Relocation Guide: Strawberry Fields

If you are relocating to Salem Oregon just know that June 1 means one thing…strawberry season.   Typically Oregon strawberries start to ripen and are just waiting to be plucked and eaten. Every year we take the kids to a local u-pick and pick strawberries. We eat a lot of them over the winter so we…

Crime Rates in Salem Oregon

I read a recent post about the 10 most dangerous cities.  I, of course, scrolled for our familiar Oregon cities and was nicely surprised because Salem had a lower crime rate than Eugene in 2009. QR Press created a list based on the FBI’s 2009 crime data.  I went to the raw data just to…

The devil inside

“Oh, this house has a broom rack!” she screeched with excitement. “Please, like you need more brooms-” joked her husband before being interrupted by her seething voice. “Beelzebub! Stop smooshing your sister’s horns into their couch.” With a deep sigh, she turned to her husband. Lucifer, dear, can you light a fire under Satanay and…

An uncomfortable truth

I don’t think people like to talk about it.  It’s easier that way.  We’ve made progress, but clearly not enough. Some of you may have seen the mapping project.  It’s fascinating, to say the least.  Based on census data they are plotting the racial makeup of cities.  Right now, if you went up to a…

Winding down…

This is the last monthly Salem real estate market update I’ll do this year since I will look at the year-end statistics in January.   I’ll just give you a quick update of the market since we’ll be looking at this more in-depth soon.   The median and average home prices were down just a tad in…

You don’t look good in bright orange.

“Well if you are going to complicate things…” What!!!!  (yes with all those exclamation points and all) is what I really wanted to scream on the other end of the phone, but I was already huffy. What is wrong with you.  I don’t have the right skin tone to pull off bright orange,” I countered. …