Bend Oregon’s Most Experienced
Buyer’s Real Estate Broker

20+ years in Bend. 9 years as a Broker. 6 years representing only Bend Oregon Real Estate Buyers. Mensan intelligence, Zero B.S.


NEW– Watch or Listen to my 2015 Bend Oregon Real Estate Statistics Year End Review Video- HERE





As far as I know, I am the only Bend Oregon real estate agent that is a pure buyer’s agent.  Like other Bend real estate agents, I started as a standard broker, working both sides and switching hats from the “sunshine and rainbows” listing agent, to the analytical and much more realistic buyer’s agent.  I quickly realized, however, that I didn’t enjoy the phoniness of the listing side.  My skills are much more suited to the side of Bend real estate where I can and should tell it like it is, where I can be a truly powerful asset for the people whom I help buy Bend Oregon homes every day, most of whom are from out of town and must place their trust in someone here in Bend.  I love to help people, and to give them real estate insights they can’t get from anywhere else.  As a pure buyer’s broker I am able to tell the whole truth, not just the convenient truth, about Bend Oregon homes, Bend Oregon neighborhoods, and the Bend Oregon real estate market in general. 

I post home sales statistics every month, so that Bend home buyers can see the reality on the ground for themselves, without any fluffy real estate agent speak to skew their view of the numbers.  My goal is to make sure that you like and respect me AFTER the home sale. If I do then you will tell your friends that among the huge field of Bend Oregon real estate agents, you found an honest one who made it easy to trust him, who gave you Bend real estate insights you couldn’t have gotten otherwise, and who not only helped you buy the right Bend home for you, but also helped you avoid the wrong homes.  That’s the difference between my business, and that of other Bend Oregon real estate agents.

“When I decided to move to Bend, I went online to look for a real estate agent. I was immediately drawn to the professionalism of Thom Gardner’s website. When I emailed him about my search, he was quick to respond and link me up with his portal which provided me with a continuous stream of new listings. As my search evolved, I was constantly impressed by Thom’s ability to comprehend and flex with my changes as well as provide astute observations of my changing needs. Thom’s recommendation for a lender put me in contact with one of the best.

Once the offer was made, Thom proved a tough advocate for the sale and remained vigilant during the entire process. Buying a property from a distance made me somewhat of a needy client but Thom never tired or waned from doing everything I asked and often went above the call of a normal real estate agent. In addition, Thom brought humor, interesting conversation, and an excellent knowledge of the market and real estate contracts to the process. Thom did due diligence on my behalf regarding city codes, easements, utilities and resources surrounding the property and its sale.

He was vigilant to the end and was there for me after sale—he even showed up on moving day to help even he was suffering from a sprained ankle! I would without hesitation recommend Thom Gardner and consider him the finest real estate agent I have ever had the honor to work with.”

Paul Ross
Paul RossCorvallis, OR

Why a Buyer’s Agent?

You don’t hire a general practitioner to perform surgery, and you shouldn’t hire a general real estate broker to handle your purchase.  As a Mensan I bring a higher level of intelligence to your negotiation than my competition, I have worked ONLY with buyers since 2009, and understand that side of the deal better than anyone in Bend, Oregon.  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.