I have been a Realtor since 1994 successfully selling real estate in Portland, South Portland, and our surrounding communities. At Townsend Real Estate, home, life, and art come together in a way that makes buying or selling a home comfortable and relaxed. You can feel confident that as a broker with experience pricing, marketing and negotiating home purchases and sales, I will develop a plan for you that will ensure that you to reach your goals.
My education and credentials include holding an MBA from Simmons College in Boston as well as being a Member of the National Association of Realtors, Maine Board of Realtors, Greater Portland Board of Realtors, and the Maine Multiple Listing Service.
My second passion after real estate is art. I am Director of the Society for East End Arts and past Board member for the Maine Crafts Association. I have attended Haystack Mountain and Penland School of Crafts. I enjoy print making and designing jewelry with glass beads that I have made using a torch. I actively support Creative Portland and 2 Degrees Portland.
Being involved and giving back to my community is a top priority for me. I am a founder of Friends of the Eastern Promenade as well as the Society for East End Arts. I am past President of the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization and past Treasurer for the Portland Arts & Cultural Alliance. I have lived in South Portland, Scarborough, and Gorham and currently reside on Munjoy Hill on the Portland Peninsula.
I have worked with Colleen twice as a buyer’s agent. She is dedicated, goes above and beyond, and really takes care of her clients. She scoured the listings for just the right house for me and my family. Although we were disappointed a few times and it took several months, she was persistent and found me my dream home! Colleen was efficient in communicating and gathering information from the seller’s agent. She was able to explain to me each part of the process as we progressed. I also recall other agents saying that they like to work with her because she is excellent when it comes to organization and getting all the documents done correctly. This made me feel even more sure that I was in the best hands with her. I highly recommend Colleen as a realtor if you are looking to buy or sell a house.
I approached Colleen thanks to a friend’s referral, after having a less-than-wonderful experience with another realtor. I was a first-time home buyer, and not particularly well-versed in the process. Colleen was extremely patient and carefully explained all of the steps and considerations (more than once, when I needed to process things over!), and I never felt that she was anything but enthusiastic in helping me through my questions.
Colleen clearly has a great deal of experience in her field, and is very comfortable with approaching negotiations in a fair, logical, and measured manner. She made me feel confident, assured, and informed throughout every step of the process. She was always very organized, prepared, and punctual for every meeting we had.
I would highly highly recommend Colleen to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. If I need to move at any point in the future, I will certainly be calling her.
As an aside, Colleen also received a very glowing review from my sister-in-law, who is a realtor in Los Angeles, and holds her expectations of her colleagues at a very high standard (as an extremely thorough and talented member of the profession, herself). They spoke on the phone a couple of times, as I was working out my process.
When I was house hunting recently, Colleen Bedard made what could have been a major nail-biting experience for me into a fun and ultimately successful endeavor. Colleen is a consummate professional: knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate and every step of the home buying and selling process in Maine. She communicates her knowledge and information clearly and straightforwardly. She is service oriented with her clients rather than bottom-line driven, personally supportive, discreet when need be, always prompt and responsive to questions and requests, and always flexible with her time and patient with other people’s. Moreover, Colleen goes above and beyond a realtor’s duties. As a newcomer to the Greater Portland area, she provided me with many referrals to other services and organizations I needed. I greatly enjoyed her company as I searched for a new home and felt far more confidant and “unstressed” than I imagined I would be.
Colleen sold my house for me in 2012, and I am very much looking forward to contacting her when I am ready to buy a new home! Colleen is an ever consummate professional in her field. She has expert knowledge of the area and market, provides a warm and clear communication style, and an unsurpassed eye for home staging and marketing and the ultimately important razor-sharp business and negotiation skills. I have recommended Colleen to friends and family over the years, and everyone has been grateful for her services!
Colleen was excellent and went above and beyond the standard in order to get my property sold. As I was living out of state at the time, she handled everything for me from checking the oil level in the furnace3 to overseeing the cleaning and painting projects. When her colleagues suggested she list my property $20K lower then what she thought, she stuck to her guns and sure enough the property sold for what she had for the asking price! I would highly recommend Colleen for anyone thinking of selling Real Estate
We worked with Colleen as a buyer agent to help us negotiate the purchase of our new home. We found her to be professional and personable throughout the entire interaction. She has a high level knowledge of the area and was able to negotiate a deal that was satisfactory to both parties. Colleen also worked very hard on our behalf and was thorough with researching paperwork, referring builders/contractors/inspectors, and any other needs we had during the negotiations. I would highly recommend Colleen Bedard for any of your real estate needs.
I rented from Colleen before she helped me transition back into home ownership. Love my house and really appreciate the patience and effort Colleen put in to help me find the right place. She is the best!
Over the course of two years I worked with Colleen to find the right house for me. I began the search more to learn about possibilities than to buy a place because I had time before moving to Portland. Colleen took me seriously even though I wasn’t ready to buy a place. She took me to several places to learn my tastes and inclinations and then let me know when something came on the market that might fit my wants and needs. Always ready to answer my many questions, but reticent to give advice, Colleen was a great realtor for me. I did not want to work with an aggressive, hard-selling realtor. I also appreciated her knowledge and acquaintance with Portland’s neighborhoods. She always had her ear to the ground for properties about to come on the market, and that’s how I was able to buy my home in the neighborhood I wanted. I couldn’t recommend Colleen more highly.
I am so thankful for Colleen’s help in our buying process! She was helpful and responsive during our home search, was patience and gave valuable advice when viewing homes, and was indispensable during negotiation on the home we found, bought, and love. As a busy family, we really appreciated her responsiveness and flexibility. Thanks Colleen!!
We have worked with Colleen for purchasing and selling property. In each situation, Colleen was thorough, professional and always ready to go the extra mile to get things done right. The property Colleen sold for us was occupied by tenants who didn’t always leave the condo in “show” condition. Colleen admitted after the closing that, on more than one occasion, she made the bed and straightened things up before the potential buyer arrived. The tenants’ dog was often on the premises as well, and Colleen made a point of taking it for a walk during the times the property was being shown. These are just a couple of examples, but very indicative of the type of person Colleen is and of her commitment to her clients the and their respective goals. We have referred several people to Colleen and will continue to use her in the future.
I have worked with Colleen to buy my last three properties. Colleen is knowledgeable, professional, and has really gone the extra mile to help me find the right properties and to make sure we structure our deals well. Her decades of experience in the area are a real asset.
Colleen helped me buy my very first home. I was 40 years old at the time, a source of humiliation for me, a Type-A and proud personality to the hilt. My lack of experience in the real estate market left me feeling vulnerable and prone to bad decisions. Colleen never once made me feel that any of my questions were stupid, she gave me confidence to prioritize the things that were important to me in a home, and helped me open my eyes to additional possibilities that had never occurred to me or that I had prematurely ruled out. She made me feel very safe as I embarked upon a momentous decision, and had the exactly right information and advice to help me make the best one I could. I have been in my home for just over 2 years now, and I could not be happier. I credit Colleen for getting me here, and I will be forever grateful.
Colleen Bedard has been our realtor and has helped us buy houses in Portland two times! What we have appreciated most is that we always feel that she is working for us, and helping us to find what really suits us; we never have felt pressured or deceived.
What is most important to us has been her honesty. Also, without our asking, she has done research on our behalf and has alerted us to potential problems we might encounter with a particular property. Colleen has kept us informed as our purchases progressed and her demeanor is always calm and encouraging.
We always recommend Colleen Bedard whenever we meet someone looking for a home in the Portland area.
We rarely write reviews but feel compelled to write about our extremely positive experience working with Colleen Bedard as our real estate agent. Colleen is incredibly hard-working, knowledgeable, patient and honest. Though we were not sure where we wanted to live, or what we could afford, Colleen was always there for us and always gave us the sense that it was more important that she help us find the ‘right fit’ for us than it was for her to make a sale. Finally, with her help, we were able to find the right condo and, when we did, it really seemed that Colleen was almost as excited as we were! We cannot emphasize enough how honest and hardworking Colleen is. Every time she promised something she was true to her word. She never offered advice unless we asked and again that advice always had more to do with whether she thought a place would be a good fit for us rather than a sale for herself. When the closing process took a bit longer than we anticipated, Colleen encouraged us to stick with it and reassured us that securing a mortgage often could take a bit longer in these times of tighter money. And, again, when we did close on the property, Colleen seemed almost as happy for us as we were. In sum, it was truly a pleasure to work with Colleen and we honestly feel lucky to have found her. We cannot recommend her highly enough and would give her a ‘six star’ rating if we could!
We recently purchased our first home with Colleen as our buyer’s agent. I can’t say enough about what Colleen has to offer as a realtor. She knows the business inside and out and has impressive knowledge of the greater Portland area. As first time buyers, she guided us through every step and took the time to explain everything that was new to us. From looking at homes and navigating the inspection process all the way to the closing table, Colleen was always available and kept us moving in the right direction. We are a busy working household, but Colleen didn’t bat an eye at Saturday morning meetings or after-hours showings. She responded to every email and call – while that seems like a small part of the process, it was invaluable to us as nervous first time buyers. We were at ease in Colleen’s capable hands and are thankful to have had her on our side!
My husband and I worked with Colleen Bedard this summer to purchase a second home in the Portland area. Colleen’s patience, perseverance and expertise were nothing short of remarkable! I’m sure we were challenging clients – we were ‘all over the place’ in terms of a location, old vs. new home, etc. Colleen took the time to help us figure out what we really wanted and needed in a home, and she worked tirelessly (and always cheerfully) to help us find the perfect one! She wasn’t just trying to sell us a house. She was absolutely committed to helping us find the best house for us. Her expert advice and guidance were invaluable to us, through both the home search and the purchase of our home. I can’t list all the ways she went above and beyond for us. You will not find a more dedicated, skilled realtor anywhere.
– J. Landers