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Jim Arnal

Earth Advantage Principal Broker


I grew up in a small college town in California where the backdrop was 1920’s bungalows, single level ranches and the San Gabriel Mountains. As a young boy I was an avid fort-builder and found myself drawn to architecture early. I can remember my mom dragging me through open houses in between soccer games on the weekend and watching my father tackle almost every home remodeling project under the sun.

While I loved the surf, a love of the outdoors and 90’s grunge rock drew me north for college where I studied design and architecture. Summer and winter holiday trips back home to see my family gave me an excuse to stop in Portland where I would indulge in Montage mud pie and late night coffees at the Rimsky Korsakoffee House.

Portland stuck with me and a couple years after college my wife Carrie and I moved here to start our family and my real estate career.

Unlike many generational Realtors, I started from scratch in 2002. I would spend every day reading up on neighborhood histories, studying market trends and beefing up on my construction knowledge. A couple years prior, I had bought my first home and while my Realtor was friendly, I was surprised that their level of service had considerable room for improvement. From the beginning of my real estate career I have always been with my clients at every stage of the process with an unwavering attention to detail, deep rooted understanding of contract negotiations and Portland home construction. Soon my practice was almost exclusively referral based as the support of past clients helped me grow to be one of the top agents in my company.

While accolades and awards have never served as motivation, I have always appreciated recognition by my peers and clients. Since 2005 I have been a Diamond-Platinum member of the Master’s Circle and in 2019 I was the Top Producer at Living Room Realty and one of less than 100 Realtors in the Portland metro awarded the Portland Monthly Five Star award for nine straight years.

Accolades aside, my goal of improving my trade has never wavered. I received my developer’s license in 2013 and my contractor’s license three years later, not as capitalistic endeavors but with the goal of enriching the counsel I could give my clients. What was initially an academic endeavor to bolster my construction knowledge turned into a variety of projects for my clients ranging from the construction of new homes and ADUs, to the design of new kitchens and bathrooms and even the occasional restoration of a historic property. Today when I show my clients homes, I can point out the implications of 2×6 dimensional lumber in a third story attic, how to reconstruct a basement stairwell to be code compliant or why all parge coats aren’t created equal.

When I am not picking a house apart for my clients, you can find me on the side of a soccer field cheering on one of my three children, with my wife in a ‘62 Grumman canoe on the Puget Sound or like my father, tackling remodeling projects at the hip roofed colonial I call home today.

Jim's Articles

Just Listed: Butler’s Encore

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3919 NE 35th Place Portland, OR 97212 An encore to Butler Redevelopment’s record setting sale on...

JUST LISTED: Creston-Kenilworth Cutie!

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4321 SE CORA STREET Portland, OR 97206 Built in 1987, this rare true ranch in Creston-Kenilworth...

Eastside Modern Living!

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5260 NE 38th Avenue Portland, OR 97211 Butler Development’s latest project! Tucked nicely just blocks from...

Just Listed: Heart of Beaumont

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3145 NE 40TH AVE Portland, OR 97212 Built in 1925 this Beaumont English sits proudly on...

HAPPY VALLEY HOTSPOT

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14925 SE Elm Park Drive CLACKAMAS, OR 97015 Built in 2003, this townhome sits in one...

BEAUMONT BEAUTY

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3404 NE 43RD AVE PORTLAND, OR 97213 Built in 1926 and situated perfectly on one of...

SAUVIE ISLAND STUNNER

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18655 NW SAUVIE ISLAND RD PORTLAND, OR 97231 Originally built in 1992, this incredible Sauvie Island...

Montavilla Ranch

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Built in 1949, this stunning Montavilla ranch combines incredible functionality with tasteful updates at every turn....

SUPER Cute Bungalow!

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Built in 1923, this stunning Bungalow perched proudly at the corner of NE 56th Avenue and...

Alameda Tudor

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Caitlin knew that when she moved to Portland from New York, she wanted a historic home...

Lake Oswego Views

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Built in 1981 and cared for tirelessly since, this stunning Lake Oswego home sits perfectly at...

Remastered Foursquare

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Remastered in 2013, this Old PDX home stands today as one of the most noteworthy addresses...

Staying In The Neighborhood

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There are many reasons why my clients love Alameda so much, so it was no surprise...

Power Couple; Power Moves

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Stefan and Emily moved from New York over to Portland in hopes of finding the perfect...

Albano’s Encore

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When Ron Albano finished this project it generated one of the biggest Broker Open turn outs...

Roseway Winner

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When you know what you like, stick with it!  My clients and I set out months...

Back to his Roots!

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Having grown up in Alameda, my clients knew what they liked and they knew where they...

An Alameda Landmark

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Just inches from Gladstone St. Pizza!

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Some things are just meant to be.  As long time patrons of what some would argue...

Montavilla Gem!

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Rare detached Montavilla condo with low HOAs! Main floor features: stunning kitchen w/ island, SS appliances,...

3 Year search pays off big! Really big!

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Over a decade ago I helped two of my earliest clients buy their first bungalow in...

Alameda to LO

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From the smallest home in Alameda to their forever home on an acre!  It has been...

RED SUNSET STUNNER

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Built in 1976, this gorgeous one level ranch is noteworthy not just for its sweeping gables...

HISTORY IN KERNS

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Built in 1900, this noteworthy Kerns Victorian sits proudly in the middle of what has become...

Timing, Timing, Timing

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By Kristine Lebow: I started working with Dan and Shuli last fall.  With 3 children, they...

GRATITUDE BATTLE

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A kid from Philly meets a kid from LA and sentiments rich with respect, gratitude and...

Room for the twins

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Erin and Josh were motivated to move to a larger home that would afford room for...

Cross Country Sweethearts..

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..find their  home at the base of a volcano.  Sam and Andrea’s new home is just...

The Grandkid Draw

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Molly and Mert have one of the best reasons there is to move- 2 year old...

4 Year Search Pays Off!

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Jace & Caren started thinking about moving a few years ago. We looked at a couple...

Montavilla Craftsman’s Home

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Originally built in 1949, this gorgeous one level ranchalow sits on one of Montavilla’s most beautiful...

Beaumont Bungalow

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The corner of 50th & Klickitat is about to get a new look! This 1922 bungalow...

MODERN CLASSIC

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JUST LISTED: MODERN CLASSIC 3955 NE 34th Ave Portland, OR Virtual Tour Built in 2015, this stunning...

JUST LISTED: REMASTERED MID-CENTURY

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  JUST LISTED: REMASTERED MID-CENTURY 4551 NE SHAVER STREET PORTLAND, OR Originally built in 1951, this...

STUNNING IN OVERLOOK

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JUST LISTED: STUNNING IN OVERLOOK This stunning Overlook Cottage sits prominently on one of the neighborhood’s...

JUST SOLD: A CRAFTSMAN’S FARM

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JUST SOLD: A CRAFTSMAN’S FARM   This gorgeous custom home is elegantly perched atop a breathtaking...

JUST SOLD: Storybook Dream Home

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Kyle and Cate fell in love with this storybook Alameda English. Their kids love seeing the...

Light Filled & Tree Lined

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JUST SOLD: NE Bungalow A gorgeous tree lined street with a central location just blocks to...

Home – This must be the place

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JUST SOLD: Charming Laurelhurst Bungalow After searching high and low for the perfect combination of great...

Peek-A-Boo-River-Views

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JUST SOLD: Heron Pointe Heron Pointe was originally developed in 1988 on a highly sought after...

MODERN SELLWOOD CRAFTSMAN

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1314 SE MARION STREET | $699,900 | MLS#18656569 This stunning Sellwood craftsman sits in one of...

HAZELWOOD RANCH

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Congratulations to my client Autumn on closing on her first home. This sweet 1950’s corner lot...

BRIDLEMILE BEAUTY

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JUST SOLD: Classic 50’s Ranch with stunning garden surround.  

Portland Heights Oasis

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Just Sold: Portland Heights Oasis Congratulations to my clients on their purchase of this gorgeous urban...

Alameda Ridge Beauty

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JUST LISTED: 4028 NE 26TH AVE This stunning Alameda home is perched perfectly on NE 26th...

JUST SOLD: Turn-Key in Alameda

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JUST SOLD: TURN-KEY ALAMEDA ENGLISH  Originally built in 1926, this Alameda home may have no equal!...

MONTAVILLA RANCH

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JUST SOLD!!!  Congratulations to my awesome client Becky on her very first home purchase!! Today she...

MID-CENTURY URBAN FARM

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JUST LISTED: 124 NE 143rd AVENUE Originally built in 1959, this Hazelwood mid-century ranch has been...

Stunning Alameda Colonial

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JUST LISTED: 3020 NE 29TH AVE PORTLAND, OR 97212 Originally built in 1927, this stunning Dutch...

JUST SOLD: Craftsman Caterpillar

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Originally built in 1924 this Craftsman caterpillar will be undergoing some big changes in the coming...

JUST SOLD: Alameda Beauty

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JUST SOLD: Alameda Beauty Congratulations to my buyers who just purchased this 1925 beauty. Located  just off...

Siskiyou Storybook

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JUST SOLD: STORYBOOK CRAFTSMAN This quintessential craftsman bungalow sits perfectly at the corner of NE 50th Ave...

BEAUMONT MODERN

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JUST SOLD: BEAUMONT MODERN Standing tall on a rare, oversized lot and thoughtfully laid out across...

Hot in Hawthorne

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JUST SOLD: HAWTHORNE CRAFTSMAN BUNGALOW This classic craftsman sits proudly at the foot of Mt Tabor,...

Modern english

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JUST SOLD: Modern English Renovated in 2018, this Beaumont English boasts 4 beds and 3-1/2 baths....

JUST SOLD: Beaumont Mediterranean

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Built in 1917, this stunning Beaumont Mediterranean stands today as one of the neighborhood’s most noteworthy...

Sweet Home Alberta

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After dreaming about moving to Portland for years my client finally made it a reality the...

Home is Madison South

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After meeting 7 years ago and traveling the world (and spending the past 3 years saving...

May: The Month of Mason’s

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May (the month of Mason’s) broke down like this: 5 addresses 3 buildings 6 buyers represented...

JUST SOLD: Turn-Key Southeast Victorian

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Built in 1905, this beautifully remastered Victorian sits perfectly on SE 17th just blocks away from...

Beaumont Bungalow

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Perfectly perched on a tiny tree lined street in Northeast’s Beaumont-Wilshire In close proximity to Wilshire...

Ladd’s Life

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For the birdwatchers, the lovers of all things outdoors, the Master Gardener, the youthful spirit and...

Cully adventure and unwind

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    Native Portlander finds the perfect Cully jumping point for adventure- hiking, biking and dog...

The Ranchelow You’ve Been Dreaming Of!

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3057 SW Flower Terrace, PORTLAND OR 97239 2 BED | 2 BATH | 1,417 SQFT MLS#...

Pssst. Hey Buddy, Wanna Buy a House?

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The email from my colleague was similar to the title of this post. A home that...

Perfect Perch

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Perched perfectly at the foot of Forest Park and overlooking the Willamette- today my amazing client...

Springtime Serendipity

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PROVIDENCE HEIGHTS MID-CENTURY!

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4729 SE Ash Street, Portland OR 97215 Offered at: $689,900 3 bed | 2 bath |...

JUST LISTED: STUNNING IN BEAUMONT-WILSHIRE

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STUNNING IN BEAUMONT-WILSHIRE  4121 NE Stanton St, Portland, OR 97212 Built in 1925, this stunning Beaumont-Wilshire...

Hazelwood on the Horizon

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My longtime friend and client just closed on a 1959 bungalow nestled between four parks and...

A peak inside a gorgeous Beaumont English

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This month I had the pleasure of helping my longtime neighbors and friends with the sale...

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