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.

Things to do with young kids

8. A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village. We locals call this the Gilbert House. They changed the name to Discovery Village a few years ago, but old names die hard. With the infamous “bubble room” this is a great place for kids. Trying to find something to keep 3 year olds occupied during our rainy months can…

Local Coffeehouses

You can go to any town in the US and find a Starbucks, but if you are moving to Salem Oregon, you’ll want to know about our local coffee houses.  Each has their own ambiance. French Press. A newcomer to the Salem Oregon scene, this coffee house just happens to have some awesome crepes to…

Is your agent listening?

I’m always chatting with real estate agents around the country to see, who is doing what in terms of new marketing. I’m always looking for new ideas to market my real estate listings here in the Salem area.  I was chatting with a really great Colts Neck, NJ real estate agent, Andrew Lenza about the…

Sorry, I don’t do toilets…

On the Powersites blog, they posted the question “Can a Realtor do too much?”  At issue was a marketing piece done by an Atlanta real estate agent showing her doing dishes, making the beds, and yes…scrubbing the toilets for her sellers in order to sell a house.  You can see the short video for yourself.…

Salem Art Fair

If you are considering relocating to the Salem Oregon area, the Salem Art Fair is a really great festival that occurs in July every year. It’s held at Bush Park and artists from all over are invited. Artists have to submit their work and be accepted into the fair, so the quality is always stellar,…

Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park is one of the main larger parks in Salem Oregon. It houses the outdoor amphitheater for summer concerts, a covered area for concerts, movies and family gatherings, a large splash pad, play structures, walking paths, the Willamette Queen, and the Riverfront Carousel. “Picnik Show“ Create a free slideshow with Picnik! A nice flat…

Asians great with these top eight.

I have some clients that are relocating to Salem Oregon.  While I do my best to teach people about our area, the fact is, I haven’t been in every restaurant in town.  My son just upgraded his taste buds to halibut from grilled cheese so adventuring into Asian hasn’t happened for us as a family. …

You say goodbye and I say hello

It’s official, unless you are in the military and spent time overseas, the real estate tax credit ends tomorrow night at 11:59 to be under contract.  At 12:00, I think many real estate agents will be heaving a sigh of relief.  While I am thankful for my clients that have been able to take advantage…