Marisa is a Portland native, born and raised in the heart of the Hollywood district, she possesses a wealth of knowledge about the Portland Metro area.
Over the past decade, Marisa has sought out the best in local mid-century and contemporary modern architecture and design around the city. Her website Modern Homes Portland is a labor of love where she shares her enjoyment of all things modern including a curated list of modern homes for sale in the Portland area.
In her past, Marisa worked with a company that provided home contractor services.
She worked closely with contractors identifying, evaluating and correcting common maintenance issues in homes and commercial buildings. Pairing this experience with many years of client service and a love of homes made the transition to becoming a Realtor seamless.
She is a member of the Architectural Heritage Center, Doccomomo’s Oregon Chapter, Restore Oregon where she also sponsors their Mid-Century Modern tour each year. Working with these organizations, she hopes to help preserve buildings from the modernist movement mid century and beyond, and to help spread awareness of their importance.
She currently lives in the suburbs of Portland with her family and is working on restoring her Northwest Regional Style custom-built 1960’s time capsule home that will be added to the historic registry in 2017.When she’s not working with clients or scouring the city for hidden architectural gems, Marisa likes to spend time with her family, play soccer, hike in the beautiful Pacific NW forests, visit new restaurants and coffee shops.
In our last two real estate transactions, Marisa has represented us well, first as buyers and then as sellers. Several years ago, prior to moving to the Portland area from California, we contacted Marisa to establish a relationship. During the course of the next year, she was very generous with her time and showed us several properties. Our recent experience was also a good one - two days after listing the property, she had received three offers at and above the asking price. We would recommend Marisa to anyone who is buying or selling in the metro Portland market.
Mike & Cathi M.
I was referred to Marisa by someone who knows Portland’s real estate and architecture industries well, and I’m so glad I was. Right away, she zeroed in on the architectural and design styles I was seeking. With thoughtful questions and a load of market insight, she got me. And the results speak for itself - after a year of watching and trying to land a home in PDX, I ended up buying the first house we visited! She's magic. I'll return to her again and again.
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