Words From Erica’s Clients:
“In the spring of 2007, we stumbled upon Portland’s Alternative Realtors while eating breakfast across the street. We had driven down from Seattle the day before and planned to spend the rest of the day checking out Portland neighborhoods and dreaming about our first home together. So after breakfast, we waddled across the street and up the steps to Portland’s Alternative. An hour later, we had hired Erica and were off to explore a few of the neighborhoods she added to our list. The ease of this first interaction was a good sign and it proved true–a month later we were moving into a home in North Portland that fit all our needs, including the price. The process was so smooth and so easy that, fast forward to October 2020, we didn’t think twice about calling Erica again. Life had gotten busier with 2 school-age kids, a dog, and two businesses. Then throw in COVID! Selling a house during COVID could be intimidating but, once again, we found ourselves marveling at how lucky we were to be in such capable hands. From helping us prioritize which updates to make before listing, to helping us set a price, to helping us wade through the multiple offers we received, we felt so lucky to have Erica’s guidance. Her communication and professionalism are top notch. We trusted her experience and intuition and we could not be happier with the results. We would recommend Erica and Portland’s Alternative to anyone seeking help buying or selling!”
“Erica helped us buy our home eight years ago. When we were ready to sell this past June, she is the first person we called. Erica was thoughtful about selling a home during COVID-19. She had creative solutions for unexpected issues and was easy to communicate with. We closed on our home a week early! We have already recommended Erica to friend looking to move to the Portland area, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone else who wants a hard working team player in their corner.”
“I have known Erica for 20 years and she has helped buy and sell a few houses for my wife and I. Every experience with Erica has been very positive. She is incredibly good at her job, efficient, responsive, knowledgeable, friendly and energetic. She understands the Portland real estate market and has navigated the ups and downs with a clarity that is very calming to us clients. I have recommended Erica to ALL of my friends and will continue to do so.”
“Erica and her team at Portland’s Alternative Realtors are the best! They helped get our home ready for market in a very short period of time and maintained excellent communication throughout the sales process. Anyone looking to sell or buy a home in SE Portland should definitely talk with Erica and her team at Portland’s Alternative Realtors!”
“We are a French – American family who moved to Portland from France last year. We have had the pleasure to work with Portland’s Alternative Inc to find our future home and we have nothing but praise for them! Erica and Leia are professional, knowledgeable, service oriented, and super fun to work with. They were able to help us close on our dream house in the neighborhood we really wanted. They also helped us meet contractors for the remodel we will be doing. Having worked in the real estate industry myself for the last 10 years in France, I have to say I was very impressed by Erica and Leia! Thanks so much!”
“I was a first time homebuyer and I can not imagine ever going through anyone else my next time around. The all around experience with Erica and Portland’s Alternative Inc., Realtors was absolutely perfect. I was moving from out of state and had a strict timeline to relocate. Erica and the team stopped at nothing to ensure I got the home I wanted in the shortest time-to-close, possible. Erica and her team have earned my business, for life! Thank you MG”
“I can’t say enough good things about Portland’s Alternative Realty! My husband and I worked with Colleen and Erica. We were living in Southern California and wanted to move closer to family in the Portland area.I had a meeting with both of them about a year ago, just to get acquainted and talk about what we wanted. They were great about checking in periodically, but let me move along at my own pace. In February I was visiting my daughter and showed her some of the places we had been looking at online. She suggested we call Colleen and try to see a couple of houses. It was a very last minute thing, but Colleen managed to arrange the viewings for us. She was very helpful in preparing our offer and making sure that I understood what the contract I was signing meant. It was a pleasure working with her! Once the offer had been accepted, I worked mainly with Erica. She did an amazing job of handling all the inspections, work proposals, and negotiations with the seller’s agent and my bank.She made sure that everything went smoothly. Erica was always calm and professional, even though I was finding the final negotiations with my bank rather trying. Both Colleen and Erica made buying an out of state home much easier than I could ever imagine. They were super responsive and lovely to work with!”
“I used Erica and Portland’s Alternative Realtors to buy my house about 10 years ago. Erica and her team made it such an easy and enjoyable experience, I’ve recommended them to many friends and family members since. I can still call Erica up and pick her brain about contractors, investments into my house , and random house things and she always makes herself available as a kind and valuable resource. Highest Recommendation.”
“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.”
“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.”
“We have worked with Erica to buy two homes and to sell one and have had great experiences. We relied on her to guide us through the myriad tasks and paperwork needed for these huge transactions and we felt very safe in her hands. She was respectful of our opinions and supported our decisions. When listing our house, she provided very good advice for staging and what to fix versus what might not be worth the effort, and lent us some staging pieces. In addition to being a good businesswoman she is also a fun person to be around. We have no reservations in giving her a high recommendation.”
“Thank you to Erica Dagle for such an incredible first time house buying experience. Erica’s patience, understanding and guidance through the many months of searching for a house was fantastic. She is responsive, very available and flexible, knowledgeable and was very understanding of our endless questions about the home buying process.
I felt extremely comfortable with Erica as the process of buying a house can be both exciting and exhausting, therefore doing it with such an incredible guide was amazing.”
“Erica was truly such a pleasure to work with! She seamlessly guided my husband and I through the terrifying (to us newbies!) process of buying our first home back in 2009 and then selling our home this past month. When we finally came to terms with the fact that we were going to leave our beloved Portland, we knew immediately that we wanted to work with Erica again to have her help us sell our home. What drew us to Erica initially was her calm, yet direct demeanor, which remained true during both the buying and selling process. As we came to find out, selling a house, at least for us, was a much more emotional (and stressful) process than our experience buying a house (at least in 2009!).
Erica is incredibly well-versed and knowledgeable about market trends in close-in Portland areas. Her advice on what things to focus on before putting our house on the market, and what things not to worry about, was really spot on. Since we were moving out of the area due to a job, we didn’t have the luxury of time on our side. Erica encouraged us to move out of our house before putting it on the market and even offered to stage it herself! She did a phenomenal job. She truly went above and beyond when it came to obtaining repair bids, watering plants, relaying information in a timely fashion, walking us through negotiations, etc. I wholeheartedly recommend Erica to anyone looking for a down to earth, smart and easy to work with Realtor!”
“I’ve been involved in real estate for over 20 years, so I was prepared for the process of getting my home ready, dealing with negotiations and managing the myriad details associated with selling my home. What I was surprised by was how straightforward Erica made the process. Her analysis of my home versus competing listings was spot on. She connected me with professionals to help me stage and market my home effectively. When I received an offer (in two days!) she carefully explained my options. When there were challenges, she used her experience to negotiate strongly on my behalf. She was very responsive and kept me informed of developments. My high expectations were exceeded – if you’re looking for a professional, transparent and motivated realtor, I would highly recommend Erica!”
“It took us an entire year to find our home, and Erica was nothing short of incredibly patient, understanding, and professional. She gave us great advice, explained everything clearly, and as another reviewer said, you do truly feel like you have a personal advocate in your corner throughout the home buying process. I would never use or recommend a different realtor and agency to handle my real estate needs, because this is the best service Portland has to offer. We couldn’t be more pleased that Erica and her agency helped us achieve our home ownership dream.”
“My wife and I bought our house with the help of Erica Dagle. She is the best! We worked with another realtor before making the switch to work with Erica. It was the best decision we made during our search (other than buying the house we did!).
Our search was focused on inner SE and Erica knows this area very well. She was fun to work with, was always available, and super professional. She also comes with a great support network both in the office (Clinton!!) and outside so when it came to the inspection/closing process she had a resource ready to go for every need.
Bottom line, if you want to find/buy your next house you need to meet with Erica and Portland Alternative Realtors.”
“Hi Erica—Michael Tocchini here. Hey, I just wanted to let you know of a conversation I overheard on the airplane down to Oakland a week or two ago which made me smile. (And made me realize what a small town this is all over again!) Anyway, a woman in her mid-late 20’s behind me in the plane was talking about this wonderful experience she’d just had buying her first home and how fantastic the company was. I’m not making this up. She was really gushing over details and energy and all sorts of things you’d like someone to tell you if you were anxious about dealing with buying a house, which I think her seat partner was. Anyway, she finished it all by saying: And aside from the company in general, my realtor in particular, a woman named Erica Dagle, was just fantastic. It just made me smile and think of you and how well you’ve done for yourself. I hope all is good and fun and that you’re still smiling often.”
“Our family of four started our search for a new home this year looking for a modest fixer-upper in Alberta Arts and ended up in a beautiful old farmhouse on a few lovely acres in Estacada. What began innocently as a common search ended up being an uncommon process which was truly transforming for our entire family. And Erica, our Realtor, was right there the entire time patiently guiding and helping through all the homes, neighborhoods and towns we explored while attempting to uncover our heart’s desire. In the end, I am so pleased to say that we are on the other side of this quest and we are all very happy in our new home. This house and property are a perfect fit for us all and something more wonderful than we ever could have imagined when we began.”
“We just completed our fourth home sale, the first in Portland, with Erica Dagle and it has been the best experience by far. She is dedicated, conscientious, and business savvy. She really knows her stuff and has great connections with other professionals in the city.
She is patient, helping you feel very comfortable with the home buying process; giving great support and advice. You really feel like you have an advocate in your new town.
We fully recommend her without hesitation. She is great!”
“We were very happy with Portland Alternative Realtor’s Erica Dagle, who helped us find our first home. She was dedicated, taking us around to houses that were sometimes above our price range but that we wanted to see, anyway. She would often call us to alert us of houses that she thought might go quickly and that we should see ASAP. But most of all, she was a rock. Buying your first house is scary. We had a small road bump, where we found another house that we thought we liked better (after we’d already had the first one inspected).
Erica was calm and patient with us–she took us to see this other house, telling us that she didn’t want us to have any regrets. Meanwhile, she also gave us her expert opinion: that this 2nd house was unfairly priced (too low). We ended up not making an offer on it and it turns out Erica was right: there was a bidding war and it sold for far more than we could’ve afforded. We stuck with the first house we made an offer on and we are so glad we did! We couldn’t be happier with it.
All of this is to illustrate that Erica is not only wise in the ways of the Portland housing market, but she also works for YOU. She’s also fun to hang out with! (Which is important, because you spend a lot of time driving around and looking at houses with your realtor!”
“Derrick and I received the keys to our perfect first home on October 25th, all thanks to Erica Dagle of Portland Alternative Realtors! Here’s our story…
We moved to Portland earlier this year from California because it’s such a cool and affordable city! We knew we wanted to buy, but did not expect it to be so soon.
This summer I submitted our info to our credit union to see if we qualified for any type of mortgage. We were hoping to purchase a condo. To our surprise we were pre-approved for more than expected. I now recommend people apply for pre-approval even if you don’t think you will qualify… you may be pleasantly surprised like we were.
Hence began the process of hawk-eyeing listings on Redfin, as they are the most user friendly app in my opinion. We met a Redfin agent Memorial Day weekend, and from that point on were touring homes and condos left and right for the next 2 months. Redfin touring agents are very nice, but we did not like the first realtor whom we were assigned to, so they gave us another. With Redfin, you only meet your realtor once and then random agents take you around when you schedule showings. Very convenient if you’re just dabbling the market.
After a couple months of active searching and disappointments, we decided to try a traditional realtor who could dedicate more time to us and answer my myriads of questions. I took to Yelp and found Portland Alternative Realtors. I liked the reviews, and the fact that their office is just a few blocks from our apartment. I read all the profiles and decided that Erica was the one. Aside from her gleaming and friendly online photo, I liked the fact that she has vast personal experience in home buying, is licensed as a broker, is a co-owner of the business, and loves cats!
I met with Erica mid-summer at her office. The office is very charming, a PDX style house right on SE Belmont. Very non-traditional. Erica was friendly and bubbly. I told her that I have lots of free time during the day but no car, so she happily agreed to be my chauffeur. We were sold on Erica, and the hunt began.
We saw place after place, and Erica would always accommodate me even on short notice. She has a very pleasant demeanor, not only with clients but also with other agents both live and over the phone. Rapport was easily established, as Erica works quickly and efficiently, as do I. Emails, texts, and phone calls were answered immediately or within a very short period- just the way I like it!
In July she showed us a short sale, and our application was approved! Short sales are long and boring but Erica was patient and helpful throughout the process. We went to the house several times and were in constant contact. As closing approached, she came with me to meet with various contractors so we could get quotes on future work to be done. When the inspection came around in September, the house had too much major damage so we dropped it like a sack of bad apples.
I was disappointed, yet relieved to be rid of a place that would require so much work. Erica never complained or argued, even though she had spent so much time and effort pursuing this property for us. She remained optimistic and pleasant.
Just two weeks later we found our perfect gem. Erica counseled us on how to submit the offer, and even in this seller’s market we were able to get the home for slightly less than ticket price. Everything went so smoothly and easily, thanks to her work. Erica arranged all the inspections with her reputable contacts. She even arranged for a chimney technician and foundation technician to come out and give us free quotes so that we could negotiate repairs. Much to everyone’s delight, the sellers agreed to do all the repairs on our list. This being on top of the fact that the home was in excellent condition (unlike the short sale that fortunately and literally fell through)
The loan process was a breeze thanks to Erica referring us to Aaron of Capital M Lending. Aaron is her loan officer counterpart in professionalism, friendliness, and competence. We felt safe and secure with this dynamic duo on our side. More on him later in a separate review.
Thanks to her hard work and constant follow-up with the seller, we were able to close on schedule despite last minute hurdles and hoops. We received the keys to the perfect starter home. Erica continued to answer residual questions and concerns I had even after closing.
Although our hopes and expectations were high and our budget limited, we were still able to get exactly what we wanted: a move-in ready Portland style home in the Inner SE!
We are currently getting improvements and additions for the home, and excitedly await our December 14th move-in. I full heartedly recommend Erica and could go on saying more positive things about her if only Yelp allowed me more than 5,000 characters. I look froward to working with her again when we’re ready to buy our second home!
“Erica has helped me purchase two houses and sell one house. I was so thankful to have her by my side! She is an expert on the Portland housing market and knows the process of buying and selling property inside and out. She was always available to answer questions, and always seemed to be two steps ahead of the process. She is very professional and has connections to high quality inspectors and contractors. Her advice was always solid. I have referred Erica and Portland Alternative Realtors to many friends and co-workers. We all agree – Erica is the best! She will always be my go-to person anytime I need a realtor.”
“Erica is a real estate wizard! When we set out to buy our first house, we had a long wish list that we knew would be difficult to fulfill, and we were completely naive about the process. At every stage of a 13-month-long search, Erica was amazingly calm, supernaturally patient, and always professional, dependable, insightful, resourceful, responsive, and kind. We appreciated that she was never the least bit pushy, but would offer clear guidance and informed advice when we sought her opinion, which was often. As the hunt continued, we started to get tired of looking, but Erica stayed positive and skillfully helped us dodge some houses that we now realize would not have been right for us. When eventually we did find a fantastic home that met all our needs, Erica navigated us through a competitive bidding situation and complicated closing negotiations with utmost grace, efficiency, and savvy. We know we would not have gotten this house without having had her on our team, and we’re so very grateful. We can’t imagine anyone we’d recommend more wholeheartedly.”
“(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.”