Monthly Archives: February 2014

USA, Pennsylvania: Philly’s Gayborhood Gets Affordable Senior Housing

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today to celebrate the opening of the John C. Anderson Apartments, a pioneering LGBT-friendly, low-income senior housing apartment complex. The apartments – named for John C. Anderson, a Philadelphia City Council member from 1979 until his death in 1983, instrumental in the passage of Philadelphia’s civil rights bill for sexual… Read more »

Could Arizona’s Right to Discriminate Bill Hurt the Phoenix Housing Market?

The Phoenix-area real estate industry has been somewhat tight-lipped on its opinion of the controversial “religious freedom” bill that’s waiting for Gov. Jan Brewer to either sign or veto. For instance, the Arizona Association of Realtors hasn’t responded to requests for comment. In addition, Doug Fulton, president of Tempe-based home builder Fulton Homes — who… Read more »

Top Ten Tax Deductions for Homeowners

Your home may be brimming with tax advantages. How will you get all of the homeowner tax breaks you’re entitled to? Consult a professional tax advisor for details.  Here’s a list of the top 10 deductions to consider: 1.  Mortgage Interest Deduction The mortgage interest deduction has always been the most-beloved tax benefit of home… Read more »

Mortgage Monday: How to Speed Up the Mortgage Process

Mortgage Monday: Do you want to speed up the mortgage process? Do you want to speed up your mortgage process? The length of your mortgage process depends on the loan type, the property and several other considerations. Furthermore, consumers looking to make their mortgage move faster must have patience and preparation because you are at… Read more »

Found Your New Home? Prepare for the Move!

ARE YOU PREPARED TO MOVE INTO YOUR NEW HOME?  Here is valuable information to help you deal with movers: “Valuation” Coverage  When scheduling your move, there are many things to consider.  One that is often overlooked is coverage for items that may be damaged during the move.  Damage claims are infrequent for most moving companies,… Read more »

Where is Fresno’s Gayborhood?

Our friends at have an answer: A primary “gayborhood” in the northeast part of city is called the Tower District because it is centered around the historic Art Deco Tower Theater, which is included on the National List of Historic Places. The area is known for its wonderful architecture and including homes built in… Read more »

Are Seattle Renters Being Priced Out of the Market?

In the next few years Amazon said they will hire an additional 12,000 employees and they all have to live somewhere. But at what cost? The rapid redevelopment could become an epidemic for all of King County. The average one bedroom in South Lake Union costs $2,200. That’s more expensive than many of the trendy… Read more »

A Tale of Two Cities’ Condos

Richcraft Homes’ latest condo project, The Bowery, is touted as “condominium living with a distinctly New York vibe.” That got me thinking about what distinguishes the two cities’ condo markets. Space Confucius says: “He who lives in New York City understands that space is a luxury.” OK, he didn’t. But he may as well have…. Read more »

Keeping it Local: Orange County based cuSELLeration Marketing and Creative Services

Keeping it Local: The Moeller Team In this week’s series of Keeping it Local, we feature Zac Cusac, the founder and CEO of cuSELLeration Marketing and Creative Services. cuSELLEration is an Orange County based digital marketing, brand management and creative services firm. This week, Zac sat down with the Moeller Team to answer five questions… Read more »

What Effect Do Gayborhoods Have on Urban Areas?

The sociological and economic benefits of urban “gayborhoods” — loosely defined as neighborhoods in which many gay men and lesbians concentrate — was discussed at length on HuffPost Live this week. Interestingly, Professor Janice Madden found an interesting discrepancy between the neighborhoods which traditionally attract gay men versus those that draw a high lesbian population…. Read more »

Why Gayborhoods Are Important

For the world premiere of HBO’s Looking, the new show about the lives of three gay men in the Bay Area, the cable network turned to one of the epicenters of gay culture in perhaps the most gay-friendly city in the country: the Castro Theatre, right in the center of one of the most thriving… Read more »

Gentrification is Hard to Stop

Cities are transforming, and it’s palpable. The reliable no-frills coffeehouse shut down and two months later, there’s an artisan bakery selling baguettes for $6. Your favorite barber tells customers he can no longer afford the rent; meanwhile a chain salon around the corner has an hour wait. These scenes are all too familiar for the… Read more »

Club For Sale in Chicago’s Gayborhood

Boystown’s Spin Nightclub, located at the corner of Halsted and Belmont, is up for sale. According to a listing on Jameson Commercial by broker Mike Costanzo, the 9,000-square-foot club is priced at $1.5 million. The leasing price is $26,000 a month. The listing, which has been active since Nov. 19, 2013, is only for the… Read more »

San Francisco Condos More Expensive Than Houses in January

If you’re looking for a deal on a new home in San Francisco, forget about buying a condo. The median price for a condo or tenancy-in-common unit in San Francisco hit $950,000 in January, a 24.6 percent year-over-year jump, and surpassed the $928,000 median price for single family homes, according to the San Francisco Association… Read more »

Radio City Post Office Condo Plan Raises Concerns

Neighborhood residents are angry about the pending addition of a two-story, 48-unit luxury condominium to the top of the Radio City Post Office. With building permits okayed by the city at the end of last year, residents are arguing that the addition, which could provide some much needed cash-flow to the struggling USPS, would compromise… Read more »

The Castro Gayborhood Association Votes for Street Upgrades

A Castro group will pay nearly $122,000 for decorative improvements in the heart of San Francisco’s gay business district as part of a sidewalk widening project expected to break ground in late February. At its meeting last night (Thursday, February 13) the Castro Upper Market Community Benefit District board voted to allocate the money toward… Read more »

Is San Diego a Big City, or a Small Town?

Size is relative, as we know. Without a point of comparison, we cannot say that anything is either “big” or “little.” But we’ve seen the city and county of San Diego alternately described as a “big city with a small town feel,” a “small town vibe in a big package” and a “big small town.”… Read more »

Ten Huge Apartments For Sale in New York City

Time for a little fantasy living – Jeremiah Budin has compiled a list of the ten largest apartments for sale in NYC. Curbed reports: One of the biggest concessions of living in New York City is giving up the dream of having what most people would call “a reasonable amount of space,” and instead squeezing… Read more »

Gym to Move into Famed Chelsea Gayborhood Club Space

The popular David Barton Gym announced recently that in the fall of 2014 it’s going to move into the Limelight in Chelsea and convert the iconic space into a 20,000-square-foot workout destination. The Church of the Holy Communion and Buildings was constructed in the grand Gothic Revival style back in 1846 by architect Richard Upjohn… Read more »

What is “Aging in Place”?

As a designated SRES Realtor, I work with a lot of retirees and seniors on making real estate decisions.  In fact, I work with a lot of them who are relocating to Vancouver, WA due to the combination of tax advantages, progressive politics and proximity to Portland.  I like helping people through such important transitions… Read more »

Where is Memphis’ Gayborhood?

Where is the gayborhood in Memphis, Tennessee? The Dallas Voice points to Midtown: Memphis extends east toward Midtown, where many area businesses are popular with gay visitors. In Overton Park, you can tour the excellent Memphis Zoo and the acclaimed Memphis Brooks Museum of Art… South of Downtown, the 901 Complex is one of the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Donald Munro, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

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. Don has held a Real Estate License in Hawaii since 1987 and has owned his own brokerage since 1997. Oahu is Hawaii’s most cosmopolitan island. It is also one… Read more »

Palmer Park, Detroit’s Old Gayborhood, Sees a Renaissance

Palmer Park was once Detroit’s premier gayborhood. Now, after decades of neglect, it’s coming around again. Model D. reports: This exquisite neighborhood — bordered by Woodward to the east, the park itself on its northern edge, Pontchartrain Blvd to the west and McNichols to the south — was home to much of Detroit’s Jewish community… Read more »

Are Techies Pushing Up Boston Housing Prices?

Just call it the housing market’s geek factor. Trulia takes a look at 10 tech hubs across the country, including Middlesex County, home to both Cambridge and the Route 128 beltway. Homes on average cost 82 percent more in tech hubs than in other metro areas without large constellations of technology companies, Trulia finds. 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 is well-travelled, friendly, and a great negotiator. She believes in a win/win solution. She specializes in rural properties but is experienced in all types. The whole Rogue Valley… Read more »

Fort Worth, Texas is a Gayborhood

Gay Fort Worth isn’t just one thing. And that’s what makes Fort Worth such a great city for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning people — whether you were born around here, came here by choice or were forced to come because of a job or other reason. Fort Worth’s gay community rarely speaks with… Read more »

Old San Diego Buildings Become New Residences

World over, buildings of bygone eras are refurbished and adapted to modern residential environments. What makes the subject so fascinating is the random way that each old structure must twist in order to provide adequate living space according to consumer demands. Apartment and loft living might be called the quintessential urban experience when they are… 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. Greg was chosen for the 2006 Agent Leadership Council, is a Top 10% Keller Williams Agents, has 8 years experience, and is an Austin native. See Gregg’s Expanded Listing… Read more »

The Seattle Condo Market Rebounded in 2013

The Seattle condo market rebounded significantly last year after bottoming out in February 2012. For many buyers, the market depicted quick turnover, rising prices and increased competition with multiple offers. Overall, Seattle realized $863,589,200 in total condominium sales volume in 2013, that’s a 17% increase from 2012 with unit sales rising 15.8% to 2,507 condos… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bob Sedlor, 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. Bob is dedicated to finding you the house that feels like home. Georgetown and the surrounding area: Texas hill country living at it’s best and just a few minutes… Read more »

The Decline of Chelsea as a Gayborhood

Lost leases, rent increases, a shifting residential dynamic, and the influx of tourist and tech dollars are all playing their part in recasting the role of Eighth Avenue between 14th and 23rd Streets — the commercial spine of Chelsea. But this is not simply a story about the ever-gentrification of Manhattan, it’s also another telling… Read more »

Downtown Portland, Oregon YWCA Could Morph Into Condos or Apartments

A Bellevue, Wash., architect has bought the YWCA Building in downtown Portland with plans to turn it into residences with art-focused commercial space. Wei Zhang, principal architect at BDCL Design International, bought the building at 1111 S.W. 10th Ave. for $4.25 million in a venture with partners based in Vancouver, B.C., and China. The deal… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Barbara Stone, 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. Supporting our GLBT community by providing exceptional service, integrity and loyalty. There are several neighborhoods in Dallas that include GLBT families. I’ll show you the ones that meet your… Read more »

Who Gets Hurt by Gentrification?

Profiling some of New York’s newly mixed neighborhoods, Justin Davidson notes that the “link between a neighborhood’s economic fortunes and the number of people being forced to move away, while anecdotally obvious, is difficult to document”: In 2005, Lance Freeman, a professor of urban planning at Columbia, examined national housing statistics to see whether low-income… Read more »

Dallas’s Gayborhood Gets More Flights, Noise

On Monday morning, Southwest Airlines announced 15 new nonstop destinations it will add to its schedule from Dallas Love Field beginning in October. The city of Dallas, which owns and operates Love Field, recently completed a renovation and expansion of the main terminal in anticipation of additional service. The Wright Amendment restricted flights from Love… Read more »

Where is Columbus, Ohio’s Gayborhood?

Wikipedia has an answer: The Short North is a neighborhood centered on the main strip of North High Street immediately north of Downtown and extending until just south of the Ohio State University campus area. The Short North is heavily populated with art galleries, specialty shops, pubs, nightclubs, and coffee houses. It is considered Columbus’s… Read more »

Is Gentrification in Pennsylvania’s Gayborhood Forcing Out Independent Businesses?

Uhuru, the used-furniture store at Spruce at Camac streets, is moving after nearly two decades in its spot. If you’ve just bought furniture there, you may remember it for how incredibly crammed it is with furniture, which is nearly always stacked up in Jenga towers almost to the ceiling. It’s different from many thrift stores… Read more »

Seattle’s South Lake Union Rents Surpass Parts of San Francisco

Rental rates are creeping up in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, surpassing prices in even some of the hottest neighborhoods in San Francisco. According to an analysis by online real estate company Trulia, the median rental price per bedroom in South Lake Union comes in at a whopping $2,248. That makes it the most expensive… Read more »

The Rights of Gay and Lesbian Homebuyers

Many gay and lesbian homebuyers aren’t aware that their rights in 2006 to a non-discriminatory home purchase process could be guaranteed by local or state laws. Mark Nash real estate author of 1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home shares with single or partnered gay and lesbian home buyers some do’s and don’ts that… Read more »