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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: A tale of two houses

By Sally Tansill, January 12, 2022

When I first met Amy and Steve at an Open House in September they were beginning their house hunt and had a very specific area for their search in SW Portland. Mid-Century style, a large lot, and proximity were are at the top of the list. We looked for a few weeks and came upon a house that had been on the market for a while and went in with an aggressive offer that won the day. The house had its challenges, but the most difficult was the drainage in the back and the communication of the agent on the other side. We had our inspections and pushed for more time to properly investigate the cause and remedy of the pooling water in the backyard. After gathering all the data we made our request and ended up terminating. The drama was minimal as I had had good conversations along the way about which way the deal could turn at every decision point. My clients were amazing, pragmatic, and positive.

We moved on, cut our losses, and kept hunting. We found a house that matched their criteria and again made a strong offer that won. My clients had been hesitant to make an offer because of the current climate for buyers, but they persevered. I told them that for every given offer, you never know who you are competing against, it could be other buyers, the seller’s conscience, or circumstances beyond our control. In this case, their offer was accepted within three hours of submission. The deal has been smooth sailing in large part due to the co-op agent on the other side, great communication, and thorough investigation. I am thrilled for my clients who take possession of their next week, no one deserves it more.

Sally Tansill

Broker | OR


Sally moved to Portland with her family in 2012 from Brooklyn, NY, seeking an improved quality of life and a change of pace from her busy career in the sports industry. Moving with very little personal connection to the city was difficult and at times overwhelming, but she knew it would suit her lifestyle and be a place that reinforced the values she wanted for her children, and she was right! A mother of three (four, including her dog Eli), she has navigated new neighborhoods, schools, and other city resources and looks forward to sharing that knowledge with people looking to create or renew their own sense of place. The idea of "home" means something different to everyone and Sally's goal for her clients is to find the place where that word resonates for them. Every stage of life provides an element of transition and that often comes with a desire to change your surroundings. For some, it could be a question of space while for others it is changing scenery between the city and the country. Sally has lived in apartments, condominiums, teepees (long story), studios, rented houses, and now owns a home as well as a few rental properties with her husband in Portland. Sally is an avid skier and music fan and loves that this city provides the opportunity to pursue all of those interests in such an accessible way. Her sports loyalties still lie on the east coast, but she has caught the Portland Timbers bug and loves going to games with her family: the camaraderie is contagious! Ever the optimist, she believes that positive relationships and people are the key to personal and professional success, especially when it comes to real estate! She loves sharing her experience and wants to guide her clients to the place they call home.
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