When Kathleen Dougherty was ready to list her family cranberry farm, a realtor suggested she earn her broker license and manage the sale herself. Not only did she successfully sell her farm, but she also accepted an invitation to join a local brokerage and help others explore Oregon's South Coast real estate market.
Five years and countless sales later, Katie says the unexpected career opportunity was definitely a good thing. Her commitment to clients is highlighted in endorsements from first-time homebuyers to seasoned real estate investors. She has facilitated sales in communities throughout the region. And Katie ranked as the highest-selling broker in the Port Orford market in 2018.
Katie knows that buying or selling property is an emotional and financial investment for each client. Throughout her professional life, she has developed technical skills and the ability to listen, problem-solve and collaborate. Her experience includes work in accounting and human resources, and she is a licensed tax preparer. In getting to know clients, Katie looks for value in the relationship as well as the transaction– she understands the positive difference a broker can make.
She's an active community member, passionate about arts and education, and the health and beauty of our coastal environment. The daughter of a commercial fisherman, Katie fondly recalls the many hours she spent in her youth cruising the Northern California and Southern Oregon coastline. She discovered the impact of arts education as a parent volunteer at the Redding School of the Arts charter school in California. Today, Katie advocates for arts, education, and ocean health, serving as interim executive director for Bandon-based nonprofit Washed Ashore Art to Save the Sea.
Here's what clients say about their work with Katie.
From Guy Thomas and Donna Smith:
"Katie was our agent when we decided to buy a house. Katie quickly gleaned from us what our needs and wants were. She tirelessly carted us around town to look at many properties, always willing to check out homes that sparked our interest.
"The home we purchased was one we did not even find. Katie did! By that time, she had a clear idea of what we wanted and found it for us! We love our home and feel we have a true friend as a bonus. Thank you, Katie! We recommend her to anyone looking for a home on the Southern Oregon Coast."
From Erin and Whittier Wright:
"Katie Dougherty has provided us with outstanding service, both as a buyer's and seller's agent. Her knowledge of the market, attention to detail, prompt communication, and friendly demeanor all combine to create a worry-free sales process. She has an eye for the highest quality presentation, as well as an accurate grasp of her clients' preferences. Along with her diligence and integrity, we are more than satisfied with Katie's representation."
From Beau and Sue Murdock:
"My wife and I were interested in finding a property in Southern Oregon that would eventually become our primary residence after retiring. We spent countless hours on the phone with Katie discussing the type of property we wanted, properties we had found that we wanted to look at, and coordinating road trips up to view them. We looked at properties in Bandon, Gold Beach, Coquille, Elkton, and everywhere in between. Katie was such a good sport traveling all over with us. Eventually, Katie told us that there was a property that she knew of that she thought would be perfect for us. And, she was right. It was perfect.
"Katie helped us with all the documents and the 1031 exchange process. We have since retired and moved to Gold Beach. Katie continues to help us become acquainted with the area and has become a great friend. Her work ethic and attitude are second to none, and we couldn't be happier with the final outcome. We highly recommend having Katie help you find your property."