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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner May 21-24, 2020

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner May 21-24, 2020

  POPULAR BOOKS/AUDIOBOOKS THE 20TH VICTIMUSA Today’s Best-Seller, this follows an investigation with three cases covering three cities where victims were criminals. SHADOW FIGHT When Taviano helps saves Nicoletta’s life, what will happen when the stakes are higher?   THE CRUEL PRINCEThe #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a ...
Purchase and Home Search Rebounds

Purchase and Home Search Rebounds

According to a study from Lending Tree released This Week in Real Estate, Google searches for “homes for sale” grew by 54% to end the month of April, while purchase mortgage applications streak of week-over-week growth continued for the fourth week in a row. Below are a few newsworthy events from the second week of May that influence ...
Flowers that thrive in Pacific Northwest Gardens

Flowers that thrive in Pacific Northwest Gardens

The Pacific Northwest has a very unique temperate climate. Although it is well known for its rainy season, the summer is mild and dry. This may have you wondering, what flowers can I plant that will thrive this summer? Read further to learn about some of the top flowers to use when landscaping your PNW ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate May 15-17, 2020

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate May 15-17, 2020

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES NORTHWEST REAL ESTATE WEEKEND PLANNERMAY 15-17, 2020 POPULAR BOOKS/AUDIOBOOKS THIS IS NOT A FASHION STORYLearn about taking chances and breaking the rules from the viewpoint of fashion CEO and tech entrepreneur Danielle Bernstein. BIG SUMMERThis funny novel follows friendship and what it takes to make peace with yourself. THE ONE AND ONLY ...
Mortgage Applications Increase as Equity Climbs

Mortgage Applications Increase as Equity Climbs

  According to the Mortgage Bankers Association This Week in Real Estate applications for purchase mortgages have increased three consecutive weeks. In addition, ATTOM Data Solutions study of home equity shows that about one in four properties are ‘equity-rich’ and Washington and Oregon rank among the top 5 states with the highest share of equity-rich properties. ...
Become a Local Real Estate Expert

Become a Local Real Estate Expert

One of the biggest reasons the brokers at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate continue to thrive is the tools that we have available at no cost out of pocket. If you want to show you are a local expert with #NorthwestKnowledge the following tools will give you the ultimate headstart. 60-second Market Videos Get ...
About Umbrella Policies

About Umbrella Policies

What is an umbrella policy? An umbrella policy is a policy that provides additional liability coverage after your other insurance policies have hit their limits. Personal Umbrella Policies usually offer between one and five million dollars of liability coverage. What does an umbrella policy cover? These policies cover extra liability in the event of an ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices makes a difference in Nashville

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices makes a difference in Nashville

We had a strong contingent of brokers from Oregon and Washington attend the annual Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices convention in Nashville just days after tornadoes hit the area. Nearly 6,000 of us were fortunate to personally experience firsthand how people from across the country pitched in to help local residents and come together in community.  In ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES NORTHWEST REAL ESTATE WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNERMAY 7-10, 2020 THE HARRY POTTER SERIESThe popular book transforms through an audiobook, renewing the sense of wonder from Hogwarts. LOCK INThis sci-fi thriller follows Chris Shane, an FBI detective through his consciousness as the world witnesses a pandemic and one percent experience a lock-in. STONE MATTRESSIf ...
$500K Pacific Northwest Properties.

$500K Pacific Northwest Properties.

Curious what $500,000 can buy you in today’s market? Here are some of the best homes in our inventory under $500K. To find out more about these homes, or search thousands of other homes in these areas, you can head to www.bhhsnw.com and search by city or neighborhood. 140 Hawks View Road, Woodland, WA Designed by Danish ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner May 1-3, 2020

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner May 1-3, 2020

POPULAR BOOKS/AUDIOBOOKS CAPE CODAcoustic ecologist travels the globe recording locations that capture soundscapes and sounds of nature. YOU ARE HERETake a moment for yourself and allow one of Oprah’s spiritual guides to walk you through guided meditation for a restorative experience. THE LIGHT OVER LONDONCara cleans out an estate and uncovers an old tin of ...
Purchase Applications Stabilize as Refinancing Rages on

Purchase Applications Stabilize as Refinancing Rages on

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association This Week in Real Estate purchase application volume last week realized its first week-over-week gain since early March. The National Association of Realtors reported that while March home sales saw a decline compared to February overall sales increased year-over-year for the ninth straight month. While an interruption in units is expected ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner April 23-26

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner April 23-26

  POPULAR BOOKS/AUDIOBOOKS STANDThis Stephen King story unveils a dystopian society in this complete uncut edition. UNTAMEDActivist and speaker explores joy and peace and shows what happens when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting our own voice. MAGNOLIA TABLEPopular home and garden personality, Joanna Gaines offers a collection of dishes from ...
Mortgage Rates Are Nearing An All-Time Low

Mortgage Rates Are Nearing An All-Time Low

Is the housing market facing its greatest challenge in over a decade? Yes, however, there are five factors significantly different about today’s market than the last recession. Not to mention interest rates This Week in Real Estate fell to within three (3) basis points of setting a new all-time low and the Fed has purchased mortgage-backed securities ...
How to convert home warranty coverage from Seller to Buyer

How to convert home warranty coverage from Seller to Buyer

Here’s some helpful information from our friends at 2-10 Home Warranty about converting home warranty coverage from Seller to Buyer. Home warranty coverage can protect Sellers, Buyers and real estate agents throughout the home sales process. Once the sale closes, converting Seller coverage to Buyer coverage is an easy, efficient way for real estate agents ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner April 16-19, 2020

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner April 16-19, 2020

LINCOLN IN THE BARDOA celebrity-filled cast came together for this audiobook to perform this historical novel about Abraham Lincoln and his relationship with his son. HEADS WILL ROLL Popular comedian, Kate McKinnon performs in this audiobook with a Game of Thrones undertone meshed with comedic fantasy, in this 10-episode series. SHERLOCK HOLMESThe classic Sherlock Holmes ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Companies  Keep Home Sales Moving Forward Virtually

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Companies Keep Home Sales Moving Forward Virtually

Supporting agents and clients with interactive virtual showing events and innovative solutions Portland, OR – Real estate agents at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals are forging new ground in the way buyers can tour their homes listed for sale in Oregon and Washington through Virtual Showings and ...
5 Indicators the Housing Market is Rebuilding After Pandemic

5 Indicators the Housing Market is Rebuilding After Pandemic

The most talked-about topic This Week in Real Estate was forbearance and whether someone qualifies for the benefit of deferred mortgage payments. Below are a few newsworthy events from the first full week of April that influence our business:  Average Mortgage Rate Unchanged at 3.33%, Freddie Mac Says. The average U.S. rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 3.33% this week, matching the prior ...
Virtual Open House Vs. Virtual Showing

Virtual Open House Vs. Virtual Showing

With the rapid lifestyle changes we’ve all adopted, virtual options to tour listings are more important than ever before. Here is a quick explanation of what Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals offer to conduct virtual showings. Virtual Showing A virtual showing is a video walkthrough or 3D ...
5 Home Maintenance Tips Homeowners Forget to Do

5 Home Maintenance Tips Homeowners Forget to Do

Forgetting to do home maintenance can lead to high utility bills or cost you a ton of money to address down the road. Years of neglect can lead to bigger problems and higher costs down the road. But what kinds of home maintenance should you be doing? Our friends at 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty have ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner April 9-12, 2020

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner April 9-12, 2020

  POPULAR BOOKS/AUDIOBOOKS ITS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THIS WAYLearn how to find unexpected strength when disappointments leave you shattered. THE THINGS WE CANNOT SAY Take a journey back into 1942 when Europe was on the brink of war with a lie that will remain buried until the next century and a decision that will ...
Looking to the Future in Real Estate

Looking to the Future in Real Estate

Leading financial institutions describe This Week in Real Estate the economic impact of the coronavirus as a V-shaped recovery. Past pandemics resulted in a sharp decline followed by a steep rebound with minimal impact on housing prices according to a recent study. In the face of many uncertainties what we do know as we continue ...
A Leader in the New Reality: Featuring Thoughts from Jason Waugh

A Leader in the New Reality: Featuring Thoughts from Jason Waugh

CEO and President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals, Jason Waugh, is featured in the Realty Times article: Stepping up as a Leader in the New Reality: Managing a Remote Workforce, written by Barbara Pronin. “These are scary times,” said CEO Jason Waugh, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest ...
Real Estate Brand of the Year. Again.

Real Estate Brand of the Year. Again.

On the heels of our HomeServices of America network being named the largest real estate brokerage in the U.S. based on 2019 closed transactions, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices was just named “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” and “Highest Ranked in Trust and Love” in the 23rd annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study. This is the ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner April 2-5, 2020

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner April 2-5, 2020

POPULAR BOOKS/AUDIOBOOKS A BOY FROM THE WOODSThis #1 New York Times Best-Seller follows the search of a missing girl and the private investigator’s feral upbringing becoming an asset to the search. EDUCATEDThe daughter of survivalists educated herself enough to leave homeschooling for university.   LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERERead the book and then catch it on the ...
Have a Virtual Showing with Instagram Live.

Have a Virtual Showing with Instagram Live.

Instagram and Facebook live are amazing ways to promote a new listing, give a live tour, and interact with potential buyers from the safety of your prospective homes. Here is how you can use these social media tools to your benefit as we navigate these unprecedented times in the real estate industry. Get comfortable on ...
Virtual Meeting Tips

Virtual Meeting Tips

Sometimes it’s better to meet a potential buyer where they are, which these days means using their favorite online meeting tool to sync up. Here are popular apps to make meeting with clients as easy as possible. Choose a few to download and get familiar with them so your next virtual meeting goes smoothly, with ...
HOMESERVICES OF AMERICA, INC. IS THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST  REAL ESTATE COMPANY

HOMESERVICES OF AMERICA, INC. IS THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY

Fully integrated homeownership services drives success, ranked No. 1 again! HomeServices of America executives Ron Peltier and Gino Blefari today recognized and congratulated the employees, agents, and sales managers across HomeServices’ family of businesses for again being recognized as the country’s largest real estate company based on the REAL TRENDS 500 transaction report released last ...
Market Stabilization Amid COVID-19

Market Stabilization Amid COVID-19

As the economy braces for the headwinds from the COVID-19 outbreak the financial sector, as well as the government, is responding by providing substantial support in an attempt to stabilize the market. While there will almost definitely be fewer sales than anticipated this year before COVID-19, Realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale said This Week in Real Estate that “folks ...
Why You Need an Agent Bio

Why You Need an Agent Bio

Even though not every reader will relate to your story, a great bio will inspire others to appreciate your journey. Your bio isn’t the place to sell your service, it’s a place to show your value and why you love what you do. It’s okay to use the same bio on other profiles like your ...
Write Thank You Notes to Generate Leads

Write Thank You Notes to Generate Leads

Here are a few excellent occasions to send out hand-written thank you notes: Happy Birthday Thanks for stopping by my Open House Thank homeowners after a listing opportunity When you’ve won a listing Congrats on your new home Home Anniversary Referral thank you Announce a new listing to neighbors Your note can be short and ...
Flex Your Position as a Local Expert

Flex Your Position as a Local Expert

You’ve got resources at your fingertips to remind your clients and contacts you are their best choice when it comes to real estate. Here are three to use on a regular basis:  Market Snapshots Easily download market snapshot reports that provide the latest overview, by price range, of the sub-markets in each MLS area we ...
Add Branding To Your Instagram

Add Branding To Your Instagram

Do you want to add an exciting touch to your Instagram stories? Here’s a fun way to flaunt the best real estate brand in the Northwest while promoting yourself online. Follow these simple steps to add branded, animated GIFs and watch your pictures come to life.  Instagram stories are a great way to show off ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner March 26-29, 2020

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner March 26-29, 2020

  POPULAR BOOKS/AUDIOBOOKS BRAVING THE WILDERNESSThis #1 New York Times Best-Seller follows the quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone. THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGSAnthony is a keeper of lost things, seeking consolation in rescuing lost objects. Can one of his lost objects unlock the past and make connections that will lay ...
Mortgage Application Volume Remains High

Mortgage Application Volume Remains High

  While any positive real estate news may be characterized as in the “rear view mirror” the facts are through the first 2 ½ months of 2020 everything from single-family permits, single-family starts, existing-home sales, were performing strong compared to prior year. Yes, it is a time of uncertainty and the COVID-19 virus will undoubtedly ...
A Message From Our Friend Brian Buffini

A Message From Our Friend Brian Buffini

In these uncertain times, it’s vital to arm yourself with facts so you can prepare for and deal with any challenges. In this special bonus episode, Brian interviews NAR Chief Economist Dr. Lawrence Yun and gets his take on how the economy and the housing market will be affected by the Coronavirus. Replacing fear with ...
Create a Backyard Oasis

Create a Backyard Oasis

Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds can transform a backyard into an oasis with a few low-cost and low-effort updates. Non-invasive plants positioned carefully around the yard are a welcome addition for butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Butterflies need specific plants to help them prosper through all three phases of their life cycle. They thrive on host plants ...
$500K Pacific Northwest Properties.

$500K Pacific Northwest Properties.

Curious what $500,000 can buy you in today’s market? Here are some of the best homes in our inventory under $500K. To find out more about these homes, or search thousands of other homes in these areas, you can head to www.bhhsnw.com and search by city or neighborhood. 26617 136th Ave SE Kent, WA 98042 A brand ...
Grow with us.

Grow with us.

This is why Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is the best name in real estate. Contact us today to find out how you can join our Pacific Northwest team. ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner

POPULAR BOOKS/AUDIOBOOKS PRESENT OVER PERFECTThis book throws a positive spin on being present in the landscape of your life in the middle of mess. EVIL HAS A NAMEThis gripping story for true-crime fans unravels how the Golden State Killer was caught and arrested by forensic criminologist.    ME: ELTON JOHN AUTOBIOGRAPHYTaron Edgerton, the star of the film Rocketman narrates this tell-all ...
The Real Estate Industry and COVID-19

The Real Estate Industry and COVID-19

  It goes without saying that the country, and the world, is navigating unprecedented circumstances. While the issues before us are very real and demand an intentional approach to healthy precautionary measures, life continues, which means there are customers that still have real estate needs that require a trusted advisor as a guide through the ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: March 13-15 2020

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: March 13-15 2020

**Following Governor Kate Brown’s orders on large gatherings, most events will be withheld for safety and health reasons. Check out some fun indoor and at-home activities below: POPULAR AUDIOBOOKS WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING The number one New York Times bestseller: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: March 13-15, 2020

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: March 13-15, 2020

**Following Governor Kate Brown’s orders on large gatherings, most events will be withheld for safety and health reasons. Check out some fun indoor and at-home activities below: POPULAR AUDIOBOOKS WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING The number one New York Times bestseller: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner March 13-15, 2020

Portland Metro Weekend Planner March 13-15, 2020

  OREGON MUSIC FESTIVALFRI – Listen to classical music written by world-famous composers at the Oregon Music Festival.   PORTLAND DINING MONTHONGOING  – Explore top restaurants in the city offering three-course meals for $33. Make your reservation through Open Table and Travel Portland will donate to the Oregon Food Bank.   RV SHOWFRI-SUN – See the latest recreational ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Events Planner March 12-15, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Events Planner March 12-15, 2020

SEATTLE METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER MARCH 12-15, 2020 With growing cautions for group gatherings lately, please see the list below of fun indoor and at-home activities: POPULAR AUDIOBOOKS WHERE THE CRAWDADS SINGThe number one New York Times bestseller: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North ...
Construction Spending is Expected to Rise Through 2020

Construction Spending is Expected to Rise Through 2020

  Conventional wisdom says the two key indicators of a real estate market are jobs and interest rates. If conventional wisdom is true the U.S. economy is navigating unprecedented times. The U.S. job market remained strong in February as the unemployment rate hovers around a 50-year low at 3.5%. Freddie Mac reported This Week in Real Estate the lowest 30-year ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: March 6-8, 2020

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: March 6-8, 2020

TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS WINTERFESTFRI-SUN – The three-day music event features Marlin James Band, Eagle Eyes, the Mel Brown Quartet and more! BULLS & BRONCSSAT – The Tillamook County Fairgrounds hosts the 5th annual rodeo with the bulls and broncs extravaganza.   BEACH CLEANUPSAT – The Seaside Aquarium hosts treasure the beach, a cleanup providing materials ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: March 6-8, 2020

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: March 6-8, 2020

SUNRIVER STARSFRI -SAT – Sunriver Stars invites you to view their winter production written by Peg Kehret. The small cast of quick-witted adults offer a dry sense of humor as the main character celebrates his birthday and shares fears his wife has other plans. FRIDAY NIGHT MUSICFRI – Hit the mountain for the Friday night music ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner March 6-8, 2020

Portland Metro Weekend Planner March 6-8, 2020

  FESTIVAL OF COLORSFRI – A ticket to Holi Hai Glow Party includes a dance lesson and performance with body paint and glow in the dark DJ.     AERIAL DANCE SHOWFRI-SAT – Watch a combination of aerial arts and dance at the A-WOL dance collective with drinks, snacks, and adult beverages.    HIP HOP SHOWFRI-SUN – Newmark ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Events Planner: March 5-8, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Events Planner: March 5-8, 2020

29TH CENTURY WOMENFRI – Meet five Pacific Northwest artists pay homage to mid-20th century abstract trail-blazing women who have inspired their creative endeavors.     GOLF SHOWFRI-SUN – Shop from over 150 exhibitors, free lessons, and challenges with prizes at CenturyLink Field.    COASTAL CELTIC MUSIC FESTIVALFRI-SUN – The Coastal Celtic Music Festival hosts over 12 bands playing ...
Understanding Square Footage in a Home

Understanding Square Footage in a Home

A home’s square footage is based on multiple dimensions across multiple rooms. This makes it a hard thing for most people to envision—especially when you’re entering into the real estate market for the first time. An average 2-bedroom apartment is about 1,000 square feet. Most single-family homes range from 1,500-2,500 square feet. On the other ...
New Home Sales Spike as Interest Rates Nosedive

New Home Sales Spike as Interest Rates Nosedive

Interest rates fell to a 3-year low This Week in Real Estate while new home sales in January were up 18.6% over January 2019. Pending sales activity also surged in January, the most significant month-over-month increase since October 2010. Below are a few highlights from the last week of February that influence our business: New Home Sales ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: February 28 – March 1, 2020

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: February 28 – March 1, 2020

GARIBALDI JAMFRI – The Community Hall hosts a weekly dance night to country-western hits and live music.    IRISH DANCEFRI – The Oregon Coast Dance Center hosts a fun workshop introducing the basics of Irish Step dancing for beginners.   MOVIE SHOWCASEFRI – Friday Night Flicks at the Hoffman Center hosts documentaries from Portland’s Northwest ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: February 28 – March 1, 2020

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: February 28 – March 1, 2020

  RANCH & TABLEFRI – Join Brasada Ranch for a Belgian Ale pairing, cocktail hour, and a three-course tasting menu from Chef Doug MacFarland.        FRIDAY NIGHT MUSICFRI – Hit the mountain for the Friday night music series at Hoodoo. Slide, ride, and dance at Central Oregon’s only night skiing destination.   ART STROLLFRI – Walk ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: February 28-March 1, 2020

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: February 28-March 1, 2020

POP-UP DINNERFRI – Head to the winery for Taste America: a Portland Pop-Up dinner. AERIAL DANCEFRI-SAT – Watch a show that combines dance with aerial arts while enjoying drinks, snacks, and adult beverages.    FILM FESTIVALFRI-SUN – Head to the Cascade Festival of African Films at the Hollywood Theatre and PCC Cascade celebrating the family fest matinee.    ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Events Planner: February 27-March 1, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Events Planner: February 27-March 1, 2020

  FLOWER & GARDEN SHOWTHURS-SUN – The Northwest Flower and Garden Festival opens this weekend with displays, seminars, and vendors filling the WA State Convention enter. Support the arboretum and head to the opening night auction and party Wednesday.    SEWING FAIRTHURS-SUN – The Washington State Fair and Events Center hosts the annual Sewing and Stitchery Expo ...
Single-Family Building Permits Reach a 12-Year High

Single-Family Building Permits Reach a 12-Year High

According to the Census Bureau, HUD and Commerce Department This Week in Real Estate the market to start the year for newly-built single-family homes experienced significant growth year-over-year. Permits in January reached their highest level since June 2007 and housing starts were 21.4% above January 2019. Below are a few highlights from the third week of February ...
Spruce Up Your Home Before Spring Selling Season

Spruce Up Your Home Before Spring Selling Season

  Utilize the tail-end of winter to prepare your home for a speedy sale this spring!  Clean up the walkway by pressure washing the driveway and the walk leading up to the front door. Pressure washing is a quick way to restore without having to use a lot of elbow grease.  Blast Away Winter: Clear ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: February 21-23, 2020

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: February 21-23, 2020

TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS GARIBALDI JAMFRI – The Community Hall hosts a weekly dance night to country-western hits and live music.    DANCEFRI – Head to the Pine Grove Community Club for the weekly free-form dance celebration hosted by DJ Pranawave. ARTIST SHOWCASEFRI – The Artists’ showcase at the Fairview Grange features Eric Sappington, Hope Montgomery, ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: February 21-23, 2020

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: February 21-23, 2020

  BONFIRES, BIKES & BREWSFRI – Good Bike Company is firing up the cauldron for a winter community gathering featuring brews and bikes.        FRIDAY NIGHT MUSICFRI – Hit the mountain for the Friday night music series at Hoodoo. Slide, ride, and dance at Central Oregon’s only night skiing destination.   FOLK FESTIVALFRI – The Sisters ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: February 21-23, 2020

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: February 21-23, 2020

  TRAIL BLAZERSFRI – Celebrate Black History Month with the Portland Trail Blazers. This event honors the city’s Black and African American communities and celebrates contributions across the country with special performances. THE APPLE TREEFRI-SAT – The Lakewood Center for the Arts kicks off its 10th season by honoring women who originated their roles in musicals. This staged reading production ...
A Healthy Dose of First-Time Homebuyers Hits the Market

A Healthy Dose of First-Time Homebuyers Hits the Market

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported This Week in Real Estate that the market to open the new decade was the strongest January for purchase mortgage applications since 2009. In addition, the streak of U.S. job gains was pushed to 112 consecutive months. Below are a few highlights from the second week of February that influence our business: ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Events Planner: February 20-23, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Events Planner: February 20-23, 2020

PHOTO SERIES HIGHLIGHTTHURS – Artist Michael Maine emphasizes African Americans making history in the King County area on a daily basis, highlighting notables in a photo series and interviews.   WOMEN IN STEMTHURS – Honor bold women in STEM and celebrate Black History Month. Get your tickets for an exclusive Nourish panel event, paying tribute to the ...
$500K Pacific Northwest Properties.

$500K Pacific Northwest Properties.

Curious what $500,000 can buy you in today’s market? Here are some of the best homes in our inventory under $500K. To find out more about these homes, or search thousands of other homes in these areas, you can head to www.bhhsnw.com and search by city or neighborhood. 601 Holly Ave. Garibaldi, OR 97118 Located at top ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner February 14-16, 2020

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner February 14-16, 2020

TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS LOVE YOUR BEACHSAT – King tides and strong winds have brought in debris! Meet at Manzanita beach for a beach clean-up.   GARIBALDI JAMFRI – The Community Hall hosts a weekly dance night to country-western hits and live music.    VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER & MUSICFRI – Don’t have Valentine’s Day plans? Surprise your ...
Pacific Northwest Small Town Living: Dundee, OR

Pacific Northwest Small Town Living: Dundee, OR

Rise and shine in the heart of Willamette Valley wine country with variations of a sparse suburban feel. Situated just 30 miles Southwest of Portland, Dundee, Oregon is located in the scenic countryside with a population of just over 3,000. The small 1.3-square mile micro-town is within close proximity to larger agriculturally centered towns like ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: February 14-16, 2020

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: February 14-16, 2020

WINTERFEST WINE WALKFRI – Stroll around Old Mill for a glimpse at the diverse retailers and sample wines from all around the globe.      FRIDAY NIGHT MUSICFRI-SUN – Hit the mountain for the Friday night music series at Hoodoo. Slide, ride, and dance at Central Oregon’s only night skiing destination.   ROMANTIC GETAWAYFRI-SUN – Pronghorn offers ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: February 14-16, 2020

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: February 14-16, 2020

  OMSI AFTER DARKFRI – Tease your hair and dress for Prom at OMSI After Dark: PrOMSI. Explore OMSI after dark with other adults and enjoy food and beverages.     TANGO CLASSESFRI – Dance with your Valentine at the Portland ValenTango event offering classes of all levels.   VALENTINE’S DAY DINNERFRI – Not sure where to head to ...
Seattle Metro Events Weekend Planner: February 13-16, 2020

Seattle Metro Events Weekend Planner: February 13-16, 2020

DINNER CRUISETHURS-SAT – Bring your Valentine on a dinner cruise on Lake Union and indulge in a four-course meal with live music. VALENTINE’S DAY DINNERFRI – Looking for reservation ideas? Check out OpenTable for a list of local restaurants offering special Valentine’s Day menus.  VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE AQUARIUMFRI – Learn about the giant Pacific Octopus and romantic ...
A Strong Labor Market Encourages Construction Gains

A Strong Labor Market Encourages Construction Gains

The labor market started the new year with a solid gain as the number of residential construction jobs realized the largest growth in the past twelve months while the unemployment rate still hovers around a 50-year low. As jobs go so goes consumer confidence. According to Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index This Week in ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner February 7-9, 2020

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner February 7-9, 2020

  A BENCH IN THE SUNFRI-SUN – Coaster Theater hosts a story of friends Harold and Burt, and unravels stories as life passes them by from the comfort of a park bench in the sun.  GARIBALDI JAMFRI – Head to the Community Hall and dance to country-western hits and experience live music.    SPIRIT DANCEFRI – ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: February 7-9, 2020

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: February 7-9, 2020

  FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC SERIESFRI – Head to Hoodoo for a full line-up of talented musicians from around the Northwest playing from 5-8pm nightly while you enjoy hot drinks and the slopes.    WINTERFESTFRI – The Grand Coronation Celebration of Winterfest’s Fire and Ice Queen kicks off an outdoor winter festival.    ART WALKFRI – ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: February 7-9, 2020

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: February 7-9, 2020

PORTLAND NIGHT MARKETFRI-SAT – Browse showcases from unique businesses blending culture, music, food, and drinks while you shop in the Central Eastside.   WINTER LIGHT FESTIVALFRI-SUN – The Portland Winter Light Festival features dozens of illuminated artworks and performance artists on the waterfront at both OMSI and Tom McCall Park. Added events at the World Trade Center ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner: February 6-9, 2020

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: February 6-9, 2020

  RV SHOWTHURS-SUN – Browse hundreds of brand new RV’s and the latest tech gadgets and accessories. Attend demonstrations, seminars, and teachings on the latest in recreational vehicles. ART WALKTHURS – Pioneer Square hosts this month’s art walk with open galleries and exhibits featuring stunning new artists. CULTURAL FESTIVALTHURS – SAT – Stop by cultural booths and ...
Mornings Matter Most

Mornings Matter Most

Wise words from CEO Jason Waugh. Jumpstart your mornings and your real estate career with this simple tip. ...
Homeownership Rate Reaches Six-Year High

Homeownership Rate Reaches Six-Year High

If the first month of the new decade is any indication of what we can expect from the real estate market in 2020, then it will be another solid year of activity. The Consumer Confidence Index climbed to a five-month high this month while the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage dropped to the ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: January 31-February 2, 2020

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: January 31-February 2, 2020

TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS GARIBALDI JAMFRI – Head to the Community Hall and dance to country-western hits and experience live music.    ELVIS PLAYFRI – Elvis has left the building! Watch this iconic play about a sudden disappearance of the King himself. When hijinks ensue, desperate measures are taken to find an impersonator.  CLAY OPEN STUDIOSAT – The Hoffman Center for the Arts hosts an ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: January 31- February 2, 2020

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: January 31- February 2, 2020

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC SERIESFRI – Head to Hoodoo for a full line-up of talented musicians from around the Northwest playing from 5-8pm nightly while you enjoy hot drinks and the slopes.    USA CLIMBING BOULDERING NATIONALSFRI-SAT – The USA climbing nationals holds bouldering at the Deschutes County Expo Center.     WINTER BEER FESTTHROUGH SAT – ...
2019 4th Quarter Pacific Northwest Market Report

2019 4th Quarter Pacific Northwest 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 ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner January 31-February 2, 2020

Portland Metro Weekend Planner January 31-February 2, 2020

  IMPROVFRI – Join ComedySportz for a fun, fast-paced comedy show incorporating family-friendly fun and audience suggestions.     SEAFOOD & WINE FESTIVALFRI-SAT – The Oregon Seafood and Wine Festival offers samples for craft beer, cider, spirits and over 200 exhibitors offering food and seafood pairings.  HAWAIIAN SHOWSAT – Watch Polynesian dancing, attend the silent auction and view the ...
SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER  JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 2, 2020

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 2, 2020

ALL DOGS ON DECKTHURS – Bring your four-legged best friend for a social Yappy Hour and strut down the dock, get a free doggy life vest, and enter your dog in a magazine cover contest! SEATTLE BOAT SHOWTHROUGH SAT – The annual Seattle Boat Show hosts over 1000 boats and watercraft on display, 230 boating seminars, and ...
$500K Pacific Northwest Properties.

$500K Pacific Northwest Properties.

January 2020 Curious what $500,000 can buy you in today’s market? Here are some of the best homes in our inventory under $500K. To find out more about these homes, or search thousands of other homes in these areas, you can head to www.bhhsnw.com and search by city or neighborhood. 555 SW CALIFORNIA ST Portland, OR 97219 ...
Highest Home-Seller ROI in Over a Decade

Highest Home-Seller ROI in Over a Decade

According to ATTOM Data Solutions Year-End, 2019 U.S. Home Sales Report released This Week in Real Estate, the average home seller profit represented a 34 percent return on investment compared to the original purchase price. The average ROI in 2019 is the highest average home-seller ROI since 2006. Below are a few highlights from the third week ...
3 Ways to Generate Real Estate Business using your Smartphone.

3 Ways to Generate Real Estate Business using your Smartphone.

50 years ago computers were the size of a house, now you have one of the most advanced and powerful tools ever created sitting in your pocket. While many people are using their personal supercomputers to play Mario Kart or scroll through Instagram, here are three ways for you to generate more real estate business ...
Real Estate SEO 101: Claim and Optimize Citations

Real Estate SEO 101: Claim and Optimize Citations

Do you need to improve your SEO but don’t know the first thing about metadata and link building? If you just looked up SEO, metadata, and link building, then this article is for you. SEO stands for search engine optimization and it’s basically the art of ranking high on Google, Bing, and other search engines. ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: January 24-26, 2020

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: January 24-26, 2020

TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS OREGON COAST FILM FESTIVALFRI-SUN – Head to the Egyptian Theater for a weekend of short films, feature films, and photography.   GARIBALDI JAMFRI – Head to the Community Hall and dance to country-western hits and experience live music.    MANZANITA FILM SERIESFRI – Friday Night Flicks at the Hoffman Center hosts a ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: January 24-26, 2020

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: January 24-26, 2020

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC SERIESFRI – Head to Hoodoo for a full line-up of talented musicians from around the Northwest playing from 5-8 pm nightly while you enjoy hot drinks and the slopes.    FARM TO TABLEFRI – Attend the local Farm to Table feast, a new tradition called Sanchovore! Support local farmers and enjoy carnitas, ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: January 24-26, 2020

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: January 24-26, 2020

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER JANUARY 24-26, 2020 FIRST TASTE OREGONFRI-SAT – Head to the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem to enjoy local beer, food, live music, wine, spirits, and to browse art.    WIZARD WORLD PORTLANDFRI-SUN – Check out the latest in science fiction, fantasy, film, comic books, horror, animation, anime, manga, and card games. Meet ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner January 23-26, 2020

Seattle Events Weekend Planner January 23-26, 2020

  TACOMA HOME & GARDEN SHOWTHURS-SUN – The Tacoma Home & Garden Show hosts home-improvement vendors, specialists, seminars, and inspiration.    SPORTSMEN’S EXPOTHURS-SUN – Head to Puyallup for the Sportsmen’s Expo featuring seminars, vendors, and experts in fishing, hunting, and camping.        BOHEMIATHURS-SUN – A mystical dream cabaret combines musical artistic arrays of classical ...
Pacific Northwest Home Design

Pacific Northwest Home Design

Does the Pacific Northwest have their own specific interior design style? We certainly think so. In this article, we will be laying out what we believe to be the quintessential PNW style. Home Styles. When you think of an overarching home style of the Pacific Northwest, the first thing that comes to mind is mid-century ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: January 17-19, 2020

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: January 17-19, 2020

TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS GARIBALDI JAMFRI – Head to the Community Hall and dance to country-western hits and experience live music.    COMMUNITY AWARDS BANQUETSAT – Celebrate the business, people, and projects that enhance the livability in Tillamook during the Community Awards Banquet. CLAY OPEN STUDIOSAT – The Hoffman Center for the Arts hosts an open ...
Central Oregon Weekend Events: January 17-19, 2020

Central Oregon Weekend Events: January 17-19, 2020

  SNOW CAMPINGFRI-SUN – Check-in at Brasada for a weekend of snow camping with a wanderlust guide around the edges of Mt. Bachelor.     NINE THE MUSICALTHROUGH SUN – Witness beautiful choreography and the entertaining musical production of Nine. FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC SERIESFRI – Head to Hoodoo for a full line-up of talented musicians from ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: January 17-19, 2020

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: January 17-19, 2020

  DOG SHOWFRI-SUN – Head to the Rose City Classic for an all-breed show at the Portland Expo Center.           JEKYLL & HYDEFRI-SAT – Head to the Beaverton Masonic Lodge to experience an immersive theatre setting with a working saloon surrounding an audience unraveling the story of Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.   OLD FASHIONED MUSICTHROUGH ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner: January 16-19, 2020

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: January 16-19, 2020

  SEATTLE SYMPHONYTHURS-SUN – The Seattle Symphony performs works by Mozart and a violin concerto by Beethoven at Benaroya Hall.       BOHEMIATHURS-SUN – A mystical dream cabaret combines musical artistic arrays of classical music, green dairies, dance, burlesque, and classical piano battles.      MLK CELEBRATIONFRI – The annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration hosts ...
Home Values Rise as Mortgage Rates Remain Low

Home Values Rise as Mortgage Rates Remain Low

  According to the Federal Reserve’s Flow of Funds report released This Week in Real Estate the value of U.S. owner-occupied homes increased to a record of $29.2 trillion in the third quarter of 2019. Home values rise as mortgage rates remain low. Fannie Mae believes the average fixed rate in 2020 will probably be ...
Living in Florence, OR.

Living in Florence, OR.

The Oregon coast holds some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Although too frigid to swim throughout most of the year, the view of vast rock structures partially submerged in the Pacific Ocean and occasional whale sightings make it among the most sought after vacation real estate markets in the Pacific Northwest. When ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: January 10-12, 2020

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: January 10-12, 2020

TUBING HILLONGOING – Head to Sunriver at the SHARC for fun on the slopes! Enjoy tubing down snow-covered hills of various steepness.    FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC SERIESFRI – Head to Hoodoo for a full line-up of talented musicians from around the Northwest playing from 5-8 pm nightly while you enjoy hot drinks and the slopes. ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: January 10-12, 2020

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: January 10-12, 2020

  BOAT SHOWFRI-SUN – Browse the latest in water sports and recreation from sailboats, sport boats, fishing boats, and accessories at the Portland Expo Center.         REPTILE SHOWSAT – Learn about reptiles like frogs, snakes, geckos, and other exotic creatures at the Portland Metro reptile expo.   FOLK FESTIVALSAT – Portland’s Folk Festival hosts a vibrant music ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner: January 9-12, 2020

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: January 9-12, 2020

  ARTWALKTHURS – Pioneer Square hosts January’s First Thursday Art Walk offers open doors from participating galleries, exhibitions, and artists.     SEATTLE SYMPHONYTHURS-SUN – The Seattle Symphony performs the Masterwork series featuring works from Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto. MONSTER JAMFRI-SUN –  The Tacoma Dome hosts Monster Trucks boasting enormous wheels and loud noises. Watch as they ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner January 3-5, 2020

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner January 3-5, 2020

TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS GARIBALDI JAMFRI – Head to the Community Hall and dance to country-western hits and experience live music.    PAINT NIGHTSAT – Invite your friends for a night of painting while enjoying a beverage at the Oregon Mess Hall. CLAY OPEN STUDIOSAT – The Hoffman Center for the Arts hosts an open studio ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner January 3-5, 2020

Central Oregon Weekend Planner January 3-5, 2020

  TUBING HILLONGOING – Head to Sunriver at the SHARC for fun on the slopes! Enjoy tubing down snow-covered hills of various steepness.    FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC SERIESFRI – Head to Hoodoo for a full line-up of talented musicians from around the Northwest playing from around 5-8 pm nightly while you enjoy hot drinks and ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: January 3-5, 2020

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: January 3-5, 2020

BUILD, REMODEL & LANDSCAPEFRI-SUN – The build, remodel, and landscape show brings together homeowners and the latest designs of the season.        SKATINGFRI – Are your kids bored on winter vacation? Celebrate the new year at Oaks Amusement Park skating rink. MATILDASAT – Watch a story about a girl who dreams of a better life and takes ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner: January 1-5, 2020

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: January 1-5, 2020

  GINGERBREADWED – The Sheraton Seattle Hotel hosts edible displays showcasing Gingerbread villages and art.    STATE PARK DAYWED –  Celebrate New Year’s Day at one of Washington’s 140 State Parks for free! Put on your hiking shoes and enjoy waived park fee day.    POLAR DIVEWED – Head to the New Year’s Day Resolution Run ...
Growth, Stability, and the 2020 Housing Market

Growth, Stability, and the 2020 Housing Market

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s 2020 forecast of continued real estate market growth and stability as reported This Week in Real Estate is a result of a robust labor market and low mortgage rates. Below are a few highlights from the last full week of 2019 that influence our business: Fannie Mae Boosts 2020 Housing Forecast ‘Significantly’. ...
Gearing up for the Spring Homebuying Season

Gearing up for the Spring Homebuying Season

According to the National Association of Home Builders, most recent Housing Market Index which measures builder confidence released This Week in Real Estate, 2019 ends with the highest reading since June of 1999.  Below are a few highlights from the third week of December that influence our business: Guess What? Spring Homebuying Season Now Starts in January. ...
Warren Buffett Speaks on our Brand

Warren Buffett Speaks on our Brand

Here’s a glimpse at what makes Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate so special. To learn more about how you can become a member of the team, don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact us at careers@bhhsnw and you will be put in touch with an office manager in your region. ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: December 20-22, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: December 20-22, 2019

FATHER CHRISTMASFRI – Head to the High Desert Museum to meet and take a photo with Father Christmas. Hand him your wish list, and decorate cookies!       WINTER SOLSTICEFRI – Head to the Pavilion and celebrate the shortest day of the year with festivities, welcome winter’s delights and ice skate with the family.   JOURNEY ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: December 20-23, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: December 20-23, 2019

  LAST MINUTE FESTIVALSAT – Head to the Waterfront for the Festival of the Last Minute offers locally handcrafted one-of-a-kind items. OLD TOWN MARKETSAT – The Old Town Holiday Market features artisan crafts and unique gifts highlighting the Holiday Season.   HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIRSAT-SUN – The Renegade Craft Show offers a cozy holiday shopping atmosphere with over 100 ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner: December 19-22, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: December 19-22, 2019

  BAKE-OFFTHURS –  The Animal Rights Initiative presents the Holiday Vegan Bake-off. Taste pastries, cookies, candies, muffins, pies, cakes, and more. CARD MAKINGTHURS –  Get crafty at Sammamish Library, drop in and create a light-up LED Hanukkah Card! Learn the basics of working with LED lights and take home your holiday card! CORDUROYFRI –  The ...
Wintertime Heat Safety Tips

Wintertime Heat Safety Tips

  Winters in the Pacific Northwest are often fairly mild, so when temperatures plummet many of us look beyond the thermostat to boost the heat. Keeping that in mind, here are a few helpful tips:   FireplaceGet an annual inspection to check the mortar and ensure your chimney is free of creosote and ready for ...
Homeowner Equity Increases as Purchase Sentiment Rises

Homeowner Equity Increases as Purchase Sentiment Rises

  While homeowner equity has increased nearly $457 billion since the third quarter of last year, according to CoreLogic This Week in Real Estate, the home purchase sentiment index is just 2.3 points shy of the all-time high set in August. Below are a few highlights from the second week of December that influence our business: Home ...
Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

Our weather in the Northwest can wreak havoc on our homes and water pipes. The last thing you want to invite into your home for the holidays is a plumbing emergency. Take these steps to prevent a costly frozen pipe disaster.  Outdoor plumbing tips • Close all foundation vents and fill the vents with styrofoam blocks or ...
Fool-Proof Ways to Get Testimonials

Fool-Proof Ways to Get Testimonials

The absolute best way to boost your reputation and gain brand awareness is to build up your online presence. You can post all of the articles and listings you want, but nothing is going to sell your services like a real-life recommendation from one of your satisfied clients. Here are three ways to get those ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Events: December 13-15, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Events: December 13-15, 2019

GARIBALDI JAMFRI – Head to the Community Hall and dance to country-western hits and experience live music.    FESTIVAL OF TREESFRI – The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum host a Gala and Silent Auction. Purchase full-sized table-top trees, wreaths, centerpieces, and much more. Get your tickets early before they sell out! CLAY OPEN STUDIOFRI – The ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: December 13-15, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: December 13-15, 2019

PADDLE PARADEFRI – Join the Paddle Bandits Friday for a Holiday Lights Paddle and Parade on the Deschutes in the Old Mill District.     FATHER CHRISTMASFRI – Head to the High Desert Museum to meet and take a photo with Father Christmas. Hand him your wish list, and decorate cookies!       JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEMFRI-SUN ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: December 13-15, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: December 13-15, 2019

  CIDER FESTIVALSAT – A ticket to Ciderfest offers five tastes of cider from 15 local cideries celebrated at the EastBurn Public House. HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOWSAT-SUN – A crafty Wonderland Holiday Art and Craft Market at the Oregon Convention Center hosts over 250 artists offering a glimpse into their craft. THE PEPPERMINT BEAR SHOWSAT-SUN – Lakewood Theatre Company ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner: December 12-15, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: December 12-15, 2019

CHRISTMAS IMPROVTHURS –  An improvised Christmas Carol at Pike Place with funny plot twists opens the classic A Christmas Carol Story.      NUTCRACKERTHURS-SUN – The Hard Nut is a retro-modern take on the beloved Nutcracker, with snowflakes and G.I. Joes’ in a reimagined story of the classic tale at Paramount Theatre.    SANTA BAR CRAWLSAT ...
2020 to Bring Increase of First-time Homebuyers

2020 to Bring Increase of First-time Homebuyers

Realtor.com reports the median age of U.S. homebuyers is now 47; an increase of 8 years in the last decade. While data shows that younger generations are waiting longer to buy their first home, according to TransUnion This Week in Real Estate, at least 8.3 million first-time homebuyers will enter the mortgage market between 2020 ...
First Time Homebuyer Advice: Seattle

First Time Homebuyer Advice: Seattle

Are you taking the first steps to homeownership in Seattle? Here is some advice to help you through the process. The inventory is much more diverse than you think if you keep an open mind and compromise. New to Seattle? If this is your first time living in Seattle, you should rent for the first ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: December 6-8, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: December 6-8, 2019

  TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS GARIBALDI JAMFRI – Head to the Community Hall and dance to country-western hits and experience live music.    CHOIR CONCERTTHROUGH SUN – Listen to the community fall chorus at Tillamook High School during the winter concert Saturday.   HOLIDAY BAZAARFRI-SAT – The Tillamook United Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar offers two days ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner December 6-8, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner December 6-8, 2019

  TREE LIGHTINGTHURS – Drake Park hosts the annual community tree lighting, a special holiday tradition.    GALLERY WALKFRI – Old Mill District offers a glance at new art exhibitions on preview.         DINNER WITH SANTAFRI – Faith, Hope, and Charity Vineyards invites you to enjoy a meal with Santa with a buffet dinner and ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner December 6-8, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner December 6-8, 2019

HOLIDAY ALE FESTIVALTHROUGH SUN – Over 50 bold winter ales will be offered with a heated tent and food vendors at Pioneer Courthouse Square.   TREE LIGHTINGFRI-SAT – Watch a majestic Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Beaverton, Tualatin, Alberta’s Main Street, Milwaukie, and Oregon City.       CHRISTMAS BAZAARFRI-SUN – America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar has 400 booths of handcrafted ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner December 5-8, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner December 5-8, 2019

  NATIVE CRAFT FAIRTHURS-SUN –  The Native Gift Fair & Art Market hosts artists showcasing wood carvings, beadwork, drums, and more. Enjoy fresh fry bread and hot coffee as you shop.    VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS MARKETTHURS-SUN – Browse from over 500 local booths and vendors in Victorian costumes selling jewelry, clothing, toys, art, and more at ...
2020 Housing Market Expectations

2020 Housing Market Expectations

Freddie Mac released its newest housing forecast This Week in Real Estate predicting sub 4.0 percent mortgage rates through 2021 as well as 6 million, 6.1 million and 6.2 million home sales in 2019, 2020 and 2021, respectively. Below are a few highlights from the last week of November that influence our business: Freddie Mac: Here’s What ...
$500K Pacific Northwest Properties.

$500K Pacific Northwest Properties.

December 2019 Curious what $500,000 can buy you in today’s market? Here are some of the best homes in our inventory under $500K. To find out more about these homes, or search thousands of other homes in these areas, you can head to www.bhhsnw.com and search by city or neighborhood. Portland, OR 113th Ave. Custom-built home ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: November 28- December 1, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: November 28- December 1, 2019

TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS THANKSGIVING BENEFIT DINNERTHURS – The Schooner Restaurant and Lounge pairs with the Upstairs Bar and Grill for the 10th annual Benefit Dinner. Reserve your spot and help support the Oregon Food Bank of Tillamook County.    PLAID FRIDAYFRI – Manzanita, Nehalem, and Wheeler announce the return of Plaid Friday, an all-day beach ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: November 28 – December 1, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: November 28 – December 1, 2019

  THANKSGIVING AT BRASADATHURS – Bring family and friends together to enjoy pony rides, flag football, breakfast with Santa, Black Friday sales, and more.    THANKSGIVING BUFFETTHURS – McMenamins offers a Thanksgiving buffet with classics from roast turkey, pumpkin pie, and more classic favorites. A PRONGHORN THANKSGIVINGTHURS – Head to Pronghorn Resort for a culinary ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: November 28-December 1, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: November 28-December 1, 2019

  TURKEY TROTTHURS – The Turkeython is a 5K hosted in Hillsboro, Cook Park in Tigard, and Downtown Portland.    OREGON ZOO TURKEY TROTTHURS – Head to the Oregon Zoo for the one-third mile kid run or four-mile family event. Dress up in costume to add to the family fun. TOFURKEY TROTTHURS – Join other vegetarians at Oaks ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner November 28 – December 1, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner November 28 – December 1, 2019

  THANKSGIVING DINNERTHURS – Looking to dine out for Thanksgiving dinner? Check out special menu offerings on Eater, OpenTable, Red Tricycle, Trip Savvy. THANKSGIVING RUN/WALKTHURS – Looking to participate in a run before enjoying the big meal? Check out these 5Ks in Bellevue, Issaquah, Ballard, Magnuson Park, Snohomish and Tacoma both in the Proctor district ...
Home Sales Rebound During the Final Quarter of 2019

Home Sales Rebound During the Final Quarter of 2019

The final quarter of 2019 sees positive momentum building to end the year as the National Association of Realtors reports This Week in Real Estate that existing home sales rose nearly 2% last month. Furthermore, the Housing Market Index, which measures builder confidence, is experiencing the highest sentiment levels of 2019 the past two months. ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner November 22-24, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner November 22-24, 2019

  GARIBALDI JAMFRI – Listen to old-timey favorites and country music hits while dancing with the community at the Garibaldi Community Hall. Please bring donations in place of an admission fee.   MANZANITA FILM SERIESFRI – Friday Night Flicks at the Hoffman Center hosts documentaries from the Northwest Film School.   OCEAN SHORTSFRI – Explore ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: November 22-24, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: November 22-24, 2019

  HOLIDAY FOOD & GIFT FESTIVALFRI-SUN – The 20th Annual Holiday Food & Gift Festival returns to Redmond for one of the largest holiday celebrations in the Northwest.   GRAND ILLUMINATIONSAT – Join the Lodge for holiday fun for the entire family tree lighting ceremony with a visit from Santa, live music, craft projects, train ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: November 22-24, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: November 22-24, 2019

  BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAUFRI – Enjoy a gourmet buffet from Oregon restaurants paired with samples of spirits and French wines. Taste various samples from seafood, meats, bread, cheeses, desserts, and more! BREW LIGHTSFRI – Enjoy 10 BrewLight samples from beer, cider, wine, and live music. Visit with Santa and enjoy a meal from food carts at the ...
The Best Restaurants in Portland by Neighborhood

The Best Restaurants in Portland by Neighborhood

Proximity to great food is a very important factor when deciding where to live. Luckily in Portland, it’s not hard to find award-winning restaurants everywhere you look. Here are the top eateries in each PDX neighborhood. The Pearl: Oven and Shaker You’ll come to the Oven and Shaker for their amazing wood-fired pizza, and come ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner: November 21-24, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: November 21-24, 2019

  CORDUROYTHURS – The popular tale of the small friendly bear comes to life with circus elements, comedy, and a story of unconditional love. QUILT AND CRAFT SHOWTHURS-SAT – The Washington State Fair center hosts workshops, seminars, and a variety of fabric supply for the quilt and craft show. FRENCH WINE FESTIVALFRI – Head to ...
Mortgage Applications and Rates Begin to Rise

Mortgage Applications and Rates Begin to Rise

  Freddie Mac Chief Economist attributed the 15% increase in purchase mortgage applications This Week in Real Estate over the same week a year ago, the second-highest weekly increase in the last two years, to an improved economic outlook and declining recession fears. Below are a few highlights from the second week of November that influence our ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: November 15-17, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: November 15-17, 2019

COMEDY SHOWCASEFRI – Catch a comedic performance from Nariko Ott and Shane Brenden at the Beach Club.    HOLIDAY MARKETSAT – The Oregon Coast Holiday Market hosts local vendors. Shop for holiday gifts, or browse crafts, food, art, and more! MINATURE SHOWSAT – The Cannon Beach Arts Association and Cannon Beach Gallery showcase artwork in ...
Getting Your Home Holiday Host Ready

Getting Your Home Holiday Host Ready

Hosting in your home for the holidays? Take note of these tips to help you prepare for the season of giving and ensure it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Entryway Readiness: Spruce up the front entryway closet to create a space for guests to hang their Pacific Northwest layers. Having a basket on ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner November 15-17, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner November 15-17, 2019

KID’S COMEDYFRI – Bend’s premier red carpet event hosts Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon for a fabulous night of comedy. HOLIDAY CRAFT & GIFT BAZAARSAT – Bend Parks and Rec is holding the popular Holiday Bazaar at the Bend Senior Center. Shop local vendors, handmade crafts, tasty treats, and holiday décor.   OREGON ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Receives Commitment to Excellence Award

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Receives Commitment to Excellence Award

We are proud to congratulate all our team members at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals for qualifying 94.5% of their agents in NAR’s (National Association of Realtors) C2EX award program. The Commitment to Excellence program demonstrates agents are knowledgeable in core service, professional reputation, real estate law, REALTOR code of ethics, equal service to ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner November 15-17, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner November 15-17, 2019

1950s MUSICALTHROUGH NOV 24  – Tenderly: The Musical tells stories of the legendary 1950s singer, Rosemary Clooney. Listen to It’s Only A Paper Moon, Sisters, and Mambo Italiano. HIP HOP NUTCRACKERFRI- SUN – This modern twist displays an upbeat score from popular Tchaikovsky including the King of Rap and an on-stage DJ with an electric ...
Living in Kent, Washington.

Living in Kent, Washington.

Kent, Washington is a hidden gem and an amazing alternative if Seattle home prices are just out of your reach. Read on if you are interested in hearing are all of the benefits of living in Kent. Number one, it has an amazing view of Mount Ranier. Kent’s 29.19 square miles is home to 73 ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner November 14-17, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner November 14-17, 2019

BRUNCH SHOWTHROUGH THURS – Watch a thrilling dance number with glitz, glamour, and high kicks at the Pike Place Market Can Can Theatre during the family-friendly Brunch Cabaret. MEDITATION ON LIFETHURS-SUN – The Great Moment a funny, poignant, and poetic meditation on beginnings and endings.  DRACULAFRI-SAT – The ACT Theater uncovers a new adaptation restoring ...
New Home Sales Reach 13-Year High

New Home Sales Reach 13-Year High

While housing affordability rose to its highest level in three years in the third quarter as reported This Week in Real Estate by the NAHB, NAR chief economist, Lawrence Yun, predicted this week at the NAR EXPO that new home sales will reach a 13-year high in 2020 and existing home sales will likely increase ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner November 8-10, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner November 8-10, 2019

  DANCE CLASSFRI – This weekly free-form dance celebration by DJ Pranawave offers a dance circle from 6pm-8pm at the Pine Grove Community Club. CRAFT CIDER FRI – The Tillamook Creamery and 2 Town Cider House offer a fun evening of food and cider pairings. Walk through each of the five-course with the chef, and ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner November 8-10, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner November 8-10, 2019

HERITAGE FAIRFRI-SAT – The Deschutes Historical Museum invites you to enjoy the annual chili feed. Explore the bake sale and take home treats like cookies, bread, jams, and preserves from old family recipes.   EVIL DEAD THE MUSICALFRI-SAT – Watch a musical about five college students finding a deadly adventure old abandoned cabin, where a ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner November 8-10, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner November 8-10, 2019

  RV SHOWFRI-SUN – The Portland Metro Dealers RV Show at the Portland Expo Center showcases the latest recreational vehicles and accessories.           LITERATURE BAR CRAWLFRI – The Portland Literature Bar Crawl features local authors reading their works in local bars, cafes, bookstores, and art galleries.              OMSI AFTER DARKFRI – Taste wine, learn about ...
2019 3rd Quarter Pacific Northwest Market Report

2019 3rd Quarter Pacific Northwest 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 ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner: November 7-10, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: November 7-10, 2019

JAZZ FESTIVALTHROUGH THURS – The Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 artists on stages featuring world-renowned jazz performers.   SEATTLE RESTAURANT WEEKTHROUGH THURS – Explore the best flavors of Seattle during a three-course meal special featuring award-winning courses.    ITALIAN FILM FESTIVALFRI – The Cinema Italian Style screens Italian and English subtitle films with ...
Homeownership Reaches A Five-Year High

Homeownership Reaches A Five-Year High

The Census Bureau reported This Week in Real Estate that the U.S. homeownership rate rose in the third quarter to match a five-year high. In other news, according to CoreLogic, homeowner equity rose to an all-time high during the first half of 2019 leading to the lowest negative equity share since 2009. Below are a ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: November 1-3, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: November 1-3, 2019

  LIVE MUSICFRI – Head to White Clover Grange for a live music showcase featuring Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons band.    MOON OVER BUFFALOSAT – The performing arts center at Riverbend offers a classic comedic performance of favored Moon Over Buffalo story by Ken Ludwig. SQUID LAUNCHSAT – Celebrate the release of the 7th ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: November 1-3, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: November 1-3, 2019

CENTRAL OREGON WEEKEND PLANNER NOVEMBER 1-3, 2019 FIRST FRIDAYFRI – Crater Lake Spirits offer mini cocktails while browsing Jennifer Cohoon’s art, utilizing alternative textures and colors as she explains her outdoor adventures. 2020 WILD DESERT CALENDARFRI – Celebrate the Oregon National Desert Association with the release of the 2020 Wild Desert Calendar. Enjoy food and drinks ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: November 1-3, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: November 1-3, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: November 1-3, 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT FESTIVALFRI-SUN – The holiday food and gift festival covers over 300 vendors selling gifts like art, jewelry, clothing, gourmet food, and Christmas décor. Bring your holiday spirit and shop the Oregon Convention Center. NITEMARE B4 XMASFRI-SUN – The Saloon Ensemble performs the score of an onstage ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner October 31- November 3, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner October 31- November 3, 2019

  PUMPKIN PATCHESTHROUGH OCT 31 –  Take a hayride, meet farm animals, and enjoy the fall harvest season on the farm. Click the links below to find local pumpkin patches: Greater Seattle: Eastside, South, and North Seattle Greater Seattle: Snohomish King Counties, and East Pierce County: Tacoma & Puyallup Snohomish County: Everett & Snohomish Thurston ...
New Home Sales Remain Solid as Prices Jump

New Home Sales Remain Solid as Prices Jump

According to ATTOM Data Solutions This Week in Real Estate U.S. homeowners who sold in the third quarter of 2019 realized an average home price gain since purchase of $68,686. That represented an average 34.5 percent return as a percentage of original purchase price. Below are a few highlights from the fourth week of October that influence our business: U.S. Median Home Prices ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: October 25-27, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: October 25-27, 2019

TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS ARSENIC & OLD LACEFRI – The classic comedic play follows the lives of two elderly women, their brother who is a dead ringer for Teddy Roosevelt, and yellow fever victims in the basement.    GARIBALDI JAMFRI – Head to Garibaldi Community Hall to listen to old-time country-western favorites while cutting a rug ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner  October 25-27, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner October 25-27, 2019

  SPIRITS OF CAMP POLKFRI – The Deschutes Land Trust hosts a twilight spirit visit. The culturally rich meadow home to one of the earliest settlements.  CAMP DESCHUTESFRI-SUN – The 10th Annual Halloween Warehouse Party hosts a costume contest, a dance party, and two nights of stage performances. HOLIDAY BAZAARSAT – The annual Rummage Sale offers ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner October 25-27, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner October 25-27, 2019

HAUNTED LIBRARYFRI-SAT – Creatures of the Night offer a walk-through attraction with monsters, storytelling and compelling actors.      MAC & CHEESE FESTIVALFRI-SUN – Head out to the Portland Mac & Cheese Festival and taste the best cheesy dishes Portland offers. Vegan Mac & Cheese Festival on Friday.         HALLOWEEN CRUISESAT – The Halloween Boo Cruise features ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner October 24-27, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner October 24-27, 2019

  PUMPKIN PATCHESTHROUGH OCT 31 –  Take a hayride, meet farm animals, and enjoy the fall harvest season on the farm. Click the links below to find local pumpkin patches: Greater Seattle: Eastside, South, and North Seattle Greater Seattle: Snohomish King Counties, and East Pierce County: Tacoma & Puyallup Snohomish County: Everett & Snohomish Thurston ...
Pacific Northwest Mulching Tips

Pacific Northwest Mulching Tips

Mulching Tips for your Northwest Home. ...
The Economic Expansion and Rising Home Equity Wealth

The Economic Expansion and Rising Home Equity Wealth

According to CoreLogic This Week in Real Estate no economic expansion has lasted longer than the one the U.S. is currently experiencing. Home-equity wealth has increased $10 trillion since 2011 and stands at a record $18.7 trillion as of mid-2019. The average equity per borrower increased from $75,000 to $176,000 between the first quarter of 2011 and the ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: October 18-20, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: October 18-20, 2019

  LIVE MUSIC AT THE VINEYARDFRI – Faith, Hope, and Charity Vineyard invites you to listen to the sounds of the band Sweet Whisky Lips. FILL THE TRUCKFRI – Fill Don’s Truck with nonperishable food items for an opportunity to win a raffle item like art, jewelry, gift cards, and more all in an effort ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: October 18-20, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: October 18-20, 2019

  TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS GARIBALDI JAM FRI – Head to Garibaldi Community Hall to listen to old-time country-western favorites while cutting a rug on the dance floor.   CLAY OPEN STUDIO SAT – The Hoffman Center hosts Clay Open Studio for ages 12 and up. Stick around afterwards for the monthly glazing show & tell. ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner October 18-20, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner October 18-20, 2019

  PUMPKINS & PINTSFRI – A ticket to pumpkins and pints includes 8 tasting tokens, pumpkin carving, and more lively entertainment at Stickmen Brewing Company.    GREEN SLAMFRI – The Green building slam covers ten builder lectures and their projects accompanied by a networking reception at Ecotrust.          PUMPKIN REGATTA FESTIVALSAT – Head to the Tualatin ...
Fireplace Facelift on a Budget

Fireplace Facelift on a Budget

  As winter sets in and temperatures drop, a warm fireplace can be a popular feature. If you love your fireplace but wish it had a more modern look, here are a few tips for a budget-friendly makeover. Before updating your fireplace, make sure to clean it well after being in hibernation. For woodburning, remove ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner October 17-20, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner October 17-20, 2019

PUMPKIN PATCHESTHROUGH OCT 31 – Take a hayride, meet farm animals, and enjoy the fall harvest season on the farm. Click the links below to find local pumpkin patches: Greater Seattle: Eastside, South, and North Seattle Greater Seattle: Snohomish King Counties, and East Pierce County: Tacoma & Puyallup Snohomish County: Everett & Snohomish Thurston County: ...
Declining Mortgage Rates Support First-Time Homebuyers

Declining Mortgage Rates Support First-Time Homebuyers

According to Freddie Mac, This Week in Real Estate first-time homebuyers, generation Z homebuyers, and single female homebuyers have taken full advantage of the fifty-year low in unemployment and low mortgage rates. Forty-Six percent (46%) of all loans Freddie Mac has purchased this year came from first-time homebuyers, while there has been a 200% and ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: October 11-13, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: October 11-13, 2019

  BEND FILM FESTFRI-SUN – BendFilm celebrates 16 years of bringing independent film to Bend. See films, attend lecture sites, music rooms, and party venues. FALL FESTIVALSAT-SUN – Sunriver Resort hosts a weekend of pumpkin fun on the farm with hayrides, a hay maze and pumpkin decorating. PRETZEL FESTIVALSAT –  Immersion Brewing hosts the Pretzel ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner October 11-13, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner October 11-13, 2019

  GARIBALDI JAMFRI – Head to Garibaldi Community Hall to listen to old-time country-western favorites while cutting a rug on the dance floor.   TRAIL RACESAT – The Tillamook forest race challenges and inspires a 25K race with a steep and technical course on a single track in a mountain marathon.   ART OF IRISSAT ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: October 11-13, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: October 11-13, 2019

PORTLAND TATTOO EXPOFRI-SUN – Talk with tattoo artists and vendors from all over the world at the Portland Expo Center. Get inspired for your next piece of artwork or collaborate with other artists on your next piece of ink.         GEM & MINERAL SHOWFRI-SUN – The Portland Regional Gem and Mineral show at the Jackson Armory ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner: October 10-13, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: October 10-13, 2019

  PUMPKIN PATCHESTHROUGH OCT 31 –  Take a hayride, meet farm animals, and enjoy the fall harvest season on the farm. Click the links below to find local pumpkin patches: Greater Seattle: Eastside, South, and North SeattleGreater Seattle: Snohomish King Counties, and EastTacoma & PuyallupSnohomish County: Everett & Snohomish  Thurston County: Olympia & LaceyWashington State: ...
Home Price Gains Accelerating Through 2020

Home Price Gains Accelerating Through 2020

For the first time since at least World War II mortgage rates are below 4% while at the same time the unemployment rate is below 4%. As a result, CoreLogic Chief Economist Frank Nothaft predicts This Week in Real Estate that home prices will increase at a faster pace over the next 12 months than ...
3 Lifestyle Changes that will Boost Productivity

3 Lifestyle Changes that will Boost Productivity

Are you hitting your true potential? Having a work-life balance is important and can actually improve your production day-to-day. If you are living your personal life to the fullest you’ll start to see a boost in your career as well. Here are some simple lifestyle changes to help you reach your high aspirations. To-Do List ...
How to Get More Listings

How to Get More Listings

Are you lacking listings? It’s not that they aren’t out there, you just might not be working the right angles. Check out these tips on building your listings and get out there and make some sales. Are you lacking listings? It’s not that they aren’t out there, you just might not be taking the right ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: October 4-6, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: October 4-6, 2019

  TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS MUSIC FESTIVALTHROUGH OCT 13 – Portland’s top blues talent plays the Fire Mountain Music Festival in Cannon Beach, Manzanita, and Nehalem in a collaboration between the Cannon Beach Arts Association and Fly Me To The Moon.     GREEN INITIATIVESAT – Tillamook County waste hosts a household waste collection event helping homeowners ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner  October 4-6, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner October 4-6, 2019

  SHINING PLAYTHROUGH OCT 13 – Cascade Theater plays These Shining Lives, presented through a dramatist play service based on the story of four women in the 1920’s.   PUMPKIN PATCHTHROUGH OCT 31 – Head to the pumpkin patch at DD Ranch, free admission and parking. FALL FESTIVALFRI-SUN – Bring the whole family to the Bend ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: October 4-6, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: October 4-6, 2019

FASHIONNXTFRI-SAT – View spring and summer fashion designs on the runway and experience what’s next in fashion.    PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKETSAT – Head to Tom McCall Waterfront Park for the last Saturday market of the year, with food vendors, art and craft vendors, and live entertainment in an open-air bazaar. CHEESE FESTIVALSAT – Alder Street’s The ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner October 3-6, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner October 3-6, 2019

PUMPKIN PATCHESTHROUGH OCT 31 –  Take a hayride, meet farm animals, and enjoy the fall harvest season on the farm. Click the links below to find local pumpkin patches: Greater Seattle: Eastside, South, and North SeattleGreater Seattle: Snohomish King Counties, and EastPierce County: Tacoma & PuyallupSnohomish County: Everett & Snohomish  Thurston County: Olympia & LaceyWashington ...
Could Home Appraisals  Become a Regulation of the Past?

Could Home Appraisals Become a Regulation of the Past?

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported This Week in Real Estate that the August Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) rose to its second-highest level since 2018. NAR believes the housing market is starting to get a lift from lower mortgage rates and coupled with solid job growth, expects sales will continue to rise in ...
OREGON COAST WEEKEND PLANNER SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2019

OREGON COAST WEEKEND PLANNER SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2019

OREGON COAST WEEKEND PLANNER SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2019 TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS CRAVE THE COASTSAT – Taste delicious showcases from the diverse flavor of the Oregon Coast with seafood, sprits, and farmers market produce.    OPEN STUDIOSAT – Play with clay during the Hoffman Center for the Arts open studio and unleash your inner artist.   FARMERS ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner September 27-29, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner September 27-29, 2019

  ART STROLL IN SISTERSFRI – Sisters is home to 20 art galleries, stroll through and view beautiful art, enjoy refreshments and live music.   A GREAT GATSBY GALAFRI – Kick off the Bend Film Festival by arriving in Gatsby style. Enjoy craft cocktails, inspiring hors d’oeuvres, and prizes from Bend area businesses.    CONSERVATION ...
5 Reasons to Move to St. Johns in Portland

5 Reasons to Move to St. Johns in Portland

St. Johns Portland is an amazing place to live. Here are the Top 5 reasons to move to the area. ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: September 27-29, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: September 27-29, 2019

NATIVE AMERICAN CELEBRATIONFRI – Pioneer Courthouse Square hosts the 14th Annual American Indian Day Celebration. This event features vendors, educational booths, food, entertainment, and more.     FLIGHT ATTENDANT COMEDYFRI – Pam Ann is an Australian air hostess with comical musical numbers and sparkling costumes. MUSIC & LIGHT SHOWFRI-SAT – Mesmerica 360: A Visual Music Journey ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner: September 26-29, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: September 26-29, 2019

BLACK BEAUTYTHURS – Watch the classic beloved story of Black Beauty onstage with large-scale puppetry and live music. CLUB SANDWICHFRI – The famous Flying Karamazov Brothers juggle, music, show off acrobatics and dance in a depression-era story at Broadway Performance Hall.        FASHION SHOWFRI-SUN – See the highlight reel of Fashion week at the ...
As the Autumn Leaves Fall, September Ushers a Rising  Impact on Housing

As the Autumn Leaves Fall, September Ushers a Rising Impact on Housing

  As we near the end of Q3 and begin looking towards the final three months of 2019, Ellie Mae reported This Week in Real Estate that interest rates moved lower for the eighth consecutive month in August, while builder confidence hit a yearly high this month on the heels of total housing starts realizing ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: September 20-22, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: September 20-22, 2019

OREGON COAST WEEKEND PLANNER: SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2019 TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS MANZANITA FARMERS MARKETFRI – Shop fresh and local at the Farmer’s Market every Friday evening through September. FARMERS MARKETSAT – Shop from over 50 vendors and browse fresh produce, berries, hand-crafted gifts, jewelry, and more! GARIBALDI JAMFRI – Head to Garibaldi Community Hall to listen ...
Central Oregon Weekend Planner: September 20-22, 2019

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: September 20-22, 2019

  MAMA MIA!THROUGH SAT – Catch the live performance of Mama Mia at the Tower Theater.   OKTOBERFESTFRI-SAT – Head to Downtown Bend for a weekend of authentic German food, local beer, and family-friendly entertainment. Participate in wiener dog races, stein hold competitions, tricycle races, bratwurst toss, a yodeling contest, costume contest, and more! MONKEY ...
Portland Metro Weekend  Planner September 20-22, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner September 20-22, 2019

  SUNSETS ON SPRINGWATERSAT – This family-friendly 5K, 10K, and half marathon at Sellwood Riverfront Park host an evening barbecue with food, live music, games, and a beverage garden.   OKTOBERFESTTHROUGH SUN – Head to Oaks Park for Oktoberfest with live German music, dancing, crafts, contests, food, drinks, and dachshund races at Portland’s popular amusement ...
Real Estate’s Forever Brand Making an Impact in the Pacific Northwest

Real Estate’s Forever Brand Making an Impact in the Pacific Northwest

Each year, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate agents participate in a regional day of giving. Our offices across Oregon and Washington work together to make a difference in our communities as we ‘Give a Day Away’ in service to others. Habitat for Humanity is a network of dedicated volunteers and staff members working to ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner: September 19-22, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: September 19-22, 2019

  GREEK FESTIVALFRI-SUN – St. Demetrios Greek Festival hosts Greek food and wine with authentic dancing.    OKTOBERFESTFRI-SUN – Fremont hosts a neighborhood Oktoberfest with food and Seattle’s largest beer festival, Kirkland’s Marina Park hosts a wiener dog race, costume contests, and live music.    SIPS & SHOESFRI – Benaroya Hall hosts shoe displays, handbags, ...
Top 7 House Hunting Tips

Top 7 House Hunting Tips

Whether or not you are a first time home buyer, the experience can be exciting and scary all at the same time. When you are feeling overwhelmed, it never hurts to hear some helpful advice. Here are our top seven tips to think about when searching for your new home. Look at the homes in ...
Pacific Northwest Fall Garden Prep

Pacific Northwest Fall Garden Prep

September is the month of the transition from summer into fall, and the best time to start preparing the garden for winter. Here in the Pacific Northwest, our weather is still relatively warm, but the days are getting shorter, and by the end of the month the sun is up for less than half the ...
Mortgage Rates Could Drop to Zero

Mortgage Rates Could Drop to Zero

While American’s average credit score has never been better as reported by FICO This Week in Real Estate, conversations swirl around the notion of interest rates dropping to zero following the President’s ask of the Federal Reserve. Below are a few highlights from the second week of September that influence our business: Could Mortgage Rates Really Drop ...
Top Hikes of the Pacific Northwest

Top Hikes of the Pacific Northwest

Volume 1: Oregon’s Smith Rock State Park. When you think of Oregon you may think of lush green trees, the rocky coast, and beautiful snowy mountain trails. If you weren’t born and raised in the state, you might be surprised to find out that much of Central and Eastern Oregon is actually considered the high ...
Dog-Friendly Cities of the Pacific Northwest

Dog-Friendly Cities of the Pacific Northwest

According to Rover the Pacific Northwest contains some of the most dog-friendly cities in America. As a loving pawrent, making sure a city can support your pup’s lifestyle is a very important factor when thinking about a big move. Here are some reasons why Seattle and Portland might top your pet’s list when it comes ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: September 13-18, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: September 13-18, 2019

  MANZANITA FARMERS MARKETFRI – Shop fresh and local at the Farmer’s Market every Friday evening through September.      FARMERS MARKETSAT – Shop from over 50 vendors and browse fresh produce, berries, hand-crafted gifts, jewelry, and more! WAVE STEPPERS SQUARE DANCINGSAT – Head to the Garibaldi Community Center for an evening of square dancing with the Wave Steppers. NEAHKAHNIE ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: September 13-15, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: September 13-15, 2019

  ROSE CITY COMIC CONFRI-SUN – Comic book fans unite under one roof at the Oregon Convention Center to celebrate sci-fi, pop culture, celebrities, and comic books.   OKTOBERFESTTHROUGH SEPT 29 – Celebrate a traditional German Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel this weekend with live music, dancing, a car show, arts and crafts, beer, food, and ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner: September 12-15, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: September 12-15, 2019

TRICKS TO HAPPINESSFRI-SAT – Watch the variety show with a pulse of comedy, juggling, and practical magic.   OKTOBERFESTFRI-SAT – Wallingford hosts a neighborhood German Wurst Fest with food, beer, and inflatable entertainment for kids! SKETCHFEST SEATTLEFRI-SAT – Head to Pike Place Market to catch live comedy and the comedy film challenge.   COLLECTIBLE STAMP ...
Millennials Make up Majority of Homebuyers as  Mortgage Rates Tumble

Millennials Make up Majority of Homebuyers as Mortgage Rates Tumble

Residential construction spending year-to-date through July reported This Week in Real Estate totals $289.891 billion, $150.219 billion of it on single-family houses. Below are a few highlights from the first week of September that influence our business: NAR’s Yun: Mortgage Rates May Tumble to Record 3.3% by 2019’s End. Fixed mortgage rates could fall to 3.3% by ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: September 6-8, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: September 6-8, 2019

  TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS MANZANITA FARMERS MARKETFRI – Shop fresh and local at the Farmer’s Market every Friday evening through September. MUTTZANIA FESTIVALSAT – The annual fundraiser for local animal rescues hosts a parade down Laneda, games on the beach, vendors, music and a silent auction.      DANCEFRI – The Spirit of Dance is a ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: September 6-8, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: September 6-8, 2019

  OKTOBERFESTTHROUGH SEPT 29 – Celebrate a traditional German Oktoberfest with live music, dancing, beer, food, and community gathering.   ZOO CONCERTSFRI-SAT – The Oregon Zoo hosts live music center stage on a warm summer night. Don’t miss Death Cab for Cutie on Friday, or the Oregon Symphony on Saturday.     BEER & BBQ FESTIVALFRI-SUN ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner: September 5-8, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: September 5-8, 2019

PUYALLUP FAIRTHURS-SUN – Meet farm animals, hop on carnival rides, enjoy fair food, or watch the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour this weekend at the 86th annual State Fair. WILDBITESFRI – Experience Woodland Park Zoo after-hours while enjoying drinks and bites from local Seattle celebrity chefs and mixologists.   ART UNCORKEDFRI – Mercer Island hosts Art Uncorked, ...
The Improvement of Housing Affordability

The Improvement of Housing Affordability

According to the most recent Black Knight Home Price Index released This Week in Real Estate affordability improved for the first time in 16 months this summer due to falling interest rates and the slowing rate of home price appreciation. Below are a few highlights from the fourth week of August that influence our business: Affordability Improves ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner August 30 – September 2, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner August 30 – September 2, 2019

TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS MANZANITA FARMERS MARKETFRI – Shop fresh and local at the Farmer’s Market every Friday evening through September. FAIRY & GNOME HOMESFRI & SUN – The Tillamook Forest Center hosts an enchanting family construction party, use twigs, grasses, moss, rocks, and other items found in nature to construct woodland playhouses.     SLEEP IN ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner: August 30-September 2, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: August 30-September 2, 2019

  HOMEOWNER’S SHOWTHROUGH SEPT 2 –  The Portland Renovation and Landscaping Show hosted at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum to view exhibits of products and services from local vendors. OREGON STATE FAIRTHROUGH SEPT 2 – Bring the family to the Oregon State Fair! Check out carnival games, rides, entertainment, and concerts. Get your tickets now to ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner: August 30-September 2, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: August 30-September 2, 2019

  CHILDREN’S BUSINESS FAIRSAT – Crossroads Mall in Bellevue hosts over 40 kid-treprenuers selling food, art, toys, and more! SEATTLE CENTER CONCERTSFRI – The Seattle Center’s amphitheater hosts concerts Friday evenings with a family-friendly atmosphere. Bring a blanket and take a seat on the lawn with a homemade picnic. There will be a beer and ...
Are Home Appraisal Requirements Subject To Change?

Are Home Appraisal Requirements Subject To Change?

The Mortgage Bankers Association issued a new forecast This Week in Real Estate that predicts the rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage will average 3.7% in the third and fourth quarters of 2019. Below are a few highlights from the third week of August that influence our business:   Existing-Home Sales Climb 2.5% in July. Existing-home sales ...
2019 2nd Quarter Pacific Northwest Market Report

2019 2nd Quarter Pacific Northwest Market Report

Consumers today have an abundance of information to consider before buying or selling a home and it can be difficult to separate the insignificant from the critical details. Our just-released Q2 Pacific Northwest Market Report does just that. This report is both a resource and a tool, transforming numbers into the stories they tell. It ...
Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: August 23-25, 2019

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: August 23-25, 2019

TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS MANZANITA FILM SERIES FRI – Friday Night Flicks at the Hoffman Center previews documentaries from the Northwest Film School in Portland.    MUSIC JAM FRI – ‘Cut a rug’ on the dance floor while listening to live country western music at the Garibaldi Jam. MANZANITA FARMERS MARKET FRI – Shop fresh and ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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! ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 – ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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: ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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– ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
‘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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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. ...
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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