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We Love Women in the Trades 


As soon as I pulled up to this 1907 cutie my heart skipped a beat. Intuition told me, even before crossing the threshold, that this was going to be an ideal match for our client, a first time home buyer working as a commercial plumber’s Jedi-apprenti (apprentice). As a woman in the trades Kelly has no shortage of handy friends. Her community includes sparkies (electricians), chippies (carpenters), turd herders (aka plumbers, no offense intended) and itchies (insulators). In other words, if upon opening the door this joint was a fixer in need of elbow grease she’d have lots of help getting her up and running. When I opened the door a giant smile lit up on my face. The place was GORGEOUS! I knew we had to work hard to make this happen for our client. One of the first Realtors through the door and executing a well thought out, competitive offer, sent in on day one, spoke volumes to the seller. Early bird gets... More



Overlook Fixer with huge potential. 1910 bungalow. 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. 1934 sq ft. $249k. MLS #15345099. This could be the start of a beautiful thing. Call your real estate matchmakers, Teri Toombs, 503-522-1691 and Reg Martocci, 508-340-1456. More



Are you searching for a nice, clean, sunny, move-in ready home? Here it is! This 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath sweetheart features a vaulted master suite with huge walk in closet. The smart, spacious kitchen features tile counters, eating bar and stainless steel appliances. Other features include formal dining, laundry room, lots of storage, covered front porch, attached insulated garage, and backyard patio. If you’re on the hunt,  look no further than this Roseway cutie. 7821 NE Fremont. $299,900, MLS#: 15285019. 3 Bedroom/2.5 baths/1492 sq ft. Teri Toombs, Principal Broker, 503-522-1691 and Reg Martocci, Broker, 508-340-1456. OPEN HOUSE and BROKER TOUR Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 11:00-1:00 pm. Come by for lunch. More


Terra The Wonder Lab 


I went to the vacant ‘62 split level ranch to meet a contractor. Didn’t see anyone around as I went on ahead to fetch the keys. In the backyard, much to my surprise, I saw a dog tied to a post on the cold cement patio. My heart sank. I approached the beautiful yellow lab as she jumped up, excited to see me. Just when I was about to untie the beast from her tether, the contractor showed up. “Looks like someone abandoned this cutie pie.”  I told him. He answered “She’s not abandoned! Her name is Terra and she’s at work!” That’s right, I was lucky enough to meet Terra the oil tank and contaminated soils sniff dog! Hope restored and neither dog nor man finding the dreaded oil tank or evidence of one ever being there the day just got a whole lot brighter. Way to turn that beat around my furry friend. Click here http://www.justlabsmagazine.com/onlinecommunity/contaminantdetector_1012?noredirect=true&noredirect=true to learn more about Terra’s job with... More



Whether you need storage for your kayaks, or a condo close to your commute, whether the Pearl is calling to the urban foodie within, or Cully Crafts is inspiring your inner farmer, we want to help you get home in 2015. We’ve got a great lineup of homes coming to the market in the next few months, including a farmhouse with acreage in east county, a Cully mid-century, and a low-maintenance, move-in ready home in Roseway, with plenty more listings on the way. Sellers, don’t hesitate to give a call. We’d love to help you find your perfect buyer. We loved 2014. We welcome 2015. Call us. Talk soon. Teri Toombs, Principal Broker 503-522-1691, ttoombs@livingroomre.com Reg Martocci, Broker 508-340-1456, reg@livingroomre.com Happy New Year! #wheresyourlivingroom? More


While I Waited I Fell In Love 


When I met one half of this couple, she painted a vivid picture of who they were and what they were looking for. They came to me from a friend of a family friend. They had a lease in Portland that wasn’t up for 8 months. So why was I waiting to meet them at this house now? Cause you never know. The house had mid-century bones, great indoor-outdoor connected living spaces,  one-level living, on an oversized lot that provided privacy. I could see them living here, and at the same time I coveted the place for myself. The truth was, it was too late for either of us and the buyers were still a no-show. There was an offer on the table and the sellers were looking at it in about 3 hours. Like the last 10 minutes left in a basketball game, there was still plenty of time for a motivated buyer to get an offer on the table. However, I didn’t think... More


Time Takes a Cigarette 


It all started about 32-ish years ago. Teen punk rocker kids running wild in the streets of a California town. From friends to roommates we were thick as thieves. There were all night parties, 50¢ cashmere sweaters and lots of espresso. Then one day CRASH BOOM BANG!! Circumstances flipped a switch and in a blink of an eye we were out of each others lives FOR DECADES. At the time neither of us realizing how long it would take to cross paths again but, as they like to say, life happens. Fast forward to the future is now and a whole new century, TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN, almost FIFTY and STILL ALIVE!!! Older, (somewhat) wiser and wackier than ever. We rebuilt our friendship anew with, that time sucker of a beast, social media. A few trips from San Francisco to Portland later, with her new honey pie in tow, it happened. Weary of the confined spaces that city life can bring and wanting a place to... More



No pressure. Our clients were in Portland from New Orleans for an extended weekend. They had a goal for themselves and a challenge for us. “Find our house while we’re here in Portland so we can go back to New Orleans, pack up our belongings and drive back across the country before winter weather slams us.” They essentially stepped off the plane and into the Subaru for a 4 day tour of our fair city and it’s surrounds. We hit the ground running searching for THE ONE. From Argay Terrace to Milwaukie to Cully to North Portland we burned rubber and covered it all. Finally landing in North Portland they found a sweet mid-century ranchalo and fell in love. It was a nail biter with multiple offers but we all worked overtime and cinched the deal. Yay team! Welcome to Portland Heidi & Rob! More



In this cutthroat market I advise clients to sell first then buy. Contingent offers (making an offer on a home contingent upon selling your existing house) just can’t compete when inventory is 2.8 months and multiple offers are in play. But rules are made to be broken and these two were just the pair to turn this advice on its head. Here was their executed plan: 1. Find the house lingering a little while on the market. 2. Offer the gift: over asking price, when asking for the favor: contingent offer accepted. 3. Have the contingent property ready to go on the market immediately and priced to sell fast. Well, it sounds as easy as 1,2,3. But there were a FEW more steps in there. Still, you get the idea. It’s like a frenetic ballet, selling and buying this way. Once in a while the music syncs with the moves and it all comes together. But it ain’t easy. Contingent buyers, I salute your steely... More



The year was 1967. Milton Berle was out and the Newlywed Game was in. It was all about the summer of love, Twiggy and Argay Terrace! This was a new neighborhood then, built at the edge of town, filled with ranches. These homes have sprawling yards, floor to ceiling glass, sweeping vistas and lots of elbow room, and swimming pools! Argay is a Brady Bunch time capsule. I love selling these homes. If you want to see the secret 1960’s neighborhood, give me a call. Teri Toombs, Principal Broker, 503-522-1691. More