Meet Jenna Robles

Meet Jenna Robles! Jenna is one of our outstanding principal brokers. She is an integral team player at BST Realty, LLC, and is also a reviewing principal broker and rental manager with us. We truly appreciate her leadership. When Jenna isn’t working, she loves spending time with her family in the pumpkin patch. Especially for the fall season. During this time she’ll take her daughter outdoors to go hiking and explore other wondrous areas of the Willamette Valley…including the visiting adorable horses. Even when it’s raining, she enjoys going puddle jumping with the kiddo. It’s Oregon after all! Jenna brings her customer service background, expertise with fixer-uppers and new construction, and overall fantastic people skills to best serve her clients.

Meet Jenna Robles
Jenna and her adorable family! – Photo credit Holly Jaynes with Think Good Things Photography

Oregonian Expert at Fixer-Uppers

Jenna grew up in Woodburn, and was brought up with a dad who specializes in custom cabinetry. He would take her along to different projects he was working on, whether it be already built homes or new construction. This is how she began to get inspired by all the possibilities a home could offer, especially with fixer-uppers. She actually helped her parents sell their home before becoming a real estate agent. At the open house she was holding for them, another broker was trying to recruit her. So, even in the very beginning, Jenna was demonstrating skills in real estate that was being noticed and sought after by the real estate community.

Jenna is also a people person and owes that to her career in customer service. She went from being a vet tech to real estate, because it seemed to be more aligned with her life trajectory and real estate was always something she was interested in the first place. We are happy that she joined our team!

Truly Listens to Client Needs

Jenna is a great listener to her clients. She listens to what her clients truly want in a home and strives to find the best options for them. That also goes for sellers who may have specific needs. Jenna says, “it’s less about being a salesperson, and more about understanding what my clients’ needs and wants are…and being a great support system.” Jenna also loves paperwork. Yes, that’s right. She likes dealing with numbers, because she likes digging into the details. This means, that when it comes to real estate contracts, she’s got your covered.

Walking through the corn fields in the sunshine at Fir Point Farms in Aurora.

We are proud to have Jenna as a part of our ever-growing team! At BST Realty, LLC, we aim to serve our clients with the expertise that uniquely fits them and their needs. If you’re thinking about buying or selling real estate, give us a call, and let’s navigate this process together to get to what you’re dreaming about!

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Three Reasons Why Pre-Approval Is the First Step in Homebuying

Three Reasons Why Pre-Approval Is the First Step in the 2020 Homebuying Journey

Three Reasons Why Pre-Approval Is the First Step in the 2020 Homebuying Journey | MyKCM

When the number of buyers in the housing market outnumbers the number of homes for sale, it’s called a “seller’s market.” The advantage tips toward the seller as low inventory heats up the competition among those searching for a place to call their own. This can create multiple offer scenarios and bidding wars, making it tough for buyers to land their dream homes – unless they stand out from the crowd. Here are three reasons why pre-approval should be your first step in the homebuying process.

1. Gain a Competitive Advantage

Low inventory, like we have today, means homebuyers need every advantage they can get to make a strong impression and close the deal. One of the best ways to get one step ahead of other buyers is to get pre-approved for a mortgage before you make an offer. For one, it shows the sellers you’re serious about buying a home, which is always a plus in your corner.

2. Accelerate the Homebuying Process

Pre-approval can also speed up the homebuying process, so you can move faster when you’re ready to make an offer. In a competitive arena like we have today, being ready to put your best foot forward when the time comes may be the leg-up you need to cross the finish line first and land the home of your dreams.

3. Know What You Can Borrow and Afford

Here’s the other thing: if you’re pre-approved, you also have a better sense of your budget, what you can afford, and ultimately how much you’re eligible to borrow for your mortgage. This way, you’re less apt to fall in love with a home that may be out of your reach.

Freddie Mac sets out the advantages of pre-approval in the My Home section of their website:

“It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”

Local real estate professionals also have relationships with lenders who can help you through this process, so partnering with a trusted advisor will be key for that introduction. Once you select a lender, you’ll need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding “your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.”

Freddie Mac also describes the ‘4 Cs’ that help determine the amount you’ll be qualified to borrow:

  1. Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
  2. Capital or Cash Reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
  3. Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
  4. Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time

While there are still many additional steps you’ll need to take in the homebuying process, it’s clear why pre-approval is always the best place to begin. It’s your chance to gain the competitive edge you may need if you’re serious about owning a home.

Bottom Line

Getting started with pre-approval is a great way to begin the homebuying journey. Let’s get together today to make sure you’re on the fastest path to homeownership. Contact one of our preferred lenders and get pre-qualified today!

Dreaming of a new home in 2020? Contact us today!

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Making Improvements for Humanity

Home improvements come with home ownership. Some of us are DIYers and some of us hire professionals but we all deal with home maintenance issues at some point.

Well before you run out to an expensive retail store to get your home improvements supply, think about stopping in at your local Habitat For Humanity Restore. You will be blown away by the inventory and options you will find there. Restores sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. These days of reusing and re purposing, restore is the perfect option!

Woodburn has a restore location so it is conveniently in our neighborhood and worth the stop in. Visit their website below to learn more about them!

Woodburn Restore

Other ways you can help your local restore is to donate building materials and household goods. ReStores accept new and reclaimed building materials, furniture and appliances in good working condition. They sell them to build more Habitat homes.

You can also donate your time and help out at your local restore site.

I think we can all agree that Habitat For Humanity and Restore is a feel good purpose we can all get behind. Support your local community restore and see the benefits in your life and the lives of others. Here is the link to learn more about Habitat For Humanity in the Willamette Valley.

Habitat For Humanity

Want to know what your home is worth? We provide FREE Home Value Reports! Click the link below to get started and see if now is the right time for you to sell.

Home Value Report

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Tiny living for our community Giants!

Woodburn proves that tiny living has been around longer than you think and Woodburn has been ahead of the game since 1960. Woodburn Estates and Golf is an over 55 community made up of individually owned single story homes. Though the younger generation may think small living is a new concept this neighborhood proves otherwise. These homes boast independent living in a small simple package. They may not be as itty bitty as the homes featured on “Tiny house nation” but they are a beautiful example of how to simplify life while still maintaining a practical home.

Check out more information on Woodburn Estates and Golf at their website below!

Woodburn Estates and Golf


Our agents have a wealth of experience to help you find just the right fit for your lifestyle. Give us a call or click the link below and we will connect you with the perfect agent for you!

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Silverton Office 503-874-4666
Woodburn Branch Office 503-446-5411
Keizer Branch Office 971-339-5244

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