Blog Stories When your best pandemic friends decide to sell

When your best pandemic friends decide to sell

By Carson Mead, May 24, 2021

Tom and Ali are friends that I met while gardening in my front yard. They have two little kids, and we met while they were on a walk early in the escalation of the first Covid lockdown. Amid the uncertainty of what we were up against, and how to see people safely, they started taking nightly walks with their kids by our house every night. It came to be what we looked the most forward to each day, seeing them, and having our kids play through each side of the fence. Their kids would pick roses from the neighborhood and throw petals over our fence, and our little one would love it.

Ali is from Hawaii, and as the Covid wore on, they needed to be closer to family. They left for the winter for Maui, and packed their bags. As the current spring unfolded, I was so sad, but appreciative when I got the call that they were going to stay in Hawaii, and decided to sell their family home here in Concordia. I organized everything for them remotely, getting the house market ready and coordinating the process for them. We kept an eye on comparable sales, and priced the house really well. They got three offers right away, and were able to negotiate terms that were a win win for both the sellers and buyers. They just closed today, and are super excited to move forward finding their new home on the islands. I cannot wait to visit them over this coming winter!

Carson Mead

Broker | ADU Specialist

My first introduction to the world of real estate came in 2004, when at the age of 22 I bought my first home in NE Portland with my sister. I still remember what a monumental life transition that was. Buying my own home laid the foundation for a lifelong love of all things related to houses. I enrolled in a year-long Building Construction program to gain more knowledge in housing systems and techniques. I have used those tools to enhance my own home both inside and out. I joke that my favorite part of a house is the basement, as that’s where I can see the health and maintenance of a home’s systems: plumbing, electrical, HVAC, foundation etc. While a home inspector is the professional on helping to understand the story of a home, I like to provide as much due-diligence as possible up front before you spend the money and get into contract. Ultimately my goal is to meet you in any endeavor that you are wanting to undertake. If you are looking to sell, I will develop a strategy that makes sense for you with your goals, timelines and marketing strategy. If you want to invest in your home before going on the market, we’ll look at what you can do to maximize your profit: be it refinishing floors, painting, modifying light fixtures, and getting it staged. If you need to stay in your home while selling, I’ll bring in my stager to help get perspective on how to pare down the feel of your home and have tangible goals to achieve in getting ready to go on the market. If you are looking to invest in Portland real estate, we can talk about the big four in analyzing properties. Rental income, principal reduction, equity growth and tax benefits. I work with spreadsheets to outline these assets so you can see the short and long term performance of your investment. Once last piece of my professional and personal life that I spend a lot of time thinking about are ADU’s (Accessory Dwelling Units). Also known as mother-in-law units and granny flats, these can be detached or attached. When I see a home, I look at the property in detail to see how the home is oriented on the lot and if it is ripe for a detached ADU (new construction), or if it is a good prospect for creating an attached unit (a basement apartment). I also look at the zoning to see what kind of potential this could add. I am in mid-process building my own detached ADU. The structure is going to be modern with clean lines and open concept. I live on a corner lot, which means the ADU can have it’s own street entrance. I also have zoning which will allow me to split the lot if I choose and sell it separately at some point. My plan is to keep it as a rental, but this will create a lot of flexibility both short and long term. I am a cooperatively focused broker, with a passion for helping people achieve their goals and succeed in their endeavors. I am patient, understanding, trustworthy, and truly care about your best interests. I serve on my neighborhood association board and the larger Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. Please let me know if you'd like to share a beverage, coffee, tea, beer/wine to talk about what’s important to you and see if it would be a good fit to work together. All the best— carsonmeadpdx.com yelp
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