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.

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…

The essence of professional…

In case you didn’t hear…not sure why you would hear all the way here in Salem Oregon…a South Carolina real estate agent was caught on tape trashing a competitor’s real estate signs. A SC real estate agent, Mullen, had been having problems for months with his signs being stolen and vandalized.  Setting up a “sting”…

Scams abound

Forget about the golden rule… I mean Oregon unemployment is at 9.9% and that doesn’t include February’s ugly numbers…Homeless shelters, food banks, churches are being pushed to the extremes with many families struggling to make ends meet. So with all of this cheery news out there, what do we see for troubled folks… Scams…yep here…

Karma missed the boat….

I’m not sure how to feel about this exactly, to tell you the truth…I mean a lot of people here in Salem Oregon are facing losing their homes due to foreclosure.  So you’d think I’d be all happy about a program that can help them get refinanced and stay in their homes… On NYTimes.com, they…