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One a Remodeler, Always a Remodeler

By Kim Parmon, June 4, 2021

When I sat down with Katy and Jon to discuss what they wanted in their next house, they said “we really don’t want a project.”  I was sitting in the dining room of their current house at the time and took a minute to look around.  They had meticulously renovated the small kitchen to make it beautiful and functional.  They had personally installed bamboo flooring in the primary bedroom.  Every lighting fixture was new.  The bathroom was both gorgeous and modern while also paying respect to the era of the house.  I could feel their love and touch in every room.  But they didn’t want a project in their next house?  Hmm.  I was skeptical.

Here’s the thing about having done a successful renovation: it changes you.  If you’re the type of person that likes to get your hands dirty and see the fruits of your labor, it is immensely satisfying.  Sure, there are some people that have a bad experience and never want to do it again, but these were not those people.  Of course, I could see that but they weren’t ready to yet.  Often times people need to spend some time seeing houses to come to terms with what they really want, and that’s ok.

And that’s just what we did.  We toured several houses together, several of which were not projects.  Maybe there were one or two things to update, but everything was done.  And I could see Katy and Jon trying to grapple with paying a premium for someone else’s remodeling work when it wasn’t exactly their style.

An incredible house popped up in their search area that did not fit what they had asked for: it was a fully original midcentury in pristine condition.  It looked as if one family had lived there almost since it was built and hadn’t changed a thing about it.  It was also on the most epic, gorgeous half-acre lot.  I suggested that we go check it out “just to see.”

As we pulled into the driveway, I could see Katy and Jon’s reaction.  They were in love.  The house was charming as all getout and the setting was idyllic.  As we walked through together I could see their wheels spinning.  They could open up the kitchen, they could remove the carpet (“look, there’s wood under here”), they could finish the basement.  Their creativity was flowing!  They wanted to write an offer.  Of course they did, it was perfect!

Once a remodeler, always a remodeler!  I have the same affliction.  Katy and Jon got keys yesterday.  Let the renovation commence!

Kim Parmon

Principal Broker | Earth Advantage Certified | OR


Kim Parmon Principal Broker  Lead Listing Agent Earth Advantage Certified | OR Oregon is the fifth state that Kim has called home in her life, and this one is sticking!  After moving multiple times in her childhood, Kim fully understands how empowering homeownership and having roots is.  She loves waking up every day in this beautiful place and wants everyone to experience what it feels like to live in their dream home. As a kid, Kim spent her free time wandering through open houses and exploring construction sites for the fun of it.  After careers in the professional ballroom dance world, the entertainment industry, and the service industry, Kim stumbled into real estate as both a passion and a profession through the purchase of her first bungalow.  After renovating it with her husband and selling it for enough of a profit to pay off their debt as well as buy a new house to live in, everything clicked: she decided to get her real estate license and help her community experience the emotional and financial benefits of homeownership.  Kim put down roots in Portland in 2015 and has cultivated a referrals-based business throughout the years.  She understands that real estate is a service and the experience she gives her clients is first-rate.  She works hard to anticipate needs.  She is responsive, thorough, empathic, and a skilled negotiator who enjoys market analytics and strategy as much as she enjoys connecting with her clients.  Her ethics and reputation are the cornerstones of her business and the happiness of her clients is the yardstick that she measures success against. Kim merged her business with the best agents in Portland at the beginning of 2022, which has allowed her to give her clients more resources, more advocacy, and a top-notch real estate experience.  She is honored to be a part of her incredible team and feels lucky to go to work every day. In her free time, you'll find Kim enjoying lazy evenings by the fire with her husband, daughter, and rescue dogs.  She loves dancing, live music, exploring all of the beautiful places around us in the PNW, enjoying a cider and a good meal with friends, and browsing Powell's for a great new book. Andee Ziegler  Licensed Listing Team Operations Manager Loving where you live will change your life. Everyone deserves that joy. For me, real estate has been a way of nurturing my community and doing what I can to help people find stability, grow generational wealth, and create a little space of their own in the world. For 15 years I found the most joy in helping first-time homebuyers, guiding my peers through their first major investment and dreaming up what home means for them. I’ve done restoration work on homes from a variety of eras, 1894 Victorian farmhouse to classic 1950’s ranch. I enjoy empowering new homeowners with the knowledge I’ve garnered over the years, from systems to finishes.  In 2022 I joined forces with some of the best realtors in the biz and shifted my focus to operation management for listings. This welcome change opened up space in my life: more cake, less pants.   Andee Zeigler | Licensed Listing Team Operations Manager | Jessica LeDoux | Lead Buyer Agent | Broker Licensed in Oregon |  Karim Alaeddine | Operations | Principal Broker Licensed in Oregon |  Jenessa VanZutphen | Buyer Operations Manager | Licensed in Oregon | 
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