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Alameda: Easy Peasy

By Ana de la Rua, March 23, 2018

Isaac and Marina just bought their very first house in Portland, OR. We met yesterday to take possession of their awesome bungalow on the west side of the Alameda ridge, bathed in bright light and charm. As we wander along the empty rooms we marvel at how smooth and easy the whole experience has been.
My customers went to the open house right after this home hit the market and then the snow started to fall over Portland, which undermined the amount of showings and buyer competition. By then Isaac and Marina had committed to buying the house, their assertiveness and resolve paid off, so we quickly wrote a clean offer at asking price and got into contract. It took them exactly 1 week to find the perfect home, in the perfect location and under budget.
The process was a walk in the park after that. The house was in top shape with the inspector finding just minor repairs, the very considerate lender waved appraisal since buyers were putting 50% in down payment, and we could not have asked for a better sellers’ agent and seller.
Isaac and Marina, who came to Portland about a year ago on a job transfer from Barcelona, couldn’t believe that purchasing a house in the US would be so easy. I personally think that their cool disposition and can do attitude played a big role on the victorious outcome.

Ana de la Rua


Growing up in Barcelona, Spain, Ana de la Rua’s first interest was in fashion. She started her professional career as a pattern designer working for several local apparel companies. She was also deeply attracted to the distinct architecture of the city, its tumultuous history of urban development, and Barcelona’s characteristic avant-garde art. When she moved to Portland 22 years ago, she found a friendly welcoming city immerse in rapid change. The Pearl District was starting its transition to urban living, the culinary scene was in its infancy but rapidly becoming a national phenomenon and over the years she discovered exciting neighborhoods full of charm and promise. All in all, Portland became her adoptive city and the one she and her family proudly call home. Ana’s interest in real estate started while looking for her first home. She enjoyed the discovery process of finding a place to live but also finding herself through that process: the emotional rollercoaster, the jumping of hurdles, the financial implications, the effects in lifestyle. Since then she has moved four times, living in several neighborhoods of Portland and its suburbs, until she found her ideal home in NE Portland, where she now resides. She also co-founded a real estate investment company, implementing her vision on neglected homes, remodeling and making them energy efficient for renters in need of sound places to live. It was while looking for investment properties on her own that she had the “epiphany” of becoming a real estate broker. It was extremely challenging to find the right property to buy as the market was becoming increasingly competitive but she was able to find her way around and land successful transactions. She also realized that she had what she appreciated in a good broker: loyalty, commitment, perseverance, patience, and a true passion for all things real estate. It is with all this in mind that Ana is hoping to team with you in your next real estate adventure! A little more about Ana:
  • When not working she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, daughter, and Martha (the doggy), going out with her girlfriends, cooking, entertaining friends, reading, making crafts, and finding all sorts of deals.
  • She has a major in Finance and a minor in International Economics from PSU as well as an Arts Degree in Industrial Pattern Making and Design from Institut de la Moda de Barcelona.
  • Proficient in Spanish and Català (native languages).
  • Loves walking and biking around Portland neighborhoods.
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