Grounded in personalized service and thoughtful communication, Virginia leverages her experience with high-pressure real estate investment environments to achieve exceptional outcomes for her clients. Virginia creates calm from chaos and loves adapting these tools to her clients’ benefit.

In addition to her years in real estate, Virginia holds a Bachelor of Sociology Degree and a Certificate of Organic Master Gardening from Portland State University. She is a member of the Portland Metro Association of REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS®, and a member of the Urban Land Institute.

Virginia has earned her Master Negotiation Expert Certification, a designation that arms her with the most effective negotiation techniques and ability to maximize outcomes for her clients. Only 4,000 agents have earned this designation nationwide.

When Virginia is not tenaciously advocating for her clients, she is in the kitchen working on recipes that begin with, “Day 1…”, drinking great coffee and hiking Mt. Tabor with her young family and her labradoodle, Polly.

Virginia deeply cherishes the trust of her community and she will always have hearts in her eyes for Portland. Follow Virginia on Instagram to get a look behind the scenes.

Virginia's Testimonials

“I Literally Could Not Have Done It Without Virginia”. Virginia recently helped me buy my first home and even with all of the extra complications of the COVID crisis she was very effective and always had an answer for any problems that presented themselves. Literally could not have done it without her and I'd highly recommend that anyone thinking of buying a home in Portland call her first.


Real Estate Tour Guide. After all the horror stories my wife Clarissa and I have heard going into the home buying process, this was not the experience we expected. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, Virginia managed to make the process as stress-free as possible. She had a way of walking you through the entire process like a tour guide in a foreign country. She was there every step of the way to offer her knowledge, recommend a course of action, and assist in any way possible. I would strongly recommend Virginia to anybody looking to have professional, knowledgeable, and thoughtful people in their corner as they venture into taking such a major step in life. You can trust her to offer an honest and unbiased opinion to help steer you into making the right choice. Virginia's willingness to tell you the things you may not want to hear and her uncanny ability to calm your feathers once ruffled make her an excellent asset to have on such an endeavor. She really seemed to care about guiding you into the best home for you and your family.  

Jeremy + Clarissa, Buyers

Don’t think twice, hire Virginia!. We worked with Virginia on the sale of our house in SE Portland. It was a super quick turnaround from the decision to sell from when we actually put in on the market. This was the first moment of us seeing Virginia completely excel in this process--she got her hands very dirty and helped us get our house looking from "kind of ok" to magazine ready. From that point on it was 13 offers in 36 hours, well, well over our asking price. She stuck with us very closely and with a positive attitude through the whole process, even during repairs and when we got frustrated! Now we have moved out of state, and are hopeful the next time around we can still hire Virginia! Don't think twice, hire Virginia!

Allison, Seller

Virginia was the BEST REALTOR® we’ve ever worked with!. Virginia was the BEST REALTOR® we've ever worked with. She exceeded our expectations with her professionalism, knowledge of the market and guidance in the selling process, and how to handle a multiple offer situation. She got more than what we were hoping for our home in record time! Her attention to detail and ability to keep us level headed during a stressful time were so appreciated. She was even able to get us connected with other people/services needed to optimize our home along the way. We are SO thankful to have had her throughout this process. If we ever buy or sell again in the future or have friends or family looking to do so, she'll be our REALTOR® and the one we empathetically recommend to our loved ones!    

Kate, Seller

Communication and Professionalism Unmatched!.

As a first time home buyer, the whole home buying experience can be very daunting. Our time working with Virginia made all of the stress of the unknown melt away! Her elevated level of communication and professionalism is unmatched and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an agent that you can trust to find you the perfect home. She was extremely responsive to our questions and inquiries into new listings, and the attention we received created an exceptionally personalized experience. We were able to get our second offer accepted and we couldn't be happier. Thank you, Virginia!!!


-Jaime, Buyer

Can you say that your REALTOR® is a bad-a$$? I can! .

Can you say that your REALTOR® is a bad-a$$? I can!

My wife and I started the home buying process with about as little knowledge as you could. First home, but we waited a while to take the plunge and didn't want to get the typical "first house".

Virginia started with a simple sit down to really figure out what our exact wants vs needs are. I feel like we both just rambled and mentioned words we heard on HGTV, but we definitely had to have a bathtub.

Her ability to manage expectations from start to finish was absolutely incredible. This is a skill that I don't think is appreciated enough and one that not everyone has. Someone could walk down a checklist with you and let you know what the next step is. Virginia let us know the why and how to each checkmark. For a person that over researches everything, I cannot tell you enough how much this helped me.

We asked her to set up a bunch of houses to look at and we were going to power through them all in no time at all. A lofty goal that was not met, but only because we found the perfect house!!!!

But wait, arent we supposed to spend a few weeks looking at houses and take our sweet time??? You can't rush into your first house? You're supposed to sleep on it, pray, consult with your elders. blah blah blah. Listen to your gut and your REALTOR®.

Our home checked every single box in both needs and want from our original sit down. While sitting in the last house we walked through we sat down and talked about our house. She helped us acknowledge the hesitations and fears in pulling the trigger on a house so quickly while reassuring us that she wouldn't let us take the plunge if that house wasn't absolutely perfect. Alright, let's do it!

Welcome to the next level of bad-a$$, Virginia put on her ass-kicking boots of negotiation and worked up the perfect offer. Working the angles of what we want and what's also within the realm of possibility to get. What does the seller really want and what are they willing to give up. It's all a balance with ebb and flow. Unless your Virginia, then it's all orchestrated to accomplish what we wanted, all while giving the seller the "win" that they were looking for. Ha. It all worked out perfectly.

Managing expectations. Again so crucial.

Once your offer has been accepted there's a crazy mad rush of so much stuff that has to be initialed and signed and inspected and tested and cameras go places. It could be so overwhelming that one might go mad. Thankfully we had Virginia. Walked us again through what we should expect, when this thing should be done and what that. I think the only time I got worried or stressed was when it was all going to smooth and easy that I worried myself into thinking Murphy's law was going to step in and through a wrench. Well, Murphy never showed up, Virginia simply crushed it. She's the best.

I can call my REALTOR® a bada$$ because she is. You should too.

I love my home, thank you, Virginia, for giving me the knowledge and confidence to make all of this possible.

Thank you,

Deacon and Talena

Tanner- First Time Buyer

I hope I never move again, but if we do, I would want Virginia to be my REALTOR®.

Virginia not only exceded my expectations, she exceded my hopes. She sold our home and helped us buy a new one. Lots of balls were in the air and she never dropped one. I hope I never move again, but if we do I would want Virginia to be my REALTOR®. I can't say enough good about her!

-Harvey, Buyer and Seller

A Truly Professional Broker. Virginia has an excellent knowledge of the Portland area market--coupled with an eye for design and market trends, Virginia is strategic in positioning her clients for success. I've seen her expertise shine in both her work and personal life. One of my favorite things about Virginia is her commitment to excellence--her priority with buyers isn't with selling a house--she is committed to finding the ideal fit for a home buyer. When it comes to selling, Virginia knows how to make a house feel more like a home and showing the value in the presentation. I can highly recommend her to anyone who's looking for a truly professional Broker.

Ophelia Y.

She’s a Rockstar!. As a first time home buyer, the entire process can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. Virginia is a ROCKSTAR that displays a high level of professionalism and warmth in every interaction with her clients. You can tell that she is passionate about helping new homebuyers make well-informed decisions by educating them every step of the way. I feel that Virginia always had my best interests in mind and having that level of trust makes the challenging process of finding the right home effortless. She's the best of the best.  

Jaime, Buyer

Virginia Barden is on it!.

That was my first thought after meeting her mid-way through a complex mixed-use development. She knows Portland and the greater Northwest inside and out and stays current on local real estate trends. Virginia is such a valuable resource in a crazy market – she positions the property for success and works through client questions in a patient, focused manner. You get more than a business confidant with Virginia – she quickly becomes your best teacher, advisor, and friend.

Claudia, CFO

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