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.

Fall is here…

For the past four years, we have taken the kids to Bauman Farms.   I got the official count down from my kids…only 6 more days ’till it opens!  It typically opens Oct 1, but they are open starting this weekend (unbeknown to my kids)… Every community has its special events and hidden gems. Pumpkin patches…

The economic food chain

Anyone who has watched the Lion King has listened to the song Circle of Life as they talked about the food chain.   Grass is eaten by antelopes who in turn get eaten by lions.   When the lions die they decompose and fertilize the grass that the antelopes eat.  Each plays their part in the food…

You aren’t liars…you’re just human.

“Buyers are liars and sellers are worse.” Every industry has it’s “catch phrases” which don’t always exude professionalism.  That above phrase is the real estate’s nasty catch phrase.  There is a discussion occurring on the ActiveRain real estate network about this phrase.  First of all, you all need to know I think it sucks.  I…

Local Getaways: Bend

  One of the great things about living in the Salem Oregon area is that we are kind of centrally located.  Portland is just an hour north, the coast is about 1.5 hours west, and central Oregon is about two hours away.   Depending on what kind of lifestyle you want to have, Salem is in…

Private Schools

Oftentimes folks that are looking to relocate to the Salem Oregon area ask about schools.  One of the many choices facing families that relocate across the country is what to do about their child’s education.  Salem Oregon metro area has many private school options for families.  Here is a brief guide to what resources we…

HVCC, HERA, HOEPA, Huh?

Each business has it’s acronyms.  Real estate, I think,  has more than any other business.  I think we like speaking in code to sound important and impressive or something. I can just see an agent with a Salem Oregon home buyer. “Hey that’s an REO over there. It has HDW, FR, LR, DR, and DLB.”…

A day at the market

I am a first generation American: my mother was from Finland and my father from Greece.  I was fortunate to be able to go to Finland several times as a child and spend time with my grandparents and cousins.  One of my memories was walking downtown with my grandmother to the local farmer’s market.  Despite…