Blog Stories Don’t Judge a House by its Square Feet!

Don’t Judge a House by its Square Feet!

By Gavin Shettler, October 18, 2019

Oh, the square foot dilemma with homes in Portland, Oregon. First off, it is common practice in Portland to list unfinished basements as part of the square footage of a home-not delineating the difference between finished square footage, and unfinished square footage. This can be very confusing for buyers. They see a home that is listed with a total square footage of 3000 square feet and 1200 of those square feet are an unfinished basement. So total living space is really only 1800 square feet. And if the 1800 square feet are laid out poorly, that living space can feel even smaller. Suddenly your big house, lives pretty small-which leads us to layout.

Layout of a house can make all the difference. My clients, Ben and Corina, learned this first hand. They had been looking to buy their first home in inner-Eastside Portland. They had found again and again homes with lots of square footage, but with little usable space. The classic big house that lived small. Then, they toured The House. According to square footage, it was the smallest house they looked at with only 1500 square feet. It was a mid-century, single level home owned by a designer. The house was beautiful, thoughtful, and flowed. Every square foot was usable. The layout was such, that the home felt like 2000 square feet. The house lived BIG! Lots of buyers felt the same and there were multiple offers. The home sold for well over the list price. It’s not always about square feet. Congrats Ben and Corina!

Gavin Shettler

Earth Advantage Principal Broker

I am a residential real estate broker at Living Room Realty serving Portland, Oregon, and the surrounding area. My clients love working with me for my honesty, integrity, and good communication. Real estate is more than just buying or selling a home, it’s about building authentic and lasting relationships between individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities. Many of my clients are first-time home buyers, individuals who are ready for their second or third home purchase, people relocating to our area, and sellers who need an agent who understands the nuances of a specific neighborhood. My role as your agent includes facilitator, negotiator, advocate, advisor, and expert in the Portland Metro housing market. I am a certified Earth Advantage Broker and an Energy Trust Ally. I enjoy educating my clients about high efficiency homes and green technology applications. I have lived in Portland for over 20 years and love this city. My background is in Arts administration where I first owned and managed a commercial art gallery. I then founded and ran a non-profit visual arts center and last but not least managed and directed a large housing development of live/work spaces for artists. I live in the Montavilla neighborhood in NE Portland with my wife, Andrea and our children, Beatrise and Augustus. Along with our children we are happy to be parents to our three cats, Charlotte, Yogi and Ferocia. Our four chickens, a leopard gecko and beautiful dog named Lucy. About Living Room Realty, it is a leading real estate company that believes in community and connections. We have 120+ agents between four offices in inner Portland, a office in Vancouver, WA, and a office in Manzanita that serves the North coast of Oregon. We provide a wide range of services beyond residential real estate including rental management, tenant placement, and commercial real estate. Living Room is one of the only real estate companies with B-Corporation status in the nation. The company’s values include integrity, relevance and diversity. Our company was awarded the 2014 Business in Ethics Award for all small businesses in the state of Oregon. Gavin Shettler Principal Broker gavin@livingroomre.com 503-481-7450 Cell Assistant: Rose Romanick rose@livingroomre.com
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Gavin Shettler

Earth Advantage Principal Broker


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