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Old Home, New Home

By Bonnie Roseman, January 11, 2019

New Homeowners

Sometimes you have to search far and wide for your new home, and sometimes it is right where you are. Likewise, sometimes you have to wait awhile for the right buyer, and sometimes they are right there. Recently Nick and Tess set about the search for a first home of their own. The inventory in the close-in Portland neighborhoods they love is pretty tough for first timers. In the middle of navigating fixer-uppers and the like, they got a call from the property manager of the home they were renting in the Woodlawn neighborhood. Their landlord was ready to sell! While this is usually a major bummer to hear, it was music to Nick and Tess’ ears. After a bit of negotiating, we struck a deal and they celebrated New Year’s Eve as homeowners without having to move a thing. What a win-win situation for the buyer and the seller! The owner did not have to face a vacancy or work around tenants during a sale, nor did he have to prep or spruce things up. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Happy buyers – happy sellers.

Tess and Nick just signed their closing papers!

Tips for success in landlord to tenant sales:

  • Buyer and seller should each have their own agent represent them.
  • Let the agents do their jobs, even when the buyer and seller know each other.
  • Get a market analysis of the property from your own agent, even if the other agent’s report has been shared with you.
  • Always get inspections, even if the sale will be as-is.
  • Put everything in writing and don’t leave any loose ends for later.
  • Clarify how deposits and pro-rations will be handled.
  • Be generous; everyone wins (no moving costs for buyers, no period without income for sellers, etc.).
  • Feel lucky, the stars are aligned. Kismet!

Looking back

This lucky turn of events got me thinking back over the years and some other times when landlords and tenants struck deals. One of my first clients, who in 1991 bought the home he still lives in today, later purchased another home as an investment in University Park. When he tired of managing it, I gave it a shot and reached out to his renter who was absolutely delighted and had her agent write up an offer right away.

University Park

Several years ago, I, myself, sold my own tiny rental cottage to my renters. This little one bedroom cutie in Ardenwald made home ownership possible for them against all odds.

My little Ardenwald cottage

When I was a kid in Berkeley, my aunt signed on as a roommate with a friend in a small bungalow on the corner of a little dead end street. She thought she was just settling in for a while, but it turned out she loved the 1,000 square foot, two-bedroom, one-bath, no frills 1921 home! It had never been updated, but it had a big back yard and, being on the corner, looked out onto two streets, had little traffic, lots of overgrown plants and wonderful neighbors. Eventually her friend moved out. Then the landlords filed for divorce and let her know that they would be selling it. She jumped at the chance to buy it, “It isn’t often that people get a chance to completely test a home before moving in…Yes, I knew every nook and cranny, every good point and shortcoming of this house. It didn’t matter. It was my ‘home’. I am so glad I took the leap”. I am so glad she did too. I still love visiting my aunt and uncle at their sweet home all these years later.

My mom in front of my aunt’s home



Bonnie Roseman

Principal Broker, Earth Advantage + ADU Specialist

Bonnie hit the real estate scene in Portland when Silence of the Lambs was killing it in the theaters, the Cold War was officially chilled and the national median sales price of a home was $120,000. Since then, she's been delighted to assist clients in navigating the ever changing housing market: whether selling a first home or the family home, looking for a starter pad or a forever habitat, downsizing, resizing or buying and selling investment property. Having a symbiotic connection with your real estate agent is key and will help ensure a great experience. Bonnie enjoys consulting with potential clients to discover their wishes and goals, confirming the right client-agent match. Smooth transactions are the target; however, there can be unexpected bumps getting to the closing table. Bonnie excels at finding creative solutions to any mishegoss that pops up and she takes pride in an extremely low sale fail rate. A little more about Bonnie: born in Philly, raised in Berkeley, mom to an incredible young woman; her home is filled with both furry and scaly creatures, the daily driver is all electric, equality is the only pathway; she's embraced veganism for the earth, the animals and her health. Like credentials? Sweet, here you go:
  • At Home with Diversity Certificate
  • Earth Advantage Broker + ADU Specialist
  • Senior Real Estate Specialist SRES)
  • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
  • Five Star Professional Award (7 years)
  • Member of the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP)
Saving the best for last, Bender, her little second chance rescue pup from SoCal is likely to tag along. He’s snuggly, pretty cute and has jumped paws first into the real estate industry.
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