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Portland Housing
Portland Metropolitan Housing includes many outlining cities and well as different districts within the boundaries of Portland. If you are moving here from out of town it can be a daunting experience to find a home when you have no familiarity with the different areas. PDXrelocate offers an introduction to different districts and surrounding cities of Portland to help you gain some familiarity. You can look at actual pictures from the different areas; learn about the school districts, some demographics and history as well parks and recreation. Once you learn what area you are interested in your search will become easier.

Portland and Surrounding Cities
Aloha, Banks, Beaverton, Boring, Canby, Clackamas, Corbett, Damascus, Durham, Forest Grove, Gladstone, Gresham, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, King City, Lake Oswego, McMinnville, Milwaukie, Newberg, North Plains, Oregon City, Sandy, Sherwood, Sunnyside, Tigard, Tualatin, Troutdale, Vernonia, West Linn, Wilsonville, Downtown Portland, Northwest Portland, Northeast Portland, Southeast Portland, Southwest Portland, North Portland.

Steps to Purchasing a home:

1) The first thing to consider is financing. If you will be taking out a loan it is best to get pre-approved for a loan as soon as possible. This will not only let you know exactly what price range you can afford but it will give you solid leverage when you go to make an offer.

2) Next thing to do is to make a list of your needs and wants. Perhaps you cannot live without at least 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a double garage, and close to your work. You may also really want a garden area, an open floor plan, a shop, and to be close to the Max. Sorting through all this a head of time will make the search much easier.

3) Working with real estate brokers provides buyers with valuable free service and will save the buyer a great deal of time and money.

A) Real estate brokers have full access to every home on the market, including expired listings and For Sales by Owners.
B) Can provide you with a checklist to help you view and rate each home.
C) Can do more extensive internet searches than non agents.
D) Can take you to all properties you would like to see.
E) Can provide an in-depth research on any home you may be considering purchasing.
F) Can explain the negotiation process and will help you secure the best possible price and terms.
G) Will manage the transaction from start to finish and provide regular updates on the progress of any sale.
H) Can show you any property you find on your own as well.

Questions to ask when interviewing a realtor:
1. What separates you from other realtors?
2. How will you search for my new home?
3. Do you present offers yourself?
4. If I sign a buying agreement and I find later that I am unhappy with the service, may I cancel my agreement? Has anyone ever canceled an agreement with your company?
5. Do you help me find a mortgage broker, title company, home inspector, or other professionals I might need?
6. How much do you charge? (Typically a buyer’s agent is paid by the seller)
7. What haven’t I asked you that I need to know?