(360) 671-4200

Sales, Leasing & Management
Office, Retail and Industrial Properties

Jim Bjerke

Designated Broker

About Jim Bjerke

Office: (360) 671-4200 ex 101

Cell: (360) 961-1369

jim@pacificcontinentalrealty.com

I take pride in the quality of service I give to all my clients. I believe that my job is to provide my clients with an education to help them make good, solid and well informed business decisions about real estate. In a purchase or sale of an investment property, purchase or sale of a location for their business, or a lease for their business location I strive to show my clients how to maximize the return on the investment.

I am proud of my involvement with helping my clients. It gives me great satisfaction to see them succeed and believe (that at least in a small part) my involvement has helped them succeed. 

Work Experience

Right after college I opened an Art Gallery in Downtown Bellingham and experienced the need to work as a janitor to keep my business open. The gallery was a great experience (and I have no regrets) but I did keep a failing business open way longer that it should have been. I learned from this. 

I was offered a job in property management with Morris Piha Management Group (Bellevue, WA). This started me on an eleven-year history working with Morrie Piha where I was working directly under him as Vice President managing and leasing his personal properties in Downtown Bellingham. I am both lucky and proud to have been mentored directly by Morrie. I left the company as Morrie was selling his Bellingham assets (I was not willing to relocate to Bellevue) and went to work with Pacific Continental Realty, which I purchased in 2000. 

Over the years I have had experience with major purchases and sales, fires, floods, major and minor construction projects, major and minor property related lawsuits, as well as leasing issues for large and small tenants. My clients benefit from the experiences I have had in this industry since the early 1980’s.

Additional Affiliations

  • CBA
  • Downtown Bellingham Partnership
  • City Of Bellingham
  • LAW Advocates
  • Allied Arts
  • Member of Commercial Broker's Association
  • Board member of Downtown Bellingham Partnership (President)
  • Board member of LAW Advocates of Whatcom County
  • Member of the Mayors Community Solutions Workgroup
  • Member of the Bellingham Transportation Commission
  • Past Chair of the Parking Commission
  • Past board President of Allied Arts of Whatcom County

Testimonials

"Jim helped us in January 2002 when my husband and I relocated to Lynden from Chicago, Illinois. We were starting a new restaurant called "Taste of Chicago" and Jim helped us find a space and did all the due diligence in advance while we were still in Chicago. He was always there at a moment's notice and always had time for our questions and concerns. Thanks Jim!"

— Angie Wrzesinski

"Jim initially helped me in leasing a major re-stored office building in downtown Bellingham, WA. When I decided to sell the property in a tough economic time, he made a major effort to market the building and when that was not enough, he creatively formed a consortium to buy this asset from me working through the complex financing arrangement underlying this property and persevered until closing. He honored every item on our contract and asked for no changes in the sale during my hardship - Integrity. I highly recommend Jim. "

— James Marn, Property owner

"I've enjoyed working with Jim over the years; he has a wealth of knowledge about the evolution and history of development in the city. I've found him to be fair, reasonable and pleasant in all our interactions, and often recommend him as a liaison for matters relating to downtown."

— Darby Galligan, City of Bellingham

"Jim helped us find commercial property and I have worked for many of his tenants. He has a good understanding of how to help meet the needs of his clients and to provide them service beyond what you normally expect. I am happy to recommend him to anyone."

— Karen Funston, Attorney

"As a residential real estate agent, I have referred numerous clients with commercial interests to Jim. He knows the market, the inventory and the process. He is straightforward, honest, and brings options to the table which most people haven't even considered. I will continue to send people I care about to Jim."

— Lylene Johnson , Johnson Team

"Jim has worked closely with us to find the right retail spaces for our business that works in our budget and fits our very specific needs. I consider him more than just a landlord, but someone I can trust with questions and concerns, and whom values us like large corporate clients, even though we are a small family business."

— Rachel Andrews , Bellingham Wedding and Event Rentals

"Jim helped me find the new location for my business and worked with me and the owner to get a fair deal for both of us. Always a great person to call when I need an expert opinion on commercial property"

— Winton Smith, Owner, Western Roofing

"Jim has extensive experience in managing commercial properties of various types in the Whatcom County area. He's detail-oriented and focused on fostering good working environments for both tenants and property owners."

— Hugh Lewis, Attorney

"Jim is a professional and effective agent whose skills are greatly appreciated by my partner and I."

— Chris Foss, Owner, Greenhouse

Partial Client List

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