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.

Another contest to win a home

So the essay contest for the home in Yachats, OR was too much for you? You didn’t want to Win this home because you had to write a 250 word essay? Have no fear…there is now a home that you can win here in Salem, OR that just requires you to complete a sentence. Yep…just…

Builder Warranties

In July of this year, the CCB started to require that builders offer a one year warranty on all new construction homes. The details of the policy change are available at the CCB website. There are still several options for new construction homes for buyers in the Salem area. Just know that now you should…

The end of large brokerages?

I was recently reading a good post by Kris Berg. Kris has been a real estate agent for a long time with Prudential in California. She and her husband recently left to start their own brokerage. Large real estate brokerages are powerhouses in the market, including here in Salem Oregon. As training grounds for new…

Things don’t always go according to plan.

My local MLS has lost 8% of it’s membership since the start of the year, and I would expect that number to continue to decline over the next year. Foreclosures…short sales…buy and bail…DAP’s gone…pick something and it is making being a real estate agent harder these days. I am having a good year this year,…

The thinning continues.

With the financial markets still under stress, two major forces in the world of real estate announced layoffs. Redfin, a Seattle based real estate company, is cutting 20% of its work force, and Zillow announced today that they were cutting 25% of its workforce. Just yesterday, I had looked to see how our local brokerages…

Thank you Mr. Contractor

Dear Mr. Contractor, I wanted to thank you for doing the repair work on the home that my buyers are purchasing here in Salem, OR. They are very excited about this house. I just wanted to make sure that you understood that in real estate transactions, the deal is between the buyer and the seller…

The bailout plan vs. the economist

I haven’t been blogging this past week as I have been trying to stay on top of the bailout in order to help my clients with their current choices. With so much political spin, it is tough to figure out what makes sense for many people. Buyers and sellers are asking…”so exactly how does this…