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Elaine Sorensen Opens Local Real Estate Business

The Times of Brownsville, Oregon

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Last Fall Elaine Sorensen started her real estate business as an affiliate to Keller Williams Realty in Central Linn. Keller Williams is the largest realtor in the United States. She became a realtor in 1976, but when the housing market declined in the 1980 s, she went back to school and obtained her nursing license. She had been a hospice nurse and home health nurse until last year, when she quit to take care of her father in his last months. He passed away in February. Her husband asked her why she didn't go back into real estate. After a time for reflection, she decided to do so.

Elaine and her husband Richard, now retired, bought an acreage and home on Irish Bend Loop, off Peoria Road in 2005 and refurbished the home. Elaine enjoys gardening and they have rented out their acreage to James VanLeeuwen, who farms it. Elaine says that Liz VanLeeuwen introduced her to The Times and she has really enjoyed the newspaper and the local community.

"Both nursing and real estate are people businesses, and both feature stress and transition," Elaine says. "I will go anywhere for customers, but want to focus on Brownsville and Halsey." She is a member of the Mid Valley area Willamette Multiple Listings Services and has also joined the much larger Portland, Salem, and Eugene areas Regional Multiple Listings Services. That gives her a wide range for serving her customers.

She is focusing her attention on Brownsville, Halsey and Peoria, and works out of her home most of the time. Her office is at the KW Mid-Willamette site at 1121NW 9th Street in Corvallis. Elaine has visited most of the businesses in both towns and has gone door-to-door in an effort to learn more about the community to meet people and to have her business known by them. One of her Brownsville listings has a sale pending.

Elaine and Richard have two children. Daughter Diane Sorensen is a very successful realtor in Portland and it is fun to have her to share ideas and methods with. Their son Don Sorensen, of Springfield, has one child.

"People are so friendly here," says Elaine, "I am here to help and really love this community. It is so refreshing in this community after living and working in the more congested Lane County area. Everyone here seems to be accepting, open and refreshing."

Sorensen says the real estate business is much different than in the 1970s. With automation, everything is on computers, cell phones and online. She is really enjoying her business. "I am having the time of my life. I plan to do this for the next 20 years. Why not? I am building a foundation now for my business through relationships locally" she says. Elaine says her business is going very well and she is sure God is being good to her. She is a member of the Life Bible Church in Harrisburg.

Her phone number is 541-257-2946 and her email address is She welcomes local business and will be happy to talk with you, whether about real estate issues or just to enjoy friendly conversations.

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Original Publication Date: July 15, 2015

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