Blog Stories Made of Faith and Fire

Made of Faith and Fire

By Jason & Kristin Anderson, October 15, 2019

Rob & Karen are two of the kindest and toughest souls we have ever met. They are champions that have persevered through some of the hardest challenges Jason and I have imagined could happen to one couple. They have walked through the fires and have been refined. They have taught us what it looks like to stare adversity in the eye and smile with confidence knowing the match is already being won.

On top of life challenges, Rob & Karen experienced a major disaster in their previous home, a pipe burst in their kitchen and water poured throughout the main and lower floors for 6 days  while they were both traveling. When they returned to Portland, they came home to chaos. Shortly after this disaster, Jason and I received an email asking them to meet and discuss their goals of selling their home once it was fully restored, and to brainstorm updates to make their home shine with the right look for today’s market.

Our  meeting took place in the midst of their gutted kitchen and ruined floors to brainstorm design ideas for updating their home when it would hit the market. Jason and I were able to support Rob & Karen, with the help and guidance of their brilliant daughter, Rachael, to finalize design details after months and months of careful consideration.

Then the design details came to life, and months of hard work went into making their home ready for the market. It was amazing watching friends and family rally behind Rob and Karen to give their home one final push to sparkle. Finally we were live on the market!

Rob & Karen are wise and made careful decisions based upon their faith and thorough market data, helping them to respond to the changing market around them. After many crucial decisions and in close partnership with the couple, we found ourselves in contract and moving towards the sale of their home.

We loved celebrating each victory with Rob & Karen throughout their journey. Soon we found ourselves at the signing table. This was indeed a bittersweet moment for Rob & Karen. So many cherished memories in this beautiful home that they were now entrusting to a sweet family who would now make their own.

Now it was time to start the search for their new home sweet home with a whole lot of business trips in between. In a span of a couple months Rob and Karen had to undertake significant globe trotting, to then view available homes as soon as they landed back in Portland. A couple weeks before their final trip, Rob and Karen expressed that they really believed we were going to find their home before their trip. Two days after their return from SE Asia,  a beautiful craftsman bungalow hit the market and Rob and Karen knew we had to pounce before it went away.

It was an intense fight to be the chosen ones among the multiple offers but Rob and Karen secured the home with it being on market for 1 day.

Today is closing day and the whole journey is sinking in. It feels surreal that this will now be a season of rest and peace for Rob and Karen and their beautiful pup Glory as they settle into their new community and their new home sweet home just in time for the holidays.

We love you Rob and Karen and are so so happy for this next season in your lives.

Jason & Kristin Anderson

ADU Specialist Broker + Earth Advantage Principal Broker

Jason & I are a dedicated husband and wife real estate team with a diverse upbringing & an appreciation for local & international backgrounds. What Jason & I love most about Real Estate is making those deep connections with our clients by listening to their goals and serving as their guides through their home sale/purchase journey. We stand by our 3 principles to keep things:
  1. Simple
  2. Stress Free
  3. You Get the Best Deal in the Least Amount of Time
Jason: I am a rugged Jamaican/Oregonian who loves nature and the city. My family immigrated to the US when I was 13 and ever since then Oregon has become my home as well as my adventure playground. When I am not fighting hard for my clients as their guide in this ever evolving Real Estate Market, I am an avid surfer and snowboarder. All year round I have been blessed to find some of Oregon's best set ups for waves. There's nothing quite like Oregon's sandy coastline that brings in a wide range of waves. During deep of winter, you can find me taking breaks from laps at Timberline lodge with a good IPA in hand. For those powder days I make sure to head to Meadows or Skibowl with my snorkel so I stay afloat. Aside from my love of high adrenaline sports, I have a deep passion for interior & exterior plantscaping/gardening. Along with gardening I love learning about bees and their pivotal role in the world. I received my Master bee Keeping Apprentice and have been fascinated with them ever since. I love sharing life with out clients and showcasing Oregon's gorgeous neighborhoods, landscape, its abundant activities and never ending delicious eateries. Kristin & I work hard to help our clients have an amazing journey in the sale/purchase of their home. This is a huge decision for our clients and we don't take our role lightly. Our goal is to be your realtor for life and bring a smile to your face at the end of each and every transaction. Kristin: I was born in Jamaica, grew up in the Philippines & raised by American parents who now live in Chaing Rai, Thailand. About 6 years ago, I was in Thailand visiting family and was trying to figure out what was the next adventure I wanted to go on. I pulled up my laptop and typed in Google: “Where to live in America that is near the ocean, mountains, and has great public transportation.” Portland, OR kept popping up. So, I bought myself a one way ticket and haven’t regretted it since. I have been a nomad for most of my life, living in 7 countries and traveling through 25. Portland has continued to keep me planted due to its magnetic force that brings people from all over the country & the world together; great food, creative cocktails, & beautiful landscape. Some cities have a way of making you feel swallowed up, Portland has a magical way of making you feel at home from the minute you arrive. Once I found my bearings in Portland, I quickly fell in love with Real Estate. As a kid, we all had a theme of Christmas ornaments, mine were always mini houses. I’ve always had an appreciation for the architectural design of homes, and the meaning of what “home” can mean to each person. My home was wherever my family was growing up, and there’s something pretty amazing about seeing a permanent space reflect the meaning of “home.”
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