Licensed Principal Broker in Oregon
James Hauge has served the real estate needs of the Salem-Keizer community with integrity and good will for over twenty years. Thousands of referrals and testimonials attest to his accomplishments as a broker. A lifetime Willamette Valley resident, James showed an early interest in real estate. His mother and grandmother were a broker team in the early 90’s. As a young man, James worked at McNary Golf Course, admiring the developers and other industry affiliates who were members there and was intrigued by their success stories. James studied business at Portland State University and University of Portland. He earned his broker license in 2001, worked at Prudential Real Estate in Salem, and then, seizing an opportunity, purchased Legacy Real Estate from a colleague in 2010.
Over the next ten years, Legacy flourished under James’ leadership. The brokerage grew from eight to 40 brokers, and expanded ten times its size in gross volume production — up to $150,000,000 in annual sales. Legacy Real Estate earned the highest percentage of top 100 brokers of all similar sized firms. Legacy was also in the top five for average commission per broker. This incredible growth was generated by the referrals and good word of mouth that resulted from Legacy’s proven results. James was able to add a full time software developer to his staff and create commission and contract tracking software that allowed his business to run with efficiency and accuracy. In 2020, after a decade of building an impeccable reputation in Willamette Valley and landing himself in the WVMLS Top Producing Brokers two years in a row, James negotiated a merger between Legacy Real Estate and RE/MAX Integrity’s Salem branch. Today, Legacy’s local reputation operates with the reach and national muscle of RE/MAX.
James got his start working in residential real estate, but is now sought after for his expertise in new construction, land sales, development, condominium sales, multi-family housing and commercial real estate. He is a rare breed of realtor; one who is also fluent in the language of developers, builders and commercial investors. He has brokered many subdivisions, including Misty Meadows in northeast Keizer, Woodscape Green in southeast Salem, Crawford Crossing in Turner and Pringle Creek in south Salem. James has a true depth of experience and he is well-equipped to guide his clients from the feasibility stage to the project close-out and sale. On his commercial deals, James works with owners and tenants from concept and design to fully executed leases or sales contracts.
Over the years, James has established relationships with many of the Willamette Valley’s best industry affiliates, including inspectors, lenders, title and escrow officers and ensures that his clients receive high-level service from these partners. When it comes to daily details, the Legacy Group provides excellent client support and superior, well-organized transaction management. Since the merger with RE/MAX in July of 2020, the Legacy Group has gained the support and bandwidth of a regional, national and global corporate structure.
James may have accomplished more than he imagined possible when working at McNary Golf Course all those years ago. Nevertheless, he isn’t slowing down. He continues to perform in the top 1% of all brokers according to MLS data. He has sold over $250,000,000+ in gross volume, placing him in an elite tier of brokers nationwide. He recently secured three US patents, which protect the Word Mark Legacy Real Estate. His mentors and teachers, Tim Smith, Art Piculell, and Larry Epping, inspired him to do business as he has, with a true heart for everyone, motivated by genuine care, an investment in individuals and with a belief in mutual benefit. Even in the midst of his rapidly expanding success, Hauge stays grounded by his faith community, including the Divine Foundation, a 501c3 which he started as a way to connect with the community and help encourage children through music. Through it all, the most important part of his life is his true Legacy — his wife of 15 years and their four children.