Blog Stories Out with the Old in with the New

Out with the Old in with the New

By Andee Zeigler, July 8, 2019

So much love but not quite right!

My clients loved their home and the location, close to parks, public transportation, bike routes and fun commercial areas. What they didn’t love was the layout and the need for a pretty major remodel. We ran the numbers on the work they wanted to do and  the reality of living through a remodel versus keeping their mortgage roughly the same while moving to a home that was already done. In the end they decided it was best to sell and move on.

New Home Sweet Home

Once their home was on the market we started looking, keeping in mind that their buying power wouldn’t be concrete until they had a buyer. They found a home that they loved so we got to work on getting a contingent offer accepted. It was tricky, they knew they needed to drop the price on their home to get it move quickly but didn’t want to risk a price drop with a bumpable offer on a home that they love.  We negotiated with the seller to move it to “pending” and give them a week at a lower price to get a quick offer. It worked! They had multiple offers within a weekend and were able to move confidently forward into inspections on their purchase.

There are so many little quirks to each transaction, making sure you always keep contingencies lined up to minimize risk, finding a buyer and buyers agent that you can have confidence in and a patient well represented seller is icing on the cake! They were able to close on the sale of their home, rent back for a week and move into their new home, plus we had fun along the way!


Andee Zeigler

Principal Broker

I fell in love with Portland and the beauty of the homes and neighborhoods long before I moved here. I have called Portland home for nearly 20 years and can't imagine raising my babies anywhere else. I have been a Realtor for over a decade and still wake up everyday delighted that I truly love what I do and that it rarely feels like work. I love helping people find their home sweet home, be it an investment that pencils out better than expected, holding the hand of a first time home buyer or guiding a nervous seller through the process of leaving a home they once loved. I know Portland like the back of my hand and have a wealth of knowledge about our unique vintage homes and rapidly growing inventory of new construction. I have loved up many homes over the years, from a total restoration of a 1894 Victorian farmhouse to a full remodel of 1942 ranch and several in between. I enjoy educating my clients on the process, helping them keep perspective along the way and I am confident in my fierce negotiating skills. Over the years many of my clients have become my friends and I am grateful for the joy this process brings. When I am not scouring the new listings, meeting clients for pie or reading up on all things real estate, I am busy filling my days with goodness. I currently live in my dream home in St. Johns with my husband and 3 kiddos. I am an avid gardener, growing over 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables and countless plants and flowers. When I am feeling stress I find my peace in the kitchen perfecting some baked treat or trying my hand at a new savory dish. I graduated with an art degree and find great joy in painting and creating, there is almost always some art project happening at the kitchen island. I am a dedicated traveler and have made exploring the world with my babies a priority. When we aren't traveling internationally we explore our corner of the world in our Vanagon, I am almost always up for a quick forest getaway. I am in constant awe of the beauty of the PNW and feel to grateful that this is my home sweet home.
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