Listing Prep

Each house or condo has different needs when getting ready to go to market. With that, listing prep is essential! The goal is to make the space appealing to the most buyers. The reality is that most buyers do not want to have to take on big projects when purchasing. For example, if a kitchen is needing a remodel, a potential buyer may be apprehensive about taking that project on.

When I visit the property to discuss the listing, I am looking for a few key points and small changes we can make to help increase the appeal. These minor details could include updated paint, updated lighting fixtures, a new kitchen backsplash and/or countertops, general clean up/decluttering, and landscaping. When I’m looking at a home or condo that hasn’t sold in the past, I make it a point to focus on what may be turning buyers off and how to address that.

A few of the things I address first:
1. Decluttering and furniture placement. This will help us determine if staging will be necessary.
2. Updating paint and light fixtures.
3. Landscaping.
4. Updating the kitchen, starting with smaller items and changes. Such as touch-ups to the paint, or updating the backsplash.

Keep in mind that it is important to have trusted industry partners to help with the preparation—contractors, landscapers, stagers, and handypeople!

Check out a few examples below of listings that we were able to prep and sell successfully!

1. This home had been a rental for years and was in beat-up condition. The sellers did quite a bit of clean up, paint, and carpet. This one had a full kitchen remodel. The cabinets were painted instead of being replaced and everything else was new. Staging definitely made this space pop for buyers. This home went to market in January and sold with multiple offers in a few days.



2. This home just needed a bit of a facelift to get it ready for market. In the kitchen, we replaced the countertops and added the subway tile backsplash. There were some exterior paint and touchup that needed to be done as well.  I gave the sellers a guide on how to declutter and stage each room with their existing furniture.  This home went to market in July and sold with multiple offers in a few days.



3. This condo was listed by another agent for 6 months and didn’t sell.  When I walked through, one of the first things I noticed was the dark black and silver backsplash feeling very out of place for the sweet condo. So, we changed out the backsplash to a matte white subway with grey grout to match the countertops. The bedroom was a grey/green color. We painted it a fresh white and removed the dark curtains to bring in more light. Staging also helped to show the multiple areas of this condo for living and working at home. The condo is currently on the market. Check it out here.


I hope these examples and tips help you as you find yourself prepping for a listing in the future! Remember – even the smallest adjustments can make a world of a difference when it comes to selling your home. Always put yourself in the buyer’s perspective and think about what adjustments could increase the buyer’s appeal. The first priority should always lie in maintaining a clean and clutter-free space! No matter what improvements you’ve made, if you have a cluttered home, chances are the potential buyer will automatically be turned off.

Once you’ve captured a clean space, you can move on tackling other projects such as updates needed, touch-ups, and landscaping! Have you had trouble getting your home to sell? Get in touch with me today – I’d love to help and bring my expertise around listing preparation over to you.

Closed! Big Score on This Luxury Pearl Condo

My client, Alice, had a big goal to move inland from Pacific City and closer to family. She’ll be kicking off the new year with one resolution already tackled as we just closed on her beautifully remodeled Pearl District condo!

This contemporary style condo features 1 bed and 1 bath. If you’re going to relocate, might as well do it right! Opting for The Pinnacle Condos with the most breath-taking views overlooking Tanner Springs Park was definitely an excellent choice for my buyer.

This condo is the epitome of lavish living! Such upgrades include quartz and walnut cabinets, designer tile backsplash, and bamboo floors. Did I mention the master suite has a large walk-in closet? It’s currently used as an office space, which I think is great! Versatile spaces that can be changed is always a win. The master also includes custom built-ins, perfect for storage! Waking up to that view every day… priceless.

 Nothing makes me happier than to fulfill a client’s dream of finding her ideal home, especially near family. With that, huge congratulations are in order for Alice. I hope you enjoy all the beauty that Pearl District has to offer!

Listing Details:
Top-notch view and lovely upgrades. Enjoy the view of Tanner Springs Park and city/lights. High end updated finishes include quartz, walnut cabinets, designer tile backsplash, and accent wall, bamboo floors, bathroom vanity, custom built-ins and bench, chandelier/lighting, CA Closet system, heated towel rack, TV mount, and floating shelves + more. Hard to beat floor plan-Master suite has a large walk in closet currently used as an office with additional built-ins for the closet. L/G wash/dry. Park/storage.Price: $429,000

Bedrooms: 1
Bathroom: 1
Sq. ft.: 861

Are you looking to buy or sell in the Portland area? Get in touch! There are new homes hitting the market every day and I’d love to help you find, or sell, yours!


Phew! It’s been a while since our last update—thanks for hanging in there! The last few months have been quite exciting. December brought us an early Christmas present, as of last week, our family is fully moved in! A tad delayed after a projected initial move in Thanksgiving week, but we are counting our blessings all of the same. A lot of flexibility and generosity on the part of our new tenants, kind friends, and hardworking contractors have made it possible!

There are still a handful of small projects that have to be completed before Brent and I can say our dream home is ‘done’. Here is what we have been up:


The last couple of months have been all about making finishing touches and last-minute changes – you could even say ‘realizations’. Have you ever made a design decision, only to later realize that you should have gone with something completely different? Well, I have!  Here are the updates November/December have brought:

  • Pouring front steps
  • Laying driveway
  • Front door color chosen
  • Finish rooftop deck
  • Cabinet hardware
Now that we are in our new space, I’ve realized that our fireplace tile is not what I want. Nothing feels worse than realizing that a design element you chose is not fitting the vision you are trying to achieve. Initially, Brent and I were wanting to tile the entire run. When we realized that was slightly outside of our budget, our designer gave us some other options and we went with our second choice and decided to use the tile to frame the fireplace instead. This minor hiccup but I’m happy with our pivot and excited for the new look.

We also realized a little belatedly that we didn’t give as much thought to storage space as we could have. We decided to have an open space concept on the top floor. Originally, we had planned a slanted storage space but decided to take it out of the plans. As I began packing, I wondered where I was going to put everything. We had to get creative with our interior design elements to compensate but I think it’s worth it!

We’ve finished pouring our front steps and laying down our driveway – and we even picked out our front door color! The color is called ‘Overjoy’ and is a yellow hue with green undertones. It is an excellent contrast to our shou shugi ban exterior. I’m also excited about our new kitchen island. Along with the black cabinets and natural wood combination, our kitchen looks amazing! The fourth floor and master bedroom have also come together beautifully. Now that we are all moved in, it has been so exciting to cook in our new kitchen—that’s definitely been my favorite part. This will be baby Camila’s (and ours of course) first Christmas in our new home. I can’t wait to have family over to share our new space together next year.

It’s been a long road and admittedly we don’t feel fully settled. There is still a lot to do—our 4th-floor balcony is incomplete and we are mainly operating in the lower levels. But those homey moments shine through when we’re all hanging out in the main level. I’m excited to feel fully settled, decorate our Christmas tree and ring in the new year with this brand new start!

The new tenants are all moved in! During the process of packing up our stuff, I realized just how long it takes to pack and how much we’ve accumulated. We’ve only lived in the old home for six years, and we were nearly overwhelmed. I can’t even imagine people that live in their houses for 20 years! This process has given me more insight and empathy for what my clients go through when I’m giving them a blueprint of getting a house show-ready.Luckily, when I was pregnant, I started to declutter, which I’m so grateful for now. Our friends and family have been so generous in giving us things for Camila’s first year—we never had to buy much. It’s CRAZY how quickly she grows out of everything month to month. I’m doing my best to pass everything on as fast as possible. I can’t even keep up with how often I have to clean out her closet of things she doesn’t fit into any longer. So my current goal is to find friends, family, and organizations in need to donate all of our extra belongings too. I was able to get rid of quite a lot before moving, but there’s still more to go.


Looking forward, we still have a handful of small projects to get completed. We were hanging on for our certificate of occupancy from the city, which was the primary cause of our delayed move-in. We had to wait through rescheduled inspections and getting in the last minute details the city requires— the fire sprinkler system, handrails, and some window screens.

Landscaping still has a little ways to go. I recently talked with my good friend, who lives in Texas, and she agreed to draft us up a landscaping design. This and our interior design choices will be our next big steps. I did end up choosing a beautiful couch from West Elm and even though it took ten weeks to be delivered, it was well worth the wait. Waiting is so hard when you are so excited!

A huge thank you to our friends who let us stay in their lovely detached Airbnb while we were waiting to move-in to our new home. So unexpected but there’s no way we would have gotten through as seamlessly without them.

By the time I write next, I’m hoping we’ll be far more settled with far more finished room pics to share! See you then!

We’re Closed! Lovely Milwaukie Ranchalow

Our newest closing is a special one. My friend Mark, a native of Chicago, like myself, came to me looking for his next home. After some searching, we were able to find the perfect one!

Located in Milwaukie, Oregon, this ranch bungalow fusion styled home was just the right size and in just the right place—recently updated with all new stunning hardwood floors, this home was move-in ready too! Three bedrooms and two and a half baths afford plenty of space to grow and we were really sold experiencing the abundance of natural light and large backyard. The outside area is .21 acres and already has some garden boxes ready for next spring. To top it off, there is a large covered patio with beautiful stonework which makes it the perfect space to host family and friends.

This home is right across the street from Stringfield Park and only a few minutes away from the city. With such an ideal location, I was surprised that it hadn’t been snatched up earlier!

When we talked with the seller and her agent, they were kind, flexible, and exceptionally communicative which allowed all parties to work through what otherwise would have been complicated hiccups with ease. Even though the seller had just welcomed a newborn, we were able to get in to see the house when needed. Likewise, Mark was super flexible and the sellers were able to finish updates on their new home before moving out. I fully credit great teamwork on all parts for what has been a super successful transaction!

As always, I am grateful to be a part of finding the ideal home for my client. Plus, there is nothing like getting to help your friends. Huge congratulations to Mark—thank you for letting me be a part of this process and I look forward to seeing what personal touches you add to your new home!
Listing Details:

Rare 1 level Milwaukie/Oak Grove hone-new to market! Expansive corner level lot boasts a beautifully remodeled cottage- ranchalow 3 beds 2.5 baths with all new floors and tasteful updates throughout! Across from Stringfield family park this is the ideal place to live close enough to the city for shopping and restaurants, yet quiet and tucked away enough to garden and take your zoom and conference calls in peace!

Price: $409,000

Bedrooms: 3
Bathroom: 2.5
Sq. ft.: 1373
Are you looking to buy or sell in the Portland area? Get in touch! There are new homes hitting the market every day and I’d love to help you find, or sell, yours!

LISTED: Contemporary Condo on NW Park

We’re listed! This contemporary one-bedroom condo is what Pearl District dreams are made of! Right on the NW Park blocks, this condo is the perfect home for anybody who would love to exit their front door and step right into a beautiful urban park, or have Powell’s Books as your neighbor! The list of shopping, dining, and neighborhood amenities is practically endless—and it’s all within walking distance!

This condo lives large with a spacious open floor plan and bright living space. There’s a secluded balcony, and a large bedroom and bathroom. Honestly, this condo has an exceptional layout and would be the perfect avenue to downtown living. Take a look at the pictures below and don’t forget to get in touch for a showing. More details below!

ADDRESS: 327 NW Park Ave Unit #3C, Portland, OR 97209 
1 Bed/1 Bath
Sqft: 742
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Contemporary one-bedroom condo at the Park NW! This true one-bedroom condo features updated flooring, kitchen backsplash, and paint. Enjoy quiet evenings on your secluded balcony. Fresh, open concept layout makes the space live large. Kitchen with eat in bar and separate dining area. Washer/dryer in unit with storage galore. Walk out your front door to the park blocks and all the shops and dining the Pearl District has to offer!

Get in touch to tour today!
Marissa Sainz