Get to know Sandy and John Kohlmoos
Personal: Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, a Bend resident for the last 15 years, Sandy brings a unique perspective and a diversified background to Cascade Sotheby's International Realty. She is a licensed Oregon Real Estate Broker with GRI and CRS designations.
Credo: "I try not to take myself too seriously. Instead, I try to focus on the positives in life . . . the things that make me feel happy and fulfilled. I'm precise and detail-oriented with an acute sense of propriety. I love my work!"
Education: BA in Psychology and Economics from University of Western Australia, Perth.
Background: A traveler like few others, Sandy has roamed throughout Asia and the South Pacific, hitchhiked over 10,000 miles exploring Australia, studied Spanish in Guatemala, ventured to the end of the Pan American Highway in Chile, bicycled across Europe, spent six months cruising the Caribbean on a 44' ketch, and worked for Club Mediteranee, (French West Indies, Switzerland, Mexico). Her travel experiences, an egalitarian philosophy, and a near insatiable sense of curiosity enable her to, not only, relate well to her clients, but also go that extra step on their behalf. Prior to coming to Central Oregon, she lived in Lake Tahoe for almost twenty years, and started her sales career there in 1982.
In Real Life: An avid windsurfer, snowboarder, stand-up paddler, runner, and biker; she's married to, and partnered with, fellow Sotheby's broker and vagabond, John (they met in an apple orchard in Tasmania in 1974), and is the proud parent of Cassidy, an honors graduate from UC Santa Barbara, now using her expensive education to learn a foreign language while commuting between Jackson Hole and teaching snowboarding in the Australian Alps; and Cody, a 4 year tennis player and graduate of the University of Montana in Missoula, now a teaching pro at Lake Tahoe. Both Cody and Cassidy attended Summit High School in Bend.
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Firm believers in the "Sigmoid Curve," Sandy and John's business plan has evolved with the changing market-scape. Formerly, their focus was destination resorts, golf communities, and the high end . . . usually dealing with high net worth buyers and sellers.
As the Central Oregon market sputtered, they enjoyed excellent success in helping sellers and buyers with distressed properties (both bank-owned and short sales).
And, today, as the Bend market continues to grow, recover, and prosper, Sandy and John's focus has shifted to remain congruent with their clients' needs.
Their marketing plans continually move forward to embrace technology and innovation.
No pressure. No surprises. No drama.
Sandy and John Kohlmoos
Cascade Sotheby's International Realty
Licensed in the state of Oregon
Testimonials for Sandy and John Kohlmoos
John and Sandy were not only very professional and knowledgeable about the local market, but extremely patient with us in this challenging real estate environment. It is very satisfying to know that your agent is willing to see a difficult transaction all the way to the end. Their communication with us was consistent and thorough and their attention to the details was impressive. We highly recommend John and Sandy to any sophisticated and demanding buyer or seller!-KB
Sandy did a terrific job selling my cottage in The Parks community in Bend. I had complete confidence in her, and knew that if anyone could sell it, she could! She has a quiet, effective manner that both buyer and seller can’t help but appreciate. I would heartily recommend her. -BA
We have used John and Sandy Kohlmoos for over 8 years in multiple real estate transactions in the Bend, Oregon area. They have consistently shown a high degree of professionalism with SUCCESS in getting transactions done. We have used them both for sales and purchases of multiple properties for our business and well as ourselves. In the most recent transaction, which was a short sale, John and Sandy worked extremely hard with a very difficult bank that seemed to change it’s mind and strategy daily, as they brought in new people all the time. Through John and Sandy’s professional approach, and consistency, we were able to complete a successful transaction. Most other realtors would have quit and gone back to their day job, but John and Sandy made it happen….I highly recommend this team.-JW
My wife and I were looking for an investment property after the market downturn that could double as a vacation home and have enough income potential to make a significant dent in the overhead of the property. I was pretty focused on the city of Bend for its social aspects and opportunistic pricing. I stumbled on to John after filling out an interest card at Tetherow. While I did not have a timeline for a purchase, John gently pointed out all of the opportunities in the region at the time, thankfully so. After outlining my parameters and touring quite a few homes in Bend, John pulled together a packet of amenities, selling histories, and general information on Sunriver, believing this was a better location for our needs. We must have toured 35 properties in Sunriver. Some were a little dated, but we found a gem on the 18th hole that we felt could be used as a premium rental and serve our families needs. Now, several years later, we have had some of our greatest family memories in the home and it is exceeding our income expectations.-DG
We are a family that has had the good luck to meet John and Sandy over a decade ago, where we purchased a home in the Parks. Back then they worked separately and we bought the home through John. We hit it off immediately and became friends. We also had Sandy sell that home about 5 years later to upgrade to something that better fit our new family size. Sandy both sold that home and we bought a new one through her in Bend. Our experiences with them are multiple and span several years, so I believe I have the ability to speak confidently on this subject. They are the consummate professionals. You will never feel like they could have done something more. They put their heart and soul into their work. They are hard working and believe in what they do. The real estate market has changed immensely since we first purchased a home, and they have kept up with the changes. Whether that is adapting to new technology such as Facebook or smart phones, the bottom line is that they still put in the time and effort to get you the what you want, and for that there is no shortcut. -SH
You made sure my concerns were addressed and problems resolved to my satisfaction. Thanks again, John, and much success. -SM
We ‘met’ John and Sandy via this website, engaged with them via email, and then finally met them in person a few months later. Very helpful, never pushy, great follow up, and excellent ‘local knowledge’ made them a pleasure to work with!-JD
John and Sandy helped me throughout the house buying process – from the three year search to the day I closed. They were always readily available. John came to look at properties with me… sometimes on extremely short notice. Once I made an offer, they stayed in constant communication with me. I never felt ‘in the dark’ about anything. They even called me back while on vacation! Buying a house is an easy process with them – they fully explained everything and let me take my time figuring it all out. They also worked very well with the realtor involved in selling the property I chose.
Overall I will probably never use any other realtors. They are friendly, down to earth, detail oriented, easy to work with, and they actually made it fun! Great people, great realtors, HIGHLY recommended. I still plan to take John up on his offer to give me a snowboarding lesson sometime too! :-) -RH
Sandy Kohlmoos was a true professional every step of the way. She had a lot of patience as we searched for our “ideal home” in Bend. She always honored our opinions and decisions. She was always available for us too. Even after we moved in, she has continued to help us. She even found a buyer for our spa. We call her a friend! -JM
I’m familiar with the requirements of good business management. There is no doubt in my mind that John Kohlmoos has the considerable skills, temperament and integrity needed. As far as I can tell, John’s golf game is the only thing that’s preventing him from getting excellent scores in everything he does. But, I’m confident he will, with time, overcome that challenge. –BF