It’s Pumpkin Time!

The month of October makes you not only think about getting that pumpkin spice latte, but of course, some pumpkins to decorate your home! In Oregon, we have so many local pumpkin patches to choose from. When it’s pumpkin time, it’s sometimes difficult to decide. From decorative gourds to pumpkins that weigh over 40 lbs, there’s tons of variety. Pumpkins are fun to carve or just leave how they are up until Thanksgiving arrives. Sometimes it’s even fun to take the seeds out and bake them in the oven to eat. The color orange just seems to say “fall is here.” What types of autumn decorations do use around your home?

Where’s your perfect pumpkin?

If you’re thinking of an all-day family affair, then Bauman’s Farm and Garden may be just the place you’re looking for. They have an assortment of different activities for the Harvest Festival including a petting zoo, bug train, hayride, and more. If you’re looking for a smaller venue, then venturing to Fordyce Farm is the perfect place to visit for pumpkins. You can also peruse the store for some delicious baked goods and produce. Or, there’s always the tucked-away farm stands that grace our lovely Willamette Valley landscape. The Red Wagon Farm is a great place to pick up some pumpkins as well as your favorite lavender-scented items.

We are so thankful to be a part of the Willamette Valley, and this October we’re also having our annual Photo Contest for Best Costume! So, make sure you either send us a photo of your best costume, or we’ll be looking for you on October 31 from 4 – 6pm at the Silverton Office for the Goblin Walk! You can click on this link for more details on our Facebook event. We are looking forward to seeing you throughout the fall, and we are always here to help you and your real estate needs. If you’re looking to buy or sell, give us a call. We’ll make sure to when it comes to “trick or treat,” that it’ll be a treat when you choose us!

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Win a Mini-Photo Shoot

It’s that time of year again! We are so excited about the annual Goblin Walk in Silverton, and you can enter to win a mini-photo shoot! During this fun event, people get all dressed up in different costumes and “trick or treat” around downtown. At BST Realty LLC, we thought we’d make an even sweeter treat. That’s why we added a photo contest to the mix. We love seeing all your beautiful faces and creative costumes. Make sure that you sign-up for the Facebook event for the photo contest, that way you’re less likely to forget! Let’s explain a bit about what the photo contest is for those of you who may not have participated before!

Take part in the fun!

There are two ways to enter to win. One way is to email us at with a photo of you looking amazing in your favorite costume. The other way is to show up between 4 – 6pm on October 31st during the annual Goblin Walk at our Silverton Office in Silverton. Once you have entered to win, then a random winner will be drawn. This winner gets a mini-photo shoot with the fabulous Maddy Traver of Maddy Traver Photography! Yes, that’s right. You get a chance to win some awesome photos with a talented photographer if your costume wins.

What kind of costume are you whipping up this year? At BST Realty LLC, we love seeing all the creativity our community brings. After all, it’s everyone’s uniqueness that makes it even that more special. Whether it’s handmade or something from the store, we want to see want you are wearing this Halloween. Enter to win a mini-photo shoot to show off your stuff! Will you be a ghost or a princess? Perhaps something that glows in the dark? Or, maybe you will dress up as your favorite singer or hero? Either way, we are looking forward to seeing you during this festive time of year.

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Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge

In Oregon, we have the pleasure of having so many different places to experience nature. Near Salem, the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge is just another one to add to the list. It’s great for birders who want to catch a glimpse of the Canada Goose and other migratory birds. It’s also a somewhat easy and moderate area to hike. So, families or others who like to stop and smell the…wildflowers may also enjoy it. At BST Realty LLC, we love introducing our clients to all the many wonders that Oregon has to offer.

It makes sense that a lot of people choose their home in Oregon. In the Willamette Valley, there are so many perks and beautiful places to visit. You have the coast that is just over the mountain ridge or the temperate rain forest. Not only that but the wetland areas that old oak trees inhabit. Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge has more of a plains feel with wetlands and deciduous trees mixed in. If you’re new to the wildlife scene, then that’s fine. It also has educational and interpretative signs to help you explore the environment even more. You’ll also learn that a refuge is a place to quietly observe the wildlife rather than be front and center. It’s a place to just be. And, ways of giving back and supporting the wildlife refuge.

At BST Realty LLC, we love supporting our community and also appreciate all that Oregon has to offer. That also comes to all the different homes that are out there. Our agents are experts of the Willamette Valley and beyond. Each agent offers a special and unique perspective to help their clients get to where they want to be. However you may be starting the journey, we are here to help you at every point. Even if it means doing a couple of switchbacks uphill to get to that great view you’ve been wanting and dreaming about. Give us a call, and let’s start this journey together!

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Your Local Library

Can you remember when you were a child and went to the library for the first time? Perhaps it was for a children’s reading book, or you were along with your grandma while she picked up some of her favorite mystery novels. Libraries are foundational to a community. They provide a key to unlocking a bigger world. At BST Realty LLC, we value community, and this for sure includes our lovely libraries both big and little. Your local library serves as a pathway leading down a rabbit hole of what else is beyond. Are there any favorite books you’re thinking about now?

The wonderful Silver Falls Library.

Libraries provide so many important functions for our community. They can be a meeting place for people with a common interest. Libraries can also provide a bit of quiet from a busy home. Perhaps that quiet is needed to try and get a few bits of remote work finished before the day ends. Children may go there and discover Where the Wild Things Are, while young adults may stumble upon Lord of the Flies. Adults may want the latest romance novel, or perhaps a book about Japan – a place they’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t had the chance yet. Beyond the actual space of a library, you can also completely discover things online. Download an app for easy access to request the latest audiobook on how to be more mindful in a world that seems to be spinning faster and faster.

Now, there are also the wonderful little libraries you may notice sprinkled around neighborhoods. Those can be fun because they offer insight into what your neighbors may be interested in, and you may even find a book you didn’t even think about reading and all of a sudden are hooked! It’s a great way to be more connected to your neighbors . It’s also a way to give back. At BST Realty LLC, we love supporting community, and libraries are such an integral part of it!

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Minto-Brown Island Park

Minto-Brown Island Park is an oldie but goodie. It’s a little gem in Salem that offers so many things to do! Whether you’re an avid dog walker or love the amazing wildlife sanctuary that it is, there is a lot to choose from. If you’re looking to have a celebration outside, there is also a park shelter available for reservation! In the last decade, the brilliant bridge that arches over the Willamette River is also something to experience. Nearby there is also Salem’s Riverfront Carousel that children and adults that are kids at heart can enjoy.

Minto-Brown Island Park

It can be a park that offers solace or a place that you can socialize with friends. In fact, there are so many other wonderful outdoor places to visit in the Willamette Valley, too. Perhaps you’d like to go north and visit the Willamette Mission State Park. Another favorite is Silver Falls State Park where you can marvel at many waterfalls along the trail. Yet another is Scotts Mills Park, where you enjoy the water with a little fewer people around. If you’re into preserving these places, there are plenty of ways to volunteer, too. Like, volunteering to do trail maintenance from time to time. Giving back to something you may use frequently throughout the year is a great way to show your appreciation.

Think of these parks as an extension of where we live. We are so lucky to have all this access to nature. At BST Realty LLC, we love what the Willamette Valley has to offer and supporting our community. We offer simply the best service to our clients because we truly enjoy helping people with the milestones in their lives. If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, we’re here for you at every point in your journey. We will advocate for your needs and work hard to make sure you achieve your real estate goals.

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Visit Willamette Mission State Park

The Willamette Valley has so much to offer when it comes to the outdoors! Willamette Mission State Park is a great place to visit. It’s just north of Keizer in Gervais. There are scenic trails and access to the water for even more recreation. People even like to bring their horses around. And, if you like throwing a round of disc golf, this could be your new place. Rather than conifers, the park is full of deciduous trees, which can be a grand sight when it comes to the changing fall leaves. Visit Willamette Mission State Park, and see what you’ve been missing!

Visit Willamette Mission State Park

The nature preserve has many tree species, including the largest black cottonwood that’s 270 years old and counting. When it comes to the water, if you fish, this may be the place you’d like to sit for a while. It’s a peaceful setting that where you may be able to catch some bluegill or carp. If you’re looking to take the boat out for some speed, then there’s also a boat launch. If you’re more interested in staying awhile, then there’s also camping! This includes your more traditional camping as well as camping for if you have horses.

Of course, there are many other sights to be had in the Willamette Valley. But, now you know another one you may be able to visit next time around. At BST Realty LLC, we love being able to celebrate the Willamette Valley in any way we can. And, we also enjoy sharing our in-depth knowledge of it with our clients, so they can make the most informed decisions. After all, there is so much out there, and it’s good to have an expert guide to help navigate the real estate journey ahead. If you’re thinking about exploring more when it comes to buying or selling, we are here to support you. Let’s talk, and get started on this journey together.

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Supporting Our Team

At BST Realty LLC, we love supporting one another. One way we did this recently was by sponsoring Silver Falls Sasquatch. Jackson Sherwood, Broker, is a part of the bicycling club! We got this snazzy hat as a thank you for our sponsorship. We also love supporting organizations like SACA in Silverton and Shangri-La in Salem. There are so many wonderful ways to help in our community. And, it feels really good to be a part of strengthening it. Another way to think about it is that we are supporting our team in real estate and beyond.

Supporting Our Team


When it comes to our agents, we make sure a solid foundation is set when they come on board. Whether they’re experienced or new to the real estate game, we offer mentorship and training opportunities for any level. In other words, we meet our agents where they are at and provide the support they need. We love to see when some of our seasoned agents take on a mentorship role with our newer agents. And, when those newer agents get more experience, they also can help in return. This type of effort makes our team even that more tight-knit. And, it makes it fun! We provide a supportive community environment for everyone to thrive.


If you’re interested in joining the team, we have flexible plans that fit your lifestyle needs. There’s no corporate fee or lead fees to worry about either. Our leadership team is here to support you. Because, when you flourish, we do, too. Our offices in Keizer and Silverton are also fully equipped if you’d like to meet with a client in person or over video conference. We have cloud-based systems that enable you to work remotely. We find that all this flexibility with the latest in technology offers an optimal environment for our agents to do what they do best! Because, after all, we are simply the best, and our team environment reflects that.

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Buying or Selling on the Coast

At BST Realty LLC, we have agents that in-depth knowledge of what the Willamette Valley has to offer. But, did you know we also have agents who can help you out if you’re thinking about buying or selling on the coast? That’s right, we may have offices in Keizer and Silverton, and we are also able to help you with your real estate dreams in so many places! From the lush greens of the valley to the cool blues of the coast, whatever color palette you’re thinking about, we are here to make sure you get there!

Perhaps you’re thinking the mountains of the Willamette Valley are more your style. Or, maybe the ocean is calling your name. At BST Realty LLC, we’ve got you covered. No matter your lifestyle, we will listen carefully to make sure you’re on the pathway to your real estate goals. This may mean a cabin on the outskirts of Sublimity, or perhaps a home in McMinnville that’s close to your favorite wineries. It would be right in the heart of Salem, or a beach bungalow in adorable Manzanita. Whatever your preferences are, we will provide simply the best service to get you to where you want to be.

Imagine waking up with the waves greeting you at your window, or being able to take a short jaunt to get your favorite cup of coffee downtown. We get that each person has their own way they want to live life, and that’s beautiful. Oregon has so much to offer, and we’re here to help you navigate the real estate process. Our agents come from a variety of backgrounds and are experts of the Willamette Valley and beyond. Are you ready to begin exploring what it may look like? Let’s get started on this amazing journey together!

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BST Realty LLC expands its services with Adwerx

At BST Realty LLC, we value our clients. This means we want to provide simply the best service. It seemed only logical to add another impactful service to our company with Adwerx. What does Adwerx do? It specializes in digital advertising strategies to optimize outcomes for listings. As Adwerx puts it, “Digital ads for new listings launch as soon as properties go on the market. These ads appear on Facebook, popular mobile apps, and across premium websites that consumers and potential home buyers visit daily, including local and national news outlets.” This technology is available at our offices in Keizer and Silverton!

BST Realty LLC expands services with Adwerx

What does this mean for our clients when it comes to listings? It means that your home will be at the forefront and be put in front of buyers who may be interested. Having a presence in the online world is crucial. Especially, with what we have experienced over the last couple of years. There has been an increase of buyers who live a further distance and may not be able to visit in-person. This allows access to more potential buyers, which means more potential offers to choose from.

Lisa Santana, Owner of BST Realty LLC, mentions, in an article by Adwerx:
“We know that in recent months our prospective buyers and sellers have been spending so much more of their time online,” said Lisa Santana, Managing Principal Broker/Owner at BST Realty LLC. “As a result, it is more important than ever to implement a program that puts our agents in front of those prospects. Adwerx provides a simple, yet impactful solution to do this.”

If you’re thinking about listing your home, we have the tools to achieve your goals. At BST Realty LLC, we are here to make the real estate journey as smooth and enjoyable as possible. The addition of Adwerx creates even more opportunities for our clients to thrive and reach their real estate dreams.

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Meet Emily Villarreal

Meet Emily Villarreal! Emily is one of our wonderful agents who loves helping her clients achieve their real estate goals. She’s an expert at knowing what the Willamette Valley has to offer. Also, she has experience in construction work from a family business. This means, Emily knows a thing or two about all the potential that a home can have! At BST Realty LLC, we are so proud to have her as a part of our team!

Meet Emily Villarreal
Emily provides simply the best service when it comes to her clients!

Emily also has a background in counseling. This makes it so that Emily truly listens to her clients’ needs and requests. Knowing what a client wants is key to helping people get their dream home. Emily likes to be the guide and advocate for her clients. She loves being supportive during the entire process. It’s okay how much time it takes, she wants to make sure that her clients are getting to where they want to be. When things get tricky, Emily’s there to smooth things and see the bright side of things. She is also persistent and makes sure nothing gets left on the backburner. Ultimately, Emily loves making her clients’ lives easier and more enjoyable when it comes to buying or selling a home.

Emily and her amazing family!

Emily chose real estate for many reasons. One of which is that she just enjoys getting to know people and their unique perspectives. She also likes seeing the different architecture that is out there. BST Realty LLC was number one on Emily’s list of brokerages because of connecting with Michael Kemry, Managing Principal Broker. Over time, she also loved the community atmosphere and flexibility that BST Realty LLC provided. In addition to real estate, Emily continues her practice in addictions counseling.  In her spare time, she keeps busy with her lovely five children and husband. We are so happy to have Emily with us! Give her a call, and get started on your real estate dreams!

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