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About Us

Each member of the Peggy Hoag group has been selected for their integrity, experience and care.  Our 26 year commitment has been, and continues to be, to learn from you how we can help make your dreams come true.  We are here to create a real estate experience that exceeds your expectations.

Our Story

Peggy Hoag

 Designated Principal Broker

Licensed in Oregon and Washington

I am an entrepreneur to my core. In the late 1980s, I moved to Sydney, Australia and successfully founded and grew my photography business into a production company. Take One Productions is still in operation thirty-eight years later. When generating the business for my photography and production company, I learned to listen to hear instead of to reply. As a fifth generation Oregon native, I couldn’t stay away from Oregon for long. At the age of 27, I moved back to my hometown of Portland. Armed with hands-on experience building a client base, a constant focus on delivering impeccable customer service, and a linear approach to success in business, I selected real estate as my next business endeavor.

 

My foundational focus for the Peggy Hoag Group was to help people moving to our beautiful region. My initial goal was to develop a deep understanding of the community and cultural variations of each neighborhood and to share this knowledge with relocating families. I began by contacting multiple relocation companies and asking what I needed to do to earn their business. Their advice was to know the four quadrants of Portland inside and out. At that time, most brokers only worked—or farmed—one neighborhood. I did what they asked; I set out to build my business in all four quadrants of town, and soon I added Clark County and the Columbia Gorge.

 

Once I became successful working with buyers, I applied the same pragmatic approach to selling. I discovered that being active in these areas increased my ability to expose my listings to a large pool of buyers. This was an exciting discovery, and it propelled me to develop my unique marketing strategy. Maximum exposure is how you get top dollar. Maximum exposure is achieved through marketing. When you market properly, the greatest number of people see the home. The higher the number of people, the sooner the home sells, resulting in a higher sale price. It is an incredibly logical process, and I love the sheer business side of real estate. I’m also meeting a real need in my clients’ lives.

 

Superb customer service is what my team and I persistently strive for. I continually ask myself, “How can I help meet my client’s present need?” Our goal is to ensure that every client feels like they are our sole client. With this in mind, I have assembled a team of varied talents specific to the needs I see. We make each transaction personal; whether gifting bottles of wine from my vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills, staying in attentive communication on a schedule the client prefers, or taking clients out to lunch or dinner, I want to make each client feel special.

 

My team closes ninety transactions each year. The average broker in the nation completes six transactions per year. Magic was not required to become a top real estate broker and team; just a lot of dedication and continuous fine-tuning of our business model. We have achieved countless awards and over 2,000 home sales amounting to more than $650 million. With all these achievements, my motto remains, ‘Our business tomorrow is only as good as our service is today.’ It’s not what we did yesterday that matters, it’s what we are going to do tomorrow. I want more people to have exceptional real estate experiences, whether buying or selling, and my team and I are here to make that happen!

Dave McGowan

Principal Broker Licensed in Oregon

Since becoming a licensed broker in 1987, exceptional client care has been Dave’s calling card. Over the past 28 years he has had the opportunity to be involved in all types of properties throughout the Portland-metro- area, as well as the north Oregon coast, and eastern Oregon. He believes that each and every property is unique, requiring different skills at different times. Whether helping a young couple land a first home in Portland or assisting a seasoned pro to quickly move a large acreage development or timberland, Dave brings the same professionalism, knowledge, and customer service to bear, while using the particular skills that circumstances require. Fostering exceptional service through our group efforts is one of his principal goals.

 

“This group operates like no other I’ve seen. Its emphasis on group service–with quick thinking, thorough specialists working in each critical area of business–is unsurpassed. This brand of high-impact teamwork functions smoothly and seamlessly, delivering the kind of exceptional customer service and support I’m proud to be associated with.”

Carol Thayer

Real Estate Broker Licensed in Oregon and Washington

Carol joins our team from the Columbia River Gorge, where she raises alpacas and owns and operates an alpaca clothing and product store in lovely downtown Hood River. Prior to moving to The Gorge, Carol was an RN (Labor & Delivery, ICU), later taking those skills into Medical Malpractice trial defense work with Hoffman, Hart & Wagner firm in Portland. From there, she became an adjuster for such medical cases as she simultaneously built up the alpaca herd, eventually raising alpacas and managing her retail store full-time. Every week she meets travelers who have fallen in love with the region and want to move to the Pacific Northwest and the Columbia River Gorge, so she decided it was time to add real estate to her list of fun! She loves rural property, farms, ranches, and orchards that surround the Gorge.

 

She lives on her alpaca ranch with forty alpacas in Glenwood, WA, at the eastern base of the magnificent Mt. Adams. Surrounding the ranch is a wildlife refuge that is home to hundreds of elk, sandhill cranes, blue heron, eagles, hawks, owls, geese, turkeys, and an endless bird-show. In her free time, she rides her bike around the Glenwood Valley, plays guitar, and loves to garden.

Jodi Cvar

Real Estate Broker Licensed in Oregon

Jodi is never more at home than when she is among the beautiful houses and neighborhoods of Oregon. Born and raised in southern Washington, Jodi graduated from Kalama High School before attending college in Colorado. Jodi worked as an accounting manager prior to her real estate career and thus has a great sense of finance. As a Certified Negotiation Export, Accredited Buyers Representative, and Accredited Luxury Home Specialist, Jodi has helped clients find or sell their homes for over fifteen years. Her sense of humor and honest approach makes even the hardest transaction enjoyable for her clients.

 

Eager to give her time and energy to good causes, Jodi volunteers for CASA. In her spare time, she enjoys playing golf and hiking, live music, and spending time with family and friends.

Jeremy Orban

Real Estate Broker Licensed in Oregon

Jeremy graduated from Chapman University with a degree in Business Administration and an interest in real estate development, moving back to Portland just as it began to experience a period of significant metropolitan growth- gaining some experience with a local commercial developer before joining Hoag Real Estate.

 

His interests in technology, data analytics, and municipal politics serve him well as HRE’s land acquisition specialist, and give our clients an edge as they look for the local advantages that make the difference between a project being in the red- or in the black.

Ashley Trinh

Real Estate Broker Licensed in Oregon

Ashley graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. During her studies and post graduate, she was a Research Assistant on a team that developed and ran multiple psychological studies focusing on narrative identity development and identity exploration, in addition to being a Teaching Assistant for Psychology 101.

 

After 10 years’ in the hospitality industry, Ashley decided to switch gears and embarked on her career in Real Estate. Beginning as a Transaction Coordinator and then transitioning into a position as an assistant to a top producing broker helped build the foundation for her vast knowledge and expertise in this industry. Ashley’s endeavors have helped broaden her understanding of human relations and have perfected her skill in handling clients, understanding their individual needs, so she can act as their advocate while directing them through the transaction process.

 

As a Pacific Northwest Native, Ashley enjoys trips to the coast, hiking the Columbia River Gorge, and exploring Oregon’s wine country in her free time!

Yamuna Benedict

Real Estate Broker Licensed in Oregon

Yamuna was told her whole life that she should get into real estate. She clearly remembers her grandmothers voice when she was 22 years old telling her to get her license. Yamuna has been in Real Estate since 2017 and is a recent graduate of the KW BOLD training program. Her joyful spirit and attitude of service makes her a pleasure to work with.

 

Yamuna is an entrepreneur to her core, before entering real estate, she owned and operated an independent sales consultancy for 20 years. In her tenure as a veteran salesperson, she consistently exceeded sales goals and projections.

 

Yamuna also has a strong understanding of marketing, having spent 4 years as the marketing manager for “NIA Technique” a global fitness brand. Her responsibilities ranged from developing and marketing product lines, to launching a music label under the NIA umbrella.

 

Yamuna raised identical twin boys, who are currently attending college in the Portland area and are prominent members of the local Extreme Sports community.

 

Outside of work, Yamuna dreams of having her own movement studio. She envisions a space to bring people together and help get them into their bodies and out of their heads.

Alexandra Hanna Johnson

Transaction Negotiation Specialist

Licensed in Oregon and Washington

Hanna was born and raised in the Northwest. She grew up on an organic herb farm in Trout Lake, Washington, and attended high school in Hood River, Oregon. While attending equestrian competitions all over the Pacific Northwest as a teenager, she developed a strong appreciation for the beauty of the region. In 2009, Hanna moved to Portland to study industrial design at the Art Institute of Portland, and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the city.

 

Prior to joining Peggy’s team, Hanna gained diverse skills working as a horse trainer, a Certified Nursing Assistant and also working in the import/export industry. In 2015, Hanna met Peggy and actualized her dream of working in real estate. Over the last year, Hanna has played a part in every real estate transaction closed by the Peggy Hoag Group. Her knowledge of the listing and buying process, including paperwork and handling of files, helps her assist clients and makes her an asset to the team. She is excited to grow and develop her skills as a realtor under Peggy’s expert leadership!

 

Outside of work, Hanna enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, running, portrait photography, traveling, and cooking.

Christine Hahn

Director of Operations

Christine Hahn is our Director of Operations. A native Oregonian Christine began her career in real estate in 1999 after graduating from Portland State University with her Masters Degree in Education. Christine’s role within our organization is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the business and to support our agents and staff.   Having worked with some of top agents in the Portland Metro area Christine brings a valuable knowledge base to our team.

 

Christine enjoys living in Vernonia which is a small coastal mountain town, and spending time with her family which consists of 3 busy teenagers. She is also an avid reader and enjoys the outdoors.

Nannette Troutman

Director of Public Relations

Nannette began her career with a small business loan in her Tigard apartment in 1982. Within four months, her growing agency moved into offices in the Wetherly Building at the east end of the Morrison Bridge. From there, it flourished into the top, multi-million dollar talent agency in the Northwest.  She represented both models that were placed internationally and actors who would go on to Hollywood A-list careers. It was Nannette’s promotion of local talent that first drew the interest of Hollywood to the Northwest and created a stream of film work here in the 1980s and 1990s.

 

After moving to Hollywood and opening a satellite office there, Nannette transitioned to producing and casting as a CSA Casting Director. She was interviewed by E Hollywood, Discovery Channel, and Reelz TV. Hollywood came to a stop during the writers’ strike of 2000 to 2002, and Nannette shifted to the insurance industry. She traveled the nation and worked closely with HR directors and employees as she helped them to make informed decisions about their benefits. Many Indian tribes came to trust Nannette as she helped them understand an industry very foreign to them.

 

Nannette has known Peggy Hoag for over thirty-four years. When she learned of Peggy’s plans to form her own real estate company after twenty-six years at a prestigious brand, Nannette was enthused at the opportunity to be part of something very special. Nannette’s goal is to be attuned to the needs of each client so every experience is stress-free and remarkable. She is excited to bring her passion for people and her high level of integrity and ethics to the Peggy Hoag Group at Hoag Real Estate.

Caleb Knezevich

Director of Marketing & Technology

Caleb brings his passion for both technology and customer service to the many marketing systems at the Peggy Hoag Group. He strives to craft creative marketing solutions that power both the listing and buying side of the business. Caleb originally began his career in IT, but soon discovered his love for marketing and advertising. He co-founded and ran a successful marketing agency in Portland for several years before transitioning to the Peggy Hoag Group. He is also involved in the local film community; his love for the medium powers the video services that the Peggy Hoag Group offers.

 

Caleb loves giving back to his community. He started and ran a non-profit student group benefiting disadvantaged college students at several Portland Community College campuses, eventually winning the college’s Student Leader of the Year Award. Caleb enjoys watching thought provoking movies, kayaking Oregon’s many lakes and rivers, and wandering cities small and large.

Celia Anderson

Communications and Graphic Design Specialist

Celia came to the Peggy Hoag Group after two years of teaching English overseas and three and a half years of working in retail. Her traveling experiences have made her appreciate the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Celia serves the team by assisting Elizabeth in the design and maintenance of business communications. Years after pursuing graphic design as a hobby, Celia is excited to put her knowledge to use on social media and marketing materials.

 

Celia’s pursuits include snowboarding, literature, and language studies. She possesses Limited Working Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. Celia is often found reading a book off her yearly reading list, of which science fiction is the most common genre. She is never happier than when cruising the mountain on a clear day at Mt Hood Meadows.

Madison Annalora

Marketing Assistant

Madison came to Hoag Real Estate in early 2018 after living abroad for three years.  In 2014, she graduated from Boise State University with two degrees, one in psychology and one in criminal justice. After graduation she moved down to Brisbane, Australia where she spent a year working in sales and pursuing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology. For the next two years Madison resided in Taiwan teaching English at Oxford American English Academy. Madison is moderately proficient in Mandarin Chinese and continues to work on her Mandarin skill level.

 

Madison’s many hobbies include performing standup comedy, photography, singing, dancing, and outdoor activities. She is driven by her desire to experience life and tries to live every moment to the fullest. Her love of life is reflected in her sense of humor and interactions with others. Madison is completing the licensing requirements to become a broker. Maddie’s idea of a perfect days involves lots of laughs, and genuine interactions with all the people around her.  Her love of learning and desire to be the best she can be makes her a great asset to our team. Whether is it deciding to sell or house or deciding what’s for dinner Maddie is excited to help people achieve their goals.

Carlo Prejido

Marketing Assistant

Carlo was born and raised in the Philippines and had took up Nursing in college. In 2006 he entered the Real estate industry, working for JP Morgan Chase – Mortgage Banking for 10 years. During his tenure with JP Morgan Chase, he won numerous awards for his above average customer satisfaction ratings. Carlo climbed from his position as a Senior Specialist to Assistant Supervisor, were he oversaw account maintenance and customer relations.

 

Carlo has been with Hoag Real Estate for since 2017 as a Marketing Assistant and is assisting the team in executing it’s mission and vision to help people find a place they will call home.

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