Susan Valaer’s deep rooted passion for all things home-related was sparked as a young girl when she and her builder-father would drive around and look at homes every Sunday afternoon.
Her love of homes continued into adulthood and her real estate knowledge grew as she bought and sold personal and investment properties and helped manage the design and build of her family’s 6,000 square foot home and equestrian property in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
Susan says that strict building regulations required pulling together different exterior elements and present them to the Gorge Commission for approval, but she had so much fun with the process that she found herself creating interior design boards and touring local open houses on the weekend for inspiration.
“Over time, I developed a fine-tuned feel for which home features make the best first impression and what a home’s potential could be,” says Susan.
In 2018, Susan earned her real estate license and now shares her passion and knowledge with buyers and sellers in southwest Washington. Homeowners appreciate her knack for creating a well-staged home that appeals to buyers, and buyers value her ability to uncover a home’s hidden potential and create cost-effective creative solutions.
Susan also helped her daughters raise and show horses for 13 of the 25 years that she’s lived in the Camas-Washougal area, and says clients appreciate her knowledge of equestrian property.
“Finding good horse property in this area is challenging because of all the hills so sometimes you have to get creative. I’ve overseen the building of a four-stall barn and paddock and maintained acres of fencing, so I have the knowledge and experience to help clients find a solution that meets their needs and budget.”
“It doesn’t matter if you’re buying horse property in the country or a fixer upper in the city. I help identify what you need to consider and lay out choices that you’ll be happy with down the road because everyone deserves to have a home they love.”
Susan loves the outdoor beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the arts and culture of Portland. When she’s not busy selling real estate, she attends live theatre performances and spends time with her four children.