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It’s Been A Year!

By Aryne + Dulcinea, March 17, 2021

One year ago last Friday, our kids walked out of their schools and we thought, it’s just for 3 weeks or so! Boy were we wrong…and what a year it’s been!
Below is a year in Portland review:
  • The WHO proclaimed a global pandemic due to Covid-19, aka the Coronavirus.
  • School’s out as we know it…
  • We watched Italians sing songs to each other from their balconies.
  • ZOOM! March 12, we had never heard of Zoom, March 15th we were meeting with clients and stagers on Zoom…and it’s everywhere!
  • Real Estate came to a halt in Portland, and then U-turn, we got it back going.
  • Our eyes were fixed on the news and coronavirus numbers.
  • We started connecting in new ways and our need for digital/social media grew even stronger.
  • Toilet paper…there wasn’t any.
  • Bread, hard to find, yeast even harder, so we got creative and went back to sourdough starter-that was fun!
  • And speaking of baking…we baked, and baked, and baked…
  • Spanish police officers sang and danced in the streets to entertain folks indoors.
  • And we made masks…then people who were good at making masks made masks and we bought those.
  • Curbside birthday parties! Decorated front yards with folks on a sidewalk celebrating friends and family members popped up around the city.
  • And more Zoom…Zoom happy hours with friends, Zoom meditations…and yes Zoom for work…
  • George Floyd was murdered and a civil movement like no other was launched for all of us.
  • And we watched the numbers…and we were losing friends and family and colleagues…and it became more and more real.
  • We used our houses in new ways, setting up home offices and home gyms, and for a while, home classrooms.
  • Then the sun came out, and so did we. Summer had arrived!
  • Protests remained powerful throughout our city.
  • Covid carts, covid trays, covid basket, etc came onto the scene with a way to store hand sanitizer, extra masks, and more for folks who came over to hang in your yard or front porch.
  • And…Black Lives Matter
  • Camping was everything…couldn’t fly or go to a festival…road trips and camping were a hit.
  • And then nightly protests followed by teargas and sound canons ensued at the Federal Courthouse.
  • People started fixing up their houses and yards.
  • And then FIRE…smoke kept us trapped in our homes, windows closed, and we taped furnace filters to box fans…and it was dark.
  • School returned with a whole new way of learning.
  • And the smoke cleared…
  • An election was on its way.
  • And we had more yard signs than ever.
  • Restaurants geared up for fall and winter and cold weather outdoor dining  became a new norm.
  • We bought outdoor heaters.
  • Halloween was skipped (mostly)
  • We got a new president. YES!
  • And all the while we kept selling houses because people need to move, and they need housing, and life happens.
  • The holidays were like none we’d seen before, and yet so very dear as we pulled out board games, and played cards, and cooked food we had never tried before…and it was okay.
  • And we braced for numbers to spike again.
  • There was an insurrection.
  • And an inauguration..and Amanda Gorman swept us off our feet.
  • And the vaccines came.
  • And the real estate market in Portland got hotter then ever and the buyer bottleneck began.
  • And here we are today…enjoying the sun, and grateful for all of you.

About Us:
Over the course of their professional partnership, Aryne + Dulcinea have helped over 200 clients prosper in their new lives. During this time, they have prided themselves in their top-notch selling abilities, with homes outperforming market standards, consistently exceeding list price while most of their listings sell in under 7 days. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, Aryne & Dulcinea will work in collaboration to guide you in investing in your future and reaching your real estate goals.

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Aryne + Dulcinea are full-service, high-producing agents, who understand how to navigate the unique challenges facing the Portland real estate market. The secret to their success is in their professionalism and complementary skill sets. In 2012, Aryne + Dulcinea saw an opportunity to combine their creative and technical wisdom to create a values-driven, full-service agency unlike any other. Expert negotiators and project management mavens with a strong background in creative marketing, Aryne + Dulcinea serve as fierce advocates for their clients. 

Their passion for real estate relates closely to their commitment to the Portland way of life, which entails a dedication to sustainability and appreciation for all things local. As Earth Advantage Brokers and ADU Certified Specialists, Aryne + Dulcinea are savvy in all aspects of alternative living practices—from versatile housing additions, green building practices, and revenue-generating strategies. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, Aryne & Dulcinea will work in collaboration to guide you in investing in your future and reaching you real estate goals.

Aryne greets working with clients throughout Portland with open arms. Licensed since 2005, she appreciates the ever shifting desires her clients have as they move through their real estate goals. Investigative genius on her side, Aryne will strive to bring you the results you desire.  When not working for you, Aryne is a constant cheerleader for her son and daughter’s pursuits on the basketball court and on the ballet stage! She practices yoga, hikes, loves to walk and explore Portland neighborhoods, reads, and delights in soaking up everything Portland has to offer! 

Dulcinea thrives on working with clients with a range of real estate goals.  Oregon born, with a design and an award-winning professional background, Dulcinea is steadfast when it comes to working for her clients and has a keen eye for properties that best serve client objectives. Licensed since 2013, Dulcinea works in and around Portland.  A mother of two and wife to her high school sweetie—in her free time she stays busy with her family, travel, community activism, exploring the outdoors, curating art shows, and dreaming big!

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