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Sun Oct 28, 2012
Lana Lavenbarg answered:
Mon Nov 19, 2012
Geoffrey Pohl answered:
Just out of curiosity...have you considered buying vs renting? The reason I ask is that purchasing gives you a lot more flexibility on what you can/cannot due...you don't answer to anyone but yourself. Also, interest rates are at an all time low making purchasing easier and for some, a better solution to renting. ... more
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Tue Jul 29, 2014
jlajla answered:
you're going to get those frequently. just ignore it.
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Wed Oct 17, 2012
Tom Inglesby answered:
I have a rental home SW Portland coming up for rent. Call me and we can talk. Tom Inglesby, Broker
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Sun Oct 14, 2012
Jon Cohen answered:
There are several great areas that might fit your needs. Your best method of finding a home in an area you like is to contact several property management companies and find out if they have anything that meets your needs. I've worked with several and can put you in touch with them. Please contact me when you have a chance. ... more
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Fri Oct 26, 2012
Janeese Jackson answered:
Hi Rebecca,
There will be no problem accomplishing that...it's always just a matter of $$$!!! :-). So, other information would be necessary, such as for how much are you pre-approved (your first step should be contacting a mortgage broker and discussing your individual situation), are you interested in close-in urban neighborhoods or the Portland Metro 'burbs (both offer good schools and good homes), do you like older, vintage homes or prefer newer construction. Finding a home in a new city is definitely a process on a good day. If I can help you further determine your search parameters, start an email campaign with available properties or refer you to some good mortgage people, please let me know. Welcome to Portland....
Janeese Jackson, Principal Broker
Real Estate Resource
503-709-0802 or jj@janeesejackson.com
http://fabulousportland.com
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Tue Oct 16, 2012
Torrey Nelson answered:
I would definitely recommend the Pearl District. Based on what your looking for you'd love it! It has everything youre looking for.
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Sun Oct 14, 2012
Christopher Johnson answered:
Have you been pre-approved yet? Would you like a lender referral to see what you qualify for? Call Tammy Wittren at NW Mortgage Group
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Sat Oct 13, 2012
Vince Kingston answered:
I have addressed this several times. The underwriters I work with generally will accept rental credits from a primary residence that has been vacated after 6 months. So if you can show you have vacated the underwater home and rented for 6 months, they will allow you to use rental credits to offset or exonerate you from that mortgage liability so you can qualify for the next property. ... more
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Tue Oct 9, 2012
Eric Steindler answered:
Craigslist is the absolute best place to search for a rental home. As a landlord, I don't even post elsewhere, as that is where all the serious renters search. You can also try Oregonlive.com and may find property managers list properties there. Trulia of course has a rental section, but I have personally never even looked at it. Also, many rental companies have large inventories of homes, so if you inquire about one of their properties, ask for a list of all homes coming available. Most landlords probably don't realize that pigs can make great house pets, so you may want to provide references from past landlords, or perhaps a few letters from people that know your pig and can attest to his awesomeness.
If you have a specific neighborhood in mind, cruising the streets for rent signs can't hurt.

Also, there are very few one bedroom homes- if you are trying to save money but still want something that feels like your own, you are more likely to find one side of a duplex.

Good luck.
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Thu May 30, 2013
John Knudtson answered:
bring an umbrella and be patient the rental market is tight
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Mon May 4, 2015
Larry Baird answered:
In Oregon they are required to be present, up to date and functional in all rental units, single family and multi-family alike, effective August 1, 2011. The fire marshall can make, and has made, spot inspections and levy fines if not in compliance. ... more
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Wed Oct 3, 2012
Joyce Zilai answered:
Seller's agent should be fighting for that second appraisal. In the meantime you could put in an offer at the lower, appraised value. They already know they can't get it funded above that until it is re-appraised. ... more
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Mon Feb 11, 2013
Keenan Driscoll answered:
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Wed Oct 3, 2012
Eric Steindler answered:
Trulia and other sites like Zillow don't take into account the condition of the home, just square footage and properties nearby that sold. If property is very similar to it' neighbors that recently sold, it is more likely to be accurate. If it's in poor condition, a different size, style, remodeled extensively, etc, it will be less accurate.




See how we market homes http://ericsteindler.com/2012/09/12/how-we-market-homes/
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Mon Dec 17, 2012
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
There are over 10,000 homes for sale in the Portland metro area and over 6,000 agents (I believe), so it is no surprise if you don't see the signs of one particular agent hanging around town. Most signs are buried in residential neighborhoods and don't get a lot of visibility unless the agent is selling a home on a busy street.

I'd recommend having some agents over and letting them do their presentation so you can ask them questions and find out what they can do for you.

(I know I'd be happy to.)

Best of luck.
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Sat Sep 22, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
That would mean that they have an OFFER on the property:
It could be that they are in a CONTRACT, but that the Escrow has not Closed.
Or, it could mean that the OFFER has not been ACCEPTED yet.

It definitely means that the property is in Limbo; tied up for now.
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Thu Oct 4, 2012
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Thu Sep 20, 2012
Marvin Von Renchler answered:
Powellhurst-Gilbert is a neighborhood in the Southeast section of Portland, Oregon. It borders the neighborhoods of Montavilla, Hazelwood, and Mill Park on the north, Centennial on the east, Pleasant Valley on the east and south, and Lents and South Tabor on the west.

According to the Neighborhood Plan,[1] the neighborhood is named after two of its schools: Powellhurst (named in the 1920s after 1850s settler Jackson Powell) and Gilbert (named after William M. Gilbert, an Indiana emigrant who settled in the area c. 1890). Settlement of the community by farmers via the Donation Land Claim Act began in the middle of the 19th century. Rail service to Portland began in 1892, spurring residential development. The resulting suburb was gradually annexed by Portland beginning in the 1960s and completing in 1994.

Portland is TERRIBLY congested. We dont have rush 'hour'---we have rush DAY. Road systems were not built for our population and there is littlehope of it ever being fixable. Growth is planned to the east of Portland.

Its actually not too bad going into downtown from that area, as you have many routes. It depends a lot on what you consider 'downtown', also. Its not fun at all to try for downtown from western areas. You would be east/southeast of it. Yes there are stores and restaurants all around you.
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