Downtown Junction City houses a family group of Realtors known as Willamette Properties Group. WPG is led by owners and real estate agents Tosh and Lisanne Dickenson. WPG also employs their daughter, Cheyenne as a licensed agent, along with Matt Rossiter, (Matt greeted me warmly as I arrived at their office.) Daisy Ramirez, MacKenzie Solton, Biff Sessner & Daniel Emanuel. WPG is actively involved in supporting several nonprofits and as such wear many hats in the community. I met with Lisanne to discuss the history and future of their business. Below is a retelling of the information she shared.
1. How long have you been in business?
I began practicing real estate in 2007. Prior to becoming an agent, I taught firearms classes throughout Oregon and worked in business administration.. Tosh worked in management for a local RV company. In 2011, Tosh decided to change careers and join me as a licensed Realtor. Thus began Willamette Properties Group in 2012.
2. How did you choose this area?
We were married on our property in Cheshire 25 years ago. Being so close to Junction City, it was the logical place to set up shop. There was only one other practicing agent in town at that time, so we knew that there was a need. Junction City had been growing, and being able to serve this community in so many ways made it an easy choice!
3. What are your favorite things about this area?
Junction City’s rich history. (From trains to a huge opera house and much, much more.)
4. What is your background and how did you get into what you do?
When Tosh and I met I was a paramedic student and Tosh was a captain at the local fire department. He was teaching my required firefighter classes. He was amazing and we quickly became a great team, so we married in 1997 and bought our first home. Our experience with that was painful and disappointing and we knew that I could treat people better and do it with respect, knowledge, integrity and a passion for people. I began to take classes after being encouraged by my wonderful husband and a Realtor friend. A few years later, Tosh joined me in the business. We both have passions for helping people find the home of their dreams!.
5. How would you describe your business?
We are very family oriented. Despite the pandemic, we sold many homes in 2020 & 2021, totaling millions of dollars in sales. We pride ourselves on our ability to connect with families and find the perfect homes for them. We love it when clients say, “what do you mean I’m not your only client?
6. What makes your business unique?
We are very active in this community and share business contacts for folks needing services. We have a tried and true list of great contractors nearby. We utilize some unbelievable lead generation software that allows us to give hundreds of leads to our brokers, In turn, this means that more and more people are benefiting from having experienced, caring Realtors.
7. What do you hope for your business in the next 5 years?
Like most businesses, growth is imperative. We are always on the lookout for smart, positive, team players. Current licensed Realtors or those that are working towards their real estate license are always welcome to reach out and discuss joining our team.
8. Are there any local causes you support?
Function 4 Junction, board member
Donations to the high school for various classes
A community Facebook group with 3.2K members. (“We are Junction City!”)
9. What is the best way for people to reach you?
We are always available. Contact us through our website, wpgoregon.com, social media or text 541-403-8929. We’ll always respond in a timely manner!