 728 sqft in the basement not included in the total square footage. Come make your own memories at this one of a kind Salem, OR home!

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: Art Party & Paint Night - 1859 Cider Co.

by Amy McLeod Group

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

An Art-Party shall be held at 1859 Cider Co., located at 249 LIBERTY STREET NORTHEAST STE 140, SALEM, OR, 97301 … wonderfully tucked into the alleyway near the corner of Liberty and Chemeketa streets.

We’ll be painting, “Moonlit Blossoms.”

NO experience required — I know how  to help you find and celebrate your inner-artist.

$40 covers everything:  all supplies (canvas, easel, paint, brushes), 2+ hours of inspirational instruction, a $10 voucher toward your tab, AND you get to go home with your own hand-painted masterpiece!

Bring a special someone, or a friend, and double the fun!

1859 Cider Co.
249 Liberty St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

503-302-0289

Event Website

Courtesy of Amy McLeod, The McLeod Group Network

Photo Credit: travelsalem.com

9 Gorgeous Spring Decorating Ideas to Usher in the New Season

by Amy McLeod Group

Spring is officially here, and the days are longer and lighter—if not warmer, in some places. And with the new season comes a chance to hit the reset button on your home's decor. It's time to stash away heavy throws and that snowflake-themed doormat and bring out a brighter look.

"Springtime is your chance to renew the spaces you live in and take them out of hibernation," says Karen Gray-Plaisted of Design Solutions KGP.

To help you ease into the new season, we've gathered nine gorgeous ways to upgrade your interior and exterior style. The best part? They're cheap and easy. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and bring some spring fling into your home.

1. Add cheery wallpaper

Photo by Ed Ritger Photography 

Quick and easy peel-and-stick wallpaper is ideal for spring, especially if you choose a joyful, bright print. Seek out lively patterns, including pink and green branches, pastel polka dots, or bird themes.

And if you're not sure you want to redo the entire room, put this temporary look on an accent wall. You'll still have a pop of springtime color, but with less commitment.

2. Display rustic birds' nests
 

Photo by Adrienne DeRosa 

What says "rejuvenation" more than the very structures that nurture life? Bring these natural elements inside by collecting old nests that you're certain aren't in use or by hitting up the crafts store for faux versions.

Place your nest collection under a glass cloche or fill it with fruit, flowers, or, as Easter approaches, colored eggs and bunnies.

3. Show off fresh flowers

Photo by Dreamy Whites 

Fresh flowers are a must this time of year.

"I love calla lilies, irises, and tulips in a bouquet placed in a nontypical spot such as your nightstand or bar cart," says Sara Chiarilli, an interior designer with Artful Conceptions in Tampa, FL.

And in the yard, look to pansies and azaleas.

"Azaleas [can act] as colorful and well-behaved foundation plants on the east side of your house, where they'll receive afternoon shade," recommends Matt Michaels of Lowe's.

"Pansies are a great springtime bloom because they're hardy in cold weather and come in an array of shades, many with bicolor faces," adds Rhianna Miller of RubberMulch. Plus, they thrive in both full sun and part shade and can be planted in pots, flower beds, and hanging baskets.

4. Change up your throw pillows

Photo by Mandeville Canyon Designs

The beauty of a neutral couch is that you can change out your accessories with every season, Chiarilli notes. Pack away dark throw pillows and accent blankets, and go for lighter colors.

"If you live in a warm-toned house, pick yellows, soft pinks, and orange—and for cool tones, select light blues, greens, and silvers," she says.

5. Swap in brighter lampshades

Photo by Nick George | Photographer

Out with dark, tweedy toppers, and in with paler, more delicate shades. Pinks, lavenders, and lime greens herald the season, offering your living room a spring glow for not much money. Check out chain stores such as T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, and Target for inexpensive lampshades for every room.

6. Switch to lightweight bedding

Photo by Roger Oates Design 

If you've been hibernating underneath dark, fuzzy throw blankets and heavy duvets, it's time to strip the bed! With warmer temps and brighter days on the horizon, consider lighter pastels for pillows and throw blankets.

"Rose quartz, for example, is the perfect springtime color, and it mixes beautifully with gray paint tones that have become so popular lately," Chiarilli says.

And remember, spring can bring on allergies. If you have special pillows and sheets (Allergy Asthma Technology makes hypoallergenic bedding), now's the time to bring them out, says Julie Coraccio, the home organizing expert at Reawaken Your Brilliance.

7. Display fragrant herbs and fruits

Photo by Chris Snook 

Spring is all about the green. Line up small pots of basil, thyme, and mint on your kitchen or laundry room windowsill, and breathe in the fresh, vernal scent.

Or pile bright green fruits such as Granny Smith apples, limes, pomelos, or Anjou pears into a bowl or shallow platter on the counter or dining room hutch.

8. Change your bathroom linens

Photo by Habitat Architecture 

A zippy new shower curtain is an easy spring upgrade—and it'll likely cost less than $30.

"And don't forget to change out your hand towels and candles," Chiarilli says. "It's so important that your home smell like spring when you walk through the door, so try jasmine, the perfect soft scent."

9. Paint the front door

Photo by Rick & Cindy Black Architects 

The entrance to your home deserves a little springtime love, too. Consider slapping a fresh coat of paint on your front door—and think vibrant spring colors such as a zesty coral, a tranquil aqua, or a bright lemon yellow.

"Get a new doormat, and add a pretty wreath or door basket with silk flowers and greens," Gray-Plaisted suggests.

If you live in a cooler climate, try putting cold-hardy bulbs in your outdoor planters and then adding one to each side of your door or garage. Voila—a fresh entryway that makes it clear spring has sprung at your house.

By: Realtor.com, Jennifer Kelly Geddes

Contact McLeod Group Network for all your Real Estate needs! 971.208.5093 or mcleodgroupoffice@gmail.com.

CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 675,000 US homeowners regained positive equity in their homes in 2017. This is great news for the country, as 95.1% of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation.

U.S homeowners with mortgages (roughly 63% of all the properties) have seen their equity increase by a total of $908.4 billion since the fourth quarter 2016, an increase of 12.2%, year over year.”

Price Appreciation = Good News for Homeowners

Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic’s Chief Economist, explains:

Home-price growth has been the primary driver of home-equity wealth creation. The CoreLogic Home Price Index grew 6.2 percent during 2017. The largest calendar-year increase since 2013. Likewise, the average growth in home equity was more than $15,000 during 2017, the most in four years.”

He also believes this is a great sign for the market in 2018, saying:

“Because wealth gains spur additional consumer purchases, the rise in home-equity wealth during 2017 should add more than $50 billion to U.S. consumption spending over the next two to three years.”  

This is great news for homeowners! But, do they realize that their equity position has changed?

A study by Fannie Mae suggests that many homeowners are not aware that they have regained equity in their homes as their investment has increased in value. For example, their study showed that 23% of Americans still believe their home is in a negative equity position when, in actuality, CoreLogic’s report shows that only 4.9% of homes are in that position (down from 6.3% in Q4 2016).

The study also revealed that only 37% of Americans believe that they have “significant equity” (greater than 20%) when in actuality, 83% do!

This means that 46% of Americans with a mortgage fail to realize the opportune situation they are in. With a sizeable equity position, many homeowners could easily move into a house (either larger or smaller) that better meets their current needs.

Fannie Mae spoke out on this issue in their report:

“Homeowners who underestimate their homes’ values not only underestimate their home equity, they also likely underestimate 1) how large a down payment they could make with their home equity, 2) their chances of qualifying for mortgages, and, therefore, 3) their opportunities for selling their current homes and for buying different homes.”

Bottom Line

If you are one of the many Americans who is unsure of how much equity you have built in your home, don’t let that be the reason you fail to move on to your dream home in 2018!

Let’s get together to evaluate your situation! 971.208.5093 or mcleodgroupoffice@gmail.com.

BY: KCM Crew

This is a signature event of the Capitol History Gateway project and a perfect event for families, couples or anyone visiting Salem for the weekend.  Bring your camera and explore, engage and discover. Free admission.

Saturday, March 17, 2018
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Oregon State Capitol and Mall
900 Court St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

503-986-1388

Event Facebook Page

Courtesy of Amy McLeod, The McLeod Group Network

Photo Credit: travelsalem.com

If you are considering selling your current home, to either move up to a larger home or into a home in an area that better suits your current family needs, great news was just revealed.

Last week, Trulia posted a blog, Not Your Father’s Housing Market, which examined home affordability over the last 40+ years (1975-2016). Their research revealed that:

“Nationally, homes are just about the most affordable they’ve been in the last 40 years… the median household could afford a home 1.5 times more expensive than the median home price. In 1980, the median household could only afford about 3/4 of the median home price.

Despite relatively stagnant incomes, affordability has grown due to the sharp drop in mortgage rates over the last 30 years – from a high of over 16% in the 1980s to under 4% by 2016.

Of the nation’s 100 largest metros, only Miami became unaffordable between 1990 and 2016. Meanwhile, 22 metros have flipped from being unaffordable to becoming affordable in that same time frame.”

Here is a graph showing the Affordability Index compared to the 40-year average:

The graph shows that housing affordability is better now than at any other time in the last forty years, except during the housing crash last decade.

(Remember that during the crash you could purchase distressed properties – foreclosures and short sales – at 20-50% discounts.)

There is no doubt that with home prices and mortgage rates on the rise, the affordability index will continue to fall. That is why if you are thinking of moving up, you probably shouldn’t wait.

Bottom Line

If you have held off on moving up to your family’s dream home because you were hoping to time the market, that time has come.

Let’s get together and discuss your options! 971.208.5093 or mcleodgroupoffice@gmail.com.

By: KCM Crew

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Salem OR 97302
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