Ten years ago, Melissa was living in a slum in Kolkata, India, helping over 200 women escape of 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 client’s overcome complex real estate challenges.

Currently Melissa is teamed up with Super Broker, Yascha Noonberg at Living Room Realty. Together they assist client’s 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.

Melissa's Articles

3 effective ways to make giving back part of your business

Melissa Dorman

The approach to generating new business through charitable programs is becoming increasingly popular nowadays. Giving back...

Classic 1940s Home in Roseway, Open House Saturday and Sunday 11-1pm

Melissa Dorman

4126 NE 71st Ave, Portland, OR 97218 A great opportunity to buy a home in the...

5 things every listing agent should do for sellers

Melissa Dorman

When shopping for a good listing agent, here are some things the right agent will do for you:...

The Power of Proactivity

Melissa Dorman

When agents list a home, many of them stick to the 3 “P”s of Real Estate…...

5 Ways To Stay Positive When Buying Or Selling Your House

Melissa Dorman

As a regular consumer when planning to buy or sell a house, one might have to...

4 ways to Jump Ahead of Shifting Market

Melissa Dorman

Although inventory remains in short supply, the most common email I see in my inbox are price...

Know how to identify ideal clients with these 6 questions.

Melissa Dorman

Before I launch into how to find the perfect client, let’s first address that no perfect...

3 Reasons Why Most FSBOs Fail

Melissa Dorman

Do you really save money by cutting out the commissions? In the age of Zillow and...

5 Ways Rising Interest Rates Will Impact You

Melissa Dorman

The federal reserve recently raised the prime rates again this week with the intention to make...

A Quickly Slowing Market

Melissa Dorman

A Quickly SLOWING Market As a broker in Portland,  I have seen years of continually rising...

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