These Shoes Were Made for Walking: How it Feels to Be a Buyer in Portland’s Seller’s Market
As I sit here typing this blog post, I await a response on what I feel is a strong, clean offer on an amazing Portland house. And like most other offers I have written over the last several months, this offer is competing against another strong one.
So what’s the big deal, you ask? The offer I wrote is for my husband and me; and I wrote it for “THE HOUSE.” You know, the forever one? (Insert GULP here…)
The last 6 days have been nothing short of an emotional roller coaster. I have cried, laughed, screamed, second-guessed myself, and felt sick to my stomach. My phone is glued to my hand, and I am constantly refreshing my in-box, just waiting for a response. (And quite frankly, at this point, any response would be great, as I could really use a good night’s sleep!)
Whether we get the house or not, probably doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. (Actually, it does. It REALLY does!) But regardless, what I am experiencing is invaluable because I’m feeling everything my buyers feel – the vulnerability, the helplessness, the anxiety. I always tell new clients, “Being a buyer is extremely difficult in Portland’s hot seller’s market.” But now I’m have to put my money where my mouth is. Literally.
So, at the end of the day – or week, as seems to be the case here – regardless of the outcome on the house, one thing is for certain: I have definitely walked a mile in a buyer’s shoes; and because of it, I will aim to be a better broker, advisor, and friend to my clients.
— Sam Dowlatdad