Monthly Archives: January 2015

Featured Gay Friendly Real Estate Agent: Georgia Gantt, Asheville, North 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. Professional and careful listener! Loyal and strong negotiator! Georgia is a Buyer’s Agent committed to representing your best interests! Asheville is yynamic. Gorgeous mountains, valleys, rivers and streams. Charming… Read more »

Confessions of a Remodeler

In late 2011 I leased a small beach cottage with an option to buy. Every once in a while you can still negotiate such a deal, but it’s rare. In the spring of 2013 I exercised my option and became the owner of Chez Soleil, a charming getaway and secondary office where I would conduct… Read more »

Manhattan Hotelier Ian Reisner Buys Fire Island Property

The owner of the Out NYC hotel has purchased an iconic Fire Island Pines property. Joe.My.God reports: A strip of commercial real estate along the harbor in Fire Island Pines sold for $10.1 million at auction on Thursday to developers with plans to continue the revival of a former mecca for closeted gay men. The… Read more »

Why Have Interest Rates Dropped?

The headlines agree mortgage interest rates have dropped substantially below initial projections. Many who are considering purchasing a home, or moving up to their dream home, might think that they should wait to buy, because rates may continue to fall. A recent article on the Economists’ Outlook blog by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)… Read more »

Top 20 Terms to Know for Real Estate Transactions

The process of buying or selling a home can be complicated. With the multiple state, city, and local regulations, as well as legal contracts to consider, many buyers and sellers find the process fraught with confusing and difficult to understand industry jargon. In order to cover all the bases and to ensure a smooth, stress-free… Read more »

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

If you are thinking about purchasing a home right now, you are surely getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in real estate. Let’s look at whether or not now is actually… Read more »

Record High Apartment Prices in Manhattan

The average apartment price in Manhattan hit a record $1.72 million in 2014, as the New York wealthy and overseas rich continue to seek safety in the New York skyline. While sales volume is slowing, prices continue to rise in New York as strong demand competes for historically low supply. The average sale price for… Read more »

Toronto’s Skyline Transformation

For Brooklyn-born Ken Greenberg, this heady era in Toronto is akin to a certain New York moment. In New York City in the late 1920s, an explosion of people and skyscrapers, and especially the addition of iconic structures like the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building to the skyline, “drew people like magnets” from… Read more »

Questions Arise for Newly-Married Same-Sex Homeowners

Same-sex married couples who own their homes can now change the way their property is deeded, holding it in a way that wasn’t available to them before the same-sex marriage became legal this month. Whether they should make the change isn’t clear. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all kind of situation. It depends on how they run… Read more »

Terry’s Blog: Home improvement: Making Plumbing Bathtub Repairs

Home improvement: Making Plumbing Bathtub Repairs Like every other plumbing component in the home, the bathtub valves can easily become worn out over time. This often results in extensive repairs when they are not properly addressed in a timely fashion. A leaky faucet can cause significant damage behind the walls, and an inoperable drain can… Read more »

MCC Selling Castro Gayborhood Church Property

Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco plans to sell its building at 150 Eureka Street and a neighboring four-unit apartment building at 138-140 Eureka Street. Officials with the church, which has been based in the Castro neighborhood for decades, are talking to staff at First Congregational Church on Polk Street about sharing space. MCC staff… Read more »

What is Gentrification, Really?

Emily Badger suggests chucking the word: Even researchers don’t agree on what “gentrification” means, let alone how to identify it. (And this is to say nothing of its even more problematic derivative, the “gentrifier.”) … The definition matters… not purely for linguistic nit-picking, but because we seldom talk about gentrification in isolation. More often, we’re… Read more »

Fire Island Pines Resort For Sale

Five years ago three young hotshots bought the bulk of the commercial district in Fire Island Pines for a reported $17M. Later this month that same group of businesses goes up for auction for a considerably lower opening bid. Maltz Auctions, a leading full-service auction company serving the New York metropolitan region, announced today that… Read more »

Terry’s Blog: Build A Garden TeePee

Build A Garden TeePee Gardening doesn’t have to be boring. You can create your own unique garden with just a few creative tips. There are many climbing plants that one can plant. Today, we’re going to focus on climbing peas, beans and flowers (such as morning glory). Gather Some Big Sticks Gather up some large… Read more »

Living Small With Style

We recently profiled Chicago lifestyle architect Jay Michael, who specializes in creating innovative designs for small spaces. Decorating micro apartments can be a challenge, but also an opportunity to refine one’s aesthetic. As Michael said, “I think that I’ve realized that in a lot of ways, less is more, and that’s a great way to… Read more »

San Francisco Now an Enclave for the Wealthy?

San Franciscans, already lamenting the high cost of living, are finding that rents have jumped from sky high to outrageous. Betty Granoff, who works with people moving to the Bay Area as president of San Francisco-based Relocation Breakthroughs, provided some insight into how the rental housing market compares to other boom times. “I’ve been doing… Read more »

This is Why Manhattan Needs Mass Transit

A single visit to Manhattan makes it pretty obvious that most people there depend on the subway, buses, bikes, cabs, and walking for transportation. Just 16 percent of people who commute into Manhattan for work do so by car — by far, the lowest percentage of any US city. But what would Manhattan look like… Read more »