Top Real Estate Agent: Bev Blume, Portland, OR
Zillow’s going coast-to-coast shining the spotlight on some of the best agents in cities across the country. These Zillow Premier Agents are successful in their community and have used Zillow to help grow their business.
Today’s Portland, OR agent is active in her local chamber of commerce and helps fund the athletic program of the high school that her children attended. She lives for the joy that comes with handing over the key to new homeowners — many of whom call her an extension of their family.
Name: Bev Blume
Brokerage: Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere
Years in business: 6
Years as a Zillow Premier Agent: 2
Favorite home style: Contemporary
Bev shared with us some keys to her real estate success. Here’s what she had to say:
Zillow: Why are you successful as a real estate agent?
Bev: I care about people! Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest financial decisions anyone will make. Why wouldn’t a buyer or seller hire someone that truly cares about them, their needs and their goals?
Zillow: What is the best part of your job?
Bev: Making people happy!
For a buyer: Finding the right house and then working with the buyers to get an offer accepted. I enjoy watching them from the initial meeting to retrieving the keys. The smile on their faces, the pure joy is what I live for!
For a seller: Helping sellers prepare to hit the market by finishing projects around the house. They want their home to shine as soon as it’s listed.
Zillow: What is your No. 1 tip for agents starting out on Zillow?
Bev: Build your profile! Clients are reading and studying you! If you have a good profile and have posted several reviews and your sales history, once you are contacted it’s almost a lock to be hired. Clients feel like they know you before you ever arrive for the first appointment.
Zillow: What is the best compliment you’ve ever received from a client?
Bev: “When you decide to buy a house it’s a family decision. Right off the bat Bev made me feel like I was part of her family. She helped guide us through every facet of buying a house. I couldn’t be more impressed with her knowledge or her professionalism. She was there whenever we had a question and I am so impressed with her knowledge of the local markets, honesty and willingness to go the extra mile. There is no one else I would recommend for the responsibility of finding your new home! She made the home buying experience very easy and got us everything we needed.”
Zillow: What are three words clients use to describe you?
Bev: Trustworthy, honest and loyal.
Zillow: When you’re not selling real estate, what do you enjoy in your free time?
Bev: I love my family and my dog! We do everything together. We camp, travel, watch sports and cook. I love to hang out with friends and just chat. I love to spend time at the Oregon Coast — on sunny days of course!
Zillow: How do you stay active in the local community?
Bev: I am a member of the Gresham Chamber of Commerce. I network there as much as I possibly can, meet other members for coffee, and learn about their business and how I can help. It’s easy to support them by frequenting their businesses, restaurants, coffee shops and stores.
I am involved with athletic fundraisers at my sons’ high school (even though they’ve both graduated). Since athletic programs have no funding, I try to infuse some much needed revenue and build quality products for the players.
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