Hi! My name is Brenda Menzel, and I have officially been Living the Bend Life since March 2015. I am originally from Austin, Texas, but spent the last 5 years raising my kids in Orlando, Florida.
This southern girl from the city didn’t quite know what to expect when my husband told me he had a wonderful job opportunity in Bend. Bend, Oregon? Where is Bend, Oregon? I’ve never even been to the Pacific Northwest, let alone this small town in the Cascade Mountains.
Talk about a culture shock! Where is the mall and all the other stores and restaurants I was accustomed to? Not only that, but what am I going to do with my kids? After all, everyone in Orlando had passes to all the theme parks, and our kids were spoiled living only 20 minutes from Disney! Heck, my kids went to summer camp at Sea World, and we had play dates at Lego Land!
Check out what my clients have to say about their experience
“This is our 4th time buying a home and Brenda was great. She was very responsive at all hours. She really understood what we were looking for in a home and called agents beforehand to make sure she didn’t waste our time seeing homes that didn’t match our criteria. She has been an agent for years and it shows. She is professional, organized, and easy to work with. You won’t be disappointed with Brenda Menzel. We love our new home. Couldn’t be happier. Best experience we’ve had so far buying a home.”
~Kimberlee & Scot, 2339 NW Quinn Creek Loop
We had our home listed with another real estate company for 6 months with no offers. Brenda took over the listing and we had it SOLD in 30 days!
~Tom & Mary Kay, 19321 Brookside Way – SOLD in 30 days
“I would highly recommend Brenda at Cascade Sotheby’s. We had our house on the market last year for 5 months without one offer. After listing with Brenda, it was sold in 20 days! And she was terrific in finding us our next home here in Bend. She is thorough, professional, detailed and really knows the Central Oregon area real estate market. It is truly a pleasure to work with Brenda.”
~Tracey & Brad, 19499 Spencer’s Crossing – SOLD in 20 days (after being listed with another broker for 6 months the previous summer)
We were selling our home For Sale By Owner with no luck. Anxious to get back down south before the winter, we listed our home with Brenda. She marketed our home at her weekly office meeting, and we had a showing that very day, before officially going on market in MLS. We had an offer the next day and were under contract the following day! The people who bought our home were in town for 3 days to find a home. I firmly believe they wouldn’t have even looked at our home had it not been for the powerful exposure of Cascade Sotheby’s large in-house broker network.
~Jack & Jorja Broome, 19659 Hollygrape – SOLD in 2 days
“Brenda truly raised the bar in our home purchasing experience. Not only was she patient with us during the hunt, but when we finally found the house we were hoping for she thoughtfully offered us comparative homes to help us validate we had found the right home at the right price. In addition to her thoughtful approach, Brenda offers years of experience in other markets across the country, making us feel confident in her knowledge in navigating such a competitive marketplace here in Bend. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience!”
~Emily & Michael, 60922 Garrison – Buyer
“After three weeks of searching and making offers on 3 different properties, I finally found the perfect home! Brenda and Karen were knowledgeable, helpful and supportive every step of the way. Their team effort and support boosted the level of service that I received and made the experience so enjoyable. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with them again!”
~Myles, 1809 NW Fields – Buyer
Brenda greatly relieved the stress of buying a home from long distance. I had only 2 days to conduct my home search. After visiting several Open Houses on Sunday, Brenda was the only realtor to offer to take me to see homes the following day. On Monday morning she had a packet of data sheets for the 8 homes I had previously identified on the web and she had made arrangements for us to see each one. Turns out I didn’t buy any of those. Based on what Brenda knew about my preferences and my reaction to the homes we viewed, she said, “I have to take you to see the homes in this other neighborhood.” That is where I bought my house. Since I was long distance from Bend, Brenda negotiated with the seller (much to my advantage) and kept me apprised of the status throughout the negotiating and subsequent closing processes. Brenda is the ultimate reality broker, wing-man. She is extremely organized, communicative, and will have your back every step of the way.
~Jim, 20621 Meadowsweet – Buyer
As our realtor/broker Brenda was the perfect combination of honest, knowledgeable, and professional. She was patient with us as we were moving from out of state. She met with our inspector when we could not and FaceTimed us during the process. The buying process was seamless with her. She was always very prompt in responses to our many questions. Even after buying our house, she still checks in with us and makes sure to let us know about the fun things happening around Bend. Her blog ‘Living the Bend Life” has so many great recommendations for stuff to do in Bend (especially with kids) I would recommend Brenda a thousand times over.
~Craig & Emily, 262 Outlook Vista – Buyer
Brenda’s experience and knowledge enabled my husband and I to navigate through a complex transaction. Brenda was able to advise, inform and guide. Additionally communication and access to the resources needed to tend to items on the transaction were wonderful.
~Ann & Jon, 18769 Ridgecrest – SOLD in 7 days
Brenda assisted in making what could have been a nightmare, turn into a success. Late in the game we found out there was a lien on the property, non-disclosed. The items the sellers agreed to fix, turned out did not happen and we would not have known if it wasn’t for Brenda. We ended up renting back to the sellers for a bit of time because they needed help during the process. This purchase was over the Christmas holiday and into the new year, and I was out of town. Everything worked out for both buyers and sellers because of Brenda’s ability to follow through, her ability to care for all, and ensuring that all the paperwork was done correctly. She was a voice of reason, fair, and honest. When both buyers and sellers leave the deal happy and to success, there is no better way to buy a home (or sell). I highly recommend Brenda Menzel!
~Karlene, 20834 King Hezekiah – Buyer
We first met Brenda when we were attempting to sell our home as a For Sale by Owner. We liked her fresh and open approach. When we were ready to list our home, we decided to go with her as our realtor – despite having three very close friends who are realtors – because of her professionalism! Once Brenda was on board as a realtor we were able to get a buyer within a week! She educated us throughout the whole process and was the consummate communicator, and she definitely knows how to use the technological tools!
We would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone! We would also state that this was definitely ‘money well spent’. Our experience as FSBO is that it is complicated and frustrating. Brenda helped secure a swift and firm sale that stayed on course. Brenda goes beyond what is expected at every turn! She has a bubbly and fun personality…and a phenomenal understanding of the market and business!
Those things combined made her such a great person to work with…. and someone we will use again in the future!
~Karen and Mark Hobbs, 61159 Cone Flower – SOLD in 17 days
“I chose to work with Brenda because she has a super successful sales record and an office both in Sunriver and Bend. I felt confident she would market my property very effectively. I thought it might take several months for the house to be sold but wow! Was I surprised when she brought me a terrific offer in two days! She represented me extremely well and made sure the transaction went smoothly. So smoothly in fact we were able to have an early close! Thank you so much Brenda!
If you want your house sold quickly and your transaction to go smoothly, you choose Brenda.”
~Alletta, 4 Holly Lane, Sunriver – SOLD in 2 day