Seattle Home Buyer Stories: Stefanie and Joel

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Stefanie has been a long time friend and client of Team Diva. She started her home-buying journey by becoming a condo real estate investor on Capitol Hill to build equity. When she came to us with her new beau Joel, they had their eyes on a new fixer upper to satiate her "slow burn flipper" lifestyle. Together, with Roy, they found an awesome Pre-WWII bungalow to buy and make their own. Here is their story.

I’m proud to call Stef and Joel friends, and I’m very fortunate to call them neighbors, AND it’s amazing that I now get to call them clients. I couldn’t ask for a bigger honor than helping my friends find an awesome home in which to start their life together. And their story is a great model, too, for those with home-buying aspirations. As Stefanie proved, one can navigate progress from first-time buyer, to condo real estate investor, to buying up…even in a competitive market.

Stefanie first purchased a home in 2014, with Diva Dude Rocky as her agent. It was a large one bedroom condo in Capitol Hill, just the right size for her at the time. After expertly renovating the condo by moving the kitchen and taking out some unnecessary walls and nasty carpets, the condo became both “home and home office” for a while.

Eventually, she realized it was also a perfect Air B&B, so she began renting it out. (She now considers herself a “slow-burn house-flipper.”)

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From Condo Real Estate Investor to Happy Home Owners

Stefanie’s brilliant investment, acumen, and design skills allowed her and Joel to accrue the capital they needed to buy a single-family home together. (It’s not like she chose to become a condo real estate investor. It’s just how Seattle real estate works for many people, and she put in the effort to make it work for her.)

After looking at the cost of rentals in Seattle, Joel says the couple decided to contact Diva Dude Roy to check out the market for purchase. The couple had their minds initially set on West Seattle, largely because they loved the area and they knew what they were looking for would be more affordable there.

Being Chicago natives, they were initially hesitant to see the home that Roy recommended in Highland Park. They were out in the pouring rain looking at other homes two neighborhoods over. But Roy knew better from listening to what they truly wanted in a home and a community.

“Luckily, Roy knew what he was talking about,” says Stefanie.

The home was a perfect fit for them. It was small, it had a huge yard, and the neighborhood had everything they could want within walking distance. After a quick back and forth with the listing agent, they won the house in a multiple offer showdown.

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Since purchasing the home, with the help of Michael Alm (AlmFab) and his team of specialists, they have done extensive remodeling, and it’s now their dream palace. Much like the condo, the kitchen had to go! Now the home is modern, hip, and a great spot for entertaining. Stef and Joel are happy with their new home and are excited about being a part of their new Highland Park/White Center community.

Since moving here, many of their friends have moved here too. They’ve also made a ton of new friends hanging out at local bars, coffee shops, and other local spots. Stef and Joel are awesome Diva Dwellers. They are also proof that being a condo real estate investor can be an excellent path to bigger and brighter things.

Roy Powell

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