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A Jade District Gem

By Lisa Avena, January 20, 2022

One of the pleasures of having a referral based business is being able to work with the family, friends, and community of my past clients. I recently met Duc from a wonderful past client who I had the pleasure of working with this past fall. 

As many of you know, the real estate market is often a whirlwind of action. My time helping Duc through his home buying processes was testament to this. Duc reached out to me on a Wednesday, we immediately set up a time for a home buying consultation on Friday and then began identifying properties to view the following day. We were under contract by that Sunday!

In spite of the incredibly limited inventory on the market, Duc was able to identify a house that would work for him. One of the most important criteria for my client was making sure that the community was going to be a good fit for him. He hoped to be within walking distance of Asian markets and restaurants. We found the perfect place for him in the heart of  the Jade district . Here, there are an abundance of asian owned markets, restaurants, businesses and community.

While finding a house in this challenging market felt like a feat in and of itself, we were able to go in under asking thanks to this house having been on the market for two weeks. We knew it checked almost all the boxes but that there would be some repairs that would need to be negotiated. I’m grateful that in addition to the price reduction, we were able to have the seller agree to pay nearly all my client’s closing costs and complete some needed repairs. 

I am truly honored to have helped Duc with his home buying process and cannot wait to see how he will transform this house into his home. Buying in a tight market with such limited inventory can have its challenges but it is certainly possible as evident through Duc’s journey.


Lisa Avena

Broker | Earth Advantage | ADU Specialist | OR

Searching for a place to finally lay down roots and to call home, I moved to Oregon with my family over a decade ago. Arriving in Portland, we instantly fell in love with the vibrant neighborhoods, older homes, walkability, and amazing local music scene. We knew immediately that we had finally found our home. We settled down in inner SE where we’ve lived ever since. While in California, I attended UC Davis where I earned a bachelors degree in Sociology and went on to work in social services for over five years, before I began a full time career raising my three daughters and giving back to my community. Some of my volunteer commitments have included serving on several non-profit boards, working as the volunteer outreach coordinator for The Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, and helping to coordinate fundraising events and develop community partners for local radio station KZME. As a REALTOR®, I am absolutely committed to helping my clients not only find the perfect house, but also the right community for them to call home. I take great pride in the level of service I provide. This begins with educating my clients about the process of buying or selling a home, knowing current market conditions, representing their interest and serving as their trusted advisor/negotiator throughout the entire real estate transaction and beyond. As a REALTOR®, I’ve been able to combine my passions of helping people, building community and my love for the places we call home.  Please let me know how I can help you!
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