Blog posts about Buyers Agent

Crout-Birkner Townhome

Dave and Sandy spent many wonderful years in their Rose City home but it was time to downsize. Finding the right neighborhood for walking, biking and access to the different forms of transportation our city offers seem to all come together for this couple when they found this Irvington Park condo. It’s the perfect “size” living room  that even comes with a lovely patio area for some colorful pots so they can continue to enjoy gardening. Best wishes Dave and Sandy!   More

hood to coast map

This is my 6th year in a row for running in the notorious Hood to Coast relay which begins this Friday August 22nd. I would say most commonly when my participation comes up, the question I hear from people that don’t know me so well or don’t run for exercise and enjoyment is why would I continue to put myself through this 200 mile up-all-night logistical nightmare. I don’t fully understand why just yet.. there is time to figure that out I suppose, but I can say the beer at the finish line is one of the best beers ever, year after year. But for 2014, I can say with certainty there is joy and pride being part of a fundraising team for my first time. Our group of 12 ladies, aka team VooDoo Dolls (sponsored by Voodoo Doughnut and Lincoln Dental), have along with our sponsors notable help raised over $11,000 for the underlying cause #finishcancer. contact me : andrea langen / 503.890.0609 /... More

Mid-Century Makeover 

Old to New - With Integrity

  So, I met Heather earlier this year. She was my sewing teacher. She taught me (ME) how to recover a box cushion… complete with piping (PIPING)! That was the beginning of our relationship. Heather and her husband Chris, just bought their first house. They are in to mid-century style and design… okay… they are really INTO mid-century style and design… so much so… they have an amazing business finding old furnishings of that period and restoring them to better than new… for you! Check out their website: Congratulations Chris and Heather for having both the nerve and chutzpah to throw yourselves into what you truly love… and of course for sticking to your guns to find just the right house in which to do it! More

Her first home!

My client beat out 23 other Buyers!  WOW, right?!!!  That is the most by far that I have ever been involved with!  I think my previous highest successful competitive bidding situation was 11.  I was stunned….well, we both were!  It was so exciting! Eileen is my friend, teammate at Pacific Crest CrossFit and client.  I was really excited when she asked if I’d want to help her find her first home.  OF COURSE!!  She had been looking since last September and had become a bit disenchanted with the market and whether or not owning a home was really going to happen for her.  She had made offers on 2 other homes, but was outbid on both.  When we walked into the North Portland house, I just had this feeling that it was HERS!  It was an adorable bungalow with many updates including a sweet kitchen and bath, newer high efficiency furnace, windows, a garage, garden boxes and a fabulous backyard…PERFECT for a first home Buyer!  ... More

1204 - old front house shot

I write this blog post at 2:30 PM with glass of wine in hand (yes, that’s right). This tale is one of moving to Portland and the first home I ever purchased and lived in for 12 years with my ex partner, which just recently sold. I found the house before I ever had a real estate license, on my own, by scouring the SE Hawthorne/Mt. Tabor Neighborhood on my bike, camera and notebook slung across my shoulder, whizzing around the hood looking for a dilapidated fixer that I might be able to afford.  Spending back-to-back Summers in Juneau Alaska working 5 jobs at the same time, we had saved enough cash for a healthy down payment.  My sweetie and I would be able to move out of our rental in NE Kerns, ditch our Evil Kenevil-neighbor-next-door, and settle with our yellow lab Alvah and grow a garden. I hand wrote 400 letters to folks with run-down-fixer homes and 18 people responded.  Mind you, this... More


David, a suave and debonair 40′s bachelor came in to the office on a mission, market aware, ready to get work. Like me, David does not like to tuck in his shirts, so I knew we would make it through this as a team. We both knew the buyer’s market here was fading. Undaunted by flood zone paranoid lenders, receptive to bargain priced owner furnishings, defiant in the face of tempting alternatives, David closed his Cottage on Friday. Yes! There is fun and adventure to be had in vacation property. Get in touch, talk to us. Hans Tonjes 503-936-4244   More


After several days of house hunting and needing a break in order to separate the good from the bad, I mentioned to my out-of-town buyers that they might want to take a break and drive up to Mt Hood for an excursion, as well as acquainting themselves with the beauty of the Northwest. One of my favorite hikes is the Old Salmon River Trail. It’s an easy hike and the beauty of walking along the river is one I never tire of! I highly recommend it. Bianca Hart JacksonHart and Associates More

Rhubarb-Ginger Chutney

Rhubarb-Ginger Chutney For many years I have enjoyed canning chutney to giveaway at Christmas or as hostess gifts; and each year I search for a new and different variety of fruits and vegetables to experiment with…This year a neighbor had an over-abundance of rhubarb and I became the recipient! In my search for recipes I... More

Sweet Home, Carolina! 


My clients Kristen and Dan searched high and low, from Hillsboro to St. Johns, Linnton to SW, to find the right place. As first time buyers, it was a learning experience from day one.  Some houses were hovels, some were on freeways, some were awkwardly flipped, some were down right creepy, others had broken locks or unwilling tenants.. Then, there was the “right one”.  The one with the dream kitchen, the  huge deck with a stunning territorial view, big picture windows, and a truly private entry… “Sweet Home, Carolina”. If you don’t know this hidden segment of  SW Carolina Street (and you might not, since it’s a minuscule winding road) it’s situated perfectly between Hillsdale and Multnomah Village and flanked by Gabriel park, and darling Bertha Blvd. It comes with a view of Council Crest and Bridlemile, and might be the sweetest home on Carolina Street! Congrats Dan and Kristen!! I hope you enjoy your new home! More

Sweet new listing in wonderful St. Johns Neighborhood 6935 N Philadelphia Ave. OPEN HOUSE Saturday the 16th from 12:00 till 2:00 Sunday the 17th from  2:00 till 4:00 Tracy Dau Old House Specialist 971.275.0387   More