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Clear Eyes, Full Hearts

By Shannon Dooley, July 16, 2021

Today is special. Today I will give M & A keys to their first home. Their first home! It’s just so exciting. I’ve known M for about 15 years, we worked together, we commiserated together, and now when we see one another we can just chill together. It makes me so happy to be the person they chose to lead them through this process.

If you and I have ever had a conversation about real estate you already know that I find true joy in working with first time homebuyers.  There is just so much potential that comes with owning a home. In the big picture it’s a way to gain longitudinal wealth, an investment that may be used to propel you into something new, or simply the security of never having your rent raised again. In the day to day there is the feeling of safety, of having a place to grow and evolve, and knowing there is a place that offers comfort the moment you walk through the door. Lastly, we can’t forget the ever present improvements and projects. Sometimes fun and sometimes challenging, home projects almost always come through with an opportunity for growth. You’re going to learn things on YouTube that you never thought you’d need to know!

 

Shannon Dooley

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

She/Her

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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