Top 8 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Portland
According to a study by United Van Lines, the state of Oregon was the top moving destination in 2015 for the third year in a row. Another study reveals that more than 100 people per day relocate to the Portland Metro area. If you’re one of those 100+, here are the Top 8 things to consider before you load up your moving van.
1. The Housing Market
In both 2015 and 2016, the Portland housing market saw double-digit growth, and this growth is expected to continue. Despite the hot market and ever-increasing home values, home prices in Portland and surrounding areas are still more affordable than other similar areas of the U.S. This means competition is high, so it’s important to be prepared and pre-qualified before you start looking. Also, if you’re considering renting before buying, be aware that realtors in Oregon do not handle rental leases.
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2. The Cost of Living
Compared to most West Coast locales, Portland offers substantial savings on groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and healthcare. If you’re considering making the move, be sure to check a cost-of-living calculator to see if your new salary in your new location will go farther than your current one.
3. State Taxes
Did you know? Oregon has NO sales tax! That means you automatically save 7-10% on every purchase — from dining out (at some of the countries finest restaurants) to school supplies to big-ticket items like appliances and electronics. But before you pack your bags, don’t forget to compare Oregon state income taxes and property taxes with your current location.
Moving to a new city means finding new healthcare practitioners. If you know anything about Portland, you won’t be surprised to learn that alternative medicine is very popular. In fact, some traditional healthcare providers offer alternative medicine to complement their conventional medical treatment. The main providers in the traditional realm are Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Providence, and the Oregon Health Science University (OHSU). Portland is also home to a well-regarded veteran’s hospital.
5. The Local Culture
Everyone thinks their city is the best, but Portland truly has it all. Here are just a few of the reasons people are flocking to our city:
- Easy access to breathtaking natural beauty and outdoor adventure
- A fun and funky food scene
- Copious amount of craft brews (both beer and coffee)
- A vibrant music and art community
- Zealously loyal Timbers (soccer) and Blazers (basketball) fans
Best of all, the people are super friendly and sometimes a little weird (in a good way).
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage in the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Metropolitan Statistical Area is about 8% above the nationwide average. If you don’t already have a job lined up, you may want to begin your job search with one of the top five employers in the Portland metro area (according to the Portland Business Journal):
- Providence Health & Services
- Oregon Health & Science University
- Fred Meyer
- Kaiser Permanente Northwest
Portland traffic is rated among the worst in the country, but according to a 2015 study comparing commute times in the 30 largest U.S. cities, Portland ranked No. 7 with a 3.48-hour commute. The City of Roses also boasts the highest percentage (7.2%) of bike commuters for a large American city. If you love to cycle, you’re in great company. Alternatively, if you prefer the suburbs and can manage to work and live along the WES commuter line, your commute will be a breeze.
If you have school-age kids, you may want to consider living outside the city proper. The top-rated schools are located in Lake Oswego, West Linn, Wilsonville and Beaverton. Your local real estate agent can give you more in-depth information about school rankings in various neighborhoods.
If you’re ready to invest in one of the last affordable West Coast cities, it helps to have an expert by your side … someone who understands your wants and needs and can give you the best advice for your circumstances.
Reach out to Jaimy Beltran of Beltran Properties. Not only is he ranked in the top 1% of all Portland areas Realtors, he and his team focus on building relationships first and foremost to offer the best possible service to their clients.
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