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Posted on April 30, 2019 at 5:49 pm
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10+ Ideas for Portland-Area Spring Break Fun with Kids

Many lucky Portlanders are heading toward sunnier pastures over the next few days for Spring Break. But for those of us who are staying behind in our rainy little haven, there is still plenty to do to pass the time over these no-school days. (PPS is out March 25-29 this year.) Here are some ideas for Portland-area Spring Break fun with your kids.

Whale watching weekFrom March 23 to March 31, people from all over come to learn about gray whales as they migrate past the Oregon Coast. Trained volunteers will help visitors at 24 sites along the Pacific Northwest Coast as about 30 gray whales per hour migrate past.

Go for a swim. If it’s going to be wet, may as well get wet on purpose. Portland Parks and Recreation’s pools often have some extra open swims during spring break. Their schedule will be posted online as the break gets closer. Or try the slides, wave pool and toddler area at North Clackamas Aquatic Park; our managing editor gives the inside scoop and some tips here.

Volunteer. Store to Door is hosting  a family volunteering event on Saturday, March 30 where you can make cards for homebound seniors. You can also find another volunteer project that fits your family’s needs.

Get out into nature. With spring here, this is the perfect time to get into nature. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is hosting three Spring Break Exploration Days, with activities and crafts about animal tracks, frogs and pelts and skulls! You can also take your budding naturalist on nature walks all over town – like Leach Botanical Garden’s honeybee hike, PP&R’s ladybug nature walk or Tryon Creek‘s nature walk opportunities.

Treat yourself. Try a doughnut or ice cream at one of these spots that won in our reader poll for best sweet treats.

Get creative. The Craft Factory is offering extended hours and daily deals all week for your little crafters. Or you can find another arts and craft studio here (be sure to check their hours; some of these studios may be hosting Spring Break camps.) Looking to build, not craft? Head to Bricks and Minifigs for a scavenger hunt (every day), a Lego guessing game, and in-store building.

Go by train . . . or tram. Hop on Trimet’s Orange Line to explore Milwaukie, Westmoreland Park, The Oregon Rail Heritage museum, OMSI, Tilikum Crossing, shopping, restaurants and lots more. Or take the kids on the Portland Aerial Tram (perfect weather not required).

Visit a museum. Print out a page from our Kids Heart Museums special section and get exploring! On a budget? Visit on one of these reduced admission days.

Save some money on thrills at Oaks Park. You know it’s spring when the Oaks Park midway opens back up! They are offering special Spring Break hours and discounts on rides and roller skating.

Check out something cool at the library. And not just books. There are many events going on over Spring Break, including music, crafts, science and more! And yes, they’re all free!

Smell the… tulips? The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival begins March 23. Take a ride on the cow train, bounce on the bounce houses, and enjoy the beauty of acres of tulips.

Posted on March 24, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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Portland Heights Sophisticate


Posted on January 25, 2019 at 12:00 am
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662 NW Melinda | Northwest Heights

Posted on January 18, 2019 at 8:48 am
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Portland Heights Remodeled Victorian | $995,000

Posted on January 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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Welcome to Buena Vista, Claude!

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 11:50 pm
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Happy Thanksgiving

 

2018 has been an incredible year for Portland real estate. We are grateful for the opportunity to help you realize your real estate goals.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving. 

Posted on November 21, 2018 at 5:42 pm
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An Incredible Opportunity | Elizabeth #712

High ceilings, gleaming wood floors, oversized windows overlooking an urban view and an open floor plan combine to make the perfect opportunity to create your own lifestyle. Perfectly located in the heart of the Pearl District just steps to galleries, shops, restaurants and more. For more information click here! 

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 12:47 am
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Report Offers Glimmer of Hope for First Time Home Buyers

First-time home buyers who have long been thwarted from entering the real estate market by rising prices and interest rates may see a little relief in 2019, according to the National Association of Realtors’ annual buyer and seller profile. The survey covers from July 2017 to June 2018.

“Low inventory, rising interest rates, and student loan debt are all factors contributing to the suppression of first-time home buyers,” Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR, said in a statement. “However, existing-home sales data shows inventory has been rising slowly on a year-over-year basis in recent months, which may encourage more would-be buyers who were previously convinced they could not find a home to enter the market.”

But where are buyers going?

Younger buyers are heading into the suburbs, according to Jessica Lautz, NAR’s managing director of survey research and communication. “Many millennials are moving to the suburbs because it’s more affordable, especially in higher-priced markets,” Lautz said.

Rising student loan debt is a major factor keeping them out of the market. “Every year we’ve collected the data, the amount of debt has gone up,” Lautz said. In 2017, 34 percent of buyers were first-timers; this year that figure was 33 percent, according to the report.

Despite the mounting debt, millennials are the largest demographic of home buyers, she said. That number would be higher, she said, but the cost of construction materials and labor are rising, and strict zoning regulations make building housing especially difficult and expensive.

The report found that single female buyers were outpacing their male counterparts.

“For the second year in a row, single female buyers accounted for 18 percent of all buyers,” according to the report. “The group was the second most common household-buyer type behind married couples (63 percent). Single male buyers came in third and accounted for half the number of buyers as their female counterparts (9 percent). However, single males tended to purchase more expensive homes, with a median price of $215,000, compared with single females, at a median price of $189,000 (the lowest of all household buyer types).”

And buyers are putting down bigger down payments. The average buyer put down 13 percent, up from 10 percent last year. Lautz attributed the increase to the growing number of first-time home buyers who received financial help and the number of move-up buyers using equity in their homes.

The competition for those homes may also be a factor.

Historically low inventory is driving prices up, and reasonably priced homes are selling very quickly across the country, according to NAR. You might think that would drive more sellers to try to sell their homes without a real estate agent and pocket the savings, but the opposite is happening.

A record-low 7 percent of sellers sold their homes without a real estate agent last year. This number has been steadily declining since it peaked in 1981, when 15 percent of owners sold their homes themselves, according to the report.

“I think one of the things happening here is the lingering psychological after-effects of the recession,” Lautz said. “Prices have mostly rebounded, and sellers want to be sure they don’t leave money on the table. They know they don’t know how to price and market the home in today’s market. They don’t want to do it alone. They want a professional.”

Posted on November 7, 2018 at 11:05 pm
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Urban Living Perfected | 2629 SW Buena Vista

Posted on November 6, 2018 at 12:49 am
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