Anette Christoffersen, principal broker in the Joseph office of Wallowa Mountain Properties, has been named “Realtor of the Year” by the Northeast Oregon Board of Realtors. Christoffersen was presented with the award and a plaque by current board president Sharron Langdon at a ceremony Oct. 20.
“I was honored to be recognized,” said Christoffersen, who won the award based on a variety of criteria, including professional accomplishments, continuing professional education and certifications and community involvement. Christoffersen has served as a Wallowa County representative to the board for the past three years, teaches the real estate section of a free class for first-time home buyers offered by Community Connection and is an active member of The Rotary Club of Wallowa County.
Born and raised in Norway, Christoffersen received an undergraduate degree in international marketing from the Norwegian School of Marketing when she met her husband Nils. The couple made their home in Zimbabwe, Africa, where their two children were born, later moving back to the United States and landing in Wallowa County in 1999, when Nils accepted a job at Wallowa Resources.
“It didn’t take us long to fall in love with Wallowa County,” said Christoffersen. “We love the outdoors, and we enjoy being able to hike, bike, ride horses, backpack and ski here. But most of all we love the people who live here.” Christoffersen is involved with the Eagle Cap Ski Club and heads the annual Ski Swap fundraiser.
Christoffersen became a real estate agent in 2005, after working as a marketing consultant for several years.
“My marketing background was really beneficial,” Christoffersen said. “It shortened my learning curve quite a bit.”