Nicole founded Home Gnome Inspections after more than 13 years in the architecture field doing project management and construction administration. She earned her Master’s degree in Architecture and her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from Montana State University-Bozeman. (Ask her about design ideas while she’s inspecting your new home!) She prides herself on being knowledgable, detail-oriented and great with clients. In addition to her uncanny enthusiasm for crawlspaces, Nicole promises same-day inspection report delivery and exceptional customer service.
Nicole grew up in South Dakota and Montana. She has travelled to England, France, Spain, Italy, Norway, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia and Ireland. She lived briefly in Guatemala where she taught English to 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade girls while improving her Spanish. Nicole will be visiting Croatia in September of 2017. She is interested in a volunteer program to build or re-build homes in South America or Africa.
Nicole is a volunteer at NAYA, Habitat for Humanity and the Architectural Heritage Center. In her free time, Nicole likes to meet friends for happy hour (suggest your favorite happy hour here!), travel to warm & sunny places, paint and read books. She is a rabid Timbers fan and also a supporter of the Portland Thorns and Timbers2. She last read With or Without You by Domenica Ruta (highly recommended).
Nicole is an Oregon Certified Home Inspector, license #1518 and Oregon Construction Contractor’s Board license #197499.
Dee Wise was born in Cincinnati and moved to Portland, Oregon in 1977. After earning a BA in Social Work, she worked with families and children in the field of adoption for fifteen years. Dee learned a lot about the world of business and marketing when she became a recruiter for an executive search firm. Having grown up in a family of realtors, it was no surprise that she eventually began selling houses. She received her Oregon real estate license in 2000 and keeps it current today. She is a member of AMPI (Mexico) and the National Association of Realtors (USA).
Dee divides her time between Portland and Loreto (Baja Califonia Sur, Mexico), living and working in beautiful Loreto from November to May. The diverse natural beauty, social, economic and cultural experiences of Mexico have always fascinated her and drew her to this historic seaside town. In Loreto, she enjoys Spanish lessons, community events and activities, local food, kayaking and spending time at the beach with her Mexican dog, Sophie. Helping the dogs of Loreto is also a cause close to her heart.
Dee does radon test deployments and pick-ups for Home Gnome, sometimes with Sophie in tow.