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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


After spending 20 years in marketing and communications – ranging from anchoring the local TV news to leading teams for some of the world’s beloved brands, including Xbox and Dave’s Killer Bread – I finally listened to the universe’s prompts to become a real estate broker. Since, I've consistently delivered results and happiness and according to my clients, a 5-star experience along the way. Working in real estate in one of the nation's hottest markets, I understand the important decision of choosing an agent. My goal is to apply my myriad experiences, both personally and professionally, to help guide my clients through a thoughtful, strategic, seamless and fun journey. Need staging help? I can do that. Looking to purchase a vacation property and need it to generate rental income? Roger. Are you a first-time buyer who needs a steady hand to help guide you through the real estate process? I've got you covered. Moving to PDX and need a proxy to get to know Rose City? Let's do this. I'm a PacNW native and proud resident of North Portland, where I'm raising my family. I was practically born with a tool belt on: my Dad is a retired custom 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 client's 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.
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