Testimonials

Absentee Owners!

We received such incredible service from Karen Ritter when we sold our condo in The Vaux.
- She took care of details when we were out of town, including getting a window latch fixed, calling the home owners association for paperwork for the new buyer and even picking up and installing the CO detectors.
-Before the open house she brought a stager/interior designer in to make the place presentable - I'm a believer now!
-She used Docusign for the detailed paperwork which was great since we also resided in Colorado.
-She collaborated with the Buyer and her agent to work through issues for us.
-Her beautifully executed Open House resulted in two offers, about asking price.
-She gave us excellent advise and was not shy about sharing her opinion. This resulted in a $5,000 increase in the asking price!
-She was always enthusiastic and personable, professional but approachable.
-It was easy to have her in our home and she helped us EVERY step of the way (the devil's in the details)!
-She kept in touch with us even when she was out of town.
-She gave us a lovely bottle of champagne at closing.
-She is BY FAR the best realtor we have ever had and we've sold at least 10 homes.
The Hiester family

Working Through The Details

I can't say enough about Karen. She was completely committed to selling our home and worked diligently toward that end. Karen is a problem solver! All the details and problems that came up seemed much less daunting with Karen's help. She diligently and assertively took care of any and all the details. She was on top of the whole process; providing names for services if we needed them; negotiated tirelessly on our behalf and was very pleasant to work with. I definitely recommend you work with her!

Anatomy of a Seven-Day House Sale


Selling a house - getting a divorce - a death in the family. Any one of these is a major life stress event. All three together are a catastrophe. Sometimes it was amazing that we were still functional. But KAREN RITTER was our guardian angel. Karen is a professional realtor, prime contractor, decorator, skilled negotiator and therapist. Our house sold in seven (yes, 7) days due to Karen's professionalism, expertise and hard work.

*She started with a thorough market analysis and assessment to set the right price and terms.
*She then crafted marketing materials that showcased the house's key selling features.
*She coordinated minor and major aesthetic remodeling and staging details to maximize the property's appeal.
*Her open house was well advertised and packed with prospects and realtors - on a day with pouring rain.

THE RESULT: TWO (2) OFFERS WITHIN SEVEN (7) DAYS, INCLUDING A FULL-PRICE OFFER.

Then the hard work began - Karen managed every detail - large and small while we were out of town for a month - to get the sale to closing on time. And in an inherently stressful process, Karen's warmth and caring style kept us sane and functional. She is wonderful!

KAREN RITTER comes with our highest recommendation for real results. Her professionalism, expertise, negotiation skills and attention to detail are outstanding.

Bob Harrison
Portland, OR.

The Long Road to Home Ownership


I met Karen Ritter almost 2 years before we were finally ready to purchase a house. She kept in touch and sent us houses in areas we were interested in and when we were ready - she took action. Our transaction was extremely difficult and several times I was ready to give up. It was Karen's calm demeanor and good counsel that kept us going. We closed only one day late!
We love our agent and we love our new home! Thanks so much, Karen

Rental to Sold


Karen was amazing. She took my vacant rental 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in NW Portland and had it cleaned, painted and staged, even adding her own inventory. It looked terrific! She was wonderful to work with and is extremely professional, organized and an excellent communicator. Although I live in Michigan, she kept me appraised every step of the way during a difficult transaction with a buyer whose lender repeatedly missed the closing date (this was just at the time that lenders stopped lending). After 2 weeks of postponements, she moved up the chain of command at the bank and used her contacts to push this transaction thru the system. BRAVO KAREN! We funded the next day! She is creative with lots of ideas and great to work with! In addition, Karen always made herself available, even on vacation. I feel so fortunate to have found her. Thanks for everything.

You Lucky Oregonians!

I had the good fortune of meeting Karen Ritter more than twenty-five years ago while earning an MBA at Pace University . Karen graduated with honors as well as with the distinction of being selected the Outstanding Student of our Cycle. Not surprisingly, she continued to excel in business as a marketing executive for several Fortune 500 Companies and now in Real Estate. I only wish she still lived in New York because I would totally trust her with the sale of my home knowing her exceptional skill set.

Karen brings that extensive business experience along with seasoned negotiating skills to her thriving real estate business in Portland, OR . Those business strengths, combined with Karen's abundance of energy, commitment to family and community and demand for excellence, set her apart from other real estate professionals.

Currently I am struggling to sell a home located in North Carolina . I only wish that Karen Ritter could be my listing agent.

First-Time Home Seller Angst

"Karen Ritter is the best! She helped me sell my first home when I realized I was in over my head. During this time, I also lost my job. She staged my home and had it sold in 30 days for top dollar. She knows all the agents in town and called them all and it was a real bidding war. I received more than list price! I will always be grateful for her help, not only with the sale, but taking the time to be a listener and caring enough to keep motivating me to move along and stay on track. I tell everyone about her. Thanks for everything you did, Karen. You are an angel."

You're In Good Hands

"We met Karen Ritter at a house she was selling in SW Portland. We knew she was well-informed and thorough in one conversation. We went home and decided to end our relationship with our current broker and work exclusively with her. It proved to be a very wise decision! We were both merging two households into one and needed a special house with a view and one that had an office with a separate entrance. We found our wonderful home in 2 weeks and we can't thank her enough for her thorough understanding of all the nuances of the transaction and keeping us on track. We then listed both our other properties with her. She was loyal, ethical and trustworthy and when we left for a month on vacation one of them sold. Karen handled it all. She was at the house throughout, making sure that the inspection issues were dealt with without a hitch. She knows all the qualified vendors out there. She made the experience fun and we learned a lot! We would HIGHLY recommend her."

The Whole Package!

"Highest rating - EXCELLENT - in listening skills, communication, problem solving, knowledge, availability, integrity and enthusiasm.

We looked at houses for months with Karen and she was great! Never wasted our time - only contacted us when necessary. This meant a lot to us as we are both busy professionals who travel for work. Karen is VERY reliable and has excellent follow up skills. We have a lot of faith in her. She is also an excellent resource for related services. We highly recommend her!"

Single Again and No Place to Live...

"After 15 years out of the house-hunting arena - and newly divorced - I didn't know what I wanted or where! Karen showed me dozens of homes in my price range that fit my needs and gently nudged me to my current neighborhood in NW Portland! She knew better than I where I would feel most secure and, at the same time, attain the most equity appreciation. During the negotiation phase, Karen persevered on my behalf to attain the best price and resolve problems, using all of her resources to work through the issues quickly and in my favor. Most importantly, it was fun house-hunting with her and she made a very stressful decision, at a very stressful time in my life, painless for me. I love my new townhome - thank you Karen!"