Just Being Neighborly

Mister Rogers is the type of guy you may like to have in your neighborhood. How do you experience the kindness of neighbors? Is it through a welcoming sign in their yard? It could also be how they’ve planted some gorgeous flowers that may brighten your day. Perhaps it’s the neighbor down the street that’s selling local honey. Or, a neighbor that keeps an eye on your home while you’re on vacation. There are so many ways to experiencing a home. And, one way is your neighbors. Just being neighborly is sometimes just the way to be. It helps cultivate community and grow stronger relationships.

Sometimes a sign in a neighbor’s yard serves as a reminder to be kind to one another.

At BST Realty LLC, we value community. It starts at the root of who we are. From mentoring agents to taking special care of our clients. It expands outward into the greater community as well. We love supporting local businesses because those are the people who live in our community. And, we are stronger when we support one another. We also help support valuable organizations like SACA, Active Heroes, After School Activities Program – Silverton, Shangri-La, and Keizer Community Food Bank. Because we believe that helping others is a duty and privilege. In fact, it’s a bit like Mr. Roger’s neighborhood.

We feel like it’s as simple as just being neighborly in our community. And, giving to others also is a way of giving back to oneself. We are also are a proud affiliate of the Homes for Heroes program, which is designed to help people who give so much to our communities as well.

The Homes for Heroes program helps people like teachers, health care workers, and veterans save a bit of money when it comes to the buying and selling of a home. It makes sense to help support people that have helped educate our little ones and keep us safe. If you’re a Buyer or a Seller, we are here to help you at every point in the journey. Because, quite simply, we care about serving our clients in simply the best way possible.

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Save Money On Your Water Bill

Landscaping can be an important piece of any property. It’s a way to express oneself to the neighborhood. Maybe you’re into organic gardening and have some raised beds out front. Or, perhaps you’re thinking less maintenance and have planted some drought-tolerant and native plants. Either way, it’s a fun way to personalize your home. If you’re also curious about how to save money on your water bill and live more sustainably, here are a few tricks that you may want to try. Especially when the days get a bit hotter in summer, saving money on water is a plus.

Save Money On Your Water Bill
What type of landscape are you thinking about for your home?

If you’re thinking about raised beds, then putting in a timed drip line is a good way to make sure that less water is wasted and save money. It may not only save more money on your water bill but also the time it takes to water. Perhaps you’ve thought about your lawn and think you want a change. A nice solution would be to plant drought-tolerant plants. These are plants that don’t need as much water throughout the year. There are so many local nurseries around to choose from, too. It’s best to check what their inventory is like first, to see if they can guide you in the right direction. It’s also best to make sure due to COVID restrictions when their open hours are to the public. Sometimes these things change from week to week.

Finding a home that checks all the boxes is essential. Whether it’s finding a home that has the perfect landscape or the potential of having one that you love. If you’re thinking about buying or selling real estate, we are here to help you at every step of the journey. When all the flowers are out and spring just keeps on greeting us with its amazingness, it’s a great time to sell or buy a home. Give us a call, and let’s get started!

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Meet Jackson Sherwood

Meet Jackson Sherwood! Jackson is one of our wonderful agents at BST Realty LLC. He brings his experience of working in the corporate world coupled with his love of helping people to real estate. Born and raised in Silverton, Jackson is also an expert in the Willamette Valley. Jackson specializes in timber and rural properties. If you’re thinking about buying that farm you’ve always wanted or perhaps moving to “greener pastures” for a quieter life in the country, then Jackson is the person to call!

Jackson IS a Rock-Star Producer!

Jackson’s Journey to Real Estate

Jackson was working in the corporate sphere when he realized he wanted a change in his work-life balance. He was helping his family with some home improvements and realized the deeper he got into understanding homes, the more interested he became. Jackson also loves just looking at homes. So, it was an easy transition into real estate. It allowed for him to have more flexibility and spend more time with family, which was a big plus. Jackson is an avid outdoors person. And, this draw brought him to his specialty in the buying and selling of timber and rural properties.

He loves to drive the country roads, and meet up with clients to walk the property and get an in-depth feel of what it truly has to offer. This also may mean connecting his clients with a timber company or an agronomist to better understand how the land may be utilized based on the clients’ needs. And, sometimes he even takes his mountain bike out to explore the terrain even more!

Jackson having fun outdoors with his adorable daughter.

Family Time and the Outdoors

When Jackson isn’t doing real estate, he’s spending time outdoors and with family. He loves growing up in the Willamette Valley and having so much yet to explore. Whether it’s driving and enjoying the beautiful scenery, or getting out there for bow hunting and mountain biking. He also loves to cook for people. And, his wife just got him an awesome open grill to do more of it. The kiddos are another added bonus, and he likes the moments where he gets to pick up his daughter from school and hear about her day or go camping with the family.

If you’re a Buyer or a Seller that’s interested in pursuing a new way of life in the countryside, Jackson is your agent. He’ll help you every step of the way. Whether it be figuring out how to do a timber transaction on a rural property or connecting you with an expert on how to best utilize the land for producing food and living off the grid, Jackson has you covered. He adores the outdoors and helping people find a place that checks all the boxes. At BST Realty LLC, we are so proud to have Jackson as a part of the team. Give Jackson a call, and get started on your dream homestead!

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Tulip Festival and Gardening

At BST Realty LLC, we love supporting our community and local businesses. Right now, the Tulip Festival is going strong. And, there are so many activities you can do while there. Perhaps you’ll want to snag a beautiful bouquet for your mom just in time for Mother’s Day. Or, maybe you’d like to build upon your garden by getting some bulbs to plant for fall. For the more adventurous, there are also hot air balloon rides. Can you imagine sourcing in the sky with all those bursting rows of tulips colors beneath you at the Tulip Festival? We are so thankful to all that the Willamette Valley has to offer. And, we are here to help your home dreams blossom!

People having fun at the Tulip Festival – What person wouldn’t want to sit on a pink tractor amongst the tulips?

Gardens Galore

If you’re thinking about your garden, there are many nurseries to choose from. Garden Thyme Nursery in Silverton is a great place to get starts like tomatoes and herbs, plus many more types of plants! There is also Fessler Nursery in Woodburn with many choices from house plants to lovely annuals. And, who can forget Terra Gardens Nursery and Bark in Salem! Please make sure to check the nursery websites for potential COVID restrictions, just so you know what’s going on. Each nursery handles things a little bit differently. And, there is a bounty of possibilities for how to make your garden even more delightful!

Rows and rows of brilliant colors to be experienced at the Tulip Festival!

If having a garden is important to you in a home, then that’s great, too! At BST Realty LLC, we have agents that are skilled at understanding your goals. If that means looking for a place with raised beds, then we’ve got you covered. If that means looking for some acreage for a farm, we are right there with you. Let’s get started today and figure out a plan to make your home dreams come true! When that time arrives, we are ready to “celery-brate” with you! Give us a call, and let’s get started on this journey together.

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Meet Wendy Smith

Meet Wendy Smith! The center of her life has been families and homes for quite some time, so it only seems natural that she’s an expert when it comes to the buying and selling of homes! We are proud to have Wendy on our team. Wendy has so many wonderful qualities that make her simply the best when it comes to serving her clients. She is a down-to-earth mom who enjoys helping people. And, she will go up to bat for her clients using her expert negotiating skills to make sure they get what they want and then some. With Wendy’s love of working with people and an open and honest approach, she makes her clients feel right at home.

Meet Wendy Smith
Wendy awarded with Top Producer and 100%-Capped in 2020!

Wendy’s Journey into Real Estate

Wendy was a stay-at-home mom for about 16 years, so family is super important to her. It’s from that lifestyle that it only seemed logical to hop into real estate once the kiddos got older. It just made sense because she loves being with people and the flexibility to also spend time with her four daughters and husband. It’s simply the best of everything that she loves. In fact, her spouse’s work in the timber industry has also helped make her an expert when it comes to timber transactions. We are so happy that Wendy chose this path into real estate. She has made our community stronger. Wendy enjoys being an agent with BST Realty LLC because “…the people are genuine and with people’s best interest at heart.” It makes sense that Wendy would fit right in with our crew!

Exploring all that Oregon has to offer with her lovely family!

Buyers and sellers alike may sometimes feel stressed during a transaction. However, Wendy sees this as an opportunity to help them navigate that time and, “bring some peace and confidence,” whatever the situation may be. When asked about her approach, Wendy says, “My end goal really is just to be able to help people.” This type of attitude not only is present as an agent but threaded throughout her life. As you can tell, Wendy is an agent you want on your team. So, give Wendy a call, and start the pathway to your home dreams!

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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Here’s to another year around the sun on this beautiful Earth! At BST Realty LLC, we have agents who understand green building and energy efficiency when it comes to homes. There are so many pathways to get to having a home that leaves a lighter footprint on our planet. Some may say that the “grass is always greener,” and with energy-efficient homes, that’s most likely the case. Because not only are you using less energy, but you are probably saving money in the long run.

Happy Earth Day

Green and Energy Efficient Homes

Newer homes may also come solar-ready. So, it’s good to understand all the avenues that you may take into having a “greener” home if you’re thinking about adding solar panels. You may also be surprised about the potential of older homes that may be well-suited for renewable energy such as solar panels as well. In addition to that, it could be as simple as replacing light bulbs with LED or replacing your thermostat with a Smart thermostat. Follow it up with thinking about the right insulation, which could help save you a pretty penny on energy bills. There are also programs out there such as the Energy Trust Program that may be able to help you out with your journey into living a more green and energy-efficient life.

Whether you’re a Buyer or a Seller, there’s a way to not only find the home of your dreams but also explore options to living a “greener” lifestyle in the gorgeous Willamette Valley. We hope you’re out there enjoying some nature and the wonderful sunshine we’ve been getting this Earth Day. And, at BST Realty LLC, we are all about helping our clients figure out the best home pathway. If you’re thinking about taking the next steps into buying or selling, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We are to help you at every point in the journey.

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Meet Angela Lopez

Meet Angela Lopez! Angela is quite simply the best when it comes to real estate. At BST Realty LLC, we are so proud to have her as a part of the team. In fact, Angela is one of our top producing agents and was #1 in sales in 2020. That means she is good at closing deals for her clients. Angela brings her extensive experience in the lending industry along with her impeccable research and negotiation skills to help serve her clients in the best way possible. She loves being able to help her clients get to where they want to be.

Meet Angela Lopez
Angela happily helping clients close on a home!

Journey into Real Estate

Angela has expert knowledge of the lending process with 10 years of experience at a mortgage lending company. While working there, she learned about loan origination, underwriting, processing, and appraisal. This allows her to help her Buyers navigate and understand how loans work and the entire loan process! After the 2008 crash, Angela helped close 25+ offices in multiple states. This is when she realized that a career in real estate may be right for her. A career in real estate afforded her the flexibility to be with her family more and also to help people. And, Angela truly loves helping people.

Angela awarded Top Producer for 2020!

Born Mentor

Angela loves being a resource for people. When it comes to her clients, she loves to be able to help first-time home Buyers better understand the entire process. For example, Angela helps her clients gain a better understanding of the loan process and appraisals. Angela is a born mentor, and she also uses this skill to help new agents at BST Realty LLC get better acquainted with what real estate is about. And, for that, we also appreciate her so much!

When Angela isn’t doing real estate, she’s spending time with her husband and two sons. She especially loves cheering on her sons at soccer, and one of her sons now plays soccer at Western Oregon University! Angela also enjoys photography and takes out her camera when she can to capture the beauty of the Willamette Valley.

Whether you’re a Buyer or a Seller, Angela is a wonderful agent that aims in supporting you at every point in the journey. With her in-depth expertise and proven track record of success in real estate, Angela is a must-call!

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93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks

93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks

A recent Survey of Consumer Finances study released by the Federal Reserve reveals the net worth of homeowners is forty times greater than that of renters. If you’re wondering if homeownership is a good investment, the study clearly answers that question, and the answer is yes.

Do Americans believe a home is a better investment than stocks?

In a post on the Liberty Street Economics blog, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York notes that 93.3% of Americans believe buying a home is definitely or probably a better investment than buying stocks.

93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks | MyKCM
93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks | MyKCM

Here’s how the results break down:The survey also shows a wide range of reasons why Americans feel that way (respondents were able to pick more than one answer):

Bottom Line

The data show how strongly Americans believe in homeownership as an investment. That belief is warranted. The Liberty Street Economics blog put it best by saying:

“Housing represents the largest asset owned by most households and is a major means of wealth accumulation, particularly for the middle class.”

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Your Home Pathway This Spring

Signs of spring are all around. In the Willamette Valley, you can begin to experience the wonderfully delicate Trillium plant blooming among the ferns and clovers beginning to emerge. This may signal to us the need for starting anew and being more open to possibilities. When it comes to buying or selling a home, it may feel a bit overwhelming at first. At BST Realty LLC, we are here to help alleviate any stresses you may have. That way, your experience is more enjoyable. Especially, when it comes to something as important as a home. Let’s figure out your home pathway this spring!

Your Home Pathway This Spring
Spring is a time to open up to possibilities in homeownership! Just like this lovely Trillium greeting you on the trail.

Simply the Best Service

At BST Realty LLC, we have experienced agents who are ready to serve you. We provide simply the best service for your and your family. When it comes to being a Buyer, that may mean connecting you with the resources you may need to determine what type of home is best suitable for your budget. If you’re a Seller, that may mean connecting you with resources that will showcase your home’s unique features. The world of real estate may feel complex, but that’s why we are here to help make it more enjoyable. That way, you may focus on other matters like determining if the style of home is right for you, job responsibilities, and more.

We are here for the long run. We believe in maintaining long-lasting relationships. That’s because we value our community. When our clients flourish, we flourish. And we are here to help support you at every point in your homeownership pathway. Whether you’re thinking about buying or selling, let’s talk. Let’s explore what is possible for you and your family. From there, we can devise a plan that best suits your wants and needs, and checks all the boxes. Give us a call, and let’s make your real estate dreams a reality!

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Double the Win

We are proud to announce that BST Realty LLC has way more than doubled in its sales within the last two years. Now, that’s something to celebrate. When our business flourishes, so do our clients. It’s a win-win for everyone involved! We believe in community, and it’s been wonderful to be able to help our community thrive. We think of it as double the win. Especially, during the last year of such change. Of course, being successful at real estate means being adaptable to change. After all, it makes sense since a home is usually a central part of life. And, as we all know, life serves up changes from time to time. At BST Realty LLC, we are all about providing simply the best service to our clients.

Double the Win

Here to Serve You and Your Family

We truly value our expert team of agents who are working hard each year to make wonderful things happen. Our agents are here to help serve you and your family get to where you want to be. They are expert negotiators ready to help guide you through the real estate process. If you’re a Buyer who is nervous about buying your first home, we’ve got you covered. Our agents are here to be resources and help guide you in unfamiliar territory. If you’re a Seller, our agents are also savvy at showcasing your home’s best attributes and skilled at negotiation.

Let’s Win Together!

At BST Realty LLC, we are so happy to be able to serve our community. We genuinely care about our client’s well-being and building long-term relationships. Spring is a great time to begin thinking about real estate. You may have noticed more homes coming on the market. If you’re interested in viewing homes or potentially putting your home on the market, we are here to help make your real estate dreams come true. Give us a call, and let’s get started on this journey together!

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