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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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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Keizer Market Report

It’s that time of year.  Mid-January gives agents a chance to get all of their sold data into our local MLS so we can run some data and see where the year ended.  The 4th quarter in real estate in most of the Salem metro cities was brisk, well in comparison to recent years anyway. […]

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Guest post by Pam Choc I can’t help being in awe of the bounty the Willamette Valley offers as I buy fresh organic produce from Minto Island Growers nearly all year long.  They offer many varieties of high-quality, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a native plant nursery as well. Nobody knows vegetables better than the […]

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This is a guest post written by Pam Choc. Although Salem’s winter weather is tame compared to my former stomping ground of Montana, there are still many days when I feel the need to hibernate in the warm and dry indoors.  Unfortunately, my toddler doesn’t seem to share my vision of peaceful relaxation–his energy level […]

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Take that

Take that! No, I’m not talking about the British boy band. In a complete in-your-face move, Bend agent Kip Lohr, came out with his “3 Beats 6″ business model.    What is that?  He is no longer offering buyer agent compensation to buyer’s agents.  He strictly charges his sellers a listing fee, and buyer’s need […]

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One of the things I have been working hard on this year is redoing my videos on my website.  I decided to go a totally different direction and my first one is done.  Jeff and Ashley with Silverman Studios did my first video and I’m excited to share it with you all.    So, here […]

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I talked before about the MERS issue and MERS rulings causing problems for real estate in Oregon not too long ago. Recently, the appellate court dealt a blow to banks by indicating that the non-judicial foreclosure laws have not been followed for MERS involved properties.  This issue will move on to the Supreme court to set the tone […]

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