Blog posts about Buyers Agent

Me with Nest_1

It took me a long time to be able to say out loud, in a proud voice, that I am a Realtor. It took me many years and several re-habbed houses to begin calling myself a builder and creator, but finally I can do that, I own up to it, and will say so with capital letters “REALTOR,” this is what I do for a living.  I take ownership of the word.  It’s how I keep shoes on my kids, pay for their French fries and a roof above us.   Years ago, before I ever got into this business, I thought agents simply put a sign in the yard, wore kitten-heeled shoes and a tacky smile.  I thought this, because I met those sorts of agents when we began to market our first house way back when.  A house that we had spent months re-doing.   An old house that needed new everything.  Winter days when I hung upside down from skip sheathing on our roof,... More


Mike and Amy have been the best neighbors that my lender, Jen Bell,  could’ve ever asked for out in Damascus.  They keep an eye on each other, they help each other out, and they often sit by a fire and throw a few back.  The day has finally come when they’ll be moving out of Amy’s dad’s farmhouse they’ve rented and raised their kids in for the last 20+ years and move into their own home by Fernhill Park. They had no intentions of seeing this house, but one Saturday their daughter suggested they go to the open house and it was love at first sight.  Sitting high up on a raised lot, the completely gutted and remodeled Cape has views of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helen’s.  The top floor is the master bedroom and bathroom combo Amy has been dreaming of.  After living in the country for so long, they wanted to be in walking distance to restaurants and bars, but not right... More

Their First House!

Tim and Christa had first inquired about finding a home in the Northeast Portland area with Living Room Realty. I had recently sold a few homes in that area which fit the description of what they were looking for , and I know the market well, so Living Room Realty recommended they speak with me and ultimately was our match maker! Tim and Christa are a younger couple, and have been married about ten years. He is a military attorney and she a nurse. They wanted something move in ready and turn key- definitely no fixer uppers for these two- they like their modern living. Although Christa has self described Pottery Barn taste and was interested in finding something with some Old Portland charm, they ultimately decided upon a more contemporary style home for the two of them. The neighborhoods of Mississippi or Alberta were most familiar to them and they enjoy walking to their favorite shops and restaurants, so when a smaller home just... More

Best Fishing Hole on the River 

River front property with private beach. Lofted cedar-lined cabin with updated kitchen and bathroom, log cabin detailing, wrap-around deck. Halfway up the mountain. Close to skiing. #yourdreamismydream #NWRealEstate #thisisliving #makeroomtolive #sold Teri Toombs, Principal Broker, 503-522-1691, More

SE Harris-12

This house is jaw-dropping beautiful and it could be yours.  Located in the heart of vibrant SE Hawthorne, this house is loaded with charm and dripping with high-end details.  You simply need to experience it for yourself. Open House this Sunday from 1:00 till 4:00.  Can’t make the open house?  Feel free to give me a call me for a private showing, I live close by and would be happy to meet you:)   Tracy Dau Lover of Old Houses Hawthorne Neighbor 971.275.0387 More

Wafa and Jason

I first met Wafa and Jason in the winter time after they were referred to me by a past client (their co-worker). They were a recently married couple and looking to buy their first home together. Jason had had a previous negative experience in the real estate market back in 2006 when buying a condo, so it was important to me that he have a far better experience the second time around and being a referral I really wanted to exceed their expectations. Wafa and Jason were ideally looking for a light fixer, something that Jason could use his skills on as a fun DIY home project and a way to add value to the home but still move in ready. Despite there being low inventory for these types of properties (especially in winter), we continued searching for the perfect place. We looked all over Portland since they were not yet set on a certain area. Soon they  determined the Northeast area of Portland homes... More

Urban pearl Condo 

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I love working in real estate because of clients like Mark. When he reached out to me in January his lease at the Harrison was coming to an end first of March. His preference was to find a condo in the Pearl but was open to looking in Northwest, Downtown and South Waterfront as well. Knowing the clock with ticking we lined up a tour to see every condo in these areas in his preferred price range. The following week we did a second tour when his dad flew into town from Cleveland. The condo at the Edge was the clear winner, located in the heart of the Pearl with an amazing east facing view of the city, bridges and Mt Hood. I know Mark will be very happy here, blocks from his gym,  Whole Foods, and the world class bars and restaurants the Pearl has to offer. Perfect bachelor pad for a Portland 20-something. Mark was awesome to work with and I know this... More

Small Living in Inner Southeast

Debbie and Kevin had recently moved from Brooklyn, New York with their son and were looking for a condo that would feel like the home they were used to back on the east coast, something smaller in size (less than 800 square feet) and easy to manage. Debbie and Kevin both really enjoyed the walkability, public transportation and real estate options that the Inner Southeast area of Portland had to offer, and they wanted to stay within that general area. We first met at an open house I was holding for one of my listings, a cute small condo near the hot Division area. Although they liked the condo we met at it wasn’t an exact match. After talking with them for a bit to figure out what was the really important criteria for their next home, I knew I could find them the perfect condo they could enjoy which would feel similar to the lifestyle they had grown accustom to in New York, it... More

Our Crab Switches It Up 

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Shelly finds a new home! We have two hermit crabs that occupy our house.  One is Shelly and the other Messi. They live in a terrarium with coconut fiber and sand, a small cactus from Fred Meyers and dish full of tap water. We give him leftovers such as bacon, lettuce, and broccoli, but their favorite is cheese-puffs.  Their rapture is the day I drag the unidentifiable things out of the back of the fridge or clean out the rotting produce drawer. They can be found ceaselessly patrolling the four corners of his world, turning over rocks, rooting out and dragging around their booty, digging up their cactus and replanting it in different locations. The flip-side of all this activity, is that they periodically seem to be dead. Or not entirely dead, but sad or list full, unhappy. They often burrow into a gravelly corner, dig deep under the sand and not come up, for days and days.  We dig them back up, take them... More

Woolsey Corner Photo

My buyer Kelly’s story is by now an all too familiar tale in Portland. Her family had been renting the same apartment for 12 years in close-in NE Portland. Every year the rent went up, but given the incredible demand for rental housing, this past year her rent went up past the point of reasonable. As goes along with the tale, her income as a funeral director was not keeping pace with the rent increases. Finding another apartment wasn’t really a viable option given the rents these days. What to do? Enter Proud Ground! Proud Ground  uses the Community Land Trust model of permanent affordability to keep homes affordable in perpetuity. The land trust owns the land that the property sits on and the homeowner owns the physical structure. Take the land value out of the equation and you wind up with a home that is affordable to a low or moderate income buyer. Kelly’s new home is a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath condo in... More