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.

It’s a GIFT!

One of the most common frustrations I hear from Salem Oregon home buyers is that they are using GIFT funds for their down payment and they don’t understand why we have to pick apart the documentation…or even document it at all. This seems like a great place to shed some light on the whole gift…

Coming soon…

So do you really want to know how they do it? You know…build a house in a week. You’ve all watched the show…some of you may have cried…some of you may have gagged at the sappiness.  Either way, Extreme Makeover is hitting Salem Oregon. If you are interested in volunteering or donating you can head…

Hallie Ford Museum

Art Museums in Salem One of the hard parts about moving to a new city is finding out what activities there are to do.  If you are into the art scene and are moving to a smaller city like Salem, Oregon that can be a bit harder sometimes. One of the local options for people…

They aren’t all the enemy

Like many Salem Oregon real estate agents, my transactions all seem to be from hell.  Not because I don’t have amazing clients; not because I don’t have a great loan officer involved; and not because I don’t have a great escrow officer around me.   It is hard to find a post that says anything positive…

I’m not aiming for the lowest notch.

A couple of days ago charges were announced related to real estate fraud.  According to the press release by the FBI in Oregon, Among the 39 defendants named today are two real estate agents, 11 mortgage brokers, one bank loan officer, and one certified public accountant (CPA). There are some ongoing investigations and they are…

Local Asian food

Trying to find out where to eat when you move to Salem Oregon can be fun.  Trying new restaurants for the adventurous is part of the fun.    When my clients ask  me about good Asian food in town, I had to turn to Rebekah of the What’s Happening in Salem Blog. Rebekah loves Asian…

Elegant, Upscale, and Luxury Neighborhoods

Upscale Neighborhoods in Salem Oregon Gleaming hardwoods, granite slab, high-quality millwork, box beam ceilings, Anderson windows, Sub Zero…if those are music to your ears you are probably an upscale home buyer. Elegance makes you feel right at home.  You worked hard and now it is time to enjoy your hard work with a home with…