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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Sweeter Summer

At BST Realty LLC, we love supporting our community. That includes local businesses that make everyone’s lives even more rich. The Willamette Valley Pie Company is one of those great places that offers fresh berries, sweet desserts, and much more. You may notice their berries in stores around town, but they also have the cutest store that’s situated in the countryside. There, you’ll find so many tasty treats – be it savory or sweet. Supporting local just means for a sweeter summer. What are some places that you like to go when you’ve got a sweet tooth?

Sweeter Summer
A delicious strawberry shortcake at Willamette Valley Pie Company!

The Willamette Valley Pie Company’s store has kitchenware, spices and sauces, pies…you name it. And, at the counter you can also order a coffee with your favorite slice of pie that’s on the menu. You can also take your food outside and enjoy the sunshine at a picnic table. There is also play equipment for children. The setting is truly beautiful and the skies expansive. There are so many delicious options around including Beloved Cheesecakes in Silverton or Gerry Frank’s Konditorei in Salem. The Wicked Sweet Bakery in Keizer will be opening up on September 1st, so that’s another place to go for a sweet selection.

Enjoying food and drink outside at Willamette Valley Pie Company.

As a local business ourselves, we understand how important it is to support one another. When it comes to real estate, we provide simply the best service, which means we also make the journey for you that much sweeter. We get that sometimes starting the whole process may feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s why we are here to make sure you have the smoothest and most enjoyable experience possible. We love being able to help others reach their goals. When we see our clients thrive, it’s just icing on the cake. Give us a call, and let’s see how we can make the real estate journey as easy as pie!

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Our Ultimate Goal

Where the road takes you in real estate may be a bit uncertain, but that’s okay. We are here to help you figure out the best way to navigate through the entire process. It’s actually still about the journey rather than the destination. Because the journey usually determines where you end up. Our agents are experts at understanding the terrain when it comes to real estate. Sometimes there may be a bumpy road, but we’re here to make it more smooth. We are here to help alleviate any kind of stress you may be feeling. Because our ultimate goal is to help people achieve their real estate dreams.

Our Ultimate Goal
Let’s see where the road takes us! We’ll be there to support you at every point in your real estate journey.

Think of us as an advocate and a cheerleader all in one. Our agents are fierce negotiators. At BST Realty LLC, we listen deeply to what you have to say because your values and goals are important. We want to make sure that we’re providing simply the best service to get you to where you want to be. In fact, we won Best Real Estate Company in the Willamette Valley for 2021. So, of course, must continue upholding that type of quality service. As far as the cheerleader role is concerned, we also love to celebrate wins with our clients! It’s lovely when all the pieces come together, and our clients are happy. Because, after all, when our clients flourish, we do, too.

Even though summer is winding down a bit, it’s always a good time to explore possibilities in real estate. Whether you’re a Buyer or a Seller, there are great resources we can connect you with. It’s also a good time to make a plan for what the future may look like. Perhaps that means getting a lender or determining the value of your home. Or, perhaps you’re ready to make the leap because now’s the time! Either way, we will do simply our best in helping you achieve your real estate goals and make them a reality! Give us a call, and let’s get started on this journey together.

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Simply the Best Guide

When you’re somewhere completely new, it may be a bit overwhelming. Picture that you’re in the forest, a place you haven’t gone before. You may think to yourself…are there bears around the corner? Now, picture going to a trailhead you frequent, you’re not as uncertain as to what is around the bend. You’re more comfortable, and perhaps there are even some favorite parts to the trail you look forward to, and maybe you even take it faster sometimes to shake things up a bit. New things can sometimes feel scary. When it comes to real estate, some people feel the same way when they’re new to the game. It’s okay, you have simply the best guide on your side when you’re with us.

simply the best guide

Your Home Pathway

At BST Realty LLC, we are here to make sure you know where all the bumps in the road and wonderful spring waters are located. We want to make sure you have a pleasant journey and get to where you want to be. Think of us as a trail guide. We’ve been down this type of path before, and we know what to look out for and what supplies to bring. For example, if you’re a first-time home buyer, we can be a resource to you for connecting you with lenders, contractors, and much more. We love being helpful, and a big part of our job is to make sure that the process is as smooth as possible.

If you’re a seller, perhaps you want a broker who truly understands the value of your home and how to best make it shine. If don’t want to feel stuck in the woods, have no fear, we are here to help guide you! Our agents are also expert negotiators. We are here to help advocate for you in simply the best possible way. Because, at the end of the day, we just love helping people.

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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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Are Houses Less Affordable Than They Were in Past Decades?

Are Houses Less Affordable Than They Were in Past Decades? | MyKCM

Are houses less affordable than in years past? There are many headlines about how housing affordability is declining. The headlines are correct: it’s less affordable to purchase a home today than it was a year ago. However, it’s important to give this trend context. Is it less expensive to buy a house today than it was in 2005? What about 1995? What happens if we go all the way back to 1985? Or even 1975?

Obviously, the price of a home has appreciated dramatically over the last 45 years. So have the prices of milk, bread, and just about every other consumable. Prices rise over time – we know it as inflation.

However, when we look at housing, price is just one component that makes up the monthly cost of the home. Another key factor is the mortgage rate at the time of purchase.

Let’s look back at the cost of a home over the last five decades and adjust it for inflation by converting that cost to 2021 dollars. Here’s the methodology for each data point of the table below:

  • Mortgage Amount: Take the median sales price at the end of the second quarter of each year as reported by the Fed and assume that the buyer made a 10% down payment.
  • Mortgage Rate: Look at the monthly 30-year fixed rate for June of that year as reported by Freddie Mac.
  • P&I: Use a mortgage calculator to determine the monthly principal and interest on the loan.
  • In 2021 Dollars: Use an inflation calculator to determine what each payment would be when adjusted for inflation. Green means the homes were less expensive than today. Red means they were more expensive.
Are Houses Less Affordable Than They Were in Past Decades? | MyKCM

As the chart shows, when adjusted for inflation, there were only two times in the last 45 years that it was less expensive to own a home than it is today.

  1. Last year: Prices saw strong appreciation over the last year and mortgage rates have remained relatively flat. Therefore, affordability weakened.
  2. 2010: Home values plummeted after the housing crash 15 years ago. One-third of all sales were distressed properties (foreclosures or short sales). They sold at major discounts and negatively impacted the value of surrounding homes – of course homes were more affordable then.

At every other point, even in 1975, it was more expensive to buy a home than it is today.

Bottom Line

So, are houses less affordable than before? If you want to buy a home, don’t let the headlines about affordability discourage you. You can’t get the deal your friend got last year, but you will get a better deal than your parents did 20 years ago and your grandparents did 40 years ago.

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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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Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home

Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home | MyKCM

Sometimes it can feel like everyone has advice when it comes to buying a home. While your friends and loved ones may have your best interests in mind, they may also be missing crucial information about today’s housing market that you need to make your best decision.

Before you decide whether you’re ready to buy a home, you should know how to answer these three questions.

1. What’s Going on with Home Prices?

Home prices are one factor that directly impacts how much it will cost to buy a home and how much you stand to gain as a homeowner when prices appreciate.

Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home | MyKCM

The graph below shows just how much experts are forecasting prices to rise this year:Continued price appreciation is great news for existing homeowners but can pose a significant challenge if you wait to buyUsing these forecasts, you can determine just how much waiting could cost you. If prices increase based on the average of all forecasts (12.46%), a median-priced home that cost $350,000 in January of 2021 will cost an additional $43,610 by the end of the year. What does this mean for you? Put simply, with home prices increasing, the longer you wait, the more it could cost you.

2. Are Today’s Low Mortgage Rates Going To Last?

Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home | MyKCM

Another significant factor that should inform your decision is mortgage interest rates. Today’s average rates remain close to record-lows. Much like prices, though, experts forecast rates will rise over the coming months, as the chart below shows:Your monthly mortgage payment can be significantly impacted by even the slightest increase in mortgage rates, which makes the overall cost of the home greater over time when you wait.

3. Why Is Homeownership Important to You?

The final question is a personal one. Before deciding, you’ll need to understand your motivation to buy a home and why homeownership is an important goal for you. The financial benefits of owning a home are often easier to account for than the many emotional ones.

The 2021 National Homeownership Market Survey shows that six of the nine reasons Americans value homeownership are because of how it impacts them on a personal, aspirational level. The survey says homeownership provides:

  • Stability
  • Safety
  • A Sense of Accomplishment
  • A Life Milestone
  • A Stake in the Community
  • Personal Pride
Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home | MyKCM

The National Housing & Financial Capability Survey from NeighborWorks America also highlights the emotional benefits of homeownership:Clearly, there’s a value to homeownership beyond the many great financial opportunities it provides. It gives homeowners a sense of pride, safety, security, and accomplishment – which impacts their lives and how they feel daily.

Bottom Line

Homeownership is life-changing, and buying a home can positively impact you in so many ways. With any decision this big, it helps to have a trusted advisor by your side each step of the way. If you’re ready to begin your journey toward homeownership, let’s connect to discuss your options and begin your journey.

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