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Harper Tenacity- They Go All In

By Jason & Kristin Anderson, April 23, 2022

Everyone needs to have a Veery & Chris Harper in their lives.  We are not kidding either.  Veery and Chris are THE most upbeat, can do, say it like it is cheerleader that you want in your corner.  Veery had been our friend and colleague and we were so honored when she called us and asked us to represent her and her beautiful family with their real estate goals.

We found out that part of what makes someone a Harper was the sparkle they leave behind.  When they bought their home in Kings Heights back in 2013 the home needed a lot of work but they knew the potential it had and started to remodel one room at a time.



They had just finished their kitchen remodel when Veery began to itch for another project.  Their family had grown and they dreamed about still being in Portland but needing more land. So, we toured homes together for a few months off and on, but because Veery and Chris wanted to sell to buy we knew that we needed to find a diamond in the rough.  Low and behold, the perfect candidate appeared.

Veery loved this so much about this home. The midcentury character, having 2.63 acres, tons of natural light, and a quiet spot for Chris to build his home office from.  And with all the good, there were some deterrents that had us all questioning whether this was the right home for Veery, Chris, and the girls. The house had a remodel in the past but besides that, there was a whole lot of different maintenance (roof, plumbing, sewer line, electrical, driveway, etc.) 


So, Veery did a lot of research with the city to see what was possible in regards to her dreams for this house. Our biggest challenge was finding a purchase price that all parties could agree to.  After a few counters, we were able to seal the deal with a contingent offer (meaning, Veery & Chris needed to sell their home to buy this home) and we had to be in bumpable status.

So, it was pedal to the metal to get Veery & Chris’s home in Kings Heights ready for the market while new windows were still being installed. But this is where the essence of what it means to be a Harper comes to light. Just a little bit of a pressure cooker and things start to happen.

In less than 2 weeks Veery had her home ready for the market and man oh man did it fly off the shelves! 48 showings in 3 days. 30 people through the open house. Multiple offers. And before you knew it we were out of bumpable status. This was the biggest relief to Veery.

Now, when you are doing a contingent sale it feels like you are running 2 marathons at the same time.  It can be a little bit of a tricky process but because Jason and I have done a lot of these sales we knew exactly the type of language that needed to go into both contracts to best protect the Harpers.

Before you knew it we were at the finish line with all the inspections and appraisals completed.  It truly was one of our happiest days giving keys to the Harpers because of how much faith they had in us in this process to see them through to the finish line.

We love you Harpers and hope your new home brings you so much joy!

Jason & Kristin Anderson

Broker | Principal Broker | Earth Advantage | ADU Specialist | OR

We are a dedicated husband and wife real estate team with a diverse upbringing & an appreciation for local & international backgrounds. What we love most about Real Estate is making those deep connections with our clients by listening to their goals and serving as their guides through their home sale/purchase journey. We stand by our 3 principles to keep things:
  1. Simple
  2. Stress Free
  3. You Get the Best Deal in the Least Amount of Time
Jason: I am a rugged Jamaican/Oregonian who loves nature and the city. My family immigrated to the US when I was 13 and ever since then Oregon has become my home as well as my adventure playground. When I am not fighting hard for my clients as their guide in this ever evolving Real Estate Market, I am an avid surfer and snowboarder. All year round I have been blessed to find some of Oregon's best set ups for waves. There's nothing quite like Oregon's sandy coastline that brings in a wide range of waves. During deep of winter, you can find me taking breaks from laps at Timberline lodge with a good IPA in hand. For those powder days I make sure to head to Meadows or Skibowl with my snorkel so I stay afloat. Aside from my love of high adrenaline sports, I have a deep passion for interior & exterior plantscaping/gardening. Along with gardening I love learning about bees and their pivotal role in the world. I received my Master bee Keeping Apprentice and have been fascinated with them ever since. I love sharing life with out clients and showcasing Oregon's gorgeous neighborhoods, landscape, its abundant activities and never ending delicious eateries. Kristin & I work hard to help our clients have an amazing journey in the sale/purchase of their home. This is a huge decision for our clients and we don't take our role lightly. Our goal is to be your REALTOR® for life and bring a smile to your face at the end of each and every transaction. Kristin: I was born in Jamaica, grew up in the Philippines & raised by American parents who now live in Chaing Rai, Thailand. About 6 years ago, I was in Thailand visiting family and was trying to figure out what was the next adventure I wanted to go on. I pulled up my laptop and typed in Google: “Where to live in America that is near the ocean, mountains, and has great public transportation.” Portland, OR kept popping up. So, I bought myself a one way ticket and haven’t regretted it since. I have been a nomad for most of my life, living in 7 countries and traveling through 25. Portland has continued to keep me planted due to its magnetic force that brings people from all over the country & the world together; great food, creative cocktails, & beautiful landscape. Some cities have a way of making you feel swallowed up, Portland has a magical way of making you feel at home from the minute you arrive. Once I found my bearings in Portland, I quickly fell in love with Real Estate. As a kid, we all had a theme of Christmas ornaments, mine were always mini houses. I’ve always had an appreciation for the architectural design of homes, and the meaning of what “home” can mean to each person. My home was wherever my family was growing up, and there’s something pretty amazing about seeing a permanent space reflect the meaning of “home.”
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