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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, ttoombs@livingroomre.com. 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.  http://www.thesideyardpdx.com/ More



State of Housing in Portland, April 2015 This is the first of a two part report presented by Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman and the Portland Housing Bureau. Numbers represented for years 2000-2013 except where otherwise noted. 80,000 – number of individuals Portland has added since 2000. 29,000 – number of added households since 2000. 69% – Growth of Hispanic/Latino community since 2000. 12.7% – Rate of growth of single-person households. 7.6% – Rate of growth of households with children. Gateway – the neighborhood with the most growth since 2000. Central City – concentrated area of household growth. 53% – Portland’s homeownership rate. $55,571 – Median household income in Portland in 2013. 37.79 per 10,000 – # of homeless at “point-in-time” tally taken in 2013. 1828 – # of multifamily units added to housing stock in 2014. 686 – # of single family units added to housing stock in 2014. 152,822 – total single family Portland housing stock in 2014. 120,177 – total multfamily Portland housing... More



Alaska Heather and Mt. St. Helens Chris share an intense love of the outdoors, urban careers and the sweetest bungalow ever. Their new home, in the hills of Oregon City, sits on a roomy plot of land, among a trio of Giant Sequoias. Sweet! More



We met at many a home. Wherever we met, whoever was around it didn’t matter. This little kid would yell out “Terrrri Tooooombs!” like I was the next contestant on the Price is Right. I mean, besides being a little startled, what’s not to love? This is a sweet, sweet family and I wanted to do everything possible to help them find their home. When Emily wrote her personal letter to the seller, it was pretty easy for me to add my own note to the listing agent: “Here is my client’s offer on your listing at ****************. Why shouldn’t a single mom who pulled herself up by her bootstraps, put herself through nursing school and works at being the best parent she can be, along with her son,  get a chance to live in an architecturally designed and built space? Who says these two have to settle for anything but the best they can get right now? This house inspires them and fits them... More



I am inspired by my clients. The determination to create a better life for yourself is spine-tingling. No one has more grit than this one. With the fierceness of a mama bear, Erin made sure her new home would be close to family, near the school she wanted for her girls, and have the bones that would support the sweat equity she will be investing in her new home. With laser-beam focus, she honed in and made it happen. Honestly, there was not one single hurdle this woman didn’t overcome in buying her home. It’s like she has wings. More



…to a deluxe one-level with peaceful surrounds. I couldn’t help singing that song to myself as I drove over to the sweetest ranch that suits these two to a T.  Who knew when this journey started where it would end? But here we are, and this is where it began. In NE Portland, where Jessica grew up and where Jessica and Kate owned their home for the last 9 years. They decided to sell and buy in this crazy market. Yeah, they say it’s a seller’s market, but it’s not as easy as it sounds for a seller turned buyer. We started by looking for the replacement home. The Mt. Tabor cottage showed us how stiff the competition could be. They almost struck gold with the Woodstock bungalow. I will never forget the Multnomah Village house with the incredibly high end wood-burning pizza oven in the bedroom. Despite still not knowing where their new home would be, they went all in and put their place... More


Realtor Science 


Realtor scientific research has shown that if there’s a pencil sharpener in the basement, BUY THE HOUSE. More



If you’re like most people, you have a junk drawer or two. If you’re anything like me, you find beauty in the mundane. Spring is a time for cleaning and a time for inspiration. Put the two together and you can go wild! I like to take the collected fragments from life, piece them together and call them “Junk Drawer Collages”. It’s a great way to turn weird odds and ends into something else entirely. You can give them away as artsy gifts, hang them in the house and garden, or art bomb a friend. Now your junk drawer is ready for the next wave. More