Monthly Archives: August 2013

Terry’s Blog: Preparing Your Home for Sale

There are so many things that you should know before you are able to be truly successful in selling real estate. Key and prime locations, marketing, and conversion of prospect clients are all elements that you want to master – and these tips can really give you a great edge in learning more about the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Dale Nabors, Tampa, 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. Dale has been helping our community buy and sell homes for over 28 years. Tampa is a great area to live, work, and play, with many charming neighborhoods. See… Read more »

Tips to Ease the Stress of Relocation

For many of us that have been “stuck in our homes” for the past half dozen years, this is great news. There comes a time in our lives that we need to pick ourselves up and move ahead. You’re going to start a new beginning, which is why you need to get started on the… Read more »

IRS: Gay Spouses in All States Can File Joint Taxes

OK—–So this is a REPOST but I would LOVE to hear thoughts and opinions from others on this!!! Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 03:20 PM Married gay couples living in all 50 states can file joint federal tax returns, even if local authorities don’t recognize their marriages, the Obama administration said today. The decision by the… Read more »

Riding The Interest Rate Train

Real Estate shoppers and aficionados, travel with me this week on the interest rate train, as we examine historical mortgage interest rates and come to rest at our destination, today’s marketplace. It may seem more like a roller coaster ride than a pleasant sightseeing journey, but it should give you some perspective on a decision… Read more »

US Housing Inventory Hits a 13 Year Low

I figured I’d hit you with something a little more serious. Recently in Forbes it was talking about how the housing inventory hit a 13 year low and I got very excited for two reasons. housing-inventory-low #1: All that excess inventory we had during the down turn has been bought up so that signals strength… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ken Latz, Seattle

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. My goal is your excellent experience. I’m professional and fun. Call – I’ll prove it! Seattle’s bustling with gay/lesbian options. Many water, mountain and city activities to choose from…. Read more »

City Gives Go-Ahead to Update of Castro Streetscape

City planners received a green light this week to proceed with a major overhaul of the streetscape in the heart of San Francisco’s gay Castro district. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board unanimously voted Tuesday, August 20 to approve the Castro Streetscape Improvement Project. The $4 million makeover will widen sidewalks, slow vehicular traffic… Read more »

Where is Boston’s Gayborhood?

CNN has the answer from the last census: Most popular neighborhood for same-sex male couples: South End, Boston ($608 per square foot). Most affordable alternative: Dorchester, Mass. ($209 per square foot). Most popular neighborhood among same-sex female couples: Jamaica Plain, Boston ($304 per square foot). Affordable alternative: Roslindale, Mass. ($227 per square foot). At Gay… Read more »

Terry’s Blog: Filing for Personal Bankruptcy

Personal bankruptcy is always an option for those who have had possessions, such as vehicles, repossessed by the Internal Revenue Service. Filing for personal bankruptcy may be the only option available to you; even though, it can be very hard on your credit rating. The advice below will provide you with all the information you… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Celia J. Lyon, 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. Celia Lyon is the Principal Broker at Meadows Group Inc., Realtors, and is a hardworking advocate for her community. She loves selling real estate and helping people actualize their… Read more »

Austin’s Top Ten Gayborhoods

Austin is one of the most progressive, liberal, and gay-friendly places in America. If you ask a gay person in Austin where the gay neighborhood is, you’ll most likely get the response “We don’t have a gay neighborhood, the whole city is gay friendly.” That’s pretty accurate. Austin is one of the most friendly cities… Read more »

Where is Indianapolis’ Gayborhood?

On the northeastern edge of downtown, the Mass Ave Arts District is not only the heart of Indianapolis’s gay and lesbian community but one of six distinctive, revitalized neighborhoods that will eventually be linked together via the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. From about New York Street northeast to Bellefontaine Street and I-70, Massachusetts Avenue (along with… Read more »

Houston’s Gayborhood Saved?

Rumors swept through Montrose Monday that iconic bars South Beach and JR’s have been sold to real estate developers — another nail in the coffin for a neighborhood that many fear is swiftly losing its reputation as the epicenter of Houston’s gay community.

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Kurt Metzger, Palm Springs, 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. Kurt is a full time agent with over 15 years of experience specializing in the California desert cities, resident of Palm Springs. Palm Springs is a Gay and Lesbian… Read more »

What Does an Apartment in Portland, Oregon Cost?

If you thought Portland’s rental market was hot before, wait until you see the latest data from Zillow. The online real estate company reports that the median rental price for a Portland property in July was $1,427. That number is based on prices for single-family residences, condominiums, co-ops and apartments in Zillow’s database, regardless of… Read more »

Kansas City Condo Sales Still Sluggish

As the condo market heats up in other parts of the country, sales in Kansas City are still in the doldrums. The Kansas City Star reports: The difference between buying a condo and a single-family home is night and day,” said Dan Farmer, a mortgage banker at Peoples Bank. “I ask Realtors to talk to… Read more »

New Project Debated in Dallas Gayborhood

Oak Lawn residents are petitioning the City Council to block rezoning that would allow the Dallas Housing Authority to build a high-density complex on their Cedar Springs Place property. A 200-unit development stood on the Hartford Street property between Kings Road and Hawthorne Avenue. Like many older apartments in Oak Lawn, it was torn down… Read more »

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  Real estate transactions and real estate selling in general have never been a simple matter, but these days selling real estate is more difficult and complicated than ever. Not only is it hard to find qualified buyers, new regulations have also changed the game. Today’s market means that real estate selling takes more preparation,… Read more »

Where is Nashville’s Gayborhood?

We wondered where the Gayborhood was in Nashville, Tennessee. Wikimapia helped us out: The 3 blocks on Church Street from 15th to 18th are home to many GLBT businesses including nightclubs like Blue Gene’s, Play, Tribe, Blu, Restaurants like Red and the Church Street Cafe, and the Outloud Bookstore. It is a growing area for… Read more »

Why Are There Still Real Estate Agents?

Many thought that the Internet would kill off real estate agents, but they’re still here. Wonkblog looks at the reasons why: The post-crash world is more complex: The housing crash and ensuing tighter lending standards, as well as the prevalence of foreclosures and short sales, have made the average transaction harder to navigate without expert… Read more »

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  Buying a piece of real estate is a significant financial investment, so it’s important that you go into the transaction with your eyes open. Make sure that you have given yourself a solid education in the basics of the real estate market. This article can help give you the information that you need. If… Read more »

Gayborhoods of the Florida Central Gulf Coast: Gulfport Gulfport was small coastal fishing village separated from St Petersburg by citrus groves. Today there is no separation between the two cities except in terms of ambiance. St Petersburg has become a modern city with a vibrant residential downtown facing the Bay. Gulfport has managed to retain… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Steve Benoit, Albuquerque, 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. Steve specializes in residential real estate, and will give you the best service and advice on the Albuquerque real estate market. He has closed over $10,000,000 in Albuquerque real… Read more »

Pace of US Housing Sales Slows in July

Redfin (www.redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage, today issued its Fastest Markets Report for July 2013. Home-selling speeds fell for the third month in a row as the market continues to rebalance after an extremely competitive spring season. In today’s report, Redfin also ranks 23 markets across the country ordered by the percentage of homes… Read more »

Florida Condo Board Reverses Course, Will Allow Same Sex Couples

A Florida condominium association is reversing a policy that allowed only singles and husband-and-wife couples to buy or lease units in the complex after an uproar from gay rights activists. The Casa Di Amici Condominium Association Inc. held a special meeting Thursday to amend the rule previously approved on July 17, reported the Sarasota Herald-Tribune…. Read more »

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Find out whether or not the counselors at a debt consolidation company work on commission. Those that do often have ulterior motives. You may be advised to get a certain type of service that is not necessarily in your best interest. Someone who is not working on a commission is more likely to look at… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Michael Sullivan, Durham, 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. Michael has 15 years experience in Triangle residential real estate. He specializes in the older neighborhoods near Duke, UNC and NC State. Triangle NC is a very dynamic and… Read more »

Use 3-D Technology to Virtually See Your Renovation

In the case of many homeowners, when you embark on the home-buying process, you understand that the home you set your sights on may need everything from minor tweaks to major renovations. Thanks to new technology, little needs to be left to the imagination when it comes to home renovations or building. Remodeling companies are… Read more »

USA: Existing Home Sales Spiked in July

Existing-home sales rose strongly in July, with the median price maintaining double-digit year-over-year increases, according to the National Association of Realtors(R). Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 6.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million in July from a downwardly revised 5.06… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Frank Sharp, Tucson, 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. Frank serves Tucson and surounding communities – a very Gay friendly community with its own domestic partnership registry. See Frank’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly… Read more »

Forest Park, Chicago’s Newest Gayborhood?

Forest Park is the second most densely [populated] gay community in Illinois. That’s the surprising, to us, news from a new survey out of a California institute which has reviewed data from the 2010 census. Who’s Number 1? Guess who? Neighboring Oak Park which has encouraged and promoted and celebrated its gayness for decades. Several… Read more »

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  Whether you’re a first time home buyer or have real estate experience, purchasing a home can be overwhelming. There are many homes available on the market, and even more things that may complicate the home buying process. Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to make buying a home a little easier…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Madeline Daraio, Fort Worth, 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. Madeline is a seasoned veteran in home sales with a personalized approach for helping clients make informed decisions and to enjoy the experience. See Madeline’s Expanded Listing on Gay… Read more »

Homeownership in the US Versus Canada

In the mid-1990s I wrote an opinion column arguing against the tax deduction for mortgage interest. One of the arguments I made was that the percentage of homeowners was only one or two points higher in the United States than in Canada, which doesn’t have the deduction. The best information I have now is that… Read more »

New London, Connecticut Becoming a Gay Mecca

Packed into this picturesque, pocket-sized seaport are three colleges, a slew of historic sites and a bustling, red-brick train station. Yet beyond the gleam of the Thames River lies a struggling Northeastern city. For a time, the pitch to remake New London revolved around visions of upscale condos, a five-star hotel and an influx of… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Marc Lange, 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. I’m a Southern California Native. I am an Associate Broker with over 7 years of experience. This is Palm Springs! Gay mecca. The hot spot for primary and secondary… Read more »

The Evolution of Chicago’s Gayborhood

As the Halsted Street area hosts another Northalsted Market Days street festival Saturday and Sunday, the heart of the gay business district — Boystown — is enjoying hearty economic vitality and a renewed sense of optimism. From 2007, the depths of the recession, through last year, at least a half-dozen gay bars expanded, and gay-owned… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Mary G. Murray, Arlington, 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. Mary is a lifetime Arlington resident with 26 years of experience in the city’s real estate market. Arlington is a diverse community offering a suburban setting with city access…. Read more »

A Tale of Two Houses

Is there a house for everyone here in our neck of the woods? The answer is yes. I’ve gone through our database and selected the two extremes, the least and most expensive active properties in our inventory. I thought you’d get a kick out of comparing the two. The starter home, the most affordable in… Read more »

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You Against The World – The Most Important Real Estate Selling Tips Available 08/16/13 / terrybor /  / Uncategorized Real estate transactions and real estate selling in general have never been a simple matter, but these days selling real estate is more difficult and complicated than ever. Not only is it hard to find qualified buyers, new… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jim Sutton, Albuquerque, 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. Jim has 15 years experience at making this a smooth, easy and understandable experience. Albuquerque is an excellent place to live: from Nob Hill/Downtown to the foorthills or down… Read more »

Florida Condo Association Bars Gay Couples

Lovely – a Florida condo association is specifically barring same sex couples from buying a home in the project. On Top Magazine reports: Casa Di Amici Condo in Venice adopted the restriction in July. It states that only single people or couples legally married as “husband and wife” can purchase a home. “Sales limited to… Read more »

St. Petersburg, Florida – The New San Francisco?

The first time I ever heard St. Petersburg described as the “San Francisco of the East” was on an episode of Queer As Folk a few years ago. One character considered a vacation to Florida and another one asked him where he was going. When he responded “St. Petersburg.” the other character said something like… Read more »

Good News for DC Homebuyers

There are several pieces of good news on the horizon for homebuyers. First, the D.C. real estate market is about to enter its fall season of active listings, which will increase the inventory of available homes for purchase. The D.C. market has two seasons of market activity: spring and fall. Imagine a line graph in… Read more »

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Credit Cards Are Simple To Understand With These Informative Tips 08/15/13 / terrybor /  / Uncategorized Credit cards are a great way to build a solid personal credit history, but they can also cause significant turmoil and heartache when used unwisely. Knowledge is key, in terms of building a smart financial strategy that incorporates credit cards. Continue… Read more »

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Home Buying Advice That Will Save You Time And Money 08/14/13 / terrybor /  / Uncategorized Buying a home is an exciting and fun time, but there are always pitfalls to watch out for. For both the first-time homebuyer and the veteran, buying a home can be complicated, confusing, and costly. Read the tips in this article… Read more »

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Important Things To Consider When Selling Your House 08/13/13 / terrybor /  / Uncategorized Now that you have decided to sell your home, you are looking forward to relocating and getting started with your new life. In order to sell your home quickly and move, there are a few simple tips listed below that will help to… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Terry Diederich, Orlando, 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. Terry is a downtown Orlando real estate professional. Orlando is a creative, exciting, growing community that welcomes everyone. Great weather, great people, great housing choices! See Terry’s Expanded Listing… Read more »

Guide to Philly’s Gayborhood

Philadelphia was founded on the principles of freedom and equality, and that is evidenced by the city’s rich gay culture. In fact, Philadelphia was the site of some of the nation’s first gay rights protests in the 1960’s. The city even coined the phrase, “Get your history straight and your nightlife gay” to attract LGBT… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Shannon Lindstrom, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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. Shannon is a gay friendly Minneapolis-St. Paul urban living Realtor. The Twin Cities is very LGBTQ friendly. See Shannon’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly Realtors… Read more »

Oaklawn – Dallas’s Gayborhood

One of the top ten largest cities in America, big things are happening in Dallas, Texas. From the largest arts district in the country, to some of the best entertainment and social venues, the LGBT community is taking notice of Dallas as a hot spot to visit, party, enjoy great food, and some of the… Read more »

DC Gayborhood May Once Again Ban New Eateries

The announcement late last week was startling mostly for its time-capsule-like nature. The damage, after all, is a couple of decades long and old. The Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) is poised to ask the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board to again renew the now 23-year-old “East Dupont” liquor license moratorium on the… Read more »

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A Great Guide For Those Looking For Employment 08/09/13 / terrybor /  / Uncategorized Looking for a new job is not always easy. There are certain things you can do, though, that can make it a lot easier. The following information can help you find a job whether its your first job, you want a different job… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jim Sutton, Albuquerque, 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. Jim has 14 years experience at making this a smooth, easy and understandable experience. An excellent place to live: from Nob Hill/Downtown to the foorthills or down by the… Read more »

Steps to Home Ownership for LGBT Buyers

Buying a home may be the biggest investment you’ll make in your lifetime. The process can be exciting and for many, it can also be intimidating. There are additional factors for same-sex couples to consider that may make the process more complex, although some of these are changing due to recent Supreme Court rulings on… Read more »

Should You Rent Or Buy?

I am currently in the process of evicting my tenants. They make too much noise at night, leave the house and yard in disarray and have not paid rent for months. Last weekend my neighbor caught them naked on the roof deck, napping lazily and taking in the view. What’s wrong with that, you ask?… Read more »

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Selling Your Home: How To Make Your Property Irresistable To Buyers 08/08/13 / terrybor /  / Uncategorized Are you thinking of selling real estate, but the enormity of the decision is scaring you? Selling is really not that difficult. It just takes a lot of planning. There are many things that you can do to get ready…. Read more »

Can Your House Be Hacked?

Forbes editor Kashmir Hill hacked into eight strangers’ “smart houses” to illustrate the risks facing the $1.5-billion home-automation industry: “I can see all of the devices in your home and I think I can control them,” I said to Thomas Hatley, a complete stranger in Oregon who I had rudely awoken with an early phone… Read more »

Do You Need a Condo or a Single Family Home?

Vive la difference! We live in a society where we have choices, and can make decisions based on our lifestyles, needs and capabilities. Single family homes and condominiums are two of the choices we can make when electing to purchase a home and one of them is assuredly the better choice for you. The two… Read more »

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Tips For First-Time Home Buyers 08/07/13 / terrybor /  / Uncategorized Even though the real estate market is suffering, buyers can still find great deals on nice properties if they only know how and where to look. This is a lot easier said than done, however. In this article, we will talk about various tips you can… Read more »

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Tips On How To Find A Bankruptcy Lawyer 08/06/13 / terrybor /  / UncategorizedBankruptcy can make or break an individual. Depending on how it is handled, one can recover and save their own life financially, or they can never recover and be stuck in immense debt for the rest of their lives, while losing everything they hold… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ron Foster, Houston

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. Put my 35+ years experience to work for you in purchasing or selling real estate in the Greater Houston area. Houston is the 4th largest city in the US;… Read more »

Gay Fort Lauderdale

The history of the area we now know as Fort Lauderdale started nearly 4,000 years ago with the arrival of the Tequesta Indians. The area wasn’t known as Fort Lauderdale until 1838, however, and it wasn’t incorporated as a city until 1911. The Florida land boom of the 1920s, the subsequent clearing of the mangroves… Read more »

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Buying Real Estate: The Tips And Tricks Of The Trade 08/02/13 / terrybor /  / Uncategorized If there was any set formula to turn the average Joe and Jane into a home-buying expert, we would have avoided the housing collapse of a few years ago. The truth of the matter, is that it’s just too unpredictable to… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bill Smith, Las Vegas

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. Bill has 14 years real estate experience plus 5 years as real estate academy administrator. He’s a native Texan and Las Vegas resident since 1985.= Las Vegas does not… Read more »

Should DC Raise Its Real Estate Height Limits?

For more than a century, the height of buildings in Washington D.C. has been capped by federal law. The original rationale was fire safety — ladders back in 1900 only reached so high — but the height limit has since made its way into the city’s aesthetic mythology. It preserves “light and air” on the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Gwen Croft, Asheville, 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. Gwen is eco-certified, and committed to your best interest. You are in good hands with your personal Real Estate professional. 7,000 lesbians can’t be wrong! Beautiful mountains, friendly, progressive… Read more »

The Difference Between a Survey and a Home Inspection

Different areas of the country have different requirements for survey and home inspection requirements. No matter your geographic location, these are two distinctly separate processes in the home-buying and selling process. Simply put, the home inspection process examines the condition of a home compared to a survey that identifies the property lines of a home…. Read more »

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Tips And Information About Your Personal Finance 08/01/13 / terrybor /  / Uncategorized There is more to the subject of personal finance than just dollar bills. The real backbone to good finances would be your own common sense. Effective financial management is a skill often learned from hard experience. The following information should be taken seriously and… Read more »