Real estate broker Carol Johansen has joined RE/MAX River & Sea in Astoria; she started with the firm in February. The veteran broker has been in the real estate business for 24 years, and is a Clatsop County native.

Johansen said she's thrilled to be working with RE/MAX.

"It's definitely teamwork; they call themselves Team RE/MAX," she said.

Johansen covers the territory from Astoria to Arch Cape, and she has experience with residential properties, condos, vacant lands and some commercial properties.

There are about 17 brokers working with RE/MAX River & Sea between two company offices in Astoria and Gearhart.

She said the real estate market has picked up quite a bit from two years ago. But the hot market of five years ago is gone, and not likely to return.

"It's a more realistic market; prices are self-adjusting," she said.

"I think the bottom has come along - the lowest of the low prices are gone; We are showing a lot of properties."