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The Unicorn

By Nicolette Hanna, October 23, 2018

Casey and Joe have been dear friends of mine for a couple of years, and when it came time to find a new home for their growing family, I was thrilled to help.

Joe is a teacher and had the summer off, so we exhausted ALL the options. We considered fixers, new construction, flips, small yards, huge yards, low price, high price, Northeast, Southeast… we were on the hunt for the unicorn. The home that had all the criteria they needed, with that special quality you can’t quite put your finger on. The unicorn.

We didn’t find it this summer. Fast-forward a couple of months, after end of summer vacations, and school years started, and we resumed our search. This time, we new there were only a couple of weeks to make this happen, otherwise we’d hold off until 2019. Joe and Casey loaded up their two littles, and we headed out on a Saturday tour, exhausting the inventory. We mostly looked at homes that they had on their list to see, but I added in a few surprises. The last home on the tour was my sleeper home. It was the one that I had a really good feeling about, but wasn’t quite sure it would be as good as advertised. We all walked in, and I immediately got chills. Joe and Casey went silent as the kids ran around the house and outside to the incredible backyard. It was the one. It was the unicorn.

Congratulations, my friends!

Nicolette Hanna

Earth Advantage Broker

I fondly remember growing up in a quaint, classic 100-year-old bungalow. My mom was an avid gardener, planted fragrant flowers, fruit trees, and veggies and incorporated quirky tile mosaics throughout our backyard. My favorite part of my childhood home, however… the pull down stairs to the attic which led to my playroom! The fireplace, hardwood floors, and front porch where I spent so much time evoke a such a feeling of family and home for me. I so appreciate the uniqueness of Portland area homes, and being able to re-live how houses evolve from their original build to how they live today, picturing families and stories along the way. My transition to real estate from non-profit residential energy efficiency work was catalyzed by my attraction to the innovativeness and creativeness of the Portland housing stock. It was also super important to me to tap into my community in a deeper way; connecting with people one-on-one and being able to actually see the positive outcomes of my work in a tangible way. Being a real estate agent allows me to form deep and meaningful connections with people while satisfying my own insatiable curiosity for Portland homes. I approach my work for my clients as if I’m in their shoes, buying or selling. It’s personal! It’s critical that my clients have an authentic and enjoyable experience working with me, with honesty and integrity being my top priority all the time. My goal is to evolve the perception of real estate agents from perhaps less than trustworthy sales folks to client-focused, highly trusted and thoughtful individuals. When I have free time, you might catch me enjoying some live music or dancing with PDX Dance Collective (did I mention I have a degree in dance?). I also love to hike with Patrick, my husband, and my mini Australian Shepherd puppy, Stringer Bell. Admittedly where you’re most likely to catch me, however, is eating and drinking delicious food and cocktails at the many great Portland restaurants. If I’m not it town, I’m likely in the southern Caribbean… it feels like a second home! I am an accredited Earth Advantage Broker, Accessory dwelling unit (ADU) specialist, and I have also received the Five Star Real Estate Agent Award, recognizing outstanding service professionals. It would be my honor to serve you in buying or selling your home! Nicolette Hanna Earth Advantage Accredited Broker Licensed in Oregon
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