This is a series of blog posts about real estate in Salem Oregon written by Melina Tomson of Tomson Burnham, a small boutique real estate brokerage in Salem Oregon.  The blog has articles about local real estate market conditions from Salem, Keizer, Independence, Monmouth, Dallas, Stayton, Aumsville and Silverton.

The blog covers topics from market conditions to happenings inside the real estate industry that might impact consumers to new technologies that are housing-related.  Community information for home buyers looking to relocate to Salem is also housed in our blog as we discuss our local favorites.

Welcome Dave Wiggers

Welcome Dave Wiggers   Dave Wiggers is now a real estate agent with our brokerage. Dave and I have been chatting for over a year about him coming to the brokerage and sharing his incredible knowledge with our clients.   He has been in the construction industry for over 20 years and has built custom homes…

So you want to sell…

Ways to sell without being homeless The real estate market in the Salem metro area is hot. With about a half of month of inventory (how long it takes to sell every home on the market), sellers are often leery of placing their homes on the market.  Selling a home in a hot market often…

Hot market paralysis

Buying in a strong seller’s market I get it.  You are feeling gouged.  The market so strongly favors sellers that you can’t help but feel it is grossly unfair.  Buying in a strong seller’s market might feel like your hard-earned money being thrown away due to bidding wars.  I am not without empathy for those…

MCMs in Salem Oregon

Mid-Century Moderns in Salem Generally, the conversation goes something like this… “I don’t want a cookie-cutter house.” Period, end of story. As the conversation flows, inevitably a potential client sends me a link to a mid-century modern home; that is what they are looking for in the area. Homebuyers looking for mid-century moderns in Salem…

DOJ VS. NAR

DOJ VS. NAR impacts on Salem Oregon real estate agents   Recently the DOJ announced an anti-trust lawsuit against the National Association of REALTORS for anti-competitive policies.   At issue were the lack of transparency around buyer agent commissions, telling buyers their buyer agents are “free,” non-MLS agents not having lockbox access to show homes, and…

Welcome to Daniel Gonzalez

I just wanted to let you know that Daniel Gonzalez recently joined the brokerage. I’m really excited to have his local expertise as part of our brokerage. He is Salem born and raised except for a stint away for college. He dotes on his family and his dog, but golf is pretty high on his…

Historic Districts in Salem

The National Reigster Our office is on the National Register of Historic Places from 1895 and we love old homes. Picture rail, leaded and stained glass, detailed trim work, and built-ins are just some of the charm that comes along with these old beauties.  They aren’t for everyone as they won’t ever be as energy…

The Best Coffee in Salem Oregon

Find The Best Coffee in Salem Forget the franchises…local coffee houses are in abundance in Salem.  Salem is fortunate to have some really good local coffee houses, all with a slightly different vibe so that you can find the place that feels most comfortable to you.  Let’s face it, you can’t say you live in…

Salem Oregon’s Downtown Historic District

Horse-drawn carriages clip-clopped, streetcars clanged, long skirts rustled. Like many people, I find the history of people and places interesting. As much as humanity grows and changes, we also stay the same. While we have gone from horse-drawn carts to rockets, humanity still experiences joy and sorrow that defines us as human. As you walk…