Monthly Archives: May 2013

New LGBT Senior Housing Development to Open in Philadelphia

With LGBT seniors facing increased risks of poverty and poor health as well as a higher likelihood of living alone, the need for housing designed to their needs is dire. Cities including Los Angeles and Chicago are responding by building developments specifically geared to LGBT seniors, and now Philadelphia is joining the party, reaching out… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Frank Vigliotti, Ft. Lauderdale, 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. Frank has served the GLBT Community since 2005, providing sales & consultation services in Wilton Manors, Oakland Park & Fort Lauderdale, FL. Gay friendly region is the #1 destination… Read more »

New York’s Ultra-Luxury Condo Market Booming

If you’re in NYC and you’re richer than God, you’ll be happy about this. Otherwise, not so much. Joe.My.God reports: Ultraluxury housing and construction is booming across Manhattan, which is now beginning to rival London in popularity with the world’s wealthy. The number of condominium buildings in the borough with apartments selling for more than… Read more »

Castro Revamp Slimmed Down Due to Budget Concerns

The plan to upgrade the Castro’s streetscape has been scaled back due to budget concerns. the Bay Area Reporter reports: Due to budgetary constraints, San Francisco planners working on the redesign of Castro Street in the heart of the city’s gayborhood have, for now, cut from the proposal such things as rainbow crosswalks, sparkle treatments… Read more »

Ellen and Portia Buy $26.5 Million Home

A little celebtiry real estate news today – married lesbian power couple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia DiRossi are buying a new home together. TMNZ reports: It’s the kinda house 99.999% of the world will never see … let alone OWN — but TMZ has learned, Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi just purchased… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Phil Stern, 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. Phil Sterns is a gay Phoenix area real estate agent proudly serving our GLBT Community with superior service. He listens to your needs & desires! The Phoenix/Scottsdale area has… Read more »

Why Aren’t Americans Moving?

Here’s an odd economic mystery. Americans are moving around the country a lot less frequently than they used to. For example: In the early 1990s, 3 percent of Americans moved across state lines each year. Today, the rate is half that. Economists have offered all sorts of theories for the drop in mobility. Perhaps it’s… Read more »

Fort Lauderdale – Gay Mecca

With seductive sandy beaches, sultry swimming pools, an abundance of gay-owned businesses and resorts, plus a vibrant cultural scene, it’s no wonder queer travelers are flocking to Ft. Lauderdale for some R&R. Below are just a few reasons the tropical paradise is near the top of our favorite places to visit. With nearly two dozen… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Scott Lacy, 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. Scott has 10+ years experience in residential, commercial and mixed use sales. He specializes in downtown, mid-town, and north suburban Indy. Indianapolis is a great big city with friendly… Read more »

Which Cities Have Growing Gay Populations?

Fort Lauderdale beat every big city at growing its gay and lesbian population between 2000 and 2010. During that time span, the portion of households containing same-sex partners increased more in the South Florida city than in all other cities of similar or greater size. Using Census data, SFGN figured out each city’s unmarried gay-couple-to-straight-couple… Read more »

Understanding the Numbers in the Real Estate Market

If you’re paying attention to the real estate news, you’ve probably heard multiple reports about the numbers in April 2013 that indicate an improving real estate market: new listings are up 17.4 percent over April 2012, although active listings are still at a five-year low. Sales are up 13.7 percent, the median sold price is… Read more »

Gay Retiree Communities Popping Up Across the US

When David Webb, a real estate investor from the San Francisco Bay Area, and his longtime partner, Lynn McLaughlin, were looking to retire, they thought they’d give Naples, Fla., a try. “We were the token gay couple,” says Webb, 62. Invitations to dinner parties were frequent. But when a local country club refused them admission–not… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Geoff Hartle, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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. Geoff is a dedicated and professional Toronto real estate agent, your source for the Toronto Real Estate market. See Geoff’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly… Read more »

Today’s Real Estate Report – Maine

At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news to share with you about the gay real estate market – both lgbt real estate news and news specific to gay and lesbian real estate meccas. If you have a gay real estate story that you’d like to share with us, contact us at info@2016.gayrealtynetwork.com. Today, in… Read more »

Ideas for Remodeling Your Garage

Considering a garage remodel? Josh Baker at The Washington Blade has some ideas for you: If you have a passion for cooking, you might consider creating a gourmet kitchen with all the equipment desired by world-class chefs. But what if you’re a car enthusiast? Then today’s high-tech and well-designed showstopper garages might be just your… Read more »

Today’s Real Estate Report – Louisiana

At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news to share with you about the gay real estate market – both lgbt real estate news and news specific to gay and lesbian real estate meccas. If you have a gay real estate story that you’d like to share with us, contact us at info@2016.gayrealtynetwork.com. Today, in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Will Landay, Jacksonville, 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. Will is athletic, cerebral, active, dedicated, humorous…and more! Jacksonville is a community with GLBT friendly clubs, restaurants, and artistic culture. See Will’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here… Read more »

Does Homeownership Kill Jobs?

A new study thinks so. WonkBlog reports: Back in the 1990s, British economist Andrew Oswald first showed that higher levels of homeownership were correlated with higher levels of unemployment across European countries and within the United States. Other possible variables — such as unionization rates — didn’t explain the variation in joblessness nearly as well…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Gael W. Hammer, Washington Depot, Connecticut

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’m a top producer in Litchfield County. I’ll work energetically to find you the perfect home in any price range. Country living for all seasons! Fine & casual lifestyle… Read more »

Want a Home With a Smaller Carbon Footprint?

What about a mobile home? The Dish has the details: An elaborate 2012 report published by ROC USA and underwritten by HUD found that mobile homes use, on average, far less energy and water than conventional homes or condos (the mobile homes in the study were 940 square feet, larger than those at Pismo Dunes)…. Read more »

Today’s Real Estate Report – Kansas

At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news to share with you about the gay real estate market – both lgbt real estate news and news specific to gay and lesbian real estate meccas. If you have a gay real estate story that you’d like to share with us, contact us at info@2016.gayrealtynetwork.com. Today, in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Doug Jacobs, 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. Doug is a professional Real Estate Broker with over 12 years experience in the greater Austin area working with Gay & Lesbian clients! Austin is rated one of the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Terry Eichas, 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. I’ve been a Delray Beach resident for 28 years, and have lived in Southern Florida for three and a half decades. Investments and retirment properties are my specialty. Getting… Read more »

San Francisco’s Castro District to Get a Facelift

The update will include new sidewalks, more trees, and maybe even rainbow crosswalks. My Castro reports: On April 3, 2013, city planners presented some new options for pedestrian sidewalk upgrades to Castro Street. The improvements, which are set to begin 2014, will include 22-foot sidewalks, brand new trees and pedestrian-scaled lighting, according to SF Streets… Read more »

Today’s Real Estate Report – Indiana

At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news to share with you about the gay real estate market – both lgbt real estate news and news specific to gay and lesbian real estate meccas. If you have a gay real estate story that you’d like to share with us, contact us at info@2016.gayrealtynetwork.com. Today, in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Walt Welch, Atlanta, Georgia

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. With more than 12 years of experience and being a native of Atlanta, I have an “in depth” knowledge of popular gay friendly Atlanta neighborhoods. See Walt’s Expanded Listing… Read more »

Silverlake – The New Gay Mecca

Looking for a great gay-friendly mecca in the Los Angeles? West Hollywood is sooooo 2010, Ken Williams at LA Weekly says… Silverlake is the new place to be: The new gay paradigm, in fact, makes the culture of West Hollywood look obsolete. It wasn’t long ago that gay men had to embrace certain cultural hallmarks… Read more »

Toronto Area Real Estate Agent Distributes Homophobic Fliers

A Toronto real estate agent has taken it upon himself to distribute an anti-gay flier in Mississauga, Ontario. Towleroad.com reports: A RE/MAX Real Estate agent in the Toronto-area city of Mississauga is under fire for distributing sales brochures which included an article promoting “traditional families” as the best for the future of children, the Mississauga… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Phil Hobson, 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. Phil Hobson provides professional and friendly real estate services in both the Dallas and Cedar Creek Lake areas. Dallas is a very welcoming city to GLBT. Dallas has wonderful… Read more »

Today’s Real Estate Report – Illinois

At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news to share with you about the gay real estate market – both lgbt real estate news and news specific to gay and lesbian real estate meccas. If you have a gay real estate story that you’d like to share with us, contact us at info@2016.gayrealtynetwork.com. Today, in… Read more »

Do Trees Make a Building Green?

Can adding trees to your condo project make it a green building, in the eco-friendly sense? The Dish ponders the question: [T]rees atop buildings have become an architectural crutch, a way to make your building feel sustainable without necessarily being so…. Structures built to support trees need to be over-engineered compared with their abiotic equivalents–trees… Read more »