Prominent Lake Oswego real estate family is 'going back to our roots'

Harnish Properties really got the attention of the Lake Oswego real estate community by recently establishing its own independent VERN UYETAKE - The Harnish family has been at the top of the Lake Oswego real estate business for decades. Now, Harnish Properties is striking out on its own. Shown are, from left, Justin Harnish, Kristi Harnish, Veronica Park, Errol Bradley and Jon Harnish.

Operating under the banner of Realty Trust, the mother-son team of Kristi and Justin Harnish has ranked at the top in real estate sales, not just in Lake Oswego but in all of Oregon, for the past 26 years.

The new Harnish office is temporarily nestled in a corner of Country Square on Second Street. After so many successful years this may seem like a bold move. But the Harnishes are ready.

“We thought the time was right to do it,” Justin Harnish said. “This is something that has been on our agenda for a long time.”

“After 30 years we’re the newest real estate company in Lake Oswego,” Kristi Harnish said.

“We going back to our roots,” Justin said. “We want to be a boutique real estate company. There are so many big national real state companies now. We’re going small.”

“Small but mighty,” Kristi added. “The size of a real estate company doesn’t matter now because of the Internet. The Internet has changed everything.”

The economic climate has been socking it to real estate business for the past five years, but times are finally changing for the better. Justin Harnish is cautious but optimistic.

“We’re not out of the woods yet,” he said. “The real estate business is so dynamic. It changes from month to month and even week to week. But now everyone’s confidence is getting stronger. We’re still building the foundation for getting out of the recession.

“Now is a good time to make this move. A couple years ago it would not have been a good time.”

The real estate market may rise and fall, but the Harnishes keep rolling on. With their new company they are planning to do the same things that put them at the top. Their secrets of success include communication, customer relations, service, commitment and giving customers the best possible exposure.

“The public reaction to our change has been 100 percent positive,” Kristi Harnish said.

“It has been a huge compliment to have received this kind of reaction,” Justin Harnish said.

Certainly a key factor for Harnish Properties is its deep roots in the Lake Oswego community. Even Country Square has many memories that go way back for the Harnishes. Kristi remembers shopping at Kingsbury’s — “the only place to shop for women’s clothes in town.” Justin remembers getting his hair cut by the legendary barber Jack Dick, whose shop was located right next to where the Harnish office is now located.

The Harnish team is ready to go in the new era. It includes father Jon, the firm’s attorney, veteran broker Errol Bradley and newcomer Veronica Park.

For more about Harnish Properties, call 503-699-8483 or go to its website at

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