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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Never Waive the Home Inspection – Portland Real Estate

August 14, 2017

If you’re buying a home in an often competitive real estate market like Portland’s and your offers keep getting beat out, you may be tempted to resort to desperate measures. In addition to offering more than the asking price, making cash offers, or agreeing to a quick closing date, some buyers agree to waive the home inspection. The home inspection is just one of three basic contingencies included in Oregon real estate contracts. They exist to protect buyers; any one of the contingencies can reveal information that affects the value of the home, causing the buyer to sometimes terminate the sale. While few buyers would consider skipping reading the seller’s property disclosure or title report, somehow the home inspection has...

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Five Landmark Portland Homes You Must See – Before you Buy

August 11, 2017

Buying a home in Portland? Check out these five incredible homes that set the benchmark for architecture, engineering and style in the Portland metro area. They aren’t on the market, but our Portland buyers team may be able to help you find a similar home that captures the essence of what makes these landmark Portland homes so special. Use them as a guide to find the Portland home of your dreams. O2Haus, Northeast Portland The Passive House This modern marvel, constructed in 2014, earned the distinction of being Portland’s first net-zero energy home built on spec — that is, without a buyer lined up. 02Haus, built by Portland Living, LLC, sends equal amounts of power back to the grid as...

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Rent vs Buy in Portland, College Edition

June 9, 2017

Portland is home to a lot of great colleges — Portland Community College, Reed, Lewis and Clark, University of Portland, Concordia, Warner Pacific – to name just a few. Students from across the country will be moving to Portland this fall, and if you’re looking at this Portland real estate blog, chances are you’re a parent wondering if it makes sense to buy a home, condo, or townhome for them to live in. You probably already know that Portland is a great city to invest in, and that the rental market is tough. If you have the financial ability to help your child, you may be thinking — why not buy and save my student the hassle of renting while...

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Use Technology to Help Your Portland Home Purchase

May 26, 2017

The Portland real estate market right now is competitive! Everyone is moving fast, so some good tech tips can go a long ways. Here are my top seven real estate agent tech tips to help you find that next Portland home. 1. Stalk an excellent buyer’s agent. No, really! Finding a buyers’ agent who will truly work for you is the single most important thing you can do as a home buyer in this market. Hint: If you’re on the Yelp app, close it down. Zillow and both have verified agent reviews (check out our blog post on real estate agent reviews here). Don’t stop there, though — go to that Realtor’s web site and read about what makes...

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Research Portland Neighborhoods like a Pro

April 21, 2017

Home buyers often find themselves in a catch-22. They want to buy a home in a neighborhood they love, but how will they know they love it until they’ve lived there? It’s a real problem, considering that there are 95 different neighborhoods in the city of Portland alone, each lying within one of the five major quadrants: Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast and North Portland. (The Willamette River divides the east and west of the city, while Burnside Avenue divides the city north and south.) On top of that, Portland has many suburbs and unincorporated communities that our real estate team covers as well. Where should you get started? Online is simplest and you avoid traffic! After some preliminary research you...

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Ten Tips, Buying a Retirement Home in Portland

April 10, 2017

In other parts of the United States, people may retire from the workforce and make haste for the suburbs, for Florida, or to their dream home in the country. In Portland, however, we know a good thing when we have it — that’s why many people choose to stay in the city proper during retirement! According to the AARP’s Livability Index, Portland is in the top third of the country for quality and availability of healthcare. We also rank high for opportunities for community involvement, walkability, and transportation! Whether you’re a long-term resident or looking for a milder climate in which to spend your golden years, Portland offers the right combination of quiet neighborhoods, big-city culture, and excellent health care....

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Buying a Condo in Portland: Ten Things to Know

April 4, 2017

Buying instead of renting in a tight housing market may seem counterintuitive. Portland renters, however, know that availability is low and rents are high. (Most would say it is easier to buy a Portland home than rent one right now!) Meanwhile, mortgage rates are still low. All of this adds up to mean that in many cases, overall home ownership costs including the mortgage, is more affordable than rent! One affordable option for buying a home in Portland is to find a condo or townhome. Unfortunately, many buyers don’t consider this option because there is a perception of a lot of red tape and extra fees. However, with a great Portland real estate agent on their side, buyers can navigate...

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Top Ten Tips for Buying New Construction in Portland

March 17, 2017

Let’s face it: There aren’t a whole lot of homes available in the central, older parts of Portland in this low-inventory real estate market. Luckily, there’s been new construction happening all over Portland in the past couple of years. In fact, the City of Portland has been issuing new construction permits at a rate of about 600 a year for the past four years (new construction has been very slow for a long time in Portland, read our article on that here, but things look like they could be changing), but these are a drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds under construction and planned in Portland suburbs! Unfortunately, many Portland home buyers don’t want to tour new homes...

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Second Time Home Buyers in Portland – Read This

February 24, 2017

Much attention is paid to first time home buyers, but our Portland real estate team is here to serve anyone who is looking for a home in this market. So I’d like to dedicate this blog post to those who have purchased a home before, whether in Portland or somewhere else, and are wondering what to expect the second — or third, fourth or fifth — time around. If you haven’t bought a home in a long time, this post is for you. Conditions may have changed drastically since you bought your last home, both in terms of how the market behaves (multiple offers) and how people are looking at homes, nearly 100% online with supplemental drone videos, video walk...

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Top 5 Reasons To Use The Best Portland Home Search Program

February 6, 2017

Are you looking for a home in Portland this year? Did you know that we have our own real estate search tool that outshines the big guys’ at Zillow, Trulia and the rest? Here are the top five reasons you can’t afford not to use 5. It’s updated every 30 minutes. There is only one primary source of information about property listings in any real estate market: The real estate agents themselves. After signing a listing agreement with a client, they quickly go to the Multiple Listing Service, a database only licensed real estate agents have all the access to, and enter the information. From there, corporate sites like Zillow, Trulia and Redfin copy the information and make it...