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Another Yellow Light

Another Yellow Light

Most of us are pretty clear what to do when the light is green and when the light is red but it's when the light is yellow that we can get ourselves in trouble. Yellow means "CAUTION/WARNING/YIELD."  It means CHANGE. Real Estate is FULL of Yellow Light Decisions.......

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Things Are LOOKing UP

Things Are LOOKing UP

Keep looking up. That's the secret of life...                                                                             Snoopy With the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination and the promise of a New Year, things are looking up. I've been reminded recently that...

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3 WAYS TO BUY AND SELL IN A SELLERS MARKET

3 WAYS TO BUY AND SELL IN A SELLERS MARKET

The thought of both selling and buying simultaneously in a sellers market can be VERY intimidating.  This video shows how three of my clients have successfully negotiated this experience in the past month. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1nVqASZvBs  

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Gratitude for the Golden Child

Gratitude for the Golden Child

“Every person who invests in well-selected real estate in a growing section of a prosperous community adopts the surest and safest method of becoming independent, for real estate is the basis of wealth."                                                                 ...

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SERENITY NOW!!! SERENITY NOW!!!

SERENITY NOW!!! SERENITY NOW!!!

It's been quite a year.... In October 2019 YogaBug Real Estate became an independent brokerage and we moved into our adorable mobile office, a 1961 re-issue Shasta Airflyte Trailer (aka Lil' Bug). It's been quite a ride since. My entire 2020 business plan was centered...

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WEEK 31: Inventory is at an ALL-TIME LOW in Portland!!!

WEEK 31: Inventory is at an ALL-TIME LOW in Portland!!!

According to the September 2020 Portland Real Estate stats, inventory is at an ALL-TIME LOW in Portland. 2020 continues to prove to be an anomaly of a year with such low inventory in a time of year where inventory tends to increase. Enjoy the stats from Hamilton...

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Best September Hikes and Rides

Best September Hikes and Rides

   “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir Anyone who watches me in any form knows that I am an avid outdoors person. Hike, bike, climb, paddle, swim...  Whatever form it may take, if it gets me outside I am all in....

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The Best PNW Swimming Holes

The Best PNW Swimming Holes

"On a hot summer day, there is no better company than a crystal clear body of water."  Sentiments from the YogaBug canine team Bhakti and True  The dog days of summer have arrived and people are flocking to the beaches and rivers in droves. The dogs and I prefer to...

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YogaBug Featured on Award-Winning Podcast with Bill Risser

YogaBug Featured on Award-Winning Podcast with Bill Risser

I had the great honor of being interviewed by Bill Risser for his award-winning podcast, The Real Estate Sessions Podcast. Thank you Bill for digging deep into my past and making me feel like we were sitting in my living room getting to know one another rather than on...

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WEEK 17: The Portland Market’s Feeling the Summer Heat

WEEK 17: The Portland Market’s Feeling the Summer Heat

As the temperatures finally rise in Portland and summer settles in, the Portland real estate market is HOT!!!  Is this the "spring" that we missed due to COVID-19 and will the momentum last?  Pam brings you the latest monthly and weekly stats from the river....

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Humility Wins: A True Story

Humility Wins: A True Story

I have literally been brought to my knees very abruptly 3 times in the last 3 weeks.  Wipeout #1  The hike was completely gorgeous with waterfalls and almost no one around when we ventured down by the stream to explore a crossing. In an instance of sheer terror, I...

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COVID Made Me Do It: Confessions of a Realtor

COVID Made Me Do It: Confessions of a Realtor

Real estate is always a fascinating case study of human behavior, but particularly so during COVID-19.  First Case: There are the tenants who are pulling the "COVID Card," busting up a sale, causing financial loss to both buyers and seller mostly because they don't...

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The Hamster Wheel vs. The Sternwheeler

The Hamster Wheel vs. The Sternwheeler

"Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."  Mark Twain March 9-21 was the epitome of my last ditch effort at living the life I had created before COVID-19. Despite a new social distancing concept, I negotiated two clients through their inspection periods collecting 8...

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The Year of the Rat: Change is in The Air

The Year of the Rat: Change is in The Air

 "The only constant in life is change."  Heraclitus A couple of weeks ago, I stepped into my acupuncturist's office and was downloading the latest happenings in my body and life before she inserted the well-placed needles. "I feel like EVERYTHING is changing! That...

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Unicorn Sightings in Portland!!!

Unicorn Sightings in Portland!!!

A lot of things come in cycles in my business, including unicorn sightings. Once you see a unicorn, you can't unsee it. You find yourself looking and hoping for another sighting. That was the case for two of my clients recently. Unicorn Sighting #1: Bruce and I met a...

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Lipstick Matters: The Value of Staging

Lipstick Matters: The Value of Staging

"Flowers in the city are like lipstick on a woman-- it just makes you look better to have a little color."                                                                                        Lady Bird Johnson I've never been a fan of make-up.  My mom gently...

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Build the Boat and Let the River Take You

Build the Boat and Let the River Take You

The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. Michelangelo A year ago, I sat down at Meadows Group with a bunch of my colleagues and my dear friend and escrow officer Kimberly Allen to create a...

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There’s No Place Like Home: The Portland Dog Boneanza

There’s No Place Like Home: The Portland Dog Boneanza

"There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like home."  Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz From as far back as I can remember, I wanted a dog. For every Christmas and birthday I hoped for a dog.  I spent endless hours on my swing set at night...

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6 Cupcakes and 5 Yogis: The Power of Choice

6 Cupcakes and 5 Yogis: The Power of Choice

"May your choices reflect your hopes not our fears." Nelson Mandela I have had anxiety about traveling alone since I was young. My family didn't travel so home was what I knew. First, it happened when I volunteered at Easter Seals Camp for a few weeks in the summer...

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Best Ever Summer Swimming Spots

Best Ever Summer Swimming Spots

"If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to meet it."                                                       ~Jonathan Winters Summer has officially arrived so throw on a suit on (or not) and spend a lingering afternoon in one of these glorious swimming spots.  If you...

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Tour 3016 NE 11th Ave. with Pam Blair of YogaBug Real Estate

Tour 3016 NE 11th Ave. with Pam Blair of YogaBug Real Estate

Our latest listing 3016 NE 11th Ave. is a great opportunity for someone looking for a project in a beautiful, close-in neighborhood.  This home is 3 beds plus a den and 1.5 baths.  It is recently listed at $450,000.  Email for more details!!!  It is listed as a HOT...

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Unplug and Reconnect: A YogaBug Yoga Retreat

Unplug and Reconnect: A YogaBug Yoga Retreat

I am SO excited to FINALLY being offering my first yoga retreat.  I wanted it to be accessible and for all levels.  This week I toured Heaven and Earth Retreats in Banks, OR.  This place is absolutely perfect!!  The retreat is from Nov 15-17th and more details will be...

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Pee Pants and The Beach House: The Forced Rest

Pee Pants and The Beach House: The Forced Rest

"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you."  Anne Lamott A wise person once said that some of us need a feather and others a brick wall to wake up. I have pretty much have always taken what I lovingly refer to as the Yellow...

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March 2019 Portland Metro Real Estate Stats

March 2019 Portland Metro Real Estate Stats

Spring has sprung in the Portland Metro Real Estate Market and houses are selling!!!  If you are curious about what your home is worth, reach out to us for a complimentary market analysis.   https://youtu.be/lUffUO827Fs  

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Best Spring Wildflower Hikes Around Portland

Best Spring Wildflower Hikes Around Portland

We are so fortunate to live in the Pacific Northwest with all of its natural beauty including breathtaking spring wildflowers. Below are YogaBug's 5 favorite spring hikes where the wildflower display will be spectacular!!!  Note that the peak month to visit each area...

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The Big Gamble

The Big Gamble

“Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality." Bruce Lee Just short of 20 years ago, I sat around a table at the Hummingbird Music Camp in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico with a bunch of fellow stone carvers playing a game of Scrabble. ...

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High Tide and the Portland Real Estate Market

High Tide and the Portland Real Estate Market

It's high tide in Oceanside and just about high tide in Portland's real estate market as spring rolls in!  Inventory decreases as spring buyers enthusiastically re-enter the market.  Stay tuned for what happens as spring unfolds. https://youtu.be/xzj1f4UUhR0  ...

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7 Great Reasons to Retire in Portland

7 Great Reasons to Retire in Portland

One my greatest pleasures as a realtor over the past 14 years in Portland, Oregon has been helping people relocate to our beautiful, vibrant city and introducing them to the wonders of the area.  You might not think of Portland as a hotbed for retirees but there are...

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This Little Piggy Went to The Market

This Little Piggy Went to The Market

I am regularly asked, "How's business?"  In other words, "What is happening in the Portland market and should I be excited or concerned?" According to others, I am a walking-talking real estate barometer. My answer to that question right now is...  "this little piggy...

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God Send Me A Sign!!!

God Send Me A Sign!!!

On a clear, October evening I stepped out into the middle of a quiet North Portland street to wait for my clients.  It was a gorgeous, still night. Out of the corner of my eye I saw movement. Something had emerged from a yard about a half of a block away and was...

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Thank You 2018!!! Hello 2019!!!!

Thank You 2018!!! Hello 2019!!!!

2018 was a year of helping the best clients buy and sell homes, community, the First Annual Portland Dog Boneanza, many celebrations of new beginnings and acknowledgements and witnessing of endings. It was a year of yoga, health, adventure, nature, friends and family,...

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Humbled By A Car

Humbled By A Car

"It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself."     Eleanor Roosevelt In late October, the original YogaBug-mobile engine blew after 285,000 miles and 19 years of service.  It took me a couple of weeks of mourning or procrastinating, before...

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The Great Domino Effect: The Deal of the Year

The Great Domino Effect: The Deal of the Year

"The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment."  Tony Roberts It all started with a lovely drive in the Oregon countryside. When my clients and I walked into the first house that day, I got "THAT" feeling~the feeling I only get every once in a...

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Breathtaking Fall Hikes In and Around Portland

Breathtaking Fall Hikes In and Around Portland

"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." John Muir In my opinion there is no better way to enjoy the vibrant colors, crisp air and quiet of fall than on the trail. Below are some incredible fall hikes in and around Portland all offering...

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Cranes, Planes and Automobiles: A Portland Summer

Cranes, Planes and Automobiles: A Portland Summer

"The only thing that is constant is change."   Heraclitus of Ephesus If the word "change" makes your skin crawl, you are not alone. We Portlanders have had quite the summer of the "C" word. Since Mr. Heraclitus  insists that change is inevitable, below are some...

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THE CLIMB: A Perspective on Portland’s Real Estate Market

THE CLIMB: A Perspective on Portland’s Real Estate Market

What goes up must come down.... A few weeks ago, my friend Arturo and I hiked Silver Star Mountain.  It offers one of the best 360 degree summits within a day's drive of Portland. As we flew down the highway towards the trailhead, we were stoked because the day was...

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YogaBug Chats with Adria of Thicket

YogaBug Chats with Adria of Thicket

https://youtu.be/Zm6Z0ZPIoY4 Have you heard of Thicket off of Alberta Street?  You need to go!!!  I LOVE this little garden shop to pieces!  Adria the owner is just as sweet as her garden shop so make sure you say "Hi" when you stop by.  She...

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Lemons to Mai Tais: An Incredible Adventure

Lemons to Mai Tais: An Incredible Adventure

What could be better than delivering keys to clients who live in Kauai? It's true. In March we flew to Kauai, rented a Mustang convertible and hand delivered Lisa and Dan the keys to their new home in Portland. This trip was one of those spontaneous ideas that popped...

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Announcing The First Annual Portland Dog Boneanza!!

Announcing The First Annual Portland Dog Boneanza!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO7gg03B8Wc&feature=youtu.be I am SO excited to announce The First Annual Portland Dog Boneanza on May 19th!!! YogaBug Real Estate has put together a day of fun for all Portland dogs and their humans!! The day starts Carioca Bowls...

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YogaBug Chats with Donna of Guardino Gallery on Alberta

YogaBug Chats with Donna of Guardino Gallery on Alberta

Donna Guardino has been an Alberta Arts resident and gallery owner for over 20 years.  She has seen ALOT of change during that time and was a pioneer in the Alberta Arts Movement.  I had the pleasure of chatting with her about Guardino Gallery.  The gallery offers...

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YogaBug Chats with Naomi of Twenty Six Cafe

YogaBug Chats with Naomi of Twenty Six Cafe

We recently moved to Irvington and when I realized that this gem of a coffee shop was around the corner, I said, "YES!!!"  Naomi of Twenty Six Café has created a space for local art, great coffee and community.  Visit Twenty Six Café!!!...

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February Stats!

February Stats!

Inventory is up a bit but the market is still moving fast!!! Call us if you are wondering about the best time to buy or sell in Portland!!

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Blind Love and Uncertainty: A Potent Cocktail

Blind Love and Uncertainty: A Potent Cocktail

A man stands looking across a room and before his eyes is the most beautiful woman that he has ever seen in his life.  He doesn't know a thing about her but she is perfect and he is sure of it. That is the beginning of the story. My colleague  and I cover for each...

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YogaBug Visits Suite 6 Boutique on Alberta

YogaBug Visits Suite 6 Boutique on Alberta

Suite 6 Boutique on Alberta is by far my favorite place to buy affordable, designer clothes and accessories.  Owner Nina Bucci is a little camera shy but she has no shortage of flair for picking local and international designers who WOW me.  Check it out!  ...

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YogaBug Chats with Augusta of Namaste on Williams

YogaBug Chats with Augusta of Namaste on Williams

Augusta Fishman has created a gorgeous, relaxing studio at Namaste on Williams (NOW) with some incredibly talented teachers.  She was a complete delight to interview!  We love our yoga community peeps XOXO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npbvLs5Y2tY&t=22s  

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Never Ever Settle: Merna’s Story

Never Ever Settle: Merna’s Story

I enjoy being proven wrong. Sometimes anyway..... This spring, I received a call from a lovely woman referred to me by a dear friend/client.  She had been earnestly looking for her Portland dream home for 4 months with another agent and sounded exasperated by the...

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The Jewel Box and The Cockatoos : A True YogaBug Story

The Jewel Box and The Cockatoos : A True YogaBug Story

Some things are just meant to be. On the rare occasion, I get excited about a home. My internal butterflies flitter and my eyes widen like a child wanting to take it all in. In February, that happened.  I showed a historic Queen Anne Victorian in the heart of...

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YogaBug Chats with Leah of Gladys Bikes on Alberta

YogaBug Chats with Leah of Gladys Bikes on Alberta

If you have never been to Gladys Bikes on Alberta, you need to go!!!  I bought my beloved Sweet Pea Bike here and it fits me like a glove which is no small order.  They have the most amazing saddle library where you can test different bike saddles until you find the...

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YogaBug Real Estate Chats with Michelle of The Peoples Yoga

YogaBug Real Estate Chats with Michelle of The Peoples Yoga

We had the great pleasure of sitting down with Michelle Sarchiapone, the owner of The Peoples Yoga, to hear about what Peoples is all about from her perspective.  This low-cost studio won Studio of the Year in 2016 and offers low-cost classes with incredible teachers...

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The Great Snorkeling Lesson: The Yoga of Real Estate

The Great Snorkeling Lesson: The Yoga of Real Estate

Sometimes an experience makes a BIG impression. Determined and happily sunburned,  Bruce and I recently headed out on the search for a memorable South Maui beach snorkeling experience. We arrived early at the Po'olenalena Beach parking area, lathered on the sunscreen...

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YogaBug Real Estate Chats with Karen Pride of Yoga Pearl

YogaBug Real Estate Chats with Karen Pride of Yoga Pearl

I had the pleasure of spending some time with and interviewing the lovely Karen Pride of Yoga Pearl.  She shared with me how her vision of Yoga Pearl began, what keeps her inspired and what makes this urban studio so special. Thank you Karen for being such a visionary...

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Are We in Another Portland Real Estate Bubble?

Are We in Another Portland Real Estate Bubble?

I get asked the ominous question regularly:  Is Portland in Another Real Estate Bubble? Onlookers don't believe that Portland's rate of growth and appreciation is sustainable. Buyers fear buying and the market collapsing.  Sellers fear missing the height of the market...

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Winter Hikes In and Around Portland

Winter Hikes In and Around Portland

Winter Hikes In and Around Portland One of our favorite ways to spend time outdoors in the winter is hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with the dogs.   It is generally less crowded than in the summer and we seem to appreciate the fresh air even more. Below are...

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How We Sell Your Home

How We Sell Your Home

Our Goal: Sell Your Home At Top Price, In The Shortest Amount Of Time, With The Least Amount Of Stress And Disruption To Your Life.

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Sold Listings

Sold Listings

Sold Listings We are always excited when we get a sold listing! We thought it would be fun to share those listings with everyone.

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Portland’s Hot Hoods!

Portland’s Hot Hoods!

If you are wondering what the hottest neighborhoods in Portland currently are, this graph recently published by Portland Business Journal tells all.

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Helpful Links for Buyers

Helpful Links for Buyers

Portland Maps incredible source of information about a home and its neighborhood. Type in the address of the property you are interested in.

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Recent Sold Properties

Recent Sold Properties

Our holistic approach is focused on selling your home with balance in mind- creating the least amount of stress and disruption to your life.

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Tales from the Tetons: The Yoga of Real Estate

Tales from the Tetons: The Yoga of Real Estate

In September, Bruce, our friend Tim and I hiked the Grand Tetons.  They were the most majestic, stunning mountains I have ever hiked.  We set out late morning on the String Lake Trailhead with our sights on Inspiration Point and onward to Cascade Canyon- about a 10-13...

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The Yoga of Real Estate: A True Story

The Yoga of Real Estate: A True Story

Have you ever lost your wallet or driver's license or credit card or dog or kid for the matter?  These experiences elicit that gut wrenching "feeling." On an early Portland morning,  I rode my bike downtown to a 7am meeting.  My cell phone and drivers license were...

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Uncertainty, Elections and Real Estate

Uncertainty, Elections and Real Estate

A dear friend of mine who has been excited about buying a home this fall emailed me recently. She asked, "With the latest political unfolding we fear right now - is this is the best time to buy a home?" She is not alone in her concern. Redfin did a recent poll of 1000...

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Points and Oil with Karin Parramore, LAc, CH

Points and Oil with Karin Parramore, LAc, CH

Attend Our Next YogaBug Wellness Event: POINTS AND OIL, Sun. July 10th 11am-12pm We are excited to have Karin Parramore, LAc, CH, the founder of Good Life Medicine Center on Alberta St., joining us for the next YogaBug Wellness Event!  All of our events are FREE and...

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How YogaBug Real Estate was Born

How YogaBug Real Estate was Born

THE BEGINNING YogaBug Real Estate was born out of a naturally occurring, social experiment called, My Life. When I started selling real estate I lived outside of the city. I spent long days at the office and the yoga studio in Portland and became a regular at the...

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Real Estate and The Ladies Room

Real Estate and The Ladies Room

If you are a woman, you have stood in the proverbial women's restroom line countless times.  Yesterday at ReFresh- a Portland conference about technology, economics and real estate- the women headed to the ladies room line during a break.  Anyone who knows me, knows...

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Rent vs. Buy: The Numbers and Rationale

Rent vs. Buy: The Numbers and Rationale

I am a strong believer that buying or renting is a lifestyle choice with one not being a "better" lifestyle than the other.  If you live in the Portland Metro Area though, the reasons to buy are mounting.  For those considering purchasing rental property, it is an...

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YogaBug Home Projects: Mason Jar Herb Gardens

YogaBug Home Projects: Mason Jar Herb Gardens

I've been itching to get out into my gardens  but its still January so I brought the garden inside!  These mason jar herb gardens are so fun! Place 1” of stones in bottom of Mason jars. Since Mason jars don’t have any drainage, the stones will serve as interior...

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Portland Tiny Houses Aren’t JUST Adorable

Portland Tiny Houses Aren’t JUST Adorable

Although tiny houses ARE indeed adorable, there's a lot more to them than just looks.  Did you know..... Tiny houses are usually between 100 and 350 sq. ft.-hence the TINY emphasis! The majority of tiny houses are owned by women. Tiny houses are on wheels and...

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Cutting Edge Portland Real Estate: Lents

Cutting Edge Portland Real Estate: Lents

Timing and willingness are everything……. This week I celebrated with my incredible and smart clients who closed on homes in the SE Portland neighborhood of Lents otherwise lovingly referred to as Felony Flats.  One couple closed on their first rental property and the...

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Listing a Portland Home with an ADU: What to Consider

Listing a Portland Home with an ADU: What to Consider

The Portland housing shortage is driving up real estate prices making owning and renting out an ADU (accessory dwelling unit)  to offset mortgages attractive to homeowners and buyers. On the flip side...  according to an article in accessorydwellings.org., in...

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Mantra Magazine and YogaBug

Mantra Magazine and YogaBug

YogaBug Real Estate was recently in the spotlight of Mantra: Yoga and Health Magazine beside some of the most influential people in the yoga world.  I was asked "What Has Been One of Your Biggest Life Lessons?"  What came to mind was: "Anything worthwhile is as...

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Where are the deals in the Portland Real Estate Market?

Where are the deals in the Portland Real Estate Market?

With dramatically low inventory, an influx of buyers, rising prices and  an epidemic of multiple offer situations, Portland's sellers’ market can be downright intimidating to buyers. Some buyers are getting "buyers fatigue" and opting out of the race. So are there any...

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Alberta Arts Murals

Alberta Arts Murals

We love so many things about the Alberta Arts neighborhood that we live in: great Portland food, yoga, community and art. Brian McDonnell of BMAC Studio recently caught some great images of us playing in front of the well-known neighborhood murals. For more info on...

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