Monthly Archives: September 2011

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Kathy Mollere, 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 I know you have literally thousands of Portland realtors you can choose from for your next Portland real estate sale…. Read more »

MD: Baltimore Home Sales Up, Prices Down in August

Baltimore-area home sales grew more than 6 percent in August, but the average sale price continued to tumble. During the month, 2,046 homes were sold, up from 1,925 in August last year, according to Rockville market research firm Metropolitan Regional Information Systems. The uptick in home sales, one of the better August months in the… Read more »

LA: New Orleans’ Lakeview Neighborhood Booming

Six years ago, Hurricane Katrina ravaged Lakeview. Floodwaters from the Aug. 29, 2005, storm breached the 17th Street Canal, leaving water standing as high as 10 feet throughout the neighborhood. The storm destroyed more than 9,000 homes and a way of life that began in 1835 when yachters, boaters and coastal traders developed the resort… Read more »

The Best Places to Buy Real Estate in Costa Rica

We just learned about the top places in Costa Rica that make the most sense for expats to live, to rent, buy real estate, become part of a community and have access to all the amenities that make life comfortable and enjoyable (at International Living’s Live and Invest in Costa Rica Seminar 2011, taking place… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Barbara Doerr, 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 I am a native San Franciscian. Where I was a veterinary nurse for 25 years. After moving to Las Vegas… Read more »

Canadian Home Prices Reach Record Highs

Home prices reached a record high in July, rising 1.3% from the previous month, according to a real estate survey of repeat home sales. The Teranet-National Bank House Price Index, released Wednesday, showed prices have risen eight straight months in Canada. Overall prices are up 5.3% from a year earlier. Prices rose 2.3% in Calgary,… Read more »

Hedy Says It’s Time to Buy

That’s right, get a house right now! So why so bold and crazy on our part? Most consumers don’t really think through the buying process when looking for a home. Almost no one who is financing their purchase ever thinks or realizes that they are really buying two things: the home and the money to… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Chris Pagano, 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 As segments of the Chicago real estate market stabilize and recover it will take an experienced real estate professional to navigate… Read more »

Canada: Yukon Home Prices Reach Record High

With the average price of a single detached Whitehorse home hitting a new high of $427,000 in the second quarter, it’s little wonder affordable housing is a key Yukon election issue. Figures released by the Yukon Bureau of Statistics this week show housing prices have been steadily climbing since 2005 when the average price for… Read more »

WI: Milwaukee Home Sales Jumped 41% in August

August sales of existing homes in the Milwaukee metro area jumped more than 41% from the same month a year ago, the second consecutive month that sales topped last year’s totals. Realtors sold 1,338 homes in August in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties, up from 946 in August 2010, according to Metro MLS Inc…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Nick Halverson, Costa Rica

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 Costa Rica Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Nick is am international business professional with more than six years of Costa Rica real estate experience. He owns land… Read more »

NY: Real Estate Inventory Increasing After Labor Day

As usual, Labor Day marked a pick-up in sales inventory after the typically slow summer. The seasonal increase should lead to more opportunity for buyers and more sales. According to Noah Rosenblatt, founder of UrbanDigs.com, a website that tracks Manhattan’s inventory in real time, post-Labor Day sales inventory is on par with last year, when… Read more »

California, Florida, Michigan, Illinois and Georgia Had 53% of August Foreclosures

According to the data released by RealtyTrac, the leading online marketplace of foreclosure properties, foreclosure filings in August rose 7% from the prior month with 228,098 properties issued notices of default, auction or repossession during the month. However, this is still down 33% from August 2010 figures. As per the source, a total of 5… Read more »

TX: Dallas Home Sales Jumped in August

Good news from the National Association of Realtors — home sales across the country spiked up in August. Of course, they should: August is always the busiest real estate month of the year, when families want to buy homes and get settled before the school year. Dallas residential sales were up by a whopping 29.1%,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Andy Kogan, Overland Park, Kansas

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 Andy is a Realtor with Weichert, Realtor’s, Sharon Sigman Five Star. He is a Kansas City native, and is very experienced… Read more »

WA: Seattle Home Prices Down 6.4% in 2011

Home prices in Seattle increased 0.7 percent from May to June, but that was less than the national average of a 1.1 percent increase. The monthly Standard & Poor’s Case Shiller Home Price Indices survey indicated that out of the 20 largest U.S. markets, 19 saw increases from May to June. (Portland was flat.) For… Read more »

AL: Birmingham Home Sales Down in June and July

Metro Birmingham home prices slid 1.7 percent in July, compared to the year-ago period, mortgage researcher CoreLogic said today. But the decline is slimmer than the one seen in June. During that month, area home prices fell 2.8 percent from June 2010, according to revised data from CoreLogic. The data also shows that sales of… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Scott Barry, Vancouver

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 Gay Real Estate Agent in Vancouver with multiple sales awards including Master Sales 2007 and 2008, as well as, Director’s… Read more »

Treating Your Home as An Investment

If you keep in mind that your home is one of your biggest investments, you will think about it in a different light, whether you are buying, renovating, keeping it or selling it. Home ownership is a big part of the “American dream,” and our government provides incentives for homeowners in the form of investment… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Mark Parker, Albuquerque

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 Albuquerque and Real Estate Professionals I started selling real estate in San Diego in 1990 and have since experienced a number of market changes. Adaptability is the… Read more »

FL: South Florida Home Prices Back to 2002 Levels

South Florida’s June home prices inched upward on the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller price index from the previous month. That bit of good news was tempered, however, by the fact that it was a small recovery from April’s record low. According to the June index, which was released Tuesday, home prices in Palm Beach, Broward and… Read more »

Kerry, Nadler Introduce Fair Housing Bill Covering Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation

Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts has introduced federal legislation to expressly prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in housing. The bill, known as the Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act, or HOME Act, would amend the 1968 Fair Housing Act to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, as well as amend the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Blair Smith, Vancouver

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 Seasoned homeowners & international investors are thrilled with Blair’s knowledge & forthrightness. Surrounding himself with other dependable professionals creates a… Read more »

FL: Miami Real Estate Sales Jumped 49% in August From 2010

Sales of existing single-family homes in the Miami Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) rose 49 percent in August, from 637 to 951, according to the 25,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems. Sales of existing condominiums increased 60 percent, from 818 to 1,311, compared to August 2010. Statewide sales increased… Read more »

TX: Houston Home Sales Jumped in August

The local housing market continued to favor buyers last month, although that may be changing. At the end of August, there was a 7.1-month supply of homes for sale – meaning it would take that long to sell all the homes on the market based on recent activity, according to the Houston Association of Realtors…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Janie Hunter, 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 Janie is the Broker/Owner of a full service real estate brokerage that takes pride in “Putting Family First!” Austin is diverse,… Read more »

OR: One Third of Home Sales Now Foreclosures

Foreclosures continue to flood Oregon’s housing market and accounted for one-third of all home sales this spring. At 33 percent, Oregon’s housing market is in the top 10 in terms of foreclosed homes as a percentage of all home sales. In Oregon, foreclosed homes sell for about 30 percent less on average than non-foreclosed homes…. Read more »

CA: Inland Empire Home Sales Up, Prices Down in August

Home sales in Riverside County rose last month while median prices were unchanged, according to data released today by a real estate tracking firm. A total 3,643 new and existing homes and condominiums were sold countywide in August, compared to 3,288 in July — an 11 percent increase, according to La Jolla-based DataQuick. The median… Read more »

Lower Conforming Loan Limits Threaten Housing Recovery

The rancorous debate about how to address our escalating national debt has dominated the conversation in Washington lately. What isn’t getting much attention inside the Beltway — but should — is a looming event that could have major consequences not only for your home’s value but also for the overall economic recovery. Barring last-minute action… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Randy Merrill, El Dorado Hills

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 Sacramento/Central Valley Realtors and Real Estate Professionals I am a Top Producing Realtor in the Sacramento region. I represent buyers and sellers along the Highway 50 corridor,… Read more »

LA: New Orleans One of the Top Improving Real Estate Markets

Three Louisiana cities including New Orleans appear on a new list looking at metropolitan areas nationwide showing the most improvement in their housing markets. The National Association of Home Builders’ new First American Improving Markets Index identified 12 metro areas that have seen a turnaround for at least six months in three economic areas key… Read more »

CA: Median Home Price Declined 4% in August Over 2010

California home prices declined in August from their year-ago levels for an 11th consecutive month, with bargain-priced short sales and foreclosures making up more than half of all transactions, a tracking firm said Friday. San Diego-based DataQuick said in a report that the median home price in the state declined 4.2 percent last month to… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: J. Marc Cain, Princeton

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 Jersey Realtors and Real Estate Professionals A Multi Million Dollar Real Estate Producer for over 13 years. My areas of expertise cover the Greater Princeton Area… Read more »

UT: Home Prices Up 16% Year Over Year in July

There was good news for the Utah real estate market in July as home sales rose 16.4 percent compared to last year. This is the biggest increase in sales since May of last year when buyers were rushing to finalize tax-credit-eligible transactions. During the month, Utah Realtors sold 2,686 homes compared to 2,307 sold in… Read more »

Why Buy in Cancun?

Most people interested in Cancun real estate have plenty of reasons of their own to buy in this amazing beachfront city. For everyone else, the following are the top 10 reasons why they might want to consider this option. 1. The Beaches – The main motivation to buy in Cancun is the beautiful beaches, which… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Rob Schlegel, 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 Nevada Realtors and Real Estate Professionals I sell real estate. You can be comfortable with me, my professionalism and my reputation. I’ve been in Nevada since 1974,… Read more »

CA: August Home Sales Improved in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego

Home sales in the Bay Area and the Los Angeles-San Diego region increased in August, according to real estate information company DataQuick, a La Jolla-based subsidiary of TPG Capital of Fort Worth, Texas. But the increase was less than robust. “The pace was still well below average,” DataQuick says. The company did not release figures… Read more »

Tips for Your Next Home Search

The quest for a new home can be both an exciting and a daunting task. Location, size, lifestyle, flair, convenience, commute, safety — all important factors to consider when looking for a home and unfortunately, some of these do not come up in a typical home search database. Of course the best way to determine… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Michael Reardon, 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 After serving our country in the United States Navy, Michael Reardon graduated from Florida State College in 1993,… Read more »

Central Kentucky Home Sales Improved in August

The percentage of Central Kentucky home sales continued to bounce back in August as the market further shed the shadow of the federal homebuyer tax credit. Sales of detached residential homes jumped more than 32 percent compared to August 2010. In July, the measure had risen 11.1 percent, marking the first time since the primary… Read more »

NM: Home Sale Contracts Dropped in July

The number of would-be buyer who signed contracts to purchase homes fell in July in New Mexico and across the country, further evidence that the depressed housing market remains a drag on the economy. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its index of sales agreements fell 1.3 percent in July to a reading… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Linda Faucett, St. Petersburg

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 St. Petersburg Realtors and Real Estate Professionals St. Petersburg, Florida is my kind of town! Yes, believe it or not, I’m a native Floridian! Being born and… Read more »

Mexico: How to Choose Where to Buy Real Estate

One of the important points in making a Mexico real estate investment is to choose an area which is appropriate for your type of investment. The following tips will outline some of the key factors to consider. 1. Rapid Growth: Mexico has some really fast growing communities. During the first decade of the 2000’s, for… Read more »

How Gay is Palm Springs, California?

Somewhere between urban legend and informed estimate lies the figure that is the measure of Palm Springs’ “gayness.” For more than a decade, the number that most frequently comes up in conversation, in advertising, in speeches by politicians pegging the city’s LGBT population at 40 percent. So where did that number come from, and is… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Frank Vigliotti, Fort Lauderdale

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 Vigliotti and his team provide clients a long list of services and consultation to sell or purchase Real Estate…. Read more »

HI: Slow Big Island Construction Delays Recovery

A “downbeat” construction industry on the Big Island will diminish gains in the tourism sector, leading Hawaii County on a slow recovery from the recent recession, according to economist Leroy Laney. Visitor arrivals for the island, which recently rebranded itself as Hawaii Island, have been increasing by double digits, with visitor spending keeping pace alongside,… Read more »

CT: Affordability Will Be Key to Housing Comeback

Affordability is the linchpin to the revival of Eastern Connecticut’s housing market, several participants in a forum said Friday. One of them was John Bolduc, CEO of the Norwich-based Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors. He called upon the construction industry to focus on making housing that young families can afford to buy and young singles… Read more »

NM: Santa Fe Home Prices Dropped Year Over Year in June, July

CoreLogic, a provider of information, analytics and business services, has released its July Home Price Index, which shows that home prices in the U.S. increased for the fourth consecutive month, inching up 0.8 percent on a month-over-month basis. On a year-over-year basis, however, national home prices, including distressed sales, declined by 5.2 percent in July… Read more »

NV: Las Vegas Home Sales Jumped in August

Based on new statistics by the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors (GLVAR), sales of local homes, condominiums and townhomes jumped significantly in August, approaching an all-time record for existing home sales in a single month. According to GLVAR, the total number of local homes, condominiums and townhomes sold in August was 4,693. That’s up… Read more »

As Inventory Drops, Tampa Home Prices Increase

Last week, real estate research firm Altos Research released its real-time housing market update, which showed data through August 2011. According to the report, the Tampa real estate market is one of the strongest in the country right now. At the monthly level, anyway. A significant reduction in housing inventory has given a boost to… Read more »

Maui Real Estate Market At Bottom?

While keeping a wary eye on Washington politicians and acknowledging U.S. and global economic turmoil, University of Hawaii economists nevertheless predict modest growth in 2012 in an annual Hawaii forecast released today. … Realtor Bob Hansen, who has been selling Maui real estate for 22 years, said Thursday that he believes that Maui’s real estate… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Matthew Roberts, 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 Licensed in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland, Matthew works with Long & Foster Real Estate, the largest realty company in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Trish McLean, Santa Rosa

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 California Northern Coast Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Trish has been a licensed California real estate agent for more than 15 years, and specializes in long-term investment… Read more »

KS: Downtown Wichita’s Renovation Underway

It has been a year since a consultant first rolled out Project Downtown, the master plan to revitalize Wichita’s downtown. It has been a year of successes: the Cargill Innovation Center, a flurry of new and renovated hotel rooms, a retooled piece of the river front, a handful of new condominiums. But it also has… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Phil Stern, 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 I specialize in serving the GLBT Community’s Real Estate needs when Buying or Selling of all types Residential Real Estate in… Read more »

FL: Tampa Home Prices Increased in Second Quarter

Spring buying pushed home prices up for a third straight month in most major U.S. cities in June. But the housing market remains shaky, and further price declines are expected this year. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home-price index showed Tuesday that prices increased in June from May in 19 of the 20 cities tracked. Prices… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Sue Garfitt, Santa Fe

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 Sue Garfitt has been in the real estate business for more than thirty years, and has spent more than twenty… Read more »

Northern Virginia Home Values Increasing

Home values in the Northern Virginia area have experienced marked increases, signaling a good time to buy, reports leading Northern Virginia real estate specialist Karen Parker. Arlington, Virginia homes for sale continue to be an active market, with home prices and values experiencing slight increases, according to the recent Zillow Home Value Index. Condominiums still… Read more »

HI: Developer Building 1,500 Homes in Poipu, Kauai

In such an idyllic location, Brent Herrington wanted to make sure he did it right. There would be no second chances. Kukui’ula, a 1,500-home community created by Kukui’ula Development Co., is the first new development on the Hawaiian island of Kauai — the Garden Island — in more than 10 years, and has been designed… Read more »

HI: Honolulu Real Estate Prices Declined in First Half of 2012

Tourism is up, and unemployment isn’t so bad. Combined, they’ve helped keep the Honolulu housing market relatively healthy in a nation of ailing metro areas. Not that Honolulu real estate hasn’t had bumpy moments. Most recently, there has been a second-quarter downturn in home sales and prices. … Short term, however, has seen a setback… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Henrie Vezie, 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 Each Realtor and each support staff is ready to consult our clients each step of the way. Selling your home… Read more »

OK: Lenders Fighting Mortgage Fraud

Another mortgage fraud case from the housing boom worked through federal court this week when a Midwest City man was sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud in two home sales. The transactions were in 2006 and 2007. With the boom long over, such cases could be fewer and farther between because… Read more »

MI: Four Cities Have Most Gay Couples, Census Says

Four Michigan cities are listed among the 25 cities with the highest same-sex couple population, according to a recent analysis from the Williams Institute. The institute has used U.S. census data to analyze same-sex couple populations since 1990. The institute ranked cities by how many same-sex couples were present per 1,000 households in small, medium… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jennifer Walker-Derby, 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 Georgia Realtors and Real Estate Professionals As the Walker-Derby Team Leader, I am a Multi-Million Dollar Producer and an annual recipient of ReMax’s elite 100% award. Also… Read more »

NT: Yellowknife May Guarantee New Eco Housing Project

The city is considering acting as a loan guarantor for a 24-unit environmentally-friendly and “affordable” housing project downtown. City council adopted a report by Yellowknife-based consulting firm Stantec Consulting July 25, which cost the city $145,000, that explored options for developing energy-efficient and affordable housing downtown, an idea which arose from the city’s Smart Growth… Read more »

AZ: Phoenix Area Sees Biggest Home Depreciation in US

The Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale metro area is No. 1 in price depreciation for depreciation of single family homes, according to a study conducted by CoreLogic, a national research and analytics company. Non distressed single family homes depreciated 7.9 percent for the 12 months ending July 31. All single family homes, including distressed, depreciated 10.8 percent. While Chicago-Joliet-Naperville… Read more »

NE: Amid Stiff Competition, Omaha Home Sellers Hire Stagers

Faced with a surplus of competing for-sale signs, more home sellers are going that extra step to make their house pop, er, sell. They’re hiring professional “home stagers” — consultants who rent pictures to brighten bland rooms, rearrange furniture to maximize living space, declutter, de-odor or do whatever is needed to increase appeal. Vickie Jenkins,… Read more »