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Were We Both Viking Warriors In Our Past Lives?

By Tracy Dau, July 5, 2018

I recently had my DNA analyzed and it turns out that I pretty much descended from a single bean that sprouted in the North countryside of Germany.  My business partner bought me the ancestry test insisting that he had a hunch that I was a descendant of a Viking warrior.  Viking lore has long hinted that not all warriors were men.  Shield-laden riding a horse into battle is not exactly how I see myself, but my partner sees the two of us this way.  I liken myself to a Norse Valkyrie, which appear as the lovers of heroes.  They were accompanied by swans.  And there was that time when I was a child and took in an injured swan that became a pet. —– Where am I going with this… we’ll, the older I get, today being one more year passed, I continually think about the broad strokes of  human connections.  Whether that be through ancestry lineage or Zodiac signs.  Real estate is a spidery-web of human connection and friendship.  People and clients come into our lives for a reason.  Chris and I have spent the last few months riding into battle for clients and their transactions.   Tomorrow I turn 47……..  And while I am not a medieval seafarer who plans on raiding a country, I do plan on kicking ass this next year on behalf of all of our incredible clients.  Reflection.  My Birthday.  What an amazing year it was and the honor it was to work with so many of you.  Sword held  —- Onward we go!


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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