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Good Karma, Great Home

By Mel Marzahl, January 11, 2020

Me, Aaron, and Carol after he finished singing his closing documents!

The first time I sat down with Aaron was the first week of June, 2019. He told me about his goal of buying a house and how he wasn’t sure about the process just yet. More importantly, he shared with me his motivations.

Aaron told me about his little brother who he had taken in just about a year prior. He is in middle school and adjusting well since his move up from TX. Aaron also told me about how he really wanted to move his mom up from TX to live with him to so he could live with her and make sure she is taken care of.

At this point I’m practically in tears about what a selfless and caring guy Aaron is. BUT THEN, he goes on to tell me about how he is into community building. He helps all these different people out in small and big ways all while working 10 hr or more days 5+ days/week. (I mean… if anyone deserves a home to call their own, it’s Aaron, right?) We continued to connect over a love of classic cars, he loves working on old Cadillacs and other cars. My dad has been restoring old Corvettes forever and my husband designs and builds custom motorcycles.

He hadn’t decided to hire me just yet, but I would be damned if I didn’t get to help him achieve his goals! I told him I would be honored to be his agent and would do whatever I could to help him get there. I explained how Living Room Realty stands by and truly lives out our values. I thought they would resonate with him and I think they did. Last, I asked if I could put him in touch with a great mortgage consultant and he agreed.

Aaron worked really hard after this meeting. I connected him with Carol Flanagan at Guild Mortgage and she assisted with him from that point on to repair and build his credit. He listened to her advice and by about Thanksgiving he had a pre-approval letter in hand. He qualified for the Oregon Bond Program, an FHA loan that provides down payment assistance to help buyers like him get into the market and start building equity.

Aaron and his girlfriend, Kjiersten, outside their new home!

Once he was ready, we went out and saw just about every home on the market that met his criteria in about 3-4 days. We wrote an offer right away on a turn-key ranch in SE that checked all the boxes. While there was another offer practically the same as his, he won out after bumping up his price just enough. I was also able to negotiate just over $2000 in closing credits, along with a home warranty paid for by the seller. We closed 35 days later, which was  7 months and 3 days after I first met with him.

Watching him sign his closing papers was emotional because it reminded me of why I love this job so much. Aaron worked really hard to get to the signing table. I am so proud of the work everyone did, especially Aaron, to get him the keys to his new home.

Congrats Aaron!

Mel Marzahl

Broker | OR


Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Mel became a passionate advocate for homeownership and investing in real estate after buying and selling her first home. What drew her to it was realizing the significant financial impact the right investment property can make and learning how much having a home to truly call your own can improve your quality of life. Her specialties are working with first-time home buyers and sellers yet she is fluent in all aspects of residential real estate. She is trained extensively in real estate negotiation, holding both the CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert) and RENE (Real Estate Negotiations Expert) designations. Mel knows that with all the technology available to buyers and sellers, one of the best skills a REALTOR® can have is knowing how to be a collaborative negotiator to get the best outcome for their clients. After a decade-long career working in operations and client service for creative companies, Mel earned her Broker’s license and made the move to real estate. She listens to her client’s needs and aims to treat everyone involved in a transaction with honesty and integrity. She loves getting to know her clients, their wants, and needs to ensure they get the highest level of service Mel is known for. Mel brings creativity and an eye for detail to the table with a background in art and events. She enjoys a remodel or renovation project, has a soft spot for old craftsman homes, loves helping first-time buyers, and educating her clients on the selling and purchasing process. She believes in staying up to date on market trends, technology, and tools available to real estate agents. This gives her an edge when it comes to marketing properties and communicating with her clients. When Mel is not working in real estate she is volunteering with the Red Cross, gardening, hosting dinner parties, or relaxing at home on Bull Mountain with her husband, son, two big dogs, and a handful of chickens.
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