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.

The Box o’Homes

The cutting edge. Back in the days of chisel and stone, yeah some of you remember those days, there was paper.  Lots of paper.  These were before my days in real estate, but a long time ago, in a land nearby, real estate agents didn’t have the internet.  There was no way for a consumer…

Surviving Rainy Days with Kids

This is a guest post written by Pam Choc. Although Salem’s winter weather is tame compared to my former stomping ground of Montana, there are still many days when I feel the need to hibernate in the warm and dry indoors.  Unfortunately, my toddler doesn’t seem to share my vision of peaceful relaxation–his energy level…

Take that

Take that! No, I’m not talking about the British boy band. In a complete in-your-face move, Bend agent Kip Lohr, came out with his “3 Beats 6″ business model.    What is that?  He is no longer offering buyer agent compensation to buyer’s agents.  He strictly charges his sellers a listing fee, and buyer’s need…

A tour of Salem Oregon

One of the things I have been working hard on this year is redoing my videos on my website.  I decided to go a totally different direction and my first one is done.  Jeff and Ashley with Silverman Studios did my first video and I’m excited to share it with you all.    So, here…

Dear RE Net

Dear RE Net, Sometimes you just have to say your peace and move on.  So that’s what I’m here to do. There is no point in expending mental energy on something that isn’t going to get resolved as that is time away from friends, family, and whatever gives you passion in your life. Like many…

Shoo Fly Shoo|Buyer agency

A bazillion years ago in the land of make believe real estate, there wasn’t a thing called buyer agency.  All real estate agents either represented the seller directly or were a “sub-agent” of the seller.    I personally call this submarine agency since these were agents lurking beneath the waters torpedoing buyers with “representation.”  What…

The PR disaster for NAR

In 2007, NAR came out with the now infamous “It’s a good time to buy” campaign.  As home prices tumbled and the bubble had partially burst, NAR came out with the public confidence building campaign to encourage home ownership. This, of course, backfired with consumers and was distasteful to many agents who were sitting down…

The Bridge to Salemithia

It has been called the “bridge to nowhere” by local Salem residents, but make no mistake that distinction won’t last much longer.  Local real estate developer, FantaMagic Properties, has purchased the land on Minto Brown Island and plans were recently approved by the city. “We are really excited to see what happens with the development,”…

(((3+3)-1)x6)/5=2?

Before there were calculators, there were fingers.  If you needed more than 10, well you had toes for that. Need more than that?  Move onto sticks, marbles, or those highly florescent humongous jaw-breakers, because let’s face it, everyone looks stupid with one of those things in their mouth so you might as well use them…