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Integrity —–

By Tracy Dau, March 20, 2019

I’ve been spending far too much time thinking about the word INTEGRITY lately. According to the dictionary, integrity is “firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values.” Put another way, the root of integrity is about doing the right thing even when it’s not acknowledged by others, or convenient for you. Not only have I been pondering how I hold myself in a place of integrity in this world, but I have also found myself whispering Michelle Obama’s quote, “When they go low, we go high!” multiple times throughout the day.  (I have to whisper this mantra to myself since I want to put my ex tenant through a wood chipper for destroying my house. Fargo was so good).

I believe that integrity is integrally tied to business/relationship success. That standard list of “Don’ts” such as: don’t lie, don’t mislead, don’t conceal, don’t steal, don’t break professional ethics codes, don’t change the conditions of a contract, and so on apply.  My attorney said something the other day about contracts – that contracts are the foundation for business relationships and contracting with integrity gives that foundation the strength it needs to support relationships. Seems like a no brainier – right?  One would think so…  But people move out of houses and trash them, contracts change mid-stream, we sometimes leave parts of ourselves behind when making decisions.

Casting that wood chipper aside, I find myself thinking about three people in my life that have an inner wholeness and sense of consistency in their character; attributes that can been seen in their actions, words, decisions and outcomes.  Those people are my boyfriend, my dad and my business partner.  Mind you, they have all talked me out of renting a wood chipper, so no worries there.  My dad once said that Character is built one choice at a time, from the time you’re born until your last day on earth.  When you give someone your WORD you must make it mean something.  Your word is sometimes all you have.  I tell my kids that all the time.

I think what I am learning, is that integrity is a choice.

Not all of us chose to live by it (unfortunately).  I choose to practice my values rather than simply professing them.  While it might be extremely difficult to be in integrity 100% of the time I sure can aspire to be.  We all can. 

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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