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It’s Funny How Life Changes…

By Carly van Aart, June 15, 2019

Over the course of a couple years Tiffany would casually reach out  with questions about a property here, a house there.  Perhaps only two or three properties in total. She had dreams of one day, someday, buying a house.  She wasn’t serious about moving from her cozy St. John’s condo in which she’d lived for over a decade. Her three closest friends lived in North Portland, and aside from a daily commute to West Linn, all was well in her housing world.


That changed quickly however, when, in the span of a few month,  those three friends moved away to Idaho, Vancouver and SE Portland. Although the first two locations were not viable options for Tiffany, SE Portland held great appeal, not only due to the proximity to her friend, but also on account of the drastically reduced commute time that it would guarantee. She had also, a year prior, adopted a sweet and energetic pup who longed to have a yard in which to frolic. Suddenly, Tiffany kicked her search into high gear and set out to find her own little plot in SE Portland.


Within a matter of weeks she identified a perfect little country house on which she placed an offer.  She won despite two other competing bids. Sadly, during inspections it was found that various pests had been gnawing on the post, floor joists, and general foundation components, compromising it’s structure. Luckily, these issues were identified in inspections and she was able to decide against taking on these issues and this house.


Tiffany moved on to discover an even better fit – a tidy bungalow in the Woodstock neighborhood in very close proximity to New Seasons and popular restaurants.  Although I was traveling when she found this gem, my fantastic business partner, Sean O’Feery,  was able to get her purchase underway! By the time I returned less than a week later, we were sailing quickly into inspections which turned out to be far less “buggy” than those that came before. We were able to immediately get to work preparing her cute condo to sell!  Congratulations Tiffany on your new home and the sale of your condo!


Carly van Aart

Earth Advantage Broker, Licensed in OR & WA

Real estate has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. As a child I filled notebooks and whiteboards with plans of dream homes and tree fortresses and when asked what I wanted to do for my sixteenth birthday my one desire was to go house-hunting. In addition I have a strong affinity for helping and advocating for others. Nothing lights up my world like serving someone in a way that leaves them beyond satisfied! Needless to say, as a realtor I have the incredible opportunity to serve my clients with a decision that for many, is one of the largest that they will make in their lifetime. Whether buying for the first time, selling a cherished family home or relocating to this fantastic city, it is truly an honor to see my clients through their transition and make the process fun and painless. A native Alaskan, I grew up hauling firewood, working the garden and tending to the family rabbits. My childhood taught me the meaning of hard work and for that I am very grateful.  These days I am a lover of dog kisses and outdoor adventures. I dabble in triathlon and enjoy helping fundraise for local charities. I am extremely close to my incredible family even though they are spread out across the west coast. I look forward to the opportunity to foster a relationship with you and help you make your real estate dreams a reality!
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Carly van Aart

Earth Advantage Broker, Licensed in OR & WA

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