Easom Property Management, one of the largest rental firms in the region, has transitioned to Community Property Management as owners Kent Easom and LJ Gunderson look to slow down and relocate to Idaho.
The new company, represented by Portland real estate agent Craig Gilbert, is a property management arm of regional real estate firm Windermere. Easom, a former agent with Windermere Community Realty, said he has known Gilbert for a decade and thought he shared the same philosophy of doing right by property owners and tenants.
“We’re wanting to slow down,” Easom said. “It’s a good opportunity to merge.”
Easom Property Management started in 1996 managing about 20 units, but has grown to 260 throughout Clatsop County.
“We have units all over the spectrum,” Easom said.
Rents range from $500 to $2,200, he said, and less than 10 percent are Section 8 low-income housing units. The company’s properties are almost entirely full, with a 1 to 2 percent vacancy rate. One of the largest properties the company manages, the 30-unit Villa Del Mar senior apartments in Warrenton, was recently put up for sale at more than $1.8 million.
There are no immediate changes planned in the properties or operations, Gilbert said. While moving out of the area, Easom and Gunderson will still play a role managing the new company’s operations in person and remotely.
“Remote communications have become so easy,” Gilbert said. “We have another managing broker that lives in Palm Springs.”
Easom and Gunderson are active in the community. Gunderson is the president of the city’s Historic Landmarks Commission and Easom serves on the Astoria Planning Commission.