Winterizing Your New Home – Washington Blade

Winterizing Your New Home - Washington Blade

So you bought a home in the pandemic and now you need to get it ready for winter? What do you need to be thinking of as the colder months approach, for winterizing your new home?

What to Think About When Winterizing Your New Home

Well, the majority of insurance claims in winter months revolve around broken or busted water pipes. It’s a good idea to know where the main water shut off in your house is, in case you have an emergency. You can also buy pipe insulation that is not too expensive to wrap around exposed pipes.

Another area of the home that is good to consider is the windows. If you swap out screens for storm windows that gives an extra pane of glass to provide protection from the cold winter air. Screens can go back on in the springtime.

The roof is another area – if you know that any roof tiles are loose, you are going to want to fix those before any large snowstorms, so that any ice or snow doesn’t further loosen the tile and expose your roof to moisture when the snow and ice melts. Make sure the fireplace is ready for winter by having a chimneysweep check it out and also make sure the cap is in place to keep animals out of it.

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Christine Longe – Minneapolis Gay Friendly Realtor

Christine Longe - Minneapolis Gay Friendly Realtor

Minneapolis Gay Friendly Realtor & Attorney

The AlexanderGroup is a team of highly educated, experienced professionals in real estate and beyond. We are brokered by Edina Realty, one of the most respected, well known brokerages in MN.

Christine, a Minneapolis gay friendly Realtor, has been practicing business and real estate law since 2001. Being a realtor requires many of the same communication, negotiation and writing skills so it was a natural segue for her to sell real estate as well.

Alex has been a real estate investor since 1995 and an agent since 2004. He has represented buyers and sellers in hundreds of transactions and has over 185 five star reviews on Zillow! 

Rachel is a registered nurse that by day leads a nurse triage call center for a large health plan and on nights and weekends sells real estate. Her day job skills in leadership, complex union negotiations and dispute resolution are invaluable as a realtor. 

Bottom line, the AlexanderGroup is a team of polished professionals that collaborate with each other to provide superior customer service to every client. They also like to have as much fun as possible each step of the way.

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Fall Mortgage Options – The Washington Blade

Fall Mortgage Options - The Washington Blade

One effect of COVID-19 has been to throw us off schedule in the normal seasonal nature of real estate sales. At long last, however, we’re beginning to see its return.

Traditionally throughout the nation, spring begins in late March or April and is the most popular time of year for buying and selling homes. In the DMV, however, spring comes early – as early as February – and the market begins to heat up as what little snow we get dissipates.

Summer has usually seen interest wane, while house hunting takes a back seat to vacations, summer camp, and participation in barbecues, family gatherings, and other outdoor activities and celebrations.

Fall has normally been the second major season for housing purchases and sales, ranging from Labor Day to Thanksgiving. Thereafter, during the winter market, people begin to plan for holidays and, although houses sell well when adorned with holiday decorations, the fall market may be better suited to allowing for settlements prior to the end of the tax year. Let’s take a look at some fall mortgage options.

At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news to share with you about the gay real estate market – both lgbt real estate news and news specific to gay and lesbian real estate meccas.

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Thomas Kier – Whidbey Island Gay Realtor

Thomas Kier - Whidbey Island Gay Realtor

Whidbey Island Gay Realtor

Prior to my move to the Northwest, I worked for 17 years as an Executive in Film Marketing with the Walt Disney Studios. It was there I developed a strong business sense – backed by professionalism, integrity and the art of negotiation.

As a Whidbey Island gay Realtor, I am very detail-oriented and committed to staying with a project to the very end. I feel my past business knowledge, as well as, my experiences as a home seller and buyer qualify me to help you make the right decisions.

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Timothy L. Reeder – Omaha Gay Realtor

Timothy L. Reeder - Omaha Gay Realtor

An Omaha Gay Realtor With 20+ Years of Experience

For over 20 years, Tim Reeder has been helping people buy, sell, and preserve historic homes and neighborhoods in Nebraska and Iowa.

As an Omaha gay Realtor, Tim started The Good Life Group as a real estate team to provide the community with top-notch agents who value building relationships and working by referral, but Tim himself enjoyed helping people with their iconic dwellings above all else.

After transforming The Good Life Group from a team to a company (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, The Good Life Group), Tim then founded the Old Omaha Vintage Real Estate Team to help people buy, sell, and restore their remarkable homes. He understands the challenges that old homes present as well as the rewards they hold.

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Haunted House for Sale That Inspired “The Conjuring”

Haunted House for Sale - From "The Conjuring"

One of America’s most notorious homes is now available – a haunted house for sale in Rhode Island.

Built in 1836, the house located in Burrillville, Rhode Island, was made famous by the 2013 horror blockbuster “The Conjuring.”

Though it wasn’t the property featured in the film, it was the actual home in real life where the Perron family endured nearly a decade of intense paranormal activity in the 1970s. The home has three bedrooms, one-and-a-half bathrooms, and is listed for $1.2 million.

Gail Wasmer – Springfield Bisexual Realtor

Gail Wasmer - Springfield Bisexual Realtor

Springfield Bisexual Realtor for LGBTQ+ Clients

A Springfield bisexual Realtor specializing in residential buyers & sellers! 

Member of the Board of Directors of The Phoenix Center, Central Illinois’ LGBTQ+ Community Center, offering various groups, services, training, social & educational events and transitional housing. I’m pleased to be able to give back to our community with this service as board member and frequent volunteer.

Very proud Leader of the Springfield, IL Chapter of TransParentUSA, a multi-state support group. We provide compassionate support to parents and caregivers of transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive children of any age. Our motto is, “Empowering our children to live authentically.” TransParentUSA.org — 2019-present

Easing the California Housing Crisis – The New York Times

California Housing Crisis

No matter where you live, you’re probably familiar with the exorbitant cost of housing in California. The state’s median home price has crept above $800,000, more than double what it is nationwide. Among the 50 biggest cities in the country, we’re home to the top four most difficult places to afford a mortgage. And half of all Americans experiencing homelessness live in the state.

The California housing crisis has a seemingly simple solution, according to the laws of supply and demand: Build more housing. But for decades, resistance from suburban homeowners has stalled development as the problem has only gotten worse.

Bills Address the California Housing Crisis

On Thursday, the state took a step toward creating higher-density neighborhoods as Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two high-profile bills. Though the bills, Senate Bills 9 and 10, endured intense opposition in recent months, neither is all that revolutionary, said Conor Dougherty, a reporter for The New York Times who writes about economics in the state. But the package of reforms passed in California over the past four years, including these two latest measures, “is probably the biggest change in housing in 50 years or more,” Conor told me.

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Della S. Davis – Phoenix Lesbian Realtor

Della S. Davis - Phoenix Lesbian Realtor

Phoenix Lesbian Realtor Advocating For Her Clients

The Huffman Davis Group – Helping Manage Personal Wealth And Transitions Of Life Through The Intelligent Buying And Selling Of Real Estate.

Della Davis, a Phoenix lesbian Realtor with over 20 years at UPS, and Judy Huffman, Associate Broker & in Real Estate over 30 years, bring a wealth of service and sales experience to their clients. 

Della and Judy put their client’s needs at the forefront of their service and business! The relationships they have built over the years with fellow agents and related business owners allows them to leverage a strong network to seek out the hidden gems for their clients, always keeping their wants and needs in mind.

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A Real Estate Primer – Washington Blade

A Real Estate Primer - Washington Blade

When working with first-time buyers, I often hear them say, “I have a stupid question.” I automatically respond that there’s no such thing.  What they think may be a stupid question almost invariably has been asked before by many other people in the same situation. The answer to a stupid question almost always makes you smarter, so what they really have may be a “smart question.”

Several questions that were recently asked of me have prompted me to take another look at what I discuss in my initial buyer consultations, so let’s start there with a short real estate primer.

Real Estate Primer

Buyer Consultation is an initial meeting with a buyer, whether face-to-face, by telephone, or by Zoom or similar interactive means, where we exchange information about the buyer’s needs and the services I provide and determine whether we shall work together exclusively and for how long.

If we decide to go forward, we sign an Exclusive Buyer Representation Agreement, which allows an agent to be the buyer’s advocate by solely representing the buyer’s interests in a real estate transaction, protecting the buyer’s confidentiality, and providing essential services reserved for a client-based relationship. In the DMV, absent such an agreement, agents must legally represent and owe allegiance to a seller they have never met of a property they have never seen.

Authored By Valerie Blake
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