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.

Stop and smell the Iris

Yeah I know the saying is stop and smell the roses, but it is May and that means that the Keizer Oregon Iris Festival is in play now.  The Tulip festival is the annual April event, and now the Iris are starting to bloom. (You can click the bottom right of the slide show to…

Back to the beginning

Down payment assistance programs, lovingly called DAP’s by we in the real estate industry, were nixed as of Oct 2008.  Between asking sellers to pay for closing costs and then having the seller’s “gift” them down payment monies, many home buyers were getting into FHA home loans for nothing out of their pocket. The backlash…

Build ’em up and tear ’em down.

Bank foreclosures are nothing new, but in California things are so bad in some areas that the banks are starting to destroy some homes.  We clearly don’t have this problem in Salem Oregon. Our real estate market, while it has its issues, is far from destroying property. Here is a YouTube video that shows the…

Some minor changes…

Why is it that when you go to a conference you return home totally exhausted when you just sat there all day? I recently went to RE BarCamp in Portland. It’s a real estate techie kind of deal.  Anyway…they pulled my blog up on the screen and I got some feedback and will have some…

A little bit of beauty…

I’m going to deviate from my normal real estate focus to share with you some photos.  Originally I came from the Chicago area to Portland to Salem.  I wasn’t sure how I would feel about giving up those “big city” things to do.  I have to tell you that the local community festivals in Marion…

The state of things…

Amy left this comment on one of my posts about the Salem Oregon real estate market and it seemed like it would be a good post.  Amy asked: What’s the state of the financing market? We hear so much bad news in the media, but I see people buying homes, cars, etc. What is the…

Deer Ridge Estates Neighborhood

There are several newer subdivisions of homes out in West Salem Oregon  from West Meadows Estates to Woodhaven Estates to Deer Ridge Estates.  Deer Ridge Estates was developed in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s as there were several phases to the subdivision. View Deer Ridge Estates in a larger map Deer Ridge Estates is…