Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Blair Smith, Vancouver

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FL: Miami Real Estate Sales Jumped 49% in August From 2010

Sales of existing single-family homes in the Miami Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) rose 49 percent in August, from 637 to 951, according to the 25,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems. Sales of existing condominiums increased 60 percent, from 818 to 1,311, compared to August 2010. Statewide sales increased… Read more »

TX: Houston Home Sales Jumped in August

The local housing market continued to favor buyers last month, although that may be changing. At the end of August, there was a 7.1-month supply of homes for sale – meaning it would take that long to sell all the homes on the market based on recent activity, according to the Houston Association of Realtors…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Janie Hunter, Austin

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OR: One Third of Home Sales Now Foreclosures

Foreclosures continue to flood Oregon’s housing market and accounted for one-third of all home sales this spring. At 33 percent, Oregon’s housing market is in the top 10 in terms of foreclosed homes as a percentage of all home sales. In Oregon, foreclosed homes sell for about 30 percent less on average than non-foreclosed homes…. Read more »

CA: Inland Empire Home Sales Up, Prices Down in August

Home sales in Riverside County rose last month while median prices were unchanged, according to data released today by a real estate tracking firm. A total 3,643 new and existing homes and condominiums were sold countywide in August, compared to 3,288 in July — an 11 percent increase, according to La Jolla-based DataQuick. The median… Read more »

Lower Conforming Loan Limits Threaten Housing Recovery

The rancorous debate about how to address our escalating national debt has dominated the conversation in Washington lately. What isn’t getting much attention inside the Beltway — but should — is a looming event that could have major consequences not only for your home’s value but also for the overall economic recovery. Barring last-minute action… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Randy Merrill, El Dorado Hills

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LA: New Orleans One of the Top Improving Real Estate Markets

Three Louisiana cities including New Orleans appear on a new list looking at metropolitan areas nationwide showing the most improvement in their housing markets. The National Association of Home Builders’ new First American Improving Markets Index identified 12 metro areas that have seen a turnaround for at least six months in three economic areas key… Read more »

CA: Median Home Price Declined 4% in August Over 2010

California home prices declined in August from their year-ago levels for an 11th consecutive month, with bargain-priced short sales and foreclosures making up more than half of all transactions, a tracking firm said Friday. San Diego-based DataQuick said in a report that the median home price in the state declined 4.2 percent last month to… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: J. Marc Cain, Princeton

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UT: Home Prices Up 16% Year Over Year in July

There was good news for the Utah real estate market in July as home sales rose 16.4 percent compared to last year. This is the biggest increase in sales since May of last year when buyers were rushing to finalize tax-credit-eligible transactions. During the month, Utah Realtors sold 2,686 homes compared to 2,307 sold in… Read more »

Why Buy in Cancun?

Most people interested in Cancun real estate have plenty of reasons of their own to buy in this amazing beachfront city. For everyone else, the following are the top 10 reasons why they might want to consider this option. 1. The Beaches – The main motivation to buy in Cancun is the beautiful beaches, which… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Rob Schlegel, Las Vegas

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CA: August Home Sales Improved in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego

Home sales in the Bay Area and the Los Angeles-San Diego region increased in August, according to real estate information company DataQuick, a La Jolla-based subsidiary of TPG Capital of Fort Worth, Texas. But the increase was less than robust. “The pace was still well below average,” DataQuick says. The company did not release figures… Read more »

Tips for Your Next Home Search

The quest for a new home can be both an exciting and a daunting task. Location, size, lifestyle, flair, convenience, commute, safety — all important factors to consider when looking for a home and unfortunately, some of these do not come up in a typical home search database. Of course the best way to determine… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Michael Reardon, San Francisco

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Central Kentucky Home Sales Improved in August

The percentage of Central Kentucky home sales continued to bounce back in August as the market further shed the shadow of the federal homebuyer tax credit. Sales of detached residential homes jumped more than 32 percent compared to August 2010. In July, the measure had risen 11.1 percent, marking the first time since the primary… Read more »

NM: Home Sale Contracts Dropped in July

The number of would-be buyer who signed contracts to purchase homes fell in July in New Mexico and across the country, further evidence that the depressed housing market remains a drag on the economy. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its index of sales agreements fell 1.3 percent in July to a reading… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Linda Faucett, St. Petersburg

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Mexico: How to Choose Where to Buy Real Estate

One of the important points in making a Mexico real estate investment is to choose an area which is appropriate for your type of investment. The following tips will outline some of the key factors to consider. 1. Rapid Growth: Mexico has some really fast growing communities. During the first decade of the 2000’s, for… Read more »

How Gay is Palm Springs, California?

Somewhere between urban legend and informed estimate lies the figure that is the measure of Palm Springs’ “gayness.” For more than a decade, the number that most frequently comes up in conversation, in advertising, in speeches by politicians pegging the city’s LGBT population at 40 percent. So where did that number come from, and is… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Frank Vigliotti, Fort Lauderdale

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HI: Slow Big Island Construction Delays Recovery

A “downbeat” construction industry on the Big Island will diminish gains in the tourism sector, leading Hawaii County on a slow recovery from the recent recession, according to economist Leroy Laney. Visitor arrivals for the island, which recently rebranded itself as Hawaii Island, have been increasing by double digits, with visitor spending keeping pace alongside,… Read more »

CT: Affordability Will Be Key to Housing Comeback

Affordability is the linchpin to the revival of Eastern Connecticut’s housing market, several participants in a forum said Friday. One of them was John Bolduc, CEO of the Norwich-based Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors. He called upon the construction industry to focus on making housing that young families can afford to buy and young singles… Read more »

NM: Santa Fe Home Prices Dropped Year Over Year in June, July

CoreLogic, a provider of information, analytics and business services, has released its July Home Price Index, which shows that home prices in the U.S. increased for the fourth consecutive month, inching up 0.8 percent on a month-over-month basis. On a year-over-year basis, however, national home prices, including distressed sales, declined by 5.2 percent in July… Read more »

NV: Las Vegas Home Sales Jumped in August

Based on new statistics by the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors (GLVAR), sales of local homes, condominiums and townhomes jumped significantly in August, approaching an all-time record for existing home sales in a single month. According to GLVAR, the total number of local homes, condominiums and townhomes sold in August was 4,693. That’s up… Read more »

As Inventory Drops, Tampa Home Prices Increase

Last week, real estate research firm Altos Research released its real-time housing market update, which showed data through August 2011. According to the report, the Tampa real estate market is one of the strongest in the country right now. At the monthly level, anyway. A significant reduction in housing inventory has given a boost to… Read more »

Maui Real Estate Market At Bottom?

While keeping a wary eye on Washington politicians and acknowledging U.S. and global economic turmoil, University of Hawaii economists nevertheless predict modest growth in 2012 in an annual Hawaii forecast released today. … Realtor Bob Hansen, who has been selling Maui real estate for 22 years, said Thursday that he believes that Maui’s real estate… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Matthew Roberts, Washington DC

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Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Trish McLean, Santa Rosa

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KS: Downtown Wichita’s Renovation Underway

It has been a year since a consultant first rolled out Project Downtown, the master plan to revitalize Wichita’s downtown. It has been a year of successes: the Cargill Innovation Center, a flurry of new and renovated hotel rooms, a retooled piece of the river front, a handful of new condominiums. But it also has… Read more »

FL: Tampa Home Prices Increased in Second Quarter

Spring buying pushed home prices up for a third straight month in most major U.S. cities in June. But the housing market remains shaky, and further price declines are expected this year. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home-price index showed Tuesday that prices increased in June from May in 19 of the 20 cities tracked. Prices… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Sue Garfitt, Santa Fe

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Northern Virginia Home Values Increasing

Home values in the Northern Virginia area have experienced marked increases, signaling a good time to buy, reports leading Northern Virginia real estate specialist Karen Parker. Arlington, Virginia homes for sale continue to be an active market, with home prices and values experiencing slight increases, according to the recent Zillow Home Value Index. Condominiums still… Read more »

HI: Developer Building 1,500 Homes in Poipu, Kauai

In such an idyllic location, Brent Herrington wanted to make sure he did it right. There would be no second chances. Kukui’ula, a 1,500-home community created by Kukui’ula Development Co., is the first new development on the Hawaiian island of Kauai — the Garden Island — in more than 10 years, and has been designed… Read more »

HI: Honolulu Real Estate Prices Declined in First Half of 2012

Tourism is up, and unemployment isn’t so bad. Combined, they’ve helped keep the Honolulu housing market relatively healthy in a nation of ailing metro areas. Not that Honolulu real estate hasn’t had bumpy moments. Most recently, there has been a second-quarter downturn in home sales and prices. … Short term, however, has seen a setback… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Henrie Vezie, Miami Beach

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OK: Lenders Fighting Mortgage Fraud

Another mortgage fraud case from the housing boom worked through federal court this week when a Midwest City man was sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud in two home sales. The transactions were in 2006 and 2007. With the boom long over, such cases could be fewer and farther between because… Read more »

MI: Four Cities Have Most Gay Couples, Census Says

Four Michigan cities are listed among the 25 cities with the highest same-sex couple population, according to a recent analysis from the Williams Institute. The institute has used U.S. census data to analyze same-sex couple populations since 1990. The institute ranked cities by how many same-sex couples were present per 1,000 households in small, medium… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jennifer Walker-Derby, Atlanta

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NT: Yellowknife May Guarantee New Eco Housing Project

The city is considering acting as a loan guarantor for a 24-unit environmentally-friendly and “affordable” housing project downtown. City council adopted a report by Yellowknife-based consulting firm Stantec Consulting July 25, which cost the city $145,000, that explored options for developing energy-efficient and affordable housing downtown, an idea which arose from the city’s Smart Growth… Read more »

AZ: Phoenix Area Sees Biggest Home Depreciation in US

The Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale metro area is No. 1 in price depreciation for depreciation of single family homes, according to a study conducted by CoreLogic, a national research and analytics company. Non distressed single family homes depreciated 7.9 percent for the 12 months ending July 31. All single family homes, including distressed, depreciated 10.8 percent. While Chicago-Joliet-Naperville… Read more »

NE: Amid Stiff Competition, Omaha Home Sellers Hire Stagers

Faced with a surplus of competing for-sale signs, more home sellers are going that extra step to make their house pop, er, sell. They’re hiring professional “home stagers” — consultants who rent pictures to brighten bland rooms, rearrange furniture to maximize living space, declutter, de-odor or do whatever is needed to increase appeal. Vickie Jenkins,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Scott Lacy, Indianapolis

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WV: Home Prices Increased 14% in July

National monthly home prices increased by a modest 0.8 percent for the second consecutive month in July according to CoreLogic’s July Home Price Index (HPI), but prices were still 5.2 percent lower than a year ago. July marks the fourth consecutive month in which monthly home prices have seen an increase. Although year-over-year price comparisons… Read more »

RI: Home Prices Fell Almost 5% in July

Prices for single-family homes in Rhode Island fell 4.7 percent in July compared with the same month last year, CoreLogic said Wednesday. However, when distressed sales – foreclosures and short sales – were removed, prices fell three-tenths of 1 percent, the real estate tracking firm said. Nationally, CoreLogic said its Home Price Index declined 5.2… Read more »

Re/Max Drops Ads on Show With Lesbian Characters

There are lesbians everywhere. . .any woman who dares to have a spine is a lesbian…any woman who is independent is a lesbian…any woman who dares not have a man is a lesbian…that appears to be the thinking behind the Florida Family Association and their attacks on the ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars. Perhaps… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Geoff Hartle, Toronto

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Mexico a Lot Safer Than People Think

Quick – which national capital has the higher murder rate: Mexico City or Washington, D.C.? If you answered Mexico City, you’d be in good company – after all, Mexico is a war zone, isn’t it? But you would be wrong, on both counts. Based on FBI crime statistics for 2010 and Mexican government data released… Read more »

Is Bisbee Arizona’s Gayest City?

So what’s the friendliest place in Arizona for gay couples? If figures from the Census Bureau are to be believed, it’s Bisbee. An analysis of the annual count by researchers at The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law found that, on a proportional basis, that tiny city in southeast Arizona had more gay… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Rob Boccolucci, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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ME: Home Sales Up 23% in July Over 2010

Maine home sales jumped 23.17 percent in July compared to the same period in 2010, Maine Real Estate Information System Inc. said Friday. According to the group’s numbers, 994 single-family, existing homes were sold last month, compared to 807 in July 2010. The median sales price also edged up year-over-year, from $172,500 last year to… Read more »

MT: State Doing Better Than Most in Foreclosures

The newest data on home foreclosures says there’s an increase in the Pacific Northwest, but Montana’s doing better than the majority of the United States. Foreclosure-response.org says Montana, as a whole, has fewer foreclosures than most U.S. states, but it’s a different story when you look at individual cities. In some, foreclosures are on the… Read more »

MI: Detroit’s Changing Face

Detroit is gaining traction. Real estate investors, civic leaders and other Detroit supporters are talking about a palpable difference in the city’s economic development progress, especially in core areas like Midtown and downtown. Properties are changing hands. New owners are setting up shop with hubs for innovation and retail. Residential spaces are getting spiffed up… Read more »

New Study: Gay Couples, Single Mothers Face Rental Discrimination

A surprising new study by the University of British Columbia has discovered that gay male couples and single parents face significant discrimination in Vancouver’s rental housing market, compared to straight couples. The research, published in the August issue of the journal Social Problems, is the largest investigation of housing discrimination against single parents. Overall, the… Read more »

OH: Foreclosure Sales in Toledo Hurt Home Prices

Foreclosure sales are down nationally, but sales in metro Toledo come at nearly half the price of houses not in foreclosure, a report shows. One of every four home sales in metro Toledo was foreclosure related in the April-through-June period, compared with one out of three nationwide, according to figures released Wednesday by RealtyTrac Inc.,… Read more »

AZ: State Has Second Highest Underwater Mortgage Rate in Country

Statistics indicating that nearly half of Arizona mortgages are under water brought no surprises to many homeowners who have had trouble selling a home or are fighting foreclosure. Arizona homeowners with reduced equity in their homes face many financial challenges, and the plummeting real estate market in Phoenix has been a major factor. A recent… Read more »

NH: Year-Over-Year Home Sales Jumped 30% in July

Home sales in New Hampshire jumped nearly 30 percent last month when compared to July 2010, but the state Realtors association is warning people not to get too excited. The New Hampshire Association of Realtors reports Friday that 1,048 homes were sold in July, up from 811 sales in the year-ago month. But sales in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Terry Hudson Home Inspections, Denver

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CO: Denver The Fastest Moving Real Estate Market in July

The summer of 2011 has seen positive developments for Colorado’s housing market, with the latest indicator coming from the National Association of Realtors. Denver topped NAR’s recently released list of July’s fastest-moving real estate markets. The median age of property on the Denver market in July was 32 days, a decrease of 38.5 percent from… Read more »

MA: Provincetown, The Gayest City in the US

As the release of U.S. Census data for 2010 nears an end, so far the city with the highest proportion of same-sex couples is — surprise, surprise — Provincetown, Mass. Provincetown (pictured) has 163 same-sex couples per 1,000 households, topping Wilton Manors, Fla., a Fort Lauderdale suburb that has 140 per 1,000, according to an… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Gael W. Hammer, Connecticut

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US Home Sales About the Same in July

Sales of newly built, single-family homes held virtually unchanged in July with a 0.7 percent dip from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 298,000 units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department.”The fact that new-home sales fell by less than one percent in July is an indication of… Read more »

Housing Starts Drop in Canada’s Atlantic Coast

According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC’s) latest outlook, the economic and housing market performance in Atlantic Canada in 2011 is currently being impacted by slower employment growth and weaker retail spending activity. “Low interest rates, previously the foundation for better performance in the housing sector, are not expected to offset the weaker economic… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Sally Kilburg, Penticton, British Columbia

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Canadian Real Estate Sales Stronger Than Expected in 2nd Quarter

The Canadian Real Estate Association has revised its forecast for residential property sales as transaction activity and prices were stronger than expected in the second quarter of the year. Sales momentum was also better than expected heading into the third quarter. As a result, the 2011 national forecasts for sales activity and average price have… Read more »

Costa Rica Real Estate Draws Baby Boomers

Costa Rica is fast becoming one of the most favored destinations for a growing number of American ‘baby boomer’ retirees who are looking to live out there days in the sun, shows a recent report by Fox Business. According to Christopher Howard, a published author who has written several books on the topic of Central… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Doug Jacobs, Austin

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WI: Home Prices Drop For Third Year

Led by business and forestland prices, property values in Wisconsin fell for the third straight year in 2010, though the drop was just over half of what it was the previous year. A report by the state Department of Revenue shows that the value of homes, businesses and other property in the state fell by… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Walt Welch, Atlanta

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NJ: Hopes Dashed for Real Estate Market Recovery

In the last three months, the housing market in New Jersey was slowly starting to stabilize — at least, in the sense things had stopped getting worse. After tumultuous years that included a double-dip in home prices nationwide, median sale prices for the second quarter this year ranged from rising 5.6 percent in the Atlantic… Read more »

AZ: Flagstaff Home Prices Fell Sharply in July

July is usually one of the peak months for home sales in the greater Flagstaff area. But not this year. The median sales price for a detached, single family home hit the $245,000 mark in July, according to information compiled by the Northern Arizona Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. Last year, the median home… Read more »

San Francisco: Is Bayview the New Castro?

Bayview and the rest of District 10 – Hunters Point, Potrero Hill and Visitacion Valley – is in the process of transforming into a safer, more accessible and stylish community, according to a number of local activists, residents, and real estate agents. And part of that transformation includes the LGBT community. Last month the San… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Kirk Dahle, San Francisco

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TN: Central State Home Sales Improved in July

Mt. Juliet real estate agent Judy Rockensock is on track to sell more homes at higher prices this year than she did last year. Her sales reflect a recent report that shows Middle Tennessee home sales could be on the rebound. Last week, a long-awaited glimmer of hope surfaced on the local housing scene with… Read more »

How The Debt Crisis Affects Gay and Lesbian Homeowners

Despite the downgrading of America’s credit rating, there is cause for gay and lesbian home buyers to feel somewhat optimistic. That’s because LGBT buyers now have an even better chance of securing an extremely cheap mortgage to buy a home at price levels that are highly affordable. They also have the unprecedented advantage of knowing… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Charles SantAngelo, Phoenix

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Canada: Saskatchewan Has Plan to Help Home Buyers

The Saskatchewan government has outlined an eight-year housing strategy to help potential buyers being pushed out of the market by skyrocketing prices. The report outlines five steps that include increasing the housing and rental supply and improving affordability. The average resale price of a home in Saskatchewan has risen more than 83 per cent since… Read more »

British Columbia Home Sales Dipped in July

British Columbia suffered a major dip in home sales during July, but the situation could get better if interest rates drop, according to a new report by the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA). Sales were up 12.9% in July compared to a year ago, while average prices were up 10% over the same period…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Scott Rhinehart, Laguna Beach

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QC: Montreal Condo Sales Jumped 23% in July

Condo sales, which now account for half the residential real estate transactions on Montreal Island, soared 23 per cent last month, compared with July 2010, Multiple Listing Service data show. Median prices for condos on Montreal Island, which accounted for 77 per cent of all condos sold in Quebec last month, rose five per cent,… Read more »

US: Foreclosure Slowdown May Extend Time Before Recovery

The numbers of properties in some stage of the foreclosure process has dropped 35% year over year, according to RealtyTrac. But the firm that specializes in the market for foreclosed real estate said this merely represents a further slowdown in processing the numbers of properties owned by people who cannot afford them. “July foreclosure activity… Read more »

The Yukon Home Prices Soaring

Once a playground for 19th century gold speculators, the Yukon is again experiencing a boom as commodities surge and gold prices reach new heights, good news for an incumbent government pushing for its third term. … “Yukoners aren’t really worried about the economy and they haven’t been worried for quite some time,” said Donna Larsen… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: David Dorman, Orlando

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North/South Dakota Farm Land Values Increasing

The value of farm real estate in the Dakotas has increased over the past year. The Agriculture Department says North Dakota’s average value is $980 per acre, up more than 15 percent, and South Dakota’s is $1,100 per acre, up more than 13 percent. Farm real estate includes land and buildings. In North Dakota, the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Marcy Mjelde, Bellingham, WA

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Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ross Maghami, Phoenix

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FL: Home Prices Fell Year-Over-Year in June

Florida home prices continue to decline – no surprise there. But the drop in June doesn’t look so awful compared with other states that also endured the worst of the housing bust. Prices in the Sunshine State fell 7.6 percent in June from a year ago, according to the CoreLogic Home Price Index released Wednesday…. Read more »

SC: Charleston Real Estate Market Recovery Slow But Steady

It’s going to take up to three years to return to pre-recession levels of employment, the factor that drives demand for homes, research economist Joseph Von Nessen told about 400 area Realtors on Tuesday during their midyear residential market update at the Charleston Marriott. But economic indicators point to slow, steady growth in the Charleston… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Karen Huckabay, Raleigh

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MA: Realtors Think State Real Estate Market Improving

Realtors are feeling better about the Massachusetts real estate market than they were a year ago, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors announced today. In June, the Realtor Market Index was 29.17, up 2.8 percent from June 2010. This is the first year-over-year increase since May 2010, the association said in a news release. The Realtor… Read more »

TX: Real Estate Prices Stabilizing?

Texas is the one state to experience both a 3% annual job growth rate in June and relatively stable home prices this month. The latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy reports Texas had “robust” job growth for the year ending in June. The state’s private sector added 251,900 jobs, with an annual growth rate… Read more »

OR: Home Prices Dropped Year Over Year

U.S. home prices dropped 6.8 percent in June compared to the prior year. CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a Santa Ana, Calif.-based real estate data firm, said June results were up 0.7 percent over the prior month. It was the third consecutive monthly gain and is consistent with seasonal home trends. Home prices have retreated 31.7 percent… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Doug Morgan, Atlanta

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LA: New Orleans’ Rent Prices Falling

New Orleans housing market is in better shape than much of the nation’s, and what renters may see as good news, real estate investors may see another way. Even though nationally rents are rising on all types of housing with some markets seeing rent jump 10-15%, here in the metro area there’s a very different… Read more »

RI: East Providence Home Sales Down

According to the Rhode Island Association of Realtors, the median price of a single family home dropped two percent in the second quarter of 2011, when compared to the same period last year. Sales were down more than 20 percent year-over-year. In East Providence, the news was mixed. Sales of single-family homes were down nearly… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Alexis Hlady, Edmonton, Alberta

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CA: Lake Tahoe Lakeview Homes Hard to Come By

When buyers are shopping for a property at Lake Tahoe they have many decisions to make. While there is every type of property imaginable from rustic cabins and tiny condos up to palatial estates, the rarest of all breeds is the Panoramic Lakeview. Over the years, architects and developers have strived to maximize lots with… Read more »

Judge Voids Claim, Clears Taos Home Titles

District Court Judge Sarah Backus signed today (July 27) the declaratory judgment for the town of Taos in its lawsuit with the Cristobal de la Serna Land Grant representatives, according to town officials. The judgment effectively voids the land grant documents that the representatives filed and removes the clouded title issues that have impacted property… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jack Miller, Nashville

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MO: St. Louis Home Sales Continue to Slide

House prices continued their slide in St. Louis in June, falling across much of the region. The number of house sales fell, too, though less steeply than in recent months. That’s according to new figures out this week from regional real estate listing services. Overall, sales of previously owned houses in 11 counties fell 5… Read more »

AR: Home Sales Down in June

A report released this week shows home sales in Arkansas jumped from May to June but fell slightly short of reaching 2010 levels. Data compiled by the Arkansas Realtors Associations show about 2,300 homes were sold last month, a 4% decline compared to last year. Amy Glover Bryant with the association says the 2010 homebuyer’s… Read more »

NM: Albuquerque Pending Home Sales Rise

The number of people who signed contracts to buy homes rose across the country and in New Mexico in June. But many of those contracts are falling through and the gain was not enough to signal a rebound in the market. The National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday that its index of sales agreements for… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Kathleen McMullen, Phoenix

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FL: Tampa Home Prices Dropped Again in May

Home prices in major U.S. cities rose for the second straight month in May, propped up by an annual flurry of spring buyers. But after adjusting for such seasonal factors, prices fell in a majority of markets. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home-price index shows prices rose in 16 of the 20 cities it tracks. Boston… Read more »

Southern Florida Saw Slight Increase in Home Prices in May

After falling for nine months straight, single-family home prices in South Florida rose in May as the spring buying season boosted values, according to Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller 20-city housing index released Tuesday. Home prices in the region including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties rose 1.2 percent between April and May, after falling 0.2… Read more »

NV: Las Vegas Real Estate Prices Draw Investors

Home sales rose more than usual in the Las Vegas region last month compared with May but fell short of a year earlier amid exceptionally weak new-home sales. The median price paid for a home dropped from both May and a year earlier as foreclosure resales and sub-$100,000 transactions accounted for a higher portion of… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tyler Olsen, St. Louis

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NJ: Newark Has Most Affordable Housing in State

If you think finding an affordable home that fits your needs in New Jersey will be a difficult task, think again. A new nationwide report released by Coldwell Banker Real Estate shows while home prices in the Garden State are robust, there are some surprises. The report, called the Home Listing Report (HLR), compares the… Read more »

ID: State Real Estate Prices Dropped the Most in the Nation in May

May’s drop in Idaho home prices eclipsed all other states and the nation as well at 16.4 percent, including distressed properties, compared to May 2010, according to CoreLogic, an online tracker of real estate information. Idaho has topped CoreLogic’s Home Price Index since last year. Home prices in Boise and Nampa declined by 15.09 percent… Read more »

San Francisco Bay Area Market Improved in 2011 Second Quarter

A number of American consumers appeared to have packed up moving boxes, loaded them onto rental trucks, and left for San Francisco during the second quarter of 2011, as the city’s nine counties posted double-digit home sale increases over the previous quarter. According to the latest research from Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Linda DeClercq, San Jose

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ON: 70% of Renters Want to Buy a Home

For-sale signs are up and house hunters are out in full force. Many are first-time home buyers, a group that accounts for about half of all house purchases – more than 250,000 – in Canada in the last two years. The desire to own a home is strong in Ontario. A recent poll, conducted by… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Doug Mayberry, Key West

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