Blog Buyer Ice Storm Win!

Ice Storm Win!

By Olivia Rush, March 20, 2021

Congratulations to Lauren and Taran on the successful purchase of their first home together! This was NOT your typical buying in  Portland in 2021 scenario – and thank goodness for that.

Lauren and Taran are dear friends of mine, so we got down to the nitty gritty quickly. We saw a handful of “cute, charming” homes that would have “worked,” but nothing we saw felt right. As the days grew shorter, inventory dwindled. They were eager to get in the game, but nothing of interest was popping up. We had numerous conversations (almost every time we saw a home) about holding out until we found something that really clicked. They considered writing a few offers on a couple homes (one of which received 29 offers – no thanks!), but ultimately stuck to their guns.

And good thing, too! It was in early February that their patience paid off (maybe with the help of some divine weather intervention.) A home popped up that checked their boxes – especially the large-lot-in-fantastic-location box – and was well under budget.  Thanks to an ice storm, we were some of the only people who viewed the property over the first weekend. (Reason #784 why I love my AWD RAV4!) Taran and Lauren excitedly submitted their first offer Friday evening and anxiously waited three days for the Seller’s response. Finally, the good news came: we were able to secure the house AT list price without giving up their firstborn child or a kidney!

From that point, the transaction moved forward smoothly. Overall, the home was in GREAT condition, especially for its age. We were able to negotiate a small credit for a honey-do list of repairs, and the appraisal came in a good chunk ABOVE what my clients paid.

In this incredibly competitive sellers market, this transaction was a HUGE win on all accounts. Now let’s carry this same easy-breezy energy into selling their home next month!

Olivia Rush

Broker | OR & WA


As your trusted guide through the buying or selling process, you can expect me to customize my services to your specific goals and preferences, much like I did for my students during my ten years as an educator. My clients’ goals vary. A couple retiring to the Big City after 30 years on 22 acres. A woman purchasing her first home independently. A couple upsizing to support a growing family. Two friends pooling their resources to make their first investment possible. A couple navigating a divorce and the sale of their home. A refugee family with limited English setting down roots in this country. Deaf investors looking to maximize profit on their flip.  A couple selling the home of their daughter who has lost her battle to cancer. A family relocating from across the country and buying sight-unseen.  These situations all require unique, dynamic, and holistic approaches. Everyone has different needs, and it is my top priority to meet my clients where they are. For me, real estate is not transactional. It is deeply personal and inevitably life-changing. While each client requires a tailored strategy, my work ethic is unwavering. With me you can always expect organization, tenacity, responsiveness, dedication, and hustle. A gatherer of resources, a communicator of all options and possible outcomes. As your advocate, I will be brutally honest so you know what to expect. A skilled negotiator, I’ll consider every angle with your dreams and goals in mind. My clients often end up feeling like family. I am honored they trust me enough to return to me as their needs change and refer me to their friends, family, and communities. What are your real estate goals and dreams? Call or text me so we can meet to discuss your vision.  
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