Blog Stories Concordia: Not Looking for a Home

Concordia: Not Looking for a Home

By Ana de la Rua, April 26, 2018

Norma and Murat, my cool customers planing to come back to their native Oregon, were not looking for a home. What they were looking for was a property that would allow them to build their dream home. It could be just a lot, a dilapidated structure on a nice piece of land, or a house with no architectural value that could take a dramatic remodel, since they were opposed to demolish an old home. The challenging part about their search was that they wanted lo live in the center of Concordia and the lot had to be oversized to fit their one level courtyard design.
We started the search about 6 moths ago and almost got a potential option on a standard sized corner lot that could have worked. We kept searching every single week, but nothing was quite right. Finally, one Saturday, as I was getting ready for a weekend off (my first in a long time), “the place” came up, a 7,500sf lot with a run down ranch on it, with the correct orientation for solar panels and an open backyard to lay out their perfect house plan. We were the first ones to present an offer that was accepted before a barrage of developers could sweep it away with much higher offers. My weekend off was consumed in communications and negotiations, but our goal was attained, we were in contract!
I took care of the whole transaction for my customers, who are living out of the state. Issues with title, inspections and payment were resolved thanks to their ready disposition and trust in my abilities and counsel. For this being their very first real estate transaction, they could not have done better.

Ana de la Rua


Growing up in Barcelona, Spain, Ana de la Rua’s first interest was in fashion. She started her professional career as a pattern designer working for several local apparel companies. She was also deeply attracted to the distinct architecture of the city, its tumultuous history of urban development, and Barcelona’s characteristic avant-garde art. When she moved to Portland 22 years ago, she found a friendly welcoming city immerse in rapid change. The Pearl District was starting its transition to urban living, the culinary scene was in its infancy but rapidly becoming a national phenomenon and over the years she discovered exciting neighborhoods full of charm and promise. All in all, Portland became her adoptive city and the one she and her family proudly call home. Ana’s interest in real estate started while looking for her first home. She enjoyed the discovery process of finding a place to live but also finding herself through that process: the emotional rollercoaster, the jumping of hurdles, the financial implications, the effects in lifestyle. Since then she has moved four times, living in several neighborhoods of Portland and its suburbs, until she found her ideal home in NE Portland, where she now resides. She also co-founded a real estate investment company, implementing her vision on neglected homes, remodeling and making them energy efficient for renters in need of sound places to live. It was while looking for investment properties on her own that she had the “epiphany” of becoming a real estate broker. It was extremely challenging to find the right property to buy as the market was becoming increasingly competitive but she was able to find her way around and land successful transactions. She also realized that she had what she appreciated in a good broker: loyalty, commitment, perseverance, patience, and a true passion for all things real estate. It is with all this in mind that Ana is hoping to team with you in your next real estate adventure! A little more about Ana:
  • When not working she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, daughter, and Martha (the doggy), going out with her girlfriends, cooking, entertaining friends, reading, making crafts, and finding all sorts of deals.
  • She has a major in Finance and a minor in International Economics from PSU as well as an Arts Degree in Industrial Pattern Making and Design from Institut de la Moda de Barcelona.
  • Proficient in Spanish and Català (native languages).
  • Loves walking and biking around Portland neighborhoods.
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