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Sleeper Properties in a Hot Market?

By Erika George & Kari McGee, October 6, 2020

If you’ve been reading our blogs from years past, you may recall us saying that September and October are some of the best months of the year to purchase home.  Buyers often have leverage at this time of  year when over-priced summer inventory can be found at great prices as sellers become more and more nervous about failing to sell.  September & October tend to be awesome months to find sleeper properties!

Fall 2020

This year however, is a whole other ball game!  While our spring selling season got off to a slow start due to Covid, Portland area buyers are definitely making up for lost time.  It’s been a HOT summer real estate market and that trend is showing no signs of stopping as we settle in to fall.  Buyers continue to value the home buying power of incredibly low interest rates, inventory remains painfully almost non-existent, and our September home buying stats are breaking records!   So are there any buyer leverage opportunities out there right now?  Yes, yes there are if you 1. pay attention and 2. get lucky!

Buyer  Trends

Our very savvy first time home buyers Sarah and Travis definitely got lucky, but also were smart enough to know where to look.  They had zoned in on the Hyland Hills neighborhood of Beaverton as their first choice neighborhood  but given the high volume of traffic we experienced when touring the area homes for sale, it was clear that many other buyers had made the same decision!   Thankfully, Sarah and Travis got lucky in that four new listings hit the market at the same time.  Three of the homes were in remodeled, turn-key condition.  This type of home has a huge buyer audience at the moment and we are in a strong trend of a lack of buyer interest in properties that need work – even cosmetic work.

It was clear to us that showing traffic for the pretty, remodeled homes was off the charts, but the fourth property was sitting quietly, patiently waiting for its new owners.  It was the rare and elusive 2020 sleeper property!

The home was being sold as an estate sale: slightly frumpy, needing cosmetic updates, not professionally staged, and so easy to over look… But oh the exceptional quality of this home!

The park-like back yard, the third full bathroom (so rare for the price point), and the fabulous floor plan all contributed to a property that felt less like a “first time home buyer home” and more of an “almost forever home buyer home”!  Sarah and Travis instinctively knew not to waste time in a bidding war for one of the remodeled properties and quickly wrote a strong offer on what is now their first home.

Nice work Sarah and Travis on snagging one of the elusive 2020 sleeper properties, with no competition!


If you’d like some guidance on how to look for those rare 2020 sleeper properties, we’d be happy to assist you!  Give us a call.

Kari & Erika


Erika George & Kari McGee

Broker-Esquire | Principal Broker | Seniors Real Estate Specialists | OR

Meet cousins Erika George and Kari McGee - the highly skilled HouseLovePDX Team at Living Room Realty in Portland, OR. 

Broker Erika George brings to the table 20 years of experience as an attorney specializing in construction and contracts, and 10 incredible years of real estate success stories.  Principal Broker Kari McGee is an 11-year Portland Monthly 5-Star Realtor®  with almost 20 years of real estate experience under her belt. As Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES®) we love to put our superpowers to work to help all kinds of folks transition to new chapters with compassion, expert guidance, and a customized plan.

Here are our Top Five Favorite Things to do for you:

1.  Ask you questions (lots of questions!) and actually listen to your answers. 2.  Show out-of-area Buyers all the fun neighborhoods and important spots that make the Portland Metro area special. 3.  Crack you and ourselves up with funny photos and random moments of hilarity that pop up in a day of touring homes or after a long day of listing preparation chores! 4.  Negotiate and advocate strenuously for you and your goals. 5.  Celebrate the many (big and small) milestones in a real estate sale or purchase. 6.  Watch your life grow and change after the sale closes, and be there for you when you need us. ps - oh how we adore your "look at what we did to this house" photos!  And lunch. We also adore lunching with you.  (Yes, we know, that's two in one and we're already at six...). 7.  Make "Top-Five" lists that always have more than 5 top-fives.  Just goes to show you how much we love to exceed your expectations! We would be honored to help guide you through your changing real estate needs in Portland Oregon. CONTACT Erika George and Kari McGee 503.349.5449 | 971.322.6612  
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