Frequently Asked Questions

So what makes us Alternative… When first established in 1995 we were one of the first locally-owned boutique real estate firms in Portland, the only ​alternative ​to the big corporations. We choose to remain a small brokerage to ensure all of our agents have thorough training and mentorship with industry vets. Our reputation for being authentic and hard-working has cultivated deep connections with our clients, developing into a strong referral-based community.

We do not work with rentals. We typically recommend because it pulls from different websites and puts it in one platform. If you’re looking for a furnished short-term rental, here is a link.

We specialize in close in Portland neighborhoods, but here is a list of nearby locations our agents have worked in:

  • Beaverton
  • Milwaukie
  • Oregon City
  • Gresham
  • Hillsboro
  • Lake Oswego
  • West Linn
  • Tigard

Absolutely! Here are a few of our preferred lenders:

If you have specific questions please contact us.

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There are a bunch of areas we would steer you towards. Check out for school ratings on a map. If you have a property in mind and you want to confirm what schools feed to the house, check out this web portal ​HERE.

Read about Portland neighborhoods here.