Monthly Archives: July 2011

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Alexis Hlady, Edmonton, Alberta

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 Alberta Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Choosing an Edmonton realtor is a difficult task because really, how does one make that decision and how do you know… Read more »

CA: Lake Tahoe Lakeview Homes Hard to Come By

When buyers are shopping for a property at Lake Tahoe they have many decisions to make. While there is every type of property imaginable from rustic cabins and tiny condos up to palatial estates, the rarest of all breeds is the Panoramic Lakeview. Over the years, architects and developers have strived to maximize lots with… Read more »

Judge Voids Claim, Clears Taos Home Titles

District Court Judge Sarah Backus signed today (July 27) the declaratory judgment for the town of Taos in its lawsuit with the Cristobal de la Serna Land Grant representatives, according to town officials. The judgment effectively voids the land grant documents that the representatives filed and removes the clouded title issues that have impacted property… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jack Miller, 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 Jack specializese in relocation services for Nashville, Brentwood, & Franklin, Tennessee. Bob Parks Realty is a large regional firm with 10… Read more »

MO: St. Louis Home Sales Continue to Slide

House prices continued their slide in St. Louis in June, falling across much of the region. The number of house sales fell, too, though less steeply than in recent months. That’s according to new figures out this week from regional real estate listing services. Overall, sales of previously owned houses in 11 counties fell 5… Read more »

AR: Home Sales Down in June

A report released this week shows home sales in Arkansas jumped from May to June but fell slightly short of reaching 2010 levels. Data compiled by the Arkansas Realtors Associations show about 2,300 homes were sold last month, a 4% decline compared to last year. Amy Glover Bryant with the association says the 2010 homebuyer’s… Read more »

NM: Albuquerque Pending Home Sales Rise

The number of people who signed contracts to buy homes rose across the country and in New Mexico in June. But many of those contracts are falling through and the gain was not enough to signal a rebound in the market. The National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday that its index of sales agreements for… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Kathleen McMullen, Phoenix

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 Kathleen moved to the Phoenix Valley from Seattle, Washington five years ago, and has learned the neighborhoods of Maricopa County and… Read more »

FL: Tampa Home Prices Dropped Again in May

Home prices in major U.S. cities rose for the second straight month in May, propped up by an annual flurry of spring buyers. But after adjusting for such seasonal factors, prices fell in a majority of markets. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home-price index shows prices rose in 16 of the 20 cities it tracks. Boston… Read more »

Southern Florida Saw Slight Increase in Home Prices in May

After falling for nine months straight, single-family home prices in South Florida rose in May as the spring buying season boosted values, according to Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller 20-city housing index released Tuesday. Home prices in the region including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties rose 1.2 percent between April and May, after falling 0.2… Read more »

NV: Las Vegas Real Estate Prices Draw Investors

Home sales rose more than usual in the Las Vegas region last month compared with May but fell short of a year earlier amid exceptionally weak new-home sales. The median price paid for a home dropped from both May and a year earlier as foreclosure resales and sub-$100,000 transactions accounted for a higher portion of… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tyler Olsen, St. Louis

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NJ: Newark Has Most Affordable Housing in State

If you think finding an affordable home that fits your needs in New Jersey will be a difficult task, think again. A new nationwide report released by Coldwell Banker Real Estate shows while home prices in the Garden State are robust, there are some surprises. The report, called the Home Listing Report (HLR), compares the… Read more »

ID: State Real Estate Prices Dropped the Most in the Nation in May

May’s drop in Idaho home prices eclipsed all other states and the nation as well at 16.4 percent, including distressed properties, compared to May 2010, according to CoreLogic, an online tracker of real estate information. Idaho has topped CoreLogic’s Home Price Index since last year. Home prices in Boise and Nampa declined by 15.09 percent… Read more »

San Francisco Bay Area Market Improved in 2011 Second Quarter

A number of American consumers appeared to have packed up moving boxes, loaded them onto rental trucks, and left for San Francisco during the second quarter of 2011, as the city’s nine counties posted double-digit home sale increases over the previous quarter. According to the latest research from Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Linda DeClercq, San Jose

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 Linda is a REALTOR(R) who specializes in the greater San Jose, California real estate market. She holds a… Read more »

ON: 70% of Renters Want to Buy a Home

For-sale signs are up and house hunters are out in full force. Many are first-time home buyers, a group that accounts for about half of all house purchases – more than 250,000 – in Canada in the last two years. The desire to own a home is strong in Ontario. A recent poll, conducted by… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Doug Mayberry, Key West

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VT: The “Ninth Least Bad” State in Real Estate

The good news: The state’s revenues are up by about $120 million. The bad news is that the national economy is slowing and Vermont’s tax receipts are likely to remain flat in fiscal year 2013, according to the state’s two economic advisors, Jeffrey Carr and Tom Kavet. … The two economists don’t expect Vermont real… Read more »

Buying Real Estate in Virginia

When is a deal a deal? How can you be sure that your purchase in Northern Virginia is really a deal? Understanding your position as a buyer in Virginia when buying in the D.C. metro area is an important first step in finding a deal that works in your favor. Virginia is a “buyer beware”… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Barbara Smith, Phoenix

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Southern Delaware Home Resale Market Strengthening

Data released recently by the National Association of Realtors(NAR) indicates a continuously strengthening second homeowner market across the country, including in the beach resort areas of Sussex County. The 2011 NAR Investment and Vacation Home Survey reveals that vacation home sales across the United States accounted for 10 percent of all transactions last year, while… Read more »

NY: Hamptons Luxury Home Sales Improving

Midyear reports from Long Island’s top real estate firm are in, and the news looks good for the luxury market. Brown Harris Stevens reports that the average residential sales prices in the South Fork are up 30 percent, to $2,028,735, from the same period in 2010, and the median sales price rose 18 percent, to… Read more »

US Real Estate Prices Dropped in June

After stumbling in April and May, existing-home sales continued to slip in June compared to the month before, according to the latest monthly report from the National Association of Realtors. Completed sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops dipped 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.77 million in June from… Read more »

FL: Ft. Lauderdale Region Home Prices Up in June

In Broward County, condominium sales increased seven percent from 1,416 in June 2010 to 1,511 in June of this year, according to the 24,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems. Single-family home sales increased by six percent in June, from 1,205 to 1,274. In June, 61 percent of closed… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Scott Werner, Portland, Oregon

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HI: New Law Dropped Foreclosures to Lowest Level Since 2009

Effects of Hawaii’s new foreclosure law severely curtailed activity against delinquent borrowers in June. The number of foreclosure filings against borrowers plummeted by two-thirds last month. There were 344 foreclosure filings in June, down 66 percent from 1,000 in the same month last year, real estate research firm RealtyTrac reported today. The June figure was… Read more »

NV: Las Vegas Tops List for Rental Investments

People seeking to invest in property in the US have been advised to consider homes in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is apparently a good bet for those buying to let. The city topped a list of the ten best locations for opportunities in the single family rental market compiled by HomeVestors of America, beating Detroit… Read more »

How Bad is The Housing Crisis, Really?

You might be tempted to believe that after four years of brutal declines in home prices, the worst of the crisis is over. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city index of prices has fallen back to where it was in 2003. Housing prices in Phoenix are at 2000 levels, and Las Vegas is revisiting 1999. Lower… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Felipe Crook, Las Vegas

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ME: May Real Estate Prices Dropped 28% Year Over Year

The number of existing home sales in May dropped 28 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a Wednesday release from the Maine Association of Realtors. The median sales price also dropped slightly May-over-May, from $169,900 to $165,700, a 2.47 percent drop. The group reported that there were 784 units sold statewide… Read more »

Has Western Washington Real Estate Hit Bottom?

There were more home closings in King County and Western Washington in June compared with May, and the average sale price of a King County home rose to more than $400,000 last month. That news heartened some in the real estate industry. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) June report, there were 2,362… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Lyssa Cross, Asheville, NC

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NY: Sellers Getting Greedy?

When the real estate market crashed, tales of lowball offers abounded in New York: Buyers were in many cases demanding discounts of 25, even 30 percent, off asking prices. Those days, relieved brokers say, have passed. But in this steadier-if-somewhat- uncertain market, some say another frustration has emerged. Sellers, emboldened by the market’s relative improvement… Read more »

MN: Twin Cities Real Estate Prices Stabilizing

There is some good news for people trying to sell their home, Twin Cities real estate prices are stabilizing. The latest Case-Shiller Price Index shows metro home prices rose just under .50 percent during the month of April. It’s the first increase we’ve seen in eight months. The Minneapolis Association of Realtors also says pending… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Richard Ives, Fort Lauderdale

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MT: Real Estate Market Showing No Signs of Improvement

A recent housing report by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research comes to a sobering conclusion: “Three years into its real estate slump, Montana’s housing markets do not yet show definitive signs of improvement.” The report includes all the familiar words Montanans have learned to accept as reality. Foreclosures. Declining prices…. Read more »

Washington DC Area Condo Prices Drop to New Low

Sales of new condos in the Washington region plummeted to a new low during the past 12 months as development slowed and new units began competing with cheaper resales, a new report says. But experts say a new wave of developments already in the offing will kick-start the market, according to the Delta Associates Mid-Year… Read more »

MI: Holland’s Real Estate Agents Already Bound By Anti Discrimination Code

Dale Zahn, CEO of the West Michigan Lakeshore Association of Realtors, watched the recent debate in Holland over adding sexual orientation to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance, but he knew it would have little effect on his members. As an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, all his members must adhere to the NAR’s code… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Carolyn Crabtree, Sacramento

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US: Mortgage Lenders Denied 26% of Applicants in 2010

The pendulum has swung the other way. Banks have been blamed for being too lax in their lending practices in the past, haven given mortgages to millions that couldn’t afford them and contributing to the foreclosure debacle. Now, they are being cited as being too restrictive. Their conservative approach, critics say, is hampering the housing… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Philip A. Ross III, Santa Fe

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MI: Many Homes Vacant, But Turnaround Coming?

While Michigan’s population was going down, houses kept going up. That left the state with hundreds of thousands of empty houses and apartments, an excess builders and real estate experts say is only now beginning to be filled. Analysis of the 2010 Census shows the number of housing units in Michigan grew by nearly 300,000… Read more »

CT: High-End Real Estate Market Showing Signs of Life

While most residential real estate continues to stumble in Connecticut, signs of life are echoing from the luxury home market as prospective buyers flush with cash are finding discounted home prices to their liking, spurring more deal flow, industry experts say. In Greater Hartford, for example, there have been 61 deals closed for high-end homes… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Kelly Fondow

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Canada: Economy Sputters, But Home Prices Rise

Corporate purchasing activity in Canada slowed in June, further evidence that the economy is entering a soft patch, but new home prices jumped at twice the rate expected in May, according to data released on Thursday. The Ivey Purchasing Managers Index fell to 59.9 in June from 65.5 in May on a seasonally adjusted basis…. Read more »

Central Kentucky Home Sales Dropped 28% in May

Residential home sales in Central Kentucky counties fell almost 30 percent year over year in May, the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors said this week. The group, which represents Realtors in 12 area counties, said there were 606 residential sales closed in the month, down 27.8 percent from 839 in May 2010. Last year’s numbers were… Read more »

NC: Asheville Rental Market Hot

Housing in Buncombe County changed dramatically over the last decade with huge growth in second homes and an increase in rental housing five times the national average. The two statistics, from newly released 2010 census data, point to diverging trends where affluent people were increasingly attracted to the area and the working class moved away… Read more »

AB: Calgary Home Prices Remained Flat in May

New home prices in the Calgary census metropolitan area remained unchanged from a year ago in May, according to Statistics Canada’s New Housing Price Index released Thursday. The federal agency also said prices were up slightly, by 0.4 per cent, from April in the Calgary region. Across Canada, Statistics Canada said new home prices rose… Read more »

DC’s Housing Market Still Strong

There’s good news and bad news in real estate these days, but if you’re in the immediate area around Washington, the news is mostly good. The Case-Shiller Index, published by Standard & Poor’s and considered the most accurate report of home values both across the country and within 20 major metropolitan regions, showed Washington to… Read more »

Portland Real Estate: Where the Gays Are

A reader sends the above map and writes: I read with interest your reader’s letter about Portlanders blaming gays for changing Portland from “pleasant but affordable” to “a super-hip but very expensive place from which families are fleeing.” First, I assumed that Portlanders blamed Californians for raising home prices, e.g., the “Don’t Californicate Oregon” bumper… Read more »

TN: State Restricts Builder Resale Fees

Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law a bill that bans private transfer fees on home sales, joining Tennessee with 35 other states that have taken similar measures. “These fees infringe on property rights and hurt Tennessee consumers,” State Sen. Lowe Finney, D-Jackson, who sponsored the senate bill, said in a prepared statement. “They have no… Read more »

GA: Atlanta Real Estate Prices Up Slightly in May

The metro Atlanta median home price in May ticked up about $4,000 from last winter, though it was still $21,200 lower than May2010, according to the National Association of Realtors. The agency’s latest monthly sales report shows metro Atlanta prices are moving in the right direction, said NAR spokesman Walter Molony. “But I wouldn’t read… Read more »

OR: Contradictory Rulings Slow Foreclosures in State, Supreme Court May Step Inn

A Clackamas County judge has ruled in favor of the Mortgage Electronic Registration System in a case that further muddies the waters of the state’s foreclosure crisis. MERS is an electronic system that enables lenders to more quickly package and sell mortgages by side-stepping the recording of transactions at county property offices. The system hit… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jay Iseli, Tacoma, Washington

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Las Vegas Real Estate Prices See Slight Rebound in May

Southern Nevada home prices and sales rebounded slightly in May, according to statistics released today by the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors. The 3,111 sales of single-family homes were about 1 percent higher than April and nearly 8 percent higher than May 2010. The median price registered a rare monthly increase, going from $125,000… Read more »

AL: Birmingham Home Prices Fell in May

Birmingham area home prices declined in May, pulled down by foreclosure-related transactions, according to research firm CoreLogic. Home prices in Alabama’s largest metro area, including distressed sales, declined by 9.6 percent in May from the prior year, CoreLogic said today. The year-over-year decline in April was 9.3 percent. May’s decline was 6.2 percent when foreclosure-related… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Steven Glose, Orlando

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Housing Market Improving in Alaska, Iowa, North and South Dakota

The housing market is hurting nationally, but it appears to be marching toward recovery in a handful of mostly rural states, economic forecasters say. The states — including North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Alaska — have economies more dependent on the energy, industrial or agricultural sectors, stronger parts of the U.S. economy. Their home… Read more »

NM: Santa Fe Gets “Zero Energy” Homes

Natural Homes of Prudential Santa Fe Real Estate has, for the first time, brought together the knowledge and evolved technology to construct a comfortable home with a net annual utility bill of “0”. At a price a working family can afford, these solar homes are designed to be healthy to live in and can be… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Rick Turner, Denver

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NC: Charlotte Home Prices Drop to Lowest Level in Four Years

While other major markets around the country had a boost in home prices in April, Charlotte was among six cities posting their lowest levels in four years, according to a report released Tuesday. The other major markets were fueled by the spring home buying season. Overall, the news from the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bryan Halda, Miami Beach

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 Miami Beach Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Ohio-born Bryan Halda went to school in Florida and has lived in Miami for the last seventeen years of tumultuous… Read more »