Blog Alyssa Isenstein Krueger 'Twas Meant to Be in Overlook

‘Twas Meant to Be in Overlook

By Alyssa Isenstein Krueger, July 16, 2020

Josh and Evayn were referred to me by some great past clients of mine. We met for the first time via Zoom and we talked about the current state of the market and what to expect as a home buyer looking to purchase a home in close-in North or Northeast Portland. I explained how despite the pandemic, real estate was as busy as it’s ever been with nearly every good house getting multiple offers and almost always going over asking. Having caught them up to speed on the state of the market they were prepared for the worst, or at least prepared that it might take a while before they found the perfect house and had an offer accepted. We discussed what they were hoping to find, and they mentioned that they had seen a house listed in Overlook that seemed to check all their boxes. It had just gone pending so unfortunately that was off  the table as an option. Or was it?

We went through the available listings to select a few homes to see, and pickings were as slim as a dry noodle. They did find a few that seemed worthy of seeing, if only to get a sense of the kinds of houses on the market in their price range. We went on our first house seeking adventure, and they found one house that with a lot of imagination and sweat equity might work. As they were considering that house, lo and behold their dream house that they had told me about came back on the market. We zipped over there and saw it that evening to see it and it was as perfect in person for them as it was online. A sweet little 2 bedroom 1 bath mid-century on a dead-end street just a couple blocks from happenings on Interstate with a great fenced and private yard for their mutt Peabody and a stellar garage that is the perfect set-up for one day converting it into an ADU. The interior sported gleaming hardwood floors, fabulous paint colors in every room, a perfectly intact vintage mid-century kitchen and a huge laundry/storage/utility room.

The first time this house came on the market it had multiple offers and went for slightly over asking. This time around the seller was super motivated to get it back under contract and didn’t want to wait around for a pile of offers to maybe appear. We wrote up a great full price offer, submitted it right away and thankfully the seller was super motivated to get the house back under contract and accepted Josh and Evayn’s offer pretty quickly.  The previous buyer had already done the sewer scope, radon test and we had the tank information, so we scheduled the inspection and the house passed with flying colors. Everything else went smooth as butter and six weeks after we first met via Zoom, they had the keys to their new home in hand.



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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