365 days of being thankful

I wrote before Thanksgiving that I think sometimes we forget that we should be thankful the other 364 days a year.   With this economy, the needs of our local citizens isn’t changing because the holiday season is over.   Our charities are still hurting and all of us are stretching our dollars in our…

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 swear…

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,…

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…

Elegant, Upscale, and Luxury

Hand-scraped hardwoods, granite slab, travertine, Sub Zero…if those are music to your ears you are probably and upscale home buyer. Elegance makes you feel right at home. If you are wanting real estate in Salem Oregon that is in an elegant or luxury neighborhood you will have several choices to consider. Golf Club Neighborhoods-For those…

Country-esque feeling neighborhoods in the city

You are moving to Salem Oregon and trying to decide where to live…Squirrels running around, nestled in a canopy of trees, deer prancing across your property…sounds good? If your idea of heaven is being nestled in the woods, but you can’t afford the hefty price tag associated with wooded acreage then consider these neighborhoods that…