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A Home Buying Workshop for 2024

By Genmae Rianelli, January 9, 2024

Now, Later, or Never? When is the right time for you to buy a home? A home buying workshop for 2024

2/1/2024, 5:30-7:00 pm

421 SE 10th Ave

Portland, OR 97214


Navigating the Portland real estate scene can feel like a maze, especially in these uncertain times. That’s why the Bridge to Portland Group and Julee Felsman with Guaranteed Rate are here to shed some light on the path to your dream home, no matter where that path might lead.

Join us on Thursday, February 1st from 5:30-7:00 pm at our SE Portland Living Room Realty office (421 SE 10th Ave) for a free home buying workshop that will help you determine whether buying a home is the right move now, later, or maybe even never.


Why Attend

  • A Chance to Figure It Out Together: You’re not alone. Plenty of others are asking the same questions right now. Why not come and meet folks in a similar situation so you can learn from each other? Let’s figure out the journey together and make it less overwhelming for everyone.

  • Your Path, Your Terms: Whether you’re ready to buy now, are planning for later, or just want to explore your options, we’ve got your back.

  • Exclusive Lender Credit: For attending this class, you’re eligible for a $1,000 closing cost credit* when you finance your home loan with Julee Felsman!

  • Bamboo Sushi: Who can say “no” to a Green Machine roll? Certainly not us! We’ll be serving a few rolls and snacks from one of our favorite sushi spots at the event.

Plus, all attendees will get early access to a new down payment savings option in Oregon including an added down payment promotion!

*Credit valid through Julee Felsman for applications submitted after 2/1/2024 and prior to 2/1/2025. Coupon/Credit must be presented/mentioned at time of application. $1000 credit will be applied at time of closing and is factored into the rate and APR. Applicant subject to credit approval. If loan does not close for any reason, costs will not be refunded. This offer and/or receipt of application does not represent an approval for financing or interest rate guarantee. This coupon cannot be redeemed for cash/has no cash value. Restrictions may apply, contact Guaranteed Rate for current rates or more information.

What to Expect

When you walk out of the workshop, we hope you’ll have a better understanding of the factors that contribute to the buying v. renting question, including:

  • If buying or renting a home is right for you

  • When the right time is to buy

  • How much mortgage rates, affordability, & inventory should affect your decision-making

  • What the Portland Metro market looks like now & what you can expect in the future


The Team

This workshop is hosted by the Bridge to Portland Group, the #1 team at Living Room Realty, Portland’s #1 brokerage. Over the years, we have built our business on the incredible and valuable recommendations of our happy clients. Collectively, we have been serving communities throughout the Pacific Northwest for more than 47 years. We are proud of our deep roots and want to see the neighborhoods we serve continue to incorporate great people.

The Bridge to Portland Group team is:

Sharon Bloudek, Licensed Principal Broker in Oregon

Beth Benner, Licensed Broker in Oregon & Washington

Carrie Struss, Licensed Broker in Oregon & Washington

Genmae Rianelli, Licensed Broker in Oregon

We are happy to bring in Julee Felsman, Branch Manager/SVP of Mortgage Lending at Guaranteed Rate (NMLS #120831) to co-lead this workshop with us. For over 25 years, Julee’s been helping clients find just the right loan and successfully navigate the mortgage process. With a focus on transparency and education, you’ll find her eager to answer your questions, help you understand your options, and settle on just the right loan to fit your needs.

Julee Felsman NMLS # 120831; Guaranteed Rate Inc.; NMLS #2611; For licensing information visit

We hope we’ll see you at the workshop and in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions; we’re here and happy to help!

Genmae Rianelli

Broker | OR


Genmae has over five years of experience in the real estate industry. She earned recognition at Living Room Realty with the Brokers Advisory Group Award for Joy and, fittingly, she now serves as the Joy Chair for this group. Her outstanding performance was also acknowledged with the Rising Star Real Estate Award for 2023 and 2024. Genmae has an expert ability to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds, understanding their unique needs in communication and in their real estate objectives. Her genuine approach has fostered numerous successful relationships, many of which have evolved into lasting friendships. Genmae has partnered with dozens of homeowners throughout her career and, as a valued member of the Bridge to Portland Group team, she frequently collaborates with colleagues to provide comprehensive support to their clients as well.

Genmae was raised in Southwest Portland and she maintains strong community ties, supporting local businesses in Multnomah Village. She has lived in four states and two countries, moving a total of six times, crafting her ability to communicate with people of different backgrounds and naturally create lasting relationships wherever she goes. Outside of work, Genmae enjoys exploring Portland's vibrant restaurant scene and cheering on the Portland Trail Blazers.

Learn more about Genmae and the Bridge to Portland Group here.
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