Debi Laue named Broker of the Year

The Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors Masters Circle named Debi Laue of Hasson Company Realtors, its 2012 Broker of the Year at the May 31 membership event.

Laue — a Realtor at Hasson’s South Metro branch — has demonstrated her commitment to the real estate industry through her extensive involvement in the local and state associations, specifically in the areas of industry professionalism and ethics. Within PMAR, she has served as a local director, grievance committee chairman, local government monitoring chairman and as a the PMAR PAC Trustee. Currently, she is the professional standards chairman. On the state level, she is an Oregon Association of Realtors state director and serves on the issues mobilization committee.

Laue’s passion for volunteerism extends past her professional life and into her community. She is involved in various charities in many different ways, including as president of the Wilsonville Chamber Board of Directors; co-chair for Grad Night at Wilsonville High School; as a fundraiser for Wilsonville Celebration Days’ Fun in the Park event; and as president of the Philanthropic Educational Organization. She also received the 2011 Wilsonville First Citizen award.

Laue is a Diamond-Platinum member of the Masters Circle and has earned her CRB and GRI real estate designations.

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Energy Trust of Oregon helps sleuth out savings

As warm weather returns to Oregon, so do higher energy bills, as many homeowners across the state try to keep their homes cool. Fortunately, most homes can be made more energy efficient, helping homeowners save on energy costs and stay comfortable — whether during the high heat of summer or later, during the cold of winter. And Energy Trust of Oregon offers a place to start. The nonprofit, which serves customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas, is offering Home Energy Reviews that give homeowners free expert guidance and personalized recommendations to get started on energy-saving improvements. 

“Most people don’t realize it, but they could be wasting up to 60 percent of the energy they purchase to heat and cool their home due to hidden energy wasters like leaky ducts, inefficient equipment, poor insulation and air leaks,” said Marshall Johnson, residential program manager with Energy Trust. “A Home Energy Review can help uncover those energy wasters and determine which improvements make the most sense for a particular home.” 

The Home Energy Reviews are offered three ways — online, by phone and in person — to fit a variety of schedules and needs. All reviews offer a personalized list of recommended improvements, plus details about Energy Trust cash incentives and connections to Energy Trust trade ally contractors to help with any work that needs to be done.

Online, homeowners can simply spend a few minutes online and receive a Home Energy Profile, which shows how energy efficient their home is, and provides them with a list of energy-saving opportunities. Homeowners needing a bit more advice can talk with an Energy Trust energy adviser by phone to review their goals and receive custom recommendations for comfort and energy savings. And, Energy Trust energy advisers can also make house calls to seek out areas of energy loss throughout a home. If needed, free energy-saving products may also be installed, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs and high-performance faucet aerators and showerheads. 

To take part in a Home Energy Review, homeowners can visit or call 1-866-368-7878. Customers of PGE, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas in Oregon, and NW Natural customers in Washington, are eligible for the free service.

— Energy Trust of Oregon

Association of Metro Portland wins awards

The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland has been recognized for its outstanding performance with a number of Association Excellence Awards from the Executive Officers Council of the National Association of Home Builders. HBAMP won more excellence awards than any other large locality-focused HBA, beating out Seattle and Raleigh-Wake County, N.C. HBAMP tied with the Springfield, Mo., HBA for most awards of any sized HBA countrywide.

“The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland won in five out of the nine categories we submitted to,” HBAMP CEO, Dave Nielsen said. “We felt all of our entries were strong and provided a broad representation of the variety of the programs and services HBAMP offers — education, consumer shows, advocacy, political action, recognition/branding, networking programs and charitable endeavors.”

Winning categories included:

-Best Source of Revenue - PAC House

-Best Home or Industry Trade Show - EcoVative Building Conference and Expo

-Best Member Recognition Program - PRO’s Build Santa’s New House

-Best Government Affairs Effort Regionally - Housing and Development Education for Elected Officials and Planning Staff

-Best Service to Members - HBA Smarthouse Remodel

The Association Excellence Awards is an annual program designed to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of state and local home builders’ associations and executive officers in the field of association management. EOC membership comprises the staff executives who direct more than 750 NAHB-affiliated state and local home builders’ associations representing more than 140,000 home builders in communities across the United States.

The winning entries will become part of the online EOC Idea Loan File so that other executives and associations across the country can access and learn from them in order to provide better service to their own members and community.

For more information on the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, visit To learn more about the Association Excellence Awards, go to

— Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland

Hasson’s Psihogios receives designation

Kathryne Psihogios, a member of Hasson Company’s Relocation Team, was recently designated a Certified Relocation Professional. Psihogios was one of only 211 Realtors nationwide who received this distinction, which was founded in 1990 by WorldwideERC to formally recognize relocation professionals.

In order to become a CRP, Psihogios had to pass an exam focused on knowledge of relocation appraising, relocation-related real estate, corporate relocation policies and issues, relocation tax and legal issues, family relocation issues and mobility strategies.

“The CRP or Certified Relocation Professional Designation is a standard by which our relocation industry gauges its degree of knowledge,” said Patrice Kuchulis, director of Relocation & Corporate Services at Hasson who works closely with Psihogios. “We are so very proud of Kathryne mastering the relocation process with almost six years of relocation experience, a real estate license and now the CRP Designation to support offering expert advice and relocation management to our clients.”

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Hasson Company welcomes new agent

After five years as a non-licensed assistant to Hasson agent Marcia Walsh, the Hasson Company recently welcomed Katrine Johannessen as a full-time broker to its Northwest Portland office. Johannessen comes to real estate with a background in public relations and event planning and coordination and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in journalism with a minor in business.

Working extensively with Walsh Construction as an event coordinator, Johannessen had been interested in and involved with real estate for years before signing on with the Hasson Company. Out of her home base of Lake Oswego, Johannessen will specialize in the West Hills, Portland’s West side and her native Lake Oswego and West Linn community.

Outside of her business life, Johannessen is the vice president of the board of directors for Second Step Housing, a nonprofit organization based out of Vancouver, Wash., that seeks to end homelessness and sustain self-sufficiency for at-risk women and families.

Building industry celebrates excellence

Nearly 200 home building professionals gathered June 14 for the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland’s seventh annual Excellence Awards Banquet, which recognizes the outstanding work of local companies across a variety of categories, including new residential construction, remodeling and marketing.

Winners are selected by a panel of industry professionals based on aesthetics, general design and other factors and are divided into selection groups by budgetary consideration. This year, the association handed out 32 awards.

“It is important that we take some time each year to applaud the companies who lead our industry with professional and high-caliber projects,” says Steve Heiteen, HBA President Elect. “Despite what has been a difficult few years, these companies represent a building industry that is delivering outstanding service and quality. Their continuing commitment to excellence makes a powerful contribution to the improving economy and housing market of the greater Portland metro area.”

Excellence Award winners included the following:

Marketing Excellence Awards

Best Website — Renaissance Homes

Best Radio/Television Piece — The Parr Company

Best Overall Marketing Campaign — Park Place Real Estate

No. 1 in New Home Starts — Arbor Custom Homes

No. 2 in New Home Starts — DR Horton

Remodeling Excellence Awards

Whole House Remodel Under $250,000 — Metke Remodeling & Woodworking, Inc.

Whole House Remodel over $250,000 — Neil Kelly Design/Build Remodeling

Kitchen Remodel Under $75,000 — Progressive Builders Northwest

Kitchen Remodel $75,000-$150,000 — Neil Kelly Design/Build Remodeling

Kitchen Remodel Over $150,000 — Cascade Restoration & Remodeling

Bathroom Remodel Under $50,000 — Craftsman Design and Renovation

Bathroom Remodel Over $50,000 — Mountainwood Homes

Master Suite Remodel Under $100,000 — T.H.E. Remodel Group

Master Suite Remodel Over $100,000 — Cascade Restoration and Remodeling

Exterior/Outdoor Living/Deck Remodel — Metke Remodeling & Woodworking, Inc.

Open Category — Craftsman Design and Renovation

Residential Kitchen Design — Fuller Spaces Interior Design

Remodeling Silver Merits

Kitchen Remodel Under $75,000 — Stanley Renovation & Design, Inc.

Kitchen Remodel Over $150,000 — Craftsman Design and Renovation

Bathroom Remodel Under $50,000 — Neil Kelly Design/Build Remodeling

Bathroom Remodel Over $50,000 — Neil Kelly Design/Build Remodeling

Building Excellence Awards

Single Family Home $250,000-$300,000 — Stone Bridge Homes

Single Family Home $300,000-$350,000 — Legend Homes

Single Family Home $350,000-$400,000 — Pacific Lifestyle Homes

Single Family Home $400,000-$450,000 — Mountainwood Homes

Single Family Home $450,000-$500,000 — Hutchinson Construction

Single Family Home $500,000-$550,000 — Renaissance Homes

Single Family Home $550,000-$650,000 — Legend Homes

Single Family Home Over $1,000,000 — BC Custom Homes

Building Silver Merits

Single Family Home $400,000-$450,000 — Stone Bridge Homes

Single Family Home $500,000-$550,000 — Pahlisch Homes

Single Family Home $550,000-$650,000 — Westlake Development

The awards program was sponsored by ProBuild, Contract Furnishings Mart, The Oregonian and Standard TV & Appliance.

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— Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland

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