Company History

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45 Main Properties was founded in 2014 by Neal and Alissa Collins. Neal's exposure to property management started in 2006 when he worked as a leasing agent for a 300-unit student housing complex. Shortly thereafter, he became the account manager for a portfolio of properties with more than 800 units. Neal served as a Peace Corps volunteer and holds a master's degree in sustainable development. 

Alissa grew up in Alaska and worked as a professional fundraiser for the University of Alaska before obtaining a master's degree in intercultural service, leadership, and management. When she and Neal were assigned to the same project in Bangladesh, they found that they made great partners—and became great life companions. They spent several years in international development, holding leadership positions in India and Maldives where their work focused on community development, conservation, and preservation.

They made Portland their home after falling in love with the city's vibrant culture, craftsman architecture, and proximity to the outdoors. 45 Main Properties was formed to service their small but growing portfolio of rentals. The company began taking on clients who wanted a professional but personalized approach to property management. Neal is the principal property manager, and Alissa brings the depth of knowledge, charm, and skill that helps clients exceed their goals.

What's the meaning behind the name?

Before the company was founded, Neal and Alissa had their sights on an ambitious, yet straight-forward goal that they believed would lead to financial freedom: acquire 45 rental units. Overtime this goal became known as "45 Main".

It wasn't long before people started knocking on the Collins' door wanting professional help acquiring or managing their own investment properties. As the company grew, so did the mission; The spirit, however, remained the same: Help others to achieve their own financial freedom.

Neal Collins, Co-Founder, President & Licensed Property Manager

As a co-founder of 45 Main Properties, Neal ensures that the company provides the best services to its clients and tenants. He is a licensed property manager and has extensive experience in residential property management. He is a proud new dad and loves spending time with his family and traveling.

 

 

Alissa Collins, Co-Founder, Licensed Broker

Alissa is a co-founder of 45 Main Properties and does a fantastic job working with clients and tenants to help them achieve their real estate goals. She supports their efforts to buy and sell real estate, whether it is their personal home or an investment property. Alissa holds a real estate license with M Realty. She has a warm heart and adventurous spirit and is at home with a backpack on her back and hiking boots on her feet. You can read more about Alissa at alissa-collins.com.

 

Kim Foster, Senior Property Manager

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With an extensive background in residential property management, Kim provides  fluency and expertise that are unparalleled in the industry. Her career in property management started more than 12 years ago when she managed large, multifamily complexes in California. In 2010, Kim moved to the Pacific Northwest and began managing a portfolio of 120 high-end, single-family residences. Today, she is in charge of the day-to-day operations of 45 Main Properties. Kim loves music, singing, and art, and she can be found doing craft projects, taking walks by the river, or enjoying Portland’s vibrant culinary scene.

 

Kelcy King

Kelcy King, Leasing Coordinator & Licensed Broker

Kelcy is an avid cyclist who fell in love with biking around Portland. The city, in her eyes, is built for bikes, and she can be found jetting around town with a basket of flowers on her bike. Kelcy holds a real estate broker's license and loves to help people reach their goals, whether that be someone looking for a home to rent, buy a house, or sell an investment property. Kelcy has almost a decade’s worth of knowledge of Portland neighborhoods and loves to share (most) of her favorite more obscure spots in the city!

Kasey Gaerisch, Property Manager

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As a Portland native, Kasey grew up as a competitive athlete. She is an animal lover, cook, and adventurer. While her love of sports never died, her interest in real estate has certainly grown. She has a background in multi-family apartment management and now oversees a portfolio of amazing properties with 45 Main. Most likely you’ll find Kasey with her dogs in the countryside or scaling a mountain on the weekend. Come football season that all changes though!

Jamie Belcher, Marketing Coordinator

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Jamie graduated from the University of Oregon with a Marketing degree in 2012, and soon after left her hometown of Eugene to pursue a career in Portland. She has since held several marketing roles in the finance and real estate industries. As Marketing Coordinator with 45 Main, Jamie works on developing programs for business growth and strengthening customer relationships. Outside of the office, Jamie enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and camping. She also loves exploring her creative side by painting, practicing calligraphy and design, and working on craft projects.