2020 Clark County Real Estate Market

Despite the affects of the COVID virus pandemic, the Clark County region has continued to see marked growth in the residential construction sector.  According the latest REDFIN data, the Clark County area experienced a 12.5% year-over-year growth from October to October.  That is astonishing considering the quakes in the market that occurred in March and April of this year.  Stimulus from the US government and continued historically low interest rates have buoyed the real estate market during these trying economic times.

On top of the historic pandemic affecting the regional economy, we have also seen a pronounced regional spike in construction costs.  According to the Construction Cost Index, the Portland metro area has the highest adjusted construction costs in the nation!  Higher than Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, and even Seattle.  There are several reasons for these increases, but the biggest regional factor has been the affects of the devastating wildfires in parts or Oregon, Washington, and California.

With this type of pressure on the construction budget, it is more important than ever to have a trusted advisor that will help you to navigate the construction process, and assist you in making decisions that will leave you happy and on budget.  Copper Creek Homes is here to help.

This Year’s Four Hottest Kitchen Trends

Paul Dyer
Open and dynamic kitchens that seamlessly blend with the rest of the home are at the top of home owners’ wish lists for 2016, according to the latest Zillow Digs Home Trend forecast, released today. The analysis of popular photos on the real estate listing website and opinions of interior design experts revealed tuxedo or two-toned painted cabinets in complementary colors, hidden appliances, mixed hardware finishes, and wood paneling, like shiplap, are the biggest kitchen trends for 2016.Home owners are starting to take bigger risks in kitchen design. The first trend to go? Matching cabinetry and hardware finishes. Owners now have their sights set on tuxedo cabinets, or two-toned painted cabinets where the top and bottom doors are painted in complimentary colors (such as navy blue and soft gray). Homeowners are also opting to mix hardware finishes for a more eclectic look in the kitchen. Mixed and matched beautiful hardware accents “look like jewelry for the kitchen,” said design expert, Jamie Beckwith of Beckwith Interiors in a news release.
Hidden appliances are also on the rise. Stainless steel is still popular, but for a less industrial and more streamlined look owners will choose to hide microwaves and refrigerators behind cabinet finishes. Wood paneling will also be in style as the popularity of the farmhouse kitchen style grows.
As quickly as these trends have picked up, three other design aesthetics have gone out of style. Homeowners will be trading in their speckled granite, short cabinets, and dark wood and paint colors for the styles above. Granite can stain and be hard to keep up with, and the speckled look is no longer popular. Instead, quartz, marble and even butcher block are rising in popularity. Tall cabinetry also gives kitchens the illusion of being bigger and brighter, so homeowners will replace shorter top row cabinets with ones that are flush with the ceiling and will choose light and bright paint colors over dark finishes to expand the open feel.

Portlands housing streak continues to be fastest growth in the US.

The streak continued in April: Yet again, home values in the Portland region grew faster than in any of the other 20 major metro areas measured by the monthly Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller home price index, released Tuesday.
It was the seventh straight month Portland topped the list.
Local home values posted a 12.3 percent year-over-year increase in April, the highest gains among the 20 cities by a fairly wide margin. Seattle’s 10.7 percent increase over the same period represented the only other double-digit increase.
Homes across the country, meanwhile, saw an annual increase in value of 5 percent in April, down from 5.1 percent in March, the report found.
“The home price increases reflect the low unemployment rate, low mortgage interest rates and consumers’ generally positive outlook,” said David M. Blitzer, the chairman of the index committee, in a statement. “One result is that an increasing number of cities have surpassed the high prices seen before the Great Recession. Currently, seven cities “ Denver; Dallas; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco; Seattle; Charlotte; and Boston “ are setting new highs.”
Prices in Portland have been pushed upward, in part, by extremely low inventory. The most recent report from the Regional Multiple Listing Services found that inventory in the area totaled 1.4 months in May. The figure estimates how long it would take for all current homes on the market to sell at the current pace. Six months indicates a balanced market.
What’s more, a new report last week from Zillow found that Portland saw the nation’s largest decrease in the inventory of bottom-tier homes among the 35 largest metro areas. The Portland market lost 37.6 percent of its inventory of middle-tier homes (homes worth between $279,200 and $420,900) and 39.3 percent of its bottom-tier homes (homes worth less than $279,200) “ not good news for first-time homebuyers.
Svenja Gudell, chief economist at Zillow, said in an email that there is “a growing divide between the top and bottom of the market that the Case-Shiller numbers don’t reveal.”
“Home values for the least-expensive homes are growing twice as quickly as they are for the most-expensive homes, and the gap is widening,” Gudell said. “Given last week’s Brexit news and the ensuing market reaction, it doesn’t look like interest rates are going to rise meaningfully any time soon, which means it will remain cheap to finance a home for those that can afford one.

2016’s Most Eco-Friendly States

In honor of Earth Day, WalletHub determined the greenest states in the nation, looking at everything from air and water quality to energy consumption.

In some states, green behaviors aren’t just practiced on Earth Day–some states focus on constructing LEED-certified buildings and keeping their air and water quality high year round.
Conserving resources has become a priority of many builders, as climate change, droughts, and fuel prices affect both the environment and economic conditions of some major home building markets. Texas was plagued by plummeting oil prices and the state of California found itself facing a hardship regarding how to conserve water as things dried up in an historic drought. Builders responded to the environmental challenges with drought-busting homes, like these four here, and ways to apply energy-saving techniques and products to home building.
Some states have been more successful than others when it comes to conserving the environment. WalletHub, a personal finance site, ranked all 50 states based on 17 key factors to find which states in the nation are the most “green” and committed to the environment. The site examined metrics such as air, water, and soil quality, number of LEED-certified buildings per capita, energy consumption and its percentage that comes from renewable sources, gasoline consumption, and percentage of waste including trash and recycling.
Overall, Vermont was considered the most green state for its high air quality and minimal solid waste per capita. Washington, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Minnesota followed Vermont as the top five most green states. Wyoming was the least green state, followed by North Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, and Nebraska in spots 46-49.
Washington and Minnesota had some of the highest water and soil quality among states in the country, compared to states like Arizona and New Mexico which fell in the last two spots for soil quality with soil that was 25 times worse than that of the best state, Michigan. Meanwhile, Hawaii and New York ranked poorly for water quality (click here to see BUILDER’s map of the best and worst regions for water conservation).
However, Hawaii redeemed itself when it came to construction as the state has the second highest number of LEED-certified buildings per capita behind New Mexico, while Nebraska and Iowa were the two states with the least.
Maine, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Montana have the highest percentage of energy consumption that comes from renewable energy sources, with Maine’s share being 17 times higher than the state of Delaware’s, which has the lowest percentage of energy consumption from renewable energy sources in the country. Rhode Island and New York are the two states with the lowest energy consumption per capita, compared to Wyoming and North Dakota, the two least green states over all, which use the most energy in the country.
Maine took the number one spot again for having the highest percentage of recycled municipal waste, which is 48 times more than that of Louisiana, which held the bottom seat in the ranking.
Some of these practices are more or less important depending on which environmental factors some into play in different areas of the country. Mary F. Evans, an environmental economics professor at Claremont McKenna College, says, “It’s difficult to prioritize the various actions people can take to contribute to environmental quality as the benefits (and costs) of actions are likely to vary across individuals and geographic locations. For example, someone in Los Angeles who installs solar panels on her home and lowers her water consumption will have a different impact than another person who takes the same actions but who lives in Chicago.”
Nancy Engelhardt Furlow. professor of marketing at Marymount University, agrees that location of markets plays the most essential role in determining where environmental efforts should be focused. “For example, in California, lowering water consumption is a high priority, but in states near the Chesapeake Bay, responsible use of pesticides and fertilizers is a high priority. Solar panels may be a great option in the West but not as popular in other areas. The activity may differ depending on the location, but environmental education is essential. The challenges for each location are different, and unfortunately, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.”
How did your state rank for environmental friendliness? Click on WalletHub’s interactive map below to see the overall “green rank” for each state in the nation:


March home prices at post-crash high as home sellers in March on average sold for $30,500 more than they paid, a 17% average gain.

Copper Creek Homes is located in the Portland Metro Area, specifically Vancouver WA.
RealtyTrac, the Irvine Calif. purveyor of housing data, said Wednesday that its March and Q1 2016 U.S. Home Sales Report shows that U.S. home sellers in March on average sold for $30,500 more than they paid, a 17% average gain; the highest average price gain for home sellers in any month since December 2007 at the onset of the Great Recession.
According to the report, among 125 metropolitan statistical areas with at least 300 sales in March, sellers netted the biggest average gains in San Francisco (72% average gain); San Jose, California (60%); Boulder, Colorado (53%); Prescott, Arizona (51%); and Los Angeles (48%). Rounding out the top 13 were Denver (42%); Portland (40%); Austin (40%); Seattle (38%); Baltimore (38%); Riverside-San Bernardino, California (37%);San Diego (36%); and Sacramento (35%).
The median sales price of single family homes and condos in March was $210,000, up 9% from the previous month and up 11% from a year earlier. March was the 49th consecutive month with a year-over-year increase in the U.S. median home price, which is still 8% below its previous peak of $228,000 in July 2005.
Among metro areas analyzed in the report, 36% have reached new all-time home price peaks since January 2015, including seven markets that reached new price peaks in March 2016: Boulder, Colorado; Denver; Portland; Fort Collins, Colorado; Austin, Texas; Greeley, Colorado; and Cincinnati, Ohio.
Home sellers in many markets are now seeing average price gains close to or above what home sellers experienced during the last housing boom”, said Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac senior VP. That should encourage more homeowners to take advantage of the prime seller’s market and list their homes for sale this year.”
He noted that banks are taking advantage of the market, causing an uptick in the distressed sales share over the last two quarters.
Given that bank-owned homes are selling at a median price that is 40% below the overall median sales price nationwide, the uptick in distressed sales combined with affordability constraints are contributing to faltering home price appreciation in some markets” most notably the bellwether markets of Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, Blomquist added.
Still, there were laggards. In 19 markets (15%) sellers in March on average sold for less than what they purchased for, led by Rockford, Illinois (11% average loss compared to purchase price); Winston-Salem (10% loss); Cleveland (8% loss); Columbia, South Carolina (7% loss); and Wilmington, North Carolina (5% loss). The rest of the bottom 11 markets with average seller losses in March included Memphis (4% loss); Milwaukee (4% loss); Chicago (3% loss); Cincinnati (3% loss); Birmingham, Alabama (2% loss); and Flint, Michigan (1% loss).
The RealtyTrac Home Sales report is based on publicly recorded sales deeds collected and licensed by RealtyTrac in more than 900 counties nationwide accounting for more than 80 percent of the U.S. population.

Custom Homes one-of-a-kind upscale creation by Copper Creek Homes

It’s spring 2016 and with New Home building in full production it is exciting to see some new creations on the horizon. Each Copper Creek Homes stand out from the crowd. They are one-of-a-kind, upscale creations that come with luxury upgrades and unique architectural design.In addition to flexibility in home design and architecture, our buyers typically choose their ideal location and environment. As a result, custom home design often incorporates elements of the local landscape, whether that is a view of the Columbia river, Mt Hood, the Washougal River, or the distinct colors and plants of a specific landscape.

Differences between Copper Creek Custom Homes & Production Homes

While production builders build communities by restricting design to a group of preselected home types on lots they have picked and purchased themselves. Copper Creek Homes tends to build on land owned by the customer and start fresh with each design. We allow minor changes during construction such as larger windows or even movement of interior walls to obtain the best views.
Production builders typically construct a large number of homes throughout the year; these may offer a variety of options, but production builders generally do not use construction plans other than the ones selected by the building firm. Custom builders spend more time on each project and often work on fewer than 15 homes a year.
This 2016 Copper Creek Homes will build approximately 15 New Homes from 1 level ADA homes to daylight basement homes on the Orchard Hills Golf Course, a few 2 story custom homes and even a 7600 Multi-Generational Home in Hockinson WA on 5 Acres starting late Spring 2016.


Don’t Be Afraid of Smart Home Technology

The smart-home technology craze began years ago in some parts of the country, but in many other areas, it’s only just begun.

If you’re just entering this market, or have yet to do so because you think you don’t have the know-how, fear not; you don’t need to be a technology specialist.

Product developers are constantly churning out new gizmos, like the thousands that were displayed at the recent Consumer Electronics Show. But only a small number are actually embraced by the general public.

Get a feel for what you could use in your new Copper Creek Home.

During an education session at this year’s International Builders’ Show, Greg Haupert, the executive director of Business Networking International and a home-technology integration specialist, listed several smart-home trends that have truly started to take root, including:

  • Contemporary comfort with automated thermostats, lighting and security systems that quickly learn the owner’s preferences and can be controlled and monitored from anywhere in the world.
  • High-tech appliances like refrigerators with internal cameras that allow the owner to remotely check its contents, and an automated compressor that adjusts its speed according to how much food is inside. Smart TVs not simply those that run apps like Netflix and Hulu, but rather, TVs that are integrated to create a smart-home hub through which many, if not all of the home’s smart features can be controlled.

Team up with an expert Like Global Security located in Vancouver WA

Once you know what your needs are, but don’t feel confident enough to make the purchase and install these features contact an expert like Global Security. It’s okay to admit you don’t have all the technology answers as you begin to build your custom home with Copper Creek Homes. Having a smart-home technology expert that you can rely on and consult with on your new Copper Creek Home will help you choose the necessary smart home and security features.

Plan ahead

Before you get past framing in your new Copper Creek Home it’s important to plan for your smart home. Custom smart-home technology is best integrated when planned for well in advance. Pre-wiring a new home can save the client thousands down the road. When you build a home with Copper Creek Homes we will meet with you once framing is completed and before we sheetrock to discuss what smart home features you want and where exactly you want everything. Partnering with Global Security Copper Creek Homes wants to discover which pieces of technology each of our clients want and how they want to use them in their home. From there, go through the floor plan room by room and ask how you might want to use the technology in each space.

Currently Copper Creek Homes offers the below features as standard and at no cost to our clients.

3-TV RG6 and Cat 6

1 Data Phone or Internet

14″ Connection Center

Cable Plates and Inserts

Keyless Door Smartlock


All Connections to service entry

1 Door Sensor

1 Motion Sensor

1 Key Pad

1 Thermostat

1 Smart Home Module

14″ Concord Security Panel(ALL WIRING IN 1 PLACE)

3 Months FREE trial of Alarm.com

5 Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

Buying a new home can be exciting, empowering, thrilling and even a bit scary. Doing your research on new homes and understanding your financial situation can help you buy a home that will suit the needs of you and your family. Here are five tips for first-time homebuyers.
1. Know Your Credit History
Before you begin looking for a new home, take time to review your credit history and credit report. Make sure all of the information listed on your credit report is fully updated and accurate. If there are any errors, dispute them so they can be removed. Ultimately, your credit history and credit score play an important role in the mortgage amount and interest rate that you will qualify for.
2. Know the Mortgage Amount You Qualify For
There’s no point in falling in love with a home you can’t afford. Working with lending professionals can empower you during the home-buying process. By meeting with a lender to get prequalified or preapproved for a mortgage, you’ll know your budget for a new home and can begin shopping in the appropriate price range. If the houses in your price range don’t meet your standards, take a little more time to save a larger down payment or improve your credit.
3. Save Up for Your Down Payment
When saving to buy a home, plan to have 20% of the home’s value ready for a down payment. Having your payment ready lowers your overall mortgage costs and makes you a more attractive buyer in a situation with competing bids. If you can’t afford 20%, your mortgage loan officer can provide you with more information about other options available. Also, ask your lender to help you estimate the other fees associated with the closing process, commonly called closing costs. These fees will include legal, property tax, survey, title insurance and recording and underwriting fees. Some of these closing costs can be financed as part of your mortgage, but others will need to be paid up front.
4. Evaluate Any Outstanding Debts You May Have
If you have significant outstanding debts, such as student loans, know that this could impact the total mortgage amount that a lender offers to you. You may want to pay down significant outstanding debts and liabilities that you have listed on your credit report. Taking care of these debts beforehand can put you in a better position to qualify for a new mortgage.
5. Figure Out the Home That You Can Afford
Your lending professional has tools and calculators to determine how much home you can afford, but ultimately the answer is up to you. In addition to your mortgage payment, consider other costs associated with your new home, including monthly utility bills, landscaping costs, community association fees and property taxes. Also, take into account the sort of lifestyle you lead: Do you need to take a vacation every summer? Are you planning to start a family or go back to college? Consider your unique situation, and choose the home that is right for you.
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Finding A Friend Through Online Dating Apps

Free Hookup Apps Does free online hookups work? The short answer is Yes, free online hookups work. If you’re lucky enough, there is a compatible partner within your local vicinity that you’re interested in hooking up and using a free service.

Although this works very well, if you don’t already have a compatible hookup, it’s likely you’ll encounter a lot of competition. This is especially the case if you’re not looking for the most serious relationship, or you’re not looking for much in return for your time. In highly populated cities, there are probably more hookups available on the free hookup app than there would be in less populated rural areas.

So how can free apps help you find the perfect hookup? The best way is by simply having an active subscription to the free hookup app. This way, your search results will be narrowed down by using the free applications.

However, free applications aren’t perfect. You should also consider what kind of results you hope to receive from the search. You can choose to simply include local places in your search, or you can even specify a specific city or state in your search. Either way, when you do use the free hookup app, make sure you know exactly who you’re looking for.

This will make finding a hookup that much easier and a great option to use. You can also narrow down your results to a specific time period for example. For example, say you’ve been out at the bar for two hours. If you’re trying to locate someone who might be available later that night, then using a local location is the best way to go.

However, if you’re trying to find a hookup that fits the profile you’ve created in the free application, then narrowing your search down a bit can be a good idea. You can narrow down your search even further by only using a certain category. For example, if you’ve put in that the person is a vegetarian, then the search can also narrow down to people who are vegetarians.

Sometimes this can give you a better result and it saves you time because you won’t have to try and remember if the person has that type of tastes in clothes and other preferences. Although it may take more time, it’s worth a try. In some cases, the results from the free app may be more accurate than using search engines.

There’s a chance you’ll come across someone you know from a free website. Just remember to be patient and not feel rushed, and that they’ll eventually show up.

Another advantage to free is that you can get a feel for the person before you make an actual payment. In other words, you can see if they’re shy around people and other things. This can help you get a better feel for the person you’re planning on getting involved with. This also gives you the option of being able to judge if the person is right for you.

You can also judge if the person is actually available at the time you need them. There are so many different times to post your information to the free apps and most of them allow you to post your information throughout the day. This gives you many more options and makes it easier for you to find the person of your dreams. at any time.

There are so many people around and they’re all looking for love. There are so many dating sites that you could potentially find someone just by searching the apps that are available on them. Some dating sites, such as OKCupid and Craigslist are full of people.

Some people use these types of sites as a way to connect with other singles and get to know people they might not know at first. For other people, it can be just for fun. There are so many dating sites out there to choose from, including sites like Facebook that you can use as well as apps like the free hookup app to hookup with other singles online. The choice is really up to you and how much time and effort you want to put into your search.