Portland Metro Weekend Event Planner: March 24-26, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FOR MARCH 24-26, 2017

 

TECH FEST NW
SAT-SUN – Explore the best of tech trends—from Artificial Intelligence to cannatech—in an up-close and personal way. With four tracks of content—Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Lifestyle Tech, and Digital Storytelling. There’s truly something for everyone with an eye and ear for the tech universe.

PORTLAND GOLD & TREASURE SHOW
SAT-SUN – Presenting a unique opportunity where local chapters, state directors, land rights advocates, leading industry manufacturers, dealers and experts come together to welcome a new audience pursuing an interest in gold prospecting.

NORTHWEST HORSE FAIR & EXPO
FRI-SUN – Combining first-rate education, entertainment, and shopping. Whether you own horses or are a horse lover at heart, are a beginner or professional, are interested in dressage or trail riding, there is truly something for everyone.

HOLI HAI
SUNFestival of Colors is the happiest festival in Portland! We celebrate the coming of spring, the joy of friendship, and equality for all. All ages, nationalities and ethnicities are encouraged to participate!

WORLD WATER DAY PUB CRAWL
FRI – Join Base Camp Brewery, Coopers Hall, Cyrils at Clay Pigeon and Portland Roasting Coffee for a neighborhood pub crawl! Start out on Oak Street in the Industrial Eastside neighborhood from 5PM-8PM for great drinks, food, and great prizes. Walk the route around the neighborhood and stop by each station for a special treat!

CIDER RITE OF SPRING
SAT – Special feature this year includes a private VIP lounge experience in the balcony space, with catering by Whole Foods Market and industry-leading cidermakers showcasing a VIP exclusive cider. Whole Foods will be providing cheese pairings specific to each special cider offering.

TULIP FEST
Through April 30 – 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!

TULIP TRAIL RUN
SAT – 3rd annual 5K & 10K Run. An off-road run through tulip fields and around the farm benefiting the Oregon City High School Track and Field and Cross Country teams.

OMSI: THE ART OF THE BRICK EXHIBITION
Through May 29 – Named one of CNN’s Top Ten “Global Must-See Exhibitions,” The Art of the Brick exhibit by artist Nathan Sawaya takes LEGO bricks from child’s toy to sophisticated art form and beyond.

FRIDAY DANCE PARTY
FRI – Giant music videos, colorful lights, and pounding music await you at the ’80s Video Dance Attack in Lola’s Room or McMenamins Crystal Ballroom for age 21+. Discount tickets $6 for two people.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
SAT – Gather your crew & rock your best retro threads from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s! Get on the dance floor as our DJ’s play the hits of decades gone by.

CRIMES OF THE HEART
SAT through March 26 – Three eccentric sisters who have committed Crimes of the Heart reunite at their grandfather’s home, at Mask & Mirror Community Theatre in Tigard. Discount tickets $11.

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

SPRING BARREL TASTING WEEKEND
FRI-SUN – Hosted by Three Brothers Vineyard & Winery along with Bethany Vineyards & Gouger Cellers. Sample their 2015 Pinot Noir, Tempranillo and a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Syrah (often labeled as Brethren Cuvee).

‘COUVE CLOVER RUN
SUN – Earn your post-event party by running or walking 3, 7, or 10 miles. Enjoy soup, green beer, hot drinks, and treats, hosted by Main Event and other downtown Vancouver businesses.

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
SAT – The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown on a screen as actors perform along with the movie, and audience participation is encouraged! Also, feel free to dress up!

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
·         Life
·         King Arthur
·         Power Rangers
·         Chips
·         Dig Two Graves
·         The Leveling
·         Wilson

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: March 20, 2017

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Favorable news This Week in Real Estate from the new construction sector as builder confidence hits a 12-year high and single-family housing starts reach its highest level since late 2007. Below are a few highlights from the second full week of March that influence our business:

* Builder Confidence Hits 12-Year High. Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes jumped six points to a level of 71 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This is the highest reading since June 2005. All three HMI components posted robust gains in March. The component gauging sales conditions increased seven points to 78 while the index charting sales expectations in the next six months rose five points to 78. Meanwhile, the component measuring buyer traffic jumped eight points to 54. Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the Midwest increased three points to 68 and the South rose one point to 68. The West dipped three points to 76 and the Northeast edged one point lower to 48.
Full Story… http://www.nahb.org/en/news-and-publications/press-releases/2017/03/builder-confidence-hits-twelve-year-high.aspx

* MBA: Mortgage Applications Rise Three-Weeks Straight. Mortgage applications increased three-weeks straight as the market gears up for the spring home-buying season. The latest update from the Mortgage Bankers Association Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 10 found that applications increased 3.1% from one week earlier. This is similar to the previous week’s 3.3% increase in applications. Both refinance and purchase applications rose, helping boost overall application volume. The Refinance Index increased 4% from the previous week, while the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 2% from one week earlier. Mortgage interest rates for most products jumped close to two-year highs. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($424,100 or less) now sits at its highest level since April 2014, growing to 4.46% from 4.36%. Also reaching its highest level since April 2014, the average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $424,100) increased to 4.44% from 4.27%.
Full Story…  http://www.housingwire.com/articles/39572-mba-mortgage-applications-rise-three-weeks-straight?eid=322520585&bid=1693359

* Single-Family Housing Starts Reach Highest Level Since Late 2007. Nationwide housing starts rose 3 percent in February from an upwardly revised January reading to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.288 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Single-family production increased 6.5 percent to 872,000 units – its highest reading in nearly a decade – while multifamily starts fell 3.7 percent to 416,000 units. “This month’s gain in single-family starts is consistent with rising builder confidence in the housing market,” said Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). “We should see single-family production continue to grow throughout the year, tempered somewhat by supply-side constraints such as access to lots and labor.” Regionally in February, combined single-family and multifamily housing production (starts) rose 35.7 in the West. Starts fell by 3.8 percent in the South, 4.6 percent in the Midwest and 9.8 percent in the Northeast. Regionally, overall permits rose 25.4 percent in the Midwest. Permits fell 10 percent in the West, 10.4 percent in the South and 22.3 percent in the Northeast.
Full Story… http://www.nahb.org/en/news-and-publications/press-releases/2017/03/single-family-housing-starts-reach-highest-level-since-late-2007.aspx

Have a productive week!
Jason


10-Minute Tricks: Freshen Up your Home for Spring!

With spring fever comes a desire for a change in décor. Check out our top 7 quick, easy, and dollar-conscious ways to freshen up your living space before the flowers start to bud.


Rotate your Artwork

Are your walls cluttered with stagnant artwork? If so, it’s time for a change. Some people hang everything they own on every wall. Look at it all the time, and you start taking it for granted. Try this: Separate art into summer and winter piles. Hang the lighter, pastel colors for spring and summer, and put the darker oil paintings in storage. Every six months, rotate your pieces. This way, you enjoy your art with a new vigor, and it’s something you can do in minutes.

Natural Scents

Spring is not only a colorful season, but a fragrant one, so bring the aroma indoors. Scents have a profound effect on mood. Infuse aromas into your décor with essential oils, natural candles, fresh cut flowers, or incense to change the overall feeling of a space. A quick, floral tip: Purchase an inexpensive bouquet of flowers, split them up by color, and place the bunches in small vases around your home.

Buy New Bulbs

You’re thinking flower bulbs, right? Not a bad idea, but we’re talking about light bulbs. Many of us aren’t using our lights properly­—in the winter you need more light, but in the spring you can get away with less. Swap your 60-watt bulb with a 3-way bulb to allow you to soften a room’s light.

Let the Sunshine In

In the winter, dirty windows can go unnoticed. On the first day of spring, take advantage of the sunny season by giving the windows a wash. You can have a gorgeous room, but if the windows are dirty, it won’t look as beautiful or as bright. As an added tip, pull back dark window treatments and add a shade or valance for a touch of color. Or, you can also replace window treatments with ecru or white sheers for an elegant look.

Update Accessories

Just as you’d add a scarf or necklace to enhance an outfit, do the same with your home—dress your home like you would yourself. Look for great accent pillows in bright colors. Put away the winter throws and drape light, bright throws on your sofa. Pick out spring-hued vases or candles to boost a cocktail or dining room table.

Beautify your Boudoir

Bright, new bedding can do wonders for your personal space. Tuck away the heavy, winter flannel comforter and pull out crisp linens with coverlets for color. Bring in the spring with floral-designed spreads or colorful solids. Don’t forget accent pillows for added style and comfort.

Lose the Magnets

In just minutes, you can tidy up a kitchen by getting rid of the scraps of paper, business cards and take-out menus stuck to the fridge. If you have odds and ends everywhere, it looks messy. If you clear it, your kitchen looks and feels organized.

Article courtesy of HGTV.com


Portland Metro Weekend Event Planner: March 17-19, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FOR MARCH 17-19, 2017

 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION
FRI – Join the all-Ireland cultural society of Oregon in celebrating St Patrick’s Day. Live music, Irish dancers, bag pipes, children’s activities and much more!

ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL AT KELLS
FRI-SUN – Start off St. Patrick’s Day with live music, dancing and bagpipes in both the pubs and tents. On Saturday, Kells downtown will host the 7th annual black-tie ‘smoker’—a boxing event that matches Golden Glove boxers from Ireland against the best USA amateur fighters.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY AT MCMENAMINS
FRI-SAT – Visit your favorite McMenamins for special St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Check out what events are going on at each of your local McMenamins

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL
SAT – Fun for the whole family! Fun run, parade, carnival & live entertainment!

ST. PATRICK’S BAR CRAWL
FRIBarfly Mystery Bar Bus Tours. Don’t mess around with any of those icky “family friendly” so-called St Pat’s celebrations. Trust your friends at BarFly to show you the best time in this dirty old town.

STUMPTOWN LEPRE-CON
SAT – Costumes are required with a St. Paddy’s Day theme! Wear something green, blinky and illuminated. Get into the spirit of the season.

SHAMROCK RUN & FITNESS FAIR
FRI-SUN – Visit the Shamrock Fitness Fair at the Oregon Convention center, with more than 80 booths featuring fitness products, sampling, games and contests. Sunday’s run/walk has distances for everyone from a Half Marathon to a kid’s 1K fun run.

DIRTY LEPRECHAUN
SAT – Fun and challenging obstacles, mud, beer, food, music, bonfires, warm changing rooms and more! It’s going to be the funnest, coolest, muddiest celebration ever!

IRISH CRAFT ALE FESTIVAL
FRI-SUN – As well as great beer, there will be bagpipers, 12 live bands and Irish dancers. Irish food including haddock, fish and chips, Irish lamb stew, and corned beef sandwiches.

OMSI: THE ART OF THE BRICK EXHIBITION
Through May 29 – Named one of CNN’s Top Ten “Global Must-See Exhibitions,” The Art of the Brick exhibit by artist Nathan Sawaya takes LEGO bricks from child’s toy to sophisticated art form and beyond.

FRIDAY DANCE PARTY
FRI – Giant music videos, colorful lights, and pounding music await you at the ’80s Video Dance Attack in Lola’s Room or McMenamins Crystal Ballroom for age 21+. Discount tickets $6 for two people.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
SAT – Gather your crew & rock your best retro threads from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s! Get on the dance floor as our DJ’s play the hits of decades gone by.

CRIMES OF THE HEART
SAT through March 26 – Three eccentric sisters who have committed Crimes of the Heart reunite at their grandfather’s home, at Mask & Mirror Community Theatre in Tigard. Discount tickets $11.

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

VANCOUVER SPRING BREWFEST
FRI-SAT – Not only will you be able to sample the best local beers, you’ll also be able to take in the March Madness games! TVs will be raffled off at the end of the festival.

VANCOUVER FIREFIGHTERS PIPES & DRUMS PUB TOUR
FRI – Watch the Vancouver Firefighters Pipes & Drums crew bring the St. Patrick’s Day spirit to various pubs around Vancouver.

WALKING ADVENTURES INTERNATIONAL 6K & 10K
SAT – Guides Dan Friesen & Scott Isom will each be taking a group of 30 walkers on a 10K guided walk. Contact us as  soon as possible to register for the guided group. Space is limited! Self-guided directions will also be available. Dan and Scott will both be giving presentations along the way, sharing history, trivia and interesting facts on this area of Vancouver, Washington.

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
·         Beauty & The Beast
·         All Nighter
·         T2 Trainspotting
·         Mean Dreams
·         Song to Song
·         The Belko Experiment
·         Goon: Last of the Enforcers

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: March 13, 2017

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As the market prepares for the spring selling season, Fannie Mae reported This Week in Real Estate that consumers have never felt better about housing than they do right now. Below are a few highlights from the first week of March that influence our business:

* Fannie Mae: Consumers Have Never Felt Better About Housing Than They Do Right Now. Consumers’ faith in the housing market is stronger than it’s ever been before, according to a newly released survey from Fannie Mae. Fannie Mae’s latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index shows that consumer confidence in housing hit an all-time high in February, continuing a climb in confidence that began in January. According to the Fannie Mae report, the Home Purchase Sentiment Index increased by 5.6 percentage points in February to 88.3, setting a new all-time high. Overall, five of the six components that make up the HPSI were up, with three hitting record highs. According to the report, the net share of Americans who said that now is a good time to buy rose by 11 percentage points, and the net share of consumers who believe that now is a good time to sell also rose by 7 percentage points.
Full Story… http://www.housingwire.com/articles/39502-consumers-have-never-felt-better-about-housing-than-they-do-right-now?eid=322520585&bid=1685872

* CoreLogic: 1 Million US Borrowers Regained Equity in 2016. CoreLogic released a new analysis on Thursday showing that U.S. homeowners with mortgages (roughly 63% of all homeowners) saw their equity increase by a total of $783 billion in 2016, an increase of 11.7 percent. Additionally, just over 1 million borrowers moved out of negative equity during 2016, increasing the percentage of homeowners with positive equity to 93.8 percent of all mortgage properties, or approximately 48 million homes. In Q4 2016, the total number of mortgaged residential properties with negative equity stood at 3.17 million, or 6.2 percent of all homes with a mortgage. That is a decrease of 25 percent year over year from 4.23 million homes, or 8.4 percent of all mortgaged properties in Q4 2015. Negative equity peaked at 26 percent of mortgage residential properties in Q4 2009. “Average home equity rose by $13,700 for U.S. homeowners during 2016,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “The states with the largest home-price appreciation last year, according to the CoreLogic Home Price Index, were Washington and Oregon at 10.2 percent and 10.3 percent, respectively, with average homeowner equity gains of $31,000 and $27,000, respectively.” This is doubt the pace for the U.S. as a whole. Texas had the highest percentage of homes with positive equity at 98.4 percent followed by Hawaii at 98.1 and five states, including Oregon and Washington at 97.9 percent.
Full Story…  http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/news/corelogic-reports-1-million-us-borrowers-regained-equity-in-2016.aspx

* MBA: Average Loan Size For Purchase Applications Hits All-Time High. The average loan size for purchase mortgage applications hit an all-time high last week, according to the latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. The data comes courtesy of the MBA’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 3, 2017, which showed that the average loan size for purchase applications was $313,300. That’s the highest that figure has been during any week since the MBA began conducting its weekly application survey in 1990. The report showed that the refinance share of mortgage activity increased to 45.4% of total applications. The adjustable-rate mortgage share of activity also increased to 7.7% of total applications, which marks the highest level since October 2014.
Full Story… http://www.housingwire.com/articles/39512-mba-average-loan-size-for-purchase-applications-hits-all-time-high?eid=322520585&bid=1686410

Have a productive week!
Jason


4th Quarter Chairman’s Report 2016

We are happy to announce the 4th Quarter Chairman’s Report for 2016 is now available to read online. Discover where the real estate market is headed and review 4th Quarter Market Stats for the Portland Metro and SW Washington. Special thanks to our Chairman, Bert Waugh, Jr.


Portland Metro Weekend Event Planner: March 10-12, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FOR MARCH 10-12, 2017

 

BODY, MIND, SPIRIT EXPO
SAT-SUNMetaphysical lectures, vendors selling crystals, jewelry, essential oils, alternative health products, and as always the nation’s finest selections of intuitive readers, astrologers, and mediums. Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro.

PORTLAND WOMEN’S EXPO
SAT – Food, wine, live music; the Women’s Expo isn’t just an event, it’s an experience!

PORTLAND RV SHOW
Through SUN – Whether you like to rest, relax and recharge your batteries or just hit the road and follow the sun, you will find everything you are looking for at this year’s Portland Metro RV Show.

LUCK OF THE IRISH CELEBRATION
FRI – Get your St. Paddy’s groove on in true Irish fashion—plenty of music, rambunctious entertainment, and stories that are sure to lighten your spirit. Fueled by the legacy of Irish legend, luck, and love, this evening promises to be a rollicking good time for all.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
SAT – Hillsboro’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will start at Hare Field, looping through Hillsboro and ending back at Hare Field. View the detailed parade route HERE.

ST. PATRICK’S BAR CRAWL
SAT – It’s time to paint the city green and gold! From the top o’ the morning to the end of the rainbow, ticket holders will have cover-free access to the city’s premier bars, pubs, taverns and saloons. Find exclusive specials on pints of golden beer and Irish-inspired activities.

WINTER BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL
SAT – What a great way to get rid of the Winter Blues—just before the arrival of Spring! Support local charities and musicians of all genres.

BRICKS CASCADE LEGO CONVENTION
SAT-SUN – See the artistic and ingenious marvels created by Adult Fans of LEGO and very talented young builders from around the world.

OMSI: THE ART OF THE BRICK EXHIBITION
Through May 29 – Named one of CNN’s Top Ten “Global Must-See Exhibitions,” The Art of the Brick exhibit by artist Nathan Sawaya takes LEGO bricks from child’s toy to sophisticated art form and beyond.

FRIDAY DANCE PARTY
FRI – Giant music videos, colorful lights, and pounding music await you at the ’80s Video Dance Attack in Lola’s Room or McMenamins Crystal Ballroom for age 21+. Discount tickets $6 for two people.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
SAT – Gather your crew & rock your best retro threads from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s! Get on the dance floor as our DJ’s play the hits of decades gone by.

CRIMES OF THE HEART
SAT through March 26 – Three eccentric sisters who have committed Crimes of the Heart reunite at their grandfather’s home, at Mask & Mirror Community Theatre in Tigard. Discount tickets $11.

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

VANCOUVER GUN SHOW
SAT-SUN – Bringing the best gun shows in Washington State, this show features modern, collectible, military, and antique firearms as well as firearm accessories, ammunition, and knives.

DRINK THIS! PUB CRAWL
SAT – Meet the makers of artisan beverages! No signups, just show up at one of our locations, get your map, and choose your route. All locations are within walking distance in Vancouver, and you can win prizes along the way!

CELEBRATE WORLD WATER DAY
SATCelebrate and focus attention on the importance of our planet’s most important resource—water! We’ll ‘dive in’ with activities for the whole family focused on learning about where our water comes from, how communities around the globe get water, and how we can all work together to promote clean and plentiful water.

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
·         Kidnap
·         Kong – Skull Island
·         Blood, Sand & Gold
·         Brimstone
·         Personal Shopper
·         Swing Away
·         The Dark Below

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: March 6, 2017

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Home price appreciation continues to capture headlines. Case-Shiller reported This Week in Real Estate that the annual December number was the largest increase in 30 months, while consumer confidence reached it’s highest peak in a decade and a half to close out February. Below are a few highlights from the last week of February that influence our business:

* Case-Shiller: Home Price Appreciation Highest in 30 Months. Home prices accelerated their growth again in December. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, which covers all nine U.S. census divisions, rose by 5.8% compared to one year earlier. The year-over-year increase has been larger each month since July and Case-Shiller called the annual December number the largest increase in 30 months. Among the 20 cities the largest annual gains were again registered in Seattle, Portland and Denver. Seattle led the way with a 10.8 percent year-over-year price increase followed by Portland with 10.0 percent and Denver at 8.9 percent. Case-Shilled says that an analysis of prices in Portland and Seattle, which have alternated in first and second place as price increase leaders, show that, over the course of 2016, prices in the highest tier, over $532,716 for Seattle and $411,335 for Portland, to be the most stable while those in the lowest tier, (under $335,111 and $296,361) are the most volatile.
Full Story… http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/02282017_case_shiller_indices.asp

* Consumer Confidence Hits 15-Year High in February. Consumers are more confident in the economy than they’ve been in the previous 15 years, according to the Consumer Confidence Survey conducted by The Conference Board. The Consumer Confidence Index increased in February to 114.8, up from 111.6 in January. Similarly, the Present Situation Index increased from 130 to 133.4 and the Expectations Index increased from 99.3 to 102.4. In 1985, the index was set to 100, representing the index’s benchmark. This value is adjusted monthly based on results of a household survey of consumers’ opinions on current conditions and future economic expectations. Opinions on current conditions make up 40% of the index, while expectations of future conditions make up 60%. “Consumers rated current business and labor market conditions more favorably this month than in January,” said Lynn Franco, The Conference Board director of economic indicators. “Overall, consumers expect the economy to continue expanding in the months ahead.
Full Story…  http://www.housingwire.com/articles/39393-consumer-confidence-hits-15-year-high-in-february?eid=322520585&bid=1679504

* Pace of Residential Construction Spending Continues Positive Trend. Private residential construction got off to an auspicious start in 2017, continuing the growth trend that began in October of last year. NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending grew 0.5% in January 2017 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of $476.4 billion. Multifamily construction spending in January grew by 2.2% to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of $63.5 billion, more than double that of December. The SAAR spending on new multi-family structures was 9.0% higher than one year prior, while single-family construction grew by 2.3%.
Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/03/pace-of-residential-construction-spending-continues-positive-trend/

 

Have a productive week!
Jason


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

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FOR MARCH 3-5, 2017

 

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES SHOW
SAT-SUN – The Spring version of the largest all retro show in the country is coming to the Portland Expo Center. There will be hundreds of outstanding dealers coming from all over the country, with more than 900 booths available to view—don’t miss it!

CLASSIC WINES SILENT AUCTION
SAT – Join us for the 33rd annual Classic Wines Auction at the Oregon Convention Center. During the tasting reception guests can peruse more than 250 silent and super silent auction packages including rare and exquisite wines, exotic travel destinations, pro sports experiences, weekend getaways, celebrity meet-and-greets, exclusive dinners, parties and more.

BILLY CRYSTAL
FRISpend the Night with Billy Crystal has been described as “a smorgasbord of zesty stories and sharp impressions,” and a “trip down memory lane” led by Tony and Emmy Award-winning comedian Billy Crystal.

SOAP MAKING WORKSHOP
SAT – Join Bee Thinking and expert soap makers from Camamu to learn the general process of soap making, customization, and safety practices. Each participant will leave with their own 2 pound batch of soap (8 bars worth).

METAPHYSICAL FAIR
SAT-SUN – You’ll find tarot and oracle readings, palmistry, Norse runes, divination tools, crystals, ritual clothing, books, and art for sale at the Psychic Fair & Metaphysical Market at Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Free.

OMSI: THE ART OF THE BRICK EXHIBITION
Through May 29 – Named one of CNN’s Top Ten “Global Must-See Exhibitions,” The Art of the Brick exhibit by artist Nathan Sawaya takes LEGO bricks from child’s toy to sophisticated art form and beyond.

BRAZILIAN BALL
SATBrazilian Carnaval is a Brazilian ball with a samba band, dancers, and a DJ at BossaNova Ballroom for age 21+.

WINE & GIRL SCOUT COOKIES PAIRING
SATVivino wrote a popular article about pairing Girl Scout cookies and wine. Taste the real thing at Wine and Girl Scout Cookie Pairing at Hip Chicks do Wine.

AURORA CHORUS: WOMEN’S DAY CONCERT
SUN – Celebrate the power and strength of women as Aurora Chorus sings We Remain Faithful at First Congregational Church.

RAW BEER FESTIVAL
SATFirkin Fest pours 40 Oregon beers that are unfiltered, unpasteurized, naturally carbonated in the cask and served at cellar temperature, with cheese, chocolates, meats, and snacks at Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery.

ST. PATRICK’S BINGO PARTY
SAT – Play bingo with three cards at Luck of the Pug Drag Queen Bingo, hosted by a drag queen, with food and drinks for sale at Lagunitas Brewing. Age 21+.

WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL
THURS-SUNPortland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) shows nearly 100 works from today’s top women directors, who often attend post-screening panels and answer questions at Hollywood Theatre.

FRIDAY DANCE PARTY
FRI – Giant music videos, colorful lights, and pounding music await you at the ’80s Video Dance Attack in Lola’s Room or McMenamins Crystal Ballroom for age 21+. Discount tickets $6 for two people.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
SAT – Gather your crew & rock your best retro threads from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s! Get on the dance floor as our DJ’s play the hits of decades gone by.

CRIMES OF THE HEART
SAT through March 26 – Three eccentric sisters who have committed Crimes of the Heart reunite at their grandfather’s home, at Mask & Mirror Community Theatre in Tigard. Discount tickets $11.

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

SW WASHINGTON WIND SYMPHONY
SUN – The Southwest Washington Wind Symphony, conducted by Patrick Murphy, is privileged to welcome Piccolo Virtuoso, Zachariah Galatis, to its concert entitled “Flourishes.”

WILDLIFE EDUCATIONAL EVENT
SAT – The community is invited to come learn about their local National Wildlife Refuges in the Portland/Vancouver Metro area. Cascade Park Library.

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
·         Logan
·         Lavender
·         The Shack
·         Before I Fall
·         Commando 2
·         The Institute
·         Wolves
·         Don’t Kill It

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This Week in Real Estate: February 27, 2017

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The National Association of Realtor’s analysis of January existing-home sales was released This Week in Real Estate, concluding sales are at the fastest pace since early 2007, while the job market shows signs of strength as evidenced by the four week average of unemployment benefits declined to the lowest level since 1973. Below are a few highlights from the third week of February that influence our business:

* Existing-Home Sales Begin 2017 With a Bang. Existing-home sales began 2017 with a bang, growing 3.3 percent and hitting a 10-year high in January, according to the National Association of Realtors. With the exception of the Midwest, every region saw gains, with total sales reaching 5.69 million – the fastest pace since February 2007. “Much of the country saw robust sales activity last month as strong hiring and improved consumer confidence at the end of last year appear to have sparked considerable interest in buying a home,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. “Market challenges remain, but the housing market is off to a prosperous start as homebuyers staved off inventory levels that are far from adequate and deteriorating affordability conditions.” Total housing inventory at the end of January rose 2.4 percent to 1.69 million existing homes available for sale, but is still 7.1 percent lower than a year ago (1.82 million) and has fallen year-over-year for 20 straight months. Unsold inventory is at a 3.6 month supply at the current sales pace. Existing-home sales in the West ascended 6.6 percent to an annual rate of 1.29 million in January, and are now 8.4 percent above a year ago. The median price in the West was $332,300, up 6.8 percent from January 2016.
Full Story… https://www.nar.realtor/news-releases/2017/02/existing-home-sales-jump-in-january

* Claims for Jobless Benefits in U.S. Point to Firm Job Market. A tight labor market and growing economy are prompting companies to hold on to employees. The four-week average declined to the lowest level since July 1973. The four-week moving average decreased by 4,000 to 241,000, the lowest since July 21, 1973. The latest tally marks 103 straight weeks of claims below 300,000, the level economists consider consistent with a healthy labor market. The 161-week period that ended in April 1970 was the longest such streak in records back to 1967.
Full Story…  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-23/claims-for-jobless-benefits-in-u-s-point-to-firm-job-market

* New Home Sales Post Slight Increase. New home sales contracts expanded by 3.7% in January over a soft December reading, according to estimates from the joint data release of HUD and the Census Bureau. Despite the gain, which places the January pace of sales 5.5% higher than a year ago, the current seasonally adjusted annual rate of 555,000 is slightly below the positive growth trend that has been in place over the last few years. Inventory growth continued in January. After hovering near 240,000 for most of 2016, inventory increased to 247,000 in October, 256,000 in December and 265,000 in January. The current months’ supply number stands at 5.7, higher than the existing market (3.6) estimate. Solid builder confidence and ongoing tight inventory conditions suggest continued growth for single-family construction in the months ahead. An open question is pricing, given rising construction prices and increasing interest rates. New homes will need to be competitively priced, even as prices for existing homes continue to grow. For this reason, we continue to expect a broadening of the new home inventory base and slight declines in median new home size.
Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/02/new-home-sales-post-slight-increase/

 

Have a productive week!
Jason


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