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10 Reasons You Should Work with Shelly Hummel

by Catrina Gregory

Top 10 reasons to choose Shelly and Team Sell Bend for your Central Oregon real estate needs:

1)    You’ll receive personalized service, plus the power of a team. Shelly and Team Sell Bend are here to support you in every aspect of the selling and buying process.

2)    Shelly offers instant notification service, so you get an email the minute a relevant property comes on the market, goes pending or is sold.

3)    Shelly is tireless… You’ll wonder how she accomplishes so much, overcomes barriers, goes the extra mile continually and still makes the whole process fun and seamless.

4)    If you work with Shelly, you might get to meet her horses: Peso, Starbuck, Boots, and Captain.

5)    She’s not just a sparkling personality. She’s a tough negotiator and will get you the best deal possible.

6)    Shelly can make the impossible possible. (She doesn’t quite leap tall buildings with a single bound, but she does dance a mean Western swing.)

7)    Shelly has a sixth sense for successfully matching buyers and sellers. Seriously, it’s almost spooky.

8)    She throws amazing parties and gives awesome closing gifts. 

9)    Shelly has consistently ranked amongst the top Realtors® in Central Oregon.

10)   Shelly and Team Sell Bend (Janet Ross, Transaction Manager, and Jay Walsh, Concierge Services) are exceptionally professional and qualified, AND they're fun people, too. You'll enjoy working with them.

Team Sell Bend: (541) 408-9029

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Shelly Hummel

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall further than they already have. They are assuming that the best course of action is to wait for the bottom in the market and then buy. The problem with this approach is that you don't know where the bottom is until you see it in the rear view mirror, meaning until you've missed it!

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Interest rates are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, if home prices come down a little further but interest rates go up, it could cost you even more to service a mortgage on an identical home!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates and low home prices, rather than to hope for a further break in prices in the future.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

4 Trees NOT To Plant in Your Central Oregon Yard

by Catrina Gregory

It's spring and we're itching to start planting stuff. We called our landscape consultant, Gary, at LandSystems Nursery here in Bend, after seeing an houselogic.com post about 11 types of treees you should never plant in your yard

We asked Gary what he thought of the list, and he helped us customize it for Bend, Oregon.

Here's our list of the trees to avoid planting in your yard if you live in Central Oregon.

NO GOOD, VERY BAD TREES

1) Silver Maple. Gary says this is an aggressive, heavy rooter that can upset your foundation, sidewalks, septic system, etc.

2) Quaking Aspen. Gary said this is a buy-one-get-fifty kind of tree with invasive roots. You'll have dozens of little baby Quaking Aspens before you know it. Not so good for yards.

3) Hybrid Poplars. Another tree with an invasive root system, and Gary says they're brittle and have a short life span.

4) Willow. Willows have three times the amount of leaves as a normal tree, leading Gary to call is a "messy tree." It's basically high maintenance, and has invasive roots to boot. Oh, and we asked him about the sap that gets on your car sometimes when you park under a willow and he said that's the sign of an aphid infestation (willows are apparently very susceptible to aphids).

NOT-SO-BAD TREES

1)  Ash. The article said these trees are being ravaged by an itty bitty beetle called the emerald ash borer. Gary said the beetle hasn't hit Oregon. It could though, so maybe choose another tree.

2) Leyland Cypress. These evergreen trees are quick growing, but need lots of trimming and care, and may become a fire hazard. Gary said that since Bend has such a short growing season, he'd still recommend them for people who want a fast-growing tree for a privacy screen.

3) Bradford Pear. The blossoms don't smell great, and they're supposedly prone to splitting when mature. Gary said he's never seen one split here in Central Oregon, so if you really want a stinky Bradford Pear tree, go for it.

We also asked Gary about bamboo, since it's becoming more popular and we've heard horror stories about bamboo wreaking havoc with underground pipes. He said there are two types of bamboo that do well in Central Oregon: Nitida and Yellow Groove. They're both clumping bamboo, so their roots don't spread out in search of water, so they won't attack your pipes.

And while we had our expert on the line, we asked him when and how to plant the blueberries we bought at Bi-Mart and he said, "First, you return the blueberries to Bi-Mart, then come out to the nursery, and pick one of the four varieties we have here that have grown from seed, right here in Bend... and then you take 'em home and plant 'em." Hope we still have that receipt, because that sounds like a good plan.

The nursery is out by Costco, and they carry all kinds of seeds and starter plants. If we get out there to buy replacement blueberry bushes, we'll post some pictures.

 

LandSystems Nursery

21336 E Hwy 20

Bend, OR

(541) 382-7646

 

 

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Shelly Hummel, Broker
Keller Williams Realty Central Oregon
123 SW Columbia St.
Bend OR 97702
Direct: (541) 408-9029
Mobile: (541) 480-8523