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A Home for the Holidays 


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When I met Courtney and Chris they were beyond devastated. They had just lost the home of their dreams. Their realtor at the time had let an important addendum expire, thus costing them their dream home. Ready to move on and start again, they knew they needed a realtor that could make their dream a reality. This is when I was introduced to Courtney and Chris.  I listened to their frustrations, along with their wants and needs, and understood that they were motivated to find a home for the holidays. We were actively on the hunt, looking at homes daily. Then one morning they called to tell me that they had to get into a house that had just come back on the market.  Knowing how important this was, I contacted the listing agent and scheduled the showing. Within 30 minutes of viewing the home, we were writing an offer. I made sure to ask the listing agent what their seller needed so we could... More



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Congratulations to my amazing clients Martie and Steve on their purchase of a charming home in Portland Heights! I met Martie and Steve thru their daughter Mikola and her son Valentino. Mikola and I both live in Clinton Condos and have babies close in age. After talking about starting a nanny share together, can’t more convenient than being a few doors away, Mikola mentioned her lease would be up in January and was getting ready to start looking for homes. Well I know a great realtor you can help you out with that, ME! I meet Mikola’s wonderful parents, Martie and Steve, at the first home we toured. I learned they were ready to stop throwing away money on rent and buy an investment property for Mikola and Valentino and their son Patrick. Savvy investment with the average sales price up 8.1%, and median sales price up 9.8%, over the last year in the Portland Metro Area. Criteria was two separate living spaces, close to... More



2114 NE Highland AFTER

It is always a great feeling to be able to represent my Concordia neighbors.  This home was in a state of ruin before Will got his hands on it.  We bailed the previous owner out of a bad situation and were able to save the home.  It was a win-win.  Not all developers are determined to squeeze as many units onto a lot as possible.  There are plenty that do, and I don’t work with them. Yes the neighboring lot (which only had a defunct garage and a bunch of scattered detritus rotting into the ground) was sold and a house was built there… and not necessarily the kind of house that I like, but hey, who am I to judge?  There is a lot of sensitivity these days surrounding the infill of PDX.  Sometimes the balance of “boutique” and “genuine” seem to be tipping already (eg the sad, sad closing of the Magic Gardens).  The moral of this story is that an existing Craftsman home... More



The year was 1967. Milton Berle was out and the Newlywed Game was in. It was all about the summer of love, Twiggy and Argay Terrace! This was a new neighborhood then, built at the edge of town, filled with ranches. These homes have sprawling yards, floor to ceiling glass, sweeping vistas and lots of elbow room, and swimming pools! Argay is a Brady Bunch time capsule. I love selling these homes. If you want to see the secret 1960’s neighborhood, give me a call. Teri Toombs, Principal Broker, 503-522-1691. More


Two Love Birds, One Home. 


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  Teri and I had clients that came to us frantically because their house was on the market, but their agent had taken off to Burning Man and disappeared.  We agreed to help them sell their house but weren’t sure we could get them the price they needed to stay above water.  Then it occured to us that this house was exactly what our buyers, Kristy and Lara,  were looking for.  It was a long shot but I took them over there and they fell in love with it.  We negotiate a price that both parties were thrilled with and it was a win/win. If you love a ranch, this is the queen of ranches.  Huge square footage, big and open, wide hallways, 3/2, Brady Bunch neighborhood, double garage, mid-century tile, all the good stuff.  It was super important to Kristy and Lara that their house be set up for entertaining, but that they never have to move again and it is both.  We’re truly... More



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When you think about buying your first house you make a wish list of wants.  Seems like everyone wants the same thing, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a bungalow, a yard, close in location, and all the bells and whistles.  Then you start looking and your list starts changing, often times because you realize certain things are more important than others, some things you can’t live without, and your budget is in the way. Rachel and Kate were realistic and open-minded.  We looked at some doozies until we found this little cutie on N. Hodge.  It wasn’t everything they wanted, but I reminded them that they weren’t buying their dream home, they were buying their first home.  They were making an investment that would give them leverage for the future when they are ready to move on.  Most of us aren’t lucky enough to get it all the first time. This house is solid and inspected really well.  We were able to negotiate them a brand... More



Living Room Realty, Jennifer Watson, NE Ivy

Congratulations to my sellers Portland City Homes on the succesful closing of one of their beautiful renovations! This bungalow is in one of the hottest neighborhoods in Portland. Just off of N. Williams it’s steps away from everything! It has a walk score of 91 and the best biking location you can be in! Portland City homes took this house down to the studs, kept the original footprint and character of the home and was able to transform it into an amazing 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home for modern living. Special attention is paid to every detail. High end finishes are installed through out the home. #sellersagent #NEPDXHOMES   More



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Congratulations to my wonderful clients John and Stacy on the purchase of their first home! They were such a pleasure to work with. After almost a year of  the hard work of house hunting on and off we found “the one” in the Concordia neighborhood. Location is always important when purchasing a home but we needed to find something with charm, enough sq. footage to grow and a decent yard. This house has all of that and more. It’s move in ready but also has potential of finishing an unfinished basement. The home is a few blocks from Alberta Park, and right down the street from everything going on in Dekum triangle. Stacy goes to school out-of-state so we completed the purchase with a lot of photos, face time and communication! As their buyers agent I was able to negotiate closing costs and repairs. This house is a great investment, and a true Portland charmer. #NEPDXHOMES #lovemyclients More



Old Style Vegas

Walt’s rent was increasing as well as construction was starting on his building so he decided it was time to buy.  He loves NW but the units were way too small or too expensive.  We crossed the bridge and started looking but most places didn’t have parking spots.  Finally, we found a dreamy unit in a building with touches of Old Vegas architecture.  What an awesome lobby entrance!  The unit has million dollar views all the way up to St. Johns and down to South Waterfront.  And a bonus is, with the spacious size, Walt won’t have to sell any of his beloved furniture.  A win-win all the way around. Laurie Gilmer, Principal Broker Laurie@LaurieGilmer.com 503-347-3565 More



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As a native north westerner I file this report with a certain trepidation.  For years we have seen it happening so we know it to be true.  This is a great example of the migration of our neighbors to the south seeing what it is that we have in the NW and wanting some for themselves. There are many more details I am sure but here is the short story. David and Faith were living in San Fransisco above a Chinese restaurant paying sky high rent and feeling like they had missed the buss, that they may never be able to afford a home of there own in the Bay area.  So they pulled up stakes and moved to Portland.  Jobs were found and a rental home would suffice while looking for the dream home.  I swear to you no more than nine months later they got the keys to their own home here in Portland and to keep the California dream alive, no joke,... More