By Katie Merritt, November 20, 2020

I never stepped foot in this recent sale- a lovely 1920 foursquare along the Trolley Trail in Milwaukie.

What? And you call yourself a professional?

Ahh, yes! Not only a professional, but a pro disposed to knowledge of the homes I sell on a near cellular level.
Oh 2020, your twists and turns know no bounds.*

On this occasion, longtime tenants purchased after a 7-year ‘test drive’ with the covid driven request that only inspectors enter the house. Tenants actually purchasing their rental is almost as rare as agents never seeing the property they sell. The transaction I’d have said would “Never Happen!” in pre-covid times actually came together beautifully thanks in large part to four amazing clients.

Congratulations to Andrea and Arne on the purchase of your wonderful (from what I saw on FaceTime!) home and transition from tenants to homeowners.  I look forward to joining you one day soon for post-pandemic cocktails and an actual live tour.

Another round of congrats and cheer to sellers Jen & Peter, friends of 15+ years. Please say you’ll still visit us in Portland even without the landlord call to trim hedges!?

Change is constant, serendipity is real and while we’ve all been reminded this year that we can never say never, this story reminds me that when we pull together, so much is possible.

Until next time,

Katie Merritt

* While I find the myriad, tiny, daily life impacts of this fraught period fascinating, I mean not to equate a minor event with the profound challenges and consequences the year has presented.

Katie Merritt



As your professional real estate advisor, I focus on client satisfaction. My business is about service and I am not happy until you are happy. My years in the business have provided me the experience to assist you with nearly every real estate need. Whether it's finding you a home, finding the best loan, or helping you getting the most out of selling your home I am here to guide you. If there is anything you need, please let me know.
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