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Own-to-Rent in Russellville!

By Lauren Dahl, June 5, 2019

Own-to-Rent? I must mean rent-to-own, right?

Not this time! I recently had the absolute pleasure of assisting my clients J & K to purchase a home in Russellville (east of Mt. Tabor, north of Powellhurst-Gilbert, south of Maywood Park) SIGHT UNSEEN with the intention of living in in a couple years and then renting it out. It’s not an unheard-of scenario, but a few other key points made this transaction a bit unusual.

First, I met J on Instagram. That’s right – a friend of mine from Portland (who now lives in California), sent me a direct message telling me that she’d been contacted by one of her followers looking for a broker referral. She mentioned me, and we got in touch. J and I chatted on the phone for a couple hours that first time and had SO much in common! And I was super impressed that she and her husband had the financial forethought to consider purchasing a home with cash instead of renting while finding their perfect neighborhood in Portland. Financially risky? To some, it would seem so. But J & K have their $***] together and knew exactly what they were doing!

In fact, these guys already found a place they loved online, and it was PRICED UNDER $300K. That’s right, UNDER $300K. And they got it for that price, too – not crazy over-bidding on this one. They were SO confident with the home, they trusted me to go check it out, make videos, tour the neighborhood, talk to the neighbors, etc. to help them make the final decision as to whether or not to purchase it.

And just three weeks and a few inspections later, they arrived in Portland to pick up their keys! Welcome to our beautiful city, J & K!

Lauren Dahl

Earth Advantage Principal Broker & ADU Specialist

Lauren Dahl moved to SW Portland from the Utah desert in 2014 with her rock-climbing husband, three young children and two cats. A self-confessed pluviophile, Lauren loves the frequent rain, tall trees, vibrant culture and clean air that Portland embodies. Prior to her time in Utah, Lauren grew up in south Alabama and also spent several years in Aspen and Denver, CO. Lauren began her real estate career in 2009 and quickly ramped up to being one of her former brokerage’s top agents. She was named a finalist for the sought-after Rookie of the Year award by the Salt Lake Board of Realtors and also became part-owner and landlord of dozens of rental units ranging from single-family homes to a 15-unit apartment building (all of which she served as the selling agent). When it comes to working with home buyers, Lauren is a visionary who understands that the perfect home is more than just a checklist of features. Whether it’s abundant natural light, a tree-covered landscape, an open floor plan or or a minimalist, modern design, Lauren works tirelessly to find homes that complement her buyers’ lifestyles both now and for many years to come. She spends a great deal of time getting to know her clients as well as previewing homes to make the process more efficient and enjoyable for everyone involved. To the benefit of her sellers, Lauren possesses a unique combination of marketing ability, attention to detail and a love for numbers. She is committed to providing her sellers with up-to-the-minute, comprehensive data so she can further assist them in making pricing and timing decisions. She then puts on her marketing hat to get as many qualified buyers through her listings as possible. Finally, she uses her keen negotiation and communication skills to ensure a smooth transaction right up until closing. Lauren also finds great joy in assisting real estate investors (and aspiring investors!) in pursuing buy-and-hold and renovate/resell (flipping) properties. From the first-time homebuyer looking to maximize her return by purchasing an owner-occupied, four-/tri-/duplex to the seasoned investor looking to fund multiple short-term projects, Lauren has the tenacity and skill to make profitable deals happen. In addition to her experience in real estate, Lauren holds a master’s degree in advertising management from the University of Denver and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alabama in mass communication. An accomplished sewist and knitter, Lauren also makes most of her (and her children’s) clothes. She teaches online sewing pattern drafting courses, designs sewing patterns and was a Janome sewing machines ambassador for two years before transitioning back into real estate. Catch up with Lauren on her Portland real estate blog and website, laurendahlpdx.com. You can also tune into her YouTube Channel by clicking here.
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Lauren Dahl

Earth Advantage Principal Broker & ADU Specialist


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