Closing: Cozy Cape Cod Remodel in SE Portland

I was lucky to represent John and Janelle as buyers in 2017, and now again as sellers in 2021! I helped them buy their home on SE Kelly back in the day, but now they need more space for their growing family. They put so much work into the SE Kelly home, including a full basement remodel, kitchen renovations, and energy efficiency updates. The home now scores a 7/10 Home Energy Score.

 

This quaint cape cod style home lives in the Richmond neighborhood of Portland, making it walking distance from SE Division’s popular bars, restaurants, and shops. The family room features a brick, wood-burning fireplace to cozy up the light filled room. The fireplace is an original feature of the 1938 build! Warm toned hardwood floors and clean white details brighten the living room and kitchen.

 

One of the best features and return-on-investment for my clients is the remodeled basement. John and Janelle designed a cozy family area, 2 bedrooms, a full bath, and a laundry room. Perfect private space for guests, in-laws, or even a rentable short-term rental space!

 

Thank you both again for your continued trust. I can’t wait to see how you transform your new home. It’s always a pleasure to work with repeat clients. Until next time!

 

Listing Details

Closing Price: $631,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms:  2
Home Sq. Ft: 1,672
Lot: 3,920
RMLS: 21521740

 

Are you looking to buy or sell in the Portland area? Hop over to my contact page and get in touch!

Closing: Charming Bungalow for First Home Buyers

It’s been a joy helping the lovely Jessica and Alex purchase their first home! It has been 2 years in the making and they found the perfect starter home for their family.

 

They first wrote an offer on their new home competing against 4 other buyers. When their offer wasn’t accepted they wrote an offer on a home a few blocks away that was a great fit in a slightly different neighborhood.  A few days later we learned that the buyer of the first property backed out! The couple jumped at the second chance to buy the home!

 

Negotiation with the seller was fast and furious to ensure the home wouldn’t be put back on the market, which worked out beautifully for us. We were able to see the previous buyer’s inspection reports, which helped my clients feel confident in their offer and in asking the seller to pay closing costs.

 

Want to peek inside their new cozy bungalow?
 

 

 

 

Walk through the front door and you are greeted with an open concept living room, kitchen, and dining area. The entire interior, aside from the kitchen, features dark hardwood flooring. The kitchen is set with white cabinetry and tile flooring, updated stainless steel appliances, and contrasting black countertops. The spacious second bedroom will double as an office and guest room for visiting loved ones. My clients also scored with a huge 45 x 155 ft backyard and detached garage with loads of potential for vegetable gardens, flower beds, and landscape design projects once they’ve settled in. Their 5 dogs will also enjoy the space!
 

 

 

 

 

 

Congrats on your first home! Jessica and Alex are in their mid-20s and have just finished college. They jumped at the chance to invest in real estate early, and I am so happy for them! Getting a headstart on real estate investments is a great opportunity for long-term equity and credit building. Check out my blog on real estate investing here!

 

I hope to help in the future when you are ready to invest in your second property!

 

If you’re interested in buying, selling and real estate investments, I’m only a phone call away — (512) 736-6111

Top 4 Time Management Hacks for the Busy Businesswoman

As a full-time business woman, full-time mom, and working with post-COVID-lockdown limitations, time management is everything. There are only so many hours in the day and BOY do they fly by, especially when you have a little one running around.

 

I rely on my wonderful husband and the community at Escuela Viva, but even with my support system, my day-to-day life can feel chaotic. For my fellow working women — with kids or without — here are my top tips for staying organized, productive, and level-headed.

 

Maintain a Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Schedule

 

Do you know what method of planning works best for you? Do you prefer having your day laid out digitally, in your Google Calendar or Calendly? Or do you prefer a physical daily planner?

 

The convenience of a digital planner is paramount, but I suggest using a daily planner for your day-to-day tasks. The University of Tokyo recently conducted a study confirming that the act of writing on physical paper is linked to improved memory compared to typing. Scratching your to-dos in a planner and prepping your month on a physical calendar will help you prepare for the days ahead.
However, I suggest keeping appointments, zoom meetings, and major due dates in your digital calendar to ensure you receive reminders to your phone day-of.

 

Here are a few sources of personalized planners, designed by women small-business owners!

 

Transparency with Your Support System

 

The monthly calendar we discussed above — share it with the household! Hang a whiteboard calendar up in your office or communal space where you, your partner, and/or any other important members of your household can scribe their schedules. Add your daily working hours, BIG assignments, and events to the calendar to share with your loved ones.

 

My fellow moms will understand the “mom-guilt” that comes with a busy work schedule. This transparency will allow you and your support system to work around each other’s schedules. On this note, make sure you schedule yourself with reasonable working hours. As a businesswoman who works primarily from home and makes her own hours, I understand the struggle of not having a clock-in-clock-out schedule. Don’t forget to prioritize your health and wellbeing!

 

 

Embrace saying NO.

This tip may seem the simplest, but this is one of the hardest to truly embrace.

 

We all know how much we can handle on our plates, but we hesitate to say no in fear of disappointing someone or missing out on an opportunity. However, prioritizing your health and the trajectory of your goals are far more important!

 

First, identify your core values and goals. When you’re presented with an opportunity, ask yourself:
  • Does this opportunity align with my long-term goals? Could this be a stepping stone in my career?
  • Does this opportunity align with my values?
  • Will saying yes to this opportunity take valuable time and focus away from another important project or client?
  • Will saying yes to this opportunity take precious time away from family and loved ones?

 

When I was pregnant with Camila I knew my time would be precious in the early months.  Before pregnancy I was on two local board of directors, one state board of directors and a number of committees. I loved being heavily involved with the groups close to my heart and business, but I realized that I would not be able to continue to serve with the attention necessary.  I wound down my involvement slowly and I was grateful I did.  Almost one year after Camila was born I was ready to get more involved again.  At that time my company, Living Room Realty, asked if I would like to join our Broker Advisory Committee and it was at just the right time. I have been serving for almost a year now and I really enjoy the interaction and commitment.

 

Rewind and Review Your Week

 

Ironically, one of the best time management hacks is setting aside time to simply reflect. Open your planner (digitally or physically), take the calendar off the wall, and look back on the past week:
  • Look for any “loose ends” — are there any projects, meetings with clients, or tasks that need to be addressed further?
  • Did you run into anything unexpected this week? If so, can you avoid a repeat occurrence by planning ahead of time?
  • Review your long term goals (for the month and year). Did you move towards your goals this week? Make plans to actively work towards those goals in the coming week.
  • Was any day significantly stressful? Did you run into any stressful situations? Reflect on why that day or situation was stressful. Can you manage your time or plan ahead to avoid a repeat situation?

 

 

As a full-time business woman, with or without children, establishing a clear routine and self awareness of your productivity is so important! I can’t stress enough that your mental health and time with loved ones reigns over everything else. Planning your month, week, and day-to-day schedule is the best way to ensure you are able to prioritize you and your family.

 

Be sure to follow me on Instagram if you aren’t already for more of a look into my life as a real estate agent and mom to Camila, I’m always looking to connect with like-minded women in business.

 

Let me know if this was helpful and drop a suggestion in the comments for a topic you’d like me to cover on the next blog!

My Top 3 Tips for Fall Home Maintenance

 

We have a large pine tree in the front of our house and let me tell you… I knew fall was officially here by the amount of fallen needles I woke up to this morning. As I was sweeping up needles from the driveway I thought, this is a perfect time to upload my top fall maintenance tips! So, without further ado…

 
 

1. Gutter Cleaning

 

Here comes the rain and with it, falling leaves and needles. Gutter maintenance is extraimportant living in Portland where heavy rainfall and lush terrain can clog gutters seemingly overnight. Additionally, debris build-up may attract critters and unwelcome pests. Head over to my annual list  home maintenance for more info on gutter cleaning!

 

I suggest installing gutter guards to prevent excess debris from getting in. We installed gutter guards on our own house and when we moved into our new home, we knew it was something we couldn’t live without. Check out Powell and Sons’ gutter cover installation services — a great family-owned local business to support!
 

 
 

Roof Maintenance

Gutter cleaning is a great opportunity to perform a maintenance check for roof leaks. The LAST thing you want to deal with during the rainy season is a leaky roof. Keep an eye out for heavy debris, excess moss, and damaged shingles. Chipped shingles and damaged rubber are cues for immediate repairs.

 

For the safety of my clients, I don’t suggest performing your own roof maintenance. Check out a few of these Portland-based resources below.
 

 
 

Landscaping

 

Now that the summer growth cycle is over, it’s a great time to trim back trees and large shrubs around the yard. Not only will this yield better growth next season, but this will lessen the amount of fallen debris around the yard and in the gutters!

 

If summer of 2022 is anything like this summer and we experience another round of severe heat waves, I suggest you prepare your lawn now. Rake any fallen leaves, mow the lawn, and sprinkle lawn seed evenly across the area. The fall seasonal rain will encourage a beautiful, lush lawn by spring.
 

 

 

Detectors

 

It’s about time to turn on the heat and unbox the electric blankets. As your furnace roars back to life for the first time this year, make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working, clean, and batteries are changed. Keep in mind: lithium batteries are designed to last 10 years, but 9-volt alkaline and AA batteries must be changed twice a year! For extra precaution, wipe detectors down with a damp cloth. Excess dust buildup can affect the detectors ability to sense smoke and carbon monoxide properly.
 

 

Blast from the past! If you’re seeing this blog in the future and it’s no longer the fall season, check out my blog on general annual home maintenance tips. If you have any questions about home maintenance or are a new owner of a Portland home, reach out. I have more tips and would love to chat.

Allied Works: Unique New Build on North Mississippi



A new build by Allied Works Architecture is destined for my neighborhood on North Mississippi Ave. Walking up and down Mississippi Ave this lot was an abandoned home for a long time. When the home came down last year I was super curious as to what would be going up as it is next to another large vacant lot. It’ll surely be an intriguing design for the block. Check out some more details about this build below –

New Development: Mississippi Avenue


The firm is designing 15 residential units in a 4-story development. The ground level will house retail businesses, with 3 levels of apartments above. The units will include nine studios, three one-bedrooms, and three two-bedrooms. It’ll also feature screened brick and contrasting metal awnings. It seems to tie in nicely with the new Ben Waechter project a few blocks north. Take a look at the design below!



Allied Works: History & Designs


Allied Works was founded in 1994 by Brad Cloepfil and set up shop in Portland. In the last 27 years, the firm has grown and taken on monumental projects. For our Portland residents, you’ve likely seen their designs in Providence Park, the Pacific Northwest College of Art interior, the Portland Art Museum, and Catlin Gabel’s Art Center. If you drive through NW Portland, you may pass by a few of their other residential designs. Earlier this year, the Allied Works team completed a build off NW 23rd that “utilize[s] an extremely small and constrained site, and [does] so in a way that would create genuine value and distinction within Portland’s ‘Alphabet’ Historic District”. The build is simply stunning, with Japanese glazed porcelain tile and Juliet balconies.


Outside of Portland, Allied Works has designed and remodeled buildings across the world! One of my favorite projects is the Dutchess County Estate in New York. The guest house is located in the middle of a mature forest. The design is inspiring, blending effortlessly into the forest. Oh, I would give anything to escape here! What a perfect getaway from the city.



Check out a few other of my favorite designs:


National Music Center of Canada — Calgary, Alberta


There are not too many updates (yet) on the North Mississippi build, but stay tuned. Every day I pass by the construction, I get more excited to see the finished product. For now, stay up to date at Allied Works’ website and follow me on Instagram for any upcoming updates.