Monthly Archives: October 2014

Taking the “Spooky” Out of The Mortgage Process

  Do you need help understanding the mortgage process? Don’t hesitate to contact us for any and all advice. For more information on Real Estate, like us on Facebook! Todd Moeller Seven Gables Real Estate 5481 E Santa Ana Canyon Road Anaheim Hills, CA 92807 Todd@themoellerteam.com (714) 404-9540 BRE#: #01762788

Featured Gay Friendly Real Estate Agent: Brian Elder, Toronto, Ontario, 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. Brian Elder sells homes buy design: downtown Toronto condos, lofts, and urban spaces. See Brian’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly Realtors and Real Estate Professionals… Read more »

Half of Midtown NYC’s Super Luxury Condos Sit Vacant

In a story that basically confirms everything New Yorkers already believed about the proliferation of foreign buyers who own stash pads here, the Times quantifies the suspicion that a heckuva lot of apartments around the southern end of Central Park are owned by out-of-towners. (The paper of record, by the way, likes to revisit this… Read more »

The Upside to San Francisco Gentrification

While many San Francisco neighborhoods are changing character, Dogpatch may be getting one. The enclave between the bay and Potrero Hill is a blink-and-miss-it spot, filled with warehouses, taverns along Third street and the local Hells Angels headquarters. The charm is hidden away. Several blocks along Tennessee and Minnesota streets are dotted with tiny Victorians,… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Brian Scharick, Delray Beach, 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. Brian is a driven producer specializing in Delray Beach and surrounding areas. Delray Beach offers an amazing downtown with superb restaurants and nightlife. See Brian’s Expanded Listing on Gay… Read more »

Most Expensive US Housing Markets Also the Most Liberal

Reliably liberal San Francisco has some of the most expensive housing in the country, as do heavily blue New York City and Los Angeles. At the other end of the political spectrum, housing often costs less in conservative parts of the country. These are the places — around Greenville, S.C., or Knoxville, Tenn. — that… Read more »

Gay Resorts in Fort Lauderdale

Are you looking for a Gay Friendly resort for your next visit to Fort Lauderdale, Florida? Look no further!!  Below is a list of Gay Owned/Gay Friendly Resorts in the Fort Lauderdale Area. Cabanas Guesthouse 954-564-7764 Contact: John Dory The Calypso Inn 954-605-3561 Contact: Wesley Leigh Cheston House 954-566-7950 Contact: Chuck Scheiner Coral Reef Guesthouse… Read more »

Terry’s Blog: Home Buying Process Made Easy For All

Home Buying Process Made Easy For All Real estate has historically been a solid way to build equity, but a downturn in the economy has diminished home values. Prospective buyers have also discovered lending institutions are less likely to extend credit without at least a 20% downpayment. This makes purchasing real estate more difficult for… Read more »

Statue of Liberty as a Condo Conversion?

A NY satirist takes the current trend of converting historic buildings into condos for the rich to its logical conclusion: As a condominium complex, “the landmark offers privacy, security, exclusivity and the feeling that you are part of history. One lucky penthouse owner will be able to experience breathtaking 360 degree views of the city… Read more »

Fort Lauderdale LGBT Events for November 2014

Here’s a list of upcoming Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) fundraising and awareness events planned to take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during Fall 2014.  Mark your calendar and come out to support our community!   Thursday, October 23 | 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. The Pride Center’s Founders Circle Reception | Mayor’s Jewelry Store,… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Ron Redder, 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. I am a Real Estate professional – Broker/Owner of mid-size brokerage with 18 years experience in the Austin area. Austin is a progressive arts-driven city on many Top 10… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Brian Scharick, Fort Lauderdale

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. Dedicated real estate team. Focused on your specific wants and needs throughout the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. With an active GLBT community, South Florida has become a popular destination… Read more »

Why is DC So Expensive? Hint: It’s Congress

A September housing report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is making the rounds this week after The Washington Post published its findings on the Monday holiday. The Post gave it a 100-proof headline: “It’s more expensive to live in D.C. than New York, study says.” According to “Housing: Before, During, and After the… Read more »

Is Hunter’s Point on the Cusp of Gentrification in San Francisco?

Just six miles from San Francisco’s increasingly expensive downtown is Hunters Point, a historically blue-collar neighborhood southeast of the city, which has been neglected since the shipyards closed in 1974 amid radiation contamination so bad it was declared a Superfund site. Today, 30 percent of the area’s residents earn less than $10,000 a year. “This… Read more »

Ten Tiniest San Francisco Homes for Sale

As home prices continue their upward climb and rents worthy of Manhattan keep right on scaring everyone, it gets pretty tempting to squeeze oneself into the smallest possible box. Miniature houses, some of which could pass for an Architect Barbie starter home, are few and far between (though we’ll certainly keep stalking them). So how… Read more »

Home Value Increase P.1

When preparing to sell their home, a common question pops up. Homeowners want to know what they can do to get the maximum selling price on their home. Of course, the answer to “What can I do to increase my home’s value or get a better selling price?” is difficult to answer because each home… Read more »

Home Value Increase P.2

A common question sellers ask is “What can I do to get the maximum selling price on my home?” Since each home and every market is different, we, as your real estate professionals, can give you specific advice on your home. In general, however, if you’re willing to spend a little bit on some minor… Read more »

Become a Fan of Fans

Ceiling fans aren’t just about moving air, they are an important part of creating the right atmosphere in your home. Before choosing a fan, consider what you really want it to do. Smart ceiling fans Being smart isn’t just for phones. Big Ass Fan company has developed smart residential fansthat have motion sensors, can detect ambient… Read more »

Home Value Increase P.3

A common question for prospective home sellers is “How can I increase my home’s value or get a higher selling price?” In our earlier articles on this subject, we discuss low budget and economical fixes and upgrades that can increase the perceived value of your home. In this article, we discuss those higher cost items… Read more »

Fearing Buyer ’s Remorse?

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll make, and many times new buyers worry that they’ll make a wrong decision and then be sorry when it is too late to change it. What if I paid too much for the house? What if the neighborhood isn’t what I thought it was? What… Read more »

Terry’s Blog: Real Estate Selling Guidelines That Are Easy To Understand

Real Estate Selling Guidelines That Are Easy To Understand Like many people interested in selling real estate, there are probably many questions on your mind. Deciding what list price to choose, which agent to pick or where to advertise your property are all facets of real estate that require research and experience. This article contains… Read more »

Staging Your Home to Sell

When a buyer walks into your home you need to grab their attention. Sadly it is rare to find a buyer that will give a home a second chance when deciding if they should make an offer or not, first impressions last a life time. We all have different styles that fit our personalities and… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Matthew Alexander, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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 specialize in meeting and exceeding the needs of home buyers and sellers in the Myrtle Beach area. Myrtle Beach offers a diverse population with plenty of attractions and… Read more »

New Gay Friendly Affordable Senior Housing Development Opened in Chicago

Center on Halsted and Heartland Housing officially opened Town Hall Apartments, the Midwest’s first LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing development, during a ribbon-cutting on Friday. “When Tom [Tunney] came to see me and I first got elected, I said ‘what’s our No. 1 goal?’ He said this building,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who spoke at… Read more »

Check Out One of New York’s Most Expensive Views

An imposing-but-thin building is dominating the midtown Manhattan skyline these days, and its name is not Empire State. No, this new behemoth is simply called 432 Park, and it is the tallest residential tower in New York City. Visible from all five boroughs, the building houses what will be some of the most expensive condos… Read more »

Are Gayborhoods Really Going Away?

Welcome back to Ask a Homo, a judgment-free zone where the gays of Outward answer questions about LGBTQ politics, culture, etiquette, language, and other queer conundrums. In this edition we ponder the fate of the “gayborhood,” that area in most major cities that has traditionally catered to and been called home by a high concentration… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Eric Robison, 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. Eric is a designated Seattle Broker/Agent, who uses his Seattle real estate expertise to meet his clients’ expectations! Seattle is renowned for its welcoming, thriving LGBT community. All are… Read more »

New York City Proposes Pied-A-Terre Tax for Wealthy Absentee Condo Owners

Luxury real estate firms in New York City make a lot of money helping wealthy foreigners exploit the state’s tax laws–now some firms overseas want to share in the joy of being richly rewarded middlemen. The Times reports that real estate companies from Germany and London are expanding here to explicitly target New York’s “ever-expanding… Read more »

Halloween 2014 – Wilton Manors, Florida – Wicked Manors!!

Some cities talk about Halloween, others know how to rock Halloween!  Wilton Manors, Florida known for its diverse culture and #2 city in the US for gay couple population puts on an annual Halloween Party that is sure to impress.  Wilton Drive, the main drag (no pun intended), shuts down and the party starts at… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Reg Martocci, 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 have a Portland real estate dream. Reg Martocci can help make it happen. She is professional, experienced, and knows the Portland real estate market inside-out. Let her be… Read more »

Finding Your Luxury Home in Fort Lauderdale

The definition of a Luxury Home in Fort Lauderdale isn’t the same for everyone. Initially you think of a Luxury Home as one that has soaring ceilings, large windows, possible water views,and top of the line finishes. While all of this is pertinent when buying a home it doesn’t mean that the home you buy isn’t luxurious… Read more »

The Shanghai Gayborhood

Hey there, queermosexuals! If the number of housewarming parties in the past month or so is any indication, it’s time to upgrade your place of residence. While every neighborhood in the city has its perks and downsides (lots of sex shops but no street food, or plenty of cute boutiques but no eye candy —… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Todd Moeller, Corona, 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. Todd is honest, and has a ridiculously strong work ethic, and will represent your interests when buying or selling real estate on the Corona area. See Todd’s Expanded Listing… Read more »

New Manhattan Supertall Proposed

As I’ve noted in several recent posts, Manhattan is going through an unprecedented boom of new supertall skyscrapers, many of which are mixed-use hotel/retail/condo combos. New York YIMBY provides a look at One Vanderbilt, which will loom over Grand Central Terminal on Manhattan’s east side. Among New York’s existing supertalls, the 1,450-foot building will be… Read more »

Lowdown on the DC Real Estate Market

As in all forecasts, we can only rely on what we see to be a general trend. The Washington metro area real estate market in 2014 has slowed in comparison to 2013 with less activity. A trend that was thought to be related to the long, cold winter can now be seen to be caused… Read more »

Terry’s Blog: Understanding How The Multiple Listing Service Can Help You Sell Your Home

Understanding How The Multiple Listing Service Can Help You Sell Your Home Like many people interested in selling real estate, there are probably many questions on your mind. Deciding what list price to choose, which agent to pick or where to advertise your property are all facets of real estate that require research and experience…. Read more »