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Alyssa Isenstein Krueger

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I am living the dream. Working as a real estate broker in my home town brings this native Portland gal joy beyond measure.

I took the round-about-road towards this career. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in NY two decades ago with a degree in liberal arts/creative writing, I returned to my hometown of PDX and got a job in a legendary record store of days gone by, worked as a music and culture writer for Portland’s oldest weekly publication while pursuing a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Portland State University. Armed with my masters degree, I moved into the realm of affordable housing, community development, and urban planning, and then rounded the corner with a long stay in arts management then back around the bend when I got my real estate license and went to work for a non-profit housing builder at the cusp of the market crash in 2007.

In the time between that market crash and the ensuing madness, I’ve stayed on top of the market like a dog guarding a bone. Using a magical combination of experience, instinct, and market data, I know what homes are worth, I know how to write a terrific offer, and I know how to help a seller market a home and receive and accept a great offer.

Mutual trust and tender relationship building is the basis and foundation of my real estate practice. I use my skills as an active listener, creative solution finder and ace negotiator to get my clients the best price on a home, win the multiple offer roulette, and have as smooth and easy transaction as possible. Timely and responsive communication is the most important aspect of building trust and I don’t take that part lightly.  I am a stickler for details and nothing pleases me more than guiding a client through the home buying or selling process (and sometimes both at the same time). My role is one of advocate, advisor, partner, transaction organizer, and counselor. I am a partner broker with Portland Housing Center and relish the opportunity to work with eager first time home buyers.

I have a knack for seeing the potential in almost any home and love to help clients see past what is and help them envision what can be. I have a decade of first-hand experience renovating and caressing my bungalow in Ladd’s Addition and had the honor of having my own home featured in a story in the Oregonian’s Homes and Gardens section. I can feel the love for any and almost all homes, but my heart goes all aflutter when entering a museum quality time capsule house — the solid mid-century ones with the original pink or green tiled bathrooms, those charming early 1900’s farmhouses with the original kitchen cabinets and fir countertops, the cozy bungalows with the built-ins still intact.

When I’m not working with clients, you’ll find me hanging with my two little boys, Kalman and Saul, and my husband Robert, a Fine Art Conservator with his own business, Cascadia Art Conservation Center.  Retired racing greyhounds have been my constant companions since 1997, and our family includes Peanut the greyhound, Miles the Cat, and our chickens, Rosie, Lola, and Betsy.

I am an obsessive gardener/plant fiend and love that we live in a climate where I can grow eucalyptus trees (I have 5 in my yard including a couple I started from seed) alongside blueberry bushes (6 in my yard). Given some free time, you’ll find me junking at an estate sale, dreaming of high brow junk, low brow art, making things, sewing, reading and dreaming of tropical locales.

Alyssa's Testimonials

Alyssa is awesome.. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. She is highly organized and hard working. I was consistently impressed with how responsive, and on top of things she was through out the entire process. Her guidance was indispensable and ultimately lead me to exactly what I wanted at a price well within my budget. It is clear she genuinely cares about people and wants to facilitate a positive outcome for everyone involved. I truly valued being able to relax and trust that I was in good hands.

Wes and Randi H.

Alyssa was AMAZING.. She took care of everything, asked for input when necessary, and made my life easy. She is brilliant in figuring out the right asking price and in recommending the right type of work that should be done before selling. She leads you through the process swiftly, yet patiently. She is fluent in the latest software so you can do everything remotely if needed. I recommend her without hesitation and her guidance, expertise and professionalism exceeded all my expectations. We had several good offers within days, and the house closed as quickly as possible with zero hiccups.

Sarah B.

Alyssa's Articles

Turning a No-Cause Eviction Lemon Into Homeownership Lemonade

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When my buyers Kelley and Satomi first contacted me in early November the panic in their...

How to bring a seller to tears with a buyer’s letter

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My buyer Tung and his partner Corey were first time home buyers and like many first...

Seeking and finding a little mid-century cutie in the Rose City Park/Montavilla area

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About 2 years ago I worked with a wonderful buyer named Ryan. Ryan bought one of...

GRACEFUL ENGLISH IN HUMBOLDT 

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GRACEFUL ENGLISH IN HUMBOLDT  4841 NE RODNEY AVE., PORTLAND, OR 97211 $559,900 Located on a bikeway...

From the Philippines to Portland

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Buying a first home is always a big deal. And it’s an even bigger deal when...

When Selling a house off-market makes sense

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As the market cools considerably and brings with it great relief for buyers, for sellers who...

Let the Sun Shine In

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Congratulations to my fabulous buyers Audrey and Chris! After being referred to me by a dear...

An outside inside Kenton Mid-Century house

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A few years back, my buyers Sasha and Paul entered the Portland home buying market and...

The Needle in the Haystack

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I started working with Matthew and Carin in February of 2017 when we met to discuss...

Darling Brentwood Park Ranchalow

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OPEN HOUSES: SATURDAY, MAY 12TH & SUNDAY, MAY 13TH, 11:30AM-1:30PM Be still my heart! This well...

My Chicken’s Sister’s Family Moves to the Pearl of Ardenwald

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Three years ago I met with Jacob and Martha to talk about selling their sweet little...

Full Circle back to a Sellwood Sweetie

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  When Justin and Virinia met a few years ago, Virinia was living in a perfect...

The Sunnyside Mezuzahs

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Congratulations to my buyers Judy, Nelson and Bridgett on their purchase of a swanky condo in...

The Water Heater King’s Castle

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My buyer JT and his partner moved to Portland a little over a year ago with...

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