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Friday, October 26, 2018   /   by Amy McLeod

Exploring Salem Oregon: 13th Annual Halloween Dress Rehearsal

Bring your kids in their costumes and help them “rehearse” being safe on Halloween night.  Officers will go over pedestrian, traffic, and costume safety.  They will also teach kids how to go door to door safely for trick or treating on Halloween night.  And what a great way to get more than one use out of that Halloween costume!!
Salem Police Department
555 Liberty St, SE, Room 130
Salem, OR 97301
503-588-6123
Event Website
Courtesy of Amy McLeod, The McLeod Group Network

Photo credit: travelsalem.com

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Monday, October 15, 2018   /   by Amy McLeod

We're Stuck in Our Starter Home—Will It Be Our Forever Home, Too?

Right after we got married, my husband and I bought a starter house. At the time, we didn’t have much in savings (or in income), so it wasn’t our dream house. But it was our house, and that was enough. Coming from the tiny apartment where we started out, this three-bedroom, one-bath Cape Cod on a quiet street seemed like a dream. Our plan was to stay five years, tops, then sell it and move on to something bigger and better.
That was 12 years ago … and we’re still here.
At first, our long stay in our starter home happened purely by accident. We had two kids in quick succession, and I'd made a career move into an unsteady field. We were just too busy (and to be honest, too scared) to make the leap.
A few years ago, however, we decided we were ready to enter the real estate market once again. Financially, we were comfortable, and we were rapidly outgrowing the house that had once fit us perfectly. Time to move on!
But that's when it ...

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Friday, October 12, 2018   /   by Amy McLeod

Exploring Salem Oregon: Family Activity Day at The Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Enjoy free admission at The Hallie Ford Museum of Art in honor of Family Weekend at Willamette University. Activities for all ages, led by education curator Elizabeth Garrison, Sonia Allen, and other volunteers.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Hallie Ford Museum of Art
700 State St.
Salem, OR 97301
503-370-685

Event Website
Courtesy of Amy McLeod, The McLeod Group Network

Photo Credit: travelsalem.com

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018   /   by Amy McLeod

U.S. Housing Starts Rose in August

U.S. housing starts grew modestly last month, driven by an outsize jump in apartment building that masked weakness in the pipeline for single- and multifamily construction.
Housing starts increased 9.2% in August from the prior month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.282 million, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. This rise in building was driven by a robust 29.3% climb in the volatile multifamily sector that likely won’t be sustained.
Building permits, a more stable measure that can signal how much construction is in the pipeline, were down for multifamily building, a sign that demand continues to cool for apartments and condominiums.
Permits were also sluggish for the single-family sector, even as steady job and wage growth are helping drive home-buyer demand. Rising material costs and labor shortages are posing challenges for builders seeking to ramp up construction.
“Builders know that there is demand at a lower price point,” said Aaron Ter ...

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Friday, July 20, 2018   /   by Amy McLeod

Exploring Salem Oregon: 69th Annual Salem Art Fair & Festival

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Salem Art Fair & Festival returns for the 69th time just blocks from downtown Salem. You will find more than 200 artists, live music, theatre, dance, beer & wine gardens, food booths, kids activities and plant sale!
Admission $5 a day or $10 for a three day pass.
Bush’s Pasture Park
890 Mission St. SE
Salem, OR 97301
503-581-2228
Event Website
Courtesy of Amy McLeod, The McLeod Group Network

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