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Publication Date

Spring 2019


Ramin Neshati

Course Title

Decision Making

Course Number

ETM 530/630


House buying -- Oregon -- Portland -- Decision making, Hierarchical decision modeling, Delphi method


The Portland Metropolitan Area is one of the fastest growing in the Nation. A good percentage of in-migrants to Oregon end up in this area. This study aimed at creating a model to help individuals decide which city on the Oregon site of the Portland metro they should purchase housing.

Decision criteria was elicited from experts using a modified form of Delphi method, an HDM model was created and experts were asked to evaluate these criteria by making pair-wise comparisons. Once the HDM model was computed, the means were analyzed and it was determined that the city of Beaverton was the best location to purchase a home in the Portland Metro Area.

Future work on this should extend the model I included, more criteria like socio-cultural ones and the scope should be expanded to include the other cities in the Metro area on the Washington State side of the divide.


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