Deer Ridge Estates Neighborhood

There are several newer subdivisions of homes out in West Salem Oregon  from West Meadows Estates to Woodhaven Estates to Deer Ridge Estates.  Deer Ridge Estates was developed in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s as there were several phases to the subdivision. View Deer Ridge Estates in a larger map Deer Ridge Estates is…

Realtors to blame?

ActiveRain is a real estate network that I participate in with other industry professionals.   Some interesting discussions occur there about many different industry topics.  The most recent one…are Realtors partially responsible for the mess we are in today? The source of the debate was a Fox News broadcast with the CEO of Coldwell Banker. The…

Autism Awareness Day

The other day my daughter’s kindergarten teacher and I were chatting as I was picking up my son from Schirle Elementary’s Chess Club. She had to send my daughter to the library.  My daughter wasn’t in trouble, but her class was.  See…my daughter has ASD, that is Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  While much improved, she tends…

You gotta love it when a plan comes together

Salem Oregon home owners in trouble…Credit markets failing…unemployment increasing…home prices plunging…Salem Oregon real estate drops…foreclosures on the rise…stock market in turmoil screamed the headlines last year and well…so far this year as well. In an attempt to help homeowners, as only they can, the federal government created the HOPE program five months ago which was…

Woodscape Neighborhood in Salem Oregon

If you are looking for real estate in Salem Oregon and want to live in a stable neighborhood, Woodscape might be a good choice for you.  Now Woodscape is actually three separate sections, Woodscape, Woodscape Glen, and the newest part, Woodscape Green.  Homes in the original part of Woodscape were built in the 1970’s and…

New financing rules for condos

The Wall Street Journal had an article recently about the increase in lending guidelines for purchasing a condo. Now, normally you wouldn’t think that would be such a big deal here in Salem Oregon because we don’t have a lot of condos, but…here is what the article stated. The government-backed mortgage-finance company stopped guaranteeing mortgages…