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OPPORTUNITY 


SE 76th-37

Every time I walk into this home I think to myself with excitement, “who is going to be the next owner that fills this space…..who...WHO is it going to be?!?”.  I  genuinely get excited because this house is meant to be filled with people, activity, creativity, laughter. It emanates a sense of warmth.  A home where holidays are celebrated with lots of people. Aunt Theresa and Uncle Joe arrive from California with their children.  They take over one of bedrooms, while all the kids pile into another bedroom with sleeping bags. Maybe Grandma lives down in the finished lower level. She isn’t originally from Portland but moved here to help out her kids and has fallen in love with Portland. She has a knitting group on Wednesday nights and volunteers on Saturday mornings. What is now known as the Foster Powell neighborhood, was little more than farmland at the turn of the century. The people who lived in this area likely used the dusty, dirt... More


Short Sale Success! 


2922 se tibbetts

 Oh the journey we had to get this closed. Before Jackie, a first time home buyer, even interviewed realtors, she had been looking at houses online for a few years. Stalking trends, neighborhoods, interest rates – you name it, she was plotting how she was going to buy a house. We started looking together last spring, just as the market was really heating up and multiple offers were becoming the norm. We were getting beat out of everything. We didn’t have cash, we didn’t have 20% down. We knew we had to get lucky and find something under the radar. In comes a home on SE Tibbetts Street, in the Richmond neighborhood. Three bedroom, one and half bath (though the half bath was as toilet in the basement next to the sewer clean out. Literally. Gross. ) The house was a short sale priced at $445,000. As an agent very versed in current east side real estate it was clear that this price was completely unrealistic. Anyone preapproved in the... More


For our daughter 


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  Chris and Noriko are in a strong financial position. They have the opportunity to purchase a first home for their daughter. Early 20′s, going to PSU for a masters. They are thrilled to help her get settled into a home. She can pick the roommates, the wall colors, get a dog, focus on school AND have an attentive landlord!  They can rest at night knowing they have given her one of the most generous gifts any parent could give. Lucky girl! Congratulations ! More


3710 N Borthwick Avenue

Old houses are charming. They have character. They have wood floors, even if under carpeting. They also can be a big pain in the ass if they have numerous issues to take on or even ones you will only discover as you live there and the house continues to age. Jessie and Dave decided this... More


IT WAS MEANT TO BE: A BUYERS PERSPECTIVE

Joel and Dru were the first buyers into this house. It was a Sunday, I slept in, thought I was taking the day off (HA), checked my email and saw that this house was about to hit the market. I contacted my clients immediately to tell them that I had found their house. Within an hour... More


Belmont East Condo

1 bedroom, 1 1/2 bathroom condo sold off the market for $275,000 Trying to avoid the madness of this current market? Sometimes selling to your friend works out just fine. More


1634 SE Salmon Street

    1890 Buckman Victorain that moves with warmth, charm and heart!  Large raised vegetable beds with organic soil. Fruit bearing plants include: blueberries, rasberries, grape and kiwi. Large (38%) reduction in energy cost through full insulation with Clean Energy Works of Oregon- all exterior walls, entire attic, under main level floors. Pantry off kitchen. Seperate laundry and storage... More



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There are many motivations for purchasing property. It is not everyday in city life that people set out with the intention to purchase an heirloom, a home to pass on to their children. For Jill and Garett this house was bigger than the two of them. The home has generational needs to fulfill – to raise a babies who turn into teenagers, to have space for grandma to visit or even stay a few months, a space to make music, a garage for a workshop, a pleasant neighborhood for walks, a yard to host parties and grow food. Looks like we found it! More


Financing a property with an existing ADU

If you read our blog regularly you will find that a common theme in the world of real estate is that getting a sale closed is often a journey of patience and resilience. In the end it is always about getting connected to just the right contractor, lender, inspector, etc. — someone holds the key... More


Workshop: How to Research Your Homes History

THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD 10AM TO NOON SOUTHEAST OFFICE – 2625 SE 26TH AVENUE Ever wonder who lived in your house before you, or what your house looked like originally and why there is a bathroom on the back porch!?! Researching the history of your house can answer those questions and many others you might... More