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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: November 25-27, 2022

2022 SILVERTON CHRISTMAS MARKETTake a drive to the Oregon Garden Resort for the annual Silverton Christmas Market, featuring a dazzling light display, German inspired market and family-friendly activities.DOWNTOWN SALEM HOLIDAY PARADESalem Main Street Association is overjoyed to announce the return of holiday festivities to Downtown Salem, the downtown Holiday Parade! The parade will weave its way through ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: November 25-27, 2022

EUGENE:  NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARSKick off the Holiday Season with 5th Street Public Market’s Night of a Thousand Stars. Go celebrate with tree lighting, carols, live music, the light show in the alley, a Santa sighting, and more! HOLIDAY MARKETSaturday Market’s Holiday Market is a festive take on the regular artisan market. You’ll find thousands of locally ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: November 25-27, 2022

PORTLAND:   HOLIDAY EXPRESSJoin Santa Claus and his elves for a magical ride behind Portland’s Holiday Express. Vintage rail cars transport you through the wilderness in the heart of the city. CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTSPresenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. ZOOLIGHTSExperience a ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: November 25-27, 2022

MAGIC IN THE MARKETMagic in the Market includes caroling, Santa, kids’ crafts, and a holiday lighting ceremony at Pike Place Market. WILD LANTERNSWildLanterns features large-scale animal and nature scape lanterns representing wild places from around the globe including bugs, dinosaurs, tigers, peacocks, and dragons, at Woodland Park Zoo. SEATTLE MARATHON & HALF MARATHONJoin 15,000 people burning off Thanksgiving calories ...

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Mortgage Rates Plunge, Making It The Largest Weekly Drop Since 1981

The Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Administration reported This Week in Real Estate that both housing starts and permits declined 4.2% and 2.4% in October from September, respectively. They are 8.8% and 10.1% lower than a year ago, respectively. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.6% in the week ending November 17, down 47 ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: November 18-20, 2022

HOLIDAY MARKETSalem’s Convention Center is hosting the Holiday Market! Shop over 40 local vendors. Unique, local shopping with everything from vintage clothing to handmade jewelry, vintage decor and more. PAINT PARTYJoin in on the fun of this Paint Party! No experience is necessary, and all materials will be provided. (18+) COMEDY NIGHT @ CHATEAU BIANCAHead to Chateau Bianca for ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: November 18-20, 2022

EUGENE:  HOLIDAY MARKETPLACEVintage objects, handcrafted holiday items, food, and more are available from community artisans and vendors. It is a one-stop holiday shopping experience that will make your holiday gift search easy and fun. COSMIC TENNIS NIGHTEugene’s YMCA Tennis Center will be aglow for the Y’s first-ever Cosmic Tennis Night. Kids of all ages are invited to a ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: November 18-20, 2022

PORTLAND:   BREWLIGHTSJoin the annual BrewLights, a ZooLights brew festival experience, with dozens of local beer vendors to sample. (21+) PORTLAND HOLIDAY MARKETThe Portland Holiday Market will return to the Portland Expo Center. It’s an entirely new holiday shopping experience and the one place you can go to get all your holiday shopping done. ZOOLIGHTSExperience a dazzling display of ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: November 18-20, 2022

WILD LANTERNSWildLanterns features large-scale animal and nature scape lanterns representing wild places from around the globe including bugs, dinosaurs, tigers, peacocks, and dragons, at Woodland Park Zoo. GOBBLE UPShop from 100+ local crafty food and beverage vendors at Gobble Up, organized by Urban Craft Uprising in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park in Seattle. TACKY TURKEY SWEATER 5KThe ...

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The U.S Home Prices Won’t Experience Major Declines

The Consumer Price Index for October was released This Week in Real Estate and the response was record setting. Consumer prices in October saw the smallest year-over-year increase since January and the first month below an 8% annual growth rate since February. As a result of Thursday’s CPI report, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate realized the biggest daily ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: November 11-13, 2022

VETERAN’S DAY EXHIBITThe Conser House in Jefferson plays host to a two-day Veterans exhibit. AGATHA CHRSITIE’S MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESSWhat do you get when you take one of the most memorable fictional detectives and put him on a luxury train that gets stranded by snowstorms?  Misdirection, Murder, and Mystery, that’s what Join Corban’s theatre for Agatha ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: November 11-13, 2022

EUGENE:  2ND FRIDAY ART WALKTour downtown Springfield to see this month’s curated art exhibits during the 2nd Friday Art Walk. Participating businesses and storefronts in the historic district along Main Street and on nearby blocks will host live music and artist receptions. MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVALGRRLZ ROCK is a month-long celebration of women in the arts. There ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: November 11-13, 2022

PORTLAND:   PORTLAND VETERAN’S DAY PARADEPortland’s Veterans Day Parade was established in 1974. The parade was founded to honor all past and present living and deceased veterans. Today, the tradition is carried on by local organizations and individuals.  DISNEY ON ICEHit the road to adventure with Disney On Ice! Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey Mouse and ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: November 11-13, 2022

SEATTLE KRAKEN VS. MINNESOTA WILDWatch Seattle Kraken play a home game on the ice at Climate Pledge Arena vs. the Minnesota Wild. SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOWSee 500 of the latest cars and trucks, plus rare classics at the Seattle International Auto Show at Lumen Field Event Center.  WILD LANTERNSWildLanterns features large-scale animal and nature scape lanterns representing wild places from ...

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How Much Laundry Detergent Should I Use?

Many people wonder how much detergent to use on laundry day. Liquid detergent has notches in the cap, and the powder comes with a convenient scoop—but most of us are guilty of throwing a bit more in the load just for good measure. When it comes to getting your clothes fresh, more soap is better, ...

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Homeowner Equity Keeps Growing Across The U.S. in Q3

ATTOM released its Q3 2022 Home Equity Report This Week in Real Estate that shows 48.5 percent of mortgage residential properties were considered equity-rich; up from 48.1 percent in Q2 and 39.5 percent in Q3 2021. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve raised the benchmark interest rate three-quarters of a percentage point; its fourth consecutive rate hike. NAR ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: November 4-6, 2022

PAINT NIGHTEnjoy this public Paint Party, no experience required. Celebrate creativity, and life, by painting “Here’s the Moon.” Instructor will walk you through it, step-by-step, and help you find your own inner artist! RIVER GALLERY ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXHIBITRiver Gallery will be decorated and ready for the upcoming holiday festivities with delightful and affordable art. FIRST FRIDAY SILVERTONExperience First Friday ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: November 4-6, 2022

EUGENE:  EUGENE SATURDAY MARKETThe Saturday Market is a weekly celebration of local arts and food. Over 250 artisans sell handcrafted goods — this is the perfect place to shop for unique gifts. The Saturday Market is the oldest weekly open-air crafts festival in the U.S.    EUGENE BALLET’S SLEEPING BEAUTYToni Pimble’s “The Sleeping Beauty” is the ethereal ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: November 4-6, 2022

PORTLAND:   PORTLAND BOOK FESTIVALThe Portland Book Festival (formerly “Wordstock”) returns every November with an impressive (and extensive) lineup of local and national authors. PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKETOpen every Saturday from March–December, the Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVALJoin in the Dia De Los Muertos Festival featuring altars, danza, music, art, food, and ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: November 4-6, 2022

DISNEY ON ICEDisney On Ice: Road Trip Adventures stars familiar Disney characters on skates (Aladdin, Anna, Elsa, Mary Poppins, Simba, etc.). NORTHWEST CHOCOLATE FESTIVALTaste chocolate, attend workshops, and shop from 100 exhibitors at the Northwest Chocolate Festival at Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle. DIA DE LOS MUERTOSEvery year at Seattle Art Museum, Fulgencio Lazo, and a team of ...

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Mortgage Bankers Expect Rates to Drop to 5.4% in 2023

While history does not always repeat itself, looking at the last five recessions, dating back to 1980, each time the economy slowed down mortgage rates decreased. Mortgage rates have fallen an average of 1.8 percentage points from the peak of a recession to its low point. The Mortgage Bankers Association reported This Week in Real ...

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Q3 2022 Quarterly Market Report

Consumers have way too much information to consider before buying or sellinga home and it can be hard to separate the insignificant from the criticaldetails. Our just-released Q3 2022 Pacific Northwest Market Report can help youmake an educated decision. This report is an amazing resource. It delivers exactly the kind of analysisprospective buyers or sellers ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: October 28-30, 2022

PAINT NIGHTEnjoy this public Paint-Party for kids, no experience required. Parents/guardians may drop off, stay to watch, or join in! Painting “Stack-O-Lanterns” BAUMAN’S HARVEST FESTIVALWith so many fun things to do – where do you start? There is no other farm in the area that has as many fun activities for the whole family as Bauman’s Harvest ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: October 28-30, 2022

EUGENE: GHOSTLY GOLFGather your favorite team for 18 holes of glow-in-the-dark magic at Camp Putt! They’re covering the course in lights, gravestones, and a spooky ambiance.  PUMPKIN PATCHCelebrate Halloween with a special family adventure at one of these great local pumpkin patches. These regional farms are open for pumpkin picking and enjoying harvest season. PUMPKIN TRAIL SCAVENGER ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: October 28-30, 2022

PORTLAND:   RUN LIKE HELL MARATHONJoin in for this fun, family-friendly Halloween-themed Run Like Hell Marathon on Saturday, October 29th. Dress in costume and join in for a Half, 10k, or 5k run/walk. KILLER PUMPKIN FESTKiller Pumpkin Fest is back celebrating all things Halloween, Dead Guy, a haunted experience, pumpkin beer, costume contests, ax throwing, and of course, Pumpkin ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: October 28-30, 2022

MONSTER DASHThe Monster Dash is a costumed 5k trail run/walk and kids dash that begins at Picnic Shelter #1, near Lincoln Park in Seattle. DISNEY ON ICEDisney On Ice: Road Trip Adventures stars familiar Disney characters on skates (Aladdin, Anna, Elsa, Mary Poppins, Simba, etc.). PUGET SOUND PUMPKIN PATCHESFind the best pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes for you ...

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Total Existing-Home Sales Contracted 1.5% in September From August

Data supports the known truth that the real estate market faces growing headwinds that are cooling down the nation’s decade-long housing market boom. The Federal Reserve has succeeded in its objective to slow down the housing market. The National Association of Realtors reported This Week in Real Estate that total existing-home sales contracted 1.5% in September from August, to ...

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Design it Yourself Wallpaper

Your home can reflect your personality and taste in unique ways by designing your own peel-and-stick wallpaper.  But there’s a lot to consider – pattern size and scale, how to repeat the design; colorways; and of course, choosing which walls you want to accent. Start with a search on the Internet of motifs you like, ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: October 21-23, 2022

BAUMAN’S HARVEST FESTIVALWith so many fun things to do – where do you start? There is no other farm in the area that has as many fun activities for the whole family as Bauman’s Harvest Festival! This year there are more than 25 activities for kids of all ages. STAYTON GHOST TOURThis year’s Premier showing of the ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: October 21-23, 2022

EUGENE: THISTLEDOWN FARMSGo to Thistledown Farms to pick the perfect pumpkin, mini pumpkins, and gourds from their heaps of fresh, home-grown beauties! Also enjoy a tractor-drawn wagon ride or a horse-drawn wagon! PUMPKIN PATCHCelebrate Halloween with a special family adventure at one of these great local pumpkin patches. These regional farms are open for pumpkin picking and enjoying ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: October 21-23, 2022

PORTLAND:   HOWLOWEENThe zoo provides a fun and safe setting for the Howloween tradition, where costumed trick-or-treaters learn about healthy habitats for wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo. HOLLYWOOD FARMERS MARKETThe Hollywood Farmers Market hosts 50+ vendors, bringing you the best of the region’s agricultural bounty. In addition to amazingly fresh, local food, you’ll find live music, ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: October 21-23, 2022

EVERGREEN HOME SHOWThe Evergreen Home Show promises 200 booths of specialized local businesses ready to help you customize, update, or even design, the home you have always wanted, hosted at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. WINE HARVEST FESTIVALThe Wine Harvest Festival celebrates the harvesting and crushing of grapes with a calendar of tasting events and music at wineries in Lake ...

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The U.S. Labor Department Releases The September Consumer Price Index (CPI) Report

The U.S. Labor Department released the September Consumer Price Index (CPI) report This Week in Real Estate with results exceeding expectations causing mortgage rates to surge to new 20-year highs. When it comes to the bond market, traders have long priced in everything that was already known and assumed about inflation, but this week’s CPI data came ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: October 14-16, 2022

BAUMAN’S HARVEST FESTIVALWith so many fun things to do – where do you start? There is no other farm in the area that has as many fun activities for the whole family as Bauman’s Harvest Festival! This year there are more than 25 activities for kids of all ages. FALL FESTJoin the Fall Fest basketball tournament or watch teams ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: October 14-16, 2022

EUGENE: HAUNTED HAYRIDEHop on a Haunted Hayride to explore the haunted trails of Dorris Ranch, where zombies, ghouls, UFOs, and even Frankenstein’s monster emerge from the shadows of the filbert orchards. Family friendly. PUMPKIN PATCHCelebrate Halloween with a special family adventure at one of these great local pumpkin patches. These regional farms are open for pumpkin picking and ...

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Is Now The Time To Remodel?

With today’s runaway inflation and rising interest rates, it may seem like a good idea to put your remodeling plans on hold. Or, maybe not. According to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University,  remodeling expenditures are expected to cool down from ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: October 14-16, 2022

PORTLAND:  CORN MAZE AT TOPAZ FARMTopaz Farm has a 4-acre ParaNorman Kid’s Corn Maze, a 6-acre maze, plus U-Pick Pumpkins, a 4-acre Sunflower Maze and more! THE PORTLAND RETRO GAMING EXPOThe Portland Retro Gaming Expo is a locally produced event celebrating the colorful history of console, computer, and arcade gaming. PORTLAND FILM FESTIVALThe Portland Film Festival focuses on the people, ideas, ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: October 14-16, 2022

SEATTLE MADE WEEKEvents during Seattle Made Week include a craft market, tours, and talks about brewing & food manufacturing. SEATTLE MARINERS VS. HOUSTON ASTROSWatch the Seattle Mariners play a home game at T-Mobile Park vs. the Houston Astros! LEAVENWORTH OKTOBERFESTThe Leavenworth Oktoberfest has live music, dancers, arts and crafts, German food, beer, and so much more! BOTHELL UNDERGROUND BEER FESTIVALTaste beer ...

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Here’s What’s Happening With Home Prices And Mortgage Rates

Realtor.com reported This Week in Real Estate that home buyers have lost roughly $107,000 in buying power this year due to mortgage rates doubling what they were a year ago. That begs the question: will home prices soften to close the affordability gap should mortgage rates stay elevated? While the rate of home price growth is cooling, ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: October 7-9, 2022

POWERLAND HALLOWEENThis immersive Powerland Halloween adventure includes access to the Wizard’s Museum, a trolley ride, and a story adventure that ends in a historic trolley car barn that has transformed into the “Magical Trolley Forest,” “Land of the Fairies,” and a dragon’s lair. FAMILY NIGHT CORN MAZEHead to Salem’s Fordyce Farm to enjoy some family fun and explore their ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: October 7-9, 2022

EUGENE: PUMPKIN PATCHCelebrate Halloween with a special family adventure at one of these great local pumpkin patches. These regional farms are open for pumpkin picking and enjoying harvest season. EARTH, MOON & SUN PLANETARIUM SHOWThis fun and informative full-dome movie weaves together Native American legends and scientific understanding of the Earth, Moon, and Sun system to help distinguish ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: October 7-9, 2022

PORTLAND:   HOOD RIVER VALLEY HARVEST FESTThis old-fashioned Hood River Valley Harvest Festival brings together more than 125 vendors offering local produce and food products, plus arts and crafts, wine, cider, and beer tastings. PDX DESIGN FESTIVALThe PDX Design Festival is a week-long annual festival honoring Portland’s rich history of community design festivals, bringing together designers of all disciplines, design ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: October 7-9, 2022  

HAUNTED SEATTLE GHOST & PUB WALKING TOURThe Haunted Seattle Ghost and Pub Walking Tour is a combination ghost tour and pub crawl that includes creepy haunted stories about Seattle’s past and stops at three bars, beginning at Pike Brewing Co. in Seattle. (21+) HALLOWEEN PET PARADETake your pet to the Halloween Pet Parade in Volunteer Park, featuring pets in ...

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 Consumer Confidence Rises to 5-Month High in September

The Conference Board reported This Week in Real Estate that consumer confidence increased for the second straight month in September to its highest level since April. NAR Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, said this week that he foresees slower price appreciation and corresponding increases in sales in 2023 with sales picking up in the second half of the ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: September 30- Oct 2, 2022

HOPS & VINESSome of Willamette Valley’s finest wineries, breweries, and distilleries will be on-site to provide you with a wonderful tasting experience amongst the 14 museums at Powerland Heritage Park. KROC FAMILY FAIRKroc Family Fair Returns! Enjoy this free family event, activities include pony rides, live music, bounce houses, juggler show, rock wall climbing, swimming pool sessions, ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: September 30- Oct 2, 2022

EUGENE:  2022 COLONIAL HARVEST DAYS & CORN MAZECelebrate the harvest season with Harvest Days on the family farm. Say hi to the resident goats Teeny and Tiny, explore the corn mazes, and pick a pumpkin from the field. UNIVERSITY OF OREGON VS. STANFORD UNIVERSITYThe University of Oregon Ducks take on Stanford University in a conference game at Autzen Stadium. ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: September 30- Oct 2, 2022

PORTLAND:  DOGTOBERFESTCelebrate the fall with a day full of pampering and dog-friendly activities at the annual Dogtoberfest. Enjoy music, food, beer, and pet-loving vendors, all while your pup receives a wash and nail trim. PORTLAND GREEK FESTIVALThe Portland Greek Festival is celebrated as the largest Greek Festival on the west coast with more than 15,000 people attending. This ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: September 30- Oct 2, 2022

TRUCKTOBERFESTThe Mobile Food Rodeo is proud to host Seattle’s favorite curbside Oktoberfest food truck beerfest in South Lake Union for the 4th Annual Trucktoberfest. Catch 8 local food trucks, 20 craft breweries and live entertainment all day long. ISSAQUAH SALMON DAYSThe giant Issaquah Salmon Days Festival celebrates the annual return of salmon to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery with a ...

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Housing Starts Rebound, Builders Aim to Win Buyers Back

The Commerce Department reported This Week in Real Estate that single-family construction grew 3.4% in August, however home building permits fell in August to the slowest pace in more than two years. Some economists point to the stubborn housing shortage as a saving grace that could keep the real estate market from a deep downturn. By some ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: September 23-25, 2022

BAUMAN’S HARVEST FESTIVALBauman’s Harvest Festival has so many fun things to do! The farm is transformed into an activity center with mazes, obstacle courses, giggle-worthy rides, oodles of farm animals, and more. Plan on some fall family fun!  PAINT PARTYHead to Salt Creek Cider house for a fun Paint Party for all ages, no experience required. Register to ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: September 23-25, 2022

EUGENE:  SAVE THE BEE 5K RUN/WALKThe race is on to save the bees! Join the 6th Annual Save the Bee 5K Run/Walk. Dog- and stroller-friendly course. Prizes for top finishers and best bee costumes. HAMILTONThe award-winning musical “Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda will take the stage at the Hult Center! OKTOBERFEST 2022In Munich, Oktoberfest runs from September ...

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate/Real Estate Professionals is a 2022 Top Workplace!

We are thrilled to share that Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate and Real Estate Professionals once again earned Top Workplace recognition in the 2022 Oregonian Top Workplace Awards for Oregon and SW Washington. We placed #3 in the Large Employers category! The award is based solely on the feedback many of our brokers and staff ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: September 23-25, 2022

PORTLAND:  OAKS PARK OKTOBERFESTHead to Oaks Amusement Park for their annual Oktoberfest, where you can expect several different beers on tap, delicious German food, live bands, and performances. All ages welcome! SWAN LAKEExperience the legendary love story. A part of the World Ballet Series, Swan Lake will be performed live by a multinational cast of 50 professional ballet dancers, ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: September 23-25, 2022

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS VS. ATLANTA FALCONSWatch the Seattle Seahawks play an exciting home game at Lumen Field vs. the Atlanta Falcons. LUMINATA PARADE OF LIGHTSCelebrate the equinox with lanterns, glowing costumes, and music-making at the Luminata parade of lights. WASHINGTON STATE FAIRFind animals, rides, rodeo, food, and entertainment at Washington State Fair, the largest, oldest, and most popular fair in ...

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A Crash Of The US Housing Market Is Unlikely Even As Mortgage Rates Surge To 14-Year Highs

Altos Research CEO Mike Simonsen said This Week in Real Estate that with demand falling but not cratering, and supply of homes available for sale remaining depressed, a US housing crash remains unlikely. “The supply of homes for sale is just too short for the market to tank hard,” concluded Simonsen. Total inventory is far from the ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: September 16-18, 2022

MT. ANGEL OKTOBERFESTIn the heart of Oregon, Mount Angel’s Oktoberfest brings 350,000 people to the Bavarian village every September. The Northwest’s oldest and best loved Folk Festival – celebrates the fruits of the harvest, and the goodness of creation! There is something for everyone at the Mount Angel Oktoberfest. WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’SHeld annually in more than ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: September 16-18, 2022

EUGENE:  OKTOBERFEST 2022In Munich, Oktoberfest runs from September 17th through October 3rd. In honor of this tradition, beergarden’s Oktoberfest celebration will run the same dates. Each day of this event will feature German-inspired food, German brews, and live music. PACIFIC NORTHWEST MARATHONRun along the Willamette River in the Pacific Northwest Marathon or half marathon from the quaint, countryside town ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: September 16-18, 2022

PORTLAND:  HOLLYWOOD FARMERS MARKETThe Hollywood Farmers Market hosts 50+ vendors, bringing you the best of the region’s agricultural bounty. In addition to amazingly fresh, local food, you’ll find live music, children’s activities, and fun events.   FRESH HOP POP-UP BEER FESTThe Portland Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest returns for its 7th year in 2022 at Portland’s the Prost Marketplace. ...

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How NIMBYism Stunts Housing Growth

In addition to supply chain interruptions, high material costs and labor shortages, badly needed new home construction is also being curtailed by NIMBYism, says the National Association of Home Builders. “Not in my backyard” homeowners may not realize that by preventing development in their towns and neighborhoods that they’re making homeownership much more expensive for themselves ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: September 16-18, 2022

FREMONT OKTOBERFESTFremont Oktoberfest offers 100 different kinds of beer and cider, food vendors, live music, and more.  WASHINGTON STATE FAIRFind animals, rides, rodeo, food, and entertainment at Washington State Fair, the largest, oldest, and most popular fair in the state, located at Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE OPENING PARTYWest Seattle Bridge Opening ...

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U.S. Home Equity Increases in Q2 2022, With Total Average Equity Per Homeowner Reaching $300,000

CoreLogic released its Q2 2022 Homeowner Equity Report This Week in Real Estate showing a collective gain of $3.6 trillion or 27.8% equity increase since the second quarter of 2021. As we transition to the fall selling season perspective is critical. Volume of sales are down, yes. Home price appreciation is decelerating, yes. Mortgage rates are higher, ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: September 9-11, 2022

SALEM HARDY PLANT SOCIETY FALL PLANT SALEBrowse over a dozen nursery, garden art vendors, and talk directly with the nursery owners and artists at the Salem Hardy Plant Society. Support your local nurseries and artists! BOOT SCOOT BREW & BBQFriends of Center 50+ are bringing back their Annual Event Boot Scoot Brew & BBQ. This outdoor event ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: September 9-11, 2022

EUGENE:  SATURDAY IN THE PARKHead to the Amazon Community Center for a Saturday in The Park full of food and fun. This free event will include food and drink from local vendors, including Red Five Hot Dogs and Just Ice Shaved Ice.  EUGENE SATURDAY MARKETThe Saturday Market is a weekly celebration of local arts and food. Over 250 artisans ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: September 9-11, 2022

PORTLAND: ROSE CITY COMIC CONPortland’s premier pop-culture event, Rose City Comic Con, is produced locally with a focus on creating a fun and friendly event for everyone. While its primary focus is on comics, comic creators and the creative process, Rose City Comic Con also provides its attendees access to gaming, sci-fi, cosplay, anime, fantasy, and ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: September 9-11, 2022

CHINATOWN-INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT NIGHT MARKETChinatown-International District Night Market has food vendors, a beer garden, an international market, live bands, break-dancers, and an all-ages dance party at Historic Chinatown Gate in the Seattle. EXOTICS CAR SHOWHead to the Redmond Town Center for the largest weekly car gathering in the US, comprised of the most exotic and very rare cars, ...

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According To Realtor.com, 20% of Home Sellers Reduced Their List Price in August

According to Realtor.com This Week in Real Estate 20% of home sellers reduced their list price in August compared to 11% one year ago. Fannie Mae recently published a housing forecast projecting an average 30-year fixed mortgage rate of 4.5% in 2023. Following the strong August jobs report means the Federal Reserve will continue to aggressively raise ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: September 2-4, 2022

NATIONAL CINEMA DAYMark your calendars for National Cinema Day when many movie tickets will be $3 in most American theaters as part of a newly launched National Cinema Day! OREGON STATE FAIRThe Oregon State Fair celebrates the end of summer. The 11-day fair includes concerts, carnival rides and games, animal competitions, and plenty more! OREGON CRAFTERS MARKETWe invite all ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: September 2-4, 2022

EUGENE:  EUGENE SATURDAY MARKETThe Saturday Market is a weekly celebration of local arts and food. Over 250 artisans sell handcrafted goods — this is the perfect place to shop for unique gifts. The Saturday Market is the oldest weekly open-air crafts festival in the U.S.  BALLET IN THE VINEYARDJoin Ballet Fantastique and the live musicians of Mood ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: September 2-4, 2022

PORTLAND:  THE MAIZE AT THE PUMPKIN PATCHThe Corn Maize, located on Sauvie Island north of Portland, offers visitors eight acres of physical and mental challenges in a cornfield. MOONLIGHT MARKETLan Su Chinese Garden is announcing their first ever Moonlight Market in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Moonlight Market will feature family-friendly events throughout, including lion dances, ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: September 2-4, 2022

BLACKBERRY FESTIVALWalk aboard a ferry to the free Bremerton Blackberry Festival at Bremerton Boardwalk. Hear music on two entertainment stages, visit the beer & wine garden, and shop the waterfront for art, jewelry, fair food, and blackberry pie. WASHINGTON STATE FAIRFind animals, rides, rodeo, food, and entertainment at Washington State Fair, the largest, oldest, and most popular fair ...

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Economists Describe The Current Housing Market As Balanced

While the debate among economists and prognosticators continue as to the near-term future of the housing market, the data, the most valuable currency in business, suggests the environment today is nothing like it was leading up to or during the period known as the “Great Recession” of 2008 – 2012. One of the key reasons ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: August 26-28, 2022

CHERRY CITY FLEACherry City Flea is a vendor market that features 30+ local Salem small business owners, makers, and collectors. The market is family and dog friendly and provides Downtown Salem with a unique community shopping experience. OREGON STATE FAIRThe Oregon State Fair celebrates the end of summer. The 11-day fair includes concerts, carnival rides and games, animal ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: August 26-28, 2022

EUGENE:  MARKET FESTJoin the 3rd Annual Market Fest! A free community festival featuring live music and entertainment, locally crafted beverages, local vendors, and artists. OREGON STATE FAIRThe Oregon State Fair celebrates the end of summer. The 11-day fair includes concerts, carnival rides and games, animal competitions, and plenty more! EUGENE SATURDAY MARKETThe Saturday Market is a weekly celebration of local ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: August 26-28, 2022

PORTLAND:  HOOD TO COASTHood to Coast is the world’s largest running relay race, stretching 200 miles from the top of Mount Hood to the Pacific Ocean in Seaside. PORTLAND TIMBERS VS. SEATTLE SOUNDERSWatch the Portland Timbers take on Seattle Sounders FC. Cheer with Timbers’ Army at Providence Park and become part of a Portland tradition. PORTLAND HIP HOP ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: August 26-28, 2022

SCOOPED ICE CREAM FESTIVALScooped is an all-you-can-eat ice cream festival with local bands and DJs, creative mixologists, food carts, giant games, kids’ activities, and a milkshake throw down near the fountain at Seattle Center in Seattle. HANGARFESTA ticket to HangarFest includes unlimited tastes from local breweries, wineries, cideries, a food truck fare for sale, live music, yard games, ...

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For The Second Consecutive Month, The Average Days On Market For New Listings Was 14

National Association of Realtors (NAR) chief economist, Lawrence Yun, was quoted This Week in Real Estate that “we’re witnessing a housing recession in terms of declining home sales and home building, however, it’s not a recession in home prices.” The median existing-home sales price in July was up 10.8% from the previous year marking 125 consecutive months ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: August 19-21, 2022

AUMSVILLE’S CORN FESTIVALEnjoy the 54th annual Corn Festival at Porter Boon with activities, parades, family games, and much more! SALEM ON TAP BREWFESTThe Boys & Girls Club of Salem is excited to bring back this annual On Tap Brewfest to the Salem area for their 10th annual event featuring 120+ unique and seasonal release craft beers, as well as ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: August 19-21, 2022

EUGENE:  PAINT & SIPMake a fun memory and a summer masterpiece! The step-by-step painting classes are fun and easy for all ages and skill levels. Perfect for gifts, celebration, decoration, or just for fun!  2022 BLACKBERRY BRAMBLEA leisurely bicycle excursion for pleasure, known as a Blackberry Bramble 2022 when served with Prince Puckler’s Ice Cream. 2022 EUGENE BIENNIALThe Karin ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: August 19-21, 2022

PORTLAND:  TUALATIN RIVER PADDLE CHALLANGEThe Tualatin River Paddle Challenge will encourage you to kayak, canoe or paddleboard along the Tualatin River Water Trail. Although there will be in-person meet-up paddle opportunities, the challenge is designed to be completed at your own pace, on your own timeline.  VIKING BEER FESTBeer tastings meet Viking re-enactors and combat in this Viking ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: August 19-21, 2022

ARLINGTON SKY FESTArlington Sky Fest begins before sunset and continues into darkness with spectacular effects including aerobatic pilots, hot-air balloons, and lighted drones flying in formation.  SEAHAWKS TRAINING CAMPWatch the Seahawks practice outdoors in Renton with a ticket to theSeahawks Training Camp. TASTE EDMONDSTaste Edmonds features food trucks, live music, a kids’ zone, arts & crafts booths, ...

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Inflation Slowed From 9.1% in June, To 8.5% in July

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported This Week in Real Estate that the delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties decreased 47 basis points at the end of the second quarter from the first quarter and down 183 basis points from one year ago. At 3.64 percent, the mortgage delinquency rate in the second quarter fell ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: August 12-14, 2022

EUGENE:  VISUAL ARTS WEEKEnjoy diverse creations from local artists during Visual Arts Week. Visit in-person and online galleries, tour art installations, and Eugene’s murals. WILSON LEGACY MUSIC FESTIVALThe Wilson Legacy Music Festival, a three-day music festival, will feature over 12 local bands, artists, vendors, food, and more! EUGENE SATURDAY MARKETThe Saturday Market is a weekly celebration of local arts ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: August 12-14, 2022

ENGLEWOOD FOREST FESTIVALThe free, family-friendly Englewood Forest Festival takes place in the beautiful Englewood Park, a magical afternoon of art, music, dance, crafts, nature activities, community resources, food vendors and more. NATIONAL BOWLING DAY: FIREBIRD LANESCelebrate bowling all week long leading up to National Bowling Day! Good times become great at AMF Firebird Lanes! And great parties become ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: August 12-14, 2022

PORTLAND:  BEAVERTON NIGHT MARKETThe Beaverton Night Market creates a vibrant, intercultural, family-friendly space that is reminiscent of night markets internationally. ZOO NIGHTSOver the course of five Fridays this summer, the Oregon Zoo will be offering Zoo Nights: evenings filled with local music, food carts, activities for all ages, and the chance to get to know some of the ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: August 12-14, 2022

KIRKLAND WATERFRONT CAR SHOWSee hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles, and shop from vendors and food trucks at the Kirkland Waterfront Car Show!GIGANTIC BICYCLE FESTIVALThe Gigantic Bicycle Festival has live music, hand-built bicycles, art, food, workshops, Friday night films, and more, at Centennial Fields Park.BOEING CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENTProfessional golfers compete in the Boeing Classic at The Club at Snoqualmie ...

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Unemployment Rate Is Now Back To Its Pre-Pandemic Level And Tied For The Lowest Since 1969

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported This Week in Real Estate that total employment increased by 528,000 in July, much better than expected in a sign of strength for the job market. The economy has now recouped the 22 million positions lost early in the pandemic and is 32,000 jobs higher than in February 2020. The unemployment ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: August 5-7, 2022

EUGENE:  OREGON FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSICThe Oregon Festival of American Music celebrates music of The Hard Times were the Golden Age of Radio, the Swing Era, and the years when Hollywood came into its own. DOWNTOWN EUGENE MURAL WALKING TOUREnjoy a free guided walking tour of some of Eugene’s iconic murals with Debbie Williamson-Smith, one of the ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: August 5-7, 2022

TOUR THE ELSINORE THEATREGet a behind-the-scenes peek at this 96-year-old gem in downtown Salem. Immerse yourself in the history, art, and architecture of the Elsinore Theatre in a tour highlighting The Showplace of The Willamette Valley.PLEIN AIR INVITATIONAL SHOWSalem on The Edge presents the Plein Air Invitational Show, with 18 plein air artists from around Oregon. Enjoy a ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: August 5-7, 2022

PORTLAND:  DAHLIA FESTIVALCelebrate the season of Dahlias! Stroll through almost 40 acres and a beautiful display garden of stunning dahlias featuring over 370 varieties. FREMONT FESTThe Fremont Fest is an annual street fair and festival celebrating the Beaumont Business Community and the Beaumont/Wilshire Neighborhoods. Enjoy a bike and pet parade, shopping specials, vendor booths, live music, kid-friendly games, ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: August 5-7, 2022

SEAFAIR WEEKEND FESTIVALSeafair Weekend Festival features hydroplanes racing on Lake Washington, the Blue Angels flying overhead in the Boeing Air Show, and classic cars parked on the lakeshore.  SEATTLE SEAHAWKS TRAINING CAMPWatch the Seahawks practice outdoors at the VMAC with a ticket to the Seahawks Training Camp. You ride a bus to the camp from The Pro ...

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2nd Quarter of 2022 Market Report

Consumers have way too much information to consider before buying or selling a home and it can be hard to separate the insignificant from the critical details. Our just-released Q2 2022 Pacific Northwest Market Report can help you make an educated decision. This report is an amazing resource. It delivers exactly the kind of analysis ...

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Second Historic Fed Rate Hike Unlikely to Further Damage Mortgage Borrowers

ATTOM reported This Week in Real Estate that homeowners enjoy a record $27 trillion in equity. The second quarter of 2022 experienced the largest quarterly profit margin gain, $123,869, since at least 2008; a record 55.5 percent return on investment. In other news, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark rate by three-quarters of a percentage point on Wednesday, however, ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: July 29-31, 2022

SANTIAM SUMMER FESTThe hottest event of the Summer is back and better than evert! The Santiam Summer Fest will have 100+ vendor street fair, games & sports, art & crafts, family fun zone, food, brews, and live entertainment all in the heart of Downtown Stayton! THE GREAT OREGON STEAM-UP 2022Travel Back in Time at The Great Oregon Steam-Up. ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: July 29-31, 2022

EUGENE:  EUGENE SATURDAY MARKETThe Saturday Market is a weekly celebration of local arts and food. Over 250 artisans sell handcrafted goods — this is the perfect place to shop for unique gifts. The Saturday Market is the oldest weekly open-air crafts festival in the U.S.  MOVIES IN THE PARKEnjoy a free movie in the park! Take a picnic ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: July 29-31, 2022

PORTLAND:  GORGE WATERFALLS AND MT. HOOD TOUR FROM PORTLANDA full day exploring the waterfalls, Hood River, and Oregon’s highest peak hosted by Wildwood Adventures! OREGON BREWERS FESTIVALPortland hosts dozens of beer festivals every year, but none compares to the Oregon Brewers Festival. With offerings from 80 craft brewers, the event draws nearly 70,000 attendees to the downtown ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 29-31, 2022

BLUEBERRY FARMTake a picnic and enjoy a scenic view on the water at the beautiful organic Higher Taste Blueberry Farm. Go check out this beautiful, 5 acre, organic, blueberry farm, located on a natural spring-fed lake with 350 ft. of waterfront! There are 2,100 bushes to pick from with 8 different varieties, and all sizes of berries! ...

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Inventory Increased 9.6% and Home Salability Rose in June

The National Association of Realtors reported This Week in Real Estate that existing home sales decreased for the fifth consecutive month in June while the median price climbed to a record high. As inventory is on the rise eighty-eight percent of homes sold in June were on the market for less than a month while the average days on ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: July 22-24, 2022

7th ANNUAL JUNK REFUNK MARKET​Head to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm for their 7th annual Junk Refunk Market. They offer anything from vintage to country charm, antiques, for the home, garden, and more. GILBERT HOUSE FOR GROWN UPSJoin the Gilbert House Children’s Museum for this fun 21+ event in downtown Salem. Enjoy indoor and outdoor entertainment, free eats, ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: July 22-24, 2022

EUGENE:  LANE COUNTY FAIRThe Lane County Fair brings a bounty of musical acts, carnival rides, and sideshow fun to the Lane Events Center. EUGENE SATURDAY MARKETThe Saturday Market is a weekly celebration of local arts and food. Over 250 artisans sell handcrafted goods — this is the perfect place to shop for unique gifts. The Saturday Market is the ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: July 22-24, 2022

PORTLAND:  PORTLAND TIMBERS VS. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKESWatch the Portland Timbers take on San Jose Earthquakes. Cheer with Timbers’ Army at Providence Park and become part of a Portland tradition! FLICKS ON THE BRICKSPortland’s free outdoor movie series, Flicks on the Bricks, returns live this summer to Portland’s Living Room for a multi-day event. Beginning on Friday, July 22nd ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 22-24, 2022

PIER 62 BEATS & EATSShop from food trucks, listen to DJ music, and enjoy the views during Pier 62 Beats & Eats at Pier 62, in Seattle.TOUR DE TERRACETour de Terrace has a street fair, carnival rides, food vendors, a beer garden, a parade, a car show, and more, at Evergreen Playfield, in Mountlake Terrace.SEATTLE ART FAIRSeattle Art ...

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Success Strategies for 2022 Homebuyers

If you’re a homebuyer without a home to buy, the ongoing housing shortage is making housing to buy less affordable by the day. Certain factors should change with time, which should provide you with a better chance to buy a home in mid-to-late 2022. One factor that helped fuel the current housing market boom was ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: July 15-17, 2022

2022 TOUR OF HOMESThe Home Builders Association of Marion & Polk Counties’ 2022 Tour of Homes, features 11 outstanding new homes throughout Dallas, Monmouth and Salem from many of the region’s finest new home builders.  Showcasing the latest designs and trends in new home construction, the tour offers you the opportunity to see a wide variety ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: July 15-17, 2022

EUGENE:  MCKENZIE RIVER WHITEWATER RAFTINGSign up for an expertly guided whitewater river rafting trip with A. Helrich Outfitters! Immerse yourself in nature’s scenery on a thrilling tour of the McKenzie River! EUGENE RIVERFRONT FESTIVALCelebrate community and connection at Eugene’s new Downtown Riverfront Park! All are welcome for this fun, free event of food, music, art, and more! WORLD ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: July 15-17, 2022

PORTLAND:  CATHEDRAL PARK JAZZ FESTIVALBilled as the longest-running jazz-and-blues festival west of the Mississippi, the Jazz Festival is a prime showcase of Portland’s homegrown talent, natural beauty, and neighborly charm. ZOO NIGHTSOver the course of five Fridays this summer, the Oregon Zoo will be offering Zoo Nights: evenings filled with local music, food carts, activities for all ages, ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 15-17, 2022

THE KING COUNTY FAIRThe King County Fair offers food, beer/wine, music, carnival rides, vendors, entertainers, a rodeo, and more at Enumclaw Expo Center. ART ON THE AVEArt lovers converge on 6th Avenue in Tacoma for Art on the Ave, which offers local art inside and outside shops, plus unique global cuisine. SUNDAE RUNDAYSundae Runday is a 5K run or ...

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For The Fourth Straight Month, The Unemployment Rate Remained At 3.6%

Despite interest rate hikes and recession concerns, job growth remained strong in June. For the fourth straight month the unemployment rate remained at 3.6%; just 0.1 percentage point higher than the pre-pandemic level in February 2020. The strong job growth keeps pressure on the Fed to slow the economy just enough to curb inflation without ...

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Home Inspections for Co-ops or Condos

Do you need a home inspection when you buy a condominium or a co-op? According to BrickUnderground.com, home inspections are common for single-family homes, but they’re also increasingly being requested by urban homebuyers of condos and co-ops. Condo and co-op owners share common spaces such as elevators, lobbies, parking, and grounds, but where they differ is ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: July 8-10, 2022

EUGENE:  OREGON COUNTRY FAIREnjoy food booths and shop from over 300 artisans while live entertainment plays on stage. Head to Veneta for this annual party. POW PRO WRESTLINGPOW! Makes their debut at Blairally Vintage Arcade on Saturday, July 9th with “Down In The Alley”! MCKENZIE RIVER LAVENDER FESTIVALVisit the farm and enjoy the surrounding fields while viewing the creations of ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: July 8-10, 2022

LATE NIGHT COMEDYHead to the Independence Elks Lodge for a late-night comedy show. See the Winner of Portland’s Funniest Person Contest live. SOUNDS OF SUMMER SUNDAYSHead to Airlie Winery for Sounds of Summer including Classic American Standards from 1920 to present and Bossa Nova. Melodic alto vocals and jazz with bass, guitar, and piano. CLASSIC CAR SHOWThe 2ND ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: July 8-10, 2022

PORTLAND:  PORTLAND NIGHT MARKETThe Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks, and retail together for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. THE BIG FLOATEvery summer since 2011, thousands of people swim and float in the Willamette River for the annual Big Float event. 2022 ROSE CUP RACESJoin in this ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 8-10, 2022

REDMOND DERBY DAYSRedmond Derby Days, a free summer event, has a carnival, craft vendors, a beer/wine garden, parades, and more, at the Redmond City Hall Campus. SEATTLE SOUNDERS VS. PORTLAND TIMBERSWatch the Seattle Sounders play a home game at Lumen Field vs. the Portland Timbers. SIPFESTSipFest is a wine, beer, and food tasting event in picturesque Snoqualmie to ...

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Pending Home Sales Increased in May Following Six Months of Declining Activity

The National Association of Realtors reported This Week in Real Estate that pending home sales increased in May following six months of declining activity. On Thursday the Commerce Department shared that the personal consumption expenditures price index, the key inflation gauge tracked by the Federal Reserve, remained flat in May compared to prior month, suggesting that price ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: July 1-4, 2022

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKSThe Oregon Garden is excited to announce the return of their July 4th celebration. One of their largest and most popular events, guests are invited to join for a day of fun including live music, food, and a spectacular fireworks display. SOUNDS OF SUMMER SUNDAYSHead to Airlie Winery for Sounds of Summer including Classic American ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: July 1-4, 2022

EUGENE:  EUGENE PRO RODEO & FIREWORKSThe Eugene Pro Rodeo is on for the Fourth of July weekend! Watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in bareback riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, bull riding, and more. On July 4, the rodeo concludes with the largest fireworks show in Lane County this year. BUTTE TO BUTTE WALK/RUNThe Aquafina OTC Butte to Butte event includes ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: July 1-4, 2022

PORTLAND:  PORTLAND CRAFT BEER FESTIVALThe Portland Craft Beer Festival brings a huge outdoor party to The Fields Neighborhood Park, along with a huge selection of local beers, ciders, and wine, originating from Portland, Oregon breweries. WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVALEvery Fourth of July weekend, the Waterfront Blues Festival takes over downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park. LAVENDER U-PICKWayward Winds Lavender is one of ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 1-4, 2022

SEAFAIR SUMMER FOURTHAmazon Seafair Summer Fourth is the best way to experience the 4th of July in the Pacific Northwest. Voted one of the nation’s best fireworks shows by USA TODAY and Business Insider, Summer Fourth takes place in one of the best natural amphitheaters to experience the power and artistry of fireworks. FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS ...

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New Home Sales Increase in May Before The Fed’s June Rate Rise

Sales of newly built, single-family homes recorded a solid gain in May as reported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau This Week in Real Estate, while existing-home sales retracted for the fourth consecutive month, returning to the levels seen in 2019. The median existing-home price was up 14.8% in ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: June 24-26, 2022

BEES & BLOOMSThe Ankeny Hill Nature Center is hosting a free Bees and Blooms event. Volunteers will be onsite to engage visitors in outdoor activities that celebrate Oregon’s pollinators! Visitors are invited to discover the beauty and variety of our native bees and butterflies, create pollinator related crafts, take a native plant discovery walk on the trails, ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 24-26, 2022

EUGENE:  MOUNTAIN BIKE OREGON FESTIVALTune your bikes and get ready to ride! The Mountain Bike Oregon Festival consists of three days of amazing mountain bike riding through the scenic Willamette National Forest! WILLAMETTE VALLEY WINE TOURVisit three wineries in the South Willamette Valley outside of Eugene in comfortable transportation and with a knowledgeable guide on the Willamette Valley ...

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Pride Month Events in Oregon and Washington

Pride Month is not over! Check our list to see local PRIDE events near you. Puget Sound Area Pride Events: PRIDE PARADE In the 48th year of celebration, the Seattle Pride Parade is an opportunity to commemorate the past, celebrate new wins for equality, and get encouragement for the work yet to come. Enjoy Washington’s largest parade! ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: June 24-26, 2022

PORTLAND: FESTIVAL OF BALLOONSThe hot air balloons are definitely the featured attraction of the Festival of Balloons, but there is also more than balloons! The festival is a place for families and friends to gather, play and relax. PORTLAND PRIDE PADDLEGrab your stand-up paddle board or kayak for a day of rainbows and sunshine at the Portland ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 24-26, 2022

PRIDE PARADEIn the 48th year of celebration, the Seattle Pride Parade is an opportunity to commemorate the past, celebrate new wins for equality, and get encouragement for the work yet to come. Enjoy Washington’s largest parade! WOODINVILLE TOUR OF GARDENSThe annual summer event is back―one month early! The Tour of Gardens is a self-drive tour and will give you ...

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House Price Deceleration Doesn’t Mean House Price Depreciation

The Federal Reserve escalated its battle against inflation This Week in Real Estate, announcing the largest interest rate hike in 28 years. Will the Feds response to inflation impact home values, ending the 122 consecutive months of home price appreciation? Despite the raise of the Feds benchmark interest rate experts are forecasting ongoing home price appreciation, just ...

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Our Agents Ranked Among America’s Best Real Estate Professionals

America’s Best Real Estate Professionals honors America’s finest real estate agents from all across the country! Over 23,000 U.S. real estate sales associates from every state are featured in America’s Best. Those ranked are among the top 1.5% of 1.6 million real estate professionals in the United States! RealTrends + Tom Ferry America’s Best Real Estate Professionals, now in its ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: June 17-19, 2022

WINE COUNTRY CRUISE-IN & FATHER’S DAY CELEBRATIONJoin Willamette Valley Vineyards for their annual Wine Country Cruise-In and Father’s Day Celebration at their Estate in the Salem Hills. Enjoy a relaxing day at the vineyard featuring a large selection of classic cars, wine tasting and live music. 2022 SUMMER NEW PLAY FESTIVALThis dramatic reading of a new play ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 17-19, 2022

EUGENE:  FATHER’S DAY AT CAMP PUTTCelebrate the father figure in your life with a free round of mini golf at Camp Putt. Dads play free when they bring their kids! SWEET CHEEKS WINERY SUMMER SOLSTICESweet Cheeks Winery’s summer kick-off event is back! Enjoy an evening filled with live music, a glass of your favorite wine, and end ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: June 17-19, 2022

PORTLAND: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL- ALREGRÍACirque du Soleil – Alegría is proud to announce its return to Portland with its internationally acclaimed production. Audiences are invited under the Big Top at the Portland Expo Center to experience the pure theatrical magic of Alegría – an entirely-redesigned fan favorite. GRATEFUL DAD HALF MARATHON/10K/5KWhat better way to spend Father’s ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 17-19, 2022

MARYSVILLE STRAWBERRY FESTIVALThe Marysville Strawberry Festival is a family event with a carnival, vendors, strawberry shortcake, entertainment, a 5K/1-mile, a car show, and a grand parade! SEATTLE SOUNDERS VS. LA FCWatch the Seattle Sounders play a home game vs. LA FC at Lumen Field in Seattle. CENTRAL BALLARD BREWERY TOURVisit three local breweries, taste 12 beers, and learn about ...

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The Average Homeowner Gained Approximately $64,000 in Equity Between Q1 of 2021 And 2022

CoreLogic released its quarterly Homeowner Equity Insights report This Week in Real Estate which showed that homeowners with a mortgage saw their equity increase by more than $3.8 trillion year-over-year, a gain of 32.2%. The average homeowner gained approximately $64,000 in equity between the first quarters of 2021 and 2022. All eyes will be on the Federal ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: June 10-12, 2022

AMERICAN BELLET PRESENTS THE WIZARD OF OZStudents of American Ballet Academy will perform The Wizard of Oz to stage at the Historic Elsinore Theatre. Danced by joyful young children and accomplished, driven pre-professional dancers, this ballet brings both energy and grace to the stage. UNCORKED REVELRYJoin Bryn Mawr Vineyards for un unmatched evening to remember in Oregon’s esteemed wine ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 10-12, 2022

EUGENE: EUGENE BEER WEEK AT THE BIER STEINCelebrate Eugene Beer Week with 5 days of fun events! This year they are featuring local breweries and of course bringing back their classic Tower of Sour. 2022 NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPSThe 2022 NCAA outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held at Hayward Field. It will be the 14th ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: June 10-12, 2022

PORTLAND: SPRING ROSE SHOWEach year, the Lloyd Center hosts the Portland Rose Society Annual Spring Rose Show, the largest and longest-running rose show in the nation. The exquisite beauty and fragrances of this yearly show emanate from more than 4,000 blooms. CIDER SUMMITCider Summit Portland returns to Fields Neighborhood Park in the Pearl. The region’s largest cider ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 10-12, 2022

WATER LANTERN FESTIVALThe Water Lantern Festival begins at 6 p.m with food trucks, music, and games. At 9 p.m, you launch it on the lake at Spanaway Park! LAKE TO LAKE BIKE RIDEThe family-friendly 8-mile or 24-mile Lake to Lake Bike Ride begins and ends at Robinswood Community Park in Bellevue. A course for kids circles the park. STATE ...

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Hit the Deck with Easy Upgrades

It’s time for fun in the sun, and not too late to make some improvements to your deck. Before you have family and friends over for summer barbeques, take a weekend to make your deck more attractive, comfortable and better integrated with your backyard. You want your deck and yard to look like they flow ...

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May Inventory of Active Listings Recorded The First Year-Over-Year Increase Since June 2019

According to the Realtor.com monthly housing report released This Week in Real Estate May inventory of active listings recorded the first year-over-year increase since June 2019. The number of active listings increased 8% year-over-year, but remained 48.5% below typical levels in May 2020 prior to the pandemic influencing the market. Below are a few newsworthy events from the first ...

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How Will the Russia-Ukraine War Impact U.S. Housing?

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, the real estate industry in the U.S. is beginning to ask questions. How will the war affect the economy and how will it impact the housing market? At the very least, global conflict is unnerving, but is there a hidden opportunity for American homebuyers? According to REALTOR Magazine, stocks and ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: June 3-5, 2022

PRIDE YOGACelebrating Pride Month with Pride Yoga! This special class will be held at CreativiTEE and Rofe Designs in downtown Salem. The class includes a flow practice led by Catherine Albertini, a pride day yoga tank, and a private shopping experience after class that includes mimosas and surprise discounts. NEIGHBORHOOD GARDEN TOURThe 3rd Annual Neighborhood Garden Tour includes 12 ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 3-5, 2022

EUGENE: 2022 OREGON GRAN FONDOJoin cyclists from all over the Pacific Northwest for the Oregon Gran Fondo, Italian for “Big Ride”. Riders can choose between two all road cycling routes and two mixed surface routes.  HOPWORKS POP-UP PUB AT BEERGARDENJoin Beergarden in welcoming Hopworks Urban Brewery to their pub for a Pop-Up Pub event featuring a Corn Hole ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: June 3-5, 2022

PORTLAND: PEDALPALOOZAPortland’s cycling culture peaks during summer’s multi-week Pedalpalooza, featuring 200+ local-led, themed rides, all open to the public. BRAIN FAIRDiscover the amazing things our brains can do at the free annual OHSU Brain Fair! Science fans of all ages will be fascinated by hands-on exhibits, displays and more. PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVALThe Portland Rose Festival features multiple parades, waterfront ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 3-5, 2022

SEATTLE CHOCOLATE TOUREnjoy a dozen tastes of chocolate at eight locations (including an actual chocolate factory) on the delicious Seattle Chocolate Tour. Your easily accessible walk begins at Cupcake Royale in Seattle!BIG BACKYARD 5KThe Big Backyard 5K (BBY5K) is dog, stroller, and family friendly and includes a free kids’ dash plus DJ music and awards at Marymoor Park!RENTON WINE ...

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Supply of Homes For Sale Jumped 9% Last Week Compared To a Year Ago

The summer selling season nears as inventory grows while the pace of sales return to pre-COVID conditions. According to Realtor.com This Week in Real Estate the supply of homes for sale jumped 9% last week compared to the same time period a year ago. Below are a few newsworthy events from the fourth week of May that influence our ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 27-30, 2022

EUGENE: MEMORIAL DAY REGATTA AT FERN RIDGEHead to Fern Ridge Lake for the beginning of the sailing season in the Willamette Valley with the Memorial Day Regatta hosted by the Eugene Yacht Club. ALABASTERThe Oregon Contemporary Theatre hosts the story of Alabaster. After a tornado barrels through an Alabama town causing death and destruction, only June and her pet ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: May 27-29, 2022

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT AIRLIE WINERYLive Music, food, great wine, and lots of fun! Join Airlie Winery for their daily open house Memorial Weekend, 12-5pm. Check out their website for more info! SUNSET RUN (1 MILE, 5K OR 10K)A community Sunset Run hosted by CrossFit Salem! The route will go from Bush Park to the Carousel (1mile turn back ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: May 27-29, 2022

PORTLAND: CITY FAIRConsidered the “hub” of the annual Portland Rose Festival, CityFair fills Waterfront Park with carnival rides, concerts, food, and fireworks for multiple weekends during the festival! PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVALThe Portland Rose Festival features multiple parades, waterfront carnival rides, concerts, dragon boat races, fireworks, and plenty of roses.  TEDXPORTLANDTEDxPortland, the largest TEDx event in the world, celebrates its ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 27-29, 2022

SEATTLE NIGHT MARKETThe Seattle Night Market promises the ultimate night of eating, drinking, and shopping. Plus, evening wrestling performances by Lucha Libre Volcanica at Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park!SEATTLE CHOCOLATE TOUREnjoy a dozen tastes of chocolate at eight locations (including an actual chocolate factory) on the delicious Seattle Chocolate Tour. Your easily accessible walk begins at Cupcake Royale ...

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According to NAR, Existing-Home Sales Recorded a Third Straight Month of Declines

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) Reported This Week in Real Estate that April existing-home sales dipped slightly while the median sales price was up 14.8% compared to prior year. NAR’s reforecast of annual home price growth is projected to increase by 8.4% while Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae project increases of 10.4 and 10.8%, respectively. NAR expects total ...

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House Flipping 101

Home improvement television makes flipping homes look so easy anyone can do it. But the reality is much different. You can make a lot of money or lose money to problems that slow down your timetable and increase your risk. There’s a reason why flipped homes are only a small percentage, about 6.2%, of the market. As ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: May 20-22, 2022

SUMMER SESSIONS AT THE SHEDEnjoy an evening filled with food, drinks, and music from regional artists in the Wedding Garden at the Oregon Garden Resort during the Sessions At The Shed event! Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase, along with special cider tastings from Bauman’s Cider Company, spirits tastings from Abiqua Spirit Distillery, and treats available ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 20-22, 2022

EUGENE: NIGHT MARKETCelebrate the cultural diversity and influence of night markets that exist all throughout Asia right here in downtown Eugene. In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, the first-ever Asian Night Market offers a delightful evening of cultural performances, savory Asian street foods, and more! DOZER DAYDozer Day is an annual, charitable, ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: May 20-22 2022

EDGEFIELD BREWFESTOn the same lawn where Edgefield Concerts take place, McMenamins Edgefield is bringing together some of Oregon and Washington’s best with 100 beers and ciders in a day full of merriment. OREGON WINE MONTHYou can celebrate Willamette Valley wine all year round, but especially during Oregon Wine Month, when the entire state joins in commemoration of the ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 20-22, 2022

UNIVERSITY STREET FAIRKick off street-fair season at the laid-back University District Street Fair! Entertainment includes music, dance, comedy, a beer garden, crafts, hundreds of vendors, and more!NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVENational Geographic Live presents scientists, photographers, filmmakers, and adventurers live on stage with amazing photos and video at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.SEATTLE BEER WEEKBars and breweries host dozens of ...

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Homeowner Equity Grows Again Across The U.S. in The First Quarter

ATTOM released its Q1 2022 Home Equity Report This Week in Real Estate finding 44.9 percent of mortgaged residential properties are considered equity-rich, up from 31.9 percent in the first quarter of 2021. According to OJO Labs, 52 percent of homes in the top 50 metro areas sold for above the list price in April, up from ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: May 13-15, 2022

SCHREINER’S IRIS GARDENS BLOOM SEASONJust 5 miles north of downtown Salem, Schreiner’s Iris Gardens is open to the public! With stunning backdrops and a plethora of color in one place, their 2022 Bloom Season is one not to be missed!  DETROIT LAKE FISHING DERBYThe much-anticipated Detroit Lake Fishing Derby is a great annual family event hosted in Detroit, Oregon. ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 13-15, 2022

MAY BIKE MONTHWeBikeLane has a full lineup of rides, online talks and classes, bike-up discounts at local businesses, and prizes for all ages and riding abilities. Bike Month showcases the many benefits of biking and encourages all to give it a try! BARK IN THE PARK RUN/WALKAlton Baker Park goes to the dogs again when over ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: May 13-15, 2022

OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY’S DOGGIE DASHJoin Portland’s biggest party, The Doggie Dash, for pets and people at Tom McCall Waterfront Park for a blocks-long pet festival. Enjoy a wonderful walk or run through Portland, and/or join them for many activities: vendor booths, live music, food vendors, canine contests and more! UFO FESTIVALEvery May, thousands of visitors flock to ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 13-15, 2022

SEATTLE WORLD WHISKY DAY 2022Enjoy different whiskies from up to 20 distilleries, plus food, music, and entertainment during the Seattle World Whisky Day at the Downtown Park in Redmond! (21+)NW GREEN HOME TOURRegister online for the self-guided Northwest Green Home Tour to see solar-powered, energy-efficient, and sustainably built homes!WEST SEATTLE GARAGE SALE DAYHundreds of sale signs sprout all over ...

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The Federal Reserve Raised The Federal Funds Interest Rate By 0.50% , The Second Time in 2022

The Federal Reserve raised the federal funds interest rate by 0.50% This Week in Real Estate – the second time in 2022 and the largest increase since 2000 – in an effort to fight surging inflation. In anticipation of the widely expected increase the volume of purchase mortgage applications were 4 percent higher than the prior week, ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: May 6-8, 2022

OREGON WINE MONTH AT COELHO WINERYHave a blast all month long with events every weekend in May to celebrate wine month at the Coelho Winery! SCHREINER’S IRIS GARDENS BLOOM SEASONJust 5 miles north of downtown Salem, Schreiner’s Iris Gardens is open to the public! With stunning backdrops and a plethora of color in one place, their 2022 Bloom ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 6-8, 2022

MOTHER’S DAY AT SWEET CHEEKS WINERYTreat the special women in your lives to a relaxing afternoon filled with delightful wines, breathtaking panoramic views, live music, and a few other Mother’s Day surprises at Sweet Cheeks Winery!  MAY BIKE MONTHWeBikeLane has a full lineup of rides, online talks and classes, bike-up discounts at local businesses, and prizes for ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: May 6-8, 2022

MOTHER’S DAY CRUISESweep mom off her feet this Mother’s Day with a brunch or dinner cruise in Portland or the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Enjoy delicious Northwest food prepared onboard, take in the river views, and make memories that mom will treasure forever. OREGON WINE MONTHYou can celebrate Willamette Valley wine all year round, but especially during Oregon ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 6-8, 2022

MT. RAINIER DAY TOURThe Mt. Rainier Day Tour wins rave reviews for friendly and knowledgeable guides, magnificent scenery, and a comfortable 10-hour ride with stops to buy lunch, take photos, enjoy viewpoints, and go for a leisurely hike.MOTHER’S DAY HALF MARATHON & 5KThe Mother’s Day Half Marathon & 5K run/walk is on scenic routes beginning and finishing at ...

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According to the NAR, Pending Home Sales Have Declined For Five Consecutive Months

According to the National Association of Realtors This Week in Real Estate pending home sales have declined five consecutive months, yet despite rising mortgage rates Realtor.com reported that for the 19th consecutive week home prices have realized double-digit year-over-year increases. The median list price was up 14.4% from the same time period last year. While questions relative to ...

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Q1 2022 Quarterly Market Report

Consumers have way too much information to consider before buying or selling a home and it can be hard to separate the insignificant from the critical details. Our just-released Q1 2022 Pacific Northwest Market Report can help you make an educated decision. This report is an amazing resource. It delivers exactly the kind of analysis ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: April 29-May 1, 2022

INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAYCeili of the Valley Society is celebrating International Dance Day on Saturday by doing a dance demonstration performance at Salem Saturday Market. Enjoy dances from Celtic nations with lively music to get you in the spirit of the day! WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALColorful fields reminiscent of Holland burst with acres of tulips in full bloom ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: April 29-May 1, 2022

2022 EUGENE MARATHONCelebrate the 16th anniversary of one of America’s premier marathons. Thousands of participants, fans, and volunteers from around the globe will show up on race day for the Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon in TrackTown USA. All your established running events are on the starting block including a 5K and the Kids 1K Duck Dash ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: April 29-May 1, 2022

OREGON WINE MONTHYou can celebrate Willamette Valley wine all year round, but especially during Oregon Wine Month, when the entire state joins in commemoration of the beloved industry for the month of May, offering special activities and promotions for the enjoyment of Oregon wine. ONE MOTO SHOWEvery year, the One Moto Show draws thousands of bikers and enthusiasts ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: April 29-May 1, 2022

WA STATE APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVALWashington State Apple Blossom Festival in sunny Wenatchee has food vendors, carnival rides, a car show, arts and crafts, a run, and a grand parade in and around Memorial Park.SEATTLE KRAKEN VS SAN JOSE SHARKSWatch Seattle Kraken play a home game on the ice at Climate Pledge Arena vs the San Jose Sharks!TACOMA CITY ...

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Mortgage Rates Rose For The Seventh Straight Week According to Freddie Mac

Mortgage rates rose for the seventh straight week according to Freddie Mac This Week in Real Estate. “While springtime is typically the busiest homebuying season, the upswing in rates has caused some volatility in demand,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. Despite the rising rates the National Association of Realtors reported the median sales price in ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: April 22-24, 2022

EARTH DAY OREGONEarth day is this weekend, and nonprofits and business partners are coming together to plan great events around the state that you can take part in to make a difference! Check out their website to view the planned events all over Oregon! AG FEST OREGONLast year over 20,000 people attended Ag Fest to touch, taste and ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: April 22-24, 2022

THE GREEN LIVING FAIRVisit the historic Cottage Grove Armory to learn about how to live more sustainably! With over 50 vendors and workshops for adults and kids, the Green Living Fair has something to interest everyone. NATIONAL DANCE WEEKNational Dance Week is returning to Eugene! The celebration begins with Downtown Dances in the Round, more than a dozen ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: April 22-24, 2022

EARTH DAY CLEAN-UPSOLVE is excited to invite you to their statewide event this weekend, the Oregon Spring Cleanup! For over fifty years, SOLVE has been supporting the efforts of communities around the state who are motivated to take care of their special place in Oregon.  PORTLAND PIZZA WEEKThe Portland Mercury annually teams up with over 30 of Portland’s ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: April 22-24, 2022

EARTH DAY: STATE PARKS FREE DAYOn State Parks Free Days, you can picnic and play at any of the 140 Washington State Parks for free! This month, celebrate Earth Day at any of our wonderful state parks for free!21st ANNUAL PARKS APPRECIATION DAYParticipants are needed at the Parks Appreciation Day to spruce up local parks by trimming limbs, grooming ...

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The Fannie Mae Home Price Index Accelerated in Q1 2022 To Its Fastest Pace in 47 Years

Fannie Mae released their Q1 2022 Home Price Index This Week in Real Estate showing the Index accelerated to its fastest annual pace in its 47-year history, up 20.0% year-over-year, topping the 19.1% annual rate recorded in Q4 2021. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage jumped to a 5% average, the first time since 2011. And, the Mortgage Bankers Association ...

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About Earnest Money Deposits

When a buyer and seller agree on a purchase price and terms, the buyer shows the seller a sign of good faith in the form of earnest money. This money, typically 1% to 3% of the sales price or whatever is customary for the local market, is deposited with an escrow agent or title company, ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: April 15-17, 2022

DOWNTOWN EGG HUNTHead to Salem’s Riverfront Park to join the treasure egg hunt for candy and prizes! The map starts at Riverfront Park in front of the Carousel. FIRST TASTE OREGONFirst Taste Oregon features some of the industry’s best winemakers, craft brewers, spirit distillers, artists, and culinary masters in the Columbia Hall at the Oregon State Fairgrounds! EARTH ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: April 15-17, 2022

PROM 5KAre you ready for your next 5K run? Look no further because this year’s Prom 5K is officially here! Meet at Island Park in Springfield and run along the Willamette River! CIDERHOUSE 2022PublicHouse will convert 20+ beer taps to cider taps! Along with a huge showcase of a variety of craft cider on draft, they will have ...

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Launches Pawfect Home Sweepstakes

“Pets are what make a house, a home and we all know when considering a property there’s no denying pets call the shots much more than we give them credit for,” said Christy Budnick, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “We are excited to provide an opportunity to give pets something that’s better than treats or ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: April 15-17, 2022

OREGON ZOO Celebrate spring and hop into action at the Oregon Zoo! A spring-themed seek-and-find game will lead you through the zoo to explore all the new life and activity.THE DINNER DETECTIVE MURDER MYSTERY SHOWAmerica’s largest interactive comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Show is now playing in Portland! At the Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show, you’ll tackle a ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: April 15-17, 2022

FREE NATIONAL PARKS DAYEntry is free at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks this weekend!EASTER BRUNCH CRUISEEnjoy a two-hour Easter Brunch Cruise, which departs from Waterways Cruises at Chandler’s Cove. This two hour cruise features shoreline views of the brilliant colors of spring, waterfront estates and local landmarks, highlighted by ...

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The Median U.S. Home Listing Price Reached Its All-Time High in March

According to Realtor.com This Week in Real Estate the median U.S. home listing price reached its all-time high in March. Purchase mortgage rates have risen faster in the last three months than at any time in the past 28 years. Prices continue to surge and rates are rising, but today’s market differs significantly from the “Great Recession.” ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: April 8-10, 2022

FRIENDS OF TREESHelp needed to plant trees at this community park in NE Salem! Back in February 2021 the community lost many trees due to a once-in-a-century ice storm followed by the late June heat dome. Help replant and regrow the local urban canopy! DRY BAR COMEDY LIVEDry Bar Comedy Tour LIVE is heading to the Elsinore Theatre! ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: April 8-10, 2022

SHAZAM! THE MAGIC SHOWShazam! is a grand-scale touring illusion show featuring a brand-new company of wonderworkers, and magic’s brightest young star, Matthew Laslo. The hour and a half magic show features more than 15 dazzling illusions and will thrill audiences of all ages! PAINT & SIPMake a masterpiece and a memory! Alejandro’s step-by-step painting classes are fun ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: April 8-10, 2022

BRIDGE TO BREWS 8K & 10KThe iconic Bridge to Brews race returns in 2022. Join Sunday at the Waterfront Park for an 8k & 10k walk/run over 4 of Portland’s iconic Bridges! After the race, there will be a beer/cider tasting event on the waterfront. BAKER’S DOZEN FESTWelcome back the 6th annual Baker’s Dozen Fest! This fest melds ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: April 8-10, 2022

SEATTLE HARBOR CRUISETake a one-hour narrated Harbor Cruise of Elliott Bay that includes Seattle’s waterfront and its bustling port, departing from Pier 55.SKAGIT VALLEY TULIP FESTIVALThe Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features spectacular fields of blooming tulips and daffodils all month long!YURI’S NIGHT 2022Celebrate the first man to orbit the earth in 1961 at Yuri’s Night, a space-themed spectacle that transforms ...

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Mortgage Rates Jumped To Their Highest Level in More Than Three Years

Mortgage rates jumped to their highest level in more than three years last week yet the purchase index increased 0.64% from one week earlier. Mike Fratantoni, Mortgage Bankers Association’s senior vice president and chief economist said This Week in Real Estate that “it appears to be promising news that purchase application volume has not declined, as many ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: April 1-3, 2022

CHERRY BLOSSOM WALKJoin “Just Walk Salem Keizer” on a 1.5 mile walk on the Capitol Grounds and learn about Salem’s glorious spring blossoms! Leashed, well behaved dogs are welcome. WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALColorful fields reminiscent of Holland burst with acres of tulips in full bloom at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn! ENCHANTED FOREST SALEMEnchanted Forest combines ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: April 1-3, 2022

PAINT & SIP- TULIPSMake a masterpiece and a memory! Alejandro’s step-by-step painting classes are fun and easy for all ages and skill levels. Perfect for gifts, celebrations, decoration or just for fun! Wine and beer available for purchase in the studio, or BYOB! EUGENE SYMPHONY PRESENTS: HARRY POTTER & THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS IN CONCERTCars fly, trees fight ...

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Five Home Décor Trends for 2022

The way Americans use their homes has changed since the advent of the pandemic and has encouraged interior design trends for 2022.  These ideas are so smart, they’re likely to stick around even after the pandemic is over.  Smart furniture – According to Puffy.com, the smart furniture industry is on track to reach $244 million by 2024. ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: April 1-3, 2022

PORTLAND FLEA MARKETThe Portland Flea & Food is a weekly market held every Sunday from April to October in Portland. Every market features 80+ local artists, markers, and curators of the best vintage, handmade, and locally sourced goods in town! WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALColorful fields reminiscent of Holland burst with acres of tulips in full bloom ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: April 1-3, 2022

SKAGIT VALLEY TULIP FESTIVALThe Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features spectacular fields of blooming tulips and daffodils all month long!UW CHERRY BLOSSOMSThe University of Washington is inviting visitors back to the Quad for the first time since the start of the pandemic to enjoy the iconic cherry blossoms in bloom. The annual bloom brings thousands of visitors with picnic ...

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Contract Signings Fell 4.1% in February From January

National Association of Realtors chief economist, Lawrence Yun, said This Week in Real Estate that he expects mortgage rates to be about 4.5% to 5% for the remainder of the year. Dr. Yun further forecasts about a 7% reduction in home sales compared to 2021. It should be noted that the 6.12 million existing home sales in ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: March 25-27, 2022

WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALColorful fields reminiscent of Holland burst with acres of tulips in full bloom at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn! VARSITY VOCALSVarsity Vocals presents the International Competition of High School A Cappella at the Elsinore Theatre! This is the semifinal round for the West region. Enjoy music with no instruments and have a great time ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: March 25-27, 2022

HECETA HEAD LIGHTSTATIONHeceta Head Lightstation is celebrating its 128th birthday! The community is invited to celebrate at the light station which has a scenic walking trail that leads from the beach to The Keeper’s House, gift shop and lighthouse tower. This family-friendly free event takes place at the Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast in the Keeper’s ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: March 25-27, 2022

WATERFRONT PARK CHERRY BLOSSOMSSince 1990, cherry blossom trees have graced the waterfront of Portland. The 100 trees are part of the Japanese American Historical Plaza that starts at the Burnside Bridge and extends north along the waterfront to the Steel Bridge. The backdrop of the Willamette River with a large expanse of green grass makes this spot magical. ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: March 25-27, 2022

UW CHERRY BLOSSOMSThe University of Washington is inviting visitors back to the Quad for the first time since the start of the pandemic to enjoy the iconic cherry blossoms in bloom. The annual bloom brings thousands of visitors with picnic baskets and cameras to the Quad each year to enjoy the picturesque show of rosy, pink ...

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The Federal Reserve Raises The Federal Funds Rate For the First Time In Four Years

The Federal Reserve raised the federal funds rate by 25 basis points This Week in Real Estate for the first time in four years. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage exceeded four percent for the first time since May of 2019. Below are a few newsworthy events from the third week of March that influence our business: Solid Reading For Housing Starts In February. Single-family starts ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: March 18-20, 2022

ELSINORE THEATREThe Elsinore Theatre presents Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade as this weekend’s choice for their family film series! Tickets are $10 each, kids 12 and younger are free! ST. PATRICK’S DAY DRIVE-THRU PARTYThe St. Patrick’s Day drive-thru party will feature a prize wheel you can spin, candy everyone dressed in green, St. Patrick’s Day frosted cookies, ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: March 18-20, 2022

UO BASEBALL VS UNIVERSITY OF UTAHCheer on the University of Oregon Baseball team as they compete against the University of Utah at PK Park in Eugene! TUNES, TOTS & TANKARDSBeergarden loves hosting live music on their patio and it wouldn’t be a Beergarden event without specialty dishes from the 5 Beergrden food trucks. There will be potato-centric, Irish-themed specials ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: March 18-20, 2022

WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALColorful fields reminiscent of Holland burst with acres of tulips in full bloom at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn! THE PORTLAND MERCURY’S HIGHBALLThe Portland Mercury teams up with dozens of the finest bars and restaurants in Portland to bring you the Portland Highball, a one-of-a-kind boozetacular. At each of Highball’s locations, you’ll find ...

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Homeowners Saw an Increase of More Than 3.2 Trillion in Equity in 2021

CoreLogic released its latest Homeowner Equity Report This Week in Real Estate that showed homeowners realized an increase of more than $3.2 trillion of equity in mortgaged real estate in 2021. That was an annual increase of 29.3%. The Fed will hike its key policy rate for the first time since 2018 next week. Sam Khater, Freddie ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: March 11-13, 2022

ST. PATRICK’S DAY WALK-ABOUTCome help celebrate Salem’s annual St. Patrick’s Walk-About Event! Céili of the Valley Society will lead the charge of everything Irish and green. Families, kids, pets, and leprechauns are all invited to join in on this day when everyone is Irish in this sidewalk walk-about. A bagpiper and drummer from Willamette Valley Pipes & ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: March 11-13, 2022

MARCH MADNESS AT 5TH STREET EATERIES & BARDon’t miss a moment of March Madness! Join 5th Street Eateries & Bar every game day for food and drink specials and catch all the action live on their HD TV’s! BACON, BLUEGRASS & BEERWhat is better than bacon? Bacon, Bluegrass, and Boneyard Beer! The Beergarden is back at it again ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: March 11-13, 2022

CHERRY BLOSSOM BAZAARHunt for hidden treasure at this unique sale of Japanese collectibles, objects, and furniture. Shoppers will find a wide variety of items ranging from clothing and accessories to tableware and pottery to toys and dolls and more! Starting at 25 cents and up, there will be something for every age, taste, and budget ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: March 18-20, 2022

SEATTLE KRAKEN VS. DETROIT RED WINGSWatch Seattle Kraken play a home game on the ice at Climate Pledge Arena vs The Detroit Red Wings!MOTOWN AND MOREMotown and More is a soulful celebration of the greatest hits of the Motown sound and the pop, R&B, and soul music that grew in its wake. At Benaroya Hall in Seattle!SEATTLE NEON ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: March 11-13, 2022

VESPER SKY VIEW OBSERVATORY EXPERIENCESpringtime is near and what a better way to be introduced to the Vesper Experience with their curated spring cocktails and food menu! At 902′ atop Columbia Center on the 73rd Floor, the breathtaking views, coupled with cocktails, will be a magical moment for everyone!CIDER & ALE TRAILA ticket to Cider & Ale Trail includes ...

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The U.S. Median List Price Set a Record High in February

Home prices are not done setting records. CoreLogic released its January Home Price Index (HPI) Report This Week in Real Estate that showed the HPI gain was the largest 12-month growth since the index’s inception in 1976. Additionally, home prices were pushed to the highest level recorded in the 45-year history of the HPI. And, according to ...

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Late Payments and Credit Scores

Consumers who make late credit payments have no idea how badly their credit scores can be affected or how long it takes to repair the damage.  According to Nerdwallet.com, a late payment of 30 days or more can knock as many as 100 points off your credit score and stay on your credit report for up ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: March 4-6, 2022

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSHead to the Salem Shutterbug store for a one-on-one photography class! The instructor specializes in a variety of subjects, including portraits, landscape, action, long exposures and more! All skills welcome! FIRST FRIDAY OPEN MICLive Stand-Up Comedy heads to Keizer on the First Friday of every month in the form of a curated open mic at The Willamette ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: March 4-6, 2022

OREGON WINTER FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSICThe Shedd Institute is pleased to announce the expansion of its long-standing annual Oregon Festival of American Music with the addition of an annual one-week Winter version of the festival! FIRST FRIDAY ART WALKFirst Friday Art Walks are a great way to participate in the visual arts scene in downtown Eugene. Enjoy local ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: March 4-6, 2022

MONSTER JAMMonster Jam brings adrenaline-charged family entertainment to fans across the country. These world-class Monster Jam vehicles and athletes deliver what fans want to see most, more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action. PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKETCombining the vibes of an art show, a live street concert and an open-air bazaar, Portland Saturday ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: March 4-6, 2022

FOOD TOUR OF PIKE PLACE MARKETThe highly rated two-hour Chef Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market introduces you to artisan vendors and includes a dozen delicious treats. Your tour begins at Simply Seattle! GOLF SHOWThe Seattle Golf Show has 150 exhibitors, free lessons, and challenges with prizes at Washington State Convention Center! FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREMEFreestyle Love Supreme takes the ...

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Fannie Mae Expects a Decline of 2.4% in Total Home Sales

Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research Group reported This Week in Real Estate that they have raised their forecast for a March increase in the Fed funds rate from 25 basis points to 50 in response to escalating inflation. They now expect initial rate hikes from March to July to total 100 basis points followed by a ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: February 25-27, 2022

SALEM CARS & COFFEEIf you have a car that you like, or you want to see other people’s rides, Salem cars & coffee is for you! Happening weekly on Sunday mornings, this is a great time to socialize, grab a coffee, eat donuts, talk cars, and look at some beautiful cars! MT. ANGEL VOLKSFESTGerman-themed, the Mt. Angel Volksfest features ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: February 25-27, 2022

J. SCOTT CELLARSIn 2020, Jonathan opened J. Scott Cellars on 5th, an upscale wine bar and tasting room located in The Market District of downtown Eugene. The J. Scott Cellars brand features an extensive menu of extraordinary tasting wines of the Pacific Northwest. LANE COUNTY WINTER FARMERS MARKETEugene’s 5th Street Public Market welcomes the Lane County Farmers Market’s ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: February 25-27, 2022

PORTLAND JAZZ FESTIVALThe PDX Jazz Festival celebrates Black History Month with a series of concerts and events presented over two weeks every February. This celebration of improvised music returns Feb. 17-26, featuring live-streams performances from some of jazz’s greatest stars!  PORTLAND SPRING HOME & GARDEN SHOWThe 2022 Portland Spring Home and Garden Show is a great place to spark ...

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The Average Size Of A New Mortgage Set A Record, While Home Prices Continue To Increase

The National Association of Realtors reported This Week in Real Estate that January existing-home sales rose nearly 7% over the prior month despite total inventory down 2.3% from December and down 16.5% compared to January 2021. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau, housing starts dipped 4.1% in January, however ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: February 25-27, 2022

CHILLY HILLYTraditionally the start of the riding season in the Northwest, Chilly Hilly returns for its 50th year! The 33-mile route around Bainbridge Island starts with a scenic early morning ferry ride across Puget Sound from Seattle, or you can join the crowd directly on Bainbridge Island. Join the ride Bicycling Magazine named “one of four classic ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: February 18-20, 2022

SUMMERLAKE PARK PLANTINGHelp plant hundreds of native trees and shrubs at Summerlake Park in Tigard! The planting starts at 9:00am and gloves, tools, and planting guidance will be provided– all you need to do is show up dressed for the weather wearing sturdy shoes or boots and be ready to have fun! WAYFINDINGA fantastical, poignant comedy ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: February 18-20, 2022

TRACK TOWN POLAR PLUNGEOregon’s beloved winter tradition of polar plunging into frigid waters to raise money for Special Olympics Oregon is back! Head to Maurie Jacobs Park to make the plunge into the Willamette River! LANE COUNTY WINTER FARMERS MARKETEugene’s 5th Street Public Market welcomes the Lane County Farmers Market’s Winter Market to 5th Avenue between High and Oak ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: February 18-20, 2022

GLOW SKATE NIGHTSGet out of the house and enjoy a fun evening activity at Oaks Park Roller Rink’s Glow Skate Nights! Oaks Amusement Park in Portland has been bringing joy to the young and young at heart since 1905. For just $10, you can enjoy the skating rink during open skate sessions!  ZWICKELMANIABeer lovers rejoice, Zwickelmania is back! ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: February 18-20, 2022

DOGS & DOUGHNUTS DASHLove Dogs? Love Doughnuts? The Dogs and Doughnuts Dash is back again this year! Bring your four-legged, furry friends for a fun 5k run from the Brook Trailhead Store. After the run, enjoy coffee, water, and (no surprise here) doughnuts! Plus, every runner will get will be entered into a raffle for a chance ...

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Inflation Hits a 40-Year High And The Consumer Price Index Reaches Its Highest Number in Decades

As inflation hits a 40-year high and the Consumer Price Index (CPI) reaches its highest number in decades, mortgage interest rates respond as expected. Freddie Mac’s chief economist, Sam Khater, said This Week in Real Estate that “the normalization of the economy continues as mortgage rates jumped to the highest level since the emergence of the pandemic.” Below are ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: February 11-13, 2022

SCAVENGER HUNT SALEMPuzzling Adventures are a cross between a scavenger hunt, an adventure race, and an informative self-guided tour. Each adventure consists of a series of locations that you are guided to where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction!COMEDY: THE MUSICALComedy: The Musical is a stand-up comedy & musical ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: February 11-13, 2022

PARTNER YOGAPractice yoga with a partner at Eugene Yoga on Sunday from 6pm – 7:15pm. Explore interdependence and develop trust through this fun, interactive yoga practice led by Laura Black!LANE COUNTY WINTER FARMERS MARKETEugene’s 5th Street Public Market welcomes the Lane County Farmers Market’s Winter Market to 5th Avenue between High and Oak Streets. Browse and shop locally grown ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: February 11-13, 2022

PORTLAND WINTER LIGHT FESTIVALThe annual Portland Winter Light Festival is one of the most popular winter festivals in the city. The citywide outdoor arts celebration featuring interactive light-based art installations, vibrant performances, and kinetic fire sculptures. The festival presents public art installations and performances for the community to enjoy.A VALENTINE’S HAUNTED HOUSEDracula. Bride of Chucky. The Mummy. Some ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: February 11-13, 2022

LUNAR NEW YEAR MARKETSeattle Night Market promises the ultimate night of eating, drinking, and shopping, plus Chinese performances at Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park! (21+)GLASS-BLOWING CLASSAn instructor helps you use tools and materials to create glass art in the Ornament or Paperweight  Glass-Blowing Class at Seattle Glassblowing Studio! SEATTLE BOAT SHOWThe Seattle Boat Show has 1000 boats and watercrafts ...

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2022 BHHS Real Estate Report

View Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ 2022 Real Estate Report, where we take a deep dive into the state of the current real estate market. View the report here: https://issuu.com/bhhsevents/docs/berkshire_hathaway_homeservices_real_estate_report ...

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Home Appreciation Projected to Remain Above 9.6% for 2022

CoreLogic released its Home Price Index Forecast This Week in Real Estate that shows the 12-month growth steadily slowing over 2022. During the early months of the year, price appreciation is projected to remain above 10% while decelerating each month to a 12-month rise of 3.5% by December 2022, for an annual average of 9.6%. Below are ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: February 4-6, 2022

FIREBIRD LANESGood times become great at AMF Firebird Lanes! And great parties become legendary. Bowl, drink, eat, and hit the arcade!  OREGON POLAR PLUNGEOregon’s beloved winter tradition of plunging into frigid waters to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Oregon is back! Register for the Polar Plunge today! TINY ART SHOWExplore the whimsy and wonderful world of ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: February 4-6, 2022

LANE COUNTY WINTER FARMERS MARKETEugene’s 5th Street Public Market welcomes the Lane County Farmers Market’s Winter Market to 5th Avenue between High and Oak Streets. Join Saturday between 10am – 2pm to browse and shop locally grown and produced foods from various vendors! FREE FIRST FRIDAY AT THE MUSEUMFrom the world’s oldest shoes to the giant spike-tooth ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: February 4-6, 2022

LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVALPortland’s most popular Lunar New Year Celebration is back at Lan Su Chinese Garden. The two-week festival features hanging red lanterns, a contact-free scavenger hunt, festival audio tour and cultural displays. The Chinese New Year festival is celebrating the Year of the Tiger from February 1-15, 2022! PORTLAND WINTER LIGHT FESTIVALThe annual Portland Winter ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: February 4-6, 2022

WINE & CHOCOLATE FESTIVALSample chocolate from a dozen chocolatiers, taste wine from 25 wineries, hear music, buy food, and watch demonstrations at the Enumclaw Wine & Chocolate Festival! CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: ALEGRIAFeaturing a soundtrack that incorporates an eclectic mix of sonic palates and stunning feats of circus artistry, Alegría earns its reputation as an all-time classic Cirque ...

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2021 Q4 Quarterly Market Report

Consumers have way too much information to consider before buying or selling a home and it can be hard to separate the insignificant from the critical details. Our just-released Q4 Pacific Northwest Market Report can help you make an educated decision. This report is an amazing resource. It delivers exactly the kind of analysis prospective ...

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As Prices Surged, Home Sales in 2021 Were The Highest in 16 Years

ATTOM reported This Week in Real Estate that home sellers in 2021 realized a 45% return on investment compared to the original purchase price – the largest profit margin since at least 2008. As prices surged, home sales in 2021 were the highest in 16 years and Fannie Mae forecasts sales of existing homes to slow by ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: January 28-30, 2022

CHIPPER’S WOODS MINI GOLFChipper’s Woods Mini Golf Course is the area’s premier putt-putt experience. Set within the lush oak grove for which the park is named, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Willamette River and Portland’s West Hills while enjoying 18 unique, challenging holes! SCAVENGER HUNT SALEMPuzzling Adventures are a cross between a scavenger hunt, an adventure ...

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Elderlife’s 2021 Real Estate Partner of the Year!

Congratulations to Deanna Woodin, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate broker in our Federal Way office! After growing up around the real estate industry, Deanna was first licensed in 1985. She has experienced many markets since then and went on to get her managing broker’s license and CCIM. Deanna loves working with Elderlife, as it gives ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: January 28-30, 2022

SCAVENGER HUNT EUGENEPuzzling Adventures are a cross between a scavenger hunt, an adventure race, and an informative self-guided tour. Each adventure consists of a series of locations that you are guided to where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction. All you need is your own mobile device and ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: January 28-30, 2022

LLOYD CENTER ICE RINKThe Lloyd Center Mall centers around the Lloyd Center Ice Rink which was the nation’s first ice rink located inside a shopping center when the mall opened in 1960! The rink is open seven days a week! PORTLAND FARMERS MARKETThe Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University is open year-round on Saturdays and offers a great ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: January 28-30, 2022

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: ALEGRIAFeaturing a soundtrack that incorporates an eclectic mix of sonic palates and stunning feats of circus artistry, Alegría earns its reputation as an all-time classic Cirque du Soleil show. Stunning costume design and vibrant sets allow you to fully immerse yourself in this kingdom on the verge of revolutionary change. Located at Marymoor ...

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Home Values Rose Faster Than Ever in 2021

The National Association of Realtors reported This Week in Real Estate that the home price increase of 2021 set a record and existing home sales reached its highest level in fifteen (15) years. Despite new construction permits and starts exceeding expectations in December, inventory hit an all-time low. Below are a few newsworthy events from the third week of January that influence our business:  ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: January 21-23, 2022

SALEM’S RIVERFRONT CAROUSELTake a brisk jog or stroll along Salem’s stunning Willamette River waterfront and take in some of the best sights the city has to offer. Salem’s Riverfront Park is also home to the beautiful Salem Riverfront Carousel. For $1.50 per ride, it’s worth the visit by adults and kids alike! WILLAMETTE VALLEY PIE COMPANYThe ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: January 21-23, 2022

PAINT & SIP WITH ALEJANDROSip, snack, and gather with friends at a step-by-step painting class (no experience necessary!) Take a break for a trip down the rabbit hole! Rediscover your ‘muchness’ & paint “Magical Mushroom & Butterfly.” All ages & skills welcome! SCAVENGER HUNT EUGENEPuzzling Adventures are a cross between a scavenger hunt, an adventure race, and an ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: January 21-23, 2022

PORTLAND FARMERS MARKETThe Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University is open year-round on Saturdays and offers a great selection of fresh, local food! PORTLAND MERCADO’S WINTER SOUP FESTIVALLet the spices and aromas of Latin American soups warm your bones during the Portland Mercado’s Winter Soup Festival! The public market space features eight food carts and six indoor ...

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Purchase Loans Drive Mortgage Applications Higher

While mortgage interest rates tick upwards to start the year, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported This Week in Real Estate that total mortgage applications increased thanks to the growth in purchase mortgage applications. Inflation hits a 39-year high to end the year. Below are a few newsworthy events from the second week of January that influence our business:  Experts Predict What The 2022 Housing ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: January 21-23, 2022

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: ALEGRIAFeaturing a soundtrack that incorporates an eclectic mix of sonic palates and stunning feats of circus artistry, Alegría earns its reputation as an all-time classic Cirque du Soleil show. Stunning costume design and vibrant sets allow you to fully immerse yourself in this kingdom on the verge of revolutionary change. Located at Marymoor ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: January 14-16, 2022

MCKAY CITY PARK PLANTINGHelp plant native trees and shrubs at McKay School Park!  The goal of this event is to help reduce weedy vegetation and establish a tree canopy to provide more shade and wildlife habitat within the wetland area of this popular park in NE Salem. Friends of Trees will provide tools, physically distanced guidance, drinking ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: January 14-16, 2022

PAINT & SIP WITH ALEJANDROSip, snack, and gather with friends at a step-by-step painting class (no experience necessary!) All ages and skills are welcome. Walk-in to one of the public classes or reserve your own private party. Painting parties are fun and easy for all ages and skills, and great for celebrating any occasion: birthdays, holidays… or ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: January 14-16, 2022

PORTLAND MUSIC MONTHJanuary is officially Portland Music Month and MusicPortland has curated a lineup of 100+ local artists to support the music community! Get tickets to hear extraordinary live music at venues all over Portland!  PORTLAND FOLK FESTIVALThe Portland Folk Festival is coming back strong in 2022 with not two, but three days of an all-ages celebration of Folk ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: January 14-16, 2022

MLK DAY AT THE PARKThis weekend you can be inspired by the words of Martin Luther King Jr. as you take a winter walk at Lake Sammamish State Park. The walk pays tribute to his life and leadership and will begin at Tibbetts Beach and take you along the lakeshore to the Sunset Beach bathhouse. Learn ...

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Consumer Confidence Continued to Improve Through The End of The Year

The first full week of 2022 is now behind us and months of forecasting the future will begin being realized. Like every other year the primary drivers of any real estate market are consumer confidence, jobs and interest rates. This Week in Real Estate the Conference Board reported consumer confidence continued to improve through the end of ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: January 7-9, 2022

PLANT TREES IN SALEMHead to Highland Park in Salem this Saturday to volunteer your time to plant trees and make the community greener! Friends of Trees will provide tools, physically distanced guidance, and drinking water. Work gloves will be available to borrow! CROSSWALK SALEMJoin Crosswalk Salem for their 10th annual walk to raise money for victims of violent crimes ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: January 7-9, 2022

BABY YODA PAINTING CLASSSip, snack, and gather with friends at a step-by-step painting class (no experience necessary!). All ages and skills are welcome. Painting parties are fun and easy for all ages and skills, and great for celebrating any occasion, birthdays, holidays or just for fun! BAILAMOS FIESTA FRIDAYS!Baliamos is a nonprofit collective of dancers, instructors, and ...

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Home Maintenance Guide & Calendar

American Home Shield is here to help you protect your budget, which starts with protecting your home. Our comprehensive Home Maintenance Guide and Calendar allow you to keep track of service dates and details, and stay on top of seasonal maintenance tips and tasks. Download your free Home Maintenance Guide and Calendar by clicking the images below to help improve ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: January 7-9, 2022

HOLLYWOOD FARMERS MARKETThe Hollywood Farmers Market celebrates the bounty of Oregon and Washington agriculture through the operation of a community-based farmers market and other ventures that support small farmers and healthy urban neighborhoods. The Hollywood Farmers Markets hosts as many as 50 vendors! WHALE WATCHINGIf you’re looking for an unforgettable day trip or want to get ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: January 7-9, 2022

ORCACON 2022OrcaCon is an inclusive tabletop games convention that happens in Bellevue! Join for a weekend of your favorite board games, card games, role playing games, miniatures games, and more! SNOHOMISH HOT AIR BALLOON RIDEEnjoy the ride aboard a nine-story balloon as a gentle breeze carries you over the spectacular Snohomish valley! THE MUSIC OF JOHN ADAMSThe Music ...

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Red-Hot Housing Market Fuels Mortgage Borrowing Record

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported This Week in Real Estate that mortgage lenders issued a record $1.61 trillion in purchase loans in 2021. As the economy and market transition into the new year mortgage rates remained low to end 2021. However, analysts predict multiple mortgage rate increases throughout 2022. Below are a few newsworthy events from the final week ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: Dec 31, 2021- Jan 2, 2022

NOON YEAR’S EVE PARTYJoin in on the fun at the Gilbert House Children’s Museum as the balloons drop from the giant Erector Set at the strike of noon! Drink hot chocolate from the hot chocolate bar and make fun New Year’s and Winter Themed crafts! BOOTS AND BLING NYE PARTYHead to Silver Spur Country Western Bar dressed in your ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: Dec 31, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022

NYE PARTY WITH BALLET FANTASTIQUEHead to the Eugene Hult Center for a NYE party with Ballet Fantastique! After the live premier of “Arrivals: Rio” head to the party for live music, Latin fare, and a dance party with the artists and musicians! TAVERN ON MAIN NYE PARTYJoin Tavern on Main in Springfield on New Year’s Eve to celebrate ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: Dec 31, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022

NYE SKATE PARTYRink in the new year at Oaks Park! Bring together your whole family for a special New Year’s Eve party at the roller rink. The New Year’s Eve Skate party at Oaks Park is counting down to the new year with a live DJ, party favors, and a special, extended skate session from ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: Dec 31, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022

STREAM NYE SPACE NEEDLE FIREWORKST-Mobile has partnered with multimedia studios and talented digital artists to create the first-ever live fireworks show to be augmented and broadcast live with exclusive special effects that can only be seen on TV or streaming online! To keep the community safe, everyone is encouraged to “stream in the new year” ...

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RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION RAMPS UP AS FEDS INCREASE BOND BUYING

As the market continues to be challenged by lack of inventory the U.S. Census Bureau and HUD reported This Week in Real Estate that housing starts surged in November to its highest rate since March and second-highest rate in the past twelve months. Permits also performed well, reaching their highest rate since August, and for ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: December 24-26, 2021

PHOTOS WITH SANTA AT THE CAROUSELCelebrate the holidays at Salem’s Riverfront Carousel! Standing on tradition, they are delighted to offer seasonal magic again this year in new and exciting ways for you and your family to enjoy! Re-designed for 2021 into ‘Santa’s Carousel Workshop,” they are focused on accommodating public health & safety measures combined with ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: December 24-26, 2021

YULETIDE YOGACelebrate the Solstice Holidays with an astrology-infused yoga class with Laura Black. Offered at Eugene Yoga in-person and virtually! EUGENE’S HOLIDAY MARKETSaturday Market’s Holiday Market is a festive take on the regular artisan market. You’ll find thousands of locally handcrafted gifts from hundreds of local vendors, an international food court, and live entertainment all day long!  HOLIDAY ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: December 24-26, 2021

2021 PEACOCK LANE: PORTLAND’S CHRISTMAS STREETPeacock Lane is back in 2021! Every December, a quiet street in southeast Portland transforms its charming homes into a holiday spectacular for all to enjoy. Nothing says it is Christmastime in Portland quite like a trip down this historic lane, one of Portland’s must-see holiday lights displays!  THE MYSTERY GAMEA cash ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: December 24-26, 2021

HOLIDAY ICE SKATE RINK IN BELLEVUEThe Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink is the region’s largest seasonal ice-skating experience, with more than 9,000 square feet of real ice! Have fun with your friends and family and be a part of this 24-year holiday tradition! WINTERFESTSeattle Center’s season-long family-friendly Winterfest Festival will follow in last year’s footsteps by combining virtual and in-person ...

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Housing Starts Surged in November To Its Highest Rate Since March

As the market continues to be challenged by lack of inventory, the U.S. Census Bureau and HUD reported This Week in Real Estate that housing starts surged in November to its highest rate since March and second highest rate in the past twelve months. Permits also performed well, reaching their highest rate since August, and for the ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: December 17-19, 2021

SANTA’S WORKSHOP-ESCAPE THE ROOM OREGONAre you ready for a special holiday escape adventure? Help Santa save Christmas! There is a grumpy Elf, tired of sitting on the shelf. The Elf has hidden all the tools and supplies required for Santa’s workshop. Santa needs your help so he can finish all the toys and get them ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: December 17-19, 2021

PHOTOS WITH SANTA AT THE CAROUSELCelebrate the holidays at Salem’s Riverfront Carousel! Standing on tradition, they are delighted to offer seasonal magic again this year in new and exciting ways for you and your family to enjoy! Re-designed for 2021 into ‘Santa’s Carousel Workshop,” they are focused on accommodating public health & safety measures combined with ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: December 17-19, 2021

HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAY AT THE VICTORIAN BELLEWhat could be more beautiful than an 1885 Victorian home dressed top to bottom in twinkly lights and tasteful holiday decor? The Victorian Belle is a spectacular holiday wonderland during the holiday light display! The gazebo features treats for purchase, fun displays, and music! ARTISAN NIGHT MARKETGet up close and personal ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: December 17-19, 2021

NUTCRACKER BALLETPacific Northwest Ballet performs The Nutcracker by George Balanchine, with a live orchestra, magnificent sets, costumes, and a huge cast in McCaw Hall! SIPS & SNOWBALLS WINE WALKGrab some friends and embark on a wine adventure of downtown Kirkland galleries, boutiques, and businesses. Meet winemakers from some of Washington’s finest wine producers and breweries. Sip, stroll, and ...

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Home Equity Gains Reached New Highs in 2021

It is widely anticipated that the Federal Reserve will announce This Week in Real Estate their intention to speed up the end of its bond-buying program sooner than the current timeline of June 2022. Strategists do not expect much market reaction unless its forecast for interest rate increases is more aggressive than expected. The Fed’s meeting is scheduled ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: December 10-12, 2021

CIDERGARDEN 2021Beergarden is excited to host their 4th Cidergarden event this holiday season! Get ready for 7 days of cider, seasonal food specials, and live music for free all week! Each of the 5 food carts will be sharing their own holiday food favorites. The stage will be live each night with local and regional talent! MIMOSAS ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner December 10-12, 2021

SILVERTON CHRISTMAS MARKETJoin the Silverton Christmas Market for an awe-inspiring light display and market at the Oregon Garden Resort! This annual event offers a joyous and magical holiday experience for all ages. Stroll along immersive paths draped in more than one million lights! Visit Santa to share your wish list or enjoy music and a local ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: December 10-12, 2021

CRAFTY WONDERLAND MARKETAre you ready for the return of Portland’s holiday art and craft market? Crafty Wonderland is the ultimate local handmade art and craft event of the season hosted at the Oregon Convention Center. The popular craft show is back with over 250 local artists featuring fun, creative, and one-of-a-kind goods!  ZOOLIGHTS AT THE OREGON ZOOZooLights lets ...

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Ways Your Monthly Payments Can Change

This is one of the best times to get a fixed-rate mortgage. Since interest rates have hovered near record lows for years, they’re bound to go up rather than further down. A safe option is a fixed-rate mortgage that never changes over the life of the loan. Even so, your monthly payment can change in ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: December 10-12, 2021

CHRISTMAS SHIP FESTIVALThe Puget Sound will be filled with Argosy Cruises’ Christmas Ship Festival, which docks in 65 waterfront communities to serenade people onshore and onboard with its resident choir! The Spirit of Seattle, the Official Christmas Ship, is decorated with hundreds of shimmery white lights! Those who choose to board the ship will enjoy photos ...

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Government to Back Mortgages Up to $970,800 in 2022

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced This Week in Real Estate the baseline conforming loan limit for 2022 will be $647,200, an increase of 18%. Additionally, for “high cost” areas, those in which 115% of the local median home value exceeds the baseline conforming loan limit, the applicable loan limit will be capped at $970,800. Below are ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: December 3-5, 2021

CHOOSE ‘N’ CUT CHRISTMAS TREESEnjoy an old-fashioned Christmas at the Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm! Walk into the Christmas tree fields to choose from a variety of cultured firs and pines. Cut your own tree or choose from pre-cut trees. Stop in the store afterwards to warm up with hot drinks and to browse through an ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner December 3-5, 2021

MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHTEnjoy the Monmouth Making Spirits Bright event which will host the annual holiday parade, the WOU tree lighting, along with the popular “Passport to Prizes”, light decorating competition, Main Street Park holiday light displays and more! ANNIE AT SALEM’S HISTORIC GRAND THEATREEnlightened Theatrics is proud to present Annie, the musical and worldwide phenomenon that was the ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: December 3-5, 2021

PORTLAND CHRISTMAS SHIPS PARADEThe annual tradition of Christmas Ships gathering in fleets to parade up and down the Willamette and Columbia Rivers is celebrating its 67th year! These Christmas Ships aren’t just viewable from Portland. On select nights, the parade can be seen from Milwaukie, Lake Oswego, Scappoose, Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, and St. Helens. The Christmas Ships ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: December 3-5, 2021

HOCKEY; FASTER THAN EVER: INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION“HOCKEY: Faster Than Ever” is an exciting new interactive exhibition now at the Pacific Science Center. Test your hockey knowledge with a variety of hands-on interactives on a scaled-down replica rink or explore a locker room featuring the game’s biggest stars. How fast is your slap shot? What’s the science ...

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McMinnville Real Estate Broker Wins REALTOR® of the Year Award

McMinnville, OR — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (BHHSNW) celebrates McMinnville REALTOR®, Stephanie Findley for winning 2021 REALTOR® of the Year. The award is given on behalf of Yamhill County Association of REALTORS® (YCAR) to a REALTOR® who has provided outstanding service to their profession and the community.  “Stephanie was awarded YCAR REALTOR® of the ...

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Winter Sales Activity Will Remain Strong And Push Mortgage Demand Higher

Fannie Mae released its November housing forecast This Week in Real Estate reporting monthly price growth has moderated yet year-over-year appreciation sits at the highest level in more than four decades. The report is the first to project housing market activity through the end of 2023 which expects double-digit home-price appreciation will last until the middle of ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: November 26-28, 2021

WINTER GNOMES-PAINT & SIP!Paint your own masterpiece at Paint & SIP hosted by 5th Street Public Market in Eugene! Sit, sip, and relax, as you create a work of art – and a lasting memory with friends and family! STORM THE CASTLE HALF MARATHONJoin the fun and test your endurance and run the 1st annual Storm the Castle ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner November 26-28, 2021

SILVERTON CHRISTMAS MARKETHead to the Silverton Christmas Market for the annual Christmas light display and market! This event offers a joyous and magical holiday experience for all ages. Stroll along immersive paths draped in lights, enjoy delicious food and drinks, and enjoy live music!  SILVERTON – MT. ANGEL SHOP HOPThis Holiday Shop Hop is a chance to shop local ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: November 26-28, 2021

ZOOLIGHTS AT THE OREGON ZOOZooLights lets you experience the Oregon Zoo like never before. As you walk around the zoo, you’ll see a dazzling display of more than 1.5 million lights! Gather your family and friends to explore the lights by car with a drive-through experience on select nights! 2021 WINTER WONDERLANDRecognized throughout the PNW as the ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: November 26-28, 2021

THE ALICE: AN IMMERSIVE COCKTAIL EXPERIENCETake a jaunt down the rabbit hole into this “immersive cocktail adventure” inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The experience will feature two custom cocktails, riddles, challenges, an “Eat Me” cake, a rose-painting activity, and other “curious and curiouser” oddities! A(N IMPROVISED) CHRISTMAS CAROL: HOLIDAY COMEDY SHOWWe all know the story ...

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Housing Markets Likely to Normalize in 2022 But Remain Above Pre-Pandemic Levels

According to the November National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index released This Week in Real Estate homebuilder confidence rose to its highest level since May following October numbers that saw an increase in permits, but a small decline in starts. Additionally, this week, NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun, said in response to inquiries about a ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: November 19-21, 2021

2021 RUN TO STAY WARMThe Run to Stay Warm event has something for everyone on its course along the Willamette River; elite and novice runners and walkers will enjoy this annual half marathon, 10K, 5K and free kid’s run!  Not only is this race fun for all, but it also supports a great cause, raising funds ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner November 19-21, 2021

WINERY COMEDY TOUR AT CHATEAU BIANCA WINERYHead to the Chateau Bianca Winery in Dallas to enjoy top-notch comedians while you enjoy great drinks! This comedy tour takes top comedians and sends them out on the road to perform throughout the country! (21+) TIME IN PLACE: MELVIN HENDERSON-RUBIO GALLERYDrawn entirely from the museum’s permanent collection, “Time in Place” explores the ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: November 19-21, 2021

PORTLAND HOLIDAY MARKETThe Portland Holiday Market at the Portland Expo Center is an entirely new holiday shopping experience and the one place you can go to get all your holiday shopping done! There’s more than 100,000 square feet of display space filled with hundreds of exhibitors. Visit Santaland and check out the live reindeer and have your ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: November 19-21, 2021

HOLIDAY ICE SKATE RINK IN BELLEVUEThe Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink is the region’s largest seasonal ice-skating experience, with more than 9,000 square feet of real ice! Bring your friends and family to this 24-year holiday tradition! CONTACT HIGH: A VISUAL HISTORY OF HIP-HOPContact High at the Museum of Pop Culture explores four decades of photography, ...

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Happy New Year’s Eve!

As many of you have heard me say in years past, tomorrow (November 16th) marks the first business day of the new year. While there are 46 calendar days left in 2021 I contend tomorrow is the first business day of 2022.  My reasoning … working from a 45-day close sales cycle, the income you will earn from ...

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In Q3, More Properties Are Equity-Rich Than Underwater Nationwide

ATTOM Data Solutions released its Q3 2021 U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report This Week in Real Estate showing 39.5 percent of residential properties with a mortgage are equity rich. That means the property has an estimated market value greater than 50 percent of the mortgage balance(s), up from 28.3 percent compared to the same time period ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: November 12-14, 2021

SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET  5th Street Public Market in Eugene welcomes you to the Farmers Market! Browse and shop locally grown and produced foods from over 60 vendors! BAILAMOS FIESTA FRIDAY’S! LATIN DANCE NIGHTBaliamos is a nonprofit collective of dancers, instructors, and DJs playing your favorite salsa, bachata, and other Latin dance hits every Friday night in Eugene! Bring ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: November 12-14, 2021

THE FANCIEST 5K EVER 2021Can you run a 5k in formal wear? This fun, community race in Salem may not be the fastest but it certainly is the fanciest! Dresses, tuxedos, bow ties, top hats, tiaras, all the glitz and glam but on the run for a great cause! Runners have the opportunity to become fundraisers and ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: November 12-14, 2021

GOBBLE UP PORTLANDAt Portland’s free specialty food show, get a taste of Portland’s best local food and beverages! Featuring more than 70 local and independent food, beverage, kitchenware makers, and food trucks, the event will have plenty of options for everyone! BEST OF BROADWAY: MEAN GIRLSHead to the Keller Auditorium in Portland to watch the ferociously funny new ...

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Compare Interest Rates and APRs

When you apply for a mortgage, you may not pay the advertised rate. The best rates are for those homebuyers with the best credit scores. However, lenders are competitive, so you’d be wise to apply to several lenders at once. You’ll receive a loan estimate that you can compare side-by-side.  First, compare the interest rates. According to Nerdwallet.com, there are many factors that affect interest ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: November 12-14, 2021

2021 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOWSeattle’s annual showcase of new wheels: cars, trucks, crossovers, vans, hybrids, SUV, electrics, alternative fuel vehicles, exotics, and supercars. Plus, all the latest models from the world’s automobile makers! THE SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY COMPETITIONThe Seattle International Comedy Competition returns to the Auburn Avenue Theater with round two of the Preliminaries. Another 16 comedians ...

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12 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving

For many households, Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays of the year, both in terms of the number of guests and the amount of prep work needed. Getting your home ready to host Thanksgiving dinner requires more than tidying up, dusting, vacuuming, and cleaning the bathrooms. You’ll need to consider what Thanksgiving recipes you ...

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The Fed Will Begin Scaling Back The Monthly Bond Purchases it Has Engaged in Since The Start of The Pandemic

The Federal Reserve announced This Week in Real Estate that beginning this month they will taper the purchasing of its “pandemic era” bond purchases. The Federal Reserve has supported the housing market during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent, ongoing recovery via asset-backed purchases, including $40 billion a month of mortgage-backed security purchases. These purchases have held interest ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: November 5-7, 2021

FREE FIRST FRIDAY AT THE MUSEUMReserve your free ticket and head to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History! Investigate Oregon’s amazing fossils and ecosystems and delve into its cultural history! EUGENE BALLET: CINDERELLA  Eugene Ballet’s Cinderella is an experience for all ages. Prokofiev’s thrilling score, played live by Orchestra Next, brings the grand sets, glittering costumes, ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner November 5-7, 2021

FIRST FRIDAY OPEN MICLive stand-up comedy every first Friday of the month in the form of a curated open mic! Sign up for a spot to perform or get your free ticket to be an audience member! SALEM INDOOR: INDOOR SOCCERWhether you are an experienced soccer player, or just starting out, Salem Indoor is the place to go ...

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Eliminating Appraisal Bias

Appraisals establish the value of a given home, making them extremely important to lenders, tax authorities, the housing industry, the economy, builders, buyers, and sellers. They’re integral to building home equity and wealth, giving advantages to some homeowners and disadvantages to others. Many lenders use automated valuation models to save time and money more so than to ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: November 5-7, 2021

TOPGOLF HILLSBOROWhether you’re an experienced golfer working on your game or a newbie looking to have fun with friends, Topgolf offers a casual, fun environment for all to enjoy! SUNDAY TRIVIAThe Eastburn Public House combines all the eclectic vibes of the city with great food and endless fun, including free Trivia Nights! OAKS PARK ROLLER RINKRelive your childhood memories, ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: November 5-7, 2021

SEATTLE NIGHT MARKETClaiming the distinction of Seattle’s largest indoor night market, this after-hours indoor shopping affair will boast over 85 local “makers, finders, and foodies” under one roof. 2021 VETERANS DAY PARADEThe Auburn Veterans Day Parade has grown into one of the largest parades of its kind in the United States of America. The Auburns Veterans Parade & ...

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Consumer Confidence in October Realized a Four Point Increase Following Three Months of Declines

According to the Conference Board This Week in Real Estate consumer confidence in October realized a four point increase following three months of declines. In other news, Fannie Mae released a forecast on Friday that predicts year-over-year 2021 home price appreciation will surge 17% “smashing” last year’s all-time high of 11%. Below are a few newsworthy events from the ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: October 29-31, 2021

HALLOWEEN HOOTINANNY AT BOHEMIA PARKBring your “Ghost and Ghouls” out for a spook-tacular time trick-or-treating in Bohemia Park! Enjoy the beauty of Cottage Grove’s Bohemia Park and impress friends and family by showing out in your most spine-tingling costume. Join trick-or-treaters as they make their way through the historic downtown area in search of the best ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner October 29-31, 2021

FORDYCE FARM FALL FESTCome on out for extra activities at Fordyce Farm and enjoy hayrides, an indoor hay maze, corn cannons, local vendors, food, and more! Also enjoy a haunted corn maze where the monsters are set loose at night! TRICK AND TREAT ON MAIN STREETJoin the annual Trick and Treat event on Main Street! Trunk and Treat options ...

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Top 3 Halloween Real Estate Tips

Avoid Spooky Decor! Decorating over the top with scary or gory items paints your home in an unwelcoming light for buyers. You don’t want buyers wondering if those cobwebs on the porch are real, or being turned away by the idea of rats on the porch. Have fun with pumpkins, but remember when selling your ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: October 29-31, 2021

PLUMPER PUMPKIN PATCHPlumper Pumpkin Patch celebrates the harvest season with fun activities, and an amazing variety of pumpkins and tasty treats. Head to the barnyard to see your farm favorites, like goats, sheep, bunnies, chickens, pigs, and cows. The farm features multiple play areas, including a corn and hay maze, slides, an obstacle course, and a ...

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Planting a Winter Vegetable Garden

With the right timing and care, you can cultivate your own winter vegetable garden to provide delicious produce in colder months. Don’t worry about being too late to get started. You can build a cold frame that covers your crops, protecting them against seasonal winds and frost damage while they utilize the sun to grow. ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: October 29-31, 2021

PUMPKIN BASHWoodland Park Zoo is celebrating Halloween with pumpkins for the animals and trick-or-treating for attendees! And more is in store for little goblins and ghosts at the pumpkin-themed party! HALLOWEEN TRAINHop on the Halloween Train with your best Halloween costumes for a two-hour fall decorated train excursion. Enjoy the changing colors on a fall train ride through the ...

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Existing Home Sales and Mortgage Purchase Originations Are Ascending

Strong consumer demand helped drive builder confidence higher in October according to the most recent National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index. The National Association of Realtors also released This Week in Real Estate that September existing-home sales realized a 7% increase over August sales. The Mortgage Bankers Association announced their expectations for 2022 this week, ...

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2021 Q3 Quarterly Market Report

Consumers have way too much information to consider before buying or selling a home and it can be hard to separate the insignificant from the critical details. Our just-released Q3 Pacific Northwest Market Report can help you make an educated decision. This report is an amazing resource. It delivers exactly the kind of analysis prospective ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: October 22-24, 2021

PUMPKIN TRAIL PUMPKIN HUNTJoin the Children’s Museum for their 6th Annual Family Halloween! This event invites participants to find large paper pumpkins in sponsor windows in Eugene and Springfield. Each pumpkin features a letter, and when you record the letters in the correct order, the decoded phrase will win you a treat bag full of treats, goodies, ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner October 22-24, 2021

BAUMAN’S HARVEST FESTIVALThere is no other farm in the area that has as many fun activities for the whole family as Bauman’s Harvest Festival! Try out the apple cannon, giant slides, the obstacle course, and many more activities! HIKE SILVER FALLS STATE PARKHike the trails at Silver Falls State Park, where a trail of waterfalls gives you ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: October 22-24, 2021

KIDS: GHOSTLY GOODIESJoin an experienced instructor for some spooky fun as young cooks whip up sweet and savory Halloween treats. In this class, junior chefs will learn proper baking and measuring techniques, how to work with phyllo dough, stovetop safety, cupcake-decorating ideas, and tips for using modeling chocolate! SPIRIT OF HALLOWEENTOWNCome celebrate the haunted history and ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: October 22-24, 2021

MAKE IT NOW: GLASS PUMPKINSGet a taste of glassblowing and create your own piece of glass art! A skilled team of glassblowers will be helping you each step of the way! You can also pick and purchase your favorite glass pumpkins handcrafted in the glassblowing studio! CAMPIRE: IMPROVISED GHOST STORIESHead over to the theatre at the Gum Wall ...

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Mortgage Rates and Home Prices Will Rise in 2022

This is the time of year that economists begin in earnest forecasting and refining their early predictions for the following year. Fannie Mae economists released This Week in Real Estate their 2022 expectations of mortgage rates and home prices. Fannie Mae expects increases in both with the 30-year fixed mortgage rate to average 3.3% and home price ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner October 15-17, 2021

COLONIAL HARVEST DAYS & CORN MAZE Tour the Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm by car with stops along the way for shopping local vendors, exploring the corn mazes and picking pumpkins. There will be hot drinks, pumpkins, u-pick sunflowers, and sweet corn for purchase! GAME DAY AT THE MARKET Head over to Fifth Street Public Market for the Oregon ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner October 15-17, 2021

BAUMAN’S HARVEST FESTIVALAt Bauman’s Harvest Festival, you will find many fun activities to do with the whole family! This year there are more than 25 activities including an animal petting zoo, a corn maze, hay-rides and many more!    DROP THE HAMMER WEEKENDLooking for a biking challenge? Bike Indy Oregon has put together multiple routes with two featured Strava ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: October 15-17, 2021

KILCHIS RIVER PUMPKIN PATCH AND CORN MAZEHosted at the Hydrangea Ranch, the Kilchis River Pumpkin Patch has thousands of u-pick pumpkins grown on the farm, including bi-colored and unconventionally shaped pumpkins. The five-acre corn maze is one of the largest on the Oregon Coast! OAKS PARK ROLLER RINK One of Portland’s last remaining roller rinks has reopened to ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: October 15-17, 2021

PUMPKIN PATCHESEnjoy the best pumpkin patches and corn mazes that Seattle has to offer! Check out the list here!   SEATTLE MADE WEEK 2021The Seattle Made Week is a celebration of products made here in Seattle and the talented people who make them. Events include a Seattle Made pop-up shop, production space tours, and tastings!   FREE FRIDAY NIGHT ...

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October Beats Springtime for Homebuyer Deals

According to ATTOM Data Solutions This Week in Real Estate buyers who close on a home purchase in October historically realize the best ‘deal.’ Buyer’s counterparts, homeowners, continue to benefit from historically strong price appreciation. The latest CoreLogic Home Price Index revealed the highest 12-month gain in the U.S. index since it began in 1976. ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: October 8-10, 2021

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’SHelp raise funds to further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association on Saturday at Alton Baker Park in Eugene. The 2 mile walk begins at 1:15 and Covid safety protocols will be implemented. Register, volunteer, or donate here. TODD SNIDER & LILLY WINWOODTodd Snider brings tunes from his new ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner October 8-10, 2021

WATERCOLOR SOCIETYThe Elsinore Gallery will host the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s Fall Transparent watercolor show in October. The show consists of 78 members’ entries. AUTUMN HARVEST WEEKENDSHead to the farmstand for harvest weekends with abundant pumpkins & gourds, farm-fresh eggs, garden-inspired treasures, hot coffee & cider, and more! FARM FESTIVALCome on out every weekend in October for extra activities at our ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: October 8-10, 2021

PORTLAND FALL HOME & GARDEN SHOWGather with the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland for the fall home and garden show this Friday through Sunday! Browse local home improvement and design vendors. PUMPKIN PATCHESDiscover new pumpkin patches in the greater Portland Metro area, enjoy a hayride, corn maze, and a wide variety of pumpkins! PORTLAND WING WEEKHead to participating ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: October 8-10, 2021

FLOATING LANTERNSThe water lantern festival begins in the evening with food trucks, music, and family-fun games. Get a lantern and release it at Green Lake!     HAUNTED HOUSESThe Buckley Haunted Farm offers frights, creatures, and an abandoned barn to walk through, or wagon rides. Head to Nile Nightmares in Mountlake Terrace for an outdoor walk in a corn maze, haunted ...

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Pending Home Sales Index Recorded a Significant Increase

The National Association of Realtors reported This Week in Real Estate that after two months of declines the Pending Home Sales Index recorded a significant increase in August. The Pending Home Sales Index is a forward-looking indicator of home sales based on contract signings. And, after nearly four months below 3% the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.01% this week. Below are a ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: October 1-3, 2021

BARN MARKETThe 2021 Star Route Barn Market hosts an outdoor shopping experience with local small businesses and artists. BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WALKJoin the community at the 7th annual race, this year it will be virtual! Fight with a 1 Mile, 5K, 10K, 13.1, and 26.2! OKTOBERFESTHead to the Eugene Oktoberfest celebration and enjoy favorites from local breweries and delicious bites. ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner October 1-3, 2021

HARVEST FESTIVALHead to EZ Orchard’s Harvest Festival to enjoy bluegrass music, a produce market, and a cider saloon!  FALL BREAKFASTFordyce Farm hosts a Fall Kick-off Breakfast this Saturday! Bring the family and enjoy a meal with seasonal treats  SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh produce, pies, flowers, meats, and more from 8:30-2:00! RV ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: October 1-3, 2021

PUMPKIN PATCHESDiscover new pumpkin patches in the greater Portland Metro area, enjoy a hayride, corn maze, and a wide variety of pumpkins! HAUNTED HOUSESWhat haunts your Halloween? Ghosts, goblins, maniacal clowns? Portland haunted houses, mazes, and other attractions have all the scares and screams. Here’s a list of some top attractions for the Halloween season. ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: October 1-3, 2021

SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVALThe South Asian Film Festival hosts films made in or about Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and more! Many films are available to view online!   HAUNTED HOUSESThe Buckley Haunted Farm offers frights, creatures, and an abandoned barn to walk through, or wagon rides. Head to Nile Nightmares in Mountlake Terrace for an outdoor walk in ...

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Homeowners Gain $2.9 Trillion in Equity While Mortgage Applications Rise

The National Association of Home Builders reported This Week in Real Estate that builder sentiment in September realized its first increase in three months. Additionally, a new report from CoreLogic reveals homeowners with mortgages gained $2.9 trillion in equity in the second quarter of 2021, a 29.3% year-over-year increase. Below are a few newsworthy events from the fourth week ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: September 24-26, 2021

BEAT THE HEAT RUNJoin Harley-Davidson for an afternoon ride up to Doreena Lake and back. Upon arriving back, enjoy a free shaved ice! RACE AT THE RANCHThe Race at the Ranch is hosted by Electric Avenue Sports. Race one another on electric one wheels on trails through the trees and along the river to claim a cash prize. TACO ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: September 24-26, 2021

HARVEST FAIRThis is the time to enter your garden produce, flowers, plants & seeds, crafts, baked goods, sewing, and anything else you have created. ROADSHOWThe cars selected for this invitational-only show have been hand-picked by the show directors from their travels from Canada to central California SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: September 24-26, 2021

UFO FESTIVALCelebrate the past year of living in what felt like a sci-fi movie with the McMinnville UFO Festival with two whole days of fun for the whole family. Enjoy speaker presentations, a cosmic costume contest, live music, vendor booths, and much more! OKTOBERFESTStickmen Brewing celebrates Oktoberfest with German-style beers, food, and more! WEEKEND WINE-DOWNGreat Oregon Wine Co. ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: September 24-26, 2021

CHINATOWN NIGHT MARKETHead to Chinatown for an International District night market with food vendors, a beer garden, live bands, dancers, and an all-ages dance party. OKTOBERFEST IN PUYALLUPCelebrate German celebrations during Oktoberfest in Puyallup. Enjoy fresh sausage, pretzels, and beer gardens. MONET SEATTLE ARTThe Seattle Art Museum hosts a Monet exhibit, Meet Monet at a pivotal moment in his pursuit ...

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Mortgage Demand From Homebuyers Jumps to Highest Level Since April

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, This Week in Real Estate applications to purchase a home last week reached their highest level since April. Contributing factors of the surge in activity are nine straight weeks of increases in new listings to end the summer and mortgage rates hovering at or below 3% for roughly two months. Below ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: September 17-19, 2021

OKTOBERFESTHead to Mt. Angel for the popular “Old World” Oktoberfest celebrating the small Bavarian town since 1966. SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh produce, pies, flowers, meats, and more from 8:30-2:00! WALK-N-WAGDogs and their people of all ages will gather for a beautiful fall morning by the river – with a pet-themed vendor ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: September 17-19, 2021

SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE MUSEUM DAYMuseum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. The Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the U of O provides free entry on Saturday from 10:00 – 4:00 to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. CITY LIMITS CAR SHOWOn Sunday from 11:00 – 4:00, stop by the 5th ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: September 17-19, 2021

OKTOBERFESTHead to the German town of Mt. Angel for the Oktoberfest this weekend. Enjoy live music, beer, and delicious German food.   COMEDY NIGHTHelium Comedy Club hosts Bob Saget this weekend, famous comedian from popular tv shows like Full House and American’s Funniest Home Videos. STREET FESTIVALSisters hosts a fall street festival with a beer and wine garden, view local arts ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: September 17-19, 2021

URBAN FARM FESTIVALThe Rainier Beach Farm Festival celebrates local farms and plant-based foods, fun crafts, nature walks, cooking demonstrations, and more! KITES ON WHIDBEY ISLANDBring the family to make kites, learn from kite-flying demonstrations, and a teddy bear drop for kids at the Camp Casey Conference Center.  LOGGING FESTIVALHead to the Buckley Log Show for logging events and competitions, a parade, ...

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Home Price Appreciation Skyrockets as Credit Availability Upticks

The Mortgage Bankers Association released its latest Mortgage Credit Availability Index This Week in Real Estate reporting that U.S. mortgage credit availability increased in August. An increase in the index are indicative of loosening credit, while declines indicate tightening of lending standards. In addition, homeowners with a mortgage withdrew $63 Billion in equity in the second quarter of this ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: September 10-12, 2021

RENAISSANCE FAIREThe only fair of its kind in Oregon, this exciting event offers an educational interactive adventure in history, welcoming families, and children. Modeled on the merriest of elements from the times of Shakespeare and Elizabeth I, and set in the historic renaissance of 1558 to 1603, here all the Faire is a stage, and everyone ...

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Eugene & Roseburg Weekend Events: September 10-12, 2021

STRINGS AT THE STREATERYOn Saturday, enjoy a safe and delightful evening of music by a String Quartet of Eugene Symphony musicians. The concert is free, and attendees are encouraged to drink and dine at the restaurants and bars on the Broadway Streatery. The quartet will be located on Broadway between Olive & Willamette and music starts at ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: September 10-12, 2021

COMEDY IN THE PARKEnjoy a free night of entertainment at Laurelhurst Park. Kickstand Comedy is hosting comedy in the park all summer long.   DAHLIA FESTIVALThis year’s concert is going to be extra special. It will showcase the entire Oregon Symphony in person for the first time in more than 18 months. Enjoy the Farmer’s Market on Friday, the ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: September 10-12, 2021

PUYALLUP FAIRPet animals, hop on a carnival ride, and enjoy entertainment at the Washington State Fair. LIGHTHOUSE FESTIVALThe Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival offers live music, an art show, food vendors, a beer garden, lighthouse tours, and a salmon bake.     BLUEGRASS FESTIVALBluegrass from the Forest returns to the Olympic Peninsula, enjoy camping, jamming, workshops, and great bands.  BBQ FEASTCedarbrook Lodge ...

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Why the U.S. is headed towards a housing boom

Boom or bubble? That is a frequently asked question about the state of the real estate market. According to Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic chief economist, and many experts, the market has a more boom-like appearance than a bubble driven by simple supply and demand. The demand has been driven by record-low mortgage rates. Supply, or lack of ...

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Eugene & Roseburg Weekend Planner: September 3-6, 2021

U OF O vs FRESNO STATE FOOTBALLThe Ducks take on the Bulldogs at 11:00 on Saturday at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Get tickets here.  VISIT THE MARKETSOn Saturday, take in the new 5th Street Market Expansion or explore your old favorites while perusing pop-up shops and artisans. The Lane County Farmer’s Market is now open in their new location on ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: September 3-5, 2021

THE OREGON STATE FAIRHead to the Oregon State Fair for crops and livestock, art, food vendors, carnival games, and live music.  SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh produce, pies, flowers, meats, and more from 8:30-2:00! AUMSVILLE SATURDAY MARKETEach Saturday this summer in Porter-Boone Park, visit a good variety of vendors each week and ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: September 3-5, 2021

FIRST FRIDAY SUPERJAMDJ Magneto and Mr. Jeigh play classic funk, soul, disco, and jazz at the Goodfoot Pub & Lounge as a part of First Friday. DAHLIA FESTIVALThis year’s concert is going to be extra special. It will showcase the entire Oregon Symphony in person for the first time in more than 18 months. Enjoy the Farmer’s ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: September 3-5, 2021

PUYALLUP FAIRPet animals, hop on a carnival ride and enjoy entertainment at the Washington State Fair. FOOD TRUCKS ON THE PIEREnjoy a variety of cuisines from food trucks, listen to DJ music, and Pier 62’s Beats and Eats.    SKETCH COMEDY FESTIVALEvery year SketchFest brings together the most talented and hilarious comedians we can find across the globe, pairs ...

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Purchase Mortgage Applications Rise as Treasury Yields Fall

The National Association of Realtors announced This Week in Real Estate that after four (4) months of declines, existing-home sales increased for the second consecutive month last month. Sales of newly-constructed single-family homes also realized a slight gain. The median existing-home sales price recorded its 113th consecutive month of year-over-year gains; more than 9 straight years. Below ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: August 27-29, 2021

CONDUCT THE EUGENE SYMPHONYEver wondered what it’s like to be on the conductor’s podium? Now’s your chance to take the baton and give it a whirl! On Saturday from 2:00-4:00 you can make music with a group of the Symphony musicians who await your direction. This free event at River Edge Public Plaza is part ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner August 27-29, 2021

GARDEN TOURSExperience the gardens of Deepwood with a free guided tour led by Lord & Schryver Conservancy volunteer docents. Tours focus on the historical gardens which were designed by Lord & Edith Schryver. SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh produce, pies, flowers, meats, and more from 8:30-2:00! FUN FRIDAYSEnjoy Free Fun ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: August 27-29, 2021

KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOWMt Bachelor Kennel Club will be holding their annual End of Summer Obedience Trials, Aug. 26th, 27th & 28th at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center. This event is open to spectators for free. Come watch these talented pooches and their owners go through amazing obedience trials.  DAHLIA FESTIVALThis year’s concert is going to ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: August 27-29, 2021

SEAPORT MARITIME WEEKENDThe Seaport Maritime Weekend features family-friendly activities for all to enjoy including live music, food trucks, beer garden, vendors, boats, kids’ activities, and more!   HOT AUGUST NIGHTSHead to Sumerian Brewing for the Hot August Nights muscle car show.   ROCK N’ ROLLThe Pop Cycle is a Seattle area power-pop group featuring Brett Richards, Paul Swegle, David Thompson, & Jim ...

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Supply Chain Challenges Remain As Mortgage Rates Continue to Dip

  The U.S. Census Bureau and HUD announced This Week in Real Estate that supply chain and labor challenges contributed to a decrease last month in the annualized rate of housing starts by 7% to 1.53 million units. However, on a year-to-date basis housing starts in the West are up 27.7% and permits are up 28.2% compared to the same time ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: August 20-22, 2021

WILLAMETTE RIVER FESTIVALThis weekend kicks off a weeklong celebration highlighting history, culture, ecology, and recreating on the river. From interpretive and self-guided tours to fun floats, races, stewardship events, and more, the festival gives everyone an opportunity to celebrate the Willamette River. Willamette Riverkeeper has all the details. PREFONTAINE CLASSICHayward Field in Eugene is the place to ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner August 20-22, 2021

 FINE ARTS FESTIVALThis event showcases handcrafted products, gems & jewelry, toys, food, clothes, vintage items, etc.  SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh produce, pies, flowers, meats, and more from 8:30-2:00! SALEM CARS & COFFEEBring your car down to Daynight Donuts for a car meetup! Grab coffee and talk cars with the ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: August 20-22, 2021

WATERFRONT CONCERT & FESTIVALThis year’s concert is going to be extra special. It will showcase the entire Oregon Symphony in person for the first time in more than 18 months. ROSE CITY ROLLERSHead to Hampton Opera Center’s Parking lot for an outdoor roller skating experience with great music with open-air roller rink experiences. MARKETPLACEParkrose outdoor marketplace hosts live music, great food, ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: August 20-22, 2021

WOODLAND ZOO CONCERTSHead to the Woodland Park Zoo this Sunday for a concert by Shabazz Palaces with Dave Shanae.  MOVIE NIGHTFenway Park hosts Seneca Plaza’s Friday night films on the big screen, this Friday catch the movie, Cunningham. RENAISSANCE FAIRThe Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire hosts food, vendors, and alehouses in Bonney Lake with a performance schedule!   ARLINGTON SKYFESTDrive to Arlington ...

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An Increase in FHA Loans Hints at the Return of First-Time Homebuyers

Fannie Mae announced This Week in Real Estate an initiative intended to help make it easier for renters to become homeowners. On September 18, it will launch a new feature in its automated underwriting system that will incorporate consumers’ rent payments in credit evaluations. Only consistent rent payments will be considered, however missed or inconsistent payments will ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner August 13-15, 2021

 POLK COUNTY FAIRHead to the Polk County Fair for rough stock rodeo, free monster truck rides, tractor pulls, kids activities, and more!      SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh produce, pies, flowers, meats, and more from 8:30-2:00! ANTIQUE FAIREStop by Saturday and Sunday for vendors, antiques, vintage goods, accompanied by beer, wine, ...

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Eugene & Roseburg Weekend Planner: August 13-15, 2021

PRIDE IN THE PARK FESTIVALEugene and Springfield’s annual Pride Festival is a safe place for celebrating local diversity with delicious food and beverage, plus live entertainment. Those who identify as LGBTQIA+ as well as families, friends, allies, and everyone who wishes to join the festivities are invited to Alton Baker Park from 11:00-6:00 on Saturday. HEAD TO ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: August 13-15, 2021

ELEPHANT GARLIC FESTIVALThe 23rd Annual Elephant Garlic Festival is a three-day festival celebrating, you guessed it, elephant garlic. The family-friendly event includes a parade, 10K run, live music, kids play area, crafts vendors, and more.  ROCK & GEM SHOWHead to the Mt. Hood Rock Club Gem Show this weekend with rock & gem vendors, demonstrations, educational exhibits, a raffle, ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: August 13-15, 2021

ROCK & GEM SHOWThe Edmonds 14th Annual Rock and Gem Show with lots of crystals, cabochons, rough, jewelry, and more! WINE FESTIVALJoin us for the 12th annual Kitsap Wine Festival benefiting the Downtown Bremerton Association. Taste wines from over 14 wineries and sample local northwest cuisine. BLUEBERRIESHead to the U-Pick fields this weekend for fresh blueberries ...

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For 34% of Homeowners, Equity Surges More Than 50%

ATTOM Data Solutions reported This Week in Real Estate that 34.4% of all residential properties with a mortgage are equity-rich; that is up from 27.5% at the same time last year. That means 34.4% of residential property owners with a mortgage have more than 50% equity in their homes. In other favorable news, after the unemployment rate ...

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Eugene & Roseburg Event Planner: August 6-8, 2021

*Please check event links for any updated changes before heading out. FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK & VISUAL ARTS WEEKJoin Lane Arts Council and the city of Eugene Cultural Services in the Park Street Blocks on Friday evening from 5:30 – 8:00 for an amazing visual arts experience. Guides and maps will be available in the Park Blocks ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner Aug 6-8, 2021

 KEIZERFESTCelebrate with fun community events like a comedy show, cornhole tournament, live music, and more!    SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh produce, pies, flowers, meats, and more from 8:30-2:00! FIRST FRIDAY ART WALKJoin us in celebrating Downtown Salem’s First Friday Art Walk. Every first Friday of the month.   ART ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: Aug 6-8, 2021

SUMMER CARNIVALDrive out to Pendleton for the Lazy Days of Summer Carnival, play games, and win amazing prizes! WHALE WATCHINGDepot Bay hosts summer whale-watching week at Boiler Bay State Park, volunteers will be available to help you spot the migrating gray whales. YAMHILL COUNTY FAIRHead to McMinnville for Oregon’s Oldest Fair, play games, hop on a ride, enjoy carnival food, ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: August 6-8, 2021

ART FESTIVALHead to the Anacortes Arts Festival to view booth artisans, jazz and main stages, two beer and wine gardens, food trucks and vendors, a kids discovery area, artists demonstrating their craft BLUEBERRIESHead to the U-Pick fields this weekend for fresh blueberries in Auburn. Enjoy a picnic by the water after picking berries at the Higher Taste Blueberry Farm. ...

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Mortgage Rates Just Dropped To A Six-Month Low and Refinances Shoot Higher

ATTOM Data Solutions released its Q2 2021 U.S. Home Sales Report This Week in Real Estate that shows the typical single-family home and condo sale during Q2 generated a profit of $94,500 compared to a profit of $60,572 in Q2 of 2020. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate also fell back to the lowest level since February. Below ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: July 30-Aug 1, 2021

FESTIVAL OF MUSICThere will be 3 stages with National, Regional and Local talent. The music will be Swing, Jazz, and Classical/Symphony.  FAMILY FUN IN THE SUNJoin the Museum of Natural and Cultural History in our native plant courtyard for family-friendly activities that will spark your child’s curiosity about our past, present, and future. In July, you’ll pounce like a ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner July 30-Aug 1, 2021

OUTDOOR MARKETAn outdoor night market with food carts, bar carts, specialty vendors, salvage for DIY, outdoor plants, indoor plants, artists, furniture, live music, and fun for the entire family.   SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh produce, pies, flowers, meats, and more from 8:30-2:00! POLK COUNTY FAIRBring the ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: July 30-Aug 1, 2021

PDX DRIVE-INThe Expo Center hosts drive-in movies on the big screen, check out Repo Man Friday and Wizard of Oz Saturday. WHALE WATCHINGDepot Bay hosts summer whale-watching week at Boiler Bay State Park, volunteers will be available to help you spot the migrating gray whales. MERMAID FESTIVALHead to the Tom McCall Waterfront Park for the annual Mermaid Festival, with costumes, character ...

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2021 Q2 Quarterly Market Report

Consumers have way too much information to consider before buying or selling a home and it can be hard to separate the insignificant from the critical details. Our just-released Q2 Pacific Northwest Market Report can help you make an educated decision. This report is an amazing resource. It delivers exactly the kind of analysis prospective ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 30- Aug 1, 2021

MOVIES THAT MOBILIZEMovies that Mobilize brings us together as a community – in a safe way – through a shared commitment to create a more equitable world for children and youth. They’ll be showing a feature-length documentary that takes a close look at the educational, judicial and societal disparities. BLUEBERRIESHead to the U-Pick fields this weekend for fresh ...

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Eugene & Roseburg Weekend Planner: July 23-25, 2021

LANE COUNTY FAIRHead out to the Lane Events Center this weekend for excellent family fun, concerts, carnival rides, games and entertainment. All types of carnival rides will be at the fair, including a large Ferris wheel to give you a bird’s eye view of the fairgrounds and Eugene. Browse the animal and agricultural exhibits, arts ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner July 23-25, 2021

SUMMERFEST CAR SHOW23rd Annual SummerFest Car Show traditionally features over 300 cars in attendance. Get your tickets for this event, a fundraiser for the Brent Strohmeyer Memorial Scholarship Foundation.  SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh produce, pies, flowers, meats, and more from 8:30-2:00!  LIVE MUSICHead to Chateau Bianca Winery in Dallas for live ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: July 23-25, 2021

SUMMER SESSIONSEthos Summer Sessions is an opportunity for Ethos Staff of professional musicians and young students to share their talents and bring music to the community.FARMER’S MARKETHead to the McMinnville Farmer’s Market in the downtown district every Thursday now through October.  MONTAVILLA FARMER’S MARKETHead to the Farmer’s Market to support local, check online before heading out for updated times.  VANCOUVER FARMERS ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 23-25, 2021

SUNFLOWERSView Sunflowers at local farms around town. Head to the sunflower festival in Buckley, Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm Sunflower experience in Snohomish, and the Thomas Farm Sunflower Festival.    BLOCK PARTYCapitol Hill Block Party is an annual 3-Day festival celebrating music, art, and the neighborhood itself in the heart of Seattle. BLUEBERRIESHead to the U-Pick fields this weekend for fresh blueberries ...

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Mortgage Credit Drops to Lowest Level Since September

CoreLogic has analyzed the home price boom that preceded The Great Recession compared to the home price acceleration of the current market concluding that lower payment ratios significantly limit the risk of home price declines. CoreLogic reported This Week in Real Estate that in 2006 a household spent 25% of their income on a mortgage payment, but ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: July 16-18, 2021

*Please check event links for any updated changes before heading out. ADKINS FARM BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL BLUES & BREWSCheck off your summer bucket list items at the 10th annual festival on Saturday by blueberry picking, eating from delicious food & drink carts, and participating in fun kid’s activities, including a performance by magician, Dr. Delusions. The event is ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner July 16-18, 2021

ART FAIR FESTIVALThe annual Salem Art Fair Festival aims to actively engage the community in the appreciation of the arts through contemporary art exhibitions and events, arts education for youth and adults. SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh produce, pies, flowers, meats, and more from 8:30-2:00! HBA TOUR OF HOMESThe 2021 ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: July 16-18, 2021

DRIVE-INCinema Unbound offers screenings of great movies at the OMSI bridge lot with food and drinks available. This weekend catch The Big Lebowski. FARMER’S MARKETHead to the McMinnville Farmer’s Market in the downtown district every Thursday now through October.  MONTAVILLA FARMER’S MARKETHead to the Farmer’s Market to support local, check online before heading out for updated times.  VANCOUVER FARMERS MARKETThe ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 16-18, 2021

FILM FESTIVALThe North Bend Film Festival offers showings of feature films and short films, purchase your tickets today! BLUEBERRIESHead to the U-Pick fields this weekend for fresh blueberries in Auburn. Enjoy a picnic by the water after picking berries at the Higher Taste Blueberry Farm.   COMEDY NIGHTStart your night off with a laugh! Come to an hour full ...

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Sellers Still Thriving as Home Prices Remain High

The most recent Home Price Expectations Survey forecasts home prices will continue appreciating over the next five years. As home values flourish mortgage rates remain historically low. According to Freddie Mac This Week in Real Estate the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell eight basis points from the prior week to the lowest levels since February. Below are a few newsworthy ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner July 9-11, 2021

KAYAK RENTALSEnjoy riding down the river with Salem Kayak Rentals, offering sundown light-up nighttime kayak tours.  SUNDAY MUSICHead to the BeeHive Station Food Pod this Sunday to catch a live performance of local PNW singer/songwriter Hayden Jones with sounds influenced by Sheryl Crow and Fleetwood Mac.  SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: July 9-11, 2021

MCKENZIE RIVER LAVENDER BLOOM Celebrate the beauty and aroma of lavender in full bloom along the banks of the McKenzie River at milepost 15.5 from 10:00-5:00 all weekend. Shop specialty handcrafted treasure from local artisans, pick a lavender bouquet, enjoy live music and food and beverages from local food carts. Purchase tickets here. DRIVE-THRU BINGO BENEFIT ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: July 9-11, 2021

SUNFLOWER FIELDSHead to the West Union Gardens Sunflower Fields with the whole family for a scenic place to take family pictures and take home a bouquet. DJ & DANCE NIGHTSThe Ponderosa Lounge & Grill offers free dance lessons and live music at Portland’s biggest country-western bar. DRIVE-INCinema Unbound offers screenings of great movies at the OMSI bridge lot with food ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 9-11, 2021

FESTIVAL OF DANCEThe Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation, presented by Velocity Dance Center, is a diverse weeklong exploration of the art, with intensive classes, drop-in workshops, talks, jams, and performances, both online and in person. BLUEBERRIESHead to the U-Pick fields this weekend for fresh blueberries in Auburn. Enjoy a picnic by the water after picking berries at ...

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Surprising Number of New Listings Hit Market in June

The fundamental principles of supply and demand have fueled the real estate market to unprecedented levels. But, maybe the jump in June inventory sets the stage for some moderation to a more ‘normal’ pace of activity heading into the second half of 2021. According to Realtor.com This Week in Real Estate new listings in June increased 10.9% ...

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Eugene & Roseburg Weekend Planner July 2-4, 2021

EUGENE PRO RODEORiders compete in a range of events Friday-Sunday at the Oregon Horse Center. There will be clowns, carnival food, beer, and a fireworks display each evening to celebrate. Click here for tickets and details.   IN A LANDSCAPE: CLASSICAL MUSIC IN THE WILDEnjoy a classical concert outdoors at Mt Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene on Saturday at ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner July 2-7, 2021

STAYTON FARMER’S MARKETHead to the Stayton Farmer’s Market each Wednesday throughout the summer, enjoy local produce, meats, eggs, flowers, coffee, baked goods, and more! ST. PAUL RODEOGet your tickets in advance for the St. Paul Rodeo with nightly fireworks performances through July 4th. SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh produce, pies, flowers, meats, ...

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OREGON & SW WASHINGTON WEEKEND PLANNER JULY 1-5, 2021

*Please check event links before heading out for any updated closures due to state mandates. PORTLAND LAVENDER FARMS It’s lavender season in the Pacific Northwest! Starting in mid-June, lavender farms throughout the Portland area invite the public to enjoy the beauty of the blooms, pick their own bundles and peruse homemade lavender products. The Helvetia Lavender Festival ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 2-5, 2021

BERRY FESTIVALJune-July is the primary strawberry season around Puget Sound. Head to the Burien Strawberry Festival this weekend. Check out this list of upcoming berry festivals. 10th ANNUAL TOWN HALL STAND AGAINST RACISMHere’s your dose of antiracism education for the week: Led by Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race, this YWCA Town Hall will serve as ...

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Home Sales Activity Approaching Pre-Pandemic Level

According to the National Association of Realtors This Week in Real Estate home sales activity is now approaching pre-pandemic levels. May’s modest decrease from prior month was the fourth consecutive, but despite the streak of monthly decreases total existing-home sales are up 44.6% year-over-year with the West experiencing 61.6% year-over-year growth. Below are a few newsworthy events from the fourth week ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 25-27, 2001

U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRACK & FIELD TRIALS IN EUGENE Watch the last days of the trials at Hayward Field in Eugene as world-class athletes from all over the country converge for a chance to represent the United States at the next summer Olympics. Get ticket information here.  LANE UNITED SOCCER MATCHLane United FC, the pre-professional soccer team ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner June 25-27, 2021

 STAYTON FARMER’S MARKETHead to the Stayton Farmer’s Market each Wednesday throughout the summer, enjoy local produce, meats, eggs, flowers, coffee, baked goods, and more! ST. PAUL RODEOGet your tickets in advance for the St. Paul Rodeo with nightly fireworks performance through July 4th. SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh produce, pies, flowers, meats, ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: June 25-27, 2021

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE SCI-FAREImagine waking up in a strange place with no memory of how you got there or who you are. Step into the shoes of Mouser, a special agent of dubious background, who wakes up on a bathroom floor of a retirement community and must rely entirely on the decisions made by the audience ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 24-27, 2021

BERRY FESTIVALJune-July is the primary strawberry season around Puget Sound. Head to the Burien Strawberry Festival this weekend. Check out this list of upcoming berry festivals.  PRIDE MARCHHead to Capitol Hill this Saturday for a diverse gathering featuring community members, a band, activists, and a debate! More info online.  VIRTUAL JAPAN FAIREnjoy the Virtual Japan Fair event showcasing traditional and modern Japanese arts ...

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MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS INCREASE AS 30-YEAR RATE FALLS

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau released May construction data This Week in Real Estate describing activity as “steady.” Single-family starts increased 4.2% which is up 31% on a year-to-date basis. There are now 652,000 single-family homes under construction. That represents a 28% increase over prior year. Below are a ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner June 18-20, 2021

KAYAK RENTALSEnjoy riding down the river with Salem Kayak Rentals, offering sundown light-up nighttime kayak tours.  SALEM ART FESTIVALThe annual Salem Art Fair Festival aims to actively engage the community in the appreciation of the arts through contemporary art exhibitions.  SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh produce, pies, flowers, meats, and more ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 18-20, 2021

U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRACK & FIELD TRIALS IN EUGENE Watch as world-class athletes from all over the country converge for a chance to represent the United States at the next summer Olympics. The trials will be one of the major events held at Hayward Field in the brand-new stadium. Get ticket information here.  STOP BY THE TWILIGHT ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: June 18-20, 2021

PORTLAND LAVENDER FARMSIt’s lavender season in the Pacific Northwest! Starting in mid-June, lavender farms throughout the Portland area invite the public to enjoy the beauty of the blooms, pick their own bundles and peruse homemade lavender products.  PORTLAND ROSE GARDENPortland is the Rose City, so it is only natural that rose gardens are one of the main ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 18-20, 2021

BERRY FESTIVALJune-July is the primary strawberry season around Puget Sound. Head to the Burien Strawberry Festival this weekend. Check out this list of upcoming berry festivals. PRIDE HOCKEYCelebrate Pride Month with a first-ever Seattle Hockey Association tournament this weekend at Olympicview Arena. JUNETEENTH FESTIVALJuneteenth by It Takes a Village creates a unique, annual event space ...

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BHHSNW & BHHSREP Brokers and Teams Named to 2021 REALTrends “The Thousand” and America’s Best Real Estate Lists

We are proud to announce a number of our brokers and teams from Oregon and Washington have been named to the 2021 REALTrends “The Thousand” and America’s Best Real Estate Professionals lists. Over 18,000 U.S. real estate professionals from across the county are featured in America’s Best. Those ranked are among the top 1.5% of ...

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Lumber Prices Drop 40%, Bringing Relief to Homebuilders

Homeowners realize nearly 20% equity jump in a year according to CoreLogic’s latest Homeowner Equity Report that was released This Week in Real Estate. The average annual gain in equity was the largest in at least a decade. In other news, lumber posted their biggest ever weekly decline last week. Lumber prices have dropped almost 40% from ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner June 11-13, 2021

 KAYAK RENTALSEnjoy riding down the river with Salem Kayak Rentals, offering sundown light-up nighttime kayak tours.  BREWFESTHead to McMenamins for the 23rd annual barley cup Brewfest featuring beer, cider, and summer sips.  SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh produce, pies, flowers, meats, and more from 8:30-2:00! STRIDE 5K & 10KMinton Brown Island ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 11-13, 2021

TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPSThe NCAA presents this spectacular, celebrated track and field championship competition that promises to draw in crowds of fans across the nation and beyond! This year’s event will take place through Sunday at Hayward Field in Eugene, which is opening to the public after a three-year renovation. Get tickets here. LIVE MUSIC AT THE 5TH ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: June 11-13, 2021

PORTLAND LAVENDER FARMSIt’s lavender season in the Pacific Northwest! Starting in mid-June, lavender farms throughout the Portland area invite the public to enjoy the beauty of the blooms, pick their own bundles and peruse homemade lavender products.  PORTLAND PRIDE BRUNCHHead to Portland’s Diva Drag Brunch for an all-star cast with performers from Vegas, Seattle, and locally. Featuring Drag, ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 11-13, 2021

ANIMAL SHELTER WALKRaise funds for the houseless cats and dogs at Seattle Animal Shelter by running a 5K on the course of your choosing and sharing your experience online.  BERRY FESTIVALJune-July is the primary strawberry season around Puget Sound. This weekend Biringer Farm offers u-pick in Arlington. Check out this list of upcoming berry festivals. SEATTLE SYMPHONYView live and ...

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Mortgage Rates May Begin Rising as New Home Construction Accelerates

Through the first five (5) months of 2021 the country has experienced five (5) consecutive months of positive job gains as reported This Week in Real Estate by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, the Q1 2021 Home Building Geography Index shows that the single-family home construction growth rate is strongest in areas with the shortest commute ...

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Intro to IQ System

The Real Estate I.Q. System and Influencer Network is an exclusive Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network agent productivity initiative designed to significantly elevate the relevance and value of network agents to their client database and community. Whether you’re a new agent or a top producer, the I.Q. System will help you develop a more sustainable and ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 4-6, 2021

SATURDAY IS NATIONAL TRAILS DAY On this day we recognize all the incredible benefits federal, state, and local trails provide for recreation and exposure to nature, so lace up your boots and explore a trail you haven’t hiked before. Here are some of the best trails in and around Eugene. WALK WITH A DOC IN EUGENEWalk with a ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner June 4-6, 2021

FIRST FRIDAY FASHIONSFirst Friday Fashions pop-up exhibit all about weddings! Come up to the Front Porch of the home to peek inside the Solarium and see a display of wedding dresses through the ages!  ARTWORKThe First Friday reception holds meet and greets with the artists as you enjoy refreshments as you view new works from around ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: June 3-6, 2021

NATIONAL TRAILS DAYGet outside and enjoy free entrance to National trails, free fishing, and plenty of opportunities to explore nature near your home.  PRIDE PARTYCelebrate Pride month by kicking off the month with a special pride party concert held at Gordon Faber Recreation Complex.  YOGA IN NATUREHead to Hoyt Arboretum for a calming yoga session in nature, led by certified yoga ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 3-6, 2021

APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVALPack the car and hit the road for the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival in Wenatchee. Enjoy the food fair, apple blossom run, beer garden, carnival, dessert contest, and more! SEATTLE SYMPHONYView live and pre-recorded performances of the Seattle Symphony online today! NORDIC MUSEUMHead to the Nordic Museum for free first Thursday admission all day until 4PM. NIGHT SKY ...

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Buyer Competition Increases All-Cash Sales

The National Association of Realtors released their April Pending Home Sales Index This Week in Real Estate and to no surprise pending activity surged 51.7% compared to April last year. The significant year-over-year increase was expected given the immediate impact of the response to COVID-19. A year later we now know that the disruption to the housing ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner May 28-31, 2021

LIVE MUSICCelebrate Memorial Day weekend at Coria Estates Vineyard and enjoy local live music (reservations required). OREGON CRAFTER’S MARKETHead to the Oregon Crafter’s Market to support local artists offering their work and creations. Listen to live music like the Hank and Bill Shreve Duo. SALEM SATURDAY MARKETHead to the Salem Market each Saturday to shop local for fresh produce, pies, flowers, ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 28 – 31, 2021

PAY YOUR RESPECTS TO VETERANSThis Memorial Day as we pause to honor and remember those who have served our country, if you have a friend or family member who has served our country, give them a phone call to say thanks. You can also pay your respects at the Eugene Wall of Honor Memorial in Skinner Butte Park in Eugene ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: May 28-31, 2021

PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVALAmong the festival’s most popular events are the Grand Floral Parade, one of the nation’s top two all-floral parades, and the Wamu Waterfront Village which features the Best Children’s Programming in the World.  COUNTY FAIRView some parts of the fair in person and some virtual! Check online for exhibit and food lists. BOAT RACESCelebrate Memorial Day ...

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Cost vs. Value: Remodeling in the Pacific Region

Each year Remodeling Magazine publishes its Cost vs Value Report ranking the top 12 projects that realize the highest return on investment (ROI).  Below is a link to the Pacific Region ROI as well as key trends in this year’s report. This information can be very helpful to your customers when considering what to invest in when ...

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Welcomes New CEO Christy Budnick

BUDNICK TO OVERSEE GROWTH OF BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES GLOBAL BROKERAGE NETWORK Irvine, Calif., May 24, 2021 – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, one of the world’s fastest-growing residential real estate brokerage franchise networks, announced today, that Christy Budnick, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, has been named chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Budnick replaces Chris Stuart who has accepted an outstanding opportunity ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 28-31, 2021

NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVALStreaming channels such as 50 Years of Folklife, Folklife Premieres, and The Roadhouse all feature regional artists while On-Demand and Family Fun channels provide any time access to performances and more.  SHORT FILMThe 2021 Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Film Tour is a FREE 85-minute virtual program of seven short films directed by Indigenous filmmakers selected from recent editions of the Sundance Film Festival. ...

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Expanding Our Global Footprint to Athens

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices expands our brokerage to Athens Greece under Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Athens Properties. This is the latest journey our company has embarked on through our internationally expanding journey. For more information on Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices expansion check out our press release. ...

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Homebuyers Seek Larger Mortgages as Home Prices Skyrocket

Despite surging construction costs homebuilder confidence has held steady in May according to the most recent National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released This Week in Real Estate. Additionally, Freddie Mac reports that  home prices are climbing at their fastest pace in more than 15 years. Below are a few newsworthy events from the third week of ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner May 21-23, 2021

RIVER GALLERYCelebrate the beautiful imagery created by two artists in their duet focus exhibit.  OREGON CRAFTER’S MARKETHead to the Oregon Crafter’s Market to support local artists offering their work and creations. Listen to live music like the Hank and Bill Shreve Duo.  TEEN WRITING GROUPA Popular teen writing group is now meeting and writing together on a monthly Zoom. Meetings ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: May 21-23, 2021

THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE600 HighwayMen’s a Thousand Ways is an enthralling, imaginative, and profound social experience that delivers us from isolation to congregation. This triptych of encounters explores the line between strangeness and kinship, distance and proximity, and how the most intimate assembly can become profoundly radical. POP UPAsian American Pacific Islander month Pop Up will be held at the Lobby ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 21-23, 2021

MURAL TOUR BY BIKEMay is Bike Month so hop on your bikes and venture out on family-friendly routes in Eugene and Springfield with an I Spy component for kids. Get Eugene route maps and Springfield routes here. Need a bike? Check out PeaceHealth Rides bike share program. STOCK UP AT THE LANE COUNTY FARMERS MARKETTake in the bounty of local farm fruits and vegetables, ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 21-23, 2021

DRIVE-UP MOVIEIn celebration of Malcolm X Day, Northwest African American Museum invites you to enjoy a drive-up screening of ‘Malcolm X’ (1992) at the Museum of Flight. Register now for your free spot!NATIVE PLANT WALKEnjoy the outdoors with a native species plant walk and get an identification kit. SCAVENGER HUNTCelebrate the 10-year anniversary of the WGU Scavenger Hunt in ...

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