Cascade Sotheby's International Realty founder, franchise owner and CEO, Deb Tebbs, was the first on the West Coast to secure a Sotheby’s International Realty franchise to launch in Central Oregon in 2006. In 2015 she was awarded the franchise for Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty brokerages in Portland, Lake Oswego, SW Washington and the Oregon Coast. Portland is the last metro market in the nation for a Sotheby’s International Realty real estate presence. Grit, tenacity and perseverance are three characteristics required for success and all three belong to Tebbs. She weathered the economic downturn soon after launching the franchise in Central Oregon building a thriving brokerage and is now arguably one of Oregon’s fastest growing brokerages. Tebbs considers her own network of brokers and staff more of a family than a real estate firm. She calls it a family of motivated, intelligent, talented individuals—somehow drawn to this place, at this time to thrive together. And her brokers consider her family and were drawn to her vision, tenacity and can-do spirit. Across the board the words they use to describe their leader include honest, intuitive, professional, tenacious, fun and inspirational.
Tebbs has earned a remarkable reputation as a responsive and dedicated mentor and coach to all of her brokers—many of whom come to Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty specifically to work with her. She is known for her one-on-one coaching and brainstorming sessions with any broker who needs her. With 30+ years in the Oregon real estate market, Tebbs consistently acts as a lead coach offering her team strategies and relationship-building skills to close sales and do their very best to serve clients.
She also sets herself apart with a deep sense of community and giving back in all of the markets in which Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty does business. Tebbs started the Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty SPARK project which offers brokers an opportunity to contribute to regional charities throughout Oregon and even dedicate a portion of commissions to nonprofit community work.
Tebbs ascended in her career against all odds: she was a young single teenage mom, alone, working two jobs to make ends meet but with the vision, entrepreneurial spirit and determination for which she is well-known is now an industry influencer and community leader.
As one of the top brokers in Oregon, Tebbs has built a solid reputation for putting her clients’ goals first while bringing a highly personalized approach to each and every transaction.