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.

Well Water Quality in Oregon

I was recently asked about arsenic streaks in my area. Arsenic is a natural element that occurs in soil and rocks. Most people hear the word arsenic and immediately become concerned. I work with a lot of buyers purchasing small acreage properties here in Salem, Oregon so am familiar with well testing. In Oregon, the…

Arts and Crafts Style in Salem Oregon

Many new construction homes here in Salem Oregon are referred to as Craftsman. Some have elements of the Arts and Crafts movement (AKA Craftsman), but most are not Craftsman homes. When talking about Craftsman homes, most people think of the Craftsman Bungalow, but a Craftsman doesn’t have to be a bungalow and not all bungalows…

Win a home…

Well the market is down and so sellers are desperate to come up with novel ways to try and sell their homes. This has to be the most interesting way I have seen so far. These sellers are holding an essay contest, and will award the house to the winner. It costs $200 to enter.…

Airport Expansion

There has been a lot of talk about expanding McNary Field for more flights in and out of Salem. Delta Airlines, just this year, began making twice-daily flights from Salem to Salt Lake City. They city council is working on having direct flights to LA now. My husband travels a lot to California for business,…

A cure for the cold

I went the doctor recently for a cold. It was a pretty average cold, nothing too funky about it. I wanted to get cured. “In order to cure your cold, you need to get some rest, drink plenty of fluids, and eat well,” said the doctor. “You should be fine in 1-3 weeks.” “No, I…