Buying a home is a big deal. Buying from a distance (California, in this case) is an even bigger deal. And buying new construction from out-of-state? That’s the biggest of deals – because as an absent buyer, you need someone to be your eyes and ears on-location.
Enter Jaya and Frank, my recent clients and Portland transplants. They contacted me after reading a review from another out-of-towner and asked me to help them find the perfect place. The catch was that they only had a few days in Portland, and they were on a deadline for a new job and graduate program.
I showed them several homes over the course of two days, and they kept coming back to the very first one we saw in SE. It was one in a row of four new homes, and they loved it. The only problem was…THE CARPET. One of my clients wanted to avoid any potential allergy problems, so she really preferred hardwoods throughout. I talked to the listing agent, and we arranged for them to purchase one of the homes that wasn’t as finished and didn’t have floors installed in the upstairs portion yet.
After a few days of negotiating back-and-forth, we had a deal! The problem was that the first-floor hardwoods were not going to be available in the time we needed them, so I helped them pick out a comparable option via text message (and lots of photos, videos and measurements), and they selected their exterior paint colors from afar. And despite a few hiccups, we managed to get them into their home by their deadline. My littles went with me to do a final walk-through, and they signed their closing documents in California.
Congrats to Portland’s newest residents – fab clients for a fab home!