Client Testimonials

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


“Kristin Sholes represented us in three transactions in the past year.  We kept going back to her because of her integrity, enthusiasm, marketing skills and knowledge of the market.  She totally stays on top the process and timelines to make sure your needs are taken care of in a thorough, fair, and timely manner.  Kris is a pleasure to work with and we continue to recommend her to our friends and family. ”

— Linda & Roger B.


“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


“I can’t imagine going through the house buying or selling process with any other realtor than Kris Sholes. I knew I was happy with my experience, but it wasn’t until I spoke with friends who had used various other realtors that I fully realized how above and beyond Kris is compared to other real estate agents. She became more than a business contact to my family; she became an actual family member. I not only recommend her to acquaintances who ask for referrals, I want her to assist my parents when they eventually move to the area. Kris was patient when we had questions or concerns and always answered them promptly and completely. When we first decided to place our home on the market, she arrived with a folder full of items that would inform us of every step in the process and a complete marketing plan. I was impressed and amazed. When I mention this to people who have chosen other Realtors, they have never heard of such a thing. As we entered each new step in our buying and selling process, she always anticipated every piece of information we might need and had it ready before we even asked. Kris is everything and more that you would want, expect and need in a real estate agent. She is informed, prompt, patient and really fun to look at houses with! I feel blessed to have worked with her as we sold our first home and bought our new one.”

— Doug & Julie S. from Tigard, OR


“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 the 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


“Emily Mikhaiel was an absolutely wonderful realtor. We were new to the area and had to find something on a short timeline. Emily worked incredibly hard for our family and not only found us our dream home in a great neighborhood but also connected us with a lovely contractor who is remodeling our home. Emily made a normally stressful process very simple and easy. She is a great listener and is detail oriented, flexible, and honest. We could not have found a better realtor and appreciate how easy she made it for us to buy our first home as a family.”

— Corey Hope Leaffer & Zev Nicholson


“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’s 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 interest of me, the customer. Staci’s effective communication skill was a 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 paper work, 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 town home 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. So being the organized and efficient person you are got us our home. And 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 4 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


“Jonathan–A Big, Big thank you is in order for going the distance and closing the deal for me. You took care of every single detail with such professionalism, that without it, it might have fallen apart. But it didn’t and the sale was complete because of you. I will always recommend you highly to anyone in need of a Great Realtor!!”

— Bobbie


“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 H. from Gaston, OR


“Emily Mikhaiel helped me check all the boxes in my search for a home in Central Oregon. She spent much time taking me to houses fitting my criteria and arranging showings. I could not have navigated the complexities of the local real estate market without her help. She was always friendly, positive, and enthusiastic making my lengthy search an enjoyable experience. I appreciated her knowledge and preparation of all the paperwork I needed to sign. I would highly recommend Emily to anyone looking for a home in Oregon. Thank you Emily!”

— Sue Bertsch