We are taking a break for a few weeks and revisiting renovation stories from the past few years. This one is a cautionary tale with a happy ending, originally published as episode 88.

Mitra Shahri is a well known and very successful attorney licensed to practice law in Oregon and California. After giving up on the idea of ever finding love, she bought her first ever property, a 2 bedroom 2 bath penthouse unit in a sought after downtown highrise in Portland Oregon with amazing views of river and mountains. She hired a general contractor with a great reputation that was highly recommended by several credible friends. A project that was scheduled to be completed in 3 months and for $55,000, turned into a 2-year nighmare that cost her over $250,000 and invited a lawsuit against her by a flooded unit 9 floors below her. The project came to a halt after she fired the second general contractor. Frustrated, she took over the project on her own. She hired several subcontractors to fix the mistakes and complete the project. Three months later, she owned a beautiful overpriced unit that she had to sell at a $400,000 loss a year later during the housing market crash. Why did she have to sell? Because she had fallen head over heels in love with the electrical contractor she had hired to finish the project. The two bought a house together after they were married and since have purchased several residential and commerical buildings which they have renovated acting as general contractors.

Mitra is an author and a women’s empowerment keynote speaker. She is the founder and CEO of Laughter-At-Law™, a humorous Continuing Legal Education Series for attorneys. Mitra is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH). Her hobby is writing legal humor and performing stand-up legal comedy.

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