Blog Stories Goodbye to a Great Agent

Goodbye to a Great Agent

By Teri Toombs, March 14, 2020

Real estate is a peculiar business, and like no other. We Realtors compete for business, but also cooperate with each other, acting as buyer agent and seller agent, to sell a home together. In this community, the cooperating agent is crucial to making a deal better. Not easier, but better. I have learned so much from the co-op agents I’ve worked with.

It is with much sadness that I learned of the passing of a truly great agent this week. Celia Lyon was an icon in this industry. She was everything you look for in an agent: tough but fair, encouraging but real, present and engaged.

I was lucky enough to work with her on a few sales here in Portland. And just in case you thought real estate was all gleaming hardwoods and en suites, it’s not. This house was a challenge to sell, to say the least.

Me: Feral cats roaming under house, rotted joists, furnace broke!

Celia: We can make this work

Me: Sky is falling! Buyer is freaking!

Celia: No worries

Celia was an artist.

She taught me so much about how to keep a tough deal on track. Even when I wrote feces in the repair addendum, which caused a bit of an uproar with the underwriter, she kept us on track. Sure, she chastised me for that, but it also taught me to never write feces into a repair addendum.

Celia did so much for the LGBTQ community, the real estate community, and her clients. Her devotion to friends and family was clear. My sincere condolences to her wife Barb, her family and her framily. May you find some comfort in knowing her impact is lasting, she was an amazing agent, and she will be greatly missed.

Thank you Celia. RIP Celia.

Teri Toombs

Principal Broker, ADU Specialist

Meet Teri Toombs Living Room Realty’s Longest Serving Agent. Living Room Realty’s First Managing Principal Broker. Previous jobs: Loader Operator, Produce Worker, Operations Manager. Parkrose Grad and U of O Architecture School student. Built and lived in a cabin in the woods for 7 years. Spent youth skiing the mountains and rivers of Oregon. Lifelong love of swimming continues to current day. Soft-hearted boot strapper. Fierce client advocate. Fair negotiator. Well-versed in multi-offer situations. Focused on building and growing generational wealth. Committed to home ownership for all. Born in Portland, knows Portland. Serving buyers and sellers since 2003. Lives in a Ladd’s Addition Ranchalow with long time love Persephone and best dog Devo.  
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