Nobody knows Bend like Shelley Schwenke. Twenty-five years ago, as a young adult, Shelley landed in Bend—knowing no one—and promptly began her love affair with the town she would never leave. A true connoisseur of the cool, laid back, adventurous Bend lifestyle, Shelley has sampled all of the area’s offerings, from backpacking to skiing to biking to sipping craft cocktails downtown on hot summer evenings.
Among the seasons of Shelley’s life here in Bend: student, single working professional, wife, business owner, mother of two. From weighing the pros and cons of various school districts for young children to plotting bike routes for college students venturing up the hill to Central Oregon Community College, from finding the shortest door-to-ski-lift commutes to Mt. Bachelor to evaluating walkability scores and the various lifestyle and convenience perks of each of our neighborhoods, Shelley has all of your Bend questions answered. Because she’s lived them. And if you stump her with something really outrageous? She has a network that quite possibly includes everyone in town.
For Shelley, navigating the Bend real estate market is not merely a profession—it’s a passion. Shelley wants you to fall in love with Bend the way she’s fallen in love with Bend. She wants you to make wise investments here, to capitalize on your assets and to maximize all of the potential rewards this vibrant market has to offer. She wants you to stick around, after all, and become an essential part of the fabric of this place she loves so dearly.
Prior to embarking upon her professional real estate journey, Shelley co-founded Make It Green, a home energy auditing and residential retrofitting company, which specialized in developing green systems and encouraging healthy homes. Among the services provided by Make It Green were energy audits and upgrades. Shelley has also worked in the young adult residential treatment industry and in college admissions, where she excelled in helping students across the nation rebuild their
academic stories. Her history as a family systems facilitator comes in handy—believe it or not—when helping families buy and sell homes, and when helping investors appeal to the interests of families.
Anyone who has worked with Shelley in any capacity will tell you her warmth, wit and business acumen are unparalleled. She’s a bulldog when necessary, a wizard when wizardry is needed, and a friend and confidant the rest of the time. From the moment you meet her, you will know you’re in for a different type of real estate experience.