Blog Buyer Sometimes it takes a Village!

Sometimes it takes a Village!

By Cristen Lincoln, February 28, 2020

 

After a stint in North Carolina, Luke and Hilary are moving back home to start a family and be near friends and loved ones. Shopping for a home from afar adds a layer of complication to an already complicated process. luckily, their family in town, being so excited to have them back, was on board to stand in for showings, and be along during video tours to give perspective and advice. 

One Friday night, last minute when we all had other plans, we moved everything around to look at the perfect colonial on the perfect street that had just hit the market. It couldn’t have been a better fit. Everything on the wish list was there, and to add to the pressure, there was a line of buyers waiting to get in to look at it. We had to move so fast!! They were brave, and trusted in us and their family to make the call. We really wrote an aggressive offer, and came out on top by the skin of our teeth! Whew! We hustled and negotiated our way through the short inspection period to everyone’s satisfaction, and rode a roller coaster of timing delays as the elderly seller struggled to get her paperwork notarized in England by the right person and get documents back to the US. Now, we are ready to deliver keys to the excited first time homeowners! I feel like we just ran a marathon!

Also, this story goes to show it really does take a village to make our way through life, and having family and friends who have your back is priceless. And of course, a great REALTOR® to lean on is critical too! 🙂

Cristen Lincoln

Broker in Oregon & Business Development

I’ve been a full time REALTOR® since 1993, and after more than 25 years in the business and thousands of transactions under my belt, I still love it!  At Living Room Realty I facilitate individual agents' business development, am a member of the Broker Advisory Group which provides direction for the company, and lead a Roommates group which allows agents to share ideas for improving their business practices. I feel very fortunate to come to work every day and do what I love. I grew up here in SE Portland, attended our neighborhood schools and live just five minutes from my childhood home. I never even thought about moving away. I love to travel, but Portland is my home. When I’m not working, I enjoy volunteering at my kids’ schools. I’m known for throwing an epic class party! Before I had kids, I never knew I’d also enjoy being a “soccer Mom” as much as I do. When I have a free moment, I love to hop on my bike and ride down to the waterfront from Mt. Tabor where I live. Biking through the neighborhoods is a nice way to stay in touch with the city, and also stay in shape! When I feel like I want more of a challenge, I’ll add the climb up Mt. Tabor. It’s good ride with the reward being the view from the top of the park. Besides Portland, my family’s second home in Central Oregon is my favorite place. We escape there every chance we get, and love to explore the endless hiking trails, lakes, rivers and other natural wonders the high desert has to offer. Snowboarding on Bachelor is at the top of our winter activities list. We just love nature. Our two dogs love it too, and we take them almost everywhere with us! I’m an avid gardener. Meandering through Portland Nursery, even if I don’t buy anything, almost feels like a mini vacation. My Mom taught me a lot about tending a garden, but I also might have gotten my interest in gardening from my ancestors who were among the first settlers of Sauvie Island. My maiden name is Charlton, and a few of us still live and work there. There’s even a road named after my family. The kids think that’s pretty cool. My family has deep roots in Portland. I’m a true Oregon native, local SE girl, Mom and business woman. And, I’m passionate about working in the city and neighborhoods that I love. ADDITIONAL AWARDS & AFFILIATIONS
  • BrokerAgent™ Advisor ‘Top 500" and "Certificate of Excellence"
  • Portland Monthly Five Star Agent for past 7 years
  • 10 Best of 2015: Client Satisfaction – American Institute of Real Estate Professionals
  • Mt Tabor Park Stewardship Fund Committee Member
  • Past PMAR Public Relations Committee Member
  • Former Mt Tabor Middle school PTA and Auction Committee Member
  • Past PTA board member at Atkinson school and Auction Committee Member
  • Franklin High School PTA Member
  • Impact NW Volunteer and Community Liaison
  • Past Member Rose Chapter National Charity League
  • Member 99 Girlfriends Collective Giving For Impact
AT YOUR SERVICE Meet my Team • Owner/Partner: Jenelle Isaacson • Principal Brokers: Cody Thurman and Paul D'Souza • Licensed Broker: Stacey Pongracz-Bartha • Team Coordinator: Deborah Holmes • Client Services and Marketing Department: Whitney Diffenderfer, Blaine Smith, Gen Torelle, Becky Barryte, and Vanessa Rehder References available upon request.
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  • T: 503-260-2414
  • cristen@livingroomre.com

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