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A Fresh Start in SE

By Virginia Barden, July 2, 2019

I met up with Sam at the Speedboat coffeehouse in FoP0 in April to talk Real Estate. After a number of years and a hot start to a successful career in the Bay Area, Sam realized that he wanted to return to Oregon. Fresher air, more space, and way more affordable.

After a couple of follow up face time meetings, he flew up for a long weekend of serious house hunting. Sam is sharp and knew that while he was likely going to have to compete a bit to get into a solid starter house in Woodstock, Foster-Powell or Mt. Scott-Arletta, he was going to drive a hard bargain.

This fully upgraded mid-century ranch hit the market just in time for us to get in and see it. I wrote him up a great offer (after lots of research), and got it accepted after a bit of negotiation. All of this, just in time for him to fly back down to CA and wrap up his life there.

Now, it’s closing week and I think that Sam got a good deal in a hot neighborhood. Great job Sam! It was an honor to help you along your way.

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Virginia Barden


Grounded in personalized service and thoughtful communication, Virginia leverages her experience with high-pressure real estate investment environments to achieve exceptional outcomes for her clients. Virginia creates calm from chaos and loves adapting these tools to her clients’ benefit. In addition to her years in real estate, Virginia holds a Bachelor of Sociology Degree and a Certificate of Organic Master Gardening from Portland State University. She is a member of the Portland Metro Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, and a member of the Urban Land Institute. Virginia has earned her Master Negotiation Expert Certification, a designation that arms her with the most effective negotiation techniques and ability to maximize outcomes for her clients. Only 4,000 agents have earned this designation nationwide. When Virginia is not tenaciously advocating for her clients, she is in the kitchen working on recipes that begin with, “Day 1…”, drinking great coffee and hiking Mt. Tabor with her young family and her labradoodle, Polly. Virginia deeply cherishes the trust of her community and she will always have hearts in her eyes for Portland. Follow Virginia on Instagram to get a look behind the scenes.
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