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Selling the Family Farm

By Stacy Stokes, January 11, 2019

When one of my all time favorite clients called to ask if could help her dad sell his childhood home, there was no way I could say no. After learning more about the property and having a fall vacation scheduled, I decided to seek the co-advice of one of my amazing colleges, Kim Parmon. I can honestly say, this ended up being one of my wisest decisions ever.

Kim and I met with our client when we competed for the listing. Immediately, we both fell in love with the property. A charming 50’s ranch, located on 18+ acres with jaw dropping views out of the wall of windows throughout the main floor. We were in the country, with deer in the backyard, but minutes from the city. An old historic barn sat to the side of the house. The barn once housed cows and horses, hosted weddings, a basketball hoop and a loft with a rope swing. It full of charm and possibility.

The listing went live toward the end of September. It truly was a one of a kind property and buyers felt the same way. Despite the million dollar plus market being a little softer, we received multiple offers within days. Typically, multiple offers lead to a fairly straight forward transaction. However, in this case, Kim and I were faced with sale fails and numerous negotiations. This caused a high level of stress for both our seller and the potential buyers. The uniqueness and emotional pull of this property made it difficult for all. In the end, a buyer and the seller were able to come to terms acceptable for all and we could not be more thrilled.

Yesterday Kim and I received an e-mail from our client saying, “It’s been a pleasure working with you both. You’ve expended a lot of energy, time and expense, doing things above and beyond our expectations. From dealing with the inspections, well and septic folks, providing the cleaning and warranty, keeping good communications the whole while, and not pressuring any decisions, but providing lucid advice when asked for, has made this transaction as good as it could be. The icing on the cake is the thoughtful painting – it will give us a wonderful memory of the family farm.”

We couldn’t be happier for our client and that we were able to provide the type of service that we strive to give in every transaction. We would love to help you and your friends with your real estate needs. And, if you want a painting of your house, similar to the one of the barn above, we can hook you up with that too!


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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