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Job Perks at Living Room 

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Living Room Realty was recently featured on Career Contessa, an online meeting place where women in business share their successes, their hiring needs and their lives. The article shares Contessa’s list of top businesses in Portland that offer great job perks. Read the full article here. “WHEN YOU’VE GOT GREAT FOOD, GREAT PEOPLE, GREAT TREES, AND GREAT JOB PERKS, YOU’VE FOUND HOME.” The article mentions how Living Room Realty is known for giving back to Portland based organizations and non-profits like Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for girls. This commitment to giving back reflects the core values of our company. We are a B Corporation, and in short this means that we believe that good business is business that is good for everyone. Every year we work to maintain the rigorous standards upheld by all B Corps. These standards include social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. We have continued to expand on this idea by adding the wellness initiative at our offices. We offer meditation once a month for... More

House Hunting 101 

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Real estate agents wear multiple hats in their line of work. They are negotiators, advocates, counselors, guides, and most importantly they are educators. They have the opportunity and the duty to educate their clients on the current market. Often times, this means helping buyers keep their expectations in check so that they can find the right home. Living Room Realty’s Managing Principal Broker, Drew Burchette, and Karim Alaeddine a principal broker at Living Room, were featured in an article on U.S. (Read the full article here) entitled, “How to Realistically Hunt for a Home.” While having a dream list is helpful in narrowing down a home search for clients, Drew also shares his 85% rule of thumb. “That is, if you can get 85 percent of everything you’re looking for in your perfect house, you’re doing pretty good,” he says. “[It gets] them used to the idea that you’re not going to get it all.” Karim adds some perspective, noting that the decision to write an offer... More

For the second year in a row, Living Room Realty is partnering with Impact NW to collect coats for children, adults, and seniors in need. Drop off a new coat to 1401 NE Alberta Street or 2625 SE 26th Avenue by December 11th to #sharewarmth in Portland. Last year Living Room Realty collected 60 coats and this year our goal is to double that number! Partnering with Impact NW is a natural fit for Living Room. Impact NW is a 501(c)3 non profit and their mission is to help people prosper through a community of support. At Living Room, we value connection and strive to create meaningful and powerful relationships in our community. Annually, Impact NW helps over 60,000 low-income children, youth, families, seniors, and adults with disabilities receive the skills and resources necessary to achieve success and to advocate for themselves and their communities. Their programs include: Early Childhood and Family Services Youth and Family Services Housing and Safety Net Services Seniors and Adults with Disability Services If you would... More


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