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.

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…

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…