Calling All Reluctant Dragons

By Jan Beckham, Broker, Lake Oswego office
Picture: Calling All Reluctant Dragons

Real estate can be a glamorous business.

My first year, I sold one of my clients a home with their custom Austin Healy sports car as a down payment.

It can also be a big headache.

Today, my clients are downsizing with cash or reverse mortgages. The Boomers--that wonderful generation of toddlers in the 40’s, rabble rousers in the 60’s and 70’s, breadwinners and family-managers throughout the 80’s and 90’s--are now focused on retirement. I am a member of this wonderful, eclectic group of human beings. I am intimately and personally familiar with the opportunities and challenges that this particular time in life brings.

In addition to taking care of ourselves, many Boomers are helping aged parents. A Boomer could be running a marathon on Saturday, visiting children and grandchildren on Sunday, and taking a parent to the doctor on Monday. We are managing transition in our own lives while helping our parents move to new homes as well.

Real estate—often the most valuable asset for both generations--can be the biggest headache. Boomers are frequently responsible for managing both their and their parents’ homes as well as health care.

Some of my clients are ready for change, and consider the process an adventure and a new life; others feel less willing to leave the memories and move on. These are my reluctant dragons: reluctant, and draggin’.

To my reluctant dragons: I have walked in your shoes. I have packed and closed family homes from Whidbey Island to Southern Oregon.

I have found answers to all of the questions.

  • Should I sell or hold the property?
  • Can I afford this?
  • Does it make sense financially?
  • What will I do with all the stuff?
  • What will they want to take with them?
  • Who will take the family pictures?
  • What will I take?
  • How do I begin to organize the process?

I have developed my personal list of tried-and-true consignment organizations, favorite charities, auction houses, house cleanout companies, estate sale groups, appraisers, CPAs, and attorneys.

When it comes to selling a home filled with memories which also happens to be our largest financial asset, we all want to be sure we are placing our trust in the right person. Not only must the right decision be made, it must be the wise and compassionate decision.

I am not just your Realtor, I am your advocate; we will work together to develop a plan that is right for you. I have walked in your shoes for the past 14 years.

I am the Realtor for Reluctant Dragons, and I am here for you.

Categories: Portland Real Estate

Lake Oswego Artist's Reception Thursday, March 13 from 5-7 p.m.

By Mitchell Jacover, Strategic Business Director
Picture: Lake Oswego Artist's Reception Thursday, March 13 from 5-7 p.m.

Join us as we welcome renowned locally-based photographer Sven Durland and his beautiful show to our LO office!

Sven's exhibit is like the promise of spring...vibrant and alive! He is a long-time resident of Lake Oswego and his photos are from his many travels.

Event details:

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Meet the artist Sven Durland, photographer

Realty Trust Group Lake Oswego

600 A. Avenue

Lake Oswego, OR 97034

5-7 p.m.

Wine and appetizers will be provided by Travis Olson, Olson Mortgage Group at Premier Mortgage Resources.

We will see you there!

Categories: Company News

2014 Spirit Award Winners

By Mitchell Jacover, Strategic Business Director
Picture: 2014 Spirit Award Winners

Realty Trust Group has announced the winners of its 2014 Spirit Award. Three awards were given to agents who exemplify Realty Trust’s spirit of being “In Service to Others” on a daily basis, as selected by their peers.

The winners are (pictured, l to r): Lori Tydeman from our Lake Oswego office, Marsha Henry from our Pearl office, and Mary Fuller from our Hollywood office.

Each of the winners was recognized by the partners, staff and their peers at the annual Realty Trust State of the Company meeting held at the Multnomah Athletic Club on January 14, 2014.

Congratulations Lori, Marsha and Mary, and thank you for all you do!

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