Blog Buyer Getting creative to make dreams come true!

Getting creative to make dreams come true!

By Cristen Lincoln, February 18, 2020

Sometimes you have to get out of the box and make a leap to meet your goals. It’s no secret that buying and selling a home at the same time can be complicated. Without the funds to make a purchase while still owning and living in your current home, it gets even more tricky. Add to that a couple of kids who walk to school, an adorable pup named Tacey, and two parents who need to take care of them all and it takes it to another level. Finding the right house is one step, putting it all together is something different. When John and Katia found their perfect family “Upgrade Home”, they still owned “Little Red” their first and current house.  We crunched numbers, and buying without having Little Red sold, wasn’t a viable option. So, we got creative. The seller of Upgrade had already moved and his house was sitting empty. We put a strategy together where John, Katia, their kids and pup, could move into Upgrade prior to closing, paying rent until Little Red sold. We sold the idea passionately, and the seller went for it! How could he not? They are truly one of the most adorable families on the planet. They moved into Upgrade, and we got Little Red all dolled up as fast as we could. It was sale pending within 5 days of hitting the market. Now everything is going to close, and since they already got the keys to their new home, they will just be doing a high-five on closing day. What a day it will be! It was a long time comin’ but they got creative, trusted in themselves and in us, and we did it. I’m so happy for them! A very feel-good success story for a very wonderful family!

Cristen Lincoln

Broker in Oregon & Business Development

I’ve been a full time realtor since 1993, and after more than 25 years in the business and thousands of transactions under my belt, I still love it!  At Living Room Realty I facilitate individual agents' business development, am a member of the Broker Advisory Group which provides direction for the company, and lead a Roommates group which allows agents to share ideas for improving their business practices. I feel very fortunate to come to work every day and do what I love. I grew up here in SE Portland, attended our neighborhood schools and live just five minutes from my childhood home. I never even thought about moving away. I love to travel, but Portland is my home. When I’m not working, I enjoy volunteering at my kids’ schools. I’m known for throwing an epic class party! Before I had kids, I never knew I’d also enjoy being a “soccer Mom” as much as I do. When I have a free moment, I love to hop on my bike and ride down to the waterfront from Mt. Tabor where I live. Biking through the neighborhoods is a nice way to stay in touch with the city, and also stay in shape! When I feel like I want more of a challenge, I’ll add the climb up Mt. Tabor. It’s good ride with the reward being the view from the top of the park. Besides Portland, my family’s second home in Central Oregon is my favorite place. We escape there every chance we get, and love to explore the endless hiking trails, lakes, rivers and other natural wonders the high desert has to offer. Snowboarding on Bachelor is at the top of our winter activities list. We just love nature. Our two dogs love it too, and we take them almost everywhere with us! I’m an avid gardener. Meandering through Portland Nursery, even if I don’t buy anything, almost feels like a mini vacation. My Mom taught me a lot about tending a garden, but I also might have gotten my interest in gardening from my ancestors who were among the first settlers of Sauvie Island. My maiden name is Charlton, and a few of us still live and work there. There’s even a road named after my family. The kids think that’s pretty cool. My family has deep roots in Portland. I’m a true Oregon native, local SE girl, Mom and business woman. And, I’m passionate about working in the city and neighborhoods that I love. ADDITIONAL AWARDS & AFFILIATIONS
  • BrokerAgent™ Advisor ‘Top 500" and "Certificate of Excellence"
  • Portland Monthly Five Star Agent for past 7 years
  • 10 Best of 2015: Client Satisfaction – American Institute of Real Estate Professionals
  • Mt Tabor Park Stewardship Fund Committee Member
  • Past PMAR Public Relations Committee Member
  • Former Mt Tabor Middle school PTA and Auction Committee Member
  • Past PTA board member at Atkinson school and Auction Committee Member
  • Franklin High School PTA Member
  • Impact NW Volunteer and Community Liaison
  • Past Member Rose Chapter National Charity League
  • Member 99 Girlfriends Collective Giving For Impact
AT YOUR SERVICE Meet my Team • Owner/Partner: Jenelle Isaacson • Principal Brokers: Cody Thurman and Paul D'Souza • Licensed Broker: Stacey Pongracz-Bartha • Team Coordinator: Deborah Holmes • Client Services and Marketing Department: Whitney Diffenderfer, Blaine Smith, Gen Torelle, Becky Barryte, and Vanessa Rehder References available upon request.
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  • T: 503-260-2414
  • cristen@livingroomre.com

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