Blog Stories Helping Neighbors Buy a Home

Helping Neighbors Buy a Home

By Lisa Avena, May 17, 2018

It’s a strange thing to sell a home to your neighbors because it most often means they’ll be moving away.

We met Dan and Signe over 11 years ago when each of our families moved into Ladd’s Addition. Living across the alley from one another, we’d often visit while our dogs and kids played. We each became the first families on our block to have backyard chickens. We raised our first flock and built our first coops the same spring. We’ve cared for one another’s hens, dogs and homes while away, and have always enjoyed our visits.

So when Dan and Signe first approached me about wanting to downsize, it was pretty bittersweet. I was honored that they’d thought of me to help them with their home buying/selling process, but sad to think of them no longer across the alley from us. Fortunately we were able to find them a home just blocks away, so we’ll be able to still keep in touch and hopefully bump into one another in the neighborhood.

They’ve been the perfect neighbors and now we’re going to miss having these two so nearby. Although I’m confident the new neighbors will be lovely folks, the house across the alley way will always be Dan and Signe’s place to us.

Congrats Dan and Signe on the purchase of your fabulous new home!! Wishing you many years ahead of happy memory making in your new place!

Lisa Avena

ADU Specialist + Earth Advantage Broker

Searching for a place to finally lay down roots and to call home, I moved to Oregon with my family over a decade ago. Arriving in Portland, we instantly fell in love with the vibrant neighborhoods, older homes, walkability, and amazing local music scene. We knew immediately that we had finally found our home. We settled down in inner SE where we’ve lived ever since. While in California, I attended UC Davis where I earned a bachelors degree in Sociology and went on to work in social services for over five years, before I began a full time career raising my three daughters and giving back to my community. Some of my volunteer commitments have included serving on several non-profit boards, working as the volunteer outreach coordinator for The Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, and helping to coordinate fundraising events and develop community partners for local radio station KZME. As a Realtor, I am absolutely committed to helping my clients not only find the perfect house, but also the right community for them to call home. I take great pride in the level of service I provide. This begins with educating my clients about the process of buying or selling a home, knowing current market conditions, representing their interest and serving as their trusted advisor/negotiator throughout the entire real estate transaction and beyond. As a Realtor, I’ve been able to combine my passions of helping people, building community and my love for the places we call home.  Please let me know how I can help you!
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