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What’s Meant To Be Will Be

By Shannon Dooley, February 28, 2021

Reilly and Jaime were referred to me by a local lender and I have to be honest, from the first conversation we had I was thrilled to be working with them. They’re both in their 20s, out of college, and finding their paths in the world. The task ahead of us: find their first home.

Side Note. I have to nerd out for just a minute. I love working with first time homebuyers. I love it because I believe in home ownership as the jumping point for people to start building longitudinal and generational wealth. Homeownership is something I want to see for everyone at some point in their life. It especially excites me for young people to start owning as soon as possible, it opens up so many opportunities in the future. I have many friends who have started businesses, confidently changed careers, and/or retired early as a result of early home ownership.

Back to Reilly and Jaime. We knew they wanted to be in Vancouver and we quickly distilled their wants and needs to figure out exactly what we were looking for. We talked about the challenges in the current market and the strategies I like to employ to be competitive (we are in a heavy seller’s market right now). Some things will always be standard, but sometimes coloring outside of the lines is exactly what you need to do.

We looked at several houses and it didn’t take long until we found the house they were looking for. It checked the most important boxes. We made our offer. So did a dozen other people. We got beat out, barely, but we were in the #2 position, something I was more excited about than they were – because I knew it meant we still had a chance. We kept moving forward and looking at other properties, that’s how it goes. A couple of days later, just as we were getting ready to write an offer on a house that was great, but not quite as great as the first one, I got the call. The first position buyers had backed out due to cold feet and we were now in first position for them to buy the house they really wanted. Calling Jaime and Reilly to tell them the news was my favorite phone call that day.

Shannon Dooley

Broker | Earth Advantage | ADU Specialist | OR & WA


Long before I lived here I was enamored with the Pacific Northwest. Growing up in the high desert of Nevada I found the dichotomy of the moisture and associated life in the PNW incredibly appealing. As a teenager I was certain I wanted to live in Seattle, then one trip to Portland changed my mind. I was in love with this city instantly and knew this is where I wanted to grow and where I wanted to raise my daughter. That was 20 years ago and I’m still enamored. I have gotten to know this city inside and out and am continually grateful that my job is also my passion.  As a third generation REALTOR® I truly feel like real estate is in my DNA. Unlike many generational Realtors my business is built from the ground up. I started in 2016 and haven’t stopped yet. I believe in perpetual growth and am continually seeking knowledge and experience that will benefit my clients. I learned a lot about basic construction principles growing up with a father who could, and would, take on any home renovation project. More recently I took lessons from my former spouse who was a general contractor and home inspector. Those experiences provided a great base, but the most significant learning has happened since becoming a general contractor myself and starting a small construction company in 2019.  I love our communities, neighborhoods, and especially our houses. We are lucky to live in an architecturally diverse city where you can find almost any style of home and many vintage homes, some dating back to the 1800s. This can prove overwhelming for a lot of people, but I love these old houses and have an abundance of knowledge to help my clients navigate without fear.  I believe in real estate as the most important investment we can make for longitudinal wealth and want to help everyone realize that potential. For this reason first time homebuyers hold a special place in my heart, I love getting people started on that journey. The truth is I love it all. Seasoned investors who just want to talk numbers? Great. Coordinating with empathy and kindness to handle an estate? Yes please. Working with sellers to prepare their homes and finding the right way to say goodbye? Absolutely. I love it all. When I’m not obsessing over houses or helping my clients prepare for their next move you can find me hiding out in the mountains or at the beach, traveling internationally, re-learning the piano, meeting new people, attempting to keep house plants alive, exploring Portland neighborhoods, and supporting local businesses. I bought my dream house in North Portland where I live with my dog Arnold and the worlds most talkative cat John Meowkovich. I’m always taking on some sort of life endeavor and have been part of starting a food truck, owning and developing a small farm property, and writing a children’s book. “Can’t Stop - Won’t Stop” should probably be my motto. My adult daughter is an amazing human that brings me great joy. I couldn’t be more proud.
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