Blog Stories A tale of St John's Magic and Love

A tale of St John’s Magic and Love

By Emily Kellow, April 26, 2018

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful couple who were very much in love, named Lee and Kelsey. Together, these two people decided it was time for a change…

Lee and Kelsey had been casually looking in Portland and Hood River for at least a year. They would often go back and forth about which area was calling to them. Lee grew up in Portland. Kelsey, a Canadian, loved how the log cabins and feel of Hood River would often remind her of her homeland. Kelsey loves smaller towns.  They both really did like the idea of both places, and it seemed like a hard choice to make.

I loved when I would randomly get a call asking to go tour a beautiful home in Hood River, or alternately, a beautiful home in Portland. It was a soft home search in the beginning , which was a part of their process on getting clear on what they wanted. Something I felt happy and grateful to help them with.

Sometimes it’s not clear what the next step is.  When this lack of clarity arises in real estate, I find the most helpful thing, is to pack up the car, and go tour homes that seem even a little bit intriguing. So this is what we did!

Soon the clarity came, and poof puff!

Magically the perfect house appeared and it all fell into place.

As is often the case, the home they ended up buying had multiple offers. Lee and Kelsey stepped up to the plate with grace, bravery, tenacity, and a winner’s attitude.

This story ends happily with them getting into a quintessential Portland home, and the ease and peace of mind that comes with a choice well made and a job well done.

I am grateful for the opportunity to have guided them on this journey, and grateful to be a Realtor once again.

 

Emily Kellow

Principal Broker

For Emily, being a Realtor is more than a job, to her, it is her destiny and passion. Emily is a 3rd generation Realtor. Her paternal grandparents were “mom and pop” developers/house flippers/Realtors in her home town of Santa Barbara. Years later her mother became a Realtor when she was pregnant with Emily and is still active in Santa Barbara. Emily remembers a time in real estate before the internet, when her mom would have to drive to get signatures, a thick multiple listing book was printed out regularly, no links online, and lock boxes had actual keys to open them, not FOBS or bluetooth. Car phones and fax machines were revolutionary! Emily was always along for the ride, like it or not, hanging at the office, in the back of the car and open houses. She was in it from the get go. Penciling properties, deciding to hold or sell, musing on challenging tenants, and all things real estate were nightly dinner talk in her family. Emily was immersed in this business her entire life. When she was a little one she had no interest in real estate. As the years went by, through osmosis, real estate settled into her being. As much as Emily thought that real estate wasn’t her path, she finally realized what a gift her lifetime of exposure to this business was, and put that gift to use. At 25 years old, Emily became a Realtor herself. This was a surprise to everyone, even Emily! Emily took to real estate very naturally, and has never looked back. To her it made perfect sense: real estate is one of the most powerful tools available to empower one’s life and future. Real estate is real, and simply put, makes sense. Helping people navigate the complex waters of something that to Emily is second nature, was a logical and beautiful decision. The way she runs her business is based on the golden rule,  always treating her clients as she would want to be treated - and she has very high standards.  Emily enjoys a professional yet personal approach to real estate. This makes perfect sense, because she sees real estate as a financial investment that is often times extremely personal and close to the heart. Emily strongly believes in "quality not quantity" small batch client care.  She is an advocate, consultant, and expert negotiator. When you hire her you are also hiring a project manager, someone who you can rely on, period.  She has your back.  Emily strives to be remembered as someone who not only helped a client make an amazing decision, but supported them through the process seamlessly.  She is someone you can trust, feel confident in, and relate to. Emily works with all kinds of buyers and sellers, ranging from savvy investors to first timers, and loves it all. Emily owned her own small real estate brokerage, and property management company prior to joining Living Room Realty.  Her ability to swiftly crunch numbers, pencil things out, and speak to the finance brained person one minute, and hop to the emotional and whimsical person the very next, gives her a unique skill set that allows her to assist a wide breadth of clientele with varying needs. Emily has managed several large scale renovations, and small scale remodels for herself and clients.  She has a honed design sense, and knowledge of construction that always comes in handy. Emily knows that people from every walk of life deserve superior customer service in real estate, and that is exactly what she offers. She is proud to say that 100% of her business comes from referrals. She is an honest, straight shooter who has a great skill for translating the language of real estate to the civilian, which is essential. She loves being an educator, which is at the core of what she does. Emily knows that knowledge is power. The client should be informed to a degree that allows them to make big choices and feel safe making them. No sales, no pressure, just clear, clean knowledge, information, and sound advice. Emily is proud of her past client reviews and thanks her beloved clients for taking the time to write them. They mean the world to her. You can read some below, and follow the link for more: https://www.zillow.com/ profile/emilyordas/
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Emily Kellow

Principal Broker


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