My first trip to Portland was in the summer of 2004 while visiting some graduate school friends. I fell in love with the town and quickly decided to follow them in making Portland 'my town'.
I wasn't sure how to go about finding a house but spent a couple of hours one afternoon driving around and stumbled upon a yard sign- it was Rick's. When he answered the phone I was taken aback by how friendly he was and how capable he seemed. At the time I was living in another state and did not have the ability to do a lot of searching myself. Rick educated himself on the type of house I was interested in, the amount of money I wanted to spend, and the neighborhood I wanted to live in. Within a couple of short weeks I was sitting in an office at a title company with Rick signing the papers to my perfect little yellow bungalow on the oversized lot in Northeast Portland. It was my first house and I was single and the process (which could have been scary and daunting) went remarkably well.
I have forwarded Rick's contact information to all my friends that are looking for a house- I can't imagine working with anyone better.
Good luck in your search,
"Rick is a fantastic realtor. He helped search for and close on a house just last month. He knows so much about the area and the market. We never, ever had to call him. He always called us. We never had to track him down or wait for responses to questions. He was always readily available by phone or email or in person. And he really cares! He even called me every day that he was on vacation (in Hawaii) to make sure that our closing was proceeding as planned. Best of all, he knows the ins and outs and potential pitfalls of working with "short" sales and foreclosures, what to avoid, the problems to anticipate, and how to solve them. I've encouraged my friends and co-workers to work with Rick. We were very happy with his caring attitude and how he went out of his way to make certain that we were happy!"
Anne, previously of SE Portland and now living in West Linn
My husband and I bought our first house in the fall of 2009. The process was new to us and it couldn't have gone any better. Rick was an amazing agent. We first had an offer on a house that we thought was perfect for us. However, in the inspection, it turned out that the house was far from perfect. Rick was able to call the right people, say the right things and show us what we needed to see, saving us from a potential disaster. A few months later, Rick showed us another house. It was in the location we wanted and he had actually seen the house before showing us. It was truly the best house we could have found. We moved in shortly after and every day we are thankful that we ended up where we are. I would highly recommend Rick as a buying agent, and will absolutely call him again someday when we're ready to sell.
Elizabeth Kimberly Gustafson
We are so thankful to Rick Braem and Cornerstone Properties for helping us sell our home quickly and at a great price. Rick also helped us find our beautiful, new home which we love. He was always available to answer questions, escort us on house tours, get us necessary documentation quickly...whatever it took. Rick is professional, honest and reliable. We would highly recommend Cornerstone Properties!!
My boyfriend and I bought our first home in 2010. We couldn't have asked for a better realtor than Rick. He knows his stuff and made the process simple, exciting, and enjoyable. I had heard how stressful buying a new house could be but having Rick's support and expertise along the way sure made a difference. Rick is personable, friendly, honest, and extremely available. Every time we called he either answered the phone immediately or returned our call within the hour. Even after we purchased our home we were calling Rick with questions and he was more than willing to give his time to make sure things were taken care of. Rick went above and beyond helping us to make sure our first home was the right one for us!
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