Our role is to guide you through the unique process of buying a floating home that meets your needs.
Most agents are only interested in closing the deal and try to give you the hard sell on a home. We are different.
We promise we will never “sell you” on a home. We are too honest to be salesmen.
When you work with us, it’s all about YOU and YOUR goals.
Our approach is that we will listen to your story, assess where you are financially, what your real estate goals are, and we will use our experience to advise you along the way, help you to learn what to look out for, protect your interests, reduce your risks, and caution you when things don’t seem quite right. Our financial background allows us to evaluate the market and your position, and guide you through every step toward finding the home of your dreams while keeping the most money possible in your pocket.
There is a reason we are the top floating home brokers year after year.
John McPherson lives in a floating home, and has experience with everything a floating home owner can experience. His background in finance and business is unparalleled in the residential real estate industry. John uses these skills as a real estate broker specializing in selling homes on land and water.
John deals in floating homes every day.
John has helped clients buy and sell floating homes at nearly all 60 moorages in the Portland Metro Area! We have seen everything and know all the key players and service providers onto river. We are part of the community.
John knows floating homes first-hand.
John’s qualifications which set him above other brokers who specialize in floating homes lie in his first-hand experience of the following which has given him a breath and depth of expertise that no other broker on the river can offer. John has personally experienced all of the following:
- Searching for floating home to purchase
- Obtaining financing for a floating home
- Float inspections and floating home inspections
- Purchasing a floating home
- Selling a floating tender house
- Having the float of his house replaced
- Working with an architect and engineer to design an addition to the floating home
- Working with contractors to build an addition to a floating home
- Working with the City of Portland building permitting services
- Knowledge and understanding of Title 28 building codes for floating structures
- Building a Deck
- Renting a floating home
- Marina Board registration
- Property taxes for floating homes
John understands what it is like to be someone curious about buying a floating home and has gained valuable expertise from his experiences which can benefit you.
We are on the river 365 days a year.
John McPherson lives in a floating home and deals in floating homes every day – we are on the river 365 days a year.
We are the only team on the river with two expert floating home brokers working for you. We can achieve more for you and with quicker response times than single brokers working alone. It is because we are both floating home experts and we are part of the largest brokerage in the PNW, that we can provide you with service and value that other single brokers working by themselves from smaller brokerages cannot.
Our clients appreciate that we have the expertise to help them with floating homes, but also help them buy or sell their homes on land as well. Single-Point-Of-Contact service for both transactions means less time our clients spend communicating with various stakeholders and less room for miscommunication or missed deadlines. Our expertise works for you.
We work and live on the river and are a part of this vibrant community.
We have relationships with service providers that you will need to interact with in order to purchase your floating home. Floating home lenders, float inspectors, licensed float repair contractors, and floating home appraisers. It is a small community and, when we call, we get responses from them. From our experience, we know which float inspector not to use and which float contractors need a water-tight contract. Let us use our knowledge to help you protect your investment.
You are going to love our Single-Point-of-Contact Service.
So you have found a floating home you love but have a home on land to sell first. Or, you thought you wanted to buy a floating home, but nothing meet your needs and you see a home on land you are interested in.
We can help you with your house purchase or listing on land. You will get access to the same Portland Floating Homes team, but we will list your house under The Portland Team marketing system.
Our clients appreciate that we have the expertise to help them with floating homes, but also help them buy or sell their homes on land as well. Our Single-Point-Of-Contact service for both transactions greatly reduces the time you spend communicating with various parties (title companies, brokers, lenders, contractors, etc.) and reduces the risk of miscommunication or missed deadlines when you choose to centralize the sale and purchase of your homes with us.
Our expertise works for you on land or water.
Avoid these mistakes when buying a floating home:
- Do NOT hire a real estate broker who has no floating home experience to represent you in a floating home transaction just because they are your friend or your family member. Do choose a real estate broker who specializes in floating homes. We’ve said it again and again, and we will say it some more. Choose a broker who understands the process of buying and selling floating homes. There are only a handful of expert floating home brokers. There are many more who claim to have expertise but can get you in trouble. When hiring a broker to help you purchase your floating home, we completely understand that you may not want to work with us. And that is ok (although we’d really love to represent you). But, please, choose a broker who specializes in floating homes. You can help determine who is an expert and who isn’t by asking the following questions:
- How long have you lived in Portland? Their answer will help you determine if they have enough familiarity with the area and its waterways.
- Do you live in a floating home? Their answer will help you determine what kind of experience they have with the process.
- If you do live in a floating home, did you have any float work done? Their answer will help you determine if they understand float construction, repairs and most importantly, who are the best and trusted licensed float contractors.
- How many floating home transactions have you represented? Any answer less than a dozen should inspire you to call the next person on your list.
- Do NOT buy a floating home from directly from a seller without representation. Craigslist always has a handful of floating homes listed and, perhaps, you are renting a floating home and, boy, does your landlord have a deal for you…buying directly from a seller is a very good way to lose money. We’ve seen it happen several times…it even happens to smart people who think they know how to look out for themselves. Again, floating homes and the process of purchasing them are different. One client we talked with purchased their home under contract directly from the seller on Craigslist and paid $260,000. She was ready to sell and, given market conditions, she planned to list it with us at $325,000, only to find out that not only was the float shot, but the entire structure had issues that had been there for years but she had never bothered to have it inspected by a licensed inspector when she purchased it. If you find a great house on Craigslist or want to buy the house from your landlord, and the seller said they won’t deal with a real estate broker, then chances are that seller is trying to make sure you don’t find out something worth knowing about the house.
- DO contact one of the two floating home lenders BEFORE you start looking at floating homes. Floating Home financing is trickier than financing a home on land. Check out our Guide: Floating Home Financing to consider whether or not a floating home is in your budget.
- Do NOT ignore our explanations of how the process if different than buying a home on land and do NOT sign paperwork you haven’t read. Surprisingly, many people think they know how to buy a floating house because they have bought plenty of houses on land. Floating homes are not considered Real Property like houses on land are. The paperwork is different, the process is different, the requirements are different. When we review the process and the purchase paperwork with you, pay attention. So often, we have represented buyers who can’t be bothered to take the time to understand the differences with floating homes even as we are explaining it to them. It’s ok to say you don’t understand. It’s ok to say you don’t know something. We will guide you through it. You must take the time to understand the process and the documents you are signing.
- Do NOT purchase a fixer-upper floating home to renovate on the cheap because you know (or are related to) a contractor and can do a lot of the work yourself. Most cheap floating homes are cheap because their float (their foundation) is shot. Your best friend or husband, sister or daughter may be the best contractor in the world, but float replacements start at $50,000, and can cost much more than this, for a reason. The materials are not items which can be bought at your big box hardware store. You will need specialized equipment – semi trucks, travel-lifts, barges and diving equipment to name just a few. If you attempt to repair or rebuild a float yourself, or worse, renovate the home on top of the float without addressing the shoddy float underneath, when you get ready to sell it, the float will be inspected and you will not be able to sell it without a solid float…which, again, costs around $50,000 to replace. There is almost never such a thing as a cosmetic renovation of a dilapidated floating house.