Ernest Cooper understands the importance of making the right decision to buy or sell a home. He has participated in closing 454 transactions with a value of slightly over $135 million in his past 17 years of experience as a Realtor. Yet his Texan charm and Pacific Northwest sensibility makes him a true partner in helping his clients obtain the best results with their home.

Ernest was born in Big Lake, Texas in 1966. When his father was promoted at Phillips Petroleum, the family, including his mom and two older sisters, moved to Stavanger, Norway. Upon returning to Odessa, Texas he’d experienced the culture shock that moving and travel can have on a family. In Midland, Texas he studied business and real estate while working as an apartment leasing agent.

Continuing his property management career, Ernest was continuously promoted to regions across the West like Palm Springs, Los Angeles (Hollywood, Culver City), Las Vegas, and finally to Portland, Oregon. During this time he was managing approximately 1,500 apartment units and commercial spaces across the Portland Metro region. He is proud to have improved the performance of many apartment communities and was a key figure in the sale and purchase of several properties across the West.

Ernest then brought his original passion for real estate and his career experience in property management together. By becoming a Realtor in 2000, he brought together his experience in project management, budgeting, sales, financing, and physical site assessment with his in-depth knowledge of Portland metro demographics, taxes, and employment opportunities. He has obtained multiple industry-focused designations through continued higher education and awards based on annual production.

After a recent transaction, his client Natalia said: I would highly recommend Ernest to anyone looking to hire a proven professional who adds a personal touch in everything he does. Ernest is one of the most resourceful, knowledgeable, caring, outgoing, professionals and I am proud to have had him on my side with the ever-changing Real Estate market.

Ernest lives in Portland with his husband Scott and two cats, Pearl and Raleigh. Together, Ernest and Scott have traveled across the continents from France to China. Ernest has completed two marathons and when he’s not running enjoys downhill skiing, lifting weights, and reading.

Ernest is thrilled to open his home and invite friends.


Participated in over 100 Million Dollars in closed sales volume representing over 350 residential and investment/multifamily Real Estate transactions closed since 2000.
Consistently in the Top 10% in Sales Production – Tri County Area
Diamond-Platinum Member – Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors Master’s Circle Club

Broker – Oregon Real Estate Agency
Certified Residential Specialist – Certification awarded by the National Association of Realtors
Accredited Buyer Representative – Certification awarded by the National Association of Realtors
Short Sale Foreclosure Resource Specialist – Certification awarded by the National Association of Realtors

Regional Manager – Equity Residential Properties, Pacific NW and Western Regions
Specialized in positioning large multifamily properties for sale.
Managed and marketed large multifamily properties, portfolio consisting of up to 1,500 units at one time.
General Manager – Equity Residential Properties, Pacific NW and Western Region