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. …

That rocks

Boring.Ugly. Crime Ridden…on and on and on, people drone about their opinions of Salem Oregon. I participate on an online forum and someone was asking about Portland, Salem and Corvallis.  He was really interested in Salem and wanted to know how walkable it was.  I felt like the lone ranger in talking about the core…

The Capitol Mall

Are you relocating to Salem Oregon for one of the state jobs? One of the advantages of being the state capital is the mall.  In the spring when the cherry trees are in full bloom, photographers flock down to the Capitol Mall to take their photos before the blossoms go away.   While the Capitol itself…

Tie yourself to the mast

I’m starting to see why Odysseus tied himself to the mast.  Temptation is just too great. Sitting at home in the  comfort of your electric blue Snuggie, homemade hot cocoa brimming with mini-marshmallows by your side, you decide you need some help.  You don’t need no stinking expensive lawyers or real estate agents people that…

Top Schools

Parents always asks me “What are the best schools in Salem?” Best is a subjective concept and the fact is that you can have an exceptional school that has a difficult class one year that may pull test scores down.   When you are considering schools as part of your home buying experience, you generally…