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.

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…

Ugly Ducking to Swan: Part II

Last month I talked about the recent renovation to the Union Street bridge that was converted into a pedestrian bridge in the first part of my series, but I have to say this this project was a real change for downtown Salem Oregon…the convention center and Phoenix Grand Hotel. Taking a city block the Phoenix…

Thank you

Last night a young teen knocked on our door around 11:00 asking for food.  My husband and I were up, the lights were on, and we live in a nice neighborhood.  The obviously well loved teen had some parents who were just struggling to make ends meet.  Anyone with a teenage boy know how much…