Winterize Your Home

 

Spending a weekend or two on maintenance can prevent expensive home repairs and alert you to developing problems before they become serious. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the winter season.

Clean Gutters

It’s imperative that your gutters are ready for the heavy workout they’ll receive from winter rains. Most homeowners in the Northwest will need to clean their gutters several times during the fall, because the leaves won’t be finished coming down until the first big winter rain or snowstorm.

Have your furnace checked and tuned up.

Schedule a fall appointment promptly to get your furnace ready for winter (it’s a good idea to have a biannual HVAC service contract so that fall and spring tune-ups are automatic). Find out what items are on your HVAC professional’s fall checklist and ask questions about any maintenance. The service should include checking fuel connections, burner combustion, and the heat exchanger.

Check your furnace filters monthly and change them whenever they’re dirty. Inspect and vacuum out the floor grates and return duct regularly, especially if you have children or pets.

Combat moss on the roof. 

Fall is the time to apply moss-killing granules or liquid solution to your rooftop. Be sure to buy the granules that are made especially for roofs, not those for lawns. Lawn granules contain iron, which will rust on your roof and make a mess. For even distribution, apply roof granules in a bead along each side of the roof ridge rather than sprinkling them all over; the first big rain wets the granules and spreads the moss-killing agent uniformly over the roof.

Check weatherstripping and caulk on doors and windows.

Walk around outside and examine the areas where window, door, and corner trim meets the siding; caulk any gaps. Open doors and check the condition of the weatherstripping. If the doors are drafty or the old weatherstripping foam is crumbling, remove it and apply new weatherstripping.

Disconnect hoses and winterize your lawn irrigation system.

These steps are important anywhere you experience freezing temperatures—keeping water from freezing in pipes prevents potentially expensive repairs.

If you have a lawn irrigation system, make sure all the water has drained from the system before the first freeze. Depending on the type of system you’ve installed, this may require the assistance of a professional. A pro charges $50 to $150 to winterize an irrigation system.

Visit your crawl space in January.

This is where moisture and drainage problems can cause the most damage. Because the summer is often so dry in the Northwest, standing water typically doesn’t show up in a crawl space until January or so, when the soil has been fully re-saturated. If you have standing water, try to pinpoint whether it’s coming from pipes inside the house or from water flowing in through cracks in the foundation.

Prune trees. 

Contact with trees is bad for roofs and siding; friction and trapped moisture shorten the lifespan of building materials. All major pruning should be done in winter, when trees are dormant.

Article courtesy of houselogic.com


This Week in Real Estate: November 13, 2017

Favorable news This Week in Real Estate from the U.S. Census Bureau regarding homeownership. For the second time in 2017, homeownership has increased. In other news, as inventory constraints still exist in most markets across the country, the fact that new construction spending is well ahead of last year provides some optimism that supply may start to relieve the pressure of demand. Below are a few highlights from the last week of October that influence our business:

* Homeownership Rate Improves For Second Time in 2017. The homeownership rate improved to 63.9 percent in the third quarter—the second time it has inched up this year, slightly topping 63.7 percent in the second quarter and 63.5 percent this time last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s recent Quarterly Housing Vacancies and Homeownership report. Approximately 87 percent of housing was occupied in the third quarter, with 55.7 percent owner-occupied and 31.4 percent renter-occupied. Owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing accounted for 55.5 percent and 31.6 percent shares, respectively, in the second quarter of this year, and 55.5 percent and 31.8 percent shares, respectively, in the first quarter. The homeownership rate in the third quarter was again highest in the Midwest, at 69.1 percent, and the South, at 65.5 percent. The rate in the Northeast was 60.4 percent, while the rate in the West was 58.9 percent.
Full Story… http://rismedia.com/2017/10/31/homeownership-rate-improves-second-time-2017/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eNews

* Metro Home Prices Maintain Fast Growth in Third Quarter; Rise 5.3%. Severely lacking inventory levels across the country pinched sales growth and kept home prices rising at a steady clip in nearly all metro areas in the third quarter, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors. The national median existing single–family home price in the third quarter was $254,000, which is up 5.3 percent from the third quarter of 2016 ($241,300). Single–family home prices last quarter increased in 92 percent of measured markets, with 162 out of 177 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) showing sales price gains in the third quarter compared with the third quarter of 2016 (the most since the second quarter of 2015, at 93 percent). In the West, existing–home sales increased 2.8 percent in the third quarter and are 1.9 percent above a year ago. The median existing single–family home price in the West increased 7.0 percent to $373,700 in the third quarter from the third quarter of 2016.
Full Story… https://www.nar.realtor/newsroom/metro-home-prices-maintain-fast-growth-in-third-quarter-rise-53-percent

* Single Family and Multifamily Construction Spending Post Gains. NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of $515.4 billion in September, virtually unchanged from downwardly revised August estimates. The total private residential construction spending was 9.6% higher than a year ago. Residential spending was flat for the month but is still running well ahead of the 2016 pace, especially that single-family number. Single-family construction was up 0.2 percent month-over-month to a rate of $265.59 billion, but that contributed to the 11.9 percent annual growth. On an unadjusted basis, residential spending in September, at $46.41 billion, represented more than half of the total $83.57 billion spent on all privately funded construction. Residential spending through August came to $345.71 billion, up 11.7 percent over the same period last year. Single family construction spending for the month was estimated at an unadjusted $24.73 billion and multi-family at $5.261. Year-to-date spending in the two categories was 8.9 percent and 4.3 percent higher than during the same period in 2016.
Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/10/cash-sales-retreat-as-a-share-of-new-home-purchases/

Have a productive week.

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: November 8, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
NOVEMBER 10-12, 2017

 

VETERANS DAY PARADE

SAT – Enjoy beautiful floats, marching bands, vehicles, groups and more to honor our Veterans.  

NORTHWEST FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

SAT – Bringing the highest quality regional wines, spirits, beers, foods and prominent chefs and restaurants. Designed to present a rich and rewarding experience for wine lovers, gourmet food enthusiasts and industry experts. 

HOLIDAY FOOD & GIFT FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN – With over 300 exhibitors, this festival will provide shoppers with one-of-a-kind gifts that cannot be found anywhere else. Featuring art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, wood, music, photography, toys, Christmas décor, and much more, making this a gift buyer’s delight. 

PORTLAND METRO RV SHOW

FRI-SUN – All the best models, including motor homes, easy-to-pull trailers, 5th wheels, vans, campers, tent trailers, and toy haulers from all major manufacturers plus dozens of exhibitors and much more!  

WORDSTOCK

SAT – Featuring 100+ authors presenting 43 onstage events, pop-up readings, and 15 writing workshops. The festival includes activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair with 70+ vendors, local food trucks, and more. 

TONY STARLIGHT SHOWROOM

FRI – Portland’s premiere dinner and show venue and is the closest thing to a Vegas show in Portland. A truly memorable dinner and show experience, one that you will want to share with friends and family. 

ALL HANDS ON DECK
Through SUN – An all-singing, all-American 1942 Roadshow & Radio Broadcast reproduction filled with the songs, dances and laughs that America has loved for 70 years! Offering a musical message for all Americans with a full-circle patriotic salute celebrating the American way of life; reminding us of a time when our country was fully united.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
Through November 18 – Gather your crew & rock your best retro threads from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s!

DUELING PIANO SHOW
FRI & SAT (All Month) – The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland. The show, which at times can get a “little cheeky,” isn’t just two players banging on pianos for five hours. They boast a Vegas style, request driven, interactive show complete with bits, games, sing-a-longs, comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
ALL MONTH  Smartphone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city. Clues start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.

SHANROCK’S TRIVIOLOGY
ALL MONTH  Various Portland Locations: Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one to five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.

GUIDED NATURE HIKES
EVERY DAY – Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more.

HAUNTED PUB TOUR
All Month – This spine-tingling ghost tour explores Portland’s historic Old Town District, a vibrant area with beautiful 1800’s buildings, cobblestone streets and a wicked past.

GEEKS WHO DRINK PUB QUIZ
ALL MONTH – Anyone can grab a deck of Trivial Pursuit cards and run a “trivia night.” Geeks Who Drink’s smartass quizmasters run fast-paced, interactive and beer-soaked pub quiz events all over Portland.

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUN – Cedar Hills/Beaverton Locations: Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.

 

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

FORT VANCOUVER VETERANS DAY PARADE

SAT – Honor our local veterans at the 10AM ceremony proceeded by the parade starting at 11AM at Fort Vancouver. 

NEIL YOUNG TRIBUTE VETERANS DAY BENEFIT SHOW

SAT – Enjoy a performance by Harvest Gold, the area’s top Neil Young tribute band, while supporting our local veterans.   

FESTIVAL OF TREES
Through December 16 – Divine Consign will display beautifully decorated trees at their downtown Vancouver location, 904 Main Street. Their event will benefit Clark County non-profit organizations.

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK

· Murder on the Orient Express
· Daddy’s Home 2
· No Greater Love
· Intent to Destroy
· Thelma
· Gold Star
· I Remember You
· Amanda & Jack Go Glamping
· Strong Black Woman Vol. 2

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: November 6, 2017

Good Morning!

Favorable news This Week in Real Estate from the U.S. Census Bureau regarding homeownership. For the second time in 2017, homeownership has increased. In other news, as inventory constraints still exist in most markets across the country, the fact that new construction spending is well ahead of last year provides some optimism that supply may start to relieve the pressure of demand. Below are a few highlights from the last week of October that influence our business:

* Homeownership Rate Improves For Second Time in 2017. The homeownership rate improved to 63.9 percent in the third quarter—the second time it has inched up this year, slightly topping 63.7 percent in the second quarter and 63.5 percent this time last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s recent Quarterly Housing Vacancies and Homeownership report. Approximately 87 percent of housing was occupied in the third quarter, with 55.7 percent owner-occupied and 31.4 percent renter-occupied. Owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing accounted for 55.5 percent and 31.6 percent shares, respectively, in the second quarter of this year, and 55.5 percent and 31.8 percent shares, respectively, in the first quarter. The homeownership rate in the third quarter was again highest in the Midwest, at 69.1 percent, and the South, at 65.5 percent. The rate in the Northeast was 60.4 percent, while the rate in the West was 58.9 percent.
Full Story… http://rismedia.com/2017/10/31/homeownership-rate-improves-second-time-2017/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eNews

* Metro Home Prices Maintain Fast Growth in Third Quarter; Rise 5.3%. Severely lacking inventory levels across the country pinched sales growth and kept home prices rising at a steady clip in nearly all metro areas in the third quarter, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors. The national median existing single–family home price in the third quarter was $254,000, which is up 5.3 percent from the third quarter of 2016 ($241,300). Single–family home prices last quarter increased in 92 percent of measured markets, with 162 out of 177 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) showing sales price gains in the third quarter compared with the third quarter of 2016 (the most since the second quarter of 2015, at 93 percent). In the West, existing–home sales increased 2.8 percent in the third quarter and are 1.9 percent above a year ago. The median existing single–family home price in the West increased 7.0 percent to $373,700 in the third quarter from the third quarter of 2016.
Full Story… https://www.nar.realtor/newsroom/metro-home-prices-maintain-fast-growth-in-third-quarter-rise-53-percent

* Single Family and Multifamily Construction Spending Post Gains. NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of $515.4 billion in September, virtually unchanged from downwardly revised August estimates. The total private residential construction spending was 9.6% higher than a year ago. Residential spending was flat for the month but is still running well ahead of the 2016 pace, especially that single-family number. Single-family construction was up 0.2 percent month-over-month to a rate of $265.59 billion, but that contributed to the 11.9 percent annual growth. On an unadjusted basis, residential spending in September, at $46.41 billion, represented more than half of the total $83.57 billion spent on all privately funded construction. Residential spending through August came to $345.71 billion, up 11.7 percent over the same period last year. Single family construction spending for the month was estimated at an unadjusted $24.73 billion and multi-family at $5.261. Year-to-date spending in the two categories was 8.9 percent and 4.3 percent higher than during the same period in 2016.
Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/10/cash-sales-retreat-as-a-share-of-new-home-purchases/

Have a productive week.

Jason


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

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
NOVEMBER 3-5, 2017

 

SKI FEVER & SNOWBOARD SHOW
FRI-SUN – Get ready for this year’s ski/snowboard season and get the lowest prices of the year. Meet the Ski and Snowboard reps that will give you the scoop on latest gear and how it will help you have more fun skiing and snowboarding.

WINES OF FRANCE

SAT – Taste and purchase a variety of distinct wines from some of France’s most prestigious wine regions while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and bidding on gorgeous raffle baskets.

NORTHWEST FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL
WED-SUN – Showcasing outstanding new work by our region’s media artists and offer a snapshot of the thriving creative community that surrounds us.

VERBOORT SAUSAGE FESTIVAL
SAT – Enjoy handmade sausage, sauerkraut and applesauce made solely by hundreds of community volunteers and generations of families that have been in Verboort for over 150 years.

TONY STARLIGHT SHOWROOM
FRI – Portland’s premiere dinner and show venue and is the closest thing to a Vegas show in Portland. A truly memorable dinner and show experience, one that you will want to share with friends and family.

ALL HANDS ON DECK
Through November 12 – An all-singing, all-American 1942 Roadshow & Radio Broadcast reproduction filled with the songs, dances and laughs that America has loved for 70 years! Offering a musical message for all Americans with a full-circle patriotic salute celebrating the American way of life; reminding us of a time when our country was fully united.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
Through November 18 – Gather your crew & rock your best retro threads from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s!

13TH DOOR HAUNTED HOUSE
Through SAT – Enter at your own risk as you embark these dank endless hallways and unhallowed grounds, demented creatures and the spirits that have crossed over, consuming those who have entered before you.

DUELING PIANO SHOW
FRI & SAT (All Month) – The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland. The show, which at times can get a “little cheeky,” isn’t just two players banging on pianos for five hours. They boast a Vegas style, request driven, interactive show complete with bits, games, sing-a-longs, comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
ALL MONTH  Smartphone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city. Clues start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.

SHANROCK’S TRIVIOLOGY
ALL MONTH  Various Portland Locations: Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one to five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.

GUIDED NATURE HIKES
EVERY DAY – Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more.

HAUNTED PUB TOUR
All Month – This spine-tingling ghost tour explores Portland’s historic Old Town District, a vibrant area with beautiful 1800’s buildings, cobblestone streets and a wicked past.

GEEKS WHO DRINK PUB QUIZ
ALL MONTH – Anyone can grab a deck of Trivial Pursuit cards and run a “trivia night.” Geeks Who Drink’s smartass quizmasters run fast-paced, interactive and beer-soaked pub quiz events all over Portland.

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUN – Cedar Hills/Beaverton Locations: Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.

 

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

FESTIVAL OF TREES
Through December 16 – Divine Consign will display beautifully decorated trees at their downtown Vancouver location, 904 Main Street. Their event will benefit Clark County non-profit organizations.

NW LARGEST GARAGE & VINTAGE SALE
SAT – A community sale with over 500 indoor booths, each set up and ran by its own seller. Shoppers can shop hundreds of sales in one location, including vintage, antiques, new and used items, and everything in between.

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

· Thor: Ragnarok
· A Bad Mom’s Christmas
· LBJ
· On Wings of Eagles
· Gilbert
· My Friend Dahmer
· The Jade Pendant
· Last Flag Flying
· Repatriation
· Blade of the Immortal
· The Light of the Moon
· Bad Match

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: October 30, 2017

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While the Pending Home Sales Index is at it’s lowest level since January 2015, data released by HUD and the Census Bureau This Week in Real Estate revealed a significant jump in new home sales in September. Year-to-date through September new home sales is running 8.6% higher than the same time a year ago. Below are a few highlights from the fourth week of October that influence our business:

* Jump for New Home Sales in September. Contracts for new home sales expanded by 18.9% in September to a 667,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to estimates from the joint data release of HUD and the Census Bureau. The solid reading in September returns new home sales to the positive growth trend it has been on for several years. This expansion is supported by ongoing job growth and improving household formations, as well as tight existing home inventory. September marks the fifth month in 2017 at an annual sales pace of more than 600,000. New home sales through September are running 8.6% higher than this time in 2016. Regionally, there was sales growth in all regions. On a year-to-date basis, new home sales are up 28% in the Northeast, up 12% in the West, 6% higher in the South, and up 4% in the Midwest compared to this time in 2016. Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/10/jump-for-new-home-sales-in-september/

* Pending Home Sales Flatten in September. The Pending Home Sales Index, unchanged in September, has fallen on an annual basis in five of the past six months, and is at its lowest level since January 2015. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), remained unchanged at 106.0 from a downwardly revised August level. The PHSI is now 3.5% below its level a year ago. The PHSI increased 1.9% in the West, 1.4% in the Midwest and 1.2% in the Northeast, but fell 2.3% in the South. Year-over-year, the PHSI decreased in all four regions, ranging from 2.4% in the Northeast to 5.0% in the South (2.9% in the West). Full Story… https://www.nar.realtor/newsroom/pending-home-sales-flatten-in-september

* Cash Sales Retreat as a Share of New Home Purchases. NAHB analysis of the most recent Quarterly Sales by Price and Financing published by the Census Bureau reveals that cash sales accounted for just 4.8% of the total, down from 6.5% in the second quarter. The share of new home sales financed with conventional mortgages rose to 72.8%, the highest share since the third quarter of 2016.

FHA-loans financed 14.3% of new home sales during the third quarter of 2017. Census data and NAHB calculations show that new home sales backed by VA products fell to 11,000 (-4,000) in the third quarter of 2017, and market share declined from 8.8% to 7.5%. Although cash sales make up a small portion of new home sales, they constitute a larger share of existing home sales. Roughly 20% of existing home transactions were all-cash sales in September, according to estimates from the National Association of Realtors.
Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/10/cash-sales-retreat-as-a-share-of-new-home-purchases/

Have a productive week!

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: October 27-29, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
OCTOBER 27-29, 2017

 

HALLOWEEN EVENTS

 

NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN

SUN – Treat your family to a playful, festive, and not-so-scary day of Halloween fun at Portland Children’s Museum!

HOWLOWEEN

SAT – A fun and safe setting for this Halloween tradition, where costumed trick-or-treaters learn about wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo. 

ROCK THE BOAT

FRI – Featuring costumes, DJ, dancing, cash bar, available food service, and 2 hours of cruising down the Willamette on the best party boat Portland has to offer.  

BRAZILIAN HALLOWEEN BALL

THURS – The Masquerade Ball with a Brazilian twist, with live Brazilian carnival music, dancing, a costume contest and much more.

FRIGHT NIGHT

FRI-SAT – Be amazed by this Halloween Circus act, with ghosts spinning on the trapeze, dancing black light skeletons, fairy royalty twirling on aerial straps & much more.

FIND A PUMPKIN PATCH NEAR YOU

ALL MONTH – Various locations in the Portland Metro.

FRIGHT TOWN
Through October 31Three haunted houses in one location!

ELKRIDGE ESTATE
Through SUN – Forget the corporate rubber masks and overpriced tickets – these are good, friendly people being creative and having fun. Enjoy scares as you walk through this creepy and scary haunt.

HAUNTED PUB TOUR
Through October 31 – Uncover Portland’s dark side on this spine-tingling walking tour and hear first-hand accounts of paranormal encounters – all while sampling 6 local beers!

HALLOWEEN FANTASY TRAIL
Through October 30 – Walk through a lighted, wooded, “Fantasy Trail” decorated with spooky sights and sounds. Walk through a 40 foot castle with Halloween scenes, a tunnel, maze, crooked house, suspension bridge and more.

13TH DOOR HAUNTED HOUSE
Through November 4 – Enter at your own risk as you embark these dank endless hallways and unhallowed grounds, demented creatures and the spirits that have crossed over, consuming those who have entered before you.

80’S HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY
FRI – Grab your favorite 80’s outfit and head to Lola’s Room for a Halloween celebration. Enjoy your favorite 80’s hits playing all night on their multiple giant screens.

 

NON-HOLIDAY EVENTS

 

AMERICA’S LARGEST ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE SHOW

FRI-SUN – Over 900 booths, vintage Halloween and Christmas, vintage clothing, costume jewelry, decorative pieces to fit in your home, advertising, Americana, rare books, postcards, vintage gambling, an amazing amount of estate jewelry, brought by reputable dealers, sterling flatware, furniture of all kinds, wonderful old tins, glassware, pottery, genuine old prints, and much more!

KUMORICON

FRI-SUN – Bringing fans together for a jam-packed extravaganza of everything that it means to be a fan of anime and Japanese popular culture.

KILLER BEER WEEK

WED-SUN – Great beer, great people, lots of fun, and this year we have lined up 10 Portland area events that bring our love of craft beer to the forefront.

DUELING PIANO SHOW
FRI & SAT (All Month) – The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland. The show, which at times can get a “little cheeky,” isn’t just two players banging on pianos for five hours. They boast a Vegas style, request driven, interactive show complete with bits, games, sing-a-longs, comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
ALL MONTH  Smartphone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city. Clues start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.

SHANROCK’S TRIVIOLOGY
ALL MONTH  Various Portland Locations: Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one to five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.

GUIDED NATURE HIKES
EVERY DAY – Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more.

HAUNTED PUB TOUR
All Month – This spine-tingling ghost tour explores Portland’s historic Old Town District, a vibrant area with beautiful 1800’s buildings, cobblestone streets and a wicked past.

GEEKS WHO DRINK PUB QUIZ
ALL MONTH – Anyone can grab a deck of Trivial Pursuit cards and run a “trivia night.” Geeks Who Drink’s smartass quizmasters run fast-paced, interactive and beer-soaked pub quiz events all over Portland.

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUN – Cedar Hills/Beaverton Locations: Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.

 

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

 

CLARK COUNTY SCAREGROUNDS
Through SUN – Featuring haunted houses, carnival rides & games, all-ages attractions & special events, dozens of Midway vendors, food & dining, walkaround characters, and so much more!

DINE THE COUVE
Through October 31 – Foodies and beer drinkers unite! For the entire month of October, original Vancouver USA eateries, breweries, and taprooms will serve up some special items. View participating restaurants here.

GHOST WALKS

FRI-SUN – Stories have grown up about the Vancouver Barracks, stories of loneliness, fear and tragedy, all part of the darker aspects of military life. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you will be interested in the stories of the Vancouver Barracks’ past inhabitants.

ZOMBIE BREWFEST

FRI – Beer lovers, wear your pretzel necklaces and zombie costumes to enjoy over 25 craft beers and mingle with brewers at the event.  

KIDS & MATERNITY CONSIGNMENT FALL SALE 

FRI-SUN – Shop kids and maternity clothes at Just Between Friends’ fall sale event. This year the event will take place at Warehouse ’23 and many items will be 50% off. 

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET
SAT-SUN – 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

· Geostorm
· All I See is You
· Let There Be Light
· Thank You For Service
· Jigsaw
· Suburbicon
· Acts of Vengeance
· Gods Own Country
· Crash Pad
· Maya Dardel
· The Square
· Novitiate
· God Particle

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: October 23, 3017

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Builder confidence reaches its highest reading since May and the unemployment rate settles into a 16-year low fueling early fourth quarter optimism This Week in Real Estate. Below are a few highlights from the third week of October that influence our business:
* CoreLogic Releases First HPI Forecast Validation ReportCoreLogic released its first HPI Forecast Validation Report on Thursday that publicly compares its 12-month HPI Forecast to the actual HPI Index. The HPI Forecast is a projection of home prices using the HPI and other economic variables. The first validation report shows: (1) the national forecast prediction of a 5.4 percent increase was within 0.7 percent of the 6.1 percent increase of the HPI for the 12-month period ending in June 2017, (2) the most accurate forecast was for the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ area, which at 6.6 percent came within 0.4 percent of the actual HPI increase of 6.2, and (3) the widest gap was in Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA with an 8.4 percent under-estimation of actual increase.
* Builder Confidence Rises Four Points in October. Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose four points to a level of 68 in October on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This was the highest reading since May. This current reading shows that home builder sentiment is rebounding from the initial reaction of concern due to hurricanes in Florida and Texas, including the anticipated effects of repair and restoration work. However, builders need to be mindful of long-term, regional impacts from the storms, such as intensified material price increases and labor shortages. It nonetheless is encouraging to see builder confidence return to the high 60s levels we saw in the spring and summer. Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the South rose two points to 68 and the Northeast rose one point to 50. Both the West and Midwest remained unchanged at 77 and 63, respectively.
* Jobless Claims Are The Lowest Since 1973. America’s job market is red hot. Only 222,000 American’s filed jobless claims for the first time last week, the fewest since March 1973. Unemployment is at a 16-year low of 4.2%. When unemployment peaked at 10% in 2009, shortly after the Great Recession, initial jobless claims were over 650,000.

Have a productive week!

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: October 20-22, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
OCTOBER 20-22, 2017

 

HALLOWEEN EVENTS

FIND A PUMPKIN PATCH NEAR YOU

ALL MONTH – Various locations in the Portland Metro.

WEST COAST PUMPKIN REGATTA
SAT – Watch costumed characters paddling 1,000 pound pumpkins around the Lake of the Commons in a series of wacky races. Plus, a giant pumpkin weigh off, pie eating contest, kids’ costume contest, pumpkin golf, pumpkin bowling, clown shows, hot food and much more.

KILLER PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
SAT – Over 30 pumpkin beers, live music, costume contests and much more. Pair your pumpkin brew with a delicious sampling of snacks from our special pumpkin menu, or try a pumpkin cocktail or pumpkin spiced soda.

FRIGHT TOWN
Through October 31Three haunted houses in one location!

ELKRIDGE ESTATE
Through October 29 – Forget the corporate rubber masks and overpriced tickets – these are good, friendly people being creative and having fun. Enjoy scares as you walk through this creepy and scary haunt.

HAUNTED PUB TOUR
Through October 31 – Uncover Portland’s dark side on this spine-tingling walking tour and hear first-hand accounts of paranormal encounters – all while sampling 6 local beers!

HALLOWEEN FANTASY TRAIL
Through October 30 – Walk through a lighted, wooded, “Fantasy Trail” decorated with spooky sights and sounds. Walk through a 40 foot castle with Halloween scenes, a tunnel, maze, crooked house, suspension bridge and more.

13TH DOOR HAUNTED HOUSE
Through November 4 – Enter at your own risk as you embark these dank endless hallways and unhallowed grounds, demented creatures and the spirits that have crossed over, consuming those who have entered before you.

80’S NEW WAVE DANCE
SAT – Grab your favorite 80’s outfit and head to Lola’s Room for Depeche Mode night. Enjoy your favorite 80’s hits playing all night on their multiple giant screens.

DUELING PIANO SHOW
FRI & SAT (All Month) – The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland. The show, which at times can get a “little cheeky,” isn’t just two players banging on pianos for five hours. They boast a Vegas style, request driven, interactive show complete with bits, games, sing-a-longs, comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
ALL MONTH  Smartphone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city. Clues start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.

SHANROCK’S TRIVIOLOGY
ALL MONTH  Various Portland Locations: Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one to five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.

GUIDED NATURE HIKES
EVERY DAY – Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more.

HAUNTED PUB TOUR
All Month – This spine-tingling ghost tour explores Portland’s historic Old Town District, a vibrant area with beautiful 1800’s buildings, cobblestone streets and a wicked past.

PORTLAND RETRO GAMING EXPO
FRI-SUN – The best of retro gaming equipment, games and even homebrew games.

BODY MIND SPIRIT EXPO
SAT-SUN – Enjoy the latest in new thought and metaphysical presentations, the best advances in alternative health, and as always the nation’s finest selections of psychics and mediums.

APPLE TASTING
FRI-SUN – It’s time to celebrate the abundance of apples and pears—as many as 60 different varieties in all!

GLUTEN FREE FOOD ALLERGY FEST
SAT-SUN – Whether you’re thinking about going gluten free or you’re a gluten free pro looking for new products and ideas, the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest has something for everyone.

SALMON HOMECOMING
SAT-SUN – View the annual return from the ocean of salmon, fighting upstream to spawn and die in the rivers of their birth. Naturalists are on hand to help you spot the salmon and explore other parts of the park’s 1,000 acres of old-growth forest, hiking and equestrian trails and river beaches. http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/salmon-homecoming-1/2017-10-21

ARTISTS AT WORK
SAT-SUN – A self-guided tour that will take you through 100 Portland artists studios.

GEEKS WHO DRINK PUB QUIZ
ALL MONTH – Anyone can grab a deck of Trivial Pursuit cards and run a “trivia night.” Geeks Who Drink’s smartass quizmasters run fast-paced, interactive and beer-soaked pub quiz events all over Portland.

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUN – Cedar Hills/Beaverton Locations: Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.

 

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

 

CLARK COUNTY SCAREGROUNDS
Through October 29 – Featuring haunted houses, carnival rides & games, all-ages attractions & special events, dozens of Midway vendors, food & dining, walkaround characters, and so much more!

DINE THE COUVE
Through October 31 – Foodies and beer drinkers unite! For the entire month of October, original Vancouver USA eateries, breweries, and taprooms will serve up some special items. View participating restaurants here.

GHOST WALKS

FRI-SUN through October 29 – Stories have grown up about the Vancouver Barracks, stories of loneliness, fear and tragedy, all part of the darker aspects of military life. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you will be interested in the stories of the Vancouver Barracks’ past inhabitants.

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 October 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
THURS – 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

· Geostorm
· Only the Brave
· Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
· The Bachelors
· Jane
· The Strange Ones
· Wonderstruck
· The Snowman
· Aida’s Secrets
· RV: Resurrected Victims

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: October 16, 2017

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The Consumer Sentiment Index for early October was released This Week in Real Estate, reaching its highest level since the start of 2004. Below are a few highlights from the second week of October that influence our business:

* Lot Values Stable at Record High. Single-family lot prices remained at record high levels in 2016, with half of the lots priced at or above $45,000. According to NAHB’s analysis of the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) data, the median lot value reached $45,000 for the first time in 2015 exceeding the previous record of $43,000 reached in 2006. The Pacific division where densities are high and developed land is scarce has the smallest lots. However, high regulatory costs push the median lot value to $78,900, the second most expensive value in the nation. The lot values here are fast approaching the housing boom levels, when half of the lots were priced at above $82,000. The Pacific division lots also stand out for being most expensive in the nation in terms of per acre costs.
Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/10/lot-values-remain-record-high-in-2016/

* Consumer Confidence Soars to Highest Level Since 2004. Consumer confidence crushed expectations in October, flying by a seven-month high hit in August. The consumer sentiment index, a survey of consumers by The University of Michigan, rose to 101.1 in October, far ahead of the 95 economists polled by Reuters anticipated. “Consumer sentiment surged in early October, reaching its highest level since the start of 2004,” Richard Curtin, chief economist for the Surveys of Consumers, said in a statement. Curtin noted that current trends indicated consumer spending continuing to expand through the middle of next year. He says, if that pace continues, it would mark the second longest expansion period since the mid-1800s. The economist says October’s numbers reflect “an unmistakable sense among consumers that economic prospects are now about as good as could be expected.”
Full Story… https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/13/october-us-consumer-sentiment.html?__source=mnd%7Cnews%7C&par=mnd

* Serious Delinquency Rate for Home Loans Holds Steady at a Near 10-Year Low. CoreLogic released its month Loan Performance Insights Report on Tuesday which shows that, nationally, 4.6 percent of mortgages were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due including those in foreclosure) in July 2017. This represents a 0.9 percentage point year-over-year decline in the overall delinquency rate compared with July 2016 when it was 5.5 percent. As of July 2017, the foreclosure inventory rate, which measures the share of mortgages in some stage of the foreclosure process, was 0.7 percent, down from 0.9 percent in July 2016 and the lowest since the rate was also 0.7 percent in July 2007. “While the U.S. foreclosure rate remains at a 10-year low as of July, the rate across the 100 largest metro areas varies from 0.1 percent in Denver to 2.2 percent in New York,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “Likewise, the national serious delinquency rate remains at 1.9 percent, unchanged from June, and when analyzed across the 100 largest metros, rates vary from 0.6 percent in Denver to 4.1 percent in New York.”
Full Story… http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/news/corelogic-reports-serious-delinquency-rate-for-home-loans-holds-steady-at-a-near-10-year-low.aspx

Have a productive week!

Jason


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