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.

Top 6 for a serious coffee fix.

Coffee in Salem Oregon Move on over Starbucks…local coffee houses is where it’s at.  Salem is fortunate to have some really good local coffee houses, all with a slightly different atmosphere.  I think it is important to have different places to go depending on what you are looking for.  My favorite top local coffee houses,…

Let it snow…

We don’t get snow very often here in the Salem Oregon area because the clouds keep it warmer in the winter. What people relocating from snow climates need to know about Salem Oregon and snow… 1. I think the city of Salem owns about 2 snow plows…Don’t expect to see one of these mythical machines…

Organic Ranches

I have to say one of the things I love the most about Oregon is that I can get good, local produce constantly. Recently I was introduced to this insanely cool website and map that shows local organic farmers/ranchers that sell meat. All grass fed with no antibiotics and steroids. I thought it was the…

Top 7 for craft heaven

If you are crafty…and you crafty people know who you are…Salem Oregon has activities to keep you occupied depending on what you want to do. 7.  Quilted Forest. When I found out I was pregnant with my son, I “decided” I wanted to make him his baby quilt…well that is until I realized that I…

Earthquakes in Salem Oregon

On Thursday Dec 30, 2010 at 09:17:46 AM (PDT)  Oregon was hit was an earthquake. Now before you get all stressed about it…it was only a 3.6 magnitude and by Mt. Hood. Oregon has volcanoes; 5 of which are considered active. The USGS keeps track of large historic earthquakes.  Oregon has had 5. •·                     1910…

Landslide Hazards

Moving to Salem Oregon? Due to the amount of rain we get, we do get landslides. It’s pretty much basic physics: it rains, the soil becomes saturated and heavy by the rains, and gravity pulls it down. Voila…a landslide.  Most of our landslides seem to occur along the coast in the Oregon Coast Range, but…