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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Portland Real Estate on the Water

January 9, 2017

Have you always wanted to live near the ocean, a river, a stream or a lake? Then Portland is definitely the city for you – the Pacific Ocean is less than two hours away, rivers literally run through it, and there are at least a half-dozen lakes and wetlands within the metro area! Rather not be in the city? Turns out Lake Oswego isn’t the only suburb close to a lake — thanks to our famous Pacific Northwest rainfall, there’s a source of water for splashing in, walking near, or simply looking at pretty much everywhere you go in the Portland metro area. What’s Your Portland Watershed? The USGS defines a Watershed as any area of land where water flows...

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Six Steps To Get Your Home Offer Accepted

December 21, 2016

Things we don’t have much control over: The rain in Portland, Powerball sweepstakes, the resurgence of ugly holiday sweaters, and whether a home seller will accept a buyer’s offer. Right? Wrong! Okay, the first three things were right, but home offers acceptance rates are definitely something a good real estate agent has control over. Most Portland home buyers tend to think that the bottom line of an offer is how much money they’re putting out on the table, but there’s more to it than that. So, how can you get in ahead of the next buyer in line with an irresistible home offer? 1. Don’t blow your first attempt. In the traditional real estate market, it might make sense to...

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Ten Signs You Hired the Wrong Buyers Agent

November 9, 2016

The Portland real estate market is tough! Your buyer’s agent has the power to make – or break – the deal when you’re buying a home. Loan officers can stall it, sellers can change their mind, but the buyer’s agent is the one who is there with you from start to finish, and their ability to perform is a crucial ingredient in getting you into the home of your dreams. Ten signs you hired the wrong buyer’s agent: 1. They don’t know how to negotiate well on your behalf. Multiple offer situations are the norm in Portland, particularly in the spring and summer months. I’ve heard of buyers losing out on deals 12, even 20 times! Sure, there is lots...

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Best Cities to Live in Close to Portland

November 1, 2016

Are you looking for a great place to live but don’t think Portland is a perfect fit for you? Boy, have we got options — and I’m not just saying that because I’m a real estate agent! Money Magazine and retirement advisor SmartAsset both released research last month that highlighted two fantastic places to live that are very close to Portland. Beaverton, a city of 94,000 nestled in the hills west of Portland, has received a lot of media attention in the last year, and it’s well deserved. This most recent accolade from Money Magazine puts them in the Top 10 Small Cities in the United States. (Portland was named “Best Big City in the West” in the same report.) What...

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Top Five Family Friendly Home Features in Portland

October 21, 2016

Portland is a great place to raise kids. Welcoming, diverse neighborhoods, great schools, and an abundance of cultural, outdoor and recreational opportunities. Portland real estate is a great investment for any home buyer, be it a single individual or part of any sort of family (the rental market here is tough!). Regardless of your familial status, we’d love to help you find a home! That being said, I wanted to write briefly about some of the top features to consider when you’re buying a home with kids in tow. As a real estate agent, I’ve seen lots of Portland home buyers move in to homes that fit them like a glove. Homes that I know will not only allow their...

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Home Buying in Portland: The Final Walk-through

September 9, 2016

You’ve made an offer on your dream home in Portland, and it was accepted. You put your down payment in escrow, waited, and closing is just a few days away. Now for the final step – we highly recommend – for any home purchase: the walk-through. What is the final walk-through? It’s a chance for you, your real estate agent, and possibly even the seller or their agent to get together at the home and make sure everything is as you agreed on in your contract. Surprisingly, this is not a requirement in the Oregon real estate market and the buyers do not necessarily have a right to a final walk through, they must ask the sellers for permission (the...

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How to buy a Portland “fixer” home.

September 2, 2016

Did you purchase a fixer, or do you want to? In the first quarter of 2016, about 5.5% of all residential real estate sales were for homes that were either about to go into foreclosure (short sales) or had already been foreclosed on. That represents about 500 homes. Of course, many more homes, thousands, were sold this year in “fixer” status, often with decades of deferred maintenance. What’s next for those Portland homeowners? The previous owners may have been behind on their mortgage payments for a number of years, meaning they probably didn’t have cash to spare for repainting the exterior, repairing the roof, or replacing cracked windows. Banks don’t do much maintenance either, so depending on how long the...

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Portland Real Estate Will Slow in Fall 2016

August 12, 2016

This year Portland home values grew faster than every other top metro area in the Case-Schiller index. You may be afraid to buy with all the news reports, articles, and talking heads excited about the crazy Portland real estate market. If you want to buy a home in Portland, I have good news. It is no longer crazy! The Portland real estate market is seasonal. The hardest time to buy is March through May. It is slightly easier in June and July but not by much. Right now in August, it is actually a lot easy to buy. Inventory is up. Prices are stagnant or falling. A lot of this inventory will get cleared out by mid-Sept. and the start...

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Social Media Tips for Portland Real Estate

July 15, 2016

You’re touring a home in Portland and falling in love with it, but you’re not sure about the kitchen setup. Your real estate agent is telling you that you need to get your offer in ASAP. Do you reach for you phone, take a few pictures, and ask your friends what they think? How about this one — You’re selling a Portland home and you think the appraiser has made an unfair call about the swimming pool. Just because it needs a few small repairs, it’s actually taken away from the value of the home instead of adding to it. Do you send out a tweet to find out if anyone else is outraged? Real estate publications are full of...

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Undoing Gentrification in North Portland

July 5, 2016

Portland Offers Downpayment Assistance to Displaced Families This spring, we wrote a post in this real estate blog about how Portland is (hopefully) changing gentrification. North/Northeast Portland is seen by many as a pivotal location for Portland’s efforts to combat the gentrification to succeed or fail. As new businesses and affluent residents in this cluster of Portland neighborhoods move in and drive up home values, many of its historically black residents are no longer able to afford homes there. One of the best ideas the city of Portland came up with last year to combat this problem is its Preference Policy. The Portland Housing Bureau describes it as a “tool to prioritize impacted households for housing opportunities in the area.”...