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Sale Fails Can Be a Buyer’s Best Friend!

By Erika George & Kari McGee, July 15, 2021

If you are a buyer or a buyer’s agent in 2021, you just may come to love the words SALE FAIL.  Buyers are being put through the wringer this year but we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves in this competitive market and one of them is to hawk the multiple listing service for properties that have gone back on the market after a sale fail!

Properties that have had a sale fail can be easy prey for a smart Buyer because these frustrated Sellers usually are very motivated to just get it done!  Plus, Sellers often have copies of the previous Buyer’s home inspection reports and while all that property information can be a bit daunting right out of the gate, it also allows Buyers and their agents to quickly access the major issues of a property, make a plan, and hit the ground running.

Enter Mike and Beverly.  Like most first-time home buyers, Mike and Beverly had taken it on the chin for more than a few offers. Mike and Beverly just wanted a house.  Mike and Beverly honestly would have been happy with pretty much any house with four walls at one point!  Mike and Beverly are handy and were willing to do work; a lot of work.  How could it be so hard?

And then we saw those gorgeous words ‘back on the market’, followed closely by the holy grail:  ‘sale fail’ for 15215 SE Harrison St.  We knew we had a shot if we moved quickly.  We requested the inspection reports which Mike and Beverly reviewed with a contractor.  That gave them the confidence to be able to waive the inspection contingency in full and bam, Mike and Beverly were under contract on a house that not only had four walls-  It was lovely!  15215 SE Harrison had a big sunny yard, a spacious, hip mid-century floor plan, and warm hardwood floors.  There is definitely room in the spacious, level lot to build that ADU for Mom, and to create community in a way that only homeownership affords.

We are so happy for Mike and Beverly who never lost hope, never gave up, and patiently waited for the right home to appear.  We are so in awe of the privilege that we were given to help these two wonderful folks find their first home.

To learn more about how to use sale fails to your advantage, and other Buyer tricks we have up our sleeves, give us a call!

Kari & Erika:  HouseLovePDX





Erika & Kari

Broker-Esquire | Principal Broker | Seniors Real Estate Specialists | OR

Erika George and Kari McGee are the highly skilled HouseLove PDX team at Living Room Realty in Portland, OR. 

As designated Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES®), Kari and Erika help Seniors and their families navigate aging in place, downsizing, multigenerational housing, senior community living options, and probate sales. These exceptional real estate agents will help you prepare for life’s transitions with compassion and expert guidance. Principal Broker Kari McGee is an 11-year Portland Monthly 5-Star Realtor® and has helped clients successfully navigate the evolving Portland real estate market for almost two decades. Realtor® Erika George brings to the table 20 years of experience as an attorney specializing in construction and contracts and has been a full-service real estate broker since 2013. These experienced real estate agents will help you prepare for life’s transitions with a customized plan designed for your specific goals.  Erika and Kari's in-depth market knowledge and savvy data analysis will help you make educated, pro-active decisions that will reduce stress and provide better outcomes for your real estate needs.  Given our foremost duty as a fiduciary, be assured that your best interests will always be at the very center of every decision we make together. And, as the great-granddaughters (they're cousins!) of a professional baker, don’t be surprised if your real estate transaction with Erika and Kari comes complete with pie, cookies, or the best homemade toffee in the world. We would be honored to help guide you through your changing real estate needs in Portland Oregon. CONTACT Erika George and Kari McGee 503.349.5449 | 971.322.6612
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