Welcome to Modern Homes Collective, where our unrivaled expertise and passion for mid-century modern, contemporary, NW Regional style, and architecturally significant homes in the Portland Metro area burns as bright as a PNW summer. Our founder Marisa Swenson is a Portland native and top-producing broker consistently ranked in the top 1% of metro market agents. For over a decade, she has been the go-to real estate professional for all things modern.
Marisa loves to expand her knowledge of architecture and design, finishes, art, furnishings, and more to educate and share her findings on her popular blog and through her large social media following. She is a member of the Architectural Heritage Center, Docomomo’s Oregon Chapter, and Restore Oregon, where she sponsors and helps plan their Mid-Century Modern tour each year.
At Modern Homes Collective, we work tirelessly to help you solve the puzzle of buying or selling a home and possess the wealth of knowledge and a keen eye for all types of architecture needed to make it happen. Our in-depth experience makes us an effective resource to address your unique real estate challenges. Through our past experiences working directly with contractors, we can identify what is right and wrong about a potential property and guide you to make the right decisions to reach your goals.
Highly knowledgeable about the real estate industry, we have a comprehensive understanding of local markets, contracts, and negotiation tactics. Our extensive network consists of contractors, designers, lenders, escrow officers, and brokers outside of our market. We utilize this network to make your real estate journey seamless and enjoyable. When you work with us, your best interests always come first. We're never afraid to tell you the hard truth about a property or if we don't feel it's a good fit for you.
We were so fortunate to work with Marisa Swenson. Like anyone shopping in the competitive Portland real estate market, we knew we had a tall order: to sell our home (charming, well-located but small), and leverage those funds to buy a home that better suited our needs (larger, quieter, with a mid-century aesthetic). It is not an exaggeration to say that Marisa worked a miracle: we had an over-asking contract on our home within 4 days of listing and immediately began touring properties that Marisa hand-picked to fit our criteria. We fell in love with a home that had very stiff competition: the house was by a renowned mid-century builder, in a desirab...— KAMISSA M.
Marisa is an excellent REALTOR. She is professional, knowledgeable, patient, efficient, well-connected, and intuitive. We had been looking for a new home for almost a year and were starting to get discouraged that we couldn’t find the right one for us. We were looking for a mid-century modern home, which can be hard to come by in Portland, especially given our budget and specific needs. Marisa found a house that was not on the market yet and was exactly what we were looking for. She was able to negotiate a deal that allowed us to get our perfect home, without a bidding war, which is especially impressive given the current climate for buyers right no...— ERIN L.
We had a goal to buy a mid-century modern home and after losing a home in the past with a different REALTOR, we wanted to make sure to find a REALTOR who knew the mid-century market and how to help our potential offer compete in an always competitive market. Marisa delivered in every area and more. She knew about a perfect home for us before it hit the market due to her connections and I’m confident that her reputation and knowledge within the mid-century market secured us our dream home in a stressful situation with multiple offers! She was also able to connect us with quality contractors and inspectors as these homes usually have special features ...— MALORIE H.
Working with Marisa was such a great experience. From day one, she gained my trust and made me feel at ease with the entire process. She understands so much about a variety of architecture and home build eras, as well as property ownership and maintenance. At every property we visited, she pointed out things to watch out for that I would never have known shopping solo for my first home. She’s responsive, forthright, trustworthy, and truly wants you to find a home you’ll love. Even after purchasing my home, I’ve been able to ask Marisa for recommendations for great electricians, arborists, and so on. She also has impeccable taste! I’d work with her a...— LANE C.
Marisa was a true pleasure to work with. When looking at houses, she provided ever thoughtful and useful comments. She was super responsive and on the ball. Once we decided on the house, she provided clear advice and acted quickly. Following the inspection, she suggested requesting home warranty coverage which has already come in handy. The teams she works with are top-notch. Her inspector is indeed the MVP home inspector, the mortgage team is fantastic and the insurance broker is great. The whole team is super professional and detail-oriented, while never imposing or stress-inducing. My husband and I recommend Marisa 100%.— SANDRA K.
Marisa has all the qualities that you look for in a real estate agent; professional, knowledgeable, and responsive. She always has her client's best interests at heart, advising and guiding them patiently toward their goals. Marisa's marketing for listings is top notch and she's excellent as a buyer's agent too. What I admire about Marisa the most though is that she’s genuine – no high-pressure sales tactics or fluff. She’s straight up, honest, and to the point. She will look out for your best interests, instead of rushing to “close the deal”. I trust Marisa so much, that I sent my best friend to her. Thank you, Marisa!— CHELSEA C.
We utilize this network to make your real estate journey seamless and enjoyable. When you work with us, your best interests always come first.