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Harnish Properties tops chart for 2015

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Justin Harnish has 114 reasons to feel good about 2015.

As the principal broker and co-partner at Harnish Properties, he helped sell 114 homes in Lake Oswego last year. That means 114 new neighbors, new families and, hopefully, new friends.

And it also makes Harnish the top-selling broker in Oregon for 2015, with more than $122 million in sales.

It’s a distinction he’s held for six out of the last seven years, and he’s likely to hold onto the title for some time. There’s about a $50 million gap between Harnish and the second highest-grossing broker in Oregon.

“I think of us as small but mighty,” Harnish says. “Without our team, we’re nothing, and each individual knows their role and is incredibly important to the group. People are blown away that we can do this with four or five people.”

The son of company founders Kristi and Jon Harnish, Justin grew up (and still lives) on the lake, and is a product of the local education system.

He says the schools and scenic beauty are the two biggest draws to Lake Oswego, and his firsthand experience with both has helped the company corner the market. Harnish Properties routinely represents either the buyer or seller in about 50 percent of all lakefront lots.

The 33-year-old Lake Oswego company recently revealed a new website, with an exclusive launch party for family and friends held at the Lake Theater & Cafe on Jan. 14.

Visitors to the site can scroll down to learn more about the company’s history, search by property type or read customer testimonials. Other tabs detail Harnish’s philanthropic efforts, supply contact information for buyers and sellers and provide comprehensive home listing data. Visit the site at www.harnishproperties.com.

Harnish says he thinks of the new website as a “first showing” for potential buyers. He notes that 90 percent of home buyers now start their search online, but says that face-to-face communication is still key to his business.

“You can’t connect with someone any other way. You just can’t,” he says. “You have got to get (buyers) in a car and show them our parks and streets and neighbors. Once they see the view and the schools ... my job is done.”

A graduate from the University of San Diego with a degree in business administration, Justin Harnish returned home to the area to help his mother battle (and beat) breast cancer in the early 2000s. He joined the family business soon after.

Contact reporter Zane Sparling

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