Blog Stories Meant to Be

Meant to Be

By Kim Parmon, December 23, 2019

Have you ever felt like you were supposed to meet someone?

It was the last five minutes of an open house that I was hosting for a colleague at a beautiful Victorian in Lair Hill.  The last group had left already and all was quiet.  I stood up to start locking up when I heard the front door open.  A woman strode through the heavy front door as if she were on a mission.  She had seen this house online and had no idea that it was open today.  She though that she would come by and check.  If it was open and she was able to see it that was a clear sign in her mind that it was meant to be.  Well, she saw the sign out front and here we were!

After she toured the property we sat down at the dining room table together to talk.  I learned that her name was Meg and that she wanted this home to create a live/work space.  Meg works with children with autism and developmental delays.  She has always had a dream of creating a welcoming space in her own home where the kids would be comfortable.  Having no commute was really important to her since she is on call 24/7.  The dining room we were sitting in would be perfect!  It had two large pocket doors that could close off the space when she was helping her kids.  She also loved the history of the home and area.  Basically, the house was perfect.

Meg had some concerns, though.  Her current home was almost paid off and she would be taking on a new mortgage.  Would it make financial sense to move?  I talked her through her options.  She was paying rent on an office space for her practice right now.  Could she move her practice into her current home?  “No,” she said.  “It wouldn’t work there.”  Did it make sense to give up the office space or did it make more sense to keep it?  Meg told me that she really wanted to stop throwing her money away on the rent for her practice.  But even though she’d be saving on her office rent here she was still nervous.  “Come with me,” I said.

We walked through the backyard to the basement door.  The owners of the Victorian had done some extensive work on the basement, basically rebuilding it so that it was dry and safe and had plenty of space.  I pointed out to Meg that we were very close to OHSU here and this space would make a great studio apartment for a traveling nurse.  She might also be able to rent it out to a college student.  There was already pluming and electrical in place.  If she was able to convert it to living space and generate some rental income would it be less scary?  “Yes,” she said.  If she could save money on her office space AND generate rental income it was a no-brainer.

Within two weeks we had Meg’s current home prepped for market and listed.  It received nine incredible offers, all over asking price.  After a couple of months of hard work, Meg is moving into her new home today.  I am so happy to have met this amazing woman, who I can now call a friend.  Being able to help her has been a real honor.

Congratulations, Meg!

Kim Parmon

Principal Broker

Kim is the first person who will tell you she never expected to be a Realtor. She's had many creative jobs in the past and spent years as a high-volume bartender-turned-bar owner, which she feels gave her an essential skill that translates beautifully into her career in real estate: the ability to juggle 1,000 things at the same time while keeping everyone calm! She became obsessed with buying a house after the market crashed in 2009, finally buying her very first teeny-tiny dilapidated bungalow as a short sale in 2011. She and her husband, Matt, spent a few years fixing it up, then sold it for a profit and bought another project. And then they did it again. And the rest is history! Kim's talent for finding diamonds in the rough has made her into one of Portland's most sought-after investment Realtors. She loves seeing the missed potential in properties and has all kinds of tricks up her sleeve to find great investments but this talent is equally useful when it comes to traditional buyers and sellers. When you buy a home with Kim's assistance you can be sure that she is looking at all angles of the purchase to make sure it aligns with your financial goals as well as your lifestyle and she will stop at nothing to make sure you are taken care of! Some of her clients think she's gotten their offers accepted through sheer force of will! When you list a house with her she will go above and beyond to present your house in the best possible light to make sure you maximize your return on investment. Above all else, Kim prides herself on her integrity and believes that everyone deserves a caring Realtor partner who truly listens and tries to do what's right for her clients, even when no one is looking. She is thrilled to call this beautiful city home and can't wait to help you make your dreams come true through real estate.
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