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

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

  1. Forth of July Pet Parade


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

  1. Wasco County Fair and Rodeo


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

 

  1. Portland Greek Festival


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

 

  1. Scandanavian Festival

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

 

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

 

  1. Bohemia Mining Days


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

 

  1. Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest


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

 

  1. Oregon State Fair


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

 


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

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

 

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE

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

PEACOCK LANE LIGHT DISPLAYS

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

MICHAEL ALLEN HARRISON—CHRISTMAS AT THE OLD CHURCH

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

KID’S STORYTIME AT POWELLS

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

PLAID TIDINGS MUSICAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

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

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

Click here for movie times and theatres.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

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


This Week in Real Estate: December 19, 2016

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

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

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

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

Have a productive week.
Jason


Meet the Newest Additions to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate

We are proud to announce the addition of these brokers to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate family. Please help us give a warm welcome to the following real estate professionals:

Sun Kim – West Portland

Stacy Robinson – Clark County Northwest

Ryan Rafferty – Scappoose

Jolie Richards – Newberg

Joanne Dunlap – Florence

Jamie McCallum – Columbia Tech Center

Cristina Leta – Columbia Tech Center

Russ Morgan – Lake Oswego

Emily Brown – Newberg

Ashley Benson – Columbia Tech Center

Daniel Lowe – Columbia Tech Center

Leah Lenzer – East Portland

Darci Robinson – Columbia Tech Center

Shannon Roberts – Columbia Tech Center

 

Are you interested in creating a successful career in real estate with a strong company? Click here to see how Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate helps our brokers build lasting careers based on delivering exceptional service backed by integrity. Email careers@bhhsnw.com to schedule an appointment.


2017 Design Trends

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If you’re renovating or building, look out for the following trends for 2017.
WHAT’S IN

TERRACOTTA

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Warm materials such as terracotta tiles will replace currently popular cool and white tones.

“Unlike in the 80s, they aren’t used as border tiles. Instead they will have a natural matte finish and be used as feature walls in bathrooms or for cladding fireplaces,” says Lauren Macer of Sisalla Interior Design. 

CORK

Not only is cork a stylish material idea that adds warmth and texture to spaces, it’s also ideal for absorbing noise in our increasingly large homes.

“It could be used to clad entire walls in the home office and used to pin notes to,” Macer says.

UPHOLSTERED HEADBOARDS

Beds will change dramatically in 2017, with upholstered bed heads set to replace the timber bed frames currently dominating the market.

“Whether you opt for the classic model in neutral color with buttons, or a plush one in velvet, a bedhead is an easy way to update and add instant glamour to a bedroom.”

ESCAPISM

Homes with nooks and places to relax will become more popular as humans react to our increasingly technological lives.

“With an ever-increasing amount of time spent in front of a computer or smartphone screen during the day…there will be a greater desire to create spaces in our lives devoid of digital distraction,” says the team at Nathan + Jac.

JEWEL TONES

Pastel shades of pink and blue will soon be overtaken by jewel tones inspired by metals, space, stars, clouds and the cosmos.

“Metallics, metals, raw-cut quartz, Lucite and opal will add a dash of sparkle and interest,” says the Nathan + Jac team.

WHAT’S OUT

COPPER

“The oversaturation of cheap and shiny imitation copper just ends up looking like you’ve tried too hard, and by doing so, you’ve already missed the boat.”

Our experts almost unanimously agree that copper and rose gold are out. In its place, a more industrial aesthetic is anticipated.

OPEN PLAN LIVING

Defined living spaces are returning to modern homes as consumers seek more private home layouts.

“As people have now lived with the open plan living areas incorporating kitchen, living, dining and even study areas, they have found problems with acoustics and cooking smells through the space,” Macer says.

Source: Domain.com


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

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

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

OPEN SATURDAYS AT PEARSON AIRBASE
EVERY SAT  Free educational experience, Flight Simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, a glider-building station, historic airplanes on-site for viewing, collections on display, and educational programs to propel students of all ages.
NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
·         Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
·         Solace
·         Collateral Beauty
·         Manchester by the Sea
·         La La Land
·         A Kind of Murder
·         Neruda
·         The Hollow Point

Click here for movie times and theatres.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

Have a productive week.
Jason


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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for movie times and theatres.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

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


This Week in Real Estate with Jason Waugh: Dec. 5, 2016

image001Home price appreciation has been a consistent story in real estate the past 3 years, so it was simply a matter of time before the data supported findings similar to the ones reported This Week in Real Estate. Case-Shiller released their National Home Price Index on Tuesday concluding the Index reached an all-time high at the end of the third quarter. Below are a few highlights from the final week of November that influence our business:

* Case-Shiller National Index at New All-Time High. Home prices finally surpassed all-time highs set in July 2006 as the housing boom topped out. According to the latest data released Tuesday by the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, which covers all nine U.S. census divisions, recorded a 5.5% annual gain in September, up from 5.1% last month. Seattle, Portland and Denver were again the cities in the 20-City Composite with the highest rate of annual appreciation. Seattle led the way with an 11% year-over-year price increase, followed by Portland with 10.9%, and Denver with an 8.7% increase.
Full Story… https://www.spice-indices.com/idpfiles/spice-assets/resources/public/documents/443948_cshomeprice-release-1129.pdf?force_download=true

* Consumer Confidence Now Back to Pre-Recession Levels. With the ongoing job and economic growth, in November consumer confidence improved. Consumers were optimistic about the current situation and the near term outlook. The Conference Board reported that the Consumer Confidence Index jumped to 107.1 in November, from an upwardly revised 100.8 in October. Both the present situation index and the expectations index rebounded. The present situation index increased to 130.3, from 123.1 and the expectations index hit 91.7, up from 86. This brings the index back to pre-recession levels. The index stood at 111.9 in July 2007. “A more favorable assessment of current conditions coupled with a more optimistic short-term outlook helped boost confidence,” said Lynn Franco, The Conference Board director of economic indicators.
Full Story…  http://www.housingwire.com/articles/38634-consumer-confidence-now-back-to-pre-recession-levels?eid=322520585&bid=1601529

* Pending Home Sales Maintain Pace. The Pending Home Sales Index increased a slight 0.1% in October, but was 1.8% higher than last October. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased 110.0 in October from a downwardly revised 109.9 in September. The PHSI increased 1.6% in the Midwest, 0.7% in the West, and 0.4% in the Northeast, but fell 1.3% in the South. Year-over-year, the PHSI increased in all regions, ranging from 3.9% in the Northeast to 0.8% in the South. Commenting on the continued tight supply of homes for sale, NAR reported that 40% of October sales were at or above list price, compared to 33% last October.
Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2016/11/pending-sales-maintain-pace/

Have a productive week.
Jason


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