By Sarah Grumbling, February 1, 2020

Congratulations to my client on the sale of his sweet condo up in the SW Hills! We met last summer after I sold another unit in the complex, and given that there was a hefty special assessment in the works (which makes selling condos a little trickier than normal), he was impressed to see a successful sale go through.  I could feel his trust from the get-go and the foundation for an excellent client-agent relationship was made.

We listed the condo in the summer but due to the slowing condo market, showings were sparse and eventually decided to pull it off the market and wait until the following Spring.

But in the meantime, Fall came around and with the shifting market, new energy for selling.  We did a small price adjustment, updated the marketing and went back on the market just days before Thanksgiving. In just over two weeks my client’s condo was pending with three offers, all over asking! Just goes to show, really ANY time of year is a good time to sell — not just spring and summer.  AND when the time is right, it’s RIGHT (even if it may not logically make sense.)

In that time just before Thanksgiving, I also found myself with a deep intuition to plan a long awaited trip (10 years in the making) to visit India for the first time in January 2020.  I was very hesitant at first, as leaving the country with business in the works can be a little scary, but with the help of my fantastic colleague, Scott Shoji, I was able to turn over the transaction to him and prepare to leave knowing my client would be in great hands.  While there was an exciting Christmas Eve “bump” in the road (Buyer #1 decided to back out with some first time homebuyer jitters), Buyer #2 was thrilled and we got the second round of transaction-action underway! On December 31st, as I began my journey towards India, I turned over my condo business to Scott and took a leap of faith knowing that everything was exactly as it should be — lots of trust that the path which had presented itself to me was the way I was meant to follow. While my logical brain was just a bit nervous, my heart knew everything was going to be just fine.

And in my absence, all was smooth sailing.  No more bumps in the road, inpsections, appraisal and funding all came through with ease, and here we are, closing January 31st!  Huge congrats to my seller on his new adventures taking him to home ownership in a new state. Thank you for your trust, optimism and excellent communication throughout the whole process ~ thank you to Scott for holding it down and being so easy and great to work with ~ and thank you to myself for listening and trusting the inner guidance that suggests seemingly crazy ideas, but are really part of the medicine and joy in this wild journey of LIFE!

My takeaway from it all:

#1-Don’t wait to do the things you have been dreaming of.

#2-Help is all around you, you just have to ask! (And asking can make #1 possible)

#3-LISTEN to what your heart is calling for, even if your brain can’t make sense of it.

#4-Most things really work out with ease and fall into place when you let the heart drive the ship.

and lastly ~

#5-you can work in real estate AND take a REAL vacation — totally possible, but you have to make the choice to do it!

Sarah Grumbling

Broker | Earth Advantage | OR


Rooted in delivering authentic client centered service, Sarah is a REALTOR® fueled by a deep love of homes, the stories they hold, and the people who get to create those stories.

Sarah Grumbling has called SE Portland home for 15 years and she couldn’t imagine anywhere else she’d rather be. On a spontaneous road trip to PDX in 2005, she was won over by the beautiful old houses, gardens, parks and amazing proximity to mountains, rivers and the ocean. Three days in, she decided to make a move. Getting to know the rich and vibrant communities, neighborhoods and people over the last 15 years is what makes Portland home today.  Sharing this Portland magic with first time home buyers or newly relocated clients is one of Sarah’s favorite aspects of helping folks find their spot to land. Matching clients with their future home is one of her greatest joys in life — there is nothing like the spark and magic that comes with finding the very place you know deep in your bones is exactly where you are supposed to be: HOME. Similarly, when working with sellers and the homes they have created, there is a sense that each home, each place, bungalow, craftsman, contemporary build or condo is calling out for their match as well — a new guardian to fill the space with fresh energy and create a life with in it. Sarah helps her clients navigate the road from creating their real estate goals to seeing that vision become reality.  Together a plan is crafted to breakdown the home buying or selling process (one that at first, can easily feel overwhelming!) into a one step at a time journey where clients are educated, informed, and know what to expect in our competitive market. It is important that her clients feel heard and understood throughout the entirety of the buying and selling process. Sarah is a detail oriented hard worker and will make sure you understand those contracts before signing. She negotiates to find solutions where everyone feels like they are getting the best deal, a true win-win. She is a firm believer in the wisdom available when clients trust their gut, AND she wants to make sure those guts are fully informed with the latest market data, research and her professional expertise. There is enough room for numbers and magic in real estate. When not showing homes or negotiating contracts, Sarah spends her days tending to her garden, numerous fruit trees and 1920’s bungalow. She loves exploring out in nature and Mt. Tabor is like a second home. You will also find Sarah leading community kirtan (a heart centered yoga practice based in chanting and singing), dancing, practicing aerial silks, loving her sweet 17 year old kitty Jaida, and finding joy in authentic connections.
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