It is repeatedly said within the housing industry that no one builds starter homes anymore. Land, permitting, utility and construction costs are so high that first-time home buyers are routinely priced out of the market.

But a local nonprofit developer has proven that it's still possible to build and sell affordable new homes. Family-size townhomes in the Northeast Portland's recently completed Brunswick Commons start at $255,000. The most expensive ones are priced at $295,000 — well below the $410,000 median sales price for homes in Portland.