My husband and I decided to start looking at moving from out of State to the Portland Area about 18 months ago. In my search for an agent that could assist a bit more than just showing us homes, but giving us more understanding about the advantages for each area of Portland I came across Claire. And true to her website she was extremely informative and was able to give us the big picture and then narrow things down to specifics as we were able to narrow our preferences down.
Claire was extremely responsive and communicative by all methods – emails, texts, and phone. We never felt forgotten about or over-contacted. Since we are living out of the State, when we made visits, she accomodated our schedule and our family to help us see as many houses and neighborhoods as we felt appropriate. And she guided us with her experience to keep things manageable.
We had 3 such visits that resulted in absolutely zero specific results, but yet she did not pressure us for progress. Choosing a home that is right for you is her goal.
On our 4th major tour, we found the home that we ultimately purchased. Claire was extremely helpful in guiding us to make a competitive offer and then had excellent resources at her disposal that were quickly able to conduct the inspections we needed to remain competitive with our offer.
At one point, the deal started to look very shaky, but Claire stood strong, fair and responsive and guided it back to stable ground. Ultimately, we were thrilled and the Seller was happy too.
After the Sale, Claire continues to show her genuine care for our family as well as the professionalism she holds high. She prepared our home with some basic essentials for our first visit after our purchase. Really a lovely and generous touch. I would definitely recommend Claire to anyone for buying or selling a home in this area. And particularly recommend her for folks looking from out of state to move to this area. She’s extremely helpful in that relocation process!
Claire is a pleasure to work with! She knows the neighborhoods we were targeting and is a wealth of information. She spent time with me both in person and over the phone/via the internet to get a clear understanding of what was important for our family’s transition from out of state. Her knowledge of the purchase process is clear and she offered excellent guidance and advice. Even after we closed, she continues to willingly offer recommendations referrals to top-notch providers of various services. I’d happily work with Claire again!
Claire is a consummate professional. She is dedicated to truly finding her clients their home. She is so easy to work with and gives the highest attention to detail. Claire is committed to the process from start to finish and walks with you every step of the way. I can’t recommend her highly enough. Thank you Claire, for helping us find our dream home! (Listed and sold home in Beaverton, bought home in Tualatin).
Cannot say enough good things about Claire. She helped me and my husband purchase our 1st home and the experience which can be stressful was made much more pleasant with the help of Claire and her team. Her experience and knowledge in the industry helped calm any anxieties we had in purchasing our home. She provided lots of information and was very quick to respond with any question we had. If this is your 1st or 3d home I would recommend Claire for the job. We felt like we were in capable hands the entire time.
– Sabrina & John
Working with Claire was such a great experience. Especially as a first time home buyer, we had a lot of questions and Claire seemed prepared for all of them. Although we ended up buying a bank owned home, she helped us file all of the needed paperwork very quickly and thoroughly complete the extra complicated application process, explaining to us each step along the way. She was always super quick to respond, even on holidays and weekends. She was even able to set up viewings the same day to see homes for sale in our area as soon as they hit the market. We also found that it was very easy to trust her opinions and concerns because she was very honest with us about the good and bad qualities of each home we saw. I would 100% recommend Claire to my friends and family in the future.
– Becca Bennett
What an incredibly easy home buying experience, all thanks to Claire!
My wife and I were first time home buyers and dreaded having to buy a home in the beginning because we though it would be complex and difficult. Claire made it so simple for us by explaining every detail into an easy to understand way. She was always prompt in all our meetings and ALWAYS available to answer a question for us. She recommended great home inspection vendors and we never had to go and find anything on our own. The best part was how pleasant and comfortable she is to work with as well. Gave great advice but never pushy. I would recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a home!
– Jamal Sarkez
Claire was truly a blessing in our house selling experience. She was very knowledgeable about the selling process as well as extremely helpful about what we needed to do to get our house in “selling shape” as well as helping us decide on an amount to list the house for. She was always available for any crazy questions we had and was extremely fast in her responses. We never felt alone during the process and always knew she was only a quick text or call away and available. Her advice and knowledge was completely on point and her support and communication helped the entire process be so much smoother than we would have ever imagined with selling our first home. She was supportive and informative throughout all our decision making and also was extremely supportive to us emotionally through all the difficult decisions that come along with selling a home. She was the perfect blend of professionalism and comfort to us. We are so thankful to God for placing her in our lives and making our selling experience wonderful!
– Lindsey Clark
Claire was great at getting my house sold fast and for more money than I could have expected. I had never sold a house before and she walked me through every stage and answered all my questions. The marketing materials provided were top notch and nothing I had ever seen before. I received lots of compliments on the lookbook, website and photography. They all really helped show my house in the best light possible. It only took 3 days to get multiple offers and I truly believe it is because of all the hard work Claire did. I highly recommend her if you are looking to sell or buy in the future. She always has her clients best interest in mind.
– Michelle Larossi
Claire is amazing! My husband and I were first time home buyers and Claire made it so easy. She worked around the clock for us, explained the entire process in a way we understood and she always made us feel comfortable every step of the way. Claire offered advice and opinions along the way that can only come with her experience. She made sure we were confident in our decision and answered every single question we had about the inspection process, how much to offer on the house, the negotiation stage, etc. Her response time is immediate and she has such a wealth of knowledge, I don’t think there was anything she couldn’t answer for us! Her vendors are top notch and worked with our timeline. Claire always had our best interest in mind and went above and beyond to help make our home buying process so smooth. We strongly believe if it weren’t Claire negotiating this sale, we wouldn’t have gotten this house. She made it happen. Seriously, Claire is the best realtor-we would recommend her in a heartbeat!
– Ali Funk
My husband and I have worked with Claire both, to buy and sell our home in Portland, OR. She is very knowledgeable when it comes to understanding the housing market and very driven to give her clients the best deal she can. She was excellent in pricing/marketing/promotion/advertising during the sale of our house . She is very prompt in responding to emails & texts, something my husband & I really admired. Very meticulous and organized in handling all the paperwork & deadlines. Extremely hard working and always on top of issues. You will never miss a deadline !!!
Claire, is just the best real estate professional we have worked with & an amazing person at heart. We would work with her again in a heartbeat!!
– Ria & Rahul
Take the stress out of buying your home…Work with Claire!!! In an industry where everyone claims to offer the best service & have the most knowledge, let me share with you specific reasons to choose Claire when buying or selling your home: Her patience, willingness to serve, ability to manage expectations, responsiveness, closing skills, & heart is only the tip of the iceberg. (Details follow…)
Her Patience: I was first referred to Claire on 7/13/15. We purchased our home 5/10/16. She was super patient while we explored our relocation to Portland. She professionally checked in as our target home search date grew closer and was an amazing resource on all things Portland throughout the whole process. She even helped us research preschools for our little guy, talk about going above and beyond!
Her Willingness to Serve: Once my wife and I were finally ready to dive into this crazy market, she was right there willing to take as long as necessary to make sure we found the “one”. She never rushed the process, and encouraged us to take our time.
Her Ability to Manage Expectations: Let’s face it… It can brutal out there for homebuyers in this seller’s market. She reminded us that it may take a few offers to land something. She never oversold the process, which is an attribute that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Her Responsiveness: She answers when you call if, she can (i.e. when she’s with another client, she gives her full attention). Otherwise, she answers as soon as she’s able. That’s as good as it gets. I don’t actually understand how she was able to make me feel like I was her only client while serving so many at the same time. That takes mad skills. Being in the service industry myself, I should have taken better notes!
Her Closing Skills: I was actually surprised at just how “ready to roll” she was when we finally did want to put in an offer. Her sleeves were rolled up and she didn’t mess around. I saw a whole new side of Claire, where you could tell she was “ready to fight” for her client and make sure we were well represented. There was so much peace in knowing that if a deal could be struck, Claire would make it happen. I’d hate to think that an agent could prevent or somehow put a buyer at a disadvantage simply by not being good at what they do. Definitely, not the case with Claire.
Her Heart: There are those that do an amazing job, and those that do an amazing job plus a little bit more. It’s the warm and fuzzies that you can’t put on a marketing flyer. Things like opening her home to have my family over for dinner, dropping off yummy homemade goodies, having food ready for our move in day knowing it was going to be a long one, buying our kids these super cute dog stuffed animals (that they absolutely adore), and buying us a super thoughtful move in gift. Just insane how loved we felt. She’s practically part of our family now 🙂
So yeah, those are just a few reasons to work with Claire. Save yourself the trouble, if you’re on the fence at all with whom to work with, or just got lucky and landed on this review early on, give Claire a call. She’s great! You won’t regret it.
– Matt DeWolf, Happy Homeowner
My husband and I would highly recommend Claire to anyone selling or looking to buy a home! Claire is on her game for so many reasons. We followed her suggestions about how update the house to appeal to more people. And it worked! We posted our house on Thursday evening. By Monday, we had 8 offers to choose from. We selected an offer Monday evening and were in escrow Wednesday afternoon! Only 2 days! Claire’s expertise showed through her recommendations on how to price our house and explaining the process of how selling our home works. Her emails are very organized, and she was very clear when signatures were due. We have no regrets with choosing Claire. You will not be disappointed with Claire as your real estate professional!
– Shonda Milmore
Claire was absolutely amazing throughout our entire home selling/buying process! She was the reason we got such a great response to our home. The marketing she does with amazing pictures attracted many potential buyers to our home. She is very knowledgeable and helped us make the best decisions with selecting the right offer and handling issues with our seller. She was always available and quick to respond to messages and questions. I highly recommend Claire!
– Kristi Pitoshnik
I don’t even know where to begin in expressing my absolute satisfaction with Claire !!! Not only was she knowledgable and available to me with in minutes but she helped me throughout the whole entire process, from beginning until end and even beyond!! It was always her priority to make sure that I understood everything moving forward . She made this transaction so easy for me. I’m a newly divorced single mom, and this was the first home I’ve purchased without additional support. Claire was my support when I needed it!! Every question I had, she answered, she even went as far as to set up all of my appointments with contractors, inspectors and even referred me to an amazing mortgage broker. I honestly could not be happier! And I must add, that yesterday when I met the seller, he told me that he was so impressed with her contract, that it was so well written and she had everything in such a timely manner, that that is a huge part of why he chose me over multiple offers ! (His words)!! So if your looking to buy or sell a home, do yourself a favor and use Claire Widmark-Wright.
– Stacie Wilber
Claire was an amazing partner during our recent real estate transaction. When selling our house she did a wonderful job preparing us and our house to get top dollar. The marketing material quality was wonderful and went a long way to representing the house we sold well. She was always timely and very responsive in her communication. There were a number of ups and downs when buying our new home. Claire was able to provide expert advice and bring in others when more clarity was needed. Her weekly progress updates helped address any issues and her availability (any time of day) allowed us to keep things moving forward. If you are looking to buy or sell, Claire is the one you want on your team.
– Adam Oakley
Claire excels at all aspects of real estate. It is evident she truly loves her job and enjoys building relationships with her clients. We had three other realtors look at our house to list. It was a unique home and only Claire suggested having an appraisal done to help us decide on the price. We listed the house with confidence that we had priced it correctly. The house went pending in three days. As our buyers agent, Claire was available to show anything we wanted to see. After we found the “house” of our dreams Claire made sure the transaction went seamlessly. Escrow closed without a hitch on time.
– Tamara Robinson
Claire has helped us sell two homes and purchase one. Her expertise in pricing our home, getting it ready to sell and prompt and supportive communicate throughout the process was invaluable. Claire is a dedicated realtor and went above and beyond to help us achieve our goals with the selling and purchasing of our homes.
– Asher Sarjent
To say that Claire is a Real Estate Professional would be a huge understatement. In this crazy market Claire spent 2 years helping us find our home. That is 2 years and over 200 homes that Claire helped us with…yes, we are picky. As we worked with her it became very clear that she had listened to what we were looking for and what was important to us in our home. She curtailed the searches to us and really understood what we needed. She got so good that I think our record in going into a home was somewhere around a minute and a half before she said “this is not your home” to which we were in complete agreement. This was our second purchase of a home and the contrast to our first agent couldn’t be any more clear. Once we had submitted our offer, she kept us from walking off the cliff with stress. Once the offer was accepted, she set out very clearly what the next steps were going to be, when they were going to need to happen, and why we were doing what we were doing. She guided us through a tricky home inspection and gave great advice as to how to proceed and what to expect from the sellers (who were wonderful by the way). She was available via phone, text, and email (and in person of course) whenever we had questions or concerns. The difference in Claire and our other experience was that she was right there in the trenches with us and at the end of the day, she clearly understood what we were looking for. She is much more than a Real Estate Agent!
If there’s an agent that beats outstanding it’s Claire. Claire came recommended by my mortgage broker. My wife and I couldn’t have asked for a better agent. Claire has been upfront, responsive and supportive the whole time. From my perspective I believe Claire seems to enjoy finding people a home that’s right for them – It’s not just a sales transaction for her.
Claire understood exactly what my wife and I were looking for and provided a quality consultation during and after each showing. Claire has an eagle eye. During one showing Claire asked us what was missing from the kitchen. My wife and I looked around the kitchen and couldn’t identify the missing item. Claire noticed the stove was missing. This is just one example of many where Claire pointed out to us the things that weren’t so obvious to the normal/fresh house hunter.
Claire recently helped us work through a short-sale. As most know there’s nothing short about a short-sale. Claire walked us through each part of the long process and provided us with quality consultation along the way to assist us in making solid educated decisions.
Claire went far and above the call of duty. During closing we encountered an issue from the appraisal that required us to make some minor repairs. Because it was a short-sale we were limited by time and the tasks were left to my wife and I to complete. Claire insisted that she come out and provide whatever assistance she could. She showed up with her husband and both dug in to help get the items fixed and pass the appraisers final review. The transaction closed on time and my wife and I have since moved in.
My wife and I definitely recommend Claire to anyone looking to purchase a new home and we will definitely use Claire again for any future real estate transactions.
– Steven M. Portland, OR
I am a mortgage broker who has had the privilege of working with Claire on 3 or 4 home purchases now.
We just completed a home purchase where Claire was amazing (as usual). This one was a short sale where she went back to the bank to negotiate an even better deal after the inspection. It required patience and skill but Claire got our client a great deal on a wonderful home.
Near the end, there was a need to get a few things done on the home and Claire and her husband jumped in to help get things fixed (3 hours in a Portland downpour!)
Amazing! Awesome Portland Real Estate Agent!
– Chris H. Camas, WA
Claire Widmark is the best real estate agent we’ve ever worked with and we’ve worked with many over the years. She is motivated, organized, creative, detailed and patient. The patient part is important to us. She never makes us feel like she just wants to make the sale and get it over with. She is personable and professional. I couldn’t recommend her any more highly.
– Sita C. Redwood Valley, CA
Claire helped us sell our home in the spring of 2015, and we couldn’t be happier with the result! All of the photos and marketing materials really helped our house stand out, and Claire was even nice enough to help with staging. Our pricing was right on target, and within one week of putting our home on the market we got multiple offers above the asking price. In addition to presenting us with those offers, Claire also took the time to explain the pros and cons of each. She was incredibly knowledgeable about how best to handle the inspection and closing process. (Which was important to me, since we were selling an older home.) As a mom with two young kids, I REALLY appreciated how willing Claire was to work around our busy schedules, and how responsive she was to all of my emails and texts (even when I’d have a random question late at night). Claire’s office is completely digital, so we were able to sign all of our documents online, which made life much easier for us. I really can’t say enough how grateful I am to Claire and her team for everything they did in helping to sell our home.
Claire was amazing and provided great support and knowledge during the process of selling our home and helping us find our new home. Claire successfully sold my parents’ house that they were struggling to sell with several other realtors before her. She made sure we understood every step to make sure we were ready to take the next steps. She never stopped tying to find us the best deal and wasn’t afraid to ask the tough questions. Claire always made sure she responded to a phone call or text ASAP. She understood how fast you need to act to get the best results. I would recommend Claire to anyone and everyone looking for a realtor. You’ll be glad she’s on your side!
– Andrea Willis
I was introduced to Claire through a family contact; I was in a situation that was at the least overwhelming. Claire was able to get me an incredible Contractor to make needed repairs at an excellent price, with her help and advice the work on the house was completed, a top notch photo shoot was done which resulted in the nicest real estate brochures I have ever seen, I even kept one so I could remember the place. She was dead on with the asking price and the house sold quickly with no drama, Claire made what I thought was going to be a horrible experience into a great one, we are now in the process of me purchasing my new home and she has been extremely patient with me through the whole process and was able to save me money where I didnb t know I could in the process, Helped me pick the colors to paint the place (I am a single male, you donb t even want see the colors I would have chosen) and got me nice trim upgrades at no cost to me! Bottom line she cares. Now not only do I have a real estate agent for life but I have made a good friend!
Claire Widmark is exceptional. We could not have asked for a better agent to help us. She’s a clear, proactive communicator. She responded quickly to any of our questions and she told us what to expect each step of the way. We followed her recommendation when we priced our home aggressively and we successfully got our full asking!! The marketing her team provided was over the top and we know it helped immensely with a quick, high offer. We’d recommend Claire to anyone looking for a low stress, upbeat experience.
My wife and I recently bought our first home and were referred to Claire by a coworker who also worked with her. She responded to us within a few hours of leaving a message and we had our first sit down meeting with her within the week. She took thorough notes on what we wanted and didn’t and had tons of insight into what was realistic for us and our budget. We received regular emails from her with all the listings that met our list of wants and if one jumped out to us she would do everything in her power to get us there within the day.
During walk throughs she was always honest, no matter what. Even if it meant that we would walk away from a house. She was insistent that, if we were patient, would find the house we wanted and that we wouldn’t have to settle. We walked through a ton of houses and she was honest in all of them, and even though we would be bummed that it wasn’t the right house she would always encourage us and we would leave excited for when we finally found THE ONE!
When we finally found a house we loved, she raced downtown, PICKED UP both my wife and I, did a walkthrough and then drove us back to work! Who does that?! Our budget for a house wasn’t huge, but she treated us like royalty! She was very available as we wrote our offer and gave incredible advice about what to offer and then let us make our decision.
Within 24 hours of seeing the house we had our offer in and it was accepted the next day!
She made sure she fought for all of the things we wanted from the home owner and we got all of them!
I will never, ever use another realtor. Claire is wonderful, professional, friendly and knowledgable. I can promise you won’t be disappointed with her!
Claire went above and beyond to make our home-buying experience a great one! Buying our first home in the Portland-Metro area, in this market, was daunting at first. We were hearing how competitive it was, with houses getting multiple offers above the asking price. Claire was so good at navigating us in the right direction. She didn’t want us over-paying for a house, but knew what had to be done for us to have a chance at having an offer accepted. She was so quick and on top of everything, which is completely necessary in this market. Anytime a house popped up that we wanted to see, she got us in before the end of the day. She responded to our calls and e-mails very quickly during the search, the negotiation and the escrow period. Once we found the house we wanted, she pushed for us to get a fair price in the negotiation, and same with the repair negotiations. Everything went so smoothly through the whole process, I can’t imagine a better experience. I highly recommend Claire to anyone buying a home who wants a realtor they can trust!
We cannot say enough good things about Claire. Our home buying experience started long before we were even ready to buy with lots of questions we needed answered. Claire met with us at a coffee shop and walked us through the entire process so we would know exactly what the (to us was daunting) process would look like. It took another two years to find our home and Claire walked with us the entire way! She was so patient and we knew without a doubt, that she was with us because she TRULY CARED about our future and our peace, rather then falling into “the rush of getting us a house”. Claire is as good as they come and the best part is, with her you get far more then just a real estate agent but you inherit a new family member and friend.
– Andy & Echo Zielinski
Claire was fantastic to work with. I began my search in the depths of the real estate slump and knew that I was going to be very particular. I worried that my selectiveness would discourage her. Yet she was never not eager to show me something I had genuine interest in. While my activity varied as my life’s focus shifted, Claire was with me in my search process for over 4 years. She never pushed, and she never gave up. When I finally settled on a property her help in the process was invaluable. Her network of vendors are as responsive and she is and made the process of working thru contingencies very simple. Her communication thru the process was very clear and spoke directly to my needs. Her negotiations with the selling agent were thorough and stress free. If another Portland property is in my future I will be calling Claire.
Claire is an outstanding real estate agent. She was very responsive to our needs and timing. We were new to the area and we started looking long before we were ready to buy, in order to narrow our search of both housing type and neighborhood. She was always willing to work in a quick showing, or spend a half day showing many options. Once we decided to buy, she was masterful at working through the process and keeping us on top of all the details (it had been 20 years since we last bought a house – so we needed the help!). Then, she expertly negotiated the purchase and crafted a purchase agreement, complete with numerous repairs, that was quickly agreed to and finalized. For example, one side of the house was EIFS stucco, which needed some repair. Instead of repair, she was able to negotiate complete removal and replacement of the stucco to high quality siding at no cost to us. Also, a couple window seals were broken – she convinced the sellers to check warranties and found they had lifetime warranty. They ended up replacing the bad ones, plus a few more. We could go on, but you get the idea. She is a great real estate agent and a great person. We highly recommend Claire.
-Kevin and Peggy Smit
Claire found my daughter and son in law their beautiful home. When I was ready to move to this area I contacted her. She was so patient with me. I hadn’t moved in almost 25 years so this process along with selling my house was extremely stressful. Claire remained calm and sensitive to my frustrations. She kept reassuring me that I would find the perfect home for me. She never once pressured me into making a decision which I really appreciated. I would recommend Claire highly to anyone looking for a new home.