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Bee’s in Ladd’s Addition 

There’s a lot of bees in our neighborhood. Everywhere you look you see bees. They’re on the ground, on  flowers, flying through the sky, drinking from water gardens. Sometimes they swarm. Sometimes they wander into the house. I don’t mind. I love the bees. Part of the reason our neighborhood, Ladd’s Addition, is so populated with bees is our friendly neighborhood bee keepers supply shop, Bee Thinking. Bee Thinking recently set up a neighborhood beehive. The hive has an observation window you can open to see the inner workings of the hive. It’s super wonderful and magical. Thank you bees. I love your honey and the fruits of your labor. If you’re ever in Ladd’s Addition check out Bee Thinking (and our neighborhood hive). They not only have bee keepers supplies but also honey, candles, mead and more! (story by Perci) More

Luck Out Overlook Looker 


Obviously, this Overlook Looker was not to be overlooked. Our buyer George wasted no time going all out.  A bloody, multiple offer battle ensued.  In the end, George overcame the competition. Now, a quiet spot on the bluff, a stroll to the Alibi, and a beautiful Oregon life is in your future. Onward and all good things to you George and Noelle! More

Two years ago they came to Portland to visit friends. They fell in love with this place, despite the torrential downpour that greeted them. One year ago they moved to Portland. A place came up for rent near their friends and they snagged it. This year they purchased this beautiful home. Four bedrooms/2 baths/.27 acre. Hardwoods. New roof. New siding. New exterior paint. Repairs negotiated included a rebuilt chimney and an electrical panel. Next year? A wedding. Congrats you go-getters. Teri Toombs, Principal Broker. 503-522-1691. Is buying or selling a goal you want to achieve? Give me a call. More

Sometimes it’s just not the right time to buy.  Michael and Jackie kicked a few tires but nothing came together. After a few years away, they couldn’t help themselves and they came back to finish what they had started. I forgot how much I missed Jackie’s wry observations and Michael’s inquisitive mind. This time around, their bold actions and decisive moves won the day. A few heartbreaks were inevitable, but they were tenacious buyers. Brown houses don’t sell. But take a brown house that is lightly lived in, with an awesome floorplan, and sublime landscaping, stick it in the Rose-Cully neighborhood, and people will line up to buy that  house. Understated yet dazzling, these buyers and that house. They stole my heart. Welcome home friends. More

When I think of Maywood Park, I think of the giant storybook Tudors with steep-pitched roofs and abundant brickwork. This is a beautiful  neighborhood and a great place to take a spin through. So, imagine my mid-century loving glee to run across this unicorn: a mid-century ranch in Maywood Park! This neat and tidy home is perfect for those seeking a move-in ready place to call home. For those ready to take on some gentle cosmetics, this home is also a good fit. Rip up the carpets and reclaim those hardwoods! Or not. Like I said, this home is a good fit for a lot of buyers. With 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 2263 sq ft, there’s plenty of room to ramble. This home includes a drive-through, double attached garage. In the lush, big-tree setting of Maywood Park, the almost double lot has  a sunny, level, private yard, with a covered patio. Hurry and buy now and you’ll get to choose your color on the... More

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