Blog Buy and Sell Breaking Even and Beyond: How Shawn and Jorge Sold Their SE Portland Home in Record Time

Breaking Even and Beyond: How Shawn and Jorge Sold Their SE Portland Home in Record Time

By Carrie Struss, March 27, 2024

What happens when you buy a house, then get engaged and combine dreams for the future?….You buy a brand new house!

I met Shawn just under two years ago when I helped him purchase a home in SE Portland. At the time, he was purchasing on his own in a new location. One proposal and two years later, we started discussions to find Shawn and Jorge a home that was theirs to become a family in.

Selling a house less than two years after purchasing it seemed like a questionable financial decision. The big question: Has the market appreciated enough to break even after closing costs? Will Shawn lose the money he invested? We crunched the numbers and knew what sale price we needed to hit to break even and recoup his down payment. Checking the market statistics, comparable home sales, and projecting future market trends, I knew it was possible to not just break even but (hopefully) net some cash for their next home. However, this could not be done without presenting a pristine product. This job was made easy by the love Shawn and Jorge had already poured into their first home as well as their meticulous nature to care for its maintenance. And it worked! Their home in SE Portland sold for over the asking price in less than a week with multiple offers. And now they’re happily settling into their new home together in Happy Valley!

Shawn and Jorge are an absolute dream to work with. They are gold star clients, doing everything they possibly could to make the transaction go well for everyone involved. Also can you tell how much fun we had?? I cannot even call it work with these two because they fill my life with such joy. I am so grateful for their trust. I loved every minute of my time spent with them on this journey of selling and buying (and drinking). I cannot wait to do it again! Next year, right??

Carrie Struss

Broker | OR & WA


Carrie brings eight years of experience as a Licensed Broker in Oregon and Washington, combining her industry expertise with an eye for detail honed through her degree in Commercial Photography. Her career began with one of her proudest accomplishments: relocating to New York straight out of college to work as a photo producer, where she never settled for an entry-level mindset. It is this same tenacity that has helped make her the top producing agent at Living Room Realty in the Vancouver, WA area since 2021. This accomplishment is a testament to her unwavering commitment to client success. Throughout her career, Carrie has had the privilege of assisting over 100 homeowners achieve their real estate goals. What sets Carrie apart as an agent is her empathetic approach, ensuring that every client feels heard and understood throughout the buying or selling process. Carrie has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2017, though she’s been visiting the area since her teenage years. Beyond her professional life, Carrie finds peace and joy in nature, spending summers by the river and winters in Hawaii. Amidst her successful career, Carrie's greatest joy is her son Jack, who brings boundless love and inspiration to her life. As your agent Carrie will…
  • help get your home (and emotions) ready to sell, then sell your home.
  • find you a new home complete with (fill in the “must have” blank).
  • facilitate the transaction making sure everyone does what they need to do and has what they need to do it.
  • negotiate tenaciously for you.
  • educate you on the daunting, overwhelming, and at times stressful process.
  • remain calm, always.
  • keep you focused on your goals.
  • pay attention to every detail.
  • show up.
  • effectively communicate in the way that works best for you.
  • uphold Living Room Realty’s values and what they mean to her.
"I care about where you live. I care about you home, your street, your neighborhood, your community. All the things that are important to you will be my priority. I look forward to working with you!"
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