Teri's Blog Posts

Plexes, Plexes, Plexes! 


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Duplexes, triplexes, 4-plexes, I love a plex!  With Portland rental vacancy rates currently at 3% and rents rising, the savvy buyer does well to consider this type of purchase.  Not sure how to manage your new investment?  Just call our very capable staff at Living Room Property Management, 503-929-5223, info@livingroomrentals.com. Ready to take the plunge?  Give me a ring. Teri Toombs, ttoombs@livingroomre.com, 503.522-1691. More


Fancy Ladd’s has More Leaves 


Welcome to Ladd’s Addition.  I see you’re new here.  I’ve been around a couple of years and I’m still pinching myself that I live in an urban forest! Hey, I don’t have to tell you.  You GET IT cause you just bought a house here. But, as with everything beautiful, there are challenges.  I walked by today and you were raking.  I really wanted to tell you the secret to surviving the 5th season in Ladd’s Addition, because when you live underneath giant trees that can reach several stories high and line the streets, there is another season and it’s called leaf season.  It lasts from the end of September to the end of November.  And buddy, we haven’t even entered leaf season yet.  Pace yourself.  I can see you getting that look in your eye.  Don’t let the first leaf dump get the best of you.  Don’t panic about LEAF DAY either.  Just know it’s coming and plan accordingly.  Leaf Day happens twice a... More


Helping Friends Find Home 


Gracie and I go back almost 20 years.  Kristen entered the scene not long after that.  When you are friends for that long it’s like a river.  There is an ebb, there is a flow.  But the river is always there.  Together we have laughed, we have cried, we have run the gamut of emotions.  We’ve grown up together.  Today I found this picture of them from about 8 years ago — vacationing together on Whidby Island.  They are holding Scarlett as a puppy – look at those giant puppy slippers!!  The newer picture, taken last week, is right after I handed them the keys to their first home in Cully.  In it they are with their baby – due in the next couple of months.  There is no feeling that compares to helping dear friends find their way home.  ttoombs@livingroomre.com 503.522.1691 More


Dreaming Big Dreams 


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As a Realtor, I  spend a lot of time helping clients to “see” the possibilities in a home purchase.  I’ve sold a lot of fixers over the years, and most of the homes I’ve purchased for myself were fixers too.  I love to dream up a new reality for a tired old space and then watch the dream come true.  Imagine my delight in watching this under-utilized warehouse start its transformation into our new office. Here it is, just across the street from our current NE office on Alberta Street.  I get a front row seat to all the action.  What you see may be a concrete shell.  I see a light-filled space with high ceilings, brawny beams, and a thoughtfully designed space balancing an open floor plan with private meeting spaces.  Check here for progress updates.  And if you are thinking a fixer could be in your future, give me a ring.  Teri Toombs, ttoombs@livingroomre.com, 503-522-1691. More



A walkable neighborhood + close-in + mid-century?  If you can dream it, I will find it.  Congrats Andrew and Dani.   More



This bungalow is big.  Really big.  One of the bedrooms is about the size of a cabin I once lived in.  The walk-in closets are so big, the former tenants used them as bedrooms.  Clothes horses will find refuge here.  Luxuriously large.  You could roller skate on the covered front porch.  You might need walkie-talkies to communicate with a loved one while you are both inside of this house.  Gorgeously gigantic.  The floors have all been refinished, and you’ll find lots of vintage wood detailing and built-ins throughout this beautiful big bungalow.   All in the heart of Alberta Arts.  The numbers:  4 bedrooms, 1.1 baths, 3445 sq ft, 1908 built, taxes: $2,252.52, mls #13263225, $419,000, 4915 NE 19th. More


Green Streets of Portland 


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What are those crazy curb thingys that are sprouting up all over the city?  Bioswales, rain gardens, stormwater collection systems, or as the fancy lads and lasses at the City of Portland like to say “Green Street Facilities”.  So fancy.  And smart.  Though I’m not sure I would want to walk by one in an inebriated state on a dark night…       More


Calm, Cool, Collected Gets It Sold

What a total joy.  Great sellers.  Fantastic property.  Killer neighborhood.  This Hawthorne bungalow sold for $357,000 in just a couple of weeks.  Thank you Stef and Alana for listening and doing everything on the list to get your house ready to sell.  Thank you for all the little extras that went above and beyond my... More


Fairview Farmhouse Sells in 9 days, Yo!

This amazing Fairview Victorian farmhouse didn’t scare me.   I knew it would sell. Though it’s not in the urban core (it’s near 223rd & Sandy Blvd) I knew the quality was there, the sellers’ priced it well, and this home stood out among a lot of new construction homes in the area.  It sold in... More


“Green on Green” Garden Tour This Weekend

Wanna see some great local gardens AND benefit the Portland Reading Foundation?  Here’s your chance.  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012, 11:00AM – 4:00PM you will have the opportunity to see six stunning gardens in north and NE Portland on a self-guided tour.  IN ADDITION, Nancy Goldman, iconic Portland gardener, is presenting a pre-event workshop in her... More