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Let’s Fix It Up!

By Shannon Dooley, June 10, 2021

On a sunny Saturday morning I got a text from a client who saw a house in her neighborhood had come up for sale. It is incredibly rare that things in this small neighborhood come on the market so she was incredibly excited. The house was about a mile away from her parents, who she is incredibly close with, and was just the kind of fixer-upper she was looking for. A couple of hours later there we were, inside this house with amazing bones, great architectural details to work with, and a makeshift trapeze in the bedroom. I mean… really, what else does one need in their first home?

She knew immediately this was the perfect house for her, or it would be after she had a little time to do some fixing. So we got busy talking and came up with a competitive offer. We were up against several developers, who likely had oodles of cash to throw at this property, and we weren’t sure we could compete. And we were right, in the end we were not the highest offer. But our offer was accepted!

Three weeks later I was able to hand my client the keys to her first home. If you know me, you know how much I love giving keys to first time homebuyers. I feel like I’m handing them an endless world of possibilities that this investment will bring in the future. 🏡

 

Shannon Dooley

Broker | Earth Advantage | ADU Specialist | OR & WA

She/Her

Long before I lived here I was enamored with the Pacific Northwest. Growing up in the high desert of Nevada I found the dichotomy of the moisture and associated life in the PNW incredibly appealing. As a teenager I was certain I wanted to live in Seattle, then one trip to Portland changed my mind. I was in love with this city instantly and knew this is where I wanted to grow and where I wanted to raise my daughter. That was 20 years ago and I’m still enamored. I have gotten to know this city inside and out and am continually grateful that my job is also my passion.  As a third generation REALTOR® I truly feel like real estate is in my DNA. Unlike many generational Realtors my business is built from the ground up. I started in 2016 and haven’t stopped yet. I believe in perpetual growth and am continually seeking knowledge and experience that will benefit my clients. I learned a lot about basic construction principles growing up with a father who could, and would, take on any home renovation project. More recently I took lessons from my former spouse who was a general contractor and home inspector. Those experiences provided a great base, but the most significant learning has happened since becoming a general contractor myself and starting a small construction company in 2019.  I love our communities, neighborhoods, and especially our houses. We are lucky to live in an architecturally diverse city where you can find almost any style of home and many vintage homes, some dating back to the 1800s. This can prove overwhelming for a lot of people, but I love these old houses and have an abundance of knowledge to help my clients navigate without fear.  I believe in real estate as the most important investment we can make for longitudinal wealth and want to help everyone realize that potential. For this reason first time homebuyers hold a special place in my heart, I love getting people started on that journey. The truth is I love it all. Seasoned investors who just want to talk numbers? Great. Coordinating with empathy and kindness to handle an estate? Yes please. Working with sellers to prepare their homes and finding the right way to say goodbye? Absolutely. I love it all. When I’m not obsessing over houses or helping my clients prepare for their next move you can find me hiding out in the mountains or at the beach, traveling internationally, re-learning the piano, meeting new people, attempting to keep house plants alive, exploring Portland neighborhoods, and supporting local businesses. I bought my dream house in North Portland where I live with my dog Arnold and the worlds most talkative cat John Meowkovich. I’m always taking on some sort of life endeavor and have been part of starting a food truck, owning and developing a small farm property, and writing a children’s book. “Can’t Stop - Won’t Stop” should probably be my motto. My adult daughter is an amazing human that brings me great joy. I couldn’t be more proud.
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