Blog Stories I've Already Done This...

I’ve Already Done This…

By Erika George & Kari McGee, May 30, 2018

When Ed and Andrea began their “forever” house hunt in SW Portland, we saw a lot of houses that were eerily familiar, so Andrea’s mantra quickly became: “I’ve already done this…”  It was just plain weird how many houses we viewed that were basically the same home as the one they were selling!  Ed and Andrea had decided to opt out of remodeling the remaining areas of their existing home that needed work:  the kitchen and the basement.  With two active teenage boys, Ed’s home business and the eternally busy life of a family of four with two working parents, remodeling just wasn’t in the cards.  They wanted a home with a newer, open kitchen (Mantra #2: “Can’t it be a little pretty?”), and a private, dedicated home office for Ed.  And with two active boys, bonus space was a MUST!

Enter SW Kruse Ridge: an immaculately cared for home with a level (huge score in SW PDX!) and utterly charming backyard, and drum roll please – an undeniably pretty kitchen!  Yes, Ed got his dedicated, private home office that truly demands respect, and you can bet there is a killer upstairs rumpus room for the boys and all of their hobbies (and um, Ed’s – let’s just be honest here).

Andrea and Ed really wanted to stay in their current Jackson Middle School district but for a while there, we thought that might have to change.  As always though, a little patience goes a long way in real estate and Ed and Andrea found a new home that actually checked all of their most important boxes.

On top of all of this, Andrea and Ed, successfully managed to both sell their existing home and purchase their new home at the same time with grace and ease.  In our experience, buying and selling at the same time, is not for the faint of heart, but these two pragmatic and unflappable folks just took things one step at a time and got ‘er done.

Now all they have to do is move.  Piece of cake…





Erika + Kari

Broker | Esquire & Principal Broker

The HouseLovePDX Team fuses comprehensive real estate knowledge and legal expertise in the dynamic landscape of Portland, Oregon.

Realtor Erika George brings to the table 20 years of experience as an attorney specializing in construction and contracts. Principal Broker Kari McGee has helped clients successfully navigate the evolving Portland real estate market since 2005. Regardless of the market or your particular circumstances, these highly skilled real estate agents will ensure that your goals become your reality. WHAT WE KNOW We know that real estate is not a one size fits all endeavor. It’s easy to find real estate data on the internet these days, but it’s what we do with the data that counts. HouseLovePDX provides a thoughtful and proactive analysis of current market data for every one of our clients. We know that small details can make a big difference. We consider factors you may not be aware of when buying a house, selling a condo or planning an ADU. From open permits to missing credits on escrow statements, these issues can cost you money. Let us guide you through the real estate process, from big picture dreams about your future home to the nitty gritty of contract negotiation. We know that your “why” often comes before your “how” in real estate. We take extra time with our clients to fully understand all the reasons why you want to make a move to, from or within the Portland area. We use this insight as the key to develop a comprehensive plan for you. Don’t be surprised if we start our meetings by delving deep into your real estate knowledge, your past experiences, your goals and your dreams! WHAT WE LOVE It’s a privilege to help a client sell a beloved home and move on to the next chapter of life. We love seeing Portland, neighborhood by neighborhood, through the eyes of someone who is new to the area and full of excitement. As Northwest natives who grew up together (we’re cousins!), our love for Portland runs deep. And we adore the the moment when a buyer walks into a house and we all know it’s the one: aka HouseLove! We would be honored to help guide you through your changing real estate needs in Portland Oregon. CONTACT Erika George and Kari McGee 503.349.5449 | 971.322.6612
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