Buying a New Home

We help you every step of the way in finding, negotiating and getting the best deal for your new home! We look forward to handing you the key!

"Creating the center from which to build your life is one of the most important tools you will ever have, and I truly believe that how you create your home will inform everything in your life. I have a desire to help make people’s lives easier, and one way I can do that is helping them create the springboard of home."

- Sophie Pander

We'd love to hear what you're looking for. Let us know if you'd like to receive curated emails of available homes that meet your criteria!

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Home Buyer's Guide

Where do you start when you’re ready to buy a home? Here’s an overview of the home buying process.

Get Pre-approved for a home loan through a mortgage broker

As a buyer, it doesn’t cost you anything to work with a mortgage broker, or a real estate agent. It’s very empowering to find out exactly how much you can borrow to purchase your home, or equally so, a practical pathway to get there.  

Tour Homes

We’ll have a thorough conversation about the exact criteria you’d like in a home, including size, location and type of house, and work within your budget to get you as close as possible to your ideal. You will get automated daily emails on new properties as they hit the market. You tell us if there is one you’d like to see, and we will immediately schedule a time to do a walk through.

Make an Offer

You find a home that you’d like to make an offer on, we submit the offer with your earnest money. You make offers until you have one accepted. It’s unpredictable how many offers you may need to make; it could happen on the first one or the tenth.

Offer Accepted

Congratulations! Your offer is accepted!... But wait, there are a few important steps to go.

Inspection Period

We go straight into a typical ten day inspection period where the property is thoroughly looked over by a licensed professional inspector. We have negotiations with the seller on repairs and you decide if you want to pull out or go forward.

Appraisal

The appraisal is ordered by the lender to determine the exact valuation of the property. You can typically only get the loan for the appraisal amount, so if the numbers aren’t matching up, we go back into negotiations with the seller and you have the option of pulling out or going forward.

Closing

We wait for all the paperwork to be submitted to the title co. You pay your down and sign paperwork at the title company on the close date, which is typically 30-45 days after your initial offer was accepted.

Get Your Keys

After the title company records the sale with the city, you get your keys! Your real estate agent will make arrangements for you to receive your keys; typically 1-3 days post signing.


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Quick Glossary of Real Estate Terms

Real Estate Agent

Real estate agents are licensed professionals who represent buyers and sellers in real estate transactions. Agents usually work completely on commission, so their income depends on their ability to assist clients and close transactions.

Mortgage Broker

A mortgage broker is an intermediary working with a borrower and a lender while qualifying the borrower for a mortgage. The broker gathers income, asset and employment documentation, a credit report and other information for assessing the borrower's ability to secure financing.

Home Loan

A sum of money borrowed from a financial institution or bank to purchase a house.

Earnest Money

Earnest money is a deposit made to a seller showing the buyer's good faith in a transaction. 

Down Payment

A payment used in the context of the purchase of expensive items such as a car and a house, whereby the payment is the initial upfront portion of the total amount due and it is usually given in cash at the time of finalizing the transaction.

Title Company

A company involved in examining and insuring title claims for real estate purposes. The company verifies ownership of real property and determines the valid owner through a thorough examination of property records in a Title Search.

Escrow

The primary purpose of an escrow for a real estate title transfer or closing settlement is to have a trusted, neutral stakeholder hold the seller's deed to the property, which will be delivered to the buyer upon payment of the sales price and fulfillment of other sale conditions.

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Modern Homes

Award winning residential architecture and design is on the forefront of innovation in Portland.

With an increasing emphasis on sustainable building practices, environmental efficiency, and stunning modern design, Portland offers some of the most striking residential design either already built or ready to create. Whether you’re looking for land to place a cool new prefab or commission a totally original home, we can help navigate the process and get you into the home of your dreams.

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Classic Homes

Historic beauty to enrich your life.

Portland has a rich history that is expressed in so many beautiful classic homes throughout its neighborhoods, from traditional Craftsmans to ornate and colorful Victorians, as well as original designs from some of Portland's most notable architects including John Yeon, Pietro Belluschi, Saul Zaik and David Rockwood. There are so many great homes to be discovered. Let’s start looking!

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Portland, Oregon

Travel Portland video produced by Grady Britton

There are five sections of Portland, Oregon and 95 officially recognized neighborhoods.

Portland, Oregon’s largest city, sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. It’s known for its parks, bridges and bicycle paths, as well as for its eco-friendliness and its microbreweries and coffeehouses. Iconic Washington Park encompasses sites from the formal Japanese Garden to Oregon Zoo and its railway. Our city hosts thriving art, theater and music scenes.

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