I know what you are going through. Really, I do. I’ve been a first-time homebuyer on a small budget. I’ve been a seller who needed a return on that investment. And, most recently, I was someone searching for her dream home – a bungalow in Laurelhurst where my kiddo can climb trees at the park while my husband and I enjoy a picnic dinner.
Life isn’t without challenges, of course, but that can mean new opportunities and experiences as well. In 2018, our son was diagnosed with autism, and so sometimes that means navigating IEP meetings and advocacy along with playdates and preschool. It also means seeing Latourell Falls through totally different eyes, spending hours doing sensory play at OMSI and connecting with a neurodiverse community that is strong and supportive. Most days we feel grateful that we get to call this awesomely inclusive city our home.
More than anything, I want to help families, especially those with unique challenges and specific needs, find the right home with the right resources for their lives. Seeking out the perfect home and community and ensuring a smooth transition for that next step is what truly calls me to serve. I understand what the myriad of Portland neighborhoods have to offer and how they all contribute to making this a unique and wonderful place to live.
Before my career in real estate I was an English teacher for ten years, and I’ve been a parent for five. That experience transfers into clean writing and incredible patience – things that come in handy when composing an offer and negotiating terms in a competitive market. Wondering where your perfect place is in Portland? Let’s work together and find out.
Kelley has all the best qualities one could ask for in a realtor. She showed us numerous homes, wrote offer after offer for us, and even when we fell out of contract on a house, her patience with us never faltered. She was meticulous and dedicated. She made us feel like we were the most important clients she had, even on our very modest first-home budget.
Searching for a home on a budget in the Portland area is a true challenge. Without an experienced realtor like Kelley to help point out possible pitfalls, help negotiate the (assured) issues that come up after a home inspection, and write a budget conscious and acceptable offer, I can’t imagine how much less pleasant my home buying experience would have been. When I found the home I wanted, Kelley worked relentlessly to negotiate issues big and small; everything from pushing back the closing date to negotiating a seller-paid, brand new roof as part of the purchase!
Kelley’s knowledge of the local market and intricacies of the home buying process are an asset that any buyer would be lucky to have. But Kelley’s patience, willingness to explain the aforementioned topics, and good ole’ fashioned kindness are just some of the things that set her apart. I never doubted that I was working with someone who genuinely cared about my interests and who took her role seriously–even if my little home wasn’t going to make her rich. Kelley never hesitated to answer a call or text and has since continued to help me with any questions I’ve had since buying the home. She once told me that I shouldn’t feel bad about asking questions even now that I’ve purchased my home because she’s my “realtor for life,”. That fact makes me very comfortable and If you want to work with someone who is pleasant, who you can trust, who will work with your best-interest in mind, then don’t hesitate to make Kelley your realtor for life too. I couldn’t be happier.
I recently set out to buy my first home and meeting Kelley turned out to be the best possible thing that I could have asked for in the endeavor. As a first-time buyer, I only had random internet articles and often impertinent facts to guide me through the cumbersome and often antiquated process of buying a home; that all changed when I met Kelley. She accepted and treated my modest budget no differently than if I was looking for a mansion, she rose to every challenge along the way, she was an amazing negotiator, she relentlessly worked on my behalf, and she treated me with kindness, patience, and understanding when I had questions or got downright nervous at the prospect of making the biggest purchase of my life.
Kelley was always reachable; I honestly don’t think an email or text was ever answered back in more than 5 minutes! When it came time to negotiate repairs and get expert advice on problems, she asked questions and had suggestions that hadn’t occurred to us. She was on top of everything and held our hand through the entire process of finding our home. We had 100% trust in her throughout our search and would definitely recommend her to anyone, but particularly home buying newbies like ourselves!