Monthly Archives: August 2014

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Robert H. Leininger, Baltimore, Maryland

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. Friendly, professional, caring, interested and definitely not high-pressured. That’s my style. There’s no place like home! Baltimore is a truly unique, bustling, fun city that is very welcoming and… Read more »

Are Our Gayborhoods Fading?

At one of the oldest gay taverns in the city’s Boystown neighborhood, the regulars were sharing a laugh over what they had seen the night before at their watering hole: a gaggle of straight women. “It was like they were at a gay museum,” joked James Davies, 61, who has been a regular at Little… Read more »

Manhattan Condo Inventory, Prices Up

The Manhattan condo market saw a spike in the number of available units and prices in July, according to a real estate report released Thursday. StreetEasy’s report said the despite the 5.4% growth of inventory between July 2013 and this year, the number of available units is 16.2% below the five-year average level of inventory…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Dan Joy, Oakland, California

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 enjoy empowering my clients with my knowledge and expertise to assist them making the best property investment decisions. The East Bay offers the best housing prices in the… Read more »

Where Are the New Condos in San Francisco?

NewConstructionSF.com as put together a great interactive map of the current sand pending condo projects across The City: For those you who are more visually inclined, here is our map of new construction condo homes across San Francisco. For your convenience, we have organized the condo buildings into three chronological groups – buildings that have… Read more »

Nano Housing – The Next Big Thing?

In Seattle, developers are racing to build what has become a wildly popular new type of apartment complex: “congregate housing.” Miniature studios averaging 150 square feet are so tightly packed that foldaway beds must be stowed during the day. Instead of an eat-in kitchen, residents can sometimes share cooking space with 30 other people down… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Brent Anderson, Edmonton, Alberta, 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. Providing professional service to my clients, while educating them through the process. Edmonton is a thriving City, with many festivals, events to take in year round. See Brent’s Expanded… Read more »

Renters Beware! Don’t Get Caught in the ‘Renter’s Trap’

In a recent press release, Zillow stated that the affordability of the nation’s rental inventory is currently much worse than affordability of the country’s home sale inventory. The release revealed two things: Nationally, renter’s signing a lease at the end of the second quarter paid 29.5% of their income to rent U.S. home buyers at the end of… Read more »

US Existing Home Sales Up, New Home Sales Down

Sales of existing homes shot up in July. Sales of newly-built homes fell. Behind the numbers, however, lurked the same old story: The housing market has yet to fully recover. The Commerce Department reported Monday that new home sales dropped 2.4 percent from June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 412,000. Normal would be… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Suzanne Dana, Williamsburg, Virginia

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. Suzanne is a vibrant person whose energy is contagious. Suzanne’s priority is her clients! Williamsburg, Virginia (VA) is an open-minded city and is generally gay-friendly. See Suzanne’s Expanded Listing… Read more »

Bookstore to Return to the Philadelphia Gayborhood

The nation’s oldest gay bookstore will reopen next month in Philadelphia after closing three months ago due to financial problems. Philly AIDS Thrift says it’s taking over the shop called Giovanni’s Room. It had closed in May after 41 years, citing competition from online outlets. Philly AIDS Thrift already operates a secondhand store whose proceeds… Read more »

Are Bars Leaving the Gayborhoods?

Understandably, the LGBT community has created strongholds in urban environments where strength in numbers offers inhabitants a voice as well as safety. Because of this, many cities have nationally recognized gay neighborhoods where we are able to live and thrive. But in the past decade we have noticed more and more of us moving into… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Scott Cotrell, 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. You will find I’m patient, diligent, and the professional who will work tirelessly to reach the goals we set together. Portland is diverse, accepting, environmentally- friendly and has an… Read more »

New Grocery Store Coming to Chicago Gayborhood

Mariano’s Fresh Market, a Chicago-area grocery store brand, has been given approval to build a new development at 3030 N. Broadway, just south of Boystown’s Broadway corridor. In addition to a two-story, 71,000 sq. ft. grocery store, the new commercial structure will also house a 40,000 sq. ft. XSport Fitness. The now-defunct Dominick’s Finer Foods… Read more »

Price Per Square Foot Unmasked

 Price per square footage analytics are generally a waste of time. Price per square foot is a number that boils down dozens of unique factors in a house or condo and attempts to bundle them into one tiny package. Unfortunately, all it really does is instill a false sense of confidence. It takes away all of… Read more »

What Upgrades Are Worth It to Sell Your House?

If you’ve dreamed of a sparkling new kitchen and finally open the wallet and make it happen, enjoy it! But if you’re hoping it will add major dollars to the sale of your home, well, time to think again. Buyers want all the goodies, for sure, but remember the adage “the best we can get… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Mortgage Lender: Kevin Hoover, 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. Offering premium service and fantastic rates & programs to the LGBT community in New Mexico. See Kevin’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly Realtors and Real… Read more »

Unrealistic Expectations of Buyers and Sellers

Buyers and sellers have been known to have unrealistic expectations in approaching the housing market and they say the funniest things.   Foolish Talk: Buyers and sellers who buy into some foolish thinking will not find success in today’s Orange County real estate market.   Real estate professionals from all corners of Orange County have provided plenty… Read more »

Where are the Mortgage Rates Headed?

 The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to look at where rates are headed when deciding to buy now or wait until next year.According to a recent article in Kiplinger, 30 year… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jon Becker, Traverse City, 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. I pride myself on total client satisfaction, honesty, professionalism; making real estate transactions as fun and stress free as possible. One of United States “Most Livable Regions” and highest… Read more »

New Waterfront Condos Planned for Seattle

Kevin Daniels said Friday that he plans to buy an old brick building next to CenturyLink Field and develop a condominium project there. Real estate developers, including Daniels, have long tried to develop the triangular Seattle Plumbing Supply Building at Railroad Way South and Occidental Avenue South. The group that is selling the property to… Read more »

What’s the Future of the Castro?

Are gay neighborhoods dying? There’s been ceaseless chatter the past couple of years that the Castro is turning straight, and that San Francisco’s unaffordability is making it almost impossible for new generations of young LGBT people to keep the torch lit. But until now, no one had attempted a comprehensive look at just how things… Read more »

Should Gay Millennials Be Considering Buying a Home?

Last weekend, I hosted an open house in Kalorama. My property, a newly listed studio condominium, much larger than your average micro-efficiency, was full of charm and priced just above $220,000, very reasonable for the Kalorama market. This was truly a first-time buyer’s dream place. With each passing walk-in, I made two observations. First, half… Read more »

New York: Theatre in the Gayborhood Making a Comeback

“Historically, the West Village has always been artist friendly, especially to theater,” says Danny Feldman, managing director of Labyrinth Theater Company. The Village’s quiet, tree-lined streets have always offered a cheaper alternative to Broadway. Despite the neighborhood’s rich history, theater has floundered here for the past few decades. It seemed to many that the Village’s… Read more »

Restaurants in San Diego’s Extended Gayborhood

San Diego LGBT Weekly wanted to take a close look at the restaurant offerings in the expanded gayborhood. We ate our way through Mission Hills, Bankers Hill, Hillcrest, University Heights, North Park, Adams Avenue and South Park. Needless to say, we had to make our “Foodies’ Delight” feature have a part two in our next… Read more »

Queerbomb Livens Up Dallas Gayborhood

In terms of gay culture in Dallas, on face, it looks like we have a lot. Ask anyone where the “gayborhood” in Dallas is, and they’ll point you toward the intersection of Cedar Springs and Oak Lawn, where “The Strip” is located. Here, you’ll find almost all of the city’s sprawling, multi-level gay bars and… Read more »

Either Way, You’re Still Paying a Mortgage

 There are some people that have not purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage – either your mortgage or your landlord’s. As a paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains: “Households… Read more »

US Middle Class 20% Poorer Than in 1984

Nostalgia is just about the only thing the middle class can still afford. That’s because median wealth is about 20 percent lower today, in inflation-adjusted dollars, than it was in 1984. Yes, that’s three lost decades. Now, as you might expect, the middle class has been hit particularly hard by the Great Recession and the… Read more »

Exploring DC’s Real Estate Gayborhoods

Do you really know where you live? When I started selling real estate in D.C. in the 1990s there were a number of neighborhood monikers that had withstood the test of time. Everyone knew Georgetown, for example, with its expensive properties and the restaurants and shops that lined M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Nearby Foggy… Read more »

Condo Prices Up Again Along the West Coast

Condominium prices rose again in June in downtown Los Angeles, San Francisco and downtown Seattle, according to The Mark Company’s Condominium Pricing Index. According to The Mark Company Trend Sheets, the value of new construction condominiums in downtown Los Angeles was up eight percent in June over the previous year. In San Francisco, the value… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Martin Withrow, Palm Springs

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 use my mid-western work ethic, enthusiasm, negotiating skills and creative background to buy or sell your desert oasis. Palm Springs is one of the most beautiful backdrops to… Read more »

Provincetown Becoming Less Gay

This season in Provincetown has been very striking. It’s nearly a decade since I wrote The End Of Gay Culture for TNR, but only now that the small drip-drip-drip of change seems to have reached a tipping point. The Ptown I came to in the late 1980s is gone forever. Back then, the crowds that… Read more »

Is the Seattle Gayborhood Vanishing?

Census data show the number of same-sex couple households increased in nearly every neighborhood in Seattle between 2000 and 2012.* Citywide, the number jumped 52 percent, bringing the total to about 7,500 households. The big exception: Capitol Hill. Seattle’s “gayborhood” experienced a 23 percent drop in same-sex couple households in this period. The Census Bureau… Read more »

The Best Cities for Gay Retirees

Let’s face it, when we try to figure out the best place for our retirement, we usually want to find people of like minds. If you are a liberal Democrat who has frequently donated to the ACLU, you probably aren’t going to want to retire in Reagan Country. Or, if you have a Fox News… Read more »

Vertical Agriculture

The 21st century has seen rapid urbanisation and the global population is now expected to grow to more than 8.3 billion by 2050. Currently, 800m hectares – 38% of the earth’s land surface – is farmed and we’ll soon need to give over another 100m hectares if we continue to use current agricultural methods. That’s… Read more »

Did Department of Justice Pressure Transgender Woman to Settle Housing Case?

A transgender woman and her partner have settled a lawsuit alleging unfair housing practices by an Athens RV park owner. The Cedar Creek Lake-area couple say they are not happy with the settlement and that the Department of Justice pressured them to accept $4,000 to settle the suit. The case was based on an Obama… Read more »

Chicago Gayborhood Still Going Strong

While new research shows Boystown is becoming a more fragmented LGBT community, Lakeview officials say the “gayborhood” is most certainly here to stay. The analysis is detailed in “There Goes the Gayborhood?” written by suburban Chicago native Amin Ghaziani, now an associate professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia. It looks at things… Read more »

What Homeownership Can Mean for You

When you’ve never owned your home, your relationship to it is less personal. Let’s face it, when something goes wrong in your rented apartment, you call the landlord or manager to fix it. You don’t worry about insurance against natural disasters, save up for that new roof or upgraded furnace, or myriad other requirements of… Read more »

How to Sell for Full Price

Often, homeowners try to “test the market” with a higher than fair-market price when first listing their home. That can be a poor marketing strategy. When your agent tries to talk you out of it: Listen! How to sell for full price? Setting “too high a price” will be too high a price for you… Read more »

Buying a House? 4 Reasons to DO IT NOW

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a house 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% (most… Read more »