Monthly Archives: November 2011

Nashville Home Sales Up As Prices Fall

More homes in Middle Tennessee are selling as prices fall. Sales have been up four consecutive months. But, during that time, median home prices have fallen almost 10 percent. Realtor Kim Fennell says business has been gaining steam. Some houses are getting multiple offers, and Fennell says both of her company’s part-time employees have doubled… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Billy Woomer, Palm Springs

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WI: Home Sales Up for Fourth Straight Month

For the fourth straight month, sales of existing homes and condos rose over last year in every region of Wisconsin, while median sales price was down almost everywhere. Statewide, sales in October were up 13.5 percent, from 3,825 to 4,342, the Wisconsin Realtors Association reported Monday. Median price fell by 7.8 percent to $129,000. WRA… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Emily Flax, Provincetown

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Greater Toronto Condo Market Showing Improvement

The high-rise market in the GTA showed another strong month with 2,928 sales, making it the second-best October on record, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) revealed. Current year-to-date high-rise sales of 23,747 also set a new record for most high rise sales in a year – surpassing the 22,316 high rise sales… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tom Stoll, Dallas

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Toronto’s Top Ten Neighborhoods

Home sales continue to rise in Canada, according to the latest monthly report by The Canadian Real Estate Association. Existing real estate purchases rose 2.7 per cent in September compared with August and up 11 per cent year to year. While sales slowed in other parts of the country – Canada’s largest metropolitan area experienced… Read more »

Atlantic Canadian Real Estate Still Soft

The economic and housing market performance in Atlantic Canada is being impacted by a downturn in employment and slower retail spending activity, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) fourth quarter Housing Market Outlook, Atlantic Edition(1). “Low interest rates are expected to only partially offset the weaker economic outlook,” said Alex MacDonald, regional economist,… Read more »

Canadian Real Estate Market Expected to Remain Healthy Through 2012

The Canadian housing market continues to exceed expectations and is now forecast by many experts to remain healthy well into next year despite a slowdown in the overall economy. The Canadian Real Estate Association revised its forecast upward Tuesday after reporting strong October sales. It now projects sales this year will be up 1.4 per… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Mark Carmien, Northampton

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Sacramento Home Sales Rise as Prices Fall in October

The number of single-family homes sold in the Sacramento region rose sharply in October, but prices continued to fall. Market researcher DataQuick said Wednesday that 1,732 existing homes were sold in Sacramento County last month, a 19.6 percent increase from the same month of 2010. Placer County saw its sales volume increase 31.1 percent to… Read more »

North Lake Tahoe Luxury Home Sales, Prices Climb

Luxury home sales and the median sale price in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee area climbed once again in the third quarter of 2011 from the previous three months, according to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Northern California’s leading luxury real estate services company. A total of 34 homes sold for more than $1 million… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jeff Palmer, Palm Springs

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California Home Sales Up as Prices Drop in October

Home sales rose in California last month, but prices fell sharply as fewer high-end properties sold. Market researcher DataQuick said Wednesday that 34,087 homes and condos were sold in the state in October, up 4.3 percent from the same month last year but down nearly 4 percent from September. By comparison, October sales have averaged… Read more »

IA: Home Prices, Sales Up in October

The Iowa Association of Realtors(R) (IAR) reports that home sales and prices across the state were up again in October. IAR’s 2011 October Housing Trends Report shows the number of home sales in October increased by 12.4 percent, with 287 more sales last month than last October. IAR reports 2,606 homes sold/closed in October 2011,… Read more »

Arizona Home Sales Improve But Prices Continue to Drop

The Arizona labor market has begun to show some signs of improvement in recent months, although overall growth remains modest and home prices continue to fall, according to the State Monitor report released today by BMO Capital Markets Economics. … The Arizona economy continues to grapple with a depressed housing market. Home sales are continuing… Read more »

Gay Seniors Have New Retirement Community Options

Retirement communities are a common option for seniors who are seeking activities, health care and a like-minded community. For gay seniors, though, finding a community that meets their needs can be challenging. And the recession and housing disaster have made it even more difficult. Living in a retirement community with mostly straight seniors might not… Read more »

Guerneville, California Offers Upscale Amenities and Country Charm

Halfway up Guerneville’s Main Street a sign beckoned to passersby. “Bock! Bock! It’s Chicken Day at the Market.” A chicken potpie, green chile chicken soup, and a Sonoma chicken and arugula salad were the featured menu items one Saturday in mid-September at the Big Bottom Market. The gourmet deli and grocery store’s name, which can… Read more »

AZ: Tucson Home Prices Up Slightly in October

Home prices in Tucson edged upward in October after five straight months of declines. The median sale price was $120,000, a 2 percent increase from the previous month, numbers from the Tucson Association Realtors Multiple Listing Service show. September’s median sale price, at $117,500, reached a low not seen since early 2001. October’s median sale… Read more »

AZ: Phoenix Foreclosure Rates Improve

A new report by Arizona State University says foreclosures accounted for 26% of existing-home sales in metropolitan Phoenix last month, marking the lowest such level since April 2009. But the authors of the report by the university’s W.P. Carey School of Business say the improvement in the foreclosure figures doesn’t mean metro Phoenix’s housing market… Read more »

AZ: Flagstaff Big Home Prices Dropped

Home sales in greater Flagstaff rebounded to their second highest level for October since 2005 as buyers snatched up larger homes at discounted prices. A total of 82 detached, single-family homes sold last month in greater Flagstaff, according to information compiled by the Northern Arizona Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. That’s up 60 percent… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ron Foster, Houston

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Most US Cities Saw Home Prices Dip in 3rd Quarter

Home prices dropped in nearly three quarters of U.S. cities over the summer, dragged down by a decline in buyer interest and a high number of foreclosures high. The National Association of Realtors says the median price for previously occupied homes fell in the July-September from the same period last year in 111 out of… Read more »

Three Ways to Help the US Housing Market

U .S. home prices are set to fall further. There is nothing policymakers can do to forestall this, but there are things they can do to mitigate the severity of the decline. With Europe in disarray, the supercommittee struggling to reduce the federal deficit and a payroll tax increase looming next year, help for the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Fernando Branco, New York City

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Arkansas Home Sales Climbed in September

Home sales in Arkansas were up more than 10 percent in September over the same month a year ago, according to the Arkansas Realtors Association. The report showed 2,103 homes sold statewide during the month, up 10.28 percent compared to a year ago. The average price of a home rose 0.67 percent to $146,694. Pulaski… Read more »

AL: Birmingham Home Sales Spiked in October

Homes sales in the Birmingham area surged in October compared to the levels of the previous year. The Birmingham Association of Realtors said today that residential transactions totaled 803 last month, an increase of 43 percent from the 563 home sales recorded in October 2010. Prices didn’t fare as well, weighed down by foreclosure-related transactions,… Read more »

Albuquerque, Boston, Sarasota, And Cincinnati See Huge Foreclosure Jumps in Third Quarter

Foreclosures which had been delayed by the robo-signing scandal and bankrutpcy overflow in some courts have hit some housing markets with a vengeance. It is yet another examples that the crisis is primarily in a few large markets. It is the problems in these market that will have to be resolved to lift their regional… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Mortgage Broker: Vicky Frontiere, Las Vegas

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FL: Fort Lauderdale Home Sales, Prices Up in Third Quarter

In Broward County, sales of homes – including existing single-family homes and condominiums – increased 13 percent in the third quarter of 2011, from 6,498, a year earlier to 7,323, according to the Broward Council of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems. Broward sales of existing single-family homes… Read more »

FL: Miami Home Sales Rose in Third Quarter

In the Miami Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), sales of homes – including existing single-family homes and condominiums – increased 51 percent, from 4,239 in the third quarter of 2010 to 6,412 in the third quarter of 2011according to the 25,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service. This rise marks 13… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Scott Cotrell, Tampa

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Canadians Bought 1 in 10 Florida Homes in Last Year

Canadian buyers continue to snap up Florida real estate, says a recent survey of foreign buyers produced by the National Association of Realtors on behalf of the Florida Realtors association. The survey tracked foreign buyers for a 12-month period from mid-2010 to mid-2011. “For that period, one in four Florida homes was purchased by a… Read more »

Western Florida Home Sales Up in October

Single-family home sales in Escambia County rose 18.5 percent in October over the same month last year. Pensacola-based Metro Market Trends reported 295 houses sold last month compared with 249 in October 2010. Median sale prices also took a 22.3 percent jump, topping out a $119,111, versus the $97,333 median recorded by MMT for the… Read more »

Florida Real Estate Market Beginning to Improve

State economists and local housing officials are heartened by what they see as signs that the housing market has stabilized and is expected to begin improving after 2012. John Tuccillo, chief economist for Orlando-based Florida Realtors, said state median home sales across the state have increased 15 percent since January and home prices have increased… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Julia Fordtner, Phoenix

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FL: Orlando Home Sales, Prices Down Slightly From September 2010

Metro Orlando’s median price for existing-home sales appeared to be recovering last month at the same rate as most of the state’s other metropolitan areas, according to a report released Thursday by Florida Realtors. The midpoint resale price for a single-family home in the four-county Orlando metro area during September was $125,200, down 2 percent… Read more »

Chicago Home Prices Dropped in 3rd Quarter From 2010

Home prices dropped in nearly three quarters of U.S. cities over the summer, including the Chicago-area, dragged down by a decline in buyer interest and a high number of foreclosures. The National Association of Realtors says the median price for previously occupied homes fell in the July-September period from the same period last year in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bill Smith, Las Vegas

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Las Vegas Home Prices Reach 1998 Levels

Las Vegas home values slid in August to a new post-recession low and to levels last seen in October 1998 in a widely-watched real estate report released today. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price indices report found values in a 20 big U.S. cities it tracks rose an average 0.2 percent from July to August… Read more »

Los Angeles Had Highest Rate of Short Sales in Second Quarter of 2011

Los Angeles had the nation’s highest number of housing short sales in this year’s second quarter, with Phoenix a close second, according to foreclosure data firm RealtyTrac. Short sales totaled 9,145 in Los Angeles for the quarter, making up 25% of all sales with an average short-sale price of $350,237. Phoenix saw 8,434 short sales… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Lorine R. Williams, Us Virgin Islands

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California Home Prices Down, Sales Up in September

California home sales picked up in September from the same month last year as prices came down. Sales were up 6.7% as bargain hunters paying cash snapped up foreclosures. Sales figures remained below the average for September in Southern California and the Bay Area, according to DataQuick, a real estate information service based in San… Read more »

Will Price Gap Between Sacramento and San Francisco Bring Home Buyers East?

Twenty-nine cents on the dollar. That’s what homebuyers now pay for a typical house in the Sacramento region compared to buyers in San Francisco. And if history is any guide, that mounting price gap could have a big impact on Sacramento’s housing market and economy in the not-too-distant future. The last time the spread between… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Gwen Croft, Asheville

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Detroit’s Economy Picking Up

Detroit, for so long the butt of jokes nationwide due to the levels of poverty and dilapidation on display to any visitors, is making a speedy return to the pinnacle of America’s manufacturing industry. The good feeling around Michigan is practically tangible. We should know – Benzinga is based in the state. While the Tigers… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Justin Broadway, Gatlinburg

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CA: San Diego Economy Likely to Remain Weak Thru 2013

San Diego will see a period of slow growth as it continues rebuilding from the recession, with some positive signals in commercial real estate and Asian tourism, a panel from UCLA’s Anderson Forecast said Monday. Those experts predict the national economy will gradually rebound in mid-2012, expanding by a modest yearly pace of 2.5 percent… Read more »

WA: Seattle Home Prices Drop, Sales Jump

September home sales in Seattle increased 26.2% when compared to the same month last year, DataQuick said Wednesday. Sales in the area were spurred in part by reduced home prices across the market, the real estate data firm concluded. The metro area, which includes Seattle, Tacoma and Bellevue, saw 3,747 new and resale home closings… Read more »

New Study: Gay Neighbors Raise Prices in Liberal Neighborhoods, Depress Prices in Conservative Ones

When gay people move into a neighborhood, do property values go down? Newly published research suggests the answer is yes — but only for neighborhoods with negative attitudes toward gay people. A look at sociopolitical attitudes and home prices in a major Ohio city finds “an increase in the number of same-sex-couple households is associated… Read more »