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Striking a Balance on Mt. Scott!

By Olivia Rush, June 27, 2021

Congratulations to my clients, Ty and Morgan, on the purchase of their new home on Mt. Scott!

Ty and Morgan were introduced to me by a mutual friend. They were open-minded about where they wanted to put down roots. Huge music lovers, they loved living in a city with so much good live music passing through, but were also open to having more space a bit further out.

Our search took us from North Portland to SE to Gresham, Happy Valley, and even Molalla! With each visit, their vision became a little clearer. Space, but not acreage. Updated, but with vintage charm in tact. Open to sweat equity, but not in a home untouched for 30+ years.

Our first offer could not compete with the 13 others that were submitted. It was a useful experience, however, helping Ty and Morgan recalibrate their expectations and sharpen their focus.

A few weeks later, we honed in on a nearby property that was a little rougher around the edges than the first, but move-in ready with lot of project opportunities. The house was on 0.4 acres, perched on Mt. Scott with a view of the city, and with a detached mother-in-law unit!

Our creative offer beat out 4 others, and during our due diligence period we were able to negotiate a $5000 credit to put toward some electrical and other minor repairs. Ty and Morgan are already lining up out-of-state visitors for the next few months, one of whom is their contractor best friend. Cheers to Ty and Morgan – let the summer BBQs and passion projects commence!

Olivia Rush

Broker | OR & WA


As your trusted guide through the buying or selling process, you can expect me to customize my services to your specific goals and preferences, much like I did for my students during my ten years as an educator. My clients’ goals vary. A couple retiring to the Big City after 30 years on 22 acres. A woman purchasing her first home independently. A couple upsizing to support a growing family. Two friends pooling their resources to make their first investment possible. A couple navigating a divorce and the sale of their home. A refugee family with limited English setting down roots in this country. Deaf investors looking to maximize profit on their flip.  A couple selling the home of their daughter who has lost her battle to cancer. A family relocating from across the country and buying sight-unseen.  These situations all require unique, dynamic, and holistic approaches. Everyone has different needs, and it is my top priority to meet my clients where they are. For me, real estate is not transactional. It is deeply personal and inevitably life-changing. While each client requires a tailored strategy, my work ethic is unwavering. With me you can always expect organization, tenacity, responsiveness, dedication, and hustle. A gatherer of resources, a communicator of all options and possible outcomes. As your advocate, I will be brutally honest so you know what to expect. A skilled negotiator, I’ll consider every angle with your dreams and goals in mind. My clients often end up feeling like family. I am honored they trust me enough to return to me as their needs change and refer me to their friends, family, and communities. What are your real estate goals and dreams? Call or text me so we can meet to discuss your vision.  
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