Blog Buyer Family Ties in Portland Heights

Family Ties in Portland Heights

By Marissa Sainz, July 17, 2020

The greatest feeling in the world is helping your best friends buy a house.  Jon and Courtney were my first friends in Portland.  We shared a wall at our townhome complex in NW Portland and became fast friends.  Over the years we have enjoyed trips together (my favorite was to Spain for the running of the bulls), celebrated both of our weddings and supported each other as our families grew.  This year I was able to be Jon and Courtney’s guide as they purchased a home.

One Sunday while visiting they mentioned a home they had toured during and open house.  It was a beautiful home with a lovely yard in Portland Heights.  We wrote an offer, but it wasn’t accepted and another buyer went under contract on the home.  A month or so later the listing agent called to let me know the buyers had to cancel due to a COVID job loss.  I let Jon and Courtney know and a few weeks later they decided to write another offer.  It was accepted after a short negotiation and they were on their way to owning this lovely home.

As we learned more about the history of this home there were so many connections to Courtney and her family.  We found out that her mom went to pre school at a home next door, her cousin grew up playing with the kids that used to live in the home and one of the sellers grew up in the same small town as Courtney.  It truly feels like this house is meant to be a part of their journey.

Thank you for trusting me to be your guide through this big milestone. It was an honor! We’re closed and I couldn’t be happier to see my beautiful friends in a fabulous new home!


Marissa Sainz

Broker | Earth Advantage


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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