I would highly recommend that you look for a "Certified Residential Specialist".
Go to CRS.com and then find an agent. I can help you do this if you chose to have me refer you to just the right agent for you.... more
Most luxury home sellers I have worked with prefer prequalifed buyers with their Realtor to view their homes and I have found are much more private about the sale of their homes and do not welcome open houses for the Sunday afternoon "just looking at houses" people. However, my very first open house was a $1.5 million home and I sold it the next day to a lady who had come into the open house so in this difficult market, you never know opening a luxury home to an open house could work. Another thought is to make sure you hold a broker luncheon so local Realtors can view the home in person.... more
Anna, you came into the Portland area with your search of 97225 which is 10 miles west of downtown Portland. You did not mention price but SF is very expensive. Depends where you work and how much time you want to spend commuting to work. If you go back on this web site and search these there zip codes they are all for SF. 94110,94131,94122. Then you can contact some agents with a list of questions that you have. Good Luck to you.
Tom Inglesby, Broker
RE/MAX Equity Group
Portland, Or 97239... more
Thanks to everyone that took the time to answer this question and generate this thread. My motivation for home purchase is purely fiscal in terms of tax savings. After using payment calculators, it seems to make fiscal sense to purchase a home. However, I do not know how much to spend to generate the most tax relief. I will need the advice of a CPA soon, I guess. That is my principle rationale: lifestyle, # of kids, etc. does not factor in. Given the fact that my partnership is pending, I think home ownership is best deferred. Perhaps a vacation home is a better idea.
Again, thank you to everyone who took the time to respond. Kind regards to all.... more
The house is back on the market @ $339,000 after it was withdrawn and it had a pending sale a few months ago. It has been listed since 7/28/08 and it started at $359,000. It now has a new furance, maybe it showed up in the inspection on the past buyer as needing to be fixed? Give me a call if you would like to be represented in an offer. Rates are down over 1/2 point and almost the lowest point in the past 35 years and this gives you $20,000-$30,000 more buying power by keeping your payments the same compared to just 1 month ago
Tom Inglesby, Broker
ABR, CRS, RECS, CLHMS, and EA S.T.A.R. eco broker
RE/MAx Equity Group Inc.