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We're so excited to announce our newest addition to the Portland Home Team, Karen Gibson. Here's a little bit about her!

"I’m proud to say I was born and raised in this beautiful city and loved Portland before Portland was “Cool”. 

My career has taken my family from Portland, San Francisco, Atlanta, New York and now finally back to my hometown. In fact, I actually live in the house I grew up in! It truly is a full circle story. 
I have two beautiful and strong daughters who graduated from USC and UT as scholarship student-athletes. Both are phenomenal rowers…you are looking at one proud Mama!

As the creator of successful home interiors and design business, customer service was the bedrock of my business.
As an Interior Designer, I have a passion

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Looking for some art to brighten up your living room walls? Or maybe this sunny weather is making you antsy to get outside and do something fun and interactive. Tonight, Portland kicks off the monthly celebration of our city's rich and thriving art scene that runs through September. Galleries around the Pearl District will open their doors for the historic First Thursday art walk and reception that invites all art admirers, connoisseurs, and creators to come enjoy. Combine that with local vendors, open studios, food, drinks, and music, and you're in for a great night!

Check out Portland First Thursday for details on participating galleries, new art exhibit details, and show hours. Explore the Map of First Thursday in the Pearl to map out your art

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Don't worry, we've got you covered!

Tulip Festival | April 11th - 30th | Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm

Just 35 miles south of Portland lies a 40-acre farm full of tulips and daffodils in bloom. The farm in Woodburn features a gift shop and cafe, plus weekend events sure to entertain the whole family.

Wizard World Portland Comic Con | April 13th - 15th | Oregon Convention Center

Celebrate your inner geek at the comic book convention featuring science fiction, fantasy, film, horror, animation, anime, manga, & card games. Get your tickets here.

Japanese Film Festival | April 13th - 28th | Portland Art Museum

Japanese Currents is an event that features a range of films like anime, samurai epic,

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How you manage your money today directly impacts your financial health in the future. Let's stop the anxiety and stress that comes along with the money management struggle. For most of us, the most meaningful thing we can do is to own your home. If you are feeling behind the investment curve or you just need some helpful tips to get you back on the investment track, join us for a FREE 2-hour workshop. We will show you market trends, review the mortgage loan and home buying process, we will talk about budgeting, and how they will fit into your wealth-building plan.

Join Emily Morris, an Oregon Licensed Realtor with the Portland Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Professionals, James Adair, a Mortgage Loan Officer with Sierra Pacific Mortgage, and

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Overwhelmed by the idea of moving?

Join Portland Home Team real estate broker, Emily Morris, and the Move Makers for a FREE educational seminar that takes the stress out of downsizing your home. The workshop will take place Friday, April 13th from 6pm to 8pm at Pacifica Senior Living Calaroga Terrace 1400 Northeast 2nd Ave.

We do much more than just help families sell their homes, we help through the entire home selling process. Learn about our comprehensive program that helps you with every aspect of your move!

Register to claim your spot at EventBrite.com. See you there!

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Core Logic just released the March 2018 Market Pulse.  There are three interesting articles: two are retrospective looks at 2017, when the average homeowner gained $15K in home equity, and the average rent went up 3%.

The third article explores the impact of mortgage rate increases on affordability.  The core logic analysis tracks the changes in the "typical mortgage payment" for the median-priced house in the US.  They assume a 20% down-payment, a 30 year amortization schedule and ignore property taxes and insurance from their calculation.  This is the most often used metric in the industry to talk about affordability.

The Core Logic consensus estimates almost a 14% increase in the typical mortgage payment during 2018.  The increase of the 

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Portland prides itself on supporting homegrown, authentic businesses. There is something truly unique in the style and culture these businesses create in our city. Lately however, it seems the rest of the country is just as enthusiastic as we are about some Portland-based brands as they're spreading nationwide.

Here are a few of Portland's biggest brands that have plans to head out of state soon:

ACE HOTEL Started in Seattle, but long based in Portland, the hip hotelier is now in eight other cities, including London and New Orleans.

SALT & STRAW Reimagining ice cream all the way down the West Coast, one Arbequina Olive Oil scoop at a time.

BISHOPS From Arizona to Atlanta, Portland’s original punk-rock barbershop with beer while you wait is

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Looking for something to do in PDX this month? We've got you covered.

St. Patrick's Day | March 17th

Bar Crawls:

  • Irish Stroll
  • Stumptown LepreCon
  • BarFly's Bus Tour

Family Friendly:

  • St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival - Irish music, dancing, food vendors, and beer garden at Agatha Catholic School. 12 - 5 PM
  • St. Patrick's Day Run - The Dirty Leprechaun is a timed 5K (plus untimed kids' run) with fun obstacles, mud, mimosas, beer, root beer, bonfires, and music at Lee Farms in Tualatin.
  • St. Patrick's Day at Kells - March 16-18th. Includes music, dancing, bagpipes, and boxing at both Kells locations. Sunday is family day!

Portland Women's Show | March 17th

  • Portland Women’s Expo features a fashion show,

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