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. To know more about Colleen, feel free to check out her website CocotheRealtor.com or follow her on Instagram at @CocotheRealtorPDX
Words From Colleen’s Clients:
“Colleen IS the realtor you want to work with! She is a professional who inspires confidence at every point in the home purchasing process. As a first time home buyer I had very little knowledge of the process but within the first week I knew it was going to be great working with Colleen. I had connected with 2 other realtors prior and never got the sense they were involved in this significant purchase for me. Colleen listened to my goals around purchasing a home. This was demonstrated in her approach to finding and showing listings. Where other realtors wanted to paint a picture of the “dream home” Colleen helped with understanding every important detail of a listing, good or bad, this way I was well informed to make this large decision. Her top notch team helped uncover ever available detail on a potential listing. My home purchasing journey had a couple significant snags. To the point I was worried the process was dragging out to long for Colleen to continue to provide her attention. I raised this concern and she reassured me that she was dedicated to helping me find a home that fit my needs. Then followed up by doing exactly that! Along with Colleen’s ability to listen, research, negotiate and knowledge of the market she has great relationships with other professionals across the industry. Demonstrated by their glowing reviews of her, all ways a good sign. 10 out of 10. Whether I am selling or buying I will be working with Colleen again!”
“I love love loved working with Colleen. She is smart, incredibly hard-working and knowledgeable. I recommend her whole-heartedly. I bought an older building and Colleen’s ability to anticipate possible problems and help guide me through solutions and workarounds was so valuable.”
“I was fortunate enough to have Colleen as my realtor while purchasing my first home. It is a surprisingly overwhelming experience and Colleen walked me through the entire process. She is very knowledgeable, professional, and dedicated, and I felt at ease knowing I had her to advocate for me. She showed me things to look for when buying a home that I wouldn’t have even considered, was very communicative and accessible, and she dedicated a lot of her time to help me find my perfect home. I genuinely felt like she had my back through the entire process. Purchasing a home is such a huge life decision and I am so grateful that I had Colleen representing me! Thank you, Colleen!”
“Colleen was such an amazing Realtor to work with! She is kind and very professional. She walked us through all the steps in such a way that took the stress out of it for us. I couldn’t recommend her more!”
“We are so very happy with our choice to work with Colleen Glaab at Portland’s Alternative Realtors! She made the entire home buying process as smooth as possible and was incredibly attentive to our needs every step of the way. I’m sure she has other clients but she always made us feel like we were her focus. We love that this is a locally owned agency, too!”
“Amy and Colleen helped us with both the purchase and sale of our home and they were wonderful to work with. They know and understand the market and are very professional.”
“I recently purchased my first home using Colleen Glaab as my agent. I selected Colleen after reading her reviews, meeting in person with several agents and decided she was the best fit. She was easy to get along with, very knowledgeable about the wide span of neighborhoods I was searching in and went above and beyond my expectations. We ran in to some issues with the sewer line running through the neighboring property which could have been a major roadblock. Colleen worked with the sellers agent, made several trips to the city of Portland Permit office (yuck), and worked with a plumber to ensure everything was recorded properly and resolved the sewer issue in time for closing.
I would recommend Colleen to anyone buying or selling a home in Portland. She helped me find the right house in my budget, showed me the pros and cons of each house we visited, was not pushy when it came to writing offers and had great negotiating skills when it came time to finalizing repairs and contracts. I am so happy to have found my first home think that she was a key part in making my dreams come true!”
“Colleen Glaab acted as our buyer’s rep for a home we purchased in Portland in August 2018. The following isn’t only a testimonial for how great Colleen was to work with, but also a sincere thank you for being the wonderful person and professional she is.
This is the 3rd time we’ve used a buyer’s representative to help us find a home and navigate the buying process. For those of you who don’t know, unless you have a buyer’s rep, a real estate agent has a legal responsibility to the seller to attain the highest price possible for a house. Even though you may be driving around with a realtor for weeks looking at homes, and that person appears to be friendly and helpful, the fact is that they can share any and all info they glean from your conversations with the home seller, such as whether you’d be willing to pay more than the offer you’re making, or if your finances are good enough to put more down, etc. etc. Having learned the hard way with our first home purchase, we will always use a buyer’s rep for all future home purchases. A buyer’s rep has a fiduciary responsibility to the buyer, not the seller, to hold all information in confidence and help attain the lowest cost possible.
We found Colleen through an internet search of well-rated Buyer’s Reps in Portland. Colleen was absolutely fantastic to work with…knowledgeable, friendly, hard working, low keyed…really terrific in all respects! She keyed in on what we wanted, where we wanted to be, and the priorities we had for the type of house we wanted. Colleen has an impressive amount of knowledge about homes, plumbing, electric, and city ordinances. She quickly assesses homes for what they are and what they’ll need to make them more livable. As much work as she put in to finding a house, she quadrupled that effort during the buying process and closing on the house. Though we’re hoping this might be our last-ever house, we’d use her again, in a second, if we needed to buy another house. Colleen is a fine person and a great real estate agent. We couldn’t have been any happier with our experience with Colleen and would readily recommend her to friends and family looking for an agent.”
“Colleen Glaab is an absolute pleasure to work with! She is thorough, highly communicative, and an indispensable resource for first-time home buyers, like myself. She was always available to answer questions, schedule tours, and provide guidance throughout the process. Would definitely recommend Colleen to anyone.”
“As a first time buyer, Colleen and Erica were an answer to our prayers. We needed someone patient, personable, and professional. And they are exactly that. Their constant updates of available homes was filtered to our wants and needs, saving us a ton of wasted time. They gave in-depth advice and did comprehensive research to make sure we made the best decisions throughout the entire process. And they were always available either through email, text, or call to answer questions, calm nerves, and congratulate us on our big life moment. I can’t recommend this team enough, for anyone wanting to purchase (or sell) a house in the Portland area.”
“It was a pleasure working with Colleen and Emma. Since my husband and I don’t live in Portland, Colleen and Emma were really helpful when we visited to hunt for a rental property. It was a really good experience meeting them, and we liked how they prepared a list of neighborhoods to check out so that we get a sense of the city.
They were organized and responsive throughout the whole buying process. I would highly recommend your business on various social networks. Thank you for following up with us.”
“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!”
“Colleen is amazing. I found her on yelp, so thank you to everyone else for leaving glowing reviews! I joined yelp just so that I could leave her the stellar review she deserves. I have family in Portland and am moving there this fall but I currently live in Texas and my work schedule did not allow me to visit Portland. Colleen helped coordinate EVERYTHING. She put me in touch with a lender who was trusted (helped support me when the sellers made decisions about what offer to accept) and was great about recommendations for offers. Her counseling was invaluable–I think paying this is good, I think that would be too much etc. I never felt pressured to put in an offer and she was always available to look at a house, to Facetime tour a house for me, or to answer questions in the process of buying. She is EPIC at communicating, counseling, advising, and she makes great recommendations. Colleen coordinated multiple estimates, inspections, paperwork, and all with such a pleasant and fun attitude!! I recommend Colleen to everyone! She is the best realtor I have ever worked with, especially for someone buying from out of state–she is really amazing and experienced!”