For our September employee spotlight blog, we sat down with Linda Schmitz and asked her a few questions about her role with Brooks Resources and some of her favorite things. She joined Brooks Resources Realty 15 years ago, and serves as our Principal Broker. 


What’s a typical ‘day in the life’ in your role?

A typical day often means I am showing property, meeting with property owners, writing or presenting offers, but the pace is largely determined by market trends.  


Tell us more about what you’re seeing in the real estate market right now. 

Bend has been a popular destination for years but the demand for homes has increased during the pandemic, with buyers from major metropolitan areas looking for homes with yards and home offices.  That demand combined with a lack of inventory is putting upward pressure on pricing and creating a competitive marketplace where multiple offers are increasingly becoming the norm.


What are you passionate about when it comes to your job?

Always working with my clients’ goals and best interests in mind.  It’s really that simple.


What is the best way to start the day?

With a brisk walk on a blue-sky morning, a good strong cup of coffee, and a crossword puzzle.


What’s your favorite thing(s) to do when you aren’t working (hobbies)?

I love a good book and my daily ritual includes reading every night before bed.  Playing pickleball or indulging in a round of golf are favorite pastimes.  I also get a great deal of satisfaction from preparing a nice meal for family or friends. 


What is/are your favorite thing(s) about working for Brooks Resources?

I have enjoyed a long career and worked for several companies over the years.  Brooks Resources is, hands-down, the finest company I’ve had the pleasure of working for.  I love my co-workers, their commitment to excellence, the thoughtful way they approach development and best use of the land, and the passion behind creating communities where people love to live.


Tell us a little bit about your family (kids, pets, etc) and how you spend time together.

My husband and I are empty nesters.  I have a grown daughter living in Portland, which is close enough for us to visit often.  My extended family planned to meet in Tahoe in September for a reunion and to celebrate our Mom’s 90th birthday, but between the smoke and pandemic we decided it was best to have a mini celebration at home.  Hopefully, next year!

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