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Tips for Estate Sellers 


This adorable 3 bedroom/2 bath, one level home in Tigard wasn’t super spiffy a month ago.  A sudden change in circumstances left this home as part of an estate.  It was “lived-in”, dated and in need of some attention.  Check out these before pics: It would have been easy for the the estate’s representative to... More


Subjective Views 


Are a reality in life – and in real estate. Different investigators will focus on different aspects of the property and neighborhood. I recently closed a difficult home sale that used three different appraisers on a buyers side plus there had been a recent appraisal on the sellers side, for a total of FOUR appraisals... More


Piedmont neighborhood fixer

This 1929 bungalow in the Piedmont neighborhood is in need of some updating and sprucing up, but it has all the makings of a great home.  Features include 4 bedrooms (2 up, 2 down), 1 1/2 bathrooms, hardwoods on the main floor, some original trim and built-ins, a galley kitchen with a nook and a... More


So Lovely in Ladds 


Lovely in Ladds, indeed. How apropos that the loveliest people you’d ever know would be named Best. They legitimately are. I should have known from our first meeting, which by the way, was at Pix. While noshing on anchovies over a phenomenal bottle of bubbles, they told me their story. This is an excerpt from... More



Professional House Flipper, Bobby Curtis’s 5 Question Quiz. Take it! Choose A or B 1. A) I like the idea of living in a project for 6 months and don’t mind the dust and hammering everyday to save some money.  B) I’d rather move right into a beautiful house and don’t mind spending more to... More


Perfect House 


perfect house

Liz and Eddie were looking for the perfect house for their quickly growing family. Liz is pregnant with their 3rd child and due in August, so we had to find something fast! That we did. A ranch style house with a spacious yard, sitting on a cul-de-sac, perfect for the kids! The house itself is... More


Fixer today, gorgeous tomorrow

Once a year, I get to tell you about a fixer that my renovation client, Dennis Leiphon, has just purchased.  And then about 6 months later, I get to show you the renovated home.  This is the fixer blog.  Dennis just purchased this simple prairie style home in the Laurelhurst neighborhood.  Built in 1917, this... More



old house new house Say what you will about the Portland real estate market but these are the stories in my career that make me proud of the work I’m doing here. Teruko came to me from her sister Nami and wife Azsa.  Azsa wrote to me and asked if I would help Teruko sell... More



Who run the world? Ashley and Janelle, that’s who. These ladies have succeeded where most others fail. They relocate together, knowing few people and having never lived together themselves. They conquer new jobs, meet new friends and most importantly, they solidify what they had hoped would be true. That they were in it for the... More



The split-entry bi-level floor plan was very popular in the late ’60s through the 70’s but has fallen out of fashion, making them a good value for buyers wanting close-in established neighborhoods. They were built with good materials but don’t have the open kitchen/modern floor plans today’s buyers want. The position of the steps meant... More