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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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.

beat the heat
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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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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Fun Activities Nearby

The warmer days mean more fun in the sun! In the Willamette Valley, we have so many wonderful outdoor activities to choose from. It could be experiencing the old-growth forest at Silver Falls State Park or a park for your kiddos to play. Keizer has some great play areas for families to join. One playground that’s a bit off the beaten path near Keizer Rapids is called Spong’s Landing County Park. There, you’ll find some nice picnic areas as well as a nature-themed play structure for the kids. Finding fun activities nearby is just one part of the home search puzzle. And, at BST Realty LLC, we have offices in Keizer and Silverton to better serve you.

Fun Activities Nearby
Spong’s Landing County Park in Keizer!

Gems of the Willamette Valley

In the Willamette Valley, there are so many hidden gems. Our agents are here to help you find the gem you and your family are dreaming about! While you’re searching for a home, it’s also good to get the lay of the land. This means, exploring what’s nearby. Luckily, there are so many things to choose from. There are watersports for when it gets even sunnier out and you’d like to take the family out on a boat. Or, how about visiting a lovely vineyard like Cristom Vineyards that is known for being #1 when it comes to an Oregon pinot noir many years in a row. Whether you are into the outdoors or tasting a fine wine, the Willamette Valley has so many fun activities nearby.

Our experienced agents have got you covered. At BST Realty LLC, we listen to our clients and find the best way of getting to where they want to be. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a seller, we are here to provide the best service. We believe in being a resource for our clients and are here to help you at every point in the journey. So, give us a call, and let’s begin exploring what possibilities are out there for you and your family!

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Keizer Station

Spring is knocking at our door, so some of you may be thinking about getting outdoors with the weather warming up. Keizer has many wonderful places for fun activities, and this includes Keizer Station that has so many shopping options. One of which includes REI for much of your outdoor needs. At BST Realty LLC, we have an office in Keizer to also best serve you. If you’re shopping around for simply the best in real estate, we’re your go-to local business. Please stop on by, so we can help you in the buying or selling of your home.

Keizer Station
REI welcomes you to all the possibilities of how you can enjoy the outdoors even more!

REI is just one of the many places to explore at Keizer Station. If you’re looking for a great pair of hiking shoes, the sweet paddleboard for summer, or just simply updating your tent gear in prep for some family vacations…REI is a great place to start. Keizer Station has a nice outdoor mall feel. It has a wide range of stores like Old Navy and Michael’s for crafting. That means you can also update your wardrobe while getting your knit on! And, if you are looking for some good eats, there are so many great restaurants to choose from. This includes Chipotle for a quick bite or Hops’n’Drops for enjoying a cold brew.

At BST Realty LLC, we are experts at knowing the area. This means, if our clients are looking for specific city amenities that are close by, then we’ll pay close attention to that and make sure they get all the boxes checked on their dream home. Whether you’re buying or selling, at BST Realty LLC, we listen. We make sure we take care of all the details so that the real estate process is not only smooth but as enjoyable as possible for our clients. Give us a call, and let’s get you to where you and your family want to be.

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Meet Michael Kemry

Meet Michael Kemry, one of our awesome agents, and who has an entrepreneurial style and demonstrates versatility and care for his clients. Michael is also the Manager at the Keizer Office and likes being able to grow a new office and cultivate his business. He also enjoys helping new agents learn the ropes to be successful in real estate. Michael has a wonderful family. His spouse, Johanna, works on the front lines in the COVID unit at Salem Hospital. That means Michael understands not only how to navigate the world of real estate, but also take the right safety precautions, and what it truly means to be an essential worker. We thank you, Johanna, for the incredible work you are doing. And, Michael, we are thankful to have you around to offer your leadership with our growing team!

Meet Michael Kemry
Michael and his beautiful family!

Leadership and Community

Michael grew up in a family that had investment properties. He is was aware of how real estate can help benefit families first-hand. This is where he received some of his entrepreneurial spirit. Later on, Michael managed Petsmart in Salem, and learned some of the other leadership skills that he uses today. However, while managing the Petsmart, he began to realize with a growing family that he’d like to have more flexibility to be with them. That’s where the idea of real estate became more clear. The mix of being able to grow his own business while also being present for family seemed like a wonderful pairing. So, he got his license and began his career in real estate.

This flexibility also allowed Michael to pursue other things being on the board at Shangri-La, of which he now the Vice President. Shangri-La is a non-profit organization specializing in, “helping individuals with disabilities and families with disadvantages recognize and achieve their potential.” He grew up with people who had mental disabilities. He finds this community-based volunteer work rewarding.

Michael takes the worry out of the equation for his clients, so the focus can be on making some great memories.

Serving Client Needs

Since spring, Michael has become more adept at meeting with his clients virtually as well as utilizing technology to both showcase listings and provide more valuable information to his buyers about homes on the market. He has adjusted his business well and takes important safety precautions. For example, Michael has made it a priority to limit the amount of in-person meetings while still being personable with his clients. He also does 3D or video tours for his listings in order to fully show all the home has to offer to increase buyer interest.

Our Team

We are proud to have Michael as a part of our team, and we are also an affiliate with the Homes for Heroes program, which may help provide savings to essential workers just like his wife, Johanna. At BST Realty LLC, we are a community of people who care about our clients and bring the utmost experience to the table. If you are interested in buying or selling real estate, we are here help serve you and your unique needs. As Michael puts it, “One of the most rewarding things is helping people through a stressful time. It’s my job to worry about things. I’m here to shoulder the stress of the situation.” We couldn’t agree more. Let’s take that journey together in real estate and make some amazing things happen!

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Real Estate Will Lead the Economic Recovery

Real Estate Will Lead the Economic Recovery | MyKCM

Real Estate Will Lead the Economic Recovery. With more U.S. states reopening for business this summer, and as people start to return to work, we can expect the economy to begin improving. Most expert forecasts indicate this economic recovery will start to happen in the second half of this year. As we get back to work and the financial landscape of the country begins to turn around, many experts also agree that real estate has the potential to lead the way in the recovery process.

According to Ivy Zelman of Zelman & Associates:

 “Housing will fare better than expected during this severe downturn.”

In addition, CNBC notes:

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“Mortgage demand from home buyers shows unexpectedly strong and quick recovery…The quick recovery has surprised most forecasters.”

Robert Dietz, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Policy of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) says:

“Overall, the data lend evidence to the NAHB forecast that housing will be a leading sector in an eventual economic recovery.”

Real Estate Will Lead the Economic Recovery | MyKCM

One of the big reasons why housing has the potential to be such a driving force is the significant impact it has on the local economy. This impact is particularly strong when a newly constructed home is built and sold. According to a recent study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average new home sale has a total economic impact of $88,416. As outlined in the graphic below, this is a combination of income generated from real estate industries, expenditures, and new home construction.With so many unknowns today, especially in the wake of a worldwide pandemic, one known factor is the bright spark the housing market can play in local and national recovery. Buying and selling a home goes well beyond personal growth and satisfaction – it supports our economy as a whole.

Bottom Line

According to experts, the economy will begin to recover in the second half of this year. With real estate as a driver, that recovery may start sooner than we think.

Real Estate Economic Recovery

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Three Reasons Why Pre-Approval Is the First Step in Homebuying

Three Reasons Why Pre-Approval Is the First Step in the 2020 Homebuying Journey

Three Reasons Why Pre-Approval Is the First Step in the 2020 Homebuying Journey | MyKCM

When the number of buyers in the housing market outnumbers the number of homes for sale, it’s called a “seller’s market.” The advantage tips toward the seller as low inventory heats up the competition among those searching for a place to call their own. This can create multiple offer scenarios and bidding wars, making it tough for buyers to land their dream homes – unless they stand out from the crowd. Here are three reasons why pre-approval should be your first step in the homebuying process.

1. Gain a Competitive Advantage

Low inventory, like we have today, means homebuyers need every advantage they can get to make a strong impression and close the deal. One of the best ways to get one step ahead of other buyers is to get pre-approved for a mortgage before you make an offer. For one, it shows the sellers you’re serious about buying a home, which is always a plus in your corner.

2. Accelerate the Homebuying Process

Pre-approval can also speed up the homebuying process, so you can move faster when you’re ready to make an offer. In a competitive arena like we have today, being ready to put your best foot forward when the time comes may be the leg-up you need to cross the finish line first and land the home of your dreams.

3. Know What You Can Borrow and Afford

Here’s the other thing: if you’re pre-approved, you also have a better sense of your budget, what you can afford, and ultimately how much you’re eligible to borrow for your mortgage. This way, you’re less apt to fall in love with a home that may be out of your reach.

Freddie Mac sets out the advantages of pre-approval in the My Home section of their website:

“It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”

Local real estate professionals also have relationships with lenders who can help you through this process, so partnering with a trusted advisor will be key for that introduction. Once you select a lender, you’ll need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding “your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.”

Freddie Mac also describes the ‘4 Cs’ that help determine the amount you’ll be qualified to borrow:

  1. Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
  2. Capital or Cash Reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
  3. Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
  4. Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time

While there are still many additional steps you’ll need to take in the homebuying process, it’s clear why pre-approval is always the best place to begin. It’s your chance to gain the competitive edge you may need if you’re serious about owning a home.

Bottom Line

Getting started with pre-approval is a great way to begin the homebuying journey. Let’s get together today to make sure you’re on the fastest path to homeownership. Contact one of our preferred lenders and get pre-qualified today!

Dreaming of a new home in 2020? Contact us today!

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Keizer: 971.339.5244

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First-Time Buyers Are Searching for Existing Homes This Year

First-Time Buyers Are Searching for Existing Homes This Year | MyKCM

In the latest Housing Trends Report, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) measured the share of adults planning to buy a home over the next 12 months. The report indicates the percentage of all buyers that will be first-time buyers looking to purchase a home grew from 58% in Q4 2018 to 63% in Q4 2019.

The results revealed,

“Millennials are the most likely generation to be making plans to purchase a home within a year (19%), followed by Gen Z (13%) and Gen X (12%)…Prospective buyers in the youngest two generations are primarily first-time buyers:  88% of Gen Z buyers and 78% of Millennial buyers are reaching out to homeownership for the first time in their lives.”

With a high demand from first-time homebuyers and a shortage of inventory in the current market, selling your existing home this year might be your best move. Why? Because when homebuyers begin their search, they’re not all looking for new construction. Many are eager to find a little charm and character in a place to call home – possibly yours.

In fact, according to the same study, there is a significant demand for existing homes:

“In terms of the type of home these prospective home buyers are interested in, 40% are looking to buy an existing home and 19% a newly-built home. The remaining 41% would buy either a new or existing home.”

With showing activity up among buyers and more new construction coming to market, as a homeowner, you have the opportunity to sell your existing house now and move up into a new one, or downsize into a home that better fits your current and ever-changing needs.

Bottom Line

Not all buyers are looking for a newly built house. If you’re ready to take advantage of low mortgage rates and a high demand for your existing home, let’s get together to determine how we will market the charming details of your current house to potential buyers.

Dreaming of a new home in 2020? Contact us today!

Silverton: 503.874.4666
Woodburn: 503.446.5411
Keizer: 971.339.5244

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Simply The Best!
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Biggest Issues Facing The Housing Market

Inventory……Interest rates…..Appreciation

The Biggest Issue Facing Housing Next Year

The housing market will be defined by three things…

This coming year the housing market will be defined by 3 things- inventoryinterest rates, and appreciation.  But the biggest issue the housing market will face in 2020 is an inventory shortage.  There aren’t enough homes on the market for buyers, especially on the lower end of the market. This is a topic that has come up frequently within the past several months.

Based on what is forecasted, we know that interest rates are projected to remain low

Based on what is forecasted, we know that interest rates are projected to remain low and that appreciation is expected to continue as we move into 2020.  Additionally, the upcoming election will provoke many unique perspectives on the health of the US housing market. The challenge will be understanding what is actually happening and how you can best position yourself if you are thinking of buying or selling your home.

Here are several perspectives to consider on the inventory issue facing housing next year:

According to

“Despite increases in new construction, next year will once again fail to bring a solution to the inventory shortage that has plagued the housing market since 2015. Inventory could reach a historic low as a steady flow of demand, especially for entry level homes, and declining seller sentiment combine to keep a lid on sales transactions.”

Diana Olick at CNBC:

“Inventory has been falling annually for five straight months, after it recovered slightly toward the end of last year, due to a spike in mortgage rates. Rates began falling again by spring of this year. Homebuilders have been increasing production slowly, but it’s not enough to meet the increasingly strong demand.”

George Ratiu, Senior Economist with

“As millennials — the largest cohort of buyers in U.S. history — embrace homeownership and take advantage of this year’s unexpectedly low mortgage rates, demand is outstripping supply, causing inventory to vanish. The housing shortage is felt acutely at the entry-level of the market, where most millennials are looking to break into the market for their first home.”

Bottom Line

The most important thing you can do is understand what is happening in your local market. You may not be able to avoid some of the issues brought on by low inventory, but you can be educated and prepared. Let’s connect and discuss the options that make the most sense for you and your family.

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