I am not like a toaster.

> You asked. We gave you what you wanted, but the power of the dark side was just too great for the wanna be Darth-Vader-Home-Seller. It isn’t a big secret that real estate agents have really low entry standards into a profession that helps people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a purchase.  I…

The home truth about Stayton

The Stayton market has done some great stabilizing this year, but that has more to do with people pulling their homes off the market and just not selling rather than anything else.  I fully expected home prices to drop a solid 10% from 2009 as the market fundamentals were all indicating strong downward pressure on…

our pupils are in hibernation

“My eyes…aaggh, my eyes,” shrieked the woman. “Mommy, what is that?  Will I melt?”  whimpered the small child as she clung to her mother’s leg. “Something weird is happening…this isn’t supposed to happen…not now.” Off the dark, wet pavement the sheen bounced everywhere creating retinal mayhem for the residents of the mid-valley city.  Totally unprepared,…

The home truth about Dallas

During the boom the new construction out in Dallas was happening at a rapid rate. With flat cheap land, which is much easier to build on than our south Salem hills, building boomed out here.  You know the end of this story. Dallas has had one of the most dramatic price drops of the metro…

What year are you at?

The talk around the real estate water cooler is pretty basic…”so what year are you at?”  Some cities are at 2001-2002 pricing, thankfully Keizer Oregon is not.  Real estate in Keizer took a header off the diving board in 2009 landing in a nice belly flop in 2010. The chart is pretty clear that the…

Heading in the right direction.

Foreclosures going up.  Foreclosures going down. What to believe? My advice?  Don’t read the national media stuff regarding foreclosures.  What matters is what is happening here locally in Salem Oregon.  So, what’s happening? Salem Oregon Foreclosures In 2010, the amount of notice of defaults filed with the county clerk’s office dropped by 8.7% over 2009. …

So close…

So close… You all will cut me some slack, won’t you? Home prices in Salem Oregon In January 2009,  I posted my predictions for real estate in Salem in 2010.  My guess?  Home prices would drop 5% in 2010.  The reality?  The average home price dropped 6.6% and the median shifted downward 6.1%.   Pffft.  I’m…

In search of a motto…

The new year has begun, and real estate agents have started blogging about their unfettered optimism for the coming new year.  I was, in fact, brainstorming ideas for a new and improved motto for 2011 on my Facebook business page. was only partially crummy. I know, I know…it needs work.  Pollyanna wasn’t my BFF growing…