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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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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Beat the Heat

It has become mighty hot out there. In the Willamette Valley, we’ve got some pretty great recreation spots to choose from to try and beat the heat. If you’re looking for a good swimming hole, then look no further than Coolidge McClain Park in Silverton. There are even some handy life vests to help you stay afloat while you’re cooling off. Of course, there are many more places like the wonderful Keizer Rapids Park where you can take your boat out and enjoy the water. At BST Team Realty LLC, we love helping clients figure out where they want to be, and we are experts at knowing what the Willamette Valley has to offer and beyond.

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Coolidge McClain Park in Silverton

Silver Falls State Park is a good place to visit, too. It’s a higher elevation, which usually means it is a bit cooler than other areas. And, of course, there’s the chance of getting some of that lovely waterfall spray to cool you off. It can sometimes get busy, so you can also hit the backcountry horse trail. It doesn’t have waterfalls, but it is quite serene, and you may even see some majestic horses moseying about the trail. You can also explore even further out to Butte Creek Falls. This is a place of even more serenity and solace that’s a jaunt from Scotts Mills. When it comes to the Willamette Valley, there are so many things to do!

If you’d like to cool off with a brew, then Silver Falls Brewery in Silverton or Gilgamesh Brewing in Salem may be places you want to check out. If you’re thinking ice cream is more up your alley, then the Silverton Coffee Station may have what you’re looking for. There are many ways to beat the heat! At BST Realty LLC, we are so thankful for our local community. Being a local business ourselves, we love supporting one another. And, when our clients flourish, we flourish. If you’re in the market of buying or selling real estate, we will do our very best to serve you!

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Your Best Reflection

It’s been an interesting year, and the world keeps on changing along with the real estate market. Since that’s the case, it makes it that much more important to get the support you need from your real estate broker. It’s good to take some time to reflect on not only how the world may have changed a bit, but how your lifestyle has as well. Perhaps you find yourself working at home more, and you’d like a dedicated office space. Or, maybe your family situation has changed, and you’re looking for a smaller or bigger home to accommodate your needs. Either way, we are here to listen and guide you at every step in the real estate journey. Take some time to have your best reflection of yourself, and see what you find. We’ll help you achieve your goals to get you where you want to be.

Sometimes it’s tough to reflect. Because we get caught up in the “busyness” of the world. However, when you take that moment, you may begin to realize something. You may actually begin listening to yourself rather than others. And, it’s most important to make sure whatever pathway you are choosing, it’s the one for you. After all, we are most fulfilled when we can be most ourselves. At BST Realty LLC, we are here to make sure that your wants and needs are heard, so that way we can better guide and support you. In the end, it will be you residing in your home, so think about what that would look like. Do you like to entertain? Do you like solace with a good book for hours? Or, perhaps both.

We get that lifestyles change because life is change. And, we will get the information and resources you need in order to make the most informed decision. It’s actually a win-win for all. We absolutely adore it when our clients flourish, because that means we do, too. Give us a call, and let’s take some time to reflect upon what your dream home make look like.

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Make Your Dreams Blossom

At BST Realty LLC, we are here to serve you and your real estate needs. We know that sometimes it’s hard to get started on a dream or goal you may have. That’s why we are here. We are here to help guide you through the real estate process and make your dreams blossom into a reality. Whether you’re a first-time home Buyer or an experienced Seller, we can adapt and change to your needs. It’s because we’re experts when it comes to real estate, and we love it when our clients flourish.

Investment and Property Management Services

We also specialize in investment properties as well as property management services. Our motto is that we will treat your property as if it was our own and keep you informed when it comes to the changing landscape of property management. We get that it’s tough to juggle all the things that life has to offer, and that’s why we are here. Think of us as a guiding compass to help get you to where you want to go.

We have a stellar reputation and were voted Best Real Estate Company in the Willamette Valley for 2021 this year. We are grateful for that award. In fact, it only makes us want to try harder and achieve higher levels of excellence to serve as a model for how real estate should be conducted. This also applies to supporting our community. After all, we are a local business, so supporting local is just naturally something we do.

So, if you’re in the market, we’ve got you covered and then some. We may even have some fun along the way. Our agents are experts in the field and will serve you in simply the best ways possible when it comes to achieving your dreams. Let’s get started and make your dreams blossom into what you’ve been waiting for!

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Simply the Best Team

At BST Realty LLC, we are a close-knit crew. We like to have fun together, and we also are there to support one another. That’s one of the many reasons why our agents love being a part of the team. There is mentorship, and a lot of the time friendship, too. From being on a dodge ball team to raise money for a high school event to handing out pies to clients, we love doing things that show our support and appreciation. We believe that the strength of our team is also reflected in the work that we do. In other words, simply the best team, and this shows in how we work with our clients and our community.

Simply the Best Team
We love working together and having fun!

Our Agents – Mentorship and Excellence

When our agents come on board, they are provided with one-on-one mentorship from our leadership team as well as group trainings to maximize success. Because, when one of us thrives, we all thrive. We also offer flexible plans that are available to fit their lifestyle and needs as well as a very supportive community environment. Not only that, but our cloud-based systems enable even more flexibility for our agents to work from just about anywhere. This ability to work from anywhere is highly beneficial to our clients as well. We get that life can get busy, and sometimes things need to get done in the virtual world. At BST Realty LLC, we accommodate our clients to the best of our ability. That means we are glad to meet in-person or virtually to make sure our clients’ real estate goals are achieved.

Our team also supports our community through and through. We love being able to champion one another on. We get what it means to be a local business and to support local organizations. It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of such a wonderful community, and here’s to growing together more and more! If you’re thinking about buying or selling real estate, or if you’re also contemplating property management for your investment, we got you. Just give us a call, and let’s get started!

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BST Family

The BST family is growing in more ways than one! We’d like to congratulate Brokers Freddy Ruiz Jr. and Chelsea McKinney. They both welcomed little bundles of joy last week! We are excited for both of their families and their new journey with a little life being brought into the world. At BST Realty LLC, we love our community, and there have also been some new additions throughout the year that we would like to share with you!

Aren’t they precious? We can’t wait to see how they grow and change!

Jenna Robles, Managing Principal Broker, welcomed a new baby boy in April. Brittney Black, Managing Principal Broker, also welcomed a baby girl last fall. And, Sophia Kusnetsov, Broker, also welcomed a baby in 2020. My, now that’s a lot of babies, and we haven’t even counted the adorable grandbabies either! BST Realty LLC is growing in so many ways, and we are excited about what the future holds. We value family a lot, and we think of family as something you can be born into, but also family can be who you choose to be in your life. There are so many beautifully different ways to have a family, and love is the common thread that connects us to one another.

We value our community, and we are here to support one another and to cheer each other on. If you’re looking to start a career in real estate, please don’t hesitate to connect with us. One of the many great things we offer is mentorship. And, some agents become friends along the way, too. In about the last two years, our sales have more than doubled. We thrive because our community thrives. If you’re a Buyer or a Seller seeking valuable guidance on your next big steps in real estate, we are also here to serve you. We are here to help you figure out what is best for you and your real estate dreams. Give us a call, and let’s get started on this journey together!

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Keizer Office Updates

At BST Realty LLC, we are here to help you navigate the real estate process. We understand that a lot has to do with the location, that’s one of the reasons we have this great map painted in our Keizer office. It’s a reminder that location is important, and that we are a part of a wonderful community. In fact, a local artist from Pier Designs painted this mural, because we also love supporting our community, too.

Our beautiful map of Keizer!

You may have also noticed some construction going on with our Keizer Office as well. We finished up making our parking lot even more accessible. We value accessibility and making sure that our clients are able to connect with us easily. Not only that, but it makes for more room, since our local business is growing…in part thanks to you! Whether you’re a Buyer or a Seller, we are here to best serve you and your real estate needs. Our talented agents come from a wide variety of specialties. Perhaps you’re a first-time home Buyer and wanting to learn more about the process. We’ve got you covered. Maybe you’re looking to move out into the countryside with some acreage, we also have agents who specialize in that, too. If you’re looking to invest, we have agents with a vast amount of experience to help you.

It’s a great time to explore buying or selling real estate in this hot market. The Willamette Valley is quite a gem, so we understand why the market has been strong and holding. We are here to support Buyers in this strong Sellers market, and we are also experts at supporting Sellers in their goals of selling their home. We will meet you wherever you may be in the real estate process, and make sure you are getting simply the best service to make your real estate dreams come true. Give us a call, and let’s start this adventure together!

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