Monthly Archives: August 2011

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Scott Lacy, 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 Indiana Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Indianapolis is my hometown. I love showing it off! Whether you are relocating, returning, or just searching for another home or… Read more »

WV: Home Prices Increased 14% in July

National monthly home prices increased by a modest 0.8 percent for the second consecutive month in July according to CoreLogic’s July Home Price Index (HPI), but prices were still 5.2 percent lower than a year ago. July marks the fourth consecutive month in which monthly home prices have seen an increase. Although year-over-year price comparisons… Read more »

RI: Home Prices Fell Almost 5% in July

Prices for single-family homes in Rhode Island fell 4.7 percent in July compared with the same month last year, CoreLogic said Wednesday. However, when distressed sales – foreclosures and short sales – were removed, prices fell three-tenths of 1 percent, the real estate tracking firm said. Nationally, CoreLogic said its Home Price Index declined 5.2… Read more »

Re/Max Drops Ads on Show With Lesbian Characters

There are lesbians everywhere. . .any woman who dares to have a spine is a lesbian…any woman who is independent is a lesbian…any woman who dares not have a man is a lesbian…that appears to be the thinking behind the Florida Family Association and their attacks on the ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars. Perhaps… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Geoff Hartle, 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 Ontario Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Geoff was born and raised in Downtown Toronto,and spent 17 years living and working in New York, London, Spain and Hong… Read more »

Mexico a Lot Safer Than People Think

Quick – which national capital has the higher murder rate: Mexico City or Washington, D.C.? If you answered Mexico City, you’d be in good company – after all, Mexico is a war zone, isn’t it? But you would be wrong, on both counts. Based on FBI crime statistics for 2010 and Mexican government data released… Read more »

Is Bisbee Arizona’s Gayest City?

So what’s the friendliest place in Arizona for gay couples? If figures from the Census Bureau are to be believed, it’s Bisbee. An analysis of the annual count by researchers at The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law found that, on a proportional basis, that tiny city in southeast Arizona had more gay… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Rob Boccolucci, Rancho Cucamonga, 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 Inland Empire Realtors and Real Estate Professionals I have worked in sales for over fifteen years and have been a professional Realtor for the past two years…. Read more »

ME: Home Sales Up 23% in July Over 2010

Maine home sales jumped 23.17 percent in July compared to the same period in 2010, Maine Real Estate Information System Inc. said Friday. According to the group’s numbers, 994 single-family, existing homes were sold last month, compared to 807 in July 2010. The median sales price also edged up year-over-year, from $172,500 last year to… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Alan Schmitt, 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 I am licensed as a real estate agent in California, Nevada and Arizona. I have an MBA from Loyola and… Read more »

MT: State Doing Better Than Most in Foreclosures

The newest data on home foreclosures says there’s an increase in the Pacific Northwest, but Montana’s doing better than the majority of the United States. Foreclosure-response.org says Montana, as a whole, has fewer foreclosures than most U.S. states, but it’s a different story when you look at individual cities. In some, foreclosures are on the… Read more »

MI: Detroit’s Changing Face

Detroit is gaining traction. Real estate investors, civic leaders and other Detroit supporters are talking about a palpable difference in the city’s economic development progress, especially in core areas like Midtown and downtown. Properties are changing hands. New owners are setting up shop with hubs for innovation and retail. Residential spaces are getting spiffed up… Read more »

New Study: Gay Couples, Single Mothers Face Rental Discrimination

A surprising new study by the University of British Columbia has discovered that gay male couples and single parents face significant discrimination in Vancouver’s rental housing market, compared to straight couples. The research, published in the August issue of the journal Social Problems, is the largest investigation of housing discrimination against single parents. Overall, the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Will Landay, 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 Jacksonville Realtors and Real Estate Professionals As a real estate professional in Metro Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, & Orange Park Area, I have in-depth… Read more »

OH: Foreclosure Sales in Toledo Hurt Home Prices

Foreclosure sales are down nationally, but sales in metro Toledo come at nearly half the price of houses not in foreclosure, a report shows. One of every four home sales in metro Toledo was foreclosure related in the April-through-June period, compared with one out of three nationwide, according to figures released Wednesday by RealtyTrac Inc.,… Read more »

AZ: State Has Second Highest Underwater Mortgage Rate in Country

Statistics indicating that nearly half of Arizona mortgages are under water brought no surprises to many homeowners who have had trouble selling a home or are fighting foreclosure. Arizona homeowners with reduced equity in their homes face many financial challenges, and the plummeting real estate market in Phoenix has been a major factor. A recent… Read more »

NH: Year-Over-Year Home Sales Jumped 30% in July

Home sales in New Hampshire jumped nearly 30 percent last month when compared to July 2010, but the state Realtors association is warning people not to get too excited. The New Hampshire Association of Realtors reports Friday that 1,048 homes were sold in July, up from 811 sales in the year-ago month. But sales in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Terry Hudson Home Inspections, 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 A home is more than just the combination of brick, hardwood floors and plumbing that will take care of physical needs… Read more »

CO: Denver The Fastest Moving Real Estate Market in July

The summer of 2011 has seen positive developments for Colorado’s housing market, with the latest indicator coming from the National Association of Realtors. Denver topped NAR’s recently released list of July’s fastest-moving real estate markets. The median age of property on the Denver market in July was 32 days, a decrease of 38.5 percent from… Read more »

MA: Provincetown, The Gayest City in the US

As the release of U.S. Census data for 2010 nears an end, so far the city with the highest proportion of same-sex couples is — surprise, surprise — Provincetown, Mass. Provincetown (pictured) has 163 same-sex couples per 1,000 households, topping Wilton Manors, Fla., a Fort Lauderdale suburb that has 140 per 1,000, according to an… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Gael W. Hammer, Connecticut

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 Connecticut State Realtors and Real Estate Professionals I’ve been a Washington resident and Washington realtor for more than twenty years. I’ve broken sales records for Litchfield County… Read more »

US Home Sales About the Same in July

Sales of newly built, single-family homes held virtually unchanged in July with a 0.7 percent dip from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 298,000 units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department.”The fact that new-home sales fell by less than one percent in July is an indication of… Read more »

Housing Starts Drop in Canada’s Atlantic Coast

According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC’s) latest outlook, the economic and housing market performance in Atlantic Canada in 2011 is currently being impacted by slower employment growth and weaker retail spending activity. “Low interest rates, previously the foundation for better performance in the housing sector, are not expected to offset the weaker economic… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Sally Kilburg, Penticton, British Columbia

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 Coliumbia Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Sally comes to real estate sales after a 25 year legal career in California. She understands the art of negotiation,… Read more »

Canadian Real Estate Sales Stronger Than Expected in 2nd Quarter

The Canadian Real Estate Association has revised its forecast for residential property sales as transaction activity and prices were stronger than expected in the second quarter of the year. Sales momentum was also better than expected heading into the third quarter. As a result, the 2011 national forecasts for sales activity and average price have… Read more »

Costa Rica Real Estate Draws Baby Boomers

Costa Rica is fast becoming one of the most favored destinations for a growing number of American ‘baby boomer’ retirees who are looking to live out there days in the sun, shows a recent report by Fox Business. According to Christopher Howard, a published author who has written several books on the topic of Central… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Doug Jacobs, Austin

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 Doug is a Real Estate Broker with Jacobs & Mikeska Realtors in Austin, Texas. Jacobs & Mikeska has worked in the… Read more »

WI: Home Prices Drop For Third Year

Led by business and forestland prices, property values in Wisconsin fell for the third straight year in 2010, though the drop was just over half of what it was the previous year. A report by the state Department of Revenue shows that the value of homes, businesses and other property in the state fell by… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Walt Welch, Atlanta

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NJ: Hopes Dashed for Real Estate Market Recovery

In the last three months, the housing market in New Jersey was slowly starting to stabilize — at least, in the sense things had stopped getting worse. After tumultuous years that included a double-dip in home prices nationwide, median sale prices for the second quarter this year ranged from rising 5.6 percent in the Atlantic… Read more »

AZ: Flagstaff Home Prices Fell Sharply in July

July is usually one of the peak months for home sales in the greater Flagstaff area. But not this year. The median sales price for a detached, single family home hit the $245,000 mark in July, according to information compiled by the Northern Arizona Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. Last year, the median home… Read more »

San Francisco: Is Bayview the New Castro?

Bayview and the rest of District 10 – Hunters Point, Potrero Hill and Visitacion Valley – is in the process of transforming into a safer, more accessible and stylish community, according to a number of local activists, residents, and real estate agents. And part of that transformation includes the LGBT community. Last month the San… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Kirk Dahle, 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 Kirk works hard for his clients, and uses his intuitive nature to provide fantastic customer… Read more »

TN: Central State Home Sales Improved in July

Mt. Juliet real estate agent Judy Rockensock is on track to sell more homes at higher prices this year than she did last year. Her sales reflect a recent report that shows Middle Tennessee home sales could be on the rebound. Last week, a long-awaited glimmer of hope surfaced on the local housing scene with… Read more »

How The Debt Crisis Affects Gay and Lesbian Homeowners

Despite the downgrading of America’s credit rating, there is cause for gay and lesbian home buyers to feel somewhat optimistic. That’s because LGBT buyers now have an even better chance of securing an extremely cheap mortgage to buy a home at price levels that are highly affordable. They also have the unprecedented advantage of knowing… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Charles SantAngelo, Phoenix

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Canada: Saskatchewan Has Plan to Help Home Buyers

The Saskatchewan government has outlined an eight-year housing strategy to help potential buyers being pushed out of the market by skyrocketing prices. The report outlines five steps that include increasing the housing and rental supply and improving affordability. The average resale price of a home in Saskatchewan has risen more than 83 per cent since… Read more »

British Columbia Home Sales Dipped in July

British Columbia suffered a major dip in home sales during July, but the situation could get better if interest rates drop, according to a new report by the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA). Sales were up 12.9% in July compared to a year ago, while average prices were up 10% over the same period…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Scott Rhinehart, Laguna Beach

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QC: Montreal Condo Sales Jumped 23% in July

Condo sales, which now account for half the residential real estate transactions on Montreal Island, soared 23 per cent last month, compared with July 2010, Multiple Listing Service data show. Median prices for condos on Montreal Island, which accounted for 77 per cent of all condos sold in Quebec last month, rose five per cent,… Read more »

US: Foreclosure Slowdown May Extend Time Before Recovery

The numbers of properties in some stage of the foreclosure process has dropped 35% year over year, according to RealtyTrac. But the firm that specializes in the market for foreclosed real estate said this merely represents a further slowdown in processing the numbers of properties owned by people who cannot afford them. “July foreclosure activity… Read more »

The Yukon Home Prices Soaring

Once a playground for 19th century gold speculators, the Yukon is again experiencing a boom as commodities surge and gold prices reach new heights, good news for an incumbent government pushing for its third term. … “Yukoners aren’t really worried about the economy and they haven’t been worried for quite some time,” said Donna Larsen… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: David Dorman, Orlando

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North/South Dakota Farm Land Values Increasing

The value of farm real estate in the Dakotas has increased over the past year. The Agriculture Department says North Dakota’s average value is $980 per acre, up more than 15 percent, and South Dakota’s is $1,100 per acre, up more than 13 percent. Farm real estate includes land and buildings. In North Dakota, the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Marcy Mjelde, Bellingham, WA

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 Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Whether you’re planning to buy or sell a Bellingham home, you shouldn’t have to worry about your real estate agent. Marcy… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ross Maghami, Phoenix

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FL: Home Prices Fell Year-Over-Year in June

Florida home prices continue to decline – no surprise there. But the drop in June doesn’t look so awful compared with other states that also endured the worst of the housing bust. Prices in the Sunshine State fell 7.6 percent in June from a year ago, according to the CoreLogic Home Price Index released Wednesday…. Read more »

SC: Charleston Real Estate Market Recovery Slow But Steady

It’s going to take up to three years to return to pre-recession levels of employment, the factor that drives demand for homes, research economist Joseph Von Nessen told about 400 area Realtors on Tuesday during their midyear residential market update at the Charleston Marriott. But economic indicators point to slow, steady growth in the Charleston… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Karen Huckabay, Raleigh

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MA: Realtors Think State Real Estate Market Improving

Realtors are feeling better about the Massachusetts real estate market than they were a year ago, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors announced today. In June, the Realtor Market Index was 29.17, up 2.8 percent from June 2010. This is the first year-over-year increase since May 2010, the association said in a news release. The Realtor… Read more »

TX: Real Estate Prices Stabilizing?

Texas is the one state to experience both a 3% annual job growth rate in June and relatively stable home prices this month. The latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy reports Texas had “robust” job growth for the year ending in June. The state’s private sector added 251,900 jobs, with an annual growth rate… Read more »

OR: Home Prices Dropped Year Over Year

U.S. home prices dropped 6.8 percent in June compared to the prior year. CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a Santa Ana, Calif.-based real estate data firm, said June results were up 0.7 percent over the prior month. It was the third consecutive monthly gain and is consistent with seasonal home trends. Home prices have retreated 31.7 percent… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Doug Morgan, Atlanta

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 Atlanta Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Out of 2,600 agents in the company, Doug has been rated in the top twenty five for the last two years…. Read more »

LA: New Orleans’ Rent Prices Falling

New Orleans housing market is in better shape than much of the nation’s, and what renters may see as good news, real estate investors may see another way. Even though nationally rents are rising on all types of housing with some markets seeing rent jump 10-15%, here in the metro area there’s a very different… Read more »

RI: East Providence Home Sales Down

According to the Rhode Island Association of Realtors, the median price of a single family home dropped two percent in the second quarter of 2011, when compared to the same period last year. Sales were down more than 20 percent year-over-year. In East Providence, the news was mixed. Sales of single-family homes were down nearly… Read more »