Blog Buyer Pulling out all The Stops

Pulling out all The Stops

By Tracey Henkels, June 6, 2019

Congratulations to Cissie!

I recently had a great experience helping one of the coolest ladies in Portland buy her first house! Cissie is sharp, kind, effortlessly cool and plays bass in a band called The Stops. She found a super cute single level ranch on a quiet street in NE Portland’s Hazelwood neighborhood with fruit trees and a big yard.

Also, because Cissie doesn’t drive, this transaction got me thinking about Portlanders who live without a car and are buying a house on a tight budget. Through the process of showing her houses and neighborhoods, I gained a lot of knowledge around which outer neighborhoods are best for car-less commuters. After working with Cissie I’m happy to report there are many great places in a modest price range with great transportation options!

Compared to most, Portland is a wonderful city to have a car-less lifestyle. The commute might be soggy from time to time, but definitely do-able. If you ask most people where a good place to live without a car in Portland might be, you might get an answer like: The Pearl or close in parts of the city. But prices are sometimes steep in those areas and competition is high. What I noticed is that parts of the Eastside as well as parts of North/Northeast Portland are perfect for public transportation and bike commuters and the price point is within reach for a lot of first time home buyers!

Tracey Henkels

Earth Advantage Principal Broker

Tracey Henkels attributes her disciplined nature and relentless work ethic and to a childhood spent rising and retiring by the light of the sun, on her family’s apple orchard in Iowa. Gratefully, that Midwestern mentality has served her well over the years, and Tracey continues to deliver excellent customer service, superior technical skill, and a wide array of industry knowledge both directly and on behalf of her clients. While Tracey wouldn’t trade her career as a Real Estate broker for any other, her first love was actually Architecture, a craft she studied at Iowa State University during her undergraduate years. After receiving her degree, Tracey worked as an Architect for over 6 years before deciding she wanted to forge a new professional path. In 2004, Tracey jumped heart-first into the world of buying and selling houses, and is proud to say, she’s never looked back.   When you meet Tracey, one of the first things you notice is her positive energy, and zest for life. One of her favorite things about being a broker is the ability to help people make powerful transitions in their lives. Tracey’s natural patience, unwavering professionalism, and optimistic attitude make her a both a compassionate broker, and tough negotiator. Tracey is committed to serving others, being involved in her community, and giving back. When she isn’t working hard to best serve her clients, you might find her tending to her garden, growing fresh vegetables, exotic plants, and beautiful flowers, apprenticing a professional woodworker making fine furniture, or planning her next exciting adventure with her wife, Bernadette. Contact Tracey at or 503-715-6140
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