Blog Stories A letter to my mom - a new Portland homeowner

A letter to my mom – a new Portland homeowner

By Nicolette Hanna, September 30, 2019

Mom,

I don’t know that this will even come close to how I feel about you buying a home here, but here it goes. My overwhelming feeling about you being here is gratitude. I know I won’t comprehend the magnitude of you being here for a very long time, but you being here is already giving me a sense of peace I didn’t know I was seeking. I’m already feeling less lonely. More grounded. Richer. Having you here gives me a sense of comfort I think I’ve been seeking since moving out of the house I grew up in, 20 years ago. It’s been almost 20 years of living in different cities and I can’t believe how much I’ve missed you.

I can’t believe my son River gets to have the same special relationship with you that I had with your mom, my Nana. What a gift. When I start to think about the possibilities, I get overwhelmed with emotion and joy.

Thank you for coming here. Thank you for choosing to live in the city where I’ve made a life. You are the most selfless mother.

I love you with my whole heart, mom. Thank you for being such a steady and consistent force in my life. Always and forever.

Nicolette Hanna

Earth Advantage Broker

I fondly remember growing up in a quaint, classic 100-year-old bungalow. My mom was an avid gardener, planted fragrant flowers, fruit trees, and veggies and incorporated quirky tile mosaics throughout our backyard. My favorite part of my childhood home, however… the pull down stairs to the attic which led to my playroom! The fireplace, hardwood floors, and front porch where I spent so much time evoke a such a feeling of family and home for me. I so appreciate the uniqueness of Portland area homes, and being able to re-live how houses evolve from their original build to how they live today, picturing families and stories along the way. My transition to real estate from non-profit residential energy efficiency work was catalyzed by my attraction to the innovativeness and creativeness of the Portland housing stock. It was also super important to me to tap into my community in a deeper way; connecting with people one-on-one and being able to actually see the positive outcomes of my work in a tangible way. Being a real estate agent allows me to form deep and meaningful connections with people while satisfying my own insatiable curiosity for Portland homes. I approach my work for my clients as if I’m in their shoes, buying or selling. It’s personal! It’s critical that my clients have an authentic and enjoyable experience working with me, with honesty and integrity being my top priority all the time. My goal is to evolve the perception of real estate agents from perhaps less than trustworthy sales folks to client-focused, highly trusted and thoughtful individuals. When I have free time, you might catch me enjoying some live music or dancing with PDX Dance Collective (did I mention I have a degree in dance?). I also love to hike with Patrick, my husband, and my mini Australian Shepherd puppy, Stringer Bell. Admittedly where you’re most likely to catch me, however, is eating and drinking delicious food and cocktails at the many great Portland restaurants. If I’m not it town, I’m likely in the southern Caribbean… it feels like a second home! I am an accredited Earth Advantage Broker, Accessory dwelling unit (ADU) specialist, and I have also received the Five Star Real Estate Agent Award, recognizing outstanding service professionals. It would be my honor to serve you in buying or selling your home! Nicolette Hanna Earth Advantage Accredited Broker Licensed in Oregon
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Nicolette Hanna

Earth Advantage Broker


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