Portland could be one of the most incredibly amazing places on the East coast, but unfortunately the rental market makes it a miserable place to live. Lets start out with the positives. Casco bay is just gorgeous and the folks out in the hinterland are are a splendid lot, living what appears at times a storybook life. Where else in the world can you put money into a jar, for say some veggies, and rest assured that the rightful owner will enjoy the bounty for a summer's hard work? Portland is a great place to enjoy awesome local Kombucha, brew, spirits and treats. The restaurants are good, but lets face it, a quick trip down to Providence would set one straight with reality. We are responsible omnivores that do not advise vegetarians to base their move on the food scene. Overall, come on up if you are independently wealthy and can afford to buy shelter.My experience as a renter has been the worst in my life since I moved to Portland. Perhaps a run of bad luck, but I don't think so. My first experience was with a massive rental management company whose name I fear to mention. The apartment that I was forced to stay in, or lose a year of rent, had a wretched sewer smell emanating from the basement. The day I called it in, I could hear workers splashing in (I'm assuming) sewage. After explaining the situation to the rental company, I was asked if it was a surfer smell. Yes, the day I moved in the empty apartment smelled like the most amazing asian food (could they have actually piped spicy smell into the apartment to mask the smell -still a mystery to me). If you don't mind being treated like a college freshman without a cosigner, by all means rent from Porland's #1 juggernaut rental management company. My second experience was with an individual. Suffice it to say that at least one Portland landlord is intolerant of pregnant people. OK, I'm not talking about crying babies, but pregnant people. If you don't mind camping for a month in your 3rd trimester, do some homework about any potential landlords in Portland. Please do yourself a favor and watch the rental market for at least 6 months before making a decision to move here. Rental costs can increase $100 per year based on market prices, whatever that means. The last time I checked, the ability to find meaningful work that pays a living wage needed to be factored into the market value of shelter. I was raised to believe that rental property was an equity builder not a job. Not the case her - beware. One last thing - educate yourself on the economic term "consumer surplus." Cheers and safe traveling
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