A few years ago, Encore Development Properties and Encore Realty was a two-man operation. John Stilwell, founder and President, and Chris Baird, CEO felt confident with the right tools and technology, they could streamline operations and do the impossible: grow during one of the worst housing markets in recent history.
Today, Encore Development Properties and Encore Realty is the overarching brand for three real estate companies. Two are directly in real estate investment/realty (buying & selling) and one is primarily construction. There are about 30 staff members and personnel involved on the Encore Team. This includes a collaboration of general contractors, project managers, escrow agents, appraisers, real estate agents, sales associates, and executive members. They buy multiple houses and month and team up with investors in their local market.
Encore Development Properties and Encore Realty in Portland, Oregon has gone from a three-man operation two years ago, to 30 full time staff each managing dozens of collaborators (general contractors, project managers, escrow agents, appraisers, real estate agents, sales associates and executive members). These are the overarching brands for three real estate companies - two are directly in real estate investment (buying & selling) and one is primarily construction.
The Encore Team buys multiple houses per month, and teams up with investors in their local market - resulting in the sale of over 300 houses in the past ten years.
There are a number of players involved and many pages of documentation associated with each purchase or sale. In addition, all discussions and conversations must be accounted for and time stamped.
“Google email and Smartsheet are easy to use right out of the gate,” says John Stilwell, president and founder. “I call Smartsheet a glorified excel sheet on steroids. Our members can jump in and use the tools right away. By using Google Apps and Google Email it enables us to have everything in one place. It makes a complex and sophisticated process streamlined and efficient and gives us a great selling tool for prospective investors and clients. It shows them that we are professional and have the capabilities to track our business.”