As an Earth Advantage Principal Broker, David serves buyers and sellers alike with his 20+ years of experience as a broker and investor.

His experience includes residential, commercial, investment property, and multi-family housing, and he specializes in historic and mid-century homes. He is a consistent multi-million dollar producer for whom smart, personalized client service is key. Over 90 percent of his ongoing business is referred from satisfied clients.

In his past life, David worked in yacht delivery, delivering privately-owned classic yachts from the East Coast to the Caribbean, transatlantic, Mediterranean and North Sea; his responsibilities ranged from captain to crew.

David holds a degree in Business Administration/Finance from Western Michigan University and attended the University of Nottingham, England where he studied Medieval West History and Victorian Literature. After graduating David moved to Chicago where he worked as a Eurodollar Futures Broker while teaching sailing at Northwestern University during his lunch breaks. David moved to Portland in 1999 and has never looked back.

In recent history (2015), David and his partner, of 17+ years, Grant, sailed their boat out the Columbia River, turned left and headed south, exploring the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Coast of Mexico for over nine months.

He is a strong supporter of the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington, Basic Rights Oregon, p:ear, Urban Gleaners, Oregon Wild, Habitat for Humanity, Willamette River Keepers and is a member of Vancouver Lake Crew and the Rose City Yacht Club. He is also a licensed EMT and volunteer with Multnomah County Medical Reserve Corp.

David's Testimonials

David, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for everything!. We certainly appreciate all the time and effort into making our home purchase a possibility. We are continuing our settling in process but want to have you over once things are more “together”... Thanks for the champagne - it’s still chilling!

Sherry & Fred

Dear David, Thank you so much for your excellent efforts in obtaining the “Yellow Building” and for an excellent champagne with which to toast this next adventure! . Happy New Year. We look forward to future collaborations!

Meredith & DA Hilderbrand

Dear David, Thank you so much for helping me land the house on SE 19th avenue. I really appreciate your wit / cunning / diplomacy / persistence / hard work. I can’t imagine having done it without you.


We enlisted David Columbus to find us a house when we moved to Portland, and his work on that successful venture was so impressive and beyond what we’d hoped for that there was no question who was going to be our real estate broker when we decided to move. David is a combination of so many  essential things in a broker. He instantly puts you at ease, and frankly, my wife and I had felt like we’d known him for years. In addition, he is part of the Portland fabric; he knows the town intimately and he’s incredibly keen to what is going on, what’s gone on—and has intelligent insight into what might happen in this unique city. And as icing on the cake, he also brings his international travel experience to the mix. David has a laid-back demeanor and great personality, but he’s also intensely focused and possesses a razor-sharp business acumen. With both of our experiences, he was a relentless advocate for us, and worked hard toward helping us reach our goal. When we had a worry about any little thing, he was available with a calm solution and he constantly put us at ease, but he never sugarcoated things to make us feel better; he simply always has answers and solutions at the ready. He also has amazing rapport with other brokers in this city and is obviously a well-respected and liked professional in this sector. We can see why. We found him principled, honest and balanced in his advice and opinions. When he thought something might not be a good idea, even if it would have made his job easier, he expressed it with our best intentions at heart. Honesty, hard work and intelligent decision-making are indispensable when embarking on such huge life changes as buying and selling a house. We’ve gotten to experience both of these things with David and would recommend him over and over to friends and family.


David's Articles

OPEN THIS SUNDAY! Grant Park Duplex

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OPEN THIS SUNDAY FROM 11am-1pm! STUNNING DUPLEX IN GRANT PARK Offered at $799,999 | 2722-2723 NE...

On the corner of 30th and Awesome

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Winter is the best time to enjoy long, languid evenings with friends, drinking and eating and...

$50K Price Reduction! Stunning Duplex in Grant Park

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Now offered at $799,999! STUNNING DUPLEX IN GRANT PARK 2722-2723 NE Schuyler St, Portland, OR 97212...

The rain is back. Time for whiskey and ramen.

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With the drizzle back upon us, and probably here to stay for another 6 months, now’s...

Just Listed: Stunning Duplex in Grant Park

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STUNNING DUPLEX IN GRANT PARK 2722-2723 NE Schuyler St, Portland, OR 97212 MLS# 18308797 | Offered at $850,000...

JUST LISTED: Vintage Home, Modern Lifestyle

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VINTAGE HOME, MODERN LIFESTYLE   5435 NE 38th Ave, Portland, OR 97211 | Offered at $385,000 Vintage home,...

Prairie Spirit

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Portland is a very garden-friendly town. People take advantage of any amount of space they can...

Just Listed: Rock Solid Overlook Ranch

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ROCK SOLID OVERLOOK RANCH  Offered at $489,900  2215 N Willamette Blvd, Portland, OR 97217 Come home to...


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2805 N BALDWIN ST. PORTLAND, OR 97217 A captivating Kenton home that will reel you in...


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Here is a custom built master on the main, 3 bedroom, and 2.5 bath Arbor Lodge...

Location Defined! Classic Overlook 1920s Bungalow

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1824 N Willamette Blvd  PORTLAND OR 97217  Classic Overlook 1920s bungalow complete with gleaming hardwoods, built-ins,...

Just Listed: Gardener’s Delight in Arleta-Mt Scott

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GARDENER’S DELIGHT IN ARLETA  Offered at $389,000 6619 SE Tolman Street Gorgeous gardener’s dream home! Details include...


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Classic Charm in Creston-Kenilworth  4135 SE 26th Avenue Offered at $419,000 | MLS# 18427337 BEDS: 2...

Elbow Grease Opportunity in Gresham

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Elbow Grease Opportunity in Gresham 307 NE Liberty Ave | Offered at $249,900 2 bed |...


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915 SE 35TH AVE # 305, PORTLAND, OR 97214 Bright and light corner unit in the...


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16816 NE OREGON ST, PORTLAND, OR 97330 Classic mid-century split level fixer with 3 bedrooms and...

Just Listed – Arbor Lodge Old-Portland-Style Home

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6923 N NEWCASTLE AVENUE, PORTLAND OR 97217 4 BED | 2.5 BATH | 2,668 SQFT MLS#...

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