Blog Stories The Rents Rent No More!

The Rents Rent No More!

By Jim Arnal, March 31, 2020

Post Written By: Natalie Cavener, Licensed Assistant to Jim Arnal


Yep- that’s right! The rents are renting no more. Handing keys over to my parents was a moment I will never forget. It meant so much to me they fully entrusted me to be their REALTOR® and felt as though the transaction process happened with ease.


After my grandparents experienced some health complications a couple of years ago, they made the decision to take residence in a one bedroom “Granny Pod” in their backyard so they could support them when needed. My younger siblings live with them too… so they were a family crammed into less than 500 square feet. Once my grandparents no longer needed ongoing support, they excitedly began their hunt for their next family home.


They had been keeping an eye on the market for months prior to getting their pre-approval letter. Once we had one in hand, we had an accepted offer on their ideal home within 8 days. We toured it within a few hours of it hitting the market and submitted an offer the following day. The home is just blocks away from our previous family home… and ticked all their boxes. I knew immediately this was their house and they did too. Knowing it would more than likely go higher than list price, we did everything we possibly could to construct a compelling offer that would win a multiple offer situation. Needless to say we did a happy dance when they accepted our offer PRIOR to the offer deadline!!


After a smooth transaction, I was able to hand my family keys to their new home (using social distancing of course!) They came to the home with cars ready to unload and I blasted 90’s pop from my car and danced back and forth to celebrate. My siblings had rooms picked out within seconds and they were already making plans as to where they would put their toys. I am so grateful I was able to help them with the home buying process and I am so excited for them to begin this new chapter in their lives!


– Natalie Cavener, Licensed Assistant to Jim Arnal


Jim Arnal

Principal Broker | Earth Advantage

I grew up in a small college town in California where the backdrop was 1920’s bungalows, single level ranches and the San Gabriel Mountains. As a young boy I was an avid fort-builder and found myself drawn to architecture early. I can remember my mom dragging me through open houses in between soccer games on the weekend and watching my father tackle almost every home remodeling project under the sun. While I loved the surf, a love of the outdoors and 90’s grunge rock drew me north for college where I studied design and architecture. Summer and winter holiday trips back home to see my family gave me an excuse to stop in Portland where I would indulge in Montage mud pie and late night coffees at the Rimsky Korsakoffee House. Portland stuck with me and a couple years after college my wife Carrie and I moved here to start our family and my real estate career. Unlike many generational REALTORS®, I started from scratch in 2002. I would spend every day reading up on neighborhood histories, studying market trends and beefing up on my construction knowledge. A couple years prior, I had bought my first home and while my REALTOR® was friendly, I was surprised that their level of service had considerable room for improvement. From the beginning of my real estate career I have always been with my clients at every stage of the process with an unwavering attention to detail, deep rooted understanding of contract negotiations and Portland home construction. Soon my practice was almost exclusively referral based as the support of past clients helped me grow to be one of the top agents in my company. While accolades and awards have never served as motivation, I have always appreciated recognition by my peers and clients. Since 2005 I have been a Diamond-Platinum member of the Master’s Circle and in 2019 I was the Top Producer at Living Room Realty and one of less than 100 REALTORS® in the Portland metro awarded the Portland Monthly Five Star award for nine straight years. Accolades aside, my goal of improving my trade has never wavered. I received my developer’s license in 2013 and my contractor’s license three years later, not as capitalistic endeavors but with the goal of enriching the counsel I could give my clients. What was initially an academic endeavor to bolster my construction knowledge turned into a variety of projects for my clients ranging from the construction of new homes and ADUs, to the design of new kitchens and bathrooms and even the occasional restoration of a historic property. Today when I show my clients homes, I can point out the implications of 2x6 dimensional lumber in a third story attic, how to reconstruct a basement stairwell to be code compliant or why all parge coats aren’t created equal. When I am not picking a house apart for my clients, you can find me on the side of a soccer field cheering on one of my three children, with my wife in a ‘62 Grumman canoe on the Puget Sound or like my father, tackling remodeling projects at the hip roofed colonial I call home today.
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