Monthly Archives: June 2014

Is Real Estate your Best Long Term Investment?

At least 20% of all age groups believe real estate is the best long term investment. Younger generations were found to be more skeptic about the viability of real estate as a long term investment while the older age groups were more agreeable with this fact. Do you agree with your age group? Don’t hesitate… Read more »

Palm Springs Gay Senior Housing Opening This Summer

A new residential complex designed to cater to the needs and issues of LGBT seniors is expected to open this summer in Palm Springs. Named Stonewall Gardens, the 24-unit assisted-living property will offer resort-style accommodations, a full-time licensed nurse, and a 24-hour professional care staff. With an emphasis on marketing to LGBT residents, but not… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Brad Hinckley, Seattle, Washington

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. Based in Seattle’s Capitol Hill area, I’m an experienced, professional, friendly real estate agent with CPA license and 2 Stanford degrees. See Brad’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Steve Farst, 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. Steve Farst is a gay Realtor with .ver 25 years of service to Tampa’s GLBT community. See Steve’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly Realtors and… Read more »

New Condo Towers Going Up Across the USA

For the first time since the U.S. housing crash, new condominium towers are sprouting in downtown Boston, Seattle and Los Angeles as developers bet on the return of the riskiest type of residential real estate. Buyers are signing deals to reserve units in two new high-end projects in Boston. A 41-story tower rising in Seattle… Read more »

The Market is on Cruise Control

The Orange County housing market is not changing that much. What you see is likely what we’ll get for the rest of the year. The Market is on Cruise Control.   Cruise Control: The inventory is increasing, demand is flat, and foreclosures and short sales are almost nonexistent.   This year’s housing market is remarkably different than… Read more »

Leaving the Baltimore Gayborhood

Baltimore’s gay nightlife can feel a bit claustrophobic. Many think our options are limited to a handful of uptight Mount Vernon clubs, which seem to cater more and more to weekend warriors who wear T-shirts emblazoned with the name of the store where they were purchased. Worse, the number of weird little gay dive bars… Read more »

Is Your iPhone Not Sending Text Messages to Non- iPhone Users?

Is Your iPhone Not Sending Text Messages to Non- iPhone Users? You’re not alone. Apple recently has been under fire for a bug that is preventing users from receiving text messages when they switch from an iPhone to an Android or Windows Phone device and keep the same phone number. The problem has actually been around since iMessage… Read more »

The 35 Most LGBT-Friendly U.S. Cities

This just in from Vocativ: Which U.S. city is most friendly toward LGBT residents? Which big cities don’t even make the list? What’s the gayest city in “red state” America? Which metro area has the highest percentage of out politicians? Where do same-sex Craigslist hookups happen most frequently? Vocativ (vocativ.com), the global media organization for… Read more »

Should I rent my house if I can’t sell it?

Should I rent my house if I can’t sell it? There has been a lot written about how buying a home is less expensive than renting one in most parts of the country. Rents are skyrocketing and homes are still at great prices. These two situations are also causing some sellers to consider renting their home… Read more »

Four Reasons to Consider Buying Real Estate Today

Here are four great reasons to consider buying real estate today, instead of waiting. 1. PRICES WILL CONTINUE TO RISE The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 30.8%… Read more »

Is West Hollywood Boystown Gayborhood Business District Plan Over?

West Hollywood’s Economic Development Department is recommending the city abandon its efforts to organize a business improvement district on the south end of Santa Monica Boulevard. In a report to the City Council, the department noted that the effort to establish a BID is now in its seventh year, and that typically such projects are… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bob Magazu, 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. Bob Magazu became a Portland Realtor because he loves homes and he enjoys working with buyers and sellers. See Bob’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly… Read more »

Where Is the New Los Angeles Gayborhood?

Los Angeles’ LGBT community has long gravitated toward the ‘gayborhoods’ of West Hollywood and Silver Lake, often due to concerns of safety and those cozy hamlets’ wide range of cultural and nightlife options. But times, they are a-changin’, and our city’s younger set of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Angelenos prefer to pop the proverbial… Read more »

Toronto Gayborhood Gets Rainbow Crosswalks

Toronto is hosting World Pride 2014 from June 20 to June 29, but the Canadian capital has already rolled out a welcome to the global LGBT community by painting crosswalks in the Gay Village with a bright rainbow. Located in the heart of the Toronto gayborhood at Church Street and Alexander and Church Street and… Read more »

A Billionaire Could Buy Your Whole City

Just how rich is Bill Gates? According to Forbes, he’s the world’s richest person and is worth $77.5 billion. But that kind of wealth is hard to wrap your head around, so let’s put it another way: Gates could buy every single home in the entire city of Boston. That’s 114,212 single-family homes, condos and… Read more »

Critical Alert: Taxability of California Short Sales

. Critical Alert Regarding Taxability of California Short Sales!  The IRS has recently issued a clarification letter to it’s September 19, 2013 letter to Senator Barbara Boxer concerning short sales and taxation of forgiven debt. The clarification essentially reverses their statement in the 2013 which read, “We believe that a homeowner’s obligation under the anti-deficiency provision of section 580e of the… Read more »

Terry’s Blog: Are You Seeking Information About Home Mortgages? Then Check Out These Great Tips!

Are You Seeking Information About Home Mortgages? Then Check Out These Great Tips! Are you looking for information on home mortgage information? Perhaps you are unaware of the many types of mortgage loans that make home ownership more affordable. It doesn’t matter what brought you to this article, the tips here will help you out…. Read more »

Create Wealth: Move Up Now

Many experts are currently discussing a variety of topics such as real estate as an investment, the movement on mortgage interest rates and reasons to buy now instead of waiting. It is important that we realize that this does not apply solely to the first time home buyer. The opportunity that exists in real estate today… Read more »

Terry’s Blog: Hot Tips For Real Estate Buyers And Future Property Tycoons

Hot Tips For Real Estate Buyers And Future Property Tycoons Preparing to buy a piece of real estate can be an exciting decision…and a nerve-wracking one. Many Americans have made a tremendous amount of money through real estate purchases, but the opportunity for financial ruin is also possible without a thorough understanding of factors involved… Read more »

Chicago Gayborhood Closes, Will Re-open Soon With Two New Concepts

Boystown, the famous Chicago gayborhood, lost a gay club last week. Chicago Pride reports: After abruptly closing on Memorial Day, Spin Nightclub is set to become two new concept clubs. The 9,000 square-foot space at Belmont and Halsted in Boystown will soon become a whiskey distillery/eatery named Whiskey Trust and a nightclub named Chloe’s, according… Read more »

Top Twenty Gay Friendly US Cities From NerdWallet.com

Support for the gay community is higher than ever before–a recent Gallup poll shows that 55 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, compared to just 27 percent in 1996. With Pennsylvania and Oregon recently joining the growing list of states to overturn bans on gay marriage, the campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)… Read more »

Is the US Real Estate Market Stalling?

After picking up momentum over the last couple of years, there are some signs that the US housing market may be slowing. The Washington Post reports: The third installment of Freddie’s “Multi-Indicator Market Index” (or MiMi), which sizes up homebuying activity and other factors, found that only 10 states and the District of Columbia fall… Read more »