From a young age, Colleen knew how to swing a hammer. As a child, Colleen assisted her father with house projects and soon fell in love with interior design. Between playing beach volleyball and teaching Pilates, she double majored in finance and real estate and quickly landed a job in commercial real estate.
In 2007, Colleen moved to Portland and fell in love with the city’s beautiful homes, unique neighborhoods, and artistic energy. She couldn’t imagine living anywhere else! Just 3 days before her 24th birthday, Colleen purchased her first home, a 1900’s-era Portland four-square in the SE Brooklyn neighborhood. Sticking to her roots, Colleen completely rewired and re-plumbed her home as well as laid tile, hung drywall, and everything else in between (and she passed all her inspections with flying colors)!
Colleen is both thorough and resourceful, and loves getting to know her clients, analyzing their needs, and scrutinizing the marketplace to find their perfect home.
Outside of work Colleen is a yoga enthusiast who loves learning about obscure wine varietals, dining at new Portland hot-spots, and running around with her miniature Australian Shepherd, Cricket.
Words From Colleen’s Clients:
“Colleen Glaab is fabulous! My home buying situation was a little tricky with one of us being out of the country but Colleen made it a breeze! From talking with my out of state lender, to ensuring that my power of attorney was good to go, she is very thorough in all aspects of the home buying process. She was very quick to answer any questions that we had and made excellent recommendations. I would HIGHLY recommend Colleen to anyone looking to buy a home in Portland!!”
“(Five enthusiastic stars) My fiancé and I recently purchased our first home with the help of Colleen and Erica, and we only have wonderful things to say about the experience! Coming from out of state, they expertly accommodated all of the associated challenges. What we expected to be overwhelming and intimidating was actually fun because Colleen and Erica were so knowledgeable, attentive, and patient with us. We would absolutely work with them again and will be recommending them to any family and friends.”
“Colleen Glaab guided us through the purchase of our first rental property with calm, responsive, caring, thorough expertise. She navigated a web of communications between an astonishing number of parties with ease and diligence. And she advised us masterfully at every turn. With her help, what could have been a confusing and stressful experience was exciting–even fun–and ultimately satisfying.”
“Colleen was a pleasure to do business with and I would definitely work with Portland’s Alternative Realtors Inc again.”
“Colleen and Erica were incredible to work with. It was our first home buying experience, and after meeting with a few realtors that didn’t feel authentic or personable I was feeling very nervous about being pressured into something we didn’t want. Colleen and Erica were very warm and receptive. They matched our level of interest as it waxed and waned between looking at many houses daily, to taking some breaks. Colleen was incredibly knowledgeable about the kinds of things to look for in a home and thoroughly answered all of my many questions. Erica helped with the negotiations and inspections. She worked quickly, ensuring we followed all of the timelines correctly, while never pressuring us. She was thoughtful and supportive and continues to be an incredibly helpful resource.
Buying a home can certainly be a harrowing experience, and I don’t know what we would’ve done without Erica and Colleen. They are the best.”
“When we chose to purchase a home in Portland while still living in San Francisco, we knew that our choice of realtors was going to be a key component in determining whether the experience would be smooth or a huge source of stress.
Colleen Glaab was our realtor, and she made the purchasing process a breeze. We viewed many, many homes over 2 weekend trips, with Colleen giving us the local perspective and feedback on properties and different neighborhoods.
Colleen handled so many of the details for us, including negotiations with the seller, setting up and meeting with inspectors, and Facetimed/texted/emails/called us throughout the process. We now have a home that we love, but the next time we buy, we would definitely work with Colleen again!”
“We used Portland Alternative Realtors for the second time just recently. After attempting to work with two other realtors – friend of a friend, we decided to go back to our previous agent. He wasn’t available and referred us to Colleen Glaab. Honestly, we were reluctant at first to work with a young agent. She quickly proved her value and helped us refocus to buy a house in a neighborhood we were less familiar with.
Colleen was terrific and worked hard to help us find a house, get in contract, and close the deal. She consistently exceeded our expectations and we wholeheartedly recommend working with her. Thanks Colleen!”
“Our realtor was Colleen and she was such a pleasure to work with – truly went above and beyond our expectations! We bought our home from out of state and she made the process so easy, and we loved all of her referrals as well for a lender and inspector. She was quick to respond to all emails and phone calls and made everything stress free. So happy with her service, we would definitely recommend Colleen!”
“Emma and Colleen are the best agents you could possibly ask for. Our relationship started with them when we were moving to Portland from out of state. They bent over backwards to find us the perfect house! They were in constant communication and even would Skype us from houses when we weren’t able to see them! So when it came time to sell that house we knew that there was no one else in PDX that we wanted to work with. They made selling our house a breeze! If you want agents that will go above and beyond for you with all your real estate need then these are the ladies to contact!”