Elena was the first face I met in Portland when I moved here 3.5 years ago. She helped me buy my home while I was living in another state. I thought that's where the story would end. Nope! Sincethen, Elena has helped me sell that home and buy a forever home for my family. Elena is not only an amazing realtor with a wealth of knowledge but she is also a kind and generous person who makes the home buying/selling process as painless as it can be.
Elena came to us as a referral from a mutual friend. Although we were quite nervous about finding the right realtor to sell our first home, Elena made us feel at ease from the beginning. She always told us the truth, listened to all of our concerns, and worked with us to get the best price for our home within our time frame, despite a challenging market.
Her marketing materials and presentations were highly professional and she was always right on time. She was consistently engaged in the process and thinking through any adjustments necessary to accomplish our goals.
As an added bonus, she knows where to get the best coffee in town! We absolutely loved working with Elena and highly recommend her.
Elena is a straight up ROCKSTAR! She made the stress of buying a first home while living in a different state as smooth as possible. Because we were not able to fly up and see the majority of the homes we were interested in, she went to each one and took detailed videos of each floor and each room. At times she even brought in contractors (for free) to assess how much work the houses would need or to price out things we felt needed to be done. One time she even went on a covert op to check out a home that wasn't listed because I fell in love with a photo. She also provided valuable insight on the neighborhoods we were looking in and tactfully educated us about purchases we would have later regretted.
We were not easy clients. It being our first home, there were a lot of emotions. We wanted a lot for a little and we dramatically changed what we were looking for several times. From a single family home, to a four plex, to a condo, back to a single family home. From the west side, to the east side, back again. There were many houses, many offers and a few cases of straight up cold feet. However with every new house and game plan we choose to pursue, Elena treated it with the same amount of time, care and patience she did when I asked her to check out the very first house. The house I excitedly declared we "for sure" wanted on our first phone call.
Choosing the right realtor is a very personal choice and there are a lot of realtors out there but I can't imagine a more wonderful realtor than Elena. She isn't just great at what she does, she is a really great person too.
This review is almost a year overdue. We bought our house in Portland in February of 2014. We were from out of state and came to Portland for a week to check out houses. We bought one within that week. She helped make the buying process go very smoothly, even though we were still living out of state during escrow.
When we arrived to look at houses, Elena made us feel comfortable right away and listened to our needs, wants, and budget. She gave us an overall tour of Portland to give us an idea of the different areas.
Elena is a good mix of being friendly and professional. She seemed genuinely excited for us to find a place in Portland. She is also very enthusiastic about this city, and after living here now for almost a year, that enthusiasm is not misplaced.
I would recommend using Elena, especially if you're coming from a different area or out of state.
Hank & Rick
Elena Macphee is one remarkable woman. She guided us through the sale of our home with professional accuracy, and precise and informative advice that kept us completely aware of the status and marketing strategies in play. Her kindness and humor will never be forgotten during this difficult transition time. She listens to her clients and finds the best solutions to keeping them up-to-date on a daily and weekly basis. She is worth every penny of her commission. Her reliability and constant vigilance make you feel assured your home will sell at the price you are seeking. Thank you again Elena for helping us on our new path.
Elegant and experienced, Elena MacPhee knows real estate and she knows the letter of the law. Elena knows a lot and is quick to research what she is unsure of.
As someone who has been through many realtors I can say Elena is the only one who has had the patience to deal with me, and she never pushes. She is a great find, a realtor who actually advises against bad deals, truly having my best interests in mind.
Elena helped me to find my dream home within budget. She was always cheerful, friendly, and most importantly, professional with all dealings. Not only did she do what was needed to find my home, she went the extra mile with everything she did - writing a letter to the seller, having my broker contact the seller's agent and more. I could not recommend Elena highly enough. Thank you Elena and best wishes for the future, I know you have a long and prosperous career ahead of you.
Jen & Mike J.
Elena helped us buy our first home. We had worked with 2 other realtors before Elena that were not helpful and we had high expectations in our purchase. Elena really cared about our needs and was patient with us in our search. She did her research and provided lots of comps to aid in our decision. When we closed on our home she really went the extra mile to make it special and memorable. We would certainly recommend her and would use her again.
Katrina & Timm
Elena was a great negotiator and problem solver. We were out of the country for most of the buying process after making an offer on the house with a hard close three weeks after the offer was accepted. Elena oversaw the process and overcame any issues occurring in our absence. We returned and closed on time.
Chris & Lenore H.
Elena was flexible, professional and effective to work with us while buying our second home and selling our first. She took care of the details and got us into our dream home!
Mike & Mary G.
I have worked with a lot of real estate agents in my years. Our 6th home purchase now has us in SE Portland. My experience with Elena MacPhee was absolutely the best real estate transaction that I have ever had. She was patient, prompt, thoroughly knowledgeable, and made this an experience we would want to do again. I strongly recommend Elena for your next real estate relationship! She does amazing work and she is a lot of fun to work with, too.
I was a first time home buyer when I met Elena, I had already tried working with a few other experienced agents but none of them seemed to have the patience I needed. Elena really helped me to find the right fit for me, she never pushed me into something I couldn't afford or didn't fit my needs. She even held her patience after I had seen too many houses to count, and walked me through each one of my purchase offers (there were 7!) before I actually closed on the right one. Elena will be my realtor for life.
When Elena said I should move to Portland, I made the mistake of saying that might be a good idea. Two months later my house in Seattle sold and I was moving into an old 1907 4-square fixer upper. Her tenacious hunting skills, combined with good humor on those long car rides around town made my search for a home a very rewarding experience. (I actually went through house hunting withdrawal!) Elena was detail-oriented, honest and no nonsense. Our closing was not without obstacles and Elena stayed on top of the seller (at that time a seller's market) until the kinks were ironed out. What a relief!