Blog Stories When (Relocating) Clients Become Neighbors

When (Relocating) Clients Become Neighbors

By Andy Meeks, December 19, 2018

The best part of my job is helping my clients navigate an important part of their lives, hopefully with some level of comfort, efficiency and joy. Buying a home can be a stressful and complicated process, but fully relocating is another beast. Listing and selling a home in another state, identifying and buying a home in a new place you’ve never lived, while simultaneously switching jobs, and packing your life to move while raising two small children are next-level life achievements.

My clients Stephanie and Patrick have just completed all of those steps with the sale of their home in Los Angeles and simultaneous purchase of this beautifully-renovated 108-year-old beauty in SE Portland’s Richmond neighborhood, and I’m in awe of the complexity and fortitude this effort has required.

Throughout it all, Steph and Patrick maintained a positive, can-do attitude and we formed a powerful partnership across two states to meet the challenges of the transaction. I’m grateful to them for their teamwork, and am excited that they’ll soon be my just-down-the-street neighbors.

We first met in the summer and spent an afternoon touring homes in NE and SE Portland, as well as in Happy Valley and Oregon City. Steph and Patrick loved the idea of the spaciousness of the newer communities and developments, but also really wanted to experience the vibrancy of inner eastside Portland neighborhoods and the authenticity and unique characteristics of a classic Portland home. School quality was also a top consideration. Our tours continued through those same areas over three days in November. One particular home in West Linn emerged as a clear front-runner, but the second-to-last home we visited – this home – spoke to them immediately. They found their new Portland home.

Ultimately, the winning combination consisted of the quality of the Glencoe, Mt. Tabor and Franklin schools, stellar location near Hawthorne Boulevard (with ¿Por Qué No? and Ruby Jewel across the street, say no more!), large, spacious floorplan and solid bones all with a very beautiful renovation (no surface was left untouched), and the unfinished basement with lots of potential for more family space. You can’t ask for much more that, and I’m so happy that they persevered and found just the right place to start experiencing life in the Rose City.

Helping clients joyfully realize their goals brings me great satisfaction, both personally and professionally, especially great clients relocating to Portland who then become your neighbors.

That’s the best of the best.




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My clients are always my top priority, and my singular focus is to help them achieve their goals efficiently and effectively. This is the intention I set every day, and how I define success. As a trained and licensed attorney, I lead with a sharp attention to detail, a keen ear and focused voice, and an unwavering commitment to integrity, transparency and responsiveness. I’m a passionate advocate and I thrive when helping others succeed, and I’m always available to connect over a cup of coffee to learn how I can help make good things happen. Read my client reviews here. The choice to become a real estate broker was a joyful combination of two very different careers. Prior to moving to Portland in 2008, I was an environmental and title closing attorney in Massachustts. Since then, I've served as a program manager and fundraising professional for Portland-based non-profit organizations Friends of Trees, The Freshwater Trust and Ecotrust. While not scouting homes and helping clients, you can find me riding and racing bicycles, digging in the garden, practicing yoga, experimenting in the kitchen, and exploring the stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Please let me know how I can help you or someone you know. Thank you!
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