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Dream A Little Dream With Me

By Constance Rigney, March 9, 2019

Valentin, Gerardo, and Maria had been saving, dilligently, for 19 years, to bring their dream to fruition.  When I met them, at the end of this 19th year, they were ready, joyful, and excited to finally make it happen.

A garden.  A big kitchen, for cooking some of the best mole in town.  A yard for community celebrations.  A shorter commute to work.  A home to pass on to their three gorgeous children.  These were the simple wishes of Maria, Gerardo, and Valentin.  It was not a lot to ask, but there seemed to be a lot of people asking for the same thing, in the same price range. They knew they were going to have to put in some work.

We saw some great houses that we got out bid on.  We saw some awful houses that we walked away from.  Although there was a lot of competition, and a fair amount of disappointment, we never strayed from the belief that their house was out there, waiting for them.

And, then, on New Year’s Eve, we got the good news. The cute little 1930s bungalow, in Brentwood, was theirs! It was the best way to end 2018 that I could imagine.

Ultimately, what won the house for them was the letter they crafted about their family, and presented to the Seller with their offer.  The letter was full of their history, their dreams, and their love of the house.  It’s not the first time, and I’m sure it won’t be the last, that these personal touches have made all the difference.  It’s all about the connection.

It can be hard to be a first-time homebuyer.  The process can seem daunting, and arduous.  But, by finding the right team, working together, and being patient anything is possible.  These dreams come true all the time.

Constance Rigney

Broker Licensed in OR & WA

25 years ago I left a tiny town in the small state of Connecticut and headed west for the big trees, big mountains, and rugged beauty of Oregon. My eyes are still wide with wonder today. Though I've had some love affairs with Washington and California, Oregon is my soul-state. Captivated by Portland (and my husband Scott), I made a cozy North Portland Craftsman Bungalow my home. And so began my infatuation with Portland culture--the tiny neighborhood restaurants, the most amazing large bookstore, the crocheted bike racks, the local musicians, the murals, and of course, the perfectly poured pints. I spent ten wonderful years in this city as a practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Learning even more about Portland's community, neighborhoods, and hidden gems through the tales and experiences my clients shared with me. The city became so much more than a collection of places; it became the story of the people who call Portland home. It's clear to me that helping people on their journey to wellness is not so different from helping people through the process of buying or selling a home. It begins with making a connection, establishing trust, and finding joy in the process. I'm here to advocate for you, find the answers you need, and smooth any bumps along the way. In my time, I've rented, renovated, restored, bought and sold homes. I understand, first hand, the challenges, hard work, and financial and emotional investments in the buying/selling/rental processes.  My goal as your agent is to support your needs and desires, and to work together to find the perfect place for you to begin, or rekindle, your own love affair with the city I'm so glad to call home.
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Constance Rigney

Broker Licensed in OR & WA

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