Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: June 30-July 4, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FOR JUNE 30-JULY 4, 2017

 

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS
TUES – Discover where to go to see Fireworks in the Portland Metro Area.

WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL
SAT-TUES – Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Waterfront Blues Festival! 80 performers playing on multiple stages throughout this 5-day event, fireworks show and much more.

ST. PAUL RODEO
FRI-TUES – There’s no doubt that St. Paul knows how to “do” rodeo. This celebration includes the roughest, toughest contests between men and animals and underscores the grit and fortitude of those folks we know as cowboys and cowgirls.

PORTLAND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
FRI-SUN – Find the broadest selection of local beers, ciders and wine, including a few that you can’t find anywhere outside the breweries.

CHAMBER MUSIC
WED-FRI – Hear world-renowned artists at the Summer Festival of Chamber Music Northwest. Repeats in Jan.

OREGON BACH FESTIVAL
FRI through July 15Oregon Bach Festival celebrates the music and legacy of classical composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

FOOT TRAFFIC FLAT
TUES – The only race on beautiful Sauvie Island, the “Flat” is a Fourth of July tradition around Portland. Enjoy the gorgeous scenery, a super flat course, and a start and finish at a picturesque working farm. Courses to fit everyone, Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K & 5K.

GEAR CON
FRI-SUN – Enjoy discussions, hands-on workshops, gentlemanly/ladylike fisticuffs, hair-raising Tesla coil demos, our fine art salon and marketplace, and more adventurous delights from the past that should have been.

OZ CON
FRI-SUN – Featuring all our traditional activities: Oz quizzes for all ages and levels, the Oz Treasure Hunt, the Oz Research Table, the Oz Dealers Room, Oz Show and Tell to share your rare and wonderful Oz discoveries, panel discussions, displays, and super after-parties.

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.

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.

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUNCedar 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

INDEPENDENCE DAY AT FORT VANCOUVER
TUES – Visit the Fort Vancouver Historic Site for one of the best fireworks displays around. Come down early to get a good viewing seat!

HEISEN HOUSE: SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Through September 29 – Enjoy summer concerts among the vines every Friday night at Heisen House Vineyards.

GUIDED WALKS AT COLUMBIA SPRINGS
Through October 18 – Each guided walk consists of an easy stroll or tour with themes such as plants, animals, geology, local history, and the fish hatchery. These events are appropriate for all ages and no registration is required. Spots are available at a first come, first served basis to the first 30 visitors.

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET
SAT through Oct 29 – You’ll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden.

COLUMBIA TECH CENTER FARMER’S MARKET
Through August 31 – A pet-friendly place where you can chat with people who have grown or made your purchase, grab a bite to eat, watch the kids play, and enjoy a wonderful, relaxing day.

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

· Despicable Me 3
· Amityville: The Awakening
· The House
· Inconceivable
· Darkness Rising
· Baby Driver
· Hired Gun
· 2:22
· 13 Minutes

 

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 26, 2017

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The National Association of Realtors released This Week in Real Estate that the median sales price reached a new high in May while the median days on the market decreased to a new low. Below are a few highlights from the third week of June that influence our business:

* As Existing Home Sales Rise, Median Home Price Hits New High. Existing-home sales rebounded in May and low inventory levels helped propel the median sales price to a new high while pushing down the median days a home is on the market to a new low, according to the National Association of Realtors. All major regions except for the Midwest saw an increase in sales last month. Total existing-home sales climbed 1.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.62 million in May from a downwardly revised 5.56 million in April. Last month’s sales pace is 2.7 percent above a year ago and is the third highest over the past year. The median existing-home price for all housing types in May was $252,800. This surpasses last June ($247,600) as the new peak median sales price, and is up 5.8 percent from May 2016 ($238,900) and marks the 63rd straight month of year-over-year gains. Total housing inventory at the end of May rose 2.1 percent to 1.96 million existing homes available for sale, but is still 8.4 percent lower than a year ago (2.14 million) and has fallen year-over-year for 24 consecutive months. Unsold inventory is at a 4.2-month supply at the current sales pace, which is down from 4.7 months a year ago. Properties typically stayed on the market for 27 days in May, which is down from 29 days in April and 32 days a year ago; this is the shortest timeframe since NAR began tracking in May 2011. Inventory data from realtor.com reveals that the metropolitan statistical areas where listings stayed on the market the shortest amount of time in May were Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (20 days); San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (24 days); San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (25 days) and Salt Lake City, UT (26 days).

Full Story… https://www.nar.realtor/news-releases/2017/06/existing-home-sales-rise-11-percent-in-may-median-sales-price-ascends-to-new-high

* Housing Remains a Bright Spot for the Economy. Freddie Mac released its monthly outlook for June on Friday, which shows that despite some recent bumps, the U.S. housing market remains on track to exceed last year’s best-in-a-decade levels for housing starts and home sales. May marked the 80th consecutive month of job gains. In the first quarter of 2017, the homeownership rate was 63.6 percent – six percentage points lower than its peak in 2004 when it reached its all time-high of 69.2 percent. Strong demand and a short supply of housing in many markets continues to push house prices higher. Expect house price appreciation to be over 5 percent in 2017.

Full Story…  http://freddiemac.mwnewsroom.com/press-releases/freddie-mac-june-2017-outlook-otcqb-fmcc-1313709?feed=429e0be3-9aef-4a3a-9775-43f8e470d510

* Mortgage Default Rate Falls to Near Record Low in May. Borrowers are going into default on their first mortgages less often than at nearly point in the last 13 years, a new report from the S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian showed. The newest S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, which is a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults, showed that the default rate for first mortgages fell to 0.64% in May. That’s down five basis points from April’s level of 0.69%. The default rate in May was also just one basis point above May 2016’s level of 0.63%, which was the lowest that figure had been since July 2004. That means that May 2017’s default rate of 0.64% is the second lowest for any month in nearly 13 years. “The default rate on first mortgage remains at 1%, lower than the pre-crisis period,” said David Blitzer, the managing director and chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Full Story… https://www.housingwire.com/articles/40475-mortgage-default-rate-falls-to-near-record-low-in-may?eid=322520585&bid=1791352

Have a productive week!

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: June 23-25, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FOR JUNE 23-25, 2017

 

FESTIVAL OF BALLOONS

FRI-SUN – Get down to Cook Park early each morning to experience the spectacular hot air balloons as they launch and dot the morning sky. Spend the afternoon shopping at the craft and business vendor booths.

PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL MILK CARTON BOAT RACE

SUN – Children and adults race and show off their handmade, human-powered boats that float only by means of recycled milk cartons and jugs. Creatively-constructed watercraft will compete in nine categories, with one earning a place in history upon the coveted Best in Show milk can trophy

HEROES & VILLAINS FAN FEST 

SAT-SUN – Spend the entire weekend with your favorite Heroes and Villains guests, or head across our newly expanded venue to meet cast members from The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, and more from Walker Stalker Con! One ticket gives you complete access to guests, vendors, and panels from BOTH shows!

WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE

SAT – Worldwide bike ride that highlights the vulnerability of cyclists everywhere and decries society’s dependence on pollution-based transport. It’s also a lot of fun and it’s free for all! 

PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL BEER FEST

FRI-SUN – 200+ world class beersShowcasing hard-to-find beers and ciders from all over the world. Sample everything from classic styles (pilsners, pales, etc.) to exotic new-world hybrids (barrel-aged hoppy farmhouse sours, etc.)

BREWFEST IN THE PARK

FRI-SUN – Grab your picnic blankets, bikes, the kids & the dog and join us for the first annual BrewFest in the Park at Overlook Park! Over 60 organically brewed craft beverages including beer cider and mead.

GOOD IN THE HOOD

FRI-SUN – Multicultural food, kids activities, live entertainment & much more. Parade at 11AM on Saturday will start at King Elementary.

LAKE OSWEGO FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

FRI-SUN – Featuring more than 110 artists, several art exhibits, music, hands-on art activities, demonstrations & much more.

PORTLAND JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

Through SUN – Celebrating the diversity of Jewish history, culture, identity, and filmmaking. We hope that these films, and the stories they tell, resonate beyond their settings and speak to universal experiences and issues that confront our common humanity.

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.

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.

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUNCedar 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

HEISEN HOUSE: SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Through September 29 – Enjoy summer concerts among the vines every Friday night at Heisen House Vineyards.

GUIDED WALKS AT COLUMBIA SPRINGS
Through October 18 – Each guided walk consists of an easy stroll or tour with themes such as plants, animals, geology, local history, and the fish hatchery. These events are appropriate for all ages and no registration is required. Spots are available at a first come, first served basis to the first 30 visitors.

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET
SAT through Oct 29 – You’ll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden.

COLUMBIA TECH CENTER FARMER’S MARKET
Through August 31 – A pet-friendly place where you can chat with people who have grown or made your purchase, grab a bite to eat, watch the kids play, and enjoy a wonderful, relaxing day.

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.

WANT TO GET OUT OF TOWN?

LINCOLN CITY SUMMER KITE FESTIVAL

SAT-SUN – Kite flying demonstrations by experts, free kids kitemaking, running of the bols, and some of the most colorful “big” kites in the world!

GORGE BLUES FESTIVAL

FRI-SAT – Enjoy tons of live bands, 16 craft breweries and regional wineries at Skamania County Fairgrounds. Onsite camping available.  

WINDSURFING FESTIVAL IN HOOD RIVER

SAT-SUN – Watch windsurfing demonstrations and races, check out gear, play games and hear live music.

WINE & JAZZ FEST

SAT – Come enjoy wine and food from renowned local wineries and restaurants, all set in the beautiful historic gardens of Deepwood

SUNFEST SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL 

THURS-SUN – This is a four-day festival held on privately-owned land near Vernonia OR. Enjoy solstice rituals, workshops, children’s activities, raffle and much more. Camping is available.

WORLD BEAT FESTIVAL

SAT-SUN – Experience the music, dance, food and traditions of over 70 nations and cultures.

PETAL PEDAL BIKE RIDE

Through SAT – Gorgeous scenery, low-traffic roads, and unrivaled support provide the foundation for a wonderful day-cation in the fertile Willamette Valley. Petal Pedal is a high-end event with beautiful routes in the Willamette Valley. Includes admission to The Garden, live music, and a gourmet dinner with wine and Hopworks beer. 30, 50, 70, 100-mile routes.

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK

· Transformers: The Last Knight

· The Beguiled

· The Bad Batch

· Alien Arrival

· Fireangels: A Drifter’s Fury

· Good Fortune

· All the Rage

· A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff

· The Operative


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 19, 2017

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Happy Father’s Day to all you Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices dads, as well as to the dads of our entire team, including my hero, mentor, friend, and dad Bert Waugh.

As home equity grows and builder confidence remains strong, HUD released This Week in Real Estate a drop in both construction permits and starts for the second straight month, which could put additional downward pressure on future inventory. Nonetheless, single-family starts are up 7% compared to the same time period the year before. Below are a few highlights from the second week of June that influence our business:

* Home Equity Grows As The Composition of (Fewer) Refinancing Shifts. According to the Federal Reserve Board’s first quarter of 2017 release of its Financial Accounts of the United States report, household holdings of real estate, measured on a not seasonally adjusted basis, totaled $23.526 trillion in the first quarter of 2017, $1.597 trillion higher than its level in the first quarter of 2016. Home mortgage debt outstanding, $9.813 trillion in the first quarter of 2017, rose by $252 billion over the same four-quarter period. As the change in the total value of household-held real estate exceeded growth in mortgage debt outstanding, total home equity held by households grew. Over the year, total home equity held by households rose by $1.346 trillion, 10.9 percent, to $13.714 trillion. Households’ home equity is now 58.3 percent of household real estate.
Full Story…  http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/06/home-equity-grows-as-the-composition-of-fewer-refinancings-shifts/

* Housing Starts Decline in May. Total housing starts declined in May after a few, strong early months to begin 2017. Total starts were down 5.5%, falling to a 1.092 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau and HUD. Declines were recorded for both single-family and multifamily development. Single-family starts fell back, declining to a 794,000 annual rate. The February annualized rate, 877,000, was the fastest monthly pace since the Great Recession. Nonetheless, single family starts are up 7% year-to-date compared to 2016 as limited existing inventory and solid builder confidence make for positive demand conditions. Single-family permits were down 4.9% in May. There has also been a noticeable increase in the number of single-family homes permitted but not started, consistently with survey data indicating supply-side bottlenecks. For example, in May there were 78,000 single-family homes permitted but not started construction. This is almost 15% higher than a year ago. With respect to housing’s economic impact, 57% of homes under construction in May were multifamily (612,000), that is 6% higher than a year ago. There were 455,000 single-family units under construction, a gain of 6% from this time in 2016. This is slightly lower than the April total (457,000), which was a post-recession high. Regionally, single-family starts declined in the South (-8.9%) and the West (-4.9%), the two largest market areas. Single-family starts were up in the Northeast (12.5%) and the Midwest (9.5%).
Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/06/housing-starts-decline-in-may/

* Builder Confidence Remains Solid in June. Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes weakened slightly in June, down two points to a level of 67 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). “Builder confidence levels have remained consistently sound this year, reflecting the ongoing gradual recovery of the housing market,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “As the housing market strengthens and more buyers enter the market, builders continue to express their frustration over an ongoing shortage of skilled labor and buildable lots that is impeding stronger growth in the single-family sector,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. All three HMI components posted losses in June but remain at healthy levels. The components gauging current sales conditions fell two points to 73 while the index charting sales expectations in the next six months dropped two points to 76. Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the Midwest and South each edged one point lower to 67 and 70, respectively. The Northeast and West both dropped two points to 46 and 76, respectively.
Full Story… http://www.nahb.org/en/news-and-publications/press-releases/2017/06/builder-confidence-remains-solid-in-june.aspx

Have a productive week!
Jason


Summer Staging Tips: 7 Tips to Enhance Outdoor Spaces

 

Staged homes spend 78% less time on the market. Attract the most buyers in the least time with these 7 summer outdoor staging tips:

Prep the Deck
Visually increase your square footage by emphasizing outdoor living space. Whether your home features a deck, patio, porch or other outdoor living area, take time to power wash the surface to remove any debris. If your outdoor furniture is lacking, consider purchasing a fresh set, complete with all-weather cushions and pillows in vibrant colors.

Mow the Lawn
Whether you hire a professional landscaper or DIY, trim the lawn and any hedges—the latter can be a trip hazard if left untouched.

Roll out the Welcome
It’s no secret—curb appeal matters to buyers, but too often, minor details are overlooked when setting the stage out front. To roll out the welcome for buyers, replace your worn welcome mat with a summery alternative, and install large house numbers in a prominent location that can be viewed from the street.

Wash the Windows
Cleaning windows inside and out can be taxing, but it makes a noticeable difference. For the exterior sides of the windows, scrub off any accumulated film from tree pollen and polish until glistening. Buyers will be pleased to see not only a sparkling home outside, but a light-filled interior as well.

Clean the Pool
Pools can be a make-or-break feature for buyers, so play it up as best you can. After having the pool cleaned by a professional, take care to skim the surface for any debris that accumulates between buyer visits. Be sure the pool cover, mechanized or otherwise, is free of damage and the filtering system is in working order.

reddoorLighten Up
Make sure the outdoor spaces around your home, including the front entrance, deck, patio, and walkways, are appropriately lit. Spotlight your best features and make sure to check the porch light. Updated light fixtures are not only aesthetically pleasing, but are an added safety feature to the home.

Showcase a Spot of Color
In lieu of a costly exterior paint job, choose specific areas outside to add pops of color. Window boxes bursting with blooms are often well-received by buyers, as well as container plantings. If the exterior could use refreshing, consider repainting the front door before recruiting a professional to do the entire home.
Article courtesy of RealEstateBook.com

 

 


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: June 16-18, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FOR JUNE 16-18, 2017

 

FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH, LUNCH, OR DINNER
SUN – From bottomless beers to brunch or dinner menus, read on to find a place to celebrate the dad in your life.

FATHER’S DAY CRUISE ON THE PORTLAND SPIRIT
SUN – Choose from brunch cruises in Downtown Portland or Cascade Locks, a scenic dinner cruise, or an adventure on the Explorer.

GRATEFUL DAD HALF MARATHON, 10K & 5K
SAT – An event for the entire family that runs along the beautiful Columbia River with sweet views of the cascade range. Stick around afterwards for a Grateful family breakfast, a groovy beer garden and some sweet tunes to fill the air!

OREGON GARDEN BEERFEST
FRI-SUN60 breweries, pouring 120 beers, ciders and meads from throughout Oregon and across the country. Amazing food from local vendors, vendors and kid’s activities on Sunday.

OREGON RENAISSANCE FAIR
SAT-SUN – An imaginative and interactive adventure modeled after elements from the the Renaissance era, led by the beloved Queen of Scots, Mary Stewart. 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.

DELTA PARK POW WOW AND ENCAMPMENT
FRI-SUN – An annual Portland tradition that draws Native American, and non-native participants and spectators from across the Pacific Northwest to enjoy intertribal and competition dancing, dancing exhibitions, arts and craft vendors, fry bread and other food booths, all as part of a free and family-friendly celebration of Native American culture.

PRIDE FESTIVAL & PARADE
SAT-SUNCelebrate the positive diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans communities, and to assist in the education of all people through the development of activities that showcase the history, accomplishments, and talents of these communities. Parade kicks off Sunday at 11AM.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
FRI-SUN – A whole festival geared towards devouring delicious berry treats and playing on our seven generation family farm! Berry picking, pony rides, bounce pillow, haymazes, hayrides, slide, barrel wagon rides and much more!

CIDER SUMMIT PORTLAND
FRI-SAT – Featuring over 150 ciders & cider cocktails including regional favorites and international classics.

TASTE OF TIGARD
SATFood and beverage entrepreneurs with a connection to Tigard are gathering to offer you a tasting tour.

PORTLAND JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Through June 25 – Celebrating the diversity of Jewish history, culture, identity, and filmmaking. We hope that these films, and the stories they tell, resonate beyond their settings and speak to universal experiences and issues that confront our common humanity.

PORTLAND BEER WEEK
Through SUN – An 11-day celebration of beer in the greatest beer city on earth. Enjoy this city-wide, multi-venue, multi-medium, artistic and culinary inspired journey exploring the many facets of beer.

BERRIES, BREWS & BBQ’s
SAT-SUN – Enjoy live entertainment each week from a variety of local bands and artists. Sip on an awesome selection of local brews and ciders while tasting some incredible BBQ, cooked over an open fire pit by our own farm cooks. U-pick strawberries, tractor rides, giant slide and more!

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.

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.

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUNCedar 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

 

HEISEN HOUSE: SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Through September 29 – Enjoy summer concerts among the vines every Friday night at Heisen House Vineyards.

GUIDED WALKS AT COLUMBIA SPRINGS
Through October 18 – Each guided walk consists of an easy stroll or tour with themes such as plants, animals, geology, local history, and the fish hatchery. These events are appropriate for all ages and no registration is required. Spots are available at a first come, first served basis to the first 30 visitors.

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET
SAT through Oct 29 – You’ll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden.

COLUMBIA TECH CENTER FARMER’S MARKET
Through August 31 – A pet-friendly place where you can chat with people who have grown or made your purchase, grab a bite to eat, watch the kids play, and enjoy a wonderful, relaxing day.

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
· Cars 3
· All Eyez on Me
· Rough Night
· 47 Meters Down
· Pray for Rain
· The Hippopotamus
· Paris Can Wait
· Once Upon a Time in Venice
· Jasmine
· The Book of Henry

Click here for movie times and theaters.

 

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This Week in Real Estate: June 12, 2017

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Homeowners realized the largest increase in equity growth in the first quarter since mid-2014, as reported by CoreLogic This Week in Real Estate, with Washington state homeowners experiencing the largest year-over-year increase. Below are a few highlights from the first week of June that influence our business:

* Homeowner Equity Soars in First Quarter. Homeowner equity increased significantly in the first quarter of 2017, according to the Q1 2017 home equity analysis from CoreLogic. Homeowners with a mortgage, about 63% of all homeowners, saw their equity increase by 11.2% a total of $766.4 billion since the first quarter last year. The average homeowner gained about $13,400 in equity over the last year. The total number of mortgaged residential properties with negative equity decreased 3% from the fourth quarter to 3.1 million homes, or 6.1% of all mortgaged properties. This is a drop of 24% from 4.1 million homes in the first quarter of last year. “Homeowner equity increased by over $750 billion during the last year, the largest increase since mid-2014,” CoreLogic President and CEO Frank Martell said. “The rising cushion of home equity is one of the main drivers of improved mortgage performance. It also supports consumer balance sheets, spending and the broader economy.” Texas had the highest percentage of homes with positive equity at 98.4 percent, followed by Utah (98.2%), Washington (98.2%), Hawaii (98.1%) and Colorado (98%). Washington had the highest year-over-year homeowner equity increase at $37,900.
Full Story…  http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/news/corelogic-reports-nearly-9-million-borrowers-have-regained-equity-since-the-height-of-the-crisis-in-2011.aspx
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* U.S. Job Creation Index Returns to Record High. Gallup’s Job Creation Index was +37 in May, tied with the record high found in March. This marks 15 straight months of the index reaching +30 or higher. The index has generally been moving upward since bottoming out at -5 in April 2009 during the Great Recession. It has been in positive territory since February 2010. The Job Creation Index is a nearly real-time indicator of the nation’s employment picture across all industries and business sectors. This is the first time index scores in all regions have been above +30 since January.  The West has rebounded the most from the Great Recession in terms of the Job Creation Index, rising to +37 after falling to -11 three times in 2009. Gallup’s Job Creation Index is at an all-time high, reflecting an improving job market. These findings generally match the U.S. government’s data on the job market, as evidenced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ unemployment rate reaching 4.3% in May and the underemployment rate falling from 8.6% in April to 8.4% in May.
Full Story… http://www.gallup.com/poll/211820/job-creation-index-returns-record-high.aspx?utm_source=tagrss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=syndication

* “Good Time to Sell” Hits Highest Levels in Fannie Mae Survey. The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) decreased fractionally in May, however the change in each of its internal components was decidedly more pronounced. The HPSI, based on six of the questions from Fannie Mae’s monthly National Housing Survey, was 86.2, down 0.5 percent compared to April. Three of its components moved higher and three lost ground. The index is 0.9 percent higher than its May 2016 version. The most striking changes come from answers to the questions regarding whether respondents thought it was a good time to buy and/or a good time to sell. The net share of Americans who said that now is a good time to buy a home reached a record low (27 percent) after falling 8 percentage points, while the net share who stated that it is a good time to sell a home reached a record high of 32 percent, a gain of 6 percentage points. Fannie Mae said it was only the second time in the survey’s history that the net share of those saying it’s a good time to sell surpassed the net share of those saying it’s a good time to buy. The “sell” component is 19 points higher than at the same time in 2016.
Full Story… http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/06082017_national_housing_survey.asp

Have a productive week!
Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: June 9-11, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FOR JUNE 9-11, 2017

 

OREGON RENAISSANCE FAIR
SAT-SUN & June 17-18 – An imaginative and interactive adventure modeled after elements from the the Renaissance era, led by the beloved Queen of Scots, Mary Stewart. 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.

PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL GRAND FLORAL PARADE
SATGrand Floral Parade starts at 10AM at Memorial Coliseum and ends in downtown Portland around 2PM.

CITY FAIR
FRI-SUN Rose Festival’s waterfront activities continue for a third weekend at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Enjoy carnival rides, exhibits, beer, and a food fair.

FLEET WEEK
WED-SUN – The City of Portland is known to be a favorite port of call for military and non-military visitors, and citizens enjoy making these visitors welcome! One of the purposes of Fleet Week has always been to celebrate and thank the active and reserve military personnel and all veterans.

DRAGON BOAT RACES
SAT-SUN – Held on the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge, the Dragon Boat Races feature 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.

SCANDINAVIAN MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL
SAT – In the Northern lands of the midnight sun, it is traditional to warm up after a long cold winter by celebrating Midsummer with friends, food, and drinks. Decorate the Maypole, put some hot dogs on the grill, play games on the lawn, gather with your favorite people around a bonfire, and enjoy the longest day of the year.

PORTLAND BEER WEEK
Through June 18 – An 11-day celebration of beer in the greatest beer city on earth. Enjoy this city-wide, multi-venue, multi-medium, artistic and culinary inspired journey exploring the many facets of beer.

PORTLAND FRUIT BEER FESTIVAL
FRI-SUN – An all-ages friendly event with a wide representation of more than two dozen fruit beers and fruited hard ciders, plus non alcoholic drinks and incredible food vendors, DJ’s and other activities.

CRUISIN’ SHERWOOD
SAT – Small-town America meets American’s passion for all things automotive. You’ll find something for everyone, over 500 classic and custom cars, a kid’s zone, entertainment & much more.

THE 420 GAMES
SAT – A great event for all who want to exercise, listen to some beats, and partake in one of the fastest-growing industries in the world!

BERRIES, BREWS & BBQ’s
Weekends through June 18 – Enjoy live entertainment each week from a variety of local bands and artists. Sip on an awesome selection of local brews and ciders while tasting some incredible BBQ, cooked over an open fire pit by our own farm cooks. U-pick strawberries, tractor rides, giant slide and more!

THE HOBBIT
Through SAT Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy (MPAA) is proud to present Patricia Gray’s stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless tale of magic, treasure, and dragons.

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.

GODSPELL
Through SUN – The show won instant acclaim for its gentle but very powerful message. Godspell is a celebration that is spirited, loving, sprinkled with wry humor and bolstered with a rousing selection of songs—rock, folk, country, and pop—all neatly woven in and around the parables and teachings of Jesus.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Through SUN – An all-female, all-star Portland cast leads this production of Oscar Wilde’s magnificent 19th Century comedy of manners and social status.

80’S VIDEO DANCE ATTACK
Through FRI – Grab your favorite 80’s outfit and head to Lola’s Room. Enjoy your favorite 80’s hits playing all night on multiple giant screens.

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.

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.

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUNCedar 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 FESTIVAL
FRI-SUN – Showcasing the best tastes, crafts and talent in our region. Along with 120 wines to taste, 50+ craft brews, craft cocktails and WA craft bourbon tastings, we have great food, live music, and handmade goods.

NATIONAL GET OUTDOORS DAY AT FORT VANCOUVER
SAT – Experience free outdoor activities and family fun! Kids and families can enjoy climbing a rock wall, learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, catching a fish from a pond and playing lacrosse, bicycling, and disc golf. Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, Jr. Beaver and their friends will be on hand to greet visitors. A historic fur trader encampment will re-enact life at Fort Vancouver during the 1840s.

BIG BAND BASH
SATThe Clark College Music Department presents extraordinary concerts and programs throughout the year for the college community and the greater community.

HEISEN HOUSE: SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Through September 29 – Enjoy summer concerts among the vines every Friday night at Heisen House Vineyards.

GUIDED WALKS AT COLUMBIA SPRINGS
Through October 18 – Each guided walk consists of an easy stroll or tour with themes such as plants, animals, geology, local history, and the fish hatchery. These events are appropriate for all ages and no registration is required. Spots are available at a first come, first served basis to the first 30 visitors.

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET
SAT through Oct 29 – You’ll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden.

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

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
The Mummy
• My Cousin Rachel
• It Come at Night
• I Love You Both
• Awakening the Zodiac
• Camera Obscura
• Megan Leavey
• The Hero

Click here for movie times and theaters.

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This Week in Real Estate: June 5, 2017

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The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Index reported This Week in Real Estate that housing prices in March rose at the strongest pace in nearly three years, and the top 2 cities in the country were Seattle and Portland, respectively. Below are a few highlights from the last week of May that influence our business:

* Single Family Sector is Rare Winner in Construction Spending Report. The total amount of construction put in place nationally fell in April, but continues at a pace higher than at the same point in 2016. The U.S. Census Bureau puts the seasonally adjusted annual rate of spending on all types of construction during the month at $1.22 trillion, a decrease of 1.4 percent from the March total, but up 6.7 percent from April of last year. Total spending on residential construction was down 0.9 percent from March, but was 15.6 percent higher than a year earlier. Residential spending in the private sector was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $516.65 billion in April, an 0.7 percent dip from $520.36 billion in March, but 16.0 percent higher than the April 2016 pace. Spending on new single family construction managed to be one of the few gainers for the month, eking out an 0.8 percent month-over-month gain to a rate of $262.14 billion. This made the spending rate 7.7 percent higher than a year earlier.
Full Story…  http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/06012017_construction_spending.asp

* May Employment Numbers Show “Rip-Roaring” Job Growth. ADP and Moody’s Analytics released the National Employment Report showing a huge surge in employment numbers for May. Private-sector employment increased by a seasonally adjusted 253,000 from April to May. “May proved to be a very strong month for job growth,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute. “Professional and business services had the strongest monthly increase since 2014.” “The current pace of job growth is nearly three times the rate necessary to absorb growth in the labor force. Increasingly, businesses’ No.1 challenge will be a shortage of labor,” Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi said.
Full Story… https://www.housingwire.com/articles/40306-may-employment-numbers-show-rip-roaring-job-growth

* Case-Shiller: No Telling When Prices, Rates Will Force Housing Slowdown. Home prices across the nine U.S. census divisions hit a 33-month high in March. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index rose 5.8 percent from its level in March 2016, a 0.1 percentage point more than the annual increase it posted in February. Seattle, Portland and Dallas reported the highest year-over-year gains among the 20-City Composite. “Home prices continue rising with the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Index up 5.8 percent in the year ended March, the fastest pace in almost three years,” David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices said. As of March, the National Index is 1.3 percent higher than the pre-crash peak it reached in July 2006, having bounced back by 39.5 percent from its low point in February 2012.
Full Story… http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/05302017_case_shiller_indices.asp

Have a productive week!
Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: June 2-4, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FOR JUNE 2-4, 2017

 

BERRIES, BREWS & BBQ’s
Weekends through June 18 – Enjoy live entertainment each week from a variety of local bands and artists. Sip on an awesome selection of local brews and ciders while tasting some incredible BBQ, cooked over an open fire pit by our own farm cooks. U-pick strawberries, tractor rides, giant slide and more!

CITY FAIR
FRI-SUN & June 9-11 Rose Festival’s waterfront activities continue for a second weekend at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Enjoy carnival rides, exhibits, beer, and a food fair.

STARLIGHT PARADE
SAT – 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 together in one whimsical pageant.

MODERN HOME TOURS
SAT – This is your chance to tour the properties, meet the architects, and talk to the homeowners of some of Portland’s most forward-looking home designs!

PORTLAND BUDDHIST FESTIVAL
SAT – The 14th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park expresses gratitude and honors the immigrants who brought Buddhist practices and teachings to American society. Vendors, workshops, children’s events and much more.

FAIRE IN THE GROVE
SAT-SUN – Step back in time at the Faire In The Grove! Medieval reenactors, armored fighters, and history buffs invite you to experience the Middle Ages and Renaissance! Hosted on the vast front lawn of the Grand Lodge, come and be transported back to Fairegrove, a medieval village. Enjoy seeing and learning some of the history behind life in the middle ages and beyond into the Renaissance.

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. Contestants test their skills in barrel racing, goat tying, pole bending, break away roping, bareback and saddle bronc riding, calf riding, tie-down roping, and team roping.

THE HOBBIT
FRI through June 10Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy (MPAA) is proud to present Patricia Gray’s stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless tale of magic, treasure, and dragons.

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.

GODSPELL
Through June 11 – The show won instant acclaim for its gentle but very powerful message. Godspell is a celebration that is spirited, loving, sprinkled with wry humor and bolstered with a rousing selection of songs—rock, folk, country, and pop—all neatly woven in and around the parables and teachings of Jesus.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Through June 11 – An all-female, all-star Portland cast leads this production of Oscar Wilde’s magnificent 19th Century comedy of manners and social status.

80’S VIDEO DANCE ATTACK
Through June 9 – Grab your favorite 80’s outfit and head to Lola’s Room. Enjoy your favorite 80’s hits playing all night on multiple giant screens.

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.

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.

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUNCedar 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

DOWNTOWN PEDALS
FRI – Vancouver’s Downtown Association invites you to register for the cutest shortest and coolest bike parade in history! Kids of all ages are free to register.

RACE FOR THE KIDS
SAT – Come and join the fun at the 4th Annual Race for the Kids. This family charity event benefits the Teach One to Lead One program that helps kids discover their purpose and potential through community mentoring.

HEISEN HOUSE: SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Through September 29 – Enjoy summer concerts among the vines every Friday night at Heisen House Vineyards.

GUIDED WALKS AT COLUMBIA SPRINGS
Through October 18 – Each guided walk consists of an easy stroll or tour with themes such as plants, animals, geology, local history, and the fish hatchery. These events are appropriate for all ages and no registration is required. Spots are available at a first come, first served basis to the first 30 visitors.

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET
SAT through Oct 29 – You’ll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden.

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

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
· Wonder Woman
· Captain Underpants
· The Exception
· The Death of Louis XIV
· Churchill
· Love, Kennedy
· The Recall
· Aaron’s Blood

Click here for movie times and theaters.

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Through June 16, 2017, enter for a chance to win the $50,000 grand prize to renovate your home. AND we’re giving away 12 weekly prizes of $2,500! Enter up to two times each day at www.LoveYourHomeSweeps.com

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

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


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