Monthly Archives: April 2011

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Denny Horner, Washington, DC

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 DC Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Denny is one of the Washington DC area’s hardest working realtors. he has the education, skills, and knowledge to help… Read more »

Negotiating the New Normal in Real Estate

Most locals know that real estate prices have corrected significantly from their artificially high peak. As a result, the real estate landscape has changed–here’s how those changes may impact buyers and sellers. You may have heard that many homes today are “underwater”–but that isn’t a reference to flooded basements. It means that the house is… Read more »

Mortgage Crisis Mystery Solved: The Gays Did It

“Just as a child is far less likely to suffer abuse in the home of his/her married, heterosexual parents, so the opposite is true. Where the structure is sin-based, other sins are more likely to scurry in through the cracks. Substance abuse and self-destruction accompany sexual deviance. And some of this means poor decisions about… Read more »

Canadians Buying Up Arizona Real Estate

Residential property in Arizona continues to be a hot commodity for Canadians. According to the Canada Arizona Business Council, there has been a $1-million luxury home sold to a Canadian buyer every week in Arizona for nearly two years. “And the statistics does not reflect the total residential and commercial real estate categories where Canadians… Read more »

WA: Seattle Real Estate Market Heating Up

Wednesday afternoon, Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman posted an interesting story on Redfin’s Seattle blog: “Everything Changed in the Past Six Weeks” Bryon Ziegler, part of Redfin’s crack Capitol Hill team, just wandered into my office to talk about bidding wars. The last ten straight offers he has handled all turned into bidding wars. This isn’t… Read more »

Florida Home, Condo Sales Rose in March

Florida’s existing home and existing condo sales rose in March, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors(R). Existing home sales increased 12 percent last month with a total of 18,522 homes sold statewide compared to 16,540 homes sold in March 2010, according to Florida Realtors. Statewide sales of existing condos last month… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Sylvia Pardo, Asheville, NC

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 Western North Carolina Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Sylvia is an Asheville resident with an inside-out knowledge of her Fairview neighborhood and the rest of the Greater… Read more »

MA: Home Prices and Sales Dropped in March

Single-family home sales in Massachusetts declined in March when compared with the same month last year. The Massachusetts Association of Realtors said home sales fell 22.4 percent while The Warren Group – a real estate tracking firm – said sales dropped 14.4 percent. The two organizations use different numbers to track home sales. In Bristol… Read more »

Northern New Jersey Home Prices Still Shaky

Home prices dropped 3.1 percent from February 2010 to February 2011 in the New York metropolitan area, which includes North Jersey, the Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller index reported Tuesday. Nationally, prices declined 3.3 percent. What it means: Prices and the number of sales have fallen dramatically in real estate since the housing boom of the… Read more »

NY: Brooklyn’s Gayest District Missing that Gay Vibe

The Columbia Street Waterfront District in Brooklyn boasts sweeping views of lower Manhattan, pleasant low-rise architecture and even a live poultry market. But it doesn’t have a single gay bar. Nor do rainbow-hued flags flutter outside the cafe, the antique shop or any of the other new businesses dotting the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. And, for… Read more »

Oregon Real Estate Market Slowly Recovering

A new report out Wednesday says Oregon’s economy is recovering better than many have expected. But it projects that growth to slow over the next few months. The forecast comes from the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University. Bill Watkins is the Executive Director. He says the preliminary data show strong… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Amy Celeste Wilson, Jacksonville, 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 Northern Florida Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Amy Celeste was born and grew up in Atlantic Beach, Florida. She’s watched the Jacksonville area transform into one of… Read more »

US: Nearly Half of All March Real Estate Sales Were Distressed Properties

Sales of distressed properties rose to 48.6 percent in March – the second highest level seen in the past 12 months, according to the Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. The monthly survey of more than 3,000 real estate agents nationwide each month also found that demand among both current and first-time buyers declined slightly… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bill Pearson, 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 Denver Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Bill is a professional Denver real estate consultant, and client satisfaction is very important to him. Bill isn’t satisfied until his… Read more »

WI: A Tale of Two Sides of the Street

Four years ago, the address West Burleigh Street at Highway 45 glistened with promise as a developer’s diamond in the rough. Swathes of land covered by asphalt, concrete, car dealer showrooms, mechanic garages and warehouses lured real estate investors to seal deals on acres that sold for slightly more than $200,000 to up to $1.32… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Sheila Barnard, Nashville

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 Tennessee Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Sheila is a 30-year resident of the Nashville area, and is very knowledgeable about the region. She knows what it means… Read more »

British Housing Institute Publishes Guidelines for Housing Associations With LGBT Tenants

The Chartered Institute of Housing has published advice for housing associations on how to provide services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender tenants. The guide contains advice on how to meet the provisions of the Equality Act 2010, which is intended to simplify discrimination law and place sexuality on an equal footing with other characteristics… Read more »

Bulgaria, New Vacation Home Hot Spot for European Gay Couples?

The Sofia News Agency (www.novinite.com) reports many European gay couples, looking for a second home in sun, are heading for Bulgaria. Notaries have announced that properties along the picturesque Black Sea coast are said to be the top choice among Dutch, German and British same-sex families. Property prices there are relatively inexpensive, offering a great… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Robert H. Leininger, Baltimore

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 Robert is friendly, professional, and easy to work with – he has 24 years experience in banking and retail management, and… Read more »

Tips for Gay/Lesbian Homesellers

Before potential buyers tour the home, a seller should take specific steps to help make a strong and positive impression. That will greatly improve the chances of getting a prompt purchase offer at a higher price. Here are some tips from experienced real estate professionals that can enhance success for sellers in any market —… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Mortgage Professional: Marta McLeod, 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 Location Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area Bank of America Home Loans offers loans as individual as you are, and is licensed… Read more »

Sacramento Still Mired in Recession

Seemingly nothing trumps Sacramento’s economic misery. The latest statewide forecast released Tuesday by the Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Pacific in Stockton took special note that “the government and housing-dependent Sacramento economy remains the only area in Northern California still mired in recession.” “The gap between Sacramento and other areas that appeared… Read more »

Tampa Home Sales Surged in March

Tampa Bay’s existing home sales skyrocketed in March to levels not seen in nearly five years. Maybe even better news for homeowners is that average sale prices also rose last month in several area counties. Sales of previously occupied homes in Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties jumped nearly 32 percent, from 3,258 in February to… Read more »

Four Great Places to Buy Gay Real Estate

As the springtime buying season begins, many popular LGBT destinations offer rare bargains and unique investment opportunities. Below are four that show exceptional promise according to the world’s biggest LGBT online real estate network, www.GayRealEstate.com. #4) Asheville, North Carolina: The housing market in Asheville has been somewhat overpriced in recent years and the job market… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Dan Joy, Oakland, 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 San Francisco Bay Area Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Dan combines business savvy with great people skills in the Oakland Real Estate Market. Dan has a Bachelor’s… Read more »

MA: Real Estate Along the Boston Marathon Route

The 26.2 mile Boston Marathon dashes past some of the priciest real estate on the planet. The race kicks off in middle class territory – Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham and Natick. But as the runners cross the Natick line into Wellesley, the median home price immediately doubles. And as they hit their stride, the Marathon runners… Read more »

US Real Estate: Where is the Bottom?

Over recent years, a favorite past time of most real estate shoppers, watchers, and pundits, has been to make multiple guesses as to when the market bottom has arrived, will arrive, or is arriving. Buyers who seek to time a market and purchase at the exact summit of the decline appear to be most interested… Read more »

US: Investors Bought a Million Homes in 2010, NAR Says

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), “nearly 1 million homes were bought as investment properties in 2010″[1]. While real estate investors and real estate agents have not always been the best of friends, this development has encouraged many realtors to extend their services to investors more willingly in hopes of also extending their… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Michael Wilcox, Vancouver, BC

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 British Columbia Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Michael prides himself on sharing his knowledge and passion for real estate with his clients. After living abroad for 4… Read more »

CA: Is Chatsworth Real Estate on the Mend?

Recession Over? Depends on Who You Ask So reads the title of a recent article by Mark Brenner on the website Labor Notes. The same could be said of Chatsworth’s housing market, except that it also depends upon which factors you’re looking at and the periods of time being compared. For instance, according to Trulia.com,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Frank Silva-Berger, Milwaukee

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 Wisconsin When buying or selling homes in Milwaukee’s real estate market, you need to be confident in your Milwaukee real… Read more »

CT: Hartford Area New Home Listings, Pending Sales Dip

Unemployment, shaky consumer confidence and a rough winter are among the factors that have slowed the real estate market lately, according to area real estate agents. Statistics for Greater Hartford show a decline in the number of new, single-family residential listings, as well as drops in pending and closed sales in the first two months… Read more »

Calgary Home Prices Rise Slightly

The average MLS sale price of a residential property in Calgary has increased slightly so far this year compared with 2010. The Canadian Real Estate Association reported Friday that year-to-date, for the first quarter of 2011, the average residential price was $398,558, up one per cent over the first quarter of 2010. In Calgary, sales… Read more »

BC: Vancouver Home Sales Jumped 30% in March

Sales of existing homes in Canada held steady in March from the previous month, with stable demand in most large urban centres, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Friday. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, home sales edged up 0.1 per cent from February, CREA said. But Douglas Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital… Read more »

TX: 40 Month Low for Dallas-Fort Worth Foreclosures

For the first time in more than THREE YEARS, foreclosures are diminishing in Dallas Fort Worth. George Roddy Sr. of Foreclosure Listing Service, Inc. reports some good news preceding the spring market: Dallas-Fort Worth residential foreclosure postings have dropped to a 40-month low. Roddy says that for the upcoming auctions on May 3, only 3,719… Read more »

Southern California Real Estate Market Still Weak in March

Southern California home sales turned in another lackluster month in March, the result of a fussy mortgage market, slow job growth and a continued wait-and-see attitude among potential buyers and sellers. There were signs, however, that the market was a little less dysfunctional than in recent months, a real estate information service reported. A total… Read more »

CA: Palo Alto Real Estate Market Booming

The other day as I was getting groceries out of my car an enterprising young man approached me and asked if I was willing to sell my house. “My client, a senior executive at Facebook, is interested in moving into this neighborhood,” he explained. The man was well dressed, clean cut, and his business card… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Andrew D. Daily, Plymouth, Michigan

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 Michigan Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Andrew helps sellers using the best of current technology, including property marketing services and advanced buyer tools, to give you a… Read more »

NJ: Low End of Real Estate Market Losing Value Faster

North Jersey’s lower-priced neighborhoods were hit harder by the housing downturn last year, as home values plummeted by 9.1 percent in Passaic County, while Bergen County saw a milder 1.9 percent drop. The split reflected higher rates of foreclosures and unemployment in lower-income areas, as well as tighter mortgage standards for marginal buyers. Bergen County’s… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Brad Millington, Scottsdale, AZ

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 & Central Arizona Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Brad has a detailed understanding of the Phoenix real estate market, and works diligently to help buyers and… Read more »

Is it a Good Time to Invest in Mexico?

President Felipe Calderon declared that the key to ensuring the development of sectors of the economy such as real estate is to boost economic competitiveness. To this end, Federal Government is making every effort to improve the conditions of real estate development in order for firms to grow and create jobs. During the inauguration of… Read more »

Six Common Mistakes Home Sellers Make

Selling a home during this real estate downturn can be stressful on the seller. It’s not unusual for some homes to sit on the market for months on end, and many areas are still working through a backlog of foreclosure inventory, which also drives down home prices. Fact: 36 percent of homes nationwide sold for… Read more »

US: HUD Launches Campaign Against Gender Stereotyping in Housing

Though federal fair housing laws don’t protect against anti-LGBT discrimination, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has launched a campaign to protect against discrimination on the basis of gender stereotypes. The effort is part of HUD’s “Live Free” campaign that will run through the year in print ads and online initiatives. Passed in 1968,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Avi Dan-Goor, Las Vegas

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 Las Vegas Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Transplanted from Israel over ten years ago, I have called Las Vegas ‘home’ for the past decade. In that time,… Read more »

BC: Fraser Valley Real Estate Sales Improve

Last month was the busiest March for Fraser Valley realtors since 2006. The Fraser Valley real estate board processed 1,818 property sales in the month, an increase of 16 per cent compared to the 1,565 sold in March 2010. It was also an increase of 42 per cent over February’s 1,279 sales. It is still… Read more »

NY: The West 70’s – Manhattan’s Suburbs

WHEN Paul Kahn was growing up on the Upper West Side in the 1980s, he recalled recently, it was pleasant and livable but a neighborhood that might seem surprising in hindsight. There were some blocks his parents didn’t let him walk on; many children, himself included, went to private school; and his Little League, which… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Patrick Tester, Dallas, 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 Dallas Realtors and Real Estate Professionals I came into Real Estate after 25 years in education and non-profit management. The skills I developed in those areas have… Read more »

Hartford, Connecticut Real Estate: Jobs to Help

Adam and Clare Baroncelli have been on the open-house circuit for several months and have seen good homes get snapped up more quickly. The increased activity drove them off the fence. They have made an offer on a $370,000, four-bedroom home in Simsbury, near Hartford. “There’s a lot more activity,” says Clare, 34. The Baroncellis… Read more »

Columbus, Ohio Real Estate: Getting In Young & Cheap

First-time home buyers are having a hard time in today’s market, given tight lending standards and competition from all-cash buyers. In February, 34 percent of existing-home buyers were first-timers, a National Association of Realtors survey says. In a healthy market, that would be 40 percent, the NAR says. But Columbus and the five other markets… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Brad Hinckley, 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 Brad is a licensed Seattle Realtor(R) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He has two degrees from Stanford University: an… Read more »

IA: Des Moines Foreclosures Rising, But Delinquencies Fall

Foreclosure rates in the Des Moines metro area increased in January compared to a year earlier, but the percentage of mortgages seriously delinquent fell, said CoreLogic, a California-based real estate analytics company. The rate of foreclosure among outstanding mortgage loans was 2.83 percent in January, an increase of 0.63 percentage points over January 2010, CoreLogic… Read more »

Will Brazilians Save South Florida Real Estate?

If south Florida’s real estate market returns from the dead, thank a Brazilian. Brazil’s upper middle class have been buying properties in Miami and Orlando since the 1990s, when high interest rates and high taxes forced many of them to invest overseas in a way to avoid tax authorities. Now, the middle class is buying… Read more »

Michigan Realtors Cautiously Optimistic About Future

At the start of the millennium, home sales in Jackson County soared and new builds were the norm. But few could have predicted the turn Michigan’s housing industry would take. By 2007, the area had plunged into the foreclosure crisis that gouged neighborhoods nationwide. Local industry leaders say they have seen signs of recovery in… Read more »

NY: Brooklyn’s Gayest Neighborhood

Suck it, Park Slope! According to new Census data, the highest percentage of same-sex couples can be found in the Columbia Street Waterfront District–not a real neighborhood, but a real census tract, from Atlantic Avenue to Degraw Street, from Columbia Street to the BQE–where 11 percent of 549 households identify as same-sex, the Brooklyn Paper… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Brad Hinckley, 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 Satte Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Brad is a licensed Seattle Realtor(R) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He has two degrees from Stanford University: an… Read more »

Northern New Jersey Seeing Rising Home Vacancies

A growing number of houses and apartments sit empty in North Jersey, a result of the four-year-old housing bust. From affluent to middle-class to poor neighborhoods, the percentage of vacant homes was higher in 2010 than in 2000, according an analysis of U.S. census data by The Record. The vacant homes include a Saddle River… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Eric Joy, Portland, Oregon

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 Eric is a Portland, Oregon realtor who is committed to excellence and to giving his clients professional, result-oriented service. He… Read more »

AB: Edmonton’s Downtown Faces Golden Opportunity

This is a city that can’t help but grow, as the city’s chief economist likes to say. For Edmonton, it’s already baked into the pie. The real question is: What kind of growth does this city want? Will it remain an esthetically challenged, relentlessly utilitarian industrial burg -the “boiler room” of Canada, as Mordecai Richler… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Peter Tortorello, Chicago

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 Illinois Realtors and Real Estate Professionals “Your home is that special place where you share the most intimate moments with your family and friends. Choose it carefully.”… Read more »

Huntsville, Alabama’s Mill Towns Seeing Renovations

First came Twickenham and Old Town in the 1970s. Then Five Points in the 1980s and beyond. Of the historic properties in town, the former mill village neighborhoods in northeast and southwest Huntsville were the only ones that had not received large restorations. But there are strong signs that historic preservation has arrived in many… Read more »

AZ: Is Scottsdale Home Market Bottoming Out?

It’s still a buyer’s market, but a shrinking inventory of homes and fewer foreclosures are giving analysts and real-estate agents hope that housing prices are flattening out. The overall median price in Scottsdale of $375,000 fell 6 percent last year from 2009. But that follows two years of double-digit percentage price declines in most Scottsdale… Read more »