When I met Wayne and Jess at an open house last summer, they had JUST begun thinking about purchasing a home. But one thing I knew they wanted from the start was a BIG kitchen and LOTS of counter space. What they needed was an island. A REALLY BIG ISLAND. And we found the perfect … Continue Reading

Relocating to Portland from out-of-state is something a lot of people dream of doing. In fact, it was just over two years ago that my family and I had the wild idea to pick up and move here ourselves. So you can imagine I was delighted when my long-time friend, Ian, emailed to let me know … Continue Reading

Sometimes, real estate transactions are easy. They start with love letters and end with champagne and have puppy dogs and warm fuzzies all in-between. The inspections are clear, and financing is in-the-bag. All deadlines are met, and no one wants to strangle anyone else. Sometimes, deals are perfect. But to be honest, what I really … Continue Reading

When I first met Michael a couple months ago, I knew that helping him to find his first home would be a lot of fun. He had a great sense of humor and an adventurous spirit. But what really made this process even more fun was that his two future roommates tagged along with us … Continue Reading

Last week, we did something we’ve been researching/prepping for/planning for years – we bought a house to renovate and resell (AKA flip)! The home is in Northeast Portland in the Parkrose neighborhood, and we purchased it from a wholesaler. It sat vacant for a while before we purchased it and has indications that there were squatters … Continue Reading

A few months ago while hosting an open house in Portsmouth, I had the pleasure of meeting Sean and Audrey. They were recently married and looking for their first home in North Portland. And they were lovely. (I secretly hoped that our Southeast connection (they’re from Georgia; I’m from Alabama) would entice them to ask me … Continue Reading

I began my real estate career 2.5 years before my first child was born, and at the time, I was kind of like, “Schools? What schools? There are schools??!” It just wasn’t a huge concern of mine. Of course, I quickly learned that highly-rated schools are generally an indicator of desirable neighborhoods (depending on one’s definition), and … Continue Reading

UPDATE 8-29-16: PRICE REDUCED $25K TO $425K. I recently posted a sneak peek of this home on my Instagram feed, and someone who had grown up in Portland (and has since moved away), commented, “This house is quintessential Portland!” She was spot-on.   Before I moved to the Pacific Northwest, I imagined that everyone lived … Continue Reading

In the past six years since I was pregnant with my first child, my husband and I have embarked on three home searches. The first was when I was about 36 weeks pregnant with my daughter, and we closed the week before I gave birth (on a 100-year-old house with a crushed sewer line, no … Continue Reading

I’ve recently discovered this gem of a nursery and coffee shop just outside of SW Portland in Raleigh Hills – Drake’s 7 Dees & Antonio’s House of Coffee! I found it in my search for an independent coffee shop in Raleigh Hills, and alas…Antonio’s is the ONLY one. It’s become a mainstay in my working/coffee-drinking/plant-shopping … Continue Reading