5 Reasons Why Buying a Home in Portland Metro Market Is A Good Idea

5 Reasons Why Buying a Home in Portland Metro is a GOOD Idea

This is not going to be your typical list reason why buying a home in the Portland Metro market is a good time.  These reasons are directed toward the very very serious home  buyers who understand these 5 reasons WILL impact them and their financial decisions in the months and years to come.

  1. Interest Rates:  Keeping an eye on interest rates is crucial.  Overall, since the first of 2013, rates  have gone UP . . .  1/8% – 1/4%.
  2. Property Values:  In the past few years, we’ve seen home values DROP considerably.  Since the bust of 2008, the market has fallen overall.  Current trends show that property values are stabilising and in some markets, doing extremely well.
  3. FHA Raises Costs:  In April, the FHA is going to be increasing borrowing costs.  This is a result of governmental oversight and additional regulations.
  4. Low Inventory:  For the first time home buyer market — which is considered to be $250,000 and LESS — the serious home buyers are willing to act quickly and make better offers.
  5. Tightened Underwriting Guidelines:  Although we might not like to hear it, Fannie Mae,  Freddie Mac, VA, FHA  and other lenders have tightened their guidelines in recent years.  While some buyers may see the devil in the details. I look at it as a way for home buyers in the Portland Metro area to find a home they love . . . AND can afford.

Buying a home in Portland Metro is a GOOD IDEA!  The prices HAVE BEEN reduced since 2008, interest rates HAVE been reduced and are the lowest they’ve been, and I suspect inventory will pick up come Spring.

How Can a Buyer Know if They are Ready to Buy in the Portland Metro Area?

When buying a home in the Portland Metro area, here are some simple self-questions you can ask yourself if you are contemplating buying a home in the Portland Metro market:

  • Do I have secure, stable employment? – The economic conditions in Portland Metro are less volatile then years’ past.  If you’ve been employed for 3-5 years at the same company, you may want to answer YES
  • Do I have decent credit?  – You don’t need to run a credit check just yet.  But, answer these questions honesty: 1) Do you have judgments/liens/defaults on your credit? 2) Do you have late fees as a result of paying bills outside of their due dates? 3) Have you filed bankruptcy in the past 5 years? 4) Do you owe child support? 5) Did you recently make a major purchase (car, furniture, trip, etc.).  If you’ve answered NO to these questions, you may have very good credit!
  • Do I have savings? – Most people will answer YES.  Now the question becomes:  How much?  Do you plan on making a down-payment of 10%, 3.5%, 20%?  Do you have funds available to pay for your closing costs?

Buying a home in Portland Metro is a good idea if you have all your ducks lined up and are realistic about the current market.

Current Homes for Sale in Beaverton Under $250000

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(all data current as of 11/1/2014)

  1. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,515 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,613 sqft
    Year built: 1996
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 46
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  2. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,110 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Year built: 1959
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 25
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  3. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,189 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Year built: 1969
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 35
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  4. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,186 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,712 sqft
    Year built: 1948
    Walk Score®: 57
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  5. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,416 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,583 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 49
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  6. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 960 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Year built: 1970
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 13
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  7. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,483 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,920 sqft
    Year built: 1974
    Walk Score®: 39
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  8. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,368 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,920 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 53
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  9. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,636 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Year built: 1967
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 52
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  10. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,813 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,712 sqft
    Year built: 1979
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 40
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Current Homes for Sale in Portland Under $250000

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(all data current as of 11/1/2014)

  1. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 720 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,147 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Walk Score®: 47
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  2. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,568 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1916
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 86
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  3. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,744 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1955
    Walk Score®: 60
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  4. 4 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,440 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Walk Score®: 59
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  5. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,257 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,405 sqft
    Year built: 1953
    Walk Score®: 46
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  6. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,440 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1926
    Parking spots: 3
    Walk Score®: 69
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  7. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 936 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1955
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 60
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  8. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,566 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1982
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 78
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  9. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,560 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 49
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  10. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,629 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,178 sqft
    Year built: 2014
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 51
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