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Minnesotans really are THAT nice!

By Erika George & Kari McGee, May 30, 2018

When John and Johanna called to ask us about helping them with a move from St. Paul, Minnesota, we PRETENDED to be excited about the prospect of finding them the perfect Portland bungalow.  But, if truth be told, the house hunt was just icing on the cake for us. Our REAL excitement was the prospect of, once again, being able to work with Minnesotan clients.  Minnesotans can brag about more than just their Red Wing Shoes, Hockey Haircuts and Bundt Cakes; They are also, practically speaking, the nicest, most level-headed, down to earth people on the planet.


John and Jo had the formidable task of having to put an offer on a house “sight unseen.”  Luckily, we have technology and a good system that works well for out-of-town buyers.  They easily adapted to FaceTime tours and GoToMeeting chats.  When repair negotiations with the seller got a little tense, they kept their cool and their “eyes on the prize.”   They even  thanked the sellers personally for their repair concessions when all was said and done.  DON’T ROLL YOU EYES!  Because John and Jo were so gracious, the seller returned the good will by making another concession right before closing — one that the seller wasn’t legally required to make.

It’s easy to be cynical in a real estate transaction.  But if you can channel your inner “Minnesotan,” you will be rewarded!  John and Jo are now the proud owners of this darling three bedroom/two bathroom Creston home — which is perfectly sized for their young family.  It boasts a welcoming front porch, beautiful wood work in the open living and dining rooms, a nicely renovated kitchen, three bedrooms upstairs and a nice-sized private back yard with a deck.   They are excited to explore the neighborhood — so close to great parks, shops and restaurants, and, even better, just down the block from Creston School.


Congrats John and Jo — Portland will be a better place because you are here.  We’ll be knocking on your door with a hot dish soon, maybe with a side of VooDoo Doughnuts!


Are you a proud citizen of another state looking to call Portland home?  Kari and Erika specialize in out-of town buyers!  We have many tools in place to help you successfully search for and close on a home here in Portland, even if you’re NOT from Minnesota!

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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