My real estate career began in 1984 when the interest rates reached the upper teens. Few people could qualify to buy homes in those days and sales were rare. Many of my peers quit after a few months. Having invested several months studying for my real estate exam, I told myself to stick with it come rain or shine. 25 years later I am still in the business and cherish the memories of the many clients I have assisted in finding their dream homes. Some have become friends for life.
Besides my clients, I have learned to appreciate dozens of Realtors and peers. I joined Century 21 Hart in 1991 and enjoy being associated with the most recognized name in the real estate community around the world.
Independence has given me the freedom to travel back to Norway where I was born and visit my family and childhood friends several times. I am able to set my own schedule for work and play which is a big bonus. My three children also have the advantage of having a mom in real estate and are all enjoying home ownership in their young adult lives.
If you choose to have me join you in the pursuit of your real estate needs, I can promise you a pleasant journey with my full commitment, honesty and years of experience.
Real Estate is not only my occupation, but it is my passion. If I am fortunate enough to work for you, your goals will become my goals. When you are searching for a home, I will be on-line daily searching for your dream home. If you are selling your home, it will be advertised on the majority of home selling websites available, greatly increasing your homes presence in the real es ate market. Please let me put my dedication and expertise to work for you. I am the key to your front door!
Personal: Born and raised in Oregon, excellent health, 2 children, own home. Education: Our Lady of Sorrows Grade School, Franklin High School - 1969 - Perfect Attendance Award. Phagans Beauty School - 1971, Graduate of Master Sales Academy - 1992 - Las Vegas.
Business: November 1990 to present: CENTURY 21 Hart Realty, Inc. Listing and selling residential properties. Ability to manage as many as 20 separate Seller-Client accounts at one time. Ability to set priorities. Market through writing ads, newsletters and holding open houses. Dealings with clients in person and on the phone. Qualilfying buyers and establishing individual needs. Selecting and showing property, negotiating and closing sales.
Following through each transaction from financing to escrow to the final closing. Working with builders, bankers, architects, attorneys and escrow officers. Planning organizing and time management. Building client supportl and developing referrals through satisfied clients.
February to October 1990: West Lake Properties, West Linn - Assistant to top producer while going to Real Estate School. US census Bureau: Counted population in the Milwaukie area. Achievements: Principal Broker, Multi Quality Service Award, Residential Specialist, Personal Career Management, Introduction to Real Estate Investing, VIP Specialist, Property Management, Million Dollara Club, Alumni Club, Multi Million Dollar Producer, Mutli Home of the Week Winner, Multi Top PRoducer of the Year.
More Service, Less Stress. Steering a transaction safely through escrow is a hallmark of excellent service. "The hard part isn't finding the house, it's getting through escrow." I do whatever makes the transaction as stress-free as possible. People should be able to live their life and not have to worry about their house. That's not to say every transaction is stree-free, but (if there is a problem), I handle it.
I take extra care to consult and support my clients through every step of the transaction. I really care aboutl my clients and they become "my friends" and we will do more for our "friends." I work hard to fulfill my clients' most ambitious Real Estate dreams.
I do not consider myself a "salesperson" but rather a valuable source for information about neighborhoods, schools, daycare, recreational amenities and other points of interest.
In my real estate career to date, I have been a listing and selling agent, a principal broker, a managing broker, and operations manager, a trainer, a recruiter and trouble shooter and an owner!
However, I have always enjoyed working with buyers nd sellers. There is really noting more satisfying than finding the right home for a buyer or selling a home for a seller that makes it possible for the seller(s) to accomplish their goals.
In every transaction there are countless things I do to smooth the way and negotiate the details that result in a successful closing. Knowing the steps and working with other professionals to manage your transaction, helps me enable my clients to have a good and positive experience. For years I have built my reputation on honesty and hard work. I have been associated with many aspects of the REALTOR organization because I believe in the foundation of the Code of Ethics.
You will find that I keep up to date on technology and I make myself accessible and available. As times have changed, clients have different expectations in terms of communication. That is why I am willing to Tweet you, respond to you on Facebook, text you, fax you or of course, use my ever present cell phone.
Designing a Customized Marketing Program for each individual seller is something I really enjoying doing. I furnish a Home Protection Plan, sometimes called a Home Warranty, on all of my listings. With CENTURY 21 as our umbrella, our CENTURY 21 Hart Realty office helps bring everything together to help me maximize your property exposure. Loads of photos, virtual tours, and numerous websites help to sell your property faster.
I am always conscious that the home buying process can be full of pitfalls. You will find that I try to match the buyer with the best suitable property. However, I always keep in mind that it is your decision. I help you find the information that is up to date and suitale for your goals. This is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. This is where my knowledge, reliabillity and experience help give you the confidence that is important to conclude your purchse in a timely manner.
Yes, I'm an Old Pro, but I love working with all ages. There's a song called "Simply The Best." That's my goal for your real estate experience.
Patti Drake is a licensed Realtor and a memeber of the Multiple Listing Service (RMLS), Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors (PMAR), Oregon Association of Realtors (OAR) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Since real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people make in their llifetime, Patti's goal is to help them through this experience every step of the way and to make the selling or buying experience as stress free as possible.
As a broker with Century 21 Hart Realty, Patti possesses the expertise, technology and resources to assist you with this process. Patti can help you negotiate and understand the different aspects of the process and guide you through the closing to make sure everything flows as smoothly as possible.