About Betsy Ballantyne

Whether you’re getting ready to buy or sell, as your Oregon First, Realtors® real estate agent, I’m here to help. Just looking for information about the market, or curious about a house for sale in your neighborhood? I can help with that, too.

I specialize in providing the kind of personal service you can trust, from helping you understand our ever-changing real estate market to ensuring your negotiation and sale goes as smoothly as possible. I’m fully trained in all the procedures and regulations buyers and sellers need to know to reduce risk, speed up your search, and ensure your next home is exactly what you’re looking for.

Finding the right agent is as important as finding the right property or the right buyer. If you’re looking to work with someone who understands your values and prioritizes your needs, give me a call today – I look forward to meeting you!


"Selling a house is a journey and Betsy created an exceptional and positive experience for us.  My husband and I have sold a few houses over the years and we would say Betsy went beyond our expectations of what an experienced realtor could provide. Our house in N. Portland went on the market when the Corona Virus Pandemic broke out.  The re-assurance, patience and expertise she provided really helped us feel taken care of.  Betsy's professional referrals of contractors to stagers during this stressful and exciting time allowed us the opportunity to not worry about the sale of our house but to focus on our family's needs.  Our house sold the day it was listed with five offers.  Betsy never told us what to do but listened and assisted us with our choice of the best offer for the house.  We closed 30 days after the sale with no flaws or problems.  If it wasn't for Betsy's professional, knowledgeable and caring abilities, this transaction could have been stressful!! We are very GRATEFUL for this positive experience!"

Rohbley Cotton, Seller

"For us, buying our 'forever' home was an emotionally charged and intense process ' a process, I'll admit, we grossly underestimated in terms of the potential for stress and the ups and downs of a volatile real estate market. We were thankful to have Betsy by our side throughout the entire process. Betsy brings not only a high level of expertise to the table but a caring and natural ability to defuse emotional reactions in order to allow for objective decision making. From a servicing stand-point, Betsy is on top of her game. We were out of town for a wedding just a few days before our scheduled closing when Hurricane Irene made things interesting and delayed our return. While away we learned of a discrepancy with some paper work that threatened the closing of our home. Betsy proactively and single-handedly took care of the issue and ensured that our closing went through without a hitch! What could have been a stressful transaction for us turned into what we had hoped for ' a seamless closing and a day of celebration.  We wholeheartedly recommend Betsy to anyone in the Portland area who is looking to buy or sell a home. Simply put Betsy knows her stuff, provides exceptional service and is a blast to work with!"

Anne and Dave Hasenstab, Buyers

"I could not have asked for a better experience buying my first home! Betsy made the whole process easy, working around my schedule to schedule home viewings and do paperwork. She took time to get to know my personal tastes and tailored my search to focus on the right homes. She was very low-pressure, taking time to gauge my reaction to a house. It was clear that Betsy really cared about finding the perfect house for me. Betsy was non-judgmental, a good communicator, and has a great sense of humor'an important quality in a realtor, since you are stuck in a car together for hours at a time! She had no problem stopping for a lunch or hydration break. She made the negotiation process as easy for me as possible, and she was able to work out a favorable agreement for me. I have lived in my new home for four months now, and I still love it as much as the first time I saw it. I'm so glad I worked with Betsy and I would recommend her services to anyone."

Madeline Woods, Buyer

"My husband and I thought Betsy would have an easy time with us. We are pretty laid back in general, and we chose to offer on a home after just two short afternoons of viewing. Done deal, right? Not so, of course, and that's when Betsy showed her true knowledge and capability. We had some big issues to deal with when the home inspection came through, and Betsy was diligent in addressing the issues immediately with the seller. She was straightforward with us (even when it wasn't always the easiest news to deliver), and she was always sure to give us immediate updates on any developments. Later, due to increasingly strict criteria, we had issues and delays with our preapproved financing. Betsy took it all in stride and was in constant communication with our mortgage broker, looking out for our best interest each step of the way. It was all very frustrating at times, but even when my husband and I became more demanding than usual, Betsy remained extremely focused, professional and kind. I'm used to doing part of the workload myself when I hire someone, but along the way I realized that I didn't need to do that with Betsy. She attended to every detail and did an excellent job! I highly recommend Betsy to be your next realtor."

Suzanne and Chris, Buyers

"We knew right from the start that we had a very special person handling our sale. The house sold in 38 days. When our buyers asked for a new roof, it was Betsy who called the roofing companies to get the best deal. When a rain-soaked May delayed the project, Betsy was on the phone every week nagging the roofers so we wouldn't fall through the cracks. When the garage door wouldn't work, Betsy and her fiance fixed it for us, and then painted the wall where the roofers stained it with water. We've yet to meet another agent who will go that far above and beyond. Betsy is truly dedicated to her job and she's very good at it. If she treats everyone the way she treated us, then anyone would be fortunate indeed to have her as an agent. She's one of the best."

Doreen and Bill, Sellers

"I highly recommend Betsy. I was referred to her after a previous real estate agent was unwilling to work with me. She showed a level of professionalism that I had not experienced with the prior Realtor. Betsy always made herself available and is very helpful. She really went above and beyond by recommending local businesses and services to further help in the process of buying a home. She was quick to respond, and when it comes to making an offer, that is a very important quality that you want in a realtor. Working with Betsy was a pleasant experience and it is obvious that she is passionate about what she does."

Bryan, Buyer

"Betsy helped us sell our house in a tough market. She took the time to help us understand the process of selling our house, and walked us through the necessary steps to get the best results. With Betsy's help we sold our house in less than a week and still saw a return on our investment. I would highly recommend Betsy if you need to buy or sell your home." Deborah, Seller "Betsy was a wonderful agent! She worked hard to help me find the perfect condo! I recommend her with no reservations." Robin, Buyer "I could not have asked for a better guide through my first home buying experience. I never felt overwhelmed or at a loss at any point in the process thanks to Betsy and her expertise and professionalism" Nate Baker, Buyer "Betsy's attention to all the details coupled with her enthusiasm and care for her clients make her an excellent real estate agent whether you're selling your home or looking for a new home to buy. When it's all said and done, you'll be happy to have worked with her."

Carol Flanagan, Northwest Mortgage Group, Inc., Mortgage Consultant