Ten years ago, Melissa was living in a slum in Kolkata, India, helping over 200 women escape of sex-trafficking by providing alternative work at a social business.

It was there she discovered her passion for financial education as a means of empowering people to move out of poverty. After graduating from UCLA with a Masters, Melissa spent 5 years working as a Social Worker; assisting clients facing homelessness, in jail, or at a psychiatric facility.

As much as she loved the work, imagining saving for retirement on the meager salary of a social worker was becoming grim.

That’s when Melissa discovered “passive income.” In no time, she fell in LOVE with real estate as a vehicle for wealth. Soon after, Melissa began locating off-market multi-family properties to purchase through creative financing strategies and win-win opportunities. Two years into investing, Melissa quit her day-job as a Social Worker to become a full time broker and investor. Initially she was drawn to people in difficult circumstances, so she developed extensive experience assisting families facing foreclosure, short sales, and probate. Melissa is well versed in helping her client’s overcome complex real estate challenges.

Currently Melissa is teamed up with Super Broker, Yascha Noonberg at Living Room Realty. Together they assist client’s to achieve their real estate dreams, including how to strategically buy and sell a personal residence to maximize profits. Far from the slums of Kolkata, her greatest passion now is empowering other working professionals to develop passive forms of income through buying multi-family properties in Portland.

Melissa's Articles

The Rise of the Home Office

Melissa Dorman

Prior to Covid-19, the home office for most people was an afterthought. With technology and remote...

Against the Odds

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For some people owning a home is something they just know they will do one day....

3 Reasons Why You Need a Local Lender On Your Team

Melissa Dorman

Often I meet first time home buyers who reach out after they have been preapproved. At...

So Many Firsts

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Reinier and Julia were able to snag this SW mid-century gem just in time. They met...

Few Easy Ways To Simplify Your First Property Purchase

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Regardless of whether you’re purchasing an investment property or a single family home, the first time...

Blast From The Past – Buying and Selling in a Strong Seller’s Market

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Sonia and Hafiz met me on a home tour about 5 weeks ago. I was delighted...

A Family Affair

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After selling their home in the beautiful Colorado Rockies, Tom and Sherry were ready to make...

Don’t fall in love

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Overt your eyes! There are cute things everywhere! There is nothing worst than falling in love...

3 Ways to Avoid Surprises with your Buyers

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During these unprecedented times, it’s important for agents to do everything they can to protect themselves...

4 Smells You’ll Miss in a Virtual Tour That Could Cost You Later

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Odors in a home can be a sign of a much larger problem. Or they can...

Greener pastures in Gresham

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Sam and Mel had no idea what to expect when they began looking to buy a...

5 Bad Work-From-Home Habits and How to Stop

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Working from home has been popular in certain industries for a long time. However, now that...

Check out how Living Room stacks up against our competition

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Each quarter, Living Room Realty compiles the numbers to see where we rank. Being one of...

Once again, Yascha group is doing great in Q3!

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Living Room Realty tally’s up the stats once again for the third quarter of 2020. Once...

Staying Competitive in a Seller’s Market

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1. Know your own personal motivations and establish your goals and deal breakers. 2. Set expectations...

Confidence Is the Key to Success for Young Homebuyers

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Buying your first home can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, there’s a lot of great information out there...

Winterizing your Home Exterior Checklist

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– Fill any cracks or crevices in your foundation to prevent any further water penetration. –...

5 Things you’ll want to learn to look past when house hunting

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#1 Paint Colors/Wall Paper Repainting it’s relatively cheap, easy, and fast. Paint color can severely impact...

Your Prized Checklist for Touring Your Next Home

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It’s easy to tour a home and forget what’s important to you. Use this handy checklist...

7 Points Checklist to consider before deciding to buy a Fixer-Upper

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Congrats! You have decided to go for a Fixer-Upper Home, considering these 7 points will be...

3 questions that will help you build rapport with your new clients

Melissa Dorman

Asking the right questions will allow you to craft a strategy that will best suit your...

Will Covid Cause Everyone to flee Major Cities?

Melissa Dorman

Many people are wondering, now that we don’t go into the office anymore, will people start to...

Why Agents Shouldn’t Skip the Final Walk-Through

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You’ve almost made it to closing. You’re exhausted and can’t believe you’ve almost made it to...

B.O.M. to H.O.M.E

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When Alex and Evgeniia saw this charming townhome on the perfect this quiet street they couldn’t...

Market Action Report

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MARKET ACTION REPORT – HOUSES – August 17, 2020 – CITY OF PORTLAND Home sales continue...

The Portland Market is This Hot!

Melissa Dorman

  In March of 2019 I helped this amazing 24-year-old couple buy a home. They had...

How Is Remote Work Changing Homebuyer Needs?

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With more companies figuring out how to efficiently and effectively enable their employees to work remotely...

Helping My Bestie Into a 4 Plex!

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I first met Josh 2 years ago on the 4th of July. There were fireworks in...

Hit A Wall? My Top 3 Focus Areas for Big Success

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Productivity, like energy, is not linear. There will be lulls in your success and your trajectory....

My Journey from Social Work to Entrepreneurship

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I was recently featured by a local investor group, Investor Lab, on a Facebook live podcast....

Helping Eager Homebuyers Find Their Dream Home Quickly

Melissa Dorman

Finding the perfect home requires patience. Unfortunately, some homebuyers aren’t willing to wait. Here are some...

Wait, What?! Why Are Real Estate Prices Rising in the Middle of a Recession?

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A brief time back, I noticed that a report by Redfin discovered list prices had just...

6 Signs That It’s Time to Should Sell Your Home

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How do you know when you should consider selling? Here are 6 signs that will guide...

5 Lifestyle Habits From Quarantine That Should Be Here to Stay

Melissa Dorman

There’s nothing like stirring up your daily practice and way of life like a worldwide lockdown...

Increased Unemployment Means Less Competition for Remaining Buyers

Melissa Dorman

Unemployment related to Covid-19 has had a big impact on the viability of buyers in our...

5 rules of Investing in Uncertain Times

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Throughout the previous three years or so, numerous financial specialists have been posing the inquiry, “When...

Fresh Start in SE

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Arielle and Witter weren’t sure they knew what to expect when buying a home during a...

How to buy a triplex with just $500

Melissa Dorman

I can’t tell you how often I hear folks say, “I could never buy properties because...

5 Things Buyers Should Avoid

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When buying a home, be careful to avoid these common pitfall that can sabotage your home-buying...

I saw this unique toilet/sink at a showing this week.

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I saw this unique toilet/sink at a showing this week. In real estate, you never know...

Winter Design trends 2019

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Bold neutrals; Let’s add a little edge to these simple, chic, and sophisticated neutrals. Considering painting...

Does it Really Matter Which Brokerage Your Agent is From?

Melissa Dorman

We got the data for Living Room agents versus the market in 2018 versus 2019 results...

Why Cost Segregation is a Game Changer!

Melissa Dorman

I’m continually surprised at how many real estate investors don’t know about THE best tax advantage...

Home design trends/mixups for 2019

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Summer is here! You’ve finally made it through spring cleaning, annual home maintenance, the circus that...

How Escrow Keeps Home Buyers and Sellers Safe

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In real estate, an escrow account is a secure holding area where important items like the earnest...

7 Reasons to Offer Over Asking Price on a House

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Most buyers won’t like the idea of offering over asking price on a house. But paying...

Family Matters!

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  This is Kristin and Dante. I met them both on a rainy afternoon out in...

Annual Spring Maintenance

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Spring is officially here! With the temperatures rising and the market beginning to buzz it’s a...

Revised 2019 Market Forecast from REALTOR®.com-Reflecting Optimism

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Recent REALTOR®.com Forecast As per the recent revised forecast from REALTOR®.com: “Mortgage rates will drop, while...

4 Decisions by Landlord that can Affect the Profit Earning

Melissa Dorman

The purpose of any business transaction is making profit. Profit is the reward in return of money...

The Landscaping Process and Ideas to Increase Your Property Value.

Melissa Dorman

Spring is officially here! As we get ready for the busy listing season it can be...

6 Proven Strategy to Fix Your Finances even with Bad Credit Ratings

Melissa Dorman

Steps towards establishing Good Credit Condition even in case of No Credit or Bad Credit Score...

The Rationale Behind Federal’s Decision to Keep Interest Rates Unchanged.

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Background behind Interest Rate Policy   If you are a buyer in today’s market, you are...

Budgeting Ideas : Tips to Save for a Down Payment

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Down Payment Issue Among the many tasks involved in the process of home ownership, budgeting for...

Basics for Beginners in Real Estate Investing!

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  So many people wish they could be wealthy. Far fewer ever take any steps towards...

Things to do after Final Mortgage Payment – A reminder

Melissa Dorman

About Mortgage situation You found your dream home, you decided to have it financed through a...

The 5 Proven Steps to Declutter Your Home

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The 5 proven Steps to declutter your home – Home Transformation Guide!   Why Declutter? In...

7 Point Checklist to Consider Before Deciding to Buy a Fixer-Upper.

Melissa Dorman

Congrats! You have decided to go for a Fixer-Upper Home. Considering these 7 points will be...

Who should attend the Home Inspection process?

Melissa Dorman

The listing agent, the buyer, the buyer’s agent – Review of various scenarios Property Inspection is...

3 effective ways to make giving back part of your business

Melissa Dorman

The approach to generating new business through charitable programs is becoming increasingly popular nowadays. Giving back...

Classic 1940s Home in Roseway, Open House Saturday and Sunday 11-1pm

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4126 NE 71st Ave, Portland, OR 97218 A great opportunity to buy a home in the...

5 things every listing agent should do for sellers

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When shopping for a good listing agent, here are some things the right agent will do for you:...

The Power of Proactivity

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When agents list a home, many of them stick to the 3 “P”s of Real Estate…...

5 Ways To Stay Positive When Buying Or Selling Your House

Melissa Dorman

As a regular consumer when planning to buy or sell a house, one might have to...

4 ways to Jump Ahead of Shifting Market

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Although inventory remains in short supply, the most common email I see in my inbox are price...

Know how to identify ideal clients with these 6 questions.

Melissa Dorman

Before I launch into how to find the perfect client, let’s first address that no perfect...

3 Reasons Why Most FSBOs Fail

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Do you really save money by cutting out the commissions? In the age of Zillow and...

5 Ways Rising Interest Rates Will Impact You

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The federal reserve recently raised the prime rates again this week with the intention to make...

A Quickly Slowing Market

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A Quickly SLOWING Market As a broker in Portland,  I have seen years of continually rising...

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