Floating Homes

$60,000
$60,000 - 2Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Scappoose
2 Beds
1 Bath
900 Sqft
50776 Dike Rd Unit 2 Scappoose , OR 97056
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$75,000
$75,000 - Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Portland
1 Bath
306 Sqft
23548 Nw St Helens Rd Portland , OR 97231
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$99,000
$99,000 - Br/0Ba -  for Sale in Portland
1,325 Sqft
530 Ne Tomahawk Island Dr Unit A4 Portland , OR 97217
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$165,000
$165,000 - 2Br/1Ba -  for Sale in The Dalles
2 Beds
1 Bath
962 Sqft
101 N Boat Basin Rd Unit B-18 The Dalles , OR 97058
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$179,500
$179,500 - 2Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Scappoose
2 Beds
1 Bath
900 Sqft
50900 Dike Rd Unit C-7 Scappoose , OR 97056
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$212,500
$212,500 - 1Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Blue Lake Neighborhood, Portland
1 Bed
1 Bath
560 Sqft
19609 Ne Marine Dr Unit E-5 Portland , OR 97230
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$224,500
$224,500 - 1Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Blue Lake Neighborhood, Portland
1 Bed
1 Bath
1,078 Sqft
19609 Ne Marine Dr Unit G 4 Portland , OR 97230
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$225,000
$225,000 - 1Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Ducks Moorage, Portland
1 Bed
1 Bath
1,104 Sqft
18699 Ne Marine Dr Unit D4 Portland , OR 97230
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$227,500
$227,500 - 1Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Big Eddy Marina, Portland
1 Bed
1 Bath
1,056 Sqft
19609 Ne Marine Dr Unit F 3 Portland , OR 97230
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$249,000
$249,000 - 1Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Scappoose
1 Bed
1 Bath
526 Sqft
34326 Johnsons Landing Rd Unit A-3 Scappoose , OR 97056
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$249,000
$249,000 - 1Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Mccuddy's Landing Marina, Scappoose
1 Bed
1 Bath
830 Sqft
34326 Johnsons Landing Rd Unit B6 Scappoose , OR 97056
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$249,000
$249,000 - 1Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Bridgeton Neighborhood, Portland
1 Bed
1 Bath
788 Sqft
429 N Bridgeton Rd Unit 9 Portland , OR 97217
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$249,900
$249,900 - 1Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Portland
1 Bed
1 Bath
605 Sqft
23548 Nw Saint Helens Rd Unit S16 Portland , OR 97231
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$284,900
$284,900 - 1Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Portland
1 Bed
1 Bath
800 Sqft
1615 N Jantzen Ave Portland , OR 97035
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$298,500
$298,500 - 2Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Portland
2 Beds
1 Bath
820 Sqft
24800 Nw Saint Helens Rd Unit L02 Portland , OR 97231
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$310,000
$310,000 - 2Br/1Ba -  for Sale in The Islands Moorage, Portland
2 Beds
1 Bath
800 Sqft
18989 Ne Marine Dr Unit 22 Portland , OR 97230
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$319,900
$319,900 - 2Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Portland
2 Beds
1 Bath
1,000 Sqft
18989 Ne Marine Dr Unit D-57 Portland , OR 97230
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$330,000
$330,000 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Portland
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,525 Sqft
559 Ne Bridgeton Rd Portland , OR 97211
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$380,000
$380,000 - 2Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Portland
2 Beds
1 Bath
1,012 Sqft
23586 Nw St Helens Rd Unit U76 Portland , OR 97231
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$389,000
$389,000 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Tomahawk Island, Portland
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,728 Sqft
300 Ne Tomahawk Island Dr Unit E10 Portland , OR 97217
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$389,000
$389,000 - 1Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Portland
1 Bed
1 Bath
740 Sqft
1837 N Jantzen Ave Portland , OR 97217
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$394,995
$394,995 - 2Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Weilert Marina, Scappoose
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,907 Sqft
26312 Nw St Helens Rd Unit A Scappoose , OR 97056
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$399,000
$399,000 - 2Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Portland
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,144 Sqft
23500 Nw Saint Helens Rd Unit S6 Portland , OR 97035
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$399,000
$399,000 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Portland
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,525 Sqft
23560 Nw St Helens Rd Unit N-4 Portland , OR 97231
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$415,000
$415,000 - 3Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Portland
3 Beds
1 Bath
1,498 Sqft
1849 N Jantzen Ave Portland , OR 97217
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$425,000
$425,000 - 2Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Portland
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,890 Sqft
18699 Ne Marine Dr Unit C8 Portland , OR 97230
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$475,000
$475,000 - 2Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Portland
New
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,770 Sqft
15500 Nw Ferry Dr Unit 12a,b Portland , OR 97231
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$514,900
$514,900 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Class Harbor, Portland
4 Beds
3 Baths
1,735 Sqft
3939 N Marine Dr Unit #13 Portland , OR 97217
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$515,000
$515,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Portland
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,078 Sqft
3939 N Marine Dr Unit 4 Portland , OR 97217
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$525,000
$525,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Portland
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,282 Sqft
1951 N Jantzen Ave Portland , OR 97217
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$539,000
$539,000 - 1Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Columbia River, Portland
1 Bed
1 Bath
1,428 Sqft
2630 N Hayden Island Dr Unit 25 Portland , OR 97217
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$549,000
$549,000 - 2Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Hayden Island, Portland
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,256 Sqft
1627 N Jantzen Portland , OR 97217
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$559,000
$559,000 - 2Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Portland
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,628 Sqft
1677 N Jantzen Ave Portland , OR 97207
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$575,000
$575,000 - 2Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Jantzen Beach Moorage, Portland
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,846 Sqft
1975 N Jantzen Ave Portland , OR 97217
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$599,000
$599,000 - 2Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Columbia River, Portland
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,849 Sqft
3939 N Marine Dr Unit 9 Portland , OR 97217
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$599,000
$599,000 - 2Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Portland
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,407 Sqft
2630 N Hayden Island Dr Unit 12 Portland , OR 97217
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$599,000
$599,000 - 2Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Multnomah Channel, Scappoose
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,936 Sqft
27448 Nw St Helens Rd Unit 462 Scappoose , OR 97056
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$605,000
$605,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Portland
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,865 Sqft
2039 Jantzen Ave Portland , OR 97217
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$639,000
$639,000 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Columbia Ridge Marina, Portland
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,393 Sqft
18525 Ne Marine Dr Unit E3 Portland , OR 97230
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$699,000
$699,000 - 2Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Mcguire Point Marina, Portland
2 Beds
2 Baths
2,142 Sqft
17809 Ne Marine Dr Unit D1 Portland , OR 97230
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome
$874,500
$874,500 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Macadam Bay, Portland
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,860 Sqft
7720 S Macadam Ave Portland , OR 97219
Status: Active
Property Type: Floatinghome

 

 

About Floating Homes

Floating homes are a unique kind of real estate.  Most brokers, even in Portland, have never bought or sold one.  The purchase and sale of floating homes are more complex due to limited financing alternatives, inspections involved, the particulars of moorages, geographic dispersion, etc.  The market for floating homes is definitely one in which you want your agent to have some expertise.  We have seen everything, from agents marketing a floating house with a “solid float” (which it was later discovered needed $50,000 worth of work, for crying out loud into a windstorm!!!) and agents marketing properties stating that the home was fully financeable with an FHA or VA loan.  FHA and VA loans cannot be used to buy a floating house.  We can help you through the financing process as you buy a floating house.  Contact us to find out which lenders will lend for the purchase of floating homes.  There are just too many nuances to buying and selling floating homes to trust it to someone who has little to no experience, no matter how great the broker might be otherwise.

Floating Homes For Sale

Floating home owners in the Portland area are almost like the six degrees from Kevon Bacon game; almost everyone knows someone who knows someone who lives in, or has lived in, a floating home.  With Portland rents skyrocketing and house prices rising, many people are looking toward Portland’s “Next Frontier” where there is still affordable housing and people can live a more adventurous life.  Retiring Baby Boomers are looking to be closer to their boats.  Gen X-ers are tired of home maintenance and yard work.  There are better things to do during the weekend than mowing the grass and pulling weeds.  Millennials are looking for the next adventure where they can come home every day to ‘a vacation.”  Floating homes meet many of these lifestyle goals.

A floating home is exactly what is sounds like.  It’s a normal home that sits on top of a float – typically constructed of logs or concrete.  Depending on your location, you will rent or own the slip which your home is moored to.  If you own the slip, you will pay a monthly fee to the Home Owners Association (HOA) for typical upkeep of the ground and services.  HOA fees also typically cover water, sewer, and garbage which you would normally pay directly to the utility companies if you had a home on land.  Every moorage has its own set of rules and you must agree to them as part of your lease whether you rent the slip or, as a condition of your membership in the HOA, you own the slip.

Steps to Owning a floating home:

Prepare to buy a floating home

  1. Interested in a floating home but have so many questions? – Call The Portland Team. We are always happy to talk with you about floating houses, and houses on land for that matter.
  2. Contract with an experienced floating home realtor – Even if you do not choose to work with The Portland Team, PLEASE select a realtor who has bought or sold at least 5 floating homes…do NOT use your sister-in-law or BFF if they have NEVER sold a floating home.
  3. Secure financing, if necessary – The Portland Team can refer you to the few lenders who will loan on a floating home. Most require 20% down and offer 15- to 30-year terms.

 

Look at floating homes, find one, make an offer

  1. Find the home of your dreams – The Portland Team can help you – more than any other broker, we have great deal of inside information about each house listed and also what is coming on the market soon.
  2. Negotiate – The Portland Team knows floating homes. We understand the market and also what it takes to repair things on floating homes.  With our expertise and deep background in negotiations, we can help you navigate that path towards floating home ownership as effortlessly as it can be.

Evaluate, inspect, and finish negotiations for your floating home

  1. After we help you arrive at a mutually-accepted offer, if you are a buyer, you will need to complete the rest of the process. We will help you navigate the rules, bylaws, HOA documents, board minutes, residency application, inspection process, interaction with the title company, background and credit checks… all of it.  Do not make the mistake of assuming Fido can come with you to your floating home; some moorages allow dogs while others don’t.  Floating home moorages are similar to condominiums in that the owners want to ensure the safety of all residents by properly vetting you to make sure you aren’t on the next episode of America’s Most Wanted.
  2. Depending on the results of the inspections, yes, plural, we’ll negotiate on your behalf…again.
  3. Hurry up and wait. This is the part of the process that can be eerily quiet as we wait for documents to be processed and loan underwriters to cross Ts, dot Is, sometimes cross Is and dot Ts, and whatever else they do as you prepare for the successful closing of your transaction.  It’s the time for you to daydream about what adventures wait in store for you.

Closing the deal – Woo hoo! You can now sell your lawn mower and spend your days boating, fishing, kayaking, and spotting sea lions from your front deck.

Floating homes
Floating homes

Call us anytime.  We would be happy to help you.  John 503.406.1776.  Broker licensed in Oregon with Premiere Property Group, LLC.