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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

reloguidefrontTo receive a free copy of the Turner Team’s Relocation guide which includes information about Portland neighborhoods and the surrounding metro areas, school information, restaurants and sites to visit, as well as what you need to know as a new resident, simply email us or fill out the form below for instant access!

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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

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

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

Brian Haveman

Senior Mortgage Banker – NMLS 4988

Kim Pentrack
Senior Mortgage Banker – NMLS 420516
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.