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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- What school will my child attend?

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 since 2015. Check out the 2015 lists here.

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

*** A note on school boundaries: they are subject to change. Portland underwent major boundary changes in 2016 and will need to displace students as major construction projects update schools. Voters passed bond measures in 2012 and 2017, funding major renovation projects.

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
    503-471-1334

    Richard A. Mario
    5300 Meadows Rd, Ste 200
    Lake Oswego, OR 97035
    503-620-8900

    Sewer Inspectors

    Pipe Repair Services
    » Bill Schroeder
    971-570-5452

    Pest Management

    Evergreen Pest Management
    503-925-9752
    www.nobugs4u.com

    Radon / Oil / Mold / Lead

    Alpha Environmental
    11080 SW Allen Blvd, Ste 100
    Beaverton, OR 97005
    503-292-5346
    www.alphaenvironmental.com

    Home Stagers

    Chancellor Designs
    » Ruth Chancellor
    503-807-8167
    www.chancellordesigns.com

    Synergy Staging
    503-557-2244
    www.synergystaging.com

    Electricians

    Precision NW Electrical Contractors
    » Mike McDonald
    503-413-9870

    Home Inspectors

    Home Team Inspection Services
    » Mike Huppi
    5890 SW 191st Ave
    Aloha, OR 97007
    503-530-8306
    www.hometeam.com

    Nickelsen Home Inspections, LLC
    » Kurt Nickelsen
    7314 NE 58th Ave
    Vancouver, WA 98661
    360-907-9648
    www.nickelsenhomeinspections.com

    Pillar to Post
    » Scott Saari
    1118 Lancaster Dr, #316
    Salem, OR 97301
    503-856-8775
    scottsaari.pillartopost.com

    Pillar to Post
    » Chris Livingston
    10258 SW Stuart Ct
    Portland, OR 97224
    503-682-3053
    portlandwestside.pillartopost.com

    Superior Home Inspection
    » Troy Walton
    12611 NE 7th Ave
    Vancouver, WA 98685
    360-571-4142
    www.a-shi.com

    Insurance

    Farmers Insurance
    » Paul Rilatt
    8196 SW Hall Blvd, Suite 217
    Beaverton, OR 97008
    503-646-2300
    www.farmersagent.com/prilatt

    COUNTRY Financial
    » Aaron R. Howard ChFC®
    1880 Willamette Falls Dr Ste 240
    West Linn OR 97068
    tel (503) 203-1218
    fax (503) 535-0982
    www.farmersagent.com/prilatt

    The Porche Insurance Agency
    » Barbara Porche
    2140 Hammerle St, Ste A
    West Linn, OR 97068
    503-557-7989
    www.representatives.countryfinancial.com

    Mortgage Professionals Recommended by Clients

    Shane Musselwhite
    Loan Officer – NMLS 249862
    Office: 503.908.7116
    Mobile: 503.705.8111
    shanem@guildmortgage.net
    guildmortgage.net/officers/shanemusselwhite

    Brian Haveman

    Senior Mortgage Banker – NMLS 4988
    Direct:503.490.5137
    Office:503.459.0583
    BrianH@go-summit.com
    go-summit.com/staff/brian-haveman

    Kim Pentrack
    Senior Mortgage Banker – NMLS 420516
    Direct: 503.706.9077
    Office: 503.617.3467
    Kim.A.Pentrack@wellsfargo.com
    wfhm.com/loans/kimberly-pentrack

    Evan Swanson, CFP ®
    Mortgage Professional NMLS #120856
    Office: 503.282.5626 x4012
    Mobile: 503.314.9959
    evan@mortgage-trust.com
    evanswanson.com

    Handyman Services

    Kyle Kuhlmann
    503-989-7517

    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.