Salem, OR Real Estate News

By Melina Tomson, Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.
(Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon)
Recently the Statesman Journal and Salem-News.com spread the word that foreclosures in Salem Oregon had increased. They used CoreLogic as their source of data and they are reporting an increase for Salem. I disagree with their presentation of the data and here is why...   Interpreting the foreclosure data First of all CoreLogic and I look at different things. First, they have their foreclosure rate calculation. This is a calculation based on the number of mortgages involved in the foreclosure process at any given point in time. Think about their data this way. In January, 10 loans get served with a notice of default. 5 works things out with the bank, 5 don't. Those 5 homes are slated for auction in April. April comes and 2 of the 5 delay their auction to do a short sale. The other 3 go ...
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By Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist
(Keller Williams Capital City)
Summer Time Treats in Salem Oregon   I was out with a buyer last weekend and she told me about a great treasure we have right here in the rural area of Salem Oregon, Willamette Valley Fruit Co!  The store is located in the Howell Prairie area and surrounded by various crop fields. In addition to espresso, you can grab muffins or even a sausage dog and enjoy your lunch on the picnic tables outside.  There is playground equipment for the kids to burn off a little summer time energy too. But the best part of my discovery was the homemade fruit pies!  All natural ingredients, they are frozen-unbaked so you can get that fresh baked pie in your kitchen, and perhaps the credit too!  I picked up Marion Berry Crunch and French Apple for a July 4th BBQ, man were they good!  Check out this Salem O...
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By Melina Tomson, Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.
(Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon)
It's time to get seriously boring on you all and talk real estate market stats for Salem Oregon. The second quarter has ended so we have more data to work with to get a better feel for how things are trending. So how are things trending? Salem Oregon Home Sales: Trending Up Last year has consistently been the worst year for homes sold in Salem Oregon. Home sales have gone up since last year and I do expect in terms of homes sold that2009 will be the worst year for sales volume. The large peaks are due to the tax credits, but even without those, I still expect more homes to be sold this year over last year. How about homes listed vs. sold? Head on over to the Get Real Estate blog for more information.
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By Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist
(Keller Williams Capital City)
July 4th Celebrations in Salem, Oregon   Like most American towns this weekend, there is a variety of activities to choose from in Salem Oregon.  And you can even enjoy them since it stopped raining a couple of days ago! Of course there is the "staple" fireworks stand found in just about every parking lot, like this one on South Commercial in Salem.  I have to admit that since we live in the country, I do not buy fireworks.  There is way too much vegetation to catch on fire, including the horse pastures.  And speaking of the horses, I really don't think they enjoy fireworks. The Riverfront Park in downtown Salem is occupied by carnival rides, fair food booths, live music and a car show for the 4th of July celebration weekend.  Sunday their will be a fireworks show as well, I am sure it ...
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By Melina Tomson, Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.
(Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon)
Affordability is a relative concept.  South Salem Oregon is not known for being the most affordable part of Salem.  Good, solid schools are the attraction to living down south, and hence...the demand for real estate there.  An inexpensive home and south Salem Oregon is often considered an oxymoron, but there are a few pockets down south where home buyers can find more affordable living. Skyline Village is a huge favorite for more affordable living.  Part of this neighborhood sits in Schirle school district and it is an easy walk to the grocery store, or grab a lunch at Amadeus Cafe.  Homes in this neighborhood tend to sell fairly well, unless a seller gets a huge ego and grossly overprices their home.  Those don't sell anywhere well. Liberty real estate is just a stones throw up the str...
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By Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist
(Keller Williams Capital City)
Spacious View home with Horse Barn in South Salem Oregon         The views from this Chinook Estates home in South Salem, Oregon are amazing!  You can see the Willamette River, various farm fields and the Coastal Mountain range-not to mention BEAUTIFUL sunsets.             Property is 2.89 with mature landscaping, a pond with waterfall and an outdoor gas fireplace for outside living space.  West side of the property is fenced in 3 rail white vinyl for horse pasture.  36x32 horse barn features tongue and groove interior, a tack room, feed room, hay storage, wide isle and 2 oversized stalls with paddock access.  Round pen and paddock area have drains.     The house is over 4200 square feet with high ceilings, over sized windows, plush carpet, Brazilian cherry wood floors with inlay and ma...
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By Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist
(Keller Williams Capital City)
Horse Owners love trail riding in Oregon As a multiple horse owner living in Salem, Oregon, I love to explore new trails.  While I haven't been to all of them, I have visited most around the valley and the West edge of the Cascade mountains.  I often meet horse owners who would like to get out and trail ride, but don't know where to go.  I have created a map of horse camps and trail heads around the Willamette Valley of Oregon. View Willamette Valley Horse Trails and Campground in a larger map I will be adding photos from previous and future trips  in the near future.  If you have been to one of these and would like to share your review and photo of a certain trail, please email me.  I may even meet some of you on the trails!  Here is a picture of me on my old mare Thunder at Elijah Bri...
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By Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist
(Keller Williams Capital City)
Buying Horse Property in Salem Oregon   Buying horse property in the Willamette Valley is a lot like going on a trail ride.  First, you have the idea to go, then you usually discuss where and when to go with your trail partner.  Next, comes the preparation:  packing the trailer with tack, a little feed, water, buckets, 1st aid kits-one for humans and one for horses, a map, etc. Truck is full of fuel, trailer tires are good, you are ready to load! Buying horse property also starts with an idea, the dream of having your horse live at home with you.  Then what?  Maybe you start asking around, surfing the internet, checking out your options.  When you visit my website specifically for buying horse property around Salem, Oregon, you will discover that you have come to the right "barn"!  I am...
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By Melina Tomson, Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.
(Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon)
Tax day has come and gone, and with it...real estate season in Salem Oregon has begun. Now, that is the normal real estate season, which will be funky this year due to the tax credit. We should have two more months of really good sales numbers and then we should see a bit of a drop. Even if we drop, I still think it will be an improvement over last year's sales numbers...which were beyond dismal. So my prediction will be sales will be up and prices will be down for the next few months.   May was up 24%, which is not a big surprise as buyers that were eligible for the tax credit were out trying to take advantage of that and last year was such a dismal year in real estate here in Salem Oregon, that I can't imagine the numbers being too much worse...from a sales volume perspective. Invento...
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By Margaret Oscilia, Home Stager, Salem Oregon
(Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon)
With many homes on the market and fewer home buyers, home staging has become more in demand than ever before.  Several agents and home sellers have asked us lately – who should pay for home staging? Home staging makes houses easier to market — they look and “feel” better in person and in the listing photos. A quick sale of course benefits the real estate agent.  Should they pay for staging? One example to consider:  If a home seller had carpets that needed cleaning, would the real estate agent advise them to do so?  Of course.  But they normally wouldn’t consider paying for the cleaning.  Likewise, home staging is an important part of home selling, and home sellers should pay for home staging. Occasionally, sellers can’t afford to pay for home staging until after the home has sold.  Wha...
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By Bryan Schroeder
(Equity Generation)
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By Bryan Schroeder
(Equity Generation)
  Hello Active Rain Members Here is something that my marketing department put together and I wanted to share with you.  We will be hosting an automated webinar education training for your fellow home buyers.  This will help you put the webinar on your websites as I will be providing you the code so that you can get your buyers more education without having to do any of the work.   My goal is to educate the homebuyer before they make a home purchase.  If the client does not Mortgage qualify yet at this time I have lost cost system that is producing wonderful results as a mortgage preperation tool.  This is huge especially in this type of market.  The more education the client has the easier the transaction will be.   Here is the link for the video and would like your feed back if you wo...
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By Bryan Schroeder
(Equity Generation)
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(Equity Generation)
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By Shannon Pope
(Sundance Realty )
  Okay, so this may or may not bother you but, it really gets to me…. I see it and experience it daily at the freeway entrance. I live here in Oregon and many drivers treat the yield sign as a merge. What exactly does this mean, you may ask? Lets just take the Market St onramp for example, Those waiting at the traffic signal finally achieve a green light then the race is on, those coming the opposite direction begin entering the same onramp (they have NO GREEN Light) now begins the dance of death! They actually see all the cars gaining speed as they accelerate toward I-5, then at just the moment your momentum is building they dash out straight toward you with their vehicles from a YEILD sign, NOT a MERGE sign….                                                                   So this is...
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By Mel Wagner, Principal Broker/Agent Salem Oregon Real Estate
(Knipe Realty)
SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-HOMES FOR SALE. SELLERS, LIGHTS PLEASE!! Helpful tips on getting your home sold from your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent. Lights, please??  You may be asking what your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent is talking about with this article of our Seller, Get Top Dollar Tips.  Everyone has lights in their house, obviously-but is your lighting helping or hurting the sale of your home? Quick example of the importance of lighting: Professor Von Helsing approaches the house with trepidation - the lone light is from the moon and even that scarcely illuminates the entry way.  He wonders what horrors are hidden in the shadows... A potential buyer for Count Dracula's castle might also question what is tucked in the dark corners and hallways of the eerie abode. Bram Stoker, the...
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By Jim Allhiser, Salem, Oregon Home Inspector
(Perfection Inspection, Inc.)
The most important part of a good home inspection is the education about the home.  Above and beyond the defects that good home inspectors will find, helping the new home owners understand the weird knobs and switches that are in a typical home is really where good inspectors earn their wage. One type of knob in particular that I see often in more recently built homes is the "hose bib winterization valve." It seems simple enough however they usually are not anywhere near the hose bib (outside water faucet)! In a two-story home, these valves are usually stuffed under an upstairs bathroom sink.  The placement is good because if you shut the water off and open the bleed valve the water will readily drain out the outside water faucet. If you have a recently built home and see one of these ...
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Property to be sold as is, seller to do no repairs. Newer roof with vinyl windows. Covered porch. One level home with 3 bdrs, 1 bath. Hardwood floors in living room. Appliances included!Huge fenced backyard with Shed. Near gulf course. Great for first time homebuyer! Call for your private showing! Additional info about the property including homeowner contacts could be found here: http://www.fizber.com/oregon-buy-single-family-home-16651421.html  
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By Laura Gwyn
(Laura Gail Gwyn Properties)
     I am proud to announce I have just completed a move of my own!  This is our 3rd personal residence and our final resting place.  We were anxious to downsize.  2000 sq ft gave us everything we needed.  We have a formal/every day dining room, living room, kitchen, office, 2 other bedrooms and 2 large bathrooms.  We also scaled down to a 2 car garage.       Last week we moved stuff over to the new house every evening afterwork.  The movers (Chuck Rambo - AM PM Moving 503-399-7822) showed up Friday 8:00 AM sharp to pick up our heavy stuff at the rental.  They also unloaded our pods and placed everything in the rooms for us.  3 big guys and their huge truck were $85 per hour.  We have used them for every one of our moves.  We have some very heavy, sentimental pieces so we are nervous ab...
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