Monthly Archives: September 2013

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tom Campagna, 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 am a problem solver that offers a great experience with a successful outcome. Palm Springs is known internationally as a GLBT playground where homebuyers will feel accepted. See… Read more »

Las Vegas’s City Center Makes a Comeback

Check into the Mandarin Oriental on the middle of the Las Vegas Strip, look out the window of your room and you might see something you didn’t quite expect. Yes, there are people living in the building across from you. The lights and TVs and stoves are on at the Veer Towers, where condos have… Read more »

New York City Announces Urban Renewal Project

The city on Wednesday announced plans for a residential, commercial and cultural complex on a large swath of undeveloped land on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Long known as the Seward Park Renewal Area project, the new Essex Crossing complex will be built on nine city-owned lots over a span of many years. It will include… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ron Rasmussen, 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. Ron is a Las Vegas reale state agent who believes in honesty & integrity. Las Vegas is a remarkable city to live & play! See Ron’s Expanded Listing on… Read more »

Why Go to A Real Estate Broker?

In this era, when everything seems available on the Internet and we appear just a click away from buying anything from a new bathing suit to a new yacht, why should we bother with a real estate agent? Good question and it bears a real discussion. Why can’t sellers and buyers just deal directly and… Read more »

New LGBT Senior Apartments Opening in Minnesota

As rapidly as times are changing, the age group with the lowest acceptance for the LGBT community is inevitably seniors–which is especially difficult for those LGBT senior citizens in need of affordable housing. However, as of September 1, LGBT seniors now have an option custom-made for them: the newly opened Spirit on Lake apartments in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Andrew Aceves, San Bernardino, 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. Andrew has been a licensed Realtor since 1990 – specializing in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. See Andrew’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly… Read more »

Location Matters When Buying a Home

You’ve already made a lot of choices in your decision to buy a home. You know how many bedrooms you will need. You’ve figured out the size of your back yard and even what kind of kitchen cabinets you want. But you don’t quite know exactly where you should be looking for your dream house…. Read more »

Large Condo Project Opens Sales in Downtown Seattle

The first major condo project launched since the real estate bust started sales this past weekend. Insignia, under construction at Sixth Avenue and Bell Street, will have twin 41-story towers atop a shared base. The first phase, set to open in spring 2015, contains 350 one- and two-bedroom condos, priced from a little under $500,000… Read more »

In DC, Urban is The New Suburban

The D.C. market is hot and buyers are looking for proximity to entertainment and smaller, more energy-efficient spaces. (Photo public domain) Whether we’ve worn Coco Chanel’s little black dress or an impeccably tailored Ralph Lauren tuxedo, it’s clear that black evening attire has long been associated with elegance, both understated and timeless. In 1983, however,… Read more »

New York to Get New Condo Super Towers

The astounding condo sales for the nearly completed One57 at the southern edge of Central Park has spurred the construction of three more super-skyscrapers, all of which will be even taller and will challenge national height records for residential buildings. Gizmodo has published a breakdown of the coming towers and the one in the center… Read more »

Military Home Lender to Provide Financing for Married Same Sex Couples

The Department of Veterans Affairs was among the last of the federal government organizations to extend benefits to same-sex couples, but now gay spouses are eligible to receive VA-back home loans, in states where their marriages are legally recognized. The VA Home Loan Centers, which operates as a privately held government loan specialist group will… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Christian J. Stallman, 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. Christian is a metropolitan Phoenix Real Estate agent specializing in buying or selling of homes, condos, lofts and land. The Phoenix Metropolitan Area has a vast diversity of home… Read more »

Where is Milwaukee’s Gayborhood?

Welcome to Milwaukee’s Gayborhood! Most of the action is situated around two areas, the Historic Third Ward and Walkers Point. Dozens of old warehouses in Historic Third Ward have been converted into amazing lofts, art galleries, chic cafes and stunning lounges. Walker’s Point serves as one of the main gay residential areas in the city,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Carol Borg, 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. No hype, fancy slogans or presure. Just total dedication to servicing your real estate needs. Every step of the way! Toronto is a vibrant, eclectic city of neighborhoods. Let… Read more »

Where is Oklahoma City’s Gayborhood?

The NW 39th Street Enclave, also known as “39th & Penn” or simply “39th Street”, is a prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) district in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The area is located along NW 39th Street in the city’s northwest quadrant, one block west of Pennsylvania Avenue. The NW 39th Street Enclave is home… Read more »

Urban Cool – Factories Converted Into Homes

This article over at Redfin caught our eye – factories that have been converted into homes. Redfin reports: At the turn of the century factories were popping up all over the United States, but starting in the 1970s those factories began to shut down one by one. Many of them were built in what used… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Rich Bennett, 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. Rich moved to San Francisco from Michigan in 1991 and hasnever looked back. He loves both architecture and real estate, which led him to begin his career selling real… Read more »

US Housing Market: Roaring?

Over at the Washington Post, they’re reporting that buying a home is now as hard as it was five years ago. That’s right: According to the National Association of Realtors, it’s almost as hard to afford a house as it was back when the financial crisis started to hit in 2008. But is that good… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Janice L. Cohen, Albany, 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. I’m a full service, caring, and communicative real estate agent who will work diligently in meeting all of your real estate needs. The Capital District Tech Valley area is… Read more »

The 10 Most Common Defects Found During Home in Sections

During the home inspection process, home inspectors report that most home defects are extremely similar. In light of this, knowing these common home problems can help both the buyer and seller be more proactive in the homebuying process. For sellers, you can take a quick inventory of your home to see if any problems exist,… Read more »

Terry’s Blog:Tips on Getting A PayDay Loan

This type of economy makes staying afloat, harder than usual. Payday loans are one of the many options available. Payday loans are one way to get money fast when you need it. However, because they can be complicated and potentially make your finances worse, it is important to learn about them before deciding whether or… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Dan Charette, St. Petersburg, 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. Working with the gay community is my main focus. Representing buyers and sellers with the best service. References provided! The St. Petersburg area has become the new mecca for… Read more »

Top 5 Mistakes First-Time Home Buyers Make

Though the real estate industry is changing every day, mistakes made by first time homebuyers seem not to change that much. The mistakes range from mismanaging their financial picture, to finding the perfect home before being qualified, to choosing the wrong lender. Below are the top five mistakes first time buyers make: Wrong moves in… Read more »

Philadelphia Gayborhood’s LGBT Bookstore May Close

THE NATION’S oldest LGBT bookstore may be facing its final chapter as its longtime owner plans to sell ahead of his retirement this winter. Giovanni’s Room has served the city’s gay community from the corner of 12th and Pine streets since moving there in 1976 from its original location on South Street, where it opened… Read more »

Terry’s Blog:Useful Tips When Buying A New Home

  With all there is to consider, location, financing, inspections and more, the home buying game can make a sane person nutty. Knowing all the various tricks for purchasing a home is critical. Before buying a house always have a professional come and look it over. They will be able to check for any problems… Read more »

Terry’s Blog:Get Helpful Tips About Home MortgagesThat Are Simple to Understand

When searching out that mortgage that you’ve been wanting, you have to know the criteria for evaluating mortgages. The mortgage industry is a vast field, and without the proper tools and knowledge, you’re going to find yourself lost. So, get going with this article, and find yourself making the right decisions. Save enough money to… Read more »

New York’s Chelsea Gayborhood to Get Super Pier

Back in April, I reported that Chelsea’s Pier 57, which last year hosted an indoor version of NYC Pride’s famed Pier Dance, had been leased to retail developers who promise a massive $200M makeover. This week the project’s management announced that the new complex will be called SuperPier. From the press release: SuperPier, when complete… Read more »

Wisconsin Town Bans LGBT Housing Discrimination

Appleton becomes the third city in Wisconsin to adopt rules against housing discrimination based on gender identity. The city’s diversity coordinator, Kathy Flores, says there are no state or federal protections for transgender individuals, so it’s up to communities to adopt rules. The Department of Housing and Urban Development says 17 states and 160 cities… Read more »

Orange County, CA: Attention Riders – The Orange County Housing Appreciation Ride is coming to a stop. Please keep your arms and legs inside the car.

Data Source: Steven Thomas, Reports on Housing Appreciation: With more homes on the market and the expected market time rising, the rate of appreciation has slowed. At the start of last year, home values were at lows dating back to 2003. With interest rates at record lows, it didn’t take long for investors to see… Read more »

Moving Day!!

When moving into your new home, it is better to plan ahead early to ensure that it is a smooth process. This is no doubt an exciting time, but can involve a great deal of stress and anxiety during the whole process, from planning to moving. With a few careful considerations your moving process can… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Maura Sullivan, Woodbridge, Virginia

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. True customer service is the most important dynamic in real estate. I’ll take great care of you because you matter! There are many gay-friendly communities in Northern VA. Let… Read more »

Capitol Hill: Denver’s Gayborhood

Capitol Hill is one of the most cosmopolitan neighborhoods in Denver, well known as a haven for artists and bohemians. There are numerous restaurants, clubs, bars, stores, concert venues, and other cultural amenities in the community. East 13th Avenue is the center of Denver’s punk community with the punk club Bender’s, as well as various… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tina Schafer, 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. Tina recently moved to Urban Nest Realty after 14 years as an award-winning real estate agent with RE/MAX. Portland is liberal, accepting, green, pretty, environmentally-friendly. See Tina’s Expanded Listing… Read more »