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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 George & Kari McGee

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

Meet cousins Erika George and Kari McGee - the highly skilled HouseLovePDX Team at Living Room Realty in Portland, OR. 

Broker Erika George brings to the table 20 years of experience as an attorney specializing in construction and contracts, and 10 incredible years of real estate success stories.  Principal Broker Kari McGee is an 11-year Portland Monthly 5-Star Realtor®  with almost 20 years of real estate experience under her belt. As Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES®) we love to put our superpowers to work to help all kinds of folks transition to new chapters with compassion, expert guidance, and a customized plan.

Here are our Top Five Favorite Things to do for you:

1.  Ask you questions (lots of questions!) and actually listen to your answers. 2.  Show out-of-area Buyers all the fun neighborhoods and important spots that make the Portland Metro area special. 3.  Crack you and ourselves up with funny photos and random moments of hilarity that pop up in a day of touring homes or after a long day of listing preparation chores! 4.  Negotiate and advocate strenuously for you and your goals. 5.  Celebrate the many (big and small) milestones in a real estate sale or purchase. 6.  Watch your life grow and change after the sale closes, and be there for you when you need us. ps - oh how we adore your "look at what we did to this house" photos!  And lunch. We also adore lunching with you.  (Yes, we know, that's two in one and we're already at six...). 7.  Make "Top-Five" lists that always have more than 5 top-fives.  Just goes to show you how much we love to exceed your expectations! 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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