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Jenelle Isaacson


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Founder and owner of Living Room Realty, Jenelle Isaacson is a Portland native and a third generation Portland area realtor. Taking her experience as one of Portland’s top producing agents, she created Living Room Realty to service other top producing realtors who were looking to align themselves with a progressive company that embraced technology and the highest ethical standards in their field. She and her agents aim to deliver world-class service to their clients and communities. The mission of Living Room Realty is “Developing Vibrant Communities”. Jenelle strives to do that both within and outside the company. By helping define a strong culture and value system for the company, Living Room has attracted the brightest realtors and talent in the industry. This impressive boutique company’s east side office has the seventh largest market share in the city and Living Room Realty closed over 167 million dollars in sales in 2012 alone.

In 2012, Jenelle was named one of Portland’s 40 up and coming business leaders under 40 by the Portland Business Journal, and in 2013, was one of 25 women who received the Orchid Award for being a woman of influence for her business and civic contributions. Her company is the only Real Estate company to be awarded the Silver certification by the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work program. She has been a guest speaker on OPB’s Think Out Loud, a panelist for the Build Small/Live Large Housing Summit hosted by Cascadia Green Building Council, and was recently invited to Salem to speak with Oregon’s Secretary of State, Kate Brown in support of passing Oregon legislation to recognize Benefit companies.

Jenelle has restored and renovated many homes as well as owned and developed commercial real estate projects over her career. Her passion is for modern design and architecture and issues of sustainability. Her home has been on the Street of Eames Tour and an invited participant for the City of Portland’s Green Building Tour. She is an Earth Advantage Certified Agent, and an Energy Trust Ally. Jenelle serves on the Rock n Roll Camp For Girls Board of Directors and is the Learning Chair for the Portland chapter of Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO). Jenelle is the mother of two daughters and when not working she loves running, swimming holes, golf, skiing, live music, and crafting the perfect playlist.


Jenelle's Blog Posts

Facing Limits 

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“If you accept your limitations you go beyond them.” -Brendan Behan This spring I wrote about my intimacy troubles with Harrison, a family home we recently purchased. In the essay, I explained my attempts to learn to love a house that served its purpose well enough, but didn’t inspire me. It took intent and effort to create a bond with Harrison. To read last quarter’s newsletter, go to What I hadn’t expected was how much feedback and interest my article would generate. Most of the comments were about the ways in which many of us actively work to cultivate intimacy and joy in our lives. In our work, relationships, homes, and communities we are doing our best to find meaning and happiness given the circumstances we face each day. And sometimes those circumstances are challenging. There are limits to how much we can change the world around us. One of the most challenging circumstances our clients are facing right now is that housing inventory in Portland... More

Summer of Love 

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“The truths of the spirit are proved not by reasoning about them, or finding explanation of them, but only by acting up on them. Their life is dependent upon what we do about them. Mercy, gentleness, forgiveness, patience; if we do not show them, they will cease to be. Upon us depends the reality of God here on Earth today.” -Edith Hamilton Living Room’s managing broker, Drew Burchette, and I were interviewing an agent who was interested in joining our company. When the agent asked “What makes working at Living Room different than other companies?” Drew answered “Love”. The word love made me squirm. I had to catch myself from trying to cover my discomfort by jumping in with the list of tools, services, awards, and impressive statistics our companies have accomplished in the past 6 years. Luckily, I gave myself permission in that moment to be uncomfortable and to take in the truth of what Drew was saying. It led me to an acknowledgement... More

Taking Care 

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I have been having an intimacy problem. I have not bonded with Harrison in the year we have been together. So imagine my relief and curiosity when I read an article in the NY Times, “To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This.” written by Mandy Len Catron. She wrote on the research that psychologists have done to successfully create love between two strangers. The participants are invited into a room and sit face to face and answer a series of increasingly personal questions. Then they stare silently into each other’s eyes for four minutes. The results are astounding, it has even led to marriage between participants! If this theory is right, could this work for me too? You see Harrison is a house. It’s how we and the kids refer to our home. Harrison is a beautiful classic Colonial that demands a title and looks naked without an American flag. I always pictured myself as more of a B52’s love shack kind of girl,... More