Blog posts about Fixers & Investments


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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



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  Alex and his sister Kristina (best looking brother/sister combo ever) came to me referred from my buddy Moira in LA (thanks dude!).  Alex was looking for an investment property, something he could easily rent out with little maintenance.  Kristina and I pounded the pavement while Alex was at work and looked at a few doozies.  Then we all went out one Saturday and found this really well kept house in Portsmouth.  It has two bedrooms on the main, and two bedrooms in the newly finished basement.  It’s set up in a way that is basically a duplex because the basement has it’s own entrance.  Not only that, but the garage is half way to an ADU. We struggled with what to offer in a multiple offer situation riding that fine line of not wanting to overpay but not wanting to lose it either.  Alex decided to go all in and presented them with a very generous offer, but also gave them a free month... More



Emily signing

5517 SE Knapp St Portland OR 97206. Working with Emily was such a pleasure, and despite this crazy market and competing with multiple offers, we were able to find a darling bungalo with tons of potential in the Brentwood neighborhood. Emily’s father is a builder and he is making the drive west from Vermont to help with the restoration work. I look forward to seeing this house again once they’ve put some sweat equity into it! As a first time buyer (and investor) Emily stayed level headed and kept her eye on the prize, I couldn’t be more excited for Miss Emily! More



7835 SE Raymond Street Exterior 1

Nancy Letonsa and her daughter Donna wanted to sell a rental that had been purchased by Nancy’s husband years before. They contacted me to get it sold, and then began the work to get it ready. With the help of a neighbor, they cleared out years of tenant’s left-behind furniture, overgrown landscaping and some pretty gross carpeting. We were able to sell this sweet little house and property that sits right next door to Marysville School quickly to an investor who I’m sure will do great things with the house and property. Win-win!  Amanda Haworth | Realtor®, Living Room Realty | 503-453-7698 | Amanda@livingroomre.com More



9840 N Lombard

This St. Johns duplex is a great investment opportunity!  Located near “downtown” St. Johns with easy access to the St. Johns bridge and downtown Portland or points west on Hwy 30. The downstairs unit is 2 bedrooms/1bath.  The upstairs unit is 1 bedroom/1 bath. 9840 N Lombard / Portland, OR / 97203 / Asking $249,900 Greg Washington / Principal Broker / Living Room Realty / 503.422.6299     More



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Last year we sold two of my favorite clients the dreamiest ranch house in Dekum and they have since built an ADU for their mom to come live in.  Ian calls me two weeks ago because the house directly behind them is up for sale.  We go look at it and it is probably the grossest house I’ve ever been in.  The old lady had 7 cats who apparently went to the bathroom all over the house.  It was so bad I got a chest cold the next day and refused to step foot in it after that.  It was unclear whether this house was worth salvaging, but the opportunity to own one giant piece of land and possibly restore the house for his Dad to live in was too tempting. We were up against all the investors in this price range.  When we submitted our offer there were already 11 other offers.  I’m not sure if it was their personal letter or the fact... More