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.

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…

Leaving the NAR

As a real estate agent, I am often asked to make referrals for a number of different services. It is really important to me as an agent that I refer my clients to good people. When a client calls and asks me for a plumber, lender, home inspector, accountant, baby sitter, etc. I make sure…

A thinning of the ranks

Everyone knows someone, who knows at least one real estate agent. Let’s face it…many people have their license. This recent downturn in the market is causing many agents to rethink their strategy, get part time jobs, or just leave the industry. Some of the larger brokerages are consolidating offices into one in order to create…

Dog Parks for Dog Lovers

Being the owner of the cutest dog in town, I decided to write a brief blog for those other dog lovers out there, who might be relocating to Salem or are new and maybe not sure of what is out there. Salem is dog friendly and dogs are allowed in all parks, provided they are…

MLS’s and NAR membership.

I recently read a post on another real estate network site that I belong to. I was stunned by some of the comments, not because they were negative or rude, but because of how many MLS’s require NAR membership. According to the article 82% of real estate agents have no choice. While I knew that…