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Thinking of moving to the Pacific Northwest? You're not alone. In 2017, Seattle and Portland were the 1st and 3rd most popular cities for relocating residents*. With bustling economies, a diverse variety of cuisine, and endless recreation possibilities, it's no wonder. But how do you choose the perfect neighborhood in these big cities?

Dreams of home ownership are often sparked by major life events, including college graduation, marriage, children, and retirement. The need for space, comfort, convenience, tax breaks and the satisfaction of being a homeowner spurs many renters into buying. And surprise! Dog owners are driving the buying trend.

Dreaming of a new home can be fun and exciting. But when you’re ready to begin the buying process, it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Should you move to a different state? Should you stick around? Do you want a different kind of home? Is the busy city calling your name or are you content with rural peace and quiet? How can you find the best real estate agent and lender?

In the Pacific Northwest, the real estate market is on fire. It’s been a seller’s market for a while, and 2017 is showing the same trends. Folks want to live here, and we can’t blame them. But finding the perfect home with such low inventory is tough. And winning the bidding war? That’s an even bigger challenge. So what’s a buyer to do?

Also known as Nob Hill, Northwest Portland or the Alphabet District, Portland Uptown is one of the city’s most alluring neighborhoods. With everything to offer from renowned rose gardens to world-famous ice cream shops, the sightseeing opportunities in this community are endless! Below, we’ve picked out the best of what Uptown has to offer and packed it into one fun-filled day for the entire family. Follow the carefully planned itinerary, or mix-and-match to create your own Uptown adventure.

If you're looking for a peaceful, safe and friendly community within minutes of downtown Seattle , Madison Park is the perfect place. A neighborhood where everyone knows each other, it features unique boutiques and restaurants, and impressive period homes on tree-lined streets.      

May 24, 2016

Written by:

Charly Tate

I consider myself a Foodie, but I’m by no means a fantastic cook; I just love food. Practice makes perfect, and someday I may be confident in my ability to throw anything together and create a tasty dish. Until then, I often find myself in various restaurants and hot spots in and around Seattle. If you’re looking for culinary variety, you won’t be disappointed! Trust me. 

Apr 27, 2016

Written by:

Charly Tate

Spring is just getting started. But already, Seattle has experienced summer-like weather with temperatures higher than 80 degrees, and plenty of sunshine. In the Pacific Northwest, you learn to take advantage of such glorious days! There's a lot to do outside, in and around Seattle and Portland.

How much is enough when it comes to investigating what will most likely be your largest financial investment?

Feb 3, 2016

Written by:

Charly Tate

Of all the places I’ve visited in and around Seattle, Tacoma continues to surprise me the most. I’ve driven through it countless times on road trips down I-5, and you see so much of it from the road, it’s easy to assume you’ve experienced the city in its entirety. But if you head off the freeway and explore, you’ll see the best Tacoma has to offer. There are hidden gems everywhere in this town.

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