School Daze

You are trying to relocate from another state and you are trying to figure out…where are the good schools?  Probably the most common request I get from buyers looking to relocate to Salem Oregon area is: I want to be in a good school district.  With summer coming up, I know many parents are looking…

Polk county city market snippet: May 2009

The report is going to be a year to date summary of the numbers.  It won’t be compared to previous months as there are just not enough real estate sales.  So…based on data from the WVMLS, these local Salem Oregon metro area cities home report: Monmouth: Homes sold year to date: 21 Current Inventory: 12.4…

A recovery on the way?

Thesa Chambers, a central Oregon real estate agent , posted this great link about “Which states will be early risers?” on her Central Oregon Buzz blog. I thought it was a neat little projection about the state economies recovery from the recession. Moody’s Economy did a projection for when each state is expected to see…

The iron grip

Wow…all I can say is wow… There are some folks in the real estate industry that have been trying to change the way real estate is done, bought and sold.  These companies are often called “discounters” because they don’t want to charge people that elusive 5-7% real estate commission.  I have an alternative business model…

The ebay of the MLS?

Brian Brady wrote an interesting post on Bloodhound Blog yesterday about the real estate industry.  I think it is worth bringing to your attention AND I would like to hear what you all think of it. Brian wrote: Prominently display the terms and dates of the rejected offers, verified by participating market professionals, in the…

Silverton Oregon May 2009 Market Snippet

The Silverton market continues to have real estate problems. Unlike Salem Oregon and Keizer, which have been correcting, Silverton seems “stubborn.”  Now Silverton has the reputation of being a desirable place to live, which is true…it is a great small town in the Salem Oregon metro area, but buyers are clearly saying “not at those…