BlogBuyerFalling in Love with Portland is so EASY!
Falling in Love with Portland is so EASY!
By Cristen Lincoln, April 24, 2020
I can’t imagine completing construction on a custom built 3,000 sq ft dream home, and then shortly after, decide to make a cross country move. Well, that’s just what Micheal and Wendy did. Two years ago they flew out from Virginia to the Pacific Northwest to visit colleges with their daughter Miranda. They rented an airbnb in Sellwood and immediately fell in love with the city. They couldn’t believe the proximity to the mountains and the beach. They loved that you could visit both in one day! They enjoyed walking the surrounding neighborhoods with their dog Wilbur, and discovering some of our fantastic local farm to table restaurants and grocery stores. They even became regulars at a local tea shop in no time.
Dreading their return flight home, they started talking about the idea of making a move to Portland and what that would look like. Without even having all the answers, they took a leap of faith and decided to list their brand new house and find a short term rental in Portland. Once in Portland, they hit the ground running with a REALTOR® they found online. The REALTOR® seemed bothered to be showing them homes, and they quickly realized they were not a top priority for that Agent.. When they stumbled upon a house of mine listed in Mt. Tabor, they gave me a call. We hit it off right away on the phone, and they wanted to meet in person. We set up a meeting to learn about their search and talk about expectations. We were honored that Wendy and Michael decided to work with our team! We are committed to our clients and the team is there for you for the whole journey no matter how long it takes. We will guide you every step of the way. We can’t promise it won’t have its challenges, but we will be right there with you, finding solutions together. That was the kind of spirit and service they were looking for.
With a new found confidence, we started shopping for homes together right away. We looked high and low and found a couple of great options and wrote very competitive offers, only to learn we came in second place. As heartbreaking as this was, I reassured them their house was out there and that they would love it! Sure enough, a house came up on the same street they wrote their very first offer on. We didn’t waste any time and wrote a very strong offer right away. We even got to meet the owner and chat with him while we were there viewing it. Turns out, the seller just moved around the corner and was hoping for some great neighbors. He accepted our offer and is delighted to have Wendy and Micheal joining the neighborhood. Finally, after a long search and lots of patience and dedication, Wendy and Micheal couldn’t be happier moving into a home they truly love. We couldn’t be more pleased either!
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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
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10 Best of 2015: Client Satisfaction – American Institute of Real Estate Professionals
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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
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