Blog posts about Recently Sold

Light Bulb JPeg

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: 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 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

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

7835 SE Raymond Street Exterior 1

Nancy Letonsa and her daughter Donna wanted to sell a rental that had been purchased by Nancy’s husband years before. They contacted me to get it sold, and then began the work to get it ready. With the help of a neighbor, they cleared out years of tenant’s left-behind furniture, overgrown landscaping and some pretty gross carpeting. We were able to sell this sweet little house and property that sits right next door to Marysville School quickly to an investor who I’m sure will do great things with the house and property. Win-win!  Amanda Haworth | Realtor®, Living Room Realty | 503-453-7698 | More


There are sports nuts and then there are SPORTZ NUTZ!  My dear friend, Dave aka. ‘Big Sexy’, is of the latter variety.  We met on a triathlon team in 2007 and based on the orange and black that he sported from head to toe (bike included) it was readily apparent that he was  a) an avid cyclist and b) the biggest fan of OSU that ever existed on the face of the planet.  For this reason it was serendipity when we opened the lockbox at a sweet little house in Portsmouth and into my hand slid none other than a Beavers key.  A week prior as we toured homes he’d told me of his dream to have a retro red kitchen and sure enough, as we passed through the living room of the Portsmouth house much to our delight it opened up to a kitchen of red, white and black.  The coincidences continued as we discovered additional OSU memorabilia, multiple racing bikes and a drum... More

Done at a Distance 

A Rental In Portland

Karl and Elaine had sold an investment property in Hawaii.  Their daughter goes to school in Oregon so why not buy a rental here.  Elaine flew in for a day and we hit all the neighborhoods but nothing grabbed her totally.  So after that, I would video places for them so they could look from afar.  Finally one came up which fit the bill.  Video tour before offer, video tour of inspection, and video tour of repairs.  Oh, technology….  And then they were out of the country during most of the transaction so docusign was our best friend.  We have closed, they are working with Living Room Property Management, and now they own a piece of Oregon.  All without seeing it in person…. Still (but I know they will love it when they do). If I can help you find an investment property, call me Laurie Gilmer 503-347-3565 More