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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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Portland, Oregon Home Renovation Loan Options

February 28, 2022

Whether you’re buying your first home or you’ve been in your current home for several years, you know that it’s both a soft place to land at the end of your day, and it’s also likely your biggest financial investment. What if you love your current home but you’ve outgrown it and want to do an addition? Or renovate to take care of some major updates and give it that new-home feel? Or maybe you found your dream home in the perfect location, but it needs some work and you can’t begin to fathom where you’ll get the money to make it happen. Before you think about selling your current home or crossing that home you just found off your...

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Home Buyers and Seller Closing Costs – 2022 Report

February 14, 2022

For some people, “closing costs” is a vague term attached to selling or buying a home. Many aren’t clear about who pays what. Educating yourself on this part of the home selling/buying process is essential for a successful and surprise-free transaction. Closing costs vary from state to state. Also, because they’re based on the cost of the home in question, closing costs in the Portland metro area will be higher than other parts of Oregon due to higher home prices in the area. Keep in mind that some of these fees are payable to the lender and others to third parties, like home appraisers and title agencies. We want to dispel some of the mystery and confusion around what seems...

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Down Payment Assistance Programs for Oregon Home Buyers 2022

January 28, 2022

The process of buying a home can seem daunting to first-time buyers with all its jargon and deadlines, not to mention the fast pace at which it oftentimes moves. And how many people have a nest egg sitting around large enough to meet the typical cost of a down payment? If you dream of owning a home and think you’ll never make it a reality because you can’t imagine pulling together a down payment, have heart. There’s help out there. We searched for available programs for potential Portland home buyers and found a few designed to encourage home ownership, no matter your income level. You might be surprised to find that you qualify for more than one of these programs...

Portland Rent vs. Buy a Home – 2022 Statistics

January 21, 2022

Homeownership makes people happy. No really. Study after study shows that homeownership positively effects a person’s life in more ways than financial security. The below is a report from NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® research division, article, “Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.” Rohe and Stegman found that low-income people who recently became homeowners reportedhigher life satisfaction, higher self-esteem, and higher perceived control over their lives. 26But the authors cautioned on the interpretation of the causation since residential stability was notcontrolled for. Similarly, Rossi and Weber concluded that homeowners report higher self-esteemand happiness than renters. 27 For example, homeowners are more likely to believe that they cando things as well as anyone else, and they report higher self ratings on...

Abandoned Homes in Portland: How to Report or Buy Them

January 14, 2022

One of the best parts of being a Portland real estate agent is seeing solid homes go to new excited home owners. It can be frustrating to drive through town and see so many abandoned homes with no one living in them, maintaining them, and enjoying them. But every city has abandoned homes. Owners move on or refuse responsibility, and the city places liens against the property, which makes it even more difficult for the owner to recover the property. While foreclosure rates have soared (from previous almost zero levels to low levels) nationwide, Oregon has faired relatively well this year in that regard, coming in 49th in overall foreclosures, thanks to the moratorium Governor Brown put into effect. This...

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Columbia Riverfront Real Estate, Willamette Valley Guide

January 10, 2022

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’s out there! 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 the wildlife...

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Buying a Condo in Portland? 10 Things to Know in 2022.

January 7, 2022

The general consensus these days is that Portland is becoming too expensive for many people. It’s true that home prices have continued to increase at a noticeable rate over the past couple of years. It’s also true that condos have not followed the same price trajectory. That’s good news for condo buyers in Portland! Our interactive real estate map shows all the great condos for sale in Portland. You’ll be surprised by how many there are even though we’re in the middle of the typical cool market we see every year at this time. If you’ve been considering buying a condo in Portland, we want to remove some of the guess work for you. Here’s our list of ten things...

How to Make an Winning Offer on a House

December 24, 2021

Making an offer on a home isn’t something any of us does on a regular basis, so there are bound to be questions and maybe even a little anxiety. After all, buying a home is one of the biggest financial investments you’ll ever make! With real estate still being a seller’s market in Portland, you may feel like the cards are stacked against you as a buyer. There are steps you can take, though, to give yourself as much control as possible when presenting an offer on a home. In this article, we’re sharing our best tips to help you navigate the process of making a winning home offer and increasing the chances of getting the home you want. Offer...

Where did Go? What is a Real Estate MLS Good for?

November 5, 2021

What is RMLS? On this blog, I refer to RMLS a lot. RMLS stands for Regional Multiple Listing Service. Every region across the US has one (there are over 600 MLS systems in the U.S.), but RMLS is specific to Oregon and Southern Washington. While RMLS has existed since 1991, first serving only the Portland metro area and later merging with other counties in Oregon and into southern Washington, real estate MLS systems have been around for much longer. RMLS archives over 1.9 million listings, around 15,000 of which are active. Now, in 2021, 17,000 REALTORs have access to the RMLS. In the past, the public could search RMLS directly, just like agents, with a few features removed (in particular...

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What is Title Insurance and Who Pays for It?

October 25, 2021

Buying or selling a home means anticipating costs, some of which are closing costs. In Oregon, most of the amount needed at closing is for title insurance. This type of insurance isn’t required by law in Oregon, however, lenders require it to ensure a smooth transition from seller to buyer and to protect their own financial interests. But the need for title insurance doesn’t end there. So, what is title insurance, and why is it important? What is Title Insurance, and Why do You Need It? Holding “title” on a home is different from having a deed to a home. The deed is the tangible piece of paper that names the owner, whereas “title” refers to the legal right to ownership,...