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Home Price Appreciation Hits 8-Year Record

Home Price Appreciation Hits 8-Year Record

Two of the most influential drivers of a real estate market are mortgage interest rates and jobs. The results of the Bureau of Labor Statistics February jobs report, released This Week in Real Estate, were surprisingly strong beating expectations by 80% with most coming from the sectors hardest hit by COVID-19. Employment growth as we transition ...
Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: March 5-7, 2021

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

OREGON CHOCOLATE FESTIVALGo for a drive to the Oregon Chocolate Festival, featuring the dreamy and mouth-watering creations of dozens of West Coast chocolatiers. EUGENE RV SHOWEugene RV Show will provide a platform to enjoy shopping and comparing hundreds of new and used RV’s. WINTER TUBINGHead to the mountain and enjoy a full day frolicking in the snow. ...
Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: March 4-7, 2021

Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: March 4-7, 2021

SEATTLE GOLF SHOWThe 2021 Seattle Golf Show will be hosted at CenturyLink Field Event Center. WEST SEATTLE FARMER’S MARKETCheck online before you go for cancellations, the West Seattle Farmer’s market is available Sundays year-round. EDMONDS JAZZ FESTIVALThis festival showcases an exceptional opportunity for music students of all ages to gain the esteem of their peers ...
Home Values Surge as More Americans Are on the Move

Home Values Surge as More Americans Are on the Move

Home values will continue to surge until available inventory can meet and/or exceed demand. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shared their 2021 forecast This Week in Real Estate, which calls for single-family production to increase 5 percent over prior year, marking the first year since the Great Recession that annual production will exceed 1 ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Partners with LGBTQ Real Estate Alliance

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Partners with LGBTQ Real Estate Alliance

The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance announced today that the joint operations of HomeServices of America, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, and Real Living Real Estate have signed a sponsorship agreement supporting The Alliance at the highest “Champions” level. “This is an important step for us in continuing our support of the LGBTQ+ community,” said Teresa Palacios Smith, Chief Diversity, ...
Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: February 25-28, 2021

Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: February 25-28, 2021

CHERRY BLOSSOM TREESView a list of where to see the most beautiful blooming cherry blossoms around Portland. MOUNTAINFILM ON TOURMountainfilm on Tour returns with two great programs for you to enjoy all from the comfort of home. ROLLER SKATINGEnjoy a winter roller skating activity indoors at the Lloyd Center rink! CHINESE NEW YEARPortland’s most popular Chinese New Year Celebration is back at ...
Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: February 25-28, 2021

Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: February 25-28, 2021

WOODEN BOAT FESTIVALHead out to Port Townsend for the wooden boat festival at Point Hudson where you can learn about the beauty of wooden boats, and the richness of our maritime culture. WASHINGTON STATE PIONEERSTune in for a lively conversation by the director of the Center for Race and Culture covering black pioneers in Washington ...
Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: February 18-21, 2021

Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: February 18-21, 2021

NATURE JOURNALING Virtual nature journaling at the Hoyt Arboretum lets you explore your artistic side with a focus on different plants and flowers. BEYOND THE DARKNESS In celebration of the Brewers Association’s Stout Month across the US, the Northbank Brewers Alliance, Final Draft Taphouse, Visit Vancouver USA & ZZeppelin are proud to present a weeklong celebration of dark beers! ...
Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: February 18-21, 2021

Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: February 18-21, 2021

CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL Join virtually, and attend international film programs for kids, hands-on workshops, and more! WEST SEATTLE FARMER’S MARKET Check online before you go for cancellations, the West Seattle Farmer’s market is available Sundays year-round.  SEATTLE HOME SHOW Check online first before heading out to CenturyLink Field for the Seattle Home show, featuring local vendors and new home products.  BLACK ...
Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: February 11-14, 2021

Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: February 11-14, 2021

REEL MUSIC FESTIVAL The Portland Art Museum’s Northwest Film Center was established to promote the art of moving pictures and foster the work of local artists.  VALENTINE’S DAY MARKET Featuring  20 local vendors and sparkling wine! Come and pick up a gift or two and some bubbly for your sweetheart + friends! ROLLER SKATING Enjoy a winter roller skating activity ...
Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: February 11-14, 2021

Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: February 11-14, 2021

WEST SEATTLE FARMER’S MARKET Check online before you go for cancellations, the West Seattle Farmer’s market is available Sundays year-round.  WHERE BEAUTY LIES Where Beauty Lies examines the complicated history, culture, industry, psychology, and politics of beauty from the Asian Pacific American perspective. BLACK HISTORY MONTH Tune in each Wednesday during February for a variety of Black History-themed tours, virtual ...
Home Prices Surge as Mortgage Applications Spike

Home Prices Surge as Mortgage Applications Spike

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported This Week in Real Estate that January ended with a surge in mortgage applications in response to a 3 basis point decrease following three consecutive weeks of rate increases. The MBAs refinance index realized its highest level since March 2020. Below are a few newsworthy events from the first week of February that influence our business:  Home ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Your Forever Brand

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Your Forever Brand

Real Estate’s Forever Brand Now, more than ever, real estate professionals and the clients they serve benefit from the stability, innovation, and global exposure Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices ensures. With the array of business resources, depth of support, and market knowledge our brokers possess, no one is better equipped to deliver an excellent real estate experience ...
Oregon & SW Washington February 4-7, 2021

Oregon & SW Washington February 4-7, 2021

FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS Join the city-wide festival of new works during the Fertile Ground Festival in a virtual deep-dive into art.  ROLLER SKATING Enjoy a winter roller skating activity indoors at the Lloyd Center rink! WINE BOXES  Pandemic relief wine boxes offer a great way to support local businesses while enjoying Willamette Valley wines. Pick between three different ...
Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: February 4-7, 2021

Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: February 4-7, 2021

ART TOURS View art projects free at the Banbridge Island Museum of Art.   BLACK HISTORY MONTH Tune in each Wednesday during February for a variety of Black History-themed tours, virtual exhibition viewings, and panel discussions.  GAME NIGHT Celebrate Black History Month with Black History game and trivia nights all month long each Sunday night. Invite family and friends from different ...
The Significant Shift in Interest on Newly-Built Homes

The Significant Shift in Interest on Newly-Built Homes

ATTOM Data Solutions released its 2020 U.S. Home Sales Report This Week in Real Estate, which shows that home sellers realized a 34.7 percent return on investment compared to the original purchase price and that represents the highest average return on investment since 2006. Below are a few newsworthy events from the fourth week of January that influence our business:  U.S. ...
2020 4th Quarter Pacific Northwest Market Report

2020 4th Quarter Pacific Northwest Market Report

Consumers have way too much information to consider before buying or selling a home and it can be hard to separate the insignificant from the critical details. Our just-released Q4 Pacific Northwest Market Report can help you make an educated decision. This report is an amazing resource. It delivers exactly the kind of analysis prospective ...
Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Events: January 28-31, 2021

Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Events: January 28-31, 2021

FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS Join the city-wide festival of new works during the Fertile Ground Festival in a virtual deep-dive into art.  ROLLER SKATING Enjoy a winter roller skating activity indoors at the Lloyd Center rink! TRIVIA Sign up for untapped trivia night at home, play online as a single household or bring your whole team together virtually with a multi-household ...
Puget Sound Weekend Planner: January 28-31, 2021

Puget Sound Weekend Planner: January 28-31, 2021

SOUP WALKThe Fremont neighborhood hosts a “Soupocalypse” where participants can collect 4 or more stamps to win a prize basket. ART TOURSView art projects free at the Banbridge Island Museum of Art. NEW YEAR MOCHI MAKINGHead to Bainbridge Island and bundle up for the outdoor tradition of mochi-making. BOAT SHOWWatch The Big Seattle Boat Show ...
Home Sales See Highest Levels Since 2006

Home Sales See Highest Levels Since 2006

According to the National Association of Realtors This Week in Real Estate 2020 home sales hit the highest level since 2006 while new-home construction activity soars to highest level in over a decade. Below are a few newsworthy events from the third week of January that influence our business:  Annual Sales See Highest Level Since 2006. Existing-home sales rose in December, with home ...
Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: January 21-24, 2021

Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: January 21-24, 2021

NATIONAL PIE DAY Celebrate National Pie Day and claim your free slice at a local shop! ROLLER SKATING Enjoy a winter roller skating activity indoors at the Lloyd Center rink! UNTAPPED TRIVIA Sign up for untapped trivia night at home, play online as a single household or bring your whole team together virtually with a multi-household team. Prizes for the ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: January 21-24, 2021

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: January 21-24, 2021

WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL Port Townsend celebrates the Wooden Boat Festival, since 1978.Enjoy time outdoors while learning about the boats, craftmanship, and the community.   FREE EAGLE FESTIVAL Celebrate the return of the Eagle to Stillaguamish River, the city of Arlington hosts an annual festival with activities and food vendors.  NEW YEAR MOCHI MAKING Head to Bainbridge Island and bundle ...
Home Sales Expected to Continue Rising in 2021

Home Sales Expected to Continue Rising in 2021

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association This Week in Real Estate mortgage applications, fueled by refinance activity, surged to their highest level since March 2020 during the first full week of the new year. In addition, National Association of Realtors chief economist, Lawrence Yun, expects home sales in 2021 to increase by 10%. Below are a few newsworthy events from ...
Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: January 14-17, 2021

Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: January 14-17, 2021

MIAMI SEAQUARIUM Explore the wonders of the ocean from afar with the Miami Seaquarium. Tune in to the Reef Ranger apprentice program, kids corner, and more!  UNTAPPED TRIVIA Sign up for untapped trivia night at home, play online as a single household or bring your whole team together virtually with a multi-household team. Prizes for the top two ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: January 14-17, 2021

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: January 14-17, 2021

CHOCOLATE COOKING CLASS Sign-up for an online cooking class and learn how to make chocolate treats!  ART TOURS View art projects free at the Banbridge Island Museum of Art.   NEW YEAR MOCHI MAKING Head to Bainbridge Island and bundle up for the outdoor tradition of mochi-making.  TACOMA LIGHT TRAIL Head to the light art display in Tacoma through Jan 24th and enjoy art ...
Home Buyer Demand Remains High, Causing Bidding Wars

Home Buyer Demand Remains High, Causing Bidding Wars

The average mortgage rate fell to a record low sixteen times throughout 2020 and according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, released This Week in Real Estate, the mortgage rate for a 30-year fixed loan fell two basis points to the lowest rate in the survey’s near 50-year history during the first week of the ...
Which Senior Care Option is Right for You?

Which Senior Care Option is Right for You?

Are you a senior who needs more care? You’re certainly not alone, since 75% of seniors are living with chronic conditions that can require care. Much of that care is provided in-home, but if you are looking at senior home care options for yourself, you may be wondering which choice is best for your needs. ...
Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: January 8-10, 2020

Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: January 8-10, 2020

UNTAPPED TRIVIA Sign up for untapped trivia night at home, play online as a single household or bring your whole team together virtually with a multi-household team. Prizes for the top two teams.   APRES SKI Head to Central Oregon and enjoy the Apres Ski Special at Zpizza with a heated patio setting offering a slice of pizza and ...

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: January 7-10, 2021

NEW YEAR MOCHI MAKINGHead to Bainbridge Island and bundle up for the outdoor tradition of mochi-making. TACOMA LIGHT TRAILHead to the light art display in Tacoma through Jan 24th and enjoy art and poetry along the trail. ICE RINKGo for a skate at the Snohomish Valley Ice Rink on their outdoor rink and cozy up ...
2020’s Impact on the Housing Market

2020’s Impact on the Housing Market

The National Association of Realtors’ most recent Pending Home Sales Index, released This Week in Real Estate, reported an all-time high reading in November. All major regions posted double-digit year-over-year increases. Below are a few newsworthy events from the final week of 2020 that influence our business:  Contract Signings Surge to Record High for November. Sales have slowed slightly from the high ...
Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Events: December 31 – January 3, 2020

Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Events: December 31 – January 3, 2020

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS NEW YEARS TAKEOUT Check out a list of Portland restaurants offering meals to-go to celebrate the beginning of 2021 at home.  CHOCOLATE BUFFET Pix Patisserie hosts a NYE midnight chocolate buffet. When the clock strikes midnight, socially distanced revelers canindulge in chocolate mousse, chocolate cake, chocolate meringue, chocolate truffles and MORE CHOCOLATE! PORTLAND SPIRIT Many ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: December 31-January 3, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: December 31-January 3, 2020

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS AQUARIUM NYE The Seattle Aquarium hosts a Rockin’ Rockfish New Years Eve party virtually! Learn about the animals at the aquarium, listen to live music and have a dance party. HARRY POTTER YULE BALL The King County Library hosts a full day of plans for Harry Potter enthusiasts of all ages ...
The Surge in New Home Sales Meets Record Low Mortgage Rates

The Surge in New Home Sales Meets Record Low Mortgage Rates

According to Freddie Mac This Week in Real Estate the average mortgage rate for a 30-year fixed loan fell to a record low for the 16th time this year and have been below 3% for 20 consecutive weeks. While both existing-home and new home sales dipped in November compared to October, consistent low rates have contributed to increases ...
Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: December 24-27, 2020

Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: December 24-27, 2020

RECIPES EGGNOG Learn how to make a rum-based eggnog that’s amazingly good. It features ground cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, milk, and light cream.  MARZIPAN CHRISTMAS KRINGLE This marzipan tubular bread is an absolute must for the Christmas season, and a traditional dinner would not be complete without this Christmas Kringle for dessert. CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST SAUSAGE CASSEROLE Surprise the family ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: December 24-27, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: December 24-27, 2020

RECIPES EGGNOG Learn how to make a rum-based eggnog that’s amazingly good. It features ground cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, milk, and light cream.  MARZIPAN CHRISTMAS KRINGLE This marzipan tubular bread is an absolute must for the Christmas season, and a traditional dinner would not be complete without this Christmas Kringle for dessert. CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST SAUSAGE CASSEROLE Surprise the family ...
December Mortgage Applications Increase, Strengthening the Market

December Mortgage Applications Increase, Strengthening the Market

According to the Census Bureau This Week in Real Estate single-family housing starts increased for the seventh consecutive month in November, climbing to the highest level since 2007 and 27.1% higher than last year. Below are a few newsworthy events from thethird week of December that influence our business:  Single-Family Housing Starts Reach Highest Level Since 2007. Single-family housing starts continued their seven-month climb in ...
Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: December 17-20, 2020

Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: December 17-20, 2020

RECIPES SNOWGLOBE CHEESECAKE Surprise family and friends with a masterpiece dessert! Each little cheesecake is topped with a glassy gelatin globe speckled with silver glitter, as if freshly shaken. The best part is, you can eat every bit! GINGERBREAD CAKE Create a flavorful cake featuring gingerbread and cream cheese frosting. GREEN BEAN BUNDLES Green bean ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: December 17-20, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: December 17-20, 2020

RECIPES SNOWGLOBE CHEESECAKE Surprise family and friends with a masterpiece dessert! Each little cheesecake is topped with a glassy gelatin globe speckled with silver glitter, as if freshly shaken. The best part is, you can eat every bit! GINGERBREAD CAKE Create a flavorful cake featuring gingerbread and cream cheese frosting. GREEN BEAN BUNDLES Green bean ...
U.S. Homeowners Gain One Trillion Dollars in Equity

U.S. Homeowners Gain One Trillion Dollars in Equity

According to CoreLogic This Week in Real Estate homeowners experienced a gain of $1 Trillion in equity in the third quarter thanks to surging price appreciation. Below are a few newsworthy events from the second week of December that influence our business:  U.S. Homeowners Gained $1 Trillion of Equity in Q3. CoreLogic’s latest Home Equity Report for the third ...
Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: December 10-13, 2020

Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: December 10-13, 2020

RECIPES PEPPERMINT BARK Enjoy a delicious peppermint bark recipe that will make your mouth water with either semi-sweet or dark chocolate notes. BRITTLECreate a flavorful brittle out of cashew, almonds, or peanuts! SPICED HOT COCOA COOKIES Make delicious hot cocoa cookies featuring a colorful pop of chili powder! CINNAMON ROLL BREAKFAST MUFFIN Elevate your next ...
Outdoor Activities Near Roseburg, Oregon

Outdoor Activities Near Roseburg, Oregon

An awesome part about living in the Pacific Northwest is you can adventure outside all year long. Here are the top activities in Roseburg! Toketee Falls TrailThese falls are the crown jewel of hiking trails around Roseburg. The falls are just under a mile round trip, so it’s fun for the entire family. The falls ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: December 10-13, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: December 10-13, 2020

RECIPES PEPPERMINT BARKEnjoy a delicious peppermint bark recipe that will make your mouth water with either semi-sweet or dark chocolate notes. BRITTLECreate a flavorful brittle out of cashew, almonds, or peanuts! SPICED HOT COCOA COOKIESMake delicious hot cocoa cookies featuring a colorful pop of chili powder! CINNAMON ROLL BREAKFAST MUFFINElevate your next cinnamon roll with ...
$500K Pacific Northwest Properties

$500K Pacific Northwest Properties

Curious what $500,000 can buy you in today’s market? Here are some of the best homes in our inventory under $500K. To find out more about these homes, or search thousands of other homes in these areas, you can head to www.bhhsnw.com and search by city or neighborhood. This spacious and spotless five-bedroom home is situated on ...
Holiday Slowdown? Not in 2020!

Holiday Slowdown? Not in 2020!

Holiday slowdownnot in 2020. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association This Week in Real Estate purchase applications Thanksgiving week were 28% higher than the same week last year. The average purchase loan amount was the largest in the thirty year history of the MBA survey. Below are a few newsworthy events from the first week of December ...
Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: December 3-6, 2020

Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: December 3-6, 2020

RECIPES BAGEL BREAKFAST CASSEROLE Turn a traditional bagel sandwich into a (small) crowd-pleasing casserole. MEATLOAF (VEG) Try a classic dish with a vegetarian twist featuring mushrooms, toasted nuts, and flavorful swiss cheese. REINDEER CAKE Enjoy a fun twist on Christmas with a Reindeer cake featuring gooey chocolate fudge and pretzel antlers. CHRISTMAS COAL CANDY Take ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: December 3-6, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: December 3-6, 2020

RECIPES BAGEL BREAKFAST CASSEROLETurn a traditional bagel sandwich into a (small) crowd-pleasing casserole. REINDEER CAKEEnjoy a fun twist on Christmas with a Reindeer cake featuring gooey chocolate fudge and pretzel antlers. CHRISTMAS COAL CANDYTake a bite out of delicious coal candy, or gift to a friend as a great addition to hot cocoa! RASPBERRY AND ...
New Build Single-Family Home Sales Surge

New Build Single-Family Home Sales Surge

The FHFA announced This Week in Real Estate that the conforming loan limit in 2021 will be increased by 7.5% to $548,250. The increase marks the fifth consecutive year of increases while the increase in 2016 was the first in ten years. In addition, builder confidence remains at an all-time high as the annual rate ...
Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: November 26-29, 2020

Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: November 26-29, 2020

RECIPES SWEET POTATO CASSEROLEIndulge in a nutty crumble topping over marshmallows for a sweet potato casserole you’ll remember. BALSAMIC ROASTED BRUSSLE SPROUTSAdd some greens on the table with Ina Garten’s tenderly roasted brussels sprouts and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUPEnjoy an afternoon snack with this buttery butternut squash soup featuring sautéed onions. ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: November 26-29, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: November 26-29, 2020

RECIPES SWEET POTATO CASSEROLEIndulge in a nutty crumble topping over marshmallows for a sweet potato casserole you’ll remember. BALSAMIC ROASTED BRUSSLE SPROUTSAdd some greens on the table with Ina Garten’s tenderly roasted brussels sprouts and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUPEnjoy an afternoon snack with this buttery butternut squash soup featuring sautéed onions. ...
Homebuilder Confidence Has Soared to a 35-Year High

Homebuilder Confidence Has Soared to a 35-Year High

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development This Week in Real Estate the pace of single-family starts in October was the highest production rate since the spring of 2007. As a result, homebuilder confidence has soared to a 35-year high in November. Below are a few newsworthy events from the third week of November that influence our business:  Existing-Home ...
Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: November 19-22, 2020

Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: November 19-22, 2020

RECIPES PECAN PIE BARSDazzle your family with everyone’s favorite pie, now in bite sized bars that are easy to store! BITE SIZED PUMPKIN PIEMake a pumpkin pie in a sheet pan this year or make bite sized pumpkin pie bites. GREEN BEAN CASSEROLESurprise your loved ones with a classic green bean casserole topped with French ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: November 19-22, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: November 19-22, 2020

RECIPES PECAN PIE BARSDazzle your family with everyone’s favorite pie, now in bite sized bars that are easy to store! BITE SIZED PUMPKIN PIEMake a pumpkin pie in a sheet pan this year or make bite sized pumpkin pie bites. GREEN BEAN CASSEROLESurprise your loved ones with a classic green bean casserole topped with French ...
Double-Digit Annual Price Gains

Double-Digit Annual Price Gains

What a third quarter it was with respect to year-over-year home price growth. According to the National Association of Realtor’s latest quarterly housing report released This Week in Real Estate 117 of the 181 metro areas experienced double-digit price appreciation in the third quarter compared to Q3 2019. Just 15 metro areas recorded double-digit price ...
Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: November 13-15, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: November 13-15, 2020

PORTLAND METRO AREA VIRTUAL KITTEN YOGAJoin furry friends over at the Oregon Humane Society for a virtual kitten yoga class HOLIDAY PHOTOSCabela’s in Tualatin is offering a contactless photo experience with Santa at his Wonderland stop inside the store this weekend. HEART OF THE GORGE SIGHTSEEING Board the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler for a 1 or 2 hour ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: November 11-15, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: November 11-15, 2020

ACTIVITIES STATE & NATIONAL PARK In celebration of Veterans Day, enjoy free entrance to our Washington State and National parks. SEATTLE RESTAURANT WEEKTry bites all around the Puget Sound during Seattle Restaurant week. Participating restaurants create a special meal offering $20 lunches or $35 dinners. Enjoy dine-in or takeout options. HONORING VETERAN’S DAY Click here ...
Outdoor Activities Near Eugene, Oregon

Outdoor Activities Near Eugene, Oregon

The wonderful thing about the Pacific Northwest is you can explore the outdoors all year long. Eugene, Oregon is no exception to that rule. Here are the top outdoor activities you need to experience in Lane County. Mckenzie River Recreational Trail. With its ice blue water, moss-covered landscape, and refreshing mountain air, the Mckenzie River ...
More than one in four homes were considered “equity rich”

More than one in four homes were considered “equity rich”

According to ATTOM Data Solutions, This Week in Real Estate more than one in four homes were considered “equity rich” in the third quarter as U.S. home prices in September experienced the fastest annual acceleration since May 2014. Below are a few newsworthy events from the first week of November that influence our business:  U.S. Home Price Appreciation Hits 6-Year High in ...
Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: November 6-8, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: November 6-8, 2020

PORTLAND METRO AREA HOLIDAY PHOTOSCabela’s in Tualatin is offering a contactless photo experience with Santa at his Wonderland stop inside the store this weekend. HEART OF THE GORGE SIGHTSEEING Board the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler for a 1 or 2 hour sightseeing tour with lavish dinners being served Friday and Saturday. Enter for the chance to win ...
How to Rekey Your Home

How to Rekey Your Home

Don’t hesitate to put your home warranty to use right away. Before you move in, you’re going to want to rekey, and American Home Warranty has you covered. You already know your clients deserve the best. We think so, too. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for ways to make their plan work harder ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: November 5-8, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: November 5-8, 2020

ACTIVITIES PIER INTO THE NIGHTStay home and travel through the Salish Sea on an underwater adventure with scuba divers and an underwater drone. WINE WEEKENDPack up for the weekend and head out for a drive through Walla Walla, Wa and encounter the regions delicious wines during fall release weekend. HOLIDAY GLASS BLOWINGHead to Tacoma to ...
Homeownership Rate Remains Strong Through Fall

Homeownership Rate Remains Strong Through Fall

According to the U.S. Census Bureau This Week in Real Estate the homeownership rate reached its second-highest level in the third quarter with all four regions of the country experiencing annual increases. While the National Association of Realtors September Pending Home Sales Index realized a modest 2.2% decrease from August it was 20.5% higher than the prior ...
Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: October 29-November 1, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: October 29-November 1, 2020

PORTLAND METRO AREA FEAR PDXReserve your Halloween fright tickets early, and walk through a well-known haunted attraction. HEART OF THE GORGE SIGHTSEEING Board the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler for a 1 or 2 hour sightseeing tour with lavish dinners being served Friday and Saturday. Enter for the chance to win tickets through pdxpipeline!  SKATING AT LLOYD CENTERHead to ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: October 29 -November 1, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: October 29 -November 1, 2020

ACTIVITIES EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL The earshot jazz festival cultivates a vibrant jazz community in the Puget Sound region, encouraging all ages to celebrate jazz performances. ZOMBIE WALK The Zombie Walk fundraiser in Snohomish for a semi-virtual walk/run. Make your way around town and donate “rations for the survivors” VIRTUAL SCARECROW FESTIVAL You can attend the Edmonds ...
4 Paths to Millennial Homeownership

4 Paths to Millennial Homeownership

The idea of buying a home as a millennial can be daunting. Wages have been stagnant your entire life, while the cost of living and education has skyrocketed. Homeownership, especially in attractive markets like Portland and Seattle, seems like it’s way out of reach for many. Although it appears to be a longshot, there are ...
Condo vs. House

Condo vs. House

What is a better fit for your lifestyle? Read on to find out. Condo Pros Cheaper A condo is generally cheaper than buying an entire house. This is because they don’t come with the land underneath the house, you are literally buying the building, not the land that goes with it. Less maintenance Probably the ...
Single-Family Housing Starts Reached Highest Levels in 13 Years

Single-Family Housing Starts Reached Highest Levels in 13 Years

According to the National Association of Realtors and the U.S. Census Bureau This Week in Real Estate existing home sales and single-family starts soared in September. Sales experienced an increase of 9.4% over prior month and single-family starts realized an 8.5% increase over August starts. Below are a few newsworthy events from the third week of October that influence our business:  Existing ...
Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: October 22-25, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: October 22-25, 2020

PORTLAND METRO AREA HEART OF THE GORGE SIGHTSEEING Board the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler for a 1 or 2 hour sightseeing tour with lavish dinners being served Friday and Saturday. Enter for the chance to win tickets through pdxpipeline!  BLOODYVOX Don’t miss the dance showcase drive-in experience, inspired by classic films like the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Moulin Rouge, The ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: October 22-25, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: October 22-25, 2020

ACTIVITIES PUMPKIN WALK Decorate a pumpkin and bring it with you to become a part of the Bainbridge Gardens pumpkin walk.  VIRTUAL SCARECROW FESTIVAL You can attend the Edmonds Scarecrow festival in person, or virtually this year! Create and share your homemade scarecrow for a chance to win a prize! PUMPKINS LOOP Join the Woodland Park Zoo for a Pumpkin celebration ...
Mortgage Rates Hit Lowest Rate Since the 70’s

Mortgage Rates Hit Lowest Rate Since the 70’s

According to the National Association of Home Builders This Week in Real Estate new home sales are outpacing new home starts at a historic rate. Once again, for the 10th time this year, the average mortgage interest rate for the week was the lowest rate since Freddie Mac began tracking such data 49 years ago. Below are a few newsworthy ...
Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: October 15-18, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: October 15-18, 2020

PORTLAND METRO AREA WINE & CANDY PAIRING Hip chicks do wine offers a wine and Halloween candy pairing! Enjoy five wines in this pairing during the last two weekends of October. CORN MAZE Head to Bella Organic Pumpkin Patch to enjoy the food pavilion, farm animals, beer, wine, and more! Free corn maze admission for frontline workers ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Events: October 15-18, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Events: October 15-18, 2020

ACTIVITIES ART WALK Head to the West Seattle Art Walk including restaurants and extended happy hours with food and beverage specials.   VIRTUAL NORTHERN LIGHTS The Virtual Northern Lights Auction supports the National Nordic Museum, bid on exciting auction lots from the safety of home.  PUMPKINS AT THE BEACH Head to Titlow Beach Park just south of Tacoma Narrows Bridge. ...
October Brings Record-Setting Home Prices

October Brings Record-Setting Home Prices

According to Fannie Mae This Week in Real Estate the median home sales price recently realized its largest year-over-year increase on record and the mortgage market experienced an increase of 21 percent in purchase activity last week compared to a year ago. Below are a few newsworthy events from the first full week of October that influence our business:  Home Prices Rose ...
Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: October 8-11, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: October 8-11, 2020

PORTLAND METRO AREA CORN MAZE Head to Bella Organic Pumpkin Patch to enjoy the food pavilion, farm animals, beer, wine, and more! Free corn maze admission for frontline workers in September.  HAUNTED DRIVE-THRU Head to Oaks Park for a drive-thru haunted house, taking you right inside the heart of the haunt. TOPGOLF Take advantage of discount days at Top Golf! Tuesdays ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: October 8-11, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: October 8-11, 2020

ACTIVITIES ART WALK Head to the West Seattle Art Walk including restaurants and extended happy hours with food and beverage specials.   VIRTUAL NORTHERN LIGHTS The Virtual Northern Lights Auction supports the National Nordic Museum, bid on exciting auction lots from the safety of home.  BRUNCH BASH Support youth and families in SW Seattle through art, nature, and community! Get ...
September’s Unusual Surge in Demand

September’s Unusual Surge in Demand

Realtor.com reported This Week in Real Estate that homes sold 12 days faster in September than they did September of 2019. Below are a few newsworthy events from the final few days of September and first days of October that influence our business:  Pending Home Sales Hit All-Time High in August, Spike to 8.8 Percent. According to the National Association of Realtors, pending ...
Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events October 1-4, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events October 1-4, 2020

PORTLAND METRO AREA CORN MAZE Head to Bella Organic Pumpkin Patch to enjoy the food pavilion, farm animals, beer, wine, and more! Free corn maze admission for frontline workers in September.  CIDER SUMMIT Order a tasting kit for the Oct. 4th release including five Oregon ciders plus a special collaboration drink with Virtue Cider in Michigan.  TOPGOLF Take advantage of ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: October 1-4, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: October 1-4, 2020

ACTIVITIES THE AGE OF NATURE Take a look at nature and the outdoors including a panel discussion with native Washingtonians. WHIDBEY ISLAND MUSIC Through the end of the month, you can attend the 15th anniversary of the Whidbey Island Music Festival online to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with beautiful sonatas.  FILM FESTIVAL The Coalition of the South Asian Film Festival features online screenings ...
3 Tips for Writing Sales Subject Lines

3 Tips for Writing Sales Subject Lines

Subject lines are the reason readers open or don’t open your latest email. If no one is reading your email, it doesn’t matter how great your message is. Here are some tips on crafting sales emails with a high open-rate. #1 – Short and Sweet. Use as few words as possible. People are busy and will ...
Existing Home Sales Surge to a 14-Year High!

Existing Home Sales Surge to a 14-Year High!

According to the National Association of Realtors This Week in Real Estate the annualized pace of existing home sales through August reached a 14-year high while homeowners equity exceeded $620 billion in the second quarter, as reported by CoreLogic. Below are a few newsworthy events from the fourth week of September that influence our business:  Sales of Existing Homes Surge to a ...
Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: September 24-27, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: September 24-27, 2020

PORTLAND METRO CORN MAZE Head to Bella Organic Pumpkin Patch to enjoy the food pavilion, farm animals, beer, wine, and more! Free corn maze admission for frontline workers in September.  CIDER SUMMIT Order a tasting kit for the Oct. 4th release including five Oregon ciders plus a special collaboration drink with Virtue Cider in Michigan.  TOPGOLF Take advantage of discount ...
Things to Know Before Moving to Seattle

Things to Know Before Moving to Seattle

Have you been curious about moving to the Pacific Northwest’s Emerald City? There’s a lot more to Seattle than Amazon, coffee, and rain. Here is everything you need to know about moving to the nation’s 18th largest metropolitan area. Rain Yes, it is rainy in Seattle, but it’s not what you think. Although the rainy ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: September 24-27, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: September 24-27, 2020

ACTIVITIES GARDEN ART SHOW Browse local artist displays of glass flowers, steel trellises, concrete leaves and more at the City People’s Garden Store.  WHIDBEY ISLAND MUSIC Through the end of the month, you can attend the 15th anniversary of the Whidbey Island Music Festival online to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with beautiful sonatas.  FILM FESTIVAL The  Port Townsend film festival ...
Builder Confidence Reaches 35-Year High

Builder Confidence Reaches 35-Year High

The index measuring home builder confidence has risen to its highest score ever this month and Fannie Mae predicts This Week in Real Estate that mortgage volume will reach an all-time high of $3.9 trillion this year. Below are a few newsworthy events from the third week of September that influence our business:  Builder Confidence Reaches 35-Year High in September. The National Association of ...
Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: September 18-20, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: September 18-20, 2020

*Due to the statewide fire crisis, please check online before heading out, as smoke levels may remain hazardous through the weekend.   PORTLAND METRO PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET Head down to the Portland Waterfront for a spaced-out Saturday market to support local businesses, check the website for last-minute closures, as they offer an online shopping experience.  SPIRIT CRUISE ...
3 ways a home warranty benefits real estate pros

3 ways a home warranty benefits real estate pros

Buyers and Sellers alike recognize that a home warranty can be an effective way to reach their homeownership goals. For Sellers, a home warranty protects their house’s systems and appliances while it’s on the market, making a smooth sale more likely. On the Buyer side, it reduces the likelihood of a large and unexpected cost ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: September 17-20, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: September 17-20, 2020

ACTIVITIES DRIVE-THRU FAIR Miss the taste of State Fair delicacies? The world’s largest food drive-through at the Spokane Fair offers a wide array of food options, hop in the car and go for a weekend get-away in Spokane, or stay close to town and head to the Puyallup food drive-through weekend.  MUSEUM RE-OPENING The Museum of Flight, Nordic ...
Mortgage Applications Up 40%

Mortgage Applications Up 40%

Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index increased six percent in August while the Mortgage Bankers Association reported This Week in Real Estate that mortgage applications were up a “stunning” 40% higher than a year ago. Below are a few newsworthy events from the second week of September that influence our business:  Mortgage Demand From Homebuyers Surges 40% From a Year Ago Amid ...
Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events September 10-13

Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events September 10-13

*Due to the statewide fire crisis, please check all routes for closures before leaving the house.  PORTLAND METRO PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET Head down to the Portland Waterfront for a spaced-out Saturday market to support local businesses.  SPIRIT CRUISE Enjoy dinner on the Portland Spirit as it travels down the Willamette River during a delicious champagne brunch or ...
6 REASONS WHY A HOME WARRANTY IS A SMART MOVE

6 REASONS WHY A HOME WARRANTY IS A SMART MOVE

Make sure you’re getting the most out of every sale by including an American Home Shield® Home Warranty. It can give your clients one less thing to worry about and help you keep the sale on track by protecting your client’s budget against the expense of unexpected covered breakdowns. Fewer inconveniences for them can mean ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: September 10-13, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: September 10-13, 2020

ACTIVITIES ONLINE READINGJoin The Revolutionary Women of Color online reading circle, sign up for eight weekly sessions. DRIVE-THRU FAIR Miss the taste of State Fair delicacies? The world’s largest food drive-through at the Spokane Fair offers a wide array of food options, hop in the car and go for a weekend get-away in Spokane, or stay close to town ...
Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: September 4-7, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: September 4-7, 2020

PORTLAND METRO LABOR DAY BRUNCHHead to Eastburn Public House from 8am-3pm for $2 mimosa refills and a delicious Labor Day brunch! TUALATIN RIVER RENTALSRent a paddle board, kayak, or canoe with the Tualatin River Keepers at Cook Park and enjoy a scenic day on the Tualatin River. ART IN THE PEARLJoin the arts and crafts ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner September 2-6, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner September 2-6, 2020

ACTIVITIES ONLINE READINGJoin The Revolutionary Women of Color online reading circle, sign up for eight weekly sessions. DOG WALK & PET SHOWHead to Lake Sammamish to participate in a virtual 3K walk with your pet along a scenic course, setup through Sept 20th. Take a picture and follow the steps here, and enter the dog ...
New Home Sales Surge in July Accompanied by Low Interest Rates

New Home Sales Surge in July Accompanied by Low Interest Rates

The National Association of Realtors reported This Week in Real Estate that for every 10 new listings the market is realizing 9 new contracts and as a result homes are going under contract in record time and inventory levels are at historic lows. Below are a few newsworthy events from the fourth week of August that influence our business:  Insatiable Demand Drives ...
Pacific Northwest Hikes: Crater Lake

Pacific Northwest Hikes: Crater Lake

Volume 4: Crater Lake Crater Lake is an extremely beautiful and a must-see for anyone living in the Pacific Northwest. This is America’s deepest lake and sits inside a collapsed volcano. Some scientists actually claim it is the cleanest large body of water in the world. The glass-like water is surrounded by a mountain ridge, ...
Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: August 26-30, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Weekend Events: August 26-30, 2020

PORTLAND METRO TUALATIN RIVER RENTALSRent a paddle board, kayak, or canoe with the Tualatin River Keepers at Cook Park and enjoy a scenic day on the Tualatin River. OAKS PARK ROLLERSKATINGSkate the entire 43 acres of the historic amusement park, skating equipment rentals are available. CINEMA UNDER THE STARSRose City Rollers presents a cinematic experience ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner August 26-30

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner August 26-30

ACTIVITIES THE FORGED & THE FILCHEDParticipate in a Zoom-style learning opportunity about art history’s greatest mysteries and secrets of art itself. BLUEBERRY FARMBring a picnic and enjoy a scenic view on the water at the beautiful organic Higher Taste Blueberry Farm. SOULFUL FLOW YOGASign up for mindfulness yoga, a Zoom class with others around the ...
Home Builder Confidence Hits 35-year High

Home Builder Confidence Hits 35-year High

Existing-home sales set a record in July for a month-over-month increase as July sales were up 25% over June sales according to the National Association of Realtors This Week in Real Estate. In addition, home builder confidence has reached its highest reading in the 35-year history of the Housing Market Index, matching the record set in December ...
$500K Pacific Northwest Properties

$500K Pacific Northwest Properties

Curious what $500,000 can buy you in today’s market? Here are some of the best homes in our inventory under $500K. To find out more about these homes, or search thousands of other homes in these areas, you can head to www.bhhsnw.com and search by city or neighborhood. Wonderful Felida home that is a can’t miss! The ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner August 20-23, 2020

Portland Metro Weekend Planner August 20-23, 2020

ACTIVITIES TUALATIN RIVER RENTALSRent a paddle board, kayak, or canoe with the Tualatin River Keepers at Cook Park and enjoy a scenic day on the Tualatin River. RUNNINGLove running but not sure the best way to run responsibly during Covid-19? Check out this article on running while physical distancing. LACAMAS LAKE TRAILHead to the lake ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Expands to Spain

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Expands to Spain

Our global network is expanding once again! This time our Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has an affiliate in Spain. Offices can be found on the Mediterranean coast, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands after the purchase of a first local agency in Costa del Sol’s Marbella. This region is known as “The Florida of Europe” ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner August 19-23, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner August 19-23, 2020

ACTIVITIES WALK N WAG Register today for our virtual walk to raise funds for the Sunshine Kids. The $30 registration receives (1) Sunshine Kids t-shirt and (1) Sunshine Kids dog bandana. RUNNING Love running but not sure the best way to run responsibly during Covid-19? Check out this article on running while physical distancing. BLUEBERRY ...
Top 50 Oregon Agents on Social Media

Top 50 Oregon Agents on Social Media

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate has a culture of collaboration when it comes to digital media. Our marketing team does an amazing job with social media tutorials and training when new agents start, but that isn’t the only reason for our success online. Our agents freely share their experience and knowledge, making the entire ...
August is the New May for Homebuyers

August is the New May for Homebuyers

The usual robust spring selling season is being realized this summer according to realtor.com’s Housing Market Recovery Index released This Week in Real Estate. Homes sold 4 days faster year-over-year, at just 26 days, compared to last July fueled by available inventory down 35% resulting in mortgage activity up 22% compared to the same week last year. ...
Portland Metro Weekend Event Planner August 13-16, 2020

Portland Metro Weekend Event Planner August 13-16, 2020

Read up on what reopening Oregon means for you. ACTIVITIES *Please check online before heading out to a hiking trail. Many short hikes are closed due to being a high-trafficked area.  WALK N WAG Register today for our virtual walk to raise funds for the Sunshine Kids. The $30 registration receives (1) Sunshine Kids t-shirt and (1) Sunshine Kids dog ...
Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: August 13-16, 2020

Seattle Metro Weekend Planner: August 13-16, 2020

POPULAR ON NETFLIX/HULU/PRIME THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY The Umbrella Academy tracks seven superpowered siblings through time, space, and the end of the world.  MALIBU RESCUE This show is like Bay Watch but for tweens, following junior rescuers during a Malibu summer.  LUCKY DAY A safe cracker just released from prison is trying to hold his family together as ...
Mortgage Rates Tumble To New Record Low This Week

Mortgage Rates Tumble To New Record Low This Week

According to Freddie Mac, This Week in Real Estate the average mortgage rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to an all-time low for the eighth time through the first seven months and one week of 2020. In other favorable news, the July jobs report, released Friday, beat expectations as the country added 1.8 million jobs while economists expected ...
Pacific Northwest Hikes: Spencer Butte Trail

Pacific Northwest Hikes: Spencer Butte Trail

Volume 3: Spencer Butte Trail Spencer Butte Trail is located just south of Eugene Oregon making it an excellent workout destination for the residents of the city. The foggy rainforest trails will make you feel like you were transported to another planet. The reason this trail makes a great workout is the final 900 meters ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner August 6-9, 2020

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner August 6-9, 2020

POPULAR ON NETFLIX/HULU/PRIME CURSED Armed with mysterious powers and a legendary sword, young Nimue joins forces with a mercenary Arthur on a mission to save her people.  INDIAN MATCHMAKING Matchmaker Sima Taparia guides clients in India and the U.S. in the arranged marriage process.  DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD Coming to Amazon Prime ...
First Annual ‘Walk-N-Wag’

First Annual ‘Walk-N-Wag’

Join us on Wednesday, August 19th for the first annual ‘Walk-N-Wag’ benefiting Sunshine Kids. As we miss the opportunity this year to help the Sunshine Kids through in-person events, we have the opportunity to continue to make an impact by participating in a virtual walk to help raise money for this amazing organization that provides programs ...
Home Prices Hit a Record High

Home Prices Hit a Record High

According to the Census Bureau This Week in Real Estate homeownership reached a 12-year high in the second quarter. Below are a few newsworthy events from the last week of July that influence our business:  Pending Home Sales Surge For a Second Straight Month. U.S. pending home sales increased 17% in June, the second consecutive month of double-digit gains, as low mortgage rates ...
Building an Unwavering, Unrelenting Team

Building an Unwavering, Unrelenting Team

RISMedia invited Allan Dalton to pen this month’s cover story—given his status as a long-time executive, thought leader, and author—in order to provide an insider’s view of the leadership mission at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Thanks to his unique vantage point within the organization, along with his deep industry knowledge, Dalton offers an insightful look into ...
Two Area Brokers Rank in AREAA’s A-list 2020

Two Area Brokers Rank in AREAA’s A-list 2020

Jennifer Wen and Andrea Aberman both represent Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate and made the Top 50 A-list! Jennifer ranked in the top 50 by sides in 2020. Andrea also made the top 50 list in volume. This is an amazing accomplishment and we couldn’t be more proud to have these wonderful professionals on ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner July 30 – August 2, 2020

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner July 30 – August 2, 2020

POPULAR ON NETFLIX/HULU/PRIME LOVE ON THE SPECTRUM This series follows 11 young adults with autism as they navigate dating, offering  a fresh prospective from scripted reality tv shows. This show aims to educate viewers and give a glimpse on what life is like dating with autism.  SHAMELESS SEASON 10 Netflix just dropped season 10 of ...
Existing Home Sales Jump 21% as Seller Profits Rise

Existing Home Sales Jump 21% as Seller Profits Rise

The National Association of Realtors reported This Week in Real Estate that June saw a record-setting month-over-month increase of existing home sales; further supporting a “V-shaped” economic recovery. Below are a few newsworthy events from the fourth week of July that influence our business:  Existing Home Sales Climb Record 20.7% in June. Existing-home sales rebounded at a record pace in June, showing strong ...
Dream Home, Nightmare Street.

Dream Home, Nightmare Street.

Your realtor helped you find your dream home, but there’s one problem, the street is a work in progress. With our rainy weather, potholes and bumps are a common problem in the Pacific Northwest, but don’t let that stop you from purchasing the perfect house. Here are some solutions to filling potholes and improving the ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner

JULY 23-26, 2020 POPULAR ON NETFLIX/HULU/PRIME 13thFollowing up on the critically acclaimed film Selma, this documentary takes a look at the incarceration of minorities alongside the passage of the 13th amendment. THE TOWNDirected by and starring Ben Affleck, this story follows a group of men as they rob a bank and hit a downhill spiral ...
Mortgage Rates fall to the lowest numbers in 50 years

Mortgage Rates fall to the lowest numbers in 50 years

Builder confidence surges as the market experiences gains in single-family permits and starts. The National Association of Home Builders reported This Week in Real Estate that the Housing Market Index has returned to its pre-pandemic March reading. Below are a few newsworthy events from the third week of July that influence our business:  U.S. Mortgage Rates Fall Below 3 Percent, Breaking 50-Year ...
HomeServices Names Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

HomeServices Names Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (July 16, 2020) — Gino Blefari, CEO of HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has appointed Teresa Palacios Smith as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for HomeServices and its subsidiaries, including its family of brokerage, mortgage, insurance, settlement-services, and relocation companies, and HSF Affiliates, which operates the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real ...
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES NORTHWEST REAL ESTATE WEEKEND PLANNER JULY 16-19,2020

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES NORTHWEST REAL ESTATE WEEKEND PLANNER JULY 16-19,2020

POPULAR ON NETFLIX/HULU/PRIME TASTE THE NATIONFollow chef Padma Lakshmi as she takes the audience across America, tasting diverse and rich dishes. GOOD BOYWhen Maggie gets an emotional support dog to help with her anxiety, she becomes surprised with his way of getting rid of people who bring stress in her life. CURSEDThis Arthurian tale follows ...
Buyer Demand Grows as Mortgage Purchasing Reaches Highest Level in a Decade

Buyer Demand Grows as Mortgage Purchasing Reaches Highest Level in a Decade

Realtor.com boasted This Week in Real Estate that June realized two all-time high events; the most unique visitors in a single month, 86 million, and the most unique visitors in a single day, 7 million. As mortgage rates continue to hover around all-time lows and the employment market added 7.5 million jobs the past two months, purchase ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner July 9-12, 2020

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

POPULAR ON NETFLIX/HULU/PRIME UNSOLVED MYSTERIES The iconic series fuses 12 episodes details the experiences of people who have lived through the trauma of a loved one’s disappearance or horrific death. Listen to the clues, theories, and identify suspects.  THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB Netflix’s new series follows the popular book series of young friendships.  CRAWL This action/adventure ...
Consumer Confidence Spiked in June

Consumer Confidence Spiked in June

The National Association of Realtors reported This Week in Real Estate that the pending home sales index in May experienced the highest month-over-month increase in its 19-year history. Consumer confidence in June also realized the largest monthly gain in more than 8 years. Below are a few newsworthy events from the final few days of June and ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner July 2-5, 2020

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

POPULAR BOOKS/AUDIOBOOKS NO DANCING GIRLSThis crime-drama follows a detective as she hunts for the murderer of two women, and fights time to catch him before time runs out on the next victim. HEART OF FLAMESThree characters work together to stop the advancing empire from destroying the Phoenix Riders. SCAVENGE THE STARSWhen a mysterious stranger is ...
Home Financing Expected to Reach Highest Levels Since ’06

Home Financing Expected to Reach Highest Levels Since ’06

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported This Week in Real Estate that they expect the volume of home-financing will reach its highest level since 2006. As the summer selling season begins in earnest the realtor.com Housing Market Recovery Index is just 8.0 points below the pre-COVID baseline (the West region is within 0.4 points of that ...
Pacific Northwest Hikes: Mount Rainier

Pacific Northwest Hikes: Mount Rainier

Volume 2: Mount Rainier In this edition of our Pacific Northwest Hikes series, we are heading to one of the most beautiful views in Washington, Mount Rainier. If you are in the Tacoma area you may hear it referred to as Mount Tacoma, don’t be confused the names are used interchangeably. Rainier is one of ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner June 25-28, 2020

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner June 25-28, 2020

POPULAR BOOKS/AUDIOBOOKS PARTY OF TWOA chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns into a whirlwind romance, follow Olivia Monroe’s story as she moves to L.A. LOVETwo old friends reconnect in Dublin for a dramatic, revealing evening of drinking and storytelling. A PILGRIMAGE TO ETERNITYFollowing the passing of his mother, Timothy embarks on a thousand-mile journey ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is Growing

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is Growing

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has grown at an unprecedented rate in the last seven years. There is a simple reason for that. An unbeatable combination of brand power, business tools, and exceptional support that helps our brokers produce at high levels. Our network of affiliates spans across the entire world so you are supported no matter ...
Purchase Applications Reach Highest Levels in Over a Decade

Purchase Applications Reach Highest Levels in Over a Decade

The National Association of Home Builders reported This Week in Real Estate that homebuilder confidence in June realized the largest monthly increase ever as single-family permits increased nearly 12% in May. In addition, purchase applications increased for the ninth consecutive week reaching the highest level in more than 11 years. Below are a few newsworthy events from ...

1708 NE EVERETT ST, Camas, WA 98607 An adorable vintage home located across the street from Crown Park. Nicely updated and located on an extra deep completely fenced lot. One car detached garage, tool shed, and raised garden beds. Inside you will find bamboo flooring, coved ceilings, and adorable built-ins throughout. Extra-large main floor bath ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner: June 19-21, 2020

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner: June 19-21, 2020

POPULAR BOOKS/AUDIOBOOKS AMERICAN DIRT Forced to flee her town and beloved bookstore, Lydia and her eight-year-old son Luca run from drug cartel that has taken over the city.  THEN SHE WAS GONE This book follows Laurel Mack, 10-years after her daughter disappeared. Discover the lengths she’ll go to in order to discover what really happened ...
Home Purchases Climb as Mortgage Rates Hit Record Low

Home Purchases Climb as Mortgage Rates Hit Record Low

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported This Week in Real Estate that home purchase applications realized, for the eighth consecutive week, an increase in activity and last week marked the highest level since January. Below are a few newsworthy events from the second week of June that influence our business:  Home Purchasing Climbs For Eighth Straight Week. The latest round of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Planner June 11- 14, 2020

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Planner June 11- 14, 2020

POPULAR BOOKS/AUDIOBOOKS BETWEEN THE WORLD AND METhe writer attempts to answer pivotal questions in a letter to his adolescent son. The book covers an awakening truth about American society through a series of revelations. BECOMINGThe powerful story of the inspiring life of Michelle Obama is told through her memoir “Becoming.” HELL DIVERSThis futuristic story unveils ...
Five Mistakes Home Sellers Make

Five Mistakes Home Sellers Make

Did you select a listing agent or a marketing agent? Do they specialize in personal promotion or property promotion? Do they view your home as a commodity or a work of art? Hear from CEO Chris Stuart and Allan Dalton on the top five mistakes home sellers make when choosing an agent. ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Forever Cloud

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Forever Cloud

The real estate industry has entered into an exciting digital age. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals are leading the way in this new world. Learn more about the technology behind our brand and how it can take your career to the next level. For more information about ...
High Demand and Low Inventory Prompts Bidding Wars

High Demand and Low Inventory Prompts Bidding Wars

The most surprising and welcoming news This Week in Real Estate was issued by the Labor Department reporting that the May gain in jobs was the largest one-month increase in U.S. history since at least 1939. The only previous month to register more than 1 million jobs was September 1983 and May 2020 surpassed that ...
Living in an A-frame home

Living in an A-frame home

The A-frame is a very popular home style in the Pacific Northwest. If you don’t know what an A-frame is, the name gives it away, it is literally shaped like the letter A. The style grew into popularity in the 1950s and has been going strong in the cascades ever since. These homes and cabins ...
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES NORTHWEST REAL ESTATE WEEKEND PLANNER JUNE 4-7, 2020

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES NORTHWEST REAL ESTATE WEEKEND PLANNER JUNE 4-7, 2020

  POPULAR BOOKS/AUDIOBOOKS THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKESThis prequel for The Hunger Games Trilogy follows Coriolanus Snow as they become the mentor for a tribute from District 12. A PLACE FOR USThis deeply moving story of love, identity, and belonging follows a family through a wedding and their traditions. MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO ...
Buyers rush to secure low mortgage rates

Buyers rush to secure low mortgage rates

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association This Week in Real Estate, for the third time in 2020 the mortgage market has recorded a new historical low for interest rates. In addition, CoreLogic’s newly developed Pending Price Index shows that while the rate of annual home price appreciation began to slow in May home prices are ...
Central and Southern Oregon Homes Under 450K

Central and Southern Oregon Homes Under 450K

Stunning turn of the century home with fine craftsmanship that has been lovingly cared for. Some custom features include gorgeous moldings, wainscoting, French doors, oak floors, leaded glass, beamed ceilings, three fireplaces, unfinished basement with fruit room. The large unfinished attic can be easily finished for additional living space. Upstairs can be used as an ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner: May 28-31, 2020

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner: May 28-31, 2020

POPULAR BOOKS/AUDIOBOOKS WALK THE WIREWhen an FBI consultant returns to an oil town in North Dakota to solve a murder, several oddities are unveiled as the case beings to become uncovered. THE INSTITUTE This Stephen King scary story follows six supernaturally gifted kids as they’re locked into a harrowing facility.  WAKENHYRSTSet in 1906 in a ...
Top Waterfront Properties in the PNW

Top Waterfront Properties in the PNW

One of the greatest things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the vast variety of beautiful bodies of water. If you have dreamed of living in a cabin on a lake having a coastal vacation home check out these listings below. You can’t get closer to the waterfront than this Portland home. This charming ...
Industry Grows Optimistic About Post-Pandemic Home Sales

Industry Grows Optimistic About Post-Pandemic Home Sales

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association applications for home purchases increased for the fifth consecutive week This Week in Real Estate, while Wall Street also experienced significant rallies. The S&P 500 reached a two-month high and the Nasdaq finished at its highest close in three months. Below are a few newsworthy events from the third week of ...
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner May 21-24, 2020

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

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

Purchase and Home Search Rebounds

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

Flowers That Thrive in Pacific Northwest Gardens

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

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

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

Mortgage Applications Increase as Equity Climbs

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

Become a Local Real Estate Expert

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

About Umbrella Policies

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

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices makes a difference in Nashville

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

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner

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

$500K Pacific Northwest Properties.

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

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

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

Purchase Applications Stabilize as Refinancing Rages on

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

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

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

Mortgage Rates Are Nearing An All-Time Low

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

How to convert home warranty coverage from Seller to Buyer

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

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

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

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Companies Keep Home Sales Moving Forward Virtually

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

5 Indicators the Housing Market is Rebuilding After Pandemic

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

Virtual Open House Vs. Virtual Showing

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

5 Home Maintenance Tips Homeowners Forget to Do

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

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

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

Looking to the Future in Real Estate

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

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

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

Real Estate Brand of the Year. Again.

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

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

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

Have a Virtual Showing with Instagram Live.

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

Virtual Meeting Tips

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

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

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

Market Stabilization Amid COVID-19

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

Why You Need an Agent Bio

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

Write Thank You Notes to Show Appreciation

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

Flex Your Position as a Local Expert

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

Add Branding To Your Instagram

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

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

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

Mortgage Application Volume Remains High

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

A Message From Our Friend Brian Buffini

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

Create a Backyard Oasis

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

$500K Pacific Northwest Properties.

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

Grow with us

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

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Weekend Planner

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

The Real Estate Industry and COVID-19

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: March 13-15 2020

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: March 13-15, 2020

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner March 13-15, 2020

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

Seattle Metro Weekend Events Planner March 12-15, 2020

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

Construction Spending is Expected to Rise Through 2020

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: March 6-8, 2020

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: March 6-8, 2020

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner March 6-8, 2020

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

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

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

Understanding Square Footage in a Home

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

New Home Sales Spike as Interest Rates Nosedive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Single-Family Building Permits Reach a 12-Year High

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

Spruce Up Your Home Before Spring Selling Season

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: February 21-23, 2020

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: February 21-23, 2020

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: February 21-23, 2020

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

A Healthy Dose of First-Time Homebuyers Hits the Market

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

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

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

$500K Pacific Northwest Properties.

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner February 14-16, 2020

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

Pacific Northwest Small Town Living: Dundee, OR

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: February 14-16, 2020

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: February 14-16, 2020

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

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

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

A Strong Labor Market Encourages Construction Gains

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner February 7-9, 2020

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: February 7-9, 2020

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: February 7-9, 2020

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: February 6-9, 2020

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

Mornings Matter Most

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

Homeownership Rate Reaches Six-Year High

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

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

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

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

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

2019 4th Quarter Pacific Northwest Market Report

Consumers have way too much information to consider before buying or selling a home and it can be hard to separate the insignificant from the critical details. Our just-released Q4 Pacific Northwest Market Report can help you make an educated decision. This report is an amazing resource. It delivers exactly the kind of analysis prospective ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner January 31-February 2, 2020

Portland Metro Weekend Planner January 31-February 2, 2020

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

SEATTLE EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 2, 2020

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

$500K Pacific Northwest Properties.

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

Highest Home-Seller ROI in Over a Decade

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

3 Ways to Generate Real Estate Business using your Smartphone.

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

Real Estate SEO 101: Claim and Optimize Citations

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: January 24-26, 2020

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: January 24-26, 2020

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: January 24-26, 2020

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner January 23-26, 2020

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

Pacific Northwest Home Design

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: January 17-19, 2020

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

Central Oregon Weekend Events: January 17-19, 2020

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: January 17-19, 2020

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: January 16-19, 2020

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

Home Values Rise as Mortgage Rates Remain Low

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

Living in Florence, OR.

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: January 10-12, 2020

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: January 10-12, 2020

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: January 9-12, 2020

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner January 3-5, 2020

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner January 3-5, 2020

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: January 3-5, 2020

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: January 1-5, 2020

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

Growth, Stability, and the 2020 Housing Market

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

Gearing up for the Spring Homebuying Season

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

Warren Buffett Speaks on our Brand

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: December 20-22, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: December 20-23, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: December 19-22, 2019

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

Wintertime Heat Safety Tips

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

Homeowner Equity Increases as Purchase Sentiment Rises

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

Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

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

Fool-Proof Ways to Get Testimonials

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Events: December 13-15, 2019

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: December 13-15, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: December 13-15, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: December 12-15, 2019

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

2020 to Bring Increase of First-time Homebuyers

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

First Time Homebuyer Advice: Seattle

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: December 6-8, 2019

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner December 6-8, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner December 6-8, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner December 5-8, 2019

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

2020 Housing Market Expectations

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

$500K Pacific Northwest Properties.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner November 28 – December 1, 2019

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

Home Sales Rebound During the Final Quarter of 2019

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner November 22-24, 2019

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: November 22-24, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: November 22-24, 2019

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

The Best Restaurants in Portland by Neighborhood

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: November 21-24, 2019

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

Mortgage Applications and Rates Begin to Rise

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: November 15-17, 2019

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

Getting Your Home Holiday Host Ready

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner November 15-17, 2019

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

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Receives Commitment to Excellence Award

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner November 15-17, 2019

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

Living in Kent, Washington.

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner November 14-17, 2019

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

New Home Sales Reach 13-Year High

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner November 8-10, 2019

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner November 8-10, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner November 8-10, 2019

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

2019 3rd Quarter Pacific Northwest Market Report

Consumers have way too much information to consider before buying or selling a home and it can be hard to separate the insignificant from the critical details. Our just-released Q3 Pacific Northwest Market Report can help you make an educated decision. This report is an amazing resource. It delivers exactly the kind of analysis prospective ...
Seattle Events Weekend Planner: November 7-10, 2019

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: November 7-10, 2019

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

Homeownership Reaches A Five-Year High

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: November 1-3, 2019

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: November 1-3, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: November 1-3, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner October 31- November 3, 2019

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

New Home Sales Remain Solid as Prices Jump

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: October 25-27, 2019

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner October 25-27, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner October 25-27, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner October 24-27, 2019

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

Pacific Northwest Mulching Tips

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

The Economic Expansion and Rising Home Equity Wealth

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: October 18-20, 2019

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: October 18-20, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner October 18-20, 2019

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

Fireplace Facelift on a Budget

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner October 17-20, 2019

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

Declining Mortgage Rates Support First-Time Homebuyers

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: October 11-13, 2019

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner October 11-13, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: October 11-13, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: October 10-13, 2019

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

Home Price Gains Accelerating Through 2020

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

3 Lifestyle Changes that will Boost Productivity

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

How to Get More Listings

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: October 4-6, 2019

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner October 4-6, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: October 4-6, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner October 3-6, 2019

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

Could Home Appraisals Become a Regulation of the Past?

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

OREGON COAST WEEKEND PLANNER SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2019

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner September 27-29, 2019

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

5 Reasons to Move to St. Johns in Portland

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: September 27-29, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: September 26-29, 2019

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

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

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: September 20-22, 2019

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: September 20-22, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner September 20-22, 2019

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

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

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: September 19-22, 2019

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

Top 7 House Hunting Tips

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

Pacific Northwest Fall Garden Prep

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

Mortgage Rates Could Drop to Zero

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

Pacific Northwest Hikes: Smith Rock

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

Dog-Friendly Cities of the Pacific Northwest

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: September 13-18, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: September 13-15, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: September 12-15, 2019

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

Millennials Make up Majority of Homebuyers as Mortgage Rates Tumble

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: September 6-8, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: September 6-8, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: September 5-8, 2019

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

The Improvement of Housing Affordability

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner August 30 – September 2, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Are Home Appraisal Requirements Subject To Change?

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

2019 2nd Quarter Pacific Northwest Market Report

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: August 23-25, 2019

TILLAMOOK COUNTY EVENTS MANZANITA FILM SERIES FRI – Friday Night Flicks at the Hoffman Center previews documentaries from the Northwest Film School in Portland.    MUSIC JAM FRI – ‘Cut a rug’ on the dance floor while listening to live country western music at the Garibaldi Jam. MANZANITA FARMERS MARKET FRI – Shop fresh and ...
Portland Metro Weekend Planner August 23-25, 2019

Portland Metro Weekend Planner August 23-25, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner August 22-25, 2019

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

Construction Confidence Jolts Higher as Interest Rates Decrease

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner: August 15-18

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner August 15-18, 2019

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

Buying a Home in Your Ideal School District

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

Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner August 16-18, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner August 15-18, 2019

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

Housing Sentiment Reaches All-Time High

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner August 9-11, 2019

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

Oregon Coast Weekend Planner August 8-11, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner August 9-11, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner August 8-11, 2019

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

The Comeback Kid: Featuring the Housing Market

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

OREGON COAST WEEKEND PLANNER: AUGUST 2-4, 2019

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner August 2-4, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: August 2-4, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: August 1-4, 2019

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

Housing Demand Reigns Strong

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: July 26-28, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner:July 26-28, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: July 25-28, 2019

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

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

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: July 19-21, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner: July 19-21, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner July 18-21, 2019

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

Safeguard Your Home from an Earthquake

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

Mortgage Stabilization and the End of a Housing Slowdown

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: July 12-14, 2019

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

Portland Metro Weekend Planner July 12-14, 2019

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

Seattle Events Weekend Planner: July 11-14, 2019

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

Economic Expansion’s Effect on the Housing Market

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

Central Oregon Weekend Planner: July 4-7, 2019

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