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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


A Pacific Northwest native, Mel became a passionate advocate for homeownership and investing in real estate after buying and selling her first home. What interested her most 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 but is fluent in all aspects of residential real estate. She is also a CNE, or Certified Negotiations Expert, and 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 in order to get the best for their clients. After a decade long career working in operations and client service for creative companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mel earned her Oregon Broker’s license and made the move to real estate. Her philosophy in real estate is listen to her client’s needs and to treat everyone involved in a transaction with honesty and integrity. She loves getting to know her buyers and sellers, many of whom become friends, and ensuring they get the highest level of service she is known for. With a background in art and events, Mel brings creativity and an eye for detail to the table. She enjoys a remodel project, has a soft spot for Old Portland and 1900's craftsman houses, helping first time buyers, and educating her clients on the selling and purchasing process. She believes in staying up to date on Portland real estate trends, but also technology and tools available to agents. This gives her an edge when it comes to researching and marketing properties, as well as 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, Mike, and two big dogs, Indy and Jackson.
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