It all began in 1970 when Tom got his Real Estate license 和 started listing 和 selling properties 1977年，汤姆学习并获得了经纪人执照.
There came a time when some of Tom’s clients were in a qu和ary as to whether or not to sell their properties 或者把它们租出去，但不想自己处理它们. Sheryl had been ‘managing’ a couple of her 和 Tom’s investments so Tom offered to have Sheryl take care of 如果客户决定不出售他们的财产.
In 1978 Sheryl took the job of overseeing 3 different properties for some of Tom’s clients which included cleaning (在她父亲的帮助下, 画室内), 显示, 获取租用属性的应用程序, screening 和 preparing the necessary final paperwork (all without the help of a computer). 当申请是 approved Sheryl met with the approved applicants at the property for the final walk through 和 obtaining move in funds. This was all done free of charge until things started snowballing 和 more properties were being added which was more 雪莉一个人应付不来的工作.
During this time Tom continued to list 和 sell Real Estate for a Real Estate company but soon decided it was time to form a property management company which was named Kerr Residential 物业管理, 公司. 办公室建在地下室一个10英尺x 10英尺的房间里.
Sheryl continued to work on her own for a short time after the company was formed but it soon came apparent that she needed more help so Tom transferred his license to Kerr Residential 物业管理, 公司. 和 Tom began 显示 properties to prospective tenants while Sheryl continued on with processing paperwork, 等. 和记账.
The company outgrew the basement office in approximately 1980 a ‘real’ office space was leased on NE 181st 和 弗兰德斯和工作人员从2人增加到4人.
1986年，汤姆和谢丽尔将公司名称缩短为Kerr 属性,公司 .. 那时，他们也是这样 able to purchase the building (after much remodeling 和 meeting code requirements with City of Gresham 和 City of 波特兰) Kerr 属性,公司. 目前位于东南181街和松树街.
Tom于2008年退休，Kerr 属性,公司 .. 被卖给了汤姆和谢丽尔的儿子W. 肖恩·克尔, in 2012 where Sheryl remained as Secretary/Property Manager until her retirement March 31, 2017.