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.

Jamie & Lianna find their Hawthorne Home

After having looked for their first home all over SE Portland, including Brooklyn, Sunnyside, Richmond & Ladd’s Addition, newly weds Jamie & Lianna finally found their dream home. Located right off SE Hawthorne, with walking distance to numerous restaurants, coffee places, bars and shops, the 1918 foursquare was everything they had hoped for. A flowing floor plan, original details but with modern upgrades, large driveway + garage, a yard for entertaining, an inviting front porch, and so much more. 

Congratulations Jamie & Lianna - I am so happy for you!

Desirable Division-Clinton Duplex-SOLD!

Thinking of selling an investment property in Portland, but live out of state?  A great couple, Ethan(architect) and Erin (landscape designer), were in your shoes when they contacted me in early July. 

Erin and Ethan absolutely love Portland, but life and family brought them back to New York, and they found their trips to Portland were no longer delicious forays into the food and art scene and visits with friends, but arduous work trips dedicated to maintenance of their much-adored duplex. Ethan wanted to reinvest proceeds into a property in New York, but many fond memories there left him conflicted.  The duplex had been his first purchase, and his time there marked many personal milestones, including meeting his wife Erin, the birth of their first child, and the commencement of their business partnership. 

When Erin’s brother and tenant announced that he would need more space with a second baby on the way, Ethan and Erin decided to contact their neighborhood brokerage, Inhabit, to inquire about the current real estate market and their property value.  We chatted and instantly had something in common, as I am also a landlord in Portland with a personal connection to my property (living adjacently) and eased their fears about selling while out of town.  After they signed with me, they found out the brother-in-law/tenant was also going on vacation for two weeks, and he gave us free reign to clean, stage, and show his unit, a realtor’s dream when listing rental properties.

A week and half before it went “live” on the market, Ethan and Erin flew in to Portland to pack up some of their leftover mementos and did some final prep for the sale with my guidance.  I toured the property with them and made staging edits along with a detailed “to-do” list. I connected them with professional cleaners, roofers, and other contractors that colleagues and I have vetted over years for their diligence and affordable pricing. We rolled up our sleeves and de-cluttered, organized, packed tchotchkes and moved furniture.  In a pinch, I even stored some of their brother’s in laws furniture temporarily in my own home, checked on the property regularly and watered their beautifully landscaped yard tri-weekly, while it was unoccupied.

Long story short, the place sparkled and shined, and it launched wonderfully. After two whirlwind open houses, it went pending quickly (after receiving a total of 15 offers!) and closed for $76,000 over the list price. Ethan and Erin were ecstatic, title sent a courier to their home in New York so they could sign, and their proceeds distributed less than 30 days later, at the end of August.  

So take note, out of state property owners! You too can have a very successful sale with a full service Realtor in Portland. I go the extra mile and partner with my clients along every step of the way to bring them the fastest sale and the highest price.


Moving near or far? Call Starr!

-Starr Gartner