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

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

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

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

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McMinnville Real Estate Broker Wins REALTOR® of the Year Award

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

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Winter Sales Activity Will Remain Strong And Push Mortgage Demand Higher

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

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

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner November 26-28, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner November 19-21, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy New Year’s Eve!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Compare Interest Rates and APRs

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

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

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

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12 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving

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

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

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

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

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner November 5-7, 2021

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

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Eliminating Appraisal Bias

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner October 29-31, 2021

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

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Top 3 Halloween Real Estate Tips

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

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

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

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Planting a Winter Vegetable Garden

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

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

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

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Existing Home Sales and Mortgage Purchase Originations Are Ascending

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

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2021 Q3 Quarterly Market Report

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

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

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner October 22-24, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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Mortgage Rates and Home Prices Will Rise in 2022

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

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner October 15-17, 2021

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner October 15-17, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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October Beats Springtime for Homebuyer Deals

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

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

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner October 8-10, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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Pending Home Sales Index Recorded a Significant Increase

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

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

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner October 1-3, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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Homeowners Gain $2.9 Trillion in Equity While Mortgage Applications Rise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mortgage Demand From Homebuyers Jumps to Highest Level Since April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Home Price Appreciation Skyrockets as Credit Availability Upticks

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

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

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

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Violinist playing outdoors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cyclists in a road race

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Purchase Mortgage Applications Rise as Treasury Yields Fall

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

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

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner August 27-29, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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Supply Chain Challenges Remain As Mortgage Rates Continue to Dip

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

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

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner August 20-22, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner August 13-15, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner Aug 6-8, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2021 Q2 Quarterly Market Report

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

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

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

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

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner July 23-25, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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Mortgage Credit Drops to Lowest Level Since September

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

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

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner July 16-18, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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Sellers Still Thriving as Home Prices Remain High

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner July 9-11, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Surprising Number of New Listings Hit Market in June

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

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Eugene & Roseburg Weekend Planner July 2-4, 2021

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner July 2-7, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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Home Sales Activity Approaching Pre-Pandemic Level

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

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

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner June 25-27, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS INCREASE AS 30-YEAR RATE FALLS

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner June 18-20, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lumber Prices Drop 40%, Bringing Relief to Homebuilders

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner June 11-13, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mortgage Rates May Begin Rising as New Home Construction Accelerates

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

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Intro to IQ System

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

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

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner June 4-6, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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Buyer Competition Increases All-Cash Sales

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner May 28-31, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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Cost vs. Value: Remodeling in the Pacific Region

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

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Welcomes New CEO Christy Budnick

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

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

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

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Expanding Our Global Footprint to Athens

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

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Homebuyers Seek Larger Mortgages as Home Prices Skyrocket

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

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner May 21-23, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mortgage rates fell last week.

ATTOM Data Solutions released This Week in Real Estate its first-quarter 2021 U.S. Home Equity and Underwater Report, which shows that about one in three homes is equity rich. That means the estimated market value of a home is 50 percent or greater than the outstanding loan amounts secured by the home or the property owner has ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner May 14-16, 2021

BEATLES UNPLUGGEDSalt Creek Cider house offers live music, welcome back live music with a day celebrating The Beatles music and their solo efforts. Come singalong, request songs, and let’s have some fun!   OREGON CRAFTER’S MARKETHead to the Oregon Crafter’s Market to support local artists offering their work and creations. Listen to live music like the Reckless Rockhounds and Rene Hill ...

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11 Tips on Creating a Value Proposition

Listen to the guru of our Federal Way office, Paul Frink, as he walks you through the process of creating a great value proposition. In real estate we call it your 30 second elevator speech. If someone asks you why they should hire you, give them your value proposition or elevator speech. It is a ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 14-16, 2021

TAKE IN A EUGENE EMERALDS GAMEEugene takes on the Hillsboro Hops at 7:05 this Friday and Saturday and 5:05 on Sunday at PK Park. Get your tickets to see live AAA Baseball and support our local Emeralds. COMMUNITY OUTDOOR GEAR YARD SALEThe River House Outdoor Center in Eugene invites you to stop by on Saturday from 10:00-12:00 to find ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: May 14-16, 2021

ROSE GARDENStop and smell the fresh blooms of roses at four Portland rose gardens. LIVE MUSICEnjoy live music at Faith, Hope & Charity Vineyards. This week enjoy an all-female indie/folk band She’s With Me. FARMER’S MARKETHead to the McMinnville Farmer’s Market in the downtown district every Thursday now through October. DOZER DAYHead to the Vancouver Dozer Day drive-through, don’t miss ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 14-16, 2021

BEACH WALKHead to Tacoma for a Marine Biologist beach walk and learn about low-tide creatures. DINOSAUR EXPERIENCEThe Woodland Park Zoo offers a family-fun learning experience with your favorite lifelike dinosaurs! TACOMA RAINIERSThe Tacoma Rainiers baseball season opens this week! Check the schedule here. FEDERAL WAY FARMERS MARKETHead to opening day at the Federal Way farmers market for a wide variety of ...

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Why May is the Best Time to Sell Your Home

ATTOM Data Solutions released This Week in Real Estate an analysis of 40 million home sales from 2011 – 2020 and the research concluded that home sellers realize the biggest premiums in May. Below are a few newsworthy events from the first week of May that influence our business:  Top 5 Best Days to Sell a Home Occur in May. The months of ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: May 7 – 9, 2021

ASIAN CELEBRATION ART INSTALLATIONSTake a tour of the art installations and windowfront paintings throughout downtown Eugene in celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Displays run May 7 – June 7 in multiple locations.  GRAB A BITE AT EUGENE’S BROADWAY STREATERYThe section of East Broadway between Willamette & Olive is closed to motor vehicle traffic ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner May 7-9, 2021

 FASHION POP-UPExperience a floral-focused pop-up exhibit during First Friday fashions including a Mother’s Day display.   OREGON CRAFTER’S MARKETHead to the Oregon Crafter’s Market to support local artists offering their work and creations. BRUNCH AT THE VINEYARDCelebrate Mother’s Day with a reservation at Chateau Bianca with delicious bakery treats being catered! SALEM PUBLIC SATURDAY MARKETSalem’s oldest Public Market offers a wide variety of locally ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: May 7-9, 2021

ROSE GARDENParticipate in the 83rd Annual Rose Garden Contest, open to all within 20 miles of Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland. FARMER’S MARKETHead to the McMinnville Farmer’s Market in the downtown district every Thursday now through October. BRUNCHEnjoy Mother’s Day brunch in the heart of Willamette Valley at the Ruddick Wood Restaurant, or the Stoller Family Estate. In Central ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: May 7-9, 2021

MOTHER’S DAYCelebrate Mother’s Day with modestly priced menus with wine, growlers, or cocktail kits to go. CORNHOLE TOURNAMENTKirkland Parks and Community Services is kicking off spring recreational programs by hosting the Cornhole Classic Tournament at Lee Johnson Field in Peter Kirk Park on Saturday, May 8. TACOMA RAINIERSThe Tacoma Rainiers baseball season opens this week! Check the schedule here. FEDERAL ...

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Spring Brings a Rise in Home Sales and Profits

According to ATTOM Data Solutions First Quarter 2021 U.S. Home Sales Report, which was released This Week in Real Estate, home sellers average profit was up 26% compared to the first quarter last year. The average profit represented a 34.2 percent return on investment compared to the original purchase price. Below are a few newsworthy events from the fourth week ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: April 30 – May 2, 2021

TAKE A HIKE UP SPENCER BUTTEPark at the Fox Hollow Trailhead for a slightly longer and less populated hike to the summit. This section meanders through fern-covered forest before connecting with the main Spencer Butte summit trail — think Jurassic Park. After two miles, reach the top where you can enjoy 360 degrees of valley views from ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner April 30 – May 2, 2021

 PLANTING PARTYBring the family to Salem’s Riverfront Carousel for a children’s flower potting party this Saturday, children will enjoy potting their very own flowers to take home.   OREGON CRAFTER’S MARKETThe wonderful SandLynn duo is taking the stage during the first Sunday of every month throughout the 2021 OCM Season. THE CRADLE WILL ROCKHead to Willamette University for The Cradle Will ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: April 29-May 2, 2021

JAZZ FESTIVALWatch the virtual Mt. Hood Jazz Festival this weekend! NIGHT MARKETCome celebrate our great City, and the many small businesses that make it magical. Enjoy live music and entertainment while shopping the best vendors in town!  LILAC DAYSEvery spring, the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens hosts Lilac Days to celebrate the beautiful blooms and legacy of a plant pioneer. The annual ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: April 29 – May 2, 2021

BASEBALLThe Seattle Mariners 2021 regular baseball season is back, check out their latest games here. FILM FESTIVALPort Townsend Film Festival (PTFF) presents Women & Film, a 10-day virtual festival, streaming through Sunday. LABYRINTH DAYCelebrate world labyrinth day with a local walk or learn how to make one at home!  DRIVING TOURSTaka a scenic drive to ...

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Q1 Pacific Northwest Market Report

This report is an amazing resource. It delivers exactly the kind of analysis prospective buyers or sellers need. We’ve examined data and trends for each major market we cover in the Pacific Northwest to offer our professional, data-driven interpretation. Read the latest Quarterly Market Report here: Oregon & SW Washington, the Puget Sound, or Southern Oregon area. ...

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Mortgage Rates Drop as Demand Rises

The first quarter of 2021 realized an annual rate increase of 12.3% in total existing-home sales from a year ago according to the National Association of Realtors This Week in Real Estate. Time on market decreased 38% to just eighteen (18) days in March 2021 compared to twenty-nine (29) days in March 2020. An astounding 83% ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: April 24-25, 2021

TAKE A WALK IN THE PARKEugene’s 80-acre Hendricks Park, at Summit Ave & Skyline Blvd, drapes forested hillsides and includes a native plant garden, 200-year-old Douglas Firs, and a Rhododendron Garden. A loop of trails takes you to every corner of the park. OREGON RELAYS LIVE WEBCASTThe newly renovated Hayward Field in Eugene is hosting the ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner April 24-25, 2021

 ETERNAL ARTView works by all Oregon artists in small groups of 10, view the artists in action spring exhibit.  THE CRADLE WILL ROCKHead to Willamette University for The Cradle Will Rock, a jazz-pop musical that hits us with an intense urgency!  FREE NATIONAL PARKSTake advantage of free national park admittance through Sunday! Explore unseen areas of Oregon.  WOODEN SHOE TULIP ...

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

PRETZEL DAYPretzel day is coming up! Customers can stop by an Auntie Annie’s location and get one Original or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel for free in celebration of Pretzel day.  LILAC DAYSEvery spring, the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens hosts Lilac Days to celebrate the beautiful blooms and legacy of a plant pioneer. The annual event takes place for 23 ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: April 22-26, 2021

BASEBALLThe Seattle Mariners 2021 regular baseball season is back, check out their latest games here. QUESTJoin a quest for all ages, Running City is a city-wide scavenger hunt. RESTAURANT MONTHCelebrate Seattle Restaurant month with lunch specials and $35 or $50 dinner specials from over 200+ local restaurants throughout the Pacific Northwest, including food trucks, caterers, and more. DRIVING TOURSTaka a scenic ...

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Housing Production Springs Forward

The U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development announced This Week in Real Estate that housing starts surged 19.4% month-over-month in March to the highest annual rate in fifteen (15) years. March’s housing starts were 37% above March 2020’s rate. Below are a few newsworthy events from the second week of April that influence our business:  Housing Starts Spring ...

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Eugene and Roseburg Weekend Planner: April 15-18, 2021

NATIVE PLANT SALE IN EUGENEThe friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah open their doors to the community for you to take home a piece of Buford Park to plant in your backyard. Buy online and pick up curbside at the nursery. CASCADES RAPTOR CENTERVisit the nature center in Eugene on Saturday from 10:00-5:00 and see a ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner: April 15-18, 2021

 YOGA & WINEHead to Coria Estates in Salem for Yoga and Wine (or Beer). Come for an all levels, outdoor yoga class and then stay for a glass of wine.   SALEM SPRING RV SHOWCome and enjoy shopping and comparing hundreds of new and used RV’s from Oregon’s premiere regional dealerships. PANCAKE BREAKFASTHead to Harley Davidson in Salem for a free outdoor ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner: APRIL 15-18, 2021

PORTLAND PIZZA WEEKThis year, each pizza place is serving up a special slice, whole pie, or both at a discounted price.  LILAC DAYSEvery spring, the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens hosts Lilac Days to celebrate the beautiful blooms and legacy of a plant pioneer. The annual event takes place for 23 days on a quaint historic farm just off of ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: April 15-18, 2021

TRIVIA Enjoy free trivia night at the Tacoma Comedy Club! Top teams will earn prizes and great food options will be available.  QUEST Join a quest for all ages, Running City is a city-wide scavenger hunt.  RESTAURANT MONTH Celebrate Seattle Restaurant month with lunch specials and $35 or $50 Dinner specials from over 200+ restaurants throughout the Pacific Northwest, including food ...

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As Home Values Climb, Property Tax Increases

As home values appreciate property tax increases follow. According to ATTOM Data Solutions, This Week in Real Estate the average property tax hike in 2020 was the largest in four (4) years; totaling $323 billion levied against single-family homes. Additionally, the number of loans in forbearance programs has declined 51% since the spring of 2020. Below are a ...

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

LANE COUNTY FARMERS MARKETTake home a rainbow of farmers market fruits and vegetables, meats, honey, mushrooms, and more on Saturday from 9:00-3:00 on 5th Ave between High & Oak in downtown Eugene.  SATURDAY MARKET IN EUGENE Talented community members have been working hard all winter to present handmade goods on Saturday. Come down to the Park Blocks at ...

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Salem Metro Area Weekend Planner April 9-11, 2021

  WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALThe Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm welcomes you to experience the beauty and color of the tulip fields. In all, a pair of 20-acre tulip fields are available for festival-goers to photograph, walk through, and enjoy. A handful of food vendors are also on hand to serve barbecue, pizza, doughnuts, coffee, and more—and local ...

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Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Events April 8-11, 2021

WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALWoodburn’s Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm welcomes you back to experience the beauty and color of the tulip fields. They have 40 acres of beautiful tulips for guests to enjoy, with fields well-spaced to allow for social distancing.   OREGON ZOOOregon Zoo is now open every day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All guests, including members, must reserve ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Event Planner April 8-11, 2021

TULIP FESTIVALGet your tickets to the 2021 Tulip Festival in April, one of the favorite destination events of the Pacific Northwest. BOTANICAL GARDENSHead to the Bellevue Botanical Gardens for self-guided tours, discover hidden treasures, and find the hidden hobbit door. WEST SEATTLE FARMER’S MARKETCheck online before you go for cancellations, the West Seattle Farmer’s market is available Sundays year-round. ...

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Home Price Index Shows Fastest Growth in 15 Years

As the first quarter of 2021 comes to an end consumer confidence and home prices soar. The Conference Board’s March consumer confidence index realized the largest increase since April 2003. Additionally, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller reported This Week in Real Estate that the home price index to start the year experienced the fastest growth in fifteen (15) ...

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2021 OREGON AND SW WASHINGTON WEEKEND EVENTS: APRIL 2-4, 2021

WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALWoodburn’s Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm welcomes you back to experience the beauty and color of the tulip fields. They have 40 acres of beautiful tulips for guests to enjoy, with fields well-spaced to allow for social distancing.   OREGON ZOOOregon Zoo is now open every day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All guests, including members, must reserve ...

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Puget Sound Area Weekend Planner: April 2-4, 2021

TULIP FESTIVALGet your tickets to the 2021 Tulip Festival in April, one of the favorite destination events of the Pacific Northwest. BOTANICAL GARDENSHead to the Bellevue Botanical Gardens for self-guided tours, discover hidden treasures and find the hidden hobbit door. WEST SEATTLE FARMER’S MARKETCheck online before you go for cancellations, the West Seattle Farmer’s market ...

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What Makes Eugene Awesome?

Hear from our very own Kevin Peer on why Eugene, Oregon could be the perfect spot for your next home. The downtown area is wonderful and because of the University, there is plenty of opportunities to see big names at the music venues and sporting events. Whether it’s the amazing food and breweries or you ...

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Purchase Applications Rise as Homebuyer Mortgage Demand Inches Higher

This month’s Consumer Sentiment Index reached its highest level in a year as reported This Week in Real Estate by the University of Michigan. And, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association purchase applications rose for the fourth straight week while volume was 26% higher than a year ago. Below are a few newsworthy events from the final full week of March that ...

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

WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALWooden Shoe Tulip Farm looks forward to welcoming you back in 2021 to experience the beauty and color of the tulip fields. They have 40 acres of beautiful tulips for guests to enjoy, which consists of two 20-acre fields well-spaced to allow for social distancing. In total, they have 80 acres for guests ...

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

BOTANICAL GARDENSHead to the Bellevue Botanical Gardens for self-guided tours, discover hidden treasures and find the hidden hobbit door.  WEST SEATTLE FARMER’S MARKETCheck online before you go for cancellations, the West Seattle Farmer’s market is available Sundays year-round. CODED BIASJoin the Meaningful Movies Project for a screening and community discussion of the documentary “Coded Bias” about the challenges of technology, facial ...

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The U.S. Economy is Heading towards Strongest Growth in 40 Years

During a two-day policy meeting This Week in Real Estate the Federal Reserve reported the U.S. economy is heading for its strongest growth in nearly 40 years. Fed Chair Jerome Powell said, “we are committed to giving the economy the support it needs to return as quickly as possible to a state of maximum employment.” Below are a ...

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

FINANCEFix-It Fair PDX is focusing on the well-being of our community by offering free personal finance classes.  WOODEN SHOE TULIP FESTIVALWooden Shoe Tulip Farm looks forward to welcoming you back in 2021 to experience the beauty and color of the tulip fields. They have 40 acres of beautiful tulips for guests to enjoy, which consists of two 20-acre fields ...

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

IRISH FESTIVALSeattle Center Festál presents the Irish Festival Seattle in partnership with Irish Heritage Club. Listen to traditional music, watch step dance performances, fiddle music, Gaelic games, and more. WEST SEATTLE FARMER’S MARKETCheck online before you go for cancellations, the West Seattle Farmer’s market is available Sundays year-round. SEATTLE’S FRENCH FESTThe festival Celebrates French Speaking ...

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate is Moving to Edmonds.

Contact: Jason Waugh, President & CEO  jjwaugh@bhhsnw.com or 503-314-6015  Award-Winning Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Opens New Doors Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate celebrates the expansion of their company with the opening of a new office in historic downtown Edmonds. This new office located at 505 5th Avenue South, Suite 104, relocated from Lynnwood and is ...

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Will Rising Mortgage Rates Derail the Red-Hot Housing Market?

Homeowners’ housing wealth grew by record numbers in 2020. According to CoreLogic’s Home Equity Report that was released This Week in Real Estate, homeowners gained an average of $26,300 in equity – the largest average equity gain since 2013 – and the aggregate increase was a record $1.5 trillion. Below are a few newsworthy events from the second week of ...

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Agent Testimonials

Hear from our agents on why they chose to partner with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate. This testimonial is from Angelica Thrasher of the West Seattle branch. ...

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

MUD RUNLee Farms Hosts a virtual run / walk indoors on a treadmill, or if you really want to participate in the “mud” aspect, go run your 5k or 10k out on a trail. You can virtually run from anywhere! Swag items will then be shipped right to your doorstep after the event. HISTORY ON TAPJoin ...

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

IRISH FESTIVALSeattle Center Festál presents the Irish Festival Seattle in partnership with Irish Heritage Club. Listen to traditional music, watch step dance performances, fiddle music, Gaelic games, and more. WEST SEATTLE FARMER’S MARKETCheck online before you go for cancellations, the West Seattle Farmer’s market is available Sundays year-round. SEATTLE ST. PATRICKS DAYThe festival showcases Irish culture with dozens of ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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! ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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$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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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$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 ...

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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 ...

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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” ...

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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 ...

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Why Now is the Time to Become a Real Estate Broker.

Is real estate something you are passionate about? When a new home is up for sale in your neighborhood do you immediately look up the value online? Do you come from a customer service background? If becoming a real estate broker has ever crossed your mind you should consider making a career switch. Here are ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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) ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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$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 ...

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