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Portland Oregon Floating Homes Floating Homes  101 1Instead of opening up the window of your home in the city
and viewing a weed-strewn yard (which you would have to maintain
if you owned a "typical" home on land), floating home residents can
actually open up their windows and drop out a fishing line. Yes, it's kind
of a lazy way to go about it, but catching dinner directly from the
window (or the deck) of your very own floating home is something
that has to be experienced to be fully appreciated.

And talk about a view!

All views get a little old after a time, however, and should you decide at
some point that you want a change of scenery, you can actually move
your floating home to a new marina (provided your floating home is
docked at a rental moorage facility - see below for more info)...and this is
something you obviously cannot do if you own a traditional home on land.
You're stuck with the view until you sell the home and move.

If you are in love with the great outdoors, living on a floating home can
be an incredibly rewarding, spiritually incomparable experience. And if you
like to entertain, having your friends and family over for dinner will be a uniquely
enjoyable experience for every single one of your house guests, too.

Living on the water, however, is not for everyone, and there are a few
things you should know before you decide to "take the plunge"...

All floating homes have to be moored (docked somewhere)...
and all moorage facilities have corresponding monthly maintenance
fees, which include your utility costs (electricity, water, sewer, garbage,
etc.) as well as other fees.There are two basic types of moorages
that are available when the owner of a floating home is looking
for a place to "anchor" their home - rental moorages,
and homeowners' association moorages.

In the case of a rental moorage, you are renting the actual slip
(the actual moorage, the place where you dock your boat) and your
landlord will typically pay all the taxes and insurance on the moorage
itself and all associated real property costs (such as maintaining the docks
and common areas). The monthly fees that a floating home owner pays for
rental moorages are typically higher than those that are paid by the
homeowner at homeowners' association moorages.

In the case of a homeowners' association moorage, you would actually
buy the slip (buy the "water lot" where you dock your home) and as a result
of owning your slip, you would typically have a correspondingly lower monthly
maintenance fee. Call me directly at 503-807-4504 or email me right here if
you have any questions about any of this, and I will fill you in on the details.
It all depends on where you moor your floating home, as each floating home
association and rental moorage facility has its own unique rules and fees...

 ***There is one significant TAX ADVANTAGE involved in buying
your floating home slip (instead of renting the slip). Let's say your floating
home has an assessed value of $400,000 - and $100,000 of that total value is
the assessed value of the slip. Well...if you own your own slip, in this case,
you would only pay taxes on $300,000 of that $400,000 total - because the
assessed value of the slip is not taxed! If you are planning for your retirement,
this is a very valuable bit of information...and since more and more retirees
are opting for the floating home lifestyle, I thought it would be wise
to throw that vital piece of information into the mix here...

There are over 30 moorage facilities in the Greater Portland Area,
and many of the top facilities, along with their attendant monthly fees for slip
ownership, are located on this page. I'm available to answer any questions
you might have about the process and challenges involved in purchasing
a floating home, and guide you through these uncertain waters...so contact
me when you're ready and I'll help you make an informed decision
about the best place to moor your floating home.

When considering the purchase of a floating home, one of the most
critical aspects of the process is the inspection of the float. The float is the
actual foundation of the floating home. And because the majority of the float is
below the waterline and not visible to the naked eye, prospective buyers need
to have a professional inspect this "undercarriage" of the floating home, and the
general underwater condition of the floating home, prior to making an offer.


It is also very advisable to have the rest of the home inspected as well.
Contact me for more information about the inspection process as it pertains to
floating homes - it's not as scary as it sounds, it's just different. And we are all
typically a bit afraid of things that we haven't encountered before.

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 Important Terms and Definitions:

Portland Oregon Floating Homes Floating Homes 101 2Floats (also called Flotation or Flotational Devices or Flotational Systems): These
are devices on which your floating home rests, providing the buoyancy that keeps your
home above water. There are several types of floats that underpin a standard floating home,
and here are some of the common types: Rafts, pontoons, barge/scow floats, and box floats.

***Barge/scow floats are floats that are converted from the hull of an actual ship and are
 used as the "float" of your floating home. Some barge floats are built brand-new, but
many are merely salvaged from old barges and scows. Salvaged wooden and metal hulls
work very well as floats, and most have a bilge pump inside the hollow interior of the float
which are utilized in the event of water leaks.

***Box floats are large, seaworthy boxes that are built from wood, metal, styrofoam,
or other seaworthy materials, and attached together to form a working float. Box floats
are actually large floating docks on which the actual floating home is affixed.
Box floats are typically sealed, hollow or filled with styrofoam.

***Pontoon floats are typically comprised of two long floats which are made of
fiberglass, steel, aluminum, plywood, or any number of other floatable materials - and
are placed lengthwise along the bottom of the actual home. They are typically set at the
outer edges of the home and are connected by a smaller, bracketlike support structure.
Pontoon floats are either completely hollow, or they are filled with a foam product. Pontoon
floats are very effective when it comes to towing a house boat, which is something the
homeowner might have to do, if they want to "relocate", or if they are
bringing a brand-new floating home into their slip.

***Raft floats are the most common type of float. Tree logs serve as the foundation of
the raft float, and after they are bundled together into a cohesive flotational structure,
your floating home rests directly on top of the raft. Some of the floating homes found
around the world have been resting on the same logs for several decades.
 Logs do eventually become "waterlogged" and sink, but it's a very slow process.


All flotational systems (floats) have their own unique advantages and disadvantages.
The deterioration of the materials that comprise the float is the most pressing issue here,
especially for floating homes on salt water - within the floating home communities in
Oregon, we don't have to worry about deteriorating floats as frequently (due to the fact
that all of our floating homes are moored in fresh water). Even so, it's always wise to
have a thorough inspection done on the floats of any floating home
you are considering purchasing.

Floating home: A home built on "floats" that is anchored
to a semi-permanent location on the water.

House barge: A floating home with a hull that is constructed for towing/navigating the
water if the owner wants to relocate. A house barge houses people directly on the water,
but it does not need to comply with the construction and utility requirements
applicable to floating homes. House barges are more typical in the Seattle area.

Houseboat: A live-aboard vessel that has its own motor and is free to travel
the waterways, not having to be moored in one permanent location.

Moorage: A facility for docking, or housing, a floating home. The owner of a
floating home will have a slip that will be located within a moorage facility.

Slip: The "water lot" at a moorage where a floating home is "anchored".
Some moorages rent slips; while others sell slips.

Stringer: A support beam that supports and connects the wooden logs found within
a float. (You can watch an informative, brief video about floating home stringer repair -
which will explain a lot about stringers - right here.)

Swim float: An extension that is built on to the deck of a floating home, designed
as an area where people can swim, or entertain, and have more deck space.

***To read a series of floating home FAQ's, click here.

***To watch some brief, informative videos about living on the water
 in a Portland Oregon floating home, floating homes inspections
and floating home repair, click here.

Portland Oregon Floating Homes Graham MardenGraham Marden is a REALTOR® and a broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate in Portland, Oregon. Marden, who holds the Graduate REALTOR®
Institute (GRI) designation, has been selling floating homes on the river and real property
on land in the Portland area since 1994. Graham Marden ranks among the Top 1% of
real estate agents nationwide in terms of overall Web site traffic. If you are interested in
buying or selling a floating home anywhere in Oregon, floating homes expert Graham
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