Kathy Hovermale helped my son buy his first house in Bend. He was relocating from out of state and did not know anything about the Bend housing market. Kathy managed promptly to line up showings and spent two days showing him a variety of houses in his price range, and explaining to him the features of each house and property. She quickly demonstrated that she is a super-competent broker who knows the territory. She carefully and thoroughly explained the advantages and disadvantages of the various locations he was considering, and pointed out repairs that would be needed so that he could evaluate how much he wanted to spend on the initial purchase and how much he might need to spend after closing to update or improve each house. Her guidance and patience in helping a first-time buyer was outstanding.
Having worked with Kathy on several transactions as both a buyer’s agent and seller’s agent, we recommend her highly and wouldn't turn to another real estate professional in the Bend market. She has integrity, is straightforward, honest and tells it like it is. Her knowledge of the Bend market is excellent and she is skilled at leveraging her broad network to tap into the resources you need. Daren and I can't say 'thank you' enough for getting our house sold. You did an outstanding job of keeping us informed every step of the way. You are an expert with people and real estate and that is why you are so good at what you do... You are the best!
Working with Kathy was a pleasure from beginning to end. Having contacted Kathy online from out of state, I was reliant on her depth of knowledge of all the areas in and around Bend. She helped us understand the microclimates in each quadrant of the area, the pros and cons of many locations and properties, and reviewed all the listings that interested us. Within 60 days of our first trip to Bend, we had found a fabulous home and closed escrow. All went very smoothly, and we are grateful for her patience, tenacity, organization and great follow through. I can’t imagine our process going through more easily, and would most definitely recommend Kathy to both current Bend residents, and also to those coming from out of town who may need extra guidance. Thank you again Kathy!
From house hunting to signing the final documents, Kathy was professional, communicative, and a wealth of knowledge!
If it hadn’t been for Kathy we would never have found our home. We had this house on our radar three different times and the listing just didn’t appeal to us, so we kept crossing it off the list. After touring all of the homes on our short list, some more than once, we thought we had come up empty handed. Then Kathy brings this house up again, saying that that we really should go take a look at it.
When we pulled up I thought, ok let’s get this over with... But the minute we crossed the threshold, we knew, we just knew we had found home. The energy was inviting and the layout is perfect for us. We are so grateful that she encouraged us to go see it. We can’t thank her enough for the guidance and wisdom that she brought to the process. Kathy’s knowledge of Bend’s various neighborhoods was extensive and she really did guide us towards the perfect home.
My husband and I first met Kathy after the 4th of July Pet Parade in downtown Bend about 7 years ago. We had been visiting Bend for several years, and decided it was time to buy. It wasn't exactly easy house hunting long distance. Kathy was so patient with us, and more than happy to show us every house we saw on web sites when we'd come up for a visit....the first home we wanted, didn't work out, but Kathy understood, and helped us find our dream house....when it came time for our son to buy his first home, we immediately contacted Kathy. She again showed us the possibilities, and steered us to the place our son now calls home. Thank you Kathy for not only helping us, but our son as well.
Ann and Mike
Hi Kathy! - In February 2014 we purchased a home in Bend, OR thanks to the diligence, patience (with us!), and knowledge of Kathy Hovermale at Bend Premier Real Estate. Because of Kathy's prompt response to our inquiry about homes in the area as well as her rapid comprehension of the type home we were seeking she gained our immediate trust. Despite our not currently living in the area as well as a time difference she maintained constant communication with us throughout the process. Kathy helped us not only find a home, she also helped us become even more enthused about the community. We will be delighted to work with Kathy again. MANY THANKS, KATHY!
Deb & Joe A.
I had the pleasure of working with Kathy when I decided to sell my rental property in Bend. As a 40 year sales professional I had a difficult time finding someone I could trust enough to listen to my needs and help develop a winning strategy and commit to the strategy we agreed on. Kathy went above and beyond at every level, her knowledge of the market was spot on. Her communication during the entire process was excellent, and her tenacity and drive to secure a qualified buyer for my property was first-rate.
There are many realtors who understand the metrics of the business, they can print CMA reports and recite numbers.. and these skills are necessary. Kathy sets herself apart by understanding the intangibles involved. My listing involved managing a difficult relationship with uncooperative renters. Without her unique ability to keep everyone involved calm and focused I would have been lost.
Anyone looking for a real estate professional to navigate the rough waters of a real estate transaction would be wise to consider Kathy Hovermale as professional partner.
I was originally connected with Kathy by filling out a contact form online. Her phone call back to me was received immediately upon my clicking "submit". Given this was right in the middle of Superbowl Sunday, I knew right away that we were dealing with a professional. Kathy is friendly, down to earth, high energy, and trustworthy. I know this because there were many times throughout our shopping together (10 months total) that Kathy probably could have made a sale with us, but instead chose to steer us toward better opportunities. In addition to pointing out all the great things some properties had to offer she would also point out negatives that I likely would have missed on my own. In the end, with Kathy's help, I found my dream home at a price lower than I had initially budget for. She has not only gained my business but also my trust. I would highly recommend working with Kathy.
"My husband and I were in the market for a vacation home in the Bend area when we met real estate agent Kathy Hovermale. Kathy took the time to assess our needs and spent many hours helping us find a home that is just right! Her patience and diligence really paid off and we are now the proud new owners of our dream home in the Shevlin Park area. Kathy was easy to work with, friendly, and knowledgeable. We are so grateful for all of her assistance in helping us obtain our forever home and would recommend her to anyone looking for their dream home in Bend!"
Matt & Judi
Kathy did a great job of helping us get through a lot of the confusion and uncertainties of relocating. During our search, once she found what we were looking for not only in a house but the overall area as well, she worked hard under time constraints coming up with a number of listings to look at that fit our needs. So when we finally made the decision to buy, we felt we had a good handle on what was available within our budget and that the house we picked fit our needs well.
And after we decided to make an offer on our house, Kathy gave us information on the loan process and guided us through all the purchase-related paperwork and deadlines, right up to the time of closing, with much of the process happening long-distance between Bend and our home in Illinois.
Overall, though buying a home is never without some level of stress, Kathy's guidance and focus on detail made the whole process go very smoothly--including acting as sort of an ambassador to Bend and giving us all kinds of information on activities, restaurants and many other things of interest to someone who will soon be moving to Bend. Thanks, Kathy!
Helen S. and John K.
As newcomers to the area, we were SO lucky to have found Kathy Hovermale. Having lived in Bend for many years she was extremely knowledgeable of the area. She was also a very patient and friendly representative of Bend Premier. We had several short visits from California over a period of many months and Kathy was always on time and ready to go when we were. She did a tremendous job of showing us the entire area, helping us out with positives while not being afraid to give her honest opinion if she thought something might not work for us as well. After many visits to the area we finally decided on a new construction home on the north side. Kathy’s diligence in keeping up with the paperwork, answering questions and writing addendums when necessary was incredible! I can’t recall EVER having to remind her of anything; you just knew it was going to be taken care of! She made sure everything was handled and we closed on the exact target date despite my mortgage broker’s constant need for one report after another. We’ve spoken several times since our purchase and couldn’t be happier with our decision on our new home or our choice of realtor. I can say with confidence that Kathy Hovermale and Bend Premier were an excellent choice!
Jeff R & Corinne L
Thanks to Kathy Hovermale for all she did to buy our new home in Sunriver, OR and to sell our home in Bend, OR She was on top of everything; very professional and always available to us. Our move was spontaneous during the worse winter Bend has experienced in 100 years. Kathy was very patient and kind while our family made the transition. We love our new home! It was a complicated contract. In all but we bought, moved and closed in 10 weeks! Amazing!
Being first time home buyers, Kathy made our entire experience seamless from start to finish. She was there every step of the way to answer questions we had and was extremely accommodating with our work schedules. Kathy is very knowledgeable in her field and models what it means to have a 'client first' attitude. She is passionate about living in Central Oregon and wholeheartedly dedicates herself to her clients to assure that they find the right home. Kathy made herself available to us at any time of the day and even drafted our offer on our current home from her camping trailer while on vacation! Our first home buying experience could not have gone any better and we owe it all to Kathy. She genuinely listens and will always put your needs first. Look no further than seeking Kathy for all your real estate needs. She is truly the best!
"Being a first time buyer, the whole process was new to us. We couldn't have been luckier to connect with Kathy! She was prompt and so on top of things throughout the entire process. She found exactly what we were looking for and was so proactive that she had any situation, both good and bad, taken care of before we even knew they had occurred. I don't think this purchase could have gone any smoother without her. Even after the process she has stayed in touch and we will recommend her to anyone and everyone!"
Best ever broker experience
We recently sold our house using the services of Kathy Hovermale. Kathy went above and beyond in every aspect of the selling process. Not only did she work tirelessly in one week’s time to get our home ready to show and on the market, but she did it with the utmost professionalism and respect. The photography, staging, pricing and know-how enabled the sale of our home on the first day it went on the market. Of course, luck and timing played a role but we credit Kathy with making this sale as painless and professional as possible. We wouldn’t hesitate to call on Kathy again in the future.
My wife and I had the privilege of working with Kathy last August. Her knowledge of Bend and all it has to offer was fantastic. We had just wanted to get an overview of neighborhoods within Bend, but Kathy found the absolutely perfect house for us. She gave us a tour of the town and then focused on finding the neighborhood that fitted our needs and lifestyle, and then finally found the perfect house for our family. She was wonderful to work with and 2 months later, she is still providing asistance to us in preparing for our move to Bend. We highly recommend Kathy.
Pat & Joanne C.
Kathy Hovermale far exceeded our expectations on every level relating to the purchase our home in Bend. She’s experienced, professional, straightforward, has exceptional integrity, and is a skilled negotiator. She’s a great listener and communicator. Her depth of knowledge of the Bend area and real estate market, and her contacts and referrals within the community are immeasurable and valuable. Kathy took us ‘under her wing’ before, during and long after the sale was complete. Immediately after the closing, we were unable to take physical possession for a few days and Kathy watched over the property until we arrived. She provided a list of preferred vendors for local services and to begin furnishing our new home. Our experience with Kathy was rewarding and greatly eased the stress of new home buying.
Many, many thanks Kathy. See you on the trails!
Hannah and Mark F
It has been our great pleasure to work with Kathy in the process of buying, and later selling, our home. From the outset of our dealings with her, she has been unfailingly professional, competent, and very diligent every step of the way. What we most appreciate about Kathy is that she is organized and doesn't let things fall through the cracks. She's also responsive -- we never worried that we wouldn't hear back about a question or concern we had. She really kept our best interests in mind throughout our buying and selling journeys, and has a talent for knowing when to exercise assertiveness and when to be laid back about things. She was also great at giving us the info we needed (not too much and not too little) to do our part in making it happen. We can't recommend her highly enough!
Bonnie & John
Our dreams came true with Kathy's help. Our criteria was specific. Kathy was diligent in her search until she found the perfect place for us. We were out of state and Kathy walked us over the property with a phone call. She was our eyes when we couldn't be there. The buying process became difficult due to county Legal Lot of Record verification issues. Kathy spent many hours on the phone and in person with the county planners and also the tax department; keeping us updated in every step of the process. She worked with the seller's agents; helping them stay encouraged that the lengthy process would have a positive outcome. It took 87 days from offer to close. Kathy's knowledge and conviction is notable.
Ken & Julie S.
I highly recommend Kathy Hovermale of Bend Premier Real Estate. Kathy went above and beyond to help us find the right house and close the deal in a timely manner. She was very responsive via phone and email during the entire process, which made buying a house in Bend from three times zones away (Alexandria Virginia) amazingly easy. She visited several houses for us and provided honest feedback, found us a fast and efficient mortgage broker, referred us to a very thorough home inspector, and made us feel very welcome during both of our visits to Bend. Once we bought a house, she recommended an excellent painter who completed the work before our move-in date. In sum, if you want a friendly and helpful professional, call Kathy!
As a new home buyer moving from out of state, I was very worried about how I was going to find the right home and the right people to help me buyer that home. After contacting multiple realtors with little to no response, I was lucky enough to meet Kathy. Through the entire process Kathy kept me informed and up to date on the home buying process. Kathy made countless phone calls to ensure that my future home was safe and sound. Kathy went above and beyond even providing me with utility companies and their phone numbers to transfer services into my name. As I am new to the state of Oregon, I did not have any idea on who to contact for my loan and other services. Kathy lined me up with a great home inspector and mortgage broker as well. Kathy truly advocated for me as her client.
Working with Kathy Hovermale made selling our house relatively painless. Kathy was professional and prepared. She is very knowledgeable about the real estate market in Bend. She took extra time to research properties that were on the market that were comparable to ours and had great ideas for marketing our property. Kathy was easy to work with, very flexible and available to meet at times that were convenient for our busy schedules. We appreciate how she always checked to see if we had questions. She also was very conscientious about keeping us informed about the process and timeline once we accepted an offer on our house. We highly recommend Kathy to anyone selling or selling property in the Bend area.
Sha B. and Walter M.
Kathy originally sold another home we had in Bend, and we were so impressed with her professionalism and local knowledge of the area, we decided to use her again when it was time to buy. We were not disappointed! She went up and beyond on several issues and is not beyond rolling her sleeves up to help in any way. We felt completely taken care of in her capable hands, and I would highly recommend her to anyone, buyer or seller, looking to get into the market.
Kathy Hovermale was a pleasure to work with when searching for our family vacation home. We had a long list of what we wanted and didn’t want and weren’t sure exactly where we wanted to buy- Sunriver, Bend or Sisters. It took a little time to feel out these areas. Kathy patiently guided us through these areas until we found the perfect home. Kathy went above and beyond for us. She made adjustments to her personal travel plans just to accommodate our house hunting trips. All and all, a successful transaction thanks to Kathy’s expertise.
Kathy was very helpful and responsive and also communicated important topics clearly without sales pressure. She went out of the way to talk with our new neighbors beforehand which gave us a lot of insight regarding the property.
Bob and I would like to thank you so much for helping us complete the sale of our condo in the Old Mill. You stuck with us through the long haul! Your communication with us after each showing was great. And keeping us informed when we're out of town through the closing was greatly appreciated! It has been a pleasure working with you. Thank you!
Bob and Donna M
Kathy was fantastic to work with throughout! My wife and I were looking for build-able average in the Bend area and were initially searching in the Sisters area. After speaking with Kathy, and letting her know what was important to us, she suggested that we look east of the city which we had not even considered at the start of our search. Kathy helped us find a beautiful 10 acre lot that was exactly what we had pictured when thinking about building our retirement home! The process of making an offer and closing the deal was easy because of Kathy's knowledge and due diligence. I would highly recommend Kathy to anyone looking for property or a home in central Oregon!
Kathy was so warm, friendly, professional, and easy to communicate with. She listened when we talked about selling the home & acreage that we owned for 25 years. Then she did everything she knew how to do to sell it for us. Thanks Kathy! You're the best!
Hi Kathy - Don and I want you to know that we loved working with you, and are so appreciative of the work that you put in to make this happen! Thanks again for a wonderful experience!
Chloe & Don
A quick note to say that you did a great job in helping with our purchase.
Purchasing a property from 2,800 miles away can be a somewhat stressful event. We found you to be very pro-active in moving the process along as well as looking out for our interest every step if the way. You were always available to help and you continue to help well after the closing. A true professional Thanks so much for going above and beyond and keeping us on track. Lots of moving parts! We would highly recommend you to anyone looking to purchase or sell a home.
Mike & Kari S.
We recently had the opportunity to work with Kathy Hovermale as our listing agent in Bend. We live in the Portland area, so we placed our complete confidence in her ability to manage the sale from Bend. The home was a rental property with a tenant in place. She maintained contact with us, with the property management company, and with the tenant (who was not easy to work with) in regards to the details of listing and showing the property. She was assertive and professional in regards to contact with the tenant and was able to get the property shown, and sold within 1 month of listing. She worked very hard in regards to all the details involved in of the sale of our property, and made what could have been a difficult sale, very easy for us. Thank you Kathy!