Now, Thom is ALSO the Managing Principal Broker at Bend Brokers Realty


I’m Thom Gardner, Managing Principal Broker at Bend Brokers Realty, and a Bend resident for 29 years. As a Bend Oregon Real Estate Agent for Buyers Only for the past 12 of those years, I’ve built an unparalleled reputation based on integrity and absolute honesty.  The many reviews you will find below and on the web reflect that singular focus. I represent Bend home buyers only, so if you are looking to buy in Bend and want someone who specializes in just that, I’m your guy!

Want to list your home?  I have experienced Bend Oregon real estate agents trained in the same style of authentic, honest real estate service. Shanda Kenyon, and Linda Gardner.  Just click a name or the Ready to Sell menu above to find out more!


Our slogan, “Authentic. Bend.” actually comes from my clients, and the word they have often used to describe my style of representation as a Bend Oregon real estate agent for buyers.

And now, as the Managing Broker of Bend Brokers Realty (my family’s brokerage, in business since 2002) I manage a group of listing brokers who follow that same promise of integrity and total honesty.

That phrase is now the touchstone for our entire brokerage, and rest assured it will apply to you if you choose to let us help you buy OR sell your home in Bend. If you are looking to list your home, Bend Brokers Realty is here to help! Contact Shanda Kenyon or Linda Gardner to list your home, and they will give you the very same personal service and high integrity you read about in my reviews. You have my word on it!

Meet the Authentic Listing Agents of Bend Brokers Realty!

Shanda Kenyon
Licensed Broker in the State of Oregon

A former owner of a successful design business, I specialize in the listing and sales of both new and existing homes in the Bend area. Prior to selling real estate, I oversaw the marketing, public relations, and escrow transactions for a Coldwell Banker top 1% sales team in California. Utilizing my design background, I was influential in our relationships with builders and clients, carefully working with both the selection of materials and helping them make knowledgeable design decisions. My skill set also proved worthwhile in staging homes for sale, creating eye catching pieces paired with creative marketing strategies. Click Here to learn more about me.

Linda Gardner
Licensed Principal Broker in the State of Oregon

Linda is a Principal Broker, has earned a CRS – Certified Residential Specialist and ABR – Accredited Buyer Representative and also holds CSP and SFR designations (Certified (new home) Sales Professional and Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource). She has successfully completed many short sales for clients and has sold and marketed hundreds of homes in the area for both buyers and sellers. She is a long time member of Women’s Council of Realtors, and was honored recently as their 2013 Entrepreneur of the year, largely for her work in the industry and for the community and women. Click Here to learn more about me.

I’m Thom Gardner, Managing Principal Broker of Bend Brokers Realty. As a Bend Oregon real estate agent I’ve spent the last 10 years of my career working for home buyers only.  Since my specialty is the home buyer, period, you can’t hire me to list your home.  BUT YOU CAN HIRE one of my full service listing brokers, trained in the same style of honest, Authentic Bend style service!

Yes, we DO list homes!

CLICK HERE to find out about the listing services offered by both Linda Gardner and Shanda Kenyon. Honest brokers with tremendous experience in the process of marketing, promoting, staging, and selling your home.

But why does Thom only work with buyers?

Like your average Bend Oregon real estate agent, I started as a standard broker. One day I was a listing agent— trained to make a home look its best both in person and on paper.  The next day I was the critical buyer’s agent— trained to discover the underside of that pretty sheen in order to best serve his or her clients. I quickly realized that my personality, intellect, and skills are best suited to the buy side, guiding and protecting my clients from making bad decisions.

My skills are well suited to the side of Bend real estate where I can and should tell it like it is. I am a powerful asset for the people I help buy Bend Oregon real estate every day. Many are from out of town and must take a leap of faith to place their trust in a local broker. I’ve lived in Bend for 29 years, and bring real local knowledge to the purchase process.

I love to help people by giving them straight up real estate and local Bend insights they can’t get anywhere else. I tell the whole truth, not just the convenient truth, about Bend homes, neighborhoods, and the Bend Oregon real estate market in general. In doing so, I believe I can best protect my clients from purchases that may not turn out well down the road.

Numbers are your friends

I post Bend home sales statistics each month, so my buyers can see the reality of the market for themselves.  My goal is to make sure that you still like and respect me AFTER the home purchase. If I succeed, you’ll tell your friends who are looking to buy a Bend home that you know an honest agent.  An agent who not only helped you buy the right Bend Oregon home, but also helped you avoid the wrong ones. Expect me to be very blunt about any problems or issues I see with your intended Bend Oregon real estate purchase.  I believe when we are through that you wouldn’t have it done any other way.

My clients rave about me and become friends, which is the best reward of all. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my old clients out at a pub, a restaurant, or a local event and having them call me over and thank me for my help. The real difference between my business, and that of the average Bend Oregon real estate agent, is simple.

Pure Honesty, Real Intelligence, and Long time Local Experience. That’s me, Thom Gardner, and that’s Bend Brokers Realty.

Why a Buyer’s Agent?

You don’t hire a general practitioner to perform surgery, and you shouldn’t hire a general Bend Oregon real estate agent to handle your purchase.  As a Mensan I bring a higher level of intelligence to your negotiation than my competition. I’ve worked ONLY with buyers since 2009, and know the buy side of the deal better than anyone in Bend Oregon real estate.  This allows me to stay loyal to and speak frankly to the only side of the deal that matters to you – YOURS. Read more…

Buying from a Distance?

The hardest part of buying Bend Oregon real estate from afar?  Learning the truth about what’s happening on the ground while you are at 30,000 feet.  That’s where I come in.  I can set up a free portal for you on the Bend Oregon MLS system, so you can watch homes of your type in real time.  And, I make high quality videos (not phony moving pictures) of homes you identify, so you can decide whether it is worth a visit! Read more…

Regular Market Updates

I post the latest Bend Oregon sales statistics here around the 15th of every month, when they come out.  You can read my pointed comments on the ever changing Bend Oregon real estate market as you view charts covering everything from Days on Market, to average sales price and inventory, to average price per square foot and see how they have changed on a yearly basis. Read more…

Let’s talk.

Contact me via email or phone to discuss what I can do for you!  I never make you sign a contract until we make an offer, as I believe you should be sure you are going to be happy with my work ethic before you commit.  You won’t find many veteran Bend real estate brokers who will allow that, but I believe it’s the right thing to do. Contact Me.

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Licensed Principal Broker in the State of Oregon
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