Monthly Archives: January 2014

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Philip Altland, New York City

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 Altland combines 30 years of experience in New York real estate with today’s technology. See Philip’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly Realtors and Real… Read more »

Will They Build a Gayborhood in Downtown Las Vegas?

Is a “gayborhood” the next development for downtown Las Vegas? Maybe. Investors are pooling their money to buy swaths of property downtown in the hopes of creating an affordable gay neighborhood. Realtor Jack Levine is one of about four investors. He said lawyers are poring over legal documents this week to form a corporation, and… Read more »

Make Your Home Ready for All Generations

Planning for multigenerational living has been on the rise in recent years. With life expectancies increasing and early baby boomers entering their golden years, this trend is expected to continue. As a result, many of today’s remodeling projects focus on creating spaces that are adaptable to evolving life circumstances. Depending on your family’s needs and… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Nicholas Yale, 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. Fun and relaxed, Nicholas Yale puts his clients at ease and helps them thru the home buying or selling experience. Phoenix offers great shopping, close to ASU and nightlife…. Read more »

Where Are Jacksonville, Florida’s Gayborhoods?

Wikipedia lists three: Riverside & Avondale: Riverside and Avondale are chiefly residential, but they have some commercial zoning, including several commercial centers that are architecturally integrated with the rest of the neighborhood. Sun-Ray Cinema in Five Points: Five Points is a small commercial district centered on and around the five-way intersection between Park, Lomax, and… Read more »

42% of All December Home Sales Were in Cash

Julia Zhu notes that in December, “all-cash purchases accounted for 42.1 percent of all U.S. residential sales, according to the latest report from RealtyTrac, a company that collects and analyzes housing data”: There are a few things driving this. Last summer, interest rates on mortgages jumped sharply. And though rates are still low by historic… Read more »

VA Home Loan Centers to Offer Mortgages to Married Gay and Lesbian Couples

Although maybe not in states that discriminate against gays. LGBT Weekly reports: One of the major areas of change facing San Diego-based VA Home Loan Centers and other agencies responsible for administering the VA Home Loan Guarantee to veterans is the question of same-sex marriage. Under federal law, veterans and their spouses are eligible to… 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. Your Real Estate Agent who cares. Counseling buyers and sellers in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Highland Beach and Lake Worth. There is something for everyone here in… Read more »

San Jose is a Gayborhood

It’s a boy’s playground in San Jose. There isn’t a shortage of gay nightclubs in the South Bay, even with one that closed recently, only to be reimagined and rise up into the nightlife scene fresh and new again. Finding the gays is somewhat challenging. It’s not the Castro, Halsted, West Hollywood, the Village or… Read more »

San Francisco Condo Prices Up 18% in 2013

San Francisco condominium prices rose 18 percent in December 2013 over the previous year, according to the Condominium Pricing Index released by The Mark Company, an urban residential marketing and sales firm. Yet new construction inventory was 78 percent lower than a year before. “With so few new condominiums now for sale in San Francisco,… 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. I serve the Greater Phoenix & Maricopa… Read more »

Seattle’s Densest Block

Construction continues on the corner of 3rd and Cedar, at the north end of Belltown, on a 27-story, 298-unit project that will create Seattle’s most densely populated single block. The new project, Dimension by Alta, is scheduled for completion in Spring of 2014. No word yet on rental rates, but the amenities will include a… Read more »

Charlotte’s Gayborhoods Featured in Queen’s Feast This Weekend

Several LGBT-friendly spots in Charlotte’s “gayborhoods” appear on this season’s list. Here are a few highlights: South End newcomer Nan and Byron’s (nanandbyrons.com) brings new life to traditional American cuisine with their cutting-edge creations. Peruvian-spiced baked chicken, meatloaf in red wine sauce, and slow-roasted prime rib wait inside the expertly-decorated space that blends urban chic… Read more »

The Upside of Downsizing

In 2011, Jane Johnson doubled down on downsizing. She sold her 5,900-square-foot home in Seattle’s Broadview neighborhood and moved into a 600-square-foot one-bedroom condo in Belltown with a fireplace and patio. While she’s sacrificed 90 percent of her former living space, she says she doesn’t feel that she has given up much. She can still… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ann Leviton, 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. Ann is the Broker/Owner of small real estate company serving the Twin Cities GLBT community since 1994. Minneapolis has an active GLBT community which supports its own GLBT press,… Read more »

Are Condo Conversions on the Horizon for Seattle?

style=”margin: 6px;”Apartment developers in Seattle will start looking at converting for-rent units to condominiums this year, a new report states. Commercial real estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap, a national company with a Seattle office, issued its 2014 apartment report Monday. The report paints a generally rosy picture of the market for apartment landlords, forecasting rental… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jim Albright, Irvine, 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. Jim has been South Orange County’s connection to the GLBT community for over 10 years. South Orange County includes Laguna Beach and Newport Beach as well as the communities… Read more »

Where is San Antonio’s Gayborhood?

In this comprehensive article, Elaine Wolff interviews gay bar owners, members of the Tobin Hill Neighborhood Association and customers who frequent the clubs along “The Strip” to see how the changes taking place along North Main Avenue are affecting the people and businesses in the area. This article was originally published on PlazaDeArmasTX.com on March… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Greg Rowland, Victoria, British Columbia, 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. Greg is a top producer, friendly, low key, high energy, knowledgeable, fun, happy, smart, and hip. Victoria has the mildest climate in the country, and is the best place… Read more »

60% in Utah Support Housing Protections for LGBT Citizens

A new poll finds that 60 percent of Utahns say the state should adopt legal protections against discrimination of LGBT people in housing and the workplace. The Salt Lake Tribune poll comes just weeks after a highly publicized federal court decision that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The Salt Lake County Council and… Read more »

How to Cope with a Seller’s Market

It has been a long time since we have had a consistent and strong seller’s market like many areas of the country are now experiencing.  So, here is a little primer on how to deal with it. First, what makes it a seller’s market, you ask.  Aren’t we still in a troubled economy, you wonder…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Cyndy Ciolino, Chicago

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 have lived in Chicago, the west and northwestern suburbs all my life. Proudly serving our community with professionalism, integrity and results. The Chicagoland area is wonderfully diverse and… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Joe Chang, 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. I’m just the Realtor, it’s really all about you. Denver is very integrated, with no true gay/lesbian neighborhood, but everywhere is gay friendly. See Joe’s Expanded Listing on Gay… Read more »

Where is Phoenix’s Gayborhood?

Phoenix is a sprawl town, so it’s kind of hard to pin down where the city’s gayborhood is, or if it even exists. But some folks over at Meta Filter tackled it: “I would look around Central Ave and Camelback. Or, more generally, the Central Ave Corridor and/or Camelback Corridor. So a little north of… Read more »

The Advocate’s 2nd Gayest City for 2014: Pasadena, California

This beautiful but sleepy adjunct to Los Angeles, a kind of bedroom community for gays who like to garden, gets its high ranking primarily from having two gay elected city officials for its relatively small population, and a fractional boost from California’s many statewide elected LGBTs. Nevertheless, Pasadena’s got lots to offer: two gay bars,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Olivier Turina, Wilton Manors, 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. Dedication, integrity and service are my motivation. You can be yourself in Fort Lauderdale – enjoy gardening, the beach, water activities, the nightlife. Live the tropical life! See Olivier’s… Read more »

The Biggest US Cities Over 200 Years

OK, this chart is really cool. Starting in the early 19th century, New York City has been number one and never given up that pole position. (It’s the Kentucky hoops recruiting class of big city populations.) Philadelphia, too, has been relatively consistent population-wise over the centuries — starting at number one in 1790 and standing… Read more »

The Advocate’s 4th Gayest City for 2014: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Though the city is the little sibling to much bigger Boston, Cambridge’s own queer cred is substantial: The city council enacted antidiscrimination protections for transgender people in 1997, and one of the council’s current members, E. Denise Simmons, was the nation’s first African-American lesbian mayor. Disco dance hall ZuZu (Zuzubar.com) has tons of club nights,… Read more »

Americans Ready for Housing Prices to Rise

When the Federal Reserve began talking about scaling back its massive stimulus program this summer, the markets freaked out. But Americans? Not so much. The Fed has been buying billions of dollars in long-term bonds each month to push down long-term interest rates and boost the housing market. The hint that the Fed might start… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Mortgage Lender: Scott Wagner, 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. I’ll help with mortgage financing needs at the Beach and throughout Delaware. NMLS #1110859 Branch NMLS #202731 DE MLO #904563. Tidewater Mortgage offers competitive rates, low lender fees, and… Read more »

The Advocate’s 6th Gayest City for 2014: St. Louis, Missouri

The city’s three gay elected officials, gay rodeo association, and gay-friendly concert lineup confirm to us what many already knew about St. Louis: It’s the open-minded heart of the Midwest. Before the leather bars and LGBT center opened along Manchester Avenue, before there was the RiverFront Times-voted Best Lesbian Bar Attitudes Bar & Grill (4100… Read more »

The Advocate’s 7th Gayest City for 2014: Madison, Wisconsin

Madison is outdoorsy, educated, friendly, and progressive. Larger cities Milwaukee and Chicago are within driving distance, but even so, the city’s got its own day — and nightlife. Locals imbibe at slick video bar Plan B (PlanBMadison.com; Thursdays are 18 and over); the bear-leather-sports bar Woof’s (WoofsMadison.com): the big disco FIVE (FiveNightclubMadison.com); the relaxing Captain… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Mike Haley, 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. Mike is dedicated and knowledgeable with over 35 years experience in the Albuquerque area. Our tri-cultural heritage makes Albuquerque a very friendly and accepting community to live in. See… Read more »

Seattle Home Sales Showed Surprising Decline in November

Seattle home sales surprisingly declined in November for the first time in 29 consecutive months. Peoples Home Equity finds that the Seattle real estate may be showing an opportunity for the high number of employed first-time home buyers to enter the market on recent weakness. According to DQNews.com, on January 2nd, total Seattle home sales… Read more »

Is Astoria New York City’s Newest Gayborhood?

Move over, Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea. Astoria is poised to become the city’s next ‘gayborhood’ with the opening of three bars and dance clubs that could turn the increasingly desirable neighborhood into a destination for the LGBT community in Queens. Icon, which boasts a white leather bar with Swarovski crystals, and Static Lounge, which is… Read more »

The Advocate’s 9th Gayest City for 2014: Oakland, California

No city in the United States can beat Oakland for its percentage of lesbian couple households. And though nearby San Fran is the granddaddy of urban gay meccas, the much more affordable nearby Oakland is at least as diverse: UC Berkeley students, middle-class families, and integrated neighborhoods characterize the city. Many bars and clubs attract… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Hub Krack, Washington, DC

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. Hub has been a full-time Washington, DC real estate professional since 1999. See Hub’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in… Read more »

Texas Transgender Housing Case Hits Legal Roadblock

Transgender woman Roxanne Joganik is facing possible mediation in her lawsuit against a property owner who kicked her out of his trailer park in Athens last year. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development filed the lawsuit in October against the park owner, George Toone. The Justice Department is seeking to restore Joganik and… Read more »

The Advocate’s 10th Gayest City for 2014: Arlington, Virginia

Sitting right next to D.C., Arlington has three LGBT elected officials and a gay rodeo association. But more than that, this city has the Arlington Gay & Lesbian Alliance, offering social activities and community service, and popular gay bar and brunch spot Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant (FreddiesBeachBar.com) and gay-popular divey beer bar Galaxy Hut… Read more »

Dallas’s Cedar Springs Gayborhood Evolving

The news flew up and down Cedar Springs Road last week, and within an hour, thousands of people had shared on Facebook and through text messages that after more than 40 years in business, Richard Longstaff was closing Union Jack. The online comments reflected community members’ sorrow over the loss of a business that through… Read more »

The Advocate’s 11th Gayest City for 2014: San Francisco, California

Calm down, San Francisco. Everyone knows you’re still the gayest thing going. The beautiful, panoramic City by the Bay is home to both well-heeled queers and a vibrant counterculture (witness the uproar over the recently announced ban on public nudity). LGBT life here is not limited to the Castro neighborhood, though that’s a tourist draw… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ryan Pierce, 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. Ryan is a hard working St. Petersburg real estate professional with 14 years of experience, who can help you buy or sell your Tampa-St. Petersburg area home. See Ryan’s… Read more »

DC’s Real Estate Market in Review

In this article, I’ll review some statistics for D.C. real estate for 2013, and will have something to say to both sellers and buyers in light of those statistics. First, let’s consider the following graph of active listings vs. sold listings for the last 5 years. The monthly inventory of available homes (active listings) has… Read more »

Where is Adelaide, Australia’s Gayborhood?

KARA Pickard loves living in Eastwood with her partner Jessica Jackson because it’s a neighbourhood where they won’t get a “second look” just because they’re gay. A desire to live close to city hot spots, restaurants and work are the reasons why the pair decided to call the tiny, city-fringe suburb sandwiched between Adelaide and… Read more »

The Advocate’s 13th Gayest City for 2014: Orlando, Florida

Let’s make an Orlando LGBT list: Gay Days at Disney World bring in 150,000 LGBT folks and their pals all dressed in red T-shirts (along with $100 million a year). The Orlando International Fringe Festival (OrlandoFringe.org) is super gay — it produced Bitches of the Kingdom; there are domestic partnership protections and a growing live… Read more »

Are Parking-Free Apartment Buildings the Wave of the Future?

A wave of new residential construction projects in places like Seattle, Boston, and Miami are showing that, yes, modern American cities can build housing without any car parking on site. Officials in Boston gave their approval last week to what Curbed called the city’s “first big-time parking-less condo,” a 175-unit project named Lovejoy Wharf. The… Read more »

The Advocate’s 14th Gayest City for 2014: Long Beach, California

Good California cuisine, a bunch of gay bars and restaurants, marine life at the Aquarium, beaches, one of the country’s biggest Pride events, and a relaxed atmosphere all conspire to make Long Beach a surprisingly gay city. Check out the lumberjack-chic atmosphere of the Mineshaft (1720 E. Broadway, 562-436-2433) and the civic-minded Paradise Piano Bar… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Travis Callstrom, Hudson, Wisconsin

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. Travis sells Western Wisconsin homes and recreational lake property. See Travis’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly Realtors and Real Estate Professionals

New Lending Rules Will Affect Home Sales Over $650K

It goes without saying that financing is the most important element of purchasing a home. Most people come into the marketplace as buyers when they realize the rent they are paying is equivalent to a mortgage payment in this low-interest rate environment. What is typically missing is the cash for the down payment. Some purchasers… Read more »

The Advocate’s 15th Gayest City for 2014: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

From Apple Maps[/caption]Pittsburgh’s women’s colleges, Chatham University and Carlow University, give the city a two-point boost, but it’s got queer history too: Andy Warhol, Gertrude Stein, and Willa Cather all called this place home. The arts scene is flourishing, with the Warhol Museum (Warhol.org), the Mattress Factory contemporary art museum (Mattress.org), and a vigorous theater… Read more »

Should You Buy a Home in 2014?

2013 was an up and down year for mortgage interest rates, though they remained relatively low. What can we anticipate for 2014 and will it be a good time to think about buying a home? The Web site loanlove.com which offers prospective buyers advice on the ever-fluctuating mortgage rate market in a down-to-earth style, says… Read more »

Boystown is the World’s Best Gayborhood, According to OutTraveler

Chicago’s north side Boystown neighborhood on Wednesday was named the best gay neighborhood in the world. The accolade from OutTraveler.com said the nation’s first officially-recognized gay village in the nation beat out other neighborhoods like San Francisco’s Mission District, New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, and communities in Barcelona and Madrid. Editors and voters of the travel-themed… Read more »