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By Cristen Lincoln, April 10, 2020

Dear Honored Community Members

We want to keep in touch with you and let you know that we are of course are aware of what is happening, and to share what our safety protocols are moving forward. 

 
Buyer showings are still happening! Interest rates are incredible. We are taking these steps and ask that you join us in helping keep everyone safe. 
 
  • No hugs or handshakes. 🙁 Maintain approximate 6 foot distance. 
  • No sharing of small spaces. For example: bathrooms, entryways or mud rooms. 
  • Agent will enter the house and turn on all lights, open doors etc. We ask that folks refrain from touching surfaces inside homes. Leave that to us! We will have disinfectant wipes or hand sanitizer with us. 
  • Consider leaving the kids at home. (It’s so hard for kids not to touch things!)
  • Refinance activity is up, along with new sales due to historic low rates. Closing timelines will likely increase.
  • If you have even the slightest illness, please respect government instructions and stay home. We can’t meet you if you are ill. 
We are still listing houses! Buyer’s are very active, and we have multiple offer situations going on. There is still not enough inventory to meet the demand. 
 
  • No public open houses.
  • No broker tour opens.
  • One party at a time for showings.
  • For occupied homes; disinfect your door knobs, light switches, faucets- basically anything with a handle upon re-entry of your home. per the authorities, soap and water works well on this virus. 
  • We will provide a floor plan drawing of each new, occupied listing during this time to make sure buyers are showing up informed and interested and to avoid unnecessary showings. 
  • After you have a sale in place, there will be many inspections. Follow wipe down protocol after each one. 
  • Refinance activity is up, along with new sales due to historic low rates. Closing timelines will likely increase. 
  • If you become ill at all, showings of the home must stop until you are well, and all surfaces have been disinfected. 
We understand that all of this is inconvenient, and thank you for helping us follow these guidelines, so we can keep working for you! Your safety, and your goals are important to us. We are fully committed to continue to work and see a lot of opportunity in the marketplace. As the stock market tumbles, investors will be moving their funds to more stable investments. Historically, that is real estate! Additionally, as folks move from stocks to bonds, interest rates are held low, since they are tied to bonds. So, we see a lot of real estate activity on the horizon! 
 
We will get through this together! Stay safe and healthy and know we are here for you. 

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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