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Michelle Chao, LLC
Harnessing the Power of Real Estate to Change Lives
As immigrants to this country, real estate was what catapulted my family from welfare status to owning 42 apartment units, several houses, gas stations, and a restaurant. With firsthand knowledge from my parents about buying and selling real estate at an early age, I bought my first home at age 23. During my 12 years working at a major bank (serving as a bank manager, licensed personal banker, mortgage loan officer, and underwriter), I used this knowledge to help thousands of clients accomplish their dreams of home ownership. As an underwriter I had the power to approve or deny a loan. Knowledge of this process is invaluable during a real estate transaction and my clients have a smoother experience because of it. I have also helped hundreds of clients achieve their dreams of owning their own businesses, growing their ideas into multi-million-dollar companies. As their businesses flourished, I was able to help my clients purchase larger buildings for their companies, which gave me commercial real estate experience.
As my clients’ needs changed, I wanted to gain more knowledge to help them at a deeper level, so I went to Lewis & Clark Law School to obtain a legal education. I am now a member of the Oregon State Bar and the owner of the law firm, Michelle Chao Law, LLC. Many people have asked me why I am a real estate agent when I am also a real estate and business attorney. I choose to be a real estate agent because I believe wealth starts with real estate, and having both a background in banking and law is extremely rare in a real estate agent. My brother told me “I am the X factor.” I not only have the knowledge of every side of the real estate transaction (realtor, banker, and attorney), but I also have the heart to make a difference in my community.
Being a real estate agent gives me a larger platform to change lives for the better. I am an avid supporter of Youth Music Project because it gives our children a safe place not only to learn music, but also the opportunity to learn lifelong lessons about the importance of hard work, patience, and working well with others. I love using my book of business to help schools connect with local businesses to help raise money for the classrooms. I also use my networking skills to help local businesses grow by connecting them with others in the community and referring them to my clients as needed.
I realize I may not be your average real estate agent. Along with being an attorney, I am also a Master Certified Negotiation Expert, a designation held by only 0.01% of realtors. Additionally, I have a heart of gold and I care very deeply about my clients. I believe when we all are successful, we can all do more to help others in our community. Together we can harness the power of real estate to change lives in a positive way, and make this world a better place.
Every client has different needs when it comes to their dream home. That is why I meet with each client to personally tailor their home search to meet their needs, saving them precious time and money. It would be an honor to use my expertise to serve you.
Michelle helped us sell our current home and purchase the new home we are building. Her background and previous experience make her an absolute necessity when either purchasing or selling a home. Not only is she an exemplary professional that gets the job done well and efficiently, she is an amazing human being. Michelle exceeds all expectations when it comes to real estate agents. Never have I worked with someone that has the drive and heart that Michelle does. Michelle Chao is a negotiation expert and has proven that there’s no challenge too big or small that she can’t manage well. If you’re looking to buy or sell (or both), Michelle is the agent for you. – Carey
We were looking for a new home. Michelle met with us and our lender and found us the home of our dreams on that same day. She listened to us to determine what we wanted. When we found the house, she negotiated an excellent deal with the seller, saving us on closing costs and appliances. – Jim
We have bought and sold many homes and have never had an agent like Michelle Chao before. “Incredible” doesn’t cover her level of skill. Michelle has both real estate and banking as her background so she understands the full picture and ensured we were always one step ahead of everything needed. Her negotiation skills are unparalleled – we were the buyers and she negotiated a price we didn’t think we could get. Michelle then went on to negotiate the repairs needed directly with the companies who were fixing the issues in the home. Michelle is the most organized, diligent, dedicated, knowledgeable, and kind-hearted agent we’ve ever met. Michelle is our agent for life! – Hilary
I have known Michelle for many years, having had the benefits of her skills and kindness as a banker, and now as a real estate broker. She is extremely knowledgeable, cares deeply about her clients, and about the world as well. She has repeatedly demonstrated her skills to me, not only as a bank manager (I had a difficult situation dealing with a power of attorney issue–she solved it when no one else at the bank could), but also as a real estate broker (we are looking to possibly purchase a second “vacation” home). I have also seen how she works with other clients–she goes the extra mile (actually the extra 1000 miles) to make sure that she gets the best deal possible, she oversees all aspects of the home buying process (especially making sure the loans go through without any hitches), and she makes her clients feel that they are her most important, highest priority (which they are). I completely trust Michelle in every way, and will always go to her first for my real estate needs. – Peter
Michelle Chao, Esq.
Master Certified Negotiation Expert
Michelle Chao, LLC
Real Estate Broker
Licensed in the State of Oregon & Washington