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Equity Oregon opens offices in Lake Oswego, Canby


Firm focuses on just and fair treatment

by: REVIEW PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Lark Leitgeb and her husband, Sherman Leitgeb, have opened Equity Oregon, a new real estate office in Lake Oswego. A satellite office is located in Canby. In background is Ann Bias, one of the principal brokers at the firm.Though Equity Oregon is a youngster in terms of how long its doors have been open in Lake Oswego, the agents rack up more than 300 years of experience collectively in the real estate industry.

Longtime Lake Oswego residents and real estate brokers Sherman and Lark Leitgeb opened Equity Oregon on April 1, and to date more than 25 agents have joined the firm. The Leitgebs contend that Equity Real Estate is the fastest growing real estate company in the state as well as in the nation.

“Our brokerage has been shaped around the needs of our Realtors and continues to grow and develop around their brilliant requests, not the bottom line of the brokerage,” said Lark Leitgeb, owner of the firm. “We strive to be just and fair to our Realtors, our clients and the world.”

Sherman Leitgeb is the managing principal broker.

Equity Real Estate was founded over a decade ago by Brady Long in Salt Lake City. Long was frustrated over losing more than $20,000 annually in fees to a franchise brokerage. He developed an inexpensive system that provides the services real estate professionals need on a daily basis and combined that with the latest technology to form an entirely new form of real estate brokerage, based on quality services, exceptional resources and comprehensive support to agents for a fair transaction fee.

“The definition of the word ‘equity’ is the act of being just and fair,” said Lark Leitgeb. “We believe this has been the key to our success — now being ranked in the top 20 largest brokerages in the nation. While the industry has been declining these past years, we continue to experience our greatest success and growth.

“Equity provides excellent tools for agents so they can give exceptional customer service to their clients,” she said. “No outrageous franchise fees, over 95 percent of income stays here in the local economy.”

Equity Real Estate has offices throughout the western United States; offices are not franchises but are owned and operated by Realtors for Realtors. The members of the firm are committed to giving back to the communities in which they work and live; that passion for service was one aspect that inspired the Leitgebs to open Equity Oregon. Equity Oregon has a satellite office in Canby as well.

Equity Oregon brokers offer a full range of services representing buyers and sellers and provide property management services.

“We do everything except floors!” said Leitbeg.

The public is invited to attend an open house Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the office, located at 16325 SW Boones Ferry Road.

“Stop by and meet some of the best brokers in the area and see what they have to say,” said Leitgeb. “We would love to introduce you to our fantastic group of brokers.”