Blog Stories Perseverance in the ‘Burbs

Perseverance in the ‘Burbs

By Sarah Grumbling, October 16, 2020

Congratulations to my lovely clients Lynda and Morris — it’s closing day, you made it, you did it! Here’s to you and your happiness in your new home — I am so excited for you!

As most folks know by now, real estate in the time of Covid is anything but slow or on hold. Today with ridiculously low inventory (1.1 months in September!) and historically low interest rates, the competition is high when it comes to buying in the Portland area.  What has also been an unexpected change is how quickly and broadly this sellers market has spread into the outer suburban areas. 

When I first connected with Lynda and Morris in June, they were still back on the East Coast and had just put their house on the market in preparation to head West.  They were already thinking maybe Gresham or Tigard would be a sweet spot to land as these areas felt familiar like their current neighborhood.

For the first few months, we began searching for them remotely, looking for homes and neighborhoods that were a little off the beaten path, not too hilly and homes that felt open, updated and spacious. Late in August, Lynda and Morris arrived and we began our in person searches, often traveling between Beaverton, Tigard, Milwaukie, Gresham and Troutdale all in one day! They were serious troopers, as the location was somewhat variable, but the house needed to have certain features.  

In those first few weeks, they found a sweet home in Troutdale that checked all the boxes but ended up getting beaten out by higher competing offers.  The second home that won their hearts was in Tigard — a beautiful Summer Lake property that was attracting A LOT of attention. After one day of showings they had multiple cash offers at $50k over which was hard to compete with. This particular home ended up closing at $101,000 OVER asking!

But we pressed on, continuing the search, took a break during the smoke and fires, and eventually landed once again in Troutdale at this fabulous property. This home is so unique and offers many options for them. The tri-level configuration felt like home in New Jersey, but with a ground level family room and complete ADU to convert into a spacious home office.

Lynda and Morris are accomplished photographers and a huge must have was office space where they could work, edit and frame photos.  They also wanted a home to entertain and host guests (once covid has passed) as well as an outdoor natural space to enjoy.

Their new home sits on close to a quarter acre and has a beautiful new covered patio — this will be perfect for our Pacific Northwest Fall and Winter. Additionally there is a sweet covered balcony on the upper level with gorgeous views of Mt. Hood. Dreamy!

When writing their offer, I was able to communicate easily with the Listing Agent (also the seller!) and come in strong on price and terms. Their offer was accepted that night and now, less than 1 month later, they are HOME!

Lynda and Morris have been so delightful to work with and I have dearly enjoyed getting to know these fabulous humans over the last few months. Wishing you all many years of happiness, joy and celebration in your new Oregon home.  Congratulations!! 

Sarah Grumbling

Broker | Earth Advantage | OR


Rooted in delivering authentic client centered service, Sarah is a REALTOR® fueled by a deep love of homes, the stories they hold, and the people who get to create those stories.

Sarah Grumbling has called SE Portland home for 15 years and she couldn’t imagine anywhere else she’d rather be. On a spontaneous road trip to PDX in 2005, she was won over by the beautiful old houses, gardens, parks and amazing proximity to mountains, rivers and the ocean. Three days in, she decided to make a move. Getting to know the rich and vibrant communities, neighborhoods and people over the last 15 years is what makes Portland home today.  Sharing this Portland magic with first time home buyers or newly relocated clients is one of Sarah’s favorite aspects of helping folks find their spot to land. Matching clients with their future home is one of her greatest joys in life — there is nothing like the spark and magic that comes with finding the very place you know deep in your bones is exactly where you are supposed to be: HOME. Similarly, when working with sellers and the homes they have created, there is a sense that each home, each place, bungalow, craftsman, contemporary build or condo is calling out for their match as well — a new guardian to fill the space with fresh energy and create a life with in it. Sarah helps her clients navigate the road from creating their real estate goals to seeing that vision become reality.  Together a plan is crafted to breakdown the home buying or selling process (one that at first, can easily feel overwhelming!) into a one step at a time journey where clients are educated, informed, and know what to expect in our competitive market. It is important that her clients feel heard and understood throughout the entirety of the buying and selling process. Sarah is a detail oriented hard worker and will make sure you understand those contracts before signing. She negotiates to find solutions where everyone feels like they are getting the best deal, a true win-win. She is a firm believer in the wisdom available when clients trust their gut, AND she wants to make sure those guts are fully informed with the latest market data, research and her professional expertise. There is enough room for numbers and magic in real estate. When not showing homes or negotiating contracts, Sarah spends her days tending to her garden, numerous fruit trees and 1920’s bungalow. She loves exploring out in nature and Mt. Tabor is like a second home. You will also find Sarah leading community kirtan (a heart centered yoga practice based in chanting and singing), dancing, practicing aerial silks, loving her sweet 17 year old kitty Jaida, and finding joy in authentic connections.
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