Buying a Home in Portland

Welcome Portland Home Buyer!

If you are thinking of buying a home in Portland, we are here for you. The below home buying articles are written by experienced, top Portland buyer’s agents who know the real estate market.

Top 1% Portland Buyer’s Agent

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. You can put your trust in her to navigate your next home purchase with incredible skill. Her office phone: 503-773-0000.

Portland Buyer’s Home Search

We’ve looked far and wide to find the best Portland home search program out there. We recommend you give this one a shot! Our search program is updated every few minutes, you can filter by schools, view type, HOA, lot size, garage and much more (just hit the “more” button). You can get instant alerts, save multiple different search criteria, and more.

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Taking Inventory of the Portland Real Estate Market

December 3, 2012

The real estate industry keeps track of how it’s doing in funny ways. Mortgages are always going above or below water, but they never seem to get soggy. The real estate blogs are constantly searching for the mysterious “bottom of the market” (it must be down here somewhere!) Then there are the economic factors we like to pay attention to, the bulls and bears and consumer confidence indexes. Inventory is one of those head-scratchers in the real estate biz. To give an estimate of how the market is doing, it measures something that would never actually happen: Every homeowner decides they never want to move again and no new homes come on the market. In that case, how long would...


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New to Portland? Four websites to help you explore the city.

October 15, 2012

Congratulations! You’ve closed the deal on your Portland home and unpacked the boxes. Now what? Whether you’ve just moved to a different Portland neighborhood or you’re a new transplant to the City of Roses, it will take some time to feel like a local. Go for a walk, meet your neighbors, then check out these websites to get the full scoop on your new surroundings. 1. Portland Online – http://www.portlandonline.com/ Most government websites are about as fun as a pile of tax forms, but the City of Portland’s is different. This site makes it easy to become a Portlander, with a guide to composting and recycling, parks locator, bicycling maps, and a neighborhood events calendar so you can start going to those...


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Mobile Apps for the Portland Home Buyer

September 17, 2012

When it comes to buying a new home, nothing beats having an experienced real estate agent on your side. But your REALTOR® doesn’t fit in your pocket, which is why the mobile applications are very popular among home buyers. These apps are a good starting point, with location-based information on homes for sale plus photos, prices and other data pulled from the home’s MLS listing. The big real estate apps don’t do everything, though, which is why we’ve compiled the following list of handy mobile applications to simplify the entire home buying process, from setting up the first home showing to settling into your new place. We’ve also included a couple of apps that Portland residents find useful for navigating the...


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How to Save on Portland Closing Costs

August 23, 2012

Is it possible to save money on closing costs? Absolutely! If you’re a home buyer, Oregon is a great state to look at for some of the lowest closing costs in the nation. According to Bankrate.com, the average home sale closing costs in Oregon are 11th lowest of the 50 states. For a home purchased with a $200,000 loan, with 20% down payment and excellent credit, the closing costs average $3,509. But what are these closing costs, and who pays them? Your Portland real estate agent can help you figure exact amounts, but keeping closing costs in mind as you start your home search or list your home for sale will help you avoid surprises on the closing day. At the...


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Best Portland Neighborhood Map, Right Here!

August 15, 2012

Find out which Portland neighborhood is best! Discover: Neighborhood statistics on population, income, demographics, owner occupied vs. rent occupied, level of education, and more. This interactive map program outlines each of the Portland neighborhoods. Which Portland Neighborhood am I in? Simply type your address in the search bar and it will automatically transport you to your neighborhood area.


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Buy vs. Rent in Portland, How Long to Break Even?

August 7, 2012

According to a recent Zillow report the average time it takes to break even buying a home verses renting a home in the Portland metro area is 3.5 years. Depending on the neighborhood, it could take as long as 5 years or as short as 1.5 years. Ask your Portland Real Estate Agent which Portland neighborhood will give you a quicker return. Zillow took into account all the costs of renting including utilities and deposits and contrasted that with the costs of Portland homeownership including down payment, taxes, maintenance, utilities and more. Zillow also adjusted for future rent increases and future Portland home valuations. To summarize, it is a great financial idea to buy a Portland home if you are...


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Portland Home Prices Rise, Zillow says 4.3% Higher 2013

August 1, 2012

For the first time since the housing market crash prices have risen nationally from one quarter to the next, in this case, from the first quarter of 2012 to the second. Nationally that rise barely occurred, .02%. In Portland we are looking at a 6% increase in the housing market this year. However, last fall and winter prices dropped in Portland over 10-12% and so from year to year homes are still cheaper in Portland than in 2011. Is this the beginning of a housing turn in Portland? Zillow thinks so and is forecasting a 4.3% increase in Portland housing prices in 2013. Other analysts are less optimistic pointing to an ongoing shadow inventory of foreclosed homes that have yet...


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Top 4 Real Estate Websites: Zillow, Trulia, Yahoo, & Realtor

July 31, 2012

Continuing their dominance, Zillow, Trulia, Yahoo, and Realtor.com round out the top four used real estate websites, according to HitWize. For those who are unaware, Zillow powers Yahoo’s real estate sites making Zillow as a program both first and third. Realtor.com has slowly slipped from the top spot, but remains number one in a number of other important categories, like time on site. As a local Portland Realtor, my suggestion is to use Realtor.com, or my Portland home search program. While Zillow continues to be the most popular it also has the worst data. Homes shown as active on Zillow may have expired or sold months or even years prior. Trulia maintains a better data program, but still suffers from...


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Buying a Portland Home: Tips for Seniors

July 11, 2012

Portland is a great place to retire. Whether you’re a long-term resident or are looking to relocate to a milder climate, Portland offers the right combination of quiet neighborhoods, big-city culture, and outdoor getaways. There are many homes on the market that will be comfortable and manageable for seniors in the long term. There are also some homes that just won’t work – whether because of location, layout or unforeseen structural problems. Read on to learn our tips for seniors looking to buy a home that they can live in for many healthy, happy years. 1. Choose the right neighborhood. Being retired means you’ll have more time to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities of all kinds, and you don’t necessarily need...


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How to pick a Portland Real Estate Agent.

May 29, 2012

Since I work with Portland Real Estate Agents everyday on a number of transactions and hear all sorts of things from various people, I thought I’d write a post on choosing a real estate agent (even if you don’t choose myself, though I hope you’d consider it). 1. Customer Service. No matter how experienced and agent is, no matter how much education they have, no matter how good their marketing package is, if they don’t have a customer service focus, don’t pick them. Customer service means picking up the phone or at least calling back within the same day. Customer service means updating the client regularly as the transaction progresses. No Portland real estate agent is worth your time unless...