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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.

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Represented Hundreds of Buyers
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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...


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...