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

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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

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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

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MA: Foreclosures Dropped Sharply in April

For the month of April, Massachusetts foreclosure activity remained at levels dramatically below those recorded last year, according to data released this week by the Warren Group, a Boston-based real estate data provider. However foreclosure petitions, which mark the first step in the foreclosure process in the Bay State, posted their highest number so far… Read more »

US: Real Estate Recovery Delayed Until 2014?

More than half U.S. homeowners and renters say housing won’t recover until at least 2014, reflecting a deepening pessimism about the real estate market, according to a survey by Trulia Inc. and RealtyTrac Inc. The survey, taken in April, found that 54 percent of respondents don’t expect a recovery for at least three years, up… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Wesley Gleason, San Miguel de Allende

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Repercussions of Real Estate Downturn Will Linger for Years

The repercussions of the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression continue to ripple through multifamily and commercial property markets, and real estate agents and brokers helping their clients manage their investments need to stay on top of economic, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting lending, tax policy, health care and energy. Charles Achilles, chief legislative… Read more »

Eastern Ontario Real Estate Sales Plunged in April

The bottom at least temporarily fell out of the local real estate market during what the president of the local real estate board called an unusual month. However, Doug Paterson said he remained confident the coming months would see a turnaround for local realtors. April featured a 100-unit plunge in property sales registered on the… Read more »

NJ: Real Estate Rebound Postponed to 2013?

New Jersey real estate pros are reading tea leaves, searching for positive signs — anything remotely positive, really — that point to a rebound in the state’s tortured housing market. They want to tell home buyers and sellers there is hope, so they point to trends ticking slightly upward: low mortgage rates that indicate it’s… Read more »

Southern California Home Sales at Lowest Level in 3 Years in April

Southern California home sales fell to the lowest level in three years for the month of April, according to DataQuick who monitors real estate activity nationwide. Distressed sales, Foreclosures and Short Sales, were down slightly. April marked the 10th consecutive month in which Southland sales fell year-over-year. The median price paid for all new and… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Andy Kogan, Kansas City

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Lots of Real Estate Inventory on Vancouver Island

Slow and steady wins the race. At least, that was the lesson from The Tortoise and the Hare, and it might be the only consolation for Vancouver Island realtors and home sellers comparing their market conditions to those of the Lower Mainland. While sales activity and prices in Greater Vancouver are surging, the market in… Read more »

Renting in Toronto’s Gay Village

It’s the kind of day photographers love. A soft, grey, late afternoon light gives the view of downtown Toronto from Sonja Scharf and Kelly Kyle’s south-facing, 20-by-20 foot deck a haunting glow reminiscent of photographer Bret Culp’s show, currently featured in the gallery at their year-old business, Akasha Art Projects, a framing and installation shop… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Marjorie Fiorenza, Carmel, CA

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Affordable Vacation Properties Not Without Risk

Home prices continue to fall across the country, and vacation properties are no exception. Thanks to the real estate bust, bargains abound in many popular vacation and second-home markets. Although these properties are available at attractive prices – close to their five-year lows in some areas – the bargain prices may come with adverse trade-offs…. Read more »

Toronto Home Sales Down from Last April, But Prices Up

Greater Toronto realtors reported interesting results this past April. Deals were completed on 9,041 homes, representing a 17% decline compared with April 2010 when sales spiked to a new record. Looking at April 2011 sales from a longer-term perspective, the level of transactions were in line with the April average over the previous five years…. Read more »

San Francisco: As Gay Businesses Close, is The Castro Going Straight?

There’s an old saying in San Francisco: Market Street is straight, until it reaches the Castro. Cartographically true, it refers to the city’s famously gay mecca. But these days, there are concerns that the neighborhood is becoming slightly less bent. A Different Light Bookstore, which specialized in gay and lesbian literature for 26 years, shut… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Brian Elder, Toronto

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Canada: Quebec Foreclosure Rates Drop

The number of properties that went into foreclosure, or were seized by mortgage lenders because of non-payment of debt, fell by 15 per cent in Quebec last year to 2,356. That compared with 2,782 properties seized in 2009. The findings were reported recently by economist Paul Cardinal of the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards…. Read more »

NC: Coastal Real Estate Market Improving

Area businesspeople are looking forward to more activity this summer. Some are even confident enough, or at least venturesome enough, to invest in more merchandise and even remodeling. Meanwhile, real estate sales have also improved. … Along with the retail side of business, prospects have also been improving for the real estate market. According to… Read more »

VA: Hampton Roads Real Estate Stagnant

Peninsula-area home sales in April were flat, compared to April 2010, while the median sales price dipped nearly 9 percent to $178,000. About 40 percent of last month’s sales across Hampton Roads were distressed sales, such as bank-owned homes and short sales, according to the Real Estate Information Network Inc.’s monthly report. And that’s an… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jose Castillo, Fort Lauderdale

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CA: Sacramento Real Estate Continues Decline

Around this time last year, a number of experts said the housing market had finally hit bottom. Turns out those were just branches on the way down. New figures released this week show that median sales prices continue to fall across the region and nationwide as distressed properties maintain their grip on the market. So… Read more »

US: What’s Next for Home Prices?

The news today is that the value of your most valuable asset is in trouble again. A report from website Zillow, which lets you look up what your house is worth, says that home prices in the US fell 3% in the first quarter. Worse, Zillow says housing prices could fall as much as 9%… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jeff Escher, Rockville, MD

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Vacation Rental Market May Not Recover For Years

The buyers’ market for vacation homes is likely to continue for years, with activity largely limited to buyers with enough cash to circumvent a tighter, post-recession lending environment. Thirty-six percent of all vacation-home buyers in 2010 did not use a mortgage — versus 29 percent the year before — while more than half of them… Read more »

Mortgage Buyers Losing Out to Cash Buyers

For home buyers who need to finance their purchase using a mortgage, a cash buyer can be their worst enemy. That’s because when a buyer makes a cash offer, the seller knows it’s a solid deal–and that financing hiccups won’t delay a closing. Sometimes, that’s enough for the seller to accept a lower bid for… Read more »

NH: Condo Sales Lead Sluggish Seacoast Real Estate Market

April sales of single-family condominium units led a lukewarm Seacoast spring real estate market, according to monthly statistics of the 13 sample towns released by the Seacoast Board of Realtors this week. The sample towns are Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, New Castle, Newington, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Rye, Stratham, Exeter, Newfields, Newmarket and Seabrook. Condominium sales,… Read more »

MI: Madonna’s Childhood Home For Sale

Madonna’s childhood home in Michigan has been placed on the market for a paltry $48,600. The pop superstar spent her youth in the four-bedroom Rochester Hills house with her parents and six brothers and sisters before relocating to New York in her search for fame and fortune. At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tim Singer, Fort Lauderdale

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Seattle Real Estate Sales, Prices Slipped in April

How did King County’s real-estate market perform in April? That depends on where you look — and whom you ask. Countywide, the number of houses sold and the median price they fetched both fell nearly 7 percent from April 2010’s figures, according to statistics released Thursday by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Last month’s median… Read more »

New Jersey High-End Real Estate Top Heavy

WHEN a newly built house beside the beach in Sea Girt went into contract for $3.6 million last month, it was sort of a good news-bad news occurrence, in the eyes of real estate brokers and agents. The good news — obviously — was the handsome price, fetched in a market overflowing with expensive homes… Read more »

Connecticut’s High End Real Estate Showing Improvement

CONNECTICUT’S housing market went into hibernation during the first quarter of 2011 as sales took a dive and prices continued to deteriorate. Blame the harsh weather, says Candace Adams, the president of Prudential Connecticut Realty. “There’s always the unpredictable,” Ms. Adams said, “and for us, what I will call the Black Swan of 2011 was… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: John Giardina, Pasadena, CA

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Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tim Tanz, St. Louis

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Calgary: April Sales Down Year Over Year

MLS sales for single-family homes and condos fell in April compared with a year ago, according to the Calgary Real Estate Board. In releasing its monthly data on Monday, CREB said single-family transactions were down nearly 10 per cent from April 2010 to 1,217 sales. However the average sale price rose by almost 4.2 per… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ken Calhoun, Fort Lauderdale

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NY: Rochester Real Estate Prices Steady

As many housing markets across the country struggle mightily in the aftermath of the 2007-09 recession, home prices in the Rochester area remain solid and the real estate industry expects a pickup in activity this year after a mild slowdown. The fact that Rochester came through the recession in better shape economically than most metropolitan… Read more »

US: Pending Home Sales Rose Again in March

March saw another increase in pending home sales, with contract activity rising unevenly in six of the past nine months, according to the National Association of Realtors(R). The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 5.1 percent to 94.1 in March from a downwardly revised 89.5 in February. The index… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Denny Horner, Washington, DC

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Negotiating the New Normal in Real Estate

Most locals know that real estate prices have corrected significantly from their artificially high peak. As a result, the real estate landscape has changed–here’s how those changes may impact buyers and sellers. You may have heard that many homes today are “underwater”–but that isn’t a reference to flooded basements. It means that the house is… Read more »

Mortgage Crisis Mystery Solved: The Gays Did It

“Just as a child is far less likely to suffer abuse in the home of his/her married, heterosexual parents, so the opposite is true. Where the structure is sin-based, other sins are more likely to scurry in through the cracks. Substance abuse and self-destruction accompany sexual deviance. And some of this means poor decisions about… Read more »

Canadians Buying Up Arizona Real Estate

Residential property in Arizona continues to be a hot commodity for Canadians. According to the Canada Arizona Business Council, there has been a $1-million luxury home sold to a Canadian buyer every week in Arizona for nearly two years. “And the statistics does not reflect the total residential and commercial real estate categories where Canadians… Read more »

WA: Seattle Real Estate Market Heating Up

Wednesday afternoon, Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman posted an interesting story on Redfin’s Seattle blog: “Everything Changed in the Past Six Weeks” Bryon Ziegler, part of Redfin’s crack Capitol Hill team, just wandered into my office to talk about bidding wars. The last ten straight offers he has handled all turned into bidding wars. This isn’t… Read more »

Florida Home, Condo Sales Rose in March

Florida’s existing home and existing condo sales rose in March, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors(R). Existing home sales increased 12 percent last month with a total of 18,522 homes sold statewide compared to 16,540 homes sold in March 2010, according to Florida Realtors. Statewide sales of existing condos last month… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Sylvia Pardo, Asheville, NC

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 Western North Carolina Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Sylvia is an Asheville resident with an inside-out knowledge of her Fairview neighborhood and the rest of the Greater… Read more »

MA: Home Prices and Sales Dropped in March

Single-family home sales in Massachusetts declined in March when compared with the same month last year. The Massachusetts Association of Realtors said home sales fell 22.4 percent while The Warren Group – a real estate tracking firm – said sales dropped 14.4 percent. The two organizations use different numbers to track home sales. In Bristol… Read more »

Northern New Jersey Home Prices Still Shaky

Home prices dropped 3.1 percent from February 2010 to February 2011 in the New York metropolitan area, which includes North Jersey, the Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller index reported Tuesday. Nationally, prices declined 3.3 percent. What it means: Prices and the number of sales have fallen dramatically in real estate since the housing boom of the… Read more »

NY: Brooklyn’s Gayest District Missing that Gay Vibe

The Columbia Street Waterfront District in Brooklyn boasts sweeping views of lower Manhattan, pleasant low-rise architecture and even a live poultry market. But it doesn’t have a single gay bar. Nor do rainbow-hued flags flutter outside the cafe, the antique shop or any of the other new businesses dotting the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. And, for… Read more »

Oregon Real Estate Market Slowly Recovering

A new report out Wednesday says Oregon’s economy is recovering better than many have expected. But it projects that growth to slow over the next few months. The forecast comes from the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University. Bill Watkins is the Executive Director. He says the preliminary data show strong… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Amy Celeste Wilson, Jacksonville, 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. Gay Friendly Northern Florida Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Amy Celeste was born and grew up in Atlantic Beach, Florida. She’s watched the Jacksonville area transform into one of… Read more »

US: Nearly Half of All March Real Estate Sales Were Distressed Properties

Sales of distressed properties rose to 48.6 percent in March – the second highest level seen in the past 12 months, according to the Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. The monthly survey of more than 3,000 real estate agents nationwide each month also found that demand among both current and first-time buyers declined slightly… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bill Pearson, Denver

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 Denver Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Bill is a professional Denver real estate consultant, and client satisfaction is very important to him. Bill isn’t satisfied until his… Read more »

WI: A Tale of Two Sides of the Street

Four years ago, the address West Burleigh Street at Highway 45 glistened with promise as a developer’s diamond in the rough. Swathes of land covered by asphalt, concrete, car dealer showrooms, mechanic garages and warehouses lured real estate investors to seal deals on acres that sold for slightly more than $200,000 to up to $1.32… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Sheila Barnard, Nashville

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 Tennessee Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Sheila is a 30-year resident of the Nashville area, and is very knowledgeable about the region. She knows what it means… Read more »

British Housing Institute Publishes Guidelines for Housing Associations With LGBT Tenants

The Chartered Institute of Housing has published advice for housing associations on how to provide services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender tenants. The guide contains advice on how to meet the provisions of the Equality Act 2010, which is intended to simplify discrimination law and place sexuality on an equal footing with other characteristics… Read more »

Bulgaria, New Vacation Home Hot Spot for European Gay Couples?

The Sofia News Agency (www.novinite.com) reports many European gay couples, looking for a second home in sun, are heading for Bulgaria. Notaries have announced that properties along the picturesque Black Sea coast are said to be the top choice among Dutch, German and British same-sex families. Property prices there are relatively inexpensive, offering a great… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Robert H. Leininger, Baltimore

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 Location Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Robert is friendly, professional, and easy to work with – he has 24 years experience in banking and retail management, and… Read more »