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Make it your own, N Portland

By Carson Mead, November 11, 2019

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Brian and Bianca on the purchase of their new home in St. John’s. We toured throughout the city to find a home that would be a great fit for them with a budget in the low 300K’s. They didn’t need a lot of space, and were focused on finding a 2 bedroom home in good condition, with a great yard for their puppers. After touring different neighborhoods, they kept coming back to St. John’s as being the area that felt like home to them.

We found this great little house that had been rehabbed on the exterior. The inside had newer carpet put in, and some paint– aka light cosmetics, but the exterior had a new roof, siding, paint, and windows. They loved the original details of the house, including the 10 ft ceilings inside which made the home feel larger. They also love a project, and wanted to make it their own with the interior design. With the shell of the house ready to go, they were really excited to be able to put their personal stamp on it. We did all the inspections, and were able to negotiate a new sewer line, as well as a new furnace.

I’m so excited to see what Brian and Bianca do with their renovation, and for them to be in their preferred neighborhood with such a solid home.

I’m always happy to have coffee/tea or a drink and talk about what’s important to you in your purchase! Please reach out and be in touch.

Carson Mead

Broker & ADU Specialist

My first introduction to the world of real estate came in 2004, when at the age of 22 I bought my first home in NE Portland with my sister. I still remember what a monumental life transition that was. Buying my own home laid the foundation for a lifelong love of all things related to houses. I enrolled in a year-long Building Construction program to gain more knowledge in housing systems and techniques. I have used those tools to enhance my own home both inside and out. I joke that my favorite part of a house is the basement, as that’s where I can see the health and maintenance of a home’s systems: plumbing, electrical, HVAC, foundation etc. While a home inspector is the professional on helping to understand the story of a home, I like to provide as much due-diligence as possible up front before you spend the money and get into contract. Ultimately my goal is to meet you in any endeavor that you are wanting to undertake. If you are looking to sell, I will develop a strategy that makes sense for you with your goals, timelines and marketing strategy. If you want to invest in your home before going on the market, we’ll look at what you can do to maximize your profit: be it refinishing floors, painting, modifying light fixtures, and getting it staged. If you need to stay in your home while selling, I’ll bring in my stager to help get perspective on how to pare down the feel of your home and have tangible goals to achieve in getting ready to go on the market. If you are looking to invest in Portland real estate, we can talk about the big four in analyzing properties. Rental income, principal reduction, equity growth and tax benefits. I work with spreadsheets to outline these assets so you can see the short and long term performance of your investment. Once last piece of my professional and personal life that I spend a lot of time thinking about are ADU’s (Accessory Dwelling Units). Also known as mother-in-law units and granny flats, these can be detached or attached. When I see a home, I look at the property in detail to see how the home is oriented on the lot and if it is ripe for a detached ADU (new construction), or if it is a good prospect for creating an attached unit (a basement apartment). I also look at the zoning to see what kind of potential this could add. I am in mid-process building my own detached ADU. The structure is going to be modern with clean lines and open concept. I live on a corner lot, which means the ADU can have it’s own street entrance. I also have zoning which will allow me to split the lot if I choose and sell it separately at some point. My plan is to keep it as a rental, but this will create a lot of flexibility both short and long term. I am a cooperatively focused broker, with a passion for helping people achieve their goals and succeed in their endeavors. I am patient, understanding, trustworthy, and truly care about your best interests. I serve on my neighborhood association board and the larger Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. Please let me know if you'd like to share a beverage, coffee, tea, beer/wine to talk about what’s important to you and see if it would be a good fit to work together. All the best— carsonmeadpdx.com yelp
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Carson Mead

Broker & ADU Specialist


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