Salem Harvest

Guest post by Pam Choc Limbs from the cherry tree droop, laden with abundant fruit. Children giggle as they run between trees, trying to find just the right cherry to sneak into their mouths. The “plink, plink, plink” of cherries landing in large buckets. Families easily chatting amongst themselves and with each other, all grateful […]

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A real estate ruckus.

Within the ever swirling controversy that is the real estate industry, new seismic activity is happening.  A real estate earthquake is approaching. Agent Match. What is Agent Match?  Just like it sounds. A way to match an agent with a consumer.  This isn’t a new concept.  Realtor.com is one of the top four consumer visited […]

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Surviving rainy days

This is a guest article by Pam Choc As a resident parent of the rainy Pacific Northwest, I am always on the lookout for indoor activities for my kids to burn off some energy.  You may remember an earlier post I wrote Surviving Rainy Days with Kids. I am happy to add another wonderful option […]

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The World Beat Festival

Imagine an opportunity to immerse yourself in cultures from around the world without ever purchasing a plane ticket or even leaving Salem.  The Salem World Beat Festival is your chance to experience a vast array of multicultural traditions, and the admission is only a suggested $5 donation. Sample Ethiopian garlic-lemon chicken and injera bread or […]

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The Salem market made a swift turnaround, like many areas of the country.  In May, it was the best home sales (for single family homes) for three years and it was only eclipsed by the year that there was the tax credit deadline for June.    Spurred by low interest rates, a housing price bottom, […]

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Shoes. They get worn soles, sometimes get hole infested, and sometimes turned into stink bombs beyond recovery (yeah teens, I’m talking to you).   They still need a place to call home.     Maybe your shoes are looking for a big deck with plenty of room for tables and a barbecue.   For when […]

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To the trees…

Any of you that read local blogs know that we have a very active blogger that is a bike lover.  The Breakfast on Bikes blog has great local information about everything related to the city and alternative transportation, especially bike use.   Personally, I am excited that we have such local advocates for bike friendliness, […]

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The State O’ Religion

I have been asked numerous times if Oregon, in particular Salem, is a place that atheists can live without being judged.  Salem is considered to be more moderate to our more liberal leaning neighbors of Portland and Eugene.  One of the nice things about Oregon is that is has a “to each his own” kind […]

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The Box o’Homes

The cutting edge. Back in the days of chisel and stone, yeah some of you remember those days, there was paper.  Lots of paper.  These were before my days in real estate, but a long time ago, in a land nearby, real estate agents didn’t have the internet.  There was no way for a consumer […]

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Salem Market Report

Phew.  Agents have been sweating the market filled with insane underwriters, oversupply, and distressed homeowners.  It hasn’t been easy for anyone.  The good news is that 2012 was better.  Not great mind you, as the economy is still struggling, but real estate agents working the Salem area finally took a collective breath and said “about […]

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