Blog posts about Fixers & Investments

The Right Amount of Dirty 


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Whenever I run into a great house that is stinky, dirty and in need of love, I know who to call! Scott is a great contractor and smart rehabber. He knows how to get the most out of a floor plan, and together with his designer-by-trade wife Shari, always turns out a masterpiece. When I saw this house on SE 49th, I  knew it needed them! He was at the beach so Shari and I checked it out. He trusted us and we wrote the offer. Dang, we weren’t the only ones. There were several offers coming in. So I asked the agent if I could present my offer directly to the seller. He said yes! Paula had lived in the house for over 45 years and it held many memories for her. I listened to her stories then I shared my clients vision and ethics with her and assured her that the house would be honored, not demolished or redesigned in a cheap ‘flip... More


a Short Sale bargain complete 


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Sometimes there is cool stuff left by sellers that I want.. This is the cupcake tree I had my heart set on, and I  knew if I could keep my buyers faith in the project + hang in there (myself included) I could ask for it – I feel like it’s my trophy for this transaction. Way back in summer 2013 my friends, Matt and Robin, asked me to help them in search and purchase of their first home, they had saved a good nest of money and were smart with their first time buyer education, completing most of it in advance of our first meeting, very impressive. They were put together with a lender recommended by the Portland Housing Center, the lovely Deona DeLong of Homestreet Bank – and were lined up to recieve a $15,000 LIFT grant as well as a hand from the Oregon Bond program. My clients are shrewd, careful and responsible with their money, had their hearts set on house... More



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Anyone who reads my blogs (hi mom) knows that I use this as a way to say “thank you” to my clients.  I really have been lucky in my career and Ana and Courtney are no exception.  They were so wonderful to work with, funny, sweet, realistic, and most of all excited.  In other words they were ideal clients and Laura and myself were grateful to work with them – and wish them so much fun and happy times in their lovely new home. Here are the details,1912 Bungalow, great deal with a bit of instant equity, 2/1, huge detached garage, lovely, yard, new kitchen, and a great neighborhood – Madison South. Such a cutie, check it out;   Thank you Ana and Courtney, I loved working with you and thanks for sending folks my way!  =)   More


Kenton 4 LIFE! 


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Cori and Brian picked me off the Living Room website.  Man, that will never get old.  They saw I live in Kenton and wanted to keep it in the neighborhood.  They couldn’t have been sweeter or easier to work with, dream clients. The deal was, they had twin girls and have outgrown their house.  They own the cutest little bungalow anyone ever saw, but it’s tiny. They were very much on the fence about whether to sell.  They LOVE this house.  Brian spent 2 years restoring and painting the exterior siding.  The landscaping is immaculate.  The systems are new, they love their neighbors.  They really didn’t want move but they were going to have to eventually.  Why not try to strike when the market is hot? The other piece was that they needed to net a certain amount to be able to move on.  I really wasn’t sure we could pull that kind of money out of that house with such small square footage.  We... More



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I recently bought a new house. Specifically a pristine, amazing, adorable, super walk-able, functional, cute granny ranch in lower Hawthorne. This house is a time capsule with a full wet bar downstairs, a great huge kitchen with an eat-in area, a formal dining room, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, cute yard, 2 car garage, and oodles of charm and potential. It is attached to awesome schools, Sunnyside Environmental and Cleveland high School. How we got the house is like this: we have a lot of equity in our current house because we have a 15 year mortgage,have lived her for 5 years, and will use our current home as a rental.  (by the way hit me up if you are interested.)  It is a beautiful 1928 English cottage, with 5 bedrooms and 3 baths, .25 acres, a chicken coop, a tree house, and its attached it the highly rated Hayhurst Elementary  and Wilson High School. We were able to leverage our equity and buy the new... More



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I write this blog post at 2:30 PM with glass of wine in hand (yes, that’s right). This tale is one of moving to Portland and the first home I ever purchased and lived in for 12 years with my ex partner, which just recently sold. I found the house before I ever had a real estate license, on my own, by scouring the SE Hawthorne/Mt. Tabor Neighborhood on my bike, camera and notebook slung across my shoulder, whizzing around the hood looking for a dilapidated fixer that I might be able to afford.  Spending back-to-back Summers in Juneau Alaska working 5 jobs at the same time, we had saved enough cash for a healthy down payment.  My sweetie and I would be able to move out of our rental in NE Kerns, ditch our Evil Kenevil-neighbor-next-door, and settle with our yellow lab Alvah and grow a garden. I hand wrote 400 letters to folks with run-down-fixer homes and 18 people responded.  Mind you, this... More



NKN View

A warm welcome to Bruce and Judy to Neahkahnie living! A long and careful search by informed and motivated clients led to a perfect solution to finding value. The coast market can be expensive, especially if buyers don’t intend to use the property full time. The solution for some is fractional ownership & co-tenancy. There are advantages and challenges to this form of ownership but I’m ready to guide buyers through this process. Short term vacation rental use, corrosive weather conditions and prolonged non-occupancy are examples of unique aspects to this market. Living Room Realty is ready at the beach! Hans Tonjes hans@livingroomre.com 503-936-4244 More



SW 19th Cottage Exterior

8623 SW 19th Ave  Portland 97219    $229,000 This charming cottage will be open on Sunday August 3 from 11am – 1pm Stop by,  visit with Carson and check out this great little home priced $229,000 (steal of a deal for this neighborhood)! Situated on an oversized 6500sf lot, the cottage is located on the site of the former gate house for the Historic Springer House. Croquet anyone? 770 sf 1 bedroom + den/office hardwood floors sun room with skylights Click here to view the rmls listing   For more information I can be reached at: 503.680.5836 Diane@LivingRoomRE.com       More


Small Small Gay World. 


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Jen and Ari came to me through a Facebook blog post I did about selling my best friend a house.  Turns out we have several mutual friends but hadn’t crossed paths til now.  They currently have a really nice house, but with two (really cute) little girls, they needed something off a busy street, with a bigger yard, and an in-law apartment for Jen’s parents who visit often from Florida.  Their search took many twists and turns but ultimately it came down to two houses.  One was a house that sat on Fernhill Park that will forever be filed in my memory as “When I grow up, I want a home like that one on Ainsworth”.  The other is very similar in layout, but the giant master bedroom upstairs has been turned into a really cool apartment.  In addition to that,  the garage is also an apartment. It was a tough call for them to decide between those two houses because while Ainsworth is a... More


Ode to the fixer 


Tearing off the vinyl revealed quite a hodge podge of materials!

When I’m not working on real estate I’m typically working on, well, my real estate. I live in an amazingly beautiful 1911 fixer in St. Johns – in my opinion soon to be the nicest house on the block. It has taken quite a bit of work to get to this point and all of that is due to my wonderfully talented carpenter boyfriend. He found the house via Craigslist and had the vision and dedication to take the leap and purchase it back in 2009. It ended up being quite a bit more work than he expected – both the floor and sub floor were completely soaked through with urine (cat and dog, hopefully not human) and most of the walls needed to be re-framed. Fast forward five years later and it’s still not finished; The vinyl siding came off recently and we’ve just started the scraping and repainting process, the kitchen is all plywood counter tops without any cabinets, the walls are bare... More