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The Top 6 Things to Look for when buying a home in Portland

Hello Portlanders!

Are you on the hunt for your dream home? Well, you're in luck because I'm here to share with you the top 6 things to look for when buying a new home in our lovely city.

  1. Location, Location, Location - This one may seem obvious, but it's still worth mentioning. You want to make sure that the home you're considering is in a neighborhood that fits your lifestyle. Do you want to be close to downtown for all the action, or do you prefer a quieter suburb? Are good schools important to you? These are all things to keep in mind when considering location.

  2. Size Matters - Before you start touring homes, make sure you have a good idea of how much space you need. Are you looking for a cozy bungalow or a spacious mansion? Keep in mind that square footage comes with a price tag, so make sure you're budgeting accordingly.

  3. The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home - This is where you'll be cooking, eating, and entertaining, so it's important to make sure the kitchen is a good fit for your lifestyle. Are you an avid cook who needs a double oven and a gas stove? Or are you more of a take-out person who doesn't need much more than a microwave?

  4. Let's Talk About Bathrooms - It's easy to overlook the bathrooms when you're looking at a home, but trust me, you'll want to pay attention to this room. Make sure there are enough bathrooms for your family and that they're in good condition. Bonus points if the master bathroom has a soaking tub or heated floors!

  5. The Great Outdoors - Whether you're a gardener, a BBQ enthusiast, or just love to lounge on a patio, make sure the outdoor space of the home you're considering is up to your standards. A great backyard can add a lot of value to a home, so don't overlook it. In Portland, having a covered front porch can be a great addition as well, perfect for enjoying those mild summer evenings or the fall rains with a good book and tasty drink at your side.

  6. Keep Your Cool (and Your Warmth) - As Portlanders, we know that the weather can be extreme and it's important to make sure your new home can keep up. Take a look at the heating and cooling systems. Are they in good working order? Are they energy efficient? Make sure they are able to handle the hot summers and cold winters. Also, check the insulation in the attic and walls to ensure they are adequate. You don't want to be stuck with sky-high energy bills or a freezing cold house during the winter.

Now that you know what to look for, it's time to start touring homes! Remember, buying a home is a big decision and it's important to take your time and make sure the home you choose is the right fit for you and your budget. As your expert real estate agent here in Portland I'll be able to help you navigate the buying process and find the right home. If you're ready to start house hunting or have any questions about the process, give me a call or schedule a time to chat through my website. I look forward to working with you.

Happy House Hunting!

Your friendly neighborhood real estate agent, Alex Paiz.

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