Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: April 28-30, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FOR APRIL 28-30, 2017

ROCK & GEM SHOW
FRI-SUN – More than 24 dealers of minerals, rocks, fossils, jewelry, beads & more. New exhibits, raffle, silent auction, kids area with games and much more.

OVERLOOK FILM FESTIVAL
THURS-SUN – Showcasing exciting work in new and classic independent horror cinema alongside the latest in interactive and live shows for a fully immersive weekend. As a summer camp for genre fans, The Overlook is a community event bringing the best of horror in all its forms to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience within an intimate and inspirational environment.

CLIMATE MARCH
SAT – People’s Climate Movement leads a march today in Washington, DC “to stand up for our communities and climate.” Portland Mobilization and March is a rally and a march from Dawson Park to Buckman Park. Free. Gather at Noon, march at 1PM.

OREGON AG FEST
SAT-SUN – Taste and experience the incredible world of Oregon agriculture, in a fun-filled, festive environment. Aimed to help families better understand where their food, fiber, and flora come from. This is a unique learning experience, where hands-on exhibits make learning about Oregon’s vast agricultural industry educational and entertaining.

THE TOXIC AVENGER
Through May 14 – Based on Lloyd Kaufman’s cult film, The Toxic Avenger, and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, enjoy this charming love story and laugh-out-loud musical that has it all.

XPOSED
FRI-SATDancers, choreographers, and patrons experience raw productions and experimental works-in-progress that push the envelope through unconventional movement with an inquisitive approach to the creative process.

DESIGN WEEK PORTLAND
Through FRI – Two days of core content on the Main Stage. Hundreds of free or low cost Events and Open Houses, conceived and hosted by the creative community. Public engagement at Headquarters. There’s something for everyone.

FREE CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS
Through May 7 – Organized and performed by musicians of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, this series of FREE chamber music concerts has events throughout the Portland Metro area. Classical Up Close offers a unique opportunity for Portlanders to enjoy the talents of some of the city’s finest musicians, up close, personal… and for FREE!

ROBIN HOOD
Through May 21 – Get ready for justice, Sherwood Forest-style! Adventure awaits as Robin, Marian, and company return to cross swords and match wits with the nefarious Sheriff of Nottingham and the evil Prince John in this hilarious, heist-filled, original adaptation!

MEDEA
Through May 20A classic story full of passion, love, and revenge about a powerful sorceress who gives up all for love and then is abandoned for a younger woman.

TULIP FEST
Through SUN – 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!

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

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.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
SAT (through May 27) – 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.

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 PADDLE FESTIVAL
SAT-SUN – Attend private lessons and classes to learn how to kayak & paddle board. Tours and programs at Vancouver Lake Park.

LILAC DAYS AT HULDA KLAGER GARDENS
Through May 14 – Step back in time to discover the 1880’s Victorian Farmhouse and country gardens that comprise the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.

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

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

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

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
· The Circle
· Inversion
· Black Rose
· Grey Lady
· Rupture
· Sleight
· Voice from the Stone

Click here for movie times and theaters.

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

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


This Week in Real Estate: April 24, 2017

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The National Association of Realtors reported This Week in Real Estate that March’s sales pace was the strongest month of sales since February 2007. In addition, the average time to close a loan in March decreased to 43 days, marking the shortest time period since February 2015. Below are a few highlights from the third week of April that influence our business:

* Existing Home Sales Soar to Highest Pace in More Than a Decade. Existing home sales soared in March to the highest pace in more than 10 years as homes sold significantly faster than last month and last year, according to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors. Total existing home sales, completed transactions including single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 4.4% to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.71 million in March, according to NAR’s report. March’s sales pace is 5.9% above last year’s pace, marking the strongest month of sales since February 2007. “Bolstered by strong consumer confidence and underlying demand, home sales are up convincingly from a year ago nationally and in all four major regions despite the fact that buying a home has gotten more expensive over the past year,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said. “Last month’s swift price gains and the remarkably short time a home was on the market are directly the result of the homebuilding industry’s struggle to meet the dire need for more new homes.”
Full Story… http://bit.ly/2otIUM2

* Freddie Mac: Mortgage Rate Falls Below 4% Mark. Mortgage rates dropped below the 4% marks, hitting the lowest point since November last year. “The 30-year mortgage rate fell 11 basis points this week to 3.97%, dropping below the psychologically-important 4% level for the first time since November,” Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti said. “Weak economic data and growing international tensions are driving investors out of riskier sectors and into Treasury securities,” Becketti said. “This shift in investment sentiment has propelled rates lower.”
Full Story…  http://bit.ly/2pXOcDG

* Ellie Mae: Average Closing Time Now Sits at Lowest Level in Two Years. The average time to close a loan in 2016 fluctuated around the high 40s, but this is no longer the case, according to the latest Origination Insight Report from Ellie Mae. The average time to close all loans decreased to 43 days in March, down from 46 days in February, the shortest time to close since February of 2015. Similarly, the time to close a refinance dropped to 43 days from 47 days the month prior, and time to close a purchase dropped to 43 days, down from 45 days in February.
Full Story… http://bit.ly/2q7t22c

 

Have a productive week!
Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Event Planner: April 21-23, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FOR APRIL 21-23, 2017

EARTH DAY EVENTS

SAT – Celebrate Earth Day with a 5k fun run and brew fest, featuring some of Oregon’s best breweries!
Through SATCelebrating our Earth with an interactive festival featuring campus and community organizations, providing the opportunity for attendees to learn, celebrate, network, collaborate, and get involved in environmental efforts at PSU.
SATSolve It state-wide event. Picking up litter, removing invasive plants, and planting native trees and shrubs across Oregon.
SATThe Oregon Garden: Enjoy a day of free education and entertainment.

SOUL’D OUT MUSIC FESTIVAL
WED-SUN – Bringing world class music and culture across Portland’s best venues.

OREGON ORCHID SHOW & SALE
SAT-SUN – Billed as the largest orchid show in the Pacific Northwest, see thousands of blooming orchids on display and for sale.

OREGON TRAIL RALLY
FRI-SUNRally cars roar to life under the lights, on and off the track. Attendees also get to enjoy a driver meet and greet. Dufur and Hood River also host events for this race on gravel logging roads.

XPOSED
FRI through April 29Dancers, choreographers, and patrons experience raw productions and experimental works-in-progress that push the envelope through unconventional movement with an inquisitive approach to the creative process.

DESIGN WEEK PORTLAND
FRI through April 29 – Two days of core content on the Main Stage. Hundreds of free or low cost Events and Open Houses, conceived and hosted by the creative community. Public engagement at Headquarters. There’s something for everyone.

GATHERING OF THE GUILDS
FRI-SUNSix Portland-area Guilds have joined forces to exhibit and sell art, fine craft, and gift items, all unique and of exceptional quality. The exhibit highlights artists who create with wood, glass, beads, metals, ceramics and fiber.

JERSEY BOYS
WED-SUN – Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning best musical about rock and roll hall of famers The Four Seasons. A true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history.

FREE CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS
SAT through May 7 – Organized and performed by musicians of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, this series of FREE chamber music concerts has events throughout the Portland Metro area. Classical Up Close offers a unique opportunity for Portlanders to enjoy the talents of some of the city’s finest musicians, up close, personal… and for FREE!

ROBIN HOOD
Through May 21 – Get ready for justice, Sherwood Forest-style! Adventure awaits as Robin, Marian, and company return to cross swords and match wits with the nefarious Sheriff of Nottingham and the evil Prince John in this hilarious, heist-filled, original adaptation!

MEDEA
Through May 20A classic story full of passion, love, and revenge about a powerful sorceress who gives up all for love and then is abandoned for a younger woman.

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!

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

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.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
SAT (through May 27) – 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.

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

 

LILAC DAYS AT HULDA KLAGER GARDENS
Through May 14 – Step back in time to discover the 1880’s Victorian Farmhouse and country gardens that comprise the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.

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.

THE RAINMAKER
Through SAT – In The Rainmaker, at a time of paralyzing drought in the West, we discover a girl whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her becoming an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. What schemes will her family go to find her a husband?

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
· Lost City of Z
· Free Fire
· Grow House
· Born In China
· Ozzy Fast & Furry
· Leap
· Phoenix Forgotten

Click here for movie times and theaters.

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

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


This Week in Real Estate: April 17, 2017

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The spring selling season is in full swing This Week in Real Estate, as mortgage rates hit the lowest mark of 2017 and the preliminary April report of consumer sentiment advanced to a three month high. Below are a few highlights from the second week of April that influence our business:

* Q1 2017 Foreclosure Activity Below Pre-Recession Levels. ATTOM Data Solutions released its Q1 and March 2017 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report on Thursday, which shows first quarter foreclosure activity was below pre-recession levels nationwide. Nationwide the report shows foreclosure filings – default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions – were reported on 234,508 U.S. properties in the first quarter of 2017, down 11 percent from the previous quarter and down 19 percent from a year ago to the lowest level since Q3 2006. The first quarter foreclosure activity total was 16 percent below the pre-recession average of 278,912 properties with foreclosure filings each quarter between Q1 2006 and Q3 2007. “U.S. foreclosure activity on a quarterly basis first dipped below pre-recession averages in the fourth quarter of last year, and this report shows that trend continuing for the second consecutive quarter,” said Daren Blomquist, ATTOM Data Solutions senior vice president.
Full Story… http://www.realtytrac.com/news/foreclosure-trends/march-and-q1-2017-u-s-foreclosure-market-report/

* Mortgage Rates Hit Lowest Mark of 2017. Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey on Thursday, showing the 30-year mortgage rate dropping for the fourth consecutive week and hitting a new low for 2017. 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.08 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending Thursday. A year ago at this time, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.58 percent. 15-year fixed rate mortgage this week averaged 3.34 percent with an average 0.5 point. A year ago at this time, the 15-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 2.86 percent. 5-year adjustable rate mortgage averaged 3.18 percent this week with an average 0.4 point. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.84 percent.
Full Story…  http://freddiemac.mwnewsroom.com/press-releases/mortgage-rates-hit-lowest-mark-of-2017-otcqb-fmcc-1304919?feed=429e0be3-9aef-4a3a-9775-43f8e470d510

* Affordability, Tight Supply Cause Vacation Home Sales to Plummet in 2016; Investment Sales Climb 4.5%. Last year’s strongest pace of home sales in a decade included a sizable drop in activity from vacation buyers and a jump from individual investors. NAR’s 2017 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey revealed that vacation home purchases last year descended to an estimated 721,000, down 21.6 percent from 2015 (920,000) and the lowest since 2013 (717,000). Investment-home sales in 2016 rose 4.5 percent to 1.14 million from 1.09 million in 2015. Owner-occupied purchases jumped 12.5 percent to 4.21 million last year from 3.74 million in 2015 – the highest level since 2006 (4.82 million). “Sales to individual investors reached their highest level since 2012 (1.20 million) as investors took advantage of record low mortgage rates and recognized the sizable demand for renting in their market as renters struggle to become homeowners,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. Vacation sales accounted for 12 percent of all transactions in 2016, which was the lowest share since 2012 (11 percent) and down from 16 percent in 2015. The portion of investment sales remained unchanged for the third consecutive year at 19 percent, and owner-occupied purchases increased to 70 percent (65 percent in 2015).
Full Story… https://www.nar.realtor/news-releases/2017/04/affordability-tight-supply-cause-vacation-home-sales-to-plummet-in-2016-investment-sales-climb-45

Have a productive week!
Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Event Planner: April 14-16, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FOR APRIL 14-16, 2017

 

RABBIT ROMP AT THE ZOO
SATRabbit Romp features candy egg hunts every 10-15 minutes between 9:30AM and 3PM. Children ages 3 to 10 are invited to hunt for compostable plastic eggs, candy, and prizes. Toddlers 2 and under can participate in a candy hunt organized especially for them at the classrooms by Bear Walk Café.

EASTER EGG HUNT GUIDE
Through April 16 – Find Easter egg hunts in the Portland Metro area.

ADULTS ONLY EASTER EGG HUNT
SAT – Hop on board the BarFly Bus for an adult Easter Egg Hunt at bars, clubs & lounges all over Portland.

ALPENROSE EASTER EGG HUNT
SAT – Tons of prizes, including giant stuffed animals. This is one of the biggest and most anticipated Easter Egg Hunts west of the Mississippi. 55th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, ages 3-5 starts at 10:30am, ages 6-8 start at 12:30pm.

PORTLAND SPIRIT EASTER CRUISE
SUN – Hop on board the Portland Spirit for a two-hour Easter Brunch cruise featuring an elaborate brunch buffet, ever-changing views, and excellent service.

BUNNY CON
SAT – Portland’s largest bunny-themed bar crawl, proceeds will raise money for No Kid Hungry. Pre-register for schedule.

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!

SPRING BEER & WINE FEST
FRI-SAT – Enjoy beer, wine, spirits, cheese, chocolate & more!

WALKING TOUR OF PORTLAND’S SINFUL PAST
SAT – Historically, Portland had the reputation of being a rugged, rough town, and gave miners, loggers, and fishermen many opportunities to part with their cash in various debaucherous ways. In addition to the shanghaiers and con men, saloons, gambling halls and bordellos also thrived in “Whitechapel,” “The North End,” or “Old Town,” as we know it today. Visit locations of famous saloons, bars and bordellos, card rooms and gambling dens, some of which are still in operation today!

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

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.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
SAT (through May 27) – 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.

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

WOODLAND TULIP FESTIVAL
SAT-SUN – Along with its annual blooming tulip fields, display garden and gift shop, pick your own tulips in the You Pick Tulip Field. Other activities include: Outdoor Artisan & Farmers Market, featuring a large variety of local vendors with goods ranging from handmade garden art, jewelry, health conscious items, pet products, garden décor, art and more.

NW’S LARGEST GARAGE/VINTAGE SALE
SAT – A great place to sell and find many wonderful items, including furniture, jewelry, tools, toys, electronics, clothing, household items, baby & kids items, books, fishing, hunting, sporting goods, collectibles, & much more.

THE RABBIT HOLLOW
Through SUN – Enjoy a relaxed and fun family-filled experience as you wander through the forest, which is home to a number of bunnies. You’ll find a number of interesting rabbits along the bunny trail and gather treats and great photos along the way.

THE RAINMAKER
Through April 22 – In The Rainmaker, at a time of paralyzing drought in the West, we discover a girl whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her becoming an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. What schemes will her family go to find her a husband?

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

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

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
·  The Fate of the Furious
·  A Quiet Passion
·  Grow House
·  Spark: A Space Tail
·  Mimosas

Click here for movie times and theaters.

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

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


This Week in Real Estate: April 10, 2017

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As home prices continue to surge, ADP reported This Week in Real Estate that the labor market continues to strengthen, recording the best month for new jobs since December 2014. Below are a few highlights from the first week of April that influence our business:

* New Homes Strengthen Economy, Spur Job Growth. As the housing industry celebrates New Home Month in April, newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department confirms the significant contribution that residential construction has on the U.S. economy. Final estimates of fourth quarter 2016 gross domestic product (GDP) growth show that housing’s share of GDP stands at 15.6%. “Home building is a key driver of the American economy,” said Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). “Housing creates new income and jobs, purchases of goods and services, and revenue for local governments.” NAHB research shows that building 100 single-family homes in a typical metro area creates 297 full-time jobs and generates $28 million in wage and business income and $11.1 million in federal, state and local tax revenue.
Full Story… http://www.nahb.org/en/news-and-publications/press-releases/2017/04/new-homes-strengthen-economy-spur-job-growth.aspx

* U.S. Home Price Report Shows Prices Up 7 Percent in February. CoreLogic released its Home Price Index (HPI) and HPI Forecast for February 2017 on Tuesday which shows home prices are up both year over year and month over month. Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased year over year by 7 percent in February 2017 compared with February 2016 and increased month over month by 1 percent in February 2017 compared with January 2017. The CoreLogic HPI Forecast indicates that home prices will increase by 4.7 percent on a year over year basis from February 2017 to February 2018, and on a month over month basis home prices are expected to increase by 0.4 percent from February 2017 to March 2017. “Home prices and rents have risen the most in local markets with high demand and limited supply, such as Seattle, Portland and Denver,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. The CoreLogic Home Price Index is projecting an additional 5 percent rise in home prices nationally over the next 12 months.
Full Story…  http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/news/corelogic-us-home-price-report-shows-prices-up-7-percent-in-february-2017.aspx

* ADP: U.S. Companies Hire Most Workers in Over Two Years. U.S. companies added 263,000 workers in March, the most since December 2014, suggesting further tightening of the labor market, payrolls processor ADP said on Wednesday. ADP’s March figure easily beat the median forecast of 187,000 increase among economists surveyed by Reuters. Strong job gains in the coming months will likely add upward pressure on wages, supporting the Federal Reserve’s view for at least two more interest rate increases by the end of 2017.
Full Story… http://reut.rs/2ojmJKT

Have a productive week!
Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Event Planner: April 7-9, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FOR APRIL 7-9, 2017

 

EASTER EGG HUNT GUIDE
Through April 16 – Find Easter egg hunts in the Portland Metro area.

BRIDGE TO BREWS
SUN – Participants will return from this incredible run or walk (the only one that takes you over the Fremont Bridge) and be treated to tasty libations from many great local breweries, distilleries and wineries.

GRAND WINE TASTING
FRI – Sample award-winning wines from over 20 Gorge wineries, all pouring under the same roof for one night only. Socialize with vintners and learn about our renowned wine region.

HOPPED CIDER FESTIVAL
SAT – More than 36 hopped ciders from around the country! Plus free pours of far-flung hopped ciders throughout the day!

BELLYDANCE SHOW: ALICE IN WONDERLAND
SUN – Celebrating and imagining Middle Eastern dance for the 21st century, this tour uses the magic of Alice in Wonderland and its colorful characters to explore world of fusion dance.

AFRICAN DANCE
THURS-SAT – Traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Last with White Bird in 2005, Evidence returns with a vibrant and uplifting musical program, set to scores ranging from Stevie Wonder to Belgian-Congolese singer Zap Mama.

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!

AUTO PARTS SWAP MEET, PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
THURS-SUN – 5 miles of booths fill every available space inside the road course at Portland International Raceway.

AUTO PARTS SWAP MEET, EXPO CENTER
FRI-SUN – The largest auto parts swap meet on the West Coast with approximately 3,500 vendor stalls and over 50,000 shoppers each April at the Portland Expo Center.

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.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
SAT (through May 27) – 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.

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

FISHING DERBY FOR KIDS
FRI-SAT – Introduces kids to the benefits of fishing as an individual and as a family activity. This derby is aimed at getting more kids outdoors, involved in fishing, and aware of our natural environment.

THE RAINMAKER
Through April 22 – In The Rainmaker, at a time of paralyzing drought in the West, we discover a girl whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her becoming an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. What schemes will her family go to find her a husband?

WW1 ANNIVERSARY EVENT
SAT – This event will feature costumed interpreters, family-friendly crafts and activities, and a presentation on the DH-4 Liberty plane.

THE RABBIT HOLLOW
Through April 16 – Enjoy a relaxed and fun family-filled experience as you wander through the forest, which is home to a number of bunnies. You’ll find a number of interesting rabbits along the bunny trail and gather treats and great photos along the way.

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
·         Going In Style
·         Aftermath
·         Smurfs
·         Graduation
·         1 Mile to You
·         Speech & Debate
·         Salt & Fire
·         The Void
·         The Ticket
·         Mine
·         Gifted

Click here for movie times and theaters.

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This Week in Real Estate: April 3, 2017

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As Q1 comes to a close and we welcome in the spring selling season, This Week in Real Estate, we do so at a time when consumer confidence reaches a decade and a half high. Below are a few highlights from the last week of March that influence our business:

* Consumer Confidence Surges to 16-Year High. Consumer confidence leapt forward in March to the highest level in 16 years, according to the Consumer Confidence Survey conducted by The Conference Board by Nielsen. The Consumer Confidence Index improved significantly in March to 125.6, up from 116.1 in February. The Present Situation Index increased from 134.1 to 143.1 and the Expectations Index increased to 113.8, up from 103.9 last month. “Consumer confidence increased sharply in March to its highest level since December 2000,” said Lynn Franco, The Conference Board director of economic indicators. “Consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions improved considerably. Consumers also expressed much greater optimism regarding the short-term outlook for business, jobs and personal income prospects. Thus, consumers feel current economic conditions have improved over the recent period, and their renewed optimism suggests the possibility of some upside to the prospects for economic growth in the coming months.”
Full Story… https://www.conference-board.org/data/consumerconfidence.cfm

* Pending Sales Spring Up. The Pending Home Sales Index increased 5.5% in February 2017 to its highest level since April 2016, and the second highest since May 2006. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased to 112.3 in February, up from 106.4 in January and up 2.6% from the same month a year ago. The PHSI increased in all four regions, ranging from 11.4% in the Midwest to 3.1% in the West. Year-over-Year, the PHSI increased 6.6% in the Northeast and 4.2% in the South, while falling slightly in the West and Midwest. February existing sales were slowed by inventory constraints, and these shortages are expected to continue, especially in the lower- and mid-market price ranges. However, builder sentiment remains strong, and new home sales are trending positive. As the economy continues to add jobs, increased demand among first-time buyers will help fuel new and existing sales in 2017.
Full Story…  http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/03/pending-sales-spring-up/

* Home Prices in the First Month of 2017. S&P Dow Jones Indices released the Home Price Index for January 2017 on Tuesday. The Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index rose at a seasonally adjusted annual growth rate of 7.9%, slower than the 9.2% increase in December. House prices dropped to the lowest level in the first month of 2012. Five years later, house prices surpassed the pre-recession peak of 2006 and hit the highest level historically. Of the twenty (20) major U.S. metropolitan areas highlighted in the report Seattle had the highest annual home price appreciation growth rate at 22.6%, followed by Chicago (16.5%), Denver (14%), Washington D.C. (12.7%) and Portland (12.2%).
Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/03/home-prices-in-the-first-month-of-2017/

Have a productive week!
Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Event Planner: March 31-April 2, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FOR MARCH 31-April 2, 2017

 

WHALE WATCHING WEEK

Through FRI – Volunteers will help you spot whales at 24 sites during Whale Watching Week. Mileage shown is to Depoe Bay Whale Center in Newport. Repeats in December.

EASTER BUNNY WELCOME PARTY
SAT – Help welcome the Easter Bunny with music, games and prizes, balloon artistry, cupcake decorating, crafts and the opportunity to meet Rojo the lama and Napolean the alpaca.

OREGON GHOST CONFERENCE

FRI-SUNOregon Ghost Conference features guest speakers, classes, vendors, ghost tours, and social events in Seaside.

UMBRELLA FESTIVAL
THURS-SUNCircus, burlesque, vaudeville, music, dance, and physical comedy have a home under one big umbrella.

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!

DUALITY: DANCE BALLET OF INDIA
SAT – With an international cast of professional dancers from Delhi, Chennai and the U.S., this performance features Indian dance forms Bharatha Natyam and the martial arts-based dance form Chhau, as well as local modern dancers in an elegant contemporary dance production.

TONY STARLIGHT SHOWROOM
SAT – 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.

SHAFTY: PORTLAND’S TRIBUTE TO PHISH
SATShafty is the country’s finest Phish tribute band! What began as essentially a goof – a chance to throw down some familiar beats and jam for whoever felt like listening – ultimately lit a spark under the Phish fans in the Portland music scene.

FESTIVAL OF COLORS: RANG BARSE 2017
SAT – Come and celebrate the Festival of Colors with your friends and family and make new friends as well.

FEATHERS AND TEETH
Through SUN – This fairytale concoction of teen angst and devastating loss make for a grisly good time in this crackling stew of dark comedy, family drama and fantastical carnage.

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.

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.

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

THE RABBIT HOLLOW
Through April 16 – Enjoy a relaxed and fun family-filled experience as you wander through the forest which is home to a number of bunnies. You’ll find a number of interesting rabbits along the bunny trail and gather treats and great photos along the way.

SPRING FLING
SAT – Join in the fun and laughter with your friends and family! Enjoy games, crafts, bunny sack races, surprise guests and more. Bring a festive treat, snack or drink to share.

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
· Ghost In The Shell
· Boss Baby
· The Zookeeper’s Wife
· The Discovery
· The Void
· Live Cargo
· The Blackcoat’s Daughter

Click here for movie times and theaters.

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

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


Enter to Win our $50,000 Home Update Sweepstakes!

 

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