Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: Feb. 19-21, 2016

PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR FEB, 19-21, 2016

 

KIDFEST

SAT-SUN  Portland Expo Center: Non-stop entertainment, interactive exhibits for kids, teens and parents, family fun zones.

COMIC CON

FRI-SUN  Oregon Convention Center: Enjoy sci-fi, comic books, anime, fantasy or manga? This is the place for you! You can even dress up and compete in the costume contest!

CHINESE NEW YEAR CULTURAL SHOW

Through MON FEB 22  Lan Su Chinese Garden: Cultural performances, lion dances, martial arts performances, calligraphy demonstrations, crafts and more.

AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

ALL MONTH  Portland Community College: 18 outstanding feature, documentary and short films from 11 African countries: Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, and Ethiopia.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT

ALL MONTH  Smart phone 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.

50 YEARS OF INDIAN CINEMA

ALL MONTH  Portland Art Museum: Indian cinema boasts the most prolific output of any national film industry on the planet—its films, stars, and songs are beloved at home and by millions around the world.

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

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. Discount tickets.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND MUSICAL

ALL MONTH  Northwest Children’s Theater: Tumble down the rabbit hole as Alice’s adventures through Wonderland are transformed into a spectacular jazz odyssey! This original NWCT adaptation is filled with classic characters from the Mad Hatter to the Queen of Hearts and a beautiful original score inspired by jazz greats from Davis to Monk.

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.

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.

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

BRIDAL SHOW

SAT  Brickstone Ballroom: All your wedding needs in one stop. Handpicked local vendors, live music, food & wine tasting all in an intimate setting.

WASHINGTON STATE HORSE EXPO

FRI-SUN  Clark County Event Center: Watch races and shows, attend seminars and get information on local horse-friendly areas.

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

  • Blow Out
  • Forsaken
  • Crazy About Tiffany’s
  • Escape to Witch Mountain
  • Loveshhuda
  • Race
  • The Witch
  • Risen
  • Neeria

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Appealing to Multigenerational Buyers

Multigenerational Buyers

A Financial & Lifestyle Solution to Rising Prices

Although your home may have housed a traditional family consisting of a mom, dad and two kids, savvy real estate agents will tell you that in order to attract more buyers, staging your house as one fit for multi-generations is the way to go.

Grandfather And Grandson Playing With Football In ParkA recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center states that a record 57 million Americans (18.1% of the U.S. population) were living in multi-generational households.

This trend is coming from all directions. Young adults are moving back home, the elderly are moving in with their middle-age children and middle-aged children are moving back with their elderly parents.

Homes geared specifically to multigenerational buyers are on the cutting edge of design. They often include self-contained, apartment-like living areas with a bedroom, a full bath, a kitchenette, a separate entrance and sometimes a laundry room and garage. Although the western states, especially California, are ahead of the curve, these multigenerational floorplans are gradually making their way east.

As a result, agents are highlighting features such as finished walkout basements and bonus bedrooms. When it’s being suggested to transform your office or basement into a bedroom, you should be listening. Any home that contains bonus space is a viable candidate for a buyer who might be planning to bring an ill or out-of-work family member back into the fold. A home’s accessibility is important for people who might be living with aging parents who use wheelchairs or walkers. Creating a complete, accessible living space on one level with safety features can make a home attractive to people of all ages.

Modern white kitchen clean interior designAdding a Kitchenette

If you are thinking of adding a lock-off suite within the walls of your single-family home, you may consider adding a kitchenette or service bar with a sink, a fridge and a convection microwave oven, but not a range and oven. That’s because some municipalities classify a home as a duplex if the kitchenette has full-size cooking appliances.

A convection microwave is versatile enough for most types of cooking, not to mention dozens of countertop appliances, such as crockpots, woks and toaster ovens. A kitchenette, by design, is relatively small because it’s meant for one or two people. A range would take up space better utilized for storage cabinets.

While communal living isn’t for everyone, new multigenerational homes can help minimize friction and promote more positive experiences. Grandparents and grandchildren develop a stronger bond. Parents have more peace of mind knowing that the grandparents aren’t alone. They can even get away by themselves occasionally, since Grandpa and Grandma can look after the kids. It’s a financial solution, but it’s also a lifestyle solution.

 

This Week in Real Estate: Feb. 15, 2016

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Six weeks into 2016 and the stock market is struggling to find stability. The question This Week in Real Estate is how much further can interest rates drop? Below are a few highlights from the second week of February that influence our business:

* Mortgage Rates Drop Six Weeks Straight. The downward trend in mortgage rates continued for the sixth consecutive week amid ongoing market volatility, the latest results of Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey found. “In a falling rate environment, mortgage rates often adjust more slowly than capital market rates, and the early-2016 flight-to-quality has run true to form,” said Sean Becketti, chief economist with Freddie Mac. “The 30-year mortgage rate has dropped 36 basis points since the start of the year, while the yield on the 10-year treasury has dropped 59 basis points over the same period. If treasury yields were to hold at current levels, mortgage rates might well sink a little further before stabilizing,” he said. Full Story… http://www.housingwire.com/articles/36260-freddie-mac-mortgage-rates-drop-six-weeks-straight?eid=322520585&bid=1308495

* Foreclosures Fall to Lowest Level Since 2006. In another sign that the recovery from the housing crisis is ongoing rather than stalled out, the total number of completed foreclosures in 2015 was the lowest number of completed foreclosures in any year since 2006, a new report from CoreLogic shows. The numbers hit a 8-year low just last month. The number of completed foreclosures fell more than 20% from 2014 to 2015, making it the best year since before the housing crisis began. The number of completed foreclosures in December 2015 was down 72.8% from the peak of 117,722 in September 2010. As of December 2015, the national foreclosure inventory included approximately 433,000, or 1.1%, of all homes with a mortgage compared with 568,000 homes, or 1.5%, in December 2014. The December 2015 foreclosure inventory rate is the lowest for any month since November 2007. The December 2015 serious delinquency rate (90 days or more past due) was the lowest in eight years, falling to the lowest level since November 2007. Full Story… http://www.housingwire.com/articles/36238-corelogic-foreclosures-fall-to-lowest-level-since-2006?eid=322520585&bid=1306038

* Home-Price Growth Sped Up Last Year. Home-price growth accelerated late last year, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors. The national median existing single-family home price grew nearly 7% in the fourth quarter, compared with the same time last year. Prices increased year-over-year in 81% of markets measured by NAR. But 30 metro areas saw double-digit increases. Western and sunbelt markets continued to see some of the biggest gains. Full Story… http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2016/02/10/home-price-growth-sped-up-last-year-realtors-say/

Have a productive week!

Jason

 

4th Quarter Chairman’s Report 2015

We are happy to announce the 4th Quarter Chairman’s Report for 2015 is now available to read online. Discover where the real estate market is headed and review 4th Quarter Market Stats for the Portland Metro and SW Washington. Special thanks to our Chairman, Bert Waugh, Jr.


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: Feb. 12-14, 2016

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR FEB, 12-14, 2016

 

VALENTINE’S DAY EVENTS

Valentine’s Day Dinner ~ Open Table lists over 100 area restaurants that offer specials, set menus & other Valentine’s Day treats.

Dinner Cruise ~ Portland Spirit: Enjoy spectacular river views with famous Portland landmarks, wonderful menus and live music.

Kiss & Tell ~ Alberta Abbey: Enjoy wine & chocolate, along with stories of real love and romance woven together in a funny, sexy and intimate evening of story theater.

Muddy Run ~ Lee Farms: Lots of mud, fun and semi-challenging obstacles, food, drinks, music, bonfires and much more!

GARDEN SHOW

FRI-SUN  Oregon Convention Center: Visit 300 booths and learn what’s new skills and techniques from gardening experts worldwide.

PACIFIC NW SPORTSMEN’S SHOW

THURS-SUN  Portland Expo Center: See what is new, learn survival training, camp cooking, ammo sale & much more.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CULTURAL SHOW

Through FEB 22  Lan Su Chinese Garden: Cultural performances, lion dances, martial arts performances, calligraphy demonstrations, crafts and more.

AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

ALL MONTH  Portland Community College: 18 outstanding feature, documentary and short films from 11 African countries: Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, and Ethiopia.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT

ALL MONTH  Smart phone 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.

50 YEARS OF INDIAN CINEMA

ALL MONTH  Portland Art Museum: Indian cinema boasts the most prolific output of any national film industry on the planet—its films, stars, and songs are beloved at home and by millions around the world.

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

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. Discount tickets.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND MUSICAL

ALL MONTH  Northwest Children’s Theater: Tumble down the rabbit hole as Alice’s adventures through Wonderland are transformed into a spectacular jazz odyssey! This original NWCT adaptation is filled with classic characters from the Mad Hatter to the Queen of Hearts and a beautiful original score inspired by jazz greats from Davis to Monk.

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.

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.

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

VALENTINE’S DAY WINE AND CHOCOLATE TASTING

SAT-SUN  Southwest Washington Wineries: Experience wine alongside chocolate, chocolate in wine, wine in chocolate and other delicious pairings this Valentines weekend. Each winery has its own surprising pairings to offer you, check individual web sites for specific information.

FORT VANCOUVER SWEETHEART DANCE

SAT  Pearson Air Museum: Ever wish you could have experienced swing dancing to the big band sound at USO dances during the 1940s? Here is your chance!

VANCOUVER GUN SHOW

SAT-SUN  Clark County Event Center: Features modern, collectible, military, and antique firearms as well as firearm accessories, ammunition, and knives.

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
Creed/Rocky
• How to be Single
• Deadpool
• Zoolander 2
• Cabin Fever
• The Final Project
• Providence
• The New Year’s Eve of Old Lee
• Touched with Fire
• Of Mind and Music

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This Week in Real Estate: Feb. 8, 2016

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Groundhog’s Day was this week and the most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, did not see his shadow (only 14 times in 95 years). As we all know, that means an earlier start to spring, which for This Week in Real Estate means an earlier start to our spring selling season. Below are a few highlights from the first week of February that influence our business:

* U.S. Home Sellers in 2015 Realized Biggest Price Gains Since 2007. RealtyTrac released its Year-End 2015 U.S. Home Sales Report this week, which shows that U.S. home sellers in 2015 realized an average price gain since purchase of 11 percent ($20,378), the biggest average price gain for U.S. home sellers since 2007 – an eight-year high. The 11 percent average price gain in 2015 marked the second consecutive year where U.S. home sellers realized an average price gain following six consecutive years where U.S. home sellers realized average price losses. “This return to consistent home price gains for sellers should reinforce confidence in real estate in 2016 and produce another year of solid sales volume as homeowners cash out their equity gains,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. Additional results: 38 percent of markets hit new all-time home price peak in 2015, home sales volume reaches nine-year high and distressed sales and short sales combined drop to eight-year low.
Full Story… http://www.realtytrac.com/news/home-prices-and-sales/realtytrac-year-end-2015-u-s-home-sales-report/

* January Housing Data Offers Strong 2016 Outlook. Economic uncertainty driven by a tumultuous start of the year for financial markets does not seem to be dampening the pent-up demand that drove growth and sales in 2015. Instead, year-over-year trends point to this spring being the busiest since 2006, according to the analysis of preliminary January data on realtor.com. The residential real estate market is following a typical January pattern, with cooler demand, reduced inventory and slower market velocity than during warmer months in most markets. Despite these monthly trends, 2016 is off to a strong start with robust year-over-year growth. January median list prices are expected to show a substantial increase of 8 percent year-over-year, despite a slight decrease from December. Homes are selling 4 percent faster this year when compared to last year. “Our initial readings on January affirm the positive growth we expect to see in the residential real estate market in 2016,” says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of realtor.com. “A large number of prospective buyers have been telling us since the second half of 2015 that they plan to purchase in the spring and summer of 2016. All indicators point to this spring being the busiest since 2006, but we’ll need to see inventory grow more robustly this year to satisfy these buyers,” adds Smoke. “The decline in the stock market so far seems to be a net positive for real estate demand. Fixed 30-year mortgage rates are now about 25 basis points lower than at the end of 2015.”
Full Story… http://rismedia.com/?p=106831

* Homeownership Finally Rising After a Decade of Decline. Homeownership rates continue to rise for a second quarter in a row due to job growth and the ability to gain credit. According to the Census Bureau, the share of Americans who own their homes was 63.8% in the fourth quarter, up from 63.4% in the previous three months. Per Bloomberg Business, “The homeownership rate has found a floor,” Matthew Pointon, U.S. property economist for Capital Economics. “We expect it to rise very gradually over the next few years.” Per the Census Bureau’s second quarter report: for householders from 35 – 44 years of age, the homeownership rate increased the most, from 58.1 to 59.3%. For householders 65 years and older, the homeownership rate also rose slightly, from 78.7% to 79.3%. For householders from 45 – 54 years of age, the homeownership rate rose slightly, from 69.9% to 70.1%. For householders from 55 – 64 years of age, the homeownership rate fell, from 75.3% to 75.2%.
Full Story… http://www.housingwire.com/articles/36166-homeownership-finally-rising-after-decade-of-decline?eid=322520585&bid=1297728

 
Have a productive week!
Jason

Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: Feb. 5-7, 2015

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR FEB, 5-7, 2016

 

SEAFOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

FRI-SAT  Oregon Convention Center: Enjoy local wine, seafood & live music at the Portland Seafood & Wine Festival.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CULTURAL EVENT

SAT  Oregon Convention Center: Family friendly cultural performances, retail/service vendors, various Chinese food and drinks, mini concert, arts and crafts and much more.

MUSIC & FILM FESTIVAL

Through FEB 5  Downtown Portland: Eclectic mix of jazz, blues, rock, soul, opera, classical, avant-garde and everything in between.

AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

ALL MONTH  Portland Community College: 18 outstanding feature, documentary and short films from 11 African countries: Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, and Ethiopia.

PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC & BEER FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN  Crystal Ballroom: While psychedelic music covers a range of styles and genres, it is inspired by psychedelic culture and the attempt to replicate the mind altering experiences that started in mid-’60s folk, rock and blues.

GUIDED LARGE BIRD VIEWING

SAT  Kruger’s Farm Market: Explore Sauvie Island in search of magnificent eagles, hawks and falcons that spend the winter here.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT

ALL MONTH  Smart phone 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.

50 YEARS OF INDIAN CINEMA

ALL MONTH  Portland Art Museum: Indian cinema boasts the most prolific output of any national film industry on the planet—its films, stars, and songs are beloved at home and by millions around the world.

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

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. Discount tickets.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND MUSICAL

ALL MONTH  Northwest Children’s Theater: Tumble down the rabbit hole as Alice’s adventures through Wonderland are transformed into a spectacular jazz odyssey! This original NWCT adaptation is filled with classic characters from the Mad Hatter to the Queen of Hearts and a beautiful original score inspired by jazz greats from Davis to Monk.

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.

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.

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

DISCOVER THE DINOSAURS

SAT-SUN  Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds: Learn, discover and have fun in this unique hands on exhibit that gives you the opportunity to actually see dinosaurs! Discover the Dinosaurs features a walk-through exhibit designed to bring you back in time to a landscape where dinosaurs lived.

ANNUAL FATHER DAUGHTER VALENTINE’S BALL

SAT  Pearson Air Museum: A fun and memorable event for fathers and daughters of all ages! Local DJ, balloon artist, face painting, finger foods and a professional photographer to take pictures of your special evening together.

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
Hail, Caesar!
• All Roads Lead to Rome
• Misconduct
• Regression
• 600 Miles
• Pride, Prejudice and Zombies
• The Choice
• The Club
• The Pack
• Tumbledown

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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:

Sherry Taft – Newberg

Olive Gallagher – West Portland

Geri Penner – West Portland

Ian Ross – East Portland

Whitney Grant – West Portland

Cindy Easton – West Portland

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.


This Week in Real Estate: Feb. 1, 2016

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This Week in Real Estate Oregon and Washington top the list of strongest housing markets in 2016 as reported by Veros Real Estate Solutions. Rising mortgage applications and low rates to end the first month of 2016. Below are a few of the highlights from the final week of January that influence our business:

* The 25 Strongest and Weakest Housing Markets for 2016. A new report from Veros Real Estate Solutions, a provider of enterprise risk management, collateral valuation services and predictive analytics, show the vitality and expected market changes of the U.S. residential market for 2016. In all the top forecast markets, Veros’ report shows an appreciation in the 10% range, especially in the Pacific Northwest, such as California, Washington and Oregon. “Portland, Seattle and Bend are numbers 1, 2 and 4 in the nation, respectively. Oregon, Washington and North Carolina showed the biggest gains in one-year forecast levels from last quarter’s update,” said Eric Fox, vice president of statistical and economic modeling at Veros.
Full Story… http://www.housingwire.com/articles/36121-here-are-the-25-strongest-and-weakest-housing-markets-for-2016?eid=322520585&bid=1296355

* Mortgage Applications Rise Three Weeks Straight. For the third week in a row, mortgage application increased, rising 8.8% from one week earlier, according to the latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly mortgage applications survey for the week ending January 22, 2016. The refinance index increased 11% from the previous week, while the seasonally adjusted index increased 5% from one week earlier. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) reached its lowest level since October 2015, dropping to 4.02%, from 4.06%. Also falling, the average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $417,000) decreased to 3.89% from 3.93%.
Full Story… http://www.housingwire.com/articles/36114-mba-mortgage-applications-rise-three-weeks-straight?eid=322520585&bid=1293033

* Mortgage Rates in Line With 8-Month Lows. Mortgage rates were at 3-month lows on Thursday and on Friday had moved in line with 8-month lows. For most lenders, there was a day or 2 in October that was just slightly better than today, but the differences are negligible. Before that, you’d have to go back to April to find anything remotely as good. At these levels, some of the most aggressive lenders are quoting 3.625% conventional 30yr fixed rates on top tier scenarios. Global financial markets came into the new year in distress. Major stock indices are plummeted around the world, and investors sought shelter in the bond market. When investor demand for bonds increases, rates fall. So we’re left with much lower mortgage rates despite the Fed having just begun its hiking cycle. This paradoxical trend can continue as long as global market turmoil fuels a demand for safer haven investments.
Full Story… http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/consumer_rates/562453.aspx

 
Have a productive week!
Jason

Portland Metro Event Weekend Planner: Jan. 28-31, 2016

PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR JAN. 28-31, 2016

AUTO SHOW

THURS-SUN  Oregon Convention Center: Touch and feel the newest automotive technology in the market today, plus get a glimpse into what is coming in the future. Enter to win a car & much more!

INTERNATIONAL CAT SHOW

FRI-SUN  Holiday Inn @ Portland Airport: Attend seminars, learn about different breeds of cats and watch them compete.

ART FESTIVAL

WED-SUN  Portland: Fertile Ground aspires to increase the appreciation for Portland’s lush creative culture, the artist and project spawned right here in our native soil.

MUSIC & FILM FESTIVAL

Through FEB 5  Downtown Portland: Eclectic mix of jazz, blues, rock, soul, opera, classical, avant-garde and everything in between.

HAWAIIAN EVENT

FRI-SUN  PCC Sylvania Campus: Authentic Hawaiian dinner, Polynesian dancing, live music & silent auction.

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 scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.

DUELING PIANO SHOW

ALL MONTH FRI & SAT  Barrel Room: 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. Discount Tickets.

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

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. Discount tickets.

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

JAZZ FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN  Clark College: The festival attracts over 60 middle and high school instrumental jazz ensembles for the three day competitive festival.

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
Finest Hours
• Kung Fu Panda 3
• Greater
• Backtrack
• Jane Got A Gun
• Lazer Team
• Fifty Shades of Black
• Mountain Men

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

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