Blog Stories The Tuning Fork

The Tuning Fork

By Drew Burchette, April 11, 2019

As a real estate broker, I am in sales. But I’m really not selling houses. The houses truly sell themselves. What I am selling is peace of mind and an experience. There is no series of words that I can say to make a person like a house; they can only feel it for themselves. I describe it a turning fork that resonates deep down in your body when you see a home that you love. From there, it is my job to make sure you don’t pay too much, that the house doesn’t have any surprise material defects, etc., etc.

For my client Jojo, it was no different. We looked at every cute house in the North Portland neighborhoods of Kenton and Arbor Lodge over the course of several months. There was always an element or two that just didn’t quite work. Then one day, it just happened: she called me up and said “I found my house”. She knew it right when she walked in the door. Of course, we had to beat out 5 other offers to get it, but we threw the kitchen sink* at it and bested the competition. A few weeks on from the accepted offer, and Jojo is still walking on air.

*Kitchen sink offer: when you throw everything you’ve got at seller to get it to stick. Elevated price, quick close, short inspection period, as-is, free rent back just to name a few things. The market has heated up since the New Year and I’ve had to write a few kitchen sink offers in the last few weeks.

Drew Burchette

Principal Broker

I arrived in the real estate business over a decade ago and have since helped scores of people buy and sell their homes. The groundswell that I created in my practice is rooted in the relationships that I have nurtured over the years. My style is educational, and I see myself as the coach and leader of your real estate transaction. My coaching is geared towards empowering you to make informed decisions that will lead to your best possible outcome. I excel at asking the questions that get to the heart of the matter which in turn enables a smooth sale process. Away from the office I am passionate about so many things, but it all begins and ends with my family. My boys are both in elementary school and parenting is an ongoing challenge and joy for my wife and I. We love to travel around Oregon, the East Coast, Mexico and beyond. My passion for surfing, kiteboarding, and fishing help to keep me grounded in life. Read more reviews
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