If you ever find yourself in a position of rehabbing a house from the foundation up and need to get bids from different contractors, take a peek at the truck they drive. A truck needs to carry the contractor and crew to work, to haul their tools, materials and maybe pull a trailer. A truck that is being used for work is often dirty, sometimes held together by Bondo, has a roof rack for hauling lumber and has seen multiple job sights. These are the types of vehicles that Chris and I like to see pull up at our job sites. It tells us a little about the person; they get their hands dirty. They work.
See truck # 1 and truck #2 —— examples of bad-ass trucks that we like. The guys/girls that own THESE trucks will have dirt under their nails.
There is another sort of contractor that might arrive at your job site to bid your project. That person drives a ridiculously over-priced right that says, ““I am a sucker for shiny toys and am horrible with my money!”
Here’s the thing. Although we want our contractors to be comfortable in what they drive, we don’t feel the need to pay for your flashy paint job and customization. What your pimped out Sprinter van says about you, is that you most likely don’t use it to make money. I get that the off-road tires you have look cool and might give you superpowers, but in the construction/framing business they also make you silly. Your brand new van says you have a thick wallet. Where are the splinters in your hands and the dirt under your nails? Oh, wait… I forgot. You opted out of getting splinters and went for the Sprinter.
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.