Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner, May 5-8, 2016

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR MAY 5-8, 2016

 

Mother’s Day Events:

SAT  HIPPIE CHICK QUARTER & HALF MARATHON  Hillsboro Stadium
SAT-SUN  PLANT SHOW & SALE  Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
SUN  BRUNCH AT THE ZOO  Oregon Zoo
SUN  RUN MAMA RUN 10K, 5K & KIDS RUN  Mt Tabor Park 
SUN  5K WALK  NW Portland
SUN  PORTLAND SPIRIT CRUISE  Portland/Cascade Locks
SUN  CAMAS PLANT & GARDEN SALE  Gorgeous plants, trees, and flowers galore and locally made garden art will fill our downtown! Free kids zone, petting zoo, education spotlights, free planting area, live music & tasty food.

CINCO DE MAYO

THURS-SUN  Tom McCall Waterfront Park: Largest multicultural festival in the state of Oregon, live entertainment, authentic food, rides, family fun & much more.

INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

Through May 26th  Portland Art Museum. The Film Center’s Northwest Tracking program showcases the work of independent filmmakers living and working in the Northwest whose work reflects the vibrant cinematic culture of the region.

DUELING PIANO SHOW

Every FRI & SAT  Since 2010, The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano show in Portland.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT

ALL MONTH  Smart phone 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.

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

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. Discount tickets.

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.

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.

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.

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

FARMER’S MARKET

SAT-SUN (through OCT 30)  Vancouver’s Farmer’s Market. Over 250 vendors with fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods and much more!

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

·         Captain America: Civil War
·         Being Charlie
·         A Bigger Splash
·         Bite
·         Dark Horse
·         Phantom of the Theatre
·         Rabin in His Own Words

 

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 2, 2016

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The FOMC chose not to increase interest rates This Week in Real Estate, yet homeownership is near historic lows. Below are a few highlights from the last week of April that influence our business:

* Pending Home Sales Jump to Highest Level in Nearly a Year. Overcoming several roadblocks in housing, pending home sales managed to increase in March for the second consecutive month, reaching their highest level in almost a year, according to the National Association of Realtors. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, grew 1.4% to 110.5 in March from a downwardly revised 109.0 in February. This is also 1.4% above March 2015 (109.0). With this new reading, the index has increased year-over-year for 19 consecutive months and is at its highest reading since May 2015 (111.0). Broken up regionally, “Demand is starting to weaken in some areas, particularly in the West, where the median home price has risen an astonishing 38% in the past three years,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. “As a result, pending sales in the region have now declined in four of the last five months and are lower than one year ago for the third month in a row. Closed sales in the region in March were also below last year’s pace,” he added.
Full Story…  http://www.housingwire.com/articles/36897-pending-home-sales-jump-to-highest-level-in-nearly-a-year?eid=322520585&bid=1388864

* As Expected, Fed Holds Off Interest-Rate Hike. Just as many predicted, the Federal Open Market Committee, the group that sets the benchmark interest rate for bank lending, elected this week to hold steady and not increase federal funds rate. “A range of recent indicator, including strong job gains, points to additional strengthening of the labor market,” the FOMC said in its official statement. “The committee expects that economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate; the federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run,” the FOMC said.
Full Story…  http://www.housingwire.com/articles/36899-as-expected-fed-holds-off-on-interest-rate-hike?eid=322520585&bid=1388864

* Homeownership Near its Lowest in History. After gains in the second half of 2015, the homeownership rate fell to just 63.6 percent, seasonally adjusted, in the first quarter of this year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Homeownership hit a high of 69.4 percent in 2004, during one of the biggest housing booms in history. That was also when mortgage lending was arguably at its loosest level in history. The homeownership rate is now just one-tenth of 1 basis point higher that its all-time low in the second quarter of 2015. Economists continue to point to a recovering job market as fuel for growth in the housing market, but for young Americans, just having a job does not translate to homeownership. High levels of student loan debt, tight mortgage underwriting standards and overheating home prices are all contributing to very low homeownership rates among the nation’s youngest workers. Homeownership among those aged 25-34 today is nearly 10 percentage points lower than it was a decade ago. First-time homebuyers are still barely 30 percent of today’s buyers; traditionally, they compromise 40 percent of homebuyers.
Full Story…  http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/04282016_homeownership_near_its_lowest_in_history.asp
Have a productive week!
Jason

 

Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: April 29-May 1, 2016

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR APRIL 29-MAY 1, 2016

 

CERAMIC SHOWCASE
FRI-SUN
  Veterans Memorial Coliseum: One-of-a-kind three-day event show­cas­ing more than 150 Pacific NW pot­ters and ceramic artists in Ore­gon and SW Wash­ing­ton. Take part in free demonstrations and find unique ceramic pieces includ­ing sculp­tures, wall art, and other items for your home, gar­den and office.

AVENUE OF ROSES PARADE
SAT  SE 82nd, Eastport Plaza: Come and enjoy the 10th Annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade, Classic Car Cruise-In, Community Fair, Rides and the Celebrations that go with all of it!

GORGE WINE EXPERIENCE
FRI-SUN  20 dining, tasting, touring, and talking events in Hood River and beyond.

COMEDY IMPROV

FRI  Fast-paced ComedySportz acts out humorous situations based on audience suggestions. Discount tickets.

TULIP FESTIVAL 

Through SUN  Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. Stroll through 40 acres of stunning beauty, experience expansive views of vineyards, distant mountains, and a few mud puddles. Fresh flowers, food, and fun for the entire family, including well-behaved dogs on leashes!

INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

Through May 26th  Portland Art Museum. The Film Center’s Northwest Tracking program showcases the work of independent filmmakers living and working in the Northwest whose work reflects the vibrant cinematic culture of the region.

VARIETY SHOW

Through FRI  Celebrate the 22nd anniversary of The Tony Starlight Show, a combination of song parody, musical impressions & various tributes to iconic artists and pop culture phenomena.

DUELING PIANO SHOW

Every FRI & SAT in April  Since 2010, The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano show in Portland.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT

ALL MONTH  Smart phone 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.

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

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. Discount tickets.

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.

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.

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.

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

COUNTRY LIFE FAIR
SAT-SUN
Pomeroy Living History Farm. Activities for kids and adults, purchase plants and other wares, view demonstrations, feed and pet farm animals & much more!

SW WASHINGTON BLUEGRASS JAMBOREE

SAT  English Estate Winery. Old time bluegrass jamboree benefit for the local chapter of Guitars 4 Vets. Take part in an Old Fashion Pot Luck and bring a dish to share.

FARMER’S MARKET

SAT-SUN (through OCT 30)  Vancouver’s Farmer’s Market. Over 250 vendors with fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods and much more!

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

·         Mother’s Day
·         Rachet & Clank
·         A Beautiful Planet Imax
·         Term Life
·         Keanu
·         The Man Who Knew Infinity
·         Pali Road
·         The Family Fang

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: April 25, 2016

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Q1 2016 could not have ended stronger based on March price gains and existing home sales as reported in This Week in Real Estate. Below are a few highlights from the third week of April that influence our business:

* U.S. Home Sellers in March 2016 Realized Highest Home Price Gains Since December 2007. RealtyTrac released its March and Q1 2016 U.S. Home Sales report this week which shows that U.S. home sellers in March on average sold for $30,500 more than they purchased for, a 17 percent average gain in price – the highest average price gain for home sellers in any month since December 2007 at the onset of the Great Recession. “Home sellers in many markets are now seeing average price gains close to or above what home sellers experienced during the last housing boom,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at RealtyTrac. Markets with average seller gains more than twice the national average in March were San Francisco (72%), San Jose (60%), Boulder (53%), Prescott (51%), Los Angeles (48%), Denver (42%), Portland (40%), Austin (40%), Seattle (38%), Baltimore (38%), Riverside (37%), San Diego (36%) and Sacramento (35%).
Full Story…  http://www.realtytrac.com/news/home-prices-and-sales/march-q1-2016-home-sales-report/

* Existing Home Sales Soar 5.1% in March. Existing home sales increased 5.1% in March from February, reaching a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.33 million, which represents an increase of 1.5% from March 2015, according to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors. NAR’s existing home sales report showed monthly increases were highest in the Northeast (11.1%) and the Midwest (9.8%). “The choppiness in sales activity so far this year is directly related to the unevenness in the rate of new listings coming onto the market to replace what is, for the most part, being sold rather quickly,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. Existing-home sales in the West climbed 1.8% with a median price at $320,800, up 5.9% from March 2015.
Full Story…  http://www.marketwatch.com/story/existing-home-sales-soar-51-in-march-as-housing-demand-remains-strong-2016-04-20

* Is TRID Hysteria Over? Time to Close Drops to 12-Month Low. It’s now been more than six months since the implementation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures rule. And it appears that, despite the initial hiccups and headaches, lenders now have this whole TRID thing figured out, as the time to close a loan fell to a 12-month low in March. The positive news comes courtesy of the latest Origination Insight Report from Ellie Mae, which showed that the time to close all loans dropped to an average of 44 days in March. That is the shortest time to close since March 2015 and down two days from February. While closing times are shrinking, the average closing rate is rising, rising to 70.6% in March, which is the highest closing rate since Ellie Mae began monitoring the data in August 2011.
Full Story…  http://www.housingwire.com/articles/36851-is-trid-hysteria-over-time-to-close-drops-to-12-month-low?eid=322520585&bid=1382180
Have a productive week!
Jason

 

Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: April 22-24, 2016

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR APRIL 22-24, 2016

 

EARTH DAY EVENTS

FRI  Earth Day Festival, PSU Park Blocks. Craft marketplace for Earth-friendly goods, a clothing swap, music and entertainment for all ages.
SAT  Alberta Clean Up, NE 18th & Alberta. Operation clean sweep, neighborhood cleanup, picking up garbage and removing graffiti along Alberta from MLK to 33rd Avenue.
SAT  Oregon & Washington Clean Up, various locations. SOLVE Oregon is sponsoring clean ups in & around Portland Metro area, Oregon and SW Washington.

NORTHWEST PET FAIR
SAT-SUN  Portland Expo Center: Fun and education for both ends of the leash through its feature areas and activities. Join the fun with stage activities, a costume contest, ‘Yappy Hour’ wine tasting, and more!

ART SHOW
FRI-SUN  Oregon Convention Center: More than 150 Oregon artists. One-of-a-kind artwork, handmade from metal, beads, glass, wood & hand-woven fibers.

ROCK CLUB SHOW
FRI-SUN  W.P. Jackson Armory: Door & raffle prizes, Kid’s Corner with games & prizes, lapidary & wire wrapping demonstrations, auction & over 30 exhibits.

OREGON BALLET
Through SAT
Newmark Theatre: This full-evening work in two parts is exciting and haunting in equal measure.

TULIP FESTIVAL 

Through FRI  Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. Stroll through 40 acres of stunning beauty, experience expansive views of vineyards, distant mountains, and a few mud puddles. Fresh flowers, food, and fun for the entire family, including well-behaved dogs on leashes!

INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

Through May 26th  Portland Art Museum. The Film Center’s Northwest Tracking program showcases the work of independent filmmakers living and working in the Northwest whose work reflects the vibrant cinematic culture of the region.

VARIETY SHOW

Through FRI  Celebrate the 22nd anniversary of The Tony Starlight Show, a combination of song parody, musical impressions & various tributes to iconic artists and pop culture phenomena.

DUELING PIANO SHOW

Every FRI & SAT in April  Since 2010, The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano show in Portland.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT

ALL MONTH  Smart phone 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.

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

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. Discount tickets.

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.

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.

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.

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

HOME & IDEAS FAIR

FRI-SUN  Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. Features hundreds of ideas on how to make your home, yard and garden a more beautiful, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly place.

KID’S MATINEE

SAT  Kiggins Theatre. Join us for vintage cartoons and live action classic short films all for the vintage price of 80 cents!

FARMER’S MARKET

SAT-SUN (through OCT 30)  Vancouver’s Farmer’s Market. Over 250 vendors with fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods and much more!

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

·         The Huntsman: Winter War
·         A Hologram for the King
·         The Meddler
·         Tale of Tales
·         Holidays
·         Compadres
·         Project Itoh
·         Elvis & Nixon

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

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


Visit our booth at the Home & Garden Idea Fair!

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Home & Garden Idea Fair
Clark County Event Center
April 22-24, 2016

 

Visit the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate booth at the upcoming Home & Garden Idea Fair.

 

The fair features hundreds of ideas on how to make your home, yard and garden a more beautiful, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly place. A fun filled show, with activities for the entire family. Admission is FREE and venue parking is $6.

 

Here are some things you can look forward to:

    • Nearly 300 commercial booth spaces available to exhibitors with products or services directly related to improving the structure of the home, yard or garden.
    • Outdoor exhibitor space along the midway with additional spaces in front of the Exhibition Hall to generate more interest and attendee traffic flow.
    • Landscape Showcase, the Innovative Home and the Guest Presentation Stage featured together.
    • The plant sale is hosted in the exhibit buildings directly across the midway from the Exhibition Hall.
    • A full array of interactive displays from local community programs and organizations committed to environmental stewardship.
    • Fun and educational hands-on activities for young ones and the young-at-heart.

 

The 25th annual Clark Public Utilities Home & Garden Idea Fair will be held on April 22, 23, and 24, 2016 at the Clark County Event Center, located at 17402 NE Delfel Road in Ridgefield, Washington, just nine miles north of the I-5 bridge at exit 9.

This Week in Real Estate: April 18, 2016

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For the second week in a row, falling interest rates dominate the headlines This Week in Real Estate. Below are a few highlights from the second week of April that influence our business:

* Strong March New Home Sales. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA’s) most recent regular report on mortgage application volume released on Wednesday indicated a sudden pick-up in purchase mortgage applications last week. MBA’s data, gathered through its Builder Application Survey (BAS) shows that applications for mortgages to purchase newly constructed homes jumped by 17% in March compared to the previous month. Lynn Fisher, MBA’s Vice President of Research and Economics, said, “Rising prices for existing homes and a strong job market are making the math work for new construction. In March, the Builder Application Index reached its highest level since its inception in 2012 and was more than 18% higher than one year ago.
Full Story…  http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/04142016_mba_new_home_sales.asp

* Foreclosures Now Lowest Since Fourth Quarter 2006. RealtyTrac released its Q1 and March 2016 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report this week which shows foreclosure filings on 289,116 properties in the first quarter of 2016. That is down 4 percent from the previous quarter and down 8 percent from the first quarter of 2015 to the lowest quarterly total since the fourth quarter of 2006, a more than 9-year low. Nationwide the 289,116 properties with foreclosure filings in the first quarter of 2016 was 69% below the quarterly peak of 937,840 properties in the second quarter of 2009. Among the 216 major metro areas analyze for the report, 210 (97%) were below peak foreclosure activity levels in the first quarter.
Full Story…  http://www.realtytrac.com/news/foreclosure-trends/q1-2016-u-s-foreclosure-market-report/

* Mortgage Interest Rates Fall to Lowest Level in Nearly Three Years. Mortgage interest rates continued their downward trend in the last week, falling again to the lowest level of the year and the lowest level in nearly three years, Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey showed. This marks the second week in a row that mortgage rates dipped to a new yearly low. Last week, Freddie Mac’s report showed that the 30-year mortgage rate fell 12 basis points to 3.59%, which was the lowest since February 2015. But rates went even lower in the last week, with the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage falling by one basis point to 3.58%. This week’s new low of 3.58% is the lowest level that interest rates have reached since May 2014. “Demand for treasuries remained high this week, driving yields to their lowest point since February,” Freddie Mac’s chief economist, Sean Becketti said.
Full Story…  http://www.housingwire.com/articles/36794-mortgage-interest-rates-fall-to-lowest-level-in-nearly-three-years?eid=322520585&bid=1373483
Have a productive week!
Jason

 

Spring Home Staging Tips to Sell your Home

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Spring brings the promise of a fresh start. It provides many opportunities for home staging and is a time when many buyers hone in on a home. Make your home attractive to buyers with these spring staging tips.

Fresh flowers for vibrant color

Flowers are an integral part of spring and should be added both indoors and outdoors. Freshly-cut flowers in reflective glass vases add an instant spring feeling to a home. Botanical prints and colors in yellow or light-green shades also give rooms a spring-like feel. Create bright flowerbeds to brighten landscapes and add curb appeal. Display floral paintings and décor to help spruce up properties for the season.

Natural scents

Scents have a great emotional impact on people, so it is important to integrate them into the home. Choose fragrances that evoke fresh and clean energy with aromatherapy diffusers, natural potpourri or candles. Citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit), vanilla, lavender, and freshly-cut lilac flowers are good choices. Stay away from strong synthetic smells that might bother those with chemical sensitivities.

Cleaning is essential

Every inch of the home should tell buyers that it is in tip-top shape. Windows should be thoroughly cleaned, cobwebs removed, and musty odors banished. Declutter (inside and outside) to make the property airy, light, and spacious. Avoid putting junk into closets, as prospective buyers will think the property doesn’t have enough storage.

Spruce up the back door

The back door should be as beautiful as the front to give potential buyers the same cheerful feeling they got when they first entered the home. Containers of potted bulbs on the back steps, deck table, or grassy areas near the house can be used to add color to spaces that have not fully grown in. Display a spring-themed welcome sign or door mat for a cheery touch.

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Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: April 15-17, 2016

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR APRIL 15-17, 2016

 

DESIGN WEEK
Through APR 23  Design Week Portland includes hundreds of free and cheap events and open houses in various design fields including art, crafts, architecture, film, landscaping, music, fashion, & more. Includes a pricey conference April 15-16 and exhibits in Pioneer Courthouse Square April 18-22.

ORCHID SHOW & SALE

SAT-SUN  Ambridge Event Center. Largest Orchid show in the Pacific Northwest. Seminars, demonstration & vendors. http://portlandorchidshow.com/

OREGON BALLET
Through APR 23
Newmark Theatre: This full-evening work in two parts is exciting and haunting in equal measure. http://www.obt.org/index.php/boxoffice/single-tickets/beautiful-decay/

TULIP FESTIVAL 

Through APR 22  Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. Stroll through 40 acres of stunning beauty, experience expansive views of vineyards, distant mountains, and a few mud puddles. Fresh flowers, food, and fun for the entire family, including well-behaved dogs on leashes!

INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

Through May 26th  Portland Art Museum. The Film Center’s Northwest Tracking program showcases the work of independent filmmakers living and working in the Northwest whose work reflects the vibrant cinematic culture of the region.

VARIETY SHOW

Through APR 22  Celebrate the 22nd anniversary of The Tony Starlight Show, a combination of song parody, musical impressions & various tributes to iconic artists and pop culture phenomena.

DUELING PIANO SHOW

Every FRI & SAT in April  Since 2010, The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano show in Portland.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT

ALL MONTH  Smart phone 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.

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

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. Discount tickets.

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.

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.

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.

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

WOODEN TULIP FESTIVAL

Through APR 17  Holland America Bulb Farms. The fields are open during daylight hours. The U-Pick is self-serve and just .50 per stem.

FARMER’S MARKET

SAT-SUN (through OCT 30)  Vancouver’s Farmer’s Market. Over 250 vendors with fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods and much more!

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

·         Barbershop: The Next Cut
·         Criminal
·         The Jungle Book
·         Above and Below
·         Colonia
·         Green Room
·         Our Last Tango
·         Fan

 

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: April 11, 2016

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This Week in Real Estate interest rates hit a new low in 2016, which fuels continued momentum as we begin the second quarter. Below are a few highlights from the first week of April that influence our business:

* Mortgage Rates at New 2016 Lows. On Thursday Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing mortgage rates declining from the previous week and reaching their lowest level since February of last year. “Mortgage rates this week registered the delayed impact of last week’s sharp drop in Treasury yields as the 30-year mortgage rate fell 12 basis points to 3.59 percent. This rate marks a new low for 2016 and matches last year’s low in February 2015. Low mortgage rates and a positive employment outlook should support a strong housing market in the second quarter of 2016,” said Sean Becketti, chief economist for Freddie Mac.
Full Story… http://freddiemac.mwnewsroom.com/press-releases/mortgage-rates-at-new-2016-lows-otcqb-fmcc-1252731?feed=429e0be3-9aef-4a3a-9775-43f8e470d510

* CoreLogic: Home Prices Nationwide Continue to Rise. Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased year over year by 6.8% in February 2016 compared to February 2015 and increased month over month by 1.1% in February compared with January 2016, according to the most recent report from housing data services provider, CoreLogic. “Fixed-rate mortgage rates dropped more than one-quarter of a percentage point in the first three months of 2016, and job creation averaged 209,000 over the same period,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “These economic forces will sustain home purchases during the spring and support the 5.2% home price appreciation CoreLogic has projected for the next year,” added Nothaft. According to the report, two states topped the list for the biggest yearly price gains in February. Washington exceeded with 12.4% and Colorado at 10.5%. Not far behind are Oregon, at 9.3% and Nevada, at 8.6%. All are much stronger price gains than the national average of 6.8%.
Full Story… http://www.housingwire.com/articles/36699-corelogic-home-prices-nationwide-continue-to-rise?eid=322520585&bid=1360359

* Federal Open Market Committee March Meeting – Expect an April Freeze. PThe minutes from the March meeting of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy setting committee, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), provide details of the deliberations regarding assessments of the current state of the economy and the anticipated pace of future increases to the target range for federal funds rate. April is off the table, the funds rate will be frozen at the December level until at lease the June meeting. Early indications are that US economic conditions have largely recovered from the sharp asset price movements in the opening weeks of 2016, but the committee decided it would be prudent to wait for additional information to confirm this view. This caution was a decisive factor in the decision not to raise the funds rate at the March meeting. If economic growth, the labor market and inflation sustain recent gains in the interim months, the June FOMC meeting is a strong possibility for the next increase.
Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2016/04/federal-open-market-committee-march-meeting-expect-an-april-freeze/
Have a productive week!
Jason