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The Rise of the Home Office

By Melissa Dorman, December 30, 2020

Prior to Covid-19, the home office for most people was an afterthought. With technology and remote work gaining traction, homeowners found they could work from anywhere—the kitchen table or the local coffee shop.

Our current circumstances with Covid-19 have seen a rebirth of the home office. Move aside kitchens! Home offices are beginning to be spotlighted in homes and gaining prominence in real estate listings.

Homeowners are dedicating space for a home office that they can work remotely from or their children can do remote school from like never before.

Realtors with the help of stagers are taking extra care to create the “statement home office” that gets noticed on tours and in photos. Homeowners are not only looking for a fully functional home office that includes spaces for multiple workstations and that has plenty of tucked away hidden storage, but they are also “looking to have their home offices evoke a sense of calm,” Eilyn Jimenez, founder and creative director of Sire Design in Miami, told Mansion Global. “Design has changed substantially, as we are placing greater focus on ambiance and mood.”

When preparing to list your house it can be a great idea to highlight your home office.
Try your best to create a dedicated space for a home office. This will give your buyer’s the sense that they will be able to unplug when the work or school day is done and provide greater separation from work life versus personal life. Currently these spaces can make all the difference in your upcoming listing!

Melissa Dorman

Broker | OR & WA


Ten years ago, Melissa was living in a slum in Kolkata, India, helping over 200 women escape sex trafficking by providing alternative work at a social business. It was there she discovered her passion for financial education as a means of empowering people to move out of poverty. After graduating from UCLA with a Masters, Melissa spent 5 years working as a Social Worker; assisting clients facing homelessness, in jail, or at a psychiatric facility. As much as she loved the work, imagining saving for retirement on the meager salary of a social worker was becoming grim. That's when Melissa discovered "passive income." In no time, she fell in LOVE with real estate as a vehicle for wealth. Soon after, Melissa began locating off-market multi-family properties to purchase through creative financing strategies and win-win opportunities. Two years into investing, Melissa quit her day job as a Social Worker to become a full-time broker and investor. Initially, she was drawn to people in difficult circumstances, so she developed extensive experience assisting families facing foreclosure, short sales, and probate. Melissa is well versed in helping her clients overcome complex real estate challenges. Currently, Melissa is teamed up with Super Broker, Yascha Noonberg at Living Room Realty. Together they assist clients to achieve their real estate dreams, including how to strategically buy and sell a personal residence to maximize profits. Far from the slums of Kolkata, her greatest passion now is empowering other working professionals to develop passive forms of income through buying multi-family properties in Portland.
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