Who We Are
Our business is built on over 30 years of working by referral only. In short, we don’t believe our relationship ends when we close the deal. Instead, your purchase, sale, or referral is only the beginning of a rewarding relationship for you and for the team. Our goal is to have you feeling so well cared-for before, during, and after the real estate transaction that you think of us and trust your friends, family, and coworkers to us without hesitation.
The Difference at KamaHomes
Our core values are an essential part of who we are and how we conduct business.
- Your home, property, and goals are our TOP priority.
- We are honored to be your trusted advisor and we want each member of the team to be an asset for you and your real estate.
- We help you achieve your goals in real estate: We serve you, we coach you, we guide you.
EVERY HOME HAS STORY AND SO DOES OUR TEAM. WE’D LOVE TO SHARE IT WITH YOU.
Real Estate Guide
Designated Broker | Licensed in Oregon and Washington
Mathew is our token Portland native-hailing from the distant northlands of St. John’s. He traveled the world as a young man courtesy of the US Government, drove ambulances in South Los Angeles, SCUBA dove with seals, sea lions, and whales in the Puget Sound, and went on epic road trips with his dad all over the NW. Mathew brings a unique point of view as a former client of Kama’s (he’s been investing with her for 10 years) so he knows how to keep the real in real estate. He lives in Tualatin with his wonderful scientist wife and a menagerie of three guinea pigs (100% hairless), three dogs (33% are hairless), two cats (50% of them are hairless), and two turtles (technically, 100% hairless)! As almost empty nesters, he and his wife have a long list of adventures and life to set out on together.
Licensed since 2012 (first as a property manager, then as a broker) Mathew has the skillsets around negotiating, navigating complex purchases, and tailoring advice to individual circumstances that creates an experience you will want to repeat and refer.
Real Estate Coach
Principal Broker | Licensed in Oregon
Kama Dersham is the founder of KamaHomes, as such she wears many hats: Creative Director, Lead Listing Specialist, Negotiator, and Community Builder…not afraid to get her hands dirty, she is also head pot scrubber on dish detail! (AND THAT’S JUST MONDAY!)
Kama (which is the Sanskrit word for LOVE..LoveHomes) is in the top 5% of Realtors across the country and has 30 years and 1000’s of clients worth of proof that she earned her way to that TOP 5%. She knows that you don’t get to be in the TOP for just being in the business for so long, you get there by consistently putting your clients first and ensuring they’ve got the best advice and guidance a real estate coach can bring to bear!
Cowboy boots you ask? Kama earned those too, logging 1000s of hours and 1000s of miles in a saddle. She began riding at the age of 3 with a dramatic tumble into the dirt, culminating in her 1st life lesson: get back up and get back on. That lesson has permeated so much of her life…5 decades of horses, 4 decades of marriage, and 3 decades of real estate-you just keep rising. For her, success in life is that cliché and simple: it’s not that you fall off the horse, (or wagon, path, bike, or really whatever fits for you)…its that you get back up 1 more time then you fell.
Real Estate Guide
Licensed Broker in Oregon and Washington
Do you have a feeling of dejavu, like you’ve seen Sawithia in your favorite night spot? You might have! Before she became a powerhouse member of the KamaHomes team she spent 14 years owning & running businesses across a variety of industries-including a few bars that are Portland institutions. As a business owner herself, she is incredibly well versed in the complexities involved in making large decisions (ahem, like buying or selling a house!)
When Sawithia isn’t exploring the great outdoors hiking, swimming or just enjoying a patio, she can be found putting her quick wits to work on DIY projects or honing her archery skills.
Not Currently Licensed
Susan is our customer concierge, operating like a puppet master behind the scenes to make sure that everything runs smoothly. Hailing from the South, she brings a touch of charm to her work. Married to a great husband, with two wonderful sons and a husky named Max, she loves the outdoors, hiking, camping, quilting, sewing, and reading (recommend a book to her!). Susan has worked in the escrow field for over 18 years and loves working with KamaHomes because of the great clients, the great team, and the thrill of being able to make “Livin’ the Dream” come true for those around us.
Susan will facilitate your communication with KamaHomes and is always finding better ways to serve you — our client. She helps with event coordination and is the Martha Stewart of the team, always creating and crafting up gifts.
Not Currently Licensed
Beth comes to the KamaHomes team with a background in education. She has an undergraduate degree in Public Health Education and hold a Master’s Degree in Teaching. That educational experience makes her an invaluable member of the team, able to patiently guide and coach through challenging situations (you think a real estate transaction is tough…try explaining the human body to a classroom full of 12-year-olds!).
In her spare time (what spare time?) she is a mother to two active boys, enjoys spending time with her family, being active outdoors, camping and on the water. There’s so much to explore and experience that Beth finds it hard to not be out in the woods, living the good life!
As KamaHomes Office Manager/Den Mother, Beth is crucial in keeping the team on track and organized, ensuring that a consistent, exceptional experience is curated and created for all!
Broker / Transaction Coordinator
Broker | Licensed in Oregon
Juli grew up splitting time between Montana and Colorado, with fond memories of summers spent barrel racing and riding along the Yellowstone (she lived the Annie Oakely life!) She cut her teeth in customer service for 9 years at Nordstrom, ending up as the Cosmetic Department manager before being licensed in 1990.
In 30+ years of real estate Juli has done it all: coach and mentor to new agents, investor, and even managed a 90-unit condominium project where she uncovered a passion for the details of paperwork. She puts that passion to use daily helping make sure that all of KamaHomes’ i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. She’s the queen of paperwork and keeps the rest of the team out of “paperwork jail” with the state! Juli is part of that behind the scenes magic that keeps the exceptional results rolling for our ambassadors.
While not sleuthing permits, uncovering HOA docs, or helping with disclosures, you’ll find Juli with her faithful flock: Gus the King Charles Spaniel and Dusty her 20 year old gelding (she was in the barn when he was born)…oh yeah, don’t forget Michael, her best friend and soulmate for 30 years. With 3 grandsons (she’s their “Yaya”, a daughter who lived the horse life with her all across the NW, travel, sporting events, and just hanging out at the lake, Juli is constantly on the move but never too busy to help!
Broker | Licensed in Oregon
Casey has proudly called Oregon home since 1993 and nothing brings her more joy than connecting people to the experiences and communities that makes the Pacific Northwest uniquely special. From coast exploration to high-desert camping, from street-level volunteering to fine-dining, Casey has tromped, traveled, eaten, and lived her way through the best of the NW and is honored to guide and advise her clients on how to do the same!
With undergrad work from Pacific University and an MBA from PSU, Casey has the education and business background to navigate complex real estate deals but she’s not all numbers! From holding multiple leadership positions with student clubs to volunteering for local organizations, Casey brings the warmth and emotional intelligence needed to help sellers and buyers be confident in their decision making, creating memories and relationships through real estate that
span generations. Need a live music recommendation? Casey has your back. Not sure where to eat tonight? She’s got you there too. Curious about a travel destination or the ins and outs of planning, packing, and enjoying foreign travel? Definitely talk to Casey. Did you see a woman with a Papillon who sports a flowing mullet? You might’ve just had a “Casey in the wild” sighting of her out with Jimmy Chew, the wonder dog.