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Blog posts about Fixers

Flipping Is FUN! 

So you want to be a flipper… It’s true that a lot of people flip houses to make money.  And you definitely can make money at it but it’s more challenging than HGTV would lead you to believe.  I laugh when those flipping shows say things like “purchase price of $150,000, sale price of $400,000.” ... More

Irvington Prairie Restoration 

After multiple generations housing the same family, the Benjamin and Carol Lombard House welcomed a new steward last week. A restoration to her original glory is in the works, which will include leaving the original tile, flooring, kitchen configuration several other period details.     More

Don’t Put Out Before the Job Is Done!

I have learned the hard way many times and have recently heard a few horror stories from clients about their terrible experience with contractors.  All the stories start with the contractor wanting money first.  It’s an awkward spot to be put in as the home owner, so often times people hand over money or part... More

Cody and Jenica found their first house on a friendly tree lined street on SE Gladstone.  It is right down the street from Jenica’s childhood best friend’s house and they were very excited about that.  Everything was cruising along great until we discovered there was an open permit from a previous fire that had not... More

JUST LISTED $179,000 Bring your tool box, imagination and love to this darling ranch home! 2 bedrooms plus a bonus room, open kitchen and a large fenced backyard are ready for your handy skills and finishing touches. MLS # 17206025 BEDROOMS: 2 + Bonus! BATHS: 1 SQUARE FEET: 1024 TAXES: 1869.00     More

A Letter Goes A Long Way. 

My old coworker from Halibuts, Michelle, has been wanting to buy a house for years.  Every year we’d check in and see where she was at with her savings and whether she was ready.  Loan restrictions make it extremely difficult for restaurant folks to qualify.  Working like a dog at the Radio Room and saving... More

Diamond In The Rough 

This house generated all sorts of confusion. When you pull up, it looks petite and pretty. You walk inside and you instantly ask yourself- what is going on? There are moldings missing on the floorboards and it’s in serious need of some paint. You make your way to the main living area and notice the... More

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