Blog Stories Full Circle back to a Sellwood Sweetie

Full Circle back to a Sellwood Sweetie

By Alyssa Isenstein Krueger, April 23, 2018

 

When Justin and Virinia met a few years ago, Virinia was living in a perfect little place in Sellwood and while living there, they both grew to love the neighborhood. For a lot of folks, Sellwood feels like the yesteryear small town where everyone knows everyone on the block, the sun shines a little brighter, and the grass grows a little greener. After getting married, they moved to an apartment off Hawthorne,with the goal of one day moving back to Sellwood in a home of their own.

After being referred to me from some wonderful past clients, we met at a local coffee shop and three weeks later they had an accepted offer on a 3 bed 2 bath old bungalow in Sellwood. A huge part of why they wanted to purchase in Sellwood was to be a part of a close-knit community, and during their home inspection, we discovered that the local elementary school bus stops right in front of their house, so twice a day, all of the kids from the surrounding blocks and their parents gather in front of the house. Now for some folks, this might be a little much, but for Virinia and Justin this is exactly the kind of place they were looking for. The way the house sits on the lot, the sunny yard is mainly in front of the house surrounded by a white picket fence. Between the elementary bus stop in front of the house and the big sunny front yard, with summer approaching, their desire to really be engaged and immersed in their new neighborhood should be a slam dunk.

Alyssa Isenstein Krueger

Broker

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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