By now many Portlanders have heard that Oregon is the top moving destination in the country, according to the annual survey compiled by United Van Lines.
Approximately 70 percent of those who move to Oregon settle in the Portland metro area, which is why outsiders are widely blamed for driving up housing costs here. Portland has the 12th highest rents in the country and the average home price topped $400,000 for the first time in May.
But the owner of a local moving company says far more people are moving within the region every day. They are competing with each other for available apartments and houses — driving up prices even without competition from recent immigrants.
“It’s not earth-shattering to say the housing market is heating up. A lot of the time, it’s renters moving up to better rentals, or renters buying their first homes, or homeowners moving up to bigger homes because they’re having kids,” says Ben Hoskins, who owns You Move Me Portland, the local franchise of a national company that specializes in relatively short moves.
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