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Thinking about getting your house on the market in the next few months but hope to do a bunch of projects beforehand?  Then give Chris and I a call before you pick up that brush or hammer.  We have years of house remodeling behind us and can help steer you in the right direction.  Stop and consult. We don’t want you to go the wrong direction. We can help you choose colors, higher an inexpensive, but great painting crew, and help you decide on low-cost- bang-for-your-buck materials… More


“We want a tiny dump of a house that we can fix up on a BIG lot that we can turn into an urban farm” said Caty. Chris showed our clients a bunch of homes in the Woodstock area, landing on a deal of a  HUD foreclosure.  With years of working with HUD homes under his belt, he was able to send in a blind bid over the web, knowing exactly what the house might sell for with multiple offers.   Caty and Eliot were prepped by Chris as to what to write their offer for.   Chris got the house because he knew the system inside and out.  Even more impressive, our lender closed on time and HUD homes have notoriously long closings.  Our lender, who is simply awesome, gave hand’s on help to our clients, navigating the lending system perfectly so our clients could buy the fixer of their dreams.  Caty sent this message just yesterday:  “We’ve been so busy that we didn’t take... More


Camila and I had never formally met until she was ready to start shopping for a house, but we have many mutual friends.  My old friend Tobi sent her to me, thanks Tobes!! Her mom, Miriam,  came to visit from New York and we all hung out literally every day seeing everything in North and Ne.  I came to grow very fond of them and nicknamed her, “my classy client”, because every time we met, she brought me a coffee. We lost out on several houses until we found this little treasure trove.  This house was an estate and untouched for many years.  When you walked in the back door you immediately saw the biggest vintage beer sign collection you’ve ever seen.  The basement had clearly been the party room and had a jukebox, pool table, bar, pinball machine, and kegerator.  It was hard not to fall for this house because of all this, but there was so much potential waiting to happen.  It has... More


My friend Tasha asked me to help sell her Dad’s house in Woodland Park so that he could buy himself a trailer and hit the road.  He’s retired and on a fixed income so the goal was to get him as much as possible.  We priced it competitively to generate a lot of interest, $239 for a 3/2.  At the end of the day we ended up with 8 great offers, all over asking, one of which was ridiculously over asking and they even offered to throw in extra money if it didn’t appraise that high.  However, one of the offers was Tasha’s best friend and her wife.  It was not the highest offer or the strongest in terms, but it came down to these two offers. I really didn’t know which way this would go because the whole point was money.  I presented both offers detailing all the terms,  and within a minute he decided to go with the friends.  In doing so, he... More

Creston 4-Square $325,000 

SE Holgate-3

New to the market.  In a good price range for being close-in.  Yes, it is on a busy street and needs some love to shine, but there’s so much potential here. Nice bones, open flow, old-house details and sunny backyard.  Tenant occupied so give me a ring and I will get you inside! Tracy Dau 971.275.0387     More


An iconic piece of commercial real estate, the KEYS building, on NE Killingsworth, is changing hands. The KEYS building was passed to Lisa years ago.  As a child, she played there.  It’s where she learned her trade.  It’s where her family connected.  As their business grew there was a need for a bigger shop.  They pulled up their NE roots and relocated to a historic building in SE. The big KEYS sign stayed on building.  It was never sold. Lisa’s uncles and friends have made it their shop. It’s part of their family. It’s part of the neighborhood.  With that knowledge, Elle had planned to one day rehab it. Her full life didn’t leave her enough time.  Marriage, children, running a business.  All wonderful things that deserved her full attention.  The KEYS building sat vacant.  The neighborhood changed, as neighborhoods do.  Lisa realized she may not have time to get to his project, and decided to sell the property. Lisa may be able to see... More


Chris was somehow spared the torture of being a buyer in today’s market.  All odds were against him, really.  He had a VA loan and was under $200k, but the thing he had going for him was that he was realistic.  He wasn’t waiting for that diamond in the rough in close in north or northeast that he hoped somehow every realtor in the city missed pop up on RMLS.  He did what was smart for his budget, which is to get a solid house on a giant lot a bit further out, and wait for the neighborhood grow around him.  It’s what we all wish we had the sense to do 10 years ago.  This was probably the 2nd or 3rd house I showed him and I truly was shocked we won in a multiple offer situation. Chris is just a hard working, blue collar dude who grew up super poor and never imagined that owning a house was possible for him.  He needed something... More


Anthony and Jocelyn were referred to me by my lovely client/ friends Jake and Kirsten. I knew from the moment we met that I would love them.  I think we made inappropriate jokes and took an hour longer than the meeting normally does – cause we were talking too much! As it goes when I really enjoy working with someone, it was too short.  I feel like I could have shown Jocelyn and Anthony a million houses and it would have been fun.  Alas they found their “one” and we made a super strong offer within a few weeks of working together they had a house. A couple of things that make me smile about this transaction; 1. Anthony and Jocelyn never argued (or at least not in front of me) they were on the same page and it was awesome to watch. 2. The Russian electrician that has the best accent I have ever heard. 3. The agent for the sellers had the same... More


3 bedroom 2 bath ranch in east portland $225,000 I’m super excited about this house and was definitely a meaningful transaction for me. For my client Eugenia (Jenya), who is not only a first time home buyer, she is also a young Russian immigrant (granted I don’t think she remembers living in another country?) this purchase defines the “American Dream”.  Jenya who is a do it yourself type of gal, will make this cutie shine. Overwhelming at times but ultimately rewarding!  How inspiring it is to know that she is the first in her family to own a home. And in this hot market that is Portland no less! She scored an amazing price on a cute ranch charmer with some hints of vintage. Updated appliances, hardwood floors throughout, huge backyard and equally huge garage space. I couldn’t be more thrilled!   Thank you for choosing me Jenya, I cannot wait to see what you do with YOUR house! Chandra Noble-Ashford cell 503.933.6538 licensed broker... More

a spoonful of sugar 


Congratulations and hats off to Jennifer and Jeremy, closing today on an investment property in Manzanita. Dividend? They can sleep in it! A tour of five homes, an offer the next day, a fast close with a great lender. Yes! It can work like this. If you’re looking to diversify a portfolio or get into the vacation property market before it blows up Portland style let’s get to work. I’m ready to join YOUR team and help deliver results. Let’s talk about it – Hans Tonjes – 503-936-4244 More