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Direct503-748-9818

Northeast/Irving Office

1500 NE Irving Street, Suite 110

Portland, OR 97232

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Member, National Association of REALTORS®
Oregon License #201218262

Recognized among my clients and fellow agents for my integrity, strong work ethic, and uncompromising attention to detail, I will advocate for you throughout every step of a real estate transaction. I want to understand your goals and strategically make sure we game plan to get you there.

My innate ability to build strong, meaningful (and fun!) relationships has led me to real estate. I am a natural matchmaker. I love connecting my community with jobs, relationships, and friends, which instigated a natural progression to my career in real estate. I love the friendships that continue once the keys have exchanged hands.

I started my career working in marketing and business development partnerships for fast-paced, high-growth tech startups, like Yelp, Trulia and Instacart. The “wear 10 hats at once” mentality taught me the value of meticulous organization, thorough research, the ability to be nimble, and the experience to be an intuitive, strong negotiator. I have collaborated and nurtured trusting relationships with executives at many Fortune 500 companies, whipping me into an expert communicator.

When I am not working, I love spending time with my husband and sweet toddler son + baby girl. We are big cooks and feel most complete with family and friends over, music playing and wine flowing at our home in Eastmoreland. I love that Portland offers such a wide breadth of things to do. I dabble in everything from gardening, hiking, exploring restaurants, visiting wine country, strunning (stroll + running) in parks, being terrible-yet-oddly-competitive at tennis, museums, shopping, comedy shows and concerts.

I truly believe that a home is where we make our most cherished memories, so being a guide in that process is endlessly rewarding. Making genuine connections with my clients and helping them find a space to make these valuable memories inspires me every day. Whether you're considering a move, a first time home buyer, an investor, or interested in selling your home, I'd love to chat and learn about your goals.

 

 

 

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Hasson Relocation

We relocated in 2020 from Central California to Portland, OR in the midst of an incredibly competitive market. In so many ways, Alison was the bridge that made the transition from there to here possible; and not only that, she made it enjoyable. Her impeccable integrity, vast knowledge of the local market, and determined optimism were the keys that opened the door to our new home. She went above and beyond at every turn, leveraging her prolific professional network to ensure our positive experience. Connecting us with options for lenders, movers, title companies, etc, she did more than simply guide us, she educated us along the way. It wasn’t always an easy journey, but her encouragement and dependable communication went a long way to make the more difficult moments bearable. She made sure we felt confident she was in our corner. Somehow, even in the midst of delivering bad news, she consistently left us feeling hopeful; an ability we didn’t realize we needed in a realtor at the outset, but wound up proving more valuable than I can truly articulate. If you are in the housing market in the Portland area do yourself a solid- call Alison Derse first.

— Tawni P.

If not for Alison we would have no new home. She brought light into the darkness, lots of hope and expert advice. We had a specific area in South East Portland near our daughter’s family and a size we were used to near a park. She matched our needs perfectly. We recommend her to anyone who needs the expertise and empathy to lead you through the process. She’s on top of it, proactive and diligent. Communicates well with the listing agent for our requests and even providing local trades to help us after closing. We’d give her 10 stars!

— The Christensen Family

As first time home buyers, we felt supported the entire way through. I couldn’t imagine working with anyone else. Alison is proactive, honest, responsive and a super sharp negotiator. She put together a smart offer (worked late night so we could be one of the first bids in) and helped us land our dream first home. We would definitely work with her again!

— Carolyn M.

Alison is an absolute gem and a wealth of knowledge. My husband and I worked with her trying to buy our first home in Portland earlier this year. She’s incredibly responsive and not only offers her valuable (and non-pushy) insight, but immediately goes on the hunt to get all necessary information about a property. Having a realtor that both guided us and gave incredibly valuable advice is/was priceless. My husband and I didn’t get to purchase a home with her due to the shutdown for Covid and how it changed our lives, but I can’t recommend her enough to anyone looking for a home. We were so lucky to have accidentally been linked up with her, amazing person to work with. We will always be thankful for the experience.

— Virginia B.

I could not ask for a more professional, caring and talented realtor to guide to represent my family's first home purchase. Alison was always one step ahead and patiently worked with all stakeholders to reach positive outcomes at every step of the process. It's my pleasure to write this review and I highly recommend Alison.

— K. S.

It would be impossible to describe all the ways in which Alison rocks! She is responsive and attentive to her clients, but that is table stakes. She was patient and compassionate through our 1+ year home search and was a huge source of positivity for the whole process. On the buying side - you couldn't find a better agent. She is constantly thinking up creative ways (that are almost never financial) to make sure her clients have the most attractive offer. As a seller's agent, she was our rock through a stressful and emotional process. She gave incredible advice from getting the house ready for sale, to listing, and at every step of the escrow process. Alison - we cannot thank you enough for all that you did for us and we couldn't be happier to have you by our side for all these big life moments!

— Max G.

We were moving to Portland from NYC and before we even arrived Alison was so helpful in explaining the different neighborhoods, helping us navigate our priorities and making us feel comfortable. As a first-time homebuyer, we had a lot of questions and Alison was there every step of the way making sure we understood our options. She ended up helping us get an incredible home in Laurelhurst within 1 month of arriving - more than we could have ever dreamed of! Would absolutely recommend Alison if you’re looking for a knowledgeable, compassionate and thoughtful realtor!

— Abigail S.

Alison is my go-to referral agent when sending folks from the SF Bay Area. Her background in sales makes her a savvy negotiator, and her playful spirit make her a joy to work with! She's proven to be a powerhouse of knowledge for all things real estate including renovations, landscaping, and evaluating an investment property's performance. Grateful for her as a resource.

— Danny Y.

I had an amazing experience working with Alison. Being a first-time home buyer she helped me at every step of the way. She is a hard worker, meeting me at all times of the week/weekend, and never too busy to pick up my call. I would highly recommend her and appreciate how much she worked for me along with negotiating when it got down to the wire.

— Kyra D.

I knew IMMEDIATELY that I was in great hands when Alison and I started working together. She is incredibly professional, attentive, kind, and insanely knowledgeable about Portland and the current market. Alison listened intently when we established parameters - I had my heart set on living close-in in Portland, despite a meager budget. Alison searched high and low, we looked at comps together, and ultimately landed on my dream home between the Laurelhurst and Hollywood neighborhoods. I would never have gotten this house if it weren't for Alison's intel, research, and drive. Alison came to my rescue at multiple stages during closing as well. She negotiated directly with the Seller on my behalf to ensure I got a fair deal on repair costs. She was truly available day and night - I felt like I was her only client/priority, despite knowing this was far from the case. When the house needed repairs, Alison gathered 2-3 vendor bids per issue so I had a good sense of what needed to be done. I did not have to lift a finger. I cannot recommend Alison enough. She is someone you want in your corner, as your advocate, and someone you want as your friend.

We had an extremely successful real estate transaction with Alison. She is personable, knowledgeable, diligent and went beyond our expectations in finding us a home. Great with the details.

— Todd C.

Alison is awesome! We would highly recommend her for anyone looking for a realtor in the Portland area. Her knowledge of the market was invaluable in crafting a creative offer that could get the job done in a super competitive environment. Her enthusiasm and positive attitude not only made it a pleasure to work with her, but were also crucial to keeping us optimistic and focused in this crazy market! We couldn’t be happier with the home we ended up purchasing and would work with Alison again in a heartbeat.

— Elizabeth B.

We absolutely loved working with Alison and highly recommend her! My husband and I met Alison at an Open House as we were dipping our toes into the possibility of buying a home, right before COVID. We had NO idea what the process was like, where we wanted to live, what we could afford etc. but Alison immediately made herself an invaluable resource to us as we browsed for homes online until we were ready to go to viewings in person (with masks). Her warmth, professionalism and attentive listening skills made her an easy choice for a realtor-Alison truly took time to get to know us and to understand our needs better than we did! As the search heated up, Alison proved to be one of the most reliable, hardest working individuals I've ever met, always available to communicate across text, phone calls, emails, she never let us down even if we had a small question or wanted more information from a property we were interested in. She also has access to a list of DAILY HOT INVENTORY HOMES she put us on the list for, so my husband and I could see new Portland homes before everyone else. Scheduling listing walkthroughs with her was a breeze as she always made time for us-her white glove attitude made us feel like her only and most valued clients (but she definitely had way more!) When we found the perfect home, Alison came with us to do a second walkthrough the same day and immediately helped us create an offer strategy. She led the charge in writing our first offer and making it so good-our FIRST offer was accepted right away!! She didn't stop there-she hooked us up with inspectors, auditors, vendor quotes and then started on negotiations, while helping us with banking and money transfer questions. We cannot stress enough how much we leaned on Alison and her expertise, and how incredibly grateful we are that we did. She made buying a home smoother than we could have ever imagined. We now consider Alison a friend, and we whole-heartedly recommend her to anyone looking for an exceptional journey into becoming homeowners.

— Kalong W.

Having purchased 2 homes in the past, our experience with Alison was by far the best. She promptly took care of much more than we ever expected. It speaks highly of her that all parties involved happily completed a smooth, transparent and efficient sale and transfer of property. Alison, you are the best!

— Todd & Margaret C.

I can't recommend Alison Derse enough. She had extreme knowledge of the Portland market and the process of selling my home. She offered me all the information I needed in order to make the process seamless, including detailed timelines and schedules of all the steps involved. She was always on top of all my questions and offered advice throughout the process. You'll be lucky to have her in your corner.

— Taryn W.

Alison was kind, accessible, and knew every detail of our transaction. We purchased a home for sale by owner, and Alison facilitated all the technical work as a neutral agent and fiduciary. We'd highly recommend her to buyers/sellers in any capacity.

— Daniel W.

I have never had an easier nor more pleasant real estate experience! Alison knew just what to do with my unusual sale. She did her homework, found answers to my questions and found the way to make the sale pleasant for both me and the buyer who represented themselves. She is friendly, knowledgeable, and confident in her negotiations. I would not hesitate to call on her again for real estate in Portland and the surrounding area. Thank you, Alison!

— Cindy S.

Alison did an amazing job selling my house in Portland. Her expertise in social media and the internet adds a whole new dimension to being a broker. She showed patience and kindness in dealing with an older generation, an old school person, who knows nothing of those things. My house sold in FIVE DAYS! I am very excited and happy! She did an amazing job, it’s still sinking in! Thank you, Alison!

— Jan G.

We wanted to buy our first investment property. Alison stepped up, took time to understand our needs, and looked relentlessly for the right property. We collaborated throughout the project and found the perfect property. Alison masterfully negotiated the deal by helping the sellers understand the realities of their property. We closed on time and under budget.

— Justin L.

Alison was instrumental in our purchase of our first investment property - a duplex in the Williams/Boise neighborhood of Portland. She is great at building rapport with other agents and will stop at nothing to help her clients find the info they need (pulling permit records, calling city offices, talking with other brokers or investors, etc) to make the right call about whether a property fits their real estate needs. She comes from a strong business and marketing background and it shows in how she approaches being a broker. She was is a great partner throughout the whole process and a joy to spend so much time with. I highly recommend her.

— Cori L.

Words really cannot express how much of a wonderful experience we had working with Alison. My partner and I ended up buying our dream home. We initially met Alison via Skype while we were working in Zambia. My partner and I both work in international education and wanted to put our roots in Portland where we first met, by buying our first home. Alison was there for us throughout the entire process. As first time home buyers, Alison met our needs in the best ways possible. Professional, dedicated, personable, transparent and passionate are just a few words that capture Alison’s amazing personality. Alison is extremely knowledgeable of real estate in Portland and we trusted her expertise 100%. She puts her heart and soul into helping people look for a home, as if she was looking for her own home. We highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy a home in Portland. We’re going to miss working with her and we hope to stay in touch!

— Angela I.

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05/12/2022 - jessica r stetson

Sold a single family home in 2022 for approximately $700K in Milwaukie, OR 97222.

Highly Recommended


Local Knowledge

Process Expertise

Responsiveness

Negotiation Skills

"We had a "surprise" cross country move that Alison helped make happen with us as the sellers. We literally could not have done it without Alison's project management skills and expertise. From soothing last minute panic to dealing with vendors, Alison was responsive, quick, and made the whole process exceed our wildest expectations. We are very thankful for Alison!"

— jessica r stetson

05/10/2022 - Liz Dewey

Bought a single family home in 2022 in Portland, OR 97211.

Highly Recommended


Local Knowledge

Process Expertise

Responsiveness

Negotiation Skills

"Alison just helped our family sell our starter home. We got over market value for it. She then helped us buy our new home all within 2 weeks of having her baby. Alison told us that she would be communicative and not drop the ball and let me just say she was on it from start to finish. Since I was new to home buying, she explained the terms so well for me. I learned a ton in the process. She was very professional, knowledgeable and also just such a genuine and likable person. We were lucky to have her and I will recommend her to anyone I know going forward in the home buying or selling process. Thank you Alison for making our dreams a reality and doing it so gracefully!"

— Liz Dewey

04/20/2022 - ashleyhosmer7

Bought a single family home in 2022 in Portland, OR 97212.

Highly Recommended


Local Knowledge

Process Expertise

Responsiveness

Negotiation Skills

"In September of 2021, my husband and I decided to relocate to Portland. We reached out to Alison and immediately felt so at ease with her. As first time home buyers, living out of state, in a VERY competitive market, we never once doubted Alisons capability. It felt like we were Alisons only clients, I know we weren't, but she was so quick to respond to texts, so willing to jump on a call and walk us through contracts and terms we were unfamiliar with. I truly can't imagine working with anyone else. Alisons level of knowledge and compassion is unmatched. Most our home tours were done over FaceTime and Alison was so thorough and honest in her tours, pointing out things we never knew to look for. We closed on our home in March of 2022 and quite literally could not have done so without her expertise and guidance. "

— ashleyhosmer7

03/10/2022 - Lindsay Ford

Bought a single family home in 2021 for approximately $1.050M in Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

Highly Recommended


Local Knowledge

Process Expertise

Responsiveness

Negotiation Skills

"Alison helped us purchase our home last summer in a highly competitive market, the process went VERY smoothly and we will be recommending her to all of our friends moving forward. Her high level of communication, personable nature with all parties involved in the transaction, agility as it pertains to unique negotiation tactics and keen eye to detail during the showings all landed us our dream home. We were also very impressed with her knowledge regarding what steps we should take to ensure we limit major expenses post-purchase, which has saved us a few times over already. Alison was willing to go all out for us, this was reinforced by the kind feedback we received from the owners and realtor of the home we purchased. Alison created an experience that was enjoyable for all parties, which I think is rare in a market that can get contentious quickly. I think it is a major factor in why we won our house over others.

In this market you need to truly be at the top of your game in all areas, Alison without a doubt demonstrated this throughout the entire purchasing process."

— Lindsay Ford

02/28/2022 - timjkearney

Bought a single family home in 2022 in Portland, OR 97213.

Highly Recommended


Local Knowledge

Process Expertise

Responsiveness

Negotiation Skills

"Alison is the reason we successfully purchased a great home during the tightest market in Portland’s history (so far). As recent transplants, no less. She comes to the table with so much. Patience, initiative, follow-through, great communication, empathy, humor, amazing listening skills, creativity, and a genuine passion for negotiating.

Like most folks trying to buy a house these days, we lost a few offers along the way. Alison never lost heart and never made us feel like we were wasting her time. After our offer was accepted she kept pushing things forward, including setting up inspections from various contractors and so much more. On top of all this she’s quite a pleasant human being. Don’t sleep on Alison. She’s the real deal."

— timjkearney

01/27/2022 - Frank

Bought a single family home in 2022 for approximately $575K in Portland, OR 97219.

Highly Recommended


Local Knowledge

Process Expertise

Responsiveness

Negotiation Skills

"Alison is a highly competent, respectful, and punctual agent. We relocated from out of state and Alison made a stressful process as smooth as it could be. She helped us navigate and understand this highly competitive market and her guidance helped us decide on our first home. Once we were in escrow, she stayed on top of all the back and forth and really advocated for us until closing. We cannot recommend her enough, she is a excellent agent and will do everything she can to help you in this ultra competitive market. Thank you!!!"

— Frank

12/20/2021 - Tawni Peterson

Bought a single family home in 2021 for approximately $1.150M in Portland, OR 97212.

Highly Recommended


Local Knowledge

Process Expertise

Responsiveness

Negotiation Skills

"We relocated in 2020 from Central California to Portland, OR in the midst of an incredibly competitive market. In so many ways, Alison was the bridge that made the transition from there to here possible; and not only that, she made it enjoyable. Her impeccable integrity, vast knowledge of the local market, and determined optimism were the keys that opened the door to our new home. She went above and beyond at every turn, leveraging her prolific professional network to ensure our positive experience. Connecting us with options for lenders, movers, title companies, etc, she did more than simply guide us, she educated us along the way. It wasn’t always an easy journey, but her encouragement and dependable communication went a long way to make the more difficult moments bearable. She made sure we felt confident she was in our corner. Somehow, even in the midst of delivering bad news, she consistently left us feeling hopeful; an ability we didn’t realized we needed in a realtor at the outset, but wound up proving more valuable than I can truly articulate. If you are in the housing market in the Portland area do yourself a solid- call Alison Derse first."

— Tawni Peterson

12/14/2021 - mchristensen21

Bought a single family home in 2021 for approximately $650K in Portland, OR 97215.

Highly Recommended


Local Knowledge

Process Expertise

Responsiveness

Negotiation Skills

"If not for Alison we would have no new home. She brought light into the darkness, lots of hope and expert advice. We had a specific area in South East Portland near our daughter’s family and a size we were used to near a park. She matched our needs perfectly. We recommend her to anyone who needs the expertise and empathy to lead you through the process. She’s on top of it, proactive and diligent. Communicates well with the listing agent for our requests and even providing local trades to help us after closing. We’d give her 10 stars !"

— mchristensen21

11/22/2021 - JaimenSfetko

Sold a single family home in 2021 for approximately $900K in Beaverton, OR 97005.

Highly Recommended


Local Knowledge

Process Expertise

Responsiveness

Negotiation Skills

"Alison is incredible. We were wondering how to list our home in such a volatile market and her advice was incredible. She ended up selling our home off market to wonderful buyers and the process was beyond easy and seamless. She has so many contacts and was able to help out us in touch with an agent in Los Angeles and worked directly with him so that we were able to close on both houses on the same day seamlessly (with barely any effort on our part) I cannot recommend her enough."

— JaimenSfetko

11/10/2021 - dancastillero

Bought a single family home in 2021 for approximately $600K in Portland, OR 97214.

Highly Recommended


Local Knowledge

Process Expertise

Responsiveness

Negotiation Skills

"Alison was a true professional from the first day she showed us properties to the close of our escrow. She wrote several offers for us on various homes. She secured many bids from subcontractors as we did our due diligence. She advised us on pricing but we never felt pressured to raise our offer beyond our comfort level. We would highly recommend her."

— dancastillero

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