Blog posts about Green Built Homes


Mindy was determined to be in Grant School District for under $250k.  In the entire time we worked together there were 4 houses in that price range that came up in Grant and they were either tear downs or half of a duplex with no HOA or rules for fixing anything. She is a single mom of two teenagers who has been living in St. Johns for the last 10 years.  Her son desperately wanted to get out of Roosevelt, but it just wasn’t happening for them. We’d go look at these major fixers and she’d say, “Well, it’s not that bad, I can save for a new foundation”.  So we’d stand on the street corner arguing our points about whether or not she should make an offer on these turds.  I begged her to forget about Grant, it wasn’t going to happen, I couldn’t sell her a house that had this many problems.  I pleaded to keep looking in St. John’s where she has... More

NE Stanton-2

1417 NE Stanton St Portland OR 97212 Complete listing available here. Lance Marrs and Shanon Emerson + 503-701-5323 + 971-400-4042 Instagram: @realestateofbeing Click MORE to see video: More

Small Small Gay World. 


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

Welcome Home

Tom is starting a new chapter of his life and that also included moving from the westside to the eastside.  We looked at both old and new homes and found a home being built by a fantastic builder.  The builder was willing to get the home Earth Advantage certified and truly paid attention to every detail.  It was one of the most smooth new construction processes that I have experienced.  And on top of a gorgeous new home, it also had an idea location in the Mississippi neighborhood.  What a fun place for he and his kids to explore.  Congrats!! Laurie Gilmer, Principal Broker 503.347.3565 More


  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

Too Good To Be True 

4411 NE Killingsworth #208

4411 NE Killingsworth #208                                     Offered at: $144,900 Property tax exemption for owner occupied through 2019.  Current property taxes: $408/yr 1 bedroom 1 bathroom 811 sf Built in 2009 Parking space #12 included HOA dues: $192/mo and includes sewer, water, landscaping, common area, exterior maintenance, garbage, exterior insurance. This upper unit has all the ease of modern living and is set back off Killingsworth. The kitchen has a granite island and opens up to a large living area with an abundance of natural light and a vaulted ceiling. Hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and high end washer and dryer make day to day living easy. The spacious bedroom has a walk in closet and extra room for an office or hobby area. Located near Alberta Arts District and 42nd ave. Comes with a parking spot and property tax exemption. Move in ready! Laurie Gilmer, Principal Broker 503.347.3565 More

Worth the Wait 


This market could not have been more frustrating for anyone more than Lisa and Dave.  We started looking in the spring and for the last 8 months, either lost out in multiple situation offers,  or just couldn’t find a decent house within their parameters.  Most buyers would’ve given up, but not these two.  They stuck it out through disappointment after disappointment until this beauty came along.  In fact, they were put in back-up position on this house and we all thought it would be a long shot that the first deal would fall through.  But,  as luck would have it,  it was meant to be theirs.  In the heart of Woodlawn,  this house has been meticulously and tastefully updated.  We couldn’t be happier for you guys.  Congrats Lisa and Dave,  way to stick it out! More



It’s hard enough to find a solid 2 bedroom house in North Portland for under $250k, but imagine finding one with a detached, brand new, modern adu in the backyard?  Our buyers have the option of choosing a safe steady monthly rent, or pimping this bad boy out on airbnb and probably covering their whole mortgage every month.  This is another win/win situation and we couldn’t be happier for you.  Congrats Erica and Marie!!! More

Love Is In The Air 

Welcome Home

Paul and Greg had decided to take their relationship to the next level and move in together.  The problem was that neither of their current living situations would work so we hit the pavement to find them something that they could call their own.  When we entered the newer Eco friendly home in the Kenton neighborhood, all of us felt like “it was the one.”  Everyone in the transaction was a delight to work with and now they are starting to settle in.  I am excited for this next adventure in their relationship. Congrats Paul and Greg (and Cher) and Thank you. Laurie Gilmer, Principal Broker 503.347.3565 More

2637 ne 7th-1

2637 NE 7th Avenue Portland OR 97212 12.5 Condominiums designed by Holst Architecture. Three sexy floors for the ultimate urban experience. White walls and rich wood floors. High ceilings and large windows. Clean lines and open plan. Large closets and lots of storage. Convenient location and NE amenities.
This home also features a street-level live/work den, an attached garage for parking and/or workshop, and an east-facing outdoor deck on the second floor. Modern and functional all the way around.   More