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.

La Capitale Brassarie

In 1864, this photo was taken of the Cook Hotel located on the corner of High and State Streets…the SE corner of it, in fact. The hotel changed owners a couple of times and was the Monroe Hotel before the Bligh’s purchased the building and land, razed it, and built Bligh’s Capital Theater. Bligh’s Capital…

Amadeus Cafe

Don’t let the location of this restaurant fool you into driving by.  Inside this building sits the Amadeus Cafe. Amadeus used to be located down below the Salem Public Library, but moved down south when they needed more space. If you haven’t been into this restaurant you need to venture over here.  Open for lunch…

Let’s keep it that way.

Anyone following me on twitter or facebook knows that I just picked 40 pounds of strawberries with my family.  Oregon strawberries are amazingly sweet and we freeze them for smoothies and top french toast with them, which are great for kids for breakfast.   I make a fresh strawberry pie as part of the deal for…

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.…