Should I stay or should I go?

Sometimes you get presented with an opportunity just too good to pass up.  Me…I get presented with those “great opportunities” pretty much daily. Take today, for example… First,  I, formally known as Melina Tomson but now known as “email bearer,” won a cool $2.5M in a lotto I never entered.  I was always taught that…

Down Payment Assistance-sort of…

You may remember I wrote a post about how you could use the $8,000 tax credit as a down payment for a Salem Oregon home with a “new plan” that was announced, only to retract it 24 hours later. So…in order to make things “easy”…cough, cough… for first-time homebuyers the government had an announcement about…

That house for me…

Erik Hitzelberger wrote a little poem based on Green Eggs and Ham.  I started a comment thread in his post, and well…it morphed into this.  So this is dedicated to all  Salem Oregon home buyers and Salem area real estate agents that try and work together to find the right house…whatever that may be. That…

Duck butts and other things

Last weekend was the first fabulous weekend here in Salem Oregon. Like many other Salemites, my family headed to Minto-Brown to ride around the great bike/walking paths they have there. Armed with my camera, I took several shots of some geese and ducks that were playing in the pond at the park.   A passerby said…

Stop and smell the Iris

Yeah I know the saying is stop and smell the roses, but it is May and that means that the Keizer Oregon Iris Festival is in play now.  The Tulip festival is the annual April event, and now the Iris are starting to bloom. (You can click the bottom right of the slide show to…

A steep drop…

Keizer didn’t really see a lot of corrections in the past year, but that is not going without consequences now. In April of 2008 the median home price in Keizer Oregon was $250,000.  This April it was $177,550.   That’s a 29% plunge.  That figure is pretty consistent with what I have seen for my clients…