Welcome to the Williams District, Ross!

When my good friend Ross contacted me and said he wanted to buy a house I could not be more excited. Ross had been renting in the Hawthorne District since moving to Portland but was now ready to become a homeowner.

After meeting with Ross to discuss his wants and needs I realized he knew exactly what type of house he wanted, where he wanted to be, and what he wanted to do with the home. Moreover, Ross thoroughly understood real estate and the market, and knew what it would take to get an offer accepted in this fierce market. In other words, my only job would be to find him the home he wanted.

It turned out that Ross knew how to find homes too... One day I received a text message from him saying he found The House and wanted to make an offer. Finally, it was my turn to go to work! 

After successfully beating out several other buyers our offer was accepted by the seller. We quickly had our inspections done and found out that there were some issues with the home. I got several contractors out to provide repair estimates and we used those bids to re-negotiate the price down to a number that made both Ross and the seller happy. After just a few weeks we closed and Ross got to move in.

Ross - thank you for letting me represent you and for being the easiest client I have ever worked with!

-Calle Holmgren

Barbara Moves to Bend

A while back, when Barbara turned 80, she decided that Portland was not the city for her anymore and that she wanted to move to Bend. She called me to get an idea of what her home was worth, what she would need to do to it to maximize the sales price, and to get an idea of how long it would take to sell it.

After having consulted with her financial advisor, Barbara drove out to Bend, purchased a home, and then called me back and told me she was ready. I immediately got a painter in there to paint some walls and do some miscellaneous touchups, and also had a stager move some furniture around.

After less than 48 hours on the market we had generated multiple offers and leveraged those to get an all cash offer up to $20,000 over the asking price – a record setting price for an attached home in Mt Tabor. The transaction went very smoothly and we closed less than a month after putting the home on the market. Barbara is now perfectly settled in in her new home in Bend and could not be happier, and neither could I. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent you, Barbara, and best of luck in your future endeavors!

-Calle Holmgren

Riki, Lee & Amalia find their Irvington Dream House!

I met Riki & Lee and their adorable daughter Amalia a while back at an open house and we hit it off immediately. Since they were moving here from Europe, we did a Home Buying 101 class at my office first where we discussed what they were looking for and went over how the home buying process works in the US. 

After seeing quite a few homes and making a a couple of offers we finally found their dream house in Irvington. We convinced the sellers to respond to our offer prior to the offer deadline and thanks to that we were able to snap the home up before the weekend’s open houses.

A few inspections, an appraisal and some repair negotiations later the home was finally theirs. I could not be happier for this fantastic family and can’t wait for the house warming party and for my girls to have a playdate with Amalia. Congrats guys!

-Calle Holmgren

Alex & Jody go to University (Park)

I met Alex and Jody in late 2015. They owned a beautiful 1926 bungalow in Hazelwood but wanted to move closer to Jody's work in Beaverton. After negotiating a fantastic deal on the sale of their home our search for their next home began. Turns our being on the selling end is a lot more fun than the buying end... We made offers on five properties before finally getting an offer accepted on a very charming home in University Park. The house was everything Alex & Jody wanted- the charming interior of a 105-year old home, walking distance to nearby parks and New Seasons, close proximity to all the charming restaurants and bars of St. Johns, and most importantly- the house was 60 minutes closer to Jody's work!

It was an honor to get to represent Alex & Jody in two of the largest transactions of their lives, and I feel proud that I was able to successfully navigate them through this challenging market and allowing them to move in to their new house just before needing to be out of their old one. I wish them all the best and it makes me happy to know that Jody no longer will be stuck in traffic on 26 freeway on her way to work, and instead will be driving on the beautiful Old Germantown Road.