Blog First Time Homebuyer Sold! Sweat Equity Pays Off in Glenfair

Sold! Sweat Equity Pays Off in Glenfair

By Olivia Rush, July 21, 2021

Congratulations to my Seller, Chris, on the sale of his home in the small NE neighborhood of Glenfair!

Chris and his sweetheart Whitney worked with me just over two years to purchase this home. With a tight budget but lots of know-how, we were looking for cosmetic fixers. When we made an offer on this house, it was filled with junk and unrecognizable.

This sale goes to show the power of sweat equity and great marketing. Over the past two years, they put hours of work into this home, doing the majority of the repairs and upgrades themselves. These included: replacing some windows, replacing interior trim, removing old carpet and flooring, fresh coats of interior and exterior paint, landscaping, and lots of smaller repairs.

Throw in some professional staging and photos, add weeks of analyzing comps for strategic pricing, and a bit of luck in timing the market. The result is multiple offers, an “as-is” sale, and happy parties on both sides. My clients are stoked the house is going to FHA first-time buyers with a low down payment. They aren’t mad about netting over $50K on their investment in just two years, either!

Chris and Whitney will be heading to Ohio next month, where their money can buy a lot more house. Maybe even one that’s turn-key. Cheers to sweat equity and new beginnings!

Olivia Rush

Broker | OR


As your trusted guide through the buying or selling process, you can expect me to customize my services to your specific goals and preferences, much like I did for my students during my ten years as an educator. My clients’ goals vary. A couple retiring to the Big City after 30 years on 22 acres. A woman purchasing her first home independently. A couple upsizing to support a growing family. Two friends pooling their resources to make their first investment possible. A couple navigating a divorce and the sale of their home. A refugee family with limited English setting down roots in this country. Deaf investors looking to maximize profit on their flip.  A couple selling the home of their daughter who has lost her battle to cancer. A family relocating from across the country and buying sight-unseen.  These situations all require unique, dynamic, and holistic approaches. Everyone has different needs, and it is my top priority to meet my clients where they are. For me, real estate is not transactional. It is deeply personal and inevitably life-changing. While each client requires a tailored strategy, my work ethic is unwavering. With me you can always expect organization, tenacity, responsiveness, dedication, and hustle. A gatherer of resources, a communicator of all options and possible outcomes. As your advocate, I will be brutally honest so you know what to expect. A skilled negotiator, I’ll consider every angle with your dreams and goals in mind. My clients often end up feeling like family. I am honored they trust me enough to return to me as their needs change and refer me to their friends, family, and communities. What are your real estate goals and dreams? Call or text me so we can meet to discuss your vision.   Curious about the home-buying process in Portland? Click here to sign up for one of my free The How To Buy A House Class™ classes!
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