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'No Californians' Stickers Being Placed On For Sale Signs In Portland

With the price of local realty going up, residents of Portland are upset - and they're blaming Californians. 

Portland real estate agents have reported finding anti-Californian stickers placed on their For Sale signs around the city.

Realtor Lori Fenwick was sent a picture of one of the stickers on a sign of hers by a buyer. She shared it to a Facebook group for local realtors. 

Other realtors replied to tell Fenwick that they had also seen the stickers around. 

Quinn Irvine of M Realty said that somebody put a sticker with a picture of California with a red slash through it on one of his signs at a property that he was selling. 

"A lot of these homes are going into bidding wars and going over ask price," said Irvine. "And a lot of these guys are getting outbid. And I think they're going around to agents who have properties that have sold over ask price and putting anti-California stickers."

Fenwick said that somebody covered up her name on one of her signs with a sticker with the phrase "STOP THE BUBBLE."

"People think that our signs magically appear," Fenwick said. "But they don't. We pay money for them, and it's none of their business to be putting stickers on them."

Fenwick and Irvine have both confirmed, however, that they are selling to a lot of out-of-state buyers, mostly from California.

Irvine said that he is currently working with several buyers from San Francisco and he said, "One guy's cash."

"There's the lowest inventory we've had in over 10 years, and people are frustrated," said Irvine. "They're basically blaming Californians for raising their real estate prices."

Fenwick's view on out-of-state buyers moving to town, as a Portland native herself, is simply, "the more the merrier."

Sources: Oregon Live, KATU

Photo Credit: Screenshot via KATU


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