Blog Stories Resilience in the time of COVID-19

Resilience in the time of COVID-19

By Natalie Strom, April 3, 2020

Buying a new home and moving is almost never an easy and smooth transition. Add to it a house fire, temporary housing, a global pandemic, and maintaining your position as front line healthcare workers, suddenly the buying and moving process becomes next level.

Saskia and Frank are local physicians with two school-aged kids. Last fall, a devastating house fire started in the garage and caused a massive upheaval in their lives. Fortunately no one was hurt, but many items had smoke damage and had to be tossed. Uprooting the lives of four people, a new puppy and two cats into a small temporary townhouse was no easy feat. It was then that the family started to think about moving into a home that just required a little less maintenance and a little less attention. Something a little newer, still stylish, still focused on community, private, near friends and close to town. They found the perfect house and all seemed as if the worst was behind them.

Then came COVID-19. Frank, an ER doctor, maintained his calm and collected self to bring attention to those patients being triaged by the epidemic. This was starting to get very real.

Saskia, a psychiatrist, cares for those who may not cope well in the best of times. Suddenly, Saskia is found caring for those who are faced with the worst of times.

As the epidemic turned and grew into what we now know as a global pandemic, things like appointments, repairs, moving trucks and banking all turn out to be much, much, more complicated. Add to that kids at home full time, homeschool demands, mounting work demands, even the simplest tasks become an uphill battle.

Amidst it all, Saskia and Frank managed to get all the way to closing day, displaying remarkable resilience, determination, and pure grit. They showed us all how to get it done, overcoming every obstacle with pure grace and even humor. They are true heroes.


~Natalie Strom, Living Room Realty

Here they are on closing day with the VP of operations at WFG who was required to be their closing officer, complete with requirements to bring their own masks, pens and gloves.

Natalie Strom

Broker | Earth Advantage | ADU Specialist | OR


“A Zillion Stars” Natalie Strom is a great communicator and loyal advocate. With superior service and expert advice, Natalie delivers unwavering kindness for every client. With skill, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the industry, Natalie navigates and negotiates real estate transactions professionally from start to finish. An upbeat, yet calm demeanor helps people who work with her feel prioritized and understood. Natalie is versatile and experienced in handling residential real estate of all kinds, whether its buying or selling single family homes, investment property, or condos. As a former marine biologist, Natalie worked on major marine oil spills, most famously the catastrophic BP spill, the Deepwater Horizon in 2010. This background underlies Natalie’s interest in our everyday human impact on the natural world, particularly in increasing energy efficiency standards for homes. Natalie has experience in building her own highly energy efficient detached ADU and has been an Earth Advantage Broker since 2018. Natalie’s passionate about nature-based adventure travel, community, and making new friends. She enjoys time with her two teenaged boys, husband, and goldendoodle and has enjoyed SE Portland as her home base since 2000.
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