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If you’re considering buying a home in the next twelve months and want an experienced buyers agent that will look out for your best interest, Kami Price, buyers specialist, would love to hear what you’re looking for. Call today to set an appointment.

Kami Price, Realtor
Represented Hundreds of Buyers
Licensed since 2004
503-773-0000

If you’re thinking of selling your home in the next twelve months, Stephen would love to tour your home. Call today to set an appointment.

Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor
4% Max. to Sell a Home
Cancel Anytime Policy
Licensed Since 2003
503-714-1111

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What is a Zillow Real Estate Agent?

October 30, 2020

Does Zillow have their own Real Estate Agents? Okay so let’s first clarify. Does Zillow have their own Realty company with their own agents? Yes and no. Zillow does not have any agents within their company that you can call to list your home on the public market, or go help you find your next home – at least not yet. Zillow has employees that happen to also have their real estate license that assist Zillow with their “Zillow Offers” program. Basically it is one of many iBuyer programs that makes a cash offer on your home (typically way under market value) for those home sellers that are willing to prioritize convenience over sales price. So while you can’t yet...


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Fivestar Professional Award Winner – 2021 to 2012

October 16, 2020

Fivestar Professional is a nationally recognized award given out for excellent customer service. The Fivestar real estate agent award is the largest and most widely published real estate award program in North America, covering more than 40 major real estate markets. Fivestar Professional surveys recent home buyers and home sellers each year across the country and gives out its awards to the top surveyed agents. I’ve won the Fivestar Professional customer service award every year since 2012. Less than 1% of Realtors have won the Fivestar Award for more than 5 years in a row. Fivestreet has increased its criteria over the years. In years past, Fivestar would give this customer service award out to over 7% of the best...


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How Many Real Estate Agents Are There? 2021 Update

September 25, 2020

We are approaching the final quarter of 2020 and speeding into the 2021 real estate market with 1.4 million Realtors in tow. Now Realtors are those state licensed real estate agents that are members of the National Association of Realtors, but I’ve never met one that isn’t a member. Realty companies typically make it a requirement for their agents to be Realtors and abide by NAR’s code of ethics. Number of Real Estate Agents in the U.S. 2006 – 1.35 million 2007 – 1.33 million ↓ 2008 – 1.19 million ↓ 2009 – 1.11 million ↓ 2010 – 1.06 million ↓ 2011 – 1.00 million ↓ 2012 – .99 million ↓ 2013 – 1.04 million ↑ 2014 – 1.09 million...


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How much do Real Estate Agents Make? 2020 Update

August 7, 2020

The National Association of Realtors puts out a Member Profile Report nearly every year that spells out exactly how much real estate agents make, or in this case since they are all members, how much Realtors make. Confused as to the difference? Read our article on Agent vs. Broker vs. Realtor. In 2020 the median gross income of Realtors was $49,700 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 34900 43500 47700 45800 39200 42500 39800 41800 49700 Realtor Income Hasn’t Changed Much I will tell you exactly why this is the case. It might surprise our readers but real estate commission rates haven’t changed much over the last ten years (see our 2020 national average commission rates report...


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Every Real Estate Agent should join eXp Realty – 5 Reasons Why

July 31, 2020

Okay, I know that is a bold title. But I honestly do believe every real estate agent, or nearly (we can leave out a few bad apples) should join eXp Realty. I’ve been licensed in Oregon since 2003 as a Broker initially and as a Principal Broker today. In the those last 17 or so years I’ve been a part of a (single) handful of Realty companies and have been recruited by most in town at one point or another. Let’s be honest to start, there are plenty of good Realty companies in and around Oregon and southern Washington. I have very particular reasons to share why I’m at eXp Realty and why I believe any other good real estate...


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5 Questions to ask a Realtor in an Interview

June 26, 2020

Selling a home is one of the most important financial decisions a person makes during their lifetime, even if they make it multiple times. A good Realtor can make the experience stress free and enjoyable (or as enjoyable as possible) and financially rewarding. But how do you know if a Realtor will perform, how do you know if they are a good fit? Questions to ask a Realtor during an interview: 1. What are the exact terms of your cancellation policy? Okay, so maybe you didn’t expect this to be the first question. But honestly I think it should be. Let’s say you went through the interview process and the real estate agent told you everything you wanted to hear...


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Top Real Estate Agent Review Sites: 2020 Update

December 13, 2019

For a long time, unverified online reviews were the bane of the real estate agent’s existence! Now it’s almost 2020, and we can finally celebrate the fact that actual customers are voicing their opinions online, creating a merit-based system in which the best real estate agents win.  However, the saavy real estate agent chooser should know where to look, because fake reviews are still out there (and we’ve been hit ourselves with some bogus spam reviews from people who simply don’t exist. So where’s the best place to find verified reviews of real estate agents from people who actually worked with them? We’re glad you asked! If you’re simply looking for reviews on the Stephen FitzMaurice Team, you can find...


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How Many Real Estate Agents Are There? 2019 Update

September 20, 2019

Number of Real Estate Agents in the United States According to the National Association of Realtors 2019 Monthly Membership report, membership hit a historic high in August of 2019 at 1,393,186 Realtors. Now Realtors are real estate agents who are members of NAR and adhere to the NAR code of ethics and pay their membership dues. I cannot find any number on the count of real estate agents (licensed with their state) that are also not actually Realtors, but I imagine the number is less than 1%. For the 16 years I’ve been licensed I’ve never met a single one. Every Realty company I’ve run across makes NAR membership, Realtor membership a requirement for the licensed real estate agents in...


Real Estate Agent Reviews Guide – 2019 Update

June 3, 2019

Find the best sites for Realtor Reviews Frankly it is incredible how many places you can find real estate agent reviews online. But which sites should you trust? Does anyone verify that the reviews are from real clients? And it may surprise you to know that sometimes looking for Realtor reviews can cost you money! Read to the end for those important details. 1. Zillow’s Agent Finder Zillow drives real estate agents crazy sometimes because it tends to have a lot of data errors for home buyers searching their site, while other major home buying search portals, like Realtor.com, tend to be more accurate. But when it comes to real estate agent reviews – I’m grateful for Zillow and we...


Number 1 Listing Agent in Portland, Oregon – 2019 Update

May 21, 2019

For three years running, Stephen FitzMaurice, Principal Broker in Oregon with eXp Realty, sold more listings in the Portland metro tri-county area (Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties) than any other listing agent. There are roughly 9,400 real estate agents working in the same area. These home sale numbers come from our local MLS, the RMLS. Find the Best Portland Real Estate Agent Stephen believes that he is successful because of his customer first model. His real estate commissions are reasonable, 4.25% max. and his contracts are as easy as they come, cancel anytime with 24 hours notice for no charge. On top of that, he spends more (a lot more) than his competition to market his clients homes online so...