The Best of Professionals
I bought my first rental property in 1989, and decided in 1992 to get my real estate license and help others buy and sell property. I spent the first 3 years in the business also working on leasing services as a tenant representative with Leland Properties. The next 14 years, I worked for and then partnered with J. L. Lutz and together, we focused most of our efforts on plexes, multifamily, and ultimately we also grew into property management too. As of 2012, I am the owner of CORE, Realtors, and I currently provide a client-centric approach to all levels of property for buyers, sellers, and management clients too.
My best asset continues to be my wife Randee, who not only keeps me grounded but also provides tremendous expertise as a licensed CPA in the State of Oregon. With a passion of tennis in “off” hours, I find myself on the courts enjoying time in the craftwork of the game.
I am a lifelong Oregonian who grew up in the capitol city of Salem. I went to the University of Oregon in Eugene and graduated with an Economics degree in 2011. My real estate career started soon after out of a desire to build long term relationships and being a connector of people.
The mentorship with brokers at Core Realtors has expedited my market knowledge and negotiating skills for completing real estate transactions successfully. Pairing this with our high tech office that has the client in mind, I am better equipped than other realtors in the Portland metro area to help buyers and sellers through the transaction. From first time home buyers to investors looking for multifamily property, I’m here for you.
Garrett’s website is HomesInPortland.com.
Ellen Bick has worked as a real estate broker for the past 23 years, with experience in new construction, mortgage lending, and investment and residential real estate, representing buyers and sellers. She has worked in the real estate industry in Oregon for the last 17 years. Her emphasis for the last ten years has been in residential and multi-family properties.
One of her personal strengths is to see the big picture, to orchestrate a complicated transaction, and to work well with the many people involved. Ellen is an impeccably organized and positive person who enjoys the challenges of each new transaction. She will find the resources needed to overcome any new hurdles.
She has attained an advanced college degree and three advanced real estate designations: GRI Graduate Realtor Institute; ABR Accredited Buyers Representative; SRES Seniors Real Estate Specialist. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys cooking and traveling. She currently serves on several local, regional, and international boards as a volunteer, and enjoys giving back to her community.
Ellen’s website is EllenBick.com.
In 2011 I purchased my first house, a duplex, in Northeast Portland. To say this was a fixer upper would be an understatement, however after a 2 month extensive rehab we had created a great home in a great neighborhood. More importantly, I had become hooked on real estate.
In 2016 I decided to leave my corporate job of 14 years and turn my passion of real estate into a career. Whether you are a first time homebuyer trying to figure out if you can afford a home in our competitive Portland market, or are looking into an investment property I am here to help. I believe that a house is not only a home, but also a means of financial independence and wealth creation. I specialize in seeing the potential of any property and am a firm believer that with creativity, sweat equity, and a solid plan, any house can be a great home and financial investment.
Conor’s website is finlayrealestate.com
Melissa Hartvigsen, Broker
Purchasing your dream home or selling your home to someone else can be an emotional process. Melissa purchased and sold her first home in her 20’s, and currently holds two investment properties. She has walked in your shoes, and knows how to take a practical numbers approach to the process while advocating for you. Her diverse professional background includes time in mortgage lending, car sales, and property management. Over the years her experience made her a strong and tactical negotiator. Melissa’s attention to detail, dedication, and superior communication skills will ensure your transaction goes smoothly.
In her leisure time Melissa enjoys all that Oregon has to offer through photography, hiking, and snowshoeing.
Dave Hiller, Broker
Through my 40 years of experience in buying, selling and investing in real estate for my family, I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. My practical experience will assist you every day and I am here to work for you.
Being a first generation American, I started off very humbly. I was taught that a person’s word is their bond and I needed to earn my way in life. I started working my first job at age 16. Working my way through college I was the first in my family to graduate with a college degree. Later I worked full time and completed a post graduate degree, at night. I spent most of career in the technology field in engineering, marketing and sales disciplines.
Being an avid runner, I have competed in many races including Eugene, several Portland and recently finishing the Boston Marathon. Besides running, I enjoy being part of Toastmasters International, gardening, traveling with my wife and having our rescue dog Chance walk me every morning.
Dave’s website is homepdxrealestate.com
The Office is Our Nest
But who we are, also extends to what we do, and where we work. We’d like to share some things that matter to us in terms of where we perform what we do as our craft, for you!
We certainly offer a great place to sit a spell, in case you are early for your meeting with us. And granted, we have all the technology in place, and yes………that is a rotary dial phone. We like to have some whimsical things in our lives too.
The broker’s pod. Clean and crisp work stations, fully wired for power and direct network access. Functionality is super important, we are working brokers, we move data to and for you, we analyze, we recommend. We need a place to sit and do our thing, which is to make you satisfied buyer, seller, and/or property management client. But we don’t want to be trapped in a four wall office, we want to collaborate, synergize, and energize each other to help you.
Play time happens here. This is a place where we can go, to just take a break. It’s also a great place to comfortably discuss real estate or anything else on one’s mind. It’s a place where clients can come with us to have fun AND discuss real estate. And if anyone has an itch for Apple TV, we have that too!
The conference room is where we really make it happen, really. It’s a place to strategically discuss with clients what we need to do, to get the job done. We have a fully integrated 50 inch monitor to allow casting from laptops to the wall, so everyone can comfortably talk and see what is at hand, without the need of the “laptop huddle”. It’s our power room, ultimately, it’s your power room.
Take a moment to study the headrail that holds these fantastic glass doors outside our conference room. It speaks to the essence of Core, the attention to detail, and the story behind the detail too. This headrail is a hardened steel system, manufactured by a local Portland company. It’s steel that is blackened, not by paint but by heat & fire. The glides and wheels that hold the glass doors, are open faced, old fashioned ball bearings. All together, this system is simply craftwork at it’s finest. The picture simply doesn’t do it justice, but when you come to meet with us, you’ll see for yourself.
Our office, our nest, is your nest. We firmly believe that a positive working environment, thoughtfully created, will yield the greatest real estate outcomes for you. We are working brokers, meaning we all collaborate for each other, for the benefit of each client. The company, the people, the systems, the nest, it’s all there for you.