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Sacrificing for Home Ownership

By Andee Zeigler, December 10, 2019

Giving a new home owner their keys is one of the great joys of this job! It is so fun to see their excitement, hopefulness and deep gratitude. It is especially awesome when they end up with a home far greater than they ever expected.

My buyer had been living in an artist studio….aka…a storage unit with no running water for nearly 4 years. No kitchen, no outdoor space, no separation of music space, art space, living space, sleeping space…. While I could go down the rabbit hole of how insane it is that one must live like this in order to save for a down payment.

I will spare you. Just know it’s rough and also incredibly inspiring to see someone have that level of dedication, eye on the prize!

A door that is ones own.

 

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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