Monthly Archives: June 2012

Home Prices Up 1.5% in Los Angeles Last Month

Most consumers and real estate professionals anticipate the last Thursday of every month. That is the day the industry standard Case-Shiller housing index report is published. Los Angeles Market up 1.500% Nationally, it is a critical trend watched by those who track housing data and provides a glimpse of the future. In the Los Angeles… Read more »

Home Prices Rising in Many Big Cities

Home prices are beginning to rise after a six-year slump in cities from San Francisco to Miami, where jobs and activities appeal to younger and affluent buyers. “A number of the cities that have done the best have been glamour cities,” said Robert Shiller, an economics professor at Yale University and co-creator of the S&P/Case-Shiller… Read more »

North and South Dakota Real Estate Markets Hot

Even though I have a home in Charlotte, NC I am working for a builder-dealer who is based in Aberdeen, SD. This dealer offers high quality manufactured and modular homes that are absolutely beautiful. When placed on a basement, crawlspace or stone skirting you cannot tell these homes apart from a stick-built ranch. Once inside,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Brian Street, 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. Welcome to Vancouver! Your experience in buying or selling Vancouver real estate is most important to me, and I work to make it as pleasant and stress-free as possible…. Read more »

Fort Lauderdale a Gay Mecca

Known as one of the country’s foremost LGBT capitals, Fort Lauderdale definitely offers visitors a plethora of dining, entertainment and cultural options, not to mention miles of pristine beaches perfect for those looking to catch some rays while listening to the mesmerizing sounds of the Atlantic. Fort Lauderdale is actually three destinations in one. The… Read more »

Fort Lauderdale Ranks Top 5 On Gayest Cities In America List

The Advocate, a U.S. based national gay and lesbian news magazine, ranked Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the top five of their annual Gayest Cities in America list.  Criteria used to rank cities include the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elected officials, bookstores, softball teams and protection services. The Advocate’s 2012 Gayest Cities… Read more »

US Home Sales Up in May from April, Previous Year

What a difference a month makes as home sales soared in May following April’s flat performance according to RE/MAX’s National Housing Report (NHR) with home sales increasing by nearly 13 percent from the previous month and home prices posting a solid gain, staying above last year’s prices for the fourth consecutive month, Closed transactions of… Read more »

Illinois Home Sales Saw Best Performance in Five Years in May

Home sales in Illinois recorded their best May performance since 2007, and year-over-year median sales prices moved into positive territory in the Chicago area for the first time in more than four years, data released by the Illinois Association of REALTORS(R) show. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in May 2012 totaled 11,984… Read more »

How to Renovate Your Condo Without the Chaos

For many homeowners, a renovation project is one of the most complex and difficult ventures they will undertake. For condominium owners, the complexities of home improvements are greater as they have to navigate challenges and situations that are unique to condo owners. While it can seem daunting –with careful planning, working with an experienced remodeler,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: David Krause, 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. I run a full-service home sales and marketing firm in Portland, Oregon that’s committed to your success. When you buy your next home, you’ll have many opportunities and challenges,… Read more »

CNN Finds Ten Affordable Gay Friendly Neighborhoods

Many of the U.S.’s most gay-friendly neighborhoods are in some of the country’s most expensive real estate markets. But there are also plenty of more affordable options for same-sex couples, according to real estate website Trulia. Trulia identified zip codes with the heaviest concentrations of gay men and women by examining Census Bureau statistics. It… Read more »

Fort Lauderdale Central To Popular LGBT Events

You probably already know Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a destination hot spot for fun under the sun and a place many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are happy to call home or their home away from home.  But, did you know Fort Lauderdale is also central to many LGBT events? Aside from… Read more »

Wichita Home Prices Fell in First Quarter of 2012

Kansas ranked seventh among the states for house price appreciation in the first quarter, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s seasonally adjusted house price index released Wednesday. The index showed a 3.16 percent improvement in prices in Kansas from a year ago. Prices were up 1.49 percent from the fourth quarter. Over five years,… Read more »

Iowa Home Sales, Prices Up Again in April

Monthly sales of existing single-family homes and condominiums improved again in Iowa during April while home prices were over eight percent higher than at the same time last year according to the latest housing data from the Iowa Association of Realtors(R) (IAR). An estimated total of 2,645 existing single-family homes and condos were sold in… Read more »

New York Home Sales, Prices Dipped in April

Monthly sales of existing single-family homes in the state of New York fell by 49 transactions in April but remained above the previous year’s tally, while home prices also took a step back, though also still remaining above the previous year’s levels according to the latest housing data from the New York State Association of… Read more »

Homes Selling Faster in Omaha Real Estate Market

While the Omaha-metro’s housing market never suffered the same kinds of blows as other areas, things were much slower this time last year. But the tide is turning. Linda Carpenter with Keller Williams Realty said, “Last year, days on market was an average of 98 days. This year, we’re seeing 39 days as our average… Read more »

OK: Tulsa Home Sales Continued to Rise in April

Tulsa-area home sales rose yet again in April, continuing 2012’s strong improvement over last year. The Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors reports that 1,028 homes were sold in April, up 3.6 percent from March and an increase of 12.4 percent from April 2011. The 3,748 homes that were sold in the first four months of… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Cheryl Bower, 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. Cheryl Bower is a San Francisco native, with seventeen years of experience in property investment and renovation. She specializes in the San Francisco real estate market, including residential sales… Read more »

Arkansas Home Sales Down But Prices Up in April

Home sales in Arkansas were down 10 percent in April compared to a year ago, but the average price of the homes sold rose 8.3 percent, Arkansas Realtors Association reported today. The association said 1,944 homes sold in the state in April, compared to 2,161 during the same month in 2011, while the average price… Read more »

April Home Sales Strong in Indiana

Home sales in Indiana continued to show impressive strength during April following March’s forty-five percent surge as sales surpassed both the previous month’s and the previous year’s levels according to the latest housing data from the Indiana Association of Realtors(R) (IAR). An estimated total of 5,568 existing single-family homes and condos were sold in the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Joan Dunn, Sacramento

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. After moving to Sacramento in 2002, Joan made a name for herself in the Sacramento Real Estate Market as one of the area’s most successful real estate agents. Her… Read more »

Fort Lauderdale Luxury Home of Lee Majors For Sale

Here’s your chance to own a piece of Hollywood, California history in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!  The waterfront estate built by Lee Majors, probably most famous for his American television role as the Six Million Dollar Man, is listed for sale. In 1991 Majors left Hollywood to live in this picturesque, waterfront Fort Lauderdale home with… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jarrett Hunter, 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. Jarrett has been working in the downtown and surrounding Toronto Real Estate market for over the past decade. His clients come from all walks of life, cultures, religions and… Read more »

Investing in Central American Real Estate

Investors and big multinationals are tuning into the largest and fastest emerging market on the planet. Latin America has always been an exciting region to visit or live, but now it’s the place to be for new and expanding business. A Deloitte report in 2011 said the number of millionaire households in Brazil should reach… Read more »

USA: Pending Home Sales Dipped Unexpectedly in April

Contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly fell in April to a four-month low, undermining some of the recent optimism that the housing sector was touching bottom. Realtor Bolin shows a home to Amy and Eddie Deon in Riverside, California May 24, 2012. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo The National Association of Realtors said on Wednesday its… Read more »

France: Real Estate Market Improving

The property market in France is stabilizing and likely to be boosted by the news that the country has come out of recession. The announcement of new air routes from key British destinations to four cities in the south west of France is also set to encourage buy to let property investors. ‘France is certainly… Read more »