It has finally happened. I am now licensed to work in real estate in three states: Washington, Oregon and California.
This all started when Mary lured me into real estate. I was burned out from working in the entertainment industry (Lucy Liu, please stop calling my cell phone!). It was spring of 2007 and everything was peachy. Until it wasn’t and the subprime mess exploded a few weeks after I got licensed. So, you see, all that wasn’t my fault, now was it?
I loved working alongside Mary and Perry and Ron at Lawton Associates in Berkeley. It was a neighborhood boutique agency (in the great Rockridge neighborhood). The agents were motivated, intelligent and savvy. They all loved their jobs, worked hard, and none of them had bad hair. I worked on over 75 transactions in 3 years at Lawton and learned a lot by working hard.
But, Portland was always in my sights. With a summer 2010 move on the horizon, I started studying for my Portland real estate license. But, the more I made the plans to move, the more I realized that I would have to get licensed in Washington. Everyone I was talking to wanted to buy and sell across the river in Vancouver. That is a lot of business to give up, so I decided to get the Washington license, as well, after I got settled.
I am now licensed in all three states (and I’m taking a break from studying for a few months, though still writing a 50,000 word novel as part of National Novel Writing Month). I am still licensed in California with Lawton Associates and work with them on marketing. In Portland, I work with Super Realty Group, a terrific neighborhood boutique on NE Fremont in the Beaumont-Wilshire area. I especially like that Super Realty has a longtime presence in the LGBT community. And, in Vancouver, I’m now working with Steve Borwieck’s team at Capstone Washington.
So, to sum it all up, I can help you with real estate transactions from Baja to Bellingham and everywhere in between.
Working with a good number of buyers right now, which excites me. There is so much inventory to clear off the market to help get the market back in balance. The main way to get there is to make it easier for solid, qualified buyers. I hope to do my part by helping to put a few of these clients into new homes in the next few months.