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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


Erika & Kari

Broker-Esquire | Principal Broker | Seniors Real Estate Specialists | OR

Erika George and Kari McGee are the highly skilled HouseLove PDX team at Living Room Realty in Portland, OR. 

As designated Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES®), Kari and Erika help Seniors and their families navigate aging in place, downsizing, multigenerational housing, senior community living options, and probate sales. These exceptional real estate agents will help you prepare for life’s transitions with compassion and expert guidance. Principal Broker Kari McGee is an 11-year Portland Monthly 5-Star Realtor® and has helped clients successfully navigate the evolving Portland real estate market for almost two decades. Realtor® Erika George brings to the table 20 years of experience as an attorney specializing in construction and contracts and has been a full-service real estate broker since 2013. These experienced real estate agents will help you prepare for life’s transitions with a customized plan designed for your specific goals.  Erika and Kari's in-depth market knowledge and savvy data analysis will help you make educated, pro-active decisions that will reduce stress and provide better outcomes for your real estate needs.  Given our foremost duty as a fiduciary, be assured that your best interests will always be at the very center of every decision we make together. And, as the great-granddaughters (they're cousins!) of a professional baker, don’t be surprised if your real estate transaction with Erika and Kari comes complete with pie, cookies, or the best homemade toffee in the world. 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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