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Old Home Gets Love it Deserves with New Owners

By Mel Marzahl, December 18, 2020

Annabelle and Fabiana contacted me to help them sell their 70s, updated ranch in Hillsboro, and also to buy their next home. I knew selling their home would be a breeze with a few cosmetic updates. (See their listing here) My only concern was finding them their next home with such low inventory! As sellers, they got to reap all the benefits of the strong seller’s market we have right now. Especially in the suburbs! They got multiple over asking offers and closed at 9% over their asking price! As buyers though, they were in the tough spot of having to compete for the few great homes on the market.

Selling and Buying

We navigated this sell-buy process by asking anyone making an offer on their home to please include a free 30-day rent back. This means that all the potential buyers would allow Annabelle and Fabiana to stay in their home an extra 30 days after closing so that they would have more time to find and close on their next home. Every offer we received included a rent-back of some kind. Annabelle and Fabiana were happy to have the flexibility, and the extra cash from the great offer, to make their move.

We toured a few homes, but with so few on the market that matched what they needed, our search was actually relatively short. They lucked out by finding a home that had just come back on the market and making an offer right away. It was in an unusual location on an unimproved street, so that limited their competition as well. The home has more space than they originally thought they needed, and the location works great for getting to work and school. Their offer was accepted right away and we moved forward with the purchase!

Old Home Getting the Love it Deserves

The home that Annabelle and Fabiana chose is over a hundred years old and perched up off the street on a little hill. It had gotten some updates done here and there but it is in need of some bigger updates. During the inspections, they found a number of items that needed repair immediately. Luckily, the sellers were willing to work with them on those things. The sellers had a new roof put on the home and garage before they closed, and they also provided a credit for the cost of a new sewer line. Since I was able to sell Annabelle and Fabiana’s home for so much more than they were expecting, they were left with some extra cash to make additional repairs!

Annabelle and Fabiana have big plans to rebuild the supports for a sagging, enclosed, back sunporch and to repair a beautiful, covered front porch. They also plan to install new windows on the main level replacing cracked and dry rotted single-pane windows. They will also update some electrical items for safety, and update the bathrooms and appliances to modern standards. The house has a certified front yard habitat, and they are looking forward to maintaining the garden and growing their own fruits and vegetables, something they did at their previous home as well.

This 100 year old home is in great hands with its new owners. I saw how beautifully they cared for and maintained their previous home, so I’m sure this one will be just as well-loved. I am so happy for Annabelle and Fabiana and can’t wait to see how they give this home a new life!

Congrats Annabelle and Fabiana!

Mel Marzahl

Broker | OR


Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Mel became a passionate advocate for homeownership and investing in real estate after buying and selling her first home. What drew her to it was realizing the significant financial impact the right investment property can make and learning how much having a home to truly call your own can improve your quality of life. Her specialties are working with first-time home buyers and sellers yet she is fluent in all aspects of residential real estate. She is trained extensively in real estate negotiation, holding both the CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert) and RENE (Real Estate Negotiations Expert) designations. Mel knows that with all the technology available to buyers and sellers, one of the best skills a REALTOR® can have is knowing how to be a collaborative negotiator to get the best outcome for their clients. After a decade-long career working in operations and client service for creative companies, Mel earned her Broker’s license and made the move to real estate. She listens to her client’s needs and aims to treat everyone involved in a transaction with honesty and integrity. She loves getting to know her clients, their wants, and needs to ensure they get the highest level of service Mel is known for. Mel brings creativity and an eye for detail to the table with a background in art and events. She enjoys a remodel or renovation project, has a soft spot for old craftsman homes, loves helping first-time buyers, and educating her clients on the selling and purchasing process. She believes in staying up to date on market trends, technology, and tools available to real estate agents. This gives her an edge when it comes to marketing properties and communicating with her clients. When Mel is not working in real estate she is volunteering with the Red Cross, gardening, hosting dinner parties, or relaxing at home on Bull Mountain with her husband, son, two big dogs, and a handful of chickens.
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