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Summiting The Mountain – A First Time Buyer’s Journey

By Megan Baker, July 25, 2018

Summiting the mountain – A first time buyer’s journey.

As determined, active, and successful as he is, Carl couldn’t sit on the sidelines of home ownership any longer.  He’s a dedicated Master Sergeant of the Oregon Air National Guard, community minded full time Analyst with TriMet, and an avid hiker, bicyclist, kayaker, and all things in health and fitness.  He put himself through college earning multiple degrees, including his Masters in Public Administration.

What can this man not do?! <- Theres really no limit!


Summiting the mountain of ‘first time home ownership’ at times seemed almost impossible.  Carl shared with me that he had been actively trying to buy his first home for the past 4 years.

I was Realtor number 5, yes 5!

When we originally met back in 2012 we didn’t know we’d be teaming up 6 years later for one of his lifetime milestones.  Recently, as we sat down and discussed goals and expectations, I learned something new!  Originally, he had the idea in his head that buying his first home meant he should expect to live in and own it for many decades to come.  Say it ain’t so?!

We then painted the picture of his future together and concluded the following: With his ever evolving career, life aspirations, and growing success, he realized his first home is a stepping stone to the rest of his life.

Just as all his past training, education, and experiences have been.  I was able to save him over $15,000 and also bought him an upgraded home warranty package.  While the local real estate market may be slowing down in some areas, Carl certainly is not.  I’m proud to say that today, he has officially summited the mountain!



If you’d like help buying, selling, or small space planning, I’d love to be a part of your team too!


Megan Baker


Growing up in a small logging town, Megan learned early on the beauty of her home state. Whether hiking in the Gorge or exploring the city, she appreciates the abundance Oregon has to offer. Living in the Pacific Northwest for the past 30 years, including a two-year adventure in Alaska, Megan has called much of Portland home and loves how each neighborhood has its own unique vibe. With an interior design studies background, family history in real estate, and experience in property management, helping people move and grow comes as a natural choice. Whether buying a first house, selling a home full of memories, or assisting with investment properties for years to come, she operates on the mindset of making each and every client a client for life. In her personal time, you can find Megan enjoying her adorable daughter, Mila, attending many of the various live music performances in town, mastering DIY home projects, exploring the local nature scene, and hitting the trails in her favorite pair of Brooks.
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