Blog Buyer Calling Mt Tabor Home

Calling Mt Tabor Home

By Cristen Lincoln, July 1, 2019

Jordan and Jamie moved from North Portland to Mt Tabor in 2014. They enrolled their daughter at Atkinson Elementary, and set about joining and getting to know the neighborhood. It turns out Mt. Tabor was the perfect fit! They’ve made many great friends and neighbors and have loved the school, parents and community. They also loved their super charming bungalow on 56th street. But, it wasn’t full-filling all their needs. They talked quite a bit about remodeling versus moving. The most compelling reason for them to remodel, was that they loved their neighbors and neighborhood. They DID NOT want to leave Mt. Tabor. I met with them to go over pros and cons, and give them an idea of before and after remodel values.

While still in the throes of meeting with me and an architect, gathering information, an amazing house came on the market just a few blocks away. We were all out of town when it came up, and there was a last minute scramble to get back and walk through. It was awesome! I knew the house well, I had it listed the last time it was on the market. Long story short, there was  a race to get pre-approved, write an offer and submit. We got our offer in at the last moment. As things sometimes go, they didn’t get their offer accepted. There was a bidding war and ultimately someone else came in stronger. Man, they were bummed, but knew they had done everything they could. So, they applied for a home equity loan, and called their architect, taking it as a sign to stay put.

Little did we know that first house was just a fire drill. Barely a week later, their real dream home came on the market. A home the likes of which they didn’t think they could find in Mt Tabor. An amazing mid-century home on .66 acres, with not one, but two giant redwood trees. The remodeled kitchen with huge sliding door to the patio and entertaining area sealed the deal and they wrote the offer of a life time. They had some serious competition, but having just been through the process, they were ready to get down to brass tacks. We wrote an offer with as many strong points as we could conjure up, sent a letter with photos, and acted as the squeaky wheel until we got the news; they came out on top! Just barely. Someone else came out swinging too, but we edged them out enough to win first position. This house was the real fire, and they were to ready to take action! I’m so excited for them to have a home they love, that meets all their needs, right in their neighborhood!

Cristen Lincoln

Broker in Oregon & Business Development

I’ve been a full time realtor since 1993, and after more than 25 years in the business and thousands of transactions under my belt, I still love it!  At Living Room Realty I facilitate individual agents' business development, am a member of the Broker Advisory Group which provides direction for the company, and lead a Roommates group which allows agents to share ideas for improving their business practices. I feel very fortunate to come to work every day and do what I love. I grew up here in SE Portland, attended our neighborhood schools and live just five minutes from my childhood home. I never even thought about moving away. I love to travel, but Portland is my home. When I’m not working, I enjoy volunteering at my kids’ schools. I’m known for throwing an epic class party! Before I had kids, I never knew I’d also enjoy being a “soccer Mom” as much as I do. When I have a free moment, I love to hop on my bike and ride down to the waterfront from Mt. Tabor where I live. Biking through the neighborhoods is a nice way to stay in touch with the city, and also stay in shape! When I feel like I want more of a challenge, I’ll add the climb up Mt. Tabor. It’s good ride with the reward being the view from the top of the park. Besides Portland, my family’s second home in Central Oregon is my favorite place. We escape there every chance we get, and love to explore the endless hiking trails, lakes, rivers and other natural wonders the high desert has to offer. Snowboarding on Bachelor is at the top of our winter activities list. We just love nature. Our two dogs love it too, and we take them almost everywhere with us! I’m an avid gardener. Meandering through Portland Nursery, even if I don’t buy anything, almost feels like a mini vacation. My Mom taught me a lot about tending a garden, but I also might have gotten my interest in gardening from my ancestors who were among the first settlers of Sauvie Island. My maiden name is Charlton, and a few of us still live and work there. There’s even a road named after my family. The kids think that’s pretty cool. My family has deep roots in Portland. I’m a true Oregon native, local SE girl, Mom and business woman. And, I’m passionate about working in the city and neighborhoods that I love. ADDITIONAL AWARDS & AFFILIATIONS
  • BrokerAgent™ Advisor ‘Top 500" and "Certificate of Excellence"
  • Portland Monthly Five Star Agent for past 7 years
  • 10 Best of 2015: Client Satisfaction – American Institute of Real Estate Professionals
  • Mt Tabor Park Stewardship Fund Committee Member
  • Past PMAR Public Relations Committee Member
  • Former Mt Tabor Middle school PTA and Auction Committee Member
  • Past PTA board member at Atkinson school and Auction Committee Member
  • Franklin High School PTA Member
  • Impact NW Volunteer and Community Liaison
  • Past Member Rose Chapter National Charity League
  • Member 99 Girlfriends Collective Giving For Impact
AT YOUR SERVICE Meet my Team • Owner/Partner: Jenelle Isaacson • Principal Brokers: Cody Thurman and Paul D'Souza • Licensed Broker: Stacey Pongracz-Bartha • Team Coordinator: Deborah Holmes • Client Services and Marketing Department: Whitney Diffenderfer, Blaine Smith, Gen Torelle, Becky Barryte, and Vanessa Rehder References available upon request.
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  • T: 503-260-2414
  • cristen@livingroomre.com

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