Meet Melissa McKeown

Meet Melissa McKeown, one of our great agents! Melissa makes sure that her clients receive simply the best service. She does this by connecting them with the right resources and providing guidance to make the most informed decisions. Melissa also deeply understands what it’s like to move around a lot as well as apply for VA loans. Because she is the proud spouse of a military veteran. These skills also help anyone who is moving from out of state. Overall, Melissa’s goal for her clients is to ensure they feel secure during the entire process and reach their goals.

Meet Melissa McKeown

Melissa decided to do real estate after a long career as a veterinarian technician. It was time to make a change into something that offered her more flexibility. During a time when a lot of parents had to adjust to virtual learning for their children at home, Melissa felt that nudge to make the leap into a real estate career. She takes the buying and selling of homes seriously. Melissa realizes that a change in a home can make a difference in someone’s life. It’s like “finding that new happiness.” Melissa chose BST Realty LLC for many reasons, but one of them was that her best friend, Alisha Burk, Broker, was a part of the team. She enjoys the networking and camaraderie that BST Realty LLC provides. We are so happy to have her on our team, too!

When Melissa isn’t busy doing real estate, she’s enjoying travel and the outdoors like going camping with her family. Melissa is also involved with her kids’ sports and coaches basketball and baseball. She has a creative side and paints in her backyard and enjoys landscaping and gardening. One thing to know about Melissa is that she sees the glass as half full. In fact, her friends sometimes comment on how positive her outlook is on life, no matter what is served up. This perspective helps her see all the possibilities at hand when working with her clients. If you’re looking to buy or sell your home, Melissa is the person to call!

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Dream Goals

If you’re a buyer or a seller, sometimes it’s hard to think about what the perfect real estate journey may look like for you. It may take time to figure out what you truly want and need when it comes to the entire process. That’s okay. We’re here to help you every step of the way. We get that it may be a huge milestone in your life. Whether it be your first home or a home you’ve cherished for years, we are here to help you with that transition. We provide simply the best service because we believe in helping people achieve their dream goals in real estate and uplifting our community.

Dream Goals

How to Get There

If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you may not know where to begin. Perhaps you’re wondering about how you may finance the purchase of your first home or don’t know whether you want two bedrooms or four. At BST Realty LLC, we are here to connect you with the resources you need to make the most informed decisions. And, we are also here to tour homes with you. That way, you can make a decision you’re comfortable with in the long run. Sometimes it takes touring a few homes to begin to realize what you want in your life.

If you’re a seller, maybe the first steps to putting your home on the market seem difficult. How could you put a price tag on the home that’s given you priceless memories? We have a team of agents that are experts at offering a competitive market analysis. This analysis offers a lens into what that value may look like.

It also goes for when it comes to offers on a home. If you’re a buyer, we have agents that will help put your strongest offer forward that also accomplishes your goals. If you’re a seller, we will make sure to present all the offers to you, so that way you can make the best decision for you. Our team is composed of seasoned negotiators. If it comes time to make tougher decisions, we will be there to add clarity. At BST Realty LLC, we are here to help guide you and advocate for you. So, let’s get started on this journey together. We can’t wait to help you achieve your real estate dreams!

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Goldilocks Home

Searching for a home can sometimes feel daunting. There could be a million questions going on in your brain, and there is also the uncertainty and not knowing the right questions to ask. That’s okay, that’s what we are here for. At BST Realty LLC, we have a team of expert agents that are ready to serve you and your real estate adventure. Even if you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for at first. It’s natural to not know. That’s why touring homes is the best way to figure out what are deal-breakers and what are the ones that make you smile when thinking about a future.

Goldilocks Home

In a way, it’s like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldilocks would sometimes think something was too much of one thing and not enough of the other. Until she found the thing that was just right. What do you think your Goldilocks home may be? What is a home that fits you and your lifestyle perfectly? Once you have found a home that checks all the boxes, we are also here to help with the next steps. For example, presenting the strongest offer to better ensure getting that home that you want. Our expert agents are here to help guide you with connecting you to the right resources and understanding contracts. Because we believe in clear and honest communication that cultivates long-lasting relationships.

So, if you’re in the market of buying or selling a home, please don’t hesitate to contact us. As for sellers, your version of “Goldilocks” may be different. It’s looking for the right offer that will help you best achieve your real estate goals. Either way, we are here to present you with simply the best service to get you to where you want to be. Let’s start this journey together and figure out what home pathway fits just right.

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Expert Insights on the 2022 Housing Market

As we move into 2022, both buyers and sellers are wondering, what’s next? Will there be more homes available to buy? Will prices keep climbing? How high will mortgage rates go? For the answer to those questions and more, we turn to expert insights. Here’s a look at what they say we can expect in 2022.

Expert Insights
Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist, First American:

“Consensus forecasts put rates at about 3.7% …that’s still historically low, but certainly higher than they are today.”

Danielle Hale, Chief Economist,

Affordability will increasingly be a challenge as interest rates and prices rise, but remote work may expand search areas and enable younger buyers to find their first homes sooner than they might have otherwise. And with more than 45 million millennials within the prime first-time buying ages of 26-35 heading into 2022, we expect the market to remain competitive.”

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist, National Association of Realtors (NAR):

“With more housing inventory to hit the market, the intense multiple offers will start to ease. Home prices will continue to rise but at a slower pace.”

George Ratiu, Manager of Economic Research,

“We also expect a growing number of homeowners to bring properties to market, taking some pressure off high prices and offering buyers more options.”

Mark Fleming, Chief Economist, First American:

Strong demographic demand will continue to act as the wind in the housing market’s sails.”

What Does This Mean for Buyers?

Hope is on the horizon for 2022. You should see your options grow as more homes are listed and some of the peak intensity of buyer competition starts to ease. Just remember, rising rates and prices are a great motivator for you to find the home of your dreams sooner rather than later so you can buy while today’s affordability is still in your favor.

What Does This Mean for Sellers?

Make no mistake – this sellers’ market will remain in 2022 as home prices are projected to continue climbing, just at a more moderate pace. Selling your house while buyer demand is so high will truly put you in the driver’s seat. But don’t wait too long. With more listings projected to become available, your ideal window of opportunity to stand out from the crowd won’t last forever. Work with one of our agents who knows your local market and current inventory conditions to ensure you have the support you need to make an educated and informed decision about selling in the coming year.

Bottom Line

If you’re thinking of buying or selling, 2022 may be your year. Let’s connect to discuss your goals and the unique opportunities you have in today’s housing market.

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Welcome to 2022

Welcome to 2022! We are so excited about what this year will bring. 2021 was an awesome year filled with many firsts as well as successes. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our brilliant team and amazing community. When our community flourishes, so do we. And, this is at the forefront of what guides us in the work that we do. Here are just some of the milestones and changes that occurred in 2021:

• Voted Best Real Estate Company in the Willamette Valley
• Brokerage Name Changed to BST Realty LLC
• Now 100% Woman-Owned
• Updated Silverton Office
• Sales more than doubled over last year
• Added 14 more agents to our team!

Welcome to 2022

Upon reflection, these changes have created a trajectory for even more growth and potential for the future. Our expert team of agents continues to have successes that have made it so we have more than doubled in sales over the last year. Although the proof is in the numbers, we also couldn’t say enough about how proud we are to have the team that we do. There is a culture of supporting one another and having fun, too. We also have some great news! We will be opening up an office in Molalla coming up this month! It’s located on 103 E Main St Suite #1, and we are excited to see you there.

We will continue to strive to provide simply the best service. This is threaded throughout our work. Did you know that if you bought or sold a home with us in 2021 that a portion of the proceeds went to support community services? These are services such as SACA, the Warrior Battalion, and the Keizer Community Food Bank, and more. We believe in supporting the community, and we are thankful to be a part of it. If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, look no further. We are here to support you in your real estate dreams and make them a reality! Here’s to 2022 and all that it brings!

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Your Winter Home Pathway

Buying or selling a home is typically thought about as a springtime activity. However, did you know that winter is a great time, too? Some perks go along with it. If you’re a seller, then putting your home on the market during winter could mean less competition with other homes for sale. In addition, if you’re not necessarily ready to sell your home starting when the clock strikes midnight and rings in 2022, that’s fine, too. It’s also a great time to reach out and make a plan with your broker for the future. Determining the best strategy that works for your winter home pathway is just a part of what we do. At BST Realty LLC, we listen carefully to our client’s wants and needs to best achieve their real estate goals.

Brilliant Silver Falls State Park entering the back country trail.

Making the move to buy a home may also have its bonuses. It gives you another perspective on the home during potentially extreme weather conditions. For example, how’s the heat in the house performing after a week full of freezing nights? Will it feel more like there are icicles hanging from your nose or like a cozy cup of hot cocoa? How much sunlight does the home get during winter? This is such an important question, especially for the rainy season in the Pacific Northwest. The lens into a home during wintertime could play a valuable role in what home you’d want to choose. And, winter is a time that you’d probably spend the most time in your house as well.

2022 is just around the corner! If you’re thinking about buying or selling real estate, we are here to help you successfully reach your goals. Our team is simply the best. We have expert agents that offer different types of specialties to best match your real estate needs. Winter is a great time to reflect on what matters most. And, this could mean a big milestone like making a move to a home that better fits you and your lifestyle.

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Winter Wonderland

A winter wonderland made it to our doorsteps this holiday! Sometimes, a bit of snow can make the holidays that much more special. Although, if you have chosen to travel to loved ones, we hope that you have had safe travels from the winter storms as well. The winter snow has a way of creating a cozy and nesting feeling. Spending time playing Scrabble with grandma or having hot cocoa with the kiddos could be ways you enjoy the holidays. Of course, there is also having your favorite holiday round of drinks with your good friends or settling into a quiet part of the house with that book you’ve been wanting to read. However you choose to spend these wintery days, we hope that it’s heartwarming.

You may know this lovely bridge in Silverton.

This winter, it’s also a good time to reflect on where we have been and where we want to be. If you’re looking around your home, thinking you may need a change, we are here to help. Our clients are our top priority, and our agents serve up simply the best service. Spring may seem like the typical time to start selling or looking to buy a home. However, winter is a great time to begin planning and strategizing your home path. If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market sooner, that also has its benefits. It means that there will most likely be fewer homes on the market, therefore less competition. No matter how you look at it, we’re here to listen and help you achieve your real estate goals.

We can’t believe that it’s almost 2022! And, we have some new things in store that we will be sharing with you in the near future. At BST Realty LLC, we are so thankful to our community. And, we hope that during these cold winter nights that you are staying warm and doing the things you loved most. Here’s to a New Year around the corner!

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Spreading the Holiday Spirit

Holiday cheer is something we like to spread around! At BST Realty LLC, we love giving back to our community. One of our agents, Chelsea McKinney, is doing just that with the donating of books to kindergarten and elementary school students. Chelsea is passionate about spreading the gift of reading to youth. And, she has gotten a book for each child in four different elementary classrooms at Mulino Elementary School. This encompasses every kindergarten and first-grade child there! We love it when our agents demonstrate such generosity in our community. Spreading the holiday spirit is a wonderful thing to do! 

There are so many ways to give back to one’s community. And, during the holidays it’s a great way to start the New Year, too. When a person gives back to their community, it not only helps others but also warms their hearts. In a way, giving back is also treating yourself to feeling good. At BST Realty LLC, we have gladly been involved in supporting the community during the holidays. This includes having a Christmas tree at our Keizer Office that has special tags on it. These tags indicate what students/families may need for the holidays, and we love to be a part of it. What are some ways that you lead with the holiday spirit and contribute to your community?

Honestly, we love giving back to our community 365 days a year. And, Chelsea is thinking of making her book donation even more throughout the year. We are so proud of how each one of our agents supports our community, because each agent has a unique way of helping it shine. When we lift each other up, then the whole community is better for it. This holiday season, we are wishing you joyous moments with your loved ones. And, that the generosity of the holidays continues throughout the brand New Year ahead.

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Meet Mary Cam

Meet Mary Cam, one of our expert agents! Mary makes sure that her clients are well taken care of, and that their real estate goals are achieved. She also offers over 20 years of experience in building homes. This means, when it comes to new construction, Mary has you covered and understands the complexities that may come with it. She is also a floral designer. Mary loves helping her clients make a great first impression for staging a home to sell. In addition to that, she is also bilingual and speaks both English and Russian. With all Mary’s expertise combined, she’s a wonderful broker to be on your side in real estate.

Mary’s Real Estate Journey and Style

Mary’s decision to get into real estate was easy. She was already in it when it came to the building homes. Her kids were grown, and she thought it was a good time to become a broker and get to know the other side of things. Another thing in alignment was her ability to transform spaces with her eye for aesthetics and floral design skills. Angela Lopez, Broker, was a big reason why Mary Cam chose to be a part of the BST Realty LLC seem team. She also enjoyed the sense of community and mentorship that came with it. In fact, some of BST Realty LLC’s holiday decorations are courtesy of Mary Cam! Now, when it comes to her approach with her clients, it’s all hands on deck. She makes sure she is in great communication with them. Communication is key, and Mary keeps her clients in the loop continually throughout the process.

Mary Cam’s floral design skills for our Keizer Office Christmas tree!

When Mary isn’t doing real estate, she is focused on family, her floral business, and growing tropical plants. Family is an important piece with celebrating over 25 years of marriage to her husband and having raised two great kids. She also adores creating floral arrangements, especially making Christmas arrangements that sparkle. Mary loves to make people happy. And, she thinks that real estate and flowers are some of the best ways to do that. If you’re thinking about taking the next steps into real estate, Mary will help guide you and make your experience even that much more beautiful.

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Keizer Miracle of Christmas Light Display

The Keizer Miracle of Christmas Light Display is a time-honored tradition in the Gubser neighborhood that has been going on since 1984. It’s about viewing the twinkling lights and also offers an opportunity to give back to community. Does your neighborhood have any traditions you look forward to celebrating each year? Taking a drive with loved ones to see the holiday lights is something that almost everyone can do. And, while you’re in the car, perhaps turn on your favorite holiday tune for a sing-along. Or, even better, taking to the sidewalk and singing a carol or two. Getting in the jovial spirit is and supporting community is what we are about. At BST Realty LLC, we love celebrating all the uniqueness that each neighborhood brings.

December 25th is right around the corner. This means Christmas and Santa Claus will be arriving. Whether it be leaving out cookies (the gluten-free kind) or going to church and lighting candles, there are many traditions that people celebrate together. Tradition is such an important thing. It’s a reminder of where we come from, and also a gauge of where we are in life. It makes sense that New Year’s Eve (NYE) is soon to follow. NYE can be a huge party, a time for reflection on the past year, or a bit of both. However you celebrate during the holidays, we are wishing you some quality time surrounded by love.

At BST Realty LLC, we believe in supporting our community 365 days a year. Each year around the sun is such a gift, and we are thankful to be a thriving local business due to our team, our clients, and our community. The saying goes, “It takes a village.” And, we are proud to be a part of such a supportive and loving village of people in our community. So, if you get a chance to go on that drive to the Keizer Miracle of Christmas Light Display, we hope that you leave feeling more uplifted and joyous while going into the New Year. Cheers to you and your loved ones.

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