Turn to Coldwell Banker Seal for all of the answers to your questions about relocating to or from the Pacific Northwest. Read the relocation FAQs below and, if you have more specific questions about moving to Vancouver, Washington or Portland, Oregon, please contact any of our knowledgeable and trusted real estate brokers.
Q. How much time before my anticipated moving date should I give myself to look for a new home?
A. The period of time between when you first find your new property to the time the keys are in your hand is generally about 30 to 45 days. Depending on when you need to move, you may decide to search Portland neighborhoods or new homes for sale in Vancouver Washington in one quick trip or revisit certain areas several times before you find the perfect home. Regardless of the neighborhoods you may be looking in, from Beaverton or Tigard to Clackamas or Gresham OR, we recommend you start searching listings on the Internet at least 90 days before you intend to move. On cbseal.com’s Interactive Home Search, you’ll find all for sale properties listed on Southwest Washington and Portland Oregon’s Regional Multiple Listing Service.
Q. Where can I go to find out which Portland metro area communities boast the best schools?
A. Every family has a different perception of what a good school district is comprised of and what programs meet their own children’s needs. Coldwell Banker Seal provides ample resources for obtaining the very latest in school information and statistics. Most state education websites are useful sources of school information, but it is also a good idea to meet with school officials to determine which Washington or Oregon school system your children will thrive in. CBSeal’s relocation specialists and real estate agents provide one-on-one counseling to help you determine which school district is best for your family.
Q. When looking for a new home, how do I determine what I can afford?
A. Depending on your debt-to-income ratio, as a general rule your monthly payment for mortgage principal, interest, property taxes and property insurance should not exceed 33% of your gross monthly income
Q. How will the cost of living in my new Oregon/Southwest Washington community differ from my current neighborhood?
A. Our relocation package includes detailed cost of living information regarding differences in housing, goods and services, as well as a host of additional information about schools, cultural attractions, recreational opportunities, and Vancouver and Portland neighborhood information.
Q. What if I’m moving to the Portland area from abroad?
A. We can help you relocate and adjust to your new country by providing guidance in obtaining tax identification numbers, opening bank accounts and enrolling your children in schools. CB Seal can also connect you with counselors to help ease any problems employees and family members may encounter while adjusting to a new culture.
Q. Which is a better way to pay for an employee’s relocation expenses: direct reimbursement or lump sum payment?
A. Each reimbursement option has its own advantages, depending on whether the employee or the hiring company prefers to take on more responsibility. A lump sum payment will reduce internal administrative functions by providing the relocating employee with funds to directly manage and pay expenses. Direct reimbursement, on the other hand, brings more precise information.
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