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Representation Matters

By Andee Zeigler, November 2, 2021

I genuinely enjoy working with first time home buyers and buyers with a tight budget.  Oftentimes they come to me defeated, having been told by their lender, friends and often their agent, that it will never happen in this town in this market with that budget.  Sometimes that is true but often there is  hope and path to homeownership.  This usually means a lot of expectation management, touring many more homes and more frequent heartbreak but with some tenacity and lots of cake, we can get there.

I just helped a buyer who had been working with another agent for a while and due to his $350k budget he wasn’t getting the help he needed. We started looking together in mid August and on Friday he got the keys to his move in ready home in SE .  As you can imagine a move in ready home at that price comes with competition. We were able to see it before the weekend and wrote an offer with a thoughtful presentation email.

The listing agent called me with a counter offer because “The seller really appreciated your presentation email and would like to make this work with you and your buyer.” They countered at the highest competing offer price and he accepted.  He maintained his inspection contingency and we were able to negotiate $14k towards repairs. The house is cosmetically ready to go but does need a bit of structural work. Nothing too scary that a solid credit can’t fix.  A cozy home with a fireplace and a garage just in time for winter!

If you think you can’t buy a home in Portland give me a call, if there is magic to work, I will work it!

Andee Zeigler

Principal Broker | OR


I have called Portland home for over 20 years and can’t imagine raising my babies anywhere else. I have been a REALTOR® for over a decade and still wake up every day delighted that I truly love what I do. I love helping people find their home sweet home, score an investment property that pencils out better than expected, holding the hand of a first-time homebuyer, or guiding a nervous seller through the process of leaving a home they’ve loved. I know Portland like the back of my hand and have a wealth of knowledge about our unique homes and rapidly growing inventory of new construction. I have loved up many homes over the years, from a total restoration of an 1894 Victorian farmhouse to a full remodel of 1942 ranch and several in between. I enjoy educating my clients on the home buying and selling process as well as educating them on how to care for their home. I strive to help buyers understand their homes' unique qualities, how to love them up, and the realities of vintage homeownership. Each real estate transaction is different and for many people the entire process is new and can feel overwhelming. I work hard to help clients manage expectations and give them perspective along the way. I also truly love negotiating and believe it can be done with grace and cooperation. Over the years many of my clients have become my friends and I am grateful for the joy this career has brought me. 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, 3 kids, 2 cats, 2 ducks and goose! I am an avid gardener, growing over 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables and countless plants and flowers, including nearly 1000 tulips and over 100 dahlia varieties. During the spring and summer we have a little free table with bouquets and plant starts for our community. When the garden doesn’t need me you can find me in the kitchen. I try to bake once a day, everything from sourdough to french macarons. I graduated with an art degree and find great joy in painting and making pottery, there is almost always an art project happening at the dining room table. 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, Dr. Coffey! I am in constant awe of the beauty of the PNW and feel grateful that this is my home sweet home. I absolutely believe that everyone should love where they live and won’t let anyone settle!
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