My first introduction to the world of real estate came in 2004, when at the age of 22 I bought my first home in NE Portland with my sister.
I still remember what a monumental life transition that was. Buying my own home laid the foundation for a lifelong love of all things related to houses. I enrolled in a year-long Building Construction program to gain more knowledge in housing systems and techniques. I have used those tools to enhance my own home both inside and out. I joke that my favorite part of a house is the basement, as that’s where I can see the health and maintenance of a home’s systems: plumbing, electrical, HVAC, foundation etc.
While a home inspector is the professional on helping to understand the story of a home, I like to provide as much due-diligence as possible up front before you spend the money and get into contract.
Ultimately my goal is to meet you in any endeavor that you are wanting to undertake. If you are looking to sell, I will develop a strategy that makes sense for you with your goals, timelines and marketing strategy. If you want to invest in your home before going on the market, we’ll look at what you can do to maximize your profit: be it refinishing floors, painting, modifying light fixtures, and getting it staged. If you need to stay in your home while selling, I’ll bring in my stager to help get perspective on how to pare down the feel of your home and have tangible goals to achieve in getting ready to go on the market.
If you are looking to invest in Portland real estate, we can talk about the big four in analyzing properties. Rental income, principal reduction, equity growth and tax benefits. I work with spreadsheets to outline these assets so you can see the short and long term performance of your investment.
Once last piece of my professional and personal life that I spend a lot of time thinking about are ADU’s (Accessory Dwelling Units). Also known as mother-in-law units and granny flats, these can be detached or attached. When I see a home, I look at the property in detail to see how the home is oriented on the lot and if it is ripe for a detached ADU (new construction), or if it is a good prospect for creating an attached unit (a basement apartment). I also look at the zoning to see what kind of potential this could add.
I am in mid-process building my own detached ADU. The structure is going to be modern with clean lines and open concept. I live on a corner lot, which means the ADU can have it’s own street entrance. I also have zoning which will allow me to split the lot if I choose and sell it separately at some point. My plan is to keep it as a rental, but this will create a lot of flexibility both short and long term.
I am a cooperatively focused broker, with a passion for helping people achieve their goals and succeed in their endeavors. I am patient, understanding, trustworthy, and truly care about your best interests. I serve on my neighborhood association board and the larger Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. Please let me know if you’d like to share a beverage, coffee, tea, beer/wine to talk about what’s important to you and see if it would be a good fit to work together. All the best—
I was in the process of relocating to Portland from Ohio, and I couldn’t have found a place without Carson’s help at Living Room Realty.
Since this is a long-distance move, I couldn’t go off of internet listings alone. And I knew some places don’t list their properties on popular sites like Craigslist. The hunt for a place in the ideal neighborhood would’ve been pretty challenging if I was on my own, but Living Room Realty made it pretty painless. I highly recommend them!
My wife and I worked with Carson Mead at Living Room and couldn’t have been happier with our experience. (We used Living Room’s tenant placement services to find an apartment.) He found us a great place in our budget, right in the area we wanted to be. He was super friendly, professional and communicative the entire time, which we appreciated. We highly recommend Living Room and Carson Mead to anyone looking for an apartment in Portland.
When we were looking to make our first home purchase in a city we knew nothing about, where we knew no one, we felt overwhelmed to say the least. Carson was a godsend. He got a strong sense of what we wanted, did the leg work to walk through all the houses we couldn’t from a different state, and even sent us videos to give us a better sense of each space. Over our time together I came to trust his guidance completely. Our family’s relocation would not have gone smoothly without him on our team. We are eternally grateful.