About Us & Our Team
Local Expertise, Professional Results
Kerr Properties was founded in 1981 with the intent to become a provider of world-class service in the property management business. Our innovative business model integrates the customer service and management disciplines of the institutional property management industry at a local level. This unique approach and our commitment to hiring the very best professionals have resulted in strong business growth and our long-lasting tenure in the area, making us one of the most respected and trusted local property management companies.
Because our business model focuses solely on the management of our rental properties, we’re able to concentrate our efforts to maintain a constant presence in local markets, creating value in all phases of the owner's management cycle. We have the same financial sophistication, institutional quality reporting and leading edge property management technology as many of the nation's largest property management companies, but our smaller size and local market expertise means that we can provide better service and be more responsive to both our residents and our clients.
Our dedication to redefining excellence in renting means we’re constantly exploring innovative ideas and pioneering new ways to serve our residents and clients. Please call us to find out how we can help you achieve your goals: (503) 666-0922
Tom and Sheryl Kerr – Founders
It all began in 1970 when Tom got his Real Estate license and started listing and selling properties and in 1977 Tom studied for and got his Broker’s license.
There came a time when some of Tom’s clients were in a quandary as to whether or not to sell their properties or rent them out but didn’t want the hassle of handling them on their own. Sheryl had been ‘managing’ a couple of her and Tom’s investments so Tom offered to have Sheryl take care of clients’ properties in the event they decided not to sell.
In 1978 Sheryl took the job of overseeing 3 different properties for some of Tom’s clients which included cleaning (and with the help of her father, painting the interiors), showing, obtaining Applications to rent the properties, screening and preparing the necessary final paperwork (all without the help of a computer). When an application was approved Sheryl met with the approved applicants at the property for the final walk through and obtaining move in funds. This was all done free of charge until things started snowballing and more properties were being added which was more work than Sheryl could handle on her own.
During this time Tom continued to list and sell Real Estate for a Real Estate company but soon decided it was time to form a property management company which was named Kerr Residential Property Management, Inc. and office was set up in a 10’ x 10’ room in their basement.
Sheryl continued to work on her own for a short time after the company was formed but it soon came apparent that she needed more help so Tom transferred his license to Kerr Residential Property Management, Inc. and Tom began showing properties to prospective tenants while Sheryl continued on with processing paperwork, etc. and the bookkeeping.
The company outgrew the basement office in approximately 1980 a ‘real’ office space was leased on NE 181st and Flanders and the staff grew from 2 people to 4 people.
In 1986 Tom and Sheryl had the company name shortened to Kerr Properties, Inc. and about that time they were also able to purchase the building (after much remodeling and meeting code requirements with City of Gresham and City of Portland) where Kerr Properties, Inc. is currently located on SE 181st and Pine St.
As the business grew so did the staff as at one point Kerr Properties, Inc. was managing close to 600 doors.
Sheryl studied for and got her Property Manager’s license in the mid 1990’s.
Tom retired in 2008 and Kerr Properties, Inc. was sold to Tom and Sheryl’s son, W. Sean Kerr, in 2012 where Sheryl remained as Secretary/Property Manager until her retirement March 31, 2017.
W. Sean Kerr, MPM RMP - President
In 1992 Sean became a full time employee as a leasing agent for Kerr Properties, Inc. He took care of all field work including showing vacant units, move in and move out property condition reports and interior surveys. During the mid 1990's he was the representative for Kerr Properties, Inc. for all court activity for eviction proceedings
Sean obtained his Property Managers license in 1998 and from that point started to learn the inner workings of the business.
In 2004 Sean became an active member of the Greater Portland chapter of NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers) and in 2007 began working at the National level on the Communications Committee and at that time began running Kerr Properties, Inc. with the help of his father, Tom.
Around April of 2008 Tom retired and Sean officially took the reigns as the head of Kerr Properties, Inc. and is the 8th person in the State of Oregon to obtain the RMP designation (Residential Management Professional).
At the beginning of 2008 Sean joined the local NARPM chapter board as the President Elect and in 2009 was the local NARPM chapter President and the head chair for the NARPM NW Regional conference held in Portland. In 2008 he also became a member of the Eastside Professional Association and is currently that groups Vice President.
Sean is the 3rd person in the State of Oregon to obtain the MPM designation (Master Property Manager) through NARPM, which he did in 2011 and he is currently the New Member Chair for the Greater Portland NARPM Chapter.
As of May 2012 Sean officially purchased Kerr Properties, Inc. from his parents, Tom and Sheryl Kerr and leads a team of 6 full time employees and 1 part time employee.
Niki Doyon - Office Manager / Human Resources
Niki started with Kerr Properties, Inc. in September of 2014 as their Office Manager and Human Resources person. She also currently handles the appointment scheduling and rental agreement prepping for our leasing agent. She began working on her Property Manager’s license in early 2015 and became a NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers) member at the same time. She is currently helping future tenants find their dream rental home by guiding them through all the necessary steps during the screening process. She also ensures the office is holding excellent customer service and high standard practices. In total, Niki has over 20 years Operational/Human Resources and accounting experience.
Julian Ramirez – Vacancy Manager
Julian Ramirez has a deep and varied educational background. After early graduation from high school, he obtained a Bachelor's in psychology with a concentration on cognitive/behavioral function and development. His education shifted during graduate school and he obtained a Master's in health and business administration, with a concentration on management and leadership. Shortly after he completed school, he obtained a California Real Estate License.
After working as a full time real estate agent, he entered the field of property management for a large real estate firm as a portfolio manager. He then moved on to commercial property management specializing in high end real estate and commercial development.
Since moving from Ontario, California to Portland, Oregon, he has obtained his Oregon Property Management License. He currently works for Kerr Properties, Inc. as Vacancy Manager specializing in the turnover of properties ranging from residential, multi-family and mixed use.
Autumn Lillie – Office Admin
Autumn started at Kerr Properties, Inc. in October 2017 as an administrative assistant and before coming to Kerr Properties, Inc. worked in the health field in administration for over 5 years. Her goal is to help you find a property that you love, apply for it and then move into your home. Autumn works on helping applicants in reviewing applications, creating and updating rental agreements and answering questions as they arise.
Debbie Seibold - Administrative Assistant
Debbie started working for Kerr Properties Inc. in 1988 as a part time receptionist; the following year she went full time. Through out the years of her employment her duties have included showing properties, screening applications, scheduling appointments, vacancies, move ins, rental agreements and cleaning vacant properties. Debbie currently is our Administrative Assistant and the smiling face our clients see when they walk in the door. She also enjoys participating with some of the charities that Kerr Properties Inc. sponsors such as the MS Walk and Wounded Warriors. Debbie is a valued staff member at Kerr properties, Inc. and her long history with us has been greatly appreciated.
Andrew Taylor - Leasing Agent
From 1988 to 1990 Andrew worked for Sean Kerr doing yard maintenance for Kerr Properties, Inc. as a part time summer job. In 1998 Andrew became a full time employee as a leasing agent for Kerr Properties, Inc. He took care of field work including showing vacant properties, move in and move out property condition reports and interior surveys. Later that year he obtained his Property Managers license. During a transition phase of the company from 2002 to 2004 Andrew took on more responsibilities and started to learn the inner workings of the business as well as representing Kerr Properties, Inc. for court activity for eviction proceedings. Since 2004 Andrew has been the lone full time leasing agent for Kerr Properties, Inc. and a valued staff member.
Molly McCoy – Office Assistant
As a Portland native I understand how beautiful this city is and it's appeal to others as well. At Kerr Properties, it is my goal to help you find your home here. Prior to working at Kerr, I worked at Safeway as a checker where I met a lot of people in this area and also as a legal assistant for attorneys in downtown Portland. For the last year, my job has been to answer any questions you may have and help guide you through the application process as smoothly and quickly as possible. Portland is a great city so get out there and explore it!