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When The Neighbor Asks….

By Martin Cross, March 30, 2020

Generally speaking, when the neighbor asks… “would you like to buy our house before we put it on the market“ the answer is… maybe… “let me ask my REALTOR®”.

I’ve found that, more often than not when people want to sell their home directly they have unrealistic expectations as to the value of their home. It’s rarely the case that they just want to sell their home for a “fair” price without the hassle of listing, open houses, showings and waiting. It’s even less often the case when they are already living elsewhere. So, needless to say, when my buyers came to me with this idea I was dubious.

But, when that house is not only very fairly priced but also a big, beautiful, well maintained, craftsman with four bedrooms, two baths, a full basement with tall person ceilings PLUS a sleeping porch, garage and tons of storage on a corner lot then the answer is always YES!

This was exactly what happened for my buyers and I couldn’t be happier for them. So remember, when the neighbor asks… Just call your local REALTOR® (that’s me!) and ask their opinion.

Martin Cross

Broker | OR & WA


I have lived in Portland my entire life and spent the last 20 years in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood of SE Portland. As such, I know inner SE like the back of my hand and I am very familiar with most neighborhoods in the Portland metro area. After almost 25 years filling people's homes with great design and art I shifted my love of finding great things, for great people, towards Real Estate. My eye for quality and attention to detail serves both my buyers and sellers equally. As a business owner most of my life, I understand the concepts of problem solving, coordination with others, and hard work. I always say..."Great things rarely come from a 40 hour work week." If you want a Portland native who is hard working, responsive, and compassionate - give me a call. I look forward to working with you to find that perfect home or that perfect buyer for yours whether the house be Craftsmen, Modern, brand new, or a fixer.
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