Portland Area Real Estate

Real estate isn't about the time period we're in; it's about the future. Anytime you are considering a major decision about real estate, you should look ahead as far as possible. Why do you want to buy or sell real estate? Does that reasoning make sense given what may happen in life and the market in the long term?

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My name is Brandi Whitaker. I work under the Weichert Realtors brokerage and you've found my website - Dilithium Real Estate. I specialize in representing sellers and buyers of residential real estate located in the Portland, Oregon metro area.

Please navigate around my website to learn about how I combine knowledge, technology, passion, and inherent geekiness to provide my clients with a unique and highly successful real estate experience! 

Don't forget to check out my blog - The Science of Real Estate

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No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.

Isaac Asimov


The Science of Real Estate

Welcome to my website. I think of residential real estate as more than just a transaction. There are a thousand moving pieces that require time and attention. An organized, deliberate approach helps keep stress at bay while solid communication contributes to a successful experience. With the right team at your side you should feel confident and in charge, because you are the executive decision maker.

Yes, real estate is definitely more than a transaction. I think of it as a project. There will be a variety of people that will contribute along the way. But one of the first team members you need to hire to help you buy or sell a home is your real estate agent. Just as you are the executive decision maker, your real estate agent is the project manager. 

As you'll find on my website and when you meet me, I'm a little different from your typical broker. I'm thrilled to be part of the real estate industry in a time when technology has become an ubiquitous part of the everyday business of a realtor. I openly embrace and seek to learn new ways to help improve the industry. And most of all, I want my knowledge and passion for real estate to benefit my clients, because a successful client experience is the best reward.


My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

- maya angelou


If you're considering selling your home in the next 6 months, now is the time to contact me! I will work with you to identify a clear strategy so that you can net the most for your property. 


Once you are ready to take the plunge into the competitive Portland market, contact me. I will take the time to ask the questions that will help make your home buying experience a success.


I encourage prospective home buyers and sellers to use the wealth of knowledge and technology available online to learn what you need to feel confident in moving to the next steps. 

Real Estate as an Investment


Some people will tell you that real estate is always a great investment, so if you can buy, you should buy.

While that can often be true, it's not always the case. Sometimes renting makes the most financial sense or it might be more important to listen to the market than it is to pull the trigger. But, sometimes the time is right or there are opportunities available that are too good to pass up!

If you are a potential home buyer (especially a first time home buyer), one of the first questions I like to ask is, "Why do you want to buy a house"? Give this question some serious consideration before potentially shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

Depending on where you are in the process, I may talk about TCO (total cost of ownership). The expense of buying a home goes well beyond the closing costs and monthly mortgage payment. On average, TCO can be over 50% above your monthly mortgage payment!

I'm here to help you make the best decision possible for your future. Feel free to contact me to learn more!



Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

But What's the Value of Your Home?


If you own a home you may already be keeping a weather eye on home values in your area, just like most people like to have an idea of how much their 401k and other investments are worth. I love all the great sources of information available to homeowners! But when Zillow tells you one thing, Redfin another, and your neighbor lists somewhere north or south of those figures, it gets tricky to figure out what your home is actually worth.

So what is it worth? The easy answer is "whatever someone is willing to pay for it"! But that's not terribly helpful when you want to keep an eye on the market. There are many factors to consider when determining home value. Accessibility, condition, lot size, square footage, amenities, when it was built, the market, your micro-market (neighborhood), competition, and much more. Professional appraisers use some very specific and sometimes complicated methods to determine value. But they don't put a lot of consideration into what it might sell for. 

That's where a professional CMA (comparative market analysis) can be extremely helpful. Most brokers offer this service but not all CMAs are created equal. A good, accurate CMA combines the use of sophisticated tools that help the real estate agent find comparable properties, legwork to know the home and narrow down the comps, and inside knowledge of the market and your neighborhood.

If you are interested in a CMA, please fill out the form below and I will contact you within a business day!

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If you've decided to purchase a home then it's a good idea to start thinking about your requirements and deal breakers. No matter how hot the market is, if you're looking for a primary home, then it needs to be the right home for you. If you're looking for an investment property, then there are even more details to think about!

I encourage everyone to utilize public tools like Redfin to keep an eye on the market. When you're ready to get serious about purchasing a home, contact me and we'll discuss putting together a strategy that will give you the best chance at successfully buying the right home for your needs. I'll ask detailed questions so that I can beat the streets for you. I can also set up a customized search using the most accurate tools available today.

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There are modernist and contemporary gems sprinkled around the Portland area. They hold a special place in my geeky heart. I love helping clients buy and sell these special homes!

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Traditional can mean many different things. Whether you are a fan of the old Portland Four Squares or prefer traditional new construction, I will help you buy or sell your style, in style!



Condos and townhouses are a great way to live closer to the fun amenities of the Portland area. They also can make great investments or homes for first time home buyers. 


If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.

-Isaac Newton