Using Portable Gardens for Curb Appeal

To make your home more attractive to buyers, plant fresh flowers, hang wreaths on doors, or put plants in containers to take your garden with you when you sell your home!

Containers can accent your home’s personality – use washtubs for a farmhouse look or colorful fired pottery for a bohemian vibe. They’re the perfect solution for styling an entry or walkway.

If you’re lucky enough to have a sizable front porch, use potted plants and furnishings to create a simple but inviting outdoor room. Add a comfortable bench or chairs to create a picturesque conversation nook.

For exterior design on a dime, install a pre-fabricated arbor or trellis to give form to your yard and complement your plantings.

Follow these easy tips to ensure your potted gardens thrive:

Pick the right container. A confined space means substituting what the plants would get if they were in the ground. You need to have enough space for plants to grow and proper drainage holes so your plants don’t become sodden.

Use fresh potting soil. Good potting soil doesn’t clump and allows roots to spread. It contains nutrients to give plants a good head start.

Group plants according to sun and water needs. A mix of cascading plants, tall leafy plants and various flowers make a beautiful composition. You can even mix in edibles like veggies and herbs, but make sure all the plants in one container require the same amount of sun and water.

Water frequently. Container gardens dry out quickly, especially smaller pots. Check that the container is draining properly and you don’t have to worry about overwatering. Water daily in warm weather.

Bigger is better. Larger containers hold more soil, allow plants to grow larger, offer more room for variety and require less frequent watering.


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: June 15-17, 2018

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
JUNE 15-17, 2018

 

GRATEFUL DAD HALF MARATHON/10K/5K 

SAT Run along the beautiful Columbia River with sweet views of the cascade range. Stick around after for a Grateful family breakfast, a groovy beer garden and some sweet tunes to fill the air!

FATHER’S DAY CRUISE

SUN Celebrate Father’s Day in a new way this year: bring the whole family aboard a Portland Spirit Cruise! Choose from brunch cruises in Downtown Portland or Cascade Locks, a scenic dinner cruise, or an adventure on the Explorer.   

PORTLAND PRIDE FESTIVAL

SAT-SUN At Tom McCall Waterfront Park, enjoy live music, exhibits, food, and celebrations along with the iconic Pride Parade on Saturday.

SNAKEBITE SHOWDOWN

SAT Breweries and cideries will go head-to-head to win the title for Best Snakebite! The event is focused on this ever-growing in popularity blend, emphasizing the collaborative nature of the craft beverage industry here in Portland. 

BERRY FESTIVAL AT LEE FARMS

FRI-SUN A whole festival geared towards devouring delicious berry treats and playing on our seven generation family farm!

OREGON RENAISSANCE FAIRE

SAT-SUN An imaginative and interactive adventure modeled after elements from the Renaissance era. Patrons can experience village folk celebrating a visit from their Queen and her royal court with the sights, sounds, smells, era-appropriate music, demonstrations, entertainers, arts and crafts of the Renaissance era in Scotland. 

FIELD & VINE’S FARM DINNER 

Through December 1 – Enjoy the stunning wines of Oregon over a six-to-seven course dinner expertly prepared by Field & Vine chefs using ingredients sourced straight from the host and surrounding farms.

OREGON ZOO SUMMER CONCERTS

Through September 12 -Enjoy world-class performers while enjoying a great day at the zoo.  

PORTLAND BEER WEEK

Through June 17 – An 11-day celebration of beer in the world’s greatest beer city. Check out the schedule to see the list of events and locations.  

OREGON RENAISSANCE FAIRE

SAT-SUN An imaginative and interactive adventure modeled after elements from the Renaissance era. Patrons can experience village folk celebrating a visit from their Queen and her royal court with the sights, sounds, smells, era-appropriate music, demonstrations, a variety of entertainers, and the arts, crafts, wares, and lifestyles of the Renaissance era in Scotland. 

INGMAR BERGMAN: A CENTENARY CELEBRATION 

Through July 22 – See 17 dramatic films by Sweden’s most famous director, including new digital restorations.  

FORCES OF NATURE: HISTORIC PORTLAND FLOODS, FIRES, ICE & SNOW

Through July 8 – Portland is known for its mild climate and beautiful natural surroundings, but the city has felt nature’s fury during its 170 year history. From a downtown submerged in water, to a waterfront in flames, to a city immobilized by ice and snow, explore how Portland residents have survived and recovered from natural disasters.

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
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

SPIRIT TALES OF THE VANCOUVER BARRACKS 

Through October 27 – Service members, their families, and many others walked its grounds, leaving behind many memories. Memories 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 these stories of the Vancouver Barracks’ past residents.

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET

Through October 28 – Home to over 250 vendors with 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
· Incredibles 2
· Superfly
· Gotti
· Tag
· Billy Boy
· Loving Pablo
· Gabriel and the Mountain
· Race 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: June 11, 2018

According to CoreLogic’s Q1 2018 Home Equity Report that was released This Week in Real Estate, homeowners with mortgages saw their equity increase 13.3 percent year-over-year, representing a gain of more than $1 Trillion since the first quarter of 2017. Below are a few highlights from the first week of June that influence our business:

* Where Are Millenials Moving. Where are milliennials headed, at least in terms of places they are moving to. For the second year running, SmartAsset set about finding out. Washington received the largest influx of millennials both in terms of net influx and net influx relative to population. This state received nearly 40,000 more millennials than it lost, which is around 0.55% of the overall population. Seattle was the main beneficiary of these millennials, which we’ll discuss in the section below. Washington was not the only western state to crack this top 10: Colorado, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona are also in the top 10. Colorado and Oregon in particular were popular landing spots for millennials. Colorado received over 26,500 more millennials than it lost and for Oregon that number was just under 12,000. Nevada and Arizona had slightly less spectacular numbers, receiving 8,800 and 7,000 millennials, respectively. The South makes up the rest of the states in our top 10. The no. 2 ranking state is Texas, with a net influx of nearly 34,000 millennials, followed by Virginia which gained 18,300 more millennials than it lost. Georgia, North Carolina and Florida round out the top 10.

* Home Equity Gains Topped $1 Trillion in the First Quarter of 2018CoreLogic released Thursday the Home Equity Report for the first quarter of 2018, which shows that U.S. homeowners with mortgages (which account for roughly 63 percent of all properties) have seen their equity increase 13.3 percent year over year, representing a gain of $1.01 trillion since the first quarter of 2017. Additionally, the average homeowner gained $16,300 in home equity between the first quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. While home equity grew nationwide, western states experienced the largest increase. Washington homeowners gained an average of approximately $44,000 in home equity, and California homeowners gained an average of approximately $51,000 in home equity. “Home-price growth has accelerated in recent months, helping to build home-equity wealth and lift underwater homeowners back into positive equity the primary driver of home equity wealth creation,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “The CoreLogic Home Price Index grew 6.7 percent during the year ending March 2018, the largest 12-month increase in four years. Likewise, the average growth in home equity was more than $15,000 during 2017, the most in four years. Washington led all states with 12.8 percent appreciation, and its homeowners also had much larger home-equity gains than the national average.”

* U.S. Home Flipping Rate Matches Six Year High in Q1 2018. ATTOM Data Solutions released Thursday its Q1 2018 U.S. Home Flipping Report, which shows that 48,457 U.S. single family homes and condos were flipped in the first quarter of 2018, down 4 percent from the previous quarter and down 3 percent from a year ago to a two-year low. The 48,457 homes flipped in the first quarter represented 6.9 percent of all home sales during the quarter, up from 5.9 percent in the previous quarter and unchanged from a year ago – matching the highest home flipping rate since Q1 2012. Homes flipped in Q1 2018 sold at an average gross profit of $69,500, up from an average gross flipping profit of $68,250 in the previous quarter and up from $66,287 in Q1 2017 to the highest average gross flipping profit since ATTOM began tracking in Q1 2000. The average gross flipping profit of $69,500 in Q1 2018 translated into an average 47.8 percent return on investment compared to the original acquisition price, down from a 48.9 percent average gross flipping ROI in Q4 2017 and down from an average gross flipping ROI of 50.3 percent in Q1 2017 to the lowest level since Q2 2015 – a nearly three-year low.

Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: June 8-10, 2018

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
JUNE 8-10, 2018

 

FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS

Through June 12 – One of Portland’s most renowned festivals in Portland’s Living Room. Comprised of nearly 20,000 flowers, ornamental grass and Douglas fir seedlings, will bring elements of the Columbia River Gorge into the city and encourage visitors to become immersed in the landscape.  

GRAND FLORAL PARADE

SAT – A 4-mile route emphasizing visual and auditory entertainment on a grand scale, this parade features 15 full-size all-floral floats,12 all-floral mini-floats,16 marching bands,18 equestrian units and many other special entries.  

DRAGON BOAT RACE

SAT-SUN Featuring exciting four-team heats held every nine minutes. More than 80 different teams – local, national and international – compete in boats graciously provided through the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association. 

CITY FAIR

FRI-SUN Fun for the whole family with carnival rides, live music, scavenger hunts, kid activities and so much more! 

SPRING ROSE SHOW

THURS-FRI The largest and longest-running rose show in the nation. The exquisite beauty and fragrances of this yearly show emanate from more than 4,000 blooms. 

PORTLAND BEER WEEK

Through June 17 – An 11-day celebration of beer in the world’s greatest beer city. Check out the schedule to see the list of events and locations.  

PORTLAND FRUIT BEER FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN An all-ages friendly event with a wide representation of more than fifty fruit beers and ciders, plus non alcoholic drinks and incredible food vendors, killer DJ’s and other activities. 

SCANDINAVIAN MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL

SAT A fun, family friendly, and important day with centuries-old traditions. Two stages of entertainment with live music and dancing, crafts, vendors, beer garden and much more.  

TAPAS & TEQUILA

THURS-FRI – Nosh your way through some of the best tequila and small plates the Pacific Northwest has to offer. You’ll get sips of tequila from distilleries and delicious appetizers both spicy and sweet!

OREGON RENAISSANCE FAIRE

SAT-SUN & June 16-17 An imaginative and interactive adventure modeled after elements from the Renaissance era. Patrons can experience village folk celebrating a visit from their Queen and her royal court with the sights, sounds, smells, era-appropriate music, demonstrations, a variety of entertainers, and the arts, crafts, wares, and lifestyles of the Renaissance era in Scotland. 

CRUISIN SHERWOOD

SAT – Something for everyone! 500+ classic and custom cars, live music, dancing, kids zone and much more.

INGMAR BERGMAN: A CENTENARY CELEBRATION 

Through July 22 – See 17 dramatic films by Sweden’s most famous director, including new digital restorations.  

FORCES OF NATURE: HISTORIC PORTLAND FLOODS, FIRES, ICE & SNOW

Through July 8 – Portland is known for its mild climate and beautiful natural surroundings, but the city has felt nature’s fury during its 170 year history. From a downtown submerged in water, to a waterfront in flames, to a city immobilized by ice and snow, explore how Portland residents have survived and recovered from natural disasters.

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
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

CRAFT BEER & WINE FEST

FRI-SUN Come relax in a fun atmosphere while sipping on your new favorite beverage! Signature craft cocktails, wine, beer, whiskey, and live music too.

NATIONAL GET OUTDOORS DAY

SAT Enjoy a fun-filled day of activities to help get you and your family outdoors at the Water Resource Education Center.

SPIRIT TALES OF THE VANCOUVER BARRACKS 

Through October 27 – Service members, their families, and many others walked its grounds, leaving behind many memories. Memories 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 these stories of the Vancouver Barracks’ past residents.

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET

Through October 28 – Home to over 250 vendors with 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
· Oceans 8
· Hotel Artemis
· Hereditary
· Zoo
· 2036 Origin Unknown
· Won’t You Be My Neighbor
· The Valley
· 211
· Bernard and Huey

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: June 4, 2018

According to the most recent report from the Census Bureau, which was released This Week in Real Estate, the dollar value of new construction spending is 7.6% higher than the same time period last year at $1.31 trillion. Below are a few highlights from the last week of May that influence our business:

* ShowingTime: High Consumer Demand Continues to Propel Showing Activity to Near-Record Levels. Showing activity across the U.S. increased 4.6 percent year-over-year in April, according to the ShowingTime Showing Index, as buyer demand continues to rise throughout most of the country. The South region experienced the highest regional year-over-year increase for the second consecutive month, jumping 9.3 percent, while the Northeast (4.9 percent) and Midwest (4 percent) regions also saw a rise in showing activity. Activity in the West region dropped 8.3 percent compared to April 2017, marking the region’s third consecutive year-over-year monthly decrease. ShowingTime Chief Analytics Officer Daniil Cherkasskiy says the near-record level of showing activity across the country indicates high consumer demand remains despite rising home prices. “Overall, we continue to see record levels of activity across the U.S.,” says Cherkasskiy. “Showing activity only declined in the West region, while other regions throughout the country have consistently experienced increased demand.”

* Residential and Private Construction Numbers Solid in AprilApril turned out to be a solid month for construction. The Census Bureau said that dollar value of new construction activity on residential, non-residential, and public projects was at a seasonally adjusted and annual total of $1.31 trillion. This represented a 1.8 percent increase from March’s total of 1.29 trillion and was 7.6 percent higher than the $1.22 trillion rate in April 2017. Privately funded construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.01 trillion, a 2.8 percent gain from March, and up 7.6 percent from the previous April. Through the end of April private construction totaled $305.27 billion, a 6.3 percent increase. Residential spending is the largest component of private construction. Spending there was up 4.5 percent from March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $556.30 billion, 9.5 percent higher than spending in April 2017. Single-family construction was at a rate of $285.70 billion, unchanged from March but up 9.6 percent year-over-year.  Multifamily construction spending rose 3.6 percent for the month but was 4.0 lower than a year earlier. Public construction spending slowed by 1.3 percent from March at $296.12 billion but was 7.7 percent higher year-over-year. The residential component was down 0.2 percent to an annual rate of $7.14 billion but is 26.4 percent greater than last year. That spending is also 7.5 percent higher across the first four months of 2018.

* Homeowners Who Remodel Will Spend an Estimated $7,893 Per Home in 2018. In the average zip code, owners who improve their homes in 2018 will spend $7,893 per home; but, as you would expect in a country as large as the U.S., there is considerable variation. There are many zip code areas where spending per improved home is under $5,5000, and many where it is over $11,000.  Zip codes with high spending per improved home tend to cluster around large metro areas—especially in the Northeast. At the very top are 17 zip codes where estimated spending per improved home is over $18,000.  Ten of these are in the New York-Newark-Jersey City Metropolitan Statistical Area, two are in Fairfield County, Connecticut; and one is in a suburb of Boston.  Of the remaining four, two are zip codes on Lake Michigan in Cook County north of Chicago, and two are close-in suburbs of San Francisco.

Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: June 1-3, 2018

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
JUNE 1-3, 2018

 

STARLIGHT PARADE

SAT Offering funky, eclectic fun for everyone. From traditional marching bands and flood-lit floats, to glow-in-the-dark umbrellas and unique hand-built entries, you’ll see the best of Portland’s diverse community groups (and surrounding Northwest region) together in one whimsical pageant.   

STARLIGHT RUN

SAT – Portland’s most popular Fun Run! 3.1 mile run along the parade route. The costume theme this year is Play Happy.   

CITY FAIR

FRI-SUN – Fun for the whole family with carnival rides, live music, scavenger hunts, kid activities and so much more! 

PORTLAND BUDDHIST FESTIVAL

SAT Buddhist talks, workshops, teachings and activities for adults and children, vendors and so much more.  

PORTLAND MODERN HOME TOUR

SAT Your once-a-year chance to get up close and personal with the architects, designers and amazing homes that define “modern” in Portland.  

CHEERS TO BELGIAN BEERS 

FRI-SAT Featuring a single yeast strain, with which brewers will brew a unique Belgian Style beer. Over 70 samples available from Oregon breweries.  

FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS

Through June 12 – One of Portland’s most renowned festivals in Portland’s Living Room. Comprised of nearly 20,000 flowers, ornamental grass and Douglas fir seedlings, will bring elements of the Columbia River Gorge into the city and encourage visitors to become immersed in the landscape.  

SUMMER SANGRIA PARTY

SAT Kick off summer at Hip Chicks do Wine and sample wine and sangria.

YOUTH RODEO

SAT-SUN Cowboys and cowgirls, some as young as two or three years old, compete in nearly a dozen events divided into three divisions where they can test their skills with others at the same age level at barrel racing, goat tying, pole bending, break away roping, bareback and saddle bronc riding, bull (calf) riding, tie-down roping, and team roping.

CANBY WINE, FOOD & BREW

FRI-SUN Enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and scents of wonderful Oregon wineries, artisans & specialty foods at the 27th Annual Canby Wine, Food & Brew!

INGMAR BERGMAN: A CENTENARY CELEBRATION 

Through July 22 – See 17 dramatic films by Sweden’s most famous director, including new digital restorations.  

FORCES OF NATURE: HISTORIC PORTLAND FLOODS, FIRES, ICE & SNOW

Through July 8 – Portland is known for its mild climate and beautiful natural surroundings, but the city has felt nature’s fury during its 170 year history. From a downtown submerged in water, to a waterfront in flames, to a city immobilized by ice and snow, explore how Portland residents have survived and recovered from natural disasters.

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
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

AMERICAN CROWN CIRCUS: CIRCO OSORIO 

THURS through June 5 – An astonishing array of artists in its newest, most exciting circus show. Bursting with mystery, magic, music and more. Amazing audiences with elaborate Illusions, death-defying Daredevil, and unbelievable feats of acrobatic and aerial artistry.

FRIDAY FUN NIGHTS

FRI – Themed, after hours drop off event at Kids Club Fitness. Trampoline and active time in the gymnastics room, crafts, and recreational games like dodgeball, parachute fun, wallyball, airball, twister time in The Jungle and more!

VANCOUVER NIGHT MARKET

FRI Uniting creativity and great art with food and inspiration. Stop by to shop local, network, and meet local business owners. An adventurous retail evening awaits!

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET

Through October 28 – Home to over 250 vendors with 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
· Adrift
· Upgrade
· American Animals
· Breath
· All Summers End
· The Last Witness
· Social Animals
· All Summers End
· Action Point

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: May 29, 2018

The National Association of Realtors 2018 midyear forecast was released This Week in Real Estate, predicting a moderate and multi-year increase in home sales despite some headwinds. Below are a few highlights from the fourth week of May that influence our business:

* Home Sales, Prices to Rise Despite Inventory, Affordability Challenges. A stronger economy, wage growth and an improving job market are expected to march home sales and prices higher in 2018, but low supply and weakening affordability will tamper the rate of increases, according to speakers at a residential real estate forum during the 2018 Realtors Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors®, presented his 2018 midyear forecast and said despite headwinds a moderate and multiyear increase in home sales is likely ahead. After accelerating 3.8 percent in 2016, existing home sales rose only 1.1 percent to 5.5 million in 2017 and are forecast to finish 2018 at a pace of around 5.6 million (up 1.8 percent). He projects 5.7 million sales for 2019. Home price growth, up 48 percent from 2011 to 2017 and likely to rise an additional 4 percent in 2018.

* Who Is Tomorrow’s Borrower? What We’re Learning Might Surprise YouThe borrower of the future is affected, and in many ways shaped, by current and emerging demographic and generational trends. For example: The digital age has allowed for work to be done from anywhere. And more Americans today work two or three different jobs, versus being full-time, salaried employees. By the year 2020, it’s estimated that 43% of all workers will be freelancers, either by choice or because of new business models. With more millennials now living with their parents than with a spouse, they represent a reservoir of pent-up demand for housing. And although some boomers are downsizing for economic reasons or moving to be closer to family, many are choosing to “age in place.” America is on track to become a “majority-minority” country. This demographic shift will result in Hispanic Americans making up 50% of first-time homebuyers by 2020. And multi-generational household trends are increasing, with children, parents and grandparents living under one roof.

* Single-Family Home Size Increases at the Start of 2018. Counter to the recent prevailing trend, new single-family home size increased at start of 2018. New home size had been falling over the last two years due to an incremental move to additional entry-level home construction. According to first quarter 2018 data from the Census Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design and NAHB analysis, median single-family square floor area increased to 2,436 square feet. Average (mean) square footage for new single-family homes increased to 2,641 square feet. Since cycle lows (and on a one-year moving average basis), the average size of new single-family homes is 10% higher at 2,602 square feet, while the median size is 14% higher at 2,392 square feet. The post-recession increase in single-family home size is consistent with the historical pattern coming out of recessions. Typical new home size falls prior to and during a recession as home buyers tighten budgets, and then sizes rise as high-end homebuyers, who face fewer credit constraints, return to the housing market in relatively greater proportions.

This Week in Real Estate: May 29, 2018

The National Association of Realtors 2018 midyear forecast was released This Week in Real Estate, predicting a moderate and multi-year increase in home sales despite some headwinds. Below are a few highlights from the fourth week of May that influence our business:

* Home Sales, Prices to Rise Despite Inventory, Affordability Challenges. A stronger economy, wage growth and an improving job market are expected to march home sales and prices higher in 2018, but low supply and weakening affordability will tamper the rate of increases, according to speakers at a residential real estate forum during the 2018 Realtors Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors®, presented his 2018 midyear forecast and said despite headwinds a moderate and multiyear increase in home sales is likely ahead. After accelerating 3.8 percent in 2016, existing home sales rose only 1.1 percent to 5.5 million in 2017 and are forecast to finish 2018 at a pace of around 5.6 million (up 1.8 percent). He projects 5.7 million sales for 2019. Home price growth, up 48 percent from 2011 to 2017 and likely to rise an additional 4 percent in 2018.

* Who Is Tomorrow’s Borrower? What We’re Learning Might Surprise YouThe borrower of the future is affected, and in many ways shaped, by current and emerging demographic and generational trends. For example: The digital age has allowed for work to be done from anywhere. And more Americans today work two or three different jobs, versus being full-time, salaried employees. By the year 2020, it’s estimated that 43% of all workers will be freelancers, either by choice or because of new business models. With more millennials now living with their parents than with a spouse, they represent a reservoir of pent-up demand for housing. And although some boomers are downsizing for economic reasons or moving to be closer to family, many are choosing to “age in place.” America is on track to become a “majority-minority” country. This demographic shift will result in Hispanic Americans making up 50% of first-time homebuyers by 2020. And multi-generational household trends are increasing, with children, parents and grandparents living under one roof.

* Single-Family Home Size Increases at the Start of 2018. Counter to the recent prevailing trend, new single-family home size increased at start of 2018. New home size had been falling over the last two years due to an incremental move to additional entry-level home construction. According to first quarter 2018 data from the Census Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design and NAHB analysis, median single-family square floor area increased to 2,436 square feet. Average (mean) square footage for new single-family homes increased to 2,641 square feet. Since cycle lows (and on a one-year moving average basis), the average size of new single-family homes is 10% higher at 2,602 square feet, while the median size is 14% higher at 2,392 square feet. The post-recession increase in single-family home size is consistent with the historical pattern coming out of recessions. Typical new home size falls prior to and during a recession as home buyers tighten budgets, and then sizes rise as high-end homebuyers, who face fewer credit constraints, return to the housing market in relatively greater proportions.

Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: May 25-27, 2018

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
MAY 25-27, 2018

 

MEMORIAL WEEKEND IN WINE COUNTRY

SAT-MON – One of the region’s longest-running events where more than 150 wineries and tasting rooms will kick off the summer wine tasting season and celebrate our statewide Oregon Wine Month.

CITY FAIR

FRI-MON Week one of City Fair starts out with a bang with a fireworks display Friday night. Fun for the whole family with carnival rides, live music, scavenger hunts, kid activities and so much more!

MULTNOMAH COUNTY FAIR AT OAKS PARK 

SAT-MON – Adults and children are sure to have an enjoyable weekend experiencing the many offerings of the County Fair, including great food, entertainment, activities, and attractions!

VAMPIRE’S MASQUERADE BALL

SAT – A night focusing on elegance, finery, and dark decadence in one of Portland’s oldest and largest ballrooms highlighting the best in Gothic/Industrial music, live performances and regional vendors!

NW ANIMATION FEST

WED-SUN – Collecting excellent short animated films from around the world for screening at this multi day event. Almost 200 hilarious, dramatic, strand and inspiring films.

COMEDY SPORTZ

SAT-SUN – A fun, fast-paced comedy show that’s great for the whole family. Featuring two teams of professional players competing for laughs and points, with a referee keeping things moving and calling fouls.

FORCES OF NATURE: HISTORIC PORTLAND FLOODS, FIRES, ICE & SNOW

Through July 8 – Portland is known for its mild climate and beautiful natural surroundings, but the city has felt nature’s fury during its 170 year history. From a downtown submerged in water, to a waterfront in flames, to a city immobilized by ice and snow, explore how Portland residents have survived and recovered from natural disasters.

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
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

 

MEMORIAL DAY SPRING WINE RELEASE WEEKEND 

SAT-MON Visit participating wineries over Memorial Day Weekend to taste new releases and longtime favorites. Enjoy patio spaces and unique indoor tasting rooms around Clark County.

BARK RANGER WALKING TOUR

SAT  Ranger-led tour of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is designed for visitors and their dogs. They will discuss the history of dogs at Fort Vancouver and Vancouver Barracks, as well as the overall history of the site, and highlight how to explore the park safely with pet dogs.

HAIR

Through SAT – Set in a small university town in the American Midwest. Focusing on the nature of stoicism, art, psychopathy, intimacy, explorations of love, and people’s willingness to do things for love.

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET

Through October 28 – Home to over 250 vendors with 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
· Solo: A Star Wars Story
· Adrift
· Andy Irons: Kissed by God
· Kasal
· American Animals
· In Darkness
· Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran
· Future World
· Best Friends Vol. 2

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This Week in Real Estate: May 21, 2018

Growth in single-family permits for the first quarter of 2018 was released This Week in Real Estate and on a year-over-year basis are up 6%, while Washington state is up 13.9% and Oregon is flat at negative 0.9%. Below are a few highlights from the third week of May that influence our business:

* Western and Some Southern States Lead Residential Permit Growth. 

Over the first quarter of 2018, the total number of single-family permits issued nationwide reached 199,861. On a year-over-year basis, this is a 6.0% increase over the March 2017 level of 188,593. The results from the SOC are similar, single-family permits over the third month of 2018 were 198,600 which is 5.3% ahead of its level over the same period of 2017, 188,600. Between March 2017 and March 2018, 26 states saw growth in single-family permits issued while 24 states and the District of Columbia registered a decline. Seventeen states, including California, recorded a growth above 6.0%. Idaho had the highest growth rate during this time at 42.3% while single-family permits in the District of Columbia declined by 69.1%, but from a small base, from 145 in 2017 to 34 in 2018. In the single-family sector, Texas led with 30,801 permits issued year-to-date in March 2018 and Florida came in second with 21,803 during this time. Meanwhile, the lowest number came from the District of Columbia with 34 permits. The 10 states issuing the highest number of single-family permits combined accounted for 63.0% of the single-family permits issued.

Full Story... http://eyeonhousing.org/2018/05/western-and-some-southern-states-lead-residential-permit-growth/

* Appraisers and Homeowners Sync Up on Value

Appraisers and homeowners are syncing up on value, with appraisals in April just 0.33 percent below what homeowners predicted, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). The Quicken Loans National Home Value Index (HVI) shows appraised values rose 6.47 percent year-over-year. The findings indicate homeowners are less likely to get a rude awakening when going through mortgage process; it is the closest the national appraiser and owner opinions have been in more than three years. While they are more in line with what owners expected, home values are continuing their ascent over last year’s level. The HVI reported a healthy 6.47 percent year-over-year increase, despite the near-stagnant monthly change, with a 0.05 percent dip in home values since March. The HVI was pulled into the negative by the Northeast—the only region showing a decrease in home value, at a 1.24 percent decline. The Northeast was still the lowest when reviewing annual changes; however, all regions were positive, ranging from the Northeast’s 2.22 percent growth to the 9.44 percent jump in the West.  “The skyrocketing home values in the West is a trend with no end in sight,” Banfield says. “Until home-building pace picks up, in combination with more existing homes being listed for sale, affordability will continue to wane. The other regions of the country are showing annual price gains as well, but at a more moderate pace. Time will tell if the slightly higher interest rates in 2018 start to slow demand, or if the inventory shortage ends up being a larger contributor to price changes.”

* People Haven’t Been This Optimistic About Home Prices Since Just Before the Crash. 

House prices are soaring and, despite warnings from some analysts, most Americans believe they will continue to soar. A majority of U.S. adults (64%) continue to believe home prices in their local area will increase over the next year, a survey released this week by polling firm Gallup concluded. That’s up nine percentage points over the past two years and is the highest percentage since before the housing market crash and Great Recession in the mid-2000s. The level of optimism is edging closer to the 70% of adults in 2005 who said prices would continue rising. That, of course, was less than one year before the peak of the housing market bubble in early 2006, which was largely fueled by a wave of subprime lending. (Roughly one-quarter of respondents in both 2005 and 2018 said they believed house prices would remain the same.) Opinions vary between the West and East coasts, and renters and homeowners. Some 70% of homeowners see prices continuing to rise versus 59% of renters. Only 59% of Western residents see prices increasing, compared to a range of 65% to 68% in the other parts of the U.S.

Full Story... https://www.marketwatch.com/story/americans-havent-been-this-optimistic-about-buying-property-since-just-before-the-housing-crash-2018-05-07?dist=realestate


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