This April, the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland Presents The Second Annual Ultimate Open House(TM)

The Ultimate Open House(TM) home tour is an opportunity for today's buyers

to walk through nearly 100 new condos, townhomes and custom-designed homes

crafted by the area's top builders



Mar 18, 2008, 01:00 ET from Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland

    LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- More builders than ever are
 participating in the second annual Home Builders Association Ultimate Open
 House(TM) due to its 2007 success of attracting qualified buyers and
 selling homes. For two weekends in April the free tour gives buyers a
 once-a-year opportunity to experience today's modern homes and talk to
 builders during the area's only new home tour and sale of this magnitude
 and scope -- nearly 90 new homes, a selection of styles, a range of cities,
 towns and neighborhoods, and priced for every budget.
 
     The public can tour the homes featured in the Ultimate Open House(TM)
 Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 20. Admission is free.
 
     "The builders involved all focus on lifestyle and quality of life --
 their goal is to help buyers realize their dreams. The Ultimate Open
 House(TM) is designed for astute buyers who want a relaxed new home
 adventure on the weekend -- wake up refreshed, grab a cup of coffee, map
 out which areas and homes are appealing, load up the car, and head out to
 find a dream home," said Dave DeHarpport, Ultimate Open House Chairman and
 President of Four D Construction Company.
 
     The Portland area's housing market held up this past year. According to
 the Standard and Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index, at the end of the
 fourth quarter 2007, Portland was one of only three U.S. markets where
 housing prices increased (1.2 percent over the same period a year prior).
 Additionally Oregon is the 11th fastest growing state in the nation.
 According to new Census Bureau estimates about 56,000 people moved to
 Oregon in 2007. Everyone needs a place to call home, and these numbers give
 builders a renewed sense of purpose to demonstrate why a new quality home
 is the best buying decision. Given 30 percent of builders sold a home
 during the 2007 tour, their enthusiasm translated into an increase in the
 number of homes from 77 in 2007 to almost 90 this year.
 
     Due to its media attention and buzz, the Portland area is known around
 the country as a place that cares about lifestyle, quality of life and the
 environment, and the Ultimate Open House(TM) embraces these. Several
 builders have taken the extra step of receiving certification for close to
 a dozen homes with the Energy Star(R) and Earth Advantage(R) labels. These
 homes exceed Oregon's building code for efficiency by 15 percent and are
 built more sustainably, providing increased comfort and a peace of mind to
 earth-conscious buyers. In addition, other "earth friendly" homes showcased
 during the tour include the High Performance Home -- a partnership between
 PARR and Lifestyle Homes, and Shannon Quimby's REX project -- a home
 rebuilt from site-sourced reclaimed materials and a demonstration of how
 green leaders are stepping up.
 
     "Quality of life is important and building a High Performance Home
 means incorporating the latest building science, materials and methods into
 the home construction process. As a result, this new type of home is more
 structurally sound, performs more efficiently, and offers healthier indoor
 air than homes built with standard practices," said Mike Arnett, president
 of the HBA of Metropolitan Portland and Lifestyle Homes.
 
     "Bank of America is proud to be the Ultimate Open House's official
 mortgage sponsor, and has a variety of mortgage loan products for
 homebuyers," said Rich Brown, Bank of America SVP for market development.
 "We are especially excited about our new green mortgage that provides $1000
 at closing for certified energy efficient homes, of which there are many on
 the Ultimate Home Tour."
 
     The Ultimate Open House(TM) is a Portland area relocator's dream --
 essentially a home shopping Shangri-la. The modern lifestyle homes on the
 tour represent all styles and are constructed by area builders with
 reputations for quality workmanship including -- Accent Residential Homes,
 Arbor Custom Homes, Argonaut Group, LLC, Better World Acquisitions, C & L
 Properties LLC., Centurion Homes Incorporated, Derek L. Brown & Associates
 Inc., Dreambuilder Homes, D.R. Horton, Fish Construction N.W. Inc., Four D
 Construction Company, Gertz Construction Co. Inc., Intex Custom Homes, J.C.
 Reeves Corporation, J.T. Roth Construction Inc., JDR Contracting Inc.,
 Keystone Enterprises, Larry Boitano Builder Ltd., Legend Homes, Lifestyle
 Homes, Marnella Homes, LLC, Nupark Development L.L.C., Ostercraft Homes
 Inc., RCM Homes, Inc., Rich Bailey Construction, LLC, Rosemont Development,
 Inc., Roundstone Construction Co., Schumacher Custom Homes Inc., Sequoia
 Custom Homes LLC, Shelburne Construction, Stone Bridge Homes NW, Stone
 Builders Inc., Sunnybrook Properties, Timberland Homes, Touchstone
 Townhomes, Verde Homes, and Windwood Construction.
 
     Where
 
     Ultimate Open House(TM) homes are located in: Aloha, Beaverton,
 Gresham, Oregon City, Scappoose, Tualatin, West Linn, Wilsonville, Happy
 Valley, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, SE Portland- Mt. Tabor, SW Portland, NE
 Portland, Garden Home, Tigard, Cedar Hills, NW Portland, Rockwood Corners,
 SE Portland and Lake Oswego.
 
     A map is posted on http://www.ultimateopenhouse.net.
 
     Event Information and Admission
 
     People can prepare now by gathering information about the tour and its
 builders on the Ultimate Open House(TM) website at
 http://www.ultimateopenhouse.net. The Ultimate Open House(TM) is free to
 the public.
 
     Coming in the Oregonian April 17 to more than 300,000 potential
 Portland area home buyers is the official Ultimate Open House(TM)
 Guidebook, a tour map and builder reference.
 
     About the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland
 
     Since 1942, the HBA has been an indispensable resource for consumers
 searching for affordable home options. The HBA proudly represents the
 housing industry to the government, media and the public.
 
     The HBA produces and manages many outstanding programs and tours in the
 Portland area, including: The premier NW Natural Street of Dreams, A
 Midsummer's Night Dream, The Tour of Remodeled Homes, The Fall and Spring
 Portland Home and Garden Shows, The Home Builders Foundation and Home Aid
 Portland.
 
 
MEDIA CONTACTS Sundrop Media: Christy Caplan, 503-412-8850 or christyc@sundropmedia.com Spencer Crandall, 503-735-4038 or spencerc@sundropmedia.com

SOURCE Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland
    LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- More builders than ever are
 participating in the second annual Home Builders Association Ultimate Open
 House(TM) due to its 2007 success of attracting qualified buyers and
 selling homes. For two weekends in April the free tour gives buyers a
 once-a-year opportunity to experience today's modern homes and talk to
 builders during the area's only new home tour and sale of this magnitude
 and scope -- nearly 90 new homes, a selection of styles, a range of cities,
 towns and neighborhoods, and priced for every budget.
 
     The public can tour the homes featured in the Ultimate Open House(TM)
 Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 20. Admission is free.
 
     "The builders involved all focus on lifestyle and quality of life --
 their goal is to help buyers realize their dreams. The Ultimate Open
 House(TM) is designed for astute buyers who want a relaxed new home
 adventure on the weekend -- wake up refreshed, grab a cup of coffee, map
 out which areas and homes are appealing, load up the car, and head out to
 find a dream home," said Dave DeHarpport, Ultimate Open House Chairman and
 President of Four D Construction Company.
 
     The Portland area's housing market held up this past year. According to
 the Standard and Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index, at the end of the
 fourth quarter 2007, Portland was one of only three U.S. markets where
 housing prices increased (1.2 percent over the same period a year prior).
 Additionally Oregon is the 11th fastest growing state in the nation.
 According to new Census Bureau estimates about 56,000 people moved to
 Oregon in 2007. Everyone needs a place to call home, and these numbers give
 builders a renewed sense of purpose to demonstrate why a new quality home
 is the best buying decision. Given 30 percent of builders sold a home
 during the 2007 tour, their enthusiasm translated into an increase in the
 number of homes from 77 in 2007 to almost 90 this year.
 
     Due to its media attention and buzz, the Portland area is known around
 the country as a place that cares about lifestyle, quality of life and the
 environment, and the Ultimate Open House(TM) embraces these. Several
 builders have taken the extra step of receiving certification for close to
 a dozen homes with the Energy Star(R) and Earth Advantage(R) labels. These
 homes exceed Oregon's building code for efficiency by 15 percent and are
 built more sustainably, providing increased comfort and a peace of mind to
 earth-conscious buyers. In addition, other "earth friendly" homes showcased
 during the tour include the High Performance Home -- a partnership between
 PARR and Lifestyle Homes, and Shannon Quimby's REX project -- a home
 rebuilt from site-sourced reclaimed materials and a demonstration of how
 green leaders are stepping up.
 
     "Quality of life is important and building a High Performance Home
 means incorporating the latest building science, materials and methods into
 the home construction process. As a result, this new type of home is more
 structurally sound, performs more efficiently, and offers healthier indoor
 air than homes built with standard practices," said Mike Arnett, president
 of the HBA of Metropolitan Portland and Lifestyle Homes.
 
     "Bank of America is proud to be the Ultimate Open House's official
 mortgage sponsor, and has a variety of mortgage loan products for
 homebuyers," said Rich Brown, Bank of America SVP for market development.
 "We are especially excited about our new green mortgage that provides $1000
 at closing for certified energy efficient homes, of which there are many on
 the Ultimate Home Tour."
 
     The Ultimate Open House(TM) is a Portland area relocator's dream --
 essentially a home shopping Shangri-la. The modern lifestyle homes on the
 tour represent all styles and are constructed by area builders with
 reputations for quality workmanship including -- Accent Residential Homes,
 Arbor Custom Homes, Argonaut Group, LLC, Better World Acquisitions, C & L
 Properties LLC., Centurion Homes Incorporated, Derek L. Brown & Associates
 Inc., Dreambuilder Homes, D.R. Horton, Fish Construction N.W. Inc., Four D
 Construction Company, Gertz Construction Co. Inc., Intex Custom Homes, J.C.
 Reeves Corporation, J.T. Roth Construction Inc., JDR Contracting Inc.,
 Keystone Enterprises, Larry Boitano Builder Ltd., Legend Homes, Lifestyle
 Homes, Marnella Homes, LLC, Nupark Development L.L.C., Ostercraft Homes
 Inc., RCM Homes, Inc., Rich Bailey Construction, LLC, Rosemont Development,
 Inc., Roundstone Construction Co., Schumacher Custom Homes Inc., Sequoia
 Custom Homes LLC, Shelburne Construction, Stone Bridge Homes NW, Stone
 Builders Inc., Sunnybrook Properties, Timberland Homes, Touchstone
 Townhomes, Verde Homes, and Windwood Construction.
 
     Where
 
     Ultimate Open House(TM) homes are located in: Aloha, Beaverton,
 Gresham, Oregon City, Scappoose, Tualatin, West Linn, Wilsonville, Happy
 Valley, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, SE Portland- Mt. Tabor, SW Portland, NE
 Portland, Garden Home, Tigard, Cedar Hills, NW Portland, Rockwood Corners,
 SE Portland and Lake Oswego.
 
     A map is posted on http://www.ultimateopenhouse.net.
 
     Event Information and Admission
 
     People can prepare now by gathering information about the tour and its
 builders on the Ultimate Open House(TM) website at
 http://www.ultimateopenhouse.net. The Ultimate Open House(TM) is free to
 the public.
 
     Coming in the Oregonian April 17 to more than 300,000 potential
 Portland area home buyers is the official Ultimate Open House(TM)
 Guidebook, a tour map and builder reference.
 
     About the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland
 
     Since 1942, the HBA has been an indispensable resource for consumers
 searching for affordable home options. The HBA proudly represents the
 housing industry to the government, media and the public.
 
     The HBA produces and manages many outstanding programs and tours in the
 Portland area, including: The premier NW Natural Street of Dreams, A
 Midsummer's Night Dream, The Tour of Remodeled Homes, The Fall and Spring
 Portland Home and Garden Shows, The Home Builders Foundation and Home Aid
 Portland.
 
 
MEDIA CONTACTS Sundrop Media: Christy Caplan, 503-412-8850 or christyc@sundropmedia.com Spencer Crandall, 503-735-4038 or spencerc@sundropmedia.com SOURCE Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland