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Oregon First, RealtorsĀ® & Washington First Properties

At Oregon First, Realtors® & Washington First Properties, we believe superior customer service is the key to our success. That’s why we engage in on-going training with our agents in all areas of the business, from changes in the law to changes in technology. Below are a few of the testimonials our agents have received from their clients. We’d love to get the opportunity to help you, too!

"Working with Samantha as our realtor made all the difference! We have a 1 year old and both work full time jobs, so we really leaned on her and her expertise. She made everything so easy and explained it so we felt comfortable!
Thank you so much Sam for everything and your patience. I am so thankful for you and would obviously use you in the future!

— Paige Wallachy

"Go Team Mable and Oregon First!

Mables has been an absolute pleasure to work with. She is very professional, diligent, and knowledgable. We have worked with her on various transactions and fully recommend her. We really appreciate her help."

— Karina Angulo

"Noelle was very on top of every detail.  If I had questions, her responses were accurate and she answered very quickly.  Working with her was a very positive experience.  I will be recommending her to friends if they are looking for a home to purchase."

— Toni White

"Rachel is absolutely the best when it comes to buying and selling your home, we sold two houses and purchased one this year and we couldn't be happier with the assistance and support we received from Rachel through every step of the process. Rachel answered our questions and gave guidance we can trust, she's in our corner and I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs the advice and services of a great realtor, you will be glad you chose Rachel."

Barbara G.

Carrie was super helpful, always responsive and capable and giving good information and advice.  Really really appreciated her attentiveness and care. And Fangfei was there too, helpful and responsive. Thanks for everything.

— Karen Leonard

"Susie Wilson is an absolute GODSEND! She treated my son and I like her own. She will forever be a part of our family! We faced numerous roadblocks and obstacles during our buying and selling experience, but she stuck by our side! She definitely knows what she is doing and without her help, we would not be moving “home” today!!! We shared so many laughs and tears, and I am forever grateful for her." 

Kirsten Harris

"Jackie found us our dream home. We were on a tight deadline and she diligently set up numerous viewings everyday. She listened to our feedback on each home and quickly developed a knowing of what we like and don’t like. Her keen eyes also pointed out good things and concerns about each property— things that we would not have noticed on our own.

Once it came time to make an offer, Jackie’s shrewdness and experience ensured that we always had a strong chance even in a competitive market. Throughout the process after the offer was accepted, Jackie facilitated everything seamlessly. And even after we moved in, we asked Jackie for recommendations on landscaper, etc. and she always had top notch companies to refer us to. Jackie has our highest recommendation. We now live comfortably in our dream home in thanks to her skills and experience."

Bonnyann Chou

"Linda is amazing and easy to work with, highly recommend her. She helped me with selling and buying a home. Her knowledge and professionalism made this such a smooth transition. She went above and beyond multiple times throughout the process and worked hard to ensure I found my dream home."

— Kathleen Polito

"We enjoyed working with Dick, he was super patient with us and we never felt pressured to make any decisions -- even after close to 6 months of house hunting and over 50 house viewings! He was knowledgeable of the real estate market and also has a construction background that came in handy. He also guided us through the closing process. As first time home buyers, we appreciated his guidance and communication."

— Eleanor Ko

"We have worked with Scott over the last 8 years on 4 or 5 occasions, on both mortgage refinances and real estate purchases and loans. He is very knowledgeable, energetic, responsive, and easy to work with. We know we will always get an honest, thorough answer from him, and he will work hard to get the best deal possible for us. Both of our sons have worked with him several times, and other friends and family members have also. We have never heard a negative account from anyone we’ve referred him to. His staff is top-notch, and great to work with also. We will definitely turn to Scott again the next time we are in need of mortgage or real estate services."

— Bill and Julie Petersen

"This was our first time purchasing a home. We had many questions along the way. Jasmine Hill was able to navigate us through this process without it becoming overwhelming. We couldn't have asked for a better experience."

Hannah D.

"Despite buying a home in Vancouver while I lived in Eugene, Jenny was amazing. She knew the Vancouver and outlying areas, the market pricing, and guided me through all the issues of buying a new home. Jenny would respond to my texts and calls almost immediately. She has solid industry connections that enabled her to work well with the seller’s agents to get my questions answered and move the process along when things stalled on the seller’s end. I received solid advice on the pricing, the bid and her suggestion of a letter to the sellers which strategically moved us to the top of the interested buyers. In the end we found our dream home and moved in very quickly. Jenny was magic and I would highly recommend her to anyone selling or buying a home."

—Lawrence Hastings

“The sale of my company wouldn’t have been possible without Susie Wilson’s direct knowledge and experience with business, commercial property, developers and investors. Susie’s attention to detail is above and beyond approach and she gets my highest recommendation! 5 STARS!"

— Glen Anderson

“We had a great experience working with Jassi Akkal. He helped us to sell our first home in less than 30 days. He came to our first meeting enthusiastic and well prepared. He is knowledgeable, approachable and incredibly generous with his time. He answered every question and explained every part of the process clearly and thoroughly. Working with Jassi Akkal made it as easy and straightforward as possible. We highly recommend him.”

—Vandana Havinal

“Debbie was a great choice as the Realtor for the recent sale of my home. She was very knowledgeable about the process and patiently guided me through my first home sale. The negotiation proved challenging, and she demonstrated initiative and expertise in getting the job done and completing the sale in a timely manner. She was also very responsive throughout the process and kept me informed every step of the way. I would definitely recommend her for our realty needs!”

— Kathy Miller

“I want to thank you for all your help with finding and purchasing my new home in Tualatin. As I was moving from the coast, it was wonderful to have someone that is so in touch with the area. I was very impressed with how quickly you responded to my introductory email. After sending you the list of my requirements, you replied with a manageable number of listings on the MLS to look at. Your suggestions were great and a lot easier than scanning through hundreds of listings on my own. Our first day was a great pleasure. I enjoyed your bright cheerful personality as well as your professional, straight-forward approach. Every house we visited gave you a better understanding of what I liked and disliked. The best part was how each successive house you showed me got me closer to my dream house. The second day, you had narrowed in on the neighborhood and lined up five more showings. By the time we viewed the last house, we both knew this was the one. Your background in the local real estate area helped me to submit an accepted offer very quickly. Within days of the offer, you had set up the home and sewer inspection, and started a conversation with my lender and escrow officer. You saw to it that everything that was needed to close this sale happened smoothly. We would have closed a week early, had the appraisal not been delayed due to a large backlog of refinance loans and pending sale inspections. Hard to believe that everything happened within four weeks during a time when sales were just picking up and banks were adding more red tape. Thank you so much! I could not have been happier with the way you guided me through the sales process from beginning to end I would recommend you highly to anyone looking for a property to buy or sell.”

— John C. from Tualatin, OR

“Mable is an extremely hard worker, helpful, and is always available to answer questions. She was an invaluable help to me when it came to moving. I was overwhelmed with all the items I had to sort to give away and find new homes for. Mable came over and physically helped me with these items and took them to Goodwill herself. I would highly recommend her to anyone that is looking for a realtor that is personable, gets along well with people and is extremely hard working. If we ever buy another house and move again, we will definitely use her. Thank you, Mable, for all your dedication and hark work.”

— Elena Gilles

“I would like to commend you with your service and efforts in getting our five-plex sold. Your marketing strategies were effective in getting a qualified buyer in a short time. With the additional complexity of this particular transaction, you have been on top of things. Carole and I appreciate your outstanding efforts. You guys will always be on top of my list when recommending real estate agents in Portland.”

— Gynna B. from Charlotte, NC

“Tony and I both enjoyed working with David during the sale of our home in Canby. David was totally honest, and we felt very safe using him as our Realtor! He explained everything that was happening so we understood what was going on. He had a very calming personality and always had our best interest as the priority. We like that he came into our home and made us feel like we had a nice home to sell. We have absolutely no complaints on any part of the selling of our property. He answered all our questions and even brought a few things up for us to think about that we hadn’t thought of! Thank you for all you did for us! We are willing to give you a referral anytime. When we get ready to sell this place, you’re welcome to help us! We could say a lot more!! We feel he went above and beyond for us! Thank you!!”

— Tony & Sandy M. from Canby, OR

“Wayne, I don’t think we would have sold the house this quickly without you. You dealt with Dad (no easy feat), made sure the house was competitively priced, oversaw (or just did) the improvements needed and kept all three of us in the loop. I am sure many agents would have written off the holidays and concentrated on a big push in January, but in this case those pre-holiday Sunday open houses found us a buyer. Thanks so much.”

— Kathy & Bud S. from Bull Mountain, OR

“My wife and I recently purchased our first home and Jeff Ellers was our realtor. The circumstances under which we were buying the home were a bit unusual, and we knew it was going to be complicated. We thought it was going to be an extremely stressful endeavor; however, through Jeff’s thoroughness, patience, and overall professionalism he was able to turn it into a positive experience for us. We had the utmost confidence in Jeff through the entire process, and when problems did arise, he alleviated the stress through good communication and by helping us to focus on the bigger picture at hand. Jeff’s sound advice allowed us to make better business decisions regarding our purchase. In addition, Jeff has also been a great help to us with our transition of moving. Since the close of the house has been completed, he has kept in close contact with us to assist us with many of our needs for the actual move. Jeff’s overall knowledge of the real estate business impressed us, and we would recommend his services to anyone who is buying or selling their house. He went above and beyond what we had ever expected from a realtor and for that we are most appreciative.”

— Charles

“I would like to congratulate and thank you for having an outstanding broker named Staci Kang. I have worked with Staci on my past two home purchases. I was impressed with the level of service received and I’m glad that I returned to Oregon First to work with Staci again. Despite the fact that the builder was extremely difficult to work with, Staci went above and beyond to ensure that things were in the best interests of me, the customer. Staci’s effective communication skill was key to making the second home purchase a success. I will be back working with Staci in the future and I highly recommend Staci and Oregon First to my friends and family. Thanks!”

— Gina Kim

“I want to thank you for all the legwork you did on the 4-plex property. We couldn’t have made an informed decision without your help. Your commitment to serving our needs is very much appreciated. Although it didn’t culminate in a sale this time ’round, I do believe it’s only a matter of time. Both Kendra and I are very happy to have found a reliable realtor to work with in the Portland area and we will definitely be in touch with you as we continue to search and learn more about the business. Thanks so very much!”

— Josh & Kendra

“I got her name from a sign, and was pleasantly surprised at her attention to detail, her follow-through on all the mountainous paperwork, and her willingness to guide me through the areas that were not hers, via her large resource list. My move was complicated by being from out of state and not knowing the city, but I sure got wonderful service and am one very happy client who now owns a beautiful home on the Columbia!”

— Connie Mackenzie

“Communication in our experience with Nancy was beyond our expectations. Nancy walked us through the process with great understanding. Please do not hesitate to put your trust in Nancy. She will make your buying experience a great success! We can only give her a 10 – she is a great resource!”

— Galia S. & Mauricio Z.

“You guys rock! You have helped us tremendously with items that are not mentioned in the recommendation e-mail.”

— Gerry B. from Matthews, NC

“Greg Walker was indispensable in my search for a home. He presented me with numerous options that were aligned with my desires and was great knowledge resource.”

— Gary H. from Portland OR

“We just can’t thank you enough for being so on top of things and finding us the townhome we wanted so quickly. If you hadn’t have been so quick, we would not have had the opportunity to make it ‘OUR’ home. As you know, there were others that wanted it right behind us. Being the organized and efficient person you are got us our home. Your smile and enthusiasm and being available was above and beyond our expectation of a realtor working for us. I keep stopping something I’m doing at home and saying to Tom, ‘I love my new home’ and he says, ‘Me, too’. I also keep seeing things that are such good quality in the house. The sinks, shower, tub and toilet in the Master are all Jacuzzi brand. The dishwasher in the kitchen is a Maytag and is very quiet. Also, you can tell the laundry closet is insulated and all the doors in the house are solid, even the ones on the laundry. When you close the doors after starting the washer or dryer you can hardly hear them running. And the storage in the basement/garage, WOW. We have already bought four shelving units to start getting things organized down there. I think Tom is ‘in love’ with his basement. I know I am. And it feels so good to be back in the Clackamas area. We are now officially Happy Valleyites. We will definitely recommend you to all our friends and if we ever have to move again, we will use your realty services.”

— Tom & Teri L.

“Thank you for all your hard work helping us to buy this house. We never dreamt that we could own such a beautiful home in such a wonderful neighborhood. As first time home buyers we were really nervous about buying our first home, but you made the process so much easier (and the looking for the house a lot of fun)! It helps that you have a great sense of humor. I have already recommended you to some people at work who are thinking about buying houses. You should come by sometime and see the house with furniture. We actually bought REAL furniture. Thank you so much! We LOVE our house!”

— Christina

“Picture this: A Buyer’s market, where you only have to take one offer to sell your house, and submit one offer to purchase a new house. Our house sold for above asking, and the house we are purchasing was sold to us for below asking. This is the type of Realtor you get when Danny Chen takes care of you. He’s always ready to answer questions for you, and is ready to help you envision how you can transform your home to better fit your needs and dreams.”

— Michael J. Monsen

“Rick and I want to thank you for the perseverance in which you handled the listing of our property for sale. You are positive and upbeat and a pleasure to work with. Your first assessment of our property was encouraging. You saw what we saw in the value of our estate. Because of this, your uncluttering suggestions for marketing this parcel motivated us instead of overwhelming us into doing what was necessary for staging our property for sale. You were diligent with holding open houses on a regular basis. You advertised in local real estate publications and many online sites and mailings. Your marketing approach was broad extending out of state target areas. Communication with you was always a pleasure. You kept us up to date and followed through with assurances diligently. You negotiated with potential buyers without pause, staying with them and keeping them engaged. When you saw something that needed attention, weed-whacking, sweeping etc. you stepped up and did it yourself. We always felt we were the most important clients and revered friends. If we ever require your services again, we won’t hesitate to call you.”

— Rick and Elise

“Lana did a great job selling the family condominium for us. She gave good advice which was always followed through with action. She got the condo cleaned up and staged, advised on the selling price and market timing, held open houses, and got the offer closed – all within the price range and timing we were hoping for. It worked out very well. She kept us up to speed on all aspects, which was most appreciated seeing as we five sisters are spread out across the US and Canada.”

— Helen V.

”My husband and I recently had an experience with one of your real estate brokers, Kay Lynn Myers, I wanted to make sure and let someone know that she gave us above and beyond excellent customer service. We have recommended her and your company to others due the level of service she brought to the table. I am a first time home owner and she made the process easier to understand, less stressful, and supplied all the information we needed plus more. I cannot say enough that in a world where customer service is not always great, she is a treasure to work with and helped us get our dream home. For that we say a huge THANK YOU!”

— Candyce R. Morris and Raymond G. Morris Jr.

“My husband and I moved from Newberg to Upstate NY in August of 2018. At the time of our relocation we opted to rent out our home, after settling in after our move we decided that we no longer wanted a rental across the country. We hired The Chlumaks because they are our former neighbors – living less than 10 houses away. There is no one that better understands the market in Newberg – specifically vintage homes in Newberg – which is what we were selling. Emily and Martin coordinated with our rental company, 4 renters as well as us. The Chlumaks set up two open houses and kept us up to date. Our lease was up in August 31st and we closed a few weeks later after they coordinated some minor repairs. On a personal note this was an emotional time for our family – our second daughter was born in September so we had a lot going on. Thank you so much Emily for making the home selling process as pleasant as you did – we will forever be grateful.”

— Alison Murray

“Lindsay did a fantastic job as our buyer’s agent for an inter-state move into the Portland area. She is extremely responsive, diligent and knowledgeable about the area. She took the time to patiently learn our requirements and desires and pruned the otherwise daunting task of house hunting in a new area down to an efficient, manageable process focused on the right homes. She also pointed us at various helpful web sites which enabled us to do our own deeper research into various topics.

Lindsay was extremely organized and a great communicator. She kept notes on our house feedback and continually tailored and updated her lists to home in on our dream place. She would also give clear and regular updates on the status of items, next steps, owners and ETAs.

Lindsay has a valuable network of contacts including inspectors, loan brokers, repair companies, handymen and contractors which enabled us to quickly progress through a number of paths in parallel to hit our target closing date. When we started to get into uncharted areas Lindsay would do the research on the best companies to engage with and handle all of the interactions and coordination. This was especially helpful as we were out of state for most of the process.

Lindsay worked directly on site with the various inspectors that were involved, understood all of the items and recommendations in their reports and was able to walk us through the various pieces so we could understand and prioritize issues. She then drove the remediation of the top items before our closing.

Finally, Lindsay was an effective negotiator who enabled us to trim down the final purchase price on a home which had already had a number of price reductions.

We highly recommend Lindsay and look forward to engaging her services again.”

— Kevin L

“Lana has become my go to agent whenever I buy or sell a house. She is thorough, professional and diligent during each stage of the process. She is a strong negotiator and has a fabulous happy personality that is contagious. She went above and beyond what I expected.

I consider myself as an individual with very high expectations and detail focused. When I think about the amount of commission that is paid for the sale of any home, Lana’s hard work was worth every dollar.

Lana was referred to me by a friend after I relayed my prior experience with an agents that talked the talk up until I signed the paperwork to list my house or they tried to push me into accepting everything a buyer wanted. I’ve sold and bought six properties over the last 25 years, and Lana is the only agent that I’ve felt 100% satisfied with the entire process from initial contact to close.

Prior to meeting any agent, I requested something in writing detailing what they intended to do for me to sell my home and listing price research. Of the four agents I met, Lana was the only one who took the time to document her process of what she would do for me personally. Her research was more thorough than any other agent. I was impressed and she followed through with each state of the process.

Lana was always prepared whenever we met. She assisted me in the preparation of the house prior to listing such as contact with a cleaning person, contributing furniture and decorations for staging, setting up open houses that worked to my schedule. She was flexible with change and I needed several changes throughout the process due to family emergencies out of the country. She worked with my daughter who was living in the house during the sale. Listened to my feedback when something wasn’t working for me and didn’t hesitate to implement changes midway without hesitation. I know a lot of these are typical expectations, but she continually went above and beyond what any other agent has done for me in the past.”

— Sherry Kurk

“Brittany is amazing! She is very professional and knowledgeable. Not only did we use her to sell our house, we used her to buy our new house. We were on a very tight time-frame and she made it happen. She is dedicated to her clients and works aggressively on their behalf. I would highly recommend her. She was a pleasure to work with”

— Carissa Haines

“This home purchase which was a “Short Sale” was handled smoothly and went as quickly as possible. Paul was able to get us into the house on very short notice and put together a proposal with us that got the owner’s approval the next day. The seller’s mortgage companies were not easy to work with but Paul kept us informed at every step along the way. We are very grateful for his assistance in obtaining our new home.

I would not hesitate in recommending Paul to help you find and purchase a home.”

—Don Geddes

“My husband and I thought Betsy would have an easy time with us. We are pretty laid back in general, and we chose to offer on a home after just two short afternoons of viewing. Done deal, right? Not so, of course, and that’s when Betsy showed her true knowledge and capability. We had some big issues to deal with when the home inspection came through, and Betsy was diligent in addressing the issues immediately with the seller. She was straightforward with us (even when it wasn’t always the easiest news to deliver), and she was always sure to give us immediate updates on any developments. Later, due to increasingly strict criteria, we had issues and delays with our preapproved financing. Betsy took it all in stride and was in constant communication with our mortgage broker, looking out for our best interest each step of the way. It was all very frustrating at times, but even when my husband and I became more demanding than usual, Betsy remained extremely focused, professional and kind. I’m used to doing part of the workload myself when I hire someone, but along the way I realized that I didn’t need to do that with Betsy. She attended to every detail and did an excellent job! I highly recommend Betsy to be your next realtor.”

—Suzanne and Chris

"Adam Williams, when you sold us our wonderful home here do you remember how little the kids were? They were both in car seats. Seth was so small he could not get up to the top level of the play structure without Ethan using every inch of his might to shove him up there. The water in the hot tub went over Seth's head. Good times! YOU ARE AN AMAZING REALTOR! I love that you worked with all four of us and all four of us adored you! That makes you more than a realtor. That is why you are and will forever be a friend of ours."

—The Bell Family

"I recently bought a home through Oregon First while living out of state. Judith Stratton represented the seller and recommended Kathy Stark, also from Oregon First, to represent my husband and me, the buyers. The entire transaction was harmonious and completely transparent. Judith and Kathy went above and beyond all expectations in their helpfulness and generosity of spirit. They were both prompt in their responses, and thorough in their management of the transaction. I feel that I've made two new friends. I've bought and sold several houses, and this transaction was the easiest, both fun and carefree. If all Oregon First realtors are as competent as Judith and Kathy, everyone will want to do business with Oregon First. Thank you, Jude! Thank you, Kathy!"

—Marilyn Holm