The HDDC hosts professional development seminars, continuing education classes and networking opportunities aimed at elevating sustainable design and creating better lives for ourselves and our neighbors.


Meet Sue

Sue Conrad

Which business are you a part of?
I am a Broker and Certified Residential Specialist at Coldwell Banker Morris Real Estate.

How did you enter this field?
It was my calling. After moving down from Seattle in 1994, I sequed my sales and marketing experience into New Home Construction and then Real Estate.

Why are you interested in being a part of the HDDC?
When my clients ask me for design advice I would like to be better informed. I will know excellent decorators to refer them to with confidence.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by making a difference in my clients’ transaction by doing something beyond normal expectations. For example, on a listing in Sunriver, I am hosting a class for Realtors to get Continuing Education credits so I can get as many agents as possible to preview the home. I hosted a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville Broker Open House serving Cheeseburgers in Paradise, Margaritas and gave away fun Jimmy Buffet items as drawings a few days before the busy 4th of July weekend. I am in the Virtual Tour talking about the home’s features to make it more interesting to both agents and buyers. I emailed the virtual tour to a large database in Portland. The feedback said it was too dark, so rather than lower the price I arranged to have Solatubes installed in subtle locations. They were affordable and did not disrupt the beautiful wood ceiling as a skylight would have done. I drive to Sunriver, warm and light the home prior to showings and agent previews. I supply holiday decorations for spirit and fun. I sweep the leaves away from the front porch. Finally, I email additional information to the Buyer’s Agent prior to the showing so they have more confidence and give top-notch information while in the home.

What is a unique business story that demonstrates your skills?
Having been a Bend Chamber Ambassador from 1996 – 2000, I knew Paul Stednitz from Liberty Bank. When I had a client moving to the area in 2007 with a degree in Finance, I called Paul and asked if I could forward her resume to him. She was employed before she moved to Bend! She is now a Branch Manager.

What is the best advice you have given or received?
“The secret of success in business is simple: Give people more than they expect, and do it cheerfully.” -- Anonymous

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