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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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.

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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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We Love Our Community

We want to give a big thanks to all the people who wrote down their appreciation to our COVID heroes. We love our community. At BST Realty LLC, we believe in supporting community and love that so much gratitude and admiration were shared on the love notes to COVID heroes that we had posted on our office window. We are a proud affiliate of the Homes for Heroes program that supports our heroes as well. It means that people in our community like firefighters, nurses, teachers, and police officers may be able to save some money on the purchasing or selling of their homes. If you’re curious about this program, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are always glad to listen to our clients’ needs and wants, so we may serve them.

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All the wonderful notes left from our community to our community.

Although Valentine’s Day has long passed, we want to continue with the sentiment of love and support for our community. We are stronger when we work together. We give many thanks to the firefighters who have been on the front lines to keep us safe from wildfire. To the medical care professionals who have worked so hard to keep us safe. To our teachers, we thank you so much for your adaptability in the classroom, whether it be online or in-person. And we thank our police officers for protecting us. All of our heroes are leaders in our community.

Our Silverton office window filled-up with loves notes to our COVID heroes.

What will you be doing with spring rolling in? How might you share your gratitude with someone who has helped keep you safe? Or, perhaps someone who is struggling? These stories of support also keep our community strong. At BST Realty LCC, we will continue to champion on community, because we believe in it. We are a local business that supports in many different ways. And, we are here to serve you and your family as well when it comes to making big decisions with buying and selling your home. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, let’s talk. Let’s figure out the best way for you to continue to thrive in your community.

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Horseback Riding

As the days get colder, the forest gets greener. Sometimes it’s the perfect time to go on a hike when you need a little solace from your day to day routine. Because, there are just less people out on the trail. Other times, it may be a great day to take a horse on the trail and go horseback riding. If you don’t know, Silver Fall State Park has some great horse trails. Whether you’re a hiker or a horseback rider, it’s fun to see these wonderfully beautiful creatures out on the trail.

Horseback Riding
Horseback riding on the trail at Silver Fall State Park

Getting back in the Saddle

Did you grow up on a farm as a kid? Are you thinking about getting back in the saddle as it were? Fond memories of getting your saddle ready and moseying about on the farm with your pony may be popping into your mind. Or, perhaps you had a lesson or two in the past. Maybe you’d like that feeling of working with horses in the outdoors again. Then, Silver Falls Lodge offers just the thing. They offer guided horseback rides from late spring to early autumn. You may also be thinking now’s the time to get more serious, then the Whitewind Farm in Mount Angel may be a place for you to check-out. It provides riding lessons, boarding, and much more.

Hitting the Trail

In the Willamette Valley, there are so many choices out there to explore. Our job is to make sure you get what you’re asking for, and that the journey there is smooth and as enjoyable as possible. A bit like taking a horse out on the trail. At first, it may be a bit intimidating, maybe because you haven’t ridden for a while. At Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC, we are here to smooth out the bumps in the road, so that way you can enjoy the ride. So, give us a ring, and let’s start the real estate journey together.

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Meet Melissa Boyd

Meet Melissa Boyd
Meet Melissa Boyd
Melissa with her adorable pugs in the sunshine.

Meet Melissa Boyd! If you’re looking for an agent that takes her clients’ needs seriously by truly listening, educating, and being there above and beyond – then Melissa is your person. When Melissa walks into a room, you know that she’s not only a genuinely caring person, but also an educator at heart. This is a wonderful thing to have, especially with first time home buyers who are trying to navigate the intricate layers of real estate. From buying a home for your first time to selling a home in order to downsize, Melissa has the expertise to help serve you in your real estate journey.

Melissa teaching a 1st Time Home Buyer Class at our Keizer office.

Born Educator

Melissa is a born educator. She’s taught from Mississippi to Oregon, and from elementary school to university. This variety of perspectives in teaching eventually led Melissa to real estate. She applies her teaching skills when working with clients, too. Melissa determines what previous knowledge her clients have in real estate, and goes from there. She also encourages her clients to do a drive-by of homes they are interested in, and to get a feel for the neighborhood. She’ll ask them, “Can you see yourself bringing home groceries? How does that feel?” It’s important to do this, because as we all know, how you feel about a place is a pretty good gauge on whether you should move on to another home of interest, or perhaps this is the home for you and your family.

When it comes to the details and marketing skills, Melissa has you covered. Melissa uses her master’s degree in Rhetoric and Composition and previous Technical Writing teaching expertise to better serve her clients. This comes into play when the smallest details matter most in a contract, and also makes for providing great marketing skills for her Sellers. Whether you’re a Buyer or a Seller, Melissa uses her stealth educator skills to better serve you.

Caring for Community

Meet Melissa Boyd
Melissa takes care of her clients, and that means safety first…sprinkled with some fun, of course.

Melissa goes the extra mile with her clients. During the pandemic, Melissa has been checking-in on her clients to make sure they’re doing okay. She’s even helped some of her clients with an appointment they may need to get to or making sure they get food deliveries to their home. Because, that’s just the kind of person Melissa is. She really cares about the people in her community.

Melissa having fun with other agents on our team for the bocce ball tournament for charity!

Our agents at BST Realty LLC are here to serve you and your unique needs in real estate. We are also an affiliate for the Homes for Heroes program, which helps teachers and other essential workers in the buying or selling of their home. We are so lucky to have Melissa, and all of our wonderful agents as a part of our team. Give us a ring if you’re thinking about making that next move, whatever it may be. We are here to help you on your real estate adventure.

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Meet Sheldon Lesire

Meet Sheldon Lesire

Meet Sheldon Lesire, one of our wonderful agents at BST Realty LLC! Sheldon uses his knowledge of home loans and background as an educator in his real estate expertise. Growing up, Sheldon would hear his dad talk about his work in home loans. Later on Sheldon started working with kids in Junior High at Eugene Field, and realized he loved working in education.

Meet Sheldon Lesire
Sheldon celebrating a closing on a home with his client!

A career path in special education

Sheldon’s career path veered in the direction of education. He learned while going to college that 80% or more of youth sent to juvenile detention centers may qualify to be in special education. From that point on, Sheldon sought out to make sure students were getting the support they needed so they would be more likely to succeed in life. That’s why he chose the professional path of special education.

Joining the Team!

Sheldon eventually bought a home in Silverton and no other than Dixon Bledsoe was his real estate broker. Dixon noticed how Sheldon’s background was so perfect for real estate, that he asked him to come on board! Sheldon thought about it, and realized it was aligned with what he was doing in life, and moved toward becoming a real estate broker. When asked how Sheldon thinks his professional background in education aligns with real estate, he said, “It’s all about people and being able to explain fairly complicated concepts. It’s also really important to be connected to the community and have a problem solver’s attitude.” With real estate, sometimes things don’t go as they’re anticipated, however Sheldon says that’s just a part of it, “We can’t just throw our hands up and it’s done. We’ve got to be creative and tackle things one by one.”

Sheldon having fun celebrating a close with his clients!

Since March, there have also been some changes with how education and real estate are conducted. Sheldon works for Silver Crest School, a part of the Silver Falls School District. He noticed more growing pains with the school system in general, because some students benefit much more with in-person classes. The good news is that there have been some changes in fall to accommodate for students who really need that in-person teaching experience.

Achieving Your Goal

Sheldon also noticed that real estate seemed very well suited for an online platform, and has adjusted well. Some of the most rewarding things about both real estate and teaching are when he sees someone get that look on their face that shows, “I’ve got it!” Sheldon reflects on how it’s, “the best thing in the world,” when a person he’s working with achieves their goal.

At BST Realty LLC, we are proud to have Sheldon on board as well as our many stellar agents. We are a proud affiliate of Homes for Heroes, and teachers are just one of the groups of essential workers who may qualify for this home program! As we have discovered with Sheldon, we have agents that are multi-faceted with a lot of valuable experience to offer when working with their clients. We’re here to help you in the buying and selling of your home, and to make the process as seamless as possible. Give us a ring, and let’s start talking about how to make that happen!

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Your Personal Oasis

Your Oasis

Waterfalls are a huge part of the Willamette Valley. From Silver Falls to Shellburg, and all the gems in between, we are so thankful to be surrounded by the majestic beauty of nature. Silver Falls State Park is just a short jaunt from Silverton and the Salem area. Even though it’s rainy out, it could be one of the best times to go explore it. The greens become brighter, and you still have a chance to experience those big beautiful yellow leaves of the maple fall down to the ground. The Willamette Valley has so many things to offer. At Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC, we are here to show you around to the home you’ve been dreaming about. We want to help you find your personal oasis.

Your personal oasis
Winter Falls in Silver Falls State Park

Our Approach + Homes for Heroes

We approach real estate with the strength and peace that a waterfall brings, and we aim to have the process as smooth as possible. That way, you can focus on the things that matter most and begin creating memories in your new home. Did you know that we are also an affiliate with the Homes for Heroes program? If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a program designed to support essential workers like firefighters, teachers, and more. We love supporting our community, and this is just one of the ways we say, “thank you,” for the important work that you do.

Your personal oasis
A path lined with ferns and the leaves of fall.

If you find yourself wandering about one of the many places that have waterfalls, just take a moment and be. It’s a wonderful feeling to be in the presence of a waterfall, and it’s just one of the many things we are thankful for in Willamette Valley. At Silver Falls State Park, Winter Falls is a mere dripping spring, and now you can see it in full form. Winter Falls is situated between North and South Falls. It’s a great little spot if you’d like to do a half loop around the park.

You may think of your home as your personal oasis, too. And, we’re here to help you get to that oasis. Give us a ring, and let’s have a conversation about what you’re envisioning for your future home.

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Exploring Local Farm Stands

Red Wagon Farm dog

The Willamette Valley has so many things to offer, including a strong agricultural community. At Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC, we believe in supporting local businesses. Exploring local farm stands is just one of many ways to get to know your community more. Farmers provide fresh produce and other wonderful items to choose from, and they’re just downright adorable.

Exploring Local Farm Stands
A friendly little greeter to help you choose your pumpkin.

Have you heard about The Red Wagon Farm? You may have seen The Red Wagon Farm in specialty stores. This is where you have access to wonderfully fresh produce and delightful pickled things like different types of sour kraut. Not only that, but farm fresh eggs that are produced by chickens fed with organic feed. This time of year though, you’ll probably see bright orange and yellow from all the pumpkins and gourds! This is a special place just off one of the country roads near Silverton. If you’re thinking about making the move to the country or somewhere else in the Willamette Valley, then give Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC a call. Our brokers are here to help guide you in your real estate adventure.

Exploring Local Farm Stands
So many pumpkins to choose from!

Taking a little drive down country roads is a way to get to know the area, and be greeted with brilliant colors of spring. Of course, this time of year you may see the bright greens from rain and the orange and yellow ushering in more of autumn. Exploring local farm stands are a great way to find that perfect pumpkin and also those warm fuzzy feelings you get by supporting local and being in a serene place, this is just one of the many places you can go. And, who knows, you may even make a friend or two along the way.

Exploring Local Farm Stands
And, if you’re a fan of decorative gourds and spaghetti squash, then this is the place!

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