Monthly Archives: July 2015

How to Win Bidding Wars

In the very hottest real estate markets, and we have a few here in California, the balance of supply and demand is tilting very much to the demand side. What that means is that there isn’t a lot of inventory for buyers to choose from and when something grand does come on the market, the… Read more »

Terry’s Blog: I Will Work Hard For You

You Need To Hire A Real Estate Agent That Is Willing To Work Hard For You It is easy to be overwhelmed by all of the regulations, financing options, and other details associated with real estate investing. Knowing something about all of these aspects is critical. Purchasing a home is a big decision and a… Read more »

Pros and Cons of Micro Units

When it comes to living in the city, when is too small considered way too small? For many, confined living was limited only to a shared dormitory experience while attending university or for that brief time when first moving to the city. However, with demand for living in the District rising, there has been an… Read more »

Why Isn’t the Condo Market Rebounding?

While construction of single-family homes and multifamily rentals is on the rebound, condo construction has sunk to new lows. A condo rebound has been delayed by stringent rules on condo mortgages that took effect post-housing crisis, as well as stronger demand among young people for rentals, The Wall Street Journal reports. Condo construction in the… Read more »

Reality TV Sets Buyers Up for Disappointment

Picture this: A nice couple wants to buy their first house. They love “today’s look” with coffered ceilings, dark wood floors, open kitchens that sport granite or marble counters and fenced yards large enough for a family reunion and a pack of Pekingese. They walk into a house, fall in love and before they can… Read more »

Miami Enjoys Record Home Sales in June

According to the Miami Association of Realtors, Miami’s real estate market recorded its highest number of single-family home sales of any month in history in June 2015, and is on pace to set another all-time annual sales record. The Miami market registered 1,390 single-family home sales in June, beating its previous record of 1,317 in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Real Estate Agent: Mark Carmien, Northampton, Massachusetts

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 moved to the Northampton real estate market in 1986 and worked in Human Resources for fourteen years, most recently at Smith College. In 2003, Mark and his husband,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Real Estate Agent: Warren Brander, Puerto Vallarta, 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. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Warren fell in love with Puerto Vallarta and moved with his Partner and young children to Puerto Vallarta full-time 5 years ago. His passion is… Read more »

Homelessness and Empty Stores the New Normal in NYC

If you’ve been out and about in Manhattan over the past six weeks and you have eyes and ears, you know something’s happening — something worrisome. The urban streetscape is degrading. Take a walk down Broadway on the Upper West Side from the 100s to the 70s, as I did Sunday, and you’ll see it… Read more »

New York City’s Ten Most Absurdly Expensive Homes

New York ranks third in the world for the highest residential real estate prices per square foot, according to a recent report by Savills World Research. When we asked online real estate and rental marketplace Zillow to comb its database for the most expensive listings across New York’s five boroughs, we weren’t surprised to learn… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Real Estate Agent: Matthew Jones, Kansas City, Missouri

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. Matthew is a gay Kansas City real estate agent who loves helping Buyers and Sellers achieve their goals. Kansas City is a great place to live for the LGBT… Read more »

Seattle Home Shortage Could Continue for Years

Typically home-buying activity falls off during the summer months, but not this year in the metro Puget Sound region, where buyers are competing to buy fewer homes while paying significantly higher prices. The lack of condos and houses for sale is nothing new as real estate agents have been clamoring for additional inventory for more… Read more »

How Living in a Gayborhood Affects Your Home’s Price

Gay neighborhoods are not just more expensive than most other neighborhoods in their metropolitan area, they also appreciate more quickly. In the last three years, home prices in neighborhoods with high numbers of male same-sex couples have increased by an average of 23%, according to a new study by online real estate service Trulia; prices… Read more »

How to Win a Bidding War

In a market where many sellers receive multiple offers, buyers who have their heart set on a particular property need a winning strategy. The Regional Sales Contract is used for the vast majority of re-sales in D.C. and Maryland and arms agents with many “if” clauses, called “contingencies,” to protect either their buyers or their… Read more »

Philadelphia Gets Rainbow Crosswalks

The City of Philadelphia and Philly Pride Presents worked together to paint the zebra crossings rainbow-coloured in the local ‘Gayborhood.’ By coincidence, the eight walkways- planned since March- were unveiled in Pennsylvania the same day that the US Supreme Court announced its ruling in favour of same-sex marriage. According to the Philadelphia Gay News, Philly… Read more »