Why Join Oregon First?
Our Commission Splits Are Fair:
You work hard for your money, and Oregon First lets you keep more of the money you earn. Our commission programs offer a favorable split with a low cap — not a desk fee, but a cap on what we can take. If your anniversary date rolls around and we haven’t gotten the full cap, you don’t owe us anything.
- 70/30 until $8,400
You keep 70% of your commissions until Oregon First has received $8,400, then you keep 100%. This is our most popular option.
- 50/50 until $7,500
You keep 50% of your commissions until Oregon First has received $7,500, then you keep 100%.
- 100% for $6,600
You keep 100% of your commissions from day one by pre-paying a lump sum of $6,600.
There is also a $98 transaction fee. Once you hit 100%, it bumps up to $198. And that’s it. No other fees or charges. (Unless you go six months without any sort of payout. Then we will charge a $30 a month holding fee until you have a payout.)
We take care of our agents:
- Professional Support Staff
Your phone call is always answered, and your visitor is always greeted, by a friendly, helpful staff member during normal business hours. Our Agent Services Coordinator can help you with flyers, postcards, Craigslist ads, photos in RMLS, setting up your mobile devices, answering your questions about social media, etc. Our receptionists make sure any faxes you get are forwarded to you promptly, and our bookkeeper aims for same-day processing of commission checks.
- Modern Equipment in Convenient Facilities
Oregon First offices are in easy-to-find locations on main thoroughfares. All our branches are available for you to work from or meet clients in, no matter which office is your home base. We provide computers, an on-line transaction management system with free digital signature functionality, private offices, conference rooms, high-speed wireless, free black and white printing (color printing for a small fee, less than Kinko’s), and scan-to-email.
- We Look Out for You
We provide comprehensive E&O insurance, engaging and useful continuing education classes most days of the week except Sunday (see our continuing education calendar), on-call principal broker support and transaction review, and a free personal webpage with your name in the URL that you can put on your business cards and flyers. We don’t force you to waste your time servicing other people’s listings, or paying for the company’s advertising, or attending pointless meetings — but we do forward leads from our website to you free of charge. And if it’s an Oregon First listing, only that listing agent gets the inquiry.
Concerned you’ll lose business if you change your company?
According to research by the National Association of Realtors®, just three percent of buyers and sellers choose their agent based on company affiliation. Personal referrals and personal contact remain the overwhelming source of business for agents. Don’t pay big fees to others who claim THEY make your success. Choose your company based on value and service. Choose Oregon First.
Call one of our Principal Brokers for a confidential meeting:
Our Mission and History
Oregon First is a home grown, independent brokerage. Since our founding in 1994, we have been consistently listed in the Portland Business Journal’s annual survey of Top Residential Real Estate Firms.
We have succeeded by concentrating on what’s really important, both to our brokers and their clients.
It’s not about image or short term profits. Our business, like the business of real estate itself, is about long term gains earned through hard work, professionalism, and careful attention to our fiduciary duty to our clients.
Below are just some of the ways Oregon First has earned its reputation as the company to watch:
» By providing ongoing, high quality, continuing education to all our brokers, which protects them and their clients.
» By exposing our clients’ homes to the maximum number of buyers. We post our listings to multiple websites all over the country, including Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and OregonLive, to name just a few.
» By giving our brokers access to online networking with each other so they can share information easily about homes they have for sale, or mortgage brokers they’ve come across who are ethical and capable, or a roofing contractor who’s affordable and reliable. This ability to share knowledge is a benefit that gets passed right along to the client.
» By making sure our brokers have a managing broker on call available to them at all times, who they can count on for answers and assistance. Real Estate doesn’t just happen from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. Our managing brokers are some of the best in the business, with decades of experience and even some law degrees.
We have agents who specialize in businesses, horse properties, mobile homes, new construction, short sales, and bank-owned; who are green certified, senior certified, and distressed property certified; who are fluent in Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Vietnamese (to name just a few). We are proud that our team of brokers includes agents from many backgrounds, cultures, and countries.
Oregon First has just the right mix of big company and small company attributes. We have the stability, institutional knowledge and resources of a big company; and the personal feel, nimbleness and responsiveness of a small company.
We’ve been doing this for a while — come in and find out what we’re doing right.