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.

Relocation Guide to Salem: The World Beat Festival

Imagine an opportunity to immerse yourself in cultures from around the world without ever purchasing a plane ticket or even leaving Salem.  The Salem World Beat Festival is your chance to experience a vast array of multicultural traditions, and the admission is only a suggested $5 donation. Sample Ethiopian garlic-lemon chicken and injera bread or…

It’s all about the shoes

Shoes. They get worn soles, sometimes get hole infested, and sometimes turned into stink bombs beyond recovery (yeah teens, I’m talking to you).   They still need a place to call home.     Maybe your shoes are looking for a big deck with plenty of room for tables and a barbecue.   For when…

To the trees…

Any of you that read local blogs know that we have a very active blogger that is a bike lover.  The Breakfast on Bikes blog has great local information about everything related to the city and alternative transportation, especially bike use.   Personally, I am excited that we have such local advocates for bike friendliness,…

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…