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View of St Helens from Portland








Gretchen and Derrick first became clients about a year ago, right around the super bowl (for those of you that aren’t football fans, that’s also winter time).  Obviously, not typically a busy time to look for houses, and we used it to our advantage.

We found a house they loved on 38th and Killingsworth.  It was a cute WWII bungalow, 2 bedroom, 1 bath.  It’d been on the market for a little while, and we still thought it was overpriced.  We wrote an offer on it, and negotiated back and forth with the seller.  We even walked away a few times, but eventually got into contract at the price we wanted.  We credited the super bowl with our negotiating success.  Once we closed, Gretchen and Derrick started knocking down walls and pulling up floors. Literally.

It was the house they first lived in together, and the house they married in (complete with hay bales and a hoe down in the backyard).  And a year later, we sold it for nearly $100,000 profit (mostly because of their fantastic eye and an increasing real estate market), which  enabled them to change jobs and be there for family members struggling with their health.

And that’s what it’s about;  helping people use real estate to give them the freedom and security to do what they really want in life!




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