Things to Know When Moving to Portland Oregon

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Things to Know When Moving to Portland Oregon

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As a REALTOR® working throughout the Portland Metro area, I get lots of inquiries from people moving here from other states. Whatever state you come from, here are are some of the common questions I get:

1. Does it rain all the time? No, it actually doesn't rain all the time....especially in the summer months where we typically have very little rain. Ok..so we do get most of our rain in the winter months but I bet you didn't know that we actually get LESS rain on average per year than say the folks in New York. Yep..we get on average 3.4" compared to New York's 3.7". Our summers are absolutely gorgeous and Average Rainfall in Portland Oregonthe winters are mild compared to other parts of the country. I know while most of the country was under snow...we had rain. Oh yeah..I'll take the rain over shoveling snow every day!

2. Is it true that people from Portland dislike people that move there from another state..especially California? As a Oregon transplant myself, I can say that I heard this from someone that I was chatting with from Portland when I was living in Austin, TX. It was a concern for me, but I can honestly say I've encountered nothing of the sort! I've lived in all time zones and in different climates, and I love living in Portland!

3. How are the property taxes assessed? Here in Portland, a good guide to generally go by is that your property taxes will run 1-1.5% of the market value. When the market shifted and home values dropped, unfortunately, the taxes didn't drop with them. For a more detailed explanation about our tax system, check out this link to the Department of Revenue at Oregon.gov

4. Do you use Lawyers in a real estate transaction? Typically, here in Oregon Lawyers are not used in a regular real estate transaction. We use Title Companies as a neutral third party to the real estate transaction. Unlike other states, It's actually not common for the buyers and sellers to ever meet. All parties sign the documents seperately with the real estate agents and escrow officer making sure all things move as smoothly as possible.

For rent sign5. I want to rent before buying. Can you help me find a rental? Again, unlike many states where you find rentals through your real estate agent, here in the Portland area most rentals are handled through Property Management Companies. As a real estate agent, I don't have any more access to rentals as you would, but I can give you the names of some Property Management companies. Craig's List can be a great source, but please know that with any public sites, there might be some scams..especially with rental properties.

6. Does Portland have state income and sales tax? We do have state income tax which depending on your income can be from 5-9% of every dollar of income earned. As far as the sales tax...we don't have any! So..when I go to St. Thomas, USVI, I don't get any better deals with the "duty free" thing, so buy local unless it's something I can't get here in Portland. This really comes in handy on those big ticket purchases! (added in 10/12/12..thanks Karen Anne).

Some other local tid-bits:

* Oregon is pronouned "Or-i-gun"..not Or-a-GON" and the Willamette River iBike riders pronounced "Will-AM-ette" not "Will-A-Metty".Believe me, I was corrected quickly!

* By law, you can't pump your own gas. Oh shucks! Here's an explanation of why.

* Bike riders are everywhere...so you need to be very alert when driving.

* Some of the best Pinot Noir wine in the world comes from right here in the Willamette Valley's wine country. You can spend a week going through all the wineries and still not get to them all!

* If you're a gardener, you'll be in garden heaven!

* Now..this might sound like an odd one, but from someone who grew up on Long Island, NY and lived in Austin, TX for several years, I can say that the humidity levels here are nothing compared to many other places. My hair hardly poofs out like it does when I go back east!

* Portlanders hardly use umbrellas. You'll only see them when it's downpouring heavilycoffee..but in general, we just go about our business without them.

* Known as America's Microbrew Capital, Portland has more than two dozen breweries! 

* Of course...we also love our coffee! Between Starbucks, Stumptown, and Peets as the main shops, there are so many smaller coffee stands and drive ups all over. Yep..even bikini baristas!

 

If you're moving to the Portland area, feel free to contact me with any questions you might have! Of course I can help you find that perfect Portland home too!

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Laura Cerrano
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I agree cindy

Oct 09, 2012 09:00 PM #8
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Tammy, we have a bad rap for having lots of rain...and we do get it during the winter months, but the last time we have had any major rain was the end of June. I had just gotten used to pumping my own gas when we moved here. It would be nice to have the option.

Oct 09, 2012 09:05 PM #9
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
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Hi Janna, How some transactions go, I can't imagine the buyers, sellers, lawyers and agents all in the same room! Using the title companies is a much different thing if your past experiences have been the other way.

Oct 09, 2012 09:08 PM #10
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Cindy Westfall
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Hi Andrea, locals knew we were from another place as soon as we pronounced it OriGON. Sounds like you and Portland would make a great fit! If you ever get out this way, you have a place to stay! I didn't mind not pumping my own gas...but sometimes if they are busy...waiting for them to get to it can get frustrating! Good thing most stations have lots of help because of those impatient peeps reaching for that pump.

Oct 09, 2012 09:13 PM #11
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
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Hi Laura, Thanks! You would do GREAT here!

Oct 09, 2012 09:14 PM #12
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Mary Yonkers
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Cindy,  what a great localism post with touch of humor thrown in for good measure.

Sounds like you blend in with the natives quite well. If I travel to Portland I would love to meet-up with you for coffee or Pinot Noir.

BTW though I had to follow link to Weather Channel to check NY precipitation since we live close to western New York that gets more snow than Erie, PA.  Then I realized you were referring to New York, New York.  Later I learned that you grew up on Long Island.  Now it all makes sense. Portland has A LOT to offer.  Just contact Cindy Westfall for all your real estate needs in Portland, Or-i-gun.

Oct 10, 2012 08:21 AM #13
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David Ames
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I'm glad to hear that Oregonians are being kind to the CA transplants.  There aren't too many states that welcome expats from the Golden State.  (Or at least that's the rumor).  We're actually a fun bunch.

Oct 10, 2012 10:59 AM #14
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
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Thanks Mary, I've been living here in Portland since 2000 and have been loving it. It's such a fun city to live in!

Oct 10, 2012 11:34 AM #15
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
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Hi David, that was an actual question and concern from someone looking to move up here. That's what she heard. I've yet to meet anyone that has looked at me and said.."oh....you're a transplant". Most just think my accent (when it comes out) is funny..mostly when I'm out with my Mother-In-Law who was raised in Brooklyn..who really has that NY accent. I used to have a bumper sticker years ago that said "Why be normal". Portland's slogan is "Keep Portland Weird". Sometimes you just fit right in :).

Oct 10, 2012 11:42 AM #16
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Jill Sackler
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Oh, yeah! You're the agent to call for anything to do with Portland, Oregon.

Oct 10, 2012 08:00 PM #17
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
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Hi Jill, thank you! You'll have to come check it out one of these days!

Oct 11, 2012 07:02 AM #18
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Jill, what a marvelous introduction to Portland. I'll be attending a Real Estate Master's Guild seminar in your fair city next week. Excited!
Oct 11, 2012 02:59 PM #19
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Ashley Connolly
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Wow what a freat blog i have to say i learned a lot :)

Oct 11, 2012 03:10 PM #20
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Pippa Mac
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I am from Oregon, now in Texas ... I found this truthful and Funny!
Oct 11, 2012 08:19 PM #21
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Karen Anne Stone
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Cindy:  What a great and informative post about moving Oregon.  Could you add a few things... like is there a state income tax... and also is there a state sales tax, and what are the percentages?

I spent five weeks in Oregon in Nov and Dec of 1999... and remember the first time I needed gas.  Pulled into a station, got out of my car, and headed for the pump to pump my own... and out came two or three guys.  They made all this commotion about how "hey, you can't DO that!"  Very silly.  As I remember, the cost was also higher.  I was ticked.  What is the reason for not being allowed to pump my own? 

Here in Fort Worth right now, regular is about $3.35 a gallon.  If you have a Kroger Card... which I think there is Freddies... Fred Meyer, you can get a ten or twenty cents a gallon discount.

Again... thanks for the great post.

Oct 12, 2012 02:41 AM #22
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Karen Anne Stone
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And oh yes... it would be so great to be able to move from a RED state to a BLUE state.  I moved to Texas from NorthEastern Ohio (Cleveland) which is a very blue/state area.  The difference in the attitude is very noticeable.

Oct 12, 2012 02:43 AM #23
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Michael Setunsky
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Cindy, a very good FAQ about Portland. Your tid-bits were very interesting. Bikini baristas - hmmmm. LOL Portland sounds like a great place to live.

Oct 12, 2012 06:01 AM #24
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Shane Barker
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Thanks for all the great info on the area, good things to know and keep in mind for those making the move to the Portland area.

Oct 12, 2012 08:48 AM #25
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Cindy, pretty good overview of the Portland area. I didn't know you had that many micro-breweries? Well done.

Oct 12, 2012 09:22 AM #26
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
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Hi Lottie, I'll be there as well! I'll look for you!

Hi Karen Anne, now I KNEW I was missing something! I went in and added the sales and state tax information as well as a link to why we can't pump our own gas. Thank you! It's something you get used to..but when you're in from another state, it's an odd thing that you can't. Freddies just rolled out that gas savings here when you give them your number..and if you go to a Freddies station which are far and few, you can save even more. Oh..and blue IS such a nice color :)

Hi Michael, yep...there are several coffee carts around Portland sporting those bikini clad baristas. Always a line too!

Hi Shane, thank you!

Hi Adrian, Portland does love it's brew. Makes me almost want to take up drinking it..but I stick to the wine, and great wine we have as well!

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