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Chasselton Charm for these First Time Homebuyers

By Scott Shoji, September 24, 2021


The Chasselton Condominiums
701 NE 28th Ave #31
Portland, Oregon 97232

SOLD AT: $427,500

2 BEDROOM | 2 BATH | 1,344 SQFT

Today I am reminded of why I truly get fulfillment in my career. Yesterday I had the pleasure of handing over keys to two of the most genuine and deserving people on the close of their very first home. Jen and Matt were referred to my by their lender, and I am so glad he did. Real Estate is a journey, and many times we as agents are as much along for the ride just as our client’s are. We walk each home with them, talk about the pros and cons, envision what a home could be like in the future, savor it when we win the bid, and take the sting when we get beat out on offers. So when you and your client’s get along so well together and seem to be on the same page with the good and the bad of each home they see for themselves, you are exultant when they find the one just right for them.

We started our search seeing 10+ properties a day, weekend after weekend, and threw in some weekdays for fun as well. To say we saw a lot of homes is an understatement. Jen and Matt took it upon themselves to really educate themselves about the market, what seemed like a good deal and what clearly was not. We started looking at condos, but after seeing some of the HOA dues that came with them, we diverted to detached homes and townhouses without HOA’s. We saw so much in their price range, wrote a couple of offers, only to be beat out, and finally ended up in contract on a home in Milwaukie that they felt would right for them. It was flipped prior to the current owners purchasing it, and it had all the trappings of a charming home, with the old bones of a a turn of the century property. We had our inspection, and things started out bad (no sewer cleanup) and ended up worse (inspector pulling me aside to have a very candid conversation about the condition of the crawlspace). After a laundry list of major red flags, Jen and Matt decided to terminate. I remember my words to them: “Sometimes, it is okay to walk away and start again. We will find you the one.”

I headed out of town for a last bit of summer vacation, and we talked about one of the condos they had seen early on in our search. It had just had a major price reduction, and they felt it was finally at a price they could feel comfortable with making an offer on. As soon as I got back into town, we made the offer and after some great dialogue between the listing agent, we were able to craft a deal between both parties that seemed to be a win-win. The condo was located in the Chasselton Condominiums, a converted apartment building in NE Portland originally built in the 1920’s, but recently converted to Condominiums in 2007. This unit was unique in the building, as it is the only one that was 2 units that were combined over different floors. This space would allow Jen and Matt enough space to have a several bedrooms and a bonus room, to have an art studio and game room for their hobbies and more importantly, allowed AC in the space, which their previous apartment did not allow and the major reason why they started their search! So here is a photo of the two East Coast transplants, outside their very first home purchase, after being Renter’s in Portland for over 20 years!

Thanks to Michael Larson at Principal Mortgage Group for his wonderful referral and his excellent work on the financing side for Jen and Matt.

Many thanks to the List Agent, Victoria Jayne of Jayne Realty, LLC for her exceptional work on the other side of this transaction. She was on top of everything on the Seller’s side and her communication and ability to put a deal together was second to none. I truly do hope to cross her path again and work together on another transaction.

Cheers to all parties involved and Congrats Jen and Matt!

Scott Shoji

Broker | OR


Hello! My name is Scott Shoji and I am a licensed Oregon Real Estate Broker. I began my journey into Real Estate in 2005 specializing in new development mixed-use buildings & condos in Portland’s urban core. I was part of the sales teams for the Eliot Tower and The Westerly while at Debbie Thomas Real Estate, gaining first-hand knowledge of how a high-rise building is constructed from the ground up. Seeing all phases of the design, build, and sales process for condominium development helped frame my knowledge of the condo market. I am very familiar with most condo buildings in Portland and have published extensive market research on them for years. Before joining Living Room Realty, I worked with a top producing team that eventually became a boutique brokerage based out of the South Waterfront. This opportunity allowed me to expand my knowledge of not only the residential buildings in the area, but the ethos and vision of the community. I unequivocally loved being a condo owner and living in the heart of Downtown Portland where I took advantage of walking to farmers’ markets, concerts, festivals and food carts. Now living in a single-family home in the west-side suburbs of Portland, I enjoy watching my daughter ride her bike and my wife attempt to weed our garden. I feel like I can truly speak to the different experiences that each can offer and relate to buyers and sellers no matter what lifestyle they choose. I am a California transplant, having trekked North to earn degrees in English Literature & Business at the University of Oregon. (Go Ducks!) I have lived in Oregon on and off since 1996 and permanently made Portland my home in 2005. It is the love of this city that has welcomed me into its quirky arms that fuels my desire to help others find the same. Why Portland? The seasons! Leaves changing colors, the crisp winter air, lush green forests that convince you of another adventure. A thriving food scene where every other corner celebrates an up-and-coming chef, barista, or brewer. There is something so very accessible about Portland that charms and endears me. It feels intimate and easily accessed for a “big“ city. Where walking and cycling are embraced as popular modes of transportation and you are a short drive from the ocean, mountains, rivers and forests. What are you doing in your free time? You can usually find me artfully dodging or skillfully kicking rubber balls in my adult Dodgeball and Kickball leagues. I try and keep youthful at heart and these leagues help with that. Otherwise, I can be found tackling my untamable garden, improving my photography skills, or hiking the Pacific Northwest with my wife, Chelsea, and daughter, Elora and son, Auryn. Favorite Place Traveled To? This is probably a tie between Mürren, Switzerland, a picturesque mountain town deep in the Swiss Alps where I proposed to my wife, or Cambodia, where I experienced one of the most vibrant cultures traveling with my brother and sister. What can always be found close to you? A cup of black coffee and my computer. Why Real Estate? I have always loved the feeling of home. It is both a sense of place and a feeling of comfort. I find immense enjoyment in being able to help people find their home, whether that is handing over the keys to that very first home purchase, or helping someone take the next steps in life by selling the place that memories were made in. Not many careers can give that sense of satisfaction at the end of the day.
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