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Love in the time of Cholera, or rather, Listing in the time of Covid….

By Sally Tansill, September 28, 2020

Love in the time of Cholera, or rather, Listing in the time of Covid….definitely not as poetic.

Looking back on the beginning of 2020, the conversations I had with my client seems like something out of the Upside Down (for those fans of “Stranger Things”). Everything has been turned on its head since then and despite the obstacles thrown in our way finally we made it to the finish line.

Our listing journey began on March 13th, when we went live just as the reality of the pandemic was coming to our front door. As showings were being booked and requests made, my client grappled with the emotional weight of what risk exposure and the priorities for her family.  We paused showings to give us some time to strategize and to add to the stress, we ended up with an over asking price verbal offer due to an accidental viewing due to a cancellation oversight.

The emotions ran high over that weekend, but I have tremendous admiration for my clients decision to pull the house from the market and put their health first. My client entertained the financial benefit of accepting an offer with the uncertainty of how long the lock down would last and where their family would land after the fact. Would anything be open? Would she be able to find movers?

After some months and more information about how COVID-19 was transmitted and how the real estate industry was protecting agents and clients, we decided to re-list at the end of August.  The market conditions had changed significantly since March so after collaborating we settled on a higher price which matched the verbal offer they had received in March so it was a win for everyone involved.

We had a great weekend of showings and had an offer after three days.  I am so happy that my clients were able to close with a really straightforward offer and clean terms after such a complicated listing experience.  They are off to the east coast for a new start and I wish them all the best!

Sally Tansill

Broker | OR


Sally moved to Portland with her family in 2012 from Brooklyn, NY, seeking an improved quality of life and a change of pace from her busy career in the sports industry. Moving with very little personal connection to the city was difficult and at times overwhelming, but she knew it would suit her lifestyle and be a place that reinforced the values she wanted for her children, and she was right! A mother of three (four, including her dog Eli), she has navigated new neighborhoods, schools, and other city resources and looks forward to sharing that knowledge with people looking to create or renew their own sense of place. The idea of "home" means something different to everyone and Sally's goal for her clients is to find the place where that word resonates for them. Every stage of life provides an element of transition and that often comes with a desire to change your surroundings. For some, it could be a question of space while for others it is changing scenery between the city and the country. Sally has lived in apartments, condominiums, teepees (long story), studios, rented houses, and now owns a home as well as a few rental properties with her husband in Portland. Sally is an avid skier and music fan and loves that this city provides the opportunity to pursue all of those interests in such an accessible way. Her sports loyalties still lie on the east coast, but she has caught the Portland Timbers bug and loves going to games with her family: the camaraderie is contagious! Ever the optimist, she believes that positive relationships and people are the key to personal and professional success, especially when it comes to real estate! She loves sharing her experience and wants to guide her clients to the place they call home.
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