Monthly Archives: December 2010

Commercial Real Estate Market Improving in US

Ross Moore has changed his outlook for the better in these last few weeks of 2010. As national chief economist for commercial real estate services company Colliers International, Moore follows about 100 economic indicators that keep his finger on the pulse of the economy and the commercial real estate industry. And since the beginning of… Read more »

Is US Real Estate Market In For Double Dip?

Housing markets have taken a turn for the worse, with the widely followed S&P/Case-Shiller index declining more than analysts had forecast in October, lending credence to the housing bears who have predicted a double dip. The real-estate sector has been one of the sticking points in the Fed and the government’s attempts to revive the… Read more »

Today’s Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Michael McDonald, Santa Cruz, CA

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Gay Friendly Santa Criz Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Buying or selling a home often means a major life change. Michael feels privileged to serve his clients in this… Read more »

Tucson’s Retail Real Estate Market Recovering

As 2010 comes to a close, many of the gaping holes in shopping centers across Tucson have been filled. Burlington Coat Factory settled into a 65,000-square-foot space once occupied by Dillard’s at El Con Mall. Peter Piper Pizza opened a massive, 20,000-square-foot parlor across the street from Park Place in space vacated by bankrupt fabric… Read more »

Real Estate Negotiation Tips

Find out as much as you can about who you’ll be negotiating with before you start the process. Sellers need to know if the buyers are financially qualified to close a deal. Most sellers get hung up on the price. But, the highest price doesn’t always come from a buyer that can actually close the… Read more »

Would Legalizing Gay Marriage Lower Mortgage Rates?

In an interview conducted by Lori Hahn with M.V. Badgett, author of When Gay People Get Married, Dr. Badgett discusses how the Dr.’s homeland of the Netherlands gives 3/4 of the rights and benefits to gay couples simply if they live together.  From the article it can be construed that by including the right to marry for… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Philip Altland, New York

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Gay Friendly New York City Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Philip has been in business since 1978. Douglas Elliman is the largest residential real estate firm in New York… Read more »

Ask An Expert: Still a Good Time to Refinance?

Have a question about the housing or mortgage markets? Louis Spagnuolo of WCS Lending in Boca Raton has answers. To submit a question that Louis may answer next week, click here. Q: With interest raising rising for the past month, has the window closed to refinance my home? — Neil A: There’s no question interest… Read more »

US Foreclosure Rates Plunged in November

RealtyTrac, the mortgage research firm, reports that foreclosures fell sharply in November. It may be a sign that the housing market has hit bottom. The company said, “its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for November 2010, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 262,339 U.S. properties in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Nicholas Yale, Phoenix, Arizona

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Gay Friendly Phoenix Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Nicholas is a Realtor with Realty Executives Realty in Phoenix, Arizona. He has worked in the Phoenix real estate market since… Read more »

Chicago Real Estate Market Improves

In about a week and a half the Illinois Association of Realtors will be releasing the home sale statistics for Chicago, the region, and the state. Once again the actual closings will be abysmal relative to last November. I estimate that they will report sales down about 40% from last year – with their usual… Read more »

St. Petersburg’s Gay Community Growing

Although Florida’s fourth-largest city has seen a minimal increase in population over the past 30 years, this sunny metropolis on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico has changed a great deal demographically. Once unflatteringly dubbed “God’s Waiting Room” for its predominant retirement-age population, the city and surrounding beach towns have become… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: David Maplesden, Takoma Park, MD

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Gay Friendly Location Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in Maryland David is originally from Brighton, England, in the United Kingdom. He’s been licensed as a Washington, DC Realtor since… Read more »

Great Deals in the Vancouver Real Estate Market

If you’re looking to purchase, sell or rent apartments, condos, town houses or lofts, the very best place to look is the Vancouver real estate marketplace. It is a large thriving marketplace with properties to fit just about any pocket. To get the best real estate deals, it is essential that you hire the services… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jeff Lempke, Delray Beach, Florida

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Gay Friendly West Palm Beach Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Jeff is a Multi-Million Dollar Producer, and is dedicated to making the negotiation process as easy as possible for… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bobby Peebles, Phoenix, Arizona

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Gay Friendly Phoenix Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Bobby puts a lot of effort into his client relationshipts, working to locate the perfect dream home or investment property for… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ann Leviton, St. Paul, Minnesota

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Gay Friendly Location Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Ann earned her Minnesota real estate sales license back in in 1994, and became an ERA Dakota-Metro Realty agent shortly after…. Read more »

Refinancing Tips for Gay/Lesbian Homeowners

Mortgage interest rates recently fell so low that they broke all-time historical records, and rates have managed to remain extremely cheap and attractive for the past couple of months. Even before they shattered those longstanding records mortgage rates were already a bargain, however, and in this kind of highly appealing and extremely rare mortgage environment… Read more »