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
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