In my opinion, SW is one of the greatest areas to live...Tigard, Tualatin, LO, West Linn ETC...property values are a little higher, but you will reap the benefits in the near future when the economy stabilizes. These areas have close proximithy to several parks, shopping, activities and are just minutes from downtown.
What realtors and sellers need to do is sell more homes with seller-financing. The seller can usually sell the home faster for a higher price, then in turn sell the note for cash after closing. There are many buyers out there that cannot qualify for financing and realtors are passing up some great opportunities. This senario is a win-win situation for both buyer and seller. The seller is able to sell their home for a good price and the buyer purchases a home without the red tape of points and added fees.
In this market especially, we need to be creative. There are many homeowners facing foreclosure, and would like a way out without damaging their credit....let's try to help them!! If you are a realtor or seller, I would be happy to assist you with your needs.