Monthly Archives: January 2012

Fort Lauderdale Offers Mild to Wild Lifestyle

Whether you enjoy relaxing at the beach, cruising bars, boating down waterways, catching a show, entertaining friends at home, feasting at fine or dive restaurants, shopping the day away, fishing on the open sea, playing a round of golf, or even dancing all night, Fort Lauderdale can accommodate your lifestyle or mood!  From mild to… Read more »

Still signs of winter

Winter is the time we all seem to hibernate. Here in Kamloops there have been sneek peeks of spring so we all know it is coming. The question is when? Even though its winter, it does not mean that home sales stop, in fact this is the time when you are more likely to get… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tom Wolf, Gay Fort Lauderdale Realtor

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 Fort Lauderdale If you are considering relocating, acquiring a second home or condo in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, you need… Read more »

Parts of Midwest Seeing Housing Boom

Following years of hard times, declining home values and a record volume of foreclosures, the housing market is finally hitting the bottom in at least some U.S. cities, and it can’t come soon enough for plenty of others. North Dakota, South Dakota and parts of Texas are booming with oil and natural gas exploration driving… Read more »

Ten US Cities Ripe for a Real Estate Turn-Around

Lately economists and investors have been debating whether the housing market has hit bottom. It’s a complicated picture on a national level, but zoom in and it’s possible to identify cities that have not only reached a bottom, but are beginning to experience a recovery. Take San Jose, Calif. The Golden State has gotten a… Read more »

Mississipi Home Prices Were Flat in November

Pascagoula area home prices remained static in November, as did those in Biloxi-Gulfport, according to California-based research firm CoreLogic. Excluding foreclosures, home prices in Pascagoula, Biloxi and Gulfport all rose 0.2 percent in November compared to the year before, the firm said. Statewide, Mississippi housing prices also stayed flat in November, but, when distressed sales… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tobias Kaiser, Ft. 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 Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida For over 20 years, Tobias and his team have successfully guided gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, and straight buyers… Read more »

ID: Boise Area Home Sales Up, Prices Down in 2011

Existing-home sales up, prices down Ada County sales rose 7 percent in 2011 and Canyon County’s rose 8 percent, according to the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service. But median prices fell 7 percent in Ada, to $136,000 from $154,000. They fell 15 percent in Canyon, to $77,900 from $89,900. New homes reverse that trend Sales fell… Read more »

Latin American Countries Rated As Retirement Destinations

Retirees looking to stretch their pensions might consider spending their golden years in Ecuador, Panama or Mexico, where the cost of living is low and the weather is warm, according to a new index. International Living Magazine rated the three Latin American countries the top destinations in its Retirement Index 2012, followed by Malaysia, Colombia,… Read more »

Vermont Real Estate Outpaces Rest of New England

Vermont’s real estate market continues to struggle, but not as badly as those in most other states, Kavet and Carr said. Housing prices in Vermont in the third quarter of 2011 were 2.9 percent lower than the same quarter in 2007, but in Nevada they were down 50.8 percent. Kavet included a chart showing housing… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Serge McCray, Gay Friendly Newark Realtor

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 jersey I have been an active full time agent in the New Jersey real estate market since 2001. My experience… Read more »

CA: Sacramento Home Sales Up in December

Sacramento’s housing market ended the year on an upbeat note as sales of single-family homes rose in all four of the region’s counties. But prices continued to falter due to the large number of distress sales. San Diego-based DataQuick said Wednesday that a total of 1,810 single-family homes were sold in Sacramento County last month,… Read more »

Delaware Home Sales Flat, Prices Down in December

Prices continued their downward drift, and sales were generally flat last month, but Delaware Realtors say they are sensing a slowly growing vigor in the residential real estate market. In some cases, it’s being driven by historically low mortgage rates — Kent County Realtor Dee Hake DeMolen recently had a first-time buyer lock in at… Read more »

First Time Home Buyer

What should your down payment on a home be? Earlier this week I was chatting with a person who was waiting until they had 20% down to buy their first home. They did not know that they could buy a home with less money, partly because they were ill-informed. They were surprise when I told… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jim Wagner, Wailea, Maui

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 Maui, Hawauu Jim Wagner has been a South Maui Resort specialist for 24 years, specializing in luxury condominiums and properties. He’s… Read more »

Mortgage Rates Drop to New Low

Long-term mortgage rates fell to new lows this week, according to Freddie Mac ‘s weekly rate report. Thirty-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.89 percent in the week ending Jan.12, dipping from 3.91 percent the previous week and hitting the lowest level since Freddie Mac began keeping track. Fifteen-year fixed-rate mortgages fell to a record low 3.16… Read more »

National Association of Realtors Going After GayRealtor.com Domain Name

The National Association of Realtors has filed a complaint with World Intellectual Property Organization over the domain name GayRealtor.com. The domain name is owned by gay real estate agent Jeff Hammerberg. Hammerberg runs the web site GayRealEstate.com, which helps connect home buyers and sellers with gay real estate agents. GayRealtor.com appears to be more of… Read more »

Want to Be a Blogger on Gay Realty Watch?

We’re looking for folks in the real estate industry to help us identify gay friendly cities and neighborhoods, and cover issues that LGBT folks face when buying and selling a home. Are you interested? We’re offering two options: 1) One Time Article: Don’t have a lot of time but want to contribute? This one’s for… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Michael Tessaro, San Ramon, California

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 Michael Tessaro will get the job done for you… he’s professional, successful, educated, knowledgeable, with style…. Read more »

Boise Apartments Filling Up Fast

Aidan Hill moved into her first apartment Wednesday, a sunny, small one-bedroom in a new six-unit complex at 517 N. 13th St. “It’s difficult to find something that’s clean, in the right location, for the right price,” she said. Hill, 22, said she’ll bike to her job as a customer-service representative at a Downtown bank… Read more »

Foreclosures Increasing in Pipeline in Many States

The number of homes in the foreclosure pipeline is increasing in states including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, where the process is slowed by courts, as Arizona, California and Nevada digest their backlog. Home loans that were delinquent or in foreclosure fell in three states hit hard by the housing market collapse, dropping 19%… Read more »

US Home Prices Down Again in November

Residential property prices in the United States continued to drop towards the end of 2011 with the latest figures from CoreLogic showing that national home prices fell 1.4% in November, the fourth monthly fall in a row. On a year on year basis prices, including distressed sales, fell by 4.3% compared with November 2010, the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Talia Freedman, 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 New Mexico Realtors and Real Estate Professionals I’ve worked in the Albuquerque real estate market for six years, and I bring an extensive background in sales, advertising,… Read more »

The Advocate’s Gayest City: Salt Lake City, Utah

While those unfamiliar with the Beehive State are likely to conjure images of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, far-less-oppressive-than-it-used-to-be Salt Lake City has earned its queer cred. There are more than a half-dozen hot spots for men and women, including the eco-friendly nightclub Jam (JamSLC.com), though the sustainable bamboo flooring is perhaps less of a draw… Read more »

The Advocate’s 2nd Gayest City: Orlando, Florida

Besides hosting Gay Days at Disney World, where 50,000 LGBT folks and their kids dressed in red T-shirts invade the theme park the first Saturday in June (and spend $100 million in town), Orlando has more gay softball teams than you can shake a Louisville Slugger at. And residents just got domestic-partnership protections. For non-Mickeyphiles,… Read more »

The Advocate’s 3rd Gayest City: Cambridge, Massachusetts

The home of Harvard University likes a smarty-pants, including the nation’s first African-American lesbian mayor, E. Denise Simmons. Though her reign ended in 2009, she is currently in her sixth term on the City Council, which enacted antidiscrimination protections for transgender people in 1997. The town’s Paradise bar (ParadiseCambridge.com) is billed as New England’s only… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Kelly Stafford, 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 Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in Portland, Oregon At Home Sweet Home Realty, we list properties for just 4% total commission, a great savings for the home… Read more »

The Advocate’s 5th Gayest City: Seattle

When Forbes named Seattle the most miserable sports city in the nation, many of us felt a twinge of empathy. No matter; there’s heaps of other stuff to keep us busy, including tons of locavore and cosmopolitan cuisine, funky bars in a robust LGBT scene, Dan Savage, and hookups — or at least the search… Read more »

The Advocate’s 8th Gayest City: Knoxville, Tennessee

The state’s legislature has been an unmitigated disaster for our rights, making a law to prevent cities from adopting LGBT-inclusive antidiscrimination ordinances (although, happily, the ridiculous “don’t say ‘gay’” bill is dead for now). Nevertheless, Knoxville has defiantly produced a robust gay scene, including the University of Tennessee’s Commission for LGBT People; a welcoming spot… Read more »

The Advocate’s 9th Gayest City: Atlanta, Georgia

We won’t fault you for trying to forget Real Housewife Kim Zolciak’s dip into the lesbian pool — but don’t blame Atlanta if everyone there wants to sample the fun LGBTs have all over town. Lesbian businesses thrive in East Atlanta, and gay clubs go off in Mechanicsville. People coming to Atlanta like to party,… Read more »

The Advocate’s 10th Gayest City: Grand Rapids, Michigan

The River Market District is the main gay area, and many businesses that don’t advertise as specifically LGBT are friendly and open. The compact city has Backstreet (1021 Jessie Rd.) and U.B.U. (TheAquarium.bizland.com) for the over-18 crowd, and those of legal drinking age can check out SixTen Center Street Bar, TraX, Miss Kitty’s/Saloon (all three… Read more »

The Advocate’s 11th Gayest City: Little Rock, Arkansas

The River Market District is the main gay area, and many businesses that don’t advertise as specifically LGBT are friendly and open. The compact city has Backstreet (1021 Jessie Rd.) and U.B.U. (TheAquarium.bizland.com) for the over-18 crowd, and those of legal drinking age can check out SixTen Center Street Bar, TraX, Miss Kitty’s/Saloon (all three… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Rob Jones, Sonoma

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 Sonoma I am a native New Englander. Before moving West, I earned a BA at the University of Connecticut, and a… Read more »

The Advocate’s 12th Gayest City: Portland, Oregon

Bisexual Sleater-Kinney alum Carrie Brownstein has fun on Portlandia (“Put a bird on it!”) playing with the rep of the city’s hipster, hyper-locavore, hyper-literate, boycott-ready, feminist, fleece-clad denizens. But there’s other fun to be had here too. Visit the arty Pearl and Alberta districts; stay at the Ace Hotel; read at the country’s largest indie… Read more »

The Advocate’s 13th Gayest City: Austin, Texas

No amount of backwoodsiness from previous and current statehouse residents George W. Bush or Rick Perry can taint the cosmopolitan, countercultural, and friendly nature of this capital city. Bands, barhopping, and barbecue feature prominently here, for queers and others. The lesbian-owned Hotel San Jose (SanJoseHotel.com) is a minimalist oasis; no fewer than 16 bars offer… Read more »

The Advocate’s 15th Gayest City: Denver, Colorado

Denver is simultaneously outdoorsy and a rapidly growing metropolis, and its attitude is exceptionally laid-back and gay-friendly. (Screw the antigay zealots in nearby Colorado Springs.) A day spent skiing, fishing, hunting, or camping with the fit locals can lead to an evening dining, clubbing, or camping of another sort. Much of the sporting and social… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Michael Layton, Palm Springs

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 Palm Springs Celebrating 10 years in the Palm Springs real estate market area. If you’re relocating to the Palm Springs/Riverside County… Read more »

Idaho’s Economy Improving

Finally, some relief.After months of wading through a recessionary mud pit, Idaho’s economy is showing faint signs of pulling itself out of the mire. Consider: Idaho’s jobless rate hit a two-year low of 8.5 percent in November, down from an all-time record of 9.7 percent in March. Sales tax collections, while falling short of state… Read more »

Some Bright Spots in South Carolina Economy, Real Estate Market

Businesses and individuals struggled to recover from a battered economy in 2011 as threats of a double-dip recession loomed. Jobless rates stayed in double digits in South Carolina throughout much of the year. Retailers suffered with slow sales through the fall. And home-sellers were stuck as the real estate market remained depressed amid a rising… Read more »

Las Vegas Home Sales Climbed Again in November, But Median Price Stagnant

“The number of homes sold in the Las Vegas area rose year-over-year for the fifth consecutive month in November as a surge in sub-$200,000 transactions made up for a decline in activity above that threshold. Prices appeared flat, with the region’s overall median sale price stuck at $115,000 for the third consecutive month. The number… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Deborah Rutter, Charlottesville, 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 As a local, full-time broker in central Virginia, I excel in helping buyer and sellers of residential Virginia real estate… Read more »

Central Kentucky Home Sales Rose Almost 30% in November

Residential home sales in Central Kentucky counties rose 28.8 percent in November, the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors said Friday. The group, which represents Realtors in 11 area counties, said there were 514 residential sales that closed in the month, up from 399 in November 2010. Including sales of townhomes and condos, sales rose 26 percent,… Read more »

MT: Unemployment Rate, Home Prices Down in Bozeman in 2011

It’s difficult to discern which direction the local economy went in 2011. … Gallatin County’s unemployment rate in November was 6.7 percent, nearly a full percentage point lower than November 2010. Home prices in Bozeman and Belgrade dropped 5.5 percent between January and October, and fewer Gallatin County homes were foreclosed upon during the past… Read more »

US: Short Sales Still Climbing

In my post on the economy in 2012, I questioned whether the fourth or fifth prediction of a “bottom” in housing was accurate. As if to slap me in the face with statistics, a report today showed pending home sales at their highest point in a year and a half. But that only takes us… Read more »