About Us

We have been in business since 2010 and pride ourselves as leaders in our local real estate market and the property management community. For the last 20 years we have been active members of the NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers) community and stay current on the latest property management industry trends.

Uptown Properties Guarantees:

We don't just promise to perform, we guarantee it! We offer our Performance Guarantees so that if we don't perform as promised, we pay a financial price.

  1. Better Tenant Guarantee- If we place a tenant in your rental and they break the lease in their first rental term, we will secure the next tenant at no cost to you.
  2. Payment Guarantee- If a tenant does not pay their rent as agreed, you don't pay us our monthly management fee. We are only paid when you are.
  3. Fee Guarantee- If you can find a lower fee in writing to manager your property, we will match it. As long as the other firm does not charge additional fees, we guarantee to match it.
  4. Satisfaction Guarantee- If you are not satisfied with our service, you can cancel our contract at any time with a 60-day notice.
  5. Happiness Guarantee- If you were self-managing and after 6 months of us managing your property you are not happy with our service, we will give your property back to you and refund 1/2 of the fees.
  6. Rental Guarantee- If you do not secure a qualified tenant within 21 days of marketing your rental, we will waive our first month's management fee.

Meet the Team

Chris Shepard » Owner
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Chris Shepard is a licensed broker in Oregon and professionally manages properties in the Portland Metro area. Managing investments since 2009 Chris has extensive experience with all phases of property management and cares for each property as though they were his own. With this background, it's simple for him to discern whether to replace an appliance or get it fixed, whether to spend the money to replace some carpet or to just have it cleaned. He has the investor's best interests at heart.
AJ Shepard » Owner
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AJ Shepard is a licensed property manager in the state of Oregon and also a licensed Contractor in Oregon. His experience in real estate starts more than 10 years ago in the contracting business. Finding his passion in real estate and construction management has created an avenue for this company help provide all services necessary to its clients. Knowing the trade and the ability to manage many allows for streamlined maintenance for the investors property at a reduced cost.
Jacob Wathen » Licensed Realtor, Leasing Agent
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Jacob is a licensed real estate broker with a B.S. in psychology and a business minor. He is constantly looking at the market to determine the best opportunities for his clients. He has been a real estate agent for one year. He has also been a leasing agent so he understands the difficulties that come both as a tenant and a landlord. His past experience also includes home improvement sales/inspections, customer service, and investing in real estate on his own. He has over 5 years experience as a real estate investor and is active in many investing groups.

Outside of real estate, Jacob enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest and trying out the many great restaurants and bars Portland has to offer.
Roni Illias » Administrative Specialist & Maintenance Coordinator
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Roni is Uptown’s Administrative Specialist and Maintenance Coordinator with a background in customer service, management, and sales. She is constantly gaining knowledge through her experiences working with people to come up with the solution that is the best fit for them. Her flexibility in navigating challenging situations helps both owners and tenants find the solution to a variety of problems that may arise in a peaceful manner. She hands down truly cares about others and it shows in her work ethic and communication skills.

Roni is a retired high school softball coach, with 17 seasons and 4 state championships under her belt.

As a native Oregonian, Roni has a love of gardening,entertaining, camping, and animals, as well as those rainy day activities such as cooking and enjoying music.
Nicole Corwin » Business Development Manager
Nicole is Uptown Properties Marketing and Business Development Manager. She has a broad background in communication and thoroughly enjoys the creative side of business development. As a homeowner, Nicole understands the value of homeownership and works to protect your property by pairing it with Uptown’s wonderful team of professionals to maximize your investment.

When she is not looking for you, she can be most likely be found outdoors or behind a camera and always with her canine companions.