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Sometimes county and city regulations don’t align and in some cases conflict in such a way that cost homeowners big. Living Room Realty agent James Peterson found a conflict when he built an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on his property. His property taxes will almost double because of the addition and the county now considers his 1926 home new construction. Read the full article on the Portland Tribune’s website. More

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Living Room agent, Cristen Lincoln recently shared her knowledge about what pocket listings are with the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors (PMAR). For more real estate tips, visit PMAR’s Insider Tips page. What’s this I have in my pocket? Oh, it’s a house for sale! Essentially, that’s the concept behind a term you may be hearing tossed around by Realtors® and would-be homebuyers alike: pocket listings. The most basic definition of a pocket listing is a home, listed by a Realtor®, that is not on the RMLS™, this area’s regional multiple listing service. How does this happen? A few different ways. The first scenario: In this fast-paced real estate market where the number of homes for sale is very limited, a seller may have every intention of putting their home on the RMLS™. They’ve signed a listing agreement with a Realtor® but they’re waiting two weeks to “go public” so they can frantically clean out the garage and hide their creepy doll collection in the... More


With changes likely to occur within 12 months concerning the already complex subject of flood insurance on the Oregon coast, Living Room Broker Hans Tonjes compiled some information to help property owners to understand modifications to the National Flood Insurance Program. Interesting facts: Anyone can buy flood insurance, your property does not have to be in a flood zone. This is particularly helpful for someone in a Tsunami zone that wants coverage for that possible flood event. A significant portion of property located within Tsunami inundation zones is not located within a flood zone. Some earthquake policies will provide tsunami coverage, some do not. New flood maps will remove insurance requirements from many homes currently located within flood zones. This is particularly true in north Tillamook County. Farmers in Tillamook County appealed the new maps due to their effects on some farmland in central County. A settlement has been reached and adoption of the new maps County wide should occur within the next 12 months.... More


Why would some retiring boomers want bigger houses? It’s easy to live in a small house when it’s just you and your partner and you’re both at work during the day. But when it’s time to retire and you’re both spending more time at home, things can start feeling a little…cramped. That was precisely the case last year, when a couple in their late 60s approached Scott Cotrell, a broker with Living Room Realty in Portland, OR. They’d been in the same two-bedroom home for 23 years—and they were not about to stick around for a 24th. “They looked at each other and said, ‘We’ve got to get a bigger house,’” Cotrell remembers. Not all boomers want bigger houses but those that do are looking in places were they can get more house for their money. Read the full article on this surprising trend at More

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 About Face – Portland’s Interview Magazine published an interview about Jenelle Isaacson, founder and owner of Living Room Realty. Jenelle shares her experience as a Realtor in Portland and how she chose to tell the story of the community Living Room Realty is a part of. Click here to read the interview. More


A report originally published online by Investigate West (and appearing now on the Portland Tribune site) found more than 17,000 listed homes in  Multnomah County sold for cash since 2006. Koin 6 digs a little deeper on this recurring issue for home seekers and realtors in Portland. Living Room Realty broker, Alyssa Isenstein Krueger is trying to find a home for Martha Sherman’s family. The broker found a 2100-square foot, 4 bedroom, 2 bath home near SE 43rd and Henderson listed for $369,000. Sherman offered $400,000, backed with a conventional loan last Friday. But even $31,000 over the asking price was not enough. A cash offer for “much more” was accepted Monday morning. Click here to watch more on how cash has affected the Portland home market More

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Investigate West wrote an article entitled, “How Cash Sent the Portland Home Market Spinning.” Our brokers Teri Toombs and Alyssa Isenstein Krueger share their findings in this cash heavy market. “An in-house poll led by Toombs’ colleague Alyssa Isenstein Krueger, Living Room found more than a few first-time buyers with cash to throw around. The Living Room agents that responded said that of 148 first-time buyers served in 2014, 42 percent came to the table with funds from friends and relatives to help grab whatever edge they could leverage. The sums ranged from up to $470,000. It’s not scientific, but it suggests a hard new reality in the market.” Click here to read more about how cash has effected the Portland Home Market. Also featured in: Portland Tribune More

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About Face, Portland’s Interview Magazine, highlights the LRR App!  It’s no secret that the real estate market is tough out there, especially for buyers. Inventory is low so competition is high. At Living Room Realty we value being relevant, providing excellent service, and creating meaningful connections. Developing this app is another way for us to uphold these values. Technology helps give you the edge in this market. The app will help you stay up to date on active listings in real time and you can schedule viewings. To find out more about the Living Room Realty App, Click here. Jenelle Isaacson, owner of Living Room Realty said it best, “In a competitive market, active house hunters use all the tools they can to gain an advantage. Offering an app is just one more way we can help home shoppers in their search process and help them find a place they can call home.” Read more about the Living Room App in About Face! More


Living Room Realty hosted a rockin’ Halloween costume party back in October 2014 and celebrated the arrival of their new neighbor Cupcake Jones. PDX Tonight even came out to interview Peter and Lisa and celebrate their second store opening on Alberta Street. When asked about why they were so happy to be on the Eastside they explained how they’ve lived in the Alberta Arts neighborhood for 14 years and love all of the small businesses in their ‘hood. We love you too, Cupcake Jones! Welcome to Alberta Street!   For more coverage click here:PDX EaterPDX Food PressAlberta Main St. More

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The Portland Monthly details why Portland real estate is still dirt cheap and our market’s “affordability” compared to major cities.In our more expensive neighborhoods—Alameda, Laurelhurst, Southwest Hills, and the like—average prices run between $600,000 and $700,000. That’s expensive for our median household income of $56,000. But it’s not expensive compared to San Francisco or Vancouver, British Columbia, or, really, any coveted city. If you want to buy in our hot central-city neighborhoods, where inventory is essentially nil, prepare to beg. House-hunters are snapping cute selfies on a seller’s porch to send along with the now-mandatory charming letter. And nonfinancial advantage is often necessary. “We are seeing a lot of buyers heavily subsidized by cash,” says Jenelle Isaacson, founder of Living Room Realty. “You have first-time buyers competing against family money and equity from elsewhere. That’s hard to outbid with a normal down payment.” To save Portland’s age-old egalitarian quirk, we need ideas—new housing policies, better infrastructure in outlying neighborhoods, and architecture designed for working families. And, yes,... More