Broker Focus: Walt Ramage
Walt’s foray into commercial real estate began as a state licensed assistant appraiser here in Bend. Driven by his interest in development and construction, he earned his Oregon Real Estate license in 2006. In 2007, Walt took on his first development: a four-acre site in the south end of Bend which became a successful 50,000 SF grocery-anchored shopping center. As president of the project, Walt’s leadership skills and understanding of the many facets of ground-up commercial development, earned him a professional rapport with everyone involved.
“My background as a developer and as a state licensed assistant appraiser sets me apart. I’ve purchased bare dirt and gone vertical. I’ve been in the trenches. I’ve been the one personally guaranteed on a note. I’ve experienced development pressures first-hand and understand how to perform and build a project under budget, on time or ahead of schedule. I’ve been the one doing the lease up and put those leases in place. That experience gives me a unique perspective because of all the intricacies that come with constructing something, while keeping in mind the leasability of the product to achieve the overall return for my clients and their partners.” –Walt Ramage
Walt enjoys the variety in his day-to-day work and learning something new every day, even after 15 years. He takes pride in the relationships he’s built along the way citing the variety of backgrounds and interest of the clients he has represented. His experience and artful approach in aligning clients with the right asset has earned him the COAR Commercial Transaction of the Year award in 2014, 2019 and 2020.
His book of business in 2021 features large recreational ranches in Eastern Oregon, development acreage and leased investments here in town (check the BIG DEALS in our newsletter!)
2021 also sees Walt’s oldest daughter, Hannah, graduate from Bend High and move onto Eastern Oregon University with an athletic scholarship for her volleyball prowess. Hannah will pursue her pre-med degree at EOU. His six-year-old twins, Tymber and Garrett, also graduated kindergarten this year and continue to keep Walt and his darling wife, Danielle, on their toes.