Brian is a single father to two amazing children (10 and 12) –– one of whom has been diagnosed as ASD and SPD. If you don’t know what those initials stand for, in this case they mean gloriously creative, funny as crap, insanely kind, and sometimes so %$*#!! oblivious you want to shake him. Which you wouldn’t. Partly because he can’t help it and partly because he loves climbing so much he’s friggin ripped and he’ll just hug you back. Hard.
Because Brian is immersed in the ASD and SPD stuff, he’s patient, resourceful, and really good at helping people in stressful situations navigate what’s already a stupidly stressful process.
Brian used to be good looking, but now he has a dog, and not just any dog, but a friendly, goofball dog who loves everybody except Santa Claus and goes with him just about everywhere. When he’s not whipping up gourmet meals for his kids, arranging play dates for Milo (Best Puppy Ever™), or helping people buy and sell houses, he photographs old cars in and around Portland. On Instagram, he’s @OldCarsOfPortland.
Brian Belefant (our favorite realtor) represented my niece and myself in the purchase of a home in Portland, Oregon in September, 2017.
If you’re thinking of hiring Brian, here are some observations my niece and I had about him:
1. Responsive. He answers the phone, responds to your requests.
2. Even tempered. When problems arise, and they always do, Brian looks for solutions.
3. Knowledgeable. I have 30 years experience in banking. It was nice not to have to educate my real estate agent about the process.
4. Resourceful. We had an issue with our lender and Brian went above and beyond to help solve it. He didn’t, of course, because like I said, I have 30 years experience in banking. But the guy tried. Hard.
5. Patient. He showed us houses numbering in the teens, listened to feedback, and pointed out the pros and cons for each showing.
6. Fun. In a quiet, introverted way.
He’s honest and he works hard. I’m glad we worked with him.
I would refer clients to Brian again in a heartbeat! He is on top of everything and goes completely above and beyond for his clients. He treated my family as if they were his own.
You would not believe how smoothly this deal went (from a client’s perspective).
I am sure Brian is pretty much a miracle worker. This deal was extremely tricky, with multiple sellers, 2 0f the 3 out of state, and on top of that, the house was not financeable when we started.
Not only did he get a great buyer at a price my family was happy with, but he also saw to it that everything was completed so the buyer could get a loan.
In the middle of the deal my uncle, who is one of the owners, had a massive stroke, adding to my mom’s extreme stress during what was already an emotional time, this being the home she grew up in.
Brian worked hard and did a great job marketing the home and fairly quickly negotiated a great price from a buyer that wanted to put the work in and not tear our family home, with all its memories, to the ground.
My mom was realistic and knew what shape the house was in, but Brian knew how important this was to my mom and made it happen!
He took care of absolutely everything and completely minimized the stress on my family.
Brian, thank you for going above and beyond and taking such good care of my family and my mom’s family home.
I just wanted to say how amazing and wonderful you were throughout our home buying process. Every little detail you had covered …it was the best. Doing something new like this for us was so daunting, but having you as a guide really made it feel like something as easy as breathing. I know I typically have a pretty flat affect, so I just wanted to let you know that we are insanely happy, and grateful, and feel like the luckiest people that we had you as our realtor. Let me know what type of food is your favorite and I’ll make dinner for all of us as soon as we get settled! Thanks again Brian.
I just want to thank you Brian. What a great experience working with you on the sale of our home in Portland. You were professional and compassionate at the same time. You stepped in whenever we needed you to, making the sale of our beloved home a great experience. Thank you so much.