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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: July 19-21, 2024

CANTERBURY RENAISSANCE FAIRCanterbury Renaissance Faire is an invitation to participate in an imaginative interactive environment modeled on elements from a plausible Summer Market Faire from the era of “Good Queen Bess” (Elizabeth I, 1558-1603).  HOPFEST FUN RUNJoin the HopFest Fun Run this weekend! HUBBARD HOPFESTHead to the Hubbard HopFest this weekend! Food, craft vendors, beer garden, horseshoe tournament, bingo, kids...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: July 19-21, 2024

EUGENE:  SASQUATCH SUMMER FESTThe Sasquatch Summer Fest is a unique festival and conference with world-renowned Bigfoot researchers! There will be movies in the park at sunset featuring the directors and producers of the documentary A Flash of Beauty: Bigfoot Revealed. FAMILY FUN IN THE SUNThese Fun In The Sun summer events are hosted in the museum’s courtyard with hands-on...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: July 19-21, 2024

PORTLAND:   ROBINHOOD FESTIVALThe Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association was incorporated and held the first Sherwood Robin Hood Festival in 1954. A magical festival for all families and attendees of all ages, the 2024 Summer Festival will take place this weekend! CATHEDRAL PARK JAZZ FESTIVALThe Jazz Society’s Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is a free concert open to the public and...

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HOMESERVICES CONCIERGE

WHEN YOU BUY OR SELL A HOME WITH BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES NORTHWEST REAL ESTATE, YOU GAIN EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO HOMESERVICES CONCIERGE FOR ALL YOUR HOMEOWNERSHIP NEEDS. Your HomeServices Concierge is available to support you by phone, email, or online, and will ensure the services provided meet your satisfaction. When selling your home, HomeServices gives you...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 19-21, 2024

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: July 12-14, 2024

MARION COUNTY FAIRIt’s time to celebrate Marion County and the community! Made in Marion is all about celebration. We celebrate the hard work of our youth. We honor those that serve. We celebrate with live music, wild rides, fun contests, great food, friends and fun. DONALD DAZEDONALD DAZE IS BACK IN 2024! The annual Hazelnut Festival and Celebration...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: July 12-14, 2024

EUGENE:  MCKENZIE RIVER LAVENDER BLOOMAs part of the Oregon Lavender Destinations statewide tour, McKenzie River Lavender is opening up their farm for a glorious summer weekend featuring the aromatic flower. Take a tour, take photographs, paint, shop for fragrant products and listen to talks on lavender while enjoying the surrounding purple fields. Also, walk through the fields...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: July 12-14, 2024

PORTLAND:   OREGON COUNTRY FAIR2024  Delight in the Oregon Country Fair’s world-class entertainment, handmade crafts, delectable foods, educational displays and magical surprises at every turn of the path. The fair creates events and experiences that nourish the spirit, explore living artfully and authentically on Earth, and transform culture in magical, joyous and healthy ways. PORTLAND NIGHT MARKETThe Portland Night...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 12-14, 2024

SEATTLE TO PORTLANDThe non-competitive 206-mile Seattle to Portland (STP) bike ride is one of America’s best, with 10,000 participants departing from north of Husky Stadium and taking one or two days to make the trip south. SUMMER BEER TASTEEnjoy micro brews, pub snacks, and music outdoors at $41 Summer Beer Taste at Phinney Center.   BARK BY THE BAYBark by the...

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A Slow In The Labor Market Should Bring Rate Cuts By The End Of The Year

Take advantage of superior service and the convenience of one-stop shopping for the best loan and insurance coverage to fit your needs. Home warranty coverage is available through America’s #1 home warranty company, American Home Shield...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: July 5-7, 2024

ST. PAUL RODEOThe Nation’s Greatest Fourth of July Rodeo will return for the 88th year with the promise of exciting rodeo action, family fun and patriotism. Six rodeo performances, sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, will feature the top rodeo cowboys and cowgirls in the World. Also featuring the Tack Room Saloon, Outpost, a carnival, food...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: July 5-7, 2024

EUGENE:  ART AND THE VINEYARD FESTIVALThe Maude Kerns Art Center is thrilled to present the 37th annual Art and the Vineyard Festival, the premier art festival of the Southern Willamette Valley, returning to Alton Baker Park in Eugene after a four-year, pandemic-related hiatus. The three-day festival is a benefit for the Maude Kerns Art Center, supporting...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: July 5-7, 2024

PORTLAND:   WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL2024 marks the 37th anniversary of the Waterfront Blues Festival, a jubilant celebration in downtown Portland. Founded in 1988, this Independence Day festival has welcomed over 2,000 artists garnering international acclaim and raising over $10 million dollars for local community organizations, the Oregon Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.   PORTLAND CRAFT BEER FESTIVALThe Portland...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 5-7, 2024

SEATTLE ALL STAR CLASSICHosted by Geno Smith of the Seahawks, Seattle All-Star Classic features “a celebrity home run derby followed by a star-studded celebrity softball game” at Cheney Stadium. PIONEER SQUARE FESTPioneer Square Fest promises 20 art vendors and live music at Occidental Square Park. FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN FIDDLE TUNESFestival of American Fiddle Tunes holds public performances at Fort...

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Key Steps Before Entering Escrow on Your Home Purchase

Before going into escrow with your home, it’s crucial to take several important steps to ensure a smooth transaction. Here are four essential things to do: By completing these four tasks before entering escrow, you can minimize potential delays and complications, ensuring a more efficient and successful home buying process...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: June 28-30, 2024

CAPITAL CUPCompetitive and convenient, Capital Cup is the best way to start your summer tournament series! WORLD BEAT FESTIVALThis year we are celebrating Ukraine! Join us in Riverfront Park where you can experience the music, dance, food and traditions of over 70 nations and cultures at the World Beat Festival. MOVIES IN THE PARKJoin us for Movies In The...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 28-30, 2024

EUGENE:  U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALSIn June 2024, Hayward Field at University of Oregon will become home to one of the biggest track and field competitions in the country, as the US Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field will serve as the Team USA selection event for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics.  EUGENE EMERALDSThe Eugene Emeralds Minor League Baseball...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: June 28-30, 2024

PORTLAND:   OREGON MIDSUMMER FESTIVALDecorate the Midsummer pole and make flower crowns, watch live music and performers, indulge in Nordic summer delicacies, play games and make crafts, shop vendors, experience Vikings, and enjoy – this is Midsummer. PORTLAND FLEA + FOODThe Portland Flea + Food is a gathering place for the creators, curators and collectors. Every market features 80+...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 28-30, 2024

GOBBLE UPShop from “100+ local crafty food and beverage vendors” at Gobble Up, organized by Urban Craft Uprising at Lake Union Park.   BREMERTON BRIDGE BLASTEnjoy live music, a beer garden, and vendors on the Bremerton boardwalk, and then watch fireworks launch from The Manette Bridge during Bremerton Bridge Blast. FREEDOMFESTShop Register online to attend FreedomFest at the military base...

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What’s the Difference Between a Condo and a Co-op?

Condominiums are usually located in the most in-demand areas, near plentiful jobs and entertainment districts. You’ll own your unit and share amenities with other owners such as garage parking, fitness rooms, and swimming pools. You’ll pay a monthly, quarterly, or annual homeowners association (HOA) fee which is levied to take care of common areas. HOA fees vary...

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Existing Home Sales Decline As Sale Price Soars

Take advantage of superior service and the convenience of one-stop shopping for the best loan and insurance coverage to fit your needs. Home warranty coverage is available through America’s #1 home warranty company, American Home Shield...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: June 21-23, 2024

2024 SIP & STROLLExperience a fun-filled evening sipping local samplings of Northwest wines, beer, spirits, and treats while strolling through boutique shops and other distinct venues in Downtown Salem during 2024 Sip & Stroll. MAKE MUSIC DAYWe will be joining over 1000 cities around the world to celebrate Make Music Day – so help us make this day...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 21-23, 2024

EUGENE:  TAYLOR SWIFT LASER SHOWCome join us at the Science Center for a Laser Show featuring Taylor Swift’s music! This is a 50 minute, all-ages show. NIGHT AT THE RAPTOR CENTERJoin Cascades Raptor Center after hours for this fan-favorite event series. Tour the center after hours and meet raptors out on the glove while enjoying wine, beer, cheese, and...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: June 21-23, 2024

PORTLAND:   FESTIVAL OF BALLOONSSummer is the perfect time for scenic activities like picnics, hikes, beach trips and maybe even hot-air balloon rides. In Oregon, you don’t have to travel far to see an impressive, picture-perfect display of your own. The Festival of Balloons in Tigard brings more than a dozen brightly colored, colossal hot-air balloons to the...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 21-23, 2024

WASHINGTON BREWERS FESTIVALA ticket to Washington Brewers Festival gets you a glass and 8 tastes of 4-ounce beer from among dozens of Washington breweries, with food for sale at Fisher Pavilion.  SUMMER 5K/10K/HALFSeattle Marathon’s Summer 5k/10k/half is a family-friendly run with a kids’ event in beautiful Seward Park.  MARYSVILLE STRAWBERRY FESTIVALMarysville Strawberry Festival is a family event with a carnival...

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Rates & Inflation Are Experiencing A Downward Trend

Take advantage of superior service and the convenience of one-stop shopping for the best loan and insurance coverage to fit your needs. Home warranty coverage is available through America’s #1 home warranty company, American Home Shield...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: June 14-16, 2024

DADDY DASHDiscover Mt. Angel presents Daddy Dash! 10k Run and 5k Run and Walk. Run with your dad, your grad, your friend, your family or by yourself. Event is open to everyone! LONGEST DAY FAIRWindsong, Signature, Silver Living, Summit Cleaning & Restoration, Cal’s Moving, and Exp Realty will be partnering to host the Longest Day Fair fundraiser. We...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 14-16, 2024

EUGENE:  FATHER’S DAY VINTAGE CAR SHOWThe Emerald Empire Vintage Auto Club’s annual Vintage Car Show is coming back to Valley River Center this Father’s Day weekend! Enjoy 20 vintage vehicles throughout the mall and enjoy tax-free shopping. EUGENE EMERALDSThe Eugene Emeralds Minor League Baseball team will play six games against the Everett AquaSox. Watch the action unfold at beautiful...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: June 14-16, 2024

PORTLAND:   SNACKFESTSnackFest is a food-focused festival featuring all your favorite treats from hot food vendors, food trucks, food purveyors, retail stores, and other F&B-related products. You’ll experience live entertainment, demos, educational breakout sessions and opportunities to meet the makers of your favorite food and products. You’ll also be able to experience special, one-off pop-ups from chefs...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 14-16, 2024

FENDERS ON FRONT STREETAdmire hundreds of vintage and classic cars at Fenders on Front Street, which has a breakfast (7 to 11 a.m.), food trucks, live music, family activities, and awards in front of Downtown Issaquah Association.  STRAWBERRY FESTIVALStrawberry Festival has two days of entertainment, music, food vendors, and family activities at Town Square Park.  OLYMPIC AIR...

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Economists Predict No Interest Rate Cut Amidst Labor Market Conditions

Take advantage of superior service and the convenience of one-stop shopping for the best loan and insurance coverage to fit your needs. Home warranty coverage is available through America’s #1 home warranty company, American Home Shield...

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Congratulations to Our Brokers and Teams Ranked Among America’s Best in the 2024 RealTrends Verified Rankings

We are proud to announce that 25 of our individual brokers and teams have been recognized in the prestigious 2024 RealTrends Verified rankings, placing them among the top in their profession. The industry analysis firm honors the top performing real estate brokers and teams by state, and those ranked are among the top 1.5% of 1.6 million...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: June 7-9, 2024

SUMMER CITRUS CANDLEMAKINGJoin Capitol Menswear in our *new* DIY Summer Citrus Candlemaking Bar as we create mini jar candles during the First Friday Art Walk! $5 per person includes 1 mini candle.  LIVE MUSIC ON THE LAWNJoin us for Live Music On The Lawn with local bands on the Van Duzer Vineyards lawn. Celebrate summer with feel-good music, a...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 7-9, 2024

EUGENE:  BACON BLUES & BREAKSIDE BEER FESTPartake in the 2nd Annual Bacon, Blues & Breakside Beer Fest happening for seven fun-filled days during Eugene Beer Week. The food vendors at PublicHouse are busy concocting all kinds of bacon-centric food specials! And the folks over at Breakside will be filling up the entire PublicHouse draft list with their...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: June 7-9, 2024

PORTLAND:   ROSE FESTIVAL FLEET WEEKSince 1907, visiting ships have made their way to Portland’s waterfront for the Rose Festival Fleet Week. The City of Roses is known to be a favorite port of call for military (and non-military) visitors, as Portland’s citizens thank them and make them feel welcome. The Portland Rose Festival is extremely fortunate...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 7-9, 2024

THE GREAT FERRY RACEBoard the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge for The Great Ferry Race, which “will start on the ferry dock and take runners all around scenic Bainbridge Island,” with 1/3 of the course on trails.  EVERGREEN MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVALShop vendors, ride trails, test your skills, test bikes, visit kids’ events, and buy food or...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: May 31 – June 2, 2024

SALEM SEEKERSFeel like getting out of the house? Want some fresh air? Join the Salem Seekers and head on over to Hoodview Park in Northeast Salem any day during the month of June – take a stroll around the park and you just might be lucky enough to find one of our beautiful hand blown glass birds...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 31 – June 2, 2024

EUGENE:  OREGON GRAN FONDOJust 20 minutes south of Eugene, the 2024 Oregon Gran Fondo will celebrate its 12th Anniversary in Cottage Grove. One big day in Cottage Grove will bring together cyclists of all skill levels and backgrounds to celebrate the biking community. On the first Saturday of June, cyclists will bike distances 117, 71, or 68...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  May 31 – June 2, 2024

PORTLAND:   PORTLAND NIGHT MARKETThe Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators. With almost 200 hundred makers, the Night Market offers food carts, drinks, clothing, lifestyle goods, home goods, body care...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 31 – June 2, 2024

WINE & OYSTERS EVENTA ticket to the Wine & Oysters Event at Patterson Cellars includes six oysters (chilled or baked) with accompaniments, plus a wine flight of three 3-ounce pours. The first weekend is at Patterson Cellars Tasting Room. STAMP & SCRAPBOOK EXPOScrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at the Washington State...

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Rates Ease For Third Straight Week

Take advantage of superior service and the convenience of one-stop shopping for the best loan and insurance coverage to fit your needs. Home warranty coverage is available through America’s #1 home warranty company, American Home Shield...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: May 24-26, 2024

MEMORIAL DAY TASTINGCelebrate the long weekend and join Willamette at our annual Memorial Day Tasting at the Estate in the Salem Hills. Tickets include a glass pour of our featured wines and a wine credit to spend on a bottle of your choice. We’ll have live music, open seating and barside service throughout the weekend. MEMORIAL DAY...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 24-26, 2024

EUGENE:  SPRING MARKETPLACEHave lunch and browse locally crafted handmade goods in this one-stop shopping destination for Spring décor and gifts, such as birdhouses, garden art, collectibles, home decor, plants, gourmet treats, and more at the Spring Marketplace. THE SATURDAY MARKETThe Saturday Market is a weekly celebration of local arts and food. Over 250 artisans sell handcrafted goods...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  May 24-26, 2024

PORTLAND:   PORTLAND NIGHT MARKETThe Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators. With almost 200 hundred makers, the Night Market offers food carts, drinks, clothing, lifestyle goods, home goods, body care...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 24-26, 2024

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONYThis weekend is not just about BBQs and sunshine. Attend a Memorial Day Ceremony to honor our veterans that made the ultimate sacrifice. DOGS & DONUTS DASHTake your dog for a 5K run on the Burke-Gilman Trail at Dogs and Doughnuts Dash, followed by coffee, water, doughnuts, and dog treats in the retail store called Brooks...

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Mortgage Rates Decrease For The Second Consecutive Week

Take advantage of superior service and the convenience of one-stop shopping for the best loan and insurance coverage to fit your needs. Home warranty coverage is available through America’s #1 home warranty company, American Home Shield...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: May 17-19, 2024

WILLAMETTE VALLEY SAVOURWillamette Valley Savour brings the best of our valley to one location! Visitors will sample an array of Oregon wines, craft beers, hard ciders, spirits, tasty bites and artisan crafts from an exclusive list of exhibitors on display. DETROIT LAKE FISHING DERBYGet hooked on the excitement! Snag an adult ticket for the 2024 Detroit Lake...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 17-19, 2024

EUGENE:  RHODODENDRON FESTIVALCelebrating the abundant, hardy and beloved “rhody” that splashes vibrant colors across the Oregon coastline, this springtime festival is bursting with family-friendly entertainment and activities. Held every third weekend in May for over a hundred years, the Florence Rhododendron Festival draws as many as 10,000 visitors to Historic Old Town Florence. It is one of...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  May 17-19, 2024

PORTLAND:  BLOOM TOURThe Bloom Tour is part walking tour and part floral show focusing on supporting some of Portland’s unique shops, restaurants and hotels. Participating retailers are also hosting a wide range of Bloom Tour Specials, so follow the tour map and explore them all. OREGON WINE MONTHYou can celebrate Willamette Valley wine all year round, but especially...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 17-19, 2024

BEAT THE BRIDGEBeat the Bridge includes an 8K run, a 3-mile walk, and a 1-mile fun run that begin on Montlake Boulevard, cross over University Bridge, and end on the field of Husky Stadium. LACEY SPRING FUN FAIRLacey Spring Fun Fair has entertainment, a circus train, free rides, a giant slide, vendors, food, kids’ activities, fire trucks...

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45.8% Of Mortgaged Residential Properties In The U.S. Considered Equity-Rich

Take advantage of superior service and the convenience of one-stop shopping for the best loan and insurance coverage to fit your needs. Home warranty coverage is available through America’s #1 home warranty company, American Home Shield...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  May 10-12, 2024

PORTLAND:  HIPPIE CHICK HALF MARATHONThe Hippie Chick Half Marathon, quarter marathon, 5k and kid’s half-mile race return for Mother’s Day weekend. This female-focused event is designed to celebrate how amazing women are. Grab your mom, sister, friend, or co-worker and register to run through Oregon’s scenic countryside. OREGON WINE MONTHYou can celebrate Willamette Valley wine all year...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: May 10-12, 2024

TURNER NIGHT MARKETHead on out to Turner the 2nd Friday of every month and explore the Night Market! We will have food trucks, wine tasting from Darque wines, live music, a DJ and a mobile espresso + dessert bar. MOTHER’S DAY YOGAJoin us as we celebrate the empowering, loving women in our lives with a one-hour Mother’s...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 10-12, 2024

EUGENE:  MOM’S NIGHT OUT AT THE SPEEDWAYTreat mom to Mom’s Night Out this Mother’s Day weekend at Cottage Grove Speedway for an exciting lineup of events. Mom’s admission is free, so bring her over and enjoy a fun-filled day together. MOTHER’S DAY TEAVisit the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House this Mother’s Day for an early afternoon Mother’s Day Tea before...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 10-12, 2024

MOTHER’S DAY CRUISEEnjoy a Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise with hours of Lake Union and Lake Washington views on Waterways Cruises.  BONSAIFESTSee hundreds of bonsai on display, watch live bonsai demonstrations, talk to bonsai artists, and join a tour during BonsaiFest at Pacific Bonsai Museum.  FLOWER FESTIVALShop for Mother’s Day flowers during the Flower Festival, when 35 local farmers sell bouquets...

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New Single-Family Listings & Contracts Surge Surpassing Any Week In 2023

Take advantage of superior service and the convenience of one-stop shopping for the best loan and insurance coverage to fit your needs. Home warranty coverage is available through America’s #1 home warranty company, American Home Shield...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  May 3-5, 2024

PORTLAND:  CRAFTY WONDERLANDPortland’s biannual art and craft fair boasts unique handmade wares from 225+ local vendors. Crafty Wonderland is now the city’s biggest arts and crafts market, drawing hundreds of vendors and tens of thousands of visitors to the (nice and dry) Oregon Convention Center in Northeast Portland. The twice-yearly market returns in early December and May (just...

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First Quarter 2024 Market Report

We are pleased to present our Quarterly Market Report for Q1 2024, providing a comprehensive analysis of the latest developments and trends in the ever-evolving real estate landscape. In this edition, we dive deep into the economic shifts, market dynamics, and emerging opportunities that defined the first quarter of 2024. Our team has curated data...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: May 3-5, 2024

NORTHWEST TACO FESTThe NorthWest Taco Fest is more than just a food festival; it’s a community celebration that brings people together through the love of tacos.  5K BEER RUNJoin us for a fun-filled day of running, beer, and good vibes at Xicha Brewing Co. Lace up your running shoes – we’ve mapped out a 5k Beer Run course that...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 3-5, 2024

EUGENE:  QUILT SHOWEmerald Valley Quilters presents a Quilt Show full of over 300 quilts and the featured quilter Ken Casey. There will be vendors, quilts of valor, a small quilt auction, demonstrations, and a build-a-block for charity.  MARGARITAFESTBeergarden is celebrating big time the first week of May with Margaritafest. There will be lots of margaritas — and tequila...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 3-5, 2024

WAG LOVE LIFEWalk or run the Wag Love Life 5K fundraiser, then make flower garlands, hear speakers, visit vendors, and do activities with your dog at Marymoor Park. EMERALD CITY RIDERide on Highway 99 and the West Seattle Bridge without cars during Emerald City Ride, with your choice of a 7 or 20 mile route, beginning and ending...

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Mortgage Rates, Prices, and Sales Are All On The Rise

Mortgage Rates, Prices, and Sales Are All On The Rise. In March, despite rising mortgage rates, pending home sales surged 3.4%, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) This Week in Real Estate. This increase surpassed economists’ expectations of a 0.3% decline. March’s Pending Home Sale Index (PHSI) reading of 78.2 marked the best...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: April 26-28, 2024

WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALThe Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is an annual celebration of spring, showcasing acres of breathtaking tulip fields in bloom. Located in Woodburn, our festival attracts visitors from near and far to experience the beauty of millions of blooming tulips. PARTY IN THE PARKDon’t miss out on the Party In The Park! Join Marion County Environmental...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: April 26-28, 2024

EUGENE:  EUGENE EMERALDSThe Eugene Emeralds Minor League Baseball team will play six games against the Vancouver Canadians. Watch the action unfold at beautiful PK Park! The Ems have been a beloved local team since the 50s and host fun theme nights at every game. EUGENE MARATHONCelebrate one of America’s premier marathons with thousands of participants, fans and...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  April 26-28, 2024

PORTLAND:  PORTLAND NIGHT MARKETThe Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators. With almost 200 hundred makers, the Night Market offers food carts, drinks, clothing, lifestyle goods, home goods, body care and...

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Boost Your Home Buying Fund with HYSAs

As a first-time homebuyer, you may be racking your brains trying to figure out how to make more money quickly for a down payment to qualify for a mortgage loan. You need to have cash tucked away that’s hopefully building interest, yet it also needs to be accessible in case the right home comes along...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: April 26-28, 2024

TACOMA CITY MARATHONTacoma City Marathon includes a 5K on Saturday at Dune Peninsula Park, plus a marathon and half marathon on Sunday across the Narrows Bridge, which both begin at Tacoma Narrows Airport.   NORTHWEST GREEN HOME TOURRegister online for the self-guided Northwest Green Home Tour to see solar-powered, energy-efficient, and sustainably built homes in Seattle and on the...

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While Sales Contract Prices Continue To Accelerate

Take advantage of superior service and the convenience of one-stop shopping for the best loan and insurance coverage to fit your needs. Home warranty coverage is available through America’s #1 home warranty company, American Home Shield...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: April 19-21, 2024

WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALThe Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is an annual celebration of spring, showcasing acres of breathtaking tulip fields in bloom. Located in Woodburn, our festival attracts visitors from near and far to experience the beauty of millions of blooming tulips. EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONThe Oregon Garden is excited to welcome visitors back for their annual Earth Day...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: April 19-21, 2024

EUGENE:  EUGENE EMERALDSThe Eugene Emeralds Minor League Baseball team will play six games against the Vancouver Canadians. Watch the action unfold at beautiful PK Park! The Ems have been a beloved local team since the 50s and host fun theme nights at every game. NATIONAL DANCE WEEK KICKOFF PARTYNational Dance Week officially begins with a celebration of Eugene’s...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  April 19-21, 2024

PORTLAND:  ONE MOTO SHOWThe three-day One Moto Show draws thousands of fans into Portland to revel in bikes, biker culture, and abundant fun. The showcase at The One Moto features hundreds of motorcycles from across the globe, offering an inclusive display that honors unconventional, unique, and custom-built bikes. OREGON SPRING CLEANUPSOLVE is excited to invite you to the...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: April 19-21, 2024

CASCADIA SPRING TEA FESTIVALCascadia Spring Tea Festival features 10 local vendors, tea tasting (bring your own cup), tea arts and crafts, and workshops at Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center SEATTLE SOUNDERSWatch the Seattle Sounders play a home game at Lumen Field.  SPRING FAIRSpring Fair features baby animals, pig races, fair food, rides, art vendors, stunt bikers, and a...

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Rates Hold Steady Below 7%

Fannie Mae released its March Home Purchase Sentiment Index This Week in Real Estate which dipped slightly against the prior month, marking its first decline since November 2023, yet it remains over 10 points higher than a year ago. Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), rose more rapidly than expected in March...

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Four professional real estate brokers standing in business attire; from left to right are Jason Liberty, Tim Bower, Ameet Prasad, and Robert Covais

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Welcomes Top Producing Brokers Back from Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Seattle, WA – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate is pleased to announce the return of brokers Jason Liberty, Tim Bower, Ameet Prasad, and Robert Covais, members of the Seattle Realty Advisors team, to the company’s Burien, Washington location. Since 2021, this powerhouse team has successfully closed over $150 million in sales volume. Their reunion...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: April 12-14, 2024

WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALThe Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is an annual celebration of spring, showcasing acres of breathtaking tulip fields in bloom. Located in Woodburn, our festival attracts visitors from near and far to experience the beauty of millions of blooming tulips. THE GREAT JUNK HUNTGet ready for a fun-filled weekend at the Oregon State Fairgrounds! The Great...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: April 12-14, 2024

EUGENE:  GIANT BOOK SALEJoin in a beloved local tradition and shop for a good cause at the Friends of Eugene Public Library’s Giant Book Sale at Lane Events Center Performance Hall. Proceeds from this all-volunteer project help support Eugene Public Library activities and events, including Summer Reading books and programs for children and teens.  PENDLETON WHISKY VELOCITY...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  April 12-14, 2024

PORTLAND:  WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALColorful fields reminiscent of Holland burst with acres of tulips in full bloom at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn. QUILT CRAFT & SEWING FESTIVALCome join the Festival in Portland – At the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival you will find a wide variety of Sewing, Quilting, Needle-Art and Craft supply exhibits from many quality...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: April 12-14, 2024

WELCOME THE WHALESWelcome the Whales honors Orca whales that return every spring with a parade & ceremony, a reception, and a boat trip. Also consider visiting Langley Whale Center. SEATTLE RESTAURANT WEEKGet a special deal on a three-course meal at hundreds of restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week. Dates and hours may vary by restaurant. Held in the spring...

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Mortgage Rates Remained Stable Despite Most Recent Jobs Report

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: April 5-7, 2024

WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALThe Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is an annual celebration of spring, showcasing acres of breathtaking tulip fields in bloom. Located in Woodburn, our festival attracts visitors from near and far to experience the beauty of millions of blooming tulips. REVERIE ROADReverie Road is a fresh, eclectic celtic combination, featuring fiddler Winifred Horan and accordionist John...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: April 5-7, 2024

EUGENE:  EUGENE EMERALDSThe Eugene Emeralds Minor League Baseball team will play six games against the Tri-City Dust Devils. Watch the action unfold at beautiful PK Park! The Ems have been a beloved local team since the 50s and host fun theme nights at every game. #IMOMSOHARD#IMOMSOHARD began as a popular web-series by real-life best friends, comedians, and moms...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  April 5-7, 2024

PORTLAND:  WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALColorful fields reminiscent of Holland burst with acres of tulips in full bloom at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn. TRILLIUM FESTIVALWelcome back Spring. The Annual Trillium Festival at Tryon Creek State Natural Area is an educational event for the whole community that celebrates the season of renewal in the forest and beyond.  BRAIN FAIRDiscover...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: April 5-7, 2024

DAFFODIL PARADEThe Daffodil Parade includes daffodil-covered floats, marching bands, clowns, and pirates that travel through Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting. It’s the highlight of the Daffodil Festival.  EVERETT FILM FESTIVALEverett Film Festival focuses on films by or about women at Everett Performing Arts Center.  EMERALD CITY HOEDOWNEmerald City Hoedown is an LGBTQ friendly weekend of dancing, with 35 workshops and...

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Consumer Sentiment Surged To Its Highest Level Since 2021

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: March 29-31, 2024

WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALThe Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is an annual celebration of spring, showcasing acres of breathtaking tulip fields in bloom. Located in Woodburn, our festival attracts visitors from near and far to experience the beauty of millions of blooming tulips. ORCHARD EASTER EGG HUNTJoin us as we celebrate Spring with an all-age Easter Egg Hunt in the...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: March 29-31, 2024

EUGENE:  EASTER BUNNY MEET & GREETLittle Critters Crew Small Animal Rescue will be providing an Easter Bunny Meet & Greet with bunnies and bubbles! They will be providing educational materials, as well as information for future adoptions.  WHALE WATCH WEEKIt’s Whale Watch Week along the Oregon Coast! In spring approximately 20,000 gray whales travel north to the cold waters...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  March 29-31, 2024

PORTLAND:  WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALColorful fields reminiscent of Holland burst with acres of tulips in full bloom at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn. HOP INTO SPRINGWelcome spring with outdoor lawn games, magic shows, animal encounters and more at Hop into Spring. Hop into Spring is a celebration of the spring season geared toward the 10-and-under crowd. Free...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: March 29-31, 2024

BUBBLES & BUNNIESBubbles & Bunnies is a morning 2.5K/5K that includes a drink ticket for the beer/mimosa garden. Children’s activities include a kids’ dash, 11 a.m. egg hunt, bouncy house, and bunny petting. Costumes are welcome. SNOHOMISH EASTER PARADEBilled as the state’s only Easter parade, Snohomish Easter Parade includes floats, bands, kids, and pets moving down First Street...

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The Market is Defying Odds and Maintaining its Momentum

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: March 22-24, 2024

WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALThe Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is an annual celebration of spring, showcasing acres of breathtaking tulip fields in bloom. Located in Woodburn, our festival attracts visitors from near and far to experience the beauty of millions of blooming tulips. YARD GARDEN & HOME SHOWThe 25th annual Yard Garden & Home Show boasts hundreds of new and...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: March 22-24, 2024

EUGENE:  GEM FAIREAt the Gem Faire you’ll find fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, pearls, minerals, fossils, and much more at manufacturer’s prices. Also, you can get your jewelry repaired and cleaned while you shop.  WHALE WATCH WEEKIt’s Whale Watch Week along the Oregon Coast! In spring approximately 20,000 gray whales travel...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  March 22-24, 2024

PORTLAND:  WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALColorful fields reminiscent of Holland burst with acres of tulips in full bloom at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn. PORTLAND TIMBERSHead to Providence Park to watch the Portland Timbers take on their rivals. Cheer with the Timbers’ Army at Providence Park and become part of a Portland tradition. PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKETOpen every Saturday from...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: March 15-17, 2024

HOLICelebrate Holi when colored powder flies, a DJ plays dance music, and Indian food is sold, all to support charity at Bellevue Downtown Park.   ILUMINATEiLuminate features dancers in lighted suits “performing dynamic routines and illusions” to hip-hop, contemporary jazz, and original songs at Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center FRENCH FESTFrench Fest is a celebration of French-speaking...

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Mortgage Rates Drop For Second Week In A Row

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: March 15-17, 2024

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONThe leprechauns are on our side, bringing us rainbows and merriment for St. Patrick’s Day. Join us for multiple days of food & drink specials, McMenamins own Irish Stout, live music and plenty of hijinks. CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVALThe annual Cherry Blossom Festival continues this year in the Capitol Mall. It will have various displays, vendors...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: March 15-17, 2024

EUGENE:  ST. PATRICK’S CELEBRATIONCelebrate St. Patrick’s Day and everything green with Falling Sky Brewing. They’ll host live music while you enjoy their drink specials, like their Nitro Stormwalker Irish Red and Green Beer. Their food specials include corned beef and Irish lamb stew.  EVERGREEN TATTOO EXPOThe Evergreen Tattoo Expo returns in 2024 for another exciting year of great...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  March 15-17, 2024

PORTLAND:  KELLS ST. PATRICK’S DAY IRISH FESTIVALCelebrate with Kells this St. Patrick’s Day for the 2024 edition of the Portland Irish Festival with Live Music, Irish Dancing, Bagpipes, Vendors, Irish Food and Drinks.​ PADDY’S ST. PATRICK’S FESTIVALJoin Paddy’s for Portland’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.  Live Irish Music, Bagpipers, Irish Dancers, Irish Food Specials, Guinness, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey and more...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: March 15-17, 2024

ST. PADDY’S DAY PARTY CRUISESt. Paddy’s Day Party Cruise includes your first drink, an appetizer and dessert buffet, DJ music, dancing, and 2.5 hours of views on Lake Union and Lake Washington, departing from Waterways Cruises.   ST. PATRICK’S DAY DASHWear green or a costume to the St. Patrick’s Day Dash 5K at Seattle Center. Afterward, head to...

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Significant Rise In Mortgage Applications For The First Time In Six Weeks 

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: March 8-10, 2024

DUELING PIANOSCome experience 90 minutes of a one of a kind, audience interactive comedy musical show! The Dueling Pianos will play from their catalogue of over 1,000 songs from numerous decades and genres, and pretty much any artist or song the audience wants to hear! YOUNG ARTISTS’ SHOWCASENow in its 15th year, the Young Artists’ Showcase has grown into...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: March 8-10, 2024

EUGENE:  LANE COUNTY HOME & GARDEN SHOWCome by the 44th Annual Lane County Home & Garden Show to shop and compare two acres of exhibits featuring the best experts, new products and services for homes and yards. Learn “How-to” get your home, remodeling, and garden projects started out right with 40 hourly seminars. You can also register...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  March 8-10, 2024

PORTLAND:  PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERSWatch the Pacific Northwest’s only NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers compete this season. Cheer along with Rip City at the Moda Center and become part of a Portland tradition. WINTER MUSIC FESTIVALCelebrating over ten years of music and still going strong. This festival gives you great entertainment for a few hours and a chance to...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: March 8-10, 2024

SEATTLE GOLF SHOWSeattle Golf Show has 130 exhibitors, free lessons, and challenges with prizes at Washington State Convention Center.   KENT KIDS ARTS DAYKids create hands-on art projects for one flat fee at Kent Kids’ Arts Day in Kent Commons. CARNIVAL OF COCKTAILSThe highlight of Seattle Cocktail Week is the Carnival of Cocktails, where adults can watch cocktail demonstrations...

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Home Prices Have Exceeded Average Annual Gains

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: March 1-3, 2024

THE PROM MUSICALOn a mission to transform lives, Broadway’s brassiest join forces with a courageous girl and the town’s citizens and the result is love that brings them all together. Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, THE PROM expertly captures all the humor and heart of a classic musical comedy with a message that...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: March 1-3, 2024

EUGENE:  SPRING RV SHOWThe 56th Annual Oregon State Eugene Spring RV Show is a multi-dealer RV event showcasing hundreds of new and used RVs and RV products. Enjoy shopping and comparing hundreds of new and used RV’s, all from Western Oregon’s premiere regional dealerships. FLORENCE HOME & GARDEN SHOWThe Florence Events Center will be transformed into an...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  March 1-3, 2024

PORTLAND:  PORTLAND GOLF SHOWThe Portland Golf Show features the lowest prices of the year on name-brand clubs and equipment from the industry’s leading manufacturers in the Fiddler’s Green Golf Shop, a free driving range lined with manufacturer’s reps showing off the hottest new clubs of the year, fun skills contests with unbelievable prizes, free lessons from top Northwest...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: March 1-3, 2024

SEWING & STITCHERY EXPOBrowse hundreds of booths and attend seminars at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo at Washington State Fair Events Center.   WINTHROP BALLOON ROUNDUPIf weather cooperates, watch a dozen hot-air balloons inflate and launch each morning at Winthrop Balloon Roundup.  SPRING VIBES CONCERTA trio plays “jazz standards, works of pre-jazz era composers, classical music influenced by jazz...

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Experts Are No Longer Predicting A Recession, The Economy Is Surpassing Expectations

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: February 23-25, 2024

SALTWATER SPORTSMEN’S SHOWThe 2024 Saltwater Sportsmen’s Show will be held this weekend at the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center! All proceeds from raffle ticket sales, seminar admission, and donations at our demonstration booths will benefit the OSU Scholarship Fund we endowed in 2020.  Scholarships are awarded each year to a junior or senior majoring in marine...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: February 23-25, 2024

EUGENE:  BACON BLUEGRASS & BONEYARD BEER FESTIt’s the 8th annual Bacon, Bluegrass & Boneyard Beer Fest! Every year their food trucks go bacon crazy and this year is going to be better than ever with multiple dishes from every truck and seven days to enjoy them. Seven days of excellence in entertainment, bluegrassery and fun with...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  February 23-25, 2024

PORTLAND:  OREGON CRAFT BEER MONTHFebruary is Oregon Craft Beer Month, a month-long focus on Oregon craft breweries, highlighting events, beer releases, and more. Why February? It tends to be one of the slowest sales and tourist months of the year. The goal is to help encourage folks to visit and support Oregon craft breweries across the state...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: February 23-25, 2024

SEATTLE KRAKENWatch Seattle Kraken play a home game on the ice at Climate Pledge Arena.   SEATTLE HOME & GARDEN SHOWSeattle Home & Garden Show has exhibits about building, remodeling, decorating, and landscaping homes at Lumen Field Event Center.  WINTERGRASSWintergrass has dozens of acts on multiple stages, plus workshops and impromptu jams at Hyatt Regency Bellevue.   CHILLY HILLYBicycling Magazine called the...

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Homebuilder Confidence And Mortgage Applications On The Rise

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: February 16-18, 2024

THE CHERRY CITY CLASSICWe are excited to bring you The Cherry City Classic this weekend! The event is a family friendly event centered around the art of the motorcycle and hotrod culture. Be prepared to see an array of custom, one-of-a-kind motorcycles unlike anything Salem has seen before. CITY OF DALLAS 150TH CELEBRATIONJoin us in celebrating 150 Years...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: February 16-18, 2024

EUGENE:  FRONTIER HERITAGE FAIRLearn about Oregon’s history during the frontier days at the Frontier Heritage Fair. Take a step back in time to simpler days to experience life as it was in the 1800s. See people dressed in the attire of the era and watch demonstrations on tool-making and more. TOT DISCOVERY DAYTot Discovery Day is a...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  February 16-18, 2024

PORTLAND:  PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPORTSMEN’S SHOWThe Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show is the largest sportsmen’s show west of the Mississippi and undoubtedly the region’s most anticipated annual event for outdoor adventurers and sportsmen of all ages. NW BLACK COMEDY FESTIVALBigger, blacker, and funnier with more showcases and live podcasts than ever before. The NW Black Comedy Festival features ten showcases, two live...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: February 16-18, 2024

SEATTLE RV SHOWSee hundreds of new recreational vehicles and accessories at the Seattle RV Show, which also has seminars, and a beer & wine area at Lumen Field Event Center.   SWEETHEART BALLKings and Princesses Sweetheart Ball includes “a rhinestone tiara crowning by Cinderella,” a dance, craft making, professional photos, and treats at Party Magic.   RED WINE &...

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Over Half Of Homeowners In The U.S. Currently Hold Considerable Amount Of Equity In Their Homes

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: February 9-11, 2024

COUPLES WINE & WATERCOLORCome explore your creative side and enjoy some wonderful local wine while you paint at this Couples Wine & Watercolor class! I encourage you to make it unique; collaborate with your partner, add special elements for you both, and enjoy the process together! VALENTINE’S PAINT PARTYWe invite you and your kiddo to come and...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: February 9-11, 2024

EUGENE:  VALENTINE SPEAKEASYStep into an evening of romance, glamour, and mystery at Thinking Tree Spirits’ Valentine Speakeasy. Join a modern speakeasy experience celebrating love in style. Try their curated selection of signature cocktails, sway to love songs, and dress in prohibition-era attire for a night filled with live burlesque performances. An enchanting glamourous party awaits. WOMEN...

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2023 Fourth Quarter Market Report

We are pleased to present our Quarterly Market Report for Q4 2023, providing a comprehensive analysis of the latest developments and trends in the ever-evolving real estate landscape. In this edition, we dive deep into the economic shifts, market dynamics, and emerging opportunities that defined the fourth quarter of 2023. Our team has curated data...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  February 9-11, 2024

PORTLAND:  DUMPLING WEEKEvery February, Portland celebrates its love for dough-wrapped delights with Dumpling Week, a citywide celebration featuring inventive dumpling creations that you won’t find anywhere (or anytime) else. Participating restaurants will serve up special dumplings unavailable on their regular menus for dining in, take-out and/or delivery. BLACK HISTORY FESTIVAL NWFor the past eighteen years, World Stage Theatre...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: February 9-11, 2024

VALENTINE’S CONCERTNorthwest Symphony Orchestra performs four classical works during its Valentine’s Concert at Highline Performing Arts Center.  ART BY DESIGNShop from 45 handmade art booths in a variety of mediums, surrounded by designer showrooms, at Art by Design in the Seattle Design Center.  MARDI GRAS PUB CRAWLWear a costume and beads to Mardi Gras Pub Crawl, which has live entertainment...

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Consumer Confidence Reaches Highest Level In 3 Years

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: February 2-4, 2024

VOLKSFESTJoin us for Volksfest, a family friendly event! Live music & entertainment, local craft brews and wines, food and craft vendors, and exclusive Volksfest Sausage by Mt. Angel Sausage Co   SALEM POLAR PLUNGEThe Salem Polar Plunge is your chance to step out of your comfort zone by jumping into an unforgettable experience that directly impacts the lives of...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: February 2-4, 2024

EUGENE:  EUGENE BOAT & SPORTSMEN’S SHOWThe 51st Annual Eugene Boat and Sportsmen’s Show is Lane County’s largest boat show and sale, presented by Bi-Mart. The show is jam-packed with hundreds of exhibits, displays and attractions representing several types of outdoor recreation, including boating, camping, fishing, hunting, RV’ing, ATV’ing, paddling, biking, climbing and hiking. Meet tour guides and...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  February 2-4, 2024

PORTLAND:  OREGON CRAFT BEER MONTHFebruary is Oregon Craft Beer Month, a month-long focus on Oregon craft breweries, highlighting events, beer releases, and more. Why February? It tends to be one of the slowest sales and tourist months of the year. The goal is to help encourage folks to visit and support Oregon craft breweries across the state. ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: February 2-4, 2024

RED WINE & CHOCOLATETaste pairings of wine and chocolate at a dozen small wineries during Red Wine & Chocolate.  ENUMCLAW WINE & CHOCOLATE FESTIVALSample chocolate from a dozen chocolatiers, taste wine from 20 wineries, hear music, buy food, and watch demonstrations at Enumclaw Wine & Chocolate Festival for age 21+ at Enumclaw Expo Center. EAGLE FESTIVALCelebrate the eagles...

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2024 Is Showing A Steady Start

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: January 26-28, 2024

FIRST TASTE OREGONFirst Taste features some of the industry’s best winemakers, craft brewers, spirit distillers, artists and culinary masters. If wine is not your thing, enjoy a hard cider or a craft brew from one of the state’s best craft brewers or discover your new favorite distilled beverage.  MO’S SEAFOOD & CHOWDER FESTIVALPlease join us in...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: January 26-28, 2024

EUGENE:  BREWS BLUES & CHOWDER FESTJoin us for the Brews Blues & Chowder Fest!  Each of beergarden’s food carts will create a unique variety of chowder, they’ll host blues music from some of the best talent in the area, and host a 100% Oregon Coast draft list to round out this epic event. The tap list...

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What Is a Non-arm’s Length Transaction?

An arm’s length transaction in real estate takes place between an unrelated seller and buyer who each act willingly, independently, and in their own best interests. The property is most likely to be sold at market value, which means that it’s been exposed on the open market for a reasonable length of time to get the highest...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  January 26-28, 2024

PORTLAND:  PORTLAND MUSIC MONTHJanuary is Portland Music Month (as officially proclaimed by the City of Portland). To celebrate, MusicPortland has curated 31 days of performances at 21 local venues featuring hundreds of music acts. The best part is, you’re invited. PORTLAND WINTER ICE RINKThe Portland Winter Ice Rink and Woodsy Winter Village is a family-friendly outdoor ice rink located at...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: January 26-28, 2024

REPTILE SHOWSee frogs, snakes, geckos, and other exotic creatures at the Pacific Northwest Reptile and Exotic Animal Show at Washington State Fair Events Center.  SEATTLE WEDDING SHOWLive and breathe weddings at the Seattle Wedding Show in the Washington State Convention Center.   GROUNDFROG DAY CELEBRATIONInstead of celebrating Groundhog’s Day, meet a frog named Snohomish Slew at the annual GroundFrog Day Celebration...

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Home Builder Confidence Rose For The Second Consecutive Month

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: January 19-21, 2024

SEAFOOD FESTIt’s time to celebrate the abundance of the ocean with Brooks’ first Seafood Feast! Order from a specially curated menu featuring locally sourced seafood perfectly paired to complement our wines. Wine flights and wines by the glass and bottle will also be available.   DATE-NIGHT PAINT PARTYJoin in on the FUN of Date-Night Paint Party and co-create a...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: January 19-21, 2024

EUGENE:  FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE MUSICJoin Saginaw Vineyard every Friday night for Friday Night Live Music from local bands. Enjoy their catered dinners that vary week to week, food from the daily kitchen menu or bring your own snacks. They have a variety of wines ranging from sweet to dry, as well as a selection of beers and...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  January 19-21, 2024

PORTLAND:  PORTLAND MUSIC MONTHJanuary is Portland Music Month (as officially proclaimed by the City of Portland). To celebrate, MusicPortland has curated 31 days of performances at 21 local venues featuring hundreds of music acts. The best part is, you’re invited. OREGON CIDER WEEKOregon Cider Week Special Edition is happening with CiderCon 2024, hosted in Portland, Oregon. The Northwest cider...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: January 19-21, 2024

SEATTLE KRAKENWatch Seattle Kraken play a home game on the ice at Climate Pledge Arena WEEKEND BRUNCH CRUISEEnjoy a buffet and two hours of lake views from your private table aboard a Weekend Brunch Cruise, departing from Waterways Cruises.  CORTEOCorteo features the amazing acrobats, musicians, singers, and actors of Cirque du Soleil at Climate Pledge Arena.   TACOMA RV SHOWCheck...

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Home Price Appreciation Continues To Push Forward

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: January 12-14, 2024

JANUARY CEILIStart the new year with dance! Come to January Ceili of the Valley Society’s 2nd Friday Ceili with musicians Bob Soper and Zac Lager and Sam Keator calling the dances. WINE & WATERCOLORI invite you to come explore your creative side and enjoy some wonderful local wine while you paint at Wine & Watercolor! We will be...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: January 12-14, 2024

EUGENE:  FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE MUSICJoin Saginaw Vineyard every Friday night for Friday Night Live Music from local bands. Enjoy their catered dinners that vary week to week, food from the daily kitchen menu or bring your own snacks. They have a variety of wines ranging from sweet to dry, as well as a selection of beers and...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  January 12-14, 2024

PORTLAND:  PORTLAND MUSIC MONTHJanuary is Portland Music Month (as officially proclaimed by the City of Portland). To celebrate, MusicPortland has curated 31 days of performances at 21 local venues featuring hundreds of music acts. The best part is, you’re invited. OREGON CIDER WEEKOregon Cider Week Special Edition is happening with CiderCon 2024, hosted in Portland, Oregon. The Northwest cider...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: January 12-14, 2024

THE COMEDY OF ERRORSA fast, funny, and wild play by William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors features slapstick comedy about mistaken identity at Center Theatre.  MLK CELEBRATIONThe annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. includes a breakfast, a social hour, a keynote speaker, live music, and a community conversation at South Seattle College.   TASTE OF THE NORTHWESTYour ticket to Taste...

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2024 Is Off To A Steady Start

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: January 5-7, 2024

WINE TRIVIA NIGHTJoin us in the tasting room to test your wine knowledge at Brooks’ Wine Trivia Night! Questions will range from easy to challenging (you don’t have to be a somm to participate)! There is no group minimum or maximum, but bringing friends is advisable (four brains are better than one). The winning team will...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: January 5-7, 2024

EUGENE:  GOAT YOGALet it all goat with the original goats that started the global phenomenon of Goat Yoga. The experience includes yoga, animal-assisted therapy, beautiful views and loving on animals. Goat Yoga is about disconnecting from day-to-day stress, illness or depression and focusing on happy vibes! No yoga experience is needed. BLOODY MARY BARJoin 255 Madison...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  January 5-7, 2024

PORTLAND:  PORTLAND MUSIC MONTHJanuary is Portland Music Month (as officially proclaimed by the City of Portland). To celebrate, MusicPortland has curated 31 days of performances at 21 local venues featuring hundreds of music acts. The best part is, you’re invited. PORTLAND WINTER ICE RINKThe Portland Winter Ice Rink and Woodsy Winter Village is a family-friendly outdoor ice rink located at...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: January 5-7, 2024

ORCA CONPlay board games, card games, role playing games, and miniatures games during OrcaCon, which includes panel discussions, workshop, and vendors in Hilton Bellevue. PUYALLUP HOME & GARDEN SHOWGet help for your home and garden at Puyallup Home & Garden Show at Washington State Fair Events Center.   JET CITY ROLLER DERBYWatch the women of Jet City Roller Derby play an...

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Rates Continue To Trend Down As We Ring In The New Year

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: December 29-31, 2023

NOON YEARS EVE BALLOON DROPGet ready to ring in the Noon Year at our annual Balloon Drop Party! Join us for special holiday crafts, our signature hot chocolate bar and, of course, the big balloon drop at the strike of Noon as we celebrate the start of 2024. The museum will be closed to general admission...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: December 29-31, 2023

EUGENE:  WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND‘Tis the season to be Walking In A Winter Wonderland through Christmas lights with friends and family drinking hot cocoa! The Cottage Grove Speedway will be illuminated with lights and holiday cheer, and the fire pits, cocoa and cocktails will be at the ready to warm you up. Capture the memories with...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  December 29-31, 2023

PORTLAND:  PORTLAND WINTER ICE RINKThe Portland Winter Ice Rink and Woodsy Winter Village is a family-friendly outdoor ice rink located at the west end of the Morrison Bridgehead on the waterfront in Portland, Oregon. CHAMPAGNE BALLThis year the Champagne Ball features 16,000 square feet of good times, including beautiful ballrooms and high-energy midnight countdown productions. There’s plenty of room for...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: December 29-31, 2023

NYELECTRIC 2023A ticket to NYElectric 2023 includes an open bar for five hours, three DJs playing dance music, party favors, and a midnight countdown at Hyatt Regency Seattle.   IGNITEIgnite includes DJ dance music, party favors, and midnight champagne at W Seattle.  NEW YEARS EVE AT SKY VIEW OBSERVATORYWatch the Space Needle’s fireworks at midnight from indoors atop the...

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Consumer & Builder Confidence Rose To New Heights In December

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: December 22-24, 2023

HOLIDAY SPARKLES AT POWERLANDHoliday Sparkles at Powerland is an annual drive-through holiday experience at Powerland Heritage Park will take place the first three weekends of December this year, and there are many fun new things to see!  MAGIC AT THE MILLMagic at the Mill has been a Salem tradition for many years!  This cherished seasonal festival will...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: December 22-24, 2023

EUGENE:  WINTER HOLIDAY LASER ADVENTURESing along to your favorite holiday songs and immerse yourself in the amazing laser light artwork at the Winter Holiday Laser Adventure!! You’ll hear classics like “Let it Snow,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and more. ELF THE MUSICALBased on the popular 2003 film, Elf the Musical is a hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy that follows Buddy the...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  December 22-24, 2023

PORTLAND:  PORTLAND WINTER ICE RINKThe Portland Winter Ice Rink and Woodsy Winter Village is a family-friendly outdoor ice rink located at the west end of the Morrison Bridgehead on the waterfront in Portland, Oregon. PEACOCK LANEEach house in this quaint southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas for decades. Mostly Tudors, the houses are adorned with not only...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: December 22-24, 2023

ARBORETUM WINTER SOLSTICE WALKTake a luminary forest walk on lit pathways, and make a craft at the Arboretum Winter Solstice Walk for age 21+.   HOLIDAY FUN RUNYou’re welcome to dress for the holidays when you join the Holiday Fun Run (5K, 10K, 15K), followed by hot chocolate at Magnuson Park.   MODEL TRAIN FESTIVALWatch model trains run through detailed scenes...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: December 15-17, 2023

HOLIDAY SPARKLES AT POWERLANDHoliday Sparkles at Powerland is an annual drive-through holiday experience at Powerland Heritage Park will take place the first three weekends of December this year, and there are many fun new things to see!  OREGON GARDEN HOLIDAY BAZAARThe Oregon Garden’s Holiday Bazaar is back, and even bigger and better than before! This all-indoors family friendly...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: December 15-17, 2023

EUGENE:  HOLIDAY NIGHT MARKET POP-UPJoin a very special Holiday Night Pop-Up Market at Swallowtail in Springfield! They’ll have everything from stoneground nut butters and gluten-free sweet treats to crocheted art and vintage clothes! Bring a friend or two and come spend the evening! ELF THE MUSICALBased on the popular 2003 film, Elf the Musical is a hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: December 8-10, 2023

HOLIDAY SPARKLES AT POWERLANDHoliday Sparkles at Powerland is an annual drive-through holiday experience at Powerland Heritage Park will take place the first three weekends of December this year, and there are many fun new things to see!  JINGLE BELL 5K RELAYThe Jingle Bell 5K Relay is for teams or individuals, this event is a 1k loop completed 5...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: December 8-10, 2023

EUGENE:  CIDERGARDENCidergarden 2023 will consist of 7 days of cider, seasonal food specials from all 6 carts and entertainment all week long. It’s going to feel just like summer in their gigantic heated and enclosed tent! Beergarden will be turning their beer taps into cider taps. They will have themed flights every day and featured cider...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  December 8-10, 2023

PORTLAND:  MENORAH LIGHTINGAiming to have 1,800 people join the Menorah Lighting in Portland’s Pioneer Square, the vision is to generate 1,800 points of light, ignite 1,800 Chanukah candles, and join together with over 1,00 voices singing “Maoz Tzur Yeshuati” — “O mighty stronghold of my salvation”.  PDX POP-UP SHOPSAnnouncing the exciting unveiling of the lineup for this year’s...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: December 8-10, 2023

THE NUTCRACKERPacific Northwest Ballet performs The Nutcracker by George Balanchine, with a live orchestra, magnificent sets and costumes, and a huge cast in McCaw Hall.  ISSAQUAH REINDEER FESTIVALVisit Cougar Mountain Zoo when it’s decorated like the North Pole to welcome Santa with his reindeer and sleigh during the Issaquah Reindeer Festival. THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMASSee a million lights...

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Mortgage Rates Drop For Fifth Consecutive Week

MORTGAGE RATES DROP FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WEEK. Mortgage rates continued to drop this week. It’s the fifth straight week rates have moved lower. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to an average of 7.22% in the week ending November 30, down from 7.29% the week before, according to data from Freddie Mac released Thursday. “The current trajectory of...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  December 1-3, 2023

PORTLAND:  WINTER WONDERLANDRecognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the “Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi”, Winter Wonderland will grab your attention with glimmers and glows around every corner. PORTLAND NIGHT MARKETThe Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Meet...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: December 1-3, 2023

DOWNTOWN SALEM HOLIDAY PARADEMain Street Association is excited to continue and expand on the Downtown Salem Holiday Parade that returned in 2022. The parade will take place on Friday, December 1, 2023. It will originate at Waverly Street & State Street and end at the intersection of Liberty Street and Court Street with a celebration on Court...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: December 1-3, 2023

EUGENE:  HOLIDAY MARKETPLACEVintage, handcrafted holiday items, food, and more are available from community artisans and vendors. Have lunch and shop for gifts and décor at this unique Holiday Marketplace. It is a one-stop holiday shopping experience that will make your holiday gift search easy and fun.  ELF THE MUSICALBased on the popular 2003 film, Elf the Musical is...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: December 1-3, 2023

CAROLING COMPETITIONHear dozens of caroling teams sing, and then vote for your favorite at Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition at Pike Place Market.   TWINKLE TWINKLETwinkle Twinkle promises festive treats, a bonfire, roasted s’mores, cocoa, holiday lights, and carolers singing at Seneca Plaza in Freeway Park.   KIRKLAND WINE, BEER, & SPIRITS WALKDrink local wine in 20 shops...

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Predictions For 2024 Are Looking Steady

The Economic and Strategic Research Group of Fannie Mae projected This Week in Real Estate a near-term decline in existing home sales, anticipating a gradual uptick over the course of 2024. Their forecast also predicts a regression of mortgage rates from recent peaks, with an expected average of 6.8 percent by the fourth quarter of...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: November 24-26, 2023

TREE-LIGHTING CELEBRATIONThe Tree-Lighting Celebration pre-show entertainment begins at 3 p.m., the countdown to light the tree and giant star begins at 5 p.m., and a post-show concert follows in Westlake Park.  HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY MARKETBrowse 125 craft tables and shop from food trucks during Holly Jolly Holiday Market at Thomas Family Farm.  GEEKCRAFT EXPO SEATTLE HOLIDAY MARKETGeekCraft Expo Seattle...

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Downward Trend In Mortgage Rates Spurred  Uptick In Mortgage Demand 

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: November 17-19, 2023

MAGIC OF LIGHTSMagic of Lights, a unique and dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience, is bigger and brighter than ever with more than a mile of spectacular light displays that bring to life your favorite holiday scenes and characters. SILVERTON CHRISTMAS MARKETJoin us for an awe-inspiring light display and Silverton Christmas Market at the Oregon Garden Resort! This...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: November 17-19, 2023

EUGENE:  VENETA-FERN RIDGE HOLIDAY BAZAARLet the holiday fun begin! Shop until you drop at the 46th Annual Holiday Bazaar with 26 locations and most locations hosting numerous vendors. Enjoy a fun day exploring the area while you support local crafts folk, bakers, and artisans. Homemade cinnamon rolls, home decor, all sorts of baked goods and artwork galore!...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  November 17-19, 2023

PORTLAND:  PORTLAND HOLIDAY MARKETShop outside the big box. The Portland Holiday Market will return to the Portland Expo Center. It’s an entirely new holiday shopping experience and the one place to get all your holiday shopping done. BREW LIGHTSEnjoy the twinkling magical wonderland of ZooLights—without any kids. Join the fifth annual Brew Lights, a ZooLights brew festival experience just...

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November Training Sessions

Join the Northwest School of Real Estate and better your business with the following: Social Media 101 – Wednesday, November 15th at our Kent office. Register Here! Buyer’s Agreement Class – Wednesday, November 15th at our Bellevue office. Register Here! Value Proposition Class – Wednesday, November 15th at our Bellevue office. Register Here! Value Proposition...

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How to Navigate High Mortgage Interest Rates

Mortgage interest rates are hovering at the highest levels in over 23 years, causing mortgage demand to sink to a 27-year low. Waiting for home prices to come down has had little success for homebuyers due to an unprecedented imbalance in housing supply. What can you and other homebuyers do to increase your buying power? One...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: November 17-19, 2023

QUILT CRAFT & SEWING FESTIVALQuilt, Craft & Sewing Festival offers workshops, seminars, and fabric & supply vendors in the Showplex Building at Washington State Fair Events Center.   SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOWSee 500 of the latest cars and trucks, plus rare classics at the Seattle International Auto Show at Lumen Field Event Center.   GOBBLE UPShop from “80 local crafty...

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Mortgage Rates Drop For Second Consecutive Week

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What to Consider When Selling a Home “As Is”

It’s no secret that homebuyers prefer move-in ready homes that have been repaired and updated. The Wall Street Journalreports that fewer homebuyers want fixer-uppers because of high mortgage interest rates and construction loans. Since the seller has disclaimed the home, the cost of repairs and updates are unknown. Some mortgage guarantors like FHA and VA have...

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Should Sellers Help Buyers With a Mortgage Buydown?

In August 2023, the average 30-year mortgage interest rate hit its highest level since 2000. At 7.48%, they were nearly triple where they were during the pandemic when they reached a low of 2.65% in January 2021. Meanwhile, median home prices rose for 10 consecutive quarters beginning in fall 2020, only declining for two straight quarters to...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: November 10-12, 2023

VETERANS DAY CEREMONYThe Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs will honor all Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces on Veterans Day during its Statewide Veterans Day Ceremony this year in view of the Oregon State Capitol Building.  VETERANS CONCERTThe Willamette Master Chorus starts off the 39th concert season with our 19th Annual Veterans Concert. A review of popular music...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: November 10-12, 2023

EUGENE:  VETERANS DAY PARADECelebrate Veteran’s Day in Florence and wave to this year’s Grand Marshall, Russ Connelley, a Second World War Veteran at the Veterans Day Parade. Honor the veterans in your life and in the community! RALLY IN THE ALLEYCalling all Duck fans! The evening before the Saturday University of Oregon football home games, flock...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  November 10-12, 2023

PORTLAND:  PORTLAND VETERANS DAY PARADEThe Portland Veterans Day Parade is a family-friendly event honoring all Veterans, past and present, living and deceased. NATIONAL VETERANS DAY RUNCome run the National Veterans Day Run – Portland race in Portland this weekend!    FREE ZOO ADMISSION FOR VETSThe Oregon Zoo is proud to offer Free Admission on Nov. 10 and 11 for military members, veterans and...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: November 10-12, 2023

FREE STATE PARK DAY – VETERANS DAYVeterans Day is one of the State Parks Free Days, so you can spend it picnicking and playing at any of the 140 Washington State Parks. VETERANS DAY OBSERVATIONVeterans Day Observation is held by American Legion Post One to honor our nation’s heroes at Ft Lawton Post National Cemetery in at Discovery...

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Third Quarter Market Report, 2023

We are pleased to present our Quarterly Market Report for Q3 2023, providing a comprehensive analysis of the latest developments and trends in the ever-evolving real estate landscape. In this edition, we dive deep into the economic shifts, market dynamics, and emerging opportunities that defined the third quarter of 2023. Our team has curated data...

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Single-Family Construction On The Rise For Fifth Consecutive Month

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6 External Influences That Lessen Home Values

Home prices are still near record highs, so if you’re purchasing your next home in a cheaper or unfamiliar area, be aware of outside influences that can lower your property values. Noise. Traffic noise, sirens, construction, and other noise pollution can impact home values. Areas to avoid include next to a freeway, on a busy thoroughfare...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: November 3-5, 2023

DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATIONJoin us to celebrate the tradition of honoring and remembering our ancestors and family members for this Day Of The Dead Celebration! SUNSET WINE & WATERCOLORI invite you to come explore your creative side and enjoy some wonderful local wine while you paint during this Sunset Wine & Watercolor class! We will be painting...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: November 3-5, 2023

EUGENE:  GEM FAIREAt the Gem Faire you’ll find fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, pearls, minerals, fossils, and much more at manufacturer’s prices. Also, you can get your jewelry repaired and cleaned while you shop. To learn more, visit their website or use the provided contact information. RALLY IN THE...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  November 3-5, 2023

PORTLAND:   PORTLAND BOOK FESTIVALPortland Book Festival (formerly “Wordstock”) returns every November with an impressive (and extensive) lineup of local and national authors.  HOMETOWN THROWDOWNPortland’s own Wheels of Justice are the reigning World Champions of Roller Derby, don’t miss their epic return to Hometown Throwdown in 2023 as they take on Division 1 Teams right here in Rose City...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: November 3-5, 2023

SEATTLE RESTAURANT WEEKGet a special deal on a three-course meal at hundreds of restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week.  EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVALThe Earshot Jazz Festival features dozens of concerts by local and worldwide jazz greats.  DISNEY ON ICEDisney characters skate, dance, and act out scenes from Disney movies at Disney on Ice: Frozen & Encanto at Angel of the Winds Arena...

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New Home Sales Are On The Rise

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: October 27-29, 2023

SCARECROW CONTESTOver 40 spooky scarecrows have descended on the historic town of Dallas throughout October for the Scarecrow Contest! Grab a cup of coffee and peruse local shops as you stroll through this Halloween-inspired wonderland! HFMA FREE MUSEUM ADMISSIONEveryone is invited to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art with free admission to the...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: October 20-22, 2023

EUGENE:  FRIGHT! AT THE MUSEUMThe haunted house at Springfield History Museum makes a return this year to take you through local history in the spookiest manner. The kid-friendly hours are 4 – 6 p.m., then at 6:30 p.m. the real frights begin for the older kids and adults. Recover after your journey through the haunted house with...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  October 27-29, 2023

PORTLAND:   SPIRIT OF HALLOWEENTOWNThe historic town of St. Helens, located 45 minutes from Portland, celebrates Halloween all month long with haunted tours, costume contests and more.  OAKS PARK SCAREGROUNDSPortland Oregon’s ONLY Scream Park returns this fall to one of the oldest amusement parks in the country, the historic Oaks Amusement Park. The Scaregrounds features three horrifying haunted walkthrough attractions...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: October 27-29, 2023

TACOMA HOLIDAY FOOD & GIFT FESTIVALBilled as the largest holiday show in the West, Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival has 465 booths of handmade items and specialty foods plus cooking demonstrations and Santa Claus at the Tacoma Dome.  PARK PUPS SPOOKTACULARWatch canines in costume compete for “best overall, most creative, and spookiest costumes” at Park Pups Spooktacular. HALLOWEEN PARTY...

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High Mortgage Rates Have Slowed Price Surges

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: October 20-22, 2023

HFMA FREE MUSEUM ADMISSIONEveryone is invited to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art with free admission to the museum throughout the month of October. THE NIGHTMARE FACTORYOregon’s longest running haunted house is back! Enter if you dare: The Nightmare Factory is open for scares!  BAUMAN’S HARVEST FESTIVALBauman’s Harvest Festival features fun for the entire family!...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: October 20-22, 2023

EUGENE:  FRIGHT! AT THE MUSEUMThe haunted house at Springfield History Museum makes a return this year to take you through local history in the spookiest manner. The kid-friendly hours are 4 – 6 p.m., then at 6:30 p.m. the real frights begin for the older kids and adults. Recover after your journey through the haunted house with...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: October 20-22, 2023

PORTLAND:   SPIRIT OF HALLOWEENTOWNThe historic town of St. Helens, located 45 minutes from Portland, celebrates Halloween all month long with haunted tours, costume contests and more.  OAKS PARK SCAREGROUNDSPortland Oregon’s ONLY Scream Park returns this fall to one of the oldest amusement parks in the country, the historic Oaks Amusement Park. The Scaregrounds features three horrifying haunted walkthrough attractions...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: October 20-22, 2023

HOOT N’ OWLWear a costume to Hoot ‘N’ Owl, which has eight candy stations, games, nocturnal animals, and spooky decorations at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.   HALLOWEEN TRAINEnjoy apple cider and watch it being pressed, hear train stories in the train shed, and ride the decorated steam-powered Halloween Train that runs 3 times a day between Snoqualmie and North...

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Home Prices Remain Resilient Amidst An Ever-Changing Market

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: October 13-15, 2023

HFMA FREE MUSEUM ADMISSIONEveryone is invited to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art with free admission to the museum throughout the month of October. THE NIGHTMARE FACTORYOregon’s longest running haunted house is back! Enter if you dare: The Nightmare Factory is open for scares!  BAUMAN’S HARVEST FESTIVALBauman’s Harvest Festival features fun for the entire family!...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: October 13-15, 2023

EUGENE:  ADVENTURE FAMILY HALLOWEEN PARTYWelcome back to Adventure! Family Halloween Party! This year’s event will feature carnival games, prizes, snacks, photo booth, scavenger hunt, crafts, raffle, live piano music, pumpkin auction, and more surprises! Non-horror costumes are welcome at this family event! CLAY FEST SHOW & SALEThe 25th Annual Clay Fest is an exceptional three-day event showcasing more...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  October 13-15, 2023

PORTLAND:   SPIRIT OF HALLOWEENTOWNThe historic town of St. Helens, located 45 minutes from Portland, celebrates Halloween all month long with haunted tours, costume contests and more.  PORTLAND FILM FESTIVALPortland Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and audiences and celebrating the power of a good story. The festival focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: October 13-15, 2023

HOOT N’ OWLWear a costume to Hoot ‘N’ Owl, which has eight candy stations, games, nocturnal animals, and spooky decorations at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.   ORTING PUMPKIN FESTOrting Pumpkin Fest has food vendors (all with at least one pumpkin item), family entertainment, kids’ games, a car show, arts & crafts booths, and a noon pet parade at...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: October 6-8, 2023

THE NIGHTMARE FACTORYOregon’s longest running haunted house is back! Enter if you dare: The Nightmare Factory is open for scares! BAUMAN’S HARVEST FESTIVALBauman’s Harvest Festival features fun for the entire family! There will be mazes, obstacle courses, rides, farm animals, and more! INDOOR WINTER FARMER’S MARKETJoin us for an Indoor Farmer’s Market all winter long. The nursery is being transformed...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: October 6-8, 2023

EUGENE:  COLONIAL HARVEST DAYS & CORN MAZECelebrate the harvest season with Colonial Harvest Days & Corn Maze, a unique fall experience on a family farm. Say hi to the resident goats Teeny and Tiny, explore the corn mazes and pick a pumpkin from the field. There will be a full-service espresso bar, pumpkins, gourds, squash, u-pick...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  October 6-8, 2023

PORTLAND:   SPIRIT OF HALLOWEENTOWNThe historic town of St. Helens, located 45 minutes from Portland, celebrates Halloween all month long with haunted tours, costume contests and more.  PORTLAND WING WEEKHave a pile of napkins ready while you dig into a plate of specially sauced drums and flats at the return of Portland Mercury’s Wing Week — with creative, one-of-a-kind chicken...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: October 6-8, 2023

HAUNTED HISTORY GHOST TOURHear about Seattle’s history and unexplained mysteries “where restless spirits still make their presence known” on the Haunted History Ghost Tour. BIER ON THE PIERBier on the Pier offers beer, cider, food trucks, and live music in the warehouse at Port of Anacortes.   OKTOBERFEST NORTHWESTOktoberfest Northwest serves beer, brats, music, games, kids’ activities, and a...

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Puget Sound Area Monthly Planner: October 2023

HAUNTED HISTORY GHOST TOURHear about Seattle’s history and unexplained mysteries “where restless spirits still make their presence known” on the Haunted History Ghost Tour. BIER ON THE PIERBier on the Pier offers beer, cider, food trucks, and live music in the warehouse at Port of Anacortes.   OKTOBERFEST NORTHWESTOktoberfest Northwest serves beer, brats, music, games, kids’ activities, and...

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The Supply-Demand Gap Continues To Fuel An Increase In Home Prices

The Supply-Demand Gap Continues To Fuel An Increase In Home Prices. ATTOM released its third quarter U.S. Home Affordability Report This Week in Real Estate showing that affordability has exacerbated across the nation amid a third-quarter increase in home prices and home-mortgage rates. The nationwide median price of single-family homes and condos is up 2 percent...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: September 29 – October 1, 2023

PUMPKIN CARVING CONTESTCome enjoy a glass of wine while carving a pumpkin! For the entire month of October, elevate your tasting experience with some Halloween 🎃 fun! All supplies are included. We will snap a photo of your pumpkin and enter you into the contest – you get to take your pumpkin home. We will let...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: September 29 – October 1, 2023

EUGENE:  APPLE DAZEIt’s time for Apple Daze! Each weekend, have a blast at Detering Orchards, where all your favorite fall activities are: U-pick pumpkins, wagon rides, cow train rides, a corn maze, tractor rides, apple blaster and corn cannon, and mechanical bull rides. They’ll also have craft beer and cider, as well as homemade caramel apples...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: September 29 – October 1, 2023 

PORTLAND:   SPIRIT OF HALLOWEENTOWNThe historic town of St. Helens, located 45 minutes from Portland, celebrates Halloween all month long with haunted tours, costume contests and more.  PORTLAND FRESH HOPS FESTIVALJoin the Oregon Brewers Guild’s Portland Fresh Hops Festival at the Oaks Amusement Park for a two-day celebration of fresh hops. THE MAIZE AT THE PUMPKIN PATCHWhen summer winds down...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: September 29 – October 1, 2023

MARINERSWatch the Seattle Mariners play an exciting home game at T-Mobile Park. TACOMA RV SHOWSee the latest recreational vehicles at the Tacoma Fall RV Show in the Tacoma Dome.   BOOS & BITESA ticket to Boo’s & Bites VIP Night includes a picnic dinner, haunted characters, a Halloween light show, and entrance to the Haunted Woods at Maris Farms. GREAT PUMPKIN BEER...

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Rates Hold Steady As Prices Continue To Trend Upwards

Mortgage interest rates held steady this week in response to the Federal Reserve’s much-expected decision to not raise the benchmark interest rate. According to Freddie Mac, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate was 7.19 percent compared to 7.18 percent the prior week. The National Association of Realtors released its August Existing-Home Sales report This...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  September 22-24, 2023

PORTLAND:   OAKS PARK OKTOBERFESTHead to Oaks Amusement Park for their annual Oktoberfest, where you can expect several beers on tap, delicious German food, live bands and performances by dance groups. “Willkommen” back to Oktoberfest, the first one since 2019. This fall family festival returns with three days of authentic German food and beer, polka music, dancing...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: September 22-24, 2023

SEAHAWKSWatch the Seahawks play an exciting home game at Lumen Field.   GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVALGig Harbor Film Festival screens independent films, hosts parties, and promises “at least one world-premier, a host of local content including several documentaries made in Washington, and a music-act film” at Galaxy Theatres.  FREMONT OKTOBERFESTFremont Oktoberfest offers 100 kinds of beer and cider, food...

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As Core Inflation Continues To Slow The Fed Will Likely Be On Track For A Pause In Rate Hikes

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the August Consumer Price Index This Week in Real Estate which showed inflation accelerated in August for the second consecutive month, however, core inflation continued to slow to its slowest pace since September 2021. The Federal Reserve meet next week to deliberate monetary policy. Fed officials pay closer attention...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: September 15-17, 2023

WILLAMETTE VALLEY WINE & BEER FESTIVALWillamette Valley Wine & Beer Festival features the best Wines, Craft Breweries and Hard Ciders in the Valley. Live Music and local Food Trucks make for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon. XICHA FESTXicha Fest is our celebration of Cerveza, Comida, and Cultura. Enjoy food, live music, and artisanal vendors. ¡Nos Vemos! MUSHROOM PAINT...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: September 15-17, 2023

EUGENE:  RALLY IN THE ALLEYCalling all Duck fans! The evening before the Saturday University of Oregon football home games, flock with other fans at the 5th Street Public Market Rally In The Alley. The university’s cheerleaders and pep band will help energize the crowd. There will also be vendors with Duck specials, a screen showing UO...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  September 15-17, 2023

PORTLAND:   THE BIGGEST CLOTHING SWAP IN THE NORTHWESTThe BIGGEST Clothing Swap in the Northwest. Two full floors of swapping fun. The Ballroom on the 3rd Floor: The main swap area with tons of clothing as well as a plethora of shoes and accessories. Plus, a bar! DAHLIA FESTIVALCelebrate the season of DAHLIAS. A Rainbow of Color...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: September 15-17, 2023

FALL CITY APPLE FESTIVALFall City Apple Festival has children’s activities, cider making, hard cider, food trucks, live music, craft vendors, and horse rides for sale at Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center. SUNFLOWER EXPERIENCESunflower Experience includes a wagon ride to five acres of sunflowers, 16 photo props, a flower to take home, and a kids’ playground at Schilter Family...

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Limited Supply is Keeping Home Prices At A Standstill

As Q3 2023 nears closure, this is the time of year economists revise their original forecasts for the current year and make their predictions for the upcoming year and beyond. Realtor.com released This Week in Real Estate that a panel of more than 100 economists and housing analysts surveyed by Pulsenomics in March expected home...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: September 8-10, 2023

BROOKS BOUQUET-MAKING CLASSJoin Brooks’ Biodynamic Estate Gardener, Shannon Mayhew, for a Bouquet-Making Class! Arrange flowers from the Brooks Estate Garden while enjoying lite snacks and sipping on specially selected white and red wine. BOOT SCOOT & BREWBoot Scoot & Brew will feature live music by Roundhouse Bluegrass Band, The Big Time, and local favorite Rock n’ Roll...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: September 8-10, 2023

EUGENE:  HARVEST FESTIVAL & CHILI COOK-OFFVeneta-Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce announces the return of the Harvest Festival and Chili Cook-Off. This is a fun, family-friendly event to celebrate the beginning of fall! The Farmer’s Market, as well as food trucks, artists, vendors, live music, a beer garden, Kiwanis Kruise-In Classic Car Show and the Chili Cook-off...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  September 8-10, 2023

PORTLAND:   OKTOBERFEST 2023Prost! It’s time to raise your steins and shout “O’zapft is!” because Oktoberfest is coming to town! Join us at the German Haus for an authentic German celebration like no other! We’ve got all the ingredients for a perfect Oktoberfest – delicious food, exciting games, lively music, and of course, BIER BIER BIER!!! BRAZILIAN FESTIVALJoin...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: September 8-10, 2023

SUNFLOWER EXPERIENCESunflower Experience includes a wagon ride to five acres of sunflowers, 16 photo props, a flower to take home, and a kids’ playground at Schilter Family Farm.   WASHINGTON STATE FAIRFind animals, rides, rodeo, food, and entertainment at Washington State Fair, the largest, oldest, and most popular fair in the state.  CIDER SUMMIT SEATTLESample artisanal ciders...

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Economists Predict No Interest Rate Hike Amidst Easing Labor Market Conditions

Economists Predict No Interest Rate Hike Amidst Easing Labor Market Conditions. The Labor Department released its August employment report This Week in Real Estate showing job growth picked up, but the unemployment rate jumped to 3.8 percent and wage gains moderated, suggesting the labor market conditions are easing, leading many economists to believe the Federal Reserve...

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Will Your HOA Allow Your Home Business

Homeowners’ associations (HOAs) are formed by the owners of units within a community to manage, maintain and improve quality of life for residents and increase their property values. And there are four things all HOAs hate—strangers, traffic, safety issues, and anything that might cause declines in property values, such as home-based businesses. Out of 32.5...

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Choosing the Home with the Right Square Footage

Homebuyers are feeling the sticker shock of higher prices, but it’s not just inflation. They want bigger homes. In 1949, the average size of a new single-family home was 909 square feet, while homes grew to 2,480 square feet by 2021. Homebuyers want more than they had before, including more space, energy-efficient appliances, and smart...

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Puget Sound Area Monthly Planner: September 2023

OAK HARBOR MUSIC FESTIVALOak Harbor Music Festival features 30 bands playing all types of music on two stages, beer & wine, food vendors, and arts & crafts along SE Pioneer Way.  WALLA WALLA FAIR & FRONTIER DAYSWalla Walla Fair & Frontier Days includes a demolition derby (Thurs.), a rodeo (Fri. to Sun.), a parade (Sat. 10 a.m.)...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: September 1-3, 2023

OREGON STATE FAIRThe Oregon State Fair is held every year in August–September at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. The fair has been organized almost every year since 1862, showcasing Oregon crops and livestock, and also arts and food. It has many food stands and vendors as well as competitions, racing and concerts. PIZZA FRIDAY AT BROOKSJoin...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: September 1-3, 2023

EUGENE:  RALLY IN THE ALLEYCalling all Duck fans! The evening before the Saturday University of Oregon football home games, flock with other fans at the 5th Street Public Market Rally In The Alley. The university’s cheerleaders and pep band will help energize the crowd. There will also be vendors with Duck specials, a screen showing UO...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  September 1-3, 2023

PORTLAND:   OREGON STATE FAIRThe Oregon State Fair is held every year in August–September at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. The fair has been organized almost every year since 1862, showcasing Oregon crops and livestock, and also arts and food. It has many food stands and vendors as well as competitions, racing and concerts. MONTAVILLA JAZZ FESTIVALMontavilla...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: September 1-3, 2023

OAK HARBOR MUSIC FESTIVALOak Harbor Music Festival features 30 bands playing all types of music on two stages, beer & wine, food vendors, and arts & crafts along SE Pioneer Way. WALLA WALLA FAIR & FRONTIER DAYSWalla Walla Fair & Frontier Days includes a demolition derby (Thurs.), a rodeo (Fri. to Sun.), a parade (Sat. 10 a.m.)...

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Rising Interest Rates Fail to Dampen Demand for New Homes

With the availability of existing homes at historical lows, the new-home market capitalizes on the lack of inventory by creating greater choices for home buyers. The rise in mortgage interest rates has not cooled demand for newly built homes as the Mortgage Bankers Association reported This Week in Real Estate U.S. mortgage applications for new...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: August 25-27, 2023

NORTHWEST ART & AIR FESTIVALThe Northwest Art and Air Festival is an annual event that combines a hot air balloon festival, a music festival and an arts festival. It is held every summer at Timber Linn Park. It has twice been named “the best festival in its budget class” by the Oregon Festival and Events Association. OREGON...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: August 25-27, 2023

EUGENE:  SAGINAW VINEYARD AUGUST FARMER’S & CRAFT MARKETJoin us for our August Farmer’s & Craft Market! Amazing local vendors, food, wine, beer, and live music. Vendors include art, jewelry, photography, home goods, food, and more!  MULE FEST AT BEERGARDENOnce again, Beergarden is excited to showcase even more of their amazing cocktails with Mule Fest! They’ll have a...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  August 25-27, 2023

PORTLAND:   OREGON STATE FAIRThe Oregon State Fair is held every year in August–September at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. The fair has been organized almost every year since 1862, showcasing Oregon crops and livestock, and also arts and food. It has many food stands and vendors as well as competitions, racing and concerts. BON-ODORI SUMMER FESTIVALA...

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Emerging Trends Shaping the Luxury Real Estate Market

In the ever-evolving landscape of real estate, the luxury segment stands as a testament to innovation and opulence. As we delve into the current trends and preferences driving the luxury real estate market, it’s evident that the definition of luxury has expanded beyond square footage and extravagant finishes. Today’s affluent buyers are seeking high-end amenities...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: August 25-27, 2023

WASHINGTON STATE INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVALIt’s free to watch kite fliers compete at the Washington State International Kite Festival (or fly your own) in Long Beach on the windy Pacific Coast. EVERGREEN STATE FAIRMeet farm animals, watch pigs race, eat fair food, see monster trucks, visit the carnival, and catch a show at the Evergreen State Fair, which is...

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As Scorching Summer Temps Begin To Cool, Will Rates Do The Same? 

 Housing affordability remains a significant headwind as home values continue to be stable while mortgage rates increased to near multi-decade highs this week as the popular 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 7.09 percent. Despite the ongoing affordability challenge the Commerce Department reported This Week in Real Estate a surge in housing starts in July. Single-family housing...

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Navigating Your First Home Purchase in the Pacific Northwest: End-of-Summer Tips

As summer gradually draws to a close in the picturesque landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, the real estate market experiences a final surge before the fall. If you’re a first-time homebuyer considering taking the plunge into homeownership, this is the perfect time to make your move. To ensure a smooth journey, here are some invaluable...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: August 18-20, 2023

SALEM ON TAP BREWFESTJoin us for our annual Salem On Tap Brewfest! We will feature 100+ unique and seasonal release craft beers, as well as a variety of local and Northwest favorites! The Brewfest takes place in the heart of downtown Salem, Oregon. Enjoy air-conditioned indoor spaces as well as outdoor areas in the beautiful Oregon...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: August 18-20, 2023

EUGENE:  EUGENE EMERALDS BASEBALLThe Eugene Emeralds Minor League Baseball team will play six games against the Vancouver Canadians. Watch the action unfold at the state-of-the-art baseball stadium! The Ems have been a beloved local team since the 30s and host fun theme nights at every game. DIVE-IN MOVIE AT SPLASH!Join a special Dive-In evening swim and movie event! Watch...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  August 18-20, 2023

PORTLAND:   JADE INTERNATIONAL NIGHT MARKETPortland’s multicultural communities come out in full force each August to celebrate one of East Portland’s biggest events. Each year, the Jade International Night Market draws thousands of people to support small businesses, community organizations, and cultural groups. Enjoy international cuisine from local businesses, cultural performances and a celebration and recognition of the...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: August 18-20, 2023

WINGS OVER WASHINGTON AIR SHOWWings Over Washington Air Show  promises military aircraft, aerobatics, food vendors, live music, and family-friendly activities at Bremerton National Airport. CELEBRATE SHORELINECelebrate Shoreline promises two stages of live music, children’s theater, pony rides, hands-on activities, food vendors, and a beer garden at Cromwell Park.   CHOMP! SUSTAINABLE FOOD...

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Homeowners’ Equity Reached The Fourth-Highest Month On Record

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the July Consumer Price Index This Week in Real Estate which showed monthly inflation fell in line with economic forecasts. As a result, markets widely expect the Federal Reserve to pause its rate hikes at their September meeting. Homeowners’ equity reached the fourth-highest month on record to end the...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: August 11-13, 2023

CAMC SK CAR SHOWCome out to the CAMC SK Car Show! All makes and models welcome. Join us for raffles, a DJ, trophies, and vendors! ZUCCHINI RACESCenter 50+ is excited to introduce Zucchini Races to the Salem area for some Age Friendly Fun! We’ve made a 20-foot racetrack and are collecting zucchinis to debut the event at several...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: August 11-13, 2023

EUGENE:  SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVALThe Scandinavian Festival commences with a processional parade to the Festival Park Stage. Scandinavian and Nordic culture, dancing and musical entertainment reigns throughout the festival. The smorgasbord of food is also a festival highlight with traditional favorites from Swedish meat pies to Ebelskivers. All the vendors at the Scandinavian Festival dress in traditional garb, so attending...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  August 11-13, 2023

PORTLAND:   STREET OF DREAMSThe Street of Dreams is an annual showcase of new homes in the Portland metropolitan area. It is put on by the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland and features high-end homes designed to showcase new designs and amenities. HOT WHEELS MONSTER TRUCKS GLOW PARTYHot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party returns to Portland! Fans...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: August 11-13, 2023

UPPER LEFT BEERFESTShop from food trucks, hear live music, and get 6 tasting tokens to sample from 25 breweries and cideries during Upper Left Beerfest on Wetmore Avenue in Everett.  GLASS FEST NORTHWESTGlass Fest Northwest has live glass-making demonstrations, food vendors, music, and hands-on activities in the plaza plus free admission to the Museum of Glass.  BREW FIVE...

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Unemployment Rate & Labor Force Participation Have Been Holding Steady At Lower Numbers

Cautious optimism around the U.S. achieving a soft landing, which means slowing economic growth while avoiding a recession, regained momentum This Week in Real Estate following Friday’s release of the July jobs report. The Labor Department reported job growth held steady last month but was less than expected boosting hopes that the Federal Reserve may...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: August 4-6, 2023

SALEM JEEPFESTCome on out to our family friendly Salem JeepFest event at the Oregon State Fair Grounds! This is an open to the public all Jeep Show & Shine with trophies. The more jeeps the merrier! There will be DJ/Music, food, tire obstacle course, meet local Jeep club folks, corn hole tournament, bouncy houses for the kids...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: August 4-6, 2023

EUGENE:  OREGON FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSICThe Oregon Festival of American Music (OFAM) includes musicals, concerts, movies, lectures and special events.  Be prepared for a fascinating assortment of obvious and not-so-obvious selections, including music from legendary performers such as Benny Goodman, The Dorsey Brothers, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and many more. This year’s musical is “Damn Yankees.” OAKRIDGE...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  August 4-6, 2023

PORTLAND:   DAHLIA FESTIVALCelebrate the season of dahlias at the Dahlia Festival! A Rainbow of Color. Stroll through almost 40 acres and a beautiful display garden of stunning dahlias featuring over 370 varieties.  PICKATHONEvery August since 1999, Pickathon draws diverse musical performers to celebrate music and the outdoors at the lush Pendarvis Farm just outside of Portland.  SNEAKER WEEKSneaker...

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Puget Sound Area Monthly Planner: August 2023

SEAHAWKS FOOTBALL FESTSeahawks Football Fest promises a mock game, in addition to live music and food trucks in the plaza, a post-practice autographed football toss from the players, and more at Lumen Field.   WILDBITESTaste delicious cuisine prepared by some of Seattle’s premiere celebrity chefs paired with beverages during WildBites, with access to animal exhibits at Woodland...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: August 4-6, 2023

BATTLE OF THE BANDSHear emerging Washington state bands perform outdoors with a beer garden at ShoreLake Battle of the Bands at Pfingst Animal Acres Park. SEAHAWKS FOOTBALL FESTSeahawks Football Fest promises a mock game, in addition to live music and food trucks in the plaza, a post-practice autographed football toss from the players, and more at Lumen Field...

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49% Of Mortgaged Residential Properties Were Considered Equity-Rich In The Second Quarter

It was a week of highs This Week in Real Estate. As expected, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised the benchmark interest rate 25 basis points, for the 11th time since March of last year, to their highest level in more than 22 years. The Conference Board reported the July Consumer Confidence Index of 117...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: July 28-30, 2023

THE GREAT OREGON STEAM-UPStep into Oregon’s mechanical past at The Great Oregon Steam-Up! This two-weekend festival offers an impressive Parade of Power featuring tractors, steam engines, vehicles, and more (many over 100 years old).  SANTIAM MUSIC FESTJoin us for the Santiam Music Fest, a free concert in the park featuring Nashville star, Scotty Alexander. Scotty grew up...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: July 28-30, 2023

EUGENE:  BLACKBERRY JAM FESTIVALThe 29th Annual Blackberry Jam Festival in Lowell is for the young and the young at heart. Don’t miss out on the yearly parade, along with a gorgeous car display, horseshoe tournament, craft and food vendors, and live music. A highlight of the event includes the greased pole climbing competition. Kids will be sure...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  July 28-30, 2023

PORTLAND:   PDX BLACK COLLECTIVE CULTURAL MARKETSupport this amazing event hosted by the PDX Black Collective! Enjoy 50 Vendors, 4 DJs, Entertainment, Food Carts and Spirits. Plus, this event is indoors with AC!! A must during the hottest time of the year.  PIER PARK SUMMER CONCERT FT. TAKOHACHITakohachi is Portland’s traditional Japanese dance and drum ensemble featuring drums...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 28-30, 2023

PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENTWatch the “best pickleball players in the world” compete in the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) Tour at Lower Woodland Tennis Courts. TIMBER OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVALTimber Outdoor Music Festival has 25 music artists, nature walks, bike rides, yoga, stargazing Saturday, a 5K run Sunday, and camping in forested Tolt River–John MacDonald Park. FOREST FOR THE TREESExperience six floors...

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Q2 2023 Quarterly Market Report

Consumers have way too much information to consider before buying or sellinga home and it can be hard to separate the insignificant from the criticaldetails. Our just-released Q2 2023 Pacific Northwest Market Report can help youmake an educated decision. This report is an amazing resource. It delivers exactly the kind of analysisprospective buyers or sellers...

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Profit Margins From Single-Family Homes & Condo Sales On The Rise

Price is the interaction of supply and demand, and the ongoing inventory shortage continues to keep home prices elevated. ATTOM released its Q2 2023 U.S. Home Sales Report This Week in Real Estate showing that profit margins – the percent difference between median purchase and resale prices – of single-family home and condo sales increased...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: July 21-23, 2023

CRAWFISH BOILJoin us at Brooks for our annual Crawfish Boil! Chef Norma will prepare a menu of crawfish and other seafood and side dishes. Come hungry, and be ready to get messy! TOUR THE ELSINORE THEATRECelebrate Immerse yourself in the history, art, and architecture of the Elsinore Theatre in a tour highlighting “The Showplace of The Willamette Valley.”...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: July 21-23, 2023

EUGENE:  LANE COUNTY FAIRExcellent family fun, concerts, carnival rides, games and entertainment. All types of carnival rides will be at the Lane County Fair, including a large Ferris Wheel to give you a bird’s eye view of the fairgrounds and Eugene. Enjoy favorite food vendors with classic fair fare such as elephant ears, cotton candy, barbecue...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  July 21-23, 2023

PORTLAND:   TIGER TIGERTiger Tiger is a community festival uplifting and celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander voices in the greater Portland area through food, music, movement, poetry, and interactive art. Rather than preserving traditions, Tiger Tiger is a joyful exploration of what it means to be AANHPI today. PEDALPALOOZAWhether you’re a cycling fanatic, an...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 21-23, 2023

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

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As Inflation Cools, Mortgage Interest Rates Are Responding Favorably

The Federal Reserve’s fight to tame inflation over the past year has been the single greatest contributor to mortgage interest rate volatility. The Labor Department released the June Consumer Price Index (CPI) This Week in Real Estate showing inflation realized its smallest gain in more than two years. Consumer prices are rising at the slowest...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: July 14-16, 2023

MUSIC ON THE LAWN AT THE OREGON GARDENCelebrate the summer in style with Music on the Lawn at The Oregon Garden! This summer music series features a lineup of beloved local musicians as well as food and drinks. Even better, your ticket includes after-hours admission to The Oregon Garden, a very special treat this time of...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: July 14-16, 2023

EUGENE:  BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL BLUES AND BREWSCome one, come all to the 12th Annual Adkins Farm Blueberry Festival Blues and Brews! Join a day of family-friendly fun, delicious blueberries, and lively entertainment. The festival is the perfect way to celebrate summer and all the joy it brings. Get your fill of fresh, locally grown blueberries at the...

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How Comparables Are Chosen

Whether you’re selling your home or buying a home, your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network professional will provide you with a comparative market analysis (CMA), a computer-generated report that shows you what homes similar to yours are selling for in your area, or how the home you’re interested in buying compares to other homes on the market.   CMAs...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  July 14-16, 2023

PORTLAND:   CATHEDRAL PARK JAZZ FESTIVALThe 43rd Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival consists of 3 days of music, food, beer and wine gardens, crafts, and more.Free to all! TEAFESTTea Fest PDX is comprised of a community of tea visionaries, business owners, and tireless volunteers who all share the vision of celebrating tea culture in Portland. Together we are combining...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 14-16, 2023

LAKEFAIRLakefair at Capital Lake includes carnival rides, food booths, craft vendors, entertainment, a parade, and fireworks at Heritage Park.  SANDSATIONSSee incredible sand sculptures built by competing teams at the Pacific Ocean during Sandsations at Bolstad Beach Approach.  KING COUNTY FAIRThe King County Fair offers food, beer/wine, music, carnival rides, vendors, entertainers, shows, demonstrations, 4H animals, and a rodeo at Enumclaw...

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The U.S. Housing Market Is Defying Predictions For A Crash This Year

Fannie Mae Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Doug Duncan, believes “consumer confidence in the housing market has plateaued, suggesting that many consumers may be coming to terms with elevated mortgage rates and high home prices.” The June Consumer Confidence Index was released This Week in Real Estate rising to its highest level in 17-months...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: July 7-9, 2023

MUSIC ON THE LAWN AT THE OREGON GARDENCelebrate the summer in style with Music on the Lawn at The Oregon Garden! This summer music series features a lineup of beloved local musicians as well as food and drinks. Even better, your ticket includes after-hours admission to The Oregon Garden, a very special treat this time of...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: July 7-9, 2023

EUGENE:  MCKENZIE RIVER LAVENDERMcKenzie River Lavender is opening up their farm for a glorious summer weekend featuring the aromatic flower. Take a tour, take photographs, paint, shop for fragrant products, and listen to talks on lavender while enjoying the surrounding purple fields. Also, walk through the fields and cut your own lavender to take home! COTTAGE...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  July 7-9, 2023

PORTLAND:   EAST PORTLAND ARTS FESTIVALCome to the East Portland Arts Festival for more arts and family fun—and PJ Morton, live in concert!  FRESH AIR FESTSunshine, lawn chairs, and new music: Fresh Air Fest is back! PORTLAND’S FUNNIESTJoin us for the Preliminary Rounds of the 2023 Portland’s Funniest Person Competition! Preliminary Round winners are determined by audience vote, so come on out...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: July 7-9, 2023

BLUEGRASS FESTIVALBluegrass From The Forest Festival features national headliners, contests, a band scramble, mandolin tasting, youth programs, vendors, and jamming, with camping available, at Shelton South Mason Soccer Park.   FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN FIDDLE TUNESFestival of American Fiddle Tunes offers public performances at Fort Worden State Park, 200 Battery Way in Port Townsend.      FREE MOVIES IN THE PARKCenter...

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National Median Home Price Surge To All-Time Highs

ATTOM released its second quarter 2023 U.S. Home Affordability Report This Week in Real Estate showing affordability hits lowest point since 2007 as the national median home price set a new record growing 10.2% from the first quarter of 2023. The 10.2% gain also represents the largest quarterly improvement since the second quarter of 2015...

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Puget Sound Area Monthly Planner: July 2023

BLUEGRASS FESTIVALBluegrass From The Forest Festival features national headliners, contests, a band scramble, mandolin tasting, youth programs, vendors, and jamming, with camping available, at Shelton South Mason Soccer Park.   FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN FIDDLE TUNESFestival of American Fiddle Tunes offers public performances at Fort Worden State Park, 200 Battery Way in Port Townsend.      FREE MOVIES IN...

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Improve Your Debt-to-Credit Ratio

Among the criteria that lenders use to determine your eligibility for a mortgage loan is your debt-to-credit (DTC) ratio. According to Equifax, one of three major credit reporting entities used by lenders, landlords, credit card companies, employers, and others, debt-to-credit is the amount you owe across all revolving accounts compared to the amount of revolving credit...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 30 – July 4, 2023

EUGENE:  TOKATEE GOLF CLUB CELEBRATIONTokatee Golf Club will celebrate its 57th anniversary with a golf tournament and festivities. Grab a bite from the food trucks, listen to live music, and join in the celebration of this beautiful golf course near the McKenzie River. FUN FRIDAY GOAT YOGAPart yoga, part animal-assisted therapy, and part beautiful views and...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: June 30 – July 4, 2023

WEST SALEM ARTISAN MARKETJoin us every 1st & 3rd Saturday for the West Salem Artisan Market. We’re excited to offer a low-barrier space that will feature a variety of amazing Local Artists. CHERRY HARVESTJoin Portland Fruit Tree Project for the Cherry Harvest as we harvest a second round of cherries from the gorgeous property at Croft Vineyards Stomp...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  June 30 – July 4, 2023

PORTLAND:   PORTLAND CRAFT BEER FESTIVALThe Portland Craft Beer Festival is back! Come celebrate Portland’s greatest craft industry at Fields Park in the Pearl District. Music, games, vendors, and some of the best food Portland has to offer all in one place.  WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL2023 marks the 36th anniversary of the Waterfront Blues Festival, a jubilant celebration in downtown...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 30 – July 4, 2023

FOURTH OF JULY PARADESWatch a patriotic Fourth of July parade with marching bands, drill teams, and classic cars. Head to Redmond, Everett, Carnation, Bothell, Edmonds, Kirkland, Kingston, Burien, or Arlington! THE TASTE NORTHWESTThe Taste Northwest offers restaurant food, craft vendors, live entertainment, cooking competitions, kids’ activities, and beer & wine & tequila tasting at Washington State Fair Events Center. BASEBALLWatch the Seattle Mariners play an exciting home...

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As Mortgage Rates Fall, New Home Construction Skyrockets

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau reported This Week in Real Estate that total housing starts in May surged 21.7% with single-family starts reaching an 11-month high, increasing 18.5%. Just 10 months over the course of more than a decade realized more housing starts. In every month through the first...

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Pride Weekend Events in the Pacific Northwest

Events in Seattle, WA Capitol Hill PRIDE Head to Seattle Central College Campus for the PRIDE march and rally this Saturday, June 24th at 10AM PRIDEFEST Hang out at Capitol Hill after the rally for the street festival, beer gardens, and live music. PRIDE Parade Join the community for a dazzling display of LGBTQIA+ Brilliance...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: June 23-25, 2023

SIP AND STROLLYou’re invited to the 2023 Sip & Stroll in Downtown Salem. Enjoy an evening sipping select wines, beer, cider, spirits, and treats while supporting people with disabilities in your community. FIREWORKS NIGHT AT VOLCANOES STADIUMFriday is Fireworks Night! Come out to Volcanoes Stadium, enjoy some family fun baseball, enjoy good food, and enjoy an amazing fireworks...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 23-25, 2023

EUGENE:  NEURODIVERSITY FESTIVALJoin us as we shatter myths about neurodivergence and other disabilities with an all-inclusive Neurodiversity Festival. Everyone is invited to share fun activities, art, food, and entertainment to educate the greater public community about disabilities and celebrate the wonderful gifts and strengths that all people contribute to our community.  OAKRIDGE COMMUNITY FARMER’S MARKETOn Fridays...

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How Do Credit Utilization Ratios Affect Credit Scores?

Credit scores from FICO and VantageScore, the two most prominent U.S. credit scoring companies, rely on calculations based on a range of data, including payment history (35%), amounts owed (30%), length of credit history (15%), new credit (10%) and credit mix (10%). The total amount you owe, the number and types of accounts you have, and the...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  June 23-25, 2023

PORTLAND:   PDX BEER WEEKEvery June, PDX Beer Week features limited-edition brews, a lineup of events, and beer specials at bars and brewpubs citywide, overflowing with so much hop fever that the “week” spills into ten full days of thirst-quenching fun. PICKATHON MUSIC FESTIVALFor music fans and performers alike, Pickathon Music Festival feels like heaven. Every August since 1999, this...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 23-25, 2023

KIDS DAYKids ages 4 to 11 love the inflatable rides, pony rides, face painting, games, arts & crafts, music, and food vendors at Kids Day in Les Gove Park.  GORGE BLUES & BREWS FESTIVALGorge Blues and Brews Festival features locally made beer and wine, live music, and great scenery for age 21+ at Skamania County Fairgrounds.  KIRKLANDIAKirklandia is a...

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Positive Inflation Report Caused The Feds To Hit The Brakes On Rate Hikes

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association This Week in Real Estate mortgage demand surged as interest rates retreated for the second consecutive week, following the Federal Reserve’s decision on Wednesday to not raise its key interest rate. Influencing the decision to not raise the benchmark interest rate for the 11th time was the 11th consecutive...

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Top Brokers in Oregon and Washington

The 2023 RealTrends + Tom Ferry’s America’s Best Real Estate Professionals recognized 26 of our real estate brokers in Oregon and Washington for their 2022 productivity.  #2 Christina Voogd – Florence, OR #7 Kim Gellatly – Lake Oswego, OR #29 Marie Boatsman – Lake Oswego, OR #41 Monique Farinha – Sandy, OR #41 Molly Hruska...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: June 16-18, 2023

FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND AT BRANCH POINT DISTILLERYJoin Branch Point Distillery for a tour behind the scenes to learn about our grain-to-glass process and how our distiller creates authentic Oregon whiskeys from local grains. During the Father’s Day Weekend Tour, the distiller will take you through a guided tasting of our core whiskeys, a new release, and...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 16-18, 2023

EUGENE:  FATHER’S DAY VINTAGE CAR SHOWThe Emerald Empire Vintage Auto Club’s annual Vintage Car Show is coming back to Valley River Center this Father’s Day weekend! Enjoy 20 vintage vehicles throughout the mall and enjoy tax-free shopping.  OAKRIDGE COMMUNITY FARMER’S MARKETThe Oakridge Community Farmers Market will be selling fresh, local produce and meat and baked goods from community vendors...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  June 16-18, 2023

PORTLAND:   PDX BEER WEEKEvery June, PDX Beer Week features limited-edition brews, a lineup of events, and beer specials at bars and brewpubs citywide, overflowing with so much hop fever that the “week” spills into ten full days of thirst-quenching fun. FATHER’S DAY KIDS CRAFT EVENTCome join us for a fun-filled morning of crafting with your little ones...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 16-18, 2023

KIRKLAND WINE WALKDrink local wine in shops during Kirkland Wine Walk, which begins at Heathman Hotel.  MEEKER DAYS FESTIVALMeeker Days Festival is a street fair with live music, a food court, craft booths, a car show, and events for kids at Pioneer Park.  MARYSVILLE STRAWBERRY FESTIVALMarysville Strawberry Festival is a family event with a carnival, vendors, strawberry shortcakes...

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Homebuyers Are Skipping High Loan Costs And Buying All Cash

Following three consecutive weeks of mortgage rate increases, which propelled the average rate to its highest level since early November, Fannie Mae reported This Week in Real Estate that the benchmark 30-year fixed home loan fell 8-basis points to 6.71%. The scarcity of homes on the market has helped keep prices elevated. With the combination...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: June 9-11, 2023

BERRIES BREWS & BBQsJoin us at our Berries, Brews, and BBQs brewfest for a delightful family adventure! Explore lush fields and pick the juiciest strawberries. Adults can indulge in Brew & Hard Cider Tasting while enjoying live music. Kids of all ages can have a blast with activities, and don’t miss the exhilarating Double Lane Super Mega...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 9-11, 2023

EUGENE:  EUGENE BEER WEEKFor the 2023 Eugene Beer Week, Beergarden celebrates 8 years and is excited to be working with Alesong Brewing & Blending on a week-long Pairing & Tasting event. Six Alesong brews were chosen, one for each of the food carts at Beergarden. Come and taste the unique pairings from the food carts Pizza...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  June 9-11, 2023

PORTLAND:   PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL FLEET WEEKThe Portland Rose Festival is extremely fortunate to be one of a few U.S. Ports of Call for a courtesy visit from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy. Their arrival commemorates a relationship with the Navy that has lasted more than 100 years and over 80...

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What is an Agrihood?

From rooftop gardens to planned community developments, neighborhood farming is having a moment. Agrihoods, or urban farms, have growing appeal, pardon the pun, for foodies who want farm-fresh produce no matter where they live. The beauty of the concept is that it combines the best of urban and rural lifestyles. The benefits for individuals, communities and...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 9-11, 2023

LAKE-TO-LAKE BIKE RIDEThe family-friendly 8-mile or 24-mile Lake to Lake Bike Ride begins and ends at Robinswood Park Playground.  MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVALShop vendors, ride trails, test your skills, test bikes, visit kids’ events and buy food or beer at Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival at Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park.  SUMMER CONCERTSSummer Concerts feature “some of the best artists in jazz...

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Navigating the Push-Pull Housing Market: Understanding the Impact of Job Gains, Limited Inventory, and Mortgage Rates

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported This Week in Real Estate that the U.S. economy added 339,000 jobs last month, marking the 14th straight month that job creation came in above Wall Street economists’ expectations and the largest monthly increase since January. Friday’s report comes less than two weeks before the Federal Reserve’s next policy...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: June 2-4, 2023

LEBANON STRAWBERRY FESTIVALLebanon Strawberry Festival is held during the first week of June at the Cheadle Lake Regional Park. The festival showcases local strawberry growers and features lots of entertainment like the Strawberry 5K Run, a 1 Mile Health Walk, Open Air Country Fair, Strawberry Queen Coronation, and the Grand Parade.  THE GUT CAR SHOWJoin us...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: June 2-4, 2023

EUGENE:  FREE FIRST FRIDAYThe Museum of Natural and Cultural History offers free admission on the First Friday of the month. Investigate Oregon’s amazing fossils and ecosystems, and delve into its cultural history—from the First Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today’s Tribes.   DOZER DAYChildren can watch and even operate heavy construction equipment on Dozer Day! ...

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Puget Sound Area Monthly Planner: June 2023

OCEAN FESTWatch films about the ocean, kayak with lanterns, take a beach walk, or clean the beach during Tacoma Ocean Fest. The big arts & science festival is at Foss Waterway Seaport Museum.  STAMP & SCRAPBOOK EXPOScrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.  BOAT...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  June 2-4, 2023

PORTLAND:   PORTLAND SPRING BEER & WINE FESTJoin us at one of Portland’s most iconic festivals, the Portland Spring Beer and Wine Fest!  We are excited to bring you loads of Pacific Northwest craft beers, ciders, wine, spirits, and food!  Grab your beverage of choice and some delicious food while you stroll around tasting some of the...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: June 2-4, 2023

OCEAN FESTWatch films about the ocean, kayak with lanterns, take a beach walk, or clean the beach during Tacoma Ocean Fest. The big arts & science festival is at Foss Waterway Seaport Museum. STAMP & SCRAPBOOK EXPOScrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. ...

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New Home Market Emerges As The Solution To The Ongoing Housing Inventory Shortage

New Home Market Emerges As The Solution To The Ongoing Housing Inventory Shortage.  While options of existing home inventory continue to be thin the beneficiary of this housing cycle is the new home market. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau reported This Week in Real Estate that new...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: May 26-28, 2023

MOMMY & ME WATERCOLOR CLASSWe invite you and your kiddo to come to this Mommy & Me Watercolor Class and explore your creative side and enjoy learning to paint with watercolors! We will be painting a spring bouquet to celebrate Mother’s Day, and we always encourage artists, young and old, to make it uniquely YOURS. No experience...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 26-28, 2023

EUGENE:  MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: ART IN THE CEMETERYFlags will fly over veterans’ graves and Barry Barreau will play taps in the Public Square. A cemetery tour will begin at in front of Hope Abbey Mausoleum, which will be open all day. Our theme, Art in the Cemetery, will feature works by five painters, Patti McNutt, Suma...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  May 26-28, 2023

PORTLAND:   PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVALEnjoy Entertainment, Food and Rides on the Waterfront! Rose Festival’s waterfront activities all take place at beautiful Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, in downtown Portland. At Rose Festival CityFair, you’ll find your favorite fair features – carnival rides, fair foods, interactive exhibits, and constant entertainment – all nestled between the urban energy of...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 26-28, 2023

DOGS & DONUTS DASHTake your dog for a 5K run on the Burke-Gilman Trail at Dogs and Doughnuts Dash, followed by coffee, water, and doughnuts in the retail store called Brooks Trailhead. FOLKLIFE FESTCelebrate traditional arts by attending some of the hundreds of dance and musical performances, workshops, and panels from around the world held at...

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The Market Is Bouncing Back: Strong Signs of Recovery Despite April’s Dip

Existing-home sales slid 3.4% in April from March, according to the National Association of REALTORS This Week in Real Estate. Despite home sales dipping in April, most of the housing data is indicating that the U.S. housing market is in broad recovery from the trough of the second half of 2022. A combination of variables...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 19-21, 2023

EUGENE:  TEA CEREMONYThe NW Wu-Wo Tea Association is based in Portland, Oregon, and has been active since 2007. We gather on the second Sunday of each month to celebrate tea in the community. The Wu-Wo tea ceremony is done outdoors, where participants can be with nature, tea, and the community. LULULEMON RUN CLUBCome check out our Lululemon Run...

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Improve Your Small Kitchen’s Functionality

Kitchens with little workspace, poor lighting, cramped traffic flow, and inadequate storage can easily be redesigned into high-functioning spaces. Space Planning If there is room to borrow space from somewhere else—the utility room, pantry, or living area—you can increase functionality by installing new cabinets, drawers and countertops that are a few inches shallower than standard...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: May 19-21, 2023

WORLD CITIZEN FESTIVALCome join in the celebration at the World Citizen Festival! A family-friendly full day of Reggae Music! FAMILY STORYTIMEFamily Storytime is for children of all ages. Join us for 30 minutes of stories, songs, and movement.  CARS & COFFEEHead to Cars & Coffee! Bring your classic vehicles for coffee, breakfast, and cruise on country roads. LIVE...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  May 19-21, 2023

PORTLAND:   PORTLAND BRIDAL & WEDDING EXPOThe Bridal & Wedding Expo features an amazing selection of wedding professionals ready to help you find the perfect gown, reception venue, invitations, photographer, music, menu, honeymoon destination, and much more! MUSEUM FREE DAYEnjoy FREE admission all day in celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and in collaboration with...

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Apps That Keep Your Houseplants Alive

Houseplants bring earthy beauty to interiors, but they can quickly show signs of decline if they don’t get the correct amount of sun, nutrients and water. When your favorite plant turns into a droopy, brown mess, where can you turn for help?   Google Play or Apple might not be your first move, but they have excellent apps that...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 19-21, 2023

BLUE POPPY DAYSee the blue poppy meadow in bloom, shop from artists, visit two food trucks and hear live music during Blue Poppy Day, when admission is free at Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. SEATTLE FILM FESTIVALSeattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is billed as America’s largest film festival. Join top directors, actors, and critics who attend festival premieres...

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The Perfect Time to Buy: Mortgage Rates Drop, Inflation Falls, and the Market Trends Up

Mortgage rates dipped slightly for the second consecutive week as progress on inflation is creating less volatility. Freddie Mac reported This Week in Real Estate that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.35%, down 4 basis points from the prior week. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) climbed by 4.9%...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 12-14, 2023

EUGENE:  MOTHER’S DAY MARKETWe are excited to invite you to our 8th Annual Spring Vintage Fair “Mothers Day Market” This fun event will be located at the Lane Event Center. You will find wonderful vendors who specialize in everything from handmade, farmhouse style, vintage finds, repurposed, salvage, collectors, and garden. There will also be available...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: May 12-14, 2023

BIGLEAF MAPLE FESTIVALThe Oregon Bigleaf Maple Festival at the beautiful Oregon 4-H Center is this weekend! Activities include Bigleaf maple syrup tastings, equipment displays, and vendors, tapping and boiling demonstrations, wild food products, and more.  MAE DAY BAND AT SALEM SATURDAY MARKETThe Mae Day Band is made up of Pacific Northwest natives who play a variety of rock, pop...

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Navigating the Portland Real Estate Market: Buying Your Dream Home in a Competitive Market

The Portland real estate market has changed over the It has become increasingly competitive, and buyers have to be prepared if they want to successfully buy a home. In this article, we will share some tips and tricks for buying your dream home in a competitive market. The Current State of the Portland Real Estate...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  May 12-14, 2023

PORTLAND:   UNIQUE MARKETDiscover the best of Portland’s independent designers, artists, and emerging brands at the Unique Market. Shop 150 fab small businesses while you enjoy our vibrant, inspiring community vibes. Treat yourself (and Mom hint it’s Mother’s Day) and browse everything from clothing to gourmet salt, jewelry to home goods – all while meeting the designers...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 12-14, 2023

SEATTLE FILM FESTIVALSeattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is billed as America’s largest film festival. Join top directors, actors, and critics who attend festival premieres and screenings by buying a single ticket or a pass.  MOTHER’S DAY TEAMom and Me Wonderland Tea features tea, iced tea, lemonade, snacks, a hat contest, a scavenger hunt, and games with the...

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Seattle real estate secrets: How to score your dream home without overpaying in an ultra-competitive market

In the ultra-competitive Seattle real estate market, it can be challenging to avoid overpaying for a home. However, there are several strategies that potential homebuyers can adopt to ensure they get a fair price for their dream home. One approach is to do your research and understand the current market trends in the Seattle area...

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Spring Surprise: Home Prices Trend Upwards, Outshining the Market Expectations This Season

The Labor Department released the April employment report This Week in Real Estate showing job growth accelerated in April causing the unemployment rate to fall back to a 53-year low of 3.4%. The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points on Thursday for the 10th time since March 2022; however, it...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 5-7, 2023

EUGENE:  CINCO DE MAYO BAR CRAWLThis is our annual Eugene Cinco De Mayo College Station Bar Crawl, Grab your sombreros and mustaches it is time to shake your maracas off! Come prepared to take back tasty tacos and keep that Eugene tequila flowing with you best amigos all day long!  MILES FOR MOM 5KMiles for Moms is...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: May 5-7, 2023

LIFESOURCE SPRING FOOD FAIRTwice a year LifeSource does a store-wide sale to appreciate our customers and engage with our Salem Keizer community. This May 6th the whole store will be 20% off for everyone! TULIP FESTIVALIt’s the LAST weekend to come see millions of blooming tulips across, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival! One of the top spring attractions...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  May 5-7, 2023

PORTLAND:   CINCO DE MAYO FIESTAThe Cinco de Mayo Fiesta has become one of the largest multicultural celebrations in Oregon. The fiesta boasts three full days packed with festivities and culturally immersive programming at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. During the event, festival-goers can experience the spirit of Mexico through music, arts, dance, and sport.  PORTLAND...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 5-7, 2023

APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVALWashington State Apple Blossom Festival in sunny Wenatchee has carnival rides, food vendors, a beer garden, a color run, an arts & crafts fair, a car parade, a car show, a 2K/5K/10K, and a grand parade in and around Memorial Park.  PUYALLUP RV SHOWSee the latest recreational vehicles at Puyallup RV Show at Washington State Fair...

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Incoming Data Suggests The Market Is Stabilizing

The Commerce Department reported This Week in Real Estate that new home sales surged 9.6% in March, reaching its highest level since March 2022. Single-family starts have risen for two consecutive months and permits for future construction increased to a five-month high in March. Despite a rise in mortgage interest rates last week, demand for...

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Puget Sound Area Monthly Planner: May 2023

PUYALLUP RV SHOWSee the latest recreational vehicles at Puyallup RV Show at Washington State Fair Events Center. MEXICAN CHEF DINNERWatch chef demonstrations and enjoy appetizers, entrees, dessert, and a margarita during A Festive Cinco De Mayo Celebration at Hotel Andra. CINCO DE MAYO PARTY CRUISEA ticket to the Cinco de Mayo Party Cruise by Waterways Cruises includes a drink, a taco...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: April 28-30, 2023

EUGENE:  EUGENE MARATHONThe Eugene Marathon is the Pacific Northwest’s largest marathon and takes place each spring on the last Sunday of April. The marathon and half marathon courses traverse through the communities of Eugene and Springfield, alongside the Willamette River, and on the same roads that the world’s best runners have competed on for over 50 years!...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: April 28-30, 2023

OREGON AG FESTOregon Ag Fest is an annual two-day fun festival that takes place every April at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. It features many hands-on activities and learning experiences for the whole family. The festival is dedicated to Oregon’s agricultural industry and attracts about 21,000 people.  TULIP FESTIVALMillions of blooming tulips across, the Wooden Shoe...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  April 28-30, 2023

PORTLAND:   ONE MOTO SHOWGet revved up for the 14th annual One Moto Show, which as always will be hosted by the family behind See See Motor Coffee Co. Born in the PNW, a region known for enthusiastic ridership and breathtaking riding opportunities, the show has made a name for itself as one of the world’s largest...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: April 28-30, 2023

WATER LANTERN FESTIVALWater Lantern Festival features food trucks, music, and games. Then at 8 p.m., you design a lantern included in the ticket price; and launch it on the lake at Spanaway Park. POETRY FESTIVALCadence: Video Poetry Festival is “a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry” with works from multiple countries...

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Quarterly Market Report: Q1 2023

Consumers have way too much information to consider before buying or sellinga home and it can be hard to separate the insignificant from the criticaldetails. Our just-released Q1 2023 Pacific Northwest Market Report can help youmake an educated decision. This report is an amazing resource. It delivers exactly the kind of analysisprospective buyers or sellers...

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Builder Confidence Rose For The Fourth Consecutive Month

The National Association of Home Builders released its April Housing Market Index (HMI) This Week in Real Estate reporting builder confidence rose for the fourth consecutive month. The reading of the HMI was the highest since September. Sales expectations over the next six months also increased, marking the first time both indicators were positive since...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: April 21-23, 2023

EUGENE:  MAKE A PLEDGE WIN A PRIZEThis year, Valley River Center is giving away prizes to anyone who pledges to always use a reusable bag. Make A Pledge Win A Prize, and play our “Spin to Win” game for prizes & fun by attending this event. PARANORMAL CIRQUEDo you love thrilling, wicked, or even dangerous things? Paranormal...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: April 21-23, 2023

EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONEarth Day Celebration at The Oregon Garden is a free day of celebrating our planet! Guests of all ages are invited to grow their environmental stewardship by visiting with environmentally-conscious exhibitors, engaging in educational activities, and exploring the Garden!  TULIP FESTIVALMillions of blooming tulips across the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is identified as one of the...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  April 21-23, 2023

PORTLAND:   EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONJoin Portland Fruit Tree Project to celebrate the abundance of our urban canopy this Earth Day! This casual family-fun day will be held at beautiful Rossi Farms in the Parkrose neighborhood. This is a day-long event with plant sales, music, games, bounce houses, food and drink, and more. OREGON SYMPHONYMusic Director David Danzmayr...

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Why Loan Estimates and Closing Disclosures May Not Match

When you apply for a mortgage loan, your lender has three business days to provide you with your loan estimate—a detailed summary of the loan terms, fees associated with taking out a mortgage, the loan amount, interest rate, and monthly payments—including estimates for property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, and mortgage insurance, if applicable. The reason it’s called...

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