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.

Rethinking Granite Countertops

As real estate agent, I have the opportunity to go into many homes and get great design and decorating ideas. My current home was a home that needed a lot of work on it. Every year is a project on it. This year I was thinking of tackling the kitchen. The kiddos are old enough,…

Are lease options in our future?

As I drive down the street these days, I can’t help but notice the increase in “RENT TO OWN” signs screaming at me from their neon pink and fluorescent yellow platforms. With credit getting more difficult to get come by for many borrowers, many sellers are electing to go this route in order to entice…

Why is unemployment so high in Oregon?

Home buyers looking to relocate to Oregon often ask me this question. What you need to know is that Oregon consistently ranks at the top for unemployment. The reason is pretty basic, in my opinion… Up until the 1980’s logging was a huge industry in Oregon and made up a good chunk of our manufacturing/industrial…

And so it goes…

The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that the rumors are confirmed, Washington Mutual (WaMu) is closing all 186 of it’s loan centers and laying of 3,000 employees. They will continue to offer loans, but intend to focus on it’s 2,500 banks and small business lending offices. They sent an email to brokers yesterday letting…

Looking for a good home value?

Buyers of homes are constantly comparing what they see: granite vs. tile counters, large yard, fenced yard, close to park, etc. Each home is truly unique, but there are some differences even in planned subdivisions. You can walk into may new subdivisions here in Salem Oregon and pick out homes with stock plans. You would…

Salem Oregon’s Capitol Mall.

“Doesn’t it rain in Oregon, like 365 days a year? Someone told me you guys only get 30 days of sun a year.” I hear this constantly from people looking to relocate to Salem, Oregon. Concerned about the massive downpour of rain that they think we get here, they don’t think they can handle the…