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Kami Price, Principal Broker is our lead buyer’s agent and a top 1% buyer’s agent in the Portland metro area. Kami has been licensed since 2004 and has helped hundreds of local home buyers find their next property. She has a long list of awards and additional education certificates.

If you’re considering buying a home in the next twelve months, Kami Price, buyers specialist would love to hear what you’re looking for. Call today to set an appointment.

Kami Price, Realtor
Represented Hundreds of Buyers
Licensed since 2004
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Pocket Listings Vs Coming Soon Homes for Sale

August 22, 2022

For anyone wanting to buy a home in Portland before 2019, pocket listings were a common practice here and across the country until the National Association of Realtors effectively banned them. In essence, this type of listing consisted of privately owned homes on the market that agents kept “secret” lists of and shared with small pools of potential buyers, including their own clients. What we now call “coming soon” homes replaced the practice of pocket listings. With this newer type of listing, a seller’s agent can list the home in the MLS before it goes public so buyer’s agents in the area can give potential buyers a heads up about the coming property. No showings can happen until the home...


Willamette Valley Riverfront Real Estate Guide

June 6, 2022

Does relaxing on your back deck or yard to the sound of the Willamette River flowing by sound good to you? If so, you’ll want to keep reading. Many people dream of living the waterfront lifestyle, but finding available riverfront real estate can take some work. We already created a comprehensive guide for riverfront real estate along the Columbia River, this article will focus on the banks of the Willamette River. To do some of the necessary leg work for you, we did an extensive search to find Willamette River riverfront property in Oregon along the Willamette Valley. We found a plethora of options from single-family homes to condos to floating homes in a variety of price ranges. We start at...


How Big Should Your Next Home Be? Essential Guide

May 23, 2022

Size is one of the top deciding factors people consider when buying a home. What amount of square footage best meets your needs? How many rooms does your household need to live comfortably? For some, luxury is at the top of the list, so the more space, the better. For others, squandering their money on space they consider unnecessary is out of the question. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, knowing real estate trends and getting clear about your needs will lead you in the right direction. Here, we take a look at what’s happening across the country and around Portland, and we offer three questions of help you decide just how much space you truly need. New Homes are...


How to Win a Bidding War on a House for Sale

May 6, 2022

With all that’s going on in this hot Portland real estate market, including bidding wars, we want to give you some tips on how to navigate it all. But first, let’s take a look at the bidding war claims and see what’s really going on. Are Bidding Wars Really Happening in Portland? Due to the ongoing supply-demand imbalance, potential home buyers in Portland have had to work hard to get the homes they want. Part of the reason for this is that the pandemic has allowed more and more people to work from home. This has resulted in people with more affluence moving to Portland—from California, for instance—which has often meant buyers receiving offers far above their asking price. Not...


5 Highly Rated Schools in Portland, Oregon

April 29, 2022

A deciding factor for many people when purchasing a home is the quality of schools in the area. In fact, school rankings strongly impact home values, and buyers have reported compromising on certain “must haves” when picking their next home, just to ensure their kids can attend the best schools possible. Portland has many highly ranked schools, and we’ve included some of them in our Top 10 Portland Neighborhood 2022 Report. How can you find information on Portland Schools? The internet is full of information, which can make it hard to sort out legitimate and helpful content. There are two often trusted sites for school rankings: Greatschools.org and the Oregon Department of Education, specifically the latter’s “At-A-Glance School and District...


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Portland Home Inspection vs. Home Appraisal

April 22, 2022

For many people, buying a home is one of the most complicated transactions they’ll ever experience in life, especially if they’re also selling a home at the same time. Wherever you are in your real estate phase of life, it helps to know or be reminded of the various parts of the process. Involving yourself in a real estate transaction can be a stressful and emotional time. Having insight about what’s happening and why can help alleviate a lot of the anxiety and questions. In this article, we’re focusing on the difference between the home inspection and home appraisal, what they accomplish, and when they come in the process. What and When is a Home Inspection? The home inspection happens...


Portland Housing Affordability Rate, 2022 Report

April 4, 2022

We recently wrote about Oregon’s growing population, with many of its migrants being Californians looking for more affordable housing. While this may come as a surprise to Portlanders who have faced increasing rents and home prices, Portland is still more affordable than many west coast cities. But what about those who have lived in the Portland metro area for years? How is the city’s level of affordability affecting them? And how does Portland’s affordability stack up against other cities in the country? We looked into it all and here’s what we found. What is Portland’s Affordability Rate in 2022? RMLS provides a quarterly affordability chart for the Portland metro area. They use the NAR formula for housing affordability: Affordability is...


10 Reasons to Buy a Portland Home in 2022

March 28, 2022

Are you still renting even though you dream of owning a home, thinking maybe “someday” it will make more sense or get easier? The Portland real estate market has seen some interesting changes in the past two years. Home prices have increased by dramatic amounts, yes, but there are still plenty of good reasons to take the leap and buy. We’re still in a strong seller’s market, however, we think it’s an ideal time for you to start your search for a home. The reason: supply is lean, so it may take a while for you to find the best one for your needs. Why not start the process now and get your head in the game before interest rates...


Portland School Ratings Change Home Values

March 21, 2022

Several considerations factor into buying a home, and school district might play a part in your decision-making process. The reason being: school rankings impact home values. A home’s value gets assessed and appraised both before listing and before sale. For more information on this, read our article on the differences between inspections and appraisals. While school rankings aren’t directly taken into account by appraisers and assessors, they do affect a home’s value. So, how does a school’s ranking figure into it all? Before we get to that, let’s get clear on what a school ranking is. What Makes a School Ranking? First off, we’ll say that school rankings are somewhat tenuous. There is no overarching, prescribed process or method to...


Top 5 Most Affordable Portland, Oregon Suburbs

March 11, 2022

Continued low inventory and rising real estate prices have complicated the ease of finding a home for many, both here in Portland and across the country. Many have questioned the affordability of living in Portland proper. Many have fled to the suburbs (which at least were cheaper than the city proper). As we wrote about in our 7 Top Real Estate News Stories of 2021 article, while real estate prices are expected to rise throughout 2022, the rate of these increases should slow down (though they haven’t yet). Will this have an impact on home sales in Portland, or will people still want to flee to the suburbs for a quieter, more affordable lifestyle? This question is just as pressing...