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Portland: The Perfect Place for Family

By Julie Davis, August 12, 2019

Twelve year old Jayden has two moms, and a vast family network of support. Although her parents got divorced and began living separately in North Carolina when she was small, her moms Anne and Wendy were incredibly focused on creating a world of love for Jayden.

With Mommy Wendy, Jayden enjoys cooking, editing music videos, and volunteering at an animal rescue shelter while raising their dog Monroe. With Mom Anne, she loves camping, biking, and testing out her growing skateboard skills while hanging with dog pals Sully and Ink.

When Anne had to return to Oregon to care for her parents, Jayden bravely learned to fly cross country between the two states on the month-long breaks that her year-round school schedule afforded. She learned to love Portland’s food trucks, the tree-filled neighborhood where Anne and her partner Lisa settled, and the city’s welcoming of diverse families.

This summer, Jayden’s happy worlds came together when Wendy found a job in Portland, and I helped her buy her very first house! And it’s not just any house – it’s a retreat under tall Douglas firs surrounded by vibrant hydrangea blossoms and blueberry plants – and it’s just a four-minute walk to Anne and Lisa’s house. Jayden is steps from one of the city’s most beautiful parks, her new school where she’ll start seventh grade in the fall – and her entire family.

I never imagined that not only would I be able to find the perfect, affordable place in Portland but also for the whole process of buying to be seamless. Thanks to Julie we have a wonderful new place to call home – Wendy 

This is a dream that came true! – Jayden

Julie Davis

Earth Advantage & ADU Specialist Broker

Julie Davis believes finding home is a story we write ourselves. To Julie, finding home describes the way the buying process itself reveals our style, preferences, and priorities—not to mention what “just feels right,” according to Julia and Evelyn, just two of Julie’s happy homeowners. Her clients call Julie an intuitive agent, an investment-savvy realtor, and a strategic negotiator. But Julie defines her success in simpler terms, “Helping clients find a house means nurturing the process of discovering what home means to them.” As a Portland realtor with Living Room Realty, buyers and sellers not only receive a trusted guide but an agent with profound knowledge in maintaining a home’s integrity. According to Julie, her first-rate education in home construction began years before her real estate career started, when she worked alongside activists devoted to saving and restoring old Portland homes. Today, she’s on the cutting edge of real estate with training in Earth Advantage and a specialty in ADUs, expertise she uses daily to support her clients as they navigate the Portland area’s booming real estate market together. From growing up on a dairy farm in rural Oregon to living in Northeast Portland’s Roseway neighborhood today, Julie’s enthusiasm for the Portland area informs her work with buyers and sellers. First-time home buyers like Sarah, who purchased a home on a single-income and specific budget, credits Julie’s strong negotiation skills with the purchase of her half-acre farm in East Portland’s Gilbert Park neighborhood. After Sarah parted ways with her initial realtor, who relied on assistants to show prospective houses, assistants who often criticized her selections, she searched for a realtor who could also be an advocate. “Julie worked so hard for me,” says Sarah, who knows Julie saved her thousands of dollars in home repairs. When buyers Evelyn and Julia faced the frustration of their seller’s unavailable realtor after the conclusion of their sale, Julie’s ability to build a positive working relationship with the sellers themselves eased the frustration, while also lightening the stress of a big move and subsequent renovations for Evelyn and Julia. Her clients routinely highlight Julie’s unwavering calm when working through the exciting and stressful buying and selling process, but Julia notes that it’s not only a personality strength of Julie’s—it’s just good business, “Julie’s business acumen is very strong. She keeps in mind that real estate is a business, and that can be hard for people—but in the end, it’s an investment.” And Debbie, a client who both sold and bought with Julie’s guidance, hired Julie because of her impressive personal character, in addition to her emotional equilibrium. “I knew I needed someone who could handle themselves well and someone I felt I could trust. The quickest way to lose me in any financial transaction is to pressure me into something,” says Debbie. Julie understands her clients - buyers, sellers and investors  - will need expertise beyond her own, and has built a knowledgement network of experts including construction professionals, home inspectors and financial professionals.  Her clients refer to Julie’s “amazing team,” assembled to support them through the buying and selling process, a group including experienced and trusted women contractors and home inspectors. Julie’s not only building a strong team but providing opportunities for her clients to meet highly capable women entrepreneurs. With over 25 years working as a community activist, and the founding Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon, her work as a Portland realtor is a natural extension of her advocacy life, where she sought to create a diverse, inclusive, and accepting community of activists to defend everyone’s basic rights. Today, her clients and colleagues are the regular beneficiaries of these remarkable cross-over skills. When it comes to defining what home means to each person, Julie brings a dedicated worldview her clients experience over and over, best summarized by Julie’s own belief that, “Everyone deserves  a place to call home.”
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Julie Davis

Earth Advantage & ADU Specialist Broker


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