Team Members


Jan Caplener

Principal Broker

Earth Advantage Broker

Portland is my home. I know the local schools, businesses, and neighborhoods - and even boast a collection of rare antique photographs from the area. Having lived in the Mt. Tabor area since 1955, I have seen the exciting evolution of our community.

For 15 years I coached little league and also taught seventh-grade history at Robert Gray Middle School. Simply put, I believe in teamwork. As a coach and a teacher, I learned that to achieve greatness, you must win respect and commitment of your team.

When my partners and I decided to form Realty Trust Group in 1997, we agreed that teamwork and client-focus would be guiding principles for the company. In building relationships and combining talents, we knew that we would have a far greater chance to ensure everyone’s success. As a result, all agents at Realty Trust are committed to making each transaction a win-win.

Sports are still a big part of my life. As a graduate of Oregon State University and a Beaver Football season ticket holder, I am no fair-weather fan. Golf is also one of my greatest passions. I am fortunate enough to have played at many of the top courses in the world, and count St. Andrews in Scotland, Royal County Downs in Ireland, and Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Oregon among my favorites.

I started my Real Estate career in 2005 due in part to my father, Jan Caplener. It’s a family affair here at the Hawthorne office with my dad, his brother Jim and everyone else on the Caplener Group whom I’ve known for most of my life. I am very fortunate to have grown up in Mt. Tabor and have done most of my Real Estate transactions right in the neighborhood. I was actually born and raised just a block from our office. I now live on the back side of Mt. Tabor park where I purchased my first home in 2004. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

If I’m not around the office working, there is a good chance you can catch me up at Mt. Tabor walking my Labrador Retriever, Cody. I also love to hit the links -- depending on the weather -- and snowboarding at Hood in the winter. I’m becoming a bit of a green thumb, and enjoy working in the yard. I am also proud to say that I am EA S.T.A.R. certified (Sustainability Training for Accredited Real Estate Professionals). This has helped me speak to and understand new green products that are being used in today’s modern construction.

Caroline’s previous life as a B-737 pilot for United Airlines means that she is no stranger to the communication skills required to be a successful advocate to her clients’ needs. Her level of professionalism and attention to detail prove her commitment to a job well done! Since transitioning into real estate in 2004, Caroline has helped her clients sell and purchase the homes of their dreams in the Portland metro area where she has fallen in love with the architecture of old homes and their history. She is dedicated entirely to making sure her clients find the perfect fit and then fighting hard on their behalf to make it a reality. From being born and raised on a French island in the Caribbean (St Barts), having studied in Paris, and to finally and proudly calling Portland her home, Caroline understands the challenges and rewards that come with moving. She shares a mid-century ranch in Sellwood with her husband and two children and loves to take advantage of the great things the beautiful state of Oregon has to offer. From the mountain to the coast, Caroline is excited to call the Pacific Northwest her home.

Born and raised in the Portland suburbs, my path into Real Estate started in the escrow industry back in 2002. Two years later I was offered an opportunity as the office/marketing manager of a start up Real Estate agency on Mississippi Ave in North Portland, which led to my becoming a licensed real estate agent after a move to Washington State. Years later and feeling homesick , I returned to Portland and joined the Caplener Group who have since become like family to me. I live in the Alameda neighborhood of NE Portland with my husband James, daughter Teagan and our 2 dogs, Max and Carter.