Blog posts about Buyers Agent

Happily Ever After…

Petar and Adrienne had a goal in mind.  Get married.  Go on honeymoon.  Buy a house.  Move in by November 1.  The end. The couple returned from their honeymoon at the end of September and the timeline was tight.  We spent a solid two weekends looking at houses and then Adrienne and I went rogue.... More



In this cutthroat market I advise clients to sell first then buy. Contingent offers (making an offer on a home contingent upon selling your existing house) just can’t compete when inventory is 2.8 months and multiple offers are in play. But rules are made to be broken and these two were just the pair to turn this advice on its head. Here was their executed plan: 1. Find the house lingering a little while on the market. 2. Offer the gift: over asking price, when asking for the favor: contingent offer accepted. 3. Have the contingent property ready to go on the market immediately and priced to sell fast. Well, it sounds as easy as 1,2,3. But there were a FEW more steps in there. Still, you get the idea. It’s like a frenetic ballet, selling and buying this way. Once in a while the music syncs with the moves and it all comes together. But it ain’t easy. Contingent buyers, I salute your steely... More



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Nathan and Dannah were such a treat to work with. They were first time home buyers wanting to find a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house in N or NE Portland. They were moving from a 700 square foot studio apartment in NW, and wanted some room to stretch out. After touring and seeing what was available at their price point, Nate and Dannah were starting to think about changing their search parameters. Then it happened: the perfect place showed up. Not even considering that they would be able to find something in their favorite part of town, NW Portland, a beautiful historic condo came on the market. Clocking in at over 1000 square feet and two bedrooms, this building has soaring 10 foot ceilings and tons of original charm. We were the first to present an offer, we did our diligence to make sure the HOA was strong, and stayed in close contact with the listing agent as multiple offers came in. Nate and Dannah... More


2 days to buy a house?!?! 


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Sherry and Jim have lived in rural Missouri for over 35 years.  Both of their daughters landed and have stayed in Portland for many years – conundrum?  I think not.  They had decided to move to be closer for life’s big events, and they wanted something that would be nearly their forever home, so low maintenance with a master on the main.  In two days time we covered all of the houses within their budget in Oregon City, Milwaukie, Beaverton, and Fairview.  I think it was the second to last house we looked at, and it stole Sherry’s heart.  Fairview is a little treasure, lots of good houses out there for good prices.  And it is still super close to everything!  Anyhoo – I love the Bingaman’s and hope for their never ending happiness. Details; $295,000 3 bed 2.5 bath .10 acres hardwoods, great floor plan, two car garage, updated kitchen.   Chandra Noble-Ashford cell 503.933.6538 licensed broker in Oregon 2625 SE 26th Avenue Portland,... More



3894 Tamarack

Casey is no ordinary buyer, she is a hard-working, stay at home mom who used to work side by side with me selling houses. We had a blast working together! I miss her still, but am so happy for her to be home with the world’s cutest kids. When she and her husband Mike decided it was time to find their forever home, she called me right away and we got to work. She had already seen a house that was sale pending, but sent it to me as the perfect example of what they were looking for. It was so very “Casey” that I immediately knew it was going to be hard to beat. I called the agent and asked that he call me if anything went wrong with their current sale. He assured me he would. We started looking but nothing was very inspiring compared to the house on Tamarack. Then, lo and behold, we saw it come back as active on our... More



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This property has kept me on my toes from the very start. My clients, Noah & Sarah, came to me in a mad rush to sell their coast home in Rockaway Beach, Oregon. They were making the move to Cincinnati, Ohio at the beginning of October for Noah’s new job. I was able to meet with them that weekend to tour their home and sign listing docs. As soon as we sat down to talk specifics, it was very apparent that they wanted to list their home THAT DAY. It was a challenge but I gladly accepted…and we made it happen. Within a week, I received a phone call from a man that was curious about the house. He made a quick trip from Portland the next day to view the home. That evening, my buyer, Mohsen, had an offer for my seller’s. For the next few days, the negotiation process was similar to a ping-pong game…several quick counters from both parties. A month and... More


 


3664 Osprey

Congrats Eva and Joseph, here’s to many happy years in your new home!  Thanks for the loyalty and good times while we were getting it done… More



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The Transformation of SE Malden – How to Re-do a House on a Very Tight Budget           Week One –  Hired a young guy named Carlos, with lots and lots of neck tattoo’s and a fancy for Big Gulps  to help me remove 8 layers of wallpaper. Carlos proved to be great company and our conversations were enlightening, we stripped paper in unison.:) Wallpaper Removal – $600.00. (paper had to be steamed off). Tracy Dau Sucker for Fixers 971.275.0387 More


Two Love Birds, One Home. 


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  Teri and I had clients that came to us frantically because their house was on the market, but their agent had taken off to Burning Man and disappeared.  We agreed to help them sell their house but weren’t sure we could get them the price they needed to stay above water.  Then it occured to us that this house was exactly what our buyers, Kristy and Lara,  were looking for.  It was a long shot but I took them over there and they fell in love with it.  We negotiate a price that both parties were thrilled with and it was a win/win. If you love a ranch, this is the queen of ranches.  Huge square footage, big and open, wide hallways, 3/2, Brady Bunch neighborhood, double garage, mid-century tile, all the good stuff.  It was super important to Kristy and Lara that their house be set up for entertaining, but that they never have to move again and it is both.  We’re truly... More



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Jamie and David wanted an absolutely untouched mid-century ranch, with all the trimmings.  They weren’t interested in granite counter-tops, Hardy plank siding, or Pergo flooring. THEY WANTED ORIGINAL.  Having specialized in mid-century kitsch since 2005, I was elated! Finding un-remodeled gems becomes harder as the years pass. Families think a Home-depot slapshod cosmetic remodel will bring greater value to Grandma’s house, but it won’t. Sure, everyone wants an efficient furnace, a tankless water heater, in a dry rot free house  - these are items to spend your equity on.  Some people, my people,  want  kitchens and baths made of real wood cabinets, pastel colored appliances and fixtures,  Formica counter tops, and Marmoleum or VCT flooring. They yearn for living rooms with unpainted brick fireplaces and plate glass windows. They don’t want to pay you for your vinyl windows with faux mullions. Bleck. Jamie and David were adamant. We didn’t even look at places that had been remodeled after 1970. We focused on vintage, and it... More