Relocation Guide to Salem: The World Beat Festival

Imagine an opportunity to immerse yourself in cultures from around the world without ever purchasing a plane ticket or even leaving Salem.  The Salem World Beat Festival is your chance to experience a vast array of multicultural traditions, and the admission is only a suggested $5 donation. Sample Ethiopian garlic-lemon chicken and injera bread or…

Salem Home Sales Report May 2013

The Salem market made a swift turnaround, like many areas of the country.  In May, it was the best home sales (for single-family homes) for three years and it was only eclipsed by the year that there was the tax credit deadline for June.    Spurred by low-interest rates, a housing price bottom, and a…

It’s all about the shoes

Shoes. They get worn soles, sometimes get hole infested, and sometimes turned into stink bombs beyond recovery (yeah teens, I’m talking to you).   They still need a place to call home.     Maybe your shoes are looking for a big deck with plenty of room for tables and a barbecue.   For when…

To the trees…

Any of you that read local blogs know that we have a very active blogger that is a bike lover.  The Breakfast on Bikes blog has great local information about everything related to the city and alternative transportation, especially bike use.   Personally, I am excited that we have such local advocates for bike friendliness,…

The Box o’Homes

The cutting edge. Back in the days of chisel and stone, yeah some of you remember those days, there was paper.  Lots of paper.  These were before my days in real estate, but a long time ago, in a land nearby, real estate agents didn’t have the internet.  There was no way for a consumer…

Salem Market Report

Phew.  Agents have been sweating the market filled with insane underwriters, oversupply, and distressed homeowners.  It hasn’t been easy for anyone.  The good news is that 2012 was better.  Not great mind you, as the economy is still struggling, but real estate agents working the Salem area finally took a collective breath and said “about…

Keizer Market Report

It’s that time of year.  Mid-January gives agents a chance to get all of their sold data into our local MLS so we can run some data and see where the year ended.  The 4th quarter in real estate in most of the Salem metro cities was brisk, well in comparison to recent years anyway.…