Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: Oct. 16-18, 2015

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR OCTOBER 16-18, 2015

LAS VEGAS SHOW

SAT OCT 17 Tony Starlight has perfected his variety act over the last 20 years.

ARCADE GAME EXPO

SAT-SUN OCT 17-18 Oregon Convention Center, Over 200 games available to play and gaming tournaments. http://www.retrogamingexpo.com/

KILLER PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

SAT OCT 17 PDX Green Dragon: Over 40 Pumpkin Beers plus cocktails and sodas. Pumpkin smashing bowling, decorated and carving. Costume contest & much more. Suggested donation of $5 to Camp Ukandu. https://www.facebook.com/events/1477115419250851/

PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET

SAT-SUN OCT 17-18 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. Old Town

GUIDED NATURE HIKES

FRI-SUN OCT 17-18 (every day, various times & locations) Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more

HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES, PORTLAND METRO

Haunted Pub Crawl: http://beerquestpdx.com/pubcrawl/

Halloween Trail: http://www.fantasytrail.com/hallowtrail.htm

Farms on the West Side: http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/ORpnw.php#listings

Farms on the East Side: http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/ORpporteast.php#listings

Haunted Yard: http://davisgraveyard.com/

Haunted House, Fright Town: http://www.frighttown.com/

Haunted House, 13th Door: http://13thdoor.com/

Haunted Ghost Town: http://ghosttownhaunt.com/

 

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES, VANCOUVER METRO

Haunted House, 4 Horsemen: http://fourhorsemenpdx.com/

Bi-Zi Farms Pumpkin Patch: http://bizifarms.com/pumpkin-patch/

CCHM Haunted Walking Tours: http://www.cchmuseum.org/haunted-2015/

FAMILY NATURE FEST

SAT OCT 17 Columbia Springs: Scavenger Hunt, nature hikes, zoo critters, comedian/magician & musician! $5 per child 2 & up. http://www.columbiasprings.org/events/annual-events/family-field-trip-day/

ZOMBIE BREWFEST

SAT OCT 17 Doomsday Brewing Company: Zombie themed brew festival.   https://www.facebook.com/events/1638072003124168/

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET

SAT-SUN OCT 17-18 You’ll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden. Over 250 Vendors, weekends through Nov. 1st! Downtown Vancouver, 8th & Ester St.

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
Bridge of Spies
• Crimson Peak
• Goosebumps
• Woodlawn
• Truth
• All Things Must Pass
• Beasts of No Nation
• Cut Snake
• Dancin’ On It
• Death Valley
• The Diabolical
• Momentum
• Meadowland
• Room
• Tales of Halloween

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

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


Appeal to Male Buyers: Enticing Staging Tips

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Professional stagers consult with homeowners to sell their homes quickly and for the most money possible. They consider buying psychology, design elements and lighting. Often lost in the process, however, is the fact that those with masculine tastes are also involved in the buying decision.

Learn how to make your home universally appealing to buyers with both feminine and masculine design preferences, and increase the odds of making a sale.

Personal space: Real estate agents report that the average male tends to gravitate towards rooms with gadgets and electronics. They often appreciate open spaces and high ceilings—clean, streamlined rooms that one can easily walk through without obstructions.

Cater to interests: Masculine doesn’t mean fancy or frilly. Think about enhancing niches to watch the big game with buddies or relax after work. Modern Home Theater Room Interior with Flat Screen TV angled perspective view

Simplified color scheme: Don’t overwhelm any potential buyer with wild colors or furniture, even if you feel it makes your home special. Warm interior tones are generally preferred over cool tones.

The yard: A lawn that is well-maintained can really help boost your home’s appeal along with thick, healthy grass, minimal bushes to trim and easy-to-maintain flower beds.

GarageWorkBenchToolsGarage envy: Think about painted walls, clean floors and enough storage for various hobbies. A built-in workbench, organized shelving as well as clean, spacious areas for tools, equipment and maintenance supplies are a great draw.

Staging your home to visually appeal to men as well as women will ensure a better joint response from potential buyers.


This Week in Real Estate: Oct. 12, 2015

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A rather quiet week on the national front This Week in Real Estate is just fine, because less “noise” is good. With just 12-weeks left in 2015 we all must move forward with laser focus to close the great year we started strong. Lets recommit to our marketing/prospecting activities in the final 80+ days of the year and put forth a perfect effort ensuring a great start to 2016. Below are a few of the highlights from the first full week in October that influence our business:

* Housing Indicator Approaches Peak Level. Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) increased to 83.8 in September, and The HPSI Good Time to Sell component increased 13 points on net, due likely to a strong home price environment coupled with a slight improvement in consumers’ economic outlook. Additionally, the Good Time to Buy component increased 3 points on net as high rental costs may be encouraging more renters to consider homeownership. The HPSI summarizes consumers attitudes about whether it is a good or bad time to buyer or to sell a house. Consumers’ confidence in their employment and financial situations climbed 2 and 3 points, respectively, further suggesting a possible firmer footing for housing. “The HPSI returned near its record high this month, driven primarily by improvement in attitudes about selling a home and strengthening home prices,” Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae said.
Full Story… http://rismedia.com/2015-10-07/housing-indicator-approaches-peak-level/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eNews

* Distressed Sales Down to Just 9% of Homes Sold. Distressed sales, which include real estate-owned properties and short sales, accounted for 9.4% of total home sales nationally in July 2015, down 2.1 percentage points from July 2014 and down 0.4 percentage points from June 2015. REO sales accounted for 6.1% and short sales made up 3.3% of total home sales in July 2015. The REO sales share was the lowest since September 2007 when it was 5.2%. The short sales share fell below 4% in mid-2014 and has remained in the 3-4% range since then. At its peak in January 2009, distressed sales totaled 32.4% of all sales, with REO sales representing 27.9% of that share. There will always be some level of distress in the housing market, and by comparison, the pre-crisis share of distressed sales was traditionally about 2%. If the current year-over-year decrease in the distressed sales share continues, it would reach that “normal” 2% mark in mid-2019. Full Story… http://www.housingwire.com/articles/35304-distressed-sales-down-to-just-9-of-homes-sold

* US Jobless Claims Fall to Near 42-Year Low. The number of Americans filing new applications for jobless benefits fell more than expected to a near 42-year low last week, pointing to ongoing tightening in the labor market despite the recent slowdown in hiring. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 263,000 for the week ended October 3. That was the lowest since mid-July when the number of claims was at its lowest since 1973. Hitting such a historical low is remarkable considering the U.S. workforce has grown considerably since the 1970s. It was also the 31st straight week that claims remained below the 300,000 threshold, which is usually associated with a strengthening labor market. Full Story… http://www.cnbc.com/2015/10/08/us-weekly-jobless-claims-oct-3-2105.html

* Vacant ‘Zombie’ Foreclosures Down 43% in Third Quarter 2015 Compared to a Year Ago. RealtyTrac this week released its Q3 Zombie Foreclosure and Vacant Property Report, which shows 20,050 residential properties in the foreclosure process – but not yet repossessed – were vacant “zombie” homes as of the end of the third quarter of 2015, down 27 percent from the previous quarter and down 43 percent from a year ago. Vacant residential properties in the foreclosure process accounted for 1.3 percent of all vacant residential properties, with bank-owned homes (REO) accounting for another 1.9 percent of all vacant properties as of the end of the third quarter. The report shows a total of 1.5 million vacant U.S. residential properties, 1.8 percent of all 84.7 million U.S. residential properties.
Full Story… http://www.realtytrac.com/news/foreclosure-trends/realtytrac-q3-2015-u-s-zombie-foreclosure-and-vacant-property-report/

This week Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices introduced a new video tool, Videolicious. With the rise in popularity of video I strongly encourage you to dedicate some time this week, if you have not already, to learn how to use and incorporate this tool in your business.

 

Have a productive week!

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: Oct. 9-11, 2015

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR OCTOBER 9-11, 2015

PORTLAND PET EXPO

SAT OCT 10 Portland Expo Center, Free Admission, Bring Your Pet (see rules). Offers vendors, vaccinations, entertainment, and adoptions. www.portlandpetexpo.com

TRAVEL FEST

SAT-SUN OCT 10-11 Portland’s only regional, national and international travel show, you’ll find everything you need to start your next adventure. www.oregonianmediagroup.com/travel-show/

WILDCAT HAVEN HALLOWEEN SOIRE

SAT OCT 10 Sentinel Hotel~Live music, dinner, drinks, dancing, and a charity auction, costumes are welcome. www.facebook.com/events/1476109102711004/

HEMP CONVENTION

SAT-SUN OCT 10-11 Presentations on marijuana and 100 vendors located at the Portland Expo Center. www.oregonhempconvention.com/

PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET

SAT-SUN OCT 10-11 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. Old Town

GUIDED NATURE HIKES

FRI-SUN OCT10-11 (every day, various times & locations) Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more

HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES, PORTLAND METRO

Haunted Pub Crawl: http://beerquestpdx.com/pubcrawl/

Halloween Trail: http://www.fantasytrail.com/hallowtrail.htm

Farms on the West Side: http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/ORpnw.php#listings

Farms on the East Side: http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/ORpporteast.php#listings

Haunted Yard: http://davisgraveyard.com/

Haunted House, Fright Town: http://www.frighttown.com/

Haunted House, 13th Door: http://13thdoor.com/

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES, VANCOUVER METRO

Haunted House, 4 Horsemen: http://fourhorsemenpdx.com/

Bi-Zi Farms Pumpkin Patch: http://bizifarms.com/pumpkin-patch/

CCHM Haunted Walking Tours: http://www.cchmuseum.org/haunted-2015/

FALL JUNK BONANZA: VINTAGE MARKET

FRI-SUN OCT 9-11 The Fall Junk Bonanza is the place for antiquers, junkers and flea market lovers. Early Bird Entrance, $25 online; $30 at the door.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE

FRI-SAT OCT 9-10 Magenta Theater ~ The play opens in 1960’s London and Dr. Watson, Holmes’s trusty colleague and loyal friend, tells the story of the famous detective’s last adventure. http://magentatheater.com/page/sherlock-holmes-final-adventure

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET

SAT-SUN OCT 10-11 You’ll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden. Over 250 Vendors, weekends through Nov. 1st! Downtown Vancouver, 8th & Ester St.

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
Pan
• Big Stone Gap
• The Final Girls
• In My Father’s House
• Ladrones
• Steve Jobs
• Victoria
• Xenia

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: Oct. 5, 2015

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The most prominent discussion topic This Week in Real Estate centered around the October 3 effective date of TRID or better known as the Know Before You Owe rule. As you move forward please be cognizant of how the rule change impacts your clients and that your settlement service provider partners (mortgage, title and escrow) are prepared to successfully navigate the closing process. Below are a few of the highlights from the final week in September that influence our business:

* After 8 Years Home Values Finally Eclipse 2007 Peak. According to the Home Price Index (HPI), a home-valuation tracker published by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), U.S. property values rose in July, marking the 20th straight month of growth nationwide; and forty-first out of 42. In July the HPI climbed to 224.5, a 0.6 percent increase from the month prior which moved the HPI to its highest reading of all-time. The previous peak was 224.0, set in April 2007 at the height of last decade’s housing boom. Full Story… http://themortgagereports.com/18248/fhfa-home-price-index-all-time-high-2007

* Pending Sales Retreat. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) decreased in August, but has increased year-over-year for 12 consecutive months. The PHSI, a forward looking indicator based on signed contracts, decreased 1.4% in August from the prior month, but is up 6.1% from the same month a year ago. While increasing in the West, the PHSI declined in the other three regions month-over-month. Year-over-year, the PHSI was up in all four regions, ranging from 8.9% to 4.1%. Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2015/09/pending-sales-retreat/

* Consumer Confidence Rebounded in September. The Conference Board released its Consumer Confidence Index for September this week. The index is a composite of separate indexes tracking consumers’ assessments of current business, income and employment conditions, as well as their expectations for the future. The Consumer Confidence Index increased to a level of 103.0 in September from 101.3 in August. The Index has rebounded to levels close to the pre-recession peak of 111.9 in July 2007. Full Story… http://eyeonhousing.org/2015/09/consumer-confidence-rebounded-in-september/

Have a productive week!

Jason


Brisk Northwest Real Estate Market is a Win for Youth Charities

In the midst of a brisk real estate market in July and August, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate agents throughout Oregon and Washington participated in a listing competition designed to raise funds for some of the charitable groups the company supports. The big winners of the contest were the Sunshine Kids, Special Olympics and Transitional Youth, all non-profits working to brighten the lives of the youth they serve.

To all of our brokers, a huge “THANK YOU!” In addition to working tirelessly on behalf of your clients, you have generous hearts.

In the photo below, Jason Waugh, President & CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate, presents a $11,645 donation to representatives from The Sunshine Kids, an organization dedicated to providing activities, trips, and events for young cancer patients.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate's president & CEO, Jason Waugh, presents $11,645 donation to The Sunshine Kids.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate’s president & CEO, Jason Waugh, presents $11,645 donation to The Sunshine Kids.


Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: October 2-4, 2015

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR OCTOBER 2-4, 2015

HOME & GARDEN SHOW

THURS-SUN OCT 1-4 Portland Fall Home & Garden Show features home-improvement vendors, dining-room exhibits, garden displays, and thousands of plants. Located at the Portland Expo Center.

MCMENAMINS OKTOBERFEST

SAT-SUN OCT 3-4 Enjoy beer, music, dancing & food at McMenamins Oktoberfest. All are welcome!

WINE WALK

SAT OCT 3 Enjoy and afternoon in Lake Oswego wine tasting, listening to music and visiting local shops. Purchase tickets at http://www.lowinewalk.com/

GREEK FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN OCT 2-4 Portland Greek Festival located at NE 32nd & NE Glisan St. Features Greek food, crafts, music, & dancing.

HOPS FESTIVAL

FRI-SAT OCT 2-3 Portland Fresh Hops Fest, beer for adults, root beer & lemonade for kids. Located at Oaks Amusement Park.

PORTLAND MARATHON & HEALTH EXPO

FRI-SUN OCT 2-4 Marathon Registration is Friday and Saturday at the Hilton Portland and at the Hilton Portland along with a free Sports and Fitness Expo. Saturday is the kids run. Portland Marathon and half marathon on Sunday.

PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET

SAT-SUN OCT 3-4 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. Old Town

GUIDED NATURE HIKES

FRI-SUN OCT 2-4 (every day, various times & locations) Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more

HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES, PORTLAND METRO

Haunted Pub Crawl: http://beerquestpdx.com/pubcrawl/

Halloween Trail: http://www.fantasytrail.com/hallowtrail.htm

Farms on the West Side: http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/ORpnw.php#listings

Farms on the East Side: http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/ORpporteast.php#listings

Haunted Yard: http://davisgraveyard.com/

Haunted House, Fright Town: http://www.frighttown.com/

Haunted House, 13th Door: http://13thdoor.com/

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES, VANCOUVER METRO

Haunted House, 4 Horsemen: http://fourhorsemenpdx.com/

Bi-Zi Farms Pumpkin Patch: http://bizifarms.com/pumpkin-patch/

CCHM Haunted Walking Tours: http://www.cchmuseum.org/haunted-2015/

BIRDFEST & BLUESFEST

SAT-SUN OCT 3-4 Celebrate the coming of fall and the wildlife that make the Refuge their home. BirdFest and Bluegrass is an opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of fall migration. http://ridgefieldfriends.org/birdfest/

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE

THURS-SAT OCT 1-3 Magenta Theater ~ The play opens in 1960’s London and Dr. Watson, Holmes’s trusty colleague and loyal friend, tells the story of the famous detective’s last adventure. http://magentatheater.com/page/sherlock-holmes-final-adventure

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET

SAT-SUN OCT 3-4 You’ll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden. Over 250 Vendors, weekends through Nov. 1st! Downtown Vancouver, 8th & Ester St.

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
The Martian
• Sicario
• The Walk
• Addicted to Fresno
• Attack on Titan Part 1
• Freehand
• He Named Me Malala
• Partisan
• Shanghai
• Sound Gladi Gladi
• Talvar
• This Changes Everything

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES

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


The Hidden Costs of Homeownership

If you’ve never owned your own property before, there are some costs you should prepare yourself for ahead of time. Should you take out a mortgage, you’ll have your monthly mortgage payment, but often there are additional costs and fees added that a new homeowner will not expect. Listed below are items you should expect to pay once you become a homeowner.

Property Taxes

When you rent, you are not responsible for the property taxes on the property. But when you become a homeowner, you’re expected to pay yearly property taxes, of which go to public works, wages for government workers or public school boards. Based on the current value of your home, property taxes are assessed every year and will likely change to reflect an increase (or decrease) in your home’s value. Property taxes can be paid at one time, or they can be divided into 12 payments over the course of a year and added to your mortgage payment. When you’re trying to determine what your mortgage payment will be each month, don’t forget to factor in property taxes.

Girl painting homeHome Maintenance

When you live in a rental property, most maintenance is performed by the landlord or a property manager. When you become a homeowner, those maintenance costs fall upon you. When you purchase a home, all maintenance items should be considered when it comes to your overall budget. Will you want to replace all the appliances? Will the property need new windows or a new roof? Does the home need basic upgrades? Most people in the industry suggest you allocate 1% of your home’s worth for maintenance costs every year, but the reality is that 1% is likely the minimum – you should plan on more than 1% maintenance costs each year as a homeowner, and if you plan on any larger renovations, bet on the costs to be even higher.

Mortgage Insurance

Most people, when they buy a home or property, are able to do so by taking out a mortgage loan. If you put less than 20% of the cost of your property down, you’re required to have Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). PMI protects lenders if the borrower defaults on their loan. PMI is charged annually, and it will typically cost 0.5% to 1% of the entire loan amount. The payments are generally paid each month rather than in a large one-time payment. If you plan on taking out a mortgage loan, and you don’t have 20% to put down, expect to add private mortgage insurance payments to your other monthly bills.

Supplemental Insurance

Do you live in an area prone to natural disaster? As a homeowner you’ll need to have regular home insurance to protect your home or property from typical things (plumbing issues, roof leaks, etc.) that homeowners encounter. Should you live in an area that’s prone to weather-related issues (floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes) you will want to purchase supplemental insurance to make sure your home is covered should nature decide to show herself.

landscaping and lawn careLandscaping and Lawn Care

When you rent a condo or an apartment, it’s highly likely you are not spending a lot of time outside in a yard. When you buy your own property (should it have a yard or some kind of outdoor area), expect some hidden costs to come in the form of lawn care. Does the yard need some major landscaping? Are you going to mow it yourself, or will you hire a company to do it? Do you have a lawn mower, rakes, snow or leaf blower, yard tools, shed, and any other items needed to keep your yard looking great year-round? A yard comes with extra costs, so be sure to know how much you want to spend on upkeep per year.

HOA Fees

If you’ve been renting your previous residence, it’s likely you haven’t had to pay Homeowners Association (HOA) fees for your apartment or rental. Should you buy a house, condo or townhouse in a neighborhood with common areas, a clubhouse, pool, or any other kind of community meeting places, it’s likely you’ll move into a neighborhood with an HOA. HOA fees can vary in terms of what the HOA covers within the community, but unless you know through your Realtor or through the homeowner the monthly fee, you can expect to spend anywhere from $10 to hundreds of dollars per month on HOA fees.
Buying your first home or property is a huge step in anyone’s life. Before you start your property search, make sure you consider all of the items above when you’re thinking of buying a home or property and during your property search.


This Week in Real Estate: September 28, 2015

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The Seattle and Portland/SW Washington markets are on pace to realize the highest number of home sales in 8 years as reported This Week in Real Estate by RealtyTrac. Below are a few of the highlights from the fourth week in September that influence our business:

* 54 Percent of U.S. Metros on Pace to Reach Eight-Year High in Home Sales in 2015 Based on Sales Through August. RealtyTrac released its August 2015 U.S. Home Sales Report Thursday, which shows single family home and condo sales through August were on pace for an eight-year high nationwide and in 110 of 204 metropolitan statistical areas. A total of 1,947,028 single family homes and condos sold through August in 2015, up 5.4 percent from the same time period a year ago to the highest total for the first eight months of the year since 2007, when there were 2,069,963 sales. The 110 metro areas on pace for at least an eight-year high in home sales through August included Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, Denver, Riverside-San Bernardino, Detroit, Seattle, Tampa, Minneapolis and Portland. Full Story… http://www.realtytrac.com/news/home-prices-and-sales/realtytrac-u-s-home-sales-report-august-2015/

* New Home Sales Rise 5.7 Percent in August. Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 5.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 552,000 units in August. The August sales rate was the highest in more than 7 years and 21.6 percent higher than sales in August 2014 of 454,000. Regionally, the Northeast, South and West posted respective monthly gains of 24.1 percent (24.1 percent year-over-year), 7.4 percent (27.6 percent year-over-year) and 5.4 percent (11.4 percent year-over-year). The Midwest registered a 9.1 percent decline for the month, however remained 15.4 percent higher than August 2014. The inventory of new homes for sale was 216,000 units in August. This is a 4.7 month supply at the current sales pace. Full Story… http://www.nahb.org/en/news-and-publications/Press-Releases/2015/september/new-home-sales-rise-5-point-7-percent-in-august.aspx

* Mortgage Delinquencies See Biggest Annual Drop Since 2011. The national delinquency rate in August saw the largest year-over-year decline since May 2011, down 18.2%, according to the latest report from BlackKnight Financial Services. At 696,000 borrowers in active foreclosure is the lowest it’s been since November 2007. The number of delinquent borrowers is down by 766,000 since last year. Full Story… http://www.housingwire.com/articles/35150-black-knight-mortgage-delinquencies-see-biggest-annual-drop-since-2011

* Millennials and the New American Dream. A survey conducted exclusively among millennial as part of the Responsive Home project – a venture between Builder magazine and Pardee Homes to design, build and sell the ideal home for the 21st century buyers – identifies the driving factors behind new age home buying habits and de-bunks millennial home buying myths. Full Story… http://blog.rismedia.com/2015/new-american-dream/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eNews

Have a productive week!

Jason


Congratulations to Karen Blades for receiving “Realtor of the Year” award

PhotoCongratulations to Karen Blades of our Scappoose branch for receiving the “Realtor of the Year” award for 2015 from the Columbia County Board of Realtors.

Karen, thank you for delivering excellent service to your clients and for supporting the industry with a high level of professionalism. We are proud to have you as part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate team!

Karen