NOW. I've been searching for a place since last March, over 7 months...and over that time, I've watched rent prices increase..so now I have the extra work of not only finding a place available, but finding a place that's AFFORDABLE. For every available place, at least 30+ other people are interested as well. If you're willing to live on the outskirts of Portland, you may have better luck, but then it will take extra time getting into the city. You may have better luck looking for a roommate situation. But either way, good luck, you'll need it.