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Old 11-09-2014, 03:07 PM
 
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My boyfriend and I are moving to Salem in a matter of weeks and I'm trying to find us a place to live. We're looking for a house in the $1000 range, less is better as long as it isn't in a crap neighborhood.

There is one in particular that might work for us: 450 Ewald Avenue SE, Salem OR - Trulia.

Can anybody tell me more about the Faye Wright neighborhood, or any neighborhoods in general to avoid? I'm also a tad concerned about that alley right next to it. Currently in Texas and I have never seen alleys like this as common as they appear to be in Salem.

For what it's worth, we are both 30-year-old young professionals and we desperately want to ensure we have a quiet place to live. We've been plagued by horrible neighbors for the past few years living in a college town and just want a mellow, quiet house with quiet neighbors.
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Old 11-09-2014, 03:59 PM
 
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You aren't going to have a lot of choices in rentals in Salem. The rental market is very tight here and you will likely have to take what you can get. That area is okay. It's a safe area, in my opinion. It's older homes that are in mixed condition. That part of Ewald is more of a country lane. I have no idea if the neighbors are good or not.

We have lots of alleys in Salem. They are very common here. Most people like having alley access to the back of their homes.
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:07 PM
 
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Thanks for the reply! This is honestly SO nervewracking, trying to find a place to live (in most cases having to commit to an entire year) without being able to see it in person. I don't know if I'm just looking in the wrong places, but I can't find anything like the locating agencies we have down here, either, so I don't really have a human person talking to me about potential homes. The property management sure isn't going to tell me anything I don't want to hear so I'm just going on pictures!
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:52 PM
 
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Thanks for the reply! This is honestly SO nervewracking, trying to find a place to live (in most cases having to commit to an entire year) without being able to see it in person. I don't know if I'm just looking in the wrong places, but I can't find anything like the locating agencies we have down here, either, so I don't really have a human person talking to me about potential homes. The property management sure isn't going to tell me anything I don't want to hear so I'm just going on pictures!
We don't have locating agencies here. In a lot of cities, real estate agents handle rentals as well and those properties are placed on local MLS's. We just don't have that here. There just isn't enough money in it for someone to make a living working the rental market.
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Old 11-10-2014, 12:37 PM
 
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We don't have locating agencies here. In a lot of cities, real estate agents handle rentals as well and those properties are placed on local MLS's. We just don't have that here. There just isn't enough money in it for someone to make a living working the rental market.
Agreed, and historically the Salem rental market hasn't been nearly so tight. So you would have had relatively few clients at very slim profit margins.

In theory if the market stays as tight as it is you could see someone develop a business of someone serving as rental relocation guru/consultant, since you could demand a pretty decent premium from desperate renters. You'd likely have to develop a network of rental mgmt affiliations to provide actual value-added though, and right now those mgmt agencies and owners would have little incentive to work with you - that type of relationship-building likely wouldn't happen overnight.
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Old 11-10-2014, 12:39 PM
 
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I'm more curious why Salem in particular? Do you have jobs lined up there?
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:37 PM
 
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I'm more curious why Salem in particular? Do you have jobs lined up there?
Yes, my boyfriend has accepted a position with State of Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest in general has been our dream for a while. I'm still in school online for my Master's so I'll be looking for a job as well (Library Information Science if you have any leads!).

Salem is about the same size, geographically, as our current town of San Marcos, just more populated, but ours is a college town with a lot of students and our rental market is hugely inflated compared to Salem. I've spent the past five years trying to find a quiet place to live that isn't subject to weekend parties, loud music, or revolving door tenants.
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:25 PM
 
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Well, getting away from noise in the northwest is hit or miss. You can run into neighbors of any age who party, or run a leaf blower at 9:30 pm, or farm equipment, motorcycles/trucks, or whatever. If you were looking into Eugene you'd want to stay away from college kids and Autzen stadium.

In any case, your $$ range is going to be a challenge. Very few places in the valley are cheap, and Salem has oddly become one of the tighter rental markets. You could buy a pretty decent house in a good school district with PITI around $1200, but good luck renting a house for $1000.

Silverton/Mt. Angel/Dallas are small towns within easy commuting distance. McMinnville is nice but it's going to be a solid 30 minute commute to the capitol. I'd wager prices will most likely be lower in Albany, but you'd definitely want to pick your neighborhood carefully, and that stretch of interstate between Albany and Salem can be oddly congested any time of day, but it should still be comfortably under 30 minutes pretty reliably.

Salem has colleges (Willamette/Chemeketa/Corban) but it's not really a college town. If your neighbors are having loud parties, it's more likely teenagers or adults.
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Salem is about the same size, geographically, as our current town of San Marcos, just more populated, but ours is a college town with a lot of students and our rental market is hugely inflated compared to Salem. I've spent the past five years trying to find a quiet place to live that isn't subject to weekend parties, loud music, or revolving door tenants.
That part of town isn't particularly transitional. Due to the good schools down south (Wright Elementary is a good school), people generally try to move down south to get into the school districts. That particular street in that section is just kind of country-esque rather than subdivision-ish. Not the most well maintained section which is why I give it an okay rating.
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Old 11-15-2014, 05:20 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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OP, move into a long stay motel, or rent a short term rental, so that you can take your time deciding where you want to live.

It is difficult to rent from a distance. It is easier and safer for landlords to rent to people that they meet in person, and there are plenty of local applicants out here competing for the best houses.

You are at a disadvantage to not be able to drive around and look at the neighborhood, nor to go and park there in the early evening to see what sort of noise happens when people are getting home from work. A 1 year lease turns into a long time if you get into a house that you find too late that you don't like.
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