Blog Stories Kismet for Kirsten

Kismet for Kirsten

By Gabrielle Enfield, October 5, 2018

Kirsten is pretty much my dream client. She’s smart, organized, a straight-shooter, and knows what she wants. In the case of her most recent journey, it involved landing a new chapter in her career and purchasing her first home. Simultaneously. Badass!

We met a few months ago to get her going, and I shared my magazine ‘So You Want to Buy a House‘ with her. I put this together as a resource for buyers getting ready to make a move in the Portland, Ore. real estate market. Anyhoot – Kirsten was equipped with the knowledge to get started, she was pre-approved for lending, had her finances in order and was ready to go on the hunt to purchase. We mapped out her dream area, and she said she was going to stay open if the right house came along. She wasn’t planning on living in St. Johns, but sure ’nuff, an incredible home came to market that was exactly what she was looking for. I mean, can you believe that kitchen?!! Even though we had showings scheduled for the rest of the day, we looked at each other and said, “This is it.”

We put together a strong offer, knowing it was going to be competitive. She included a compelling personal story and took time to meet the neighbor and connect in a meaningful way. And, she threw down her resources, adding a few “perks” to her offer. The sellers, through their agent, got right back to us and said they knew she was the one, and didn’t want to make her wait through the rest of the weekend and open houses. Their beloved neighbor had mentioned meeting Kirsten and endorsed her as a welcome addition to the close-knit neighborhood. And through the transaction, everything was smooth sailing. Talk about kismet. Yay Kirsten!! I LOVE your new home, and p.s. I love your pants.

If you’re looking for a steady hand through the home buying process, I hope you’ll give me a call. I put to work my past experiences in journalism, marketing and communications to help create compelling connections to get the deal done.

Till then, high fives!

Gabrielle Enfield


Real estate can be a wild ride. It's important you find your wingwoman.

I understand the important decision of choosing an agent. It's a relationship for the long haul. My goal is to apply my myriad experiences, both personally and professionally, to help guide my client partners through a thoughtful, strategic, seamless and fun journey. Need an understanding of where to start, when it comes to getting ready to sell? I'll put my background in project management to work and let you know what needs to happen, complete with spreadsheets, if you're into it. Looking to purchase a vacation property and need it to generate rental income? I'll sharpen my pencil and make sure the numbers make sense. First-timer who needs a steady hand to help guide you through the real estate process? This Mama Bear's got you covered, and will be sure to point out what you need to look for. Moving to PDX and need a proxy to get to know Rose City? I'm a Pac NW native, and even with all its growth and change, this place still gives me butterflies. I grew up in Woodland, Washington, and am a proud resident of North Portland, where I'm raising my family. #boymom Before real estate, my career spans two decades of expertise I'm fortunate enough to apply every day. These experiences range from being a TV news anchor (visual storyteller) to helping develop some of the world's beloved brands (strategy and engagement). I was practically born with a tool belt on: my Dad is a retired custom home designer and builder, my uncle is an architect and my Grandpa was a Realtor and developer. I am an active listener, have a keen eye for "good bones",  and solving my clients' real estate needs in a creative and often unexpected way brings me joy. Plus, the lasting relationships formed are cherries on the sundae! Please give me a call - I'd love to see what it would be like to partner with you. For a look inside my everyday life, be sure to follow along on Instagram. High fives!
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