About Us

Imagine if someone came along and did things a little differently.

If the way they treated each other—and you—was rooted in respect rather than rivalry. If they put community ahead of opportunity, and made sure there was transparency in every transaction. If they focused on sitting side-by-side with their customers instead of racing by their competition. Now, if all that was true, they might be the kind of people you’d choose to work with, right? Especially when you needed an ally during one of life’s biggest decisions? We thought so too. That’s why we created The Agency. Get in touch and let us change your mind about real estate agents.

H. Dwayne Davis and Michele Bowler-Failing - Principal Brokers
Jackson Hart Associates - Real Estate Team
H Dwayne Davis and Mandy
Matt Lesher and Becky Jackson - The Agency Anniversary Party
Matt Lesher, Lisa Owens and Laura Lacey
The Jackson Group - Real Estate Team
Daria Crymes and Suze Riley
The Jackson Group - Real Estate Team
The Agency Real Estate Agents at Breakfast
The Agency real estate agents during breakfast
Rosie Barley, Emily Owens and Glenda Lesher

What is The Agency?

The Agency is a full-service real estate boutique fueled by a concentrated group of thoughtful, experienced, highly effective agents. From our beautiful light-filled offices in NW Portland’s thriving Pearl District neighborhood, we’re fostering a modern professional environment around our values: continuously learning, collaborating to discover the best practices in our field, and always putting our clients’ interests ahead of our own. Also, being really good at selling houses.

  1. We choose respect over rivalry.
  2. We choose mutual benefit over manipulation.
  3. We choose clients over competition.
  4. We start from the idea that knowing you is as important as know-how, and then we put all our experience to work improving your experience.
  5. At The Agency, it’s not about adding seats.
    It’s about adding value.


1. We choose respect over rivalry. Success in Portland real estate is all about respect–respect for people, respect for their needs, and respect for their goals. We believe true real estate success comes when we work together with all parties involved. What does working together mean? It means thoughtful listening, openness to all points of view, creative solutions, and conscientious care. Our intention is to find the best possible solution and then make that happen. We find respect, professionalism, and personal responsibility are the foundation of every successful outcome.

2. We choose mutual benefit over manipulation. We are not effective until your Portland real estate needs are met. We will take you to your successful end–our win is earned through sincere care, endless support, and awesome help for you and your family. When you find your dream home, buy your ideal property, or explore all your housing options until you are happy – that is our reward. We bring our extensive knowledge of Portland real estate to the table, and we add to this our experience marketing properties, managing offers, and fulfilling all facets of buying and selling homes in Portland. That effort brings you to a successful closing. An Agency Broker respects your goals, and acts as a guide and partner to see that they are fulfilled. This specific expertise and commitment to quality care is a mutual benefit–we are all successful when you are satisfied.

3. We choose clients over competition. When our clients are happy, our business grows. It’s that simple. Focusing on the outcome for our clients is the best way to achieve success in the Portland real estate world.. Yes, it’s competitive out there, but by focusing on our clients, and providing the service they want and appreciate, we win. We consistently work to learn, improve, and assimilate our knowledge of Portland real estate in order provide useful insight and effective service. Adding value through service and expertise is how we distinguish ourselves and succeed both within the Agency and with our clients.

4. We start from the idea that knowing you is as important as know-how, and then we put all our experience to work improving your experience. We seek to improve the entire Portland real estate experience for our clients through continuous learning, development, and sharing of best practices in both business and in real estate. This knowledge is only valuable if we first listen to our clients’ individual needs. Only then can we tailor our Portland real estate operations to match your specific requirements and bring our detailed knowledge of homes sales and Portland neighborhoods into the process.

5. At The Agency, it’s not about adding seats. It’s about adding value. Here at the Agency, we welcome great agents–both seasoned pros and ambitious beginners. We believe that a great real estate agent isn’t just someone who cares about the end sale. He or she is someone who truly cares about building relationships of trust, serving others, and producing satisfied clients. The best real estate agencies are ones that nurture business relationships by earning trust, offering mutual respect, and providing powerful service. Great real estate companies begin with a sincere commitment to their clients’ futures. That is the kind of Portland real estate agency we want to be, and that’s the kind of Agency we are. Real people working with you and for you to advise, inform, serve, and of course, have fun. If this sounds good to you, let’s talk! We may be meant for each other.