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.

Short Sale Scam-Beware

Thesa Chambers, a Central Oregon real estate agent, wrote on her blog today about a scam that is happening out there. In her post she wrote…  Today, I discovered that there is a group of people posing as asset managers and stripping homes in Central Oregon listed as short sales.  They are removing everything they…

Rising in the rankings…

It’s been no big secret that many people don’t feel too fondly for their real estate agents. Gallup does a survey every year about professionals, integrity, respect…you get the idea.  Essentially, what professions are the most respected and what are the least.  They released their annual study at the end of November. Agents are not…

I’m naming names…

Any real estate agent that has worked with a buyer doing a VA (Veteran’s Administration) loan can tell you that they are not always the smoothest of transactions. I won’t go into details… Oregon is fortunate that we have the ODVA loan program. The Oregon Department of Veteran’s Affairs has an amazing loan program for…

A gem

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I had a little break from blogging as I am working on a new blogging platform. I will be converting over to WordPress here soon, but your feed should still work just fine. If for some reason it doesn’t work, just click on www.SalemOregonRealEstateHomes.com and get…

Cuckoo on Cocoa Puffs??

Okay…what the heck is going on here in Oregon? I think we have a little sugar high going on or something. We currently have our Salem folks trying to “sell” their home via one line entry contest…we had the folks in Yachats have you try and win their home…and now… another contest. This one is…

Agents call it…we’re near the end.

Obviously I am a real estate agent so what happens in the real estate market is important to me. I don’t like making long term predictions about our market since, well…lots of things can happen between now and then. The Boston Herald reported the results of a survey conducted by Campbell Communications indicating that 52%…

Sign of the times

As I clicked on eBay this morning to check and see some items I was watching, I got the ad for a 10% coupon. 10% off if I purchase via paypal. Integrated into everything I looked at was the little bar showing the 10% off price to entice me to enter the bid. Later this…

How many is too many?

I was recently talking with someone about the real estate market. She was telling me that she is chronically hearing from agents about how little business they are doing. As the discussion progressed about how there were too many agents for too little business. She asked me, what I thought. How many transactions should an…