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  A fantastic 1968 Traditional, renovated to include 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, media room, open kitchen-dining floor plan, double-car garage and more. Nestled into a quiet cul-de-sac, this Cedar Hills home has oak hardwoods and tiled floors on the main, remodeled kitchen and master bathroom, updated lighting and gorgeous garden & patio spaces. For more information, contact Karim Alaeddine at 503-309-2290 More

NE 14th-1

Original Craftsman details meet modern upgrades on a new foundation in this move-in ready bungalow, close to trendy restaurants, shopping and amazing coffee in one of Portland’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Alberta Arts! Features private parking, two separate living areas, three bedrooms, formal dining room and exciting upgrades. Original period details: box beam ceilings, crown moulding and wainscoting, built-ins, unpainted wood trim throughout, original fir floors. Original wood windows with new custom screens. Finish-ready basement with new foundation (2010), high ceilings and egress windows. Central air conditioning. High-efficiency furnace. Brand new stainless steel refrigerator and gas range. Plumbed for additional bathroom. Traditional front porch perfect for people-watching or socializing. Cute, private backyard with large deck. Long private driveway with detached garage. 4927 NE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97211 $439,900 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom 2678 sq ft For more information contact Gavin Shettler at 503-481-7450 More

Pink Baths and Pinball 

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Pink Baths and Pinball Machines! A weird combo to be sure, but both were on these particular clients WISH LIST.  And these requirements really only come in one sort of package – a mid-century ranch. Even with this figured out, it was a tall order still – with all the “remuddling” going on, there are only so many intact pastel tiled baths out there any more, and who really knows how many pinball machines will fit in a rumpus room?  Anthony and Nicole did!!  From experience, no less! Anthony had it all figured out:  any basement had to have a very specific entry access, enough wall space for several machines, and sufficient outlets spread throughout the room. Oh and there needed to be room for the bar.. because what’s pinball without cocktails? RIGHT? Right! I’ll admit, there was a good deal of searching. One house had great baths but the wrong shape rumpus room. Another had perfect rumpus space, but crazy daisy yellow baths and... More

Sum Sum Summertime 

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Congratulations to 2 awesome buyers, Douglas and Robyn.  These guys wanted to take a break from the city and find river front property in Sandy and they scored.  They found the cutest cabin on almost 2 acres with their own private sandy beach.  You guys, it’s unreal how cool this property is.  The water is crystal clear and slow moving, and the beach gets full sun.  You know how every summer you wish you new a secret river spot?  These guys own one.  I am so jealous of all the fun you are going to have swimming, fishing, partying, floating on a tube, and kayaking.  I couldn’t be more excited for you guys.  Please invite me over! More


Anyone who’s ever bought or sold a house knows that it can be a roller coaster.  In this crazy market you have to think outside of the box.  I was trolling around on RMLS one day and saw this super cute ranch had gone Withdrawn (off the market).  Typically when this happens it’s because it has problems and they can’t sell it the way it is.  Knowing that it was a mid-century, I thought,  “What the hell could be so wrong with it?”.   Mid-century ranches are usually solid gold, so I called the agent to ask what was going on with it. She gave me a long winded summary of a complicated sewer situation and foundation repair.  Normally my eyes would glaze over and I’d be thinking about spaghetti, or my couch, or my shows, but I just had a feeling about this little house so I went and looked at it anyway.  It was really cute but I didn’t have anyone for it so I... More


  In one of the toughest markets -ever- my clients got SO LUCKY!  They got the first house that they made an offer on!  They also got an AMAZING house that has the best yard ever!  They also got a really good deal?!?!?  I wish them so much happiness.  I can just picture their little babies running around and jumping on the in ground trampoline!!  Biggest high five to this lovely family. Milwaukie is the best! More

What If Magic Is Real? 


If our buyers could have walked the streets of Portland carrying a magic wand and pointing to the houses they wanted, this house would have been one of them. But the real magic happened when this beauty actually came on the market. We all looked at each other as if to say, “Let’s do this.” There really was no other option but to get it done. So we did. And we’ve all been doing a lot of smiling and hugging and high-fiving ever since. Lance Marrs and Shanon Emerson + 503-701-5323 + 971-400-4042 Instagram: @realestateofbeing More

626 NE 78th-20

Welcome to up-and-coming Montavilla. This two bedroom, one bath house is ready for you to move in: new roof, updated electrical panel and plumbing, high-efficiency furnace and appliances, radon mitigation system, vinyl windows, and charm to boot. The real estate property also features a private backyard and a clean, dry, one car garage. There is plenty of attic and basement storage space. Walk to the Montavilla Farmers Market down on Stark St., get a slice at East Glisan Pizza around the corner, or catch a movie at the Academy Theater, this house provides the walkability Portlanders crave. Contact Gavin Shettler at 503-481-7450 for more information. More

Crossing the Great Divide in Search of More Affordable Home Prices

So, the bridge, everybody’s got an opinion about living on one side or the other. Crossing it during rush in either direction is a BIG PAIN… but… for some folks, going north of the bridge to purchase a home may turn up a BIG OPPORTUNITY. So was the case for Janell and Bob. Alas, they are crossing more than one bridge. The first, retirement age (how’d that happen so fast?). Concerned about a fixed income, they needed to find a great house and pay cash. They were able to sell their Portland home in the Concordia neighborhood and in turn pay cash for a very nice new house across another bridge — the I-5 Bridge!  Vancouver afforded them an opportunity to make their retirement dollars work more effectively, they found more house for less money AND their property taxes are lower, stretching their retirement dollars even further.  Can’t beat that with a stick–my mother likes to say. 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