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Buying A Home Sight Unseen

By Kim Parmon, April 24, 2020

Cedric and Nancy had a dream.  They wanted to move to Portland and they wanted to have the “full Portland” experience.  They were coming from Phoenix, you see.  I’ve lived in Phoenix, so I can tell you: architecture isn’t that interesting there.  All of the homes, with the exception of just a few neighborhoods, were built within the last 25 years.  Everything is stucco.  And BEIGE.  So when Cedric and Nancy told me they wanted “charm” I wasn’t surprised.

Trying to buy a home in a different state during a pandemic is… interesting.  Before everything hit the fan with Covid-19, I had spent time showing Cedric homes in person, so I had a pretty good idea of what they were looking for.  They wanted vintage, charm, a porch, room for a home office, and to be in a great neighborhood.  Of course, basically everyone looking for a home here wants those same things and we wrote offers on several properties to no avail.  Cedric and Nancy were working with an FHA loan, which can be a tough sell in a multiple offer situation.

There were a couple of tough heartbreaks, but these two didn’t lose hope.  And then we found it: an adorable vintage bungalow, complete with front porch.  It had the home office.  It had space for guests.  And it had the most incredible location in the heart of Woodstock, super close to New Seasons and all kinds of fun shops and restaurants.  But here’s the kicker: the home was tenant occupied, and getting on a plane to come see it wasn’t safe.  Cedric and Nancy felt so strongly about this property that they wanted to offer on it anyway.  The juice was worth the squeeze, as they say.

Once again, we found ourselves in a multiple offer situation.  But this time, with the help of a great connection that I established with the list agent, their offer was accepted!

Cedric and Nancy got keys today, and also saw their new home for the first time today.  When I asked if they were happy they let me know that it’s everything they’ve been dreaming of.  Congratulations, you two!

Kim Parmon

Principal Broker | Earth Advantage Certified | OR


Kim Parmon Principal Broker  Lead Listing Agent Earth Advantage Certified | OR Oregon is the fifth state that Kim has called home in her life, and this one is sticking!  After moving multiple times in her childhood, Kim fully understands how empowering homeownership and having roots is.  She loves waking up every day in this beautiful place and wants everyone to experience what it feels like to live in their dream home. As a kid, Kim spent her free time wandering through open houses and exploring construction sites for the fun of it.  After careers in the professional ballroom dance world, the entertainment industry, and the service industry, Kim stumbled into real estate as both a passion and a profession through the purchase of her first bungalow.  After renovating it with her husband and selling it for enough of a profit to pay off their debt as well as buy a new house to live in, everything clicked: she decided to get her real estate license and help her community experience the emotional and financial benefits of homeownership.  Kim put down roots in Portland in 2015 and has cultivated a referrals-based business throughout the years.  She understands that real estate is a service and the experience she gives her clients is first-rate.  She works hard to anticipate needs.  She is responsive, thorough, empathic, and a skilled negotiator who enjoys market analytics and strategy as much as she enjoys connecting with her clients.  Her ethics and reputation are the cornerstones of her business and the happiness of her clients is the yardstick that she measures success against. Kim merged her business with the best agents in Portland at the beginning of 2022, which has allowed her to give her clients more resources, more advocacy, and a top-notch real estate experience.  She is honored to be a part of her incredible team and feels lucky to go to work every day. In her free time, you'll find Kim enjoying lazy evenings by the fire with her husband, daughter, and rescue dogs.  She loves dancing, live music, exploring all of the beautiful places around us in the PNW, enjoying a cider and a good meal with friends, and browsing Powell's for a great new book. Andee Ziegler  Licensed Listing Team Operations Manager Loving where you live will change your life. Everyone deserves that joy. For me, real estate has been a way of nurturing my community and doing what I can to help people find stability, grow generational wealth, and create a little space of their own in the world. For 15 years I found the most joy in helping first-time homebuyers, guiding my peers through their first major investment and dreaming up what home means for them. I’ve done restoration work on homes from a variety of eras, 1894 Victorian farmhouse to classic 1950’s ranch. I enjoy empowering new homeowners with the knowledge I’ve garnered over the years, from systems to finishes.  In 2022 I joined forces with some of the best realtors in the biz and shifted my focus to operation management for listings. This welcome change opened up space in my life: more cake, less pants.   Andee Zeigler | Licensed Listing Team Operations Manager | Jessica LeDoux | Lead Buyer Agent | Broker Licensed in Oregon |  Karim Alaeddine | Operations | Principal Broker Licensed in Oregon |  Jenessa VanZutphen | Buyer Operations Manager | Licensed in Oregon | 
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