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“You Kicked Serious Ass. I’m so thankful for your hustle & integrity” – seller
By Tracy Dau, December 13, 2021
I’m one of those kinds of home owners that can be seen perched up on a 25′ extension ladder trying to paint their homes fascia board directly under the roof line. That was the image that attracted one of our recent sellers to use our real estate services. Lindsay saw me high up on a ladder and called me the next day to see if I might sell her rental home in NE. We didn’t really know one another at that time, but she saw me as a match for her rental house. A home that needed a fair amount of work to get it market-ready. Lindsay wanted the rental home on the market as quickly as possible and I agreed that we should get in on in the month of November rather than December. My goal was three weeks to hire a crew to paint the exterior, deep clean, repair part of the foundation coat, take down the old fence, build a new fence, and repaint some interior rooms, landscape and stage. Three weeks sounds like a long time to get a house ready but when the weather forecast shows an extended stretch of rain, it can be very difficult to make it on time with a painting crew that is working at other job sites. Sure enough, it rained and rained for 2 + weeks. In between the downpours I helped the painters prep the house and paint the exterior trims. I found myself on a ladder again. Sleep was difficult those three weeks. I spent much of my own time going to the house and taking on much of the work myself in order to get it all done. All of the main floor windows had my caulked and nailed shut by the previous tenants so I took them apart to get them operable again.
We made our deadline in a nick of time! On the market on a Friday and pending by Monday with multiple offers all WAY over asking. I stuck to my word, we have happy seller because of it and the buyer closed on time. SWEET.
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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.