Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: March 2-4, 2018

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
MARCH 2-4, 2018

FREE ART DAY

THURS  Enjoy our more than 112,000 square feet of galleries reflecting the history of art from ancient times to the present, free the first Thursday of every month.

SE AREA ART WALK

SAT-SUN  A free, self-guided walking tour. Visit the studios, home workspaces, galleries, host homes and businesses within the walkable/bikeable/busable boundaries of SE 9th Ave, SE 41st, SE Powell and SE Hawthorne Blvd.

CHOWDER CHALLENGE

SAT  A blind tasting of a dozen samples of clam chowders by area restaurants and brewpubs. Attendees receive a tray with a dozen numbered two-ounce samples of chowder, then vote for their favorite; the chowder receiving the most votes is named the People’s Choice Winner. 

BLACK OUT BEER FEST

FRI  Featuring two dozen rotating dark beers – including dark lagers, porters, stouts, coffee beers and black IPAs – from Lompoc and more than 20 guest breweries from around the Northwest.  

ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLES SHOW

FRI-SUN  Hundreds of booths filled with just about anything you need for your collection. Pop collectibles, vintage clothing, glassware, silverware, antique radios, movie memorabilia, collectible toys, porcelain dolls, Star Wars collectibles, and much more!

FIRKIN FEST

SAT  Featuring Firkin beers from 20+ of Oregon’s top breweries. Firkin beers are unpasteurized, unfiltered, naturally carbonated in the cask and served at cellar temperature. Artisan cheeses, chocolates, meats, and snacks will be served alongside the beer.  

COOKIE & WINE PAIRING

FRI-SUN  Pairing 5 wines with 4 delicious cookies

CHINESE NEW YEAR

Through SUN  The most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su’s two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more!

A-WOL DANCE COLLECTIVE

Through SUN  Combining aerial arts and dance to weave a fantastical tale suspended between reverie and reality. Floating sleepers, trickster marionettes and lost travelers inhabit an alternate realm where furniture takes wing and dolls scheme in the shadows.

FOLK CITY: THE MUSICAL

Through SUN  Following the story of six young people who are drawn to Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and find a home at a little restaurant-turned cabaret, Gerdes Folk City, which eventually becomes the historic and iconic epicenter of popular music. 

CASCADE FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN FILMS

Through SAT – Films showing Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa packaged for Western viewers. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose its failures, and reveal possibilities for a hopeful future.

80’s VIDEO DANCE ATTACK

Every FRI & SAT – Dig out your neon mesh shirts, crimping iron and striped legwarmers to travel back to the 1980s! Classic music videos projected on giant screens complimented with a thumping sound system and light show, this dance extravaganza is sure to get the blood pumping!

PORTLAND CIDER HOUSE’S CIDER-MOSA SATURDAY

EVERY SAT – Enjoy a liquid brunch and try a variety of delicious and fun cider-mosas.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
Through SAT – 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

 

WASHINGTON STATE HORSE EXPO

FRISUN – Saddle up for the largest show of its kind in the Pacific Northwest! Offering equine enthusiasts the chance to take part in exhibits, stage shows, rider fashions and vendor booths.

FIRST FRIDAYS EVENING MARKET

FRI – Uniting creativity and great art with food and inspiration. Stop by to shop local, network, and meet local business owners. An adventurous retail evening awaits!

FIRST FRIDAYS

FRI – Participating merchants and restaurants stay open late with special programming, live music, and pop-ups. Also, downtown art galleries lead the First Friday Art Walk featuring rotating exhibits from local artists.

CAMAS FIRST FRIDAYS

FRI – Held in charming, historic Downtown Camas and hosted by the DCA and the downtown merchants, Camas First Fridays are monthly themed passport events featuring games, art, dining, and after hours shopping.

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
· Red Sparrow
· Death Wish
· Blink
· Goldstone
· Alpha
· Submission
· Souvenir
· Dance Academy: The Comeback
· Don’t Talk to Irene
· Oh Lucy!
· Gnome Alone
· The Faculty: Urban Legend

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: February 26, 2018

As available inventory continues to be the subject of most “chatter” throughout the industry, favorable news This Week in Real Estate with respect to the growth of single-family permits in 45 states and the District of Columbia last year. In addition, the demand from first-time homebuyers does exist, as evidenced by the Genworth Mortgage Insurance report, that concluded first-time buyers participation in single-family home purchases in 2017 was the largest share since 2000. Below are a few highlights from the third week of February that influence our business:

* Permits Grow Across Most States in 2017. Over the twelve months ending in December 2017, the total number of single-family permits issued nationwide reached 817,319. This is 9.6% ahead of its level over the first twelve months of 2016, 745,525. The results from the SOC are similar, single-family permits over the first twelve months of 2017, 817,700 are 8.9% ahead of their level over the same period of 2016, 750,800. Between December 2016 to December 2017, 45 states and the District of Columbia saw growth in single-family permits issued. Twenty states recorded a growth above 9.6% but five states had a decline in growth, including Oregon. Hawaii had the highest growth rate during this time at 23.6% while single-family permits in North Dakota declined by 9.8%. Washington state experienced 4% growth.
* First-Time Homebuyers Make Biggest Share of Deals in 17 Years. First-time buyers rushed into the market last year, making 38 percent of all U.S. single-family home purchases, the biggest share since 2000, data released Thursday by Genworth Mortgage Insurance shows. The 2.07 million new or existing homes bought by first-timers was 7 percent more than in 2016, according to the insurer. Millennials, who were putting off purchases because of student-debt burdens and a preference for renting, are becoming a force in the market as the oldest of the group get married and have children, said Tian Liu, chief economist of the insurer. Census Bureau data back that up. The homeownership rate for Americans under age 35 rose in the fourth quarter to 36 percent. It hasn’t been higher since the first quarter of 2014.
* Most House Hunters Have Been Searching For 3 Months or More. Most Americans – 61% – who intend to buy a home in the next 12 months have been searching for a whopping three months.Or more. That finding comes from a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, and includes people who are searching for both new and previously-owned homes. What’s making the house-hunt take so long? Some 42% of respondents told NAHB they “can’t find a home at a price I can afford,” while 36% “can’t find a home with the features I want” and 34% “can’t find a home in the neighborhood I want.” And even if would-be buyers can overcome all those obstacles, nearly 30% said they “continue to get outbid whenever I make an offer.” On Wednesday, the National Association of Realtors said that home purchase contracts signed in January had been on the market for only 42 days.                                                                                    Full Story... https://www.marketwatch.com/story/two-thirds-of-house-hunters-have-been-searching-for-3-months-or-more-2018-02-22

http://eyeonhousing.org/2018/02/builder-confidence-stays-at-strong-level-in-february/

Have a productive week.

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Event Planner: February 23-25, 2018

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FEBRUARY 23-25, 2018

PDX JAZZ FESTIVAL

Through SAT  A rich and robust Jazz experience with upwards of 100 paid and ticketed events, there are ambitious programs that will warm the heart and swing your soul.

PORTLAND SPRING HOME & GARDEN SHOW

THURS-SUN  Giving homeowners the opportunity to learn about the latest home and garden products and services from more than 300 local companies.

BREWSTILLERY FESTIVAL

SAT  20 breweries & 20 distilleries teaming up to create the perfect pairings.  

RAPTOR ROAD TRIP

SAT  Explore Sauvie Island in search of magnificent eagles, hawks and falcons. Naturalists and hawk experts host activities at four sites around the island. Enjoy guided bird viewing, meet live raptors and see hawk identification displays. 

RUN FOR BEER

SAT  Participants walk, jog, or run approximately 3.1 miles, then drink beer! Everyone is invited to enjoy the day’s entertainment: live music, great food, giveaways and activities with partners and sponsors. Everyone receives a craft brew, and collectors pint glass or seasonal swag item.

CHINESE NEW YEAR

Through March 4  The most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su’s two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more!

A-WOL DANCE COLLECTIVE

Through March 4  Combining aerial arts and dance to weave a fantastical tale suspended between reverie and reality. Floating sleepers, trickster marionettes and lost travelers inhabit an alternate realm where furniture takes wing and dolls scheme in the shadows.

PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Through March 1  An exhibition of nearly 90 feature films and 40+ short films, PIFF audiences across the City of Portland travel the globe in theater seats through our celebration of the world’s filmmakers and cinephiles.

FOLK CITY: THE MUSICAL

Through March 4  Following the story of six young people who are drawn to Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and find a home at a little restaurant-turned cabaret, Gerdes Folk City, which eventually becomes the historic and iconic epicenter of popular music. 

CASCADE FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN FILMS

Through March 3 – Films showing Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa packaged for Western viewers. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose its failures, and reveal possibilities for a hopeful future.

80’s VIDEO DANCE ATTACK

Every FRI & SAT – Dig out your neon mesh shirts, crimping iron and striped legwarmers to travel back to the 1980s! Classic music videos projected on giant screens complimented with a thumping sound system and light show, this dance extravaganza is sure to get the blood pumping!

PORTLAND CIDER HOUSE’S CIDER-MOSA SATURDAY

EVERY SAT – Enjoy a liquid brunch and try a variety of delicious and fun cider-mosas.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
Through SAT – 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

WASHINGTON BEER OPEN HOUSE

SAT  Visit some of our state’s many innovative, esteemed, and downright friendly craft brewers. Participating brewers have some tasty treats in store for you, ranging from rare barrel tastings and new seasonal releases, to savory food pairings and other unique surprises.

VANCOUVER LAKE HALF MARATHON

SUN  The course is very flat and begins on Reiger Road in front of the park. Finishers medals will be presented to all half marathon finishers.

JEEVES INTERVENES

Through SAT – 1920s high-society London is once again thrown into chaos by hapless playboy Bertie Wooster, this time in cahoots with his old school chum Eustace Bassington-Bassington. The two hatch a brilliant plan to dupe their meddling relatives in order to save Bertie from an undesired marriage and Eustace from an unwanted job in India. But will the ever-faithful manservant Jeeves be able to rescue these bumbling fools from themselves?

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
· Game Night
· Annihilation
· Every Day
· Beast of Burden
· Curvature
· 7 Guardians of the Tomb
· The Lodgers
· The Cured
· Half Magic
· The Chamber
· Death House
· Agenda: Payback

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: February 20, 2018

While inventory levels hover around an all-time low, builder confidence remains strong according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released This Week in Real Estate. Consequently, the pace of single-family starts to begin the new year has the three-month moving average near a post-recession high. Below are a few highlights from the second week of February that influence our business:

 
* Total Housing Starts Near Post Recession High. Total housing starts increased in January, led by strong gains for multifamily development. Starts jumped 9.7% to a 1.33 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau and HUD. The pace of single-family starts expanded in January, rising 3.7% to an 877,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate. The three-month moving average for single-family starts remained near a post-recession high rate of construction (890,000). The gains for single-family starts match ongoing healthy levels of the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, now registering a score of 72. Single-family permits posted a slight decline of 1.7% in January, but that decline was off a strong December permitting rate. Multifamily starts were up almost 24% to a noticeably strong seasonally adjusted annual rate of 449,000 in January. Multifamily permits also posted a gain in January, with permitting rising 27%. Multifamily data tends to be volatile in the month-to-month data. In January, there were 499,000 single-family units under construction, a gain of almost 12% from this time in 2017.
 
* Nearly Two-Thirds of U.S. Housing Markets See Home Prices Hit All-Time High. As housing inventory sank to its all-time low during the fourth quarter, home prices increased, creating all-new highs in many U.S. markets, according to the latest quarterly report from the National Association of RealtorsThe national median existing single-family home price in the fourth quarter came in at $247,800, up 5.3% from $235,400 in the fourth quarter of 2016. Single-family home prices increased in 92% of measured markets, or 162 out of 177 metropolitan statistical areas. In fact, 15% of metro areas saw double digit increases, and now 64% of markets reached a new all-time high in home prices. This is up by 18 metros from last quarter. “A majority of the country saw an upswing in buyer interest at the end of last year, which ultimately ended up putting even more strain on inventory levels and prices,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said. “Remarkably, home prices have risen a cumulative 48% since 2011.”
* Builder Confidence Stays at Strong Level in FebruaryBuilder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remained unchanged at a healthy level of 72 in February on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Demand conditions are positive, but supply-side construction hurdles need to be managed, as scarce labor and building material price increases remain top concerns. In particular, the HMI gauge of future sales expectations has reached a post-recession high, an indicator that consumer demand for housing should grow in the months ahead. With ongoing job creation, increasing owner-occupied household formation, and a tight supply of existing home inventory, the single-family housing sector should continue to strengthen at a gradual but consistent pace. Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the Midwest rose two points to 72, the South increased one point to 74, the West remained unchanged at 81, and Northeast fell two points to 56.

Have a productive week.

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: February 16-18, 2018

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FEBRUARY 16-18, 2018

CHINESE NEW YEAR

Through March 4  The most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su’s two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more!

LUNAR NEW YEAR DRAGON DANCE

SAT – Usher in the Year of the Dog in Downtown Portland. Drummers, dancing lions, and a 100-foot dragon will parade from Chinatown, through downtown Portland, and up to the Oregon Historical Society for an afternoon of performances and festivities. 

KIDFEST

SAT-SUN – Featuring live stage entertainment, interactive sports demos, inflatable fun zones, game truck video, laser Tag and Bubble Soccer, Paint Ball Arena, Stunt Jump, Character Appearances by Star Wars, Super Heroes and Disney Princesses, the Iron-Kid Chef Competition, Mad Science, Exotic Animals and more.

BRAZILIAN CARNIVAL BALL

FRI – Experience the real Rio Carnival! Enjoy a samba band, dancers and a DJ at BossaNova Ballroom.

ZWICKELMANIA

SAT – All participating breweries offer events like meet-the-brewer, beer tastings, brewery tours and food & beer pairings. 

A-WOL DANCE COLLECTIVE

Through March 4  Combining aerial arts and dance to weave a fantastical tale suspended between reverie and reality. Floating sleepers, trickster marionettes and lost travelers inhabit an alternate realm where furniture takes wing and dolls scheme in the shadows.

RUN FOR BEER

SAT – Participants walk, jog, or run approximately 3.1 miles, then drink beer! Everyone is invited to enjoy the day’s entertainment: live music, great food, give aways and activities with partners and sponsors. Everyone receives a craft brew, and collectors pint glass or seasonal swag item.

PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Through March 1  An exhibition of nearly 90 feature films and 40+ short films, PIFF audiences across the City of Portland travel the globe in theater seats through our celebration of the world’s filmmakers and cinephiles.

PIPE DREAM – PART OF THE LOST TREASURES COLLECTION SERIES

FRI-SAT – The Lost Treasures Collection, a series of rarely performed musical theatre productions, continues its eighth season at Lakewood Theatre Company with its next production, Pipe Dream, the seventh musical by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It had its Broadway premiere on November 30, 1955. The work is based on John Steinbeck’s short novel Sweet Thursday, a sequel to his novel Cannery Row. This staged reading production is directed by NW acclaimed director Ron Daum.

FOLK CITY: THE MUSICAL

Through March 4  Following the story of six young people who are drawn to Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and find a home at a little restaurant-turned cabaret, Gerdes Folk City, which eventually becomes the historic and iconic epicenter of popular music. 

CASCADE FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN FILMS

Through March 3 – Films showing Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa packaged for Western viewers. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose its failures, and reveal possibilities for a hopeful future.

80’s VIDEO DANCE ATTACK

Every FRI & SAT – Dig out your neon mesh shirts, crimping iron and striped legwarmers to travel back to the 1980s! Classic music videos projected on giant screens complimented with a thumping sound system and light show, this dance extravaganza is sure to get the blood pumping!

PORTLAND CIDER HOUSE’S CIDER-MOSA SATURDAY

EVERY SAT – Enjoy a liquid brunch and try a variety of delicious and fun cider-mosas.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
Through SAT – 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

CLARK COUNTY WEDDING EXPO

SAT – A unique trade-show style event showcasing wedding professionals from Southwest Washington and the Portland-Metro area. Brides and Grooms will have the opportunity to meet vendors and sample products and services, learn about the latest trends and get expert advice.

THE BIG LEBOUTSKI ROLLER DERBY

SAT – Come see four roller derby teams battle it out in this WFTDA sanctioned tournament, plus a Special Big Lebowski themed Storm City game.

JEEVES INTERVENES

Through February 24 – 1920s high-society London is once again thrown into chaos by hapless playboy Bertie Wooster, this time in cahoots with his old school chum Eustace Bassington-Bassington. The two hatch a brilliant plan to dupe their meddling relatives in order to save Bertie from an undesired marriage and Eustace from an unwanted job in India. But will the ever-faithful manservant Jeeves be able to rescue these bumbling fools from themselves?

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
· Black Panther
· Early Man
· Aiyaary
· Samson
· Hidden Light
· Looking Glass
· The Party
· The Scent of Rain & Lightning
· Nostalgia
· Loveless
· The Monkey King 3

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: February 12, 2018

This Week in Real Estate, Fannie Mae released the results of it’s January Home Purchase Sentiment Index, which recorded an all-time survey high. Below are a few highlights from the first week of February that influence our business:

* LMI Indicates Continued Improvement Across the Country. According to the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), 82%, 277 metropolitan statistical areas, recorded growth in their LMI Score over the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to a year ago. The index uses single-family housing permits, employment, and home prices to measure proximity to a normal economic and housing market. The index is calculated for 337 local markets, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), as well as the entire country. A value of 1.0 means the three components have achieved a level of recovery that combined averages 1.0. Of the 337 metro areas tracked by the LMI, 195 of them have an LMI Score that exceeds 1.0. House prices continue to be a key driver of the LMI results. Of the 337 markets tracked by the LMI, house prices in 333 areas have normalized or are above 1.0. The LMI Score for the country as a whole reached 1.04. However, at 1.58, only the house price component is above 1.0. Meanwhile, the employment component sits at 0.98 and single-family permits are currently at 0.56. One interpretation of these metrics is that the slower recovery in housing supply coupled with strong demand is contributing to house price appreciation.
* Americans Gain Confidence in Housing as Home Prices Rise. Americans continue to gain confidence in the housing market, not just despite, but even because of rising home prices, according to the latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index from Fannie Mae. Over the past year, home prices have continued to rise, threatening affordability, and housing inventory is falling dangerously low. However, despite these setbacks, Americans continue to hold a positive view of the housing economy. Fannie Mae’s HPSI rose 3.7 points in January to 89.5, reversing the decrease seen the month before and an all-time survey high. This rise is due to increases in five of the six HPSI components. “HPSI rebounded from last month’s dip to a new survey high in January, in large part due to the spike in consumers’ net expectations that home prices will increase over the next year,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae senior vice president and chief economist.
* Housing Affordability Remains Flat in 2017. Data for all four quarters of 2017 show housing affordability remaining essentially flat throughout the year, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). In all, 59.6 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of October and end of December were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $68,000. This is just slightly up from the 58.3 percent of homes sold that were affordable to median-income earners in the third quarter, and effectively the same rate as in the fourth quarter of 2016, when the HOI stood at 59.9 percent. The national median home price fell to $255,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017 from $260,000 in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, average mortgage rates inched down four basis points in the fourth quarter to 4.06 from 4.1 in the third quarter. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pa. and Syracuse, NY tied as the nation’s most affordable major housing market. In both metros, 88.3 percent of all new and existing homes sold in the fourth quarter were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $54,600 and $68,000, respectively. San Francisco, which had been the nation’s least affordable housing market for 19 straight quarters before being displaced by Los Angeles in the third quarter of 2017, once again assumed the mantle as the least affordable market. There, just 6.3 percent of the homes sold in the last quarter of 2017 were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $113,100.

Have a productive week.

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: February 9-11, 2018

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FEBRUARY 9-11, 2018

PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPORTSMEN’S SHOW

Feb 7th – 11th

The largest sportsmen’s show west of the Mississippi and undoubtedly the region’s most anticipated annual event for outdoor adventurers and sportsmen of all ages.

WORST DAY OF THE YEAR RIDE

Feb 11th

Pick the distance you want to ride 42, 15 or the new 4 mile family ride.  Dress up for the costume contest and enjoy warm treats and an after party.

MARDI GRAS BALL

Feb 10th

For those of us who can’t make it to New Orleans, it’s the next best thing! Live music, fun costumes, King Cake, Mardi Gras Royalty, costume contest, second line parading, and all manner of surprises await.

CLOWNS WITHOUT BORDERS BENEFIT SHOW

Feb 9th

Many of the area’s finest circus performers come together at the Alberta Rose Theater to present an amazing and hilarious circus variety show to benefit Clowns Without Borders-USA.

PORTLAND VALENTANGO

Feb 7th – 12th

The largest and longest running tango festival in North America. Friendly community, great teachers, great DJ’s, great classes, great milongas, great ambiance and great opportunities to dance and learn for all levels and types of dancers….and all at a great price!

KISS & TELL

Feb 10th

Real, true love stories — KISS & TELL delivers on the promise of a romantic evening — young love, old love, queer love, true love, and lovesick love, all woven together in an intimate evening of story theater. Music, drinks, photo booth, raffle prizes & much more.

RUN FOR BEER

Feb 10th

Participants walk, jog, or run approximately 3.1 miles, then drink beer! Everyone is invited to enjoy the day’s entertainment: live music, great food, giveaways and activities with partners and sponsors. Everyone receives a craft brew, and collectors pint glass or seasonal swag item.

MY MUDDY VALENTINE

Feb 10th

Looking for something different to do for Valentines Day?  If so this is it!   Individual and couple’s categories for all age groups.  20+ fun and challenging obstacles, beer or cider, food, music, bonfires and much more.

PUPLANDIA VALENTINE’S SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA

Feb 3rd

50 Vendors – selling glass art, soaps, toys, dog treats thie list goes on and on … JUST in time for Valentines day ALSO helping us at Puplandia Dog Rescue.

CASCADE FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN FILMS

Through March 3rd

Films showing Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa packaged for Western viewers. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose its failures, and reveal possibilities for a hopeful future.

80’S VIDEO DANCE ATTACK

Every Friday & Saturday

Dig out your neon mesh shirts, crimping iron and striped legwarmers to travel back to the 1980s! Classic music videos projected on giant screens complimented with a thumping sound system and light show, this dance extravaganza is sure to get the blood pumping!

DUELING PIANO SHOW

Every Friday & Saturday

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, We boast a Vegas style, Request Driven, Audience Interactive Show complete with Bits, Games, Sing-A-Longs, Comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.

PORTLAND CIDER HOUSE’S CIDER-MOSA SATURDAY

Every Saturday

Enjoy a liquid brunch and try a variety of delicious and fun cider-mosas.

HUNTED 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 Thursday – Sunday

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. Discount tickets

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT

All Month

Smart Phone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city.  Start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a journey through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.

GEEKS WHO DRINK’S 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.

 

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON

 I LIKE COMIC CON

Feb 10th & 11th

A celebration for fans of all genres and ages as we bring you amazing guest writers, artists, creators, comic book related celebrities, cosplay, a huge Artist Alley, exhibitors and so much more!

WINE & CHOCOLATE

Feb 10th & 11th

Skip the traffic and stay local for Valentine’s Day. Join your participating Southwest Washington wineries for a weekend of Wine and Chocolate.

JEEVES INTERVENES 

Through Feb 24th

1920s high-society London is once again thrown into chaos by hapless playboy Bertie Wooster, this time in cahoots with his old school chum Eustace Bassington-Bassington. The two hatch a brilliant plan to dupe their meddling relatives in order to save Bertie from an undesired marriage and Eustace from an unwanted job in India. But will the ever-faithful manservant Jeeves be able to rescue these bumbling fools from themselves?

OPEN SATURDAY AT PEARSON AIRBASE

Feb 10th

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.

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND

  • Fifty Shades Freed
  • The 15:17 to Paris
  • Peter Rabbit
  • The Female Brain
  • Pad Man
  • The Next Big Thing
  • Aiyaary
  • Monster Family
  • Bomb City
  • Permission
  • Entanglement

 

 

 

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This Week in Real Estate: February 4, 2018

 

The fourth quarter of 2017 resulted in sellers realizing a 10-year high of profits and the homeownership rate reaching the highest level in three years as reported This Week in Real Estate by ATTOM Data Solutions and the U.S. Census Bureau respectively. Below are a few highlights from the last week of January that influence our business:

*Average Home Seller Profits at 10-Year High of $54,000 in Q4 2017. ATTOM Data Solutions released its Year-End and Q4 2017 U.S. Home Sales Report Tuesday, which shows that home sellers in Q4 2017 realized an average home price gain since purchase of $54,000, up from $53,732 in the previous quarter and up from $47,133 in Q4 2016 to the highest since Q3 2007 — a more than 10-year high. That $54,000 average home seller profit represented an average 29.7 percent return on investment compared to the original purchase price, up from 28.8 percent in the previous quarter and up from 26.8 percent in Q4 2016 to the highest average home seller ROI since Q3 2007. “It’s the most profitable time to sell a home in more than 10 years yet homeowners are staying put longer than we’ve ever seen,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions. “While home sellers on the West Coast are realizing the biggest profits, rapid home price appreciation in red state markets is rivaling that of the high-flying coastal markets and producing sizable profits for home sellers in those middle-American markets as well.” Among 155 metropolitan statistical areas with sufficient historical data, those with the highest average home seller ROI were San Jose, California (90.9 percent ROI); San Francisco, California (73.3 percent); Merced, California (64.6 percent); Seattle, Washington (64.4 percent); and Santa Cruz, California (59.8 percent). The U.S. median home price in 2017 was $235,000, up 8.3 percent from 2016 to a new all-time high. Annual home price appreciation in 2017 slowed slightly compared to the 8.5 percent in 2016.

Full Story… https://www.attomdata.com/news/home-prices-and-sales/2017-home-sales-report/

*Homeownership Rate Reaches Highest Level in Three Years. The national homeownership rate reached its highest level since the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing slightly in the last quarter of 2017, according to the Quarterly Residential Vacancies and Homeownership report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The homeownership rate remained statistically unchanged, inching up to 64.2% in the fourth quarter. This is up from 63.7% the year before and 63.9% in the third quarter. Among Millennials, the homeownership rate ticked up slightly from 35.6% to 36%. Among older generations, the homeownership is significantly higher at 75.3% for those aged 55 to 64 years and 79.2% for those aged 65 years and older. “What’s even more positive news for the housing market is that much of the increase in the homeownership rate over the past year has come from 18 to 44-year olds,” Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin said.

Full Story… https://www.housingwire.com/articles/42403-homeownership-rate-reaches-highest-level-in-three-years

*Private Residential Spending Reaches Cycle High. NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending rose 0.5% in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $526.1 billion, the highest level since March 2007. Total private residential construction spending rose 6.2% last year, after increasing 12.5% in 2016. The monthly gains are largely attributed to the increase in multifamily construction spending. It rebounded strongly 2.6% after a dip of 0.5% in November, reaching a $64.0 billion annual pace in December. Single-family construction spending inched up 0.4%, after surging 2% in November. Remodeling spending slipped slightly 0.2% in December. On a year-over-year basis, spending on home improvements increased by 3.2%.

Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2018/02/private-residential-spending-reaches-cycle-high/

Have a productive week.

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: February 2-4, 2018

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
FEBRUARY 2-4, 2018

PORTLAND SEAFOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

FEB 2ND & 3RD

Taste some of Oregon’s best wines from over fifty wineries and munch on deliciously fresh seafood at the peak of Dungeness Crab season.  Bring the whole family, face painters, balloon artists and so much more!  http://pdxseafoodandwinefestival.com/

 

PORTLAND WINTER LIGHT FESTIVAL

FEB 1ST – 3RD

Presenting more than 100 artists and organizations from all across the Cascadian region. The 2018 festival is truly citywide, with Festival Hubs and Affiliate Locations showcasing illuminated art installations, vibrant performances, and stunning kinetic fire sculptures throughout Portland.  https://www.pdxwlf.com/

 

WORST DAY OF THE YEAR RUN

FEB 3RD

Enjoy Columbia River views on this 5k run starting at McMenamins Edgefield.  Packed gravel course with short rolling hills. http://www.worstdayrun.com/

 

HOIKE

FEB 3RD

Authentic Hawaiian food, live music, Polynesian dancing, silent auction and much more!    https://kiako.org/hoike

 

SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL

THROUGH FEB 2ND

Featuring concerts by seven talented artists at The Old Church Concert Hall. https://scnmf.org/

 

PUPLANDIA VALENTINE’S SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA

FEB 3RD

50 Vendors – selling glass art, soaps, toys, dog treats the list goes on and on … JUST in time for Valentine’s day ALSO helping us at Puplandia Dog Rescue. https://www.facebook.com/events/155453938408765/

 

PRINCESS PROMENADE

FEB 3RD

Princess themed Daddy Daughter Dance.  An evening of dancing, music, snacks, face painting, a commemorative photo and gift bag, and meet a few real princesses! Dress is semi-formal. Girls grade K-8 welcomed along with their fathers, guardians, or male relative. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/princess-promenade-2018-tickets-40897331018

 

CASCADE FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN FILMS

THROUGH MARCH 3RD 

Films showing Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa packaged for Western viewers. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose its failures, and reveal possibilities for a hopeful future. https://www.africanfilmfestival.org/

 

80’S VIDEO DANCE ATTACK

EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Dig out your neon mesh shirts, crimping iron and striped legwarmers to travel back to the 1980s! Classic music videos projected on giant screens complimented with a thumping sound system and light show, this dance extravaganza is sure to get the blood pumping!  http://www.videodanceattack.com/#0

 

DUELING PIANO SHOW

EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY

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, We boast a Vegas style, Request Driven, Audience Interactive Show complete with Bits, Games, Sing-A-Longs, Comedy and some of the best players in the U.S. https://barrelroompdx.ticketleap.com/

 

PORTLAND CIDER HOUSE’S CIDER-MOSA SATURDAY

EVERY SATURDAY

Enjoy a liquid brunch and try a variety of delicious and fun cider-mosas.  https://www.portlandcider.com/

 

HUNTED PUB TOUR

ALL MONTH

Portland:   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.  http://beerquestpdx.com/pubcrawl/

 

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS

ALL MONTH THURSDAY – SUNDAY

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. Discount tickets  http://pdxpipeline.com/2015/12/02/portland-escape-rooms-holiday-christmas-gift-puzzles-promo-discount-coupon-code/

 

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT

ALL MONTH      

Smart Phone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city.  Start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a journey through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.  https://www.urbanadventurequest.com/tours/things-to-do/portland_oregon/default.aspx

 

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 – five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.  http://shanrockstrivia.com/

 

GEEKS WHO DRINK’S 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.  http://www.geekswhodrink.com/

 

Vancouver, Washington

 

FATHER DAUGHTER VALENTINE’S BALL

FEB 2ND & 3RD

Celebrating the bond between daughters and their dads, grandfathers, uncles and other father figures. Local DJ, finger foods to munch on, refreshments, temporary tattoo station and a professional photographer will be on hand to take keepsake photos of your evening together. https://www.cityofvancouver.us/parksrec/page/annual-father-daughter-valentine%E2%80%99s-ball-1

 

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL

FEB 2ND & 3RD

The largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world.  Each evening will have a different selection from this year’s films.  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3070610

 

FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

FEB 2ND

Uniting creativity and great art with food and inspiration. Stop by to shop local, network, and meet local business owners. https://www.nightmarketvancouver.com/

 

LANTERN TOUR: WALKING VANCOUVER BARRACKS

FEB 3RD

Tour through the grounds of Vancouver Barracks by lantern light, connecting attendees to the national park’s military history through thematic storytelling.  https://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/news/lanterntours201718.htm

 

OPEN SATURDAY AT PEARSON AIRBASE

FEB 3RD

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.

http://fortvan.org/Education/upcoming-programs.html

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND

  • Winchester
  • Digimon Adventure
  • Living Among Us
  • Braven
  • Bilal: A New Breed of Hero
  • The Music of Silence
  • Lies We Tell
  • Street Lights

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


This Week in Real Estate: January 29, 2018

Despite inventory pressure, which in turn has driven continued price appreciation as a result of buyer demand, the National Association of Realtors announced This Week in Real Estate that 2017 existing home sales recorded the best year in 11 years. Below are a few highlights from the fourth week of January that influence our business:

* Cash Sales Tie Post-Recession High. NAHB analysis of the most recent Quarterly Sales by Price and Financing published by the Census Bureau reveals that cash sales accounted for 11,000 new home sales in the fourth quarter of 2017. Cash purchases made up 7.9% of purchases in the fourth quarter, a mark not seen since 2014. 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 December 2017, according to estimates from the National Association of Realtors. Conventional financing contracted sharply following the Great Recession, but has expanded as the recovery has continued. In 2006, conventional financing accounted for 90% of new home purchases, falling to 59% in 2010. Conventional loans accounted for 72% of new home sales in 2017, on average, the highest annual average since 2008.

 

* Best Year For Home Sales Since 2006, Despite Headwinds. Existing home sales in 2017 increased 1.1 percent for the best year in 11 years. According to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), the 5.51 million sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and cooperative apartments surpassed the 5.45 million sales in 2016 to have the highest number of transactions since 6.48 million were sold in 2006. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says the housing market performed remarkably well for the U.S. economy in 2017, but wasn’t as good as it might have been.  The year brought substantial wealth gains for homeowners and historically low distressed property sales. “Existing sales concluded the year on a softer note, but they were guided higher these last 12 months by a multi-year streak of exceptional job growth, which ignited buyer demand,” he said. “At the same time, market conditions were far from perfect. New listings struggled to keep up with what was sold very quickly, and buying became less affordable in a large swath of the country. These two factors ultimately muted what should have been a stronger sales pace.” The median existing-home price for all housing types in December was $246,800, a 5.8 percent rate of appreciation for the year and was the 70th straight month of year-over-year gains. The inventory of available homes fell another 11.4 percent in December to 1.48 million and is now 10.3 percent lower than a year ago (1.65 million).  The inventory has declined year-over-year for 31 consecutive months and is currently estimated at a 3.2-month supply, the lowest level since NAR began tracking in 1999. Existing-home sales in the West declined 0.8 percent below a year ago.

 

* Purchase Mortgage Applications Hit 8-Year High. Mortgage applications continue on the tear they started during the first week of 2018. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA’s) Market Composite Index, a measure of loan application volume, increased 4.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis during the week ended January 19. The gain came on the heels of 8.3 percent and 4.1 percent increases in the first two weeks of the year. Both the Refinancing and Purchase Indexes saw gains.  The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index was up 6 percent from the week ended January 12, its fourth straight increase, and was the highest since April 2010.
Have a productive week.

 

Jason


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