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Homebuyer Hustle

By Megan Baker, December 14, 2018

Homebuyer Hustle

Carey & Mark have been hunting hard in home buyer competition mode for 7 months strong.  Their story is finally shifting into a new chapter as they close on their first home.

This was the last of over 60 homes we toured since May.  Initially, and for the first 5 months or so, the market was still really competitive with a mix of cash buyers, many people waiving appraisals, a few waived inspections, and just really strong buying power.  For most first time home buyers, coughing up cash or waiving an appraisal contingency is a big no-no.

Carey & Mark were working their homebuyer hustle by acting fast, cutting the home inspection timeline in half, and they even offered up a little on a potential low appraisal once.

It paid off that they never got the previous properties they put offers on because in the end they landed right where they wanted to be all along.

Timing is everything, just ask the sellers in this case!  Part of the missing puzzle piece for Carey & Mark’s win/win was working with the right sellers.  A home in Oregon City popped up on the market and Carey was on it like fire!  Like many times before, we set up a private tour in hopes of beating out the competition on timing.

Once they fell in love with this home, Carey wrote a beautiful letter from the bottom of her heart.  The letter was sent to the sellers who were moved by the joy their home provided Carey & Mark.

Their homebuyer hustle and courage to not give up were what kept them going strong after 7 months of grueling and sometimes heartbreaking efforts.

They found the right home at the right time.  We were able to negotiate 100% closing costs (over $9k) to be paid for, and they received a high appraisal on top of it all!

It was worth every ounce of energy to finally be able to come home.  Congratulations to Carey & Mark on your new home!  Also a big shout out to them for being some of the most kind hearted clients I’ve had the opportunity to work with.  When you’re on a team, it helps having the best teammates.



If you’d like help buying, selling, or small space planning, I’d love to be a part of your team too!


Megan Baker


Growing up in a small logging town, Megan learned early on the beauty of her home state. Whether hiking in the Gorge or exploring the city, she appreciates the abundance Oregon has to offer. Living in the Pacific Northwest for the past 30 years, including a two-year adventure in Alaska, Megan has called much of Portland home and loves how each neighborhood has its own unique vibe. With an interior design studies background, family history in real estate, and experience in property management, helping people move and grow comes as a natural choice. Whether buying a first house, selling a home full of memories, or assisting with investment properties for years to come, she operates on the mindset of making each and every client a client for life. In her personal time, you can find Megan enjoying her adorable daughter, Mila, attending many of the various live music performances in town, mastering DIY home projects, exploring the local nature scene, and hitting the trails in her favorite pair of Brooks.
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