Steve Backer’s interest in real estate began long before he became a licensed broker in Oregon. "Growing up in the Boston area, residential and commercial real estate was a frequent dinner table conversation," Steve said. "I would spend weekends following my parents to one of their investment properties, exploring some old warehouse space or apartment building basement, and listening in on conversations with contractors, lenders and property managers."
It was during these outings that Steve Backer received his early education in real estate ownership and property management. Since then, he has spent the last 20-plus years in direct sales and leadership roles since receiving his MBA. "I love helping clients, friends, and family to navigate the complex waters of property ownership and investment," Steve said. Steve and his wife Ella were married in Victoria, BC in 2004, and have called Portland home ever since. "I am an active neighborhood advocate for the Alameda and Irvington neighborhoods," Steve said, "plus the proud parent of two wonderful daughters. We love to travel the world whenever time permits!"
"Steve helped us sell our house and buy another this spring. He was great to work with: very knowledge about the market and about resources for prepping a house to sell and renovate. He was responsive always ready to show us properties. He is affable, and we never felt pressured. I am so glad we used him and highly recommend him if you are buying and/or selling a house."
- Wendy & Bruce
We were in the market for our first home and a good friend referred us to Steve. I sent a email to Steve on a Friday night and he responded via text Saturday morning. He got right into it by getting a solid read on what we were looking for and what we were not looking for. We have a very hectic schedule but Steve made sure to get us viewings when we could including late evenings when necessary. Steve was knowledgable and honest through the whole experience. We were very lucky and found our dream home in only a few weeks. With multiple offers on the house in just the first days on the market Steve was quick and decisive in helping us decide how aggressively we would offer etc. We discovered later, from our new neighbors, that his recommendation to write a personal letter to the home owners ultimately won us the house. Inspections were done quickly and very competently by the folks Steve set up for us. And Steve was able to negotiate solid concessions on the few things that needed addressing. Steve and his team were quick and incredibly efficient when it came to the seemingly hundreds of documents that fly back and forth during closing and negotiations. We would HIGHLY recommend Steve to anyone looking to purchase a home.
- Andy & Phoebe
Through the whole buying process from looking to closing day, Steve made us feel like our home purchase was his top priority. It was like having a close friend or family member who really had our best interest in mind as our realtor. He was never pushy. He was honest if he thought a home was priced right. He made sure we did a thorough inspection of each home we were considering buying and didn't get swept in by superficial aesthetics. He was knowledgeable about all aspects of home purchasing and was never afraid to ask for a second opinion to make sure he got it right. Steve was patient and let us take the time we needed to find the right home.
- Eve & Jay
We met Steve at an Open House a few years back and instantly knew he was the Agent for Us. Steve’s friendly nature, genuine interest in Us and what we were looking for along with his through knowledge of the market had us switch from the Agent we were currently using. Steve went above and beyond in showing us places we were interested in and accommodated us via FaceTime as I was in NY. Steve’s easy going personality and flexibility made us so comfortable with every step in our house search and buying process. Attention to detail and honest opinions helped is find our dream home. Dealing with Steve gave us peace of mind and we would highly recommend him!