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A New Year and A New Project

By Marissa Sainz, January 26, 2023

In October of 2022 we decided to put the lovely modern house we built in 2020 on the market. This was always our plan, but it didn’t make the decision any less emotional.  #TheHouseThatBrentBuilt was our first ground up build together.  It was long process that was filled with excitement, arguments, decisions and frustration. It was also the house our daughter spent her first few years of life in.  We listed it for sale on my birthday weekend and had two offers by Monday.

That next weekend we began the search for our next home. We were going back and forth between finding something fully updated to live in while working to find another home to remodel or finding something that needed to be updated while we live in it. After looking at almost 30 homes I kept coming back to this 1960s fixer in a quiet westside neighborhood. We wrote an under asking offer and after some negotiation came to an agreement with the sellers.

The sellers had owned this home since 1981.  They had not truly updated anything in the home since that decade.  But still, I could see all the memories and love in the home. Every room has a different, funky wallpaper.  The living room has green shag carpet and the family room has a Christmas theme carpet. The backyard is a jungle with trees covered in vines and a slope that looks scary to climb. I can feel the fun vibes and times shared in this home. Time for us to get to work!

We had until New Year’s Eve to fully move out of #TheHouseThatBrentBuilt and it was a perfect way to close that chapter and move onto the next one.

We are working on a full remodel of the main level of the home first. Carpet and paint in the bedrooms was a must before moving our beds in. Next will be the guest bathroom followed by the primary bathroom.  We are starting design plans for the kitchen and living room. Brent can’t wait to dig into the backyard and repaint the exterior to a more inspiring color.  This is just the beginning to our next adventure! Follow along for updates on my IG!

Marissa Sainz

Broker | Earth Advantage | OR


Whether you want to live in a hip Pearl District condo or a unique east side bungalow I am here to help you find the perfect home. The Pearl District and the close in surrounding neighborhoods are exciting and evolving areas and where I focus my business. It is important in our changing real estate world, where location is so vital to home buyers, to work with a neighborhood expert. We all want to live near our local grocery store and within walking distance of our favorite coffee spot, restaurants and parks. I am here to guide buyers and sellers through the process every step of the way, if you are a first time home buyer searching for the perfect starter home or looking to move as your family and lifestyle change. Marissa earned a degree in finance with a concentration in real estate from The University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to residential real estate in Portland Marissa worked for both a national and local commercial real estate firm. Around town Marissa is involved with the Women in Insurance and Financial Services Portland chapter as well as the Women's Council of REALTORS®.
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