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  So Cari has embarked on a new life… all she could think about was a great smallish house in a kid-filled neighborhood with a terrific school. She found it in Bethany. The school bus stops at the front door and out the back gate, across the street playing, are two children that look to be the same age… how perfect is this! Well, as it happens when you have a change in your life circumstance, things don’t always go as smoothly as planned. Cari had identified the perfect house in a perfect neighborhood but needed the sort of lender who would tenaciously soldier through the obstacles. Cari met and hired Ronae Christensen. What an awesome choice that turned out to be! Together, Ronae and Cari worked through all the details, collected the requisite pile o’ documents, pushed past obstacles, sprinkled a little fairy dust and closed on a great new start.  Congratulations Cari, Clara and Levi! More



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Congratulations to my clients and friends Erika and Isaac on purchasing their first home! We saw this Arbor Lodge charmer within a day of it coming on the market, and beat out another offer to get it. This is a solid house and a blank canvas for Erika and Isaac to update in time. I’m thrilled we found this 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home in the prime Arbor Lodge neighborhood. Now they can officially start nesting in time for their first baby due this January! I love these guys, they were so level headed and patient throughout the process. I can’t wait to meet their baby in the New Year! More


House Happy! 


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This transaction feels especially good on a lot of different levels. Number one is that I can’t think of two people who deserve a rad house more. I’m super proud and happy for them. Number two, we fought our asses off all summer to make it happen for them. Inner N/NE between $300K-$400K this summer? Forget it, it was tough. I put all of my offers together expecting to get them accepted; I’m not messing around. Alas, we came in second three different times in heavy multiple offer situations. Paul and Deirdre were pissed! Long story short, it was like a long basketball game where the lead keeps going back and forth. What we ended up with feels like an amazing victory. Everyone is psyched! Last but not least it was just really special to be able to represent such close friends. We had so much fun, even with the occasional heartbreak. We went into the deal as really close friends and we’re coming out of... More



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You know when you’re sitting around at your local motorcycle club’s club house, sipping a beer, shooting the breeze and the talk turns to real estate..? this happens all the time. No actually it doesn’t, it almost never happens. But one time it did.. Grady asks me, ‘Why do I NEED a realtor?’ Perhaps a bit tipsy, I retort what seems like hundreds of reasons.. pricing expertise, contract negotiation, we have the key –  but mostly my point was “we keep the crap storm from hitting you.” I’ll probably never know what changed Grady and Jessa’s mind about using a realtor, but a few weeks later I get a FB message:  We’re on! At that time I had this dream listing in FOPO. It’s going to go fast, and it’s going to go “expensive”. Jessa has fallen in love, but it’s a bit fast for Grady. It’s way more than anyone wants to spend, and it’s one of those ouchy situations.. It also sets a... More



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Like a lot of folks who move to Portland, Nick and Chelsea moved here and fell in love with Portland, as folks tend to do. They decided to set down roots here by buying their first home. With a budget less than $240k and a desire to buy an older home with some intact charm in Woodstock or Foster Powell areas, they were pretty realistic about what was out there in their price range- which was, not much. We looked high, we looked low, we looked at a  properties that had 60 amp panels and properties with no foundations. We looked at properties with walls the color of cat vomit and properties with kitchens smaller than most bathrooms.  And as the days started getting shorter and shorter, the inventory started looking bleaker and bleaker. Thankfully Nick and Chelsea were willing to compromise by living on a busy-ish street, and when a charming little bungalow with lovely hardwood floors, great light, a lovely garden and a... More


Time Takes a Cigarette 


It all started about 32-ish years ago. Teen punk rocker kids running wild in the streets of a California town. From friends to roommates we were thick as thieves. There were all night parties, 50¢ cashmere sweaters and lots of espresso. Then one day CRASH BOOM BANG!! Circumstances flipped a switch and in a blink of an eye we were out of each others lives FOR DECADES. At the time neither of us realizing how long it would take to cross paths again but, as they like to say, life happens. Fast forward to the future is now and a whole new century, TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN, almost FIFTY and STILL ALIVE!!! Older, (somewhat) wiser and wackier than ever. We rebuilt our friendship anew with, that time sucker of a beast, social media. A few trips from San Francisco to Portland later, with her new honey pie in tow, it happened. Weary of the confined spaces that city life can bring and wanting a place to... More



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I met Susanne about a year ago when she was just beginning to think about purchasing a beach home and just getting her toes wet in the Manzanita real estate market. It was quickly evident that she had the perfect beach home in mind already but it wasn’t for sale–or so she thought… Fast forward  to October. Susanne and Michael became more serious about a beach home this fall and made a couple of trips to view homes. They were ready to dive into the  Manzanita real estate market and make their purchase. After one of their trips, we had a great conversation about their home search and homes they have rented in the past. The conversation always went back to a vacation rental on Spindrift. I immediately went through homes on Spindrift and the surrounding area. I quickly pointed out an amazing condo on Spindrift–great location, finishes and outdoor spaces. It just so happened that the condo for sale was the perfect beach home that... More



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Mindy was determined to be in Grant School District for under $250k.  In the entire time we worked together there were 4 houses in that price range that came up in Grant and they were either tear downs or half of a duplex with no HOA or rules for fixing anything. She is a single mom of two teenagers who has been living in St. Johns for the last 10 years.  Her son desperately wanted to get out of Roosevelt, but it just wasn’t happening for them. We’d go look at these major fixers and she’d say, “Well, it’s not that bad, I can save for a new foundation”.  So we’d stand on the street corner arguing our points about whether or not she should make an offer on these turds.  I begged her to forget about Grant, it wasn’t going to happen, I couldn’t sell her a house that had this many problems.  I pleaded to keep looking in St. John’s where she has... More


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Congratulations to my wonderful clients Carlo and Katherine on the purchase of their first home! We found this remodeled Boise-eliot bungalow in the nick of time. Carlo and Katherine were planning a wedding and simply did not have enough time to look at homes. The days were counting down to their big day, I found one last home that was not on the market to check out before putting it off until after the wedding. At first it was hard to imagine because there was so much construction, and it was in a completely different neighborhood. They had vision and put in an offer and beat another offer that was already in. The wedding and honeymoon were amazing. They came back signed closing papers that day and moved in a few days later. The house is a 3 bedroom 1 bath in a HOT,HOT neighborhood. N. Williams Ave. is right around the corner. Even though this house was a major remodel, it has the original... More



Thanks

With the holidays approaching it is hard not to be reflective.  As I begin to look back at what I have accomplished this year and all the awesome wonderful people I met while serving at Living Room Realty I realize I have a lot to be thankful for. Here are a few clients from this past year that were thankful for my service at Living Room Realty.  I am equally thankful for their kind words and grateful to have them as part of my story for this past year.  I hope all of you are enjoying your new homes this holiday season. “We had a great experience working with Matthew Brennan back in April!  Buying a home for the first time is overwhelming, and Matthew made the whole process go extremely smooth from beginning to end.  With Matthew’s expert help we secured our house for under asking price and got the house completely re-roofed.  We felt he was attentive, professional and genuinely interested in getting... More