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Buy a House to Quit Your Day Job- Say, what?

By Virginia Barden, October 22, 2019

Flush with technical degrees, my buyer client Miles currently works as a Focused Ion Beam Engineer- wow! While fulfilling, however, Miles has a goal of using his technical background and love of photography to someday own and run his own nature and animal photography business.  Investing in real estate was a viable path towards financial independence and owning his own dream business. Miles was, thankfully, referred to me by some mutual friends. We met, clicked and quickly began his first-time home buying efforts.

After a bit of targeted searching, this amazing mid-century home with a large studio and second workshop on the property hit the radar.

With pre-approval and a personal letter in hand, we put together an offer in a competitive situation and won the heart of the seller.

This 4-bedroom house gives Miles the ability to rent out a few of them to offset or even, completely cover the mortgage. This cash flow gives Miles the ability to transition to focusing on his business full-time. Miles specializes in nature and pet photography.

The gigantic shop out back is the perfect space to build out his photography studio. For just under $350,000 and record low-interest rates, Miles has secured a great path towards his dream!

Thanks for trusting in and choosing me to represent you in this milestone!



Virginia Barden


Grounded in personalized service and thoughtful communication, Virginia leverages her experience with high-pressure real estate investment environments to achieve exceptional outcomes for her clients. Virginia creates calm from chaos and loves adapting these tools to her clients’ benefit. In addition to her years in real estate, Virginia holds a Bachelor of Sociology Degree and a Certificate of Organic Master Gardening from Portland State University. She is a member of the Portland Metro Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, and a member of the Urban Land Institute. Virginia has earned her Master Negotiation Expert Certification, a designation that arms her with the most effective negotiation techniques and ability to maximize outcomes for her clients. Only 4,000 agents have earned this designation nationwide. When Virginia is not tenaciously advocating for her clients, she is in the kitchen working on recipes that begin with, “Day 1…”, drinking great coffee and hiking Mt. Tabor with her young family and her labradoodle, Polly. Virginia deeply cherishes the trust of her community and she will always have hearts in her eyes for Portland. Follow Virginia on Instagram to get a look behind the scenes.
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