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Finding Success in a Tough Market

By Erika George & Kari McGee, March 7, 2021

There are lots of tough, “school of hard knocks” buyer stories out there right now, given the very strong Sellers’ Market we’ve been experiencing since the dawn of 2021.  But even in this seller-oriented market, we’ve been able to find success for many of our buyer clients.

Jim and Beth had been pondering a few different options for some changing family housing needs in their extended family.  They spent the better part of 2020 exploring and evaluating the market in and around Portland but nothing seemed quite right.  Then a house hit the market in January, just blocks from their current Sellwood home and it. was. perfect.  Clarity achieved!

Don’t get us wrong!  Of course, there were multiple offers and of course, Jim and Beth had to offer well above the asking price in order to win the home.  But all that evaluation time in 2020 helped Jim and Beth quickly understand the realities of the market.  They acted fast and were able to make informed decisions. 

On top of that, we were able to negotiate some rare pre-closing repairs at the sellers’ expense, and effective communication with the listing agent made for a smooth transaction… (well, except maybe for that small part about literally running for their cashier’s check, the day before closing!).  These were all good things for Jim and Beth who are working full time with small children at home, 24-hours, every single day.  Yup, whispered nap-time real estate conversations have become our specialty  (actually, we think whispered real estate conversations are super fun and calming so don’t be surprised if we start whispering if things start to get intense)!

Helping our clients evaluate and explore real estate options is an important part of our job.  We know that some time to thoughtfully explore and consider, spent in advance of your deadlines, can prove invaluable in the long or short run!

We’d be happy to help you explore your options and discover what makes the most sense for you.

Kari & Erika:  HouseLovePDX
971.322.6612 | 503.349.5449


Kari + Erika

Principal Broker | Broker-Esquire

The HouseLovePDX Team fuses comprehensive real estate knowledge and legal expertise in the dynamic landscape of Portland, Oregon.

Realtor® Erika George brings to the table 20 years of experience as an attorney specializing in construction and contracts and is a 2020 Portland Monthly 5-Star Realtor®. Principal Broker Kari McGee is a nine-year Portland Monthly 5-Star Realtor® and has helped clients successfully navigate the evolving Portland real estate market since 2005. Erika and Kari are also certified iRep™ agents and can help you evaluate the new iBuyer instant-cash offer options in the greater Portland area. Regardless of the market or your particular circumstances, these highly skilled real estate agents will ensure that your goals become your reality. WHAT WE KNOW We know that real estate is not a one size fits all endeavor. It’s easy to find real estate data on the internet these days, but it’s what we do with the data that counts. HouseLovePDX provides a thoughtful and proactive analysis of current market data for every one of our clients: We know that small details can make a big difference. We consider factors you may not be aware of when buying a house, selling a condo, or planning an ADU. From open permits to missing credits on escrow statements, these issues can cost you money. Let us guide you through the real estate process, from big picture dreams about your future home to the nitty-gritty of contract negotiation. We know that your “why” often comes before your “how” in real estate. We take extra time with our clients to fully understand all the reasons why you want to make a move to, from or within the Portland area. We use this insight as the key to developing a comprehensive plan for you. Don’t be surprised if we start our meetings by delving deep into your real estate knowledge, your past experiences, your goals, and your dreams! WHAT WE LOVE It’s a privilege to help a client sell a beloved home and move on to the next chapter of life. We love seeing Portland, neighborhood by neighborhood, through the eyes of someone who is new to the area and full of excitement. As Northwest natives who grew up together (we’re cousins!), our love for Portland runs deep. And we adore the moment when a buyer walks into a house and we all know it’s the one: aka HouseLove! We would be honored to help guide you through your changing real estate needs in Portland Oregon. CONTACT Erika George and Kari McGee 503.349.5449 | 971.322.6612
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