Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner, January 6-8, 2017

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR JANUARY 6-8, 2017

 

BEESWAX CRAYON-MAKING WORKSHOP

SAT – Join us for a hands-on, family-friendly workshop to learn about how bees make and use wax, how to make your own beeswax crayons, and for an educational coloring activity.

WILD WOOD WINTER BASH
SAT – A creepy winter wonderland meets a glam downtown soiree. To celebrate Theatre Vertigo’s newly commissioned play, Carnivora, explore the world of the macabre with a night of eerily wonderful entertainment and deliciously wicked beverages and hors d’oeuvres.
BRAVO WEDDING AFFAIR
SUN – The Wedding Affair’s vignette style and intimate format allows for couples to view the latest trends, interact with the wedding professionals that created them, and plan their wedding in one afternoon!
FINDING NEVERLAND
Through SATBroadway’s biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical!
JOHN WITHERSPOON AT HELIUM COMEDY CLUB
THURS-SAT – You probably remember John Witherspoon as Ice Cube’s outrageously funny, dog-catching dad in the movie Friday, or as “Pops” on the  syndicated sitcom The Wayans Brothers…or as Spoon on NBC’s The Tracy Morgan Show.

FREE ADMISSION, PORTLAND ART MUSEUM

THURS – Visit the Portland Art Museum on Free Days the first Thursday of every month.

FRI – Kids’ night: The First Friday Night of each month kids get free admission to the Portland Children’s Museum.

WRESTLESPORT PRO WRESTLING

SATWrestleSport will debut a new look and feel of professional wrestling, formatted specifically for a theater setting. The excitement and athleticism of in-ring action will be accompanied by complex storytelling and theatrical presentation.

FESTIVAL OF CURIOSITIES

SAT-SUNCurious Gallery features exhibits, presentations, hands-on workshops, and special programming for lovers of taxidermy, natural wonders, and strange treasures (wunderkammer) at the Crowne Plaza.

DRINK-N-DRAW

SUN – Drinkers and artists of widely varied skill gather for an evening of collaborative artistry. Live, clothed models will be present. Every month on the second Saturday at Jack’s Tap Room and QB Grill.

NO PANTS ON THE MAX

SUNThe No Pants Ride – Portland mimics the New York version held the same day, but it takes place on the Max with an after party. See website for details.

MURDER MYSTERY

SUN through February 8 – Based on a novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Nile is a whodunit set on a honeymoon cruise down the Nile River at Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego. Discount tickets $16.

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

MONSTERS DANCE CONVENTION

FRI – Join us at the Hilton Vancouver Washington Hotel for a full weekend of dance classes and events, plus auditions, vendors, and our Club Stylz showcase!

CAMAS FIRST FRIDAYS
FRI – Art exhibits featuring local artists, dining, themed shopping events and family activities are part of each First Friday line-up.

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
·         A Monster Calls
·         Hidden Figures
·         Underworld: Blood Wars
·         Lost & Found
·         Railroad Tigers
·         The Bronx Bull

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.


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: December 30-January 1, 2017

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR DECEMBER 30-JANUARY 1, 2017

CHAMPAGNE BALL
SAT – Ring in the New Year at the 26th Annual Champagne Ball. Four party rooms, three dance floors & 17 bars! Live bands, DJ’s, hors d’oeuvers buffet, complimentary glass of champagne and much more!

GOVERNOR’S BALL
SAT – An exclusive night of intrigue at Portland’s largest philanthropic New Year’s Eve Gala, join us in your finest black tie and evening gown attire for a night you’ll never forget!

VOTE FOR DANCING
FRI-SUN – A playful New Year’s Eve celebration that encourages us to strive for depth. We see Vote For Dancing as an opportunity to be more playful, to have more fun, and to go deeper at the same time.

FIRST RUN
SAT – 10K, 5K or 1.5 mile run/walks available. The courses take participants along the waterfront and across 2 bridges, with spectacular nighttime views of the lights of our beautiful city. Enjoy the fitness benefits of a run or walk, and a celebration at One World Trade Center with food, beverages, music, dancing, costume contest and much more!

NEW YEAR’S EVE EXTRAVAGANZA
SAT – An amazing 4-hour show filled with improv, sketch, aerial acts and stand up. Appetizers and dessert all night long with a champagne toast at midnight. Please join us on this amazing night to ring in the new year!

JAI HO! BOLLYWOOD NEW YEAR’S EVE
SAT – Music & dance transcend language, nationality, skin color & other labels. Let’s connect on the dance floor to celebrate our unity in diversity. Party Favors for the first 100 to enter, Henna by donation, live music, Indian hor d’oeuvres, professional photography & more.

NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH ANJALI AND THE INCREDIBLE KID
SAT – DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid throw their biggest New Year’s Eve party ever. Two-floor Desi Latino Soundclash, two ballrooms on two levels, special DJ guests & more!

PEACOCK LANE LIGHT DISPLAYS

Through SAT – Each house in this quaint southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas for decades. Mostly Tudors, the houses are adorned with not only beautiful sparkling lights, but also nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees and stunningly life-like replicas of Santa and Frosty.

CHRISTMAS FANTASY TRAIL
Through FRI – Take a Christmas walk through a lighted, wooded “Fantasy Trail,” decorated with thousands of lights for your Christmas enchantment.

WIZARD OF OZ
Through MON The Wizard of Oz takes you over the rainbow to a magical kingdom filled with munchkins, witches, flying monkeys, wizards, and timeless songs at Northwest Children’s Theater and School. Discount tickets in the side section for $12.

ZOO LIGHTS

Through SUNA dazzling display of more than million and half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light.

CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN
Through SUN – An award-winning event featuring ice skating, a traditional German Christmas Market, snowless tubing and light display in the charming Rediscovery Forest.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Through FRI – Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.

MADDOX WOODS
Through SAT – Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted, accessible path through the woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River.

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.

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

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
·         20th Century Women
·         Paterson

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: December 27, 2016

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As 2016 comes to a close there are varying degrees of optimism about the 2017 market. Regardless of what may or may not materialize in the future, what exists today, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors, is the annualized pace of sales ending November 2016 is now the highest since February 2007. Below are a few highlights from the third week of December that influence our business:

* Existing-Home Sales Forge Ahead in November. A big surge in the Northeast and a smaller gain in the South pushed existing-home sales up in November for the third consecutive month, according to NAR. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says its been an outstanding three-month stretch for the housing market as 2016 nears the finish line. “The healthiest job market since the Great Recession and the anticipation of some buyers to close on a home before mortgage rates accurately rose from their historically low level have combined to drive sales higher in recent months,” he said. Total existing-home sales rose 0.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.61 million in November. November’s sales pace is now the highest since February 2007 (5.79 million) and is 15.4 percent higher than a year ago (4.86 million). The median existing-home price for all housing types in November was $234,900, up 6.8 percent from November 2015. November’s price increase marks the 57th consecutive month of year-over-year gains. Existing-home sales in the West declined 1.6 percent to an annual rate of 1.25 million in November, but are still up 19.0 percent higher than a year ago. The median price in the West was $345,400, up 8.5 percent from November 2015.
Full Story… https://www.nar.realtor/news-releases/2016/12/existing-home-sales-forge-ahead-in-november

* Third Quarter Produces Highest Quality Loans Since 2001. CoreLogic released a report this week featuring it’s Housing Credit Index (HCI) that measures variations in home mortgage credit risk attributes over time – including borrower credit score, debt-to-income ratio (DTI) and loan-to-value ratio (LTV). A rising HCI indicates that new single-family loans have more credit risk than during the prior period, and a declining HCI means that new originations have less credit risk. The current HCI shows mortgage loans originated in Q3 2016 continued to exhibit low credit risk versus the previous quarter and Q3 2015. In terms of credit risk, Q3 2016 loans are among the highest-quality home loans originated since the year 2001. HCI highlights as of Q3 2016: (1) the average credit score for homebuyers increased 5 points year-over-year between Q3 2015 and Q3 2016, rising from 734 to 739, (2) the average debt-to-income for homebuyers fell slightly between Q3 2015 and Q3 2016, falling from 35.7 percent to 35.4 percent, (3) the loan-to-value for homebuyers decreased about 1 percentage point between Q3 2015 and Q3 2016, declining from 86.8 percent to 85.6 percent.
Full Story…  http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/news/corelogic-introduces-housing-credit-index-to-track-mortgage-credit-risk-trends.aspx

* Foreclosure Inventory Below 500,000 For 1st Time in Nearly 10 Years. There was a slight uptick in a couple of housing distress measures in November, but the general trend continues down. Foreclosures, foreclosure starts and delinquency rates all ticked up from October levels. The 60,400 starts represented an increase of 6.9 percent from the previous month, but were 9.31 percent below starts in November 2015 and still near a 10-year low. A decline of 6,000 homes in the process of foreclosure compared to October brought the foreclosure inventory below the half million mark for the first time in nearly 10 years. The inventory now numbers 498,000 units, 0.98 percent of all homes with a mortgage.
Full Story… http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/12232016_black_knight_first_look.asp

Have a productive week.
Jason


8 Oregon Traditions the Rest of the Country is Totally Missing Out On

Our beautiful state is steeped in heavy tradition. Some traditions have been around for hundreds of years while others came about in the 50s and 60s. Regardless, they are all so important to the people of Oregon. Here are eight unique Oregon traditions that the rest of the country should know about.

  1. Forth of July Pet Parade


A tradition that began in Bend in 1932, the 4th of July Pet Parade happens every year in downtown Bend. Kids will even dress up and participate in the parade, sometimes with their dog, other times with a stuffed animal.

  1. Wasco County Fair and Rodeo


Founded in Tygh Valley in 1885, the Wasco County Fair and Rodeo is now known state-wide, with people coming from all over to partake in the barrel race, the queen contest, and the ranch sorting, among many other games and activities. Book a campsite and get ready for a rowdy weekend.  

 

  1. Portland Greek Festival


The Portland Greek Festival has been happening every year since 1952. There is folk dancing, musical performances, cooking demonstrations, jewelry imported from Greece, and a deli that features gourmet imports like fine cheeses, olive oil, and more.  

 

  1. Scandanavian Festival

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The first Scandinavian Festival took place in Junction City in 1961. Now the festival takes place every summer, with Thursday being Danish Day, Friday is Finnish Day, Saturday is Norwegian Day, and Sunday is Swedish Day.

 

  1. Klamath Basin Potato Festival
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The town of Merrill has hosted the Klamath Basin Potato Festival since 1937, and it only gets better as the years go by. There are food vendors, BBQ, a beer garden, a parade, a talent show, bed racing, football, a car show, and of course a potato bake.

 

  1. Bohemia Mining Days


Bohemia Mining Days has been celebrating the colorful history of Cottage Grove since the first festival was put on in 1959, when the town threw a huge party to honor the centennial of Oregon. The idea stuck, and years later Cottage Grove continues to party with a carnival, music, food, parades, vendors, and entertaining history lessons.

 

  1. Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest


Since 1964, Cannon Beach has been hosting an annual sandcastle contest. Dozens of teams participate, competing for cash prizes. Thousands of people show up to view these large elaborate sand creations before they are washed away with the next high tide.

 

  1. Oregon State Fair


The Oregon State Fair has its roots in Salem in the year 1858. It has only gotten bigger and bigger since then, and now features attractions like a 44-ride carnival, a star-studded concert line-up, wine pairings, a creepy crawly creature feature, a laser light show, and so much more eclectic and interesting kinds of entertainment.

 


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: December 23-25, 2016

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR DECEMBER 23-25, 2016

 

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE

THURS-SAT – Cirque Dreams Holidaze features flying reindeer, jumping gingerbread men, rousing music, amazing costumes, and Santa at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

PEACOCK LANE LIGHT DISPLAYS

Through December 31 – Each house in this quaint southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas for decades. Mostly Tudors, the houses are adorned with not only beautiful sparkling lights, but also nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees and stunningly life-like replicas of Santa and Frosty.

MICHAEL ALLEN HARRISON—CHRISTMAS AT THE OLD CHURCH

WED-SAT – This special heart-warming holiday concert series features Michael and his musical family, including the fabulous vocalist Julianne Johnson and  many spectacular special guests.

KID’S STORYTIME AT POWELLS

SATPowell’s is reading The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, 11 AM at the downtown location.

PLAID TIDINGS MUSICAL

THURS-SAT – At first Francis, Jinx, Smudge, and Sparky aren’t sure why they’ve returned to Earth for another posthumous performance, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they’re needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world. Plaid Tidings offers the best of Forever Plaid.

CHRISTMAS FANTASY TRAIL
Through December 30 – Take a Christmas walk through a lighted, wooded “Fantasy Trail,” decorated with thousands of lights for your Christmas enchantment.

WIZARD OF OZ
Through January 2 – The Wizard of Oz takes you over the rainbow to a magical kingdom filled with munchkins, witches, flying monkeys, wizards, and timeless songs at Northwest Children’s Theater and School. Discount tickets in the side section for $12.

POLAR EXPRESS
THURS-FRI – The Polar Express story comes to life when the train departs Hood River for a one hour round-trip to the North Pole.

ZOO LIGHTS
Through January 1A dazzling display of more than million and half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light.

CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN
Through January 1 – An award-winning event featuring ice skating, a traditional German Christmas Market, snowless tubing and light display in the charming Rediscovery Forest.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Through December 30 – Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.

WINTER WONDERLAND
FRI-SUN – Spectators can enjoy the most spectacular drive-through light show in the region, viewing over 250 colorful light set pieces and many fully animated scenes from the comfort of their own vehicle.

MADDOX WOODS
Through December 31 – Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted, accessible path through the woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River.

A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
FRI – Propelled by traditional American songs, marches and spirituals — all revitalized for this production by luminary Portland musicians — A Civil War Christmas is a lively reminder for people of all beliefs about humanity’s potential for compassion, reconciliation and hope.

PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET
WED-SAT – The nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. Stroll down row upon row of unique creations made by the people who sell them in Old Town.

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.

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

CHRISTMAS COMES ALIVE
THURS – Enjoy jazz, gospel, blues and pop versions of some of your favorite Christmas and holiday music, along with some surprises that are sure to delight! Children ages 3 and under are free. Crosswords Community Church.

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
·         Passengers
·         Assassin’s Creed
·         Sing
·         Why Him?

Click here for movie times and theatres.

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: December 19, 2016

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As expected, the Federal Reserve announced This Week in Real Estate that it was raising the target federal funds rate by a quarter of a percentage point to between 0.5% and 0.75%, marking the first time the Fed has raised rates since December 2015 and only the second time in a decade. It is important to remember that Federal Reserve decisions can influence mortgage rates, but they aren’t set or established by the Federal Reserve. Rather, mortgage rates are determined by the price of mortgage backed securities, a security sold via Wall Street. So, a Fed move by itself does not lead to an increase in consumer mortgage rates. On the contrary, mortgage rates dropped more than 50 basis points (.50%) after the Fed’s late-2015 move. Below are a few highlights from the second week of December that influence our business:

* What The Fed Rate Hike Means For Your Wallet. The long awaited Fed rate hike came Wednesday, as predicted by many. The Fed’s decision indirectly influences many interest rates because it controls the federal funds rate – the interest rate that major banks and credit unions charge each other when lending money. The impact of a federal funds rate increase on mortgage interest rates remains unclear. Potentially, the initial Fed interest rate hike could raise rates on the long-term bonds used to set mortgage rates. Yet, the 10-year Treasury bonds are also influenced by inflation expectations and the worldwide economic outlook. In the short term, adjustable-rate mortgage and home equity lines of credit would be more sensitive to a federal interest rate hike. So, although it’s impossible to say exactly how a rate hike will impact mortgage rates, it might be best to eliminate uncertainty. If you’re seeking a new home mortgage or considering refinancing an existing mortgage in the near future, you might want to lock in a loan sooner rather than later.
Full Story… https://www.yahoo.com/news/fed-rate-hike-means-wallet-133229405.html

* Growth in Homeowner’s Equity Continues. According to the Federal Reserve Board’s third quarter of 2016 release of its Financial Accounts of the United States report, household holdings of real estate totaled $22.725 trillion in the third quarter of 2016, $1.520 trillion higher than its level in the third quarter of 2015, $21.204 trillion. At the same time, home mortgage debt outstanding, $9.708 trillion in the third quarter of 2016, rose by $185 billion over the same four-quarter period. Since the total value of household-held real estate rose faster than the aggregate amount of mortgage debt outstanding, then home equity held by households grew. Over the year, total home equity held by households grew by $1.336 trillion, 11.4 percent, to $13.018 trillion. Household’s home equity is now 57.3 percent of household real estate.
Full Story…  http://eyeonhousing.org/2016/12/growth-in-homeowners-equity-continues/

* Home Builder Confidence Ends The Year at Highest Point Since 2005. Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes jumped seven points to a level of 70 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This is the highest reading since July 2005. All three HMI components posted healthy gains in December. The component gauging current sales conditions increased seven points to 76 while the index charting sales expectations in the next six months jumped nine points to 78. Meanwhile, the component measuring buyer traffic rose six points to 53, marking the first time this gauge has topped 50 since October 2005. Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the Northeast rose six points to 51, the Midwest posted a three-point gain to 61, the South rose one point to 67 and the West registered a two-point gain to 79.
Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2016/12/builder-confidence-closes-year-on-a-high-note/

Have a productive week.
Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: December 16-18, 2016

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR DECEMBER 16-18, 2016

CHRISTMAS FANTASY TRAIL
Through December 30 – Take a Christmas walk through a lighted, wooded “Fantasy Trail,” decorated with thousands of lights for your Christmas enchantment.

VESPERTINE WINTER BALL
SAT – A white winter formal/costume ball that is elegant, sophisticated, and intimate, while also fostering individual creativity for those that wish to be in costume. Featuring Gothic/Industrial music, professionally catered food, photography and a series of performances honoring the turn of the seasons and the Solstice.

STUMPTOWN SANTACON
SAT – It’s the moving costume dance party with thousands of Santas, reindeer, snowflakes and more! Open street party in “Portland’s Livingroom” with live DJ’s, food carts and more. Costumes are required!

A CIRCUS CAROL
FRI-SUN – The Annual Circus Carol show blends world-class circus arts, musical theater, and world-chamber arrangements of favorite holiday songs by 3 Leg Torso.

TONY STARLIGHT CHRISTMAS
SUN – Portland’s premiere dinner and show venue and is the closest thing to a Vegas show in Portland. It’s a Tony Starlight Christmas brings back classic holiday TV shows and traditions and puts a fresh, comedic spin on them.

CHRISTMAS SHIPS
Through SUN
Columbia River Schedule – http://www.portlandchristmasships.org/schedule/columbia-river
Willamette River Schedule – http://www.portlandchristmasships.org/schedule/willamette-river

THE HOLIDAY EXPRESS
Through SUN – Join Santa Claus and his elves for a magical ride behind Portland’s famous steam locomotives. Vintage rail cars transport you through wilderness in the heart of the city. Round-trip rides run from Oaks Park Station through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to the Springwater Trail gateway on the Oregon Pacific Railroad.

POLAR EXPRESS
Through December 23 – The Polar Express story comes to life when the train departs Hood River for a one hour round-trip to the North Pole.

ZOO LIGHTS
Through January 1A dazzling display of more than million and half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light.

CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN
Through January 1 – An award-winning event featuring ice skating, a traditional German Christmas Market, snowless tubing and light display in the charming Rediscovery Forest.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Through December 30 – Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.

WINTER WONDERLAND
Through December 25 – Spectators can enjoy the most spectacular drive-through light show in the region, viewing over 250 colorful light set pieces and many fully animated scenes from the comfort of their own vehicle.

MADDOX WOODS
Through December 31 – Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted, accessible path through the woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River.

A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
Through December 23 – Propelled by traditional American songs, marches and spirituals — all revitalized for this production by luminary Portland musicians — A Civil War Christmas is a lively reminder for people of all beliefs about humanity’s potential for compassion, reconciliation and hope.

PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET
SAT-SUN through December 24 – The nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. Stroll down row upon row of unique creations made by the people who sell them in Old Town.

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.

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

REINDEER VILLAGE NW
Through December 21 Experience quality family time with your children or friends without hundreds of people to navigate. More than just a visual experience, Reindeer Village NW is the place for families to celebrate the Holiday Season.

CHRISTMAS TEA AT POMEROY FARM
SAT – Enjoy a festive tea luncheon featuring three types of sandwiches, assorted desserts, scones, and of course, tea! After your relaxing meal, enjoy a tour through our historic log house, decked out for the holidays!

OPEN SATURDAYS AT PEARSON AIRBASE
EVERY 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
·         Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
·         Solace
·         Collateral Beauty
·         Manchester by the Sea
·         La La Land
·         A Kind of Murder
·         Neruda
·         The Hollow Point

Click here for movie times and theatres.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

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


Bert Waugh Jr. receives the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

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Congratulations to our own Bert Waugh Jr. as he recently accepted the annual FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for his decades of community service!

The FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award is presented every year since 1990 by FBI field offices around the country to publicly honor those who have gone above and beyond the call to service by tirelessly working to make their own cities and towns a better and safer place for their fellow residents.

The award recipients come from all backgrounds, all professions, and all parts of the country, and the issues they focus on vary greatly. But according to Comey, “They are united by a single thing—an effort to do good.”

Comey explained why the FBI publicly recognizes community leaders in this annual ceremony. “First,” he said, “we want to thank them, because they’re doing the same things we’re doing, which is trying to make life better for the American people.”

“And secondly,” added Comey, “we want to show the world what America looks like…and that this is what we do in communities all over the country.” He also hopes that the honorees inspire others, especially young people, to follow in their footsteps.

Please watch below as Bert Waugh Jr. receives this prestigious award. We are so proud of you Bert!

 


This Week in Real Estate with Jason Waugh: December 12, 2016

image001CoreLogic reported This Week in Real Estate that home equity grew by more than $700 billion dollars when comparing Q3 2016 to the same time period in 2015 and nearly 94% of all properties with a mortgage have positive equity. Below are a few highlights from the first week of December that influence our business:

* Home Equity Increased $726 Billion in the Third Quarter Compared With a Year Ago. U.S. homeowners with mortgages (roughly 63% of all homeowners) saw their equity increase by a total of $227 billion in Q3 2016 compared with the previous quarter, an increase of 3.1%. Additionally, 384,000 borrowers moved out of negative equity, increasing the percentage of homes with positive equity to 93.7 percent of all mortgaged properties, or approximately 47.9 million homes. Year-over-year, home equity grew by $726 billion, representing an increase of 10.8 percent in Q3 2016 compared to Q3 2015. In Q3 2016, the total number of mortgage residential properties with negative equity stood at 3.2 million, or 6.2% of all homes with a mortgage. This is a decrease of 10.7 percent quarter over quarter from 3.6 million homes or 7.1% or mortgage properties, in Q2 2016 and a decrease of 24.1% year-over-year from 4.2 million homes, or 8.4% of mortgaged properties, in Q3 2015. “Home equity rose by $12,500 for the average homeowner over the last four quarters,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic. “There was wide geographic variation with homeowners in California, Oregon and Washington gaining an average of at least $25,000 in home equity wealth.”
Full Story… http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/news/corelogic-reports-home-equity-increased-726-billion-dollars-in-the-third-quarter-2016.aspx

* Suburbs Outstrip Cities in Population Growth, Study Finds. Big cities may be getting all the attention, but the suburbs are holding their own in the battle for population and young earners. That is the thrust of a study of population trends and housing set to be released Monday by the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing. Property developers and urban-policy experts have trumpeted the influx of young, affluent professionals into big central cities in recent years. The shift has transformed downtown areas, sparking a historic boom in luxury-apartment construction and retail development. But research shows that suburbs are continuing to outstrip downtowns in overall population growth, diversity and even younger residents. The suburban areas surrounding the 50 largest metropolitan areas make up 79% of the population of those areas but accounted for 91% of population growth over the past 15 years, according to the study. What’s more, three-quarters of people age 25 – 34  in these metro areas live in suburbs.
Full Story…  http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/suburbs-outstrip-cities-in-population-growth-study-finds/

* Home Renovation Projects With The Best ROI. The top five projects to prioritize when it comes to the best return on investments are: replacing the entry door, installing a new fireplace, remodeling the kitchen, converting the attic into a bedroom, and replacing the exterior siding. When it comes to house sales and particular rooms, the kitchen is often the room that will make or break a sale. Kitchen projects that are budgeted between 6 – 10 percent of the total home value will see the highest ROI. Putting your finances into kitchen upgrades is a worthwhile endeavor when it comes to optimizing your home for selling purposes.
Full Story… http://blog.rismedia.com/2016/home-renovation-projects-best-roi/

Have a productive week.
Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events: Dec. 9-11, 2016

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR DECEMBER 9-11, 2016

 

WHITE ALBUM CHRISTMAS
Through December 10thThe Nowhere Band, a full 15-piece Beatles orchestra, plays the White Album in its entirety, while the jugglers, aerialists, clowns and acrobats of the Wanderlust Circus present feats of remarkable strength, focus and dexterity. Guaranteed to blow your mind.

CRAFTY WONDERLAND AND PORTLAND’S ART & CRAFT EXTRAVAGANZA
SAT-SUN250+ vendors selling amazing handmade goods! Goodie bags for the first 150 shoppers each day!

GREEN FESTIVAL
FRI-SUN – America’s largest and longest running sustainability and green living event. Shop, taste & enjoy from thousands of green products & services for your everyday life.

TOYBOX
SAT-SUNA-WOL Dance Collective’s Youth Company holiday performance. Bring the whole family to enjoy a fun and exciting holiday aerial production!

TONY STARLIGHT CHRISTMAS
SUN – Portland’s premiere dinner and show venue and is the closest thing to a Vegas show in Portland. It’s a Tony Starlight Christmas brings back classic holiday TV shows and traditions and puts a fresh, comedic spin on them.

CHRISTMAS SHIPS
Through December 18 
Columbia River Schedule – http://www.portlandchristmasships.org/schedule/columbia-river
Willamette River Schedule – http://www.portlandchristmasships.org/schedule/willamette-river

THE HOLIDAY EXPRESS
Through December 18 – Join Santa Claus and his elves for a magical ride behind Portland’s famous steam locomotives. Vintage rail cars transport you through wilderness in the heart of the city. Round-trip rides run from Oaks Park Station through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to the Springwater Trail gateway on the Oregon Pacific Railroad.

POLAR EXPRESS
Through December 23 – The Polar Express story comes to life when the train departs Hood River for a one hour round-trip to the North Pole.

ZOO LIGHTS
Through January 1A dazzling display of more than million and half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light.

CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN
Through January 1 – An award-winning event featuring ice skating, a traditional German Christmas Market, snowless tubing and light display in the charming Rediscovery Forest.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Through December 30 – Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.

WINTER WONDERLAND
Through December 25 – Spectators can enjoy the most spectacular drive-through light show in the region, viewing over 250 colorful light set pieces and many fully animated scenes from the comfort of their own vehicle.

MADDOX WOODS
Through December 31 – Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted, accessible path through the woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River.

A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
Through December 23 – Propelled by traditional American songs, marches and spirituals — all revitalized for this production by luminary Portland musicians — A Civil War Christmas is a lively reminder for people of all beliefs about humanity’s potential for compassion, reconciliation and hope.

80’S DANCE CRUISE
SAT – Break out the hammer pants and leg warmers, time warp to the most radical decade and dance to the best of the 80’s with DJ MC or DJ Skippy.

PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET
SAT-SUN through December 24 – The nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. Stroll down row upon row of unique creations made by the people who sell them in Old Town.

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.

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

REINDEER VILLAGE NW
Through SUN – Experience quality family time with your children or friends without hundreds of people to navigate. More than just a visual experience, Reindeer Village NW is the place for families to celebrate the holiday season.

CHRISTMAS TEA AT POMEROY FARM
Saturdays through December 17 – Enjoy a festive tea luncheon featuring three types of sandwiches, assorted desserts, scones, and of course, tea! After your relaxing meal, enjoy a tour through our historic log house, decked out for the holidays!

VANCOUVER WINTER BREWFEST
FRI-SAT – 35 breweries will be pouring their favorite winter brew for you. The festival will include food vendors, music and more!

OPEN SATURDAYS AT PEARSON AIRBASE
EVERY 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

·         Nocturnal Animals
·         Sugar Mountain
·         Solitary
·         Contract to Kill
·         Office Christmas Party
·         Frank & Lola
·         The Bounce Back
·         Abattoir

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