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.

NAR you blew it.

I’m off on my NAR/news media rant early this year.  A client emailed me a link to a recent news article about the 5 worst real estate markets in the country for Q1 of 2011.  Salem, Oregon was listed as number 3.  They based this article on the NAR data that was released. Any of…

The smallultimate apartment

Not too long ago, I was in a condo here in Salem Oregon and was thinking about whether or not I was an urban dweller.  When I lived in Portland, the Pearl District was a mess of abandoned and broken down warehouses.  You could hear a rat scurry across the street as no cars were…

Taking it to another level

Sex Sells. Say good-bye to the standard “Location! Location! Location!” Leave it up to the Aussies to take real estate marketing to an entirely different level.  You won’t see any pans across the room showing the architectural features of the home.  You can’t call this video boring or “just like every other agent out there.”…

The private remarks…revealed

From: Jim <Jim@IDon’tNeedNoStinkinRealators.com> To: Melina Tomson <melina@tomsonburnham.com> Date: Feb 13, 2011 3:05 AM Subject:  MLS Dear Melinda, I found you on Swillow and clicked through to your website.  I like your website and for an agent that’s saying something because most of them suck.  I like the house at 777 Lucky to Know Me Street…

Mamma Mia it’s #Salemia

For those of you that have read this blog for any length of time, you know that I have an occasional series I write called Ugly Ducking to Swan. It talks about the projects or new businesses in Salem that have improved the visual appeal or the culture of the city. Sometimes, unfortunately, Salem goes…

I am not like a toaster.

> You asked. We gave you what you wanted, but the power of the dark side was just too great for the wanna be Darth-Vader-Home-Seller. It isn’t a big secret that real estate agents have really low entry standards into a profession that helps people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a purchase.  I…

our pupils are in hibernation

“My eyes…aaggh, my eyes,” shrieked the woman. “Mommy, what is that?  Will I melt?”  whimpered the small child as she clung to her mother’s leg. “Something weird is happening…this isn’t supposed to happen…not now.” Off the dark, wet pavement the sheen bounced everywhere creating retinal mayhem for the residents of the mid-valley city.  Totally unprepared,…