Sold - Washougal View Home on 5 Acres with Nature As Neighbors

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors


The sellers of this property in Washougal would be the first to admit - this was an extremely challenging sale. When they ran out of funds - and incentive - their huge dream home was left unfinished. Even the Carriage House apartment over the garage was in need of some finishing touches. Therefore, financing options were limited. 


We had to get very creative with our marketin, focusing on the potential, as well as, solution-oriented thinking in terms of overcoming objections. Transparency is critical in all real estate transactions, but particularly in a situation where there isn't always the data to rely on for facts. To say we did our homework is an understatement. 


Fortunately, the buyer recognized the potential. She was able to envision the original plans for the property and has the wherewithal to take on the unfinished project. Admittedly, it took a longer than normal due diligence period, various inspections, and negotiations to make this one work.  The bottom line, we got it done. 


Yesterday, it finally closed. The sellers were so relieved, and call it the best Christmas present ever. We are delighted for them - and the new buyer.  



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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  Not all transactions are easy . Congrats on a job well done !   Your hard work made it a Happy Holiday for all

Dec 12, 2018 08:34 AM #1
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Indeed, it wasn't one for the faint of heart.  It was touch and go several times. 

Dec 12, 2018 08:36 AM #2
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good job on getting the buyer to see the possiblilty of what could be done.    Weall have to do that som time.


Dec 12, 2018 08:49 AM #3
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Sounds like possibly the buyer was a PITA. I've worked on these types of sales, few that they are thank goodness, and buyers always seem to be the worst because they want to grind grind grind. They know it's a hard sale, and they try to squeeze.

But maybe not for you. Maybe you were lucky. :)

Dec 12, 2018 09:11 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

That really would have been a hard sale, Debb. Congratulations on getting the job done. I see one of those "projects" every so often in our market and they are much hard to sell than a lot where the buyer starts from scratch on their own.

Dec 12, 2018 12:00 PM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD,

I remember when you listed this house and thought you were the perfect ones to take it on since I know you would go the extra mile to make it work! Congratulations..job well done. I'm sure the sellers are so thankful they reached out to you to handle this transaction..not an easy task.

Dec 12, 2018 12:51 PM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb and Bernie,

A gigantic congratulations to you both.  I know what you all went through puttting this together.  And now, it is time to celebrate, and we will toast you this evening with all our hearts. A

Dec 12, 2018 02:20 PM #7
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Congratulations on a job well done... everyone has a nice Christmas present too!

Dec 12, 2018 06:47 PM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Congrats on closing yet another beautiful property Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Dec 12, 2018 09:51 PM #9
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Congratulations on your recent sale.  Nice house and nice job with your presentation.

Dec 13, 2018 04:44 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This was a very challenging transaction! Congratulations on a successful sale. Best wishes to the lucky home buyer.

Dec 13, 2018 07:02 AM #11
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, I remember you talking about this initially, and so happy to hear it is now closed.  Congratulations to you and your Sellers.

Dec 13, 2018 07:24 AM #12
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

It would take another detailed post to explain all of the nuances of this one. :) Thanks again for the visit and the comments. 

Dec 13, 2018 07:56 AM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am glad that you were able to get it closed and I am sure it will become all that it was meant to be!

Dec 13, 2018 09:27 AM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Debb and Bernie

Congratulations to you and your sellers - they must be thrilled after all the hard work on everyone's part to have this behind them and move forward with their lives.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Dec 14, 2018 08:05 AM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I remember the challenges of this one, Debb and major kudos to you and Bernie for getting this one done. It truly did take a buyer with a vision and they are so few and far between. How fortunate that they found this gem! 

And, yes, what a wonderful gift for your sellers. I know they couldn't ask for a better give for the holidays! I hope you keep up with the buyers and follow their progress. I'm curious to see how it turns out then they are through!

Happy Sunday!

Dec 16, 2018 03:03 PM #16
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Wow Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD that is a deal to put together well...congrats!  I wish our friend there could reap his rewards there too.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Dec 18, 2018 05:15 AM #17
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Wow, it is a lot of nature:) What a great house! Congratulations Debb! 

Dec 18, 2018 12:05 PM #18
Janice Zaltman Realtor, LEED AP
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL

Congratulations on the sale. Would love to be on 5 acres. Hope the home was not vacant too long and the structure is in good shape. May both parties be happy that all worked out for the best.

Jan 12, 2019 05:21 PM #19
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