Monthly Archives: July 2014

June Existing Home Sales Report

June Existing Home Sales Report The month of June looked promising according to its Existing Home Sales Report. Existing home sales, prices, and inventory were up from last year while distressed home sales saw a significant decline. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any and all real estate questions. We can be found on the… Read more »

Weekly Mortgage Rate Update

Weekly Mortgage Rate Update as July 11th, 2014.       Don’t hesitate to contact us with any and all real estate questions. We can be found on the web at www.themoellerteam.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moellerteam Todd Moeller Seven Gables Real Estate Todd@themoellerteam.com 714-404-9540        

Are Gayborhoods Going Straight?

New research finds that traditionally gay neighbourhoods are becoming increasingly “straight” places, and could be at risk of losing their distinct cultural identity. Fewer same-sex couples reside in historically gay neighbourhoods compared to 10 years ago, according to one of the largest studies of sexuality in the U.S. Led by University of British Columbia sociologist… Read more »

Is the US Undergoing a Mass Gentrification?

Census data suggests that in 1980 a college graduate could expect to earn about 38 percent more than a worker with only a high-school diploma. Since then, the difference in their wages has only widened as our economy has shifted to bestow greater and greater rewards on the well-educated. By 2000, that number was about… Read more »

The Window of Opportunity is Closing

The Window of Opportunity is Closing Summer is flying by and so is the second best time of the year to sell a home. Window of Opportunity: The second best time of the year to sell will come to an end as soon as the kids go back to school and housing transitions into the Autumn… Read more »

Dive in with Drake! Long Beach: A Mecca of diversity

A Mecca among the gay mega-metropolis makes up the greater Los Angeles area, for years Long Beach has become home to many gays and lesbians who wish to nest near the water. It’s been recognized by USA Today as the most diverse city in the United States – one of the City’s strongest assets. With… 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 STRONG… Read more »

What Makes a City Gay Friendly?

In celebration of Pride Month, I’m taking a little excursion around the U.S., breezing through some old and new gay friendly places. This week, a general look-see at the country as a whole and then next, a close-up on our fair state of California. Let’s start with the criteria. What does it mean, exactly, to… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Andrew D. Daily, Plymouth, Michigan

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. Providing sellers technologically advanced property marketing services & advanced buyer tools to gain a competitive advantage in home/property purchases. See Andrew’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay… Read more »

Where is the Minneapolis Gayborhood?

Minneapolis has no gayborhood. Wait. Why is that a good thing? Because in Minneapolis, every neighborhood is a gayborhood. Historically, the Gateway District in downtown Minneapolis (near the Gay 90s) was considered the first “gay ghetto.” Loring Park was considered the city’s gayborhood for decades, and Twin Cities Pride is still held there. In the… Read more »

New San Francisco Rule Would Expose LGBT Housing Discrimination

San Francisco’s planning commission is backing a proposed rule that would require national developers wishing to build residential projects with 10 or more units in the city to disclose if they prohibit LGBT discrimination. The commission voted 5-0 at its meeting this afternoon (Thursday, July 10) to support the proposal, known as the LGBTQ Equal… Read more »

Orange County Housing – Mid Year Update

OC Housing – Mid Year Update The first two quarters of 2014 are in the rearview mirror and this year has been unquestionably different from prior years. Mid-Year Update: This year’s market is marching to the beat of its own drum. From 2007 through 2011, the Great Recession brought housing to its knees. The market… Read more »

Is Residential Real Estate Really a ‘Crapshoot’?

That is what a headline announced in a CNNMoney post Monday. They were quoting Karl Case “an economist whose name is synonymous with home prices. He is co-creator of the much watched S&P/Case-Shiller home price indexes with Bob Shiller, who won the Nobel Prize in economics last year.” Case did explain that the commonly held belief that housing prices… Read more »

Atlantic City is Getting Gayer

From re-naming an official gay beach to three summertime LGBTI events, Atlantic City officials seem hungry for the pink dollar. In a beachside resort known more for gambling than for its gay scene (most recently the town’s gay venue Pro Bar closed after three years), politicians are doing a big PR push to court LGBTI… Read more »

What You Need To Know About Real Estate Buying And Why 0 The real estate market can be confusing, and buying a property is often stressful. When viewing potential purchases, you need to know exactly what to look out for. Additionally, making an offer on a property requires a strategic approach. This articles contains a… Read more »

Dive in with Drake! Long Beach: A hidden treasure

Comprised of more than 70 different neighborhood enclaves, Long Beach offers the big-town feel with a small town nature. The bustling Downtown is an area made up of both large business and residential high-rises, rich with a night life of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. Many of the outer-lying neighborhoods give way to streets lined… Read more »

What’s the Big Deal About Overpricing?

What’s the Big Deal About Overpricing?   We’ve been seeing a lot of sellers coming on the market overpriced, ignoring comparable sales and the professional consultation of the experts they are hiring.   The Dangers of Overpricing: In order to compete, over 10% of the active inventory reduces their asking price each week. Please ignore… Read more »

Urban US Markets Leading Condo Re-Bound

The condominium market is surging nationwide as financing trickles back into a real estate class shunned by lenders for years since the downturn. The revival also comes amid an increase in demand for rental properties, pushing the apartment vacancy rate in the U.S. to the lowest level in decades. Rental rates are responding with an… Read more »

Interesting Facts about the Statue of Liberty

Interesting Facts about the Statue of Liberty (AKA… Liberty Enlightening the World) The statue’s full name is Liberty Enlightening the World. It was a gift from France, given to America in 1886. Edouard de Laboulaye provided the idea for the statue, while Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi designed it. The statue’s face was said to be modeled on… Read more »

Seasonal Impact on Real Estate Sales

The weather begins to turn warm, there are flowers in the air and millions of people begin to … yes, think about moving. In most states, the real estate market lies dormant for the most part in the cold winter months from November to February, and then – poof – it awakens. The count on… Read more »

NAR Reports Reveal Two Reasons to Sell Now

NAR Reports Reveal Two Reasons to Sell Now We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand is high and the supply of that item is limited. The last two major reports issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that now may be the best time… Read more »

Suspect Emerges in Dallas Gayborhood Vandalism

Some are pointing to an anti-gay activist in a string of vandalism incidents this week on Oak Park, the Dallas gayborhood. The Dallas Voice reports: Political gadfly Richard Sheridan has emerged as a suspect in the tagging incidents that occurred in Oak Lawn and more graffiti was found. Resource Center spokesman Rafael McDonnell said they… Read more »