Looking to add a Little Metal to Your Life?

My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5One of the things I love about being a Realtor® is that I get to show homes and look at all the unique features.  One of the features that I love to see is iron spindles on staircases and decking.  If you love the look too or would like to add some iron accents in your home another way then this week’s local business can help, Forest Grove Iron & Industrial Supply   They are a custom fabrication and welding shop located in Forest Grove, Oregon at 2617 23rd Ave.

They offer many different services to help you achieve the metal look of your dreams.  Looking for signage?  They’ve got a waterjet that can cut up to 3″ thick steel plates which are perfect for signs.  They also provide quality custom metal fabrication, welding supplies & services (if you don’t have a handy welder in your family like I do).  They can do custom built steel, stainless steel & aluminum fabrication or if you’re a do-it-yourself kind of human they can help you obtain those products too.  If it’s power tools you need they’ve got you covered there as well as having welding gasses & supplies, electric grinders, air tools & accessories, metal working tools, metal cut off saws and so much more.  Oh, and if you happen to be building a trailer they’ve got you covered their too with their supply of stock trailer assembly parts.

Honestly they seem to be the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory for metal work.  No one tell my son and husband, LOL I’m sure they’d be thrilled to go visit.  I guess that would be okay so long as they don’t wind up like any of the kids in the movie I suppose it’s ok.

What Might the Rest of 2020 Look Like?

What Are Experts Saying About the Rest of 2020? | MyKCM

Let’s be real one of the major items on everyone’s mind these days is: What’s going to happen to the housing market in the second half of the year? If we look at recent data on the economy, unemployment, real estate, and more, many factors economists are now revising their forecasts for the remainder of 2020 – and the outlook is extremely encouraging. Here’s  what some experts have to say about key areas that will power the industry and the economy forward this year.

Mortgage Purchase Originations: Joel Kan, Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry ForecastingMortgage Bankers Association

“The recovery in housing is happening faster than expected. We anticipated a drop off in Q3. But, we don’t think that’s the case anymore. We revised our Q3 numbers higher. Before, we predicted a 2 percent decline in purchase originations in 2020, now we think there will be 2 percent growth this year.”

Home Sales: Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist, National Association of Realtors

“Sales completed in May reflect contract signings in March and April – during the strictest times of the pandemic lock down and hence the cyclical low point…Home sales will surely rise in the upcoming months with the economy reopening, and could even surpass one-year-ago figures in the second half of the year.”

Inventory: George Ratiu, Senior Economist, realtor.com

“We can project that the next few months will see a slow-yet-steady improvement in new inventory…we projected a stepped improvement for the May through August months, followed by a return to historical trend for the September through December time frame.”

Mortgage Rates: Freddie Mac

“Going forward, we forecast the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage to remain low, falling to a yearly average of 3.4% in 2020 and 3.2% in 2021.”

New Construction: Doug Duncan, Chief Economist, Fannie Mae

“The weaker-than-expected single-family starts number may be a matter of timing, as single-family permits jumped by a stronger 11.9 percent. In addition, the number of authorized single-family units not yet started rose 5.4 percent to the second-highest level since 2008. This suggests that a significant acceleration in new construction will likely occur.”

Good news is that the experts are optimistic about the second half of the year. If you made the choice to pause your 2020 real estate plans in the spring, now may be the right time for you to get back into the market.  If you have questions I’m here to talk to you about it, no pressure, no tactics just the advice and guidance you need to make the best decision possible for your family.

So What Does an Urban Farm Store Have?

My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5I am always on the lookout for a unique closing gifts, and this week’s local business has just that, Bennett Urban Farm Store  Located in Downtown Hillsboro in Oregon is located at 276 E Main Street and has  something for everyone on your gift list.

They have the most amazing baskets that are perfect for carrying all the items you get at the farmers market, going to the beach or heading out for a picnic.  You can also fill that picnic basket with drinks, energy bars and chocolates that they have on hand.  Root Beer soda anyone?

As far as gifts go, they have adorable bottle stoppers, children’s toys, DIY cheese kits, lots of items for you kitchen, greeting cards, reusable food wraps, and so, so much more.  If you happen to be in Downtown Hillsboro be sure to stop by, and you can also pick up a some coffee because they also do coffee roasting and they make jam.  Yummy!

If you can’t make it into the store be sure to go to their website https://www.bennetturbanfarmstore.com/ to place an order online, and you can find them on Facebook  and Instagram at bennett_urban_farm_store.

 

You can Never Have too Many Books Right?

Add a subheadingI love to read, and while I enjoy audio books and reading on my eReader there is something special about holding a physical book in your hands.  It’s probably why I love buying books so much.  The problem is, what do you do with all of those books because at some point in time you run out of places to keep them.  Helping get rid of some of those books is where this week’s local business of the week comes into play.  The Arcade Book Exchange is a used bookstore that has been serving the needs of Washington County readers for over 43 years, and the amazing thing is that you can trade your old reads for some new ones.

The Arcade Book Exchange carries a large selection of newer release, novels, romance, mystery, horror, spy/adventure, sci-fi/fantasy, westerns, children/young adult, self-help, inspirational, historical, true crime, biographies, category romance, military and so much more.  You are sure to find something you’ll love.  They focus primarily in paperback books, but you can find a selection of collectible and hardbound books as well.  In addition, if you aren’t ready to venture out and go brows books in person they offer an online selection of books too.

It should be noted that Arcade Book Exchange does not purchase books, you can only trade them.  So you may be wondering what does the process look like when you trade books?  Well here’s what you need to know about their trade policy:

You will receive 1/4 of the cover price on all incoming books in in-store credit.
Outgoing books can be purchased at 1/2 the cover price.

Half of your PURCHASE price may be deducted off of your store credit.
The remaining half must be paid with cash, check, debit or credit card.

EXAMPLE:
Bring in two $8 books. You will receive $4 in store credit.
Take out two $8 books you will pay $4 in cash/debit/check and $4 will be deducted off your store credit.

All “CASH” books (with white cash sticker) are eligible to be taken off your store credit.

Credit has no expiration and no cash value.

So, the next time you are in need of a new book, why not exchange some books you no longer want and get some new ones.  The Arcade Book Exchange is located at 136 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 300, Hillsboro, Oregon and their phone number is (503) 648-5821