Blog Stories Like Roller Coaster Rides? Then being a first time buyer is for you.

Like Roller Coaster Rides? Then being a first time buyer is for you.

By Kris Vogt, January 14, 2019

Have some money saved?  Feel like your ready to take the leap and become a first time home owner?  You should, its a big and exciting step.  But buyer beware its not all rainbows and moonbeams.  Working with Karin and Mike to look for their first home was an honor.  They looked at about 10 homes and both knew the adorable bungalow with the huge yard in University Park was for them.  Lots of light, fireplace, location, yard for Tumbles and room for improvements, checked all the boxes.

Then the home inspection and sewer scope came back with some issues – which is pretty standard in 100 year old PDX homes.  Karin and Mike were not deterred however and decided to move forward, although a bit of the shine may have worn off.  We had some tough negotiations with the sellers that pushed all of us to the edge, but we wanted this to work.   Yes Karin and Mike had highs and lows through this process, each of them came close to tossing in the towel.  They stuck with it  and both sides had to give up a few things but in the end Karin and Mike have the first home of their dreams.  They have some major projects to look forward to as first time buyers and they are ready.  Most importantly Tumbles the dog has the yard he deserves and Karin and Mike can finally host Thanksgiving dinner next year!

Being a first time home buyer is an exciting experience, but buyer beware you may have some lows along the way.  However with a good team behind you  – Broker, Lender, Escrow they will make your journey as smooth as possible.   I love working with first time buyers and helping navigate the ups and downs.  Looking for your first home, I’d love to help.

Kris Vogt



Kris Vogt has got her finger on Portland’s pulse. Born and raised in the city, she’s lived all over town, and currently resides in the Division/Clinton neighborhood. Her favorite aspects of the local scene range from the great outdoors to the boundless culinary and entertainment opportunities. Whether you are new in town or a current resident yourself, Kris’s love for her hometown is infectious. Prior to real estate, Kris worked in the entertainment industry in LA as a stylist. Upon her return to PDX she worked as a producer in some of the top creative agencies in the city. Kris and her husband rehabbed a few homes, and in bringing her own flair to the process, she decided to combine her passion and love of community into a real estate career.  Kris works  with investors, buyers and sellers here in Portland and wants to hear what others love about Portland and help them find their happy place.
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