Blog Condos Just Sold! (special assesment and all!)

Just Sold! (special assesment and all!)

By Sarah Grumbling, December 27, 2019

This sweet condo was just passed on to its new owner and I am so happy for my sellers Paul and Nora!  We connected at the end of the summer after I had worked with a number of residents in the Abitare complex.  Paul and Nora have been longtime owners and were ready to sell this sweet spot, retire their role as landlords and enjoy the fruits of a simplified life.  

In my opinion, the Abitare is a magical place. This complex is tucked right into the forest below Terwiliger Park and the views here are simply incredible.  On a clear day you can see Mt Hood, Mt Saint Helens and on occation, Mt Adams.  Downtown’s lights sparkle at night while during the day you can watch the OHSU “pill” making its trek up the hill. The Willamette with all her magnificient bridges peacefully ties our beautiful city together, completing the scene of mountain, city and river views.


When I met the buyer for this condo, she was actually en route to meet her agent at another nearby listing but stopped into my open house just to take a peak.  Immediately I could sense her excitement and had that feeling that she was the next owner this home was truly calling for.  The newly remodeled space offered a clear and fresh home to land — close enough to downtown, but just enough up the hill to get these wide expansive views full of possibility.  Later that day I received a phone call from her agent, followed by a super solid offer and the rest is history! What a beautiful nest to call home!

So many congratulations to my clients Paul and Nora!  They worked so hard to rennonvate and bring fresh life into the space — I am grateful for their trust in me as selling condos with special assessments sometimes (but not alwasy!) can be a bit of a long haul and bring up extra challenges. Having spent the last year deeply involved with the ins and outs of the Abitare’s uniqueness and special assement, I felt confident in our pricing strategy and navigating the marketing and sale of Paul and Nora’s investment.  Their unit went pending after 14 days which is no small acheivement given the condo market in thier area was showing 7 months of inventory! There was a great sense of team effort from all parties in this tranaction and when it’s all said and done, everyone is happy and excited for their own respective new chapters — to me that makes for an excelllent transaction and just one more reason why I love doing what I do so much!  Congratulations Paul and Nora, wishing you both all the best!



Sarah Grumbling

Broker | Earth Advantage | OR


Rooted in delivering authentic client centered service, Sarah is a REALTOR® fueled by a deep love of homes, the stories they hold, and the people who get to create those stories.

Sarah Grumbling has called SE Portland home for 15 years and she couldn’t imagine anywhere else she’d rather be. On a spontaneous road trip to PDX in 2005, she was won over by the beautiful old houses, gardens, parks and amazing proximity to mountains, rivers and the ocean. Three days in, she decided to make a move. Getting to know the rich and vibrant communities, neighborhoods and people over the last 15 years is what makes Portland home today.  Sharing this Portland magic with first time home buyers or newly relocated clients is one of Sarah’s favorite aspects of helping folks find their spot to land. Matching clients with their future home is one of her greatest joys in life — there is nothing like the spark and magic that comes with finding the very place you know deep in your bones is exactly where you are supposed to be: HOME. Similarly, when working with sellers and the homes they have created, there is a sense that each home, each place, bungalow, craftsman, contemporary build or condo is calling out for their match as well — a new guardian to fill the space with fresh energy and create a life with in it. Sarah helps her clients navigate the road from creating their real estate goals to seeing that vision become reality.  Together a plan is crafted to breakdown the home buying or selling process (one that at first, can easily feel overwhelming!) into a one step at a time journey where clients are educated, informed, and know what to expect in our competitive market. It is important that her clients feel heard and understood throughout the entirety of the buying and selling process. Sarah is a detail oriented hard worker and will make sure you understand those contracts before signing. She negotiates to find solutions where everyone feels like they are getting the best deal, a true win-win. She is a firm believer in the wisdom available when clients trust their gut, AND she wants to make sure those guts are fully informed with the latest market data, research and her professional expertise. There is enough room for numbers and magic in real estate. When not showing homes or negotiating contracts, Sarah spends her days tending to her garden, numerous fruit trees and 1920’s bungalow. She loves exploring out in nature and Mt. Tabor is like a second home. You will also find Sarah leading community kirtan (a heart centered yoga practice based in chanting and singing), dancing, practicing aerial silks, loving her sweet 17 year old kitty Jaida, and finding joy in authentic connections.
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