Blog Buyer The First Time is the Sweetest

The First Time is the Sweetest

By Gabrielle Enfield, June 10, 2019

Hi Readers! Summer is in full swing in Portland real estate land, and it’s a great time to give a quick update on my recent adventure in #myrealestatelife.

It’s so wonderful when friends and colleagues keep in touch, and reach back out to me when they’re ready to enter the real estate fray. Kyle and Andrea are the latest additions. We met a few years back when we were working at a digital marketing agency called Parliament; Kyle is a super duper talented designer and developer and I oversaw strategy and business development there.

He and Andrea have been saving and strategizing for the last couple years on what they wanted in a first home, and I was excited to hear from them they were ready to start the hunt. The did an excellent job of talking with their lender (Clint Elliott at Union Bank – hi, Clint!) about what was realistic for them to pay each month for mortgage, but still have enough in their budget to take trips abroad and not compromise their senses of adventure. We took careful note of what each of them wanted in a home, but were willing to compromise on — they did a great job with my buyer questionnaire. This is an important part of my arsenal I make sure each buyer completes, especially if it’s a couple or more than one person buying a home. You gotta know where each other stands, and through that process you may learn and hear something that may not have otherwise been obvious. In the case of Kyle and Andrea — he wanted clean lines and design, she wanted quirk and charm.

We were able to hone in on neighborhoods based on these criteria, and before long we found a SWEET #mcm ranch with a huge backyard. It had been updated (helllloooo awesome kitchen!) but had enough original detail they could make their mark. Plus, it’s super close to a skate park and had good bike-ability. WINNING!

Congrats, Kyle and Andrea – I’m so grateful for your trust in this process and wish you many happy memories in your new beautiful home.

High fives!


Gabrielle Enfield


Real estate can be a wild ride. It's important you find your wingwoman.

I understand the important decision of choosing an agent. It's a relationship for the long haul. My goal is to apply my myriad experiences, both personally and professionally, to help guide my client partners through a thoughtful, strategic, seamless and fun journey. Need an understanding of where to start, when it comes to getting ready to sell? I'll put my background in project management to work and let you know what needs to happen, complete with spreadsheets, if you're into it. Looking to purchase a vacation property and need it to generate rental income? I'll sharpen my pencil and make sure the numbers make sense. First-timer who needs a steady hand to help guide you through the real estate process? This Mama Bear's got you covered, and will be sure to point out what you need to look for. Moving to PDX and need a proxy to get to know Rose City? I'm a Pac NW native, and even with all its growth and change, this place still gives me butterflies. I grew up in Woodland, Washington, and am a proud resident of North Portland, where I'm raising my family. #boymom Before real estate, my career spans two decades of expertise I'm fortunate enough to apply every day. These experiences range from being a TV news anchor (visual storyteller) to helping develop some of the world's beloved brands (strategy and engagement). I was practically born with a tool belt on: my Dad is a retired custom home designer and builder, my uncle is an architect and my Grandpa was a Realtor and developer. I am an active listener, have a keen eye for "good bones",  and solving my clients' real estate needs in a creative and often unexpected way brings me joy. Plus, the lasting relationships formed are cherries on the sundae! Please give me a call - I'd love to see what it would be like to partner with you. For a look inside my everyday life, be sure to follow along on Instagram. High fives!
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