Prudential Northwest Properties Launches Veterans to Brokers program

Prudential Northwest Properties Veterans to Brokers program

Prudential Northwest Properties is pleased to announce the launch of a new program specifically designed to help veterans become licensed real estate professionals and give them an opportunity to create a rewarding career.

Through the Veterans to Brokers program, our company will reimburse the major startup costs new brokers incur, including licensing class expenses, exam fees and first year association dues, which can reach up to $2,300 or more.

Jason Waugh, President & CEO of Prudential Northwest Properties, said, “We’re implementing this program because we appreciate the sacrifice our veterans make to serve our country and we want to do what we can to help them in return. The discipline, commitment and hard work veterans put forth in the military are all traits that would serve them well in the real estate industry. The men and women that serve our country deserve an opportunity to create a rewarding career when they return to civilian life, and we want to help them achieve that.”

The Prudential Northwest Properties Veterans to Brokers program is the first of its kind in the company’s marketplace, which covers northern Oregon and southwest Washington.

To learn more about our Veterans to Brokers Program, please call 800-547-1982 or email

Prudential Northwest Properties Supports Lake Oswego Buddy Walk

Over 1,000 people turned out in support of the Down Syndrome Network Oregon’s 10th Annual Buddy Walk yesterday. The Buddy Walk is one of the popular community events our Lake Oswego branch supports each year, offering hot chocolate and coffee to participants and spectators alike.

Prudential NW at Lake Oswego Buddy Walk

Lori Norstrom, Gayleen Weiler, Holly Siebenthall and Ryan Krause offer complimentary hot chocolate and coffee at the 2012 Buddy Walk

Special thanks to Janet and David Dalton of Dalton’s Northwest Catering for their generous contribution of time and beverages. And big thanks to all of the Prudential Northwest Properties agents, employees, and family friends that helped support this wonderful cause.

The Down Syndrome Network Oregon provides comfort and acceptance for families, friends and individuals with Down Syndrome. Funds raised at the Buddy Walk will allow the organization to fund many important programs throughout the next year. For more information, please email or visit


Prudential Northwest Properties Is Proud To Be Named a Top Workplace By The Oregonian!

Top Workplaces 2012

We’re very proud to announce that Prudential Northwest Properties has been selected as one of The Oregonian’s Top Workplaces! Companies receiving this honor have been determined solely on the basis of anonymous employee feedback to a survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics, a leading independent research firm on organizational health and employee engagement.

Jason Waugh, our President & CEO had this to say: “Being named a Top Workplace based on responses to a blind survey of our Brokers and employees makes me extremely proud. We have a wonderful culture here at Prudential Northwest Properties that has grown over the past sixty years under my father’s leadership, and it’s a tribute to him and to everyone in the company who work so hard every day toward a common goal of providing exceptional service.”

Chairman Bert Waugh, Jr., adds, “It’s wonderful to know that people feel proud to be associated with this company. I’m honored to have the support of such a terrific group of hard working and dedicated employees and real estate professionals behind us. That’s what makes our company so great, and why I love coming to work every day.”

The following quotes, shared anonymously on returned surveys, pretty well sum up why the company was deemed a Top Workplace:

“What impresses me most? Too many things to list … it starts with the best software and with the attitude of the leadership, starting at the top. Pru trains agents well and expects the best, and they are the best.”

“We have a team of professionals handling every area of our business.”

“The senior managers at the firm, including the Chairman and President, are excellent and are dedicated to the success of all of the firm’s staff and Brokers, to high integrity and values, and to achieving the highest possible quality in delivering service to our real estate clients. They are genuinely great people to be around and work with. I am absolutely delighted to work here!”

“My manager cares about me, and is open to new ideas and ways to improve our department. I feel appreciated and valued every day.”

“The company looks to the future with a respect and sensitivity to the agents and employees.”

“They have the agent’s best interest in mind always. We are given wonderful tools to work with. I wouldn’t work for another company because the management at Prudential Northwest Properties is wonderful and they work hard at making the company the best it can be.”

Sincere thanks to everyone at Prudential Northwest Properties for responding to the survey and sharing why you love this company so much. We’re thankful for each and every one of you and appreciate your dedication to creating a great real estate experience for your clients!

Looking Out for Others Brings Rewards

Thomas Guitar is relatively new to the real estate business, but he’s got more than enough experience in the practice of helping others to ensure his success as a real estate professional. One of his good deeds was recently brought to our attention by a letter we received from an appreciative client.

Thomas Guitar

Thomas Guitar, Prudential Northwest Properties real estate Broker

The letter came about because Thomas lives across the street from a property that had been For Sale By Owner for a very long time. The home was vacant and in need of a little TLC. Over the course of several months, Thomas, like scores of other area real estate brokers, contacted the owner to offer his professional services to help sell the property and, like the other brokers, was not contracted to do so because the owner typically managed his own transactions.

So, with no motivation other than to help the owner try and sell his home and to be a good neighbor, Thomas took it upon himself to cut the grass on the property across the street.  It was a simple gesture, yet it made a large impact on the homeowner and ultimately resulted in an opportunity for Thomas to sell the home and earn a very happy client.

Here is an excerpt from the letter we received from Thomas’ client:

“I don’t usually hire a real estate broker for my transactions, but this time I decided to do so. All I can say is that I am extremely glad I did. The sale of our property had some special difficult circumstances and the buyer brought additional issues and demands which complicated matters immensely. Without Mr. Guitar’s efforts, there is no way this deal would have transpired at all. His professionalism and attentiveness made my wife and I feel that we had chosen well and were in very capable hands throughout the entire process. Though he did all of the work and handled everything for me, I felt involved. I felt that Thomas advised and represented us exactly correctly and I will enthusiastically recommend him and Prudential Northwest Properties to everyone I know, without reservation.”

Thomas reached out to help someone without expectation of anything in return and it resulted in earning a listing, selling a home, and gaining a client for life. This is the kind of service that sets our people apart, and we are very proud of Thomas and all of the many Prudential Northwest Properties real estate professionals who consistently go above and beyond what’s expected to help others.

Thanks for your efforts, Thomas … you make us proud!

Prudential Northwest Backpack Drive for Transitional Youth is Now Under Way!

Because most street youth have no place to call home or to keep their minimal belongings, the Prudential Northwest Properties Relocation Division has kicked off its 3rd Annual Transitional Youth Backpack Drive. Please help us give homeless youth a place to keep their few important possessions close and secure by contributing a backpack. This simple gesture on behalf of a young person without a permanent home will make their life a little easier. 

Prudential NW Backpack Drive for Transitional Youth

Please drop off a gently used or new backpack at the Prudential Northwest Properties Relocation Division office at 9600 SW Barnes Road, Suite 100 in Portland any time until September 30th. Or, if you prefer, make a donation to Transitional Youth and a backpack will be purchased on your behalf.

Thanks for supporting our efforts to help homeless and at-risk youth. For more information, please contact Jan Richardson at 503-350-7277 or To learn more about Transitional Youth, visit

Newberg & McMinnville Brokers Support the Special Olympics

Prudential Northwest Properties Newberg and McMinnville branches joined together to sponsor the Special Olympics Summer State Games Victory Dance this past Friday night in Newberg and a fine time was had by all. Many of our brokers and their families came out to help guide the 1,500 athletes into the arena where law enforcement officers and fire fighters formed two lines that the athletes were able to “high 5” and shake hands with as they came in.

Our brokers were part of the chain of people giving encouragement and congratulations to the athletes and there were several more in the stands with their families cheering them on. Once the torch was lit and the music started, the victory dance began. It was great to see the athletes enjoying themselves and celebrating, and it was absolutely infectious.

Special Olympics Newberg Oregon 2012

Prudential NW brokers Kari Fahrenkopf (left) and Laura Oviatt gettin’ down at the dance!

Newberg broker Rob Molzahn,  who spearheaded our involvement in this event, summed up the evening nicely, “What a treat! Here is where encouragement and positive attitude are a way of life. It was inspiring, and I’m very thankful and proud of all who came and participated. It was truly an evening well spent.”

Special Olympics Summer Games Dance

Photo credit: Special Olympics Oregon

To Branch Managing Principal Broker Ron Schock and our entire Newberg and  McMinnville crew and your families, a big “thank you” for supporting Special Olympics in Oregon … you make us proud!

Click here to learn more about Special Olympics Oregon.


Kudos to Rotarian Award Winners Rob Molzahn & Kari Fahrenkopf

Yamhill County Prudential Northwest Properties real estate brokers Rob Molzahn and Kari Fahrenkopf were both recognized by the Newberg Early Bird Rotary chapter for their outstanding volunteer efforts.

Rob Molzahn

Rob Molzahn

Rob, a past President of the organization, was named “Rotarian of the Year” and Kari received the “Spirit of Rotary” award.

Kari Fahrenkopf

Kari Fahrenkopf

In addition to feeding the homeless, building homes and playgrounds, and spearheading a variety of community projects in and around Newberg, the group has participated in a number of international volunteer efforts.

Rob and Kari, thank you for your dedication to helping others and making our world a better place to live. You make us proud!

Congratulations David Sly, PMAR’S 2012 Managing Broker of the Year!

David Sly

David Sly

The Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors Masters Circle named David Sly their “2012 Managing Broker of the Year” at their membership breakfast this morning! Congratulations, David – we’re SO proud of you!

David, the Managing Principal Broker of our West Portland office, earned his real estate license in 1998 and has been a managing broker for nearly 10 years. He has earned his AHWD, CRB, eCertification, GRI, QSC and SFR real estate designations, and has showed his commitment to the real estate industry through an extensive list of committee involvement that continues today.

He has served on the PMAR Grievance Committee for the last four years and the Professional Standards Committee for five years, one of which as the Chairman. He is also a PMAR State Director. For the Oregon Association of Realtors® (OAR), David served as an Executive Committee Member, as well as Business Issues Committee Member for four years and Chairman for one. He is currently serving on the OAR Professional Standards Committee. In the last two years, David became involved with the Oregon Real Estate Forms Board of Directors and will serve as the Chairman in 2013.

David, we appreciate your commitment to the success of your brokers and are proud you represent Prudential Northwest Properties. Congratulations on this well deserved honor!

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