Blog Stories Beware the Lemon!

Beware the Lemon!

By Gavin Shettler, February 27, 2018

Julia was looking for that cute little house to call her own. We found it in Roseway Heights. So cute on a large lot. It looked perfect. She put in an aggressive offer and beat out 3 other offers to win the day. Everything looked great with the house marketed as ‘newer upgrades including electrical, furnace and water heater.’ She was stoked—until the home inspection. The home inspector’s issues with the house just kept going on and on and on. It turned out all of the upgrades had not been done by a professional. The siding had many issues with poor installation. Part of the roof wasn’t attached to the house. The water heater and furnace were not installed correctly, as in, not level. Condensation was running back into both units. Electrical system has active knob and tube buried in old insulation. The foundation was not properly supported which caused the poor framing in the attic to fail. And it went on. This cute little charmer was a tear down! The perfect lemon. Looks great on the outside. Total nightmare once you look close. Julia didn’t walk from the transaction, she ran!
The positive of the story is that the sale fail opened the door to some family money Julia did not know about. We were able to find her the perfect cutie right off of Mississippi shopping district. Love!

Gavin Shettler

Earth Advantage Principal Broker

I am a residential real estate broker at Living Room Realty serving Portland, Oregon, and the surrounding area. My core beliefs are honesty and integrity, supported by good communication. My role as your agent includes facilitator, negotiator, advocate, advisor, and expert in the Portland Metro housing market. I work with buyers and sellers at all stages of their home owning experience. I am a certified Earth Advantage Broker and Energy Trust Ally. I am a 2015 Five Star Real Estate professional award recipient. I have lived in Portland for over 20 years and love this city. My background is in Arts administration where I first owned and managed a commercial art gallery, then founded and ran a non-profit visual arts center, and last, managed and directed a large housing development of live/work spaces for artists. I live in the Montavilla neighborhood in NE Portland with my wife, Andrea, our daughter Beatrise, our son Augustus, our three cats, Yogi, Charlotte, and Ferocia, and also one small dog named Lucy. Living Room Realty is a leading real estate company that believes in community and connections. We have 120+ agents between four offices in inner Portland, one office in Vancouver, WA, and one office in Manzanita that serves the North coast of Oregon. We provide a wide range of services beyond residential real estate including rental management, tenant placement, and commercial real estate. Living Room is one of the only real estate companies with B-Corporation status in the nation. The company’s values include integrity, relevance and diversity. Our company was awarded the 2014 Business in Ethics Award for all small businesses in the state of Oregon. Gavin Shettler Principal Broker 503-481-7450 Cell Assistant: Rose Romanick
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