Portland Metro Weekend Event Planner: February 23-25, 2018

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FEBRUARY 23-25, 2018

PDX JAZZ FESTIVAL

Through SAT  A rich and robust Jazz experience with upwards of 100 paid and ticketed events, there are ambitious programs that will warm the heart and swing your soul.

PORTLAND SPRING HOME & GARDEN SHOW

THURS-SUN  Giving homeowners the opportunity to learn about the latest home and garden products and services from more than 300 local companies.

BREWSTILLERY FESTIVAL

SAT  20 breweries & 20 distilleries teaming up to create the perfect pairings.  

RAPTOR ROAD TRIP

SAT  Explore Sauvie Island in search of magnificent eagles, hawks and falcons. Naturalists and hawk experts host activities at four sites around the island. Enjoy guided bird viewing, meet live raptors and see hawk identification displays. 

RUN FOR BEER

SAT  Participants walk, jog, or run approximately 3.1 miles, then drink beer! Everyone is invited to enjoy the day’s entertainment: live music, great food, giveaways and activities with partners and sponsors. Everyone receives a craft brew, and collectors pint glass or seasonal swag item.

CHINESE NEW YEAR

Through March 4  The most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su’s two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more!

A-WOL DANCE COLLECTIVE

Through March 4  Combining aerial arts and dance to weave a fantastical tale suspended between reverie and reality. Floating sleepers, trickster marionettes and lost travelers inhabit an alternate realm where furniture takes wing and dolls scheme in the shadows.

PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Through March 1  An exhibition of nearly 90 feature films and 40+ short films, PIFF audiences across the City of Portland travel the globe in theater seats through our celebration of the world’s filmmakers and cinephiles.

FOLK CITY: THE MUSICAL

Through March 4  Following the story of six young people who are drawn to Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and find a home at a little restaurant-turned cabaret, Gerdes Folk City, which eventually becomes the historic and iconic epicenter of popular music. 

CASCADE FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN FILMS

Through March 3 – Films showing Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa packaged for Western viewers. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose its failures, and reveal possibilities for a hopeful future.

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

WASHINGTON BEER OPEN HOUSE

SAT  Visit some of our state’s many innovative, esteemed, and downright friendly craft brewers. Participating brewers have some tasty treats in store for you, ranging from rare barrel tastings and new seasonal releases, to savory food pairings and other unique surprises.

VANCOUVER LAKE HALF MARATHON

SUN  The course is very flat and begins on Reiger Road in front of the park. Finishers medals will be presented to all half marathon finishers.

JEEVES INTERVENES

Through SAT – 1920s high-society London is once again thrown into chaos by hapless playboy Bertie Wooster, this time in cahoots with his old school chum Eustace Bassington-Bassington. The two hatch a brilliant plan to dupe their meddling relatives in order to save Bertie from an undesired marriage and Eustace from an unwanted job in India. But will the ever-faithful manservant Jeeves be able to rescue these bumbling fools from themselves?

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
· Game Night
· Annihilation
· Every Day
· Beast of Burden
· Curvature
· 7 Guardians of the Tomb
· The Lodgers
· The Cured
· Half Magic
· The Chamber
· Death House
· Agenda: Payback

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: February 20, 2018

While inventory levels hover around an all-time low, builder confidence remains strong according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released This Week in Real Estate. Consequently, the pace of single-family starts to begin the new year has the three-month moving average near a post-recession high. Below are a few highlights from the second week of February that influence our business:

 
* Total Housing Starts Near Post Recession High. Total housing starts increased in January, led by strong gains for multifamily development. Starts jumped 9.7% to a 1.33 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau and HUD. The pace of single-family starts expanded in January, rising 3.7% to an 877,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate. The three-month moving average for single-family starts remained near a post-recession high rate of construction (890,000). The gains for single-family starts match ongoing healthy levels of the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, now registering a score of 72. Single-family permits posted a slight decline of 1.7% in January, but that decline was off a strong December permitting rate. Multifamily starts were up almost 24% to a noticeably strong seasonally adjusted annual rate of 449,000 in January. Multifamily permits also posted a gain in January, with permitting rising 27%. Multifamily data tends to be volatile in the month-to-month data. In January, there were 499,000 single-family units under construction, a gain of almost 12% from this time in 2017.
 
* Nearly Two-Thirds of U.S. Housing Markets See Home Prices Hit All-Time High. As housing inventory sank to its all-time low during the fourth quarter, home prices increased, creating all-new highs in many U.S. markets, according to the latest quarterly report from the National Association of RealtorsThe national median existing single-family home price in the fourth quarter came in at $247,800, up 5.3% from $235,400 in the fourth quarter of 2016. Single-family home prices increased in 92% of measured markets, or 162 out of 177 metropolitan statistical areas. In fact, 15% of metro areas saw double digit increases, and now 64% of markets reached a new all-time high in home prices. This is up by 18 metros from last quarter. “A majority of the country saw an upswing in buyer interest at the end of last year, which ultimately ended up putting even more strain on inventory levels and prices,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said. “Remarkably, home prices have risen a cumulative 48% since 2011.”
* Builder Confidence Stays at Strong Level in FebruaryBuilder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remained unchanged at a healthy level of 72 in February on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Demand conditions are positive, but supply-side construction hurdles need to be managed, as scarce labor and building material price increases remain top concerns. In particular, the HMI gauge of future sales expectations has reached a post-recession high, an indicator that consumer demand for housing should grow in the months ahead. With ongoing job creation, increasing owner-occupied household formation, and a tight supply of existing home inventory, the single-family housing sector should continue to strengthen at a gradual but consistent pace. Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the Midwest rose two points to 72, the South increased one point to 74, the West remained unchanged at 81, and Northeast fell two points to 56.

Have a productive week.

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: February 16-18, 2018

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FEBRUARY 16-18, 2018

CHINESE NEW YEAR

Through March 4  The most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su’s two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more!

LUNAR NEW YEAR DRAGON DANCE

SAT – Usher in the Year of the Dog in Downtown Portland. Drummers, dancing lions, and a 100-foot dragon will parade from Chinatown, through downtown Portland, and up to the Oregon Historical Society for an afternoon of performances and festivities. 

KIDFEST

SAT-SUN – Featuring live stage entertainment, interactive sports demos, inflatable fun zones, game truck video, laser Tag and Bubble Soccer, Paint Ball Arena, Stunt Jump, Character Appearances by Star Wars, Super Heroes and Disney Princesses, the Iron-Kid Chef Competition, Mad Science, Exotic Animals and more.

BRAZILIAN CARNIVAL BALL

FRI – Experience the real Rio Carnival! Enjoy a samba band, dancers and a DJ at BossaNova Ballroom.

ZWICKELMANIA

SAT – All participating breweries offer events like meet-the-brewer, beer tastings, brewery tours and food & beer pairings. 

A-WOL DANCE COLLECTIVE

Through March 4  Combining aerial arts and dance to weave a fantastical tale suspended between reverie and reality. Floating sleepers, trickster marionettes and lost travelers inhabit an alternate realm where furniture takes wing and dolls scheme in the shadows.

RUN FOR BEER

SAT – Participants walk, jog, or run approximately 3.1 miles, then drink beer! Everyone is invited to enjoy the day’s entertainment: live music, great food, give aways and activities with partners and sponsors. Everyone receives a craft brew, and collectors pint glass or seasonal swag item.

PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Through March 1  An exhibition of nearly 90 feature films and 40+ short films, PIFF audiences across the City of Portland travel the globe in theater seats through our celebration of the world’s filmmakers and cinephiles.

PIPE DREAM – PART OF THE LOST TREASURES COLLECTION SERIES

FRI-SAT – The Lost Treasures Collection, a series of rarely performed musical theatre productions, continues its eighth season at Lakewood Theatre Company with its next production, Pipe Dream, the seventh musical by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It had its Broadway premiere on November 30, 1955. The work is based on John Steinbeck’s short novel Sweet Thursday, a sequel to his novel Cannery Row. This staged reading production is directed by NW acclaimed director Ron Daum.

FOLK CITY: THE MUSICAL

Through March 4  Following the story of six young people who are drawn to Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and find a home at a little restaurant-turned cabaret, Gerdes Folk City, which eventually becomes the historic and iconic epicenter of popular music. 

CASCADE FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN FILMS

Through March 3 – Films showing Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa packaged for Western viewers. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose its failures, and reveal possibilities for a hopeful future.

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

CLARK COUNTY WEDDING EXPO

SAT – A unique trade-show style event showcasing wedding professionals from Southwest Washington and the Portland-Metro area. Brides and Grooms will have the opportunity to meet vendors and sample products and services, learn about the latest trends and get expert advice.

THE BIG LEBOUTSKI ROLLER DERBY

SAT – Come see four roller derby teams battle it out in this WFTDA sanctioned tournament, plus a Special Big Lebowski themed Storm City game.

JEEVES INTERVENES

Through February 24 – 1920s high-society London is once again thrown into chaos by hapless playboy Bertie Wooster, this time in cahoots with his old school chum Eustace Bassington-Bassington. The two hatch a brilliant plan to dupe their meddling relatives in order to save Bertie from an undesired marriage and Eustace from an unwanted job in India. But will the ever-faithful manservant Jeeves be able to rescue these bumbling fools from themselves?

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
· Black Panther
· Early Man
· Aiyaary
· Samson
· Hidden Light
· Looking Glass
· The Party
· The Scent of Rain & Lightning
· Nostalgia
· Loveless
· The Monkey King 3

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: February 12, 2018

This Week in Real Estate, Fannie Mae released the results of it’s January Home Purchase Sentiment Index, which recorded an all-time survey high. Below are a few highlights from the first week of February that influence our business:

* LMI Indicates Continued Improvement Across the Country. According to the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), 82%, 277 metropolitan statistical areas, recorded growth in their LMI Score over the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to a year ago. The index uses single-family housing permits, employment, and home prices to measure proximity to a normal economic and housing market. The index is calculated for 337 local markets, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), as well as the entire country. A value of 1.0 means the three components have achieved a level of recovery that combined averages 1.0. Of the 337 metro areas tracked by the LMI, 195 of them have an LMI Score that exceeds 1.0. House prices continue to be a key driver of the LMI results. Of the 337 markets tracked by the LMI, house prices in 333 areas have normalized or are above 1.0. The LMI Score for the country as a whole reached 1.04. However, at 1.58, only the house price component is above 1.0. Meanwhile, the employment component sits at 0.98 and single-family permits are currently at 0.56. One interpretation of these metrics is that the slower recovery in housing supply coupled with strong demand is contributing to house price appreciation.
* Americans Gain Confidence in Housing as Home Prices Rise. Americans continue to gain confidence in the housing market, not just despite, but even because of rising home prices, according to the latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index from Fannie Mae. Over the past year, home prices have continued to rise, threatening affordability, and housing inventory is falling dangerously low. However, despite these setbacks, Americans continue to hold a positive view of the housing economy. Fannie Mae’s HPSI rose 3.7 points in January to 89.5, reversing the decrease seen the month before and an all-time survey high. This rise is due to increases in five of the six HPSI components. “HPSI rebounded from last month’s dip to a new survey high in January, in large part due to the spike in consumers’ net expectations that home prices will increase over the next year,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae senior vice president and chief economist.
* Housing Affordability Remains Flat in 2017. Data for all four quarters of 2017 show housing affordability remaining essentially flat throughout the year, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). In all, 59.6 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of October and end of December were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $68,000. This is just slightly up from the 58.3 percent of homes sold that were affordable to median-income earners in the third quarter, and effectively the same rate as in the fourth quarter of 2016, when the HOI stood at 59.9 percent. The national median home price fell to $255,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017 from $260,000 in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, average mortgage rates inched down four basis points in the fourth quarter to 4.06 from 4.1 in the third quarter. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pa. and Syracuse, NY tied as the nation’s most affordable major housing market. In both metros, 88.3 percent of all new and existing homes sold in the fourth quarter were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $54,600 and $68,000, respectively. San Francisco, which had been the nation’s least affordable housing market for 19 straight quarters before being displaced by Los Angeles in the third quarter of 2017, once again assumed the mantle as the least affordable market. There, just 6.3 percent of the homes sold in the last quarter of 2017 were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $113,100.

Have a productive week.

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: February 9-11, 2018

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FEBRUARY 9-11, 2018

PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPORTSMEN’S SHOW

Feb 7th – 11th

The largest sportsmen’s show west of the Mississippi and undoubtedly the region’s most anticipated annual event for outdoor adventurers and sportsmen of all ages.

WORST DAY OF THE YEAR RIDE

Feb 11th

Pick the distance you want to ride 42, 15 or the new 4 mile family ride.  Dress up for the costume contest and enjoy warm treats and an after party.

MARDI GRAS BALL

Feb 10th

For those of us who can’t make it to New Orleans, it’s the next best thing! Live music, fun costumes, King Cake, Mardi Gras Royalty, costume contest, second line parading, and all manner of surprises await.

CLOWNS WITHOUT BORDERS BENEFIT SHOW

Feb 9th

Many of the area’s finest circus performers come together at the Alberta Rose Theater to present an amazing and hilarious circus variety show to benefit Clowns Without Borders-USA.

PORTLAND VALENTANGO

Feb 7th – 12th

The largest and longest running tango festival in North America. Friendly community, great teachers, great DJ’s, great classes, great milongas, great ambiance and great opportunities to dance and learn for all levels and types of dancers….and all at a great price!

KISS & TELL

Feb 10th

Real, true love stories — KISS & TELL delivers on the promise of a romantic evening — young love, old love, queer love, true love, and lovesick love, all woven together in an intimate evening of story theater. Music, drinks, photo booth, raffle prizes & much more.

RUN FOR BEER

Feb 10th

Participants walk, jog, or run approximately 3.1 miles, then drink beer! Everyone is invited to enjoy the day’s entertainment: live music, great food, giveaways and activities with partners and sponsors. Everyone receives a craft brew, and collectors pint glass or seasonal swag item.

MY MUDDY VALENTINE

Feb 10th

Looking for something different to do for Valentines Day?  If so this is it!   Individual and couple’s categories for all age groups.  20+ fun and challenging obstacles, beer or cider, food, music, bonfires and much more.

PUPLANDIA VALENTINE’S SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA

Feb 3rd

50 Vendors – selling glass art, soaps, toys, dog treats thie list goes on and on … JUST in time for Valentines day ALSO helping us at Puplandia Dog Rescue.

CASCADE FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN FILMS

Through March 3rd

Films showing Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa packaged for Western viewers. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose its failures, and reveal possibilities for a hopeful future.

80’S VIDEO DANCE ATTACK

Every Friday & Saturday

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!

DUELING PIANO SHOW

Every Friday & Saturday

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, We boast a Vegas style, Request Driven, Audience Interactive Show complete with Bits, Games, Sing-A-Longs, Comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.

PORTLAND CIDER HOUSE’S CIDER-MOSA SATURDAY

Every Saturday

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

HUNTED 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.

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS

All Month Thursday – Sunday

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. Discount tickets

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT

All Month

Smart Phone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city.  Start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a journey through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.

GEEKS WHO DRINK’S 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.

 

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON

 I LIKE COMIC CON

Feb 10th & 11th

A celebration for fans of all genres and ages as we bring you amazing guest writers, artists, creators, comic book related celebrities, cosplay, a huge Artist Alley, exhibitors and so much more!

WINE & CHOCOLATE

Feb 10th & 11th

Skip the traffic and stay local for Valentine’s Day. Join your participating Southwest Washington wineries for a weekend of Wine and Chocolate.

JEEVES INTERVENES 

Through Feb 24th

1920s high-society London is once again thrown into chaos by hapless playboy Bertie Wooster, this time in cahoots with his old school chum Eustace Bassington-Bassington. The two hatch a brilliant plan to dupe their meddling relatives in order to save Bertie from an undesired marriage and Eustace from an unwanted job in India. But will the ever-faithful manservant Jeeves be able to rescue these bumbling fools from themselves?

OPEN SATURDAY AT PEARSON AIRBASE

Feb 10th

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.

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND

  • Fifty Shades Freed
  • The 15:17 to Paris
  • Peter Rabbit
  • The Female Brain
  • Pad Man
  • The Next Big Thing
  • Aiyaary
  • Monster Family
  • Bomb City
  • Permission
  • Entanglement

 

 

 

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: February 4, 2018

 

The fourth quarter of 2017 resulted in sellers realizing a 10-year high of profits and the homeownership rate reaching the highest level in three years as reported This Week in Real Estate by ATTOM Data Solutions and the U.S. Census Bureau respectively. Below are a few highlights from the last week of January that influence our business:

*Average Home Seller Profits at 10-Year High of $54,000 in Q4 2017. ATTOM Data Solutions released its Year-End and Q4 2017 U.S. Home Sales Report Tuesday, which shows that home sellers in Q4 2017 realized an average home price gain since purchase of $54,000, up from $53,732 in the previous quarter and up from $47,133 in Q4 2016 to the highest since Q3 2007 — a more than 10-year high. That $54,000 average home seller profit represented an average 29.7 percent return on investment compared to the original purchase price, up from 28.8 percent in the previous quarter and up from 26.8 percent in Q4 2016 to the highest average home seller ROI since Q3 2007. “It’s the most profitable time to sell a home in more than 10 years yet homeowners are staying put longer than we’ve ever seen,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions. “While home sellers on the West Coast are realizing the biggest profits, rapid home price appreciation in red state markets is rivaling that of the high-flying coastal markets and producing sizable profits for home sellers in those middle-American markets as well.” Among 155 metropolitan statistical areas with sufficient historical data, those with the highest average home seller ROI were San Jose, California (90.9 percent ROI); San Francisco, California (73.3 percent); Merced, California (64.6 percent); Seattle, Washington (64.4 percent); and Santa Cruz, California (59.8 percent). The U.S. median home price in 2017 was $235,000, up 8.3 percent from 2016 to a new all-time high. Annual home price appreciation in 2017 slowed slightly compared to the 8.5 percent in 2016.

Full Story… https://www.attomdata.com/news/home-prices-and-sales/2017-home-sales-report/

*Homeownership Rate Reaches Highest Level in Three Years. The national homeownership rate reached its highest level since the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing slightly in the last quarter of 2017, according to the Quarterly Residential Vacancies and Homeownership report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The homeownership rate remained statistically unchanged, inching up to 64.2% in the fourth quarter. This is up from 63.7% the year before and 63.9% in the third quarter. Among Millennials, the homeownership rate ticked up slightly from 35.6% to 36%. Among older generations, the homeownership is significantly higher at 75.3% for those aged 55 to 64 years and 79.2% for those aged 65 years and older. “What’s even more positive news for the housing market is that much of the increase in the homeownership rate over the past year has come from 18 to 44-year olds,” Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin said.

Full Story… https://www.housingwire.com/articles/42403-homeownership-rate-reaches-highest-level-in-three-years

*Private Residential Spending Reaches Cycle High. NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending rose 0.5% in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $526.1 billion, the highest level since March 2007. Total private residential construction spending rose 6.2% last year, after increasing 12.5% in 2016. The monthly gains are largely attributed to the increase in multifamily construction spending. It rebounded strongly 2.6% after a dip of 0.5% in November, reaching a $64.0 billion annual pace in December. Single-family construction spending inched up 0.4%, after surging 2% in November. Remodeling spending slipped slightly 0.2% in December. On a year-over-year basis, spending on home improvements increased by 3.2%.

Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2018/02/private-residential-spending-reaches-cycle-high/

Have a productive week.

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: February 2-4, 2018

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FEBRUARY 2-4, 2018

PORTLAND SEAFOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

FEB 2ND & 3RD

Taste some of Oregon’s best wines from over fifty wineries and munch on deliciously fresh seafood at the peak of Dungeness Crab season.  Bring the whole family, face painters, balloon artists and so much more!  http://pdxseafoodandwinefestival.com/

 

PORTLAND WINTER LIGHT FESTIVAL

FEB 1ST – 3RD

Presenting more than 100 artists and organizations from all across the Cascadian region. The 2018 festival is truly citywide, with Festival Hubs and Affiliate Locations showcasing illuminated art installations, vibrant performances, and stunning kinetic fire sculptures throughout Portland.  https://www.pdxwlf.com/

 

WORST DAY OF THE YEAR RUN

FEB 3RD

Enjoy Columbia River views on this 5k run starting at McMenamins Edgefield.  Packed gravel course with short rolling hills. http://www.worstdayrun.com/

 

HOIKE

FEB 3RD

Authentic Hawaiian food, live music, Polynesian dancing, silent auction and much more!    https://kiako.org/hoike

 

SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL

THROUGH FEB 2ND

Featuring concerts by seven talented artists at The Old Church Concert Hall. https://scnmf.org/

 

PUPLANDIA VALENTINE’S SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA

FEB 3RD

50 Vendors – selling glass art, soaps, toys, dog treats the list goes on and on … JUST in time for Valentine’s day ALSO helping us at Puplandia Dog Rescue. https://www.facebook.com/events/155453938408765/

 

PRINCESS PROMENADE

FEB 3RD

Princess themed Daddy Daughter Dance.  An evening of dancing, music, snacks, face painting, a commemorative photo and gift bag, and meet a few real princesses! Dress is semi-formal. Girls grade K-8 welcomed along with their fathers, guardians, or male relative. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/princess-promenade-2018-tickets-40897331018

 

CASCADE FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN FILMS

THROUGH MARCH 3RD 

Films showing Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa packaged for Western viewers. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose its failures, and reveal possibilities for a hopeful future. https://www.africanfilmfestival.org/

 

80’S VIDEO DANCE ATTACK

EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY

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!  http://www.videodanceattack.com/#0

 

DUELING PIANO SHOW

EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY

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, We boast a Vegas style, Request Driven, Audience Interactive Show complete with Bits, Games, Sing-A-Longs, Comedy and some of the best players in the U.S. https://barrelroompdx.ticketleap.com/

 

PORTLAND CIDER HOUSE’S CIDER-MOSA SATURDAY

EVERY SATURDAY

Enjoy a liquid brunch and try a variety of delicious and fun cider-mosas.  https://www.portlandcider.com/

 

HUNTED PUB TOUR

ALL MONTH

Portland:   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.  http://beerquestpdx.com/pubcrawl/

 

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS

ALL MONTH THURSDAY – SUNDAY

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. Discount tickets  http://pdxpipeline.com/2015/12/02/portland-escape-rooms-holiday-christmas-gift-puzzles-promo-discount-coupon-code/

 

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT

ALL MONTH      

Smart Phone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city.  Start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a journey through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.  https://www.urbanadventurequest.com/tours/things-to-do/portland_oregon/default.aspx

 

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 – five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.  http://shanrockstrivia.com/

 

GEEKS WHO DRINK’S 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.  http://www.geekswhodrink.com/

 

Vancouver, Washington

 

FATHER DAUGHTER VALENTINE’S BALL

FEB 2ND & 3RD

Celebrating the bond between daughters and their dads, grandfathers, uncles and other father figures. Local DJ, finger foods to munch on, refreshments, temporary tattoo station and a professional photographer will be on hand to take keepsake photos of your evening together. https://www.cityofvancouver.us/parksrec/page/annual-father-daughter-valentine%E2%80%99s-ball-1

 

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL

FEB 2ND & 3RD

The largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world.  Each evening will have a different selection from this year’s films.  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3070610

 

FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

FEB 2ND

Uniting creativity and great art with food and inspiration. Stop by to shop local, network, and meet local business owners. https://www.nightmarketvancouver.com/

 

LANTERN TOUR: WALKING VANCOUVER BARRACKS

FEB 3RD

Tour through the grounds of Vancouver Barracks by lantern light, connecting attendees to the national park’s military history through thematic storytelling.  https://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/news/lanterntours201718.htm

 

OPEN SATURDAY AT PEARSON AIRBASE

FEB 3RD

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.

http://fortvan.org/Education/upcoming-programs.html

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND

  • Winchester
  • Digimon Adventure
  • Living Among Us
  • Braven
  • Bilal: A New Breed of Hero
  • The Music of Silence
  • Lies We Tell
  • Street Lights

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: January 29, 2018

Despite inventory pressure, which in turn has driven continued price appreciation as a result of buyer demand, the National Association of Realtors announced This Week in Real Estate that 2017 existing home sales recorded the best year in 11 years. Below are a few highlights from the fourth week of January that influence our business:

* Cash Sales Tie Post-Recession High. NAHB analysis of the most recent Quarterly Sales by Price and Financing published by the Census Bureau reveals that cash sales accounted for 11,000 new home sales in the fourth quarter of 2017. Cash purchases made up 7.9% of purchases in the fourth quarter, a mark not seen since 2014. 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 December 2017, according to estimates from the National Association of Realtors. Conventional financing contracted sharply following the Great Recession, but has expanded as the recovery has continued. In 2006, conventional financing accounted for 90% of new home purchases, falling to 59% in 2010. Conventional loans accounted for 72% of new home sales in 2017, on average, the highest annual average since 2008.

 

* Best Year For Home Sales Since 2006, Despite Headwinds. Existing home sales in 2017 increased 1.1 percent for the best year in 11 years. According to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), the 5.51 million sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and cooperative apartments surpassed the 5.45 million sales in 2016 to have the highest number of transactions since 6.48 million were sold in 2006. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says the housing market performed remarkably well for the U.S. economy in 2017, but wasn’t as good as it might have been.  The year brought substantial wealth gains for homeowners and historically low distressed property sales. “Existing sales concluded the year on a softer note, but they were guided higher these last 12 months by a multi-year streak of exceptional job growth, which ignited buyer demand,” he said. “At the same time, market conditions were far from perfect. New listings struggled to keep up with what was sold very quickly, and buying became less affordable in a large swath of the country. These two factors ultimately muted what should have been a stronger sales pace.” The median existing-home price for all housing types in December was $246,800, a 5.8 percent rate of appreciation for the year and was the 70th straight month of year-over-year gains. The inventory of available homes fell another 11.4 percent in December to 1.48 million and is now 10.3 percent lower than a year ago (1.65 million).  The inventory has declined year-over-year for 31 consecutive months and is currently estimated at a 3.2-month supply, the lowest level since NAR began tracking in 1999. Existing-home sales in the West declined 0.8 percent below a year ago.

 

* Purchase Mortgage Applications Hit 8-Year High. Mortgage applications continue on the tear they started during the first week of 2018. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA’s) Market Composite Index, a measure of loan application volume, increased 4.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis during the week ended January 19. The gain came on the heels of 8.3 percent and 4.1 percent increases in the first two weeks of the year. Both the Refinancing and Purchase Indexes saw gains.  The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index was up 6 percent from the week ended January 12, its fourth straight increase, and was the highest since April 2010.
Have a productive week.

 

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events: January 26-28, 2018

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
JANUARY 26-28, 2018

INTERNATIONAL CAT SHOW

FRI-SUN – See dozens of breeds, judging, and one amazing event. There will be rescue cats and kittens available for adoption from West Columbia Gorge Humane Society and Community Cat Coalition. There will also be a large variety of vendors, who will be offering cat items for sale, not found in local stores, including teasers, cat nip toys, fluffy blankets, cat trees and jewelry.

PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

THURS-SUN  Experience the newest automotive technology in the market today plus get a glimpse into what is coming in the future.

GREAT TRAIN SHOW

SAT-SUN – Featuring hundreds of tables of trains, accessories, scale models and collectible toys for sale as well as huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, free seminars and educational opportunities, and much more.

MOCHITSUKI

SUN – Portland’s annual Japanese New Year celebration, entertainment, hands-on activities, ikebana, calligraphy, games, rice pounding, mochi, and Japanese foods

VINTAGE MARKETPLACE

SAT-SUN – A wonderful array of treasures for you and your home.

SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL

Through February 2 – Featuring concerts by seven talented artists at The Old Church Concert Hall

DOLL & TEDDY BEAR SHOW

SAT – Something for everyone, including more antique and vintage vendors than ever. The finest exhibitors in the West fill the room with dolls, bears, miniatures, supplies, wigs, clothes books and accessories from antique to modern.

REEL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Through January 30 – Whether your passion is jazz, blues, folk, rock, electronic, world, classical—or anything between—we hope you find something to discover and inspire in this eclectic mix of films that celebrate great artists, sound, and image, and connect music and culture. Various locations around Portland.

FERTILE GROUND ARTS FESTIVAL

THURS through January 28  Discover compelling indoor landscapes of many hues and disciplines cultivated in Fertile Ground. This 11-day sampling illuminates the verdant and abundant acts of creation that bubble and catalyze yearlong in Portland.

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Through SUN  Various short pieces performed by a multi-generational cast, combining circus arts, narrative, dance, and physical theater. (Part of the 2018 Fertile Ground Festival) 

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

RACE FOR WARMTH

SUN – Join the Race for Warmth to support Operation Warm Heart, a Clark Public Utilities customer-funded program to help limited-income families in crisis situations who need help paying their electric bills.

VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: MUSICAL JOURNEY 

SAT  Featuring two beloved symphonies, each representing a “spiritual and emotional” journey for the composer.

CLARK COUNTY COLLEGE JAZZ FESTIVAL 

THURS-SAT  Presenting three full days of exhilarating big band jazz. Sixty middle and high school jazz ensembles from throughout Washington and Oregon are scheduled to perform in this year’s competition with trophies presented to the top three jazz ensembles for middle schools and A through AAAA division high schools.

LANTERN TOUR: AN EVENING AT THE FORT 

SAT  A wonderful opportunity to experience the reconstructed Hudson’s Bay Company fort at night. As in past years, each adult attending the program will carry their own candle lantern and tour with a park ranger through the reconstructed fort’s Counting House, Fur Store, Chief Factor’s House, Kitchen, and Bake House.

IMPROV THEATRE

SAT  MIT players assure audiences they are prepared to launch into 2018 with a whole new barrel of laughs in downtown Vancouver. In a world where folks are never sure what life will launch at them next, it’s refreshing to know that MIT is always family friendly! It’s safe to bring the kids and Grandparents! 

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
· Please Stand By
· Hostiles
· Maze Runner: The Death Cure
· The Neighbor
· American Folk
· The Clapper
· The Misguided
· Like Me
· Kickboxer: Retaliation

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: January 22, 2018

Prior to investing in a home improvement project, would it be beneficial to know which remodeling projects net the highest return on investment (ROI)? Remodeling Magazine released This Week in Real Estate it’s Cost vs. Value Report for 2018. Below are a few highlights from the third week of January that influence our business:

* Cost vs. Value: The Home Improvement Projects With The Highest ROI in 2018. Remodeling Magazine’s newly released Cost vs. Value Report for 2018, which measures the average cost of 21 popular remodeling projects and their average resale value one year later, found that average return on investment (ROI) for home improvement projects dipped across the board, with “upscale” projects taking the biggest hit. Garage door replacement has the highest ROI at 98.3 percent (up from 85 percent year-over-year). Backyard patio jobs garner the lowest ROI, at 47.6 percent (down from 54.9 percent year-over-year). The reason for the sweeping decrease in ROI isn’t immediately obvious, but Remodeling magazine’s editor-in-chief (and manager of the report) Craig Webb notes that it’s likely related to the strength of the housing market currently. However, a silver lining from the report relates to when the data was compiled. Remodeling magazine put all the cost information together before the country was struck with several natural disasters, including massive forest fires and several hurricanes. Since then, building supplies and the price of skilled labor has increased, but that’s expected to change over the course of 2018. As a result, expect to see the ROI of most of these projects level out by the end of the year. Despite these events, some longtime trends continued through the new year. Remodeling is still far more cost-effective than replacement, but, according to real estate pros, replacing is still the way to go. This year, there’s a 20-point difference in ROI: 76.1 percent for replacement jobs, versus 56 percent for remodeling. Nationally, when it comes to renovation ROI, curb appeal still wins out.


* Builder Confidence Remains Strong as New Year Starts. Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes dropped two points to a level of 72 in January on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) after reaching an 18-year high in December 2017. Builders confidence remained strong given changes to the tax code will promote the small business sector and boost broader economic growth. Nonetheless, home builders continue to face building material price increases and shortages of labor and lots. In a recent NAHB survey, 84% of builders cited concerns regarding cost and availability of workers as a key challenge for 2018, matching the 84% who cited rising building material prices. The HMI gauge of future sales expectations has remained in the 70s, a sign that housing demand should continue to grow in 2018. As the overall economy strengthens, owner-occupied household formation increases, and the supply of existing home inventory tightens, we can expect the single-family housing market to make further gains this year. The three HMI components registered relatively minor losses in January. The index gauging current sales conditions dropped one point to 79, the component charting sales expectations in the next six months fell a single point to 78, and the index measuring buyer traffic fell four points to 54. Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the West rose two points to 81, the South increased one point to 73, the Midwest inched up a single point to 70 and Northeast climbed five points to 59.


* U.S. Foreclosure Activity Drops to 12-Year Low in 2017. Attom Data Solutions released its Year-End 2017 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report on Thursday, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 676,535 U.S. properties in 2017, down 27 percent from 2016 and down 76 percent from a peak of nearly 2.9 million in 2010 to the lowest level since 2005. Those 676,535 properties with foreclosure filings in 2017 represented 0.51 percent of all U.S. housing units, down from 0.70 percent in 2016 and down from a peak of 2.23 percent in 2010 to the lowest level since 2005. “Thanks to a housing boom driven primarily by a scarcity of supply, which has helped to limit home purchases to the most highly qualified — and low-risk — borrowers, the U.S. housing market has the luxury of playing a version of foreclosure limbo in which it searches for how low foreclosures can go,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions.
Have a productive week.

Jason


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