What our clients say.

Thank you Karen, I know we are probably not the easiest to deal with at times, but you and Kristin did a phenomenal job. Can’t believe we sold the house while it was off the market!! We will surely be back to Bend as tourists, and will give you both a call while in town. Keep up the great work.

The Beerbohms

We have worked with Karen Malanga and her team on several transactions and they are nothing short of extraordinary. Karen made an otherwise stressful process manageable and even enjoyable. We would not have found our dream home without Karen’s incredible resources and contacts. I can’t imagine trying to buy or sell a home during these crazy times without Karen and her team on our side. You wouldn’t ask for the second best doctor for a major surgery, why would you want anything short of the best real estate agent to help navigate the biggest financial commitment of your life?

Caren and John Raisin

We chose this card because, no matter how crazy things got with the house, you always kept your cool! Thank you for everything and congrats on the podcast and 8th year of Top Producer!

Liz and Zack

Hi Karen – Congratulations on your Broker of the Year award. Your knowledge & experiences in Central Oregon coupled with your innate ability to connect with people make you the very best at what you do! Hasson is fortunate to have you.


Hi Karen, I’m so excited to be contacting you!

In 2009 you helped me get out of a short sale free and clear, (my first house I bought as a young new nurse) I told you then we were moving out of Bend so my newly wed husband could go to grad school. I had told you when he was finished and we could afford to move back to Bend I’d contact you to help us find a home to buy (this time in style) Well, we are in La Jolla, CA and he just finished he is a scientist with a PHD!! He has a job that will allow us to live in Bend!

Again we are still going to have you help find a house to buy soon! I never forgot you and how helpful you were at a stressful time! Thanks!

Meg Putman

Big gigantic thank you! We shall look forward to working with you again in the future. You are truly gifted in this work.

Barbara Scott

Not such an easy one, but you did it! I remember in the beginning that you had told me that there was not much to be had in the price category that Paula and her sister Diane were looking for in Bend. Obviously, Paula’s daughter being situated in the ‘right’ spot was the impetus for such a search in your lovely area. With all that pressure and the various mini upsets along the way towards closing this transaction, you performed beautifully, Karen! With your help and guidance and obvious knowledge of the local marketplace, the house changed hands as was hoped.

I want you to know that I truly appreciated the professional courtesy you extended to me throughout this entire episode. You have been gracious and patient with what was a lot of work for not much relative reward.

StanleySPC Realty, San Diego, CA

Karen was instrumental in us buying our dream home and property. She embraced our needs and desires and helped us objectively look at many homes to find the one perfect for our family. Her deep insight on the area, her enduring patience and her kindness were key to making our dream of a forever home a reality. Thanks, Karen!

Tammy Wisco

Thank you for the fun marketing opportunity to do my first Podcast with you! I always enjoyed your expertise and company when Brian and I found our home and know you do an excellent job marketing and just being you! Thank you for helping get Home Fridays off to a good marketing start.

Dana and Brian

Karen, Big congrats on another OUTSTANDING year!  You deserve it and I always enjoy working with you.  Have an extra glass of wine!


Dear Kristin – We have never had a realtor be so helpful, understanding and organized. Thank you.

Babs D

Karen and Kristin provide the best service in the business … really a dream team! They were very patient with me during the process. I changed my mind many times on what and where to buy. They were very prompt, professional and know the market very well. I couldn’t be happier with my new home. I highly recommend them if you are looking for a new home in Bend.

Amy Slagle Swanson

Karen and Kristin, Thank you for helping us find our new home! We appreciate all of your hard work!

Rob and Christine

There is only one thing I could say about the Nest team; they are superb to any other realty group I have ever experienced. Never have I been made to feel some welcomed and any quirk or odd request I made, they did everything possible to accommodate me; within reason of course! They cater to their client’s needs and wants, they know Bend like no other, and they work tirelessly to get you into something you love! They honestly care for their clients. Choose no one else but the Nest Team, otherwise, you’ll regret it!

Doug Belunes

When we came to Oregon and decided to look at a few houses in Bend three years ago, the woman at the chamber of commerce gave us the name of ‘the best realtor in town’: Karen Malanga. Karen took her weekend to show us three houses that fit our suggestions, even though we were just passing through.

When we were sure last year that Bend was the right community for us, we reconnected with Karen and she not only walked us through several homes over the next few months, she answered all of our questions regarding not just real estate issues, but also questions about city history and planning, growth and opportunities, and ways that we could both assimilate into and contribute to the city of Bend. In the end, she found us a beautiful home at a competitive price in a neighborhood that fits us perfectly. But that wasn’t really the end. When we had to go back to our home state to sell our former residence, she helped us coordinate work on our new home and lawn in our absence until we could finally make the move a few months later.

We could go on and on about Karen’s impressive qualifications, but we’ll finish with this: Karen once told us, ‘You’re going to love living in Central Oregon!’ She was right, in large part because of her: a savvy businesswoman who will work tirelessly for her clients because she wants them to be satisfied and successful members of their new community.

Choosing Karen Malanga to be your real estate agent may be one of your first decisions when moving to Central Oregon, but you can be confident it will also be one of your best.

Sarah and Phil McLaughlin

Great service and always friendly. Nest Bend is very good at helping clients buy and sell homes. They provide honest feedback about seller’s expectations, as well as helping buyers find the right house in the right location. Their knowledge of the Bend real estate market is unsurpassed. And they took care of all the paper work details helping us negotiate contracts for both selling our home and buying a new one. I highly recommend Nest Bend if you are thinking about buying or selling a house in Central Oregon.


Karen, Just a quick note to say thank you for all the top-notch recommendations you gave me for local resources. I’m now working with Allison Glasier on several items and she is fantastic. And of course, Matt Vogel was also amazing. Its so great to have local experts with unbelievable customer service and client relations. Thank you!!!

Tammy Wisco

Ok I admit it: I randomly picked agents to contact from Zillow’s highlighted “Contact Agent” section of each property listing. I figured that all agents were pretty much the same . . . boy was I wrong. From the handful of agents that I picked in different locations, only one stood out as truly superior: Kristin Marshall. The agents I interacted with ranged from the boorish and arrogant to the sophisticated, prompt, respectful, and knowledgeable. I’m sure you can already guess where Kristin landed on this spectrum. Her local knowledge was impeccable; her candor and patience were refreshing; and her focus and ability to navigate the ever changing “buyer’s wishes and needs” was amazing and impressive. If Kristin represents the “average” agent in Bend, then Bend must have something truly special going on, but I doubt this is the case. Kristin is simply above the average-way above. She’s at the pinnacle of Realtor excellence, and is a true class act.

Wolf Van Pankow

I love the house!!! Thanks for all…you were great to work with. Hugs!


Hi Karen, That was a great talk! Super informative, you and Kristin had some great information. Thank you so much for visiting with us and sharing your expertise. Thank you!

Ward S.

I have known Karen professionally for over 10 years. She has patiently helped my wife and me purchase our home and 3 other investment properties here in Bend. I can not say enough about how invaluable her advice and support has been as we negotiated the purchases of these properties. Her wealth of knowledge, keen eye for real estate trends, insightful recommendations, and tremendous people skills made our real estate experiences not only profitable, but also a lot of fun! If you are looking for real estate agent who is incredibly knowledgeable, honest, trustworthy, and a lot of fun to work with, you need to contact Karen and her team.


Dear Karen, will you represent me in my search for a new home if the sale of mine closes as anticipated? I’m very impressed with your willingness and the kindness you have shown through this process.