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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.

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Kami Price, Realtor
Represented Hundreds of Buyers
Licensed since 2004
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What is a Coming Soon Home in the Real Estate Market?

November 29, 2023

Coming Soon Homes are the New (but Different) Pocket Listings Pocket listings are virtually extinct. The National Association of Realtors, NAR, has effectively banned the million-plus Realtors nationwide from using the tactic. NAR instituted a new policy called the “MLS clear cooperation policy,” which requires any Realtor to enter their “Pocket Listing” into the MLS within one business day of publicly advertising it (unless the seller signs a refusal of service). Entering a listing into the MLS means it is syndicated to all the other MLS members (mostly Realtors) and typically broadcast to thousands of public websites like Zillow,,, etc. Pocket listings are “secret or private listings” that a Realtor held onto and tried to find a buyer...

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Pocket Listings Are Banned in Portland, Oregon

November 17, 2023

Pocket Listings in Portland, Oregon and throughout the U.S. have been a hot topic for many years. While some real estate agents have argued for pocket listings in the Portland real estate market, most argue against them or want sufficient regulations to protect home sellers and buyers. Pocket listings are usually defined as homes for sale that are not listed publicly in a multiple listing service (MLS) system, but privately with a local Realty company that may also promote that listing within their own house or possibly to other select Realty companies or limited networks of potential home buyers. What Is a Pocket Listing? In order to understand a pocket listing, you first need to know about a standard listing....

What is Escrow – And How Much Does it Cost?

November 13, 2023

The home-buying process can feel like a wild ride. And most of that ride can be pretty fun – you’re looking at houses online, touring them in person, and imagining yourself in your new home. What’s not as fun, though? The closing process, with its twists and turns and complicated terms. Closing on a home, especially for first-time buyers, can become a labyrinth of obscure words and processes. That’s what we’re here for! We believe the role of the real estate agent during this time encompasses many things, and one big one is to guide you through the closing. Whenever parties are exchanging big chunks of money, complication ensues. And that complication is there for a reason: to protect both...

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The True Cost of Owning a Portland Home

October 17, 2023

Ready to take advantage of Portland’s real estate market and invest in a home? Now’s a great time to start thinking about the costs of home ownership — whether you’re paying in cash or taking out a mortgage. While your mortgage lender can help you figure out what kind of monthly payment you can afford, as a real estate agent, I also like to remind people to budget out the funds they’ll need to cover the regular expenses of owning a home. The Cost to Own a Home in Portland, Oregon vs. the U.S. In a list of 50 major US cities listed by in order of best places for first-time homebuyers, Portland landed right in the middle —...

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Portland, Oregon Home Appraisal FAQ

October 13, 2023

What’s the difference between the home inspection and the appraisal? Home inspections and appraisals have a lot in common: both are key to the home sale transaction, both involve a third party coming into the home to form an assessment, and both can be stressful for home buyers and sellers!  That’s about where the similarities end. A home inspection differs from an appraisal in that the inspection is performed on the buyer’s behalf, and the results will help shape the sales contract. A home appraisal is performed for the sake of the mortgage lender, and the result will only affect how much money the lender is willing to pay for the home. While a home inspector looks at the “guts”...

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Portland School District Boundaries Changing

September 4, 2023

Fall 2023 Update. Location, location, location is the most important thing in real estate. For many Portland home buyers, this statement could be rephrased as “Good schools, great schools, and the best school for my child.” In Portland, the neighborhood you live in determines which schools your child or children will attend, so news that Portland Public Schools is changing is district boundaries is a game-changer (and may cause some anxiety). Out of Balance School Populations Lead to Changes PPS is the largest of six school districts within the Portland Metro Area. It serves 44,0000 at over 80 elementary, middle and high schools, but it says that enrollment at those schools has been out of balance for the past few...

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Columbia Riverfront Real Estate, Willamette Valley Guide

August 21, 2023

Always dreamed of owning riverfront property? Imagine waking up every morning with the beautiful Columbia River flowing by right outside your door. It’s a dream for a lot of people, but the reality is, knowing where to look can be a challenge. To make your job easier, we did an extensive search to find Columbia River riverfront property in Oregon and Washington along the Willamette Valley. From single-family homes to condos to floating homes, there are a multitude of possibilities for all price ranges. You’ll be amazed by what you can find. Columbia Riverfront Single-Family Homes When you own a single-family home right on the water, it’s like having your own personal oasis. The water’s calming effect – along with...

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Never Waive the Home Inspection Contingency

July 12, 2023

If you’re buying a home in an often competitive real estate market like Portland, Oregon’s and your offers keep getting beat out, you may be tempted to resort to desperate measures. Home buyers may be tempted to offer more than the asking price, agree to a quick closing, make their earnest money non-refundable, waive the appraisal contingency, agree to free rent back, and or waive the home inspection contingency. Here’s our guide on how to win a bidding war. The home inspection is just one of four main contingencies included in most Oregon real estate contracts. They exist to protect home buyers; any one of the contingencies can reveal information that affects the value of the home, causing the buyer...

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Step by Step Guide to Buying a Home in Portland

June 26, 2023

12 Steps to Buying a Home in Portland, Oregon We have written many other articles on the home-buying process in the Greater Portland metro area, but this article is a great place to start. Licensed since 2003, I watch the Portland real estate market like a hawk and write monthly reports on how it is currently affecting home buyers and sellers. In order to keep tabs on the local real estate market, we recommend you bookmark this page. I would also encourage you to sign up for our 2X month blog digest (you can sign up on this page, scroll down or look to the sidebar), and make sure to understand the best time of the year to buy a...

10 Reasons to Buy a Portland, Oregon Home in 2023

May 1, 2023

If there’s something I’ve learned in my 20 years as a Portland Realtor, it’s that conditions are never perfect for buying a home, though there are certainly times that are more ideal, but the decision to invest in a home is one of the most worthwhile decisions you can make. Homeownership can enhance your life in many ways, and there are excellent reasons to choose a home in Portland, Oregon specifically. If you are unsure or considering taking the leap toward homeownership, here is a list of ten reasons why you can feel confident about buying a home in Portland this year. 1. Portland Housing Prices are Rising Slowly According to a report from RMLS, the average home sale price...