For All Your Portland Real Estate Needs
Sylvia Oglesbee has been investing in Portland real estate since 1994. Currently a Real Estate Broker with Oregon First, Sylvia has the skills and the knowledge to help you find what you're looking for — whether you're a first-time home buyer or seasoned investor. In early 2008, Sylvia started working with some of the major employers in the Portland area. Sylvia loves relocation because it allows her to develop relationships with people along with the pleasure of welcoming them to the city. Most recently Sylvia was selected as a Portland Five Star Real Estate Agent for 2013 & 2014.
I was born and raised in France where I studied business at Dame Marie Les Lys School. I now am a proud citizen of both France and the United States, and a resident of Oregon since 1994 when my husband, Randy, and I returned to Portland and bought our first house.
The learning experience of being first time home buyers changed the course of our lives. For the next ten years, we continued to invest in real estate; buying a house each year, while I maintained my career in Human Resources as a negotiation and recruitment specialist with companies such as Chart House and Pinkerton Security. Eventually, I decided to merge my passions for real estate and training. Then with my real estate license in hand, applied my organization and negotiation skills to the business, rapidly becoming a top producer. I also taught classes to first-time buyers and investors.
In early 2008, I started working with some of the major employers in the Portland area, helping them with relocation of their new hire employees. I love relocation because it allows me to develop relationships with people along with the pleasure of welcoming them to the city. I appeared on the HGTV show, Good Buy Bad Buy, in 2009; an experience that entailed a lot of work, tons of fun and the creation of many good memories. Most recently I was selected as a Portland Five Star Real Estate Agent for 2012, an honor bestowed on fewer than 7% of the real estate agents in the Portland area based on feedback from clients, peers and industry experts.
Currently, I am a Real Estate Broker at Oregon First. I still invest in real estate and like to share my knowledge with others. I work mostly by referral and teach by request only. I give a lot of my free time to various volunteer and professional organizations and donate a portion of my commission to the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. I’m honored to have been chosen as Big Sister of the Year in 2008.
Referrals from past clients have helped my business grow steadily over the years. Along the way I also have mentored some of my first-time buyers to become investors themselves, creating a strong support and networking system that is still in place today.
My love for the real estate business remains strong….
"Sylvia Oglesbee is an outstanding real estate agent. Probably her best kept secret is that she places her client's interests uppermost in all of her work. Her skills are revealed by consistently out-selling all her colleagues in her office. Sylvia is personable and enthusiastic which, I believe, would be well displayed by talking with her or allowing her to present a viewpoint on TV. Even her French accent is endearing! Sylvia is one of very few real estate agents active and licensed to sell a broad spectrum of real estate types from single family homes to large apartment complexes and other commercial properties. She is unusually well-informed on a large variety of real estate issues and can discuss them all with a big smile, enthusiasm, self assurance and poise. Sylvia is fun to be around."
"It is with pleasure that I write this recommendation for Sylvia Oglesbee. She has been a close friend for many years and I have seen her succeed and flourish in the real estate industry. I have always been inspired by her and watched her build her real estate portfolio from one home to many properties. Eventually, she received her own real estate license to help others also purchase property.
Sylvia encouraged me to purchase my own property, and when I was ready, walked me through the process making it a wonderful experience. She found the perfect place and connected me with all the right people to make it happen. Not only is she a consummate professional, she brings a personal quality and her own experience to the table to the benefit of her clients. When it was time to sell my home, Sylvia again came to the plate and lined everything up for a quick sale. I would highly recommend her services for anyone looking to buy or sell real estate, whether for their own home or for investment purposes. She has professionalism, personality, polish, and pizzazz that will make the endeavor a truly positive one. I am so happy that I've had her expertise for both the purchase and sale of my home."
"Sylvia Oglesbee has been our real estate agent since 2005, when she helped us find and buy our house in the Cathedral Park neighborhood of St. Johns in Portland. We bought a 1967 ranch that needed a great deal of renovation, we wanted a fixer so that we could add our own value in a renovation. Sylvia understood this and worked to help us find the best deal with the best potential within our budget. Working with Sylvia, we felt we had an advocate for us and our needs as home buyers.
Sylvia also brought her business acumen as a real estate investor to the table. As the owner of real estate rental property, Sylvia was also able to advise us when we had to rent out our house. She was able to share with us her experience and help us choose good tenants. As first-time home buyers and landlords, we were indebted to Sylvia's knowledge and experience to guide us through this process.
Two years after we bought our house and with extensive renovations, our property is worth at least 50% more than our original investment.
We highly recommend Sylvia Oglesbee to any prospective home buyer or investor. In fact, we have recommended Sylvia to several family and friends, all of whom were very satisfied with her representation as a real estate agent."
—Sabina Chen and Blake Clark
"Sylvia has been my real estate agent for over four years where she has helped me truly discern good deals vs. bad deals. I am a real estate investor and bought my first home at the age of 24 thanks to Sylvia. I have now purchased and or sold six homes thanks to her creative suggestions and guidance in helping me see real estate in a different way.
Two years ago I had a choice between purchasing two rental homes. The first was a move-in ready 1200 sq ft. home, 2 bedroom/1 bath, listed at $155,000. It was completely finished and seemed like an investor's dream. Sylvia then found a home that was 1375 sq ft., 2 bedroom/1 bath, listed at $145,000 that needed a lot of cosmetic work. The thing that was interesting about this house is at first glance it seemed like an investor's nightmare, but as Sylvia explained the potential in easily converting the "bonus room" into a legal master bedroom by adding a closet and changing the oversized laundry room into a second bath I was able to see the immediate potential in increased value. I took Sylvia's suggestions to heart and it paid off! In one month my 2 bedroom, 1 bath investment home had been converted to a 3 bedroom/2 bath for a total of $18,500.00. I then flipped the house for $255,000, leaving myself a profit of $91,500.00."
"We first met Sylvia over 4 years ago when we were trying to find the perfect house to rent. We immediately hit it off and loved the house she was renting, so we snatched it up. Sylvia and her husband Randy were the best landlords EVER! After years of problematic landlord situations it was a breath of fresh air. They also became our mentors, teaching us about real estate investing and how easy it is.
When we were ready to start looking to buy our own house there was no question about who to call - Sylvia! We found a great house, a great deal and it was a piece of cake. Less than a year later after the value of our house raised from $200K to $270K thanks to some minor renovations and a great market, we took that equity to buy our first rental property. Again, Sylvia was right there with us every step of the way. She was such an asset because as the owner of over 14 rental properties, she knows what to look for in a rental. We found a great move-in ready house in St. Johns and ever since then being a landlord has been so easy. We never had an ounce of hesitation due to Sylvia's stellar advice.
We wholeheartedly recommend Sylvia for the first-time home buyer as well as the seasoned investor, she is truly a gem."
—Meghan & Jon Bachman
"We just wanted to say we really do appreciate the way we were treated throughout this whole experience. We understand that we don't walk into an office dripping money or looking to buy several multi-million-dollar homes. Working with us might mean a little extra work for you guys and we certainly know you won't be retiring early on any gains you get from working with us. Some folks would have treated us differently because of that and you all never did. Not even close. You treated us with respect, patience, kindness and fairness when others may have turned their noses up at us. We noticed it, believe me, and we appreciate it more than you'll know. And your work, service, attention to detail and every aspect of this we've seen has been top-notch.
We hope that it worked out OK for all of you too, but if, as Dawn you said to me once, the real payoff for you all is the positive referrals or word-of-mouth that may benefit you all and your endeavors down the line, well we can assure you that you'll be getting that from us. Only risk for you all is that you may end up with a bunch more weird underpaid non-profit workers ringing your phones off the hook wanting you to work miracles for them next!
Seriously though, I don't think we realized till we started seeing how awful the seller's agent is how much difference there is in who you get to work with you on these things. Wow. THAT was an eye-opener. You all are exceptional. We'll tell anyone who's interested and likely several who aren't that you guys are all the best in the business."
—Alan & Gilly Lyons
"I want to provide you with some feedback regarding your agent Sylvia Oglesbee. Over the last 12 months, Sylvia has sold 3 houses for my wife and me. She is the most creative, effective real estate agent that I have had the pleasure of working with.
In each of our recent transactions, Sylvia acting as the listing agent, found and developed the buyers through her own proactive sales effort. Through the entire process she was always working with us, as the seller, and the buyers to creatively and quickly resolve issues or objections to create a successful outcome.
She has high integrity and was really effective in keeping us apprised of the status through the process. I could not be more pleased with the assistance that Sylvia provided us and I recommend her highly to others who are looking to sell or buy a house."
—Bradley A Zenger