“Darrin was amazing in helping us find our first house. Buying a house can seem like a daunting task, but Darrin’s expertise and patience helped the process seem easier than we could have imagined. He helped provide some great insight and really went to bat for us when it was needed. We are very happy in our home, and we owe much of it to Darrin’s help. When it comes time for us to look for a new home, Darrin will be the first person we call.”
– James Falvey, Westmoreland
The Mission: First-time homebuyer with some location-specific preferences.
The Notables: James needed his new home to be close to his job with the Trail Blazers, preferably in an up-and-coming neighborhood and require minimal upkeep.
The Results: We found the perfect home in Westmoreland that had been on the market for a while due to a sewer-repair issue. The sellers didn’t want to fix it until they found the right buyer. We introduced James through video and sealed the deal.
In His Words: “Darrin was amazing in helping us find our first house. Buying a house can seem like a daunting task, but Darrin’s expertise and patience helped the process seem easier than we could have imagined. He helped provide some great insight and really went to bat for us when it was needed. We are very happy in our home, and we owe much of it to Darrin’s help. When it comes time for us to look for a new home, Darrin will be the first person we call.”
Greg and Gabrielle Denton
The Mission: Find a home for a pair of busy restaurateurs.
The Notables: Through their wonderful sense of humor, we narrowed down what they didn’t like, giving us a clear understanding of what they were looking for.
The Results: Though it was off-market at the time, we located the perfect home. To this day, we haven’t laughed as hard as we did with those two!
In Their Words: “Being first-time home buyers was nerve-racking enough. Trying to run a busy restaurant at the same time just seemed too daunting. But after meeting and getting to know Darrin, it was actually easy and even fun. He was very flexible and generous with his time, and he truly cared that we got the right house for us. I couldn’t recommend a real estate agent more highly. If we should ever decide to sell our home, we look forward to working with him again.”
The Mission: Help a Nike recruit relocate to the area.
The Notables: Sam was busy and always on the go, without much time for extensive searching. We did a lot of research and legwork to help him narrow down the options and streamline the process.
The Results: We quickly found Sam a great newly built home in North Tabor, where he lived happily for three years before he was again relocated to Chicago. We helped him sell his Portland home and then, three years later, purchase another one when he returned to the city.
In His Words: “The Amico Group exceeded my expectations as a home buyer. They were true experts, with in-depth knowledge of the Portland market. They brought a high level of integrity, valuing honesty over simply getting a deal done. Most importantly, they were very pleasant to work with. I’d recommend Darrin, Joan and the Amico team to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. You will be very pleased that you did.”
Lisa and Diana
The Mission: Sell their current home and find one closer to work.
The Notables: We originally helped Lisa and Diana find a home in the NE Portland neighborhood of Laurelhurst, where they lived for many years before deciding a move closer to work would make things easier. As an executive at a major outdoor company, Lisa was quite busy and lacked the time for home searching.
The Results: While successfully selling their Laurelhurst home, we carefully previewed new potential homes so that Lisa would be able to choose from a curated selection of finalists. They settled on a sweet deal of a home in Forest Heights and remodeled it to their hearts’ content.
In Their Words: “Darrin is our lucky charm! Selling and buying through this team has been a great and pleasurable experience. They proved to be a detail-oriented duo with great communication skills which was valuable and reassuring during several different negotiations. We have bought and sold three different homes and will always look to Darrin and Joan as our go-to people!”
Chuck and Lynn
The Mission: Sell the home of longtime NW Portlanders and help them downsize
The Notables: After many years in the same neighborhood, they had strong community ties didn’t want to lose that by moving too far.
The Results: We studied the market and set a new bar on neighborhood values with the selling price. We then helped them find an appropriately sized home just five blocks away in the same neighborhood. And because the home wasn’t yet on the market, they avoided the stress of competing with multiple potential buyers.
In Their Words: “Joan and Darrin really were a great team, each bringing a unique viewpoint to our situation. They sold our large family home of 30 years for the price we wanted. And just as important for us, they found us a smaller home in Northwest Portland that we love — before it even hit the market! No easy task these days. We were very happy with their services both as sellers and as buyers!”
The Saliman Family
The Mission: Help a busy family sell their Portland home.
The Notables: The Saliman family wanted to simplify their commuter lifestyle by relocating to Los Angeles, where he had his medical practice and she was on the set of the TV series, Grimm.
The Results: We helped them prepare for the move, ready their home for maximum impact, facilitate coordinating contractors and carefully pre-screen potential buyers. They got their full asking price – setting the bar for Portland Heights prices – and smoothly transitioned back to L.A.
In Their Words: “Joan and Darrin are so intimately connected in the Portland housing market, our house was sold in one day. Literally! They were thorough, professional, classy and fun. We felt incredibly taken care of.”