Why Join Oregon First?

Oregon First Realtors

Oregon First, Realtors® is a local, independent brokerage with a good reputation and decades of experience supporting successful real estate careers. Since our founding in 1994, we have been consistently listed in the Portland Business Journal’s annual ranking of Top Residential Real Estate Firms. At around 250 agents, we’re neither so large that you’ll feel lost, nor so small that you’ll miss out on tools and training.


You work hard for your money, and Oregon First lets you keep more of the money you earn. Our commission programs offer a favorable split with a low cap — not a desk fee, but a cap on what we can take. If your anniversary date rolls around and we haven’t gotten the full cap, you don’t owe us anything.

70/30 until $8,400

You keep 70% of your commissions until Oregon First has received $8,400, then you keep 100%. This is our most popular option.

50/50 until $7,500

You keep 50% of your commissions until Oregon First has received $7,500, then you keep 100%.

100% for $6,600

You keep 100% of your commissions from day one by pre-paying a lump sum of $6,600.

There is also a $98 transaction fee. Once you hit 100%, it bumps up to $198. And that’s it. No other fees or charges. (Unless you go six months without any sort of payout. Then we will charge a $30 a month holding fee until you have a payout.)


The cap for a team is equal to one full cap for the first member, but only 1/2 a cap for each additional member. A two person team choosing option 3, for example, would pay a total cap of $9,900 or $4,950 per team member. And if you’re a principal broker with a licensed assistant who pays that assistant directly, with all your transactions in your name, and the assistant just doing the back-end stuff, you would only pay one cap. Your assistant would simply owe $30 a month after 6 months of officially not receiving a commission check from Oregon First, and you could pay that fee for them. Our team options are a screaming good deal.
We believe we’ve hit the sweet spot in terms of allowing you to keep as much of your hard-earned money as possible, while still providing you with the resources you need to build a strong business and impress potential clients with what you have to offer.


Professional Support Staff

Your phone call is always answered, and your visitor is always greeted, by a friendly, helpful staff member during normal business hours. Our Agent Support Team can help you with flyers, postcards, Craigslist ads, photos in RMLS, setting up your mobile devices, answering your questions about social media, etc.

At Oregon First, you can have your own assistant for the minimal cost of $75 per transaction, or $150 for a listing + transaction. These are the folks who make you look good. Your assistant will be one of our salaried administrative team, working from our offices—a person you know and can develop a long term relationship with. We don’t farm this work out to someone working from home, who may or may not have experience, because we know that this is very important work. This is someone you can rely on to keep you on the right track, and free up your time to get and serve more clients.

Personalized One-On-One Coaching and Training

We assign all our agents their own managing principal broker who will act as your mentor and personal trainer at no additional cost to you. They will be available to you, including evenings and weekends, to answer your questions, look over your paperwork, and give you the benefit of their expertise and experience. These are people who want you to grow and succeed. They will never require you to hand over leads to them, or otherwise take advantage of their mentor relationship with you. And if you get assigned a lead from our website, we don’t charge you for that. That’s just part of us helping you build your business. We understand that we succeed when you succeed.

We also have continuing education classes every day of the week except Sunday. No matter which office you call home, you can attend any of these classes for free. You can also join in via Zoom from your home. In addition to being full of useful information, they earn you credits toward your license renewal and are a great way to connect with others in the business.

Our Saturday morning class at the main office in SW Portland runs for two hours and is specifically geared toward newer agents, or experienced agents who want to brush up on the basics. We go over the Sale Agreement in detail, talk about how to get business, review situations like offers contingent on the buyer’s current home selling, etc.

Click HERE to see our searchable continuing education calendar.

Modern Equipment in Stylish, Convenient Facilities

Oregon First offices are in easy-to-find locations on main thoroughfares. All of our offices were recently remodeled, so they are places where you can be proud to take clients. We have free coffee and snacks, desktop computers, wireless networks for your laptops, color printing and scanning, sit-stand desks, private offices for quiet work, lounge areas for socializing, stylish conference rooms for meeting clients, and more. We have tried to create dynamic and inviting spaces for however you like to work. All our branches are available for you to work from or meet clients in, no matter which office is your home base.

Free and Useful Technology

All our agents get their own lead-capture webpage. It has a customizable space for your testimonials, bio, and any credentials you want to tout. It will have all your current listings and homes you’ve sold in the past, as well as a location where people can sign up for updates on properties as they become available. It also has a blog post and a market conditions report, both of which will be automatically updated for you. You don’t have to do anything. You can concentrate on serving your clients and leave the tech stuff to us. This is all at no cost to you.
You can assure your sellers that all Oregon First listings are automatically sent to Zillow, Trulia,, OregonLive, and even our competitors’ websites. We get maximum web exposure for our agents and their clients. Again, this is at no cost to you. All our listings also have their own webpage with a customizable URL that you choose to best promote your listing.

We provide you with a paperless, cloud-based transaction management platform, an agent-to-agent Google group for sharing knowledge and picking up open house opportunities, a knowledge compendium or in-company wiki with articles and resources on many topics, from legal issues to tech help, FREE digital signatures, and more.

We Look Out for You

With our checklists, continuing education, managing broker review and advice, knowledge compendium, and more, we do everything we can to help you minimize the risks inherent in the real estate business, and keep you on the right track. But sometimes, even when you do everything right, you can find yourself needing legal help. Oregon First purchases Errors and Omissions insurance for all our agents, and it includes the services of a lawyer if the worst happens. We stand by our people.



Oregon First is locally owned and operated, with a friendly, open culture. We often receive compliments from our agents who’ve come to us from other companies for how helpful and professional our staff is, and how nice their fellow agents are. The tag line on our website puts it succinctly: “Oregon First: Good Homes for Good People—Local, Trustworthy, Professional.”


For even more details, click here: TheScoop. Then call one of our Managing Principal Brokers for a confidential meeting:

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Mickey J. Lindsay
Washington State & West Metro
call or text 503-805-5518

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Donna Hanlon
East Metro
call or text 971-404-6887

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Elise Campbell
New Licensee Managing Broker
call or text 503-307-1353

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“Oregon First has been a great place to start my career as a real estate agent. The Saturday classes for newer agents give me an opportunity to attend with my schedule. I recommend anyone who is looking to start or already has years as an agent to be part of this brokerage.”

— Erik Arevalo, formerly with Keller Williams

“I am thoroughly enjoying being with Oregon First. I appreciate the sense of community and how helpful everyone is. The Haves and Wants thread is SO helpful. I also love that I can pop in at any office, anytime, since I have clients all the way from Scappoose to Gresham, and even the North Coast. I’ve had to make some adjustments (mostly tech related) coming from a big franchize’y company, but overall happy with the freedom Oregon First provides to market myself as an individual, instead of just a ‘brand’. It’s refreshing. I’ve already worked out most of the kinks and am moving along just fine with the tools I’ve found. Thanks for bringing me and Dick on the team! We’re both so much happier and more motivated to be here. It’s been great!”

—Lila Bruce, formerly with Windermere

“After working on various Real Estate teams at a couple different brokerage offices, I found my way to Oregon First three years ago and couldn’t be happier. The owner Mickey is incredible and embodies the ideal of always leading with integrity, honest and fairness. The fees at Oregon First are super reasonable, but why I’ve stayed is the access to resources, the fabulous staff and plethora of offices to work from. I love working for a local family brokerage with a business model that has helped me propel my business to a higher level than I aimed for or expected.”

—Lindsay Borg, formerly with John L. Scott

“I have been selling Real Estate for serval years but recently I change my affiliation to Oregon First. This company is all about the Agents and making them shine. They really have your back. We have educational classes every day except Sundays. Although I have sold Real Estate for some time things change, laws are rewritten, procedures, Documents are updated and technical issues are constantly upgrading. This realization has happened to me several times sitting in a class and I will say to myself ‘I didn’t know that!’ I am becoming a better Real Estate Agent. That is so important and it should be to the folks who are out there wanting to buy or sell a home; or to Agents who really want to serve their clients. Oregon First has opened a whole new world for me I can’t thank them enough. Thank you Oregon First. Thank you to my Principle Broker, Mickey Lindsay.”

—Pat Soelberg, formerly with WH Realty

“No company can compare when it comes to knowledge, education and support. My friends and I have talked about it many times and wish we had made the move sooner. We’ve all been with at least two to four companies prior to Oregon First. We are very lucky.”

—Dana Wilhelm, formerly with Pete Anderson Realty

“One thing I have been impressed with is the level of education, access and risk management offered by Oregon First. Even though we pay a smaller proportion of our commission to the main office, we still get excellent support!”

—Josette Hugo, formerly with John L. Scott

“I’ve been a Realtor in Oregon for over 17 years now and after the small boutique firm I used to be with went out of business back in ’08, I moved my real estate business to Oregon First and have been with them now for over a decade. I’m very impressed with how they treat us agents, the up-to-date and continual training we receive, and the warm camaraderie between the agents! Mickey Lindsay, the President, puts on the majority of our training and she is top-notch when it comes to teaching us everything from the contracts and forms to knowing what to do in particular scenarios. Also, everyone helps one another to be the best we can be and it’s like a tight-knit family. We have many branch offices, too, so we cover a lot of Oregon! If anyone is thinking of using Oregon First as their real estate company to do business with, you will love them:) If you’re thinking of joining a real estate company (whether you’re a new agent or seasoned) look no further! Come join us…you’ll love it!”

—Lana Kosik, formerly with Principal Trust

“l like Oregon First a lot. The company provides everything I need to enhance my career! The facility, staff, team work, support, and your timely advice were much better than my old company. Frankly, I was a little hesitant to switch companies for years as I was concerned that I would not be able to get timely advice on my real estate transactions from a big company. However, your tireless professionalism impressed me a lot and totally released my concerns.”

—Grace Fang, formerly with Brokers Realty

“I am very impressed with the support and education you get as an Oregon First agent. The supervising brokers are extremely knowledgeable. They make sure you get the information you need to be competent in an ever-changing and challenging market. Getting your credits is made easy since they have courses most days of the week. The agent website is very well organized. It is easy to communicate with other agents, get upcoming events info, important market news and continuing ed class announcements. I would recommend Oregon First to anyone looking for a great company to join.”

—Debbie Amhaz, formerly with Summa Realty

"Oregon First makes the financial part of this business reasonable and easy. The support staff is proactive in assisting brokers keep their transactions well documented. Oregon First is a friendly company to work with.”

—Rod Erickson, formerly with John L. Scott

“One of the biggest reasons I moved to Oregon First was being able to use their multiple offices. I show and list property throughout Portland and the surrounding areas and it’s great to have different offices at my disposal that are close to my clients home or a property that I am showing them! Another reason I moved to Oregon First was the quality and availability of continued education classes. Prior to Oregon First, it was all on me to find or pay for classes that would give me the needed hours to renew my license!”

—Mark Didier, formerly with Century 21

“The class yesterday was really helpful. It seemed like the questions I had about different topics kept getting asked/answered as the class went along. So, just wanted to say thank you for all the help you give to all of us new agents. Its greatly appreciated.”

—David Bogdan, New Agent

“I tried several Real Estate companies before landing at Oregon First 14 years ago. It has been a perfect fit for me all of these good years, an extremely supportive and genial environment, many thanks to all!”

—Tom Hermach, formerly with RE/MAX

“I couldn’t be happier with my decision to work with Oregon First. They have struck a perfect balance, in my opinion, between the ‘big box’ brokerages and the flat fee brokerages. As a new broker, you only pay Realtor and MLS fees—that’s it. No huge startup costs or handing over leads. At the same time, they are very helpful and offer support and guidance with getting started. Oregon First does a great job of helping you run your business your way, while still providing the guidance and resources you need.”

—Ryan Hammond, New Agent