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Portland Metro Weekend Planner August 23-25, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner August 23-25, 2019

FAIRY FESTIVALFRI-SUN – Horning’s Hideout in North Plains gets transformed into Faerieworld, a gathering of tribes with live entertainment, food court, art, and crafts.   FARM FOOD FESTIVALFRI-SUN – Taste, tour, and enjoy local farms, fresh food, and wine at the Bounty of Yamhill County. MOVIES IN THE SQUAREFRI – Bring a chair and head ...
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Seattle Events Weekend Planner August 22-25, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner August 22-25, 2019

SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVALTHURS-SUN – Head out to Viking Days to celebrate Nordic Sol, browse vendors, crafts, and listen to live music. EVERGREEN STATE FAIRTHURS – Enjoy Fair Food, watch carnival entertainment, or meet farm animals.   SEATTLE CENTER CONCERTSFRI – The Seattle Center’s amphitheater hosts concerts Friday evenings with a family-friendly atmosphere. Bring a blanket and ...
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Construction Confidence Jolts Higher as Interest Rates Decrease

Construction Confidence Jolts Higher as Interest Rates Decrease

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported This Week in Real Estate that mortgage debt reached a record high in the second quarter. Despite the higher debt loads, the report found the percentage of mortgage balances that are current is at its highest level of the current expansion, fueled by tighter lending standards and ...
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Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: August 15-18

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: August 15-18

TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS MUSIC JAMFRI – ‘Cut a rug’ on the dance floor while listening to live country western music at the Garibaldi Jam. NIGHT MARKETFRI – The Port of Garibaldi night market hosts live music, local vendors, fresh food, and a family-fun atmosphere.   RUMMAGE SALESAT – Head to Granny’s Attic to shop gently ...
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Central Oregon Weekend Planner August 15-18, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner August 15-18, 2019

  BEND BREWFESTTHURS-SAT – The Les Schwab Amphitheater hosts Brewfest, an outdoor festival featuring over 200 craft beers. SAGEBRUSH SIPPERSTHURS – The Oregon Natural Desert Association hosts a Summer mixer with happy hour and a deep dive into the conservation.    VICTORY SWIGFRI – Bring a blanket and listen to live music in Sunriver’s backyard. ...
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Buying a Home in Your Ideal School District

Buying a Home in Your Ideal School District

  If you have kids and are looking to buy a house, we don’t need to tell you the importance of finding the right school. Here are a few tips to help you choose a school that fits your family’s lifestyle and meets your kids’ needs. Discover your preferred schools. Visit GreatSchools.org to find a ...
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Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner August 16-18, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner August 16-18, 2019

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL DAYSFRI-SUN – Head to the Outdoor Festival in the Gorge, enjoy hiking, camping, backpacking and outdoor activities with a community of outdoor enthusiasts.  BARBECUE & TRACTOR PULLFRI-SUN – Enjoy a tractor & truck pull, BBQ sandwiches, a beer garden, a parade, and a demo derby. MOVIES IN THE SQUAREFRI – Bring a ...
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Seattle Events Weekend Planner August 15-18, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner August 15-18, 2019

  CHALK ART FESTIVALFRI-SUN – Watch artists transform Redmond Town Center into a beautiful display, enjoy live music and bring the kids for inspiration and activities. FILM FESTIVALTHURS – Head to the North Bend Film Festival at the popular shooting location for Twin Peaks. View sophisticated films and experience virtual reality. WINE AUCTIONFRI-SUN – Head ...
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Housing Sentiment Reaches All-Time High

Housing Sentiment Reaches All-Time High

  Fannie Mae reported This Week in Real Estate that its most recent Home Purchase Sentiment Index reached an all-time high, fueled by significant increases in consumer sentiment related to job confidence and mortgage rates. Below are a few highlights from the first week of August that influence our business: Housing Sentiment Hits New Survey High. The ...
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Central Oregon Weekend Planner August 9-11, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner August 9-11, 2019

  BIG LAWN MUSIC SERIESFRI – Head to Suttle Lake Lodge for live music on the lawn in a picturesque setting with delicious food and beverages.   STARS OVER NEWBERRYFRI – Stars over Newberry is hosted on the Lava Butte at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. CENTRAL OREGON SATURDAY MARKETSAT – Gather with local farmers ...
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Oregon Coast Weekend Planner August 8-11, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner August 8-11, 2019

TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS BINGOTHURS – Head to the Kiawanda Community Center in Pacific City, for a fun night of BINGO at the community center. SEASIDE BEACH VOLLEYBALLTHURS-SUN – Watch volleyball at Seaside this weekend with over 1,000 teams competing in the world’s largest amateur beach volleyball tournament. TILLAMOOK COUNTY FAIRGROUNDSTHROUGH SAT – Head to the ...
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Portland Metro Weekend Planner August 9-11, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner August 9-11, 2019

  GARLIC FESTIVALFRI-SUN – The 22nd Annual Elephant Garlic Festival hosts live music, great food, and celebrates the powerful versatility of garlic. Bring the family to watch the parade, view the car show, or participate in the marathon. $5 AFTER 5FRI – The Portland Art Museum offers $5 entry Friday nights after 5PM, instilling play ...
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Seattle Events Weekend Planner August 8-11, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner August 8-11, 2019

FOOD TRUCK FESTIVALTHURS – Taste the best of Seattle during the Food Truck Taste Off with over 13 food trucks and 5 breweries in Magnuson Park. BEER & MUSIC FESTIVALFRI – Head to the kick-off party a few weeks early to enjoy beer and pizza! Enter the contest to win tickets to the actual event ...
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The Comeback Kid: Featuring the Housing Market

The Comeback Kid: Featuring the Housing Market

  The Federal Reserve reduced the federal funds interest rate by 25 basis points This Week in Real Estate as part of its policy approach over the past three quarters to keep mortgage interest rates low. Below are a few highlights from the final week of July that influence our business: The Comeback Kid: The U.S. Housing ...
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OREGON COAST WEEKEND PLANNER: AUGUST 2-4, 2019

OREGON COAST WEEKEND PLANNER: AUGUST 2-4, 2019

  RECREATION JEOPARDYFRI – Test your knowledge and win prizes in the Tillamook State Forest in a game of Jeopardy with special guest host Alex Treebark! KITE & ART FESTIVALFRI-SUN – Rockaway Beach hosts the annual Kite Festival on the beach, bring your favorite high-flyer and stick around to view art from local artists. 2nd ON ...
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Central Oregon Weekend Planner  August 2-4, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner August 2-4, 2019

CENTRAL OREGON SATURDAY MARKETSAT – Gather with local farmers and artists to shop fresh produce and crafts in downtown Bend. KAYAKING, PADDLEBOARDING, CANOEINGTHROUGH AUG 30 – Head to the Deschutes River for a tour of Tumalo Creek on a rented device. View the crystal blue waters in the middle of the Deschutes National Forest. SUNSET ...
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Portland Metro Weekend Planner: August 2-4, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: August 2-4, 2019

YAMHILL COUNTY FAIRFRI-SUN – Head to the Yamhill county fair in McMinnville for Oregon’s Oldest fair and enjoy family fun, carnival rides, food, and vendors. PICKATHON FRI-SUN – Pickathon hosts a lineup of diverse music featuring bluegrass, alternative country, garage rock, folk, and indie/roots.   ART IN THE DARKFRI-SUN – Mary S. Young Park host an ...
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Seattle Events Weekend Planner: August 1-4, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: August 1-4, 2019

DOG DAYS OF SUMMERSUN – Enjoy live music at the winery with man’s best friend. Bring your dog to Northwest Cellars and support Paws Alliance. ART FAIRTHURS-SUN – Browse art from over 100 galleries around the world at the Seattle Art Fair. TASTING EVENTTHURS  – Head to Bellevue for the Wine Walk on Main, receive ...
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Housing Demand Reigns Strong

Housing Demand Reigns Strong

  Housing demand is expected to remain strong fueled by a healthy labor market that has resulted in the highest credit scores among borrowers in three years, the lowest housing vacancy rate in 38 years and the largest group of millennials set to enter their prime homebuying years in 2020 as reported This Week in ...
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Central Oregon Weekend Planner: July 26-28, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: July 26-28, 2019

  BALLOONS OVER BEND FESTIVALFRI-SUN – This Children’s festival is a full weekend of balloon adorned skies with balloon launches, night glows, and a kid’s race. JEFFERSON COUNTY FAIRTHROUGH SUN – Drive to Madras for Central Oregon’s best free fair! Enjoy carnival food, games, attractions, and more. Bring the family and enjoy a concert each ...
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Portland Metro Weekend Planner:July 26-28, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner:July 26-28, 2019

  POLO NOIR SAT – Raise a glass to the athletes and horses during Polo Noir, listen to live Grammy-winning music acts, and enjoy local wine. MOVIES ON THE ROOF THROUGH SUN – Top Down Rooftop Cinema caters music, cocktails, beer, BBQ, and films at dusk. Bring a chair, pillow, or blanket to enjoy a night of film. HAWAIIAN FESTIVAL ...
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Seattle Events Weekend Planner: July 25-28, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: July 25-28, 2019

FINE WINE AT THE ZOOFRI – Head to the Zoo for a fundraiser benefiting the Woodland Park Zoo. Enjoy raffles and a wine tasting flight. TASTING EVENTTHURS  – Red, White, and Brew hosts a wine tasting from over 60 award-winning wineries and breweries. Enjoy bites from local restaurants. CIRQUE IN SHORELINETHURS-SUN – Watch a showcase of aerial artistry, mixed with dance, storytelling, ...
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Median Home Prices, Single Family Homes, and Builder Confidence Reach New Heights

Median Home Prices, Single Family Homes, and Builder Confidence Reach New Heights

  Median home prices reached a new peak during the second quarter of 2019, up 6.4% from the same quarter prior year and 10.8% from last quarter, respectively. ATTOM Data Solutions also reported This Week in Real Estate that U.S. homeowners who sold in the second quarter of 2019 realized an average home price gain since purchase ...
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Central Oregon Weekend Planner: July 19-21, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: July 19-21, 2019

BIG LAWN MUSIC SERIESFRI – Take a drive out to Suttle Lake Lodge for live music on the lawn with great food and drink offerings and scenic surroundings. PINE HOLLOW CAR SHOWFRI-SUN – Head to Pine Hollow Cruise-In for a day of classic cars, motorcycles, raffles, a chili cook-off, food and drink specials, and more! KAYAKING, PADDLEBOARDING, CANOEINGTHROUGH AUG 30 – Head ...
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Portland Metro Weekend Planner: July 19-21, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: July 19-21, 2019

  NORTHWEST STRING SUMMITFRI-SUN – Over 48 bands spread over 5 stages with workshops and late-night sessions in North Plains. OUTRAGEOUS GOLDEN GIRLSFRI – San Francisco’s leading comic drag performers feature two hilarious family-friendly episodes of the sitcom. CONCERTS IN THE PARKTHROUGH AUG 31 – Listen to live music in Portland parks, bring a blanket or chair and share a meal with family ...
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Seattle Events Weekend Planner July 18-21, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner July 18-21, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER JULY 18-21, 2019 NIGHT NATION RUNSAT – The world’s first running music festival hosts party zones along a 5k course and live EDM music with interactive light shows. This event benefits Stand up to Cancer. SUMMER FESTTHROUGH SUN – Olympia hosts Lakefair at Capital Lake, celebrating summer. Enjoy carnival rides, food booths, and a car show! ...
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Safeguard Your Home from an Earthquake

Safeguard Your Home from an Earthquake

As our neighbors in California recently experienced, it pays to safeguard your investment and protect yourself in a natural disaster. Here are a few tips to help prevent damage and recover faster after an earthquake. Gas Appliances: If you have gas appliances, look into flexible connections or gas shut-off valves on lines that fuel them. Flexible ...
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Mortgage Stabilization and the End of a Housing Slowdown

Mortgage Stabilization and the End of a Housing Slowdown

Thanks to the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, historically low-interest rates and responsible underwriting, the mortgage delinquency rate in the U.S. is the lowest in more than 20 years, according to a release from CoreLogic This Week in Real Estate. Below are a few highlights from the second week of July that influence our business: Mortgage Rates ...
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Central Oregon Weekend Planner: July 12-14, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: July 12-14, 2019

QUILT SHOWSAT – Head to Sisters for the outdoor quilt show to browse art on over 1300 quilts from artists all over the world. LIVE MUSIC AT THE POOLSUN – Listen to live music, enjoy food and fun during a performance by the Junebugs, a Folk-Rock trio. KAYAKING, PADDLEBOARDING, CANOEINGTHROUGH AUG 30 – Head to the Deschutes River for a tour ...
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Portland Metro Weekend Planner July 12-14, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner July 12-14, 2019

THE BIG FLOATSAT – Hop on a float and travel downstream to a beach party. The beach party boasts a music barge, food carts, and a beverage garden. COWABUNGAFRI-SUN – Head to the historic Rossi Farms for three days of the best food and drink from the PNW. Enjoy live music while supporting meals on wheels people and the Parkrose ...
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Seattle Events Weekend Planner: July 11-14, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: July 11-14, 2019

KENT CORNUCOPIAFRI-SAT – Kent Cornucopia Days host a street fair with a family-friendly parade. Don’t miss the soccer tournament, competitive dragon boat races, and a car show. Bring your tennis shoes for a 5K run. SUMMER FESTFRI-SUN – Bring the whole family to the 37th annual West Seattle Summer Fest with fun activities, live music, kids play area, shopping, and beer gardens. ...
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Economic Expansion’s Effect on the Housing Market

Economic Expansion’s Effect on the Housing Market

  As the U.S. enjoys the longest economic expansion on record, Black Knight estimates This Week in Real Estate that 8.2 million borrowers could benefit from a refinance for a potential savings of about $2.2 trillion. Below are a few highlights from the first week of July that influence our business: More Than 8 Million Homeowners Are Leaving Big ...
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Central Oregon Weekend Planner: July 4-7, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: July 4-7, 2019

  4TH PET PARADETHURS – Bring Fido and join furry friends for a Bend Pet Parade tradition. Start the day with a pancake breakfast, dog parade, then end the day with a festival at Drake Park. BEND 4TH FIREWORKS DISPLAYTHURS – Pilot Butte State Park displays the annual Bend Fireworks Spectacular, bring a chair and watch the display from popular city parks with ...
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Portland Metro Weekend Planner: July 4-7, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: July 4-7, 2019

  FIREWORK SHOWSTHURS – Celebrate the 4th with all-day family events and firework showcases near you! Clark County Fairgrounds, Corbett Fun Fest, Oaks Park, West Linn, and Tigard. 4th OF JULY RUNTHURS – The foot traffic flat held on Sauvie Island with many scenic running options for all levels of runners. Sign up for the Foot Traffic Flat, a marathon, half marathon, 5K, or ...
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Solid Summer Sales and a Solid Year for the Housing Market

Solid Summer Sales and a Solid Year for the Housing Market

Solid Summer Sales and a Solid Year for the Housing Market The National Association of Realtors released its May Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) This Week in Real Estate, which has increased three of the last four months due, in large part, to lower-than-usual mortgage rates. Below are a few highlights from the fourth week of June that ...
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Seattle Events Weekend Planner: June 27-30, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: June 27-30, 2019

PRIDEFEST & PRIDE PARADESAT-SUN – PrideFest at Capitol Hill hosts live music, a march at noon, and inspirational speakers. The big Pride Parade begins Sunday, boasting the largest LGBTQIA event in the Northwest. BATMAN HAMLET CROSSOVERTHROUGH JULY 7 – Shakespeare’s Hamlet combines a hilarious mix with everyone’s favorite comic book hero and a battle between the Dark Knight and a King Jester. SCIENCE ...
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Central Oregon Weekend Planner: June 21-23, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: June 21-23, 2019

  4 PEAKS MUSIC FESTIVALTHROUGH SUN – Bring the family to Stevenson Ranch for a fun-filled weekend with live music from world class musicians, activities, and camping. PRIDE 5K & DRAG DASHSAT – OCO hosts the first ever Pride 5K Run/Walk celebrating inclusivity and the Central Oregon Pride Festival. Complete the course, enter the fun and silly Drag Dash, and finish ...
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Portland Metro Weekend Planner: June 21-23, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: June 21-23, 2019

  FESTIVAL OF BALLOONSFRI-SUN – The City of Tigard celebrates the Festival of Balloons. Friday and Saturday nights feature a Night Glow Presentation and the Rogue Beer Garden with live music while Sunday features the festival of cars. CIDER SUMMIT PDXFRI-SAT – The Cider Summit in the Pearl features 150 ciders, local food, and live music. GORGE BLUES & BREWSFRI-SAT – ...
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Seattle Events Weekend Planner June 20-23, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner June 20-23, 2019

FAIRY FESTFRI-SUN – Children 12 and under are free to this magical festival with art, music, dance, storytelling, and fairy houses scattered throughout the gardens. SPOKED TO RIDESAT  – Get in gear and head to the charity fundraiser an bike ride along a 12 or 40-mile route. WOMEN’S PRIDESAT – This event features an award ceremony honoring activists and local members of the community. ...
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Create Your Own Outdoor Kitchen Space

Create Your Own Outdoor Kitchen Space

Extend your living area and build a backyard entertainment space for summer guests by creating an outdoor kitchen. Plan to surround your grill or cooktop surface with a prep area, storage for plates and utensils, shelving areas for nonrefrigerated condiments and food, and appliances if budget allows. Select the grill or cooktop on the front-end ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER: JUNE 14-16, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER: JUNE 14-16, 2019

  PRIDE FESTIVALSAT-SUN – The Portland Pride Festival is held at Waterfront Park this weekend. Celebrate the LGBTQ community and watch the fantastic parade! BEER & CHEESE FESTIVALFRI-SUN – The 8th annual Beer and Cheese Festival produced by PDX beer week hosts a one of a kind event at Cumulation Brewing with paired cheeses. THEATRICAL ELVIS COMEDYTHROUGH JUNE 22 – After an Elvis ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER  JUNE 13-16, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER JUNE 13-16, 2019

  STRAWBERRY FESTIVALSTHROUGH SUN –  Head out to Marysville for a week-long community gathering celebrating sweet strawberries with amusement rides, kids activities, parades, a talent show, and much more! Burien hosts a Strawberry Fest with a low rider car show, live music, and a beer garden. MEEKER DAYSFRI-SUN – Meeker Days and the Music Fest combine for a weekend with three stages featuring ...
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60% of Americans Are Homeowners

60% of Americans Are Homeowners

  According to the Federal Reserve’s Flow of Funds report released This Week in Real Estate, the collective value of all owner-occupied homes reached a record high of $26.1 trillion in the first quarter; 15% higher than the peak prior to the ‘great recession’ in 2006. Below are a few highlights from the first week of June ...
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CENTRAL OREGON WEEKEND PLANNER JUNE 7-9, 2019

CENTRAL OREGON WEEKEND PLANNER JUNE 7-9, 2019

  SISTERS RODEOFRI-SUN – Head to Sisters for the 79th annual Rodeo for the Biggest Little Show in the World. The show features the best in the West in bull-riding, team bronc, and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, tie-down roping, and bareback riding. GOLF FESTSAT – The Awbrey Glen golf club celebrates golf culture with demos and prizes. ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER: JUNE 7-9, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER: JUNE 7-9, 2019

  FLORAL PARADESAT – The Portland Grand Floral Rose Parade is back with floats, bands, equestrian units, marching groups, drill teams, vintage vehicles, and much more! ROSE SHOWFRI-SUN – Stop and smell the roses at the Portland Rose Society’s Spring Rose Show, America’s longest-running rose show. View the magnificent blooms that our “Rose City” is known for. PRIDE CONCERTSAT – The Northwest ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER: JUNE 6-9, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER: JUNE 6-9, 2019

  FREE STATE PARK DAYSSAT-SUN – Head to any of the 140 Washington State Parks for free entrance! Hike, picnic, and play all day! BALLETTHURS-SUN – The Pacific Northwest Ballet presents themed variations with mixed performances and riveting characterizations. ADVENTURE RACETHROUGH SUN – This race against the clock allows teams to compete in challenges to ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER MAY 30 – JUNE 2, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER MAY 30 – JUNE 2, 2019

  SUMMER SOLSTICE NIGHT MARKETTHROUGH SAT – The 3rd Annual Summer Solstice Night Market at Magnuson Park Hangar 30 hosts over 150 booths and a summer beer festival. JAZZ FESTIVALTHROUGH SUN – The Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival hosts top national and regional jazz musicians. Head to Ballard for world-class jazz musicians with drums, guitars, and more! STAMP & SCRAPBOOK EXPOFRI-SAT – The Stamp and Scrapbook Expo features ...
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Top Bathroom Design Trends We Can’t Live Without

Top Bathroom Design Trends We Can’t Live Without

As 2019 takes off, we’ve seen a wide variety of trends woven in to create looks incorporating elements from industrial to farmhouse, but there are some design trends popping up in homes across America that we just can’t live without: White tile: Timeless white tile is rising in popularity in today’s design, often times being ...
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Seattle Events Weekend Planner  May 23-26, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner May 23-26, 2019

TANKFEST NWSAT-SUN – In honor of Memorial Day, watch the rumble and boom of vintage tanks and artillery at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum’s 8th annual event. Bring the whole family and watch the NW Xtreme BMX demo, meet Son of the Reptile Man, and watch WWII mock battle re-enactors. FOLKLIFE MUSIC & DANCETHROUGH MON – The 47th Annual ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER : MAY 17-19, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER : MAY 17-19, 2019

SIP OF SPRINGSAT – Celebrate the coming of Spring at Rossi Farms. Sample beers and ciders on a working farm in city limits with picturesque landscaping. PUG CRAWLSUN – Portland’s zaniest pug parade and festival is back! This Game of Thrones Pug Crawl at Rogue Pearl Public House benefits the Oregon Humane Society. WILDFLOWER FESTIVALSUN – The Wildflower and Music Festival displays the ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER  MAY 16-19, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER MAY 16-19, 2019

  VIKING FESTIVALFRI-SUN – Celebrate Scandinavian heritage with a carnival, authentic competitions, and a parade. NORWEGIAN DAYTHROUGH SUN – The Norwegian Constitution Day celebrates with lunch and activities for the whole family. See authentic Norwegian outfits and culture during the parade. ROSÉ REVIVAL & COOL WHITESTHURS – Sit and sip under a tent overlooking Lake Washington with appetizers and a wide variety ...
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Expanding Our Global Footprint to Dubai

Expanding Our Global Footprint to Dubai

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices expands our brokerage to the Middle East under Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gulf Properties. This is the latest journey our company has embarked on through our internationally expanding journey. Previously this year, we’ve teamed up with European London-based Kay & Co., to expand into Vienna and Milan. Based on the success of our ...
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May’s Hot Housing Market Increases Mortgage Applications

May’s Hot Housing Market Increases Mortgage Applications

    May’s Hot Housing Market Increases Mortgage Applications The Mortgage Bankers Association announced This Week in Real Estate that the mortgage credit availability index for April was the highest reading for that month ever in the eight-year index. A high reading means it’s easier to get a home loan and a low reading indicates a credit ...
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Storing Gear in your Pacific Northwest Home

Storing Gear in your Pacific Northwest Home

Don't let the chaos left behind from your weekend stress you out, check out these tips for storing gear in your Pacific Northwest home. ...
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Portland Metro Weekend Planner: May 10-12, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: May 10-12, 2019

RUN MAMA RUNSAT – This Fun Run and Walk is stroller friendly in a 5k, 10k, and kid’s Fun Run. Participate in this Mother of a race and proceeds benefit the local non-profit Mother & Child Education Center. DOGGIE DASHSAT – Head to the Pet Festival of the year at the Waterfront with a walk and run. Bring your ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER  MAY 9-12, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER MAY 9-12, 2019

  MARITIME FUNSAT – The Seattle Maritime Festival has events and family fun with a Fisherman’s Walking Tour, stories of the Sea at the Highliner Public House, engine simulators, demonstrations, and more! KARAOKETHURS – Happy Hour Karaoke in Sodo offers $5 drinks and appetizers. Head to center stage and sing your heart out. IRRIGATION  FESTIVALTHROUGH SUN – The State’s oldest festival hosts an art ...
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CENTRAL OREGON WEEKEND PLANNER MAY 3-5, 2019

CENTRAL OREGON WEEKEND PLANNER MAY 3-5, 2019

FIRST FRIDAYFRI – Take a stroll through new exhibitions of incredible art in the Old Mill District. See a variety of mediums from traditional paintings, sculpture, and photography. HOOT, HOLLER & SINGSAT-SUN – The Historic Shaniko hosts a classic car show, bluegrass, folk, country performances, and campfire jam. STAR WARS RUNSAT – May the 4th be with you! This Star Wars themed 5K, 10K, kids ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER MAY 3-5, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER MAY 3-5, 2019

CINCO DE MAYO FIESTAFRI-SUN – Enjoy live entertainment, authentic food, carnival rides, and more family fun at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. CINCO DE MAYO CRUISESAT – Hop on board the Portland Spirit to celebrate and ring in the first hours of Cinco de Mayo with a live mariachi band and guest DJ’s. LGBTQ DOCUSERIESTHROUGH SUN – QDOC is the only U.S. festival devoted ...
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2019 Q1 Market Report

2019 Q1 Market Report

Read our just-released Q1 Market Report for a comprehensive review of residential real activity and trends impacting values in your area. Data is our most valuable currency today, this piece supports our commitment to being the most knowledgeable real estate professionals in the markets and communities we live and workthat is Northwest Knowledge.  Click Here for ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER MAY 2-5, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER MAY 2-5, 2019

KENTUCKY DERBY PARTYSAT – Watch a live stream of the Kentucky Derby, enjoy drinks and great food while joining in on an outrageous hat contest with the Seattle Polo and Equestrian Club. APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVALTHROUGH SUN – The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival hosts food vendors, family-fun carnival rides, a car show, a grand parade, and more! Friday night features ...
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Portland Metro Weekend Planner: APRIL 26-28, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: APRIL 26-28, 2019

CERAMICS SHOWFRI-SUN – Browse art from over 150 of Oregon and Washington’s most talented artists at the ceramics showcase. AVENUE OF ROSES PARADESAT – View Roses in the Heart of Portland, the largest Eastside parade, embracing the shopping and service area. ORCHID SHOWSAT-SUN – Thousands of blooming orchids will be on display and for sale at the Oregon Orchid Show and Sale, ...
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SEATTLE WEEKEND WEEKEND PLANNER  APRIL 25-28, 2019

SEATTLE WEEKEND WEEKEND PLANNER APRIL 25-28, 2019

APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVALTHROUGH MAY 5 – The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival hosts food vendors, family-fun carnival rides, a car show, a grand parade, and more! Friday night features the Fantastic Shows Carnival. EMERALD CUPFRI-SAT – This body-building expo is in Bellevue hosts a fitness, figure, bikini, and physique championship. THE LIGHTNING THIEFTHURS-SUN – The 5th Avenue Theatre hosts the Lightning Thief, a tale of ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER APRIL 19-21, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER APRIL 19-21, 2019

HORTLANDIASAT-SUN – Browse plants and garden art at the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon sale. Shop vendors, nurseries, and artists from Canada to California at the Expo Center. $5 AFTER 5FRI – The Portland Art Museum hosts a discount night with a relaxed atmosphere and interactive experiences. SOUL MUSIC FESTIVALTHROUGH SUN – Listen to 50 artists at Soul’d Out with over 50 artists featuring ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER  APRIL 18-21, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER APRIL 18-21, 2019

NORWESCONTHURS-SUN – This science fiction and fantasy convention hosts over 200 panelists and vendors. Gather with the gamer community for 24-hour games and more! SCIENCE NIGHTFRI – Head to the adult PacSci Happy Hour at the Pacific Science Center to enjoy drinks and appetizers while playing with hands-on activities and see live science demonstrations. CABARET IN SPACESAT – A Space Oddity is a mash-up ...
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What You Need to Know About First-Time Homebuyers

What You Need to Know About First-Time Homebuyers

Signs of a continuing strong housing market were reported This Week in Real Estate as evidenced by the fact that bank repossessions reached an all-time low in the first quarter and applications for new home purchases were up 7% compared to the same time last year and up 19% over the prior month. Below are a few highlights from ...
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CENTRAL OREGON WEEKEND PLANNER APRIL 12-14, 2019

CENTRAL OREGON WEEKEND PLANNER APRIL 12-14, 2019

BIG WAVE CHALLENGE SAT-SUN – This one-of-a-kind event for snowboarders features banked corners, quarter pipes, spines, and natural terrain to bring surf culture to the mountain. Enjoy Hawaiian inspired BBQ with viewers and participants. FLEA MARKET FRI-SAT – The Terrebonne Grange Hall hosts a pancake-biscuits, and gravy breakfast on Saturday. Stick around for the popular flea market and craft sale. ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER APRIL 12-14, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER APRIL 12-14, 2019

WILLAMETTE WINE TRAILSAT – Explore the North Willamette Wine Trail and taste local wines. Try new releases, limited production, and barrel tastings. Some participating vineyards offer food samples, pairings, specialty tours, and demonstrations. DESIGN WEEKTHROUGH SAT – This city-wide series of programs hosts craft and design education with cultural, social, and community relevance. TULIP FESTIVALTHROUGH APRIL 29 – View 40 acres adorned ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER  APRIL 11-14, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER APRIL 11-14, 2019

SPRING FAIR THURS-SUN – Bring the kids to interact with baby animals or watch a pig race at the Spring Fair. Enjoy fair food from local vendors or head to the garden show. Hop on a ride or watch the demolition derby at the Washington State Fair Events Center. SPRING BAZAAR SAT – The Spring Bazaar at the Polish Cultural Center ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER APRIL 5-7, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER APRIL 5-7, 2019

DESIGN WEEK THROUGH APRIL 13 – This city-wide series of programs hosts craft and design education with cultural, social, and community relevance. TULIP FESTIVAL THROUGH APRIL 29 – View 40 acres adorned with tulips and daffodils in full bloom. Enjoy a snack at the gift shop and café at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. ANTIQUE AUTO SWAP THROUGH SUN – Head ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER  APRIL 4-7, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER APRIL 4-7, 2019

DAFFODIL FESTIVAL SAT – The free daffodil parade hosts covered floats traveling through Sumner, Tacoma, Puyallup, and Orting. The theme this year is “A Heart for Service” showcasing over 180 entries including floats, bands, and more. STUDENT CIRCUS FRI-SUN – Watch students perform acrobatics like unicycling, tight wire, trapeze, contortion, juggling and more with the School of ...
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CENTRAL OREGON WEEKEND PLANNER MARCH 29-31, 2019

CENTRAL OREGON WEEKEND PLANNER MARCH 29-31, 2019

HIGH DESERT STAMPEDE FRI-SAT – Top 40 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) hosts the High Desert Stampede entertains spectators with world champion athletes. Watch Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Tie-Down Roping, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, and Bull Riding. GOLF SHOW SAT-SUN – Meet with golf pros, test out new clubs, equipment and apparel or attend workshops ...
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HomeServices Of America® Is Now The Country’s Largest Real Estate Company

HomeServices Of America® Is Now The Country’s Largest Real Estate Company

 HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, today announced that it has earned the title of the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transaction sides, according to the REAL TRENDS 500 report. In 2018, the company’s sales associates closed 346,629 residential transactions reflecting a 5.6% increase over 2017. The REAL TRENDS ranking is ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER MARCH 29-31, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER MARCH 29-31, 2019

YOGATHONSAT – Enjoy an hour-long Yoga class followed by a whole food plan based brunch prepared by famous Chef Ada, founder of Wholism. Proceeds will be donated to help youth and adults heal from trauma. TULIP FESTIVALTHROUGH APRIL 29 – View 40 acres adorned with tulips and daffodils in full bloom. Enjoy a snack at the gift shop ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER  MARCH 28-31, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER MARCH 28-31, 2019

VEGFEST SAT-SUN – Vegfest hosts a healthy vegetarian food festival with cooking demonstrations, free food samples, health screenings, and more. MARY POPPINS THURS-SUN – Relive the classic Disney movie with Redmond High School’s play Mary Poppins Jr. musical. ROMEO & JULIET THROUGH SUN – The Act Theatre has a contemporary spin on the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet. HOLLYWOOD & VINE THROUGH SUN – Teatro ...
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March Fuels The Spring Selling Season

March Fuels The Spring Selling Season

The real estate market is poised for a super ‘spring selling season’ fueled by increased inventory, more sustainable price appreciation and according to data released by Freddie Mac This Week in Real Estate, interest rates that have dramatically dipped since the start of the year. Below are a few highlights from the third week of March that influence our business: ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER  MARCH 22-24, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER MARCH 22-24, 2019

TULIP FESTIVAL THROUGH APRIL 29 – View 40 acres adorned with tulips and daffodils in full bloom. Enjoy a snack at the gift shop and café at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. THE ELEPHANT MAN THROUGH SUN – Twilight Theatre introduces the story of a man living with a physical deformity and his journey through trials and tribulations. ROMANTIC PLAY ...
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Home Price and Mortgage Rate Forecasts 

Home Price and Mortgage Rate Forecasts 

  According to the Federal Reserve’s Flow of Funds report that was released This Week in Real Estate the home equity percentage has reached its highest level since the second quarter of 2002. Below are a few highlights from the second week of March that influence our business: Equity Rises for U.S. Homeowners. The home equity percentage reached a level that had ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER MARCH 15-17, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER MARCH 15-17, 2019

SHAMROCK RUN FRI-SUN – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Fitness Fair and the Shamrock Run at the Oregon Convention Center. The run has numerous races available for different abilities like a half marathon, 15k, 8k, 1k, and a 4-mile walk. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL FRI-SUN – Watch dancers, singers, musicians, and acrobats during Corteo. This majestic show takes circus acts to ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER  MARCH 14-17, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER MARCH 14-17, 2019

    ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADESAT – St. Patrick’s Day community parade celebrates Irish heritage. Hop on the Monorail after for the closing ceremony at the Armory. BOARD GAME BUFFETFRI-SAT – Enjoy a buffet dinner for two with game store vouchers and a vast collection of games to choose from, with stunning views on the 76th floor of the Columbia Tower ...
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Housing Heats up with a $1.3 Trillion Dollar Increase in Equity

Housing Heats up with a $1.3 Trillion Dollar Increase in Equity

Housing Heats up with a $1.3 Trillion Dollar Increase in Equity According to the most recent Financial Accounts of the United States, released This Week in Real Estate by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the value of homeowner’s equity in real estate reached $15.4 trillion in the third quarter of 2018; that is ...
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Highest Homeownership Rates Since 2014

Highest Homeownership Rates Since 2014

The Census Bureau reported This Week in Real Estate that the U.S. homeownership rate increased in the fourth quarter of 2018 to 64.8 percent – the highest rate since 2014 – driven mainly by a rise in the 35-44-year-old homeownership rate. Below are a few highlights from the fourth week of February that influence our business: Homeownership is Highest Since ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER  FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 03, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 03, 2019

PIKE PLACE PIG DAY FRI – Head to Pike Place to celebrate the Year of the Pig with Chinese New Year, enjoy live music, and a beverage garden. SEATTLE HOME SHOW THROUGH SUN – Learn about building, remodeling, designing landscapes, and interior decorating at the Event Center at CenturyLink Field. SEWING FAIR THURS-SUN – Watch seminars at the sewing and stitchery expo, ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER MARCH 1-3, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER MARCH 1-3, 2019

WOMEN’S EXPO SAT – The Women’s Expo features a fashion show, food and wine garden, beauty merchandise, and health products. MARDI GRAS BALL FRI-SUN – Grab your best Mardi Gras costume for ballroom dance and head to the Louisiana-style event of the year. Enjoy delicious king cake, a full bar, dancing and more. PORTLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL THROUGH SUN – Listen to over ...
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Housing Affordability Brings a Wave of New Buyers to the Market

Housing Affordability Brings a Wave of New Buyers to the Market

The interest rate on a 30-year fixed loan fell to its lowest point in a year, fueling a four-point increase of the Housing Market Index and leaving NAR chief economist, Lawrence Yun, to conclude This Week in Real Estate that “existing home sales in January were weak compared to historical norms; however, they are likely to ...
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PROTECT YOUR PACIFIC NORTHWEST HOME FROM MOLD

PROTECT YOUR PACIFIC NORTHWEST HOME FROM MOLD

With rainy and humid winters, its no secret Pacific Northwest homes are susceptible to mold and mildew growth. If left untreated, serious health issues like respiratory or sinus irritation can form from exposure.   Three things you should monitor to protect your home from growing mold: 1). Temperature: Mold thrives in environments between 41°–100° Fahrenheit.  2). Moisture: Our wet winters and ...
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FORTUNE LISTS BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY IN WORLD’S MOST ADMIRED COMPANIES

FORTUNE LISTS BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY IN WORLD’S MOST ADMIRED COMPANIES

Berkshire Hathaway has been featured in Fortune’s 2019 World’s Most Admired Companies list. Moving up one spot from 2018, Berkshire Hathaway ranks #3, scoring higher than Walt Disney corporation and Starbucks. Fortune’s list started with 1,500 candidates worldwide and filters through the largest 1,000 U.S. companies ranked by revenues stretching over $10 billion. Fortune (magazine) stated 3,750 people from executives, ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER FEBRUARY 22-24, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER FEBRUARY 22-24, 2019

WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON FRI-SUN – Meet superhuman celebrities like Aquaman Jason Momoa, Supergirl Mellissa Benoist, nine cast members from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more at Wizard World Portland.  PORTLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL THROUGH MAR 3 – Listen to over 85 internationally recognized jazz master performances at the PDX Jazz Festival. SPRING HOME & GARDEN SHOW THROUGH SUN –  The Portland Spring Home & Garden Show hosts ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER  FEBRUARY 21-24, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER FEBRUARY 21-24, 2019

SEATTLE HOME SHOWTHROUGH MARCH 3– Learn about building, remodeling, designing landscapes, and interior decorating at the Event Center at CenturyLink Field. NORTHWEST FLOWER & GARDEN SHOWTHROUGH SUN – This festival embraces the Gardens of the World, celebrating over 20 fully landscaped garden displays, watch free seminars or shop the vintage marketplace. NOIR FILM FESTIVALTHURS – This classic film festival ...
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Portland Metro Weekend Planner: February 14-17, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: February 14-17, 2019

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER CRUISE THURS-SAT – The Portland Spirit hosts a gourmet four-course dinner cruise down the scenic Willamette with live music and a champagne toast. DOOMED VALENTINE’S DAY FRI-SAT – Listen to comedic stories, diaries, letters, poems and home movies as adults tell stories about their lives at the Alberta Rose Theatre. SWING DANCE THURS – The Valentine’s Day Swing dance is ...
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Top 4 Paint Colors of 2019

Top 4 Paint Colors of 2019

Refresh your home with a revitalizing coat of the most popular paint colors of the year. Captivate a statement wall in the wanderlust palette of cavern clay’s naturescape or revive your living room with an enthusiastic pop of living coral on a statement chair. The top four U.S. paint companies share their colors of the year. ...
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U.S. Home Seller Profits At 12-Year High

U.S. Home Seller Profits At 12-Year High

As reported by ATTOM Data Solutions This Week in Real Estate the average homeowner who sold their home in 2018 realized an average home price gain since purchase of $61,000, a 12-year high. Below are a few highlights from the last week of January that influence our business: Strong Job Growth Continues in January.The U.S. economy entered 2019 with a strong ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER FEBRUARY 1-3, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER FEBRUARY 1-3, 2019

CHINESE NEW YEARFRI-SAT –  Enjoy folk dancing, instrumental music, martial arts, and authentic Chinese cuisine while celebrating the Year of the Pig. SEAFOOD & WINE FESTIVALFRI-SAT – View over 175 exhibitors and fresh seafood with wine, craft brew and more at the Oregon Convention Center. AFRICAN FILM FESTIVALTHROUGH MARCH 2 – The Cascade Festival of African Films at the Hollywood Theatre hosts ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER  JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 3, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 3, 2019

SLEEPING BEAUTY BALLET THROUGH FEB 10 – This classic tale of Sleeping Beauty showcases the beautiful art of dance with flying fairies and Tchaikovsky’s popular score. SEATTLE BOAT SHOW THROUGH SAT – The Seattle Boat Show has over 1,000 boats on display. Learn from a seminar or take a shuttle to see boats on the water. WINE & CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL FRI-SAT– ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER  JANUARY 24-27, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER JANUARY 24-27, 2019

PIE PARTY SUN – The Pie Party is a fundraiser for the Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. Enjoy a savory and sweet pie buffet, live music, raffle prizes, and a silent auction! IL TROVATORE THROUGH SAT – Verdi features this action-ridden Opera with theatrical songs in both English and Italian with subtitles. This story unwinds during a time of war ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS – JANUARY 25-27, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS – JANUARY 25-27, 2019

PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW THROUGH SUN – Head to the largest auto show in the Pacific Northwest! Browse over 600 vehicles and over 35 manufacturers. Explore the latest trends, or watch live custom car builds!   PORTLAND MINI MUSICAL  THROUGH SUN – Catch six different musicals running about 15 minutes each by Brunish Theatre writers.     FIRST TASTE OREGON ...
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TOP 10 KITCHEN TRENDS OF 2019

TOP 10 KITCHEN TRENDS OF 2019

Colorful Cabinetry: The latest trend is a colorful touch to the kitchen mixed with natural wood elements. The color of the year is a rich emerald green that contains a subtle hint of indigo blue. 2. Open Shelving: Minimalism is catching on in the kitchen, homeowners are decluttering cabinets and embracing simplistic open shelving. Try ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER JANUARY 18-20, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER JANUARY 18-20, 2019

FISHING WORKSHOP SAT – The Angler’s guide to fly fishing the Clackamas River will teach you the history of nearby fisheries, local knowledge like hot spots and get a fishing lesson! DOG SHOW THROUGH SUN – The Rose City Classic hosts the all-breed dog shows, obedience rally, and agility. Be a spectator and discover new and original breeds of your favorite ...
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Seattle Events Weekend Planner: January 17-20, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: January 17-20, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER: JANUARY 17-20, 2019 NORTHWEST REMODELING EXPOFRI-SUN – Do you have home improvement plans? Head to the Northwest Remodeling Expo to view local vendors and speak with experts in home and remodeling industries. THE DROWSY CHAPERONEFRI-SAT – Head to the Theater on the Square for a tale of a couple on the eve of their wedding ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER  JANUARY 10-13, 2019

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER JANUARY 10-13, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: January 10-13, 2019 SWING DANCINGSUN – Learn the Lindy Hop, the original swing dance! This 5-week series is ongoing and a great way to dance your way through winter! MARTIAN MURDER MYSTERYTHURS-SUN – When a Martian colonist is killed mysteriously, a group of people must decide if it was foul play or accident in this ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER JANUARY 4-6, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER JANUARY 4-6, 2019

  PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNERJANUARY 4-6, 2019 BIRD WATCHING SAT – Join volunteers in counting and identifying birds in a 15-mile radius. Head to the Tryon Creek State Natural Area to discover these birds! DISCOUNT MUSEUM DAY SUN – Oregon Museum of Science and Industry offers discount day the first Sunday of the Month. While ...
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Seattle Events Weekend Planner: January 3-6, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: January 3-6, 2019

  SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER JANUARY 3-6, 2019 PUYALLUP HOME & GARDEN SHOWFRI-SUN – This show is designed for homeowners of all stages of landscaping, remodeling and decorating. View hundreds of exhibits with product demonstrations and innovative ideas. FREE MUSEUM DAYTHURS – Head to the Museum of History & Industry or the Seattle Art Museum for free entry the first Thursday of every month. ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER DEC 28, 2018 – JAN 01, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER DEC 28, 2018 – JAN 01, 2019

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNERDEC 28, 2018 – JAN 01, 2019 WHALE WATCHING WEEK THROUGH MON – Volunteers among the beach will help you spot whales at over 24 spots along the Coast as nearly 20,000 Gray Whales migrate to the warm waters of Mexico. TRUMAN CAPOTE’S CHRISTMAS MEMORY THROUGH SUN – This play and concert reflects famous writer Truman Capote’s upbringing ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER  DECEMBER 20-23, 2018

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER DECEMBER 20-23, 2018

ACROBATIC SHOWTHURS-SUN – Watch a powerful display of acrobatics in this high-flying adventure with juggling, circus acts and more! SEATTLE SOLSTICESAT –  Enjoy food, song and a community event that brightens the darkest day in winter. MODEL TRAIN FESTIVALTHROUGH JAN 1 – Take in scenic Pacific Northwest tracks for model trains and see railroad history exhibits at the Model Train Festival in Tacoma. HOLIDAY ...
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PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER DECEMBER 21-23, 2018

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER DECEMBER 21-23, 2018

BAROQUE HOLIDAY CONCERTFRI – The Bach Cantana Choir and Chamber Orchestra display a performance with Baroque Christmas Carols. CRAFT FAIRSAT-SUN – Renegade Craft Fair offers crafts, food trucks, and music from a live DJ. WINTER SOLSTICEFRI – The Winter Village celebrates the Winter Solstice with ice skating, art activities and more at Orenco Station. CHRISTMAS TRAIN RIDEONGOING – Ride along the Columbia River as you enjoy ...
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SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER  DECEMBER 13-16, 2018

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER DECEMBER 13-16, 2018

APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS MUSIC THURS – Join in on an Appalachian Christmas with violinist and composer Mark O’Connor and his musical family at Moore Theatre. CITYCLUB LUNCH FRI – Hear local leaders discuss a year in review and current events at Seattle CityClub’sluncheon. CELTIC CHRISTMAS FRI – Head to this Yuletide Festival with Irish music, dance, storytelling and performances in multiple cities of Kingston, ...
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Residential Construction Loans Grow As Equity Climbs and Housing Appreciation Slows

Residential Construction Loans Grow As Equity Climbs and Housing Appreciation Slows

While home equity is still climbing, led by the Western region, appreciation is slowing down according to the CoreLogic Home Equity Report released This Week in Real Estate. Below are a few highlights from the first week of December that influence our business: Active Home Buyers are Spending Significant Amounts of Time Looking for the Right Home In the third ...
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‘Tis the Season to Sell Your Home

‘Tis the Season to Sell Your Home

Winter is a time for rest and relaxation, but it’s also the most wonderful time of the year to sell a home before the competitive spring market picks up. These tips explain how to take advantage of the holiday shuffle and expose your home to more interested buyers for a quick turnaround. Illuminate Interested BuyersClassic ...
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Portland Metro Weekend Planner November 30 – December 2, 2018

Portland Metro Weekend Planner November 30 – December 2, 2018

  PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 2, 2018  HOOD RIVER TRAIN RIDE THROUGH DEC 27 – Ride along the Columbia River as you enjoy cocoa, Christmas cookies, and a visit from Santa and his elves! BEATLES CIRCUS SPECTACULAR THROUGH DEC 8 – The Nowhere Band plays hits from the classic Beatles album at the White Album Xmas show ...
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TOP 2018 DESIGN TRENDS WE’RE THANKFUL FOR

TOP 2018 DESIGN TRENDS WE’RE THANKFUL FOR

The modern home is always evolving. Here are top 8 design trends we are thankful for in 2018. A Pop of Color Adding a pop of color in the kitchen allows for a featured item to be accented in a creative way without spending a lot of money. Try painting your island or lower cabinets ...
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Portland Metro Weekend Planner November 23-25, 2018

Portland Metro Weekend Planner November 23-25, 2018

  PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER NOVEMBER 23-25, 2018 CHRISTMAS AT THE PITTOCK MANSION THROUGH DEC 31 – Stroll through the Pittock Mansion with decorated rooms from professional designers and a rich touch of history woven into the home built in 1909.  DINNER SHOW THROUGH DEC 19 – Watch a Tony Starlight Las Vegas style show with music, comedy, and a dinner. ...
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November Brings Balance to The Housing Market

November Brings Balance to The Housing Market

Economists reported This Week in Real Estate that “sellers will keep their foothold for another couple of years at least, though with weakened negotiating power thanks to basic economic fundamentals like a growing job market rather than one that has been artificially bolstered.” Below are a few highlights from the second week of November that influence our business: Single-Family Permits: Declines in the ...
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Another JD Power Award: Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Buyers 2018

Another JD Power Award: Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Buyers 2018

  We’re proud to announce that our network received another JD Power award, “Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Buyers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms”, in the JD Power 2018 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study. This study has been exercised for 11 years, measuring satisfaction among the nation’s largest companies in real estate. “Our ...
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Housing Market Gains in the 3rd Quarter

Housing Market Gains in the 3rd Quarter

Housing Market Gains in the 3rd Quarter Despite the slowdown in the rate of home price appreciation as reported by ATTOM Data Solutions This Week in Real Estate, homeowners who sold in Q3 2018 realized the highest average price gain since Q2 2007. Below are a few highlights from the fourth week of October that influence our business: Pending Home Sales ...
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Rising Home Equity: U.S. Reaches Record Numbers

Rising Home Equity: U.S. Reaches Record Numbers

Rising Home Equity: U.S. Reaches Record Numbers This Week in Real Estate, Black Knight announced available homeowner equity has reached a record sum. U.S. homeowners were sitting on more than $6 trillion worth of collective tappable home equity at the end of June. Below are a few highlights from the second week of September that influence our business: Mixed Mortgage News: Refis Fall to Four-Year Low, But ...
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Pumpkin Spice Fall Decor

Pumpkin Spice Fall Decor

 Get the most out of fall’s favorite accessory for your home. The celebrated pumpkin spice latte is back in stores for the season. Jump on this fall trend by adding small but impactful touches to your home for a cozy and nostalgic fall. Decor Bring in fall colors to warm up your home. Incorporate deep reds, ...
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5 Stunning Seattle Home Design Trends 

5 Stunning Seattle Home Design Trends 

5 Stunning Seattle Home Design Trends  1.  Islands Seattleites love kitchen islands and over the past couple years the trend has been growing into the bigger the island, the more functional. Islands have become the new statement piece whether it features a waterfall edge, seating for eight, or a tiered island to incorporate younger children. ...
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10 Pacific Northwest Rainy Day Hikes

10 Pacific Northwest Rainy Day Hikes

10 Pacific Northwest Rainy Day Hikes 1.  Neahkahnie Mountain Loop – Manzanita, OR Trail: 8.0 – miles round trip, moderate Open Year Round Pets allowed on Leash This Coastal Mountain stands at 1,680 ft above sea level, boasting views of Nehalem Bay, Manzanita and Cape Falcon. This trail has you travel towards Short Sand Beach ...
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