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.

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…

Realtors to blame?

ActiveRain is a real estate network that I participate in with other industry professionals.   Some interesting discussions occur there about many different industry topics.  The most recent one…are Realtors partially responsible for the mess we are in today? The source of the debate was a Fox News broadcast with the CEO of Coldwell Banker. The…

Autism Awareness Day

The other day my daughter’s kindergarten teacher and I were chatting as I was picking up my son from Schirle Elementary’s Chess Club. She had to send my daughter to the library.  My daughter wasn’t in trouble, but her class was.  See…my daughter has ASD, that is Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  While much improved, she tends…

Woodscape Neighborhood in Salem Oregon

If you are looking for real estate in Salem Oregon and want to live in a stable neighborhood, Woodscape might be a good choice for you.  Now Woodscape is actually three separate sections, Woodscape, Woodscape Glen, and the newest part, Woodscape Green.  Homes in the original part of Woodscape were built in the 1970’s and…

New financing rules for condos

The Wall Street Journal had an article recently about the increase in lending guidelines for purchasing a condo. Now, normally you wouldn’t think that would be such a big deal here in Salem Oregon because we don’t have a lot of condos, but…here is what the article stated. The government-backed mortgage-finance company stopped guaranteeing mortgages…