Monthly Archives: May 2014

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jim Foster, 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. Let Jim provide the strong foundation for your next real estate transaction. Fort Lauderdale area – the number one destination of choice for domestic partners. A tropical paradise with… Read more »

Manhattan Condo Prices Decline the Most in Three Years

Manhattan condominium prices fell in April by the most in more than three years, a sign the market is slowing during the busiest selling season. Sale prices for previously owned units dropped 1.4 percent from March, the biggest decline since September 2010, after four consecutive monthly increases, according to a report today by real estate… Read more »

Coldwell Banker Fires “Lifestyle Correspondent” After Santa Barbara Killer Comments

Thank you, Fox News, for bringing light to a dark situation. In the wake of the horrible mass murders committed by a young man in a college town, Fox News has helped us make sense of this senseless situation by giving a forum for Dr. Robi Ludwig to express her smart, enlightening diagnosis of the… Read more »

5 Reasons to Sell Now

Many sellers are still hesitant about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? Can buyers qualify for a mortgage? These are all valid questions. However, there are several reasons to sell your home sooner rather than later. Here are 5 reasons to sell now! 1. Demand is… Read more »

Pent-Up Buyer and Seller Demands About to Be Released

American consumers’ perception of the residential real estate market was revealed in a recent survey by Edelman Berland. They interviewed 2,500 Americans who are “in the market” to buy or sell a home. Respondents were between 25-64 years old with a household income of at least $50,000.Here are the key findings of the buyer and seller demands. BELIEF… Read more »

Feeling Overwhelmed? Tips That Will Make Home Buying Fun Learning about buying real estate can be very overwhelming, but just like anything else, it can also be very easily researched. Now that you have found this list of tips, hopefully, you can come out a little more informed when it comes to buying real estate,… Read more »

New York City Real Estate Inventory At New Low

From the Upper East Side to East New York, would-be homebuyers are facing a massive inventory crunch this spring. Add to that rapidly rising prices in Manhattan and Brooklyn, limited new development geared to the luxury market, and underwater homes hampering many locals’ ability to sell, and it all equals a tough market for many… Read more »

House Showing Checklist

When your home is listed for sale, it’s important to have an “emergency” checklist of everything you need to do before the doorbell rings for a showing.   Here’s a quick house showing checklist we share with our clients …Turn on all lightsLight candlesTurn on musicTake out trashEmpty dishwasher and clean out sinkClean countersClose toilet… Read more »

Be Smart When You Follow These Tips On Purchasing A Home In The Real Estate Market The market is currently flooded with properties, whether we’re talking about homes, land, condos or anything in between. This is why it’s so difficult to find the right type of real estate when you’re ready to buy. Give this… Read more »

What to Know about Your FHA Mortgage Insurance

What is FHA mortgage insurance? An FHA mortgage is a loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration. The FHA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, insures loans so that lenders will offer appealing rates to less qualified borrowers at a lower down payment. Typically, an FHA loan requires a down… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ric Paskiet, Gay Austin Realtor

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. Ric is an experienced negotiator and gay Austin realtor assisting First Time Home Buyers, Active Duty Military/Veterans, Senior Community. Diversity abounds within all neighborhoods of the Greater Austin area!… Read more »

Where is the Long Beach Gayborhood?

While there aren’t any definitive statistics, Long Beach is thought by many to have one of the largest concentrations of gay people of any city in America. The city is undeniably gay friendly (it boasts a gay vice mayor, Robert Garcia, who is running for mayor, and a lesbian councilmember, Gerrie Schipske.) According to South… Read more »

Orange County Housing Report

May 27, 2014   Hello there,   In this Orange County Housing Report were starting to see an increase in inventory. With the inventory continuing to grow, buyers are finally getting a little extra breathing room. Breathing Room: The tug of war between buyers and sellers have resulted in a dramatic increase in the inventory and extra… Read more »

Gayborhoods Over the Last 10 Years

EDGE was founded in Boston back in 2004, and ever since, every time it has added another city to its family of local portals, it has made a point of charting the evolution of the gayborhood in that city. At the same time, EDGE has taken the longer view, questioning whether there is even a… Read more »

Reverse Mortgage Tips

Reverse Mortgages: Is a reverse mortgage right for you?  There seems to be a lot of curiosity (and skepticism) these days around the reverse mortgage products on the market. Of course, we have all seen the infomercials featuring Fred Thompson, Henry Winkler, and others touting the many virtues of the Reverse Mortgage for older homeowners,… Read more »

Factors that Make a Home Unsellable

In a perfect world your house would sell after being listed for only a day. However, in the real world there several factors that make a home unsellable. If your house has been listed for a few weeks and you haven’t gotten any hits in this rapid and fast paced market, it may be your… Read more »

How Does a Pool Affect My Home Value?

  As temperatures begin to rise, the lure of sparkling sunlight reflected off rippling blue water draws many homeowners to invest in an in-ground pool. That a pool adds to quality of life, there is no doubt. When it comes to adding value to your home, however, that question is more difficult to answer. Before… Read more »

Your Bill of Lading

With moving to a new home, among other things, paperwork seems to pile up. One document that you will come across is called the Bill of Lading. Your bill of lading is extremely important so be careful not to lose it. What is the Bill of Lading? Investopedia defines it as “A legal document between the shipper of… Read more »

Planning Your Move Early

Planning Your Move Early Believe it or not, there is a general period of time where more people move. This time is found from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This combined with the energy and time consuming factors associated with moving it is important to make a plan and know what to expect moving forward… Read more »

Can I Afford to Be a Landlord?

According to Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), multifamily rent growth should level out to its long-term average performance as interest rates increase. That does not mean that investing in a multifamily property is a bad idea, it just means that the supply and demand conditions are varying by location and adjusting… Read more »

A Home’s Cost vs Price Explained

We have often talked about the difference between COST and PRICE. As a seller, you will be most concerned about ‘short term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As either a first time or repeat buyer, you must not be concerned about price but instead about the ‘long term… Read more »

Tips for Last Minute Tax Returns

Tips for Last Minute Tax Returns Sometimes there is just not enough time in the day and before you know it tax season has come and is almost gone! Filing your taxes hastily can lead to simple mistakes. Here are some tips on how to file a flawless last minute tax return. Take your time… Read more »

How to get Clean Sparkling Windows

The warming days of spring are the perfect time to bring some light and air into your home. Whether you are planning to sell your home now or sometime in the future, having clean bright windows gives a home a whole new look and transform a dull interior into a bright living space. Take the… Read more »

Keeping It Local: Yorba Linda Richard Nixon Library

Keeping It Local: Yorba Linda Richard Nixon Library In this week’s series of Keeping it Local, we share information on Yorba Linda’s Richard Nixon Library and Museum. Below are highlights, tour information and  details on the Richard Nixon Library and Museum. Richard Nixon Library and Museum Situated on nine rolling acres in Yorba Linda, California, the Richard Nixon… Read more »

Relocation Stress

The Realities of Relocation Stress As seniors remodel their family home to age-in-place or downsize to an independent living, assisted living, or other community setting, they often feel displaced, disoriented, or even depressed. Senior care professionals have an increasing responsibility to learn how to support older adults as they face these transitions, so seniors may… Read more »

Study: Living in the Gayborhood

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Planning Association sheds light on the connection between our patterns of movement and what we have in common with our neighbors. Urban planning researchers Michael Smart, of Rutgers, and Nicholas Klein, of the Pratt Institute, examined how people who live in neighborhoods bound by social… Read more »

Real Estate Show on HGTV Canceled Over Host’s Anti Gay, Anti Muslim Advocacy

HGTV announced Wednesday that the recently unveiled real estate reality TV show, “Flip it Forward,” starring anti-gay activist David Benham and his twin brother Jason, will not move forward after all. The announcement comes following a report by Right Wing Watch that David Benham is a conservative activist who has campaigned against LGBT equality and… Read more »

Want to Remodel Your New Home?

Despite the Washington, D.C. area’s extended snowy winter bringing a chilling effect to the start of the residential housing market, experts are reporting that pent up demand is expected to lead to increased competition for those seeking to make a home purchase in the coming months. According to a recent report by the National Association… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Peter Tortorello, Chicago, Illinois

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. Out, proud, involved. Member HRC’s Federal Club, Lamda Legal’s Liberty Circle, Horizon’s Society. See Peter’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly Realtors and Real Estate Professionals… Read more »

Five Castro Locations Considered for Bike Share

Transit planners in San Francisco are eying five locations in the city’s gay Castro district to install additional bike share stations as they look to expand the program outside of downtown neighborhoods. As the Bay Area Reporter noted on its blog last October, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency set a goal of installing 15… Read more »