One of Our Favorites - MultiGen, Of course

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


Since it's Sunday, and we often share a story or information about Multigenerational living, it seems appropriate to write about a favorite transaction. One of our first multi-gen sales involving a busy doctor and his wife, their two little boys, and his mom who lived far away. 


We got the call first, from the mom, on Christmas Eve. She was visiting her son and daughter-in-law for the holidays and was considering moving to the Vancouver area to be closer. Would we show her a few condos? Naturally, we did. We also showed her a few more the day after Christmas. 


Her son tagged along for the post-Christmas tour and he wasn't very positive about any of the homes we viewed. We were perplexed a bit and could sense the woman's growing disappointment and frustration. 


We offered to keep looking for a better option, however, she said she had changed her mind and apologized for wasting our time. When she returned back home, we assumed our connection was lost due to circumstances we didn't fully understand. 

However, we got a call from the daughter-in-law about two weeks later. She and her husband (and mom) wanted to explore multigenerational living options. With two little boys, and the doctor's busy work schedule, they thought it might be the right answer for all of them.  

And it was. They fell in love with a 6000 sq foot house with a 1200 sq ft private wing, accessed through a massive glass encased hallway. Both living spaces have their own entrances - and garages. Stunninng views, 5-acres, and plenty of wildllife delight them all year round. They have "Nature as neighbors, and elbow room for the soul™."


Another bonus, everyone loves to swim and this house has a beautiful pool. 


Happily, we stay in touch, and they are all still thrilled with their living arrangement. What's not to love about this wonderful outcome? 


This is an entry into Lisa Von Domek's February Challenge, Love is in the Air!

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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.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.






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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I wish my parents where still with us as this wouild of been a perfect situation for us and them.  Plus I could of learn moree cooking skills from her.


Feb 10, 2019 09:40 AM #1
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Funny you mention cooking, that is a perk that many of our families mention. They enjoy sharing recipes and learning, generally from mom. 

Feb 10, 2019 09:42 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely story, and of course the two of you stayed in great communication.  And what a great home you found for all of them to share.  A

Feb 10, 2019 10:51 AM #3
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

A perfect solution for all concerned. I have to think those two little boys benefited most of all.

Feb 10, 2019 11:03 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Debb and Bernie - that pool looks perfect.  Never expect to see something like that in a private home.

Feb 10, 2019 11:30 AM #5
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Some  of these  types  of  deals  are  so satisfying 

Makes me glad  I do what  I do

Feb 10, 2019 11:34 AM #6
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

First, I always view your video and enjoy it each time. I Believe there is a family fit for every home

Feb 10, 2019 12:46 PM #7
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

The perfect home for a perfect solution Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Well done!

Feb 10, 2019 12:52 PM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Someday I hope my kids will be looking for a multi-generational home so they can keep mom and dad (me) close by Lisa Von Domek . The ball will be in their court because I'll be broke and they will have great college educations .

Feb 10, 2019 01:18 PM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Indeed, Debb... what's not to love about this wonderful outcome? I always say things have a way of working out the way they are meant to be!

Feb 10, 2019 02:12 PM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - What a perfect option for the family.  I'll bet that homes like that one don't come up often, so they were lucky to find you!

Feb 10, 2019 04:58 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debb and Bernie- my sister-in-law and I just finished a conversation about her parents. They don't want to leave their home but it would be so much better if they moved in with one of their 3 daughters. There's plenty of room and the support to drive them wherever they needed to go. 

Feb 10, 2019 07:41 PM #12
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

What a wonderful story. Love that pool.

Feb 10, 2019 11:25 PM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am a big believer in family being together, so I really like the multi-gen homes and helping people find them!

Feb 11, 2019 06:23 AM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this story. A wonderful solution for that family. I am sure the grandmother has spoiled the two boy.

Feb 11, 2019 10:35 AM #15
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Guess who is working with a buyer moving from Camas to Arizona?  When they gave me their address, I asked them if they knew Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD , but they did not.

Does it look like this for you too?

Feb 12, 2019 05:10 AM #16
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

The home you found for the doctor and his family sounds wonderful! And what a fantastic arrangement for a mother-in-law suite. You paint a beautiful picture of the home.

Feb 14, 2019 06:12 PM #17
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