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This One Went $87,000 Over Asking

By Tracy Dau, May 10, 2021

Chris and I are what we call ‘full service’ agents. We put in our own sweat equality on 90% of our listings prior to listing them for our clients.  We do this for our standard listing fee with no “up charge”. The main purpose is to make the client more money so that the house sells for above list price which then pays for the cost of hiring us.  Secondly, I am an artist and working on a client’s home gives me an outlet for my visions of what a space can become. If you lend me your home I can work magic for you. House listed at $600,000 – Sold for $687,000.

Here is an example of a home I did and what I did to it:

  • I took of all cabinet door/drawers re-sanded them to remove all lacquer. Removed old hardware, patched holes, primed lower cabinets which I painted blue. Lacquered upper cabinets with new product.
  • New butcher block counters. Left raw so new buyer could either oil them or stain them.
  • Wiped down all wood trim throughout home- window sills, baseboards, door jams and doors and applied Restore A Finish to hide scratches.
  • Removed all lighting. Bought new lights for client and had handyman re-hang them.
  • New kitchen tile that I picked up at Home Depot ($200 in tile)
  • Painted front room, bedrooms, hallway and bathroom.
  • Hung draperies (purchased linen Ikea drapes)
  • New bathroom cabinet paint + new hardware
  • Cleaned floors in home
  • Brought some items from my home to add to the staging but hired out the rest of the staging through Arbor and Co.
  • Took multiple dump runs for client
  • Hired heating company to install new gas line for the new stove. Hired landscape person to clean up the backyard. Hired additional painter to paint what I didn’t get to.

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Tracy Dau

Broker | Earth Advantage | OR


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.
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