Buying a Home in Portland & Vancouver, OR

Finding and purchasing a home that will meet your needs is a significant and often stressful time. Our goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible. We are experts in the area, and once we learn what it is that you’re looking for, finding your dream home is simple.

Before you start looking for a home you should ask yourself a few questions:

  • Where do you want to live? Are there particular neighborhoods or communities that you like?
  • What kind of house would you like (need)? Are you looking for a particular style? How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want?
  • Is a home office a necessity? Do you need a bonus room or flex-room?
  • Do you entertain often? Is a home suitable for entertaining something you’re looking for?
  • Do you want a yard, pool, gated or guard gated community?
  • Have you determined your price range or consulted a lender to determine the best price range?

Searching for your dream home can be a time-consuming experience. Working with our professional team will make the process much more efficient!

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Reviews from Past Buyers
Lauren was recommended to my wife and I for our cross-country move by our selling agent. We could not have been happier with the results. I distinctly remember on our very first call, her spending over 20 minutes describing the area and reassuring us before we even moved. It was a very awkward time to move as the fires were occuring and COVID was rampant. She is very direct, honest and professional. We were never swayed one way or another or pressured to make a decision. She was always responsive and thorough throughout the entire process, even with it being the holidays. Amongst all the issues going on, among other trauma's, Lauren was there for us. We could not have asked for more and consider her a friend at this point. Thanks again, Lauren! Tim and Dawn
Tim and Dawn Gilbert
As a first time home buyer who was purchasing from out of state, I found Lauren through a family referral and was really lucky to have found her. We hit it off immediately. She really listens, has a great eye for style and detail, and was so willing to go above and beyond for me (during the pandemic no less!). She gave such great advice and never complained about my widening the search radius. She keeps a positive attitude, is attentive, perceptive and very responsive. I ended up changing my mind last minute and we bought our house SIGHT UNSEEN (Due to Covid). Talk about putting your trust in someone! We could not be happier! I am recommending her to everyone I know! You cannot go wrong with Lauren.
Sara Lawson
Lauren was outstanding in every way. We are confident we would never have been able to buy this house without Lauren's expertise and skill. She is amazing!
Debra Taylor
I am very happy with how you handled the Condo Sale!!! Your fast and aggressive staging and marketing certainly set the stage for a very quick sale and an excellent, above asking, price.Your willingness to help with our personal complications made the whole experience much easier for us. You more than earned your commission! I will be more than happy to recommend you to any prospective clients.
Ray W.
Lauren has been an amazing addition to our family! She helped us find our home 5 years ago and then helped us sell it this past month. She has gone above and beyond her role as a relator to assist us in whatever we needed. Being a military family we had very little time to look/find a home and  then had almost no notice when we had to move and she took care of everything for us alleviating a huge stress on our family. IT was great knowing that Iwecould put my complete trust and faith in her to do what was in our best interest. We have appreciated everything she has done for us!
Laura Mancino Gabriele
Real estate wizard! Lauren Perreault has sold two of my homes and helped me buy one. She makes selling homes STRESS FREE! With her extensive local knowledge and professional expertise you know she is going to get the job done. I will continue to use Lauren for my real estate transactions and would  recommend her to anyone looking for the best. 
Chad Ullman
Lauren is an excellent realtor and very knowledgable of the area. She's very responsive and she makes sure that we get the right answers even after we bought the house. She provided great contacts for home services, helped with discounts on home materials, and provided potential contacts for new  friends in the area. 
Clarence Eder
Lauren is very professional and a pleasure to work with. She was very prompt to respond to my questions and on top of the entire process of the transaction. Lauren delved into research about the property so we felt comfortable with all of our decisions. She was just as excited about the new home  as I was. When we ran into a few snags with the seller's agent, Lauren handled the issues and lead the way. I would recommend Lauren to anyone who is looking for a knowledgable, honest and nice person. 
Susan Sherman
Lauren is a great RE professional. She helped us buy a home that we love. The sellers were very, very difficult to deal with, but Lauren kept us calm and we got the house! Also, Lauren is very knowledgeable about the real estate process both practical and legal. I understand RE professionals should  understand those points, but, unfortunately, that is not always the case. (I have had multiple friends with bad experiences because their RE agents were not up to speed on all the RE intricacies.) I've recommended her to everyone I know. Lauren will not let you down.
Paul Vargas
Lauren was great to work with, very knowledgeable about the area and the market and has lots of connections with local realtors which helped us get our offer accepted. Lauren also has provided us with many contractor recommendations for various improvements we have done since we bought the house.
Stacy Eder
Lauren is awesome! This was our second time around working with Lauren to sell our home. She was our buyers agent in 2010. She proved her knowledge and professionalism then, so when it came time to sell, there was no question of who to call. Maybe timing is everything, but she knew when to push us  and get things going.

The process went very smoothly and quickly. Lauren is extremely well connected with other agents and various local networks, which is nothing but advantageous to her clients. She has a solution to any problem that comes along. I love that she has multiple credentials and certifications; it proves her dedication to her profession, and she's a very smart lady.

Lauren is also very responsive to any concern, by email, text, or phone. We always felt like we were her only client, but I am quite sure we were not. And, to top it off, she is down to earth, genuine, and likeable, no stuffiness whatsoever. The size of your purchase or sale doesn't matter; she gives you excellent service. If we ever move back to the area, we'll be calling Lauren!!
Chris & Jen Wood
Lauren is wonderful and is an awesome agent. She took the time to explain the complained documents in easy manner to understand and guided me through each step by step. She follows up and make sure I was protected and negotiated that I had the fair deal. I would definitely recommend Lauren, she  follows up in timely manner and make sure you are on schedule with next step that has to be done. She has great resources and referrals that are trustworthy and honest.

Thank you Lauren for helping me buy my 1st home and have smooth and easy process.
Nati Kim
We were lucky enough to find Lauren Perreault online while researching South Bay real estate professions. After one brief phone conversation, I knew she was the right person to help us relocate two high schoolers, one fifth grader, three horses, two dogs and one cat from Houston to Palos Verdes.   Her knowledge of the area schools and neighborhoods was invaluable. It?s hard to move a large family, and she understood perfectly that we needed as little stress as possible. We initially rented a house, which went off without a hitch, and after a year and a half, Lauren helped us buy a beautiful home, which was priced in the lower end of our ideal range. We will definitely use Lauren for our next home purchase.
Katie C
Lauren was very proactive in making sure we got the right house for us. Although we were not living in the US she would always update us on listings and when we saw something we liked she would go out of her way to go check out the house take pictures and videos and make us feel like we were there  to see the house ourselves. We've been looking for the right house for us since 2006 and she never gave up on us and kept sending those listings until finally in 2014 with her help she got us a great house. I would recommend Lauren to anyone who is looking for a house. She knows her stuff! 
Jon & Cisca Awong
I literally met Lauren by chance one afternoon at a local nail salon and have believed that it was meant to be! Prior to that, my husband and I were trying to find a house ourselves, by checking new listings and driving by everyone interesting house we saw! This went on for nearly 2 years, and  every time we found a house that we thought we'd like to pursue, it was already pending! Well, after meeting Lauren she went right to work looking for our forever home. It was while we were touring a home in Forest Grove, that we happened upon the house we bought. Lauren wasted no time getting us into see the house (that same evening) and even less time running comps and helping us put together an offer that was accepted! Lauren was very hands on during the entire process and always was available to answer questions, offer advice and even sooth our sometimes very stressed nerves! I would recommend Lauren's services to anyone from first time home buyers, to the most seasoned home buyer. Should we ever decide to buy again, she will be our first call. Her knowledge, skill and experience will make your real estate transaction, as successful as our has been.
Terri Engelman
Lauren was very helpful and patient while working with us to acquire two investment properties. She continues to advise us, provide current market information, and keeps us in mind when she comes across property meeting our investment criteria. Thank you Lauren!
Todd & Catriona Kelly
I bought my home through Lauren and cannot be happier with the transaction. She found a house for me that was not yet on the market (but in the process of getting listed) that matched everything on both my wants and my needs lists. She smoothed out several snags from the sellers and allowed me to  concentrate on getting ready to move and not worry about the details of the transaction. I would recommend her for any intelligent buyer who wants a sharp agent who knows the market and how to negotiate the best deal for her clients.
Mary Gerstner
Being a first time home buyer, I was very nervous about the entire process. Lauren patiently guided me through every step, answered all my questions, and negotiated with the sellers to my advantage. So glad I was referred to Lauren by a friend!
Dylan Wills
Lauren helped us buy a duplex in Portland which closed in August. She was great at identifying potential properties, giving us useful information about the relevant neighborhoods (we are not from the area)and the rental potential (we are renting one of the units), was extremely responsive whenever  needed, and helped see us through a more complicated than expected close process. She is also a fun person to deal with, which is always nice. We highly recommend her.
D'Arcy, Jim and Jen Kirkland
To whom it would concern,
Our family has utilized the services of Lauren Perreault for a number of years now. Lauren represented us in 2010 when we purchased a home and needed someone with masterful negotiation skills to execute the Purchase and Sales agreement. Subsequently, in
  2014 we had a transition to NorCal and needed to sell the same home. Lauren again applied her local knowledge of the area and responded immediately. We sold the home for full price in a short period of time and were very thankful for her services. We also go back many years as personal friends and Lauren has always been there for me/us.
Diane & Robin Haller
Lauren is the best Realtor I have worked with- I have worked with 3 other Realtors in the past 10 years and Lauren is the best one. She has changed the way I look at real estate agents. She was conscientious, diligent & knowledgeable. I have been left high and dry in the past with other Realtors, but not with Lauren. As my move was from out of state, she even referred me to a local Realtor to help sell my house! Would definitely go with her again but on the other hand, I'm hoping to not move again EVER!
Dr. Jack Ji
My husband and I were referred to Lauren Perreault by a good friend of mine who had previously used her as their Realtor. My friend said she was terrific and we were NOT disappointed. We contacted her to buy an investment property in Portland even though we live in California (better returns up   there!) and ended up buying two different duplexes at the same time. From thoroughly helping me understand the market and the returns available, making sure I had a last minute tour when I was unexpectedly able to fly to Portland, and taking care of every detail -- she was thorough about ensuring we were protected. She recommended an inspection that seemed at first like overkill but we are so glad we did it -- turns out the sewer line, to a brand new building was crushed, which could have cost us many thousands if discovered later. Lauren's experience guided us to do this, thus saving us from a big bill. Lauren always followed through and was on top of the entire process -- if she said she would take care of something, she did! Awesome is a word I used frequently to describe her work and you cannot go wrong with hiring her to be your Realtor. We now own two shiny new buildings in the area and I will definitely use her again if we purchase more property there.
Paige Hirschkop
Where do I begin....well, my husband and I just closed on our very first home and WE KNOW we could not have done it without the help of our awesome agent Lauren! To say that our escrow was a "bumpy" road is an understatement but as in Lauren's terms..."it's been bumpy but I'll land this  plane"...and that she did!!! As new home buyers, my husband and I were pretty clueless about what the home buying experience entailed. We had just started searching online and Lauren was the first Agent to call us back and that was willing to take a chance on us. We understood we were not the "most financially" attractive buyers, but that never stopped Lauren from putting in 110% for us from the start. We found a home pretty quickly in our search that was within budget, great school district and in good shape. After our offer was accepted, unfortunately our "luck" went quickly downhill. From dealing with an irresponsible selling agent and sellers who never cared about the "escrow" timeline--made for a very stressful home-buying experience. Through it all, Lauren guided us and kept us calm. She was hands on from the start-communicating constantly with the selling agent, escrow and our broker/lender until answers that were satisfactory were received. She always kept us in the loop of all communications and walked us through every form before we felt comfortable to sign. It was a true blessing we found Lauren. I don't think we would have stuck through this process without her guidance and support. If you are looking for an agent who is kind, extremely patient, supportive, honest and down right just good at their job--Lauren is the right agent for you! 
Erica Vargas
I wanted to find a place at the beach. I found Lauren online and gave her a call. Within 5 minutes she called me back and at that point, I knew I had picked the right person to help me. We set up a meet to look at places the next day. She was so knowledgeable about every aspect of the market and  the whole process, that within that first hour I realized that my dream of owning a place at the beach could really happen. She recommended a mortgage company that she works with that would be able to give me an FHA loan with only 3.5% down payment. ( I thought that I would need 10% ,if not 20%), but she was looking out for me from the very start.

I found the perfect place that day, and from then on it was smooth sailing. Lauren oversaw everything. She is so efficient and on top of everything that the whole process was painless; and after 30 days of escrow- I had the keys to my new place at the beach.

I seriously cannot thank her enough for everything she did for me to make my dream happen. I recommend her to everybody I know because she went above and beyond for me and she will for you too. From the bottom of my heart I thank her because I really don't think I would be here if it wasn't for her.
Rose Gaston
My boyfriend and I stumbled on Lauren Perrault quite by accident. We had been browsing through Zillow and Redfin for a couple of months, looking at what was available in our area. Being first time buyers, we didn’t know anything about home ownership… we didn’t know how much we could afford, how  to get a loan, how much we would need for a down payment, what our mortage payments would look like, or even whether buying a house was something that was possible for us. By chance, I called the listing agent on one of the houses that I was looking at online. Lauren answered, and told me that the place had just gone in escrow, but that I could come by and take a look at the place and put in a back up offer if I wanted to. Well, we were definitely not ready put in any sort of offer at the time, and told her so. She asked me a few more questions about where we were in our search, and then we set up a meeting to discuss our situation. When we finally met, I was glad we did. We found Lauren to be very knowlegable about the real estate market in the South Bay where we were looking to buy. She walked us through the process, helped us to get pre-approved for a loan, so that we did not waste any time looking at houses that we would not be able to afford. Looking at houses with Lauren turned out to be very informative as well. She definitely listened to what we were looking for in a house, and showed us all the properties in our price range that we wanted to look at. She has a very direct, no-nonsense style when showing properties, which we really appreciated. She helped us to narrow down our search area, and specifically, what we were looking for in our new place. When we would do walk throughs with Lauren, she pointed out all the possible problems that she saw with a house, and made sure that we were making an informed decision. She would point out cracks in foundations that we didn’t see, told us that if we went forward, we would definitely want to get that inspected. She would point out sloping floors, stains that may/may not be water damage, condition of furnaces, etc… and also knew approximately how much it would cost to fix these things. After just 2 months of looking, we found the place we wanted and… voila! We were in Escrow! But the problems didn’t end there. The place that we wanted to call home happened to be a short- sale… a very complicated and messy process, with many ups and downs, many discussions and negotiations with the bank. Luckily, because we had Lauren, we didn’t have to deal with any of this. She kept us informed of what was going on, but not so much that we were stressed out all the time. We had faith that Lauren would make it happen at the price we wanted to pay, and eventually, the bank agreed. Lauren also helped us get our new house FHA approved so that we could afford the down payment. She worked with the lender and the home owner’s association gathering all the documents needed to make this happen. Trust me when I say I am glad that I did not have to do this on my own. I was bcc’d on all the emails going back and forth, so I know how much effort it took on her part to make this happen. We have been in our new home for about 6 months now, and couldn’t be happier. I would enthusiastically recommend Lauren to any first time home buyers (or any buyers for that matter) looking in the South Bay.

On a separate note: To first time home buyers, I would definitely recommend taking the extra time and effort to get pre-approved for a loan, not just pre-qualified. It took a lot of the guess work out of the equation when looking for a new house. I felt better knowing that I could afford every house that I was looking at vs just hoping I could.
Nancy Choe & Howard Erikson