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That’s One Big-Ass Water Heater You Got There

By Tracy Dau, December 28, 2020


If you are buying a home, you need to be aware of the fact that sometimes when a seller moves out of the home they will often leave things behind that you will then be forced to do something with. The things that get left behind are often things that the sellers may not have realized would be a big deal to leave behind, or they left them because they were simply too lazy to deal with it.

These items could include a pile of wood for the fireplace or a garden hose outside. Maybe a few old paint cans, light bulbs, or cleaning supplies, you know – that sort of stuff.

But when my client Molly purchased her home a few years ago, the sellers left us with a 400 pound steel water heater in the basement. Smart sellers – they wrote it into the contract that it had to stay as part of the deal.

So here we are in 2020 and Molly’s house is being handed to a new home owner.  That buyer didn’t see the ‘historical significance’ of letting the 1940’s beast (time capsule) sit in its quiet tranquil space. Fast forward to a weekend of being stood up by multiple crews from Craig’s List that promised to remove the item, “don’t you worry Tracy, our middle name is responsible.  We will be there on Saturday”, said one junk mover that never showed, to finding a 20 something year old man named Corey, again on Craig’s List, whom possessed a machine/welding background that did the job.

Four hours and six grinder wheels later and the beast was cut in half and loaded into a truck. And get this —  They sell as antiques for $500 bucks on Ebay. Corey came through and I couldn’t be happier.

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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