Monthly Archives: March 2011

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Michael Souza, Burlington, Vermont

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 Vermont Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Michael’s Burlington, Vermont knowledge and his extensive real estate experience will help you whether you want to buy or sell a… Read more »

KS: Farmland Sales Going Strong

A recent auction of seven dry land Kansas farms attracted a strong field of 51 registered bidders, leading to sale prices that reflect the continued upward trend in prices of agricultural land, according to R.D. Schrader, president of Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company, which conducted the sale. On March 25, Schrader successfully sold the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Vicki Porter, Denver

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 Colorado Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Owning and running a small business takes a certain kind of person, who is dedicated to the customer and enthusiastic about… Read more »

Canada: Vancouver Island Real Estate Lagging Behind Mainland

Nanaimo’s condo market is flatlining, as condominium sales improve in B.C.’s bigger markets. Slashed prices are being used to push unit sales at one of Nanaimo’s biggest downtown condo towers, while another building remains shelved for the foreseeable future. Greater Vancouver is enjoying a bullish market, especially in condo sales, fuelled by Chinese investors looking… Read more »

Home Prices in Tampa Still Dropping

In the first half of the aughts (2000-2005), home prices rose dramatically in the U.S., and few places soared higher in property values than in the Tampa Bay area. Although some real estate representatives boasted at the time that home values would only continue to rise, we all know that in fact they had peaked… Read more »

13% of US Homes Are Vacant

High residential vacancies are killing many housing markets, as foreclosed homes sit on the market and depress sale prices and property values. And it’s only getting worse: The national vacancy rate crept up to just over 13% according to last week’s decennial census report. That’s up from 12.1% in 2007. “More vacant homes equal more… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tamara Z., San Diego

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 San Diego Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Tamara is both an owner and investor in and outside San Diego, so she understands the importance of having someone… Read more »

IN: Muncie Area Home Sales Down in February

After years of recession and job losses, after tightened mortgage requirements and hundreds of foreclosures, the Delaware County housing market is still waiting to recover. But when will the housing market bounce back? The latest figures from the Indiana Association of Realtors show that closed home sales were down 43 percent in February compared to… Read more »

NV: 65% of Homes in State “Underwater”

One of the many real estate issues homeowners in the United States face is negative equity, which occurs when homeowners owe more on their homes than they are worth. It’s a more significant problem here in Nevada than it is in any other state. According to a recent report from CoreLogic, 55.6 percent of all… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Shea Steel, Portland, OR

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 Portland, Oregon Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Shea is a multi-million dollar selling agent living in beautiful Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about the Portland real estate… Read more »

MA: South Shore Home Sales Still Slow

After a whirlwind of activity last year, this spring’s real estate market promises to be a lower-key affair. With lingering job insecurity and a long-delayed recovery in the labor market, economic headwinds are expected to buffet the home sales environment. “It still is a buyer’s market because we still have considerable supply of properties,” said… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Julie Nelson, Austin, TX

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 Austin Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Led by Julie Nelson, The Nelson Project is a team of 4 real estate professionals with Keller Williams Realty serving Austin,… Read more »

Palm Springs Area Real Estate Bucks Nationwide Trend in February

Home sales rose 7.3 percent in February across the Coachella Valley compared to the same month a year ago, bucking a downward trend in Southern California and the nation. The latest monthly home-sales tally also rose considerably from January, La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems reported. The 848 existing homes, condos and newly built homes that… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Val Tolson, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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 Delaware Realtors and Real Estate Professionals The Rehoboth beach real estate market becomes more sophisticated and challenging every day, and you need a real estate professional who… Read more »

CA: Sacramento Median Home Prices Fell in February

Sacramento County home sales hovered around seasonal norms for the second month in a row, but the median price fell again as investors snapped up distressed properties, according to figures released Thursday by market watcher DataQuick Information Systems. Sales in Sacramento County rose 6.3 percent in February compared to the same month of 2010, the… Read more »

US: Foreclosures Drop to 36 Month Low

The number of U.S. homes in some stage of foreclosure fell last month to a 36-month low, as lenders delayed taking action against homeowners amid heightened scrutiny over banks’ handling of home repossessions. Foreclosure-related notices sent to homeowners in February tumbled 14 percent from January and 27 percent versus the same month last year, foreclosure… Read more »

More Mid Michigan Houses Sitting Empty

A new wave of Census data released Wednesday confirmed what most mid-Michigan residents already knew just from taking a walk in their neighborhoods. There are more empty houses than 10 years ago. New Census housing data show an across-the-map spike in the number of vacant homes and apartments in the tri-county area with the percentage… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ariel Feir, Irvine, California

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 Orange County Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Ariel is very experienced in business and in the Irvine real estate market, with detailed local area knowledge of the… Read more »

New York Foreclosures Drop in February

PropertyShark.com, the premier real estate research site, today released its monthly report covering first-time residential New York City foreclosures for February 2011. Key Report Findings New scheduled foreclosures in NYC were down 82% in February 2011 over February 2010 and were down 59% over January 2011. * Compared to the February 2010 level, the number… Read more »

TN: Nashville Foreclosures Jumped at End of 2010

CoreLogic reports that the Nashville-area foreclosure rate ended 2010 at 1.89 percent, 16 basis points higher than a November number that was itself up 17 beeps from October. We can take some solace from the fact that Middle Tennessee’s housing market is still in much better shape than the nation’s — December’s foreclosure rate was… Read more »

Real Estate Issues for Same Sex Couples

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Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Danielle Lazier, San Francisco

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 San Francisco Bay Area Realtors and Real Estate Professionals I’m Danielle Lazier of Zephyr Real Estate – a real-estate professional who has your success as a property… Read more »

Are Short Sales the New Normal?

Back in 2003, when I first got my real estate license, times were good. The prices of homes were going up, sellers were getting a great return on their investment, buyers were getting homes with ‘no money’ down and life was wonderful. But as everyone now knows, the housing bubble has burst and we are… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Kyle Matthews, Encino, California

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 Los Angeles Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Kyle is a Los Angeles Realtor with White House Properties. Kyle works extensively to help buyers and sellers meet their… Read more »

Canada: Vancouver Home Sales Rose in February

Residential MLS home sales increased by 2.1 per cent in February to a seasonally-adjusted annualized rate of 92,250 units. This marked a seventh straight monthly increase in provincial activity. Gains were driven by higher sales in the real estate board areas spanning Metro Vancouver and Abbotsford/ Mission, which observed a 4.9 per cent increase. Combined… Read more »

Five Ways to Sell a Home Faster

LGBT home sellers should understand that it is still a buyer’s market and that the average time it takes to sell a home is more indicative of a bear market than it is of a bullish one. With that in mind, LGBT homeowners who hope to sell in 2011 are encouraged to be proactive about… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Todd Black, Toronto

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 Toronto Realtors and Real Estate Professionals There is nothing quite like the experience of matching buyers with sellers, and knowing that you are making a real difference… Read more »

Top Reasons Mortgage Applications Are Denied

1.) Loan-to-Value Ratio – Perhaps the most common problem in today’s mortgage industry is a low loan-to-value ratio. This is the percentage of the loan amount compared to the overall value of the property. For example, if you currently have a balance on your first mortgage of $200,000 and the appraisal comes back with a… Read more »

TX: Dallas Real Estate Market Improved in 2010

While home prices plummeted throughout most of the country last year, people moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area enjoyed improved real estate values. According to a study conducted by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, prices for nondistressed homes increased 1.2 percent on a per-square-foot basis compared to 2009, while the value of… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Larry Gregerson, Indianapolis

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 Indiana Larry will be your full-service Indianapolis realtor, and will provide you with superior service at all times. His local… Read more »

OR: Portland Real Estate Has Another Difficult Month

February was another dismal month in residential real estate with deep declines in new listings, pending sales and prices. The median home sales price in the Portland metro area finished the month at $213,700, down 9.1 percent from February 2010, according to the Regional Multiple Listing Service’s monthly Market Action report. The average sales price… Read more »

NY: Long Island Real Estate Sales Jump

Long Island home sales in February jumped 7.5 percent over a year ago, the first such increase in eight months, a new report said. The Multiple Listing Service of Long Island reported that there were 1,784 closings last month and 1,660 in February 2010. It marked the first time since June 2010 that monthly sales… Read more »

NC: Asheville Condo Project Never Materialized

At the time he put his money down, Justin Arnall figured the Zona Lofts project was a sure bet. Its design — with solar panels and a rainwater collection system — allowed marketing it as environmentally friendly. It offered a good location for people wanting downtown living. And many of the condos would be inexpensive… Read more »

Win a House in Gay Friendly Palm Springs

Santiago Communities, owner and operator of numerous manufactured home communities, has announced their Great Home Giveaway. Participants have the opportunity to win prizes including a new home, new cars and cash when they refer their friends to purchase Santiago homes. The grand prize winner of the Great Home Giveaway can have their new home located… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Roberta Stone, Jamaica Plain, MA

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 Massachusetts When representing buyers and sellers of Boston real estate, an agent should be dependable, accountable, passionate, committed, and should… Read more »

CT: Foreclosures Plummet in February 67%, Also Down Nationwide

A total of 225,101 additional homes went into foreclosure in the U.S. in February, bringing the year-to-date total to 486,434, according to the latest RealtyTrac figures. That’s one of every 577 American homes, but down 13.86 percent, RealtyTrac says. Connecticut currently has 6,794 properties in foreclosure status, RealtyTrac says. The 747 in February is 67… Read more »

Does it Make Sense to Buy Real Estate Now?

Several months ago Karl Case of the Case-Shiller Report said, “If you have a realistic version of the American dream, buying a house now can make a lot of sense.” Case is considered the guru on real estate pricing. If you don’t believe him, how about the Gallup Poll in January that says 67% of… Read more »

Hernando County, Florida Draws Cash Buyers With Rock-Bottom Real Estate Prices

After years of snow boots, frozen windshields and furry paws caked with Maine’s ice and mud, Dottie Brown and her husband, Ralph Kent, recently decided to take their modest retirement savings and their two dogs and head for the sun. Surfing the Internet, they found a shingle-roofed, stucco-coated fixer-upper on Killinger Avenue with a grapefruit… Read more »

NH: Real Estate Sales Improve, But Young Couples Flee

Although the Seacoast Board of Realtors had some good news to report at their State of Seacoast news conference in New Hampshire yesterday, there were some disturbing trends covered as well. In January and February of 2011, single-family home sales had their best start since 2008. Furthermore, residential sales volume in the entire state is… Read more »

FL: Downtown Miami Real Estate Market Reviving

More folks are choosing to call downtown Miami and the surrounding area home, halting fears of condo buildings closing and fueling some new and novel businesses. The latest real estate numbers show 85 percent of downtown Miami condos are now occupied — up more than 20 percent from two years ago, when that number was… Read more »

NJ: Condo Market Starting to Thaw?

LAST month a few strong blips indicated a quickening pulse on the New Jersey condominium market. Or maybe just a pulse. There were 15 sales in four weeks at one building in Jersey City, 6 at another, 5 at a Hoboken building where sales had been lagging — even a premarketing sale at a town… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Don Munro, Honolulu

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 Oahu, Hawaii Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Don was born and raised in the highlands of Scotland, and served in a Scottish infantry regiment. He has lived… Read more »

DC: Pending Real Estate Sales Soaring

A real estate information company says pending home sales in the Washington, D.C., market has showed the largest year-over-year increase in 10 years. RealEstate Business Intelligence says the number of contracts signed in February was up 33 percent from the same time last year, the biggest increase in more than a decade. The company added,… Read more »

WI: Milwaukee Real Estate Market Slowed in February

The Metropolitan Milwaukee real estate market slowed down in February, with sales falling 5.7% compared to a year ago, after starting the New Year on a strong note in January when sales increased 17.9%, according to housing statistics released today by Metro MLS, Inc. Brokers are not overly concerned about the decrease in sales in… Read more »

TN: Memphis Area Foreclosures on the Rise

“Some of them lost jobs and they could just not afford it at all,” said listing broker Jim Abell. Abell works as a real estate agent and broker hired by Fannie Mae to fix up the foreclosures and get it back on the market. He says Germantown and Collierville have become foreclosure hot spots. “I… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Denis Fuster, Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii

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 Big island of Hawaii Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Denis is full time international Realtor. A Hawaii resident since 2001 and investor himself on the island, Denis… Read more »

Southern Oregon Real Estate Prices Down, But Sales Up

Jackson County real estate sales for the three-month period ending Feb. 28, gained steam with 401 units sold compared to 378 for a corresponding period a year earlier, according to Southern Oregon Multiple Listing Service. That’s considered a good sign, considering the federal tax incentives that spurred activity a year ago have expired. Most of… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Rudy Molinet, Key West

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 Key West Location Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Rudy Molinet is one of the leading gay Key West realtors. Rudy is a top producing Key West realtor who… Read more »

Why is it So Hard to Get a Home Equity Loan?

Many homeowners long to hear the magic words: “Your home equity loan is approved.” But for most, this type of loan, which allows a homeowner to borrow against the equity in the home, is hard to get. The typical barriers are lack of equity, impaired credit and inadequate income to support additional borrowing. Of those,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Frank Sweet, Wilton Manors

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 Fort Lauderdale Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Frank is the Broker/Owner of Palm Tree Real Estate, Inc. and has lived in Broward County, Florida since 1978. He… Read more »

NC: Raleigh Called Healthiest Home Real Estate Market for 2011

According to Builder Magazine, Raleigh, North Carolina is the place to be if you are in construction this year[1]. Building permits increased 85 percent last year, with “much of the strength on the multifamily side,” reported the magazine when explaining the accolade. The magazine ranks metro areas based on a system called the “Builder Healthy… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Christopher Rocca, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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 Fe Realtors and Real Estate Professionals For Santa Fe real estate sellers, Christopher offers innovative and comprehensive marketing programs that combine technology, (virtual property tours, wide… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Michael Cornell, Seattle

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 Washington State Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Maura would love to help you buy or sell your Woodbridge area home, and is one of Northern Virginia’s top… Read more »

SC: Real Estate Market Improving, But Changes Needed

Nick Kremydas with the South Carolina Association of Realtors, says the state’s current tax structure is hindering growth. But the future in the real estate market still has a bright side. Kremydas, the association’s chief executive officer, spoke at the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce’s Toast and Topics breakfast Thursday about the real estate industry… Read more »

Global Real Estate Market on the Mend

If you look beyond the housing market, there are reasons to believe the global commercial real estate market is poised to continue a strong rally, according to Jason Yablon, a real estate securities analyst at Cohen & Steers Inc., which manages $25 billion in real estate assets. “Right now is a pretty good time to… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: David Ashton, Salem, Massachusetts

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 Massachusetts Realtors and Real Estate Professionals David Ashton is a member of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, located in Swampscott Massachusetts. David is proud to be associated with… Read more »

Baltimore Year-End Sales Down Slightly From 2009

RBI, the primary source of real estate data, analytics, and business intelligence for real estate professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region, today released its 2010 year end statistical analysis for the Baltimore metro housing market. The market area includes: Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, and Howard County. “After numbers were… Read more »

The Advocate’s 4th Gayest City in America: Orlando, Florida

Everyone knows that many Disney employees are friends of Dorothy. But now Orlando itself is coming out as a hot spot for gay and lesbian life and a hotbed of progressive attitudes. Last November, when Orange County leaders voted 6-1 to add sexual orientation protections to the private-sector antidiscrimination law, not a single resident or… Read more »

Gay Vegas Nightclub For Sale

When SECRET NIGHTCLUB & CABARET owner Paul Anderson surveyed the current entertainment options being offered last spring in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, he found an incredible void in the equation. A spicy and vibrant gay/alternative nightclub that caters to every age and every lifestyle. Formerly known as the Velvet Lion Gentlemens Club,… Read more »

Vancouver Island Real Estate Market Improving

Real estate sales picked up in Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island last month compared with January but still lagged behind February of last year. Continuing low interest rates and national job growth are credited with supporting Canadian housing demand, but the market will likely soften this year and into 2012, Scotiabank Group said in a… Read more »

Big Island’s Waimea is a Buyer’s Market

This month, I’m going to start something new in my monthly analysis of Waimea real estate sales. In addition to my ongoing monthly recap of real estate sales in Waimea, I’m going to take a look at where the current inventory of available homes for sale is in relationship to the number of sales last… Read more »