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.

Tie yourself to the mast

I’m starting to see why Odysseus tied himself to the mast.  Temptation is just too great. Sitting at home in the  comfort of your electric blue Snuggie, homemade hot cocoa brimming with mini-marshmallows by your side, you decide you need some help.  You don’t need no stinking expensive lawyers or real estate agents people that…

Top Schools

Parents always asks me “What are the best schools in Salem?” Best is a subjective concept and the fact is that you can have an exceptional school that has a difficult class one year that may pull test scores down.   When you are considering schools as part of your home buying experience, you generally…

It’s all vile to me

Carob.  Whole Wheat.  Carrot Juice. No McDonald’s. Staples in my diet as a child. I wasn’t allowed to eat at McDonald’s as a kid. I was convinced it was some bastion of great tasting food because all my friends ate there often and thought their food was great.   I’d whine and cry about not being…

The list…

I have to say I debated about publishing this list. What list? The best schools in Salem-Keizer defined strictly by the test data of the recent report card that came out.  One of the most difficult things about being a real estate agent is everyone wants to know what is THE BEST school, as if…

The taste of autumn

Warm soup, fresh bread, apples, pears and pumpkins.  The leaves have started to turn and it is autumn. I love fall because I think of warm potato soup with homemade french bread, apple muffins, and pear bread.  Fall is that perfect time when you get some cool weather, have a steaming cup of hot cider,…

The Clash of the Undertones

“I always find it helpful to ask what their favorite piece of clothing is,” she said. “Aagggghhhhh she picked all hot pink clothes for school this year.  I mean ALL hot pink.” I replied.  Considering it took us four coats to cover the hot pink that had been there previously, I wasn’t too excited about…

Salem Film Festival

Sundance. The cream of the crop of Independent Film Festivals here in the US.  Many films get debuted, critiqued, and start their journey into the mainstream from there. Obviously Salem isn’t Park City, UT (where Sundance is held) BUT, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our own Film Festival.  Salem Oregon has an independent film…