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My buyers wanted a house, maybe a townhouse, in the Lincoln High School district. They have been in Portland for a couple of years and their kids were adamant, with friends they didn’t want to leave and teachers they like changing schools simply wasn’t an option. Transplants from Brazil, my clients had lived in a beautiful Oscar Niemeyer-esque home and really appreciated big, open, free flowing forms of poured concrete architecture. So our search started with looking for a house that could be transformed but it quickly became obvious that the budget was probably too tight for a purchase and immediate remodel. So putting that idea on the back burner for perhaps house #2 later down the road, we looked at townhouses but found them a bit too small and the loans a bit too expensive (a single family, detached home needs 20% down to get the best rate and no mortgage insurance, whereas a townhouse or condo needs 25% down plus there are HOA fees to take into account). We started the search at the beginning of December with very little inventory and by mid February I was beginning to wonder if we’d ever find a house. The market was (and still is) going nuts with multiple offers and it was hottest in our price range. Normally this behaviour starts in March once spring break is over and everyone has noticed their dirty windows and chipped paint and decided NOW is the time to move.
Then a house came on the market, right price, right layout, potential for expansion AND in the right school district – yipee! With two daughters ideally we were looking for three bedrooms and two bathrooms, this house had two bedrooms and only one bathroom, but the basement was finished and large enough to accommodate a third bedroom and the laundry room could easily be remodeled to make a second bathroom. A little bit of imagination and a willingness to do some work would make this house perfect. We went to see it, we loved it, we wrote on it and we got it PHEW!
And now I’m ready for a new set of clients – bring me your unique set of needs – lets find out what home means to you and I’ll help you get these!
I am both a Realtor and Interior Designer. I have transitioned from simply selling homes to selling what makes homes beautiful.
©Suze Riley 2013