By Olivia Rush, June 1, 2021
By Olivia Rush, June 1, 2021
What a way to begin Memorial Day Weekend. Congratulations to Miles and Casey – it was well worth the wait!
I first met Casey and Miles nine-ish years ago. My housemate and I put an add on Craigslist for someone to fill our 3rd bedroom, and the universe brought us Casey! She had just graduated from U of O and was moving up to the Big City. She and Miles had already been together a few years, so I got to know him during this time, too.
After moving out of that house, we lost touch for a while, until about three years ago. As it often goes in tiny Portland, Casey, Miles and I were reconnected by mutual friend groups we didn’t know we shared. We caught up at a party and they let me know they’d be in touch once they were ready to make the leap into home ownership.
I finally heard from them last summer, and we shifted into full search mode. They were open to different neighborhoods in East side Portland, but their ideal location was St. John’s, where Miles teaches 5th grade at a bilingual school. Also high on their list was the cute factor and a space for Miles’ drum set.
Casey and Miles were dream clients for a few reasons. 1) I already had a relationship with them. 2) The sarcastic and witty banter to accompany our home search in a Seller’s market was top notch. And 3) they knew what they wanted – and maybe even more importantly, what they didn’t want. They were highly selective in the houses we went to see, often knowing before we even visited that they’d be making an offer.
The first few offers didn’t stick, and the third rejection was an absolute heartbreak. Casey and Miles decided to hunker down, lick their wounds, and wait out the winter until there was more inventory. They took several months off, all the while watching the market from afar but not seeing anything special. Not until the Mohawk house.
We saw it the day it was listed and actually ran into the Sellers as they were tidying up! We awkwardly tried to simultaneously show appreciation to them and conceal our giddiness as we explored the home and property. We drove around the block, just out of ear shot, got out of our cars, and starting planning the offer right then and there.
Miles and Casey were ready to go all in on this one – heartbreak was not an option. We crafted a lovely offer with stellar terms, and the Sellers selected our offer over 11 others (including a few that were higher in price)! Giving Miles and Casey the good news was one of my favorite phone calls I’ve ever had the pleasure to make.
We negotiated a credit and cleared the appraisal fairly quickly. Thanks to their wonderful, communicative lender, they closed in 24 days! We wrote the chicken coop and 4 chickens into the offer as personal property, and when we met on Friday to exchange keys, there were 3 fresh eggs waiting for Casey and Miles. I am so proud of these two for sticking with it. Cheers Casey and Miles!