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Blog posts about Fixers & Investments

Newlyweds K & S

Pardon me?  For first-time homebuyers K and S it was just one of the myriad of questions that needed to be addressed in order to make it to the ring of champions, also known as a table in a title company, closing escrow for their new house in Portland, Oregon. K is from Canada, and... More

Just Sold: Magical Fixer 

magical fixer

This is one of the most magical pieces of property on the North Fork Road in Nehalem. Few people even know it exists and now Kent and Laurie are going to make the most of it. Even though it’s only two miles from town, this property feels so secluded with the creek nearby, lots of trees, and... More

Suzanne and Tony

Sometimes, in the heat of a hot market, you meet a couple looking for their first house. Not only are they super laid back, but they are completely prepared and realistic going in for how long it might take them to get into their first Portland home under $300k. Well, shortly after meeting Suzanne and... More


When I first met with my buyers A and R, they had one goal in mind, to buy a house, preferably west of 82nd. They really wanted to keep their budget to $300k or less. After giving them my state of the market talk and letting them know that while it’s not impossible, it’s pretty... More

A man pushes his shopping cart down an aisle at a Home Depot store in New York, July 29, 2010. U.S. economic growth slowed in the second quarter as companies invested heavily in equipment from abroad and the pace of consumer spending eased, raising concerns about the recovery in the rest of 2010. Consumer spending, which normally accounts for 70 percent of U.S. economic activity, grew at a 1.6 percent rate in the second quarter after increasing at a revised 1.9 percent pace in the first quarter. Picture taken July 29, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)

I have nothing against Home Desperate.  I shop for there all the time for home items; lumber, nails, electrical, plumbing parts, etc..  I know when my favorite store clerks are working, some of the best and most competent folks work late at night. But, after touring hundreds of properties each year and seeing many re-do’s,... More

Bob, Vanessa, and wade adventuring in Florida

The power of positivity is a huge tool for those buying a home.  No matter how hard I work for my clients, in the end it’s not me who gets them the house, it’s the power of their own positivity and tenacity.  Bob and Vanessa were the perfect example of how a positive attitude can... More

St. Johns Quadplex

It’s old news: Portland’s rental market is hot. With low vacancy and huge population influx, rents have risen dramatically over the last few years. I certainly can’t blame folks for wanting to capitalize on that opportunity by purchasing rental property and becoming landlords. But let’s be clear – you don’t buy real estate to get rich... More


Maria found a fixer, a really cute coveted central Milwaukie, walkable to good-stuff, FIXER. It had gone through a sale fail before us as the first buyer got cold feet just reading the report, but it didn’t faze Maria. She’s restored a house before, and was ready to do so again. We did our due... More

front of bob's house

        This is what we did to Cowboy Bob’s house to take it to market: 1.) Stripped wallpaper 2.) Floated, mudded, sanded and primed walls 3.) Oiled all wood work, waxed and buffed floors 4.)  Hung new light fixtures 5.)  Repainted the front exterior of his home 6.) Painted dining room, bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms, nook... More