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I got engaged! My business partner can rest at ease…

By Tracy Dau, October 29, 2018

Practicing real estate is so much more fun when you have a business partner and work partnership. It benefits the clients as well. They get two brains, two sets of eyes, two opinions, two bodies showing homes, etc…. Its a real win-win for both parties.

I’ve got to tell you folks, that my business partner is just the best guy.  He is the rock to my watery ways.  Like the Wolf in Pulp Fiction he can come into a house and help clean it up.  He casts no judgement, is completely reliable,  loyal to a fault, and will give you the shirt off his back.   He knows that everyone has been dealt a deck of different deck of cards and is doing the best that they can.  He is the humblest, big-hearted person that I know.  A real wizard for understanding all walks of life.

Over the past few years that he and I have worked real estate together he has ridden the wave of my 1-2.5 year romantic partnerships.  Right there next to me, the high’s and low’s.  There have been some real high’s and a few narcissistic lows.  Poor guy, I’ve put him through a couple (cough .. 4)  romantic partners over the last 6 years. With great excitement, I got to phone Chris last weekend and tell him the exciting news —  I got engaged!  He was the first person I wanted to tell after my parents.

Some friends stand by you through the thick and the thin.  Some friends will give you the shirt off their back.  I am proud to say, my business partner, Chris Speth, is that man.  He is a ROCK in a raging sea.  The whiskey to accompany a coke.  He has been that friend to me, and is that friend to our clients.  I couldn’t be more happy that I have the best business partnership with Chris and now a “forever” romantic partnership with Darren.  Cheers to friendship!  Cheers to being great REALTORS®!





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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