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Probate Sales

By Stacy Stokes, May 5, 2020

I really enjoy assisting clients sell a house as part of an estate. Probate adds an extra layer of intricacies for the sale of a house, and an agent familiar with selling a house in probate can make the process less stressful for all parties involved.

The sale of 2336 NE Cesar E Chavez was no exception. Aside from typical court restrictions, there was a reverse mortgage, with the mortgage company threatening foreclose, and deferred property taxes. Similar to many homes in probate, 2336 NE Cesar E Chavez had been in the family for many years, which means many of the common modern inspections such a sewer scope, search for an underground oil tank and testing of radon levels were likely never been done before. When this is the case, often times the house fails these inspections and is further burdened by deferred maintenance issues. Taking on buyer requested repairs during a probate sale can be overwhelming for the estate’s personal representative. Negotiating no, or few easily manageable, repairs is key in this situation. I am so pleased we were able to make this sale as manageable as possible and sell this house for asking price.  I am honored the family enlisted me to help them with the sale and so enjoyed helping them through the process!

Stacy Stokes

Principal Broker | Earth Advantage | OR & WA


I love Portland! It’s such a smart and accessible city. After moving here in 1996 to begin law school, I soon decided that there was nowhere else I would rather live. Finding a fit here in all aspects of life has been easy. My number one love is spending time with my two kids, Jake (9 yr old) and Hanna (12 yr old), my dog, K2 who is a Havanese, and cat, Tiga. Beyond that, you can find me cycling, rock climbing, running, hiking, skiing, volunteering in the community or exploring new corners of the city and new restaurants with my friends. I am always excited to show visitors the unique and funky neighborhoods Portland has to offer. I am especially drawn to the various architecture and offerings of the close-in east side and west side neighborhoods. After 3 years as an attorney/public defender, I came to the realization that Real Estate was the place for me. It allows me to constantly share the love I have for Portland’s houses and communities as well as to use my talent for helping others. Although, I’m a seasoned real estate broker, I believe that my background as an attorney has provided an invaluable platform off which to build my career. I have a firm understanding of what it means to put my client’s interests first, the art of negotiation and various contractual issues that arise in real estate transactions. Aside from these strengths, I realize that when buying a house it’s not just about finding the best structural fit but also finding the best lifestyle and neighborhood fit for you. I will listen to and truly understand your needs, find you the right home and close the deal to your satisfaction. Throughout the process, I will educate, advise and steadily guide you through what can often be an emotional and challenging time. In the end, my goal is that you have many years of happiness and peace knowing you’re in the best home and best community for you.
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