Blog Stories Merry Christmas, It's the Portland Police!

Merry Christmas, It’s the Portland Police!

By Nichole Connelly, August 1, 2018

Laying lazily on my Grandmother’s couch in California, listening to Christmas music and smelling the roast in the oven, I hear my cell phone ring in the other room. Surely it’s someone wishing me happy holidays; it’s Christmas eve after all! I hear it ring again, and again, and again.. I saunter into the bedroom and see a series of missed calls from numbers I don’t recognize. Opening up the voicemails, I begin to hear the frantic voice of a neighbor, the next message from the Portland Police. Though my listing is a land/lot, there is an old home sitting on it that some squatters have made their winter’s den. They also decided that the cold weather warranted a bonfire inside that home. This evening would mark the beginning of several months of boarded up windows, fires in the garage and home, phallic spray paint, phone calls from the neighbor, changed locks, whiskey bottles, broken glass, and police calls. While my patient sellers wait, desperatly depending on me from across the country to sell the property.. The phone rings and I find myself cringing for what news would follow the too familiar “I’m standing outside your listing.. aaaaaaand….” (insert any of the most outlandish things a realtor could ever hear about a listing- zombies walking the property again? More fires? The mailbox is melted again? My sign is kicked over for the fourth time?) “…And I’d like to make an offer.” Going from the most difficult listing of my career, to the smoothest transaction of my life- I give you Marie street! 1 full acre of head shakes, graffiti remover and eye rolls, we close the boarded up door on yet another chapter. 

I want to extend my sincere gratitude to my sellers, who never once considered leaving my side nor questioned my ability. A true partnership is proven when things get down and dirty, and we all walk away respecting each other and grateful we were in it together. 

Nichole Connelly


Driven, passionate and all done with a sense of humor. Nichole’s love for people will shine through the moment you meet her. With almost 15 years in the finance industry, she not only knows the in and outs of lending, affordability and marketing; she has a solid understanding of how to blend aggressive negotiations with kindness to get the optimal result for her clients. An Oregonian native- Nichole grew up in the Willamette valley, went to college in Eugene and finished up here in Portland in 2004. Her love for unique architecture and the joy in finding “the perfect home” logically led her to becoming a Realtor. Nichole prides herself on representing individuals and families from all walks of life, and is passionate to create an equal opportunity- especially when buying a home. From starter homes, to investment properties- her attention to detail, experience, quick response time and genuine desire to please her clients will be a continued asset to both sides of the sales process. If Nichole isn’t plugging away at work, she can be found with playing with the family's pups Bentley and Harlow, cooking for friends, or scouting out Portland’s unique restaurants for great happy hour. Her goals are to some day own a boutique winery and travel the areas of the world she has not yet seen.
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