Monthly Archives: September 2012

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Larry Gregerson, Indianapolis, Indiana

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. Larry will be your full-service Indianapolis realtor, and will provide you with superior service at all times. His local expertise and extensive real estate experience will benefit you whether… Read more »

Big Island Home Prices Rose Again in August

Home prices on the Big Island continue to rise with the median price of a single-family home in August up nearly 8% from the same month last year. According to Hawaii Information Service, the median price of a single-family home last month was $272,500 compared to August 2011 when the median price was $252,500. The… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Roberta Stone, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

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. When representing buyers and sellers of Boston real estate, an agent should be dependable, accountable, passionate, committed, and should provide great service. Roberta, a Boston area real estate professional… Read more »

Kauai Home, Condo Sales Increased in August

Single-family home prices on Kauai inched up nearly 3 percent in August, while the median price of a condominium jumped nearly 20 percent, according to statistics from Hawaii Information Service. The median price of a single-family home on the Garden Isle in August was $460,000, compared to $447,500 in August 2011 — a rise of… Read more »

Maui Home Prices Keep Climbing

Home prices on Maui continue to climb, while sales remain flat for homes and slightly up for condominiums, according to the Realtors Association of Maui’s report on August 2012 real estate sales. August home sales on Maui were level at 75 homes sold with 76 sold one month ago. August sales were down from 81… Read more »

Vermont Home Sales On the Rise Again

The local housing market remains a buyer’s market, but homes are holding their value and selling once again, according to local industry insiders. The economic collapse that began at the tail end of 2008 popped the housing bubble nationwide. Many homeowners soon found themselves underwater with their mortgages, meaning they owed more on their homes… Read more »

Texas Real Estate Market Showing Strong Signs of Recovery

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, including, it seems, the housing market recovery. Real estate agents in Dallas-Fort Worth sold almost 8,000 single-family homes in August, according to the Dallas Morning News, an 18 percent increase over July and the 14th consecutive month purchases have been higher than the year before. Another landmark: August sales… Read more »

Selling Real Estate With a Speedo

Australian LGBT site Same Same points us to this video of Australian real estate agent Kieren Gray, who’s having some success with a sales technique that’s as old as humanity: “This property’s so hot, you’ve got to take your gear off before you get inside.” At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news to share… Read more »

Boise is the Most-Improving Real Estate Market in the US

The Boise-Nampa metro area is the most improving housing market in the U.S., according to a report from CoreLogic, a national real estate research company. To measure the area’s market improvement, the company used year-over-year changes in its monthly real estate strength metrics — number of sales, home prices and delinquencies — in which it… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Robert Guardigli, Hillsborough, New Jersey

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. Robert is dedicated to his clients’ goals and overall satisfaction in the home buying and selling process. If you’re planning to buy or sell a home in the Hillsborough… Read more »

New Mexico Home Sales Up 9% in August

August home sales statewide rose more than 9 percent, according to the Realtors Association of New Mexico. There were 1,440 sales reported to RANM for the month. Median prices continue to be influenced by short sale volume. The August 2012 median of $169,773 is 3.5 percent higher than the August 2011 median of $164,000. At… Read more »

California’s Home Sales Up in August From July, Down From 2011

California pending home sales rose in August from July, but a continuing shortage of housing inventory sent pending sales lower from the previous year. Additionally, the lack of supply, particularly of REO properties, sent the share of equity sales to its highest level in four years, CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS(R) (C.A.R.) reported today. Pending home… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Mark Yonkovich, Bellingham, Washington

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 and selling a home in Bellingham (or anywhere) can be stressful and complex – Mark can put his 15+ years of buying, selling, flipping and owning investment property… Read more »

Low Inventory Driving Up Home Prices in Monterey

Scant inventories are driving up home prices in Monterey County’s recovering housing market, as investors snatch up what’s available and leave the leftovers to traditional home buyers. Still, with interest rates at record lows and prices less than a half what they were five years ago, it’s a good time to buy — if you… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Stephen Sattler, Baltimore, 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. If you’re relocating to the Baltimore real estate market from somewhere else, or if you’re a current Baltimore resident and would like to look at other places to live,… Read more »

New Hampshire Home Sales Up, Prices Down in July

New Hampshire home sales continued to rise in July while sale prices continued to slide, according to the New Hampshire Association of Realtors. A total of 1,260 homes were sold in the state last month, the group announced yesterday, compared with 1,052 in July 2011, a 19.8 percent increase, year-over-year. With 7,044 homes sold in… Read more »

Providence, Rhode Island Foreclosures Dropped in Second Quarter

Sales of previously foreclosed homes in the Providence-Fall River-New Bedford area dropped 22 percent in the second quarter compared with the same period last year, RealtyTrac said Thursday. Foreclosed homes made up 5.72 percent of all Providence area sales in the second quarter, down from 7.68 percent in the second quarter of 2011, the Irvine,… Read more »

Maine Home Sales Up 15% in August Year Over Year

All but two of Maine’s counties saw significantly more single-family homes sold this August over last year. The Maine Association of Realtors reported a statewide increase of 15% in home sales volume over last year and an increase in median sale price of 3% to $170,000. The statewide volume figures outpace the national numbers, where… Read more »

Utah Housing Market Improving

Allison Barclay loved her house and neighborhood in Millcreek, but her husband, Ryan’s, commute to Orem was wearing on him. Saturday, the couple and their “little guy,” 17-month-old Max, moved in to their new house in Highland. Plans were delayed when the moving truck broke down, but new appliances were delivered in the morning and… Read more »

Sioux Falls Real Estate Shows Signs of Improvement

Real estate agents in South Dakota’s largest city say the housing market is improving, with homes selling faster and for better prices. The Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/Q062dl) that the number of pending home sales in July was up 23 percent in Sioux Falls compared with the same period last year. Pending sales are up 17 percent… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Chris Morton, Raleigh, 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. Co-Owner and Broker with rare Properties, a boutique real estate brokerage in Raleigh NC See Chris’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly Realtors and Real Estate… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Joel Vendette, Los Angeles, 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. A longtime resident of Los Angeles, Realtor Joel Vendette combines his knowledge of the local community with an energetic, positive, personable approach to real estate. With over 15 years… Read more »

Delaware Home Prices Surged Over the Summer

Low interest rates, low prices and a rising sense of urgency among buyers are driving a renewed momentum in Delaware’s residential real estate market this summer, sustaining a sense that the long-awaited recovery of the housing market is now under way. Compared to August 2011, single-family home sales last month were up 14.9 percent in… Read more »

Tulsa Home Foreclosures Up in Second Quarter Over 2011

The number of metro Tulsa home sales involving foreclosed properties dropped during the second quarter compared with the previous three months, but the total was up nearly 9 percent from the same period last year, a real estate data service reported Thursday. The year-over-year rise locally contradicted overall Oklahoma and U.S. statistics showing significant drops… Read more »

Home Prices Improving in Arkansas

Opening the door to possible buyers for six years as a realtor in Arkansas, Tammy Tompkins has experienced his experienced first hand the changes in the housing market. “We’ve had some good times, and some pretty tough times,” said Tompkins. Negotiating the price of a home between the buyer and seller she said lately has… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Christopher Rocca, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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. For Santa Fe real estate sellers, Christopher offers innovative and comprehensive marketing programs that combine technology, (virtual property tours, wide web exposure and exciting visual presentations), with time-honored techniques… Read more »

Indianapolis Home Sales Jumped Again in August

Home-sale agreements in the Indianapolis area rose 5.4 percent in August, the F.C. Tucker Co. said Thursday. Purchase agreements for existing homes in the nine-county area totaled 2,151 during the month, helping sales contracts through the first eight months of the year to a 14.3-percent increase when compared with the same time last year. In… Read more »

Is it Time for Renters to Buy?

Crunching the number on renting versus buying, Jed Kolko makes the case for the latter: Based on asking prices and rents during the summer of 2012, buying is now 45% cheaper than renting in the 100 largest U.S. metros, on average – that’s a savings of $771 a month. If you plan to stay in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Virginia Ruffulo, Medford, 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. Virginia been selling Medford real estate for over 12 years, and she is a lifetime member of the million dollar club. She lives on 20 beautiful acres, raises kids,horses,… Read more »

Gay Couple Sues Bishop Over Real Estate Discrimination in Massachusetts

James Fairbanks and Alain Beret, married business partners from Sutton, had been searching for the perfect property for nearly two years when they discovered Oakhurst, an aging mansion on 26 beautiful acres in Northbridge. The former retreat center, which was affiliated with the Diocese of Worcester and had been on the market for some time,… Read more »

DC Real Estate – Like It’s 2005

The house goes on the market and within four hours an agent registers a contract. The calls continue and 36 hours later there are five contracts on the property allowing for a $25,000 escalation in price and the exact settlement date and rent back period the owners hoped to enjoy. Thinking it’s 2005? No, this… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Gregg Klar, Austin, 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. Gregg is always available to give you personal, one-on-one help with the biggest decision you’ll make in your life. If you have any questions, please call! e-mail me! Buying… Read more »

Least Affordable Housing Markets in the USA

Jed Kolko crunches the numbers to see how long the average worker would have to work in order to buy a home in different parts of the country: If you want more affordable housing, you might guess that moving to the suburbs is the answer. Not always! You’ll actually need to work longer – earning… Read more »

Mortgage Interest Rates at All-Time Low This Year

Although home mortgage rates continuously go up and down, they have been historically low over the last couple of years. This has enabled more buyers to afford a home. But this summer, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage fell again, this time dropping below 3.50 percent for the first time in recorded history…. Read more »