Monthly Archives: August 2012

Portland Housing Inventory Increases, Sales Up

Rising prices finally have induced Portland area homeowners to list their properties. For the first time in recent memory, the number of homes going up for sale turned positive, according to figures today from the Regional Multiple Listing Service. The increase in new listings was matched by increases in pending sales, closed sales, the average… Read more »

Why Choose a Buyer’s Agent?

As the Washington metro area housing market remains one of the strongest in the nation, potential buyers are facing fierce competition with multiple offers for a single property increasingly becoming the new norm with very low available inventory. When a buyer finds a property they want to purchase, they need to have everything in order… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Lynn Wunsch, Denver, Colorado

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. Lynn specializes in Denver real estate, and will work as your advocate, negotiator and facilitator to get you the best deal possible with superior customer service! If you’re planning… Read more »

Minnesota’s Housing Recovery Uneven

The Minnesota housing market continues to move away from the bottom, as July home sales climbed 4.6 percent, the Minnesota Association of Realtors reported Tuesday. Other positive signs emerged during the month: the median home price was up 11.1 percent, sellers received a higher percentage of their asking price, and homes were selling faster, on… Read more »

Kansas Home Sales Improved in June

Monthly sales of existing single-family homes and condominiums continued to climb in Kansas during June while monthly home prices improved for the second consecutive month according to the latest housing data from the Kansas Association of Realtors(R) (KAR). An estimated total of 3,313 existing single-family homes and condos were sold in the Sunflower State in… Read more »

Delaware: Gay Realtor May Make History

Rehoboth Beach real estate agent Andy Staton hopes to become the first openly LGBT person elected to the Delaware legislature, and he has a healthy bank account and a wealth of endorsements on his side. With over $105,000 raised, Staton earned more contributions than any other first-time political hopeful in a Delaware primary election campaign;… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Barbara Stone, Dallas, Texas

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. As a multi-million-dollar producer, Barbara Stone has over 25 years of cutting edge business skills and experience to help gay and lesbian couples and individuals buy and sell Dallas… Read more »

Wisconsin Home Sales Up 17% in July Over 2011

Wisconsin home sales rose 17.3 percent in July and the state registered its fifth straight month of increasing home prices, according to the Wisconsin Realtors Association. Wisconsin has recorded 35,405 home sales through July of this year, a 20.4 percent increase over the first seven months of 2011. The seven-county southeast Wisconsin region had a… Read more »

Mexico’s Economic Growth Slowed in Second Quarter

Mexico’s economic growth slowed less than analysts forecast in the second quarter as auto exports climbed to a record, helping offset a downturn in shipments of some manufactured goods and oil. Gross domestic product expanded 0.9 percent from the first quarter, an annualized rate of 3.5 percent and down from a revised 1.2 percent in… Read more »

Looking Back on the Housing Bust

Binyamin Applebaum reviews the administration’s mortgage policies. Yglesias reflects: [T]he economic team wasn’t saying there was nothing they could do on housing. Nor were they saying that doing more on housing was a bad idea. They were saying that given finite financial resources they thought investing money in homeowner relief was a poor use of… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jeffrey Fowler, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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. Jeffrey has over 28 years experience working in the business world for some of America’s largest companies. His knowledge and experience cover marketing, real estate sales, finance, computer technology,… Read more »

Wisconsin Home Sales Grew at Robust Pace in June

Wisconsin home sales continued to grow at a robust pace with sales of existing homes up 19.3 percent in June over June of last year, according to the most recent monthly report by the Wisconsin REALTORS(R) Association (WRA), continuing a pattern that began last summer. Since the beginning of the year, home sales were up… Read more »

Gay Northampton and Amhearst, Massachusetts

Amherst I nervously moved to the sleepy town of Amherst, Massachusetts almost six semesters ago, not sure what to expect. I was somehow under the impression that the town was literally in the middle of nowhere with absolutely nothing to do and that I’d be bored all the time. I wasn’t out to anyone (even… Read more »

LGBT Senior Housing Approved Again in San Francisco

Four years after San Francisco officials signed off on a mega-housing project that will include units designated for LGBT seniors, planning officials for the second time voted to approve the infill development. The Planning Commission voted unanimously late this evening (Thursday, August 16) to accept several design changes that the project sponsors made in response… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Marion McGuire, Glendale, Arizona

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. Marion goes the extra mile to help you achieve your goals, by constantly researching the market and property values so your home is priced effectively from day one. She… Read more »

Palm Springs Real Estate Trends

From many homes for sale with no buyers to hardly any homes for sale with many buyers — the Palm Springs market reflects what’s happening in many other markets…  And this market shows no signs of falling back.  Our local market, as well as many other markets are experiencing an unusual phenomenon.  First the investors… Read more »

What Home Buyers Want

Whatever you think of Mel Gibson, you have to admit that the sight of him in a bra and pantyhose while sporting lipstick and mascara in the movie “What Women Want” is enough to make Noxeema’s face cream, Chi Chi’s chi-chis heave and Ms. Vida Boehme roll over in her grave. The movie, of course,… Read more »

Gainesville, Florida – The Gay Guide

Welcome to Gaynesville! Its a small little bubble of liberalism in a sea of southern weirdness. There’s lots of fun to be had here; we’ve got everything from world-class education to the beauty of wild Florida nature, not to mention fresh cooked local meals and dance parties that will knock your socks off. We’ve lived… Read more »

New Mixed-Use Projects Approved for the Castro

Several proposed building projects featuring mixed retail and residential uses were recently approved by business leaders in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood. Developers want to build a project with 88 residential units and three to four retail spaces at 2175 Market Street, near 15th Street. The corner is currently the site of a 76 gas station…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Esty Kurti, Charlotte, North Carolina

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. Expect world class customer service from Esty – she works with both buyers and sellers. Esty covers the Charlotte area, and wants to be your one-stop source for real… Read more »

House Hunters International Features Gay Bi-National Couple

HGTV network’s “House Hunters International” will air an episode on Monday featuring former Washington, D.C. residents Ivan and Devin, a married gay bi-national couple forced to move to Colombia after Ivan’s work visa expired. “Ivan and Devin, built a life together in DC: they worked jobs they loved, shared their home with their beloved dog… Read more »

Can Your Rent Payments Improve Your Credit Score?

The crash of the housing market and the ensuing economic recession has wreaked havoc on credit scores of millions of people. Lots of hardworking people have suddenly found themselves out-of-work and evicted from foreclosed homes. Now, many people are scrambling to rebuild their credit scores while living in a rental property. What if you could… Read more »

Milwaukee Home Sales Up 29% Over July 2011

The metropolitan Milwaukee housing market enjoyed a hot July with sales increasing 29.2 percent compared with July 2011 sales, the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors said. The reasons for the increase included historically low interest rates, low prices and improved consumer confidence, the group said Friday. Four of five southeastern Wisconsin counties posted sales gains… Read more »

Foreign Buyers Snapping Up Real Estate, Especially in Arizona, Florida, and Nevada

Cries of panic are being heard around the nation about foreign buyers of U.S. real estate, especially homes, posing ‘risks’ to America. This cry is not a new one. As economic downturns seemingly start to move into a stable mode, foreigners will be found investing in U.S. real estate, homes, and commercial properties. They are… Read more »

Niagara Falls Wants You (To Live There)

In recent years, Niagara Falls has thrown open its doors to casino gambling, gay weddings and a tightrope walk that, until laws were relaxed, would have meant arrest. It even briefly considered taking in toxic wastewater from hydraulic fracturing. On the drawing board now is a plan to entice young people to move in by… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Michael McDonald, Santa Cruz, 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. Buying or selling a home often means a major life change. Michael feels privileged to serve his clients in this process. As your agent, Michael will dedicate myself to… Read more »

Canadian Home Prices Likely to Slip 10% Over Next Two Years, Report Suggests

Canadian house prices are due for a 10 per cent correction — and likely even more in overheated Toronto and Vancouver — but will likely avoid a U.S.-style collapse, according to a Scotiabank report. Economists from the chartered bank said in a report Wednesday that average Canadian house prices will likely experience a cumulative 10… Read more »

Moving to Durham, North Carolina

by Graham Marlette, Prudential York Simpson Underwood, Durham, North Carolina Email Graham | Visit Graham’s Website Visit the Gay Realty Network Central North Carolina page Want to Get Married in North Carolina? | Want to Vacation in the North Carolina Heartland? When I first moved to Durham, North Carolina from New York City, I did… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Philip Altland, 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. Philip has been in business since 1978. Douglas Elliman is the largest residential real estate firm in New York City with 860 brokers. Today, Philip is proud to call… Read more »

Denver Home Prices Up for Fifth Month in a Row

For the fifth month in a row, metro Denver’s home sale prices saw a year-over-year increase, according to a CoreLogic home price index (HPI) report released Tuesday. The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield area HPI grew 7.2 percent in June over June 2011’s HPI. That was also a larger gain than was seen with May’s 6.3 percent HPI increase… Read more »

New City Rising in New York’s Hudson Yards

New York lost the 2012 Olympics, but the city’s bid for the summer games spurred another, visionary venture: building up the largest undeveloped parcel in Manhattan. While London got the games, New York was left with the best opportunity for development remaining in town. On Manhattan’s West Side, the old Hudson rail storage yards are… Read more »

June Home Sales Disappointing in Las Vegas

Home sales remained flat for the third consecutive month in Las Vegas during June, falling by 406 sales from May and falling below the previous year’s sales for the first time in twelve months according to the latest data released from DataQuick. A total of 4,423 new and resale houses and condos closed escrow in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: David Maplesden, Takoma Park, Maryland

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. David is originally from Brighton, England, in the United Kingdom. He’s been licensed as a Washington, DC Realtor since 1979, and has has worked in Virginia, Washington D.C. and… Read more »

Home Prices Rose in All Major US Cities in May

Home prices rose in May from April in every city tracked by a leading index, a sign that increasing sales and tight inventories are supporting a modest housing recovery. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index released Tuesday showed increases in all of the 20 cities tracked. And a measure of national prices rose 2.2… Read more »

Saint Petersburg, Florida

by Pete McGahan, Keller Williams, St. Petersburg Email Pete | Visit Pete’s Website Visit the Gay Realty Network Tampa/St. Petersburg page Several years ago, after many years of working in accounting, the company I worked for had decided to move their offices away from New York. After mulling over several opportunities my partner and I… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jeff Lempke, Delray Beach, 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. Jeff is a Multi-Million Dollar Producer, and is dedicated to making the negotiation process as easy as possible for his Delray Beach real estate clients. Jeff is a great… Read more »

Home Sales, Prices Falling in France

Nationally property prices in France have fallen, sales are also down but there is considerable regional variation, according to figures from notaires and estate agents. The latest data from Notaires de France show that over the first quarter of the year prices fell 1.6% for properties, with new homes falling 1.4%. The new build market… Read more »

Asheville Home Sales, Economy Slowly Improve

With slow but steady growth in new jobs, more people bought houses this spring, boosting a modest recovery underway in the local real estate market. “We’ve had eight straight months with real estate in Western North Carolina showing better performance. It would appear that the worst is certainly behind us,” said Debbie Williams, executive vice… Read more »

Lesbian Couple Win Legal Victory Over NYC landlord

A lesbian couple in New York City scored a victory Wednesday when their building’s landlord and management company agreed to comply with city and state laws and put both women’s names on the lease for their rent-stabilized Harlem apartment. Regina Hawkins-Balducci had sought to add her spouse’s name to the lease after the couple married… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bobby Peebles, Phoenix, Arizona

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. Bobby puts a lot of effort into his client relationshipts, working to locate the perfect dream home or investment property for them. See Bobby’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty… Read more »

Is it Time to Downsize?

In light of the current economy, many people today have either downsized, or continue the debate of whether they should downsize or not. The housing market over the past 4 years has caused many in every community, not just our LGBT community to be forced into this decision by not being able to keep income… Read more »

Canada: Couple Denied Apartment for Being Gay

A gay couple is filing a human rights complaint against a rental agent in Brampton after she denied them an apartment because the landlord does not want to rent the property to gay people. After searching several weeks for an apartment, Thiago Derucio and his boyfriend, Chris Prentice, found a place using an agency called… Read more »