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.

Negotiate Commission Says CR

Commissions are negotiable is a mantra of the real estate world. The reason for this is to dispel the myth that there is a standard “6%” commission. That would be price fixing. Not good… So recently Consumer Reports did a study about negotiating real estate commissions. What did they find? Drum roll…you can negotiate commissions.…

HOA’s and Property Rights

There is a healthy debate happening on a forum with regard to HOA’s. The title of the thread is I hate my HOA. Many posters agreed with the original poster about how awful HOA’s are and there was a lot of HOA bashing. One wrote: “I still do not even understand why and how HOAs…

Taking riders to a whole new level.

Kris Berg wrote a recent blog about a sign with a special rider on it. The sign is most definately a sign of the times. As an agent, buyers are always asking me “how low” can they offer. Yes, I have had sellers get insulted with the offer my buyer wanted to make. Maybe, I…

Love hindsight

Someone recently brought this video to my attention. It is just under 10 minutes, but Peter Schiff’s speech‘s is dead on as to the dynamic that we are in today. If you are interested in why the market is in the position we are in, he is worth watching.

Essay Contest Fails to Sell the House

A few months ago I wrote a blog about the essay contest happening for a home in Yachats. I recently thought about it, and decided to look up to see what happened. The holders of the contest were unable to make their required 3,000 entries in order to have the contest, after pushing out the…

Competitive Realtor Analysis?

I read a blog today by Frank Llosa who coined the term CRA- Comparative Realtor Analysis. Most people know about CMA’s-those Comparative/Competitive Market Analysis that we do for clients. I liked the term because I have done what he was talking about in his blog before. What Frank talks about is looking at how an…

To the woods…Ironwood Estates in Salem Oregon

View Larger Map Mostly built in the 1970’s and 1980’s, the homes in Ironwood Estates are well maintained. One of the nice aspects of the neighborhood is that there is a variety of architecture within it’s confines. While it is mostly traditional styles, the variety makes it feel more neighborly. Some of the attracting features…

West Hills Estates in Salem Oregon

View Larger Map Prestige. West Hills estates is one of those neighborhoods that has a prestigious reputation within the community. Located in Polk county, West Hills Estates is located off of Orchard Heights Rd. Most of the phases were built in the early 1990’s with some newer construction occurring on vacant lots today. There were…