Portland Suburb Reports

We write regular reports on each Portland suburb’s real estate market including current performance and forecasts, as well as informational posts.

hillsboro real estate

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Hillsboro, Oregon

May 25, 2018

Name a town that’s growth-forward but also community-minded. Where you can take the light rail to Portland in the same amount of time it takes to get to the beach. A place that offers the best of Oregon but isn’t afraid to be a little different. If you said Hillsboro, it’s probably because we gave it away in the title to this blog post, but you’re right. With limited inventory in the Portland real estate market, it’s a great time to turn to this neighboring city, well within reach of Portland. You might be surprised at what you discover. 1. A Connectivity Pioneer With a population of 100,000, Hillsboro is known as the biggest little high-tech city in the state....

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Top 5 – Most Affordable – Portland Suburbs

March 5, 2018

Portland has never been a better place to live and work. Our schools, parks, transportation and homes are top-notch — but the one downside is that affordability has suffered. An influx of new residents combined with a slow construction industry means that the typical home value is tens of thousands of dollars more than what it was just five years ago. The median home price in Portland is now up to $438,000, or $246 per square foot. What is the first-time home buyer to do? Get savvy. There are plenty of suburbs, pocket neighborhoods and outlying cities close to Portland, with home values that are within reach. Homeowners here report similar or better quality of life without the urban congestion,...

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The Gresham Real Estate Market Guide (including Troutdale!)

April 25, 2017

Back in the gold rush days, the community that today we call Troutdale, Oregon was known as “Revenue”. Tucked in near the Columbia River east of Portland, the Gresham and Troutdale area is ideally located at the edge of the metro, with real estate values climbing as quickly as the big city to its west! Gresham and Troutdale are both incorporated cities as well as suburbs of Portland. Gresham is much larger; in fact, at 106,000 residents, it’s the fourth largest city in Oregon. Troutdale is the second largest city in the area, boasting a population of around 16,000. Wood Village, population of around 4,000, and Fairview, population of around 9,000 round out the area. There are a lot of...

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Take a Look at Tualatin, Portland’s Hottest Suburb

February 17, 2017

According to the Oregon Historical Society, the name of the city of Tualatin, Oregon comes from an Atfalati (the region’s Native American tribe) word meaning “lazy” or “sluggish”. No offense! That word was meant to describe the Tualatin River, which flows along the northern boundary of the city. It certainly could not be applied to the real estate market in this booming Portland suburb! According to reports recently released by the major moving van companies, Tualatin is one of the fastest growing medium-sized cities in the country. And with a proposed new light rail project offering the possibility of quick and convenient transportation to downtown Portland, real estate here is just going to get more attractive. Tualatin, Oregon Facts Many...

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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...