Blog ADU A big win for some big sweethearts!

A big win for some big sweethearts!

By Kim Parmon, April 30, 2020

Grant is one of those people who just exudes kindness.  He has a big smile and a gentle nature and is the kind of person that you like right away.  It was no surprise that his fiancee, Sonia, is also a sweetheart.  These two lovely souls were looking to buy their first home together before the wedding and I was thrilled to help them look.  We took some time to refine exactly what they wanted: was it a big house with high end finishes?  Nope.  Their priority was having a space where mom could comfortably stay when she comes to visit.  Because OF COURSE Grant and his mom have the sweetest, loveliest relationship.

Grant and Sonia have been living in a little apartment and mom has had to rent an Airbnb every time she visits, which is a financial strain.  So we set out to find this couple a home close to Sonia’s work (of course this lovely soul is a teacher) with a lot big enough to build an ADU on it.  That was about all they asked for: close to work, within budget, big lot for an ADU.  Easy enough!  We found a great property that fit the bill and were able to snag it for under asking price.  Grant knows that he can make the house into something great (he’s a carpenter after all) so he and Sonia didn’t mind knowing that it needs some repairs.  Especially since we were able to negotiate a generous credit during their inspection period.

Grant and Sonia closed on their first home today!  Now they get to plan and build their ADU for mom.  Covid-19 is preventing me from giving them big hugs today but I couldn’t be prouder of these two!  I’m giving them hugs in spirit.

Kim Parmon

Principal Broker


Oregon is the fifth state that Kim has called home in her life and this one is sticking!  She loves waking up every day in this beautiful place and looking out at the treetop view of her 1977 wood paneled contemporary with its 360-degree fireplace.  As a kid, Kim spent her free time wandering through open houses and exploring construction sites for the fun of it so it's no surprise that quirky architecture and unique spaces are a draw for her.  Formerly in the entertainment industry, Kim stumbled into real estate as a profession through the purchase of her first bungalow in Pasadena, CA.  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, a new passion was born.  This passion eventually led her to put down roots in Portland in 2015 and grow her referrals-based business in her new hometown.  Kim excels at seeing the potential in a space and gets excited about maximizing both the functionality and beauty of a home. Kim 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, and empathic.  Her successful approach to negotiation is based on psychology and being adaptive to each situation she is in.  Her ethics and reputation are cornerstones of her business and the happiness of her clients is the yardstick that she measures success against. In her free time, you'll find Kim enjoying lazy evenings by the fire with her husband, daughter, and grumpy old rescue dogs.  She loves yoga, dancing, 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.
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