Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: November 23-26, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
NOVEMBER 23-26, 2017

  

TURKEY TROT AT THE OREGON ZOO

THURS – Runners and walkers of all abilities love the 4-mile, untimed outing between the Oregon Zoo and the International Rose Gardens. Participants finish inside the zoo, much to the delight of two-legged and four-legged mammals alike and features three fun kids’ events.

EAT THANKSGIVING DINNER OUT

THURS – Find local restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving.

THANKSGIVING DAY DANCE

THURS – Dance your gratitude—gratitude for these amazing bodies, this spectacular community, and the power of dance. This Thanksgiving, come and move your heart and body at Conduit to get some exercise before feasting.

TOFURKY TROT

THURS – A 5k run, trot, or walk open to all levels of physical fitness. Before you eat your big meal with your friends and family, come trot with us and celebrate the bounty of the earth’s delicious plants!

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

THURS – This beloved community tradition will feature a holiday sing-a-long with Thomas Lauderdale and members of Pink Martini and friends! With a 75-foot tree, over 14,000 colorful lights, and Portland’s largest community sing-a-long, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

THURS – Enjoy an extraordinary evening of cheer that includes caroling, performances from Lakeridge and Lake Oswego High School choirs and holiday tunes from Millennium Concert Band.

AMERICA’S LARGEST CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

THURS-SUN & December 1-3 America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar has 400 booths of juried handcrafted items plus 500 booths of commercial holiday products at the Portland Expo Center.

PORTLAND’S SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE

Through December 3  Let the glory of Christmas come alive as the three hundred-voice choir creates a Christmas extravaganza for the whole family. Your favorite holiday songs, dancing Santas, and a beautiful cinematic Nativity.

ZOO LIGHTS

Through January 7  Walk through dazzling displays of more than million and half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light. In addition to visiting elephants, penguins and other animals, you can ride the popular lighted train and enjoy dinner from a variety of food carts.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Through December 30 – Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The festival features nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.

WINTER WONDERLAND

Through December 26 – The largest light show in the Northwest spanning the track at Portland International Raceway.   

CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN

Through December 31  A charming European-inspired event featuring ice skating, snowless tubing, an artisan vendor market, photos with Santa, fire pits, live music and more!

LIGHTING OF MADDOX WOODS

Through December 31  Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted, accessible path through the woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River.

THE TRAIN TO CHRISTMAS TOWN

Through December 28 – Based on the beloved children’s book, The Train to Christmas Town, this holiday ride recreates on board the story book tale that is sure to become a family favorite tradition! 75 minute train ride departing from Hood River.

80’s VIDEO DANCE ATTACK

Every FRI & SAT – Dig out your neon mesh shirts, crimping iron and striped legwarmers to travel back to the 1980s! Classic music videos projected on giant screens complimented with a thumping sound system and light show, this dance extravaganza is sure to get the blood pumping!

PORTLAND CIDER HOUSE’S CIDER-MOSA SATURDAY

EVERY SAT – Enjoy a liquid brunch and try a variety of delicious and fun cider-mosas.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
Through SAT – Gather your crew & rock your best retro threads from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s!

DUELING PIANO SHOW
FRI & SAT (All Month) – The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland. The show, which at times can get a “little cheeky,” isn’t just two players banging on pianos for five hours. They boast a Vegas style, request driven, interactive show complete with bits, games, sing-a-longs, comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
ALL MONTH  Smartphone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city. Clues start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.

SHANROCK’S TRIVIOLOGY
ALL MONTH  Various Portland Locations: Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one to five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.

GUIDED NATURE HIKES
EVERY DAY – Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more.

HAUNTED PUB TOUR
All Month – This spine-tingling ghost tour explores Portland’s historic Old Town District, a vibrant area with beautiful 1800’s buildings, cobblestone streets and a wicked past.

GEEKS WHO DRINK PUB QUIZ
ALL MONTH – Anyone can grab a deck of Trivial Pursuit cards and run a “trivia night.” Geeks Who Drink’s smartass quizmasters run fast-paced, interactive and beer-soaked pub quiz events all over Portland.

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUN – Cedar Hills/Beaverton Locations: Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.

 

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

 

TREE LIGHTING

FRI  Be there when thousands of lights come alive on Vancouver’s community tree in Esther Short Park. Santa will be there, along with musical performances and other activities. 

UPTOWN VILLAGE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

SAT  Join the community for a special tree lighting ceremony in Uptown Village on Main St. and E 19th St.   

HOLIDAY MARKET

FRI-SUN  Start your Christmas shopping early! Handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, treats & more.    

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND BARREL TASTING 

FRI-SUN  Enjoy the past, present and future of Southwest Washington wine! After feasting with family and friends on Thanksgiving, continue celebrating throughout the three-day weekend. Come out to visit the wineries of Southwest Washington and enjoy their 2016 Barrel Tasting and New Releases.  

CHRISTMAS TREE TRAIN

Through December 16 – Find a Christmas tree in a unique way on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad! Along the trip, capture views of the Lewis River atop our hill-side vantage point, then return to Moulton Station. At Moulton Station, enjoy warm cider and cocoa, hot coffee and cookies. Santa has a gift for each child, bring your camera to capture this moment in time.  

FESTIVAL OF TREES
Through December 16 – Divine Consign will display beautifully decorated trees at their downtown Vancouver location, 904 Main Street. Their event will benefit Clark County non-profit organizations.

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK

· Coco
· The Man Who Invented Christmas
· Lady Bird
· Darkest Hour
· Call Me By Your Name
· Let it Snow
· Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
· The Searchers
· Firangiman

Click here for movie times and theaters.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

For a monthly online listing of upcoming Portland metro events, click here.


This Week in Real Estate: November 20, 2017

Favorable news from the new construction sector This Week in Real Estate with the three month-moving average ending in October for single-family housing starts rising to a post-recession high, while builder confidence in November reached the second highest reading since July 2005. Below are a few highlights from the second week of November that influence our business:

* Housing Starts Rise in OctoberTotal housing starts increased in October, with solid readings from the single-family sector. Total starts increased 13.7% to a 1.29 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau and HUD. A jump in multifamily construction also increased the headline rate. Single-family starts increased for the month, rising to an 877,000 seasonally adjusted rate in October. This monthly annualized rate matches the post-recession high pace set in February of this year. However, the three month-moving average for single-family starts is at a post-recession high (860,000). Single-family starts are up more than 8% year-to-date compared to 2016 as limited existing inventory and solid builder confidence make for positive market conditions. Single-family permits, a reasonable indicator of future construction conditions, are running 10% higher on a year-to-date basis. Part of the gain for single-family construction in October was a rebound in Florida and Texas after project delays in September. Single-family starts in the South were up 17% compared to September.
* CoreLogic: Mortgage Delinquency Rates Lowest in More Than a Decade. CoreLogic released its monthly Loan Performance Insights Report Tuesday which shows that, nationally, 4.6 percent of mortgages were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due including those in foreclosure) in August 2017. This represents a 0.6 percentage point year-over-year decline in the overall delinquency rate compared with August 2016 when it was 5.2 percent. As of August 2017, the foreclosure inventory rate, which measures the share of mortgages in some stage of the foreclosure process, was 0.6 percent, down from 0.9 percent in August 2016. This was the lowest foreclosure inventory rate for the month of August in 11 years since August 2006 when it was 0.5 percent. The rate for early-stage delinquencies, defined as 30-59 days past due, was 2 percent in August 2017, down slightly from 2.1 percent in August 2016. The share of mortgages that were 60-89 days past due in August 2017 was 0.7 percent, unchanged from August 2016. The serious delinquency rate (90 days or more past due) declined 0.5 percentage points year over year from 2.4 percent in August 2016 to 1.9 percent in August 2017. The 1.9 percent serious delinquency rate in June, July and August of this year marks the lowest level for any month since October 2007 when it was also 1.9 percent, and is also the lowest for the month of August since 2007 when the serious delinquency rate was 1.7 percent. Alaska was the only state to experience a year-over-year increase in its serious delinquency rate in August 2017.

* Builder Confidence Nears Post Crash High. Builder confidence increased for the second consecutive month after taking a hit in September from the late summer hurricanes.  The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) increased 2 points in November, hitting 70, the highest score since March.  It was also the second highest reading for the index which measures NAHB’s new home builder members confidence in the new home market since July 2005.  “November’s builder confidence reading is close to a post-recession high – a strong indicator that the housing market continues to grow steadily,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. Regional HMI scores are presented as three-month moving averages.  The Northeast jumped 5 points to 54 and the South rose 1 point to 69. Both the West and Midwest remained unchanged at 77 and 63, respectively. NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz commented, “Demand for housing is increasing at a consistent pace, driven by job and economic growth, rising homeownership rates and limited housing inventory.  With these economic fundamentals in place, we should see continued upward movement of the single-family housing market as we close out 2017.”

 

Have a productive week.

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: November 17-19, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
NOVEMBER 17-19, 2017

 

BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU 

FRI – Featuring tastings hosted by prestigious French-connected vintners and importers. Also enjoy fabulous desserts provided by Pix Patisserie, St Honoré Boulangerie, la Petite Provence, and Smitten Truffles, as well as fresh-baked bread from Grand Central and fabulous French cheese from Lactalis USA.

LIGHTING OF MADDOX WOODS

Through December 31  Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted, accessible path through the woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River.

WILD ARTS FESTIVAL

SAT-SUN Celebrating nature in the work of regionally and nationally known artists and writers. Featured art includes the work of painters, sculptors, jewelers, photographers, woodworkers, glassblowers and more; authors include novelists, poets, photographers and writers of non-fiction. Benefiting the Audubon Society of Portland.

CRANKSGIVING

SAT – Treasure-hunt food drive—teams visit a list of stores and buy a list of items. Items are donated to Outside In, which serves homeless youth.

ORYCON 39

FRI-SUN – Oregon’s premier, fan run, annual science fiction/fantasy convention. Art Show, gaming, fan table, costume contest and much more!

 

THE TRAIN TO CHRISTMAS TOWN

Through December 28 – Based on the beloved children’s book, The Train to Christmas Town, this holiday ride recreates on board the story book tale that is sure to become a family favorite tradition! 75 minute train ride departing from Hood River.

FALL BREWERS DINNER

November 17 – A beer party in the Octagonal Barn—the quintessential fall gathering! Brewers will introduce their beers, which are paired with each course in this seasonal menu.

80’s VIDEO DANCE ATTACK

Every FRI & SAT – Dig out your neon mesh shirts, crimping iron and striped legwarmers to travel back to the 1980s! Classic music videos projected on giant screens complimented with a thumping sound system and light show, this dance extravaganza is sure to get the blood pumping!

PORTLAND CIDER HOUSE’S CIDER-MOSA SATURDAY

EVERY SAT – Enjoy a liquid brunch and try a variety of delicious and fun cider-mosas.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
Through SAT – Gather your crew & rock your best retro threads from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s!

DUELING PIANO SHOW
FRI & SAT (All Month) – The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland. The show, which at times can get a “little cheeky,” isn’t just two players banging on pianos for five hours. They boast a Vegas style, request driven, interactive show complete with bits, games, sing-a-longs, comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
ALL MONTH  Smartphone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city. Clues start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.

SHANROCK’S TRIVIOLOGY
ALL MONTH  Various Portland Locations: Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one to five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.

GUIDED NATURE HIKES
EVERY DAY – Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more.

HAUNTED PUB TOUR
All Month – This spine-tingling ghost tour explores Portland’s historic Old Town District, a vibrant area with beautiful 1800’s buildings, cobblestone streets and a wicked past.

GEEKS WHO DRINK PUB QUIZ
ALL MONTH – Anyone can grab a deck of Trivial Pursuit cards and run a “trivia night.” Geeks Who Drink’s smartass quizmasters run fast-paced, interactive and beer-soaked pub quiz events all over Portland.

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUN – Cedar Hills/Beaverton Locations: Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.

 

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

 

NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL

SAT – Share the annual celebration of Native American Indian Heritage Month with the native community. Discover and learn more about native cultures at the Water Center. Kids will have fun with hands-on crafts and activities.

HARVEST MARKET

SAT – Celebrate Fall with a special Harvest Market, just in time for your Thanksgiving Dinner!

CLARK COLLEGE JAZZ FESTIVAL

FRI The Clark College Jazz Ensemble performs their Fall Concert, with special guests from the Prairie High School Jazz Band. The concert is free to the public and is held in the Gaiser Student Center on the Clark College Campus.

FESTIVAL OF TREES
Through December 16 – Divine Consign will display beautifully decorated trees at their downtown Vancouver location, 904 Main Street. Their event will benefit Clark County non-profit organizations.

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK

· Justice League
· Wonder
· The Star
· The Ghost Bride
· Revolt
· Angelica
· The Breadwinner
· Almost Friends
· A Fantastic Woman

Click here for movie times and theaters.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

For a monthly online listing of upcoming Portland metro events, click here.


Winterize Your Home

 

Spending a weekend or two on maintenance can prevent expensive home repairs and alert you to developing problems before they become serious. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the winter season.

Clean Gutters

It’s imperative that your gutters are ready for the heavy workout they’ll receive from winter rains. Most homeowners in the Northwest will need to clean their gutters several times during the fall, because the leaves won’t be finished coming down until the first big winter rain or snowstorm.

Have your furnace checked and tuned up.

Schedule a fall appointment promptly to get your furnace ready for winter (it’s a good idea to have a biannual HVAC service contract so that fall and spring tune-ups are automatic). Find out what items are on your HVAC professional’s fall checklist and ask questions about any maintenance. The service should include checking fuel connections, burner combustion, and the heat exchanger.

Check your furnace filters monthly and change them whenever they’re dirty. Inspect and vacuum out the floor grates and return duct regularly, especially if you have children or pets.

Combat moss on the roof. 

Fall is the time to apply moss-killing granules or liquid solution to your rooftop. Be sure to buy the granules that are made especially for roofs, not those for lawns. Lawn granules contain iron, which will rust on your roof and make a mess. For even distribution, apply roof granules in a bead along each side of the roof ridge rather than sprinkling them all over; the first big rain wets the granules and spreads the moss-killing agent uniformly over the roof.

Check weatherstripping and caulk on doors and windows.

Walk around outside and examine the areas where window, door, and corner trim meets the siding; caulk any gaps. Open doors and check the condition of the weatherstripping. If the doors are drafty or the old weatherstripping foam is crumbling, remove it and apply new weatherstripping.

Disconnect hoses and winterize your lawn irrigation system.

These steps are important anywhere you experience freezing temperatures—keeping water from freezing in pipes prevents potentially expensive repairs.

If you have a lawn irrigation system, make sure all the water has drained from the system before the first freeze. Depending on the type of system you’ve installed, this may require the assistance of a professional. A pro charges $50 to $150 to winterize an irrigation system.

Visit your crawl space in January.

This is where moisture and drainage problems can cause the most damage. Because the summer is often so dry in the Northwest, standing water typically doesn’t show up in a crawl space until January or so, when the soil has been fully re-saturated. If you have standing water, try to pinpoint whether it’s coming from pipes inside the house or from water flowing in through cracks in the foundation.

Prune trees. 

Contact with trees is bad for roofs and siding; friction and trapped moisture shorten the lifespan of building materials. All major pruning should be done in winter, when trees are dormant.

Article courtesy of houselogic.com


This Week in Real Estate: November 13, 2017

Favorable news This Week in Real Estate from the U.S. Census Bureau regarding homeownership. For the second time in 2017, homeownership has increased. In other news, as inventory constraints still exist in most markets across the country, the fact that new construction spending is well ahead of last year provides some optimism that supply may start to relieve the pressure of demand. Below are a few highlights from the last week of October that influence our business:

* Homeownership Rate Improves For Second Time in 2017. The homeownership rate improved to 63.9 percent in the third quarter—the second time it has inched up this year, slightly topping 63.7 percent in the second quarter and 63.5 percent this time last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s recent Quarterly Housing Vacancies and Homeownership report. Approximately 87 percent of housing was occupied in the third quarter, with 55.7 percent owner-occupied and 31.4 percent renter-occupied. Owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing accounted for 55.5 percent and 31.6 percent shares, respectively, in the second quarter of this year, and 55.5 percent and 31.8 percent shares, respectively, in the first quarter. The homeownership rate in the third quarter was again highest in the Midwest, at 69.1 percent, and the South, at 65.5 percent. The rate in the Northeast was 60.4 percent, while the rate in the West was 58.9 percent.
Full Story… http://rismedia.com/2017/10/31/homeownership-rate-improves-second-time-2017/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eNews

* Metro Home Prices Maintain Fast Growth in Third Quarter; Rise 5.3%. Severely lacking inventory levels across the country pinched sales growth and kept home prices rising at a steady clip in nearly all metro areas in the third quarter, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors. The national median existing single–family home price in the third quarter was $254,000, which is up 5.3 percent from the third quarter of 2016 ($241,300). Single–family home prices last quarter increased in 92 percent of measured markets, with 162 out of 177 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) showing sales price gains in the third quarter compared with the third quarter of 2016 (the most since the second quarter of 2015, at 93 percent). In the West, existing–home sales increased 2.8 percent in the third quarter and are 1.9 percent above a year ago. The median existing single–family home price in the West increased 7.0 percent to $373,700 in the third quarter from the third quarter of 2016.
Full Story… https://www.nar.realtor/newsroom/metro-home-prices-maintain-fast-growth-in-third-quarter-rise-53-percent

* Single Family and Multifamily Construction Spending Post Gains. NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of $515.4 billion in September, virtually unchanged from downwardly revised August estimates. The total private residential construction spending was 9.6% higher than a year ago. Residential spending was flat for the month but is still running well ahead of the 2016 pace, especially that single-family number. Single-family construction was up 0.2 percent month-over-month to a rate of $265.59 billion, but that contributed to the 11.9 percent annual growth. On an unadjusted basis, residential spending in September, at $46.41 billion, represented more than half of the total $83.57 billion spent on all privately funded construction. Residential spending through August came to $345.71 billion, up 11.7 percent over the same period last year. Single family construction spending for the month was estimated at an unadjusted $24.73 billion and multi-family at $5.261. Year-to-date spending in the two categories was 8.9 percent and 4.3 percent higher than during the same period in 2016.
Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/10/cash-sales-retreat-as-a-share-of-new-home-purchases/

Have a productive week.

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: November 8, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
NOVEMBER 10-12, 2017

 

VETERANS DAY PARADE

SAT – Enjoy beautiful floats, marching bands, vehicles, groups and more to honor our Veterans.  

NORTHWEST FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

SAT – Bringing the highest quality regional wines, spirits, beers, foods and prominent chefs and restaurants. Designed to present a rich and rewarding experience for wine lovers, gourmet food enthusiasts and industry experts. 

HOLIDAY FOOD & GIFT FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN – With over 300 exhibitors, this festival will provide shoppers with one-of-a-kind gifts that cannot be found anywhere else. Featuring art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, wood, music, photography, toys, Christmas décor, and much more, making this a gift buyer’s delight. 

PORTLAND METRO RV SHOW

FRI-SUN – All the best models, including motor homes, easy-to-pull trailers, 5th wheels, vans, campers, tent trailers, and toy haulers from all major manufacturers plus dozens of exhibitors and much more!  

WORDSTOCK

SAT – Featuring 100+ authors presenting 43 onstage events, pop-up readings, and 15 writing workshops. The festival includes activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair with 70+ vendors, local food trucks, and more. 

TONY STARLIGHT SHOWROOM

FRI – Portland’s premiere dinner and show venue and is the closest thing to a Vegas show in Portland. A truly memorable dinner and show experience, one that you will want to share with friends and family. 

ALL HANDS ON DECK
Through SUN – An all-singing, all-American 1942 Roadshow & Radio Broadcast reproduction filled with the songs, dances and laughs that America has loved for 70 years! Offering a musical message for all Americans with a full-circle patriotic salute celebrating the American way of life; reminding us of a time when our country was fully united.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
Through November 18 – Gather your crew & rock your best retro threads from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s!

DUELING PIANO SHOW
FRI & SAT (All Month) – The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland. The show, which at times can get a “little cheeky,” isn’t just two players banging on pianos for five hours. They boast a Vegas style, request driven, interactive show complete with bits, games, sing-a-longs, comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
ALL MONTH  Smartphone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city. Clues start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.

SHANROCK’S TRIVIOLOGY
ALL MONTH  Various Portland Locations: Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one to five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.

GUIDED NATURE HIKES
EVERY DAY – Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more.

HAUNTED PUB TOUR
All Month – This spine-tingling ghost tour explores Portland’s historic Old Town District, a vibrant area with beautiful 1800’s buildings, cobblestone streets and a wicked past.

GEEKS WHO DRINK PUB QUIZ
ALL MONTH – Anyone can grab a deck of Trivial Pursuit cards and run a “trivia night.” Geeks Who Drink’s smartass quizmasters run fast-paced, interactive and beer-soaked pub quiz events all over Portland.

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUN – Cedar Hills/Beaverton Locations: Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.

 

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

FORT VANCOUVER VETERANS DAY PARADE

SAT – Honor our local veterans at the 10AM ceremony proceeded by the parade starting at 11AM at Fort Vancouver. 

NEIL YOUNG TRIBUTE VETERANS DAY BENEFIT SHOW

SAT – Enjoy a performance by Harvest Gold, the area’s top Neil Young tribute band, while supporting our local veterans.   

FESTIVAL OF TREES
Through December 16 – Divine Consign will display beautifully decorated trees at their downtown Vancouver location, 904 Main Street. Their event will benefit Clark County non-profit organizations.

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK

· Murder on the Orient Express
· Daddy’s Home 2
· No Greater Love
· Intent to Destroy
· Thelma
· Gold Star
· I Remember You
· Amanda & Jack Go Glamping
· Strong Black Woman Vol. 2

Click here for movie times and theaters.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

For a monthly online listing of upcoming Portland metro events, click here.


This Week in Real Estate: November 6, 2017

Good Morning!

Favorable news This Week in Real Estate from the U.S. Census Bureau regarding homeownership. For the second time in 2017, homeownership has increased. In other news, as inventory constraints still exist in most markets across the country, the fact that new construction spending is well ahead of last year provides some optimism that supply may start to relieve the pressure of demand. Below are a few highlights from the last week of October that influence our business:

* Homeownership Rate Improves For Second Time in 2017. The homeownership rate improved to 63.9 percent in the third quarter—the second time it has inched up this year, slightly topping 63.7 percent in the second quarter and 63.5 percent this time last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s recent Quarterly Housing Vacancies and Homeownership report. Approximately 87 percent of housing was occupied in the third quarter, with 55.7 percent owner-occupied and 31.4 percent renter-occupied. Owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing accounted for 55.5 percent and 31.6 percent shares, respectively, in the second quarter of this year, and 55.5 percent and 31.8 percent shares, respectively, in the first quarter. The homeownership rate in the third quarter was again highest in the Midwest, at 69.1 percent, and the South, at 65.5 percent. The rate in the Northeast was 60.4 percent, while the rate in the West was 58.9 percent.
Full Story… http://rismedia.com/2017/10/31/homeownership-rate-improves-second-time-2017/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eNews

* Metro Home Prices Maintain Fast Growth in Third Quarter; Rise 5.3%. Severely lacking inventory levels across the country pinched sales growth and kept home prices rising at a steady clip in nearly all metro areas in the third quarter, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors. The national median existing single–family home price in the third quarter was $254,000, which is up 5.3 percent from the third quarter of 2016 ($241,300). Single–family home prices last quarter increased in 92 percent of measured markets, with 162 out of 177 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) showing sales price gains in the third quarter compared with the third quarter of 2016 (the most since the second quarter of 2015, at 93 percent). In the West, existing–home sales increased 2.8 percent in the third quarter and are 1.9 percent above a year ago. The median existing single–family home price in the West increased 7.0 percent to $373,700 in the third quarter from the third quarter of 2016.
Full Story… https://www.nar.realtor/newsroom/metro-home-prices-maintain-fast-growth-in-third-quarter-rise-53-percent

* Single Family and Multifamily Construction Spending Post Gains. NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of $515.4 billion in September, virtually unchanged from downwardly revised August estimates. The total private residential construction spending was 9.6% higher than a year ago. Residential spending was flat for the month but is still running well ahead of the 2016 pace, especially that single-family number. Single-family construction was up 0.2 percent month-over-month to a rate of $265.59 billion, but that contributed to the 11.9 percent annual growth. On an unadjusted basis, residential spending in September, at $46.41 billion, represented more than half of the total $83.57 billion spent on all privately funded construction. Residential spending through August came to $345.71 billion, up 11.7 percent over the same period last year. Single family construction spending for the month was estimated at an unadjusted $24.73 billion and multi-family at $5.261. Year-to-date spending in the two categories was 8.9 percent and 4.3 percent higher than during the same period in 2016.
Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/10/cash-sales-retreat-as-a-share-of-new-home-purchases/

Have a productive week.

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Event Planner: November 3-5, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
NOVEMBER 3-5, 2017

 

SKI FEVER & SNOWBOARD SHOW
FRI-SUN – Get ready for this year’s ski/snowboard season and get the lowest prices of the year. Meet the Ski and Snowboard reps that will give you the scoop on latest gear and how it will help you have more fun skiing and snowboarding.

WINES OF FRANCE

SAT – Taste and purchase a variety of distinct wines from some of France’s most prestigious wine regions while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and bidding on gorgeous raffle baskets.

NORTHWEST FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL
WED-SUN – Showcasing outstanding new work by our region’s media artists and offer a snapshot of the thriving creative community that surrounds us.

VERBOORT SAUSAGE FESTIVAL
SAT – Enjoy handmade sausage, sauerkraut and applesauce made solely by hundreds of community volunteers and generations of families that have been in Verboort for over 150 years.

TONY STARLIGHT SHOWROOM
FRI – Portland’s premiere dinner and show venue and is the closest thing to a Vegas show in Portland. A truly memorable dinner and show experience, one that you will want to share with friends and family.

ALL HANDS ON DECK
Through November 12 – An all-singing, all-American 1942 Roadshow & Radio Broadcast reproduction filled with the songs, dances and laughs that America has loved for 70 years! Offering a musical message for all Americans with a full-circle patriotic salute celebrating the American way of life; reminding us of a time when our country was fully united.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
Through November 18 – Gather your crew & rock your best retro threads from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s!

13TH DOOR HAUNTED HOUSE
Through SAT – Enter at your own risk as you embark these dank endless hallways and unhallowed grounds, demented creatures and the spirits that have crossed over, consuming those who have entered before you.

DUELING PIANO SHOW
FRI & SAT (All Month) – The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland. The show, which at times can get a “little cheeky,” isn’t just two players banging on pianos for five hours. They boast a Vegas style, request driven, interactive show complete with bits, games, sing-a-longs, comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
ALL MONTH  Smartphone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city. Clues start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.

SHANROCK’S TRIVIOLOGY
ALL MONTH  Various Portland Locations: Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one to five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.

GUIDED NATURE HIKES
EVERY DAY – Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more.

HAUNTED PUB TOUR
All Month – This spine-tingling ghost tour explores Portland’s historic Old Town District, a vibrant area with beautiful 1800’s buildings, cobblestone streets and a wicked past.

GEEKS WHO DRINK PUB QUIZ
ALL MONTH – Anyone can grab a deck of Trivial Pursuit cards and run a “trivia night.” Geeks Who Drink’s smartass quizmasters run fast-paced, interactive and beer-soaked pub quiz events all over Portland.

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUN – Cedar Hills/Beaverton Locations: Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.

 

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

FESTIVAL OF TREES
Through December 16 – Divine Consign will display beautifully decorated trees at their downtown Vancouver location, 904 Main Street. Their event will benefit Clark County non-profit organizations.

NW LARGEST GARAGE & VINTAGE SALE
SAT – A community sale with over 500 indoor booths, each set up and ran by its own seller. Shoppers can shop hundreds of sales in one location, including vintage, antiques, new and used items, and everything in between.

OPEN SATURDAY AT PEARSON AIRBASE
SAT – Free educational experience, Flight Simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, a glider-building station, historic airplanes on-site for viewing, collections on display, and educational programs to propel students of all ages.

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK

· Thor: Ragnarok
· A Bad Mom’s Christmas
· LBJ
· On Wings of Eagles
· Gilbert
· My Friend Dahmer
· The Jade Pendant
· Last Flag Flying
· Repatriation
· Blade of the Immortal
· The Light of the Moon
· Bad Match

Click here for movie times and theaters.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

For a monthly online listing of upcoming Portland metro events, click here.


This Week in Real Estate: October 30, 2017

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While the Pending Home Sales Index is at it’s lowest level since January 2015, data released by HUD and the Census Bureau This Week in Real Estate revealed a significant jump in new home sales in September. Year-to-date through September new home sales is running 8.6% higher than the same time a year ago. Below are a few highlights from the fourth week of October that influence our business:

* Jump for New Home Sales in September. Contracts for new home sales expanded by 18.9% in September to a 667,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to estimates from the joint data release of HUD and the Census Bureau. The solid reading in September returns new home sales to the positive growth trend it has been on for several years. This expansion is supported by ongoing job growth and improving household formations, as well as tight existing home inventory. September marks the fifth month in 2017 at an annual sales pace of more than 600,000. New home sales through September are running 8.6% higher than this time in 2016. Regionally, there was sales growth in all regions. On a year-to-date basis, new home sales are up 28% in the Northeast, up 12% in the West, 6% higher in the South, and up 4% in the Midwest compared to this time in 2016. Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/10/jump-for-new-home-sales-in-september/

* Pending Home Sales Flatten in September. The Pending Home Sales Index, unchanged in September, has fallen on an annual basis in five of the past six months, and is at its lowest level since January 2015. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), remained unchanged at 106.0 from a downwardly revised August level. The PHSI is now 3.5% below its level a year ago. The PHSI increased 1.9% in the West, 1.4% in the Midwest and 1.2% in the Northeast, but fell 2.3% in the South. Year-over-year, the PHSI decreased in all four regions, ranging from 2.4% in the Northeast to 5.0% in the South (2.9% in the West). Full Story… https://www.nar.realtor/newsroom/pending-home-sales-flatten-in-september

* Cash Sales Retreat as a Share of New Home Purchases. NAHB analysis of the most recent Quarterly Sales by Price and Financing published by the Census Bureau reveals that cash sales accounted for just 4.8% of the total, down from 6.5% in the second quarter. The share of new home sales financed with conventional mortgages rose to 72.8%, the highest share since the third quarter of 2016.

FHA-loans financed 14.3% of new home sales during the third quarter of 2017. Census data and NAHB calculations show that new home sales backed by VA products fell to 11,000 (-4,000) in the third quarter of 2017, and market share declined from 8.8% to 7.5%. Although cash sales make up a small portion of new home sales, they constitute a larger share of existing home sales. Roughly 20% of existing home transactions were all-cash sales in September, according to estimates from the National Association of Realtors.
Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/10/cash-sales-retreat-as-a-share-of-new-home-purchases/

Have a productive week!

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: October 27-29, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
OCTOBER 27-29, 2017

 

HALLOWEEN EVENTS

 

NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN

SUN – Treat your family to a playful, festive, and not-so-scary day of Halloween fun at Portland Children’s Museum!

HOWLOWEEN

SAT – A fun and safe setting for this Halloween tradition, where costumed trick-or-treaters learn about wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo. 

ROCK THE BOAT

FRI – Featuring costumes, DJ, dancing, cash bar, available food service, and 2 hours of cruising down the Willamette on the best party boat Portland has to offer.  

BRAZILIAN HALLOWEEN BALL

THURS – The Masquerade Ball with a Brazilian twist, with live Brazilian carnival music, dancing, a costume contest and much more.

FRIGHT NIGHT

FRI-SAT – Be amazed by this Halloween Circus act, with ghosts spinning on the trapeze, dancing black light skeletons, fairy royalty twirling on aerial straps & much more.

FIND A PUMPKIN PATCH NEAR YOU

ALL MONTH – Various locations in the Portland Metro.

FRIGHT TOWN
Through October 31Three haunted houses in one location!

ELKRIDGE ESTATE
Through SUN – Forget the corporate rubber masks and overpriced tickets – these are good, friendly people being creative and having fun. Enjoy scares as you walk through this creepy and scary haunt.

HAUNTED PUB TOUR
Through October 31 – Uncover Portland’s dark side on this spine-tingling walking tour and hear first-hand accounts of paranormal encounters – all while sampling 6 local beers!

HALLOWEEN FANTASY TRAIL
Through October 30 – Walk through a lighted, wooded, “Fantasy Trail” decorated with spooky sights and sounds. Walk through a 40 foot castle with Halloween scenes, a tunnel, maze, crooked house, suspension bridge and more.

13TH DOOR HAUNTED HOUSE
Through November 4 – Enter at your own risk as you embark these dank endless hallways and unhallowed grounds, demented creatures and the spirits that have crossed over, consuming those who have entered before you.

80’S HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY
FRI – Grab your favorite 80’s outfit and head to Lola’s Room for a Halloween celebration. Enjoy your favorite 80’s hits playing all night on their multiple giant screens.

 

NON-HOLIDAY EVENTS

 

AMERICA’S LARGEST ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE SHOW

FRI-SUN – Over 900 booths, vintage Halloween and Christmas, vintage clothing, costume jewelry, decorative pieces to fit in your home, advertising, Americana, rare books, postcards, vintage gambling, an amazing amount of estate jewelry, brought by reputable dealers, sterling flatware, furniture of all kinds, wonderful old tins, glassware, pottery, genuine old prints, and much more!

KUMORICON

FRI-SUN – Bringing fans together for a jam-packed extravaganza of everything that it means to be a fan of anime and Japanese popular culture.

KILLER BEER WEEK

WED-SUN – Great beer, great people, lots of fun, and this year we have lined up 10 Portland area events that bring our love of craft beer to the forefront.

DUELING PIANO SHOW
FRI & SAT (All Month) – The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland. The show, which at times can get a “little cheeky,” isn’t just two players banging on pianos for five hours. They boast a Vegas style, request driven, interactive show complete with bits, games, sing-a-longs, comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
ALL MONTH  Smartphone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city. Clues start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.

SHANROCK’S TRIVIOLOGY
ALL MONTH  Various Portland Locations: Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one to five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.

GUIDED NATURE HIKES
EVERY DAY – Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more.

HAUNTED PUB TOUR
All Month – This spine-tingling ghost tour explores Portland’s historic Old Town District, a vibrant area with beautiful 1800’s buildings, cobblestone streets and a wicked past.

GEEKS WHO DRINK PUB QUIZ
ALL MONTH – Anyone can grab a deck of Trivial Pursuit cards and run a “trivia night.” Geeks Who Drink’s smartass quizmasters run fast-paced, interactive and beer-soaked pub quiz events all over Portland.

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUN – Cedar Hills/Beaverton Locations: Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.

 

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

 

CLARK COUNTY SCAREGROUNDS
Through SUN – Featuring haunted houses, carnival rides & games, all-ages attractions & special events, dozens of Midway vendors, food & dining, walkaround characters, and so much more!

DINE THE COUVE
Through October 31 – Foodies and beer drinkers unite! For the entire month of October, original Vancouver USA eateries, breweries, and taprooms will serve up some special items. View participating restaurants here.

GHOST WALKS

FRI-SUN – Stories have grown up about the Vancouver Barracks, stories of loneliness, fear and tragedy, all part of the darker aspects of military life. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you will be interested in the stories of the Vancouver Barracks’ past inhabitants.

ZOMBIE BREWFEST

FRI – Beer lovers, wear your pretzel necklaces and zombie costumes to enjoy over 25 craft beers and mingle with brewers at the event.  

KIDS & MATERNITY CONSIGNMENT FALL SALE 

FRI-SUN – Shop kids and maternity clothes at Just Between Friends’ fall sale event. This year the event will take place at Warehouse ’23 and many items will be 50% off. 

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET
SAT-SUN – You’ll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden.

OPEN SATURDAY AT PEARSON AIRBASE
SAT – Free educational experience, Flight Simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, a glider-building station, historic airplanes on-site for viewing, collections on display, and educational programs to propel students of all ages.

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK

· Geostorm
· All I See is You
· Let There Be Light
· Thank You For Service
· Jigsaw
· Suburbicon
· Acts of Vengeance
· Gods Own Country
· Crash Pad
· Maya Dardel
· The Square
· Novitiate
· God Particle

Click here for movie times and theaters.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

For a monthly online listing of upcoming Portland metro events, click here.


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