Blog Alyssa Isenstein Krueger Finding Perfection in Parkrose

Finding Perfection in Parkrose

By Alyssa Isenstein Krueger, July 12, 2021

Sarah and Craig were referred to me by a dear longtime client. They just had a baby and were ready to buy a house to settle into and raise their kid in. When we first spoke this past spring, they had not yet spoken with a lender and didn’t really have an idea of how much they could qualify for. I gave them some names of great lenders I work with including the Portland Housing Center. After meeting with Portland Housing Center’s loan officer, they found out they qualified for a $15k grant if they bought something in the City of Portland, so that sealed the deal for them on which lender to use.

Once they had their pre-approval in place, they headed into the stinky soup that was the Spring 2021 Portland Housing Market on a quest to find a home that was big enough for their growing family, had character, was near a freeway for Sarah’s job commute to Hillsboro and had a yard big enough that met Craig’s criteria for having as much outdoor space as possible. They picked the most difficult time ever to buy a home, which meant getting caught up in the offer after offer and rejection after rejection loop. I kept reminding them that their house would come along and it would be the best of the bunch, and as frustrating as it all was, they kept their eyes on the prize.

After a couple of months of being in the Twilight Zone of offer, rejection, offer, rejection, a super sweet mid-century in Parkrose came on the market. On paper it hit every mark they were looking for- including not needing any major repairs or work done. Before we went to see it, Sarah had a feeling that it was going to be their house. It was priced really low for what it was- a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a formal living room and a giant family room with a garage that had been converted into bonus space, hardwood floors, a mid-century vibe, and a backyard that was as lovely as could be. After checking it out, we all felt the vibe that this really was their house. Because it was priced so low, they came in super strong on price, and offered to buy it as-is, barring any major repairs the house may have needed and had a small appraisal gap included in case it didn’t appraise. With eight offers on the table, the sellers decided to accept Sarah and Craig’s offer.

The home had been well maintained and the inspection didn’t turn up anything major and the appraisal came in at value! Everything went smoothly and we were able to close a week early. And I’m pleased as punch that yet again, despite the long and bumpy road to get there, in the end Sarah and Craig came out of their house buying adventure at the top!

Alyssa Isenstein Krueger



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 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, Pinto the South Korean Italian greyhound, and our chickens, Rosie, Lola, Squishy, Duck and Prince. 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.
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