10 Reasons to Move to Portland

Planning a Move to Portland?

In the year 1990 I relocated to Portland OR from the Los Angeles area with my, then, 3-year old son.  For us, it was a great move to Portland and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Since my move to Portland in 1990, I’ve gotten so used to living here and I LOVE IT!

Downtown Portland My Favorite

The Downtown Portland area is one of my favorites — so quaint and reminds me of the wonderful ways my move to Portland has benefited me.

BREAKING NEWS — The Portland Metro area is one of the fastest growing economies Oregon

  • GDP growth: 4.7 percent
  • Real 2011 GDP: $186.228 billion (25th highest)
  • Population change: +0.87 percent (16th highest)
  • Pct. increase in employment: 1.0 percent (tied-21st highest)

Oregon’s GDP growth between 2010 and 2011 was nearly three times that of the U.S. economy. The state’s durable goods manufacturing industry was the second-fastest growing sector in the nation in 2011 at a rate of 3.94 percent, almost 20 percent of Oregon’s economic growth. High-tech companies such as Intel Corp., which employs about 16,300 in Portland, dominate the durable goods manufacturing industry. This can be attributed to a reverse offshoring trend that is occurring partially as a result of defects, delays and theft in overseas supply chain locations.  Study: Oregon No. 2 Fasest Growing Economy

Here are my top 10 reasons to move to Portland in no particular order:

  1. Silicon Forest  Surrounding Portland are many major high-tech employers.  Many employees move to Portland due to job relocation. With over 25 major high-tech companies, countless smaller and/or independent companies, there is no doubt that the drawing card to many folks considering a move to Portland is the lush, green Silicon Forest
  2. Mt. Hood year round skiing  The mountain has six ski areas: Timberline, Mount Hood Meadows, Ski Bowl, Cooper Spur, Snow Bunny, and Summit.
  3. Downtown Portland the charm of the city is apparent.
  4. Suburbs Many people moving to Portland want to live in the ‘burbs.  No problem there. Suburban Portland neighborhoods include: Eastside Portland| Clackamas and Happy Valley| Westside Suburbs | Beaverton | Orenco Station | Hillsboro | Lake Oswego | Northwest Portland | Southwest Suburbs | Sherwood | Tigard | Tualatin | West Linn | Wilsonville| Oregon City and parts in between.  I represent clients in all the Portland Metro areas
  5. Schools — great public and private educational institutions throughout Portland Metro.  From early education with Montessori Schools for the darling prekindergarten group all the way up to post doctoral and advanced degrees at OHSU (Oregon Health and Sciences University).  If you’re moving to Portland with children of school age requires some due diligence on the areas public school districts.  The Oregon Department of Education keeps a yearly “Report Card” for Districts throughout the State.
    • Private Schools ~ If you’re moving to Portland and would like information on the private schools in the area, please let me know.  We have secular and non-secular private schools which are very highly rated.

  6. Weather Want to know what the weather in Portland is like,  here you go. YES it rains here and as everyone says, “It keeps us lush and green.”  But we have the four seasons:
    • Moving to Portland - Waterfront ParkSummers in Portland are warm, sunny and rather dry, with August, the warmest month, averaging 79.7°F and much larger day-night  temperature variations than in winter. Because of its inland location, and when there is an absence of a sea breeze, heatwaves occur (in particular during the months of July and August) with air temperatures sometimes rising over 100°F but 90°F is more commonplace.  But heatwaves are rare, occurring, on average, about 14 days per year during the summer.  Many people moving to Portland are amazed that A/C units aren’t found in every home.  There are so many activities that are planned by the City of Portland, traditional events, and then you can adventure on your own.
    • Prettiest Tree in Greenway ParkFalls in Portland is Spring in reverse.  October being a month of Indian Summers, then heading into November, the weather cools.  Rain starts to fall, but there are lovely Autumn days with the lovely colors, and in some areas, rivaling the Vermont’s fall foliage.  Sunny, crisp Autumn days are wonderful and vibrant.  The days are shortening and yes, the change of the season is readily felt.  I love the Fall, it’s one of my favorites.  I grew up in Los Angeles, and there was no “fall” per se.  You wake up one morning and all the leaves have fallen, but there is no slow, ceremonial change as you can find here.
    • Related:  Fall is My Favorite Season
    • Winters in Portland are normally mild, and very moist, with January averaging 39.9°F.  Cold snaps are short-lived, and snowfall occurs no more than a few times per year, although the city has been known to see major snow and ice storms because of the cold air outflow from the Columbia River Gorge, and Arctic blasts from Alaska. 
    • Springs in Portland can bring rather unpredictable weather, Cherry Blossoms in Portland Oregonresulting from warm spells, to thunderstorms rolling off the Cascade Range. The rainfall averages an equivalent 37.5 inch per year in downtown Portland spread over 155 days a year.  Springs are lovely here.  With the Cherry blossoms blooming all around the Portland Metro area, the air is cool but warming.  The longer days are welcomed.  We have delightful Springs here in the Portland Metro area.
  7. Urban Trends ~ Many people moving to Portland aren’t aware of the extensive planning that has gone on in year’s past, and continues to evolve.   METRO is our premiere source of all things related to keeping the region green and pristine. Metro is an elected regional, local governmental body that has dedicated itself to the establishment and maintenance a the vibrant, sustainable region for business, residents and community.
  8. No Sales Tax  yes that’s correct.  The State of Oregon does not have a sales tax.  If you purchase something for $4.99 and hand a $5.00 bill to the clerk, you will get a penny back!
  9. Affordable Real Estate
  10. Green Living

10 Reasons to Move to Portland . . . Yeah But Who’s Counting?

Related:  Portland Kayak Tour on the Willamette River

Entertainment and Recreation in Portland

WOW –  where do I begin?  You’re moving to Portland and want to know what to do:

Related:  Beaverton Farmer’s Market

 

Other Fun Things to Do When Considering Your 10 Reasons to Move to the Portland Metro Area

  • Coffee Shops – Delightful independents, Caffe Umbria in the Pearl District, delicious!
  • Micro Brews – all over Portland, the microbrews are the best.  Attend the annual MicroBrew Fest
  • Antique Shops – from the coast, and all around Portland, you’ll find the hard-to-find treasures
  • Skiing / Snowboarding – year round at Mt. Hood/Mt. Bachelor
  • Oregon Coast – an hour or so drive outside of Portland
  • Hiking, biking, kayaking, nature, nature, nature at your door step.
  • Dog Parks — Portland Metro is definitely a dog lovers town!  1000 Acre Off-leash dog in Troutdale — AWESOME!
  • SB 483 – Senate Bill 483, providing trail blazing Patient Safety reporting of adverse events for its residents and allows for mediation without waiving a patients’ rights.  I’m a quasi-patient safety advocate!
  • The Columbia Gorge – windsurfing, and THE MOST Beautiful scenary
  • The Bridges of Portland one of my favorite things about Portland are the bridges
  • Portland Food Carts — amazing!

Oregon is also nurturing more clean tech-green construction, ocean energy and nanotechnology. The Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute has helped 22 nanotech start-ups raise $96 million. The Oregon Wave Energy Trust aims to make the state a clean energy leader, eventually generating 500 megawatts of electricity and thousands of jobs with technology to harness the oceans-wave power.  ~ By The Kiplinger Washington Letter

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A Sampling of Homes for Sale in Portland

  1. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 825 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,484 sqft
    Year built: 1926
    Parking spots: 1
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  2. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,660 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,712 sqft
    Year built: 1957
    Parking spots: 2
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  3. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,508 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,613 sqft
    Year built: 2011
    Parking spots: 1
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  4. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,816 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 2
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  5. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,832 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,405 sqft
    Year built: 1987
    Parking spots: 2
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  6. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 3,295 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1937
    Parking spots: 1
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  7. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,048 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 1948
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  8. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,686 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,908 sqft
    Year built: 1949
    Parking spots: 1
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  9. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 2,528 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,166 sqft
    Year built: 1922
    Parking spots: 1
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  10. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,882 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 1923
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  11. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 992 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Year built: 1979
    Parking spots: 2
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  12. 4 beds, 2 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 3,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Year built: 1927
    Parking spots: 1
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  13. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,392 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1906
    Parking spots: 1
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  14. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,033 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 2
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  15. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,440 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1944
    Parking spots: 2
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See all Real estate in the city of Portland.
(all data current as of 8/4/2015)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Homes for Sale in Beaverton

  1. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,406 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 2
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  2. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,880 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,405 sqft
    Year built: 1977
    Parking spots: 2
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  3. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,451 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 2
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  4. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,887 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,632 sqft
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 3
    Walk Score®: 20
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  5. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,410 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,405 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 2
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  6. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,342 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,712 sqft
    Year built: 1971
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  7. 5 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,962 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 2
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  8. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,289 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 3
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  9. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,404 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
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  10. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,084 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,920 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 2
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  11. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,782 sq ft
    Lot size: 33,976 sqft
    Year built: 1945
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 63
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  12. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,160 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1972
    Parking spots: 2
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  13. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,402 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 2
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  14. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,084 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,356 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 2
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  15. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,302 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,276 sqft
    Year built: 1978
    Parking spots: 2
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See all Real estate in the city of Beaverton.
(all data current as of 8/4/2015)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Buyers Agent Portland – Buyer Focused ~~ Buyer Results

Buyers Agent Portland, LLC is an Exclusive Buyer Agency serving the Portland Metro real estate market since 1999.  The brokerage only represents Home Buyers and never home sellers. If you’re looking for a home anywhere in the Portland Metro area, there is no better representation than an Exclusive Buyers Agent.  We assist investors, folks relocating to Portland area, those moving to Portland in-state, home buyers who are looking to down-size or move-up and of course . . . love working with first-time buyers.  I help Buyers in the Portland Metro market find exactly what they need in the Tri-County markets of Clackamas County, Multnomah County and Washington County, as well Portland cities including but not limited to:

When you’re ready, talk to an Exclusive Buyers Agent.

Exclusive Buyers Agents do not work at real estate brokerages that take listings!

An EBA’s fiduciary duty is: 100% BUYER REPRESENTATION . . . 100% of the Time.

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
Buyers Agent Portland LLC

Office: 503.524.2560
Direct: 503.810.7192

Buyers Agent Portland ~~ 100% BUYER REPRESENTATION . . . 100% of the Time

All rights reserved©

Back To School in Lake Oswego

When Does School Start in Lake Oswego?

The summer is about a month away from being over.  This time of year brings us to . . . back to School in Lake Oswego

School begins August 31, 2015 in Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego is located about 10 miles south of Portland.  The City of Lake Oswego has it’s on school district comprised of:

OPEN ENROLLMENT in LAKE OSWEGO SCHOOL DISTRICT

Lake Oswego High Schools

Lake Oswego Middle Schools (aka Junior High)

Lake Oswego Elementary Schools

Where can I find the Lake Oswego School District 2015-2016 Calender?

The Lake Oswego School Board has approved the 2015-2016 School Year Calendar 

Map of Lake Oswego Schools in District


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Current Homes for Sale in Lake Oswego

  1. 4 beds, 3 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 5,036 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 3
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  2. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,526 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,620 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 2
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  3. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,357 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 2010
    Parking spots: 2
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  4. 5 beds, 4 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 7,028 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.20 ac
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
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  5. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,191 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,147 sqft
    Year built: 1974
    Parking spots: 2
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  6. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,294 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,602 sqft
    Year built: 1928
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  7. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,873 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,405 sqft
    Year built: 1956
    Parking spots: 2
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  8. 5 beds, 3 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 5,144 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,958 sqft
    Year built: 1967
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  9. 6 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 6,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 42,688 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 3
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  10. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,699 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,810 sqft
    Year built: 1933
    Parking spots: 2
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  11. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,427 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,117 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 4
    Walk Score®: 14
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  12. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,862 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,730 sqft
    Year built: 1973
    Parking spots: 2
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  13. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,860 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,890 sqft
    Year built: 1990
    Parking spots: 2
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  14. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,065 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1985
    Parking spots: 2
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  15. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,215 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 2
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  16. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,008 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,374 sqft
    Year built: 1975
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 40
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  17. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,100 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,503 sqft
    Year built: 1973
    Parking spots: 2
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  18. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,100 sq ft
    Lot size: 24,393 sqft
    Year built: 1966
    Parking spots: 2
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  19. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,802 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Year built: 1991
    Parking spots: 2
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  20. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,327 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 3
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  21. 4 beds, 3 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 2,577 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,810 sqft
    Year built: 1956
    Parking spots: 2
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  22. 3 beds, 2 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 4,150 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 54
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  23. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,600 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,405 sqft
    Year built: 1969
    Parking spots: 2
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See all Real estate in the city of Lake Oswego.
(all data current as of 8/4/2015)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Buyers Agent Portland – Buyer Focused ~~ Buyer Results

Buyers Agent Portland, LLC is an Exclusive Buyer Agency serving the Portland Metro real estate market since 1999.  The brokerage only represents Home Buyers and never home sellers. If you’re looking for a home anywhere in the Portland Metro area, there is no better representation than an Exclusive Buyers Agent.  We assist investors, folks relocating to Portland area, those moving to Portland in-state, home buyers who are looking to down-size or move-up and of course . . . love working with first-time buyers.  I help Buyers in the Portland Metro market find exactly what they need in the Tri-County markets of Clackamas County, Multnomah County and Washington County, as well Portland cities including but not limited to:

When you’re ready, talk to an Exclusive Buyers Agent.

Exclusive Buyers Agents do not work at real estate brokerages that take listings!

An EBA’s fiduciary duty is: 100% BUYER REPRESENTATION . . . 100% of the Time.

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
Buyers Agent Portland LLC

Direct: 503.810.7192

Buyers Agent Portland ~~ 100% BUYER REPRESENTATION . . . 100% of the Time

All rights reserved©

Are You a First Time Home Buyer in Portland Oregon?

Are You a First Time Home Buyer in Portland?

Are you Buying a Home in Portland For the First Time?

Portland OR and the Metro Portland Area including the suburban communities of:

make up 47% of the total population in the State of Oregon.

Are You Renting vs. Buying in Portland?

If you’re renting in the Metro Portland area, you may be thinking of buying.  If you’re a first time home buyer in Portland I have GREAT resources for you.

The Portland Housing Bureau is a good place to start for the first time home buyer.

Other resources for Portland Metro first time home buyers:

Many of the first time home buyer programs in Portland require attendance and/or completion of the first time home buying courses offered to be eligible for program benefits.  Please contact the program for details.

Search for homes for Sale in Portland

  1. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 825 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,484 sqft
    Year built: 1926
    Parking spots: 1
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  2. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,316 sq ft
    Year built: 1979
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 15
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  3. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,660 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,712 sqft
    Year built: 1957
    Parking spots: 2
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  4. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,211 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,049 sqft
    Year built: 1990
    Parking spots: 1
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  5. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,508 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,613 sqft
    Year built: 2011
    Parking spots: 1
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  6. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,999 sq ft
    Year built: 1985
    Parking spots: 1
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  7. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,816 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 2
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  8. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,832 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,405 sqft
    Year built: 1987
    Parking spots: 2
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  9. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 3,295 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1937
    Parking spots: 1
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  10. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,146 sq ft
    Year built: 1996
    Parking spots: 2
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  11. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,048 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 1948
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  12. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,686 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,908 sqft
    Year built: 1949
    Parking spots: 1
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  13. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 2,528 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,166 sqft
    Year built: 1922
    Parking spots: 1
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  14. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,882 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 1923
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  15. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 992 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Year built: 1979
    Parking spots: 2
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  16. 4 beds, 2 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 3,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Year built: 1927
    Parking spots: 1
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  17. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,465 sq ft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 86
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  18. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,392 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1906
    Parking spots: 1
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  19. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,033 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 2
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  20. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,440 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1944
    Parking spots: 2
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  21. 6 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,272 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 3
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  22. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,040 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1980
    Parking spots: 2
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  23. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 749 sq ft
    Year built: 1982
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See all Real estate in the city of Portland.
(all data current as of 8/4/2015)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

As an Exclusive Buyer Agent in the Metro Portland market, I’ve been assisting first time home buyers since 1999!

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Buyers Agent Portland – Buyer Focused ~~ Buyer Results

Buyers Agent Portland, LLC is an Exclusive Buyer Agency serving the Portland Metro real estate market since 1999.  The brokerage only represents Home Buyers and never home sellers. If you’re looking for a home anywhere in the Portland Metro area, there is no better representation than an Exclusive Buyers Agent.  We assist investors, folks relocating to Portland area, those moving to Portland in-state, home buyers who are looking to down-size or move-up and of course . . . love working with first-time buyers.  I help Buyers in the Portland Metro market find exactly what they need in the Tri-County markets of Clackamas County, Multnomah County and Washington County, as well Portland cities including but not limited to:

When you’re ready, talk to an Exclusive Buyers Agent.

Exclusive Buyers Agents do not work at real estate brokerages that take listings!

An EBA’s fiduciary duty is: 100% BUYER REPRESENTATION . . . 100% of the Time.

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
Buyers Agent Portland LLC
Direct: 503.810.7192

Buyers Agent Portland ~~ 100% BUYER REPRESENTATION . . . 100% of the Time

All rights reserved©

Where To Find 4th of July Independence Day Fireworks in Portland 2015 Events

2015 Where to Find 4th Of July Independence Day Fireworks Around Portland

4th of July Fireworks in Portland Oregon

Every year since 2011 I’ve been posting about where folks can find 4th of July Fireworks in the Portland Area.  Well . . . it’s that time of year where folks plan on seeing 4th of July Fireworks in the Portland Area.  This is the guide to 4th of July Independence Day Fireworks and event for 2015.

And, as with years’ past, here is your handy-Yankee Doodle- dandy guide on Where to Find 4th of July Independence Day Fireworks Around Portland 2015.

4th of July Fireworks Events in Portland, Oregon and 4th of July at Fort Vancouver

Fort Vancouver 4th of July Fireworks 2015

We’re HOT this year.  Temperatures for our Portland Metro area – which includes Vancouver – is expected to reach 104° 

2015 4th of July fireworks are ON at Fort Vancouver.  Get your tickets now for the 2015 Fort Vancouver 4th of July Fireworks display which will use state of the art fireworks synchronized to music.  The 2015 4th of July Fireworks will be located in Pearson Field.

Check the MAP on HOW TO GET to Fort Vancouver for 4th of July Fireworks

St. Paul’s Rodeo and 4th of July Fireworks 

This is their 80th Annual event.  Watch the bucking broncos, then when sun sets, a good old fashioned 4th of July fireworks display!  “Where Respect is Earned” This is the 80th Annual St. Paul’s Rodeo and 4th of July Fireworks running July 1st – 5th 2015.

Calendar your 4th of July St. Paul’s Rodeo events ~ 10:00 a.m. the Parade starts and then all day long the fun continues!

 

2015 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival and Firework Display

View 4th of July Fireworks in the Downtown Area of Portland.  Waterfront Homes for Sale in Lake Oswego

Take the MAX and attend the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.  In it’s 28th year, it’s the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi!  Once the sun sets on July 4th the fireworks begin.  This events runs July 2nd through July 5th.

What a line up at the 2015 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival:  Gregg Allman, Macy Gray, Sammy “Duck” Holmes (should fit right in!), Charmaine Neville, The Paladins, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Jelly Bread, Stone Foxes, Con Brio, Rosie Ledet, Lazer Lloyd  . . . the line-up is AMAZING this year!  

View Artists Performing at the 2015 Safeway Waterfront Blue Festival

Folks on the waterfront on July 4th in their boats listening to the blues that are wafting from the Waterfront Blues Festival.  This is a great 4th of July tradition.

Oaks Park 4th of July Fireworks

July 4th Fireworks at Oaks Park Begins at 10:00am

Pepsi Fireworks Spectacular
When Sat., July 4, 10am ~ All Day
Description: Gates 10:00 AM-12:00 AM
Gate Fees:  Check Oaks Park
Join us for Portland’s best 4th of July celebration! All picnic spaces first come, first served. No alcohol or personal fireworks; bags and coolers will be checked.

4th of July Events in Hillsboro

* The C.A.T. Walk and Fun Run 5K – In its 12th year, this 5K walk/run 4th of July event in Hillsboro is a testimony to the community’s resolve to help fight all forms of cancer.  This annual family friendly event is a prelude to the largest 4th of July parade in Oregon (the famous Hillsboro Rotary Parade). Participants will be treated to three events: a Kids’ Dash, competitive 5k run, 5k walk”and a health fair.

* The annual 4th of July Paradesponsored by the Rotary Club since 1926! I have to be honest here, the Rotary Club’s website SUCKS!!  The site is extremely  hard to navigate and you have to dig for information on this grand event.  Please don’t let this distract you from planning on the 2014  4th of July Parade Event in Hillsboro.

Memorial-Day-640x4734th of July Fireworks in Tigard

* Tigard High School You’re Invited to an Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration.  Gates open at 6:00 p.m. on the 4th of July and Fireworks begin at dusk.

Where: Tigard High School, 9000 SW Durham Road

When:  Saturday July 4, 2014 (Gates open at 6 p.m. with fireworks at dusk)

What: A family event featuring:

  • Clowns, live music, kids’ games, police and fire vehicles
  • Concession stands offering light snacks for sale

4th of July Fireworks in Lake Oswego

* Lake Oswego  – 4th of July in Lake Oswego is packed all day long with events!  Starting off at 7:00 a.m. a Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Lake Oswego Lions Club, then at 10:00 a.m. the Lake Oswego Star Spangled Parade, BBQ at Milliennium Park, Lake Corporation Boat Parade and finally at 9:45 p.m. Lake Oswego will have their wonderful 4th of July fireworks display for the 4th of July Independence Day celebration.

4th of July Events Around the Portland Metro Area

 

* Molalla BuckerooRodeo, carnival rides, barbeques and of course . . . 4th of July Fireworks.  This all day event is starts at 9:30 a.m. for a giant street parade, the rodeo starts at 8:00 p.m. and 4th of July Fireworks at the Molalla Buckeroo start at dusk.  Molalla Buckeroo events Begin July 2nd and Bronco Bust until July 5th!

4th of July Events and Fireworks at The Oregon Coast

* Astoria – There are events throughout the 4th of July all day long including a parade and then at dusk watch 4th of July Fireworks along the Columbia River brought to you by the Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce

Coos Bay ~ Depoe Bay ~ Brookings ~ Gold Beach ~ Bandon

4th of July Events for the Coast

 

* Manzanita – 4th of July events begin at 8:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, a parade at 1:00 p.m., FREE BBQ after the parade courtesy of Nehelem Bay Winery and 4th of July Fireworks on the beach at 10:00 p.m. 

* Seaside “Painting the Beach and Lighting the Sky” a great 4th of July Fireworks show on the West Coast.  Staring off at 11:00 a.m. with a parade, then an old fashioned social and the Fireworks display TONS of other good stuff going on at the Beach Visit the Oregon Coast

Where to Find 4th of July 2015 Fireworks Map

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Moving to Portland | Top Reasons to Move to Portland

Moving to Portland?

What a GREAT place to call home.  Are you planning to move to Portland?

I’ve helped relocation buyers for over 15 years.  And in the year 1990 I relocated to Portland OR from the Los Angeles area with my, then, 3-year old son. For us, it was a great move to Portland and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Since my move to Portland in 1990, I’ve gotten so used to living here and I LOVE IT!

BREAKING NEWSJune 2015 

America’s 6th Fastest Growing States.  Oregon is one of the fastest growing economies

  • GDP growth: 4.7 percent
  • Real 2012 GDP: $186.228 billion (25th highest)
  • Population change: +0.87 percent (16th highest). In 2014, Oregon was also the top destination in the country for people to move to, according to a study by United Van Lines

Oregon is on the fastest-growing states list for a reason! It became the nation’s sixth best economy in 2014 with economic growth of 3.6%, according to the latest government data. Oregon’s GDP is nearly three times that of the U.S. economy.

A manufacturing resurgence is propelling Oregon forward. HavingNike (NKE)’s headquarters and Intel (INTC, Tech30)’s production unit in its backyard has certainly helped. The state exports everything from computer processors to wheat.

The Beaver state has consistently added jobs since the financial crises, especially in major industries like healthcare, manufacturing, services and hospitality. The state’s unemployment rate — 5.2% — is below the national average

This can be attributed to a reverse off-shoring trend that is occurring partially as a result of defects, delays and theft in overseas supply chain locations.

Here are my top 10 reasons to move to Portland in no particular order:

  1. Mt. Hood year round skiing The mountain has six ski areas: Timberline, Mount Hood Meadows, Ski Bowl, Cooper Spur, Snow Bunny, and Summit.
  2. Downtown Portland the charm of the city is apparent.
  3. Silicon Forest Surrounding Portland are many major high-tech employers. Many employees move to Portland due to job relocation. With over 25 major high-tech companies including Intel, Tektronics, IBM, Mentor Graphics, Nike (world headquarters and several campuses within Washington County) and the countless smaller and/or independent companies that thrive in the Silicon Forest. There is no doubt that the drawing card to many folks considering a move to Portland is the lush, green Silicon Forest.Intel Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of semiconductors (an essential component of most consumer electronics), is Oregon’s top private employer with a work force of approximately 18,500 in 2011.
  4. Suburbs Many people moving to Portland want to live in the ‘burbs. No problem there. Suburban Portland neighborhoods include: Northeast Portland | North Portland | Southeast Portland | Happy Valley| Westside Suburbs | Beaverton | Orenco Station | Hillsboro | Lake Oswego | Northwest Portland | Southwest Suburbs | Sherwood | Tigard | Tualatin | West Linn | Wilsonville |
  5. Schools — great public and private educational institutions throughout Portland Metro. From early education with Montessori Schools for the darling pre-kindergarten group all the way up to post doctoral and advanced degrees at OHSU (Oregon Health and Sciences University).
  6. Urban Trends . . . one Word:  PORTLANDIA.  Yup, put a BIRD ON IT!  It’s exactly like that!
  7. Weather Want to know what the weather in Portland is like here you go. YES it rains here and as everyone says, “It keeps us lush and green.” But we have the four distinct seasons:
    • Summers in Portland are warm, sunny and rather dry, with August, the warmest month, averaging 79.7 °F .  We have a larger day-night variation than in winter, nightfall is 9:00PM during the peak of summer.   Many people moving to Portland are amazed that A/C units aren’t found in every home.
    • Winters in Portland are normally mild, but very moist.  January averaging 39.9 °F. Cold snaps are short-lived, and snowfall occurs no more than a few times per year, although the city has been known to see major snow and ice storms because of the cold air outflow from the Columbia River Gorge, and Arctic blasts from Alaska.
    • Springs in Portland can bring rather unpredictable weather, resulting from warm spells, to thunderstorms rolling off the Cascade Range. The rainfall averages an equivalent 37.5 inch per year in downtown Portland spread over 155 days a year.
    • Fall in Portland is Spring in reverse. October being a month of Indian Summers, then heading into November, the weather cools.
  8. No Sales Tax yes that’s correct. The State of Oregon does not have a sales tax. If you purchase something for $4.95 and hand a $5.00 bill to the clerk, you will get a Nickelback! 😉
  9. Affordable Real Estate ~ the Portland Metro area has some very affordable prices on housing. Compared to our West Coast neighbors of San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and parts in between, for a metropolitan real estate market we’re very reasonable.
  10. Green Living

Oregon is also nurturing more clean tech green construction, ocean energy and nanotechnology. The Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute has helped 22 nanotech start-ups raise $96 million. The Oregon Wave Energy Trust aims to make the state a clean energy leader, eventually generating 500 megawatts of electricity and thousands of jobs with technology to harness the ocean’s wave power. ~ By The Kiplinger Washington Letter

The Major Employers in Portland

Most people who are moving to Portland relocate here due to job transfers or other employment opportunities. Here is a few of the major employers in the area, in no particular order:

The region added 88,000 jobs between 2002 and 2007, and is projected to add an additional 76,000 between 2009-2013.

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A Sampling of Homes for Sale in Portland

  1. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 825 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,484 sqft
    Year built: 1926
    Parking spots: 1
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  2. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,316 sq ft
    Year built: 1979
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 15
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  3. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,660 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,712 sqft
    Year built: 1957
    Parking spots: 2
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  4. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,211 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,049 sqft
    Year built: 1990
    Parking spots: 1
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  5. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,508 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,613 sqft
    Year built: 2011
    Parking spots: 1
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  6. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,999 sq ft
    Year built: 1985
    Parking spots: 1
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  7. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,816 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 2
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  8. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,832 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,405 sqft
    Year built: 1987
    Parking spots: 2
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  9. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 3,295 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1937
    Parking spots: 1
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  10. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,146 sq ft
    Year built: 1996
    Parking spots: 2
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  11. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,048 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 1948
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  12. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,686 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,908 sqft
    Year built: 1949
    Parking spots: 1
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  13. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 2,528 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,166 sqft
    Year built: 1922
    Parking spots: 1
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  14. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,882 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 1923
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  15. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 992 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Year built: 1979
    Parking spots: 2
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  16. 4 beds, 2 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 3,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Year built: 1927
    Parking spots: 1
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  17. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,465 sq ft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 86
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  18. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,392 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1906
    Parking spots: 1
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  19. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,033 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 2
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  20. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,440 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1944
    Parking spots: 2
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  21. 6 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,272 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 3
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  22. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,040 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1980
    Parking spots: 2
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  23. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 749 sq ft
    Year built: 1982
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  24. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,744 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,920 sqft
    Year built: 1928
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 82
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  25. 4 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,424 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1915
    Parking spots: 1
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(all data current as of 8/4/2015)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Buyers Agent Portland – Buyer Focused ~~ Buyer Results

Buyers Agent Portland, LLC is an Exclusive Buyer Agency serving the Portland Metro real estate market since 1999. The brokerage only represents Home Buyers and never home sellers. If you’re looking for a home anywhere in the Portland Metro area, there is no better representation than an Exclusive Buyers Agent. We assist investors, folks relocating to Portland area, those moving to Portland in-state, home buyers who are looking to down-size or move-up and of course . . . love working with first-time buyers. I help Buyers in the Portland Metro market find exactly what they need in the Tri-County markets of Clackamas County, Multnomah County and Washington County, as well Portland cities including but not limited to:

When you’re ready, talk to an Exclusive Buyers Agent.

Exclusive Buyers Agents do not work at real estate brokerages that take listings!

An EBA’s fiduciary duty is: 100% BUYER REPRESENTATION . . . 100% of the Time.

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
Buyers Agent Portland LLC
Direct: 503.810.7192

Buyers Agent Portland ~~ 100% BUYER REPRESENTATION . . . 100% of the Time

All rights reserved©