Monthly Archives: August 2015

Want Higher Home Values? Look for Trader Joe’s

If you’re deciding whether to buy a house near Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s, RealtyTrac recommends Trader Joe’s. A study by the Irvine, California-based housing data and analytics company found that houses near Trader Joe’s locations appreciate faster than those near a Whole Foods. Homeowners near Trader Joe’s have seen their houses increase 40… Read more »

New Ice Cream Shop for the Castro Gayborhood

San Francisco’s Castro Merchants business group voted this morning (Thursday, August 6) to approve a proposed ice cream shop in the neighborhood. Juliet Pries, a 15-year-Castro resident, said she hopes to open the Cafe Fountain at 554 Castro Street by early 2016. Pries, who’s straight and currently owns Ice Cream Bar, at 815 Cole Street… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Mark Zipperer, Chicago

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 value my connections with the LGBT community, am knowledgeable of the area, and have a proven track record. See Mark’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay… Read more »

California Home Sales At 9-Year High

Sales of California homes remained robust in July, with the number of houses and condos sold hitting a nine-year high for the second month in a row, a research firm reported Wednesday. CoreLogic Inc. reported an estimated 46,065 new and existing single-family homes sold in California in July. That’s up 14.4 percent from last July,… Read more »

Chicago’s Downtown Building Boom

Summer is cranking along and so is Chicago’s construction scene. In case you’ve missed it, the city is experiencing a boom in new construction. Thousands of new apartment units and hotel rooms are on the way, and the city’s skyline is littered with cranes that are helping construct these new developments. And while it seems… Read more »

Lack of Supply Driving Up US Home Prices

Home prices in the U.S. have risen consistently for the last three years. By that measure, the housing market looks pretty good, but the prices are being driven by a severe lack of supply. And that’s discouraging for many buyers, especially in some of the hottest markets, like Denver. Take the case of new mom… Read more »

Featured Gay Mortgage Professional: Adam Jaroszewski, Ft. Lauderdale, 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. Adam is a gay Fort Lauderdale mortgage lender who specializes in home purchase loans and re-financing. Customer service is always his first priority. If you are planning to buy… Read more »

Terry’s Blog: Remember Get Smart

Get Smart And Follow These Tips On Selling Real Estate From improving your home aesthetically to staging it properly when holding an open house, there is a lot you need to know about how to effectively sell a home in this type of real estate market. By following the tips laid out in this article,… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Matthew Berkley, Pasadena, 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. A resident of the San Gabriel Valley for most of his life, Matt Berkley is a REALTOR(R) who has made representing historic and architecturally significant properties his primary focus… Read more »

State of the US Real Estate Market

Forbes Magazine, that guru of money, has recently issued a roundup of real estate realities for 2015. Rather than re-invent the wheel, this week I am presenting their insights to you in a deconstructed and simple format. Here we go: An overview: Real estate has stabilized – yay! After years of roller coaster values, we… Read more »

Predicting Gentrification

There is a mystery rising around the corner from my home in Northeast D.C. Its reveal has been slow: one floor at a time, the metal skeleton taking shape over months. The work seems to sputter on and off, and several times I’ve wondered if something went wrong. The money ran out. Or the inspectors… Read more »

Terry’s Blog: Tips to Buy RE

Tips To Help You Buy Real Estate Knowing about real estate goes beyond what you see listed in some home magazine. You need to be properly informed before you attempt to purchase any property. Just checking out the price tags and locations isn’t enough to make the best decision. This article will give you some… Read more »

The Evolution of the American Home

The single-family home in America has evolved in one particularly remarkable way: It has gotten bigger, and bigger. New homes built today are about a thousand square feet larger than single-family homes completed just 40 years ago (that’s about the size of an additional modest rowhouse in Washington, D.C.). All that space is a sign… Read more »

Gayborhoods – Victims of the Success of LGBT Rights?

For decades, the blinds of this semisubterranean Laguna Beach bar were closed tight. Back then, the dingy saloon was underground in more ways than one. People whom employers might still refuse to hire because of their love interests flirted openly as they knocked back martinis. Couples whom hotels might turn away for wanting to share… Read more »