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When Everything Goes Right

By Leanne Bach, July 6, 2021

My latest transaction was helping some good friends of mine find a larger house, and one that afforded privacy for multi-generational living. We were already facing the challenge of a low inventory market, but we had a price point challenge as well. Finding a turnkey house, with the amount of bedrooms and square footage they needed, within their price range AND not too far out, certainly made me have my work cut out for me. My clients’ willingness to adjust their ideal location ultimately led us to a house that checked the rest of their boxes. Due to the location, there wasn’t a huge amount of interest. We still have to compete with a few other offers, but my communication with the listing agent helped me put together a package that made sense for everyone. My clients were willing to purchase the property in “as-is” condition, barring any health and safety issues, but they were NOT in a position to waive the appraisal, should it come in under sales price. In fact, NONE of the offers were waiving the appraisal which was so refreshing. I feel that if one of the offers was waiving the appraisal, we would not have been as successful in getting our offer accepted. Some things are just meant to be, I guess!

The sellers wanted my clients to be happy and feel like they were getting a good home, and my buyers wanted the sellers to know they appreciated the care that went into the home. We negotiated some repairs and eagerly awaited the appraisal, which ended up coming in at the sales price. On to closing we go! We were 2 days away from the finish line and in the middle of a heat wave. I received a frantic message from the listing agent that there was a fire at the house and my stomach sank. How could everything go so smoothly, only for this to happen at the end? It could have been devastating, but it wasn’t. We go lucky. Only one side of the yard’s shrubs were burned and part of the neighbor’s fence. With teamwork, the listing agent and I got the damage assessed and we agreed on a compensation plan. Crisis averted! My lesson from that was that spontaneous combustion is a real thing! Crazy! 115 degree heat and fresh bark dust are no joke. From now on, I’ll make sure everyone wets their bark dust down. This could have ended so much worse, but it didn’t.

I can’t wait to celebrate with these friends in their fresh new backyard. Congrats!

Leanne Bach

Principal Broker | OR & WA


Leanne has experienced the real estate boom on the frontline. Her integrity and persistence have helped clients navigate the outcomes of the 2008 financial crisis, as well as coached and guided buyers and sellers through a competitive, fast-paced market of today. Licensed since 2003, Leanne’s drive and skills of being a natural connector, put her at the top of her field. She finds great joy in establishing a client’s needs and uniting them with a solution. She sees challenge as an opportunity and proactively wins trust while still getting things done. Real estate involves a network beyond the client. Leanne connects with the community through volunteer efforts. She has built a solid network of contractors, lenders, caterers, bankers, and accountants, as well as caregivers, artists, and organizers. Her goal is to connect a buyer’s vision of home to reality and connects a seller’s financial goals to the best possible outcomes. This is the fuel that motivates Leanne in her career. She believes strongly in creating harmony between work and life and it shows by what her clients say about her. She feels lucky every day to be able to call this her job and feels fortunate to have clients that are multi-generational, helping parents of clients and children of clients through all the stages of life. The relationships she’s built are truly rewarding. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” -Albert Einstein
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