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.
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.
Tom and Sheryl Kerr
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.
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 Sean was the 7th recipient of NARPM’s RMP (Residential Management Professional) designation within the State of Oregon and in 2011 was the 2nd recipient in the State of Oregon for NARPM’s prestigious MPM (Master Property Manager) designation.
In 2012 Sean officially purchased Kerr Properties, Inc. from his parents and currently leads a team of five full time employees and one part time employee.
Niki started with Kerr Properties, Inc. in September of 2014 as their Office Manager and Human Resources person. Niki also handles all of the bookkeeping for Kerr Properties, Inc. and is a current Support Staff member of NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers). 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.
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.
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!
In my 28 years of growing up in the Portland Metro area I can understand why people want to move here. Prior to working at Kerr Properties, I worked as a Medication Technician for 10 years at various memory care units as well as in-home care agencies. For the last two years, my job has been to answer any questions you may have and help you not only find the home that fits you and your family’s needs but also help you get moved in as smoothly and quickly as possible. New home, new adventures and new memories.
Rosanna started with Kerr Properties, Inc. in February of 2022 as their Vacancy Specialist. Rosanna is a current member of NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers), and is currently working on gaining her Property Manager license. Rosanna brings with her over 25 years of Property Management experience at the corporate level, publishing (back when listings were in print magazines), a key witness on several court cases, and as an on-site Senior Property Manager of multiple apartment buildings.
Rosanna has lived in Oregon for almost 30 years. She enjoys the outdoors, reading and cooking in her spare time. She attended Western Culinary Institute of Portland's Le Cordon Bleu Program in 2003-2004, and was a private chef and caterer for a few years professionally. She has (2) children in their 20's, her daughter lives in Hawaii, while her son now lives in New York. She loves both dogs and cats. And, has been a volunteer with the City of Salem working with special needs children with autism from age 1-12 years old.