Blog Press From Lawyer to Realtor: Q&A With Erika George

From Lawyer to Realtor: Q&A With Erika George

By Erika George & Kari McGee, August 24, 2019

Erika George celebrated six years with Living Room Realty this year. Through Erika’s partnership with her cousin and real estate maven Kari McGee, Erika has been able to create the career she wants for herself – helping people buy and sell houses, a.k.a. find HouseLove. Where did her journey begin?

Before you became a realtor, what did you do for a living? 

Erika Construction Site
Erika at construction site

I was a lawyer specializing in construction and contracts. I worked in private practice for 12 years, and then spent three years working for the City of Portland, representing the construction and contracts bureaus. While I had my fair share of days in the courtroom, I spent even more days on construction sites and building remediation projects all over town!

How does your past experience influence your current role as a realtor? 

My legal skills are invaluable to my real estate clients. I continue to use them on a daily basis: client advocacy, problem solving, contract analysis and negotiation, and excellent client service.

It’s especially helpful to have a working knowledge of contract law. It allows me to pre-identify tricky issues and help explain potential pitfalls and ramifications to clients. 

Why did you decide to pursue a new career as a realtor? 

As much as I love being a lawyer (I really do!), after 15 years I was ready for a change. I could no longer deny the fact that my heart beat faster every time I had the chance to educate friends and acquaintances (and random people in coffee shops and wine bars) about all Portland has to offer when it comes to real estate and life. I believe that a home is more than the four walls you live in, and I love the process of turning a house into a home. 

Do you miss your old job? 

The truth is I still practice law “on the side.” While real estate keeps my schedule pretty darn full, I am still a part-time lawyer associated with a small law firm. I love being able to keep my skills sharp and my legal relationships intact!

Do your clients value your legal experience?

Kari and I often get really positive feedback from our clients, like this recent Google Review from David Lashen: “We highly recommend using Kari McGee and Erika George for your home buying/selling needs. We can’t thank them enough for finding us the perfect home in Portland. Having two agents is like two for the price of one! They are always available and will provide you with the best service. Kari and Erika’s negotiating skills are also fantastic. We felt like we got more than we thought was possible during the inspection period. Do yourself a favor and hire Kari and Erika!” 

When I read reviews like that, my heart soars! I know I made the right choice to team up with Kari to create HouseLovePDX and join Living Room Realty.

Kari + Erika

Principal Broker | Broker-Esquire

The HouseLovePDX Team fuses comprehensive real estate knowledge and legal expertise in the dynamic landscape of Portland, Oregon.

Realtor Erika George brings to the table 20 years of experience as an attorney specializing in construction and contracts. Principal Broker Kari McGee is an eight year Portand Monthly 5-star realtor, and has helped clients successfully navigate the evolving Portland real estate market since 2005. Erika and Kari are also certified iRep™ agents and can help you evaluate the new iBuyer instant offer options in the greater Portland area. Regardless of the market or your particular circumstances, these highly skilled real estate agents will ensure that your goals become your reality. WHAT WE KNOW We know that real estate is not a one size fits all endeavor. It’s easy to find real estate data on the internet these days, but it’s what we do with the data that counts. HouseLovePDX provides a thoughtful and proactive analysis of current market data for every one of our clients: We know that small details can make a big difference. We consider factors you may not be aware of when buying a house, selling a condo or planning an ADU. From open permits to missing credits on escrow statements, these issues can cost you money. Let us guide you through the real estate process, from big picture dreams about your future home to the nitty gritty of contract negotiation. We know that your “why” often comes before your “how” in real estate. We take extra time with our clients to fully understand all the reasons why you want to make a move to, from or within the Portland area. We use this insight as the key to develop a comprehensive plan for you. Don’t be surprised if we start our meetings by delving deep into your real estate knowledge, your past experiences, your goals and your dreams! WHAT WE LOVE It’s a privilege to help a client sell a beloved home and move on to the next chapter of life. We love seeing Portland, neighborhood by neighborhood, through the eyes of someone who is new to the area and full of excitement. As Northwest natives who grew up together (we’re cousins!), our love for Portland runs deep. And we adore the the moment when a buyer walks into a house and we all know it’s the one: aka HouseLove! We would be honored to help guide you through your changing real estate needs in Portland Oregon. CONTACT Erika George and Kari McGee 503.349.5449 | 971.322.6612
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