Blog posts about Fixers & Investments

Malden - exterior

The Transformation of SE Malden – How to Re-do a House on a Very Tight Budget           Week One –  Hired a young guy named Carlos, with lots and lots of neck tattoo’s and a fancy for Big Gulps  to help me remove 8 layers of wallpaper. Carlos proved to be great company and our conversations were enlightening, we stripped paper in unison.:) Wallpaper Removal – $600.00. (paper had to be steamed off). Tracy Dau Sucker for Fixers 971.275.0387 More

Two Love Birds, One Home. 


  Teri and I had clients that came to us frantically because their house was on the market, but their agent had taken off to Burning Man and disappeared.  We agreed to help them sell their house but weren’t sure we could get them the price they needed to stay above water.  Then it occured to us that this house was exactly what our buyers, Kristy and Lara,  were looking for.  It was a long shot but I took them over there and they fell in love with it.  We negotiate a price that both parties were thrilled with and it was a win/win. If you love a ranch, this is the queen of ranches.  Huge square footage, big and open, wide hallways, 3/2, Brady Bunch neighborhood, double garage, mid-century tile, all the good stuff.  It was super important to Kristy and Lara that their house be set up for entertaining, but that they never have to move again and it is both.  We’re truly... More


My best dude friend just bought a house.  He worked with the bas ass Laura Maguire, and myself cause he knew we would whip him into shape (also I would literally kick his ass if he tried to work with anyone else). As Gordy himself said it best, “If I can buy a house – anyone can.”  And it is true.  With the right agent, and the right lender anything is possible.  Here are some embarrassing pictures of my bestie and some of his house too.  Which by the way is on an awesome street, close to freeway access, 3 bedroom, 1 bath on an oversized lot, super solid and ONLY $169,000! Also Laura Maguire is an amazing agent, and a total babe.  What an amazing job she did, and she even remembered the correct close date (unlike some people in the transaction)?!?!? Thanks for taking good care of my Gordus, you are an awesome agent.  And I am so proud to work with you! More


When you think about buying your first house you make a wish list of wants.  Seems like everyone wants the same thing, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a bungalow, a yard, close in location, and all the bells and whistles.  Then you start looking and your list starts changing, often times because you realize certain things are more important than others, some things you can’t live without, and your budget is in the way. Rachel and Kate were realistic and open-minded.  We looked at some doozies until we found this little cutie on N. Hodge.  It wasn’t everything they wanted, but I reminded them that they weren’t buying their dream home, they were buying their first home.  They were making an investment that would give them leverage for the future when they are ready to move on.  Most of us aren’t lucky enough to get it all the first time. This house is solid and inspected really well.  We were able to negotiate them a brand... More


Mike and Lorraine are long time Milwaukie residents and with two kids going into high school and they wanted to stay right in Milwaukie. They were first time home buyers and were looking at a competitive price point and also looking for enough space to comfortably fit the whole family. After a couple of offers on homes that went quickly out of their price range, a home came on to the market that was well within their price range and the house itself was great. It has three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a full basement and huge lot. Sounds great right? This as-is fixer seemed too good to be true. Great price point, great home and it was just a couple of blocks from the Milwaukie High School. It was in the inspections stage of the deal that the other shoe dropped. We found there were a few issues with the home that needed to be fixed to make the home saleable and, here is where the plot... More

Not our first rodeo! 


This wasn’t Shawn and Tami’s first rodeo. They sat me down for the grilling of a lifetime! They definitely knew what they didn’t want, and they knew what they probably wanted, they knew what flaws they could correct, but were new to Portland and  they didn’t know the neighborhood. They also wanted a floor plan that was hard to find. Was I up for the task?  Well, I certainly enjoy a challenge! We set out with a modest budget in mind and a lot of learning to do. I had been through this dozens of times before, but every client’s threshold is different and everyone has to learn it for themselves.. Some houses have been “re-muddled” into ‘crap’ and no matter how great the price, not ultimately worth it.  Some houses are just too ‘odd’, and some have funky floor plans. Some houses you walk into and just shake your head and wonder how anyone ever lived here –  with that supporting wall removed and the... More

front of duplex

My clients needed a duplex with a LARGE garage, turns out that is harder to come by than one would think.  We searched high and low and finally after 8+ months we found the perfect one!   OH AND THE PRICE?!?!!?  $310,000.00 will get you an oversized lot, two units each with a nice kitchen, private yard space, 2 baths, AND a HUGE garage.  the biggest I’ve seen!?!?!  Fits 4 RV’s!  Anyways, it was a pleasure to work with the Dewees family, happy trails my friends. Chandra Noble-Ashford cell 503.933.6538 licensed broker in Oregon 2625 SE 26th Avenue Portland, OR 97202 o. 503.719.5588 f. 503.961.8224   More

The Right Amount of Dirty 

2518 SE 49th Photo

Whenever I run into a great house that is stinky, dirty and in need of love, I know who to call! Scott is a great contractor and smart rehabber. He knows how to get the most out of a floor plan, and together with his designer-by-trade wife Shari, always turns out a masterpiece. When I saw this house on SE 49th, I  knew it needed them! He was at the beach so Shari and I checked it out. He trusted us and we wrote the offer. Dang, we weren’t the only ones. There were several offers coming in. So I asked the agent if I could present my offer directly to the seller. He said yes! Paula had lived in the house for over 45 years and it held many memories for her. I listened to her stories then I shared my clients vision and ethics with her and assured her that the house would be honored, not demolished or redesigned in a cheap ‘flip... More

a Short Sale bargain complete 

cupcake tree

Sometimes there is cool stuff left by sellers that I want.. This is the cupcake tree I had my heart set on, and I  knew if I could keep my buyers faith in the project + hang in there (myself included) I could ask for it – I feel like it’s my trophy for this transaction. Way back in summer 2013 my friends, Matt and Robin, asked me to help them in search and purchase of their first home, they had saved a good nest of money and were smart with their first time buyer education, completing most of it in advance of our first meeting, very impressive. They were put together with a lender recommended by the Portland Housing Center, the lovely Deona DeLong of Homestreet Bank – and were lined up to recieve a $15,000 LIFT grant as well as a hand from the Oregon Bond program. My clients are shrewd, careful and responsible with their money, had their hearts set on house... More

front of house

Anyone who reads my blogs (hi mom) knows that I use this as a way to say “thank you” to my clients.  I really have been lucky in my career and Ana and Courtney are no exception.  They were so wonderful to work with, funny, sweet, realistic, and most of all excited.  In other words they were ideal clients and Laura and myself were grateful to work with them – and wish them so much fun and happy times in their lovely new home. Here are the details,1912 Bungalow, great deal with a bit of instant equity, 2/1, huge detached garage, lovely, yard, new kitchen, and a great neighborhood – Madison South. Such a cutie, check it out;   Thank you Ana and Courtney, I loved working with you and thanks for sending folks my way!  =)   More