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First times a charm!

By Carson Mead, January 18, 2022

Ana and Brayden came to me as a referral from some of my favorite past clients. They had a low down payment but were really motivated and excited to purchase their first house! We talked about their goals, the competitive market, and the lay of the land for how a purchase unfolds. We toured a couple times and they were really close to moving forward on a cute house in NE Portland. The home ticked off most of the boxes, but also had some serious drawbacks, including a tiny little kitchen with no dishwasher. We kept tabs on the home, but ultimately it garnered 10+ offers and they decided to pass on it.

Fast forward to our next tour, and we saw two houses, and one they really liked. They had seen another house nearby come on the market and were interested in it, but were skeptical as it was fully renovated and under their budget. We went and looked anyways, and sure enough it was their favorite of the day. I followed up on it, and after 40 showings over the weekend it still didn’t have an offer on it. Multiple buyers were circling, but the sellers were antsy to get it under contract. We wrote a strong offer with a quick expiration, and held tight with fingers crossed. Another offer was looming as our offer expired, but they weren’t able to get it in on time. The sellers decided to move forward with my buyers as opposed to wait for it, and we were off and running. The condition of the home was excellent as expected, with the exception of things we couldn’t see – the sewer line and the radon. We were able to get both negotiated prior to close, and my buyers are about to get keys as we speak!

I love it when a deal comes together that is a win-win for everyone, and my buyers are so happy. Thanks Ana and Brayden!!

Carson Mead

Broker | ADU Specialist | OR

My first introduction to the world of real estate came in 2004, when at the age of 22 I bought my first home in NE Portland with my sister. I still remember what a monumental life transition that was. Buying my own home laid the foundation for a lifelong love of all things related to houses. I enrolled in a year-long Building Construction program to gain more knowledge in housing systems and techniques. I have used those tools to enhance my own home both inside and out. I joke that my favorite part of a house is the basement, as that’s where I can see the health and maintenance of a home’s systems: plumbing, electrical, HVAC, foundation etc. While a home inspector is the professional on helping to understand the story of a home, I like to provide as much due-diligence as possible up front before you spend the money and get into contract. Ultimately my goal is to meet you in any endeavor that you are wanting to undertake. If you are looking to sell, I will develop a strategy that makes sense for you with your goals, timelines and marketing strategy. If you want to invest in your home before going on the market, we’ll look at what you can do to maximize your profit: be it refinishing floors, painting, modifying light fixtures, and getting it staged. If you need to stay in your home while selling, I’ll bring in my stager to help get perspective on how to pare down the feel of your home and have tangible goals to achieve in getting ready to go on the market. If you are looking to invest in Portland real estate, we can talk about the big four in analyzing properties. Rental income, principal reduction, equity growth and tax benefits. I work with spreadsheets to outline these assets so you can see the short and long term performance of your investment. Once last piece of my professional and personal life that I spend a lot of time thinking about are ADU’s (Accessory Dwelling Units). Also known as mother-in-law units and granny flats, these can be detached or attached. When I see a home, I look at the property in detail to see how the home is oriented on the lot and if it is ripe for a detached ADU (new construction), or if it is a good prospect for creating an attached unit (a basement apartment). I also look at the zoning to see what kind of potential this could add. I am in mid-process building my own detached ADU. The structure is going to be modern with clean lines and open concept. I live on a corner lot, which means the ADU can have it’s own street entrance. I also have zoning which will allow me to split the lot if I choose and sell it separately at some point. My plan is to keep it as a rental, but this will create a lot of flexibility both short and long term. I am a cooperatively focused broker, with a passion for helping people achieve their goals and succeed in their endeavors. I am patient, understanding, trustworthy, and truly care about your best interests. I serve on my neighborhood association board and the larger Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. Please let me know if you'd like to share a beverage, coffee, tea, beer/wine to talk about what’s important to you and see if it would be a good fit to work together. All the best— carsonmeadpdx.com yelp
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