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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VT: The “Ninth Least Bad” State in Real Estate

The good news: The state’s revenues are up by about $120 million. The bad news is that the national economy is slowing and Vermont’s tax receipts are likely to remain flat in fiscal year 2013, according to the state’s two economic advisors, Jeffrey Carr and Tom Kavet. … The two economists don’t expect Vermont real… Read more »

Buying Real Estate in Virginia

When is a deal a deal? How can you be sure that your purchase in Northern Virginia is really a deal? Understanding your position as a buyer in Virginia when buying in the D.C. metro area is an important first step in finding a deal that works in your favor. Virginia is a “buyer beware”… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Barbara Smith, Phoenix

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Southern Delaware Home Resale Market Strengthening

Data released recently by the National Association of Realtors(NAR) indicates a continuously strengthening second homeowner market across the country, including in the beach resort areas of Sussex County. The 2011 NAR Investment and Vacation Home Survey reveals that vacation home sales across the United States accounted for 10 percent of all transactions last year, while… Read more »

NY: Hamptons Luxury Home Sales Improving

Midyear reports from Long Island’s top real estate firm are in, and the news looks good for the luxury market. Brown Harris Stevens reports that the average residential sales prices in the South Fork are up 30 percent, to $2,028,735, from the same period in 2010, and the median sales price rose 18 percent, to… Read more »

US Real Estate Prices Dropped in June

After stumbling in April and May, existing-home sales continued to slip in June compared to the month before, according to the latest monthly report from the National Association of Realtors. Completed sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops dipped 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.77 million in June from… Read more »

FL: Ft. Lauderdale Region Home Prices Up in June

In Broward County, condominium sales increased seven percent from 1,416 in June 2010 to 1,511 in June of this year, according to the 24,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems. Single-family home sales increased by six percent in June, from 1,205 to 1,274. In June, 61 percent of closed… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Scott Werner, Portland, Oregon

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HI: New Law Dropped Foreclosures to Lowest Level Since 2009

Effects of Hawaii’s new foreclosure law severely curtailed activity against delinquent borrowers in June. The number of foreclosure filings against borrowers plummeted by two-thirds last month. There were 344 foreclosure filings in June, down 66 percent from 1,000 in the same month last year, real estate research firm RealtyTrac reported today. The June figure was… Read more »

NV: Las Vegas Tops List for Rental Investments

People seeking to invest in property in the US have been advised to consider homes in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is apparently a good bet for those buying to let. The city topped a list of the ten best locations for opportunities in the single family rental market compiled by HomeVestors of America, beating Detroit… Read more »

How Bad is The Housing Crisis, Really?

You might be tempted to believe that after four years of brutal declines in home prices, the worst of the crisis is over. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city index of prices has fallen back to where it was in 2003. Housing prices in Phoenix are at 2000 levels, and Las Vegas is revisiting 1999. Lower… Read more »

ME: May Real Estate Prices Dropped 28% Year Over Year

The number of existing home sales in May dropped 28 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a Wednesday release from the Maine Association of Realtors. The median sales price also dropped slightly May-over-May, from $169,900 to $165,700, a 2.47 percent drop. The group reported that there were 784 units sold statewide… Read more »

Has Western Washington Real Estate Hit Bottom?

There were more home closings in King County and Western Washington in June compared with May, and the average sale price of a King County home rose to more than $400,000 last month. That news heartened some in the real estate industry. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) June report, there were 2,362… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Lyssa Cross, Asheville, NC

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NY: Sellers Getting Greedy?

When the real estate market crashed, tales of lowball offers abounded in New York: Buyers were in many cases demanding discounts of 25, even 30 percent, off asking prices. Those days, relieved brokers say, have passed. But in this steadier-if-somewhat- uncertain market, some say another frustration has emerged. Sellers, emboldened by the market’s relative improvement… Read more »

MN: Twin Cities Real Estate Prices Stabilizing

There is some good news for people trying to sell their home, Twin Cities real estate prices are stabilizing. The latest Case-Shiller Price Index shows metro home prices rose just under .50 percent during the month of April. It’s the first increase we’ve seen in eight months. The Minneapolis Association of Realtors also says pending… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Richard Ives, Fort Lauderdale

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MT: Real Estate Market Showing No Signs of Improvement

A recent housing report by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research comes to a sobering conclusion: “Three years into its real estate slump, Montana’s housing markets do not yet show definitive signs of improvement.” The report includes all the familiar words Montanans have learned to accept as reality. Foreclosures. Declining prices…. Read more »

Washington DC Area Condo Prices Drop to New Low

Sales of new condos in the Washington region plummeted to a new low during the past 12 months as development slowed and new units began competing with cheaper resales, a new report says. But experts say a new wave of developments already in the offing will kick-start the market, according to the Delta Associates Mid-Year… Read more »

MI: Holland’s Real Estate Agents Already Bound By Anti Discrimination Code

Dale Zahn, CEO of the West Michigan Lakeshore Association of Realtors, watched the recent debate in Holland over adding sexual orientation to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance, but he knew it would have little effect on his members. As an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, all his members must adhere to the NAR’s code… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Carolyn Crabtree, Sacramento

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US: Mortgage Lenders Denied 26% of Applicants in 2010

The pendulum has swung the other way. Banks have been blamed for being too lax in their lending practices in the past, haven given mortgages to millions that couldn’t afford them and contributing to the foreclosure debacle. Now, they are being cited as being too restrictive. Their conservative approach, critics say, is hampering the housing… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Philip A. Ross III, Santa Fe

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MI: Many Homes Vacant, But Turnaround Coming?

While Michigan’s population was going down, houses kept going up. That left the state with hundreds of thousands of empty houses and apartments, an excess builders and real estate experts say is only now beginning to be filled. Analysis of the 2010 Census shows the number of housing units in Michigan grew by nearly 300,000… Read more »

CT: High-End Real Estate Market Showing Signs of Life

While most residential real estate continues to stumble in Connecticut, signs of life are echoing from the luxury home market as prospective buyers flush with cash are finding discounted home prices to their liking, spurring more deal flow, industry experts say. In Greater Hartford, for example, there have been 61 deals closed for high-end homes… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Kelly Fondow

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Canada: Economy Sputters, But Home Prices Rise

Corporate purchasing activity in Canada slowed in June, further evidence that the economy is entering a soft patch, but new home prices jumped at twice the rate expected in May, according to data released on Thursday. The Ivey Purchasing Managers Index fell to 59.9 in June from 65.5 in May on a seasonally adjusted basis…. Read more »

Central Kentucky Home Sales Dropped 28% in May

Residential home sales in Central Kentucky counties fell almost 30 percent year over year in May, the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors said this week. The group, which represents Realtors in 12 area counties, said there were 606 residential sales closed in the month, down 27.8 percent from 839 in May 2010. Last year’s numbers were… Read more »

NC: Asheville Rental Market Hot

Housing in Buncombe County changed dramatically over the last decade with huge growth in second homes and an increase in rental housing five times the national average. The two statistics, from newly released 2010 census data, point to diverging trends where affluent people were increasingly attracted to the area and the working class moved away… Read more »

AB: Calgary Home Prices Remained Flat in May

New home prices in the Calgary census metropolitan area remained unchanged from a year ago in May, according to Statistics Canada’s New Housing Price Index released Thursday. The federal agency also said prices were up slightly, by 0.4 per cent, from April in the Calgary region. Across Canada, Statistics Canada said new home prices rose… Read more »

DC’s Housing Market Still Strong

There’s good news and bad news in real estate these days, but if you’re in the immediate area around Washington, the news is mostly good. The Case-Shiller Index, published by Standard & Poor’s and considered the most accurate report of home values both across the country and within 20 major metropolitan regions, showed Washington to… Read more »

Portland Real Estate: Where the Gays Are

A reader sends the above map and writes: I read with interest your reader’s letter about Portlanders blaming gays for changing Portland from “pleasant but affordable” to “a super-hip but very expensive place from which families are fleeing.” First, I assumed that Portlanders blamed Californians for raising home prices, e.g., the “Don’t Californicate Oregon” bumper… Read more »

TN: State Restricts Builder Resale Fees

Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law a bill that bans private transfer fees on home sales, joining Tennessee with 35 other states that have taken similar measures. “These fees infringe on property rights and hurt Tennessee consumers,” State Sen. Lowe Finney, D-Jackson, who sponsored the senate bill, said in a prepared statement. “They have no… Read more »

GA: Atlanta Real Estate Prices Up Slightly in May

The metro Atlanta median home price in May ticked up about $4,000 from last winter, though it was still $21,200 lower than May2010, according to the National Association of Realtors. The agency’s latest monthly sales report shows metro Atlanta prices are moving in the right direction, said NAR spokesman Walter Molony. “But I wouldn’t read… Read more »

OR: Contradictory Rulings Slow Foreclosures in State, Supreme Court May Step Inn

A Clackamas County judge has ruled in favor of the Mortgage Electronic Registration System in a case that further muddies the waters of the state’s foreclosure crisis. MERS is an electronic system that enables lenders to more quickly package and sell mortgages by side-stepping the recording of transactions at county property offices. The system hit… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jay Iseli, Tacoma, Washington

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Las Vegas Real Estate Prices See Slight Rebound in May

Southern Nevada home prices and sales rebounded slightly in May, according to statistics released today by the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors. The 3,111 sales of single-family homes were about 1 percent higher than April and nearly 8 percent higher than May 2010. The median price registered a rare monthly increase, going from $125,000… Read more »

AL: Birmingham Home Prices Fell in May

Birmingham area home prices declined in May, pulled down by foreclosure-related transactions, according to research firm CoreLogic. Home prices in Alabama’s largest metro area, including distressed sales, declined by 9.6 percent in May from the prior year, CoreLogic said today. The year-over-year decline in April was 9.3 percent. May’s decline was 6.2 percent when foreclosure-related… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Steven Glose, Orlando

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Housing Market Improving in Alaska, Iowa, North and South Dakota

The housing market is hurting nationally, but it appears to be marching toward recovery in a handful of mostly rural states, economic forecasters say. The states — including North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Alaska — have economies more dependent on the energy, industrial or agricultural sectors, stronger parts of the U.S. economy. Their home… Read more »

NM: Santa Fe Gets “Zero Energy” Homes

Natural Homes of Prudential Santa Fe Real Estate has, for the first time, brought together the knowledge and evolved technology to construct a comfortable home with a net annual utility bill of “0”. At a price a working family can afford, these solar homes are designed to be healthy to live in and can be… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Rick Turner, Denver

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NC: Charlotte Home Prices Drop to Lowest Level in Four Years

While other major markets around the country had a boost in home prices in April, Charlotte was among six cities posting their lowest levels in four years, according to a report released Tuesday. The other major markets were fueled by the spring home buying season. Overall, the news from the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price… Read more »

US Home Prices Up in May for Second Consecutive Month

Hours after the National Association of Realtors announced an 8.2 percent jump in May prices, CoreLogic confirmed its May numbers show a second consecutive month-over-month increase. According to the CoreLogic Home Price Index, national home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 0.8 percent in May 2011 compared to April 2011. On a year-over-year basis, home… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Mark Akchin, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Being Out and Proud in Real Estate

Note: This blog reprinted with permission – thanks, Matt! You can see his website here. You can also email Matt directly here. June is pride month (of the GLBT variety) with the San Francisco festivities taking place this weekend. My last three years worth of vacations have had me out of town over pride weekend,… Read more »

KS: Home Sales Beat National Average in May

Kansas home sales rose from month-earlier levels during May, but trailed year-earlier sales by nearly 21 percent, the Kansas Association of Realtors reported Thursday. The association reported 2,760 homes were sold in Kansas, up from 2,434 in April, but far fewer than 3,484 units that changed hands in May, 2010, when a federal tax credit… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Vickie Wish, Fort Lauderdale

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IA: Sioux City the State’s Most Affordable

Sioux City is the most affordable housing market in Iowa and 10th most affordable nationally, said Coldwell Banker Real Estate, based on home listings for a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home from September through March. Iowa City was the state’s priciest market, with an average home listing price of $247,364. Sioux City’s average was $80,152. Woodward, Burlington,… Read more »

FL: South State Real Estate Inventory Shrinks to Lowest Level Since 2008

South Florida’s logic-defying housing market continued to embrace peculiar trend lines in May — sales soared, slashing down the inventory even further, but overall prices fell once again. Market trends in Miami-Dade and Broward counties diverge from the national housing story, for better and for worse. Local sales are increasing while the national market slumps,… Read more »

CA: Light at End of the Tunnel for Real Estate?

California’s mangled real estate market saw a sliver of promise Tuesday, despite a downward national trend in home sales. The California Association of Realtors said pending home sales statewide rose in May, the first year-over-year increase in 18 months. CAR said its Pending Home Sales Index in May was 118.3, up 1.6% from April’s revised… Read more »

When Will US Housing Market Bottom Out? Maybe 2013

The housing market is going to take a long time to recovery, and home prices could continue dropping into 2013, experts told reporters and other industry insiders at a recently concluded real estate writers. “Right now we are in a tremendous flux due to this overhang (of homes facing foreclosure),” said Jed Smith, director of… Read more »

SC: North Myrtle Beach Has Most Expensive Real Estate in the State

North Myrtle Beach is the most expensive place in South Carolina to buy a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house, according to a study released this week. The average listing price for a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house in North Myrtle Beach was $399,094, according to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “The property here at the beach has always typically… Read more »

Hot Real Estate Markets for Gay Buyers

The summer travel season often inspires LGBT vacationers to consider investing in a second home — or picking up stakes and moving to a new place they may have enjoyed during weekend jaunts. But in 2011 the opportunities to make a smart, lucrative real estate investment are more attractive than they have been in many… Read more »

NH: Seacoast Real Estate Prices in Steady Decline

Average prices for houses and condominiums in Exeter and Stratham have been on a steady decline for the last year, this despite the fact that both communities had healthier spring sales compared to the winter. The average price of a house that sold in Exeter during the spring (March, April and May) was $259,026, according… Read more »

Utah Hopes for Recovery Despite Weak Real Estate Market

Although Utah’s real estate market is feeling the pinch of “The Great Recession” more than most, Utah Governor Gary Herbert is optimistic about a statewide recovery. “We are on the right road going in the right direction,” Herbert told the audience at a recent Brigham/Tremonton Board of Realtors luncheon at Maddox Lodge, where he had… Read more »

CA: Orange County Real Estate Still Sliding

Home prices in Orange County will fall about 4 percent next year, Chapman University economists said Thursday, and will not recover any time soon. The housing market is being buffeted by “countervailing forces” of supply and demand, said Esmael Adibi, director of the Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman. “We’re not building many new… Read more »

OR: Portland Home Prices Fell Again in May

Home prices are still falling both locally and nationally. Clear Capital, a Truckee, Calif.-based real estate data firm, said its index of U.S. home prices declined 7.6 percent from a year ago and 2.3 percent from the prior quarter. Clear Capital said Portland Metro home prices fell 10.8 percent compared to a year ago and… Read more »

ID: Dream Home Was Full of Snakes

They slithered behind the walls at night and released foul-smelling musk into the drinking water. And they were so numerous that Ben Sessions once killed 42 in a single day. Shortly after buying their dream home, Sessions and his wife discovered it was infested with thousands of garter snakes. For the next three months, their… Read more »

Today’s Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Cyndy Ciolino, Chicago

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Land Claims Hinder Taos Real Estate Market

While warranty deeds for two Taosarea land grants continue to hinder local real estate deals, there are signs that the uncertainty is harming Taos’ reputation among prospective buyers in an already struggling economy. Last year, two warranty deeds were filed with the Taos County Clerk laying claim to about 42,000 acres within the boundaries of… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Nicholas Yale, Phoenix

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Mexico Real Estate Promising for Long-Term Investors

The Mexican economy grew 5.5% in 2010, higher than the general consensus predicted. Following a 6.1% decline in 2009, the 2010 growth rate was the strongest showing since 2000. During the fourth quarter of 2010, gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an annualized rate of 4.4%, exceeding the pre-recession peak of total output achieved in… Read more »

Who’s Buying Hawaii Real Estate?

Driving down Kahala Avenue it sometimes seems as if every other house along the beach is owned by someone, or some company, from Japan. But statistics show that only 5 percent of all the residential real estate sales on Oahu last year were to buyers from outside the 50 United States. That translates to 353… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Steve Buchanan III, Alabama

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RI: Home Sales Dipped in April

April typically marks the beginning of the active spring season for Rhode Island housing sales. But this year, a series of factors ranging from the expiration of a federal tax credit to lousy weather has combined to depress the market when compared with the same month in 2010. Figures released Wednesday by the Rhode Island… Read more »

SD: Home Ownership Holds Steady Over Last Decade

The pursuit of that grandest of American dreams – a nice house with a white-picket fence – took a nosedive across America in the past decade. But not in Tonya Clyde’s neighborhood in the little community of Henry west of Watertown. And not, apparently, across South Dakota, either. Nationally, homeownership fell from 66.2 percent to… Read more »

VT: Real Estate in a Holding Pattern

While much of the rest of the nation faces a double dip in single-family home prices, with sales of foreclosed and bank-owned properties pushing prices below previous lows in March 2009, Vermont is once again the exception to the rule, as it was in the foreclosure crisis. “Our experience has certainly been more favorable than… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Sherri Griffin, Raleigh, NC

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MO: St. Louis Homeownership Rates Fall

According to reports, despite the commencement of economic recovery last year, the percentage of homeowners fell to 66.4 % from 69.2% in 2004. The percentage rate of ownership is currently at the level it was in 1998, as some housing experts have said it could fall more to the level of the 1980s or even… Read more »

Houston Area Among Highest in Rooms Per Home in State

According to recent information released by the U.S. Census Bureau, everything appears to be bigger in Texas, and in Utah. The bureau surveyed 915 metropolitan and micropolitan areas and discovered that Utah properties have the most rooms per home, on average. While Texas also had numerous cities on the bureau’s list, Utah areas accounted for… Read more »

CA: Orange County Buyers Spent 14% Less on Real Estate in April, 2011

The Southern California Multiple Listing Service provided yet another sign that April was a disappointing month for home sellers and the housing industry. The combined amount of money spent buying Orange County homes through the broker-run database fell 14.4% in April from the year before. In all, revenue dropped $200 million, from $1.4 billion in… Read more »

NV: Investors Suing Las Vegas Homeowner Associations

Two Las Vegas real estate investors filed a lawsuit recently against more than 500 neighborhood associations, claiming the groups charge illegal collection fees to people who own foreclosed homes. The massive lawsuit is the latest, and the most spectacular, development in an expensive battle over foreclosed houses in Las Vegas that already has resulted in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Cara McGuire, Phoenix

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Manitoba: Tough New Law Would Fight Mortgage Fraud

Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh introduced legislation that would amend the Real Property Act to provide Manitobans with better protection from fraudulent real estate transactions. The legislation would also reduce the red tape and paperwork that businesses have to deal with in certain types of real estate transactions. “Real estate fraud is… Read more »

US: Feared Real Estate Double Dip May Be Here

An index of home prices in the nation’s largest American cities plumbed new depths in March, pushing past a low set during the worst of the Great Recession. The ominous new drop for the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index of 20 cities, a key measure that is closely watched by economists, casts further doubt about the… Read more »

Costa Rica: Affordable Beach Properties Available

In the right spots, Costa Rica’s beaches make smart buys today for Americans shopping for good-value retirement and vacation homes. Prices on beachfront properties along certain stretches of Costa Rica’s coast have tumbled. It means a window of opportunity has opened there for Americans anxious to “rescue their retirements” by looking for dollar-stretching opportunities overseas…. Read more »

DE: Will Foreclosures Drag Down the Real Estate Market?

Compared with what’s happening across the country, foreclosure sales in Delaware make up a smaller share of total sales — even though those sales are being made at a sharper discount to overall sales, according to new research by RealtyTrac. In Delaware, foreclosed homes accounted for 18.5 percent of first-quarter sales, compared with 27.5 nationally…. Read more »

Pensacola, Florida Wants to Build a World-Class Downtown

The experts are always telling us that we need vibrant, diverse, active downtowns with personality to stimulate economic development and attract the affluent “knowledge workers” of the future, not to mention improve our own quality of life. But how, exactly, do we do that? Thursday’s speaker at the Florida Institute of Machine and Human Cognition… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: 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. Gay Friendly Asheville Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Georgia has lived in the Asheville area for over 43 years and knows the Asheville real estate market inside and out…. Read more »

AR: Real Estate Prices On Roller Coaster in 2011

Arkansas traditionally bucks the trend when it comes to declining economies and the same holds true for our housing market. “It is about location; it’s about what people are looking for at a given time,” says Amy Glover Bryant, Director of Communications for the Arkansas Realtor Association. Glover Bryant says the real estate industry has… Read more »

Oklahoma Bans “Wall Street Fees” on Home Resales

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin recently signed legislation to restrict Wall Street home resale fees, also known as “private transfer fees.” Sponsored by Reps. Steve Martin and Marion Cooksey and Sen. Brian Crain, the law places a ban on these fees. The Coalition to Stop Wall Street Home Resale Fees calls them “a dangerous new financial… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jon Mumford, Fort Lauderdale

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. Gay Friendly Fort Lauderdale Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Jon offers top-notch service in the Fort Lauderdale real estate market. The market has become much more complex and competitive,… Read more »

WY: Casper Home Prices Dropped in 2011

U.S. home values have declined nearly 30 percent since peaking in June 2006, according to a firm that tracks real estate activity. … But Jill Kamber, president of the Casper Board of Realtors, said prices have dropped significantly in Casper, particularly among some higher-priced properties. An analysis by her company, RE/MAX The Group, indicates the… Read more »

Foreclosures Far From Over in Shasta County

April numbers from a national database suggest the foreclosure crisis that has rocked the local housing market is far from over. Foreclosure filings in Shasta County jumped for the second straight month to 412, RealtyTrac reported today. One home out of every 188 was in some stage of foreclosure in Shasta County in April. The… Read more »

Hawaii Governor Signs Law Giving Homeowners More Rights During Forclosure

For anyone facing the distressing reality of a mortgage foreclosure in the State of Hawai’i, a sliver of hope emerged at the State Capitol earlier this month, when Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a new law that could make it increasingly harder for lenders to confiscate residents’ homes. On Thursday, May 5, Gov. Abercrombie signed into… Read more »

HI: Oahu Foreclosures Fall for Fifth Month

Home foreclosures continued to fall in April, marking the fifth consecutive month filings in Hawaii have been below the same month in the previous year. Experts, however, said the decline continues to be an artificial depression due to several major lenders holding back on new filings after their loan documentation practices were called into question…. Read more »

OH: Cincinnati Real Estate Recovery Beginning?

The local housing market finally has hit bottom. Now, the long climb out can begin. Buyers and sellers in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky can expect a bumpy ride, however. Local home sale and price data exclusive to The Enquirer show an uneven start to recovery across our neighborhoods. “Our city, like the rest of… Read more »

NE: Omaha Home Values Flat

The Wakonda area in northeast Omaha has seen changes over the years — white flight to the suburbs in the 1960s and 1970s, increased numbers of rental properties, an aging and dwindling population. Now the Douglas County Assessor’s Office has weighed in with its own take on the homes north of Sorensen Parkway between 42nd… Read more »

MN: State Real Estate Sales Down in April

Housing prices in Greater Minnesota have weathered the real estate storm slightly better than the rest of the nation. While they’ve been down from their high a few years ago, home owners outside of the Twin Cities were faring better than most. Now that seems to be changing for the worse. The median statewide sale… Read more »

FL: Sarasota Real Estate Market Still Strong in April

The Sarasota Association of Realtors (SAR) reported 759 property sales were closed in the Sarasota market last month, continuing a strong spring surge that reached the 800 level in March. Sarasota’s real estate market is at its highest levels since late 2005 when sales started to decline. Prices also maintained their highest levels of the… Read more »

NJ: Asbury Park, Revisited

Cities change and grow with the times. Populations ebb and flow. Restaurants open, local bars close. You leave a city for a while, and return to a slightly different vibe or a once-familiar block you hardly recognize. Sure, you’ve seen cities change. But have you ever been part of a total revamp? Asbury Park is… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bob McCranie, Dallas

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. Gay Friendly Dallas-Ft. Worth Realtors and Real Estate Professionals When Bob first earned his real estate license, he decided he wanted to be able to work with his clients… Read more »

US: Home Construction Stalled in April

We just got our latest look at home construction, and it wasn’t good. Housing starts plunged 10.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 523,000 in April from an upwardly revised 585,000 in March. That missed expectations for starts of 569,000. Building permits fell 4 percent to a 551,000 SAAR from a downwardly revised… Read more »

Canada’s Luxury Real Estate Market Surging

Canada’s growing band of millionaires and an influx of foreign investment are driving a boom in the luxury-property sector with six out of eight major centres likely to report new records by the end of the year, according to RE/MAX. Leading the pack was the greater Vancouver area, where sales of luxury properties priced at… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Gary Clark, Raleigh, 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. Gay Friendly Raleigh, North Carolina Realtors and Real Estate Professionals I’m in this business because I thrill at being able to find the neighborhood and perfect home for my… Read more »