Portland Fixer Dreams
- By Thomas Shapiro
- February 19, 2019
I recently had the pleasure of helping my wonderful client, Dave through the home buying process. Like any savvy buyer, Dave was looking for the best possible house for the best price. What set Dave’s experience apart, however, was that he planned to fix up whatever home he ended up purchasing, so the aesthetics of the home itself weren’t of much importance.
He went into the process thinking that he might need to see dozens of homes before finding one that he would be happy with. To ensure that his time was well spent, I took his wishlist and translated that into a highly curated list of properties for him to see – as a result, Dave found his perfect home after seeing just three properties!
The first two were fixer-uppers. One ticked most of the boxes and needed mostly cosmetic updates, but it didn’t quite feel right to Dave. The second one felt as though we had walked onto the set of a horror film and was way more work than Dave wanted to take on.
Then we found the “Glass Slipper”, a perfect fit. While the location was a tad further out than what Dave had originally wanted, it was only 10 blocks from some of his closest friends and offered a short trek to the airport that perfectly suited him with his frequent travel for work. While the design and fixtures in the house were dated, the house itself came back with a clean inspection and the updates could all be completed without too much work.
I’m so happy for Dave and so excited to see how he takes his new home to the next level!