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David Columbus

Earth Advantage Principal Broker

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T 503-504-2421

As an Earth Advantage Principal Broker, David serves buyers and sellers alike with his 2o+ years of experience as a broker and developer. His experience includes residential, commercial, investment property, and multi-family housing, and he specializes in historic and mid-century homes. He is a consistent multi-million dollar producer for whom smart, personalized client service is key. Over 90 percent of his ongoing business is referred from satisfied clients.

In his past life, David worked in yacht delivery,  delivering privately-owned classic yachts from the East Coast to the Caribbean, transatlantic, Mediterranean and North Sea; his responsibilities ranged from captain to crew.

David holds a degree in Business Administration/Finance from Western Michigan University and attended the University of Nottingham, England where he studied Medieval West History and Victorian Literature. After graduating David moved to Chicago where he worked as a Eurodollar Futures Broker while teaching sailing at Northwestern University during his lunch breaks. David moved to Portland in 1999 and has never looked back.

In recent history (2015), David and his partner, of 17+ years, Grant, sailed their boat out the Columbia River, turned left and headed south, exploring the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Coast of Mexico for over nine months.

He is a strong supporter of the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington, Basic Rights Oregon, p:ear, Urban Gleaners, Oregon Wild, Habitat for Humanity, Willamette River Keepers and is a member of Vancouver Lake Crew and the Rose City Yacht Club. He is also a licensed EMT and volunteer with Multnomah County Medical Reserve Corp.


What David’s clients have to say:

“We enlisted David Columbus to find us a house when we moved to Portland, and his work on that successful venture was so impressive and beyond what we’d hoped for that there was no question who was going to be our real estate broker when we decided to move. David is a combination of so many  essential things in a broker. He instantly puts you at ease, and frankly, my wife and I had felt like we’d known him for years. In addition, he is part of the Portland fabric; he knows the town intimately and he’s incredibly keen to what is going on, what’s gone on—and has intelligent insight into what might happen in this unique city. And as icing on the cake, he also brings his international travel experience to the mix. David has a laid-back demeanor and great personality, but he’s also intensely focused and possesses a razor-sharp business acumen. With both of our experiences, he was a relentless advocate for us, and worked hard toward helping us reach our goal. When we had a worry about any little thing, he was available with a calm solution and he constantly put us at ease, but he never sugarcoated things to make us feel better; he simply always has answers and solutions at the ready. He also has amazing rapport with other brokers in this city and is obviously a well-respected and liked professional in this sector. We can see why. We found him principled, honest and balanced in his advice and opinions. When he thought something might not be a good idea, even if it would have made his job easier, he expressed it with our best intentions at heart. Honesty, hard work and intelligent decision-making are indispensable when embarking on such huge life changes as buying and selling a house. We’ve gotten to experience both of these things with David and would recommend him over and over to friends and family.”

“Dear David,

Thank you so much for helping me land the house on SE 19th avenue.  I really appreciate your wit / cunning / diplomacy / persistence / hard work. I can’t imagine having done it without you.” –Sacha

“Dear David –

Thank you so much for your excellent efforts in obtaining the “Yellow Building” and for an excellent champagne with which to toast this next adventure! Happy New Year.  We look forward to future collaborations!” –Meredith & DA Hilderbrand


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for everything!  We certainly appreciate all the time and effort into making our home purchase a possibility.  We are continuing our settling in process but want to have you over once things are more “together”… Thanks for the champagne – it’s still chilling!” –Sherry & Fred

“I would highly recommend David Columbus for your real estate agent.  On the recent sale of my home he was professional, informative,patient and hardworking.  I had no complaints about his performance.  He did what he said he would do and did it in a timely fashion.  He met all my expectations and in several instances exceeded them.  I attribute the good price and the quick sale to his expertise. I am one very satisfied client.” –Mary E. Stolt, CPA


David's Blog Posts

1824 N Willamette Blvd  PORTLAND OR 97217  Classic Overlook 1920s bungalow complete with gleaming hardwoods, built-ins, cozy fireplace, breakfast nook in kitchen, mudroom, private back yard & basement AUD potential. “Very Walkable” walk score, “Biker’s Paradise” bike score, not to mention a MAX stop just a few blocks away. Along with New Seasons, Milk Glass... More

GARDENER’S DELIGHT IN ARLETA  Offered at $389,000 6619 SE Tolman Street Gorgeous gardener’s dream home! Details include hardwood floors, updated windows, and a fully insulated garage, as well as a high HES score of 9! Home has open flow with great connections between front and back yards. Recently built two story garage with alley access with... More



OPEN STUDIO SALE! WHEN: SATURDAY, JUNE 16TH, FROM 10AM–6PM WHERE: 2805 N BALDWIN ST, PORTLAND, OR 97217 Since 2000, Jason Greene has been creating in Portland. He’s had gallery shows, done some residencies, worked on a number of public art projects, and simply kept paint on his hands. During that time, he’s accumulated a fair... More

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