Blog Alyssa Isenstein Krueger The Start of a Beautiful Compound With Friends in Foster Powell

The Start of a Beautiful Compound With Friends in Foster Powell

By Alyssa Isenstein Krueger, May 25, 2021

My buyer Alison got in touch with me over 3 years ago after she was referred to me by her close friends, who are old clients of mine. Alison thought she wanted to purchase a condo at a complex in the Brooklyn neighborhood because she had a friend who lived there, and the idea of easy maintenance seemed appealing to her at the time. For what turned out to be a blessing in disguise, none of those units came on the market while she was looking. She then decided to go to grad school and put her house hunt on hold while she went through school and figured out the next phase of her life.

We kept in touch as she made her way through grad school, and then last month, she called me because the house directly behind her best friends house- the same friends who referred her to me, who she had been podding with throughout Covid, had just come on the market. They were able to see it and Alison called me from the house to let me know about it, and that she was interested in purchasing it. She just finished grad school and was about to start a new job at the same organization she had been working at for years, and was finally in a more stable situation where buying a house made sense. I made an appointment and met her the next day at the house- and it was cute as could be. A granny ranch with the vintage pink bathroom and the vintage kitchen complete with pink stove still intact. The house had an almost identical layout to her friends house behind this one, so walking into it felt very familiar. The house was an estate and a little rough around the edges, but we could tell it wouldn’t take much to get it cleaned up and ready to go by getting the wood floors refinished, painting the rooms, removing or painting over some unfortunate 1970’s fake wood paneling and deep cleaning  the kitchen, basement and bathroom.

Alison had been on the path to becoming a home owner for over 3 years and now that she was finally ready, and the perfect house presented itself to her, the reality of actually writing an offer on a house was an internal hump she needed to process. The seller had a couple of offers and the deadline was approaching. Alison decided to jump in and we wrote up a great offer 10% over list. Thankfully the sellers accepted her offer and off to inspections we went. Her friends behind this house had already planned where the gate between their backyards was going to go and thankfully her friends are super handy and could help out with minor repairs. The inspection went much better then I thought it would, with the exception of a complicated sewer situation involving a blockage near where the sewer line for the house met the City lateral and it involved a ton of pooling in the line. I was able to negotiate a credit for that repair- though it took almost the entire transaction to sort it all out. And less then five weeks after she called me, I had the distinct pleasure of handing her keys!


Alyssa Isenstein Krueger



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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