If you’re considering relocating to the Portland Metro, CONGRATULATIONS! This region is a great place to live, work, and play. Since several of our team members are transplants from other regions, we know how stressful relocating to a new area can be. So, we’re here to help ease your mind as much as possible with great information and even better service. Below you will find great area information, links to get you started on your own research, and a way to quickly receive our team’s relocation guide with even more information. As always, you can always contact us at 503-406-2532 if you need any assistance with the process!

Portland Neighborhoods Guide

Our beautiful city is the home to as many diverse neighborhoods as diverse groups of people who call our fine city “home.” Whether you’re looking for an urban loft experience in the heart of the city or a ranch style house in a suburban area, the Rose City offers something for everyone. As Realtors®, we know how important choosing the right neighborhood for your needs can be. To get started, take a look at the brief overviews of Portland neighborhoods and suburbs on our blog or request our Free Relocation Guide below. Both are excellent sources of information.

Area Schools

school“Good schools” is often one of our client’s top criteria. The Portland metro is home to many public and private education options. When it comes to finding a school that fits the needs of your student(s), there are a number of resources to consider.

school2Sites like greatschools.org provide ratings that allow you to see what an institution has been rated according to their criteria as well as what community members have to say.

Portland Monthly (portlandmonthlymag.com) releases a list of top public and private schools each year. Check out the 2015 lists here.

For more great school resources, check out the links on our blog.

County Tax and Mapping Information

Multnomah County/Portland

  • PortlandOregon.gov is the City of Portland’s main site.
  • Bureau of Development Services is all things building related. BDS issues permits and has all existing permits on file. Want to know if you can add an addition or remodel? These are the folks to ask.
  • Slightly addicting: Portlandmaps. This site includes building permit records from 2000, oil tank permits, crime statistics, zoning and a lot of other information.
  • Questions and research about property taxes including appeals and current assessments: Multnomah Tax Assessor

Washington County

Washington County has a Real Estate Transfer Tax. Multnomah and Clackamas Counties do not.

Clackamas County

Changing Your Address

Anytime you move, it’s important to fill out a change of address form with the Postal Office. Click here to fill one out online – as a bonus, you’ll receive great coupons for services you might need!

or-lic-plateYou will also need to change your address and update your vehicle registration with the local DMV. Oregon law gives you 30 days to get an Oregon driver’s license and register your car at the DMV. In metro areas, your car must pass a Vehicle Inspection Program smog check at a DEQ facility before it can be registered.

Laws to Know

gasAnytime you move to a new area, it’s good to know what laws are different.

  • There’s no sales tax!
  • U-turns are illegal unless otherwise posted
  • You cannot pump your own gas.
  • There are 22+ red light cameras at Portland intersections.
  • You’ll need to do a change of address with the post office.
FREE Relocation Guide

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    Recommended Professionals

    When it comes to your home, you want someone you trust. We have a network of trusted professionals in a variety of fields related to your home. Need a great home inspector? We have a recommendation! Need a great mortgage professional? We can provide you with those with whom our clients have had great success! Below are some of our recommended professionals. Don’t see the category you need? You can always contact us to see who we would use!

    Real Estate Lawyers

    Phil Querin
    121 SW Salmon St, Ste 1100
    Portland, OR 97204

    Richard A. Mario
    5300 Meadows Rd, Ste 200
    Lake Oswego, OR 97035

    Sewer Inspectors

    Pipe Repair Services
    » Bill Schroeder

    Pest Management

    Evergreen Pest Management

    Radon / Oil / Mold / Lead

    Alpha Environmental
    11080 SW Allen Blvd, Ste 100
    Beaverton, OR 97005

    Home Stagers

    Chancellor Designs
    » Ruth Chancellor

    Synergy Staging


    Precision NW Electrical Contractors
    » Mike McDonald

    Home Inspectors

    Home Team Inspection Services
    » Mike Huppi
    5890 SW 191st Ave
    Aloha, OR 97007

    Nickelsen Home Inspections, LLC
    » Kurt Nickelsen
    7314 NE 58th Ave
    Vancouver, WA 98661

    Pillar to Post
    » Scott Saari
    1118 Lancaster Dr, #316
    Salem, OR 97301

    Pillar to Post
    » Chris Livingston
    10258 SW Stuart Ct
    Portland, OR 97224

    Superior Home Inspection
    » Troy Walton
    12611 NE 7th Ave
    Vancouver, WA 98685


    Farmers Insurance
    » Paul Rilatt
    8196 SW Hall Blvd, Suite 217
    Beaverton, OR 97008

    The Porche Insurance Agency
    » Barbara Porche
    2140 Hammerle St, Ste A
    West Linn, OR 97068

    Mortgage Professionals Recommended by Clients

    Shane Musselwhite
    Loan Officer – NMLS 249862
    Office: 503.908.7116
    Mobile: 503.705.8111

    Kim Pentrack
    Senior Mortgage Banker
    Direct: 503.706.9077
    Office: 503.617.3467

    Evan Swanson, CFP ®
    Mortgage Professional NMLS #120856
    Office: 503.282.5626 x4012
    Mobile: 503.314.9959

    Handyman Services

    Kyle Kuhlmann

    Professional Services & Disclaimer

    disclaimer-imageAs Realtors we are not attorneys, accountants, general contractors, government officials, elementary school teachers, home inspectors, title officers, mortgage brokers or property managers. We do know several of each profession, though. If you have specific items that are critical to your transaction and your situation, you should endeavor to get the answer directly from the source. Information degrades with each point of contact and interpretation and we want you to have the best information from the best sources. Please use us and our resources to help ensure that your real estate transaction is the best it can be. The Oregon Property Buyer Advisory, Oregon Property Seller Advisory and Agency Disclosure Pamphlet are all recommended reading.