The Portland Fall Home and Garden Show kicks off Thursday


JENNY: THE PORTLAND HOME AND GARDEN SHOW KICKS OFF TODAY AT THE PORTLAND EXPO CENTER. KEN: KOHR HARLAN LIVE TO SHOW US AROUND. KOHR: WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT THE DESIGN FEATURES YOU CAN PUT INTO YOUR HOUSE AT THE EXPO CENTER, THE SHOW GOES THROUGH THE WEEKEND. THIS IS FOR FOLKS WHO ARE TRYING TO DO SOMETHING INSIDE YOUR HOUSE OR OUTSIDE THEIR HOUSE. THERE ARE DOZENS IF NOT HUNDREDS OF BOOTS HERE — BOOTHS, EVERYTHING FROM HEAT PUMPS, SIDING, WINDOWS, BACKSPLASH, TILE, AND EVERYTHING ELSE AND IT IS ALL MADE POSSIBLE FOR US AVERAGE HOMEOWNERS WITH MONEY. WE ARE TALKING WITH THE MONEY GUY FROM FIRST TECH FEDERAL CREDIT UNION. THIS IS ERIC. GOOD TO BE HERE. I WANT TO TELL PEOPLE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE DRAWING YOU HAVE HERE. WE HAVE A $500 DRAWING YOU CAN WIN. WE HAVE A DISPLAY BACK HERE THAT IS REALLY NICE. KOHR: MOST OF THIS IS STUFF YOU CAN GET AT BRIDGEPORT IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN. $500 WILL GET YOU EVERYTHING ABOUT THE TABLE. FALL IS HERE AND IT IS NICE TO GET THINGS SET UP EARLY. KOHR: SWING BY HERE AND GET YOUR NAME IN A DRAWING FOR $500. GET YOUR TABLE READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS. WITHOUT GETTING INTO SPECIFICS ALL OF THIS STUFF IS BROUGHT ABOUT BY MONEY. MOST OF THE TIME IT IS BORROWED MONEY. MONEY RIGHT NOW IS HISTORICALLY PRETTY INEXPENSIVE. RATES ARE STILL REALLY LOW RIGHT NOW TO THE POINT WHERE IF YOU HAVE EQUITY YOU CAN TAKE THE MONEY OUT AND WORK ON YOUR FALL PROJECTS OR WINTER PROJECTS IF YOU NEED TO. REFINANCE YOUR EXISTING HOME EQUITY LINES. LOTS OF GREAT OPPORTUNITY. IS THAT THE WAY A LOT OF PEOPLE FINANCE HOME IMPROVEMENTS OF HIS WITH AN EQUITY LINE? YES. KOHR: AS EVERYONE WHO LIVES IN THE PORTLAND AREA, THE HOME VALUES HAVE GONE UP SO MUCH THAT A LOT OF US HAVE HAD GREAT BIG CHUNKS OF EQUITY IN OUR PROPERTIES SIT THERE. IF YOU HAVE A GOOD ENOUGH CREDIT SCORE ALL THE REST OF THE STUFF HAS TO BE COOL. GET YOUR EQUITY OUT AND PUT IT TO WORK ON A HOUSE, IT IS AN INVESTMENT THAT WILL CONTINUE TO PAY OFF OVER THE NEXT DECADE OR SO. THERE ARE OCCASIONAL HICCUPS. IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO GET SOME MONEY HERE. THEY WILL BE HERE THIS WEEKEND, GET INVOLVED IN THAT DRAWING FOR THE $500 GIFT CARD FROM BRIDGEPORT VILLAGE. THE PORTLAND FALL HOME AND GARDEN SHOW THAT STARTS HERE AT THE EXPO CENTER A LITTLE LATER ON THIS MORNING AND GOES THROUGH THIS WEEKEND. KEN: I AM IMPRESSED WITH YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF USING HOME-EQUITY TO MAKE HIM IMPROVEMENTS AND INCREASING THE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY. IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE. KOHR: IT IS SWEATING ME A LITTLE BIT RIGHT NOW. I AM VERY FAMILIAR WITH IT. JENNY: I AM WITH YOU ON THAT ONE.

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