Hi, my name is Kolin Better, and I’m your #BETTERAGENT
What does it mean to be a #betteragent? Well, I know that buying or selling a home is a huge decision and a time of significant change for you. So my first duty is to listen carefully - to your financial realities and goals, to your lifestyle needs and wants.
Once I have a good read on what you’re looking to accomplish, I feel that it’s my DUTY to tell it to you straight. I’ll use my depth and breadth of experience to show you strategies, scenarios, and I’ll even tell you when I think something is a bad idea. At the end of the day I’m going to do what you direct me to do (after all, that’s what it means to be your Agent), but you’ll always go into your decision fully informed.
Finally, as your #BETTERAGENT, I am all about using my negotiating skills to help you get what you want. Most of the time, this means a subtle dance between agents, resulting in a deal that is good for both parties. But there’s also a time to play hardball, and I’m not shy about doing so when necessary.
Here’s a little bit on my background:
I am the third generation of a real estate family. My first exposure to real estate was sitting at three years old on my Dad’s couch in his office, listening to him talk to brokers and vendors. He was a tough and shrewd first generation American businessman, a had a decent sized real estate portfolio in NYC.
I started my career fresh out of college (Tulane in New Orleans, in case you’re wondering) in commercial real estate in San Francisco, learning from others in the business so I could go off on my own in the Bay Area. But the love wasn’t there, and I got involved in this little thing called the internet, where I met my wife and helped grow a tiny company into something big enough to be acquired by a huge multinational consulting company. Starting from the bottom, I eventually headed up all sales, reporting directly to the CEO (a former typographer who at one time ran the printing press at Harvard - a pretty incredible person to work for!).
From there, I pursued a dream, and built / ran a couple of award-winning bar- restaurants, while consulting and doing a little real estate work on the side. My wife, meanwhile, founded a construction firm specializing in high end residential remodels. It all was great fun, and I learned a ton about business and life, but it’s also physically emotionally exhausting. After 10 amazing years, it was time for a change.
So, I did what anybody with a business background in real estate, technology, hospitality, and construction would do…. I moved to Portland! My only desire at this point in my life and career is to help people, bringing all my business experience to the table on what is a complicated and personal decision. I live here with my wife, child, and menagerie of pets in inner Southeast Portland. When I’m not working, I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, cocktails, sporting clays, and lacrosse.
One last thing… I’ve pledged to donate a portion of every commission to the Happy Hippie Foundation, which rallies young people to fight injustice toward vulnerable populations nationwide. I hope you consider supporting them as I do!