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Cully Country Jackpot 

I have grown homesick for our old stomping grounds after a couple of recent sales in the Cully neighborhood. Some of our favorite people, like Jasper and his crew (yes, I’m name dropping), and Heidi and Chris just to mention a few, are some of the awesome people here. We’ve been lucky: we helped our buyers snag a granny ranch just last week. Now this: one of a handful of goat farms that can be found in Cully Country (not to be confused with Cully Crafts). This original farmhouse has landed in the capable hands of the ever creative Simon and Vena. This place is a a nice, roomy parcel of land in a thriving urban farm community. And it stays in the framily. Welcome home new neighbors. Teri Toombs Principal Broker 503-522-1691 If you have a hankering for the country in the city, give me a call. I’m a Cully Expert. More

Months and years of transitory living are coming to an end for our sweet buyer. Overcoming self-doubt is one of the things you don’t hear about much in this blog. But this market beats anybody up, let alone a single buyer who has had to face a lot of adversity. I watched the transformation of someone who wasn’t sure she was going to get into her home into a bona fide home owner. My advice: keep searching, keep believing, keep striving for options. During the time we worked together, increased employment boosted income enough to bump the price point of our home search. It made all the difference going from $189,000 to the $225,000 price range. With a lot of personal grit and determination, as well as help from our friends at Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI), our buyer is closing on a home of her own. What will it feel like to have more than a bike and a backpack to call her... More

Armed with a budget of $240,000 and an FHA loan, my first-time buyer Jason got it into his head he was going to buy a duplex. I’m a practical dreamer, but even I had a hard time believing this was attainable. Well he showed me and I’ve learned more than once that nothing is impossible with enough determination. Getting there was something else. There are few houses I would refuse to go inside of, but this guy put me to the test. I had to say no more than once. Squatters. Hoarders. Rats. You name it. We saw the underbelly of humanity. But you look through it all and you keep your eyes on the prize. And now Jason can say his next door neighbor is buying his house because hello! Jason bought a duplex. You are good, man! Interested in securing your future? Let me help. T E R I   T O O M B S principal broker 503-522-1691 More

Ben had just a few weeks before his residency began. Cammy is in her third trimester. There was no time to waste and no time to give a seller to stay in the house after closing. Already under the gun and with so few houses on the market, we focused on an even smaller slice of an already slim selection: vacant homes. This would allow a quick possession after closing. Seemingly impossible, but these buyers were diligent and motivated. In short order, the situation felt like a pressure cooker, so I lined up a rental near Alberta Arts, with a super flexible owner who could accommodate them.  Knowing there was a plan B helped to alleviate some of the stress. Luckily, plan A won the day. The stars aligned, and the magic happened. This Alberta Arts Bungalow came along like a dream with the good bones, awesome floor plan and #1 location they hoped for. Welcome home you two (soon to be three!) Teri Toombs,... More

Take Me To The River! 

Drop me in the water. The Columbia, Willamette, Clackamas, Sandy, Santiam, Deschutes, Washougal rivers,  or the plethora of lakes, streams and nearby creeks. Have a fun summer and stay cool Portland! Ready to dip into the real estate waters? Give me a call. Teri Toombs, Principal Broker, 503-522-1691. More

NW Modern Rustic in FoPo 

This home took me back to the little cabin in the woods, if that cabin had immaculate salvaged wood detailing, a beautifully updated open kitchen and rusty corrugated metal siding adorning the facade, nice indoor/outdoor living and was sitting in the middle of Foster Powell. It’s the perfect combination of country cabin with modern finishes and floor plan. And it’s my favorite esthetic: NW Rustic. Looking for your custom home? Give a call 503-522-1691 Teri Toombs, Principal Broker. More

Fighting Tooth and Nail 

It’s a dog-eat-dog world in Portland real estate these days. Any buyer knows you gotta go all in to land on top of the heap of competition. Ryan and Lindsey were determined to land on top. That’s just what they did with this purchase. They gave the seller more than just a good price. They provided peace of mind for the seller with their word and deed. They went all in from day one and continued to perform throughout the contract, providing assurance that how they presented themselves with their offer was exactly how they were going to conduct themselves until closing – with good manners. After all the scrapping that happens out in the open market, it’s nice when our buyers can just enjoy the lovefest that happens when you are in contract and you know its just mere weeks before you find yourselves at home. This mid-century  home  in Concordia, near friends, provided the motivation to be the perfectly well-mannered buyers (once they... More

That 70’s Home 

My newest obsession is a Three Quarter Century Ranch. Simple. Solid. Lofted Ceilings. Sprawling Grounds. Do you have an under-appreciated 70’s Ranch you need to sell? Give me a call, I’d love to help. Teri Toombs, Principal Broker, 503-522-1691, More

This is one of those deals. A heartbreaker. The underdog we are all rooting for. Our guy Jeremy and his sweetie Andrea were desperately looking for an agent who understood VA financing. I am happy to say I get it and this is the second vet our team has a helped to find their home this year. We brought along our kick ass lender team, Jen Bell and Amy Holscher from Premier Mortgage. Jen is a vet herself and understands this financing like nobody else I know. We started looking in earnest. We saw it first. We wrote strong offers. Offer after offer, he got beat out by cash buyers or buyers with big down payments. It quickly became apparent that even for the small (too small, really) houses closer in, he was priced out. Adjust parameters. Re-envision. Head back out there. There were a lot of tears shed on this one. I don’t know, the whole situation just kinda ripped me apart. There were... More

Outside Eats 

I recently attended the “1 Mile Farm Dinner” at Side Yard Farm. Everything served in the 5 course meal, including cocktail pairing by Dogwood Distillery, was sourced within one mile of Side Yard’s Cully neighborhood property (yes, even the goat cheese!). If you ever get the chance to attend one of Stacey Givens’ brunches or dinners, DO IT. The food was sublime and the setting was super sweet. The rows and rows of organic veggies, bee boxes, homemade wood fire oven, outdoor family style tables and wide open sky makes for a picture perfect meal. Apparently the word is out as that night’s dinner was attended by a cooking show cast and crew from Japan. For more info follow the link. More