Blog Stories Ready for more space to work and learn from home

Ready for more space to work and learn from home

By Cristen Lincoln, September 15, 2020

A pandemic can change the way one views their home. Bronson and Marisa were both working from home, as many of us are, while also helping their child home school, and caring for two dogs. After months of functioning in their small SW townhome, it became clear that it was time for more elbow room, a walking neighborhood and some yard space! They were referred to me by a friend, and we connected immediately! Bright, optimistic and good humored, Bronson and Marisa have been a joy to work with. They entered the housing market with a goal of getting an environmentally friendly home, with a great kitchen, room for everyone to work and learn from home, a yard for pups and gardens and in a good walking area. They did their homework and knew it was competitive out there, so we talked through in advance some of the options we have when writing an offer when we are competing. They were ready! They entered the market, very clear on objectives and the importance of being timely. On the first day out, a new listing came up that literally checked each and every box on the wish list. It was priced in their comfort zone. As expected, they were not the only buyers who fell in love with the amazingly well kept bungalow with gorgeous custom kitchen, wood floors, solar panels, electric car plug in and great yard. Many times, a buyer has to go through the process of getting an offer rejected, to really get a feel for what does or doesn’t work when competing. Not Bronson and Marisa! They loved this home, and because they were so prepared, they were mentally in a space to understand that they needed to be really aggressive to be sure to secure it. There were 6 offers in total, and it came down to them and another buyer. With a moment’s notice we updated the offer, and answered questions. We all were on standby to do what it would take to get the house! Finally we got the great news that it was theirs! Throughout the entire process, we worked as a great team, problem solving and keeping the big picture in mind and things moving forward. Now we are at the finish line, and soon they will have the keys to their very special home! We couldn’t be more excited for them!


Cristen Lincoln

Broker in Oregon & Business Development

I’ve been a full time REALTOR® since 1993, and after more than 25 years in the business and thousands of transactions under my belt, I still love it!  At Living Room Realty I facilitate individual agents' business development, am a member of the Broker Advisory Group which provides direction for the company, and lead a Roommates group which allows agents to share ideas for improving their business practices. I feel very fortunate to come to work every day and do what I love. I grew up here in SE Portland, attended our neighborhood schools and live just five minutes from my childhood home. I never even thought about moving away. I love to travel, but Portland is my home. When I’m not working, I enjoy volunteering at my kids’ schools. I’m known for throwing an epic class party! Before I had kids, I never knew I’d also enjoy being a “soccer Mom” as much as I do. When I have a free moment, I love to hop on my bike and ride down to the waterfront from Mt. Tabor where I live. Biking through the neighborhoods is a nice way to stay in touch with the city, and also stay in shape! When I feel like I want more of a challenge, I’ll add the climb up Mt. Tabor. It’s good ride with the reward being the view from the top of the park. Besides Portland, my family’s second home in Central Oregon is my favorite place. We escape there every chance we get, and love to explore the endless hiking trails, lakes, rivers and other natural wonders the high desert has to offer. Snowboarding on Bachelor is at the top of our winter activities list. We just love nature. Our two dogs love it too, and we take them almost everywhere with us! I’m an avid gardener. Meandering through Portland Nursery, even if I don’t buy anything, almost feels like a mini vacation. My Mom taught me a lot about tending a garden, but I also might have gotten my interest in gardening from my ancestors who were among the first settlers of Sauvie Island. My maiden name is Charlton, and a few of us still live and work there. There’s even a road named after my family. The kids think that’s pretty cool. My family has deep roots in Portland. I’m a true Oregon native, local SE girl, Mom and business woman. And, I’m passionate about working in the city and neighborhoods that I love. ADDITIONAL AWARDS & AFFILIATIONS
  • BrokerAgent™ Advisor ‘Top 500" and "Certificate of Excellence"
  • Portland Monthly Five Star Agent for past 7 years
  • 10 Best of 2015: Client Satisfaction – American Institute of Real Estate Professionals
  • Mt Tabor Park Stewardship Fund Committee Member
  • Past PMAR Public Relations Committee Member
  • Former Mt Tabor Middle school PTA and Auction Committee Member
  • Past PTA board member at Atkinson school and Auction Committee Member
  • Franklin High School PTA Member
  • Impact NW Volunteer and Community Liaison
  • Past Member Rose Chapter National Charity League
  • Member 99 Girlfriends Collective Giving For Impact
AT YOUR SERVICE Meet my Team • Owner/Partner: Jenelle Isaacson • Principal Brokers: Cody Thurman and Paul D'Souza • Licensed Broker: Stacey Pongracz-Bartha • Team Coordinator: Deborah Holmes • Client Services and Marketing Department: Whitney Diffenderfer, Blaine Smith, Gen Torelle, Becky Barryte, and Vanessa Rehder References available upon request.
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