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, I used this knowledge to help thousands of clients accomplish their dreams of home ownership, as a bank manager, licensed personal banker, mortgage loan officer, and underwriter. 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 an attorney. I choose to be a real estate agent because I believe wealth starts with real estate, and having a background in banking and law as a real estate agent is extremely rare. As my brother has said, “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 to not only 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 certified negotiation expert, a designation which only 3% of realtors have. And I have a heart of gold and care very deeply for my clients. I believe when we all are successful, we all can 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.
It would be an honor to use my expertise to serve you.