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Home Sweet St. Johns

By Shannon Dooley, July 17, 2021

Sometimes you live somewhere long enough that you just know it’s where you want to be. B found that place in St. Johns and though he wasn’t sure he’d find what he was looking for when we started his home buying journey it all came together perfectly! The first house we looked at was fun, a little funky, and just felt right to him. But putting an offer in on the first house you see can feel big, really big. So we decided to keep looking so he could better understand what the market had to offer in his price range. As we toured more homes the house went pending, but he felt good about it – we were finding lots of things that would be a good fit. Then, as he was trying to decide between making an offer on one of a couple of great houses the first house came back on the market. They buyer had gotten cold feet and pulled out before even doing any inspections. It felt like the decision was made and we quickly put an offer together and had it accepted right away. The rest was a breeze – the inspector and contractor both gave their thumbs up, we negotiated for a few small repairs, and bam! B is in his new home. It was such a pleasure to be part of helping B find his first home, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does with the new digs!


Shannon Dooley

Principal Broker in OR | Broker in WA | Earth Advantage | ADU Specialist


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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