What's Up with Lynnea Miller?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031
  1. What was your first job and what did you learn from it?

My first real job, outside of babysitting, was working at a diet restaurant called "Skinny Haven" as a To Go Girl. Basically, I would run to go orders from the reception area to the kitchen and make sure they were filled. This evolved into being a receptionist and a waitress. I learned the value of working very hard (my feet would hurt after a long shift) and what tips were!

  1. How long have you been in the real estate or related service industry?

I got involved in real estate when my husband became a general contractor in 1994. I sold many of his homes "for sale by builder" before I got my license in 2000. Once I had my license, I was hired as a receptionist/marketing person who quickly became the office manager and 3 years later, the managing Principal Broker.

  1. What is your biggest fear and what have you done to try to conquer it? Speech

My biggest fear used to be public speaking. I got over that by years of teaching fitness classes. When you can tell people where to go and what to do to get a good workout, while yelling at them to be heard over loud music, while facing away from them and looking at them through a mirror, and sweating and jumping and dancing at the same time, public speaking is a breeze.

  1. What would you do if you knew you would not fail?

Hold for political office.  I would like to make a difference and knowing I would not fail in that job, there would be a lot of satisfaction.

  1. What is a habit you would love to eliminate or change?

I talk to myself quietly during the day when I am under pressure.  I need to get over that.

  1. What is your favorite meal (forget about calories or what you shouldn’t eat)

My Mother's homemade spaghetti and meatballs. She would make it for me each birthday along with chocolate cake.

  1. What is something you wish you’d done?

Travel more.  We have delayed this and worked for decades to the point it may be too late in our lives to see all we have wanted to see. 

  1. Who has been most influential in your life?

I married young and my husband has been my biggest critic as well as my biggest fan.  I have to say he has influenced me a great deal during all the years we have been together. 

  1. What are your favorite business-related books?

I don’t read as many business books as I should.  Probably The Five Disfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable is my favorite. 

  1. Other than business books what are your favorite things to read?

I enjoy suspense books such as those written by Mary Higgens Clark, some fantasy books such as those by David Eddings, and murder mysteries – Agatha Christie is hard to beat.

  1. What are your top 5 favorite movies?

The original 3 Starwars movies were wonderful.  The Princess Bride and Ladyhawk are great and of course, who doesn’t appreciate The Sound of Music?  Obviously my movie choices are from a while ago – haven’t been out to the movies in years.


  1. If I came to visit your city for one day what is the one thing I must do or see?Green Lakes 

If you can hike at all, I have some of the most beautiful wilderness scenery in the country to show you!  If you can’t hike, there are still places I can drive you to in order to view some of the reasons why people move to Central Oregon.


  1. If I came to your city to visit for one day what is the one restaurant you would recommend?

The Pine Tavern is probably the oldest nice restaurant in Bend; there is a very old pine tree growing out of back part of the restaurant.  And the scones which are served with every meal are pretty incredible.  The location on the Deschutes River is also hard to beat. 

  1. If I was going to relocate to your area what advice would you give me that is unique to the area?

Our housing provides for many options. From city living in small condos or expensive luxury homes to large acreage properties complete with septic fields, wells, and irrigation rights, we do it all.  You will have to figure out what is most important for you, your lifestyle and your budget in order to determine the best property for you. 

  1. Do you have any special talents?

I am physically fit, although I don’t know if that is a talent.  Teaching fitness classes does take tenacity and stamina. 

16 Do you have any quirks?

My husband will probably say my number one quirk involves me being very determined to get a workout in every day. I have to move and sweat in order to feel good about the day.  That workout also helps me keep my head level during stressful situations. 

  1. What is your best character trait?

I am very dependable and an extremely hardworking individual. If I say I will get something done, I do.   

  1. Have you ever done anything you would never do again because it was too hard or too dangerous?

My husband and I traveled via train in Europe for two months when we were young.  We had no set schedule and when we got off the train and liked the city we were in, we would stay longer.  If not, we would get on the train and go to the next city we were interested in visiting.  We are not that spontaneous anymore and plan things out.  

  1. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

 I love to hike and I love to read.

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you want to live?

Tough one to answer.  I do love Central Oregon and have lived here many decades.  However, the town is changing tremendously.  When we first moved here, the population was 20,000; it is now over 100,000 and many of the newer transplants have such a different way of looking at the world it is hard for us old timers to find commonality with them. Change is not always for the better.

  1. What is something that we don’t know about you that would surprise us?

I am a pastor’s daughter – the youngest of 3 – and my dad baptized me, confirmed me and married me. I wouldn’t give up that experience for anything.

Comments (17)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Lynnea- I am so happy that you participated in this month's challenge!!! I did learn more about you from your answers. Your mother's spaghetti and meatballs would be one of my favorite meals as well and yes...each birthday I got a homemade chocolate cake. 

I love that you and your husband traveled through Europe by train!  There are so many things that we can't do now that we used to. 

May 25, 2022 05:26 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Lynnea:

What a fun read! I so enjoyed learning so much about the real you!


May 25, 2022 08:25 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lynnea Miller  funny you mentioned doing the Train thing in Europe, in 1972 I got a Euro Rail Pass from my father and he said have fun go see everything as if you would never have the opportunity to see it again... he was right:))Endre

May 25, 2022 09:23 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lynnea... I've followed you for some time here in the Rain and knew some things about you... but this post really rounded out the picture! Your favorite birthday meal would be mine, as well. (Too bad my mother didn't cook or bake!)

May 26, 2022 04:36 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lynnea. Thanks for participating in this fun contest. You live in a beautiful place and many would like to hike the trails. As for working out daily let's just say I am a work in progress making slow progress. Enjoy your day.

May 26, 2022 05:44 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I enjoyed getting to know more about you and Bend seems like such a beautiful place to call home, I hope that I will get to visit someday.

May 26, 2022 05:57 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lynnea, thanks for participating in this month's challenge, and learned more about you.   You would want to run for office??  OH MY, politics is so hard.    I am not surprised you teach fitness classes.  

May 26, 2022 06:47 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Kathy Streib .  I enjoyed writing the blog.  Thank you for the fun contest.

May 26, 2022 10:18 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Joan Cox .  I would only want to hold political office if I could have success.  I know it can be nothing but frustrations if you never have any "wins."  

May 26, 2022 10:19 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker .  I just returned from a vacation in Tennessee (got to the Biltmore in North Carolina) and I will need to return to see more of this part of the country.  We really enjoyed it and the people are so kind.

May 26, 2022 10:43 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Lynnea Miller I know... I was following your trip on Facebook! Biltmore is totally amazing.

May 26, 2022 03:03 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. Yes, we had the two month pass to travel in Europe.  For us it was 1980 and we watched the Olympics on Swedish television (it was the year they were in Moscow and the USA boycotted the games).  It was a lot of fun, and in those days I could sleep anywhere; not so anymore! 

May 26, 2022 02:05 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I enjoyed reading your May Challenge answers.

Have a very special Memorial Day weekend.

May 27, 2022 07:49 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Roy Kelley .  Thanks for reading my blog.  Have a great weekend yourself!

May 27, 2022 09:34 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Lynnea Miller learned so much about you that I never knew before. It was really fun to read too!

May 28, 2022 04:40 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Lynnea,
Next time I am in Bend we must go to the Pine Tavern. I do love scones!  I also love the great golfing in the area.  Thanks for sharing more about you!

May 29, 2022 12:37 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Lynnea.

Have a great day and a very special weekend.

Jun 03, 2022 05:04 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lynnea, I missed this the first time but glad I found it today and learn more about you.  Make it a great day!


Jun 05, 2022 08:20 AM