Monthly Archives: December 2011

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Susan Grant, Santa Cruz

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 Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area Susan is an experienced Santa Cruz real estate agent who is ready to help you negotiate… Read more »

NH: Hartford Real Estate Sales Up, Prices Down in November

Hartford area home sales rebounded in November but median prices remained in the cellar, new housing sales data shows. There were 590 sales of existing single-family dwellings last month, up 7.3 percent from November 2010, the Greater Hartford Association of Realtors said Monday. October sales were flat compared to a year earlier. November median sale… Read more »

NM: Pending Home Sales Up Sharply in November

The number of consumers who signed contracts to buy homes across the country and in New Mexico in November rose sharply compared to previous-year data. Normally, such a gain would suggest a turnaround for the depressed housing market. But a growing number of buyers are canceling their contracts at the last minute, making it a… Read more »

Let’s Make the Banks Write Down Underwater Mortgages

The federal government and state attorneys general, including Washington State’s Rob McKenna, are currently negotiating a settlement with the big banks over foreclosure abuses, with a deal expected within the next few weeks. Unless the public stays vigilant, this settlement could turn into a slap on the hand for Wall Street, with a slap in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Phil Hobson, Dallas

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 Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in Dallas Phil’s natural ability to connect with people coupled with his dedication to providing superior service to his clients are the… Read more »

FL: Tampa Home Prices Continue to Fall

Home prices continue to fall in Tampa and in most major U.S. cities as the nation rides a bumpy road to a real estate recovery. It’s further evidence, experts say, that the housing market will continue to weigh on the broader economy in 2012. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index released Tuesday showed that prices dropped… Read more »

PA: Pittsburgh Home Sales, Prices Up in November

Home sales in the Pittsburgh region increased 10.7 percent in November compared to the same month last year, according to a report issued Monday. Average home prices also rose. There were 1,803 homes sold in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties last month compared with 1,629 a year ago, according to RealStats, a South… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Lia Lopez-Chua, Tucson

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DC Real Estate Market, Economy Among Strongest in Country

The U.S. Congress is a masterpiece of dysfunction, but it’s surrounded by perhaps the highest-functioning metro area in the nation. Washington, D.C., is the richest city in the country. It’s the best-educated, too. The district is growing faster than any other U.S. state and at three times the national average. Post-recession home prices are faring… Read more »

Hawaii: Oahu Home Sales Up, Prices Slightly Higher

Home sales on Oahu rose in November after declining the month before, and prices of single-family homes and condominiums were mixed, according to statistics from the Honolulu Board of Realtors. A total of 251 single-family homes were sold in November, 1.2 percent more than 248 sales in November 2010. The median price of a single-family… Read more »

Hawaii: Kauai Home Sales and Prices Up in November

The number of single-family homes sold on Kauai rose in November, as did prices, but condominium sales were flat and prices dropped, according to statistics from Hawaii Information Service. Forty-three single-family homes were sold last month, compared to 40 homes in November 2010. The median price of a single-family home was $475,000, 5 percent higher… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bob Magazu, Portland, Maine

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 Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in Maine I am a Broker, Realtor, Re-Location Specialist, and a Senior Real Estate Specialist ( SRES) who enjoys finding or selling… Read more »

OK: Tulsa Foreclosures Dropped in November

October’s sharp rise in metro area foreclosures didn’t continue in November, although the local rate of home defaults remains higher than the nation’s as a whole. RealtyTrac Inc. reports that 751 homes began the foreclosure process in metro Tulsa last month. The resulting rate of one foreclosure for every 541 households represents a decline of… Read more »

NJ: Home Prices Stagnant As Sales Creep Up

Reeling from a major decline in home prices, New Jersey homeowners are hoping that the worst of the real estate crash is over. But a massive inventory of foreclosures that have not yet been formally taken back by the banks sit vacant waiting as part of the shadow inventory to be accounted for by lenders…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Vince Verni, Babylon, Long Island, New York

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 Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in New York I love being a Long Island Real Estate professional and assisting individuals and families in achieving life-long aspirations. Meeting… Read more »

US: Home Sales Increased Again in November

Existing-home sales rose again in November and remain above a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors(R). Also released today were periodic benchmark revisions with downward adjustments to sales and inventory data since 2007, led by a decline in for-sale-by-owners. Although rebenchmarking resulted in lower adjustments to several years of home sales data,… Read more »

Sales Slow, Prices Down in New Hampshire Real Estate

Sales are stagnant and prices are mostly down for single-family homes and condominiums in southern New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts, according to the Northeast Association of Realtors. The association, which represents more than 1,200 Realtors throughout the Merrimack and Nashoba valleys, released the data Tuesday during a program titled, “State of the Housing Market: 2011… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ray Gernhart, Alexandria, Virginia

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 Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in Virginia With my successful career of over twenty five years in real estate, I have personally experienced all the ups and… Read more »

Cities or Suburbs – The Next Trend?

If you Google the term “a scholar and a gentleman,” the first result to pop up is a picture of Witold Rybczynski — or it would be if there were any justice in the world. Rybczynski is an architect, author, and professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written a dozen or… Read more »

US: New Surge of Home Foreclosures Coming?

Despite a seasonal slowdown in overall foreclosure activity, and a process still bogged down and backed up by the “robo-signing” processing scandal, the U.S real estate market is about to be hit by another surge of bank repossessions, according to a new report from the online foreclosure sale site RealtyTrac. As banks resubmit millions of… Read more »

NC: Charlotte Home Sales Slow But Prices Hold Steady

Home sales in the Charlotte area declined by more than 10 percent in November, but prices remained relatively steady compared with October, Charlotte Regional Realtor Association reported last week. The association said 1,686 homes were sold in November. That was 8.7 percent more than November 2010 (1,557), but down 10.4 from October, when 1,882 homes… Read more »

NC: Asheville Home Sales Jumped Sharply in November

Home sales in Buncombe County took another step up last month, rising 41.2 percent over November 2010. Home prices kept dropping, however, according to data from N.C. Mountains Multiple Listing Service. The median sale price – the point at which half were higher, half lower — of $190,000 for November was 11.4 percent the $214,500… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bob Kenney, Arlington, Virginia

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Is the US Housing Market Ready to Reawaken?

After half a decade of withering sales and slumping prices, there are strong and diverse signs that the single-family housing market is poised for a rebound. In some metropolitan areas, the market has bottomed, with both sales and prices on the rise and foreclosures on the decline. This contrarian — and largely overlooked — thesis… Read more »

WV: Charleston Real Estate Inventory at Record Low

The Charleston area saw continued improvement in residential real estate with record low inventory, the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors said in its October market report. October inventory declined to 7,524 from 7,792 one month ago. For the same month a year ago, inventory was 8,991. In October, the 670 homes sold in the Charleston… Read more »

The Problem With Zillow’s Estimates

When the economy went south, two brothers in the home-building business decided to do the same. Each put their Glastonbury home up for sale at prices well below the value of others in the neighborhood. Both homes were snapped up in cash deals. But while that saved the brothers, who were regrouping to focus on… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Gary Romeo, Cape Coral, 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 Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in Cape Coral, Florida As a second generation Realtor, Gary Romeo has been in the real estate business for many years. he… Read more »

Rhode Island Home Prices Dropped 7% Year Over Year in October

Single-family home prices in Rhode Island dropped 6.9 percent in October compared with the same period last year, the sixth highest price decline of any state, CoreLogic said Tuesday. In the Providence-Fall River-New Bedford area, homes prices fell 2.9 percent for the month, according to the California-based real estate tracking firm. Nationally, home prices dropped… Read more »

Massachusetts Home Sales Rose for Fourth Consecutive Month in October

Two reports said sales of single-family homes in Massachusetts rose for the fourth consecutive month in October over last year. The Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR) said sales of both single-family homes and condominiums rose again in October, thanks to a better job market and low interest rates. The Warren Group of Boston also said… Read more »

Maine Home Sales Increased Almost 7% in October

Maine real estate market continues to show signs of improving. According to Maine Real Estate Information System (MREIS), a total of 945 homes were sold in October, an increase of 6.78% since October 2010. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported a nationwide sales increase of 13.8% over the past 12 months. The national MSP… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tony J. Milone, Miami

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Maryland: New Retail Popping Up in Baltimore

The shelves have been stocked and the cash registers tested for Wednesday’s opening of Harris Teeter’s upscale supermarket in Locust Point — part of a broader development push that is likely to bring Baltimore as much retail space as a regional shopping mall. Harris Teeter, offering hundreds of gourmet cheeses, curbside pickup of online orders… Read more »

Costa Rica to Build New Tourist Resort Town

The Costa Rican government is aiming to develop a quiet stretch of its Caribbean coast into a tourism mecca with the biggest investment of its kind in the country’s history, InternationalLiving.com has revealed. The province of Limon, a two-and a-half-hour drive east from the capital, San Jose, on the country’s Caribbean coast, is made up… Read more »