Blog Stories When You Know, You Know!

When You Know, You Know!

By Lauren Dahl, May 11, 2018

If there’s one question I get asked by first-time homebuyers more than anything else, it’s this:

How will we know when it’s the one?

I tell them that it’s a lot like dating. When you know, you know.

In this case, Marti, Ben and I had been looking for several hours. It was starting to get dark, and we were all tired and hungry. We had wrapped up most of our showings in N and NE Portland, and we had one remaining in SE. I’m so glad we made the decision to embark on the half-hour drive to see this last one! Because…

IT WAS THE ONE!

I arrived at the home before my buyers, and I knew it was the one for them when I stepped in the door. And when they walked in, they were smitten. The seller had left a kind letter, photos of the landscaping and mural in-progress and a map of all her plantings. We could feel how much love and attention she’d put into her home.

So, we submitted an offer. The rest is history!

CONGRATS, BEN & MARTI!!

(Photo below is my boys on inspection day! #realtormomlife)

Lauren Dahl

Earth Advantage Principal Broker & ADU Specialist

Lauren Dahl moved to SW Portland from the Utah desert in 2014 with her rock-climbing husband, three young children and two cats. A self-confessed pluviophile, Lauren loves the frequent rain, tall trees, vibrant culture and clean air that Portland embodies. Prior to her time in Utah, Lauren grew up in south Alabama and also spent several years in Aspen and Denver, CO. Lauren began her real estate career in 2009 and quickly ramped up to being one of her former brokerage’s top agents. She was named a finalist for the sought-after Rookie of the Year award by the Salt Lake Board of Realtors and also became part-owner and landlord of dozens of rental units ranging from single-family homes to a 15-unit apartment building (all of which she served as the selling agent). When it comes to working with home buyers, Lauren is a visionary who understands that the perfect home is more than just a checklist of features. Whether it’s abundant natural light, a tree-covered landscape, an open floor plan or or a minimalist, modern design, Lauren works tirelessly to find homes that complement her buyers’ lifestyles both now and for many years to come. She spends a great deal of time getting to know her clients as well as previewing homes to make the process more efficient and enjoyable for everyone involved. To the benefit of her sellers, Lauren possesses a unique combination of marketing ability, attention to detail and a love for numbers. She is committed to providing her sellers with up-to-the-minute, comprehensive data so she can further assist them in making pricing and timing decisions. She then puts on her marketing hat to get as many qualified buyers through her listings as possible. Finally, she uses her keen negotiation and communication skills to ensure a smooth transaction right up until closing. Lauren also finds great joy in assisting real estate investors (and aspiring investors!) in pursuing buy-and-hold and renovate/resell (flipping) properties. From the first-time homebuyer looking to maximize her return by purchasing an owner-occupied, four-/tri-/duplex to the seasoned investor looking to fund multiple short-term projects, Lauren has the tenacity and skill to make profitable deals happen. In addition to her experience in real estate, Lauren holds a master’s degree in advertising management from the University of Denver and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alabama in mass communication. An accomplished sewist and knitter, Lauren also makes most of her (and her children’s) clothes. She teaches online sewing pattern drafting courses, designs sewing patterns and was a Janome sewing machines ambassador for two years before transitioning back into real estate. Catch up with Lauren on her Portland real estate blog and website, laurendahlpdx.com. You can also tune into her YouTube Channel by clicking here.
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Lauren Dahl

Earth Advantage Principal Broker & ADU Specialist


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