our pupils are in hibernation

“My eyes…aaggh, my eyes,” shrieked the woman. “Mommy, what is that?  Will I melt?”  whimpered the small child as she clung to her mother’s leg. “Something weird is happening…this isn’t supposed to happen…not now.” Off the dark, wet pavement the sheen bounced everywhere creating retinal mayhem for the residents of the mid-valley city.  Totally unprepared,…

The home truth about Dallas

During the boom the new construction out in Dallas was happening at a rapid rate. With flat cheap land, which is much easier to build on than our south Salem hills, building boomed out here.  You know the end of this story. Dallas has had one of the most dramatic price drops of the metro…

What year are you at?

The talk around the real estate water cooler is pretty basic…”so what year are you at?”  Some cities are at 2001-2002 pricing, thankfully Keizer Oregon is not.  Real estate in Keizer took a header off the diving board in 2009 landing in a nice belly flop in 2010. The chart is pretty clear that the…

Heading in the right direction.

Foreclosures going up.  Foreclosures going down. What to believe? My advice?  Don’t read the national media stuff regarding foreclosures.  What matters is what is happening here locally in Salem Oregon.  So, what’s happening? Salem Oregon Foreclosures In 2010, the amount of notice of defaults filed with the county clerk’s office dropped by 8.7% over 2009. …

So close…

So close… You all will cut me some slack, won’t you? Home prices in Salem Oregon In January 2009,  I posted my predictions for real estate in Salem in 2010.  My guess?  Home prices would drop 5% in 2010.  The reality?  The average home price dropped 6.6% and the median shifted downward 6.1%.   Pffft.  I’m…

In search of a motto…

The new year has begun, and real estate agents have started blogging about their unfettered optimism for the coming new year.  I was, in fact, brainstorming ideas for a new and improved motto for 2011 on my Facebook business page. was only partially crummy. I know, I know…it needs work.  Pollyanna wasn’t my BFF growing…

Relocation Guide: Strawberry Fields

If you are relocating to Salem Oregon just know that June 1 means one thing…strawberry season.   Typically Oregon strawberries start to ripen and are just waiting to be plucked and eaten. Every year we take the kids to a local u-pick and pick strawberries. We eat a lot of them over the winter so we…

Crime Rates in Salem Oregon

I read a recent post about the 10 most dangerous cities.  I, of course, scrolled for our familiar Oregon cities and was nicely surprised because Salem had a lower crime rate than Eugene in 2009. QR Press created a list based on the FBI’s 2009 crime data.  I went to the raw data just to…

The devil inside

“Oh, this house has a broom rack!” she screeched with excitement. “Please, like you need more brooms-” joked her husband before being interrupted by her seething voice. “Beelzebub! Stop smooshing your sister’s horns into their couch.” With a deep sigh, she turned to her husband. Lucifer, dear, can you light a fire under Satanay and…