Tracy Dau

Earth Advantage Broker


When you meet Tracy Dau, it doesn’t take long to realize where her true passions lie. 

She loves houses and loves matching her clients with the place that’s perfect for them.  Ask her clients and they’ll tell you she’s a whirlwind of energy, a juggler of projects, a creative force, a good listener and a tireless advocate.  She comes to the job with a vision for what’s possible and the background to make that happen.

Maybe it’s because she grew up in the breathtaking town of Juneau Alaska, where it rains 250 days a year.  It’s the kind of place where you either give into gloomy weather or dig deep and find the will to preserve.

Maybe it’s because her folks instilled in her the drive to succeed.

For the past sixteen years she has gutted and restored many houses, using any opportunity to work with her hands. Blending her formal training as a fine artist and designer with her experience as a builder, these old-house remodels have become her creative canvas. Her time as a product developer and architectural consultant at Rejuvenation House Parts introduced her to a community of like-minded folks who encouraged her to become a Realtor.

She is drawn to vintage homes. The artist in her is drawn to their detail, the builder in her to their craftsmanship. Their charm and imperfections make them all the more fascinating and soulful.

That’s what drew her to her first home. Stripped of all her painted-lady features, she sat sadly on a corner lot in SE Portland waiting to be loved and cared for. She had a yard full of shopping carts, a tree that had grown through her facade, motor-oil soaked mattresses and a basement full of the neighbor’s missing car parts, and yet, in spite of this her husband Nate and Tracy bought and fixed her up. This renovation lead to the next house-love-affair, followed by another and another. It only made sense to apply this knowledge and the valuable lessons learned along the way to help others looking to buy or improve their own homes.

Which brings me to why she became a Realtor.

Tracy chose this job because she is passionate about houses and loves the chance to develop relationships with her clients. When you choose to work with Tracy, she will advocate for your best interests, guide you through the home buying process and protect you from the stressful moments as they inevitably arise. She will advise you every step of the way to enable you to make good decisions, stay centered and reach your goals. Even after your  transaction has come to an end, Tracy is still available to
answer your questions and help with your home projects.

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. Her hobbies include teaching her children, Lander and Olivia, about nature, hunting for sea creatures, spotting birds, drinking bourbon in the winter and gin in the summer, eating chocolate and traveling to warm destinations.

Tracy's Articles

Don’t Jump the Gun on Slapping up Exterior Paint

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Before you buy gallons of paint, sit with some color chips for awhile. Your first choice...

Does “AS-IS” really mean “AS-IS”?

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Agents and Buyers perk up….. We currently have a house listed in North Portland that needs...

Don’t Take the Sellers Word Regarding Warranties —

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Every time you make a big-ish purchase — like a TV, home appliance, furnace, new windows,...

Community – Why do you feel it on one block and not the other?

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Community.  Why do I feel it on one block and not another?  Every week I drive...

It Could Have Been a Hard Deal – But it Wasn’t

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You don’t have to be an asshole in real estate to meet your clients needs and...

If I Can Build A Cardboard Living Room After a Bottle of Wine…

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Just think what we can accomplish house hunting together. We’ve got the focus, drive and ability...

Interested in Gorge Property?

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Black basalt cliffs, ribbon like waterfalls and lush forests all within a one hour drive of...

Once Asleep, Her Eyes Have Begun to Open

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May the next few months be a period of magnificent transformation      Our Fixer house...

Be the Wolf – Be Like Chris

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My real estate partner, Chris Speth, has always reminded me of a character played by Harvey...

Light & Cheerful in the Mississippi/Williams Neighborhood

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For you buyers that are on the hunt for something clean, crisp, hip and sweet —-...

Mortgages Don’t Disappear When Love Does

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Plenty of laws help protect married couples when they split up and divide their property. But...

Not Wishing to Follow in Van Gogh’s Footsteps…..

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You might have heard that many of Van Gogh’s paintings are fading. The artists famous Sunflower...

Thinking About Selling? Visual Consultations are FREE!

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    We help clients get their homes fixed and ready for sale.  Give us a...

Selling a Home with Tenants that are Uncooperative

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Nothing says “don’t buy me” more than a rented listing with tenants that are grumpy, uncooperative...

A Shout Out to Another Agent —–

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Real Estate Can be Transaction Based or Authentic Based.. Or BOTH. I never knew when I...

When your *addiction* is having a weakness for run-down homes

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All my life I’ve had this weakness for run-down old houses. It’s like taking in stray...

Yo!  You still haven’t picked up your hot tub

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The hot tub that was marketed in your listing and was a feature of the home....

What Your Truck Says About You………

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If you ever find yourself in a position of rehabbing a house from the foundation up...

Backyard “shack” for a teenager

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I work with many clients that are squished at the seams.  Our house conversations often question...

It’s a No Brainer – People like CLEAN homes

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Selling a house and getting ready for a move is time consuming and trying to keep...

It’s three words no agent wants to see attached to a listing: Back On Market.

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While the Urban Dictionary describes the phrase, back on the market to reference a person who...

Owning a house is like ‘being in a long-term relationship’

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I’ve been ‘thinking’ about selling my own home for two years now.  Mostly, because my children...

Unless You Are selling a Fixer Home You Should Always Stage Before you Sell

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SE 72nd – Staged with sellers possessions.  Bedding, accessories, artwork and lighting added.  Pending in the...

Don’t Neglect The Smaller Details When Listing Your Home

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Seriously, I think small details can make the biggest impressions on a potential buyer’s likelihood of...

Real Estate Rules are Sometimes BEST When Broken

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Realtors will often tell you there is a hushed rule in real estate that buyers and...

I Would Bet You — $Bucks$ — That Redfin Wouldn’t Do This…

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Seriously folks, I know Redfin has a nice website for searching for houses but I highly...

Count Your Rainbows and Not Your Thunderstorms

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1907 Bungalow With Rainbow Interior  4820 SE 72nd Ave Portland Oregon 97206 $419,500   This cheerful...

Integrity —–

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I’ve been spending far too much time thinking about the word INTEGRITY lately. According to the dictionary, integrity...

Going Above and Beyond Means Showing Up With A Truck

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Of course, moving is always stressful, even if you’re just moving across town. But as a...

A migration from Sydney Australia to SE Woodstock

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Having their eye on  Portland for a number of years – the career opportunities, the mountains and...

When the Agent on the Other End Goes Silent..

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 Every smooth real estate transaction begins with good communication skills. Whether you are an agent representing a...

Should I Pull A Permit?

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The ramifications of not pulling building permits in the past is going to be more of...

I got engaged! My business partner can rest at ease…

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Practicing real estate is so much more fun when you have a business partner and work...

“You might look good with Lockjaw,” said my 11 year old…

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Old houses.  You might be thinking about buying one or have already begun swinging a hammer. ...

Old Houses ….. (sigh)

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Old Houses – They really don’t make ’em like they used to. While our current project...

The Sewer Line From Hell

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Here’s the skinny:  there are many sewer line companies in Portland that you can call to...

My Match.com profile used to say the following:

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High octane outdoor adventurer. Happiest in nature, near a body of water and being in the...

Our Mist-Swept Water Spot – Why Oregon City Should Be On YOUR list.

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If you don’t know  the The Willamette Falls let me introduce her to you– The Willamette...

Were We Both Viking Warriors In Our Past Lives?

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I recently had my DNA analyzed and it turns out that I pretty much descended from...

Shared longings, “What if everyone could say, ‘It’s good to be alive today?

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If I Was Queen For a Day

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I would buy every full-time single parent who does the day in and out, every day,...

A House At The Oregon Coast

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Sometimes its a place that gets inside of you. A place you’ve once traveled that you...

A Real Estate Oddity That Made Me Cry

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Its not often that a real estate transaction ends with a card of gratitude.  At least...

Splitsville? Divorce is shitty – don’t forget the small details.

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If you both want to move out and sell the house you’ll need to agree on...

Another set of clients I would like to CLONE

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Meet Seth and Alli.  They are two of the most gracious and thankful folks I have...

Based On my Zodiac Sign –

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I was made to be a Realtor — not an assassin.   Cancers are the nurturers...

Brenda Gunderson has been added to my list…

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I want to give a shout out to a wonderful real estate agent that I am...

Keeping your WORD in Real Estate

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Keeping your WORD in Real Estate….   Most of us consider ourselves good people. We generally...

Kitchen “tweaked”.. This Crew Rocked It

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The phone call went something like this:  “Do you really think we have to revamp our...

NE, NW, SE , SW…What Does it Mean?

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Moving to Portland?  Stuck on which neighborhood might be your fit? First, Portland is split down...

Crisp. Clean. Bright. SE Woodstock

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5405 SE 52nd Ave Portland 97206 $485,000 4 bedrooms /  1.5 bathrooms  / Finished basement  /...

It Needs Some Spit-Shining But It’s Under $300,000

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  Brentwood-Darlington on 50′ x 107′ lot Three Bedrooms – One bath Garage for additional storage...

Working On Our Suntans..

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A green, moss-covered roof may make you think you’ve wandered into a fairy tale.  Ferns growing...

His Plumed Tail Will Soon Be Waving..

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Waving at those that live around Mt. Tabor. Mike is moving to SE Harrison.  He is...

Fixer-Upper’s? you asked. They Are Kinda Our Thing

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Chris and I know a thing or two about house projects.   While we both work as...

#Cozyhome #Comelivehere #Bungalowseeksbuyer

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Cozy 1914 Craftsman enhanced w/modern updates and solid systems. Pristine woodwork, gourmet kitchen, skylights, eating nook...

Custom Made For Your Front Porch

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Thinking of selling your home soon?  Then give us a ring. I make these sets of...

A house w/flying marsupials & suburban crummies…

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Neither Chris or I have the slightest clue on how to be a computer programmer, heart...

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