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Exploring Salem Oregon: Wagon Wheel Doller’s Show and Sale

by Amy McLeod Group


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Pre-sale - 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM - $8

Sale Hours - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Admission - Adults $5 (kids 10 and under are free)

Join us for our 37th Annual doll show and sale. There will be dolls, bears, books, toys, miniatures, and related items.  Food will be available on site.

For more information call 503-581-1206

Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center
520 S. Pacific Hwy. W
Rickreall, OR 97371

Event Website

Courtesy of Amy McLeod, The McLeod Group Network

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6 Things You'll Love—and Hate—About Buying a Home This Spring

by Amy McLeod Group


Welcome to the best—and worst—time to buy a home: spring! Yes, it's peak home-buying season. However, it’s no bed of roses.

Knowing what to expect is half the battle, and can help you use these highs and lows to your advantage!

So consider this an essential prep course. Ready to dive into the best of times and the worst of times for home buying?

You’ll love: All the inventory

One of the best things about buying a house during the spring is that you have a lot more options to choose from.

“New listings tend to flood the market in April and May,” says Kimberly Sands, a real estate broker in Carolina Beach, NC. Just keep in mind that with so much inventory out there, you’ll want to make sure to stick to your search and price parameters to avoid getting overwhelmed.

You’ll hate: All the competition

Busier times mean more buyers and, thus, more competition—which explains why bidding wars are more common during the spring, says Chris Dossman, a real estate agent with Century 21 Scheetz in Indianapolis.

As a result, you have to act fast when the right listing pops up, says Seth Lejeune, a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway in Collegeville, PA. Signing up for instant alerts, so you can see homes as soon as they hit the market, can help you stay a step ahead.

That being said, don’t expect a computer to do all the work for you. In hot markets, listings may be scooped up before they are even posted online, which is why most housing experts suggest working with a real estate agent throughout the home-buying process.

You’ll love: All the open houses

More homes on the market mean more open houses for you to attend. That’s exciting news for buyers who relish ogling homes in person. Going to more open houses means you’ll get a better feel for the neighborhood you’re interested in, while also giving you the opportunity to size up the other home buyers you’re going up against.

But with so many open houses to hit, make sure to plot out on a map the ones you want to see, with the times they're open, in order to maximize your time.

You’ll hate: The time pressure

Great listings get snatched up quickly year-round, yet home buyers are under even more pressure when there's more competition among buyers. You have to be prepared to make an offer fast, since indecision could potentially cost you your dream home. That’s why it’s crucial to zero in on what type of home you’re looking to buy and what your price range is before you start seriously looking, Dossman says.

Moreover, you should get pre-approved for a mortgage before you start your home search. Plus, having a letter from a mortgage stating that you’ve been pre-approved for a loan will speak volumes to a home seller, says Linda Sanderfoot, a real estate agent at Coldwell Banker in Neenah, WI.

“Sellers want reassurance that you’ll be able to obtain a home loan,” says Sanderfoot, “otherwise the deal can fall through.”

You’ll love: Shopping in warmer weather

You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the season’s warmer weather makes for a more enjoyable house hunting experience. After all, who enjoys trudging through snow or suffering through cold weather to look at houses? No one! Also, clearer skies and warmer temps make for better moving conditions.

You’ll hate: Higher prices

Home buyers generally have more wiggle room to make lowball offers during the slower seasons, since there’s less competition. However, buyers have less negotiating power during the spring. Therefore, “be prepared to pay full list price for a house, assuming it’s been priced at fair market value,” says Lejeune.

Also, if possible, be prepared to offer a seller something that other buyers won’t, such as a longer closing period or a rent-back agreement so that the seller has extra days to move out. This is where having a great buyer’s agent comes in; a savvy agent will talk to a listing agent to find out what the seller is looking for—giving you the ability to make a more attractive bid.

The bottom line

Spring home-buying season has its pros and cons, but by preparing for them you’ll be in a much better position to clinch your dream home. And, if you don’t manage to buy a house this spring, summer is still a great time to buy a house, too.

Contact The McLeod Group Network to find your new home! 971.208.5093 or admin@mgnrealtors.com 

By: Realtor.com, Daniel Bortz

6 Things You'll Love (and Hate) About Selling a Home This Spring

by Amy McLeod Group


For many home sellers, there’s no better time to list than the spring, and for good reason: This is peak home-buying season, folks! Buyers turn out in droves once warmer weather finally arrives, bringing people out of hibernation mode, and bidding wars abound as buyers look for ways to one-up their competition.

The bad news? Selling a home during the spring isn’t free of pitfalls.

Indeed, “Spring home sellers still face challenges that they need to prepare for,” says Chris Dossman, a real estate agent with Century 21 Scheetz in Indianapolis.

Since knowing what to expect can help you nab a great offer, here are six things you’ll love—and hate—about selling a home this spring.

You’ll love: All the demand

While home sales decline in the winter (chalk it up to bad weather and holiday obligations), many home buyers blitz the housing market in spring, says Dossman. To meet that pent-up demand, many sellers list their homes at this time of year. It’s no surprise, then, that the lion's share of  real estate agents  say March, April, and May are the best months to sell a home. With so many buyers competing for homes, sellers may be in a stronger position to spark bidding wars.

You’ll hate: All the competition

Demand is strong, but so is competition among home sellers, says Kimberly Sands, a real estate broker in Carolina Beach, NC. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the four heaviest home-selling months—May, June, July, and August—account for 40% of an average year’s total home-selling volume.

Want to compete with other home sellers and fetch top dollar for your house? Presenting your home in the best light is crucial. This may entail decluttering your house, having your home professionally staged, or making minor repairs so that your property is looking in tip-top shape when you put it on the market.

You’ll love: Selling in warmer weather

Open houses are often more successful during the spring than in the winter, says Dossman, since the nicer weather makes buyers more willing to emerge from the comfort of their homes to shop for houses. Another boon for home sellers: Daylight saving time gives buyers more time to look at houses, which means your property can potentially be seen by more people, says Dana Hill, vice president of Buyer’s Edge Realty in Bethesda, MD.

That said, “Sellers still need to do some prep work before holding an open house,” Dossman adds. To make sure your home is ready to be seen, do a thorough cleaning, remove such personal belongings as family photos and religious artwork, and trim your lawn for maximum curb appeal. Pro tip: Take a hike for a few hours during the open house. Buyers will feel more comfortable asking questions of your agent if you're not hovering in the background.

You’ll hate: Fighting for your agent’s attention

Because this is a busy time for home buyers and sellers, it’s also a busy time for  real estate agents . Unfortunately, some agents may take on more clients than they can handle at one time. That's why it's important to find a listing agent who is going to put the proper level of effort and time into selling your home. “If your agent is distracted, you’re not going to get great service,” Sands warns.

There’s no hard-and-fast rule for the maximum number of clients an agent should be working with, but make sure to address this topic when interviewing prospective agents. If your gut says you’re not going to be a priority, continue looking, says Sands.

You’ll love: The higher valuations

When your home’s value is assessed by a home buyer’s appraiser, the appraiser will look at data for comparable homes (or “comps”) that were recently sold in your neighborhood. The good news: With more homes selling in the on-season, the comparable data tend in your favor, Hill says. In other words, your house is more likely to pass the home appraisal, assuming that you're selling it at around its fair market value.

You’ll hate: The picky buyers

Naturally, some buyers can afford to be more selective when there are more houses to choose from, says Dossman. For instance, if your home clearly needs major repairs, they might simply pass. Add in the fact that most spring buyers aren’t shopping under pressure (as they might be during the winter), and you can expect to have a larger pool of picky house hunters in the spring than you do during other seasons.

The bottom line

Spring is unequivocally the busiest time of year to be selling a house, and though more demand from buyers can be good news for home sellers, there are still obstacles you need to plan for when selling a home at this time of year.

Contact The McLeod Group Network to find out how much your current home is worth! 971.208.5093 or admin@mgnrealtors.com 

By: Realtor.com, Daniel Bortz

1550 Madras St SE: Lovely Condo in Greenside Village!

by Amy McLeod Group

Salem-Keizer OR Real Estate For Sale
1550 Madras St SE, Salem, OR  97306

Welcome to Greenside Village, a lovely condo complex in SE Salem! Enjoy close proximity to the freeway, Battle Creek Courthouse Athletic Club and shopping, plus summertime fun at the community pool, tennis courts and clubhouse! 1550 Madras St offers easy living without a care in the world and features updated wood laminate floors, new vinyl flooring in baths, new countertops, plus 2 spacious bedrooms, 1.5 baths and an attached 1 car garage. Stainless steel appliances, a built-in desk and an abundance of bright white cabinetry make this kitchen a delightful space to prepare a meal. Entertaining will be a breeze in the open dining and living room with large windows that fills the space with natural light. The fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere and the sliding door to the deck lets you easily take the fun outside with BBQ’s and relaxing. A half bath completes the main floor. Upstairs you will find a modern open loft bedroom and an additional bedroom. Both rooms offer plentiful closet space and share a full bath. Comfort and quality meet today’s busy lifestyle – come take a look!

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.

Have a Safe and Happy St. Patrick's Day Weekend!

by Amy McLeod Group

Salem-Keizer OR Real Estate For Sale
714 Creekside Drive SE, Salem, OR  97306

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweeping views, space and beauty define this Golf Club Estates at Creekside home! Every detail of this 4,766 square foot, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 half-bath tri-level home has been carefully considered and selected. Prepare to feel the warmth as this estate wraps around you and lets you know that you are home!

Modern and contemporary, the exquisite craftsmanship and finest finishes are sure to excite!  A spectacular two story entry, gleaming hardwood, tile and stone floors, high ceilings, recessed lighting, elegant moldings and casings, beautiful built-ins and unbelievable mountain and golf course views from all main living areas highlight the effortlessly flowing floor plan.

This home will amaze you, room by room! Lets start with the living room - truly the heart of the home and a joyful space where everyone is able to gather together. Imagine cozy nights by the fireplace with a good book and easy access to the deck to enjoy the sunshine. The gourmet, made to entertain, kitchen will knock your socks off! Meticulous attention to detail is beyond evident from the granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and huge island to the abundance of gorgeous cabinetry, crown molding and plantation shutters! A skylight over the dining area fills the space with natural light, plus French doors to the deck for easy al fresco dining. Work from home in the first floor office or use as a den. A built in desk and shelving make the craft room every crafters dream!

Enjoy a master suite that will have you feeling like you are staying in a five-star resort! Plush carpeting, a spacious walk in closet and a luxurious bath with dual vanity, tiled walk in shower and jetted tub wait to relax and pamper you. The two secondary bedrooms are ample in size, provide abundant closet space and share a full bath.

Need even more space? What ever your needs, this home has got you covered! The finished daylight basement offers a sprawling family room, workout room, tucked away mancave and bathroom. So much room to grow and privacy for all.

Lush landscaping displays a diverse array of plants creating a striking environment. An expansive deck and covered patio create the perfect space for outdoor living and entertaining. Plenty of parking in the attached 3 car garage.

Satisfy your taste for the good life! 714 Creekside Drive is a once in a lifetime property just waiting for you to call it “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.

Salem-Keizer OR Real Estate For Sale
6449 Crampton Drive N, Keizer, OR  97303

 

 

Resort Style Living Every Day! Enjoy stunning view of the 5th green and pond from floor to ceiling windows running the entire rear of this home in desirable McNary Estates! 6449 Crampton Drive is emerged in elegance, contemporary style and expert craftsmanship!

The first thing you will notice about this fantastic property is its architectural perfection, gorgeous curb appeal, brick and cedar siding and an attached 3 car garage. Inside, you are sure to fall in love with the soaring high ceilings, glowing hardwood floors, two fireplaces, dream kitchen, generously sized bedrooms including a luxurious master suite, modern fixtures and lighting, skylights, well designed built ins, plus SO much more!

Formal living and dining rooms located just beyond the foyer are ideal for entertaining…think elegant dinner parties with plenty of room for guests to mingle and socialize. A gas fireplace, large windows, built-in wine rack and cabinetry are just a few of their special features. A combination of function and beauty, the contemporary eat-in kitchen is sure to delight with its glistening granite countertops, island with cooktop and bar seating, stainless steel appliances, walk in pantry and an abundance of bright white cabinetry. A bay window in the eat-in area provides serene outdoor views. You won’t have to go far to kick back and relax – the sunken living room with the second gas fireplace provides a cozy atmosphere.

Pampering you with both luxury and convenience, the main floor master suite offers plush carpeting, recessed lighting and a walk in closet. The spa inspired bath will have you relaxed in minutes with a whirlpool tub, separate shower and elongated vanity with two sinks. Head upstairs to find two secondary bedrooms, a spacious full bath and a bonus room that would be perfect for a 4th bedroom, mancave or hangout.

Enjoy cookouts on the large patio, covered and open, and throw up your hammock to take a snooze in the sun.  This home has been beautifully decorated and is move-in ready! Say yes and come take a look -- but HURRY!

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.

7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!

by Amy McLeod Group


Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You are undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home! But before you make any big purchases, move any money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer. They will be able to tell you how your decision will impact your home loan.

Below is a list of 7 Things You Shouldn’t Do After Applying for a Mortgage! Some may seem obvious, but some may not!

1. Don’t change jobs or the way you are paid at your job! Your loan officer must be able to track the source and amount of your annual income. If possible, you’ll want to avoid changing from salary to commission or becoming self-employed during this time as well.

2. Don’t deposit cash into your bank accounts. Lenders need to source your money and cash is not really traceable. Before you deposit any amount of cash into your accounts, discuss the proper way to document your transactions with your loan officer.

3. Don’t make any large purchases like a new car or new furniture for your new home. New debt comes with it, including new monthly obligations. New obligations create new qualifications. People with new debt have higher debt to income ratios… higher ratios make for riskier loans… and sometimes qualified borrowers no longer qualify.

4. Don’t co-sign other loans for anyone. When you co-sign, you are obligated. As we mentioned, with that obligation comes higher ratios as well. Even if you swear you will not be the one making the payments, your lender will have to count the payment against you.

5. Don’t change bank accounts. Remember, lenders need to source and track assets. That task is significantly easier when there is consistency among your accounts. Before you even transfer money between accounts, talk to your loan officer.

6. Don’t apply for new credit. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a new credit card or a new car. When you have your credit report run by organizations in multiple financial channels (mortgage, credit card, auto, etc.), your FICO score will be affected. Lower credit scores can determine your interest rate and maybe even your eligibility for approval.

7. Don’t close any credit accounts. Many clients have erroneously believed that having less available credit makes them less risky and more likely to be approved. Wrong. A major component of your score is your length and depth of credit history (as opposed to just your payment history) and your total usage of credit as a percentage of available credit. Closing accounts has a negative impact on both those determinants of your score.

Bottom Line

Any blip in income, assets, or credit should be reviewed and executed in a way that ensures your home loan can still be approved. The best advice is to fully disclose and discuss your plans with your loan officer before you do anything financial in nature. They are there to guide you through the process.

Let The McLeod Group Network assist you in finding your new home! 971.208.5093 or admin@mgnrealtors.com 

By: KCM Crew

4967 Manning Ct NE: Beautiful Jan Ree Home Loaded with Updates!

by Amy McLeod Group

Salem-Keizer OR Real Estate For Sale
4967 Manning Ct NE, Salem, OR  97305

Retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life simply by coming home! 4967 Manning Ct is loaded with updates and perfectly situated in a quiet spot in the lovely Jan Ree neighborhood. The open floor plan comes complete with fresh interior paint, new carpet and vinyl flooring, modern fixtures, recessed lighting, storage space, tons of natural light, plus low maintenance vinyl siding and an attached 2 car garage. Large windows fill the living room with natural light creating an inviting atmosphere for entertaining and function. Open to the kitchen where custom oak cabinets, a tile backsplash, breakfast and stainless steel appliances make this space glow! A modern chandelier and vaulted ceilings highlight the dining room or easily use this as a family room if that better suits your needs. The soothing master suite is ready to relax and pamper you with its new plush carpeting, abundant closet space and private bath. The two secondary bedrooms and a shared full bath provide room for everyone. Enjoy BBQ’s and fun in the sun from your large rear deck overlooking the fenced yard! Offering the finest in one level living, this Salem OR home will not last. Make your appointment today!

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.

4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring

by Amy McLeod Group


Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 4.4% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.6% over the next year.

Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage came in at 4.41% last week. Most experts predict that rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting rates will increase by this time next year.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, your housing expense will increase if a mortgage is necessary to buy your next home.

3. Either Way, You Are Paying a Mortgage

Some renters have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.

As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to have equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee your landlord is the person with that equity.

Are you ready to put your housing cost to work for you?

4. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

The cost of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Examine the actual reason you are buying and decide if it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, greater safety for your family, or you just want to have control over renovations, now could be the time to buy.

Bottom Line

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

Let The McLeod Group Network assist you in finding your new home! 971.208.5093 or admin@mgnrealtors.com 

By: KCM Crew

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