Blog Stories Family Matters!

Family Matters!

By Melissa Dorman, May 9, 2019


This is Kristin and Dante. I met them both on a rainy afternoon out in Sherwood. Initially Kristin wasn’t quite sure about leaving city life for the suburbs. Though with Dante’s school years fast approaching she knew that she wanted to start putting down roots in a place with an amazing sense of community for the family.

Kristin had friends that lived in Sherwood and was familiar with the area, but not so much the community. This was an amazing opportunity for me to share my love for Sherwood. I grew up there and could speak first hand about my experiences in the area.

We ended up spending our first afternoon only viewing one property. We spent the rest of the time at Snyder park watching Dante play. It was the same park I played at with my friend growing up and spent time with my family and it was amazing to share old stories.

After that afternoon Kristin knew Sherwood was the community for them. About a week later we pulled up to the house Kristin would end up falling in love with. The children’s toys in the neighboring yards immediate felt right. When we walked in to find huge windows and big living spaces it all really felt like a bonus.


Congratulations Kristin and Dante!



Zoe Spring is a Licensed Broker with Yascha Group at Living Room Realty in Portland, OR.  Follow Yascha Group  on Facebook.

Melissa Dorman

Broker Licensed in OR & WA

Ten years ago, Melissa was living in a slum in Kolkata, India, helping over 200 women escape of sex-trafficking by providing alternative work at a social business. It was there she discovered her passion for financial education as a means of empowering people to move out of poverty. After graduating from UCLA with a Masters, Melissa spent 5 years working as a Social Worker; assisting clients facing homelessness, in jail, or at a psychiatric facility. As much as she loved the work, imagining saving for retirement on the meager salary of a social worker was becoming grim. That's when Melissa discovered "passive income." In no time, she fell in LOVE with real estate as a vehicle for wealth. Soon after, Melissa began locating off-market multi-family properties to purchase through creative financing strategies and win-win opportunities. Two years into investing, Melissa quit her day-job as a Social Worker to become a full time broker and investor. Initially she was drawn to people in difficult circumstances, so she developed extensive experience assisting families facing foreclosure, short sales, and probate. Melissa is well versed in helping her client's overcome complex real estate challenges. Currently Melissa is teamed up with Super Broker, Yascha Noonberg at Living Room Realty. Together they assist client's to achieve their real estate dreams, including how to strategically buy and sell a personal residence to maximize profits. Far from the slums of Kolkata, her greatest passion now is empowering other working professionals to develop passive forms of income through buying multi-family properties in Portland.
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