Blog posts about Buyers Agent


4559 SW Idaho Dr

Recently, I was reading an article in the Portland Business Journal written by Alli Pyah.  While Alli points out that Lake Oswego schools receive National notoriety, there are plenty of other Portland area schools that have received top ratings on GreatSchools.org.  The article highlights  10 neighborhoods with elementary schools earning the top rating of 10 out of 10, based on test scores.  Per the article, housing prices in neighborhoods near these schools range from $199 to $315 per square foot.  The best value coming from Hayhurst elementary School in SW Portland (example pictured at $206 per sf). Today, parents and students have the right to opt out of taking these state exams.  So, before you eliminate that cute little house in a particular neighborhood, we suggest you read parent and student reviews of the schools in the area.  Who better to have first hand knowledge about the quality of instruction, learning and social environment, and overall satisfaction with the school than the parents and students... More



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Ryan and Yusra are first time home buyers and Yusra is the consummate researcher of all things pertinent to safety, energy efficiencies, and good deals in general. Ryan is a veteran so eligible for the low-interest VA loan. Yusra, of course, researched the VA site up one side and down the other finding a little known fact that up to $6,000 can be rolled into a VA loan for energy-efficient improvements.  Ryan and Yusra found a great home with old original aluminum windows and using this program were able to replace several of them. The problem was, the loan officer, processor, underwriter, and loan document department had never heard of this deal. So, without the tenacity of the loan officer, Ethan Manela of Oregon Community Credit Union, who scoured all the information and educated all parities involved, this great opportunity may never have come to fruition. Congratulations Ryan and Yusra! Link to VA Energy Efficient Improvements: http://www.militaryvaloan.com/energyimprovements.html Savvy VA Lender: Ethan Manela, Oregon Community Credit... More



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  Nol and Stacy have a great story of coming together, it took years and they traveled over continents and now they are together with a home of their own right here in Portland.  After looking in inner North East Portland for a couple of months we were able to find them this beautiful 1909 3 bedroom 2 bathroom foursquare home for asking price. You heard that right, asking price!  They weathered the storm in inspections, stood their ground and ended up with a beautiful home with so much potential.  Fir floors, wooden window frames, leaded glass, a full eight foot basement, this house represents everything old home lovers dream of.  I feel lucky to have had such wonderful clients and look forward to staying connected to them as the realize their vision of restoring this gem.  Welcome to the neighborhood.  Another great neighbor right here! More


Love At First Sight… 


Love is in the air

Eva and Tara flew up from SF and we had a full day of looking at homes.  They didn’t totally know Portland neighborhoods so we saw houses ALL over the city.  A few seemed like possibilities but nothing grabbed them.  We decided to squeeze in one more home before the end of a long day.  The conversation on the way to the house was how we were going to deal with house hunting with them in Calif and places flying off the market.  We drove up to the house in the Woodlawn neighborhood.  Literally within a block of Woodlawn Coffee, Breakside Brewery, and Firehouse.  The second we walked in, we all fell in love.  The house was perfect for them.  An open floor plan, updates throughout, fantastic kitchen, and a basement with lots of potential.  Of course it was a multiple offer situation but Eva and Tara put their best foot forward and their offer was accepted.  I am so excited for them to start... More



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Don’t be a square, come and enjoy, better yet buy the rad, amazing, fun, cute and spooky art of the wonderful Scapegoat Tattoo artists, the beautiful company (I mean I’ll be there ), and the yummy vegan food provided by P’s & Q’s Market.  Last Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 6:30 Living Room Realty, 1401 NE Alberta St. Portland OR. Featuring the art of Brian T Wilson, Greg Whitehead, Silje Hagland, Allyson Bennett, Aron Dubois, John Wilson, Cody Zeek, Ryan Mason and Nic Eldridge. Feel free to contact yours truly with any questions! Chandra Noble-Ashford cell 503.933.6538 licensed broker in Oregon 2625 SE 26th Avenue Portland, OR 97202 o. 503.719.5588 f. 503.961.8224     More



Welcome Home

Tom is starting a new chapter of his life and that also included moving from the westside to the eastside.  We looked at both old and new homes and found a home being built by a fantastic builder.  The builder was willing to get the home Earth Advantage certified and truly paid attention to every detail.  It was one of the most smooth new construction processes that I have experienced.  And on top of a gorgeous new home, it also had an idea location in the Mississippi neighborhood.  What a fun place for he and his kids to explore.  Congrats!! Laurie Gilmer, Principal Broker 503.347.3565 Laurie@LaurieGilmer.com More



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Working with Lisa and Hub was filled with laughs!  I had hoped for the smoothest transaction, alas it was filled with bumps and difficulties – in the end goodness prevailed!  I hope that Lisa and Hub LOVE their new house.  It is a 4 bedroom 1 bath lots of new everything (roof, paint, kitchen, bathroom, and flooring!) I cannot wait to see their nautical room.  Thank you for working with me you guys, it was a pleasure.   If you are looking for an agent to do their best to get your dream house regardless of the hurdles, I am your gal Chandra Noble-Ashford cell 503.933.6538 licensed broker in Oregon 2625 SE 26th Avenue Portland, OR 97202 o. 503.719.5588 f. 503.961.8224     More



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  Alex and his sister Kristina (best looking brother/sister combo ever) came to me referred from my buddy Moira in LA (thanks dude!).  Alex was looking for an investment property, something he could easily rent out with little maintenance.  Kristina and I pounded the pavement while Alex was at work and looked at a few doozies.  Then we all went out one Saturday and found this really well kept house in Portsmouth.  It has two bedrooms on the main, and two bedrooms in the newly finished basement.  It’s set up in a way that is basically a duplex because the basement has it’s own entrance.  Not only that, but the garage is half way to an ADU. We struggled with what to offer in a multiple offer situation riding that fine line of not wanting to overpay but not wanting to lose it either.  Alex decided to go all in and presented them with a very generous offer, but also gave them a free month... More



Emily signing

5517 SE Knapp St Portland OR 97206. Working with Emily was such a pleasure, and despite this crazy market and competing with multiple offers, we were able to find a darling bungalo with tons of potential in the Brentwood neighborhood. Emily’s father is a builder and he is making the drive west from Vermont to help with the restoration work. I look forward to seeing this house again once they’ve put some sweat equity into it! As a first time buyer (and investor) Emily stayed level headed and kept her eye on the prize, I couldn’t be more excited for Miss Emily! More



4820 NE Rodney Ave

I met Sara and Rob through their son, who was looking for an agent to help them relocate from Illinios to be closer to his family, especially their 2 adorable grandchildren. They wanted to be within walking distance of the Alberta Arts district where their son lives. They fell in love with a home that was newer and had an offer on it. “We want a house just like this one!”, was their request. Luckily, I had worked with the builder,  Roman Ozeruga at Urban Housing Development in the past and was able to contact him. He and his brother Edward were successful in finding a “tear down” home on Rodney and build them a replica of the home they originally fell in love with…a very happy ending. More