Last year, average home listing prices in Salem decreased 7.3 percent, perhaps reflecting the waning popularity of the local area. The average listing price this year is $173,317 from a previous $187,005. Meanwhile, number of for-sale homes on the market marginally increased 0.8 percent, from 126 to 127 listings. Woodwork features heavily in some homes in Salem, especially in the kitchens where the cabinets are skillfully crafted. Many homes in this locale offer below-ground pools, some even heated, which are a low-upkeep option for relaxation during warm summer days. For those first homes and couples just starting out, the tried and true ranch-style homes in Salem are a great way to build a life.