Rental Properties in the Portland area are in high demand. Homes closer to the city will be more expensive than those in the outlying areas. My cousin is a former Marine and worked from the base near the Portland Airport. I'm guessing that would be the same for you? If so, you will probably want to consider homes in NE and SE Portland.
While my company, Living Room Realtors, primarily works with Buyers and Sellers, we do have a Property Management department and also work with Renters to find homes. If you would like help with finding a home I'm happy to do so at a reduced fee for you. We can discuss it further, if in fact you know you are coming to Portland.
As I mentioned, the rental market is hot and properties rent very quickly - usually within hours of being advertise. In most cases, the first person to get their application and screening fee $30 - $40 submitted, has first option on the house. I always recommend turning in application fee even before seeing a house. Since you are out of state, you will either need to come up for a few days or have someone local turn in application fees and possibly tour houses for you.
Whatever you decide to do, I'm happy to discuss the process with you further or answer any questions you may have.
Diane Moreau, Broker