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Hometenders was conceived in 1988 in the depressed real estate market of Houston, Texas. When the price of oil fell to $12 a barrel, the foreclosure rate on homes in Houston area was 2,000-3,000 a month, and real estate prices in some areas fell as much as 30 percent. Average time on the market for a single family home was in excess of 220 days and most houses where vacant.

Founders Susan Tinsley and Steven Hartstein saw a need to improve the marketability and reduce the distressed connotation of vacant homes. They formed a unique service for anyone with a vacant home to market and sell. The concept was ingeniously simple: At no cost to the Homeowner or Realtor, find a qualified Hometender who could occupy the home, agree to keep the home in impeccable condition, ready to show seven days a week.

Hometenders now serves the greater Portland metro area, Monica Shoemaker, original partner with the Houston team saw a need in the Portland, Oregon and surrounding area for our Hometending services. Monica is a licensed property manager and an expert in vacant home staging.

We now have over of 22 years experience in marketing and managing vacant properties. Hometenders have regularly been used by the areas largest real estate companies including Re/Max, Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams, Century 21, Prudential Gary Green, John Daugherty, Martha Turner, to name a few. Our services have helped sell over one billion dollars in real estate and have worked with over 1000 Realtors who continue to provide repeat business. 75% of our business is referral to us by Realtors, proof of our success and commitment to quality service.


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