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I Love Welcoming Dreamers to Our City!

By Dill Ward, July 18, 2020

As I round my ten year anniversary of my own relocation to Portland, the openness and curiosity that comes with newcomers, connects me to own path of joy.

Typically they fly in for a few days to “look around”, and see if they can quickly get a feel for the Portland real estate market. They tend to appreciate my over-the-top enthusiasm for whatever lifestyle their hoping to find here.

When the opportunity is by way of an introduction from another kindred spirit, chances are high it’s going to be an interesting & fun adventure.

This was true of working with VK. We had a pre-meeting chat over the phone and in the first 5 minutes I had cheek pains from his wit & humor. He’d sold his long time home in California and was contemplating life at a different pace with more trees. I got the feeling he was seasoned in home buying, and would appreciate working with someone savvy to navigate choices, local market conditions, and negotiations.

On his first visit I organized a tour of a mix of homes and was able to get a feel quickly for his tastes, preferences, and priorities to share in the evolving vision of the type of home that would suit his needs. After a few days of touring we came really close, but the right set of variables just wasn’t there.

He went back home as he still had some other business to attend to before making the leap of uprooting and moving to Portland. We stayed in touch and enjoyed talking smack about homes online and life in Portland in general. We shared a few tours of homes on Facetime & Zoom to help him keep the energy of his search alive.

Then the day came he called me and said, “I’m ready to move to Portland, let’s find the house.”

As this point we’d developed enough rapport, I knew I’d be able to hunt it down fast.

The market had heated up and multiple offers in hot neighborhoods were almost certain. It was mere days later that we laid eyes on “the one.”

Chances were high it would get bid up beyond the budget and out of reach, so I encouraged making an offer with some attractive terms that would offer the Sellers some flexibility.

If the joy and cuss words shared when I called to tell him the offer was accepted could be bottled, I’d cherish it forever.

It’s a beautiful property, and an extremely rare combination of Spanish style home on a tree-lined street up high on the block, yet still close to everything inner east-side living has to offer. I love that it has all the charm he was dreaming of & touches of SoCal to remind him of home.

Dill Ward

Principal Broker | OR


I'm a strategist at heart. Once we've got a clear vision on your goals I love drawing the road map how to get there. I'm a natural problem solver and resiliency is my superpower. I get excited by nudging you to see the bigger picture of your goals when the process can drag you down into the moment. I've been called by my clients as, "contagiously enthusiastic". Selling a home or taking the leap to buy is an exciting transition which can create other shifts and opportunities for you to take control of the direction of your life and discover the next version of yourself.


Negotiating was a skill I honed early in life, whether it was persuading for a later bedtime, or heading down to South Florida flea markets where my parents would encourage me to, "work a deal" on a comic book or a kitchen gadget. Even back then, I loved the thrill of asking for what I want.


For those of you who geek out about self development and personality tests, my "Strengths Finder" results are: Positivity, Strategic, Activator, Learner, and Ideation.

I LOVE PORTLAND! (and welcoming new people)

I relocated to Portland from Florida in 2010, and am grateful to have built an incredible life here in this weird city. It's always an honor to be a welcoming face and a warm smile to others arriving and looking for home.


Wait, is that a thing? I'm always thinking about real estate. I love wheeling and dealing! Before I was a REALTOR®, I started the journey as an investor. Fun fact: I helped an investment group flip over 100 properties my first 2 years in industry! I've had a rental portfolio for over 10 years and dabble in all areas of the industry. My speciality is the concierge level service we can deliver when someone wants to sell and let us take the wheel. My team and I love to work as project managers and orchestrate the 50 different vendors & contractors to make miracles happen in short amounts of time.


• My husband & biz-partner Nicholas. (He's a High Performance Coach & REALTOR® -- dreamy combo!), and our young daughter Nori. • Building Community! Check out Women who Own it, a monthly meetup community for women homeowners. • Offering networking opportunities, encouragement, and business coaching for women in business at Women with Moxie. • Spreading motivation and inspiration in the world through public speaking and event emceeing. • Finding ways to make people smile. Enough about me -- if you are still reading this far, i'm dying to know about you! Use my easy online scheduler and let's book a meeting! Buy, sell, just a get-to-know each other to possibly collaborate on some amazing project? Easy breezy!


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