About Dave Sutton

About Me

Dave Sutton is a real estate agent in the Portland area

2020 is my 17th year as a Realtor. In that time I’ve made it my business to serve my community to the best of my ability. Clients tell me they most appreciate my patience and professionalism. For one couple, I answered questions for two years before they were ready to complete their home purchase. When someone comes to me with a question, I don’t start by asking them to sign a contract or to hire me as their agent. I want to be helpful— to answer questions, share knowledge, and provide up-to-date information on the ever-changing Portland real estate market.

Buying or selling a house is the largest and most complicated transaction most people will ever make. I am here to make, start, or just answer questions about that process as easy as possible. 

Background 

I worked in real estate in California for seven years before moving to Portland with my wife in 2010. Before that, I spent the bulk of my career working as a marketing consultant.

I got into real estate because I bought and sold five houses before I was in real estate, and four of the five times I was astonished at the poor quality of customer service I experienced from my agents. In one case, we had looked at twenty houses in an extremely tight market in the San Francisco area. We found the perfect home, saw another couple writing their offer in the home’s living room, and told our Realtor we wanted to make an  offer right away. She told us, “I’m not sure I have a contract with me.” At that moment I thought, “I know I can do a better job than this!” Fortunately, we got the house, and (10 years later) I made a career change.

Ultimately, I love working with people, and know how to minimize the stress and pressure of huge decisions and logistical challenges. My father was an inveterate “problem solver” and I got that gene.  Real estate transactions always present a long string of problems (“Wait, there’s more to it than just agreeing on price!?”) and I love the challenge of finding solutions that work, for both sides.  It’s the only way to make a transaction happen.

Portland

Home sold by Dave Sutton in North Portland

My wife and I moved to Portland in 2010. We were looking for a change from California, and fell in love with the energy and opportunities in this city. I had spent five years here in the 70’s and so was familiar with the city and its character and quirks. It is a great place for someone with a passion for do-it-yourself projects. Two of my hobbies fit right in—I make my own bread and beer. 

As a realtor, my first challenge was learning the Portland neighborhoods. More than any other city I know of, real estate and community personality vary enormously by neighborhood. There are nearly 100 city-defined neighborhoods within the Portland area, and values for identical homes can vary as much as 20% depending on which side of a neighborhood line. Check out the neighborhood search tool for more information, or sign up for the handy Neighborhood News to see homes for sale and sold in a specific zip code.

The home pictured is one in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood I helped the owners sell (in a week, after three weeks of hard work getting it the best shape to sell)

 

 

Philosophy

Common Sense

Beautiful ranch-style home sold by Dave Sutton

“Common sense and plain dealing” pretty much describes how I serve clients. People tell me what they most appreciate is my patience and my integrity. Buying or selling a home is one of the largest financial events of most people’s life. It’s also one of the most complex and the process is full of pitfalls that may not be obvious. You need someone you can trust to be at your side as you go through it. There was a time when you could buy or sell a house with a one-page contract. Today you’d measure the stack of documents in inches. (On completion I give you a CD containing everything you signed.) I love to answer your real estate questions even if you’re not ready to buy or sell right now.

Finally, if you’re renting now, don’t decide you can’t afford it or that it’s a better financial decision than buying without talking with me. For some people, renting makes sense (and might always). But you owe it to yourself to do the research to make an informed decision, based on research and personalized data. I’ll show you hard numbers that will help you make that decision…and possibly stop lighting a match to thousands of dollars every year.

Regardless of where you are now, I’m happy to help. The home pictured here is a Mid-Century Modern in the Mt.Scott-Arletta neighborhood I helped sell.

Learn More

A great place to learn more about Portland real estate is a pair of resources I generated showing Portland Area Price Trends and Portland Area Sales Trends. These are excellent tools that break down information by city region as well as by home type. Please explore those resources, and if you have questions about a specific neighborhood, I would be happy to create tailored charts for you. Get in touch!