The 2013 Ultimate Open House New Home Tour presented by NW Natural and Standard TV and Appliance is poised to be one of the most exciting—and busy in years. The annual event, which runs two weekends, April 27-28 & May 4-5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free to the public and helps hundreds of savvy homebuyers navigate through the new home market—at most price points—in the five-county area.
“It’s an easy equation: lower rates, an improved housing market and a tight inventory all equal hungry homebuyers,” said Hallie Gentry, Home Builders Association of Metro Portland’s Director of Shows. “This year, the HBA is engaging attendees both onsite and online as they have the opportunity to visit fantastic new construction homes created by the area’s finest homebuilders. For homebuyers and real estate agents, The 2013 Ultimate Open House is a no-brainer.”
From the hills of John’s Landing in southwest Portland to the prestigious Dolph Park neighborhood in northeast, two Ultimate Open House idea homes on the Tour will inspire its visitors, combining vintage appeal with the latest in cutting-edge, energy efficient products.
The Cleary Custom, built by Renaissance Homes, sits on land once thought of as unbuildable. The more than 2,800 square foot home boasts panoramic views of Portland, the Willamette River and the mountains. It is LEED Certified, wrapped with Polar Blanket insulation making this Vintage Collection home charming and cozy.
The Tillamook Vintage, is a lovingly restored home in this coveted close-in neighborhood. Originally built in 1916, the home had fallen into disrepair. Portland Development Group bought the house last year, and moved it five feet east onto a new foundation, allowing PDG to preserve all the stunning period woodwork. Today, the home boasts modern indoor and outdoor living spaces, plus energy efficient technology and appliances, while capturing the charm of the early 20th century.
Both idea homes and a majority of the homes on the Ultimate Open House Tour are energy performance score (EPS) rated. Shoppers can review Energy Trust’s Smart Homebuyer Checklist to compare the energy use, carbon impact and estimated utility costs of a newly built home before they buy.
New this year, the first five people to purchase one of the participating natural gas homes will get a free gourmet Gas Grill by Napoleon®—a $1,200 dollar value—courtesy of NW Natural. Ultimate Open House attendees are also encouraged to interact with the show via Facebook by liking their page as they visit the homes on the tour. Attendees can easily find their way from house to house with an iPhone or Android smartphone app created by the HBA and NW Natural.
“The Ultimate Open House is a valuable resource for people looking to buy a house,” said Dave Williams, NW Natural vice president of utility services. “Show attendees will be able to see the latest natural gas features for the home, while supporting local builders and the HBA’s continued work in our community. We’re glad to be part of it once again.”
Portland Housing Trend
According to Realtor.com, while Portland is in an economic rebound mode, housing inventory is down close to 26 percent from last November and prices have risen close to five-and-a-half percent in the past 12 months. The Ultimate Open House New Home Tour makes it easy for homeowners to map out and walk through more than twenty new, beautifully built homes over the course of two spring weekends.