Blog posts about Recently Sold


Emily Logan is now the owner of the cutest home in Cully with a white picket fence and all.  I love working with a buyer who knows what they want and Emily knew she wanted to be in one of the best up and coming neighborhoods in NE Portland. If you haven’t heard the homes in Cully are nice and still affordable, the area is growing and the lots are HUGE!  So for this queen of the back yard room to garden, entertain and enjoy was a must.  A month into our search together we found a home that fit her perfectly and we went for it, beating out other offers and bringing the deal home.  The inspections were thorough and Emily stayed strong during some serious negotiations for repairs- AKA we got her a new roof! I am so fortunate to work with such wonderful clients. Thank you Emily for your keen eye, your check lists and your addiction to the Internet! If you... More


Small Small Gay World. 


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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



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Olivier and Donna are owners of some fantastic classic cars, so an attached two car garage was a must.  Olivier bought a ’72 Porsche 911 as his first car back when he lived in Holland. Just a few years ago he was able to have it shipped here to the Pacific North West. The 1979 VW Type 2 Camper is, as most VW owners of this era know, a true joy to own and in need of all the love it can get. We won’t even get into the cute little convertible Cabriolet here. A safe garage with a nice consistent temperature and room to work will serve them all well. YOU GOT WHAT YOU WANTED! Oli and Donna certainly had to stay focused on their goals in this tough market. A two car garage is not as common in Portland proper as you might expect. They absolutely scored when we found a beautiful three bedroom, two bathroom, two car garage, fenced sunny yard, fully renovated home for less than... More



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Ryan and Yusra are first time home buyers and Yusra is the consummate researcher of all things pertinent to safety, energy efficiencies, and good deals in general. Ryan is a veteran so eligible for the low-interest VA loan. Yusra, of course, researched the VA site up one side and down the other finding a little known fact that up to $6,000 can be rolled into a VA loan for energy-efficient improvements.  Ryan and Yusra found a great home with old original aluminum windows and using this program were able to replace several of them. The problem was, the loan officer, processor, underwriter, and loan document department had never heard of this deal. So, without the tenacity of the loan officer, Ethan Manela of Oregon Community Credit Union, who scoured all the information and educated all parities involved, this great opportunity may never have come to fruition. Congratulations Ryan and Yusra! Link to VA Energy Efficient Improvements: http://www.militaryvaloan.com/energyimprovements.html Savvy VA Lender: Ethan Manela, Oregon Community Credit... More


Love At First Sight… 


Love is in the air

Eva and Tara flew up from SF and we had a full day of looking at homes.  They didn’t totally know Portland neighborhoods so we saw houses ALL over the city.  A few seemed like possibilities but nothing grabbed them.  We decided to squeeze in one more home before the end of a long day.  The conversation on the way to the house was how we were going to deal with house hunting with them in Calif and places flying off the market.  We drove up to the house in the Woodlawn neighborhood.  Literally within a block of Woodlawn Coffee, Breakside Brewery, and Firehouse.  The second we walked in, we all fell in love.  The house was perfect for them.  An open floor plan, updates throughout, fantastic kitchen, and a basement with lots of potential.  Of course it was a multiple offer situation but Eva and Tara put their best foot forward and their offer was accepted.  I am so excited for them to start... 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 Laurie@LaurieGilmer.com More



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  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



Emily signing

5517 SE Knapp St Portland OR 97206. Working with Emily was such a pleasure, and despite this crazy market and competing with multiple offers, we were able to find a darling bungalo with tons of potential in the Brentwood neighborhood. Emily’s father is a builder and he is making the drive west from Vermont to help with the restoration work. I look forward to seeing this house again once they’ve put some sweat equity into it! As a first time buyer (and investor) Emily stayed level headed and kept her eye on the prize, I couldn’t be more excited for Miss Emily! More



4820 NE Rodney Ave

I met Sara and Rob through their son, who was looking for an agent to help them relocate from Illinios to be closer to his family, especially their 2 adorable grandchildren. They wanted to be within walking distance of the Alberta Arts district where their son lives. They fell in love with a home that was newer and had an offer on it. “We want a house just like this one!”, was their request. Luckily, I had worked with the builder,  Roman Ozeruga at Urban Housing Development in the past and was able to contact him. He and his brother Edward were successful in finding a “tear down” home on Rodney and build them a replica of the home they originally fell in love with…a very happy ending. More



We can all relax

What a transaction.  We found a great house with an even more amazing yard for Ann and Em.  Tough transaction from the start with a seller not willing to really budge on anything.  But the property has so much potential and in a great location that Ann and Em hung in there.  We reached what we thought was the finish line with loan docs at escrow, them signing, and then…an email from the listing agent that the sellers wanted to delay closing for a month.  Lo and behold, the sellers realized on the day of closing that they would have to have Oregon tax withholdings and they wanted to look at ways of not having the tax impact.  Ann and Em were packed up, had movers scheduled, and their home ready to hit the market.  Plus, their rate lock was going to expire so an extension was not possible.  With some tense exchanges between agents, the sellers were able to quickly do a 1031 exchange... More