Monthly Archives: November 2014

Featured Gay Friendly Real Estate Agent: Mark Parker, 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. Mark has been serving buyers & sellers for 16 years. Albuquerque and the surrounding Metro Area offers a fantastic lifestyle! See Mark’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here… Read more »

Young Homebuyers on the Decline

The share of first-time home buyers has dropped to its lowest level in 27 years, highlighting the challenges facing the housing market’s stalled recovery, according to an annual survey released Monday by the National Association of Realtors. Only 33 percent of buyers purchased their first home this year, down from 38 percent a year ago,… Read more »

US Median Real Estate Price Reaches Six Year High

The median sales price of U.S. single family homes and condos in October was $193,000, up 2 percent from the previous month and up 16 percent from a year ago to the highest level since September 2008 — a 73-month high, according to a report from real estate information company RealtyTrac Inc., of Irvine. “This… Read more »

Thanksgiving Hiatus

It’s been a great year at Gay Realty Watch and Gay Realty Network. We’ve added a bunch of new agents and lenders to the site, and reported on news from the gayborhood. We’re a bit worn out. So we’re taking a short hiatus for the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll be back on Sunday. Happy Turkey Day!… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Michael Jackson, Estero, 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. Michael Jackson is a multi-million dollar producing real estate agent in Southwest Florida. See Michael’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly Realtors and Real Estate Professionals… Read more »

Being Transgender Can Block You from Buying a Home – Seriously

Christin Scarlett Milloy couldn’t get a mortgage approval, because she couldn’t get a photo ID, because she’s transgender: I sat on the phone and patiently explained why I can’t provide photo ID. Because I don’t have any. Because the government has destroyed all my previous ID documents and refused to replace them on several occasions…. Read more »

Valuing a High-End Reno

In renovating a home, you must ask yourself several questions: What do I want to do? Is this money well spent for resale, or am I spending it for myself? How long is this going to take? No, how long is this REALLY going to take, and what is the likelihood that I will go… Read more »

The New Supertall Skyline Coming to Manhattan

The New York Daily News has published a recap of Manhattan’s insane boom in skyscraper construction. Embiggen the bottom image for a tally on the coming supertalls, several of which will eclipse the Empire State Building’s 1250 feet. The supertall in the center of the top image, 111 West 57th, will be the world’s skinniest… Read more »

Amazing New Park Planned for New York Gayborhood

A crumbling old Hudson River pier once used by ocean liners like the Lusitania will be torn down and replaced by a 2.7 acre park on the water featuring rolling hills and an outdoor amphitheater. Mayor de Blasio is expected to reveal further details about the park at a press conference this morning, but the… Read more »

Gayborhood for Sale – Hillcrest Properties Faces Uncertain Future

Two prominent blocks in Hillcrest are up for sale to the highest bidders, and the purchasers will have the ability to transform the heart of the gayborhood. In September, a 25,000-square-foot property that includes the shuttered Pernicano’s and Casa de Baffi restaurants went on sale for $12 million. The site is on the west side… Read more »

Where Are Prices Headed Over the Next 5 Years

Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists about where prices are headed over the next five years. They then average… Read more »

A Day on Wilton Drive – Wilton Manors, Florida

Have you been contemplating a move to South Florida, specifically Wilton Manors, Florida?  This great little city of around 12,000 people and only 1.94 sq miles is full of activity.  The city has a fantastic walking score as you can literally start on Wilton Drive and work your way around the city.  Wilton Manors, second… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Daniel Otto, 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. Daniel Otto, is a gay Chicago Real Estate Broker who specializes in residential real estate and relocations in Chicago, Evanston and Oak Park. See Daniel’s Expanded Listing on Gay… Read more »

When is The Best Time to Buy or Sell A Home?

“Is it a good time to buy real estate?” “Should I sell now while the market is hot?” These are questions that Realtors often hear, much like the doctor’s friends who ask her about a pain in their leg. When I was in real estate school, our instructors told us that the answer to both… Read more »

Austin Businesses Oppose Rainbow Crosswalks

The proposal to install rainbow colored crosswalks on Bettie Naylor Street at the Lavaca and Colorado intersections entered one of its final stages – but not without some friction from local business owners. Passed by City Council on Sept. 25, the plan would cement the area as a historic Austin “gayborhood” and showcase the City’s… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Brodie Stephens, Folsom, 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. Brodie Stephens is a gay real estate agent in Folsom, California, who works with all kinds of real estate clients. See Brodie’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here… Read more »

Why Doesn’t Austin Have a Gayborhood?

Taken from my story in the Statesman: “You might have heard that Austin could soon join San Francisco, Vancouver, British Columbia, and other cities with a set of rainbow crosswalks. At first, some business owners in the Warehouse District frowned on the idea, put forth by Austin Pride, to paint the intersection of West Fourth… Read more »

Is the New York City Real Estate Market a Bubble?

A prominent real estate bigwig caused a stir Thursday by admitting that the New York City residential property market is a big bubble waiting to pop. “If real estate was a publicly traded company and I could short its stock, I would very happily short 57th Street,” said Ofer Yardeni, CEO at real estate development… Read more »

San Diego Gayborhood Bar Expanding

Hillcrest’s most iconic gay restaurant and bar – Urban MO’s Bar & Grill – is now undergoing significant expansions this month to debut for the 2014-15 winter season. The outdoor patio has been demolished in preparation for an extensive expansion and renovation. The property will remain open for business during the expansions, which started this… Read more »

Buying a Home Remains 38% Less Expensive than Renting!

In Trulia’s latest Rent vs. Buy Report, they explained that buying a home remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage throughout the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. The updated numbers actually show that the range is from an average of 17% in Honolulu, all the way to 63% in… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Ken Krukowski, 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. I am a full time agent with more than 20 years of experience, serving Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale, & Oakland Park. See Ken’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network… Read more »

Harvey Milk’s American Diner Closes in the San Diego Gayborhood

Today the official closure of Harvey Milk’s American Diner was announced. The online announcement, by owner Frank Lechner, stated that the diner was officially closed for good and that all the employees had been paid. LGBT Weekly reached out to Lechner for comment but he was unavailable at press time. LGBT Weekly did speak with… Read more »

Fun With Housing Statistics

Statistics are fun. This week we’re looking at American preferences for their living quarters, and you may find the results a bit startling. First, the homeownership rate. Our research tells us that the rate of Americans who own their homes is somewhere between 56 percent and 67 percent, with different surveys quoting slightly different rates…. Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Russell Orlowski, Knoxville, Tennessee

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. Russell has over 11 years of local real estate knowledge in the Knoxville market, and would love to help you buy or sell a home. See Russell’s Expanded Listing… Read more »

Portland’s Gay Friendly Pearl District’s Twenty Years of Growth

One of our favorite places in the world, The Pearl District in Portland, Oregon, has been growing for twenty years. Oregon Live has a cool interactive graphic showing its growth. In 1994, the Portland City Council adopted affordable housing targets for about 250 acres north of downtown dubbed the “River District.” City leaders said they… Read more »

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale By Owner

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale By Owner 4 NOV 2014 · BY NANCY MOELLER  Some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on without the assistance of a real estate professional, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). We think there are several reasons this might not be a… Read more »

Buying for the First Time

“I can’t afford the down payment.” “I have no idea where to start.” “My income is above the threshold to qualify for first-time buyers programs.” “There is absolutely no way I can buy while single and have college debt still.” Every day, I hear the same excuses from clients who want to purchase their first… Read more »

Gay Days – Fort Lauderdale 2014

Announcing the First 2014 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Gay Days!!! November 25 – December 1, 2014 the W Fort Lauderdale will be overrun by Gays from across the world that are here to bask in the sun and enjoy everything that Fort Lauderdale has to offer. The event will have out of this world pool parties,… Read more »

Get Your Home Sold – It’s Not Yours Anymore

The decision to sell your home comes with so many emotions. The memories, the history, the money spent. You have the best home in the city and nobody has anything better. Relationships were born here and you can just visualize that time when Aunt Irene came for Thanksgiving dinner or when the dog ate all… Read more »

Absent Rich Own 39% of New High-End Condos in San Francisco

San Francisco’s luxury condos are being purchased by the wealthy who have an unquenchable thirst for high-end real estate, but don’t live in the city, according to an analysis of property records by the news website 48hills. Instead, their city condos are second, or third homes. 48hills reviewed San Francisco’s Assessor’s Officerecords for over 5,200… Read more »