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.

Snark+Genuine=Me

“Aren’t you looking to increase your internet presence?” questioned the voice on the other end of the line. Ah…the tie-down question.  A tie-down question is a pressure technique used to make people answer a question with a yes that would make them sound stupid if they said no.  What business would say no to wanting…

I lead the glamorous life…

You all think real estate is Beemers and golf outings during the day.  I know you do, but really real estate is more glamorous than that.  Seriously…so much more glam.  In fact, I am wearing my Vera Wang and Jimmy Choos as I type this.   I will share an only slightly embellished true story…

365 days of being thankful

I wrote before Thanksgiving that I think sometimes we forget that we should be thankful the other 364 days a year.   With this economy, the needs of our local citizens isn’t changing because the holiday season is over.   Our charities are still hurting and all of us are stretching our dollars in our…

Rising to new lows

A glowing recommendation.  It’s what everyone wants in their business.  Who doesn’t want to be acknowledged as being good at what they do?   Gallup released their latest poll about feelings about different industries.  What’s up with this touchy-feely stuff anyway?  Feelings, schmeelings… I’m incredulous that in this current time of real estate turmoil, that the…

Senior Living

Basketball hoops in the road for the local pickup game.   Skateboarders weaving all over.  Kids screaming and splashing in pools.  For some of you, living in a neighborhood where these things happen on a daily basis sounds undesirable.   I get that.  Sometimes I don’t want to be around my kids either.  The thought of altering…