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Brian Kester

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Brian Kester

Bell Real Estate
Springfield, OR

Experience: 21 Years
License #: 960300102 - Oregon
Top Locations Served: Eugene, Springfield, Junction City, Veneta, Pleasant Hill, Coburg, Marcola
Languages: English

Brian Kester's Realty Transactions

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  • Represented Buyer
  • Represented Seller
  Address City Price Date Bed/Bath Sq. Ft.  
3577 Westleigh St Eugene $144,900 10/02/13 3 / 2 1,596
4415 Paddock Dr Eugene $339,500 09/30/13 3 / 2 1,707
1336 Tamarack St Springfield $145,000 06/24/13 4 / 2 1,471
1453 Linden Ave Springfield $139,910 04/12/13 3 / 1 1,056
1905 L St Springfield $99,000 03/19/13 2 / 1 672
2168 Otto St Springfield $165,750 02/07/13 3 / 1 1,092
2111 Plentywood Ln Eugene $118,000 12/21/12 4 / 2.5 1,316
2581 Newcastle St Eugene $177,400 11/09/12 3 / 2 1,700
3120 Alder St Eugene $200,000 10/22/12 3 / 1 1,080
444 River Loop 2 Eugene $151,500 07/06/12 2 / 2 1,238
975 6th St Springfield $61,500 04/13/12 3 / 1 935
1645 Riley Ln Eugene $125,000 03/26/12 3 / 2 1,370
1010 Clark St Eugene $154,000 11/15/11 2 / 1 855
1139 W 7 Pl Junction City $116,500 06/15/11 3 / 1.5 1,192
1285 Modoc St Springfield $107,000 05/11/11 3 / 1 1,078
85529 Dilley Ln Eugene $277,500 03/24/11 3 / 2.5 2,080
2640 D St Springfield $89,900 02/01/11 4 / 2 1,726
5574 Charles Way Eugene $207,000 12/10/10 4 / 3 1,954
488 Spring Creek Dr Eugene $259,900 08/04/10 3 / 2.5 1,717
1336 1st St Springfield $158,000 06/23/10 3 / 2 1,284
211 Trailside Loop Eugene $118,500 12/23/09 2 / 1.5 1,020
3910 Aerial Way Eugene $242,000 11/16/09 4 / 2.5 2,303
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About Realtor Brian Kester

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I enjoy helping my clients find that perfect property to buy or help them sell. I am readily available to my clients, responsive to their needs and a detailed oriented person who likes to "get things done" but I also want to be sure to serve my clients best interest. My strengths are in evaluating properties for my clients and explaining potential repairs, improvements, income and/or benefits of a property. This can be a great benefit for both buyers and sellers in that I can show them areas of concern with a property which can help with the sales price of a property or the ease in which it can be sold or purchased. My background helps me to explain and show my clients what potential problems to look for in a property and to help them understand the costs involved.

I grew up in Anchorage Alaska and while growing up, was very active in sports. I am a University of Oregon graduate in 1991 with degrees in Management, Marketing and Psychology. I have lived and worked in the Eugene/Springfield area since 1994.

I began working in a small office in Springfield as an assistant property manager in 1995, but was quickly promoted to the head property manager position. In June of 2006 I received my broker’s license. In February of 2008 I was hired by the owner of Bell Real Estate to help in re-organizing and revamping the property management side of their business. Since beginning work with Bell Real Estate, I have steadily increased my activities in helping clients to buy and sell real estate. I work with only a few clients at a time so that I can be sure to meet their needs and serve them to the best of my ability. Since I am not exclusively a real estate agent, I don´t rely on real estate commissions to survive. I WORK FOR MY CLIENTS NEEDS, NOT MY OWN.

How do you help buyers to find the right properties for them?
I listen to what their needs and desires are and look for properties that closely resemble what they are looking for. In my experience, buyers know if a property is right for them almost from the moment they step inside the home. I believe that if it feels like home, then they should buy the home. This has been true of almost every buyer I have worked with. However, I never push any buyer to buy a home. They must feel confident that they want the home. I want my clients to be happy with their purchase even months or years afterwards.

How do you make sure buyers get the best price for the property they are interested in?
Knowing what similar homes are selling for or have sold for and looking at comps helps. I find that most buyers have an idea of what they think the home is worth and I help them adjust that based on the comps by pointing out the differences between homes that may either increase or decrease the value.

What do you do to help market the properties your clients are selling?
I try to be very detailed in my description of the property. I take many photos and record a walk through video of the entire property inside and out.. Since most buyers look at properties online first, I want to give them as much information and views of the property as possible so as to peak their interest enough to want to view the home in person. I market the property on dozens of websites to gain the largest exposure possible.

How do you ensure your sellers get the highest price?
I discuss the list price with the seller and do a market analysis to determine what the potential sales price could be. Based on the sellers needs, I will list the home to provide them the maximum sales price and/or quickest sale. I have found that in some cases, listing homes at a slightly lower price creates competition which causes offer prices to increase. This competition benefits my clients in that rather than getting offers below their asking price and trying to negotiate them higher, my clients get offers at or above what they really want out of the sale. Ultimately, however, the list price is my clients decision. I am their agent here to serve their needs.

What do you recommend sellers do to make sure their selling process is smooth?
I inspect my clients homes and give them advice on things they can do to make the home more presentable to buyers and hopefully increase offers. Everything from minor repairs, de-cluttering and cleaning to major remodels depending on what the client can afford to do and the return they wish to receive in the sale. Reducing the number of issues a property has will generally make it easier to sell at a price that the seller wants to receive. I also let them know what the sales process will be like from start to finish including the potential issues with inspections and repair issues. I want my clients to be happy with my service to them. I try to communicate frequently with my clients and keep them apprised of what is happening with their home.

Representing Buyers, Representing Sellers, First-Time Buyers, Rentals, Condos, Property Management, Investment Properties
Interests: University of Oregon football and other sports.
Certifications/Awards: -
MLS Association:
Oregon Association Of Realtors, Eugene Association Of Realtors
State License Info:
First Name: BRIAN
Middle Name: J
Last Name: KESTER
License #: 960300102
License Type: Broker
License Status: ACTIVE
Broker License #: 950500176
License State: OR

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October 16, 2015
Professional and efficient.
He was so helpful. Whatever we needed, he was there.
Is there anything you wish Brian Kester did differently?
How did the agent help in finding the right property for you?
He sent me a long list of appropriate homes and was prepared to take me to them all.
How did the agent help to get a good price for you?
We were pleased
- Carol Barron (Bought a home with Brian Kester in 2015 in Veneta, OR)
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August 22, 2015
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Brian did an excellent job helping me sell my home. He was very knowledge of the market in my area enabled me to maximize the profits. With multiply offers he helped me wade through the them to reach the best fit for my need. Brian kept me informed at each step and guided me through the process. I would highly recommend Brian to anyone wanting to sell or buy a home, he is a solid professional.
What did the agent do to market your property?
Open House, Pre-market promotion, and contact other realtors who were interested in rural property.
Did the agent help to make the transaction go smoothly?
Very much. He arranged the work to be done to meet the requirements for the agreed upon buyer requests.
Is there anything you wish Brian Kester did differently?
- Delana Still (Sold home with Brian Kester in 2015 in Pleasant Hill, OR)
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September 02, 2015
Thank you Delana - You were awesome to work with and I am happy we were able to get more than your list price for the home! Best wishes always!

August 04, 2015
From managing my property to guiding me through the final sale, Brian can do it all!
Brian was my property manager through Bell Real Estate, and I had a few years of experience with him prior to hiring him as my real estate agent. He helped me sell my house quicker than the expected timeline, which put more money in my pocket. He also did an excellent job of being available at late and early hours to work around my schedule. I really appreciate his thoroughness and expertise! I would hire him again in a second!
What did the agent do to market your property?
Not sure
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Is there anything you wish Brian Kester did differently?
- Erin Whitlock (Sold home with Brian Kester in 2015 in Springfield, OR)
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September 02, 2015
Erin - I know it was difficult having to move away when the market was bad and not being able to sell your home years ago. But I am happy we were able to finally get it sold at a price that allowed you to walk away with a little money. Take care!

July 22, 2015
Tons of patience!
It is a pleasure working with Brian trying to locate a place of my choosing. He is very open and honest about each house we walk into and is ready to lend suggestions when needed.
- Samantha Ames (Worked with Brian Kester in 2015 in Eugene/Springfield, OR)
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July 22, 2015
Thank you Samantha! I look forward to working with you.

November 26, 2014
Brian, seems to know alot about real estate, and is very personable, and profesional.
I enjoyed our visit.
- cynthia erickson (Bought a home with Brian Kester in 2014)
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May 13, 2014
Attentive, Thorough, and excellent at explaining the vagaries of real estate
Brian really listened to our requirements and presented us with well-matched properties. The materials and information were easy to understand and navigate. If we did have trouble understanding or needed more detail, he was able to explain things readily. He was always in contact, and he was prompt and responsible in all dealings. This is all before you get the his personable and friendly demeanor. We would certainly call on him again, whether to buy or to sell.
- Marise Gwin (Bought a home with Brian Kester in 2011 in Eugene, OR)
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July 30, 2014
Thank you very much for your endorsement. I strive to maintain high standards to help all my clients.

April 04, 2014
Brian was very helpful. He was prompt,responsive and did not pressure. He gave me all the time I needed to examine the property.
Is there anything you wish Brian Kester did differently?
noI I was only interested in that one property
- gretchen Harris (Bought a home with Brian Kester in 2014 in Springfield, OR)
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February 02, 2014
Brian surpassed my expectations.
Brian was there for me. Whenever I had a question he didn´t hesitate to contact me back and answer any of my questions I had for him. He had my back from point a, all the way through, until I had the key keys in my hand. I wouldn´t hesitate to recommend Brian to anybody out there seeking to purchase another house.
- Sean Callahan (Bought a home with Brian Kester in 2013 in Springfield, OR)
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February 03, 2014
Glad to have helped you find a home you will enjoy for many years!

January 22, 2014
Highly Recommended
Brian was very helpful selling my moms home,this was a very difficult time for me,and
Brian helped us through the whole process.Very knowledgeable and professional.
- Trudy Carlson (Sold home with Brian Kester in 2014 in eugene, OR)
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January 22, 2014
Thank you for your glowing review! It was a pleasure to help you through this process and I am glad that we were able to sell the home for much more than what we listed it for. Best wishes to you!

August 26, 2013
Prompt and Honest. A+
I thought Brian did a fine job. He was prompt and honest about disclosure . Did a god walk through, offered further assistance. A+
- Cal B. (Worked with Brian Kester in 2013 in Eugene, OR)
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July 29, 2013
Absolutely Dedication
Brian, was diligent and proficient in finding my investment property. Although Bank of America delayed the closing of the short sale for almost a year, Brian stayed on the ball and on top of the process from start to finish. It was encouraging to have him through such a long delay. It would have been easy for him to have lost interest, but that was never the case. Great Job, Brian!
Is there anything you wish Brian Kester did differently?
None that I can think of.
How did the agent help in finding the right property for you?
He understood my wants and requirements. Brian send us many properties, we had four offers turned down, but he never let up.
How did the agent help to get a good price for you?
Very diligent on and knowledgeable with the area. he knew which listings to pursue and how much to offer.
- Martiin Peterson (Bought a home with Brian Kester in 2013 in Springfield, OR)
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April 21, 2013
Brian found my house then rented it out.
We stuck with Brian to find our retirement house because he knew what we wanted and knew the type of home that we could rent out until we retired - without losing money. We succeed on both counts! His company, Bell Realty, also gave us a discount on their rental property management fees because he sold the house to us.
- Mark Fryburg (Bought a home with Brian Kester in 2012 in Eugene, OR)
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April 21, 2013
Thank you Mark - we have great renters in your future retirement home. I am grateful for your recommendation.

April 20, 2013
Knowledgeable, good communicator, thoughtfull; goes the extra mile to get the job done !
This was my first house I´ve ever sold; with his professionalism, the transaction went smoothly and was sold within six weeks of being listed. He did a great job of informing me where we were and what to expect in the process of selling my house. I would def., recommend him for any real estate transactions.
What did the agent do to market your property?
Make the house more presentable,research existing homes to find a good selling price, and heavy advertising.
Did the agent help to make the transaction go smoothly?
Yes, very much so !
Is there anything you wish Brian Kester did differently?
Not really, he did a good job for me !
- Gene Lewis (Sold home with Brian Kester in 2013 in Springfield, OR)
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April 21, 2013
Thank you Gene. It was great working with you and I am happy that we were able to sell and close so quickly as you had wanted. Best wishes.

January 10, 2013
Another outstanding job
This is the second home that Brian has worked hard to get for me. After my first experience with Brian, when I sold that home Brian was the first one I called.

I have worked with many realtors over the years and never been very impressed, there is a lot of pushy, realtors out there, however they don´t listen or answer your calls for days. Brian is different. He presents the house, things to be concerned about and assets. He wants the house to be what you want, genuinely. He also returns calls, good news or bad, that´s a great thing!

I highly recommend Brian as a fantastic realtor.
- Gina Osborne (Bought a home with Brian Kester in 2013 in Eugene, OR)
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January 11, 2013
Gina - Thank you for the glowing endorsement, you were wonderful to work with also. I wish you and your family the best in your new home.

October 26, 2012
Very helpful for new home buyers
Brain was great. He really knows his stuff and helped put us at ease since we were first time buyers. He answered all of ours questions, was quick to respond to emails, and was really great at showing us houses. I´ll be recommending him to our friends when they go to buy.
- Brittany Brown (Bought a home with Brian Kester in 2012 in Eugene, OR)
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October 29, 2012
I truly enjoyed working with you and Daniel. It was a long journey to find you and Daniel the home you both love, but I know you found the home that you will both enjoy for many years. I wish you both the best with your future plans.

September 10, 2012
..and a pleasure to work with bria
- Esther Hagenlocher (Bought a home with Brian Kester in 2011 in Eugene, OR)
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October 29, 2012
Esther - Thank you for the review. I did enjoy working with you and hope you enjoy your new home.

August 29, 2012
Very helpful
It has been going great working with Brian to get a home. He is very helpful and very responsive to all our requests. We hope to get a home soon.

Thank you Brian for your help.
- Daniel Mundra (Worked with Brian Kester in 2012 in Eugene, OR)
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October 29, 2012
Thank you for the review. I have enjoyed helping you find your 1st home.

July 15, 2012
Brian was great!
He helped us throught the whole house-hunting and buying process. I was very impressed by his availability and enthusiasm, as well as his knowledge of the market.
- Naomi (Bought a home with Brian Kester in 2012 in OR)
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July 16, 2012
Thank you Naomi!! Please let me know when you have finished remodeling. I would love to see what you have done with the place.

February 23, 2012
Brian found me my dream home
Brian is a fantastic agent. At the time I had called many realtors and I was amazed how many didn´t call me back when I called about a property. Brian always called back in a timely mannor if he didn´t answer, which was rare. Brian looked at each home top to bottom and noted potential issues that I would have overlooked. I was impressed with his proffesional attitude. Thanks again Brian. I will definatly recommend you to my friends.
- Gina Osborne (Bought a home with Brian Kester in 2011 in Junction City, OR)
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April 06, 2012
Thank you Gina! It was great working with you also. Best wishes on your new home (and garden)!!

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