Homes & Real Estate Buyer Resources
Here you'll find a few resources we think will be useful to you as a buyer. On this page you'll see a few featured listings, a property search form and a few local partners and mortgage lenders to get you started.
Talking to a lender about your interest in purchasing a home is the most important first step to take. The local lenders that live and work in our community can be of great assistance to you. It’s most important to have a pre-approval letter from them when making an offer. This shows the seller that you have done your homework and you are qualified to purchase the home. It doesn’t take to long too do it either. If your credit score is lower than what you thought it would be, they can help give you advice to improve your score to get a better interest rate. The better your credit score, the better interest rate you will have.
Local Insurance Agents
When purchasing a home your lender will visit with you about getting an insurance binder (home insurance) for the home that you are purchasing. An insurance binder is a quick way to say that you will need to get insurance for the home that you are purchasing.
After your offer has been accepted by the seller, it is recommended to have the home inspected by a professional inspector. Normally you have this done within 10 or 12 business days after offer has been accepted by the parties. The inspection takes about 3 to 4 hours, depending on the size of the home. It’s recommended that you attend the inspection with the inspector if they are ok with it. Some inspectors like to have the home to themselves during the inspections.
Bethany Micka of Pillar to Post
Justin Ashlock - Gaurdian Home Inspections
Doug Elliott of Eagle Cap Inspections LLC
When your closing is getting closer, you will need to contact the city water & sewer departments to start or shut off services. Here’s a list of contacts in the communities in Eastern Oregon.
Baker City: 541-523-6541
City of La Grande: 541-962-1313
City of Pendleton: 541-966-0201
City of Hermiston: 541-567-5521
City of Pilot Rock: 541-443-2811
City of Athena: 541-566-3862
City of Union: 541-562-5197
City of Richland: 541-893-6141
Island City: 541-963-5017
City of Imbler: 541-534-6095
City of Elgin: 541-437-2253
City of Haines: 541-856-3366
City of Cove: 541-568-4566
City of North Powder: 541-898-2185
Another step in the closing process is transferring utilities in your name or out of your name. It’s very easy to miss this part in the purchasing or selling process and gets overlooked quite often.
Avista Utilities is the natural gas provider in Union County: Contact is 800-827-9187 (hint: ask for a representative when you call)
OTEC is the Electrical provider: Contact is 541-523-3616 for Baker county and 541-963-3155 in La Grande
Most buyers will want to have Internet in their homes today. Some homes may have a dish or a receiver for their Internet. Most times the new buyer will contact the current provider to transfer services over to their name. Here’s a list of local partners in our area.
Charter Spectrum (Cable/Internet/Phone)
Union County Schools
Union County has six area school districts. La Grande Schools is the largest with 4 grade schools, middle school and high school. You can find out more about La Grande Schools here…
Baker County Schools
Baker School District 5J
Wallowa County Schools
Wallow County ESD Region 18
Umatilla County Schools
Umatilla School District