Into the skid

Last month I talked about that the Salem Oregon real estate market appeared to be entering the skid phase.  Unlike optimists who think some kind of v bounce will occur, I think a skid with essentially no appreciation in home values is more likely. September marked the end of the 3rd quarter.  The nice thing…

What will that dollar get you?

I think one of the most difficult things about moving to a different area is trying to figure out what your income will get you there.  Can you afford to buy a house in Salem Oregon? Clearly real estate in Manhattan is just a tad bit more expensive than real estate in Salem Oregon.  I…

Fall is here…

For the past four years, we have taken the kids to Bauman Farms.   I got the official count down from my kids…only 6 more days ’till it opens!  It typically opens Oct 1, but they are open starting this weekend (unbeknown to my kids)… Every community has its special events and hidden gems. Pumpkin patches…

The economic food chain

Anyone who has watched the Lion King has listened to the song Circle of Life as they talked about the food chain.   Grass is eaten by antelopes who in turn get eaten by lions.   When the lions die they decompose and fertilize the grass that the antelopes eat.  Each plays their part in the food…