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 »

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

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 Mexico Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Wesley knows San Miguel inside and out, and would love to assist you in purchasing property here. He spent his first… Read more »

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 »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ron Redder, Austin

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 Austin & San Antonio Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Ron is an Austin area real estate agent, and is the broker/owner of Presidio Group Realtors. He has… 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 »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bonnie Roseman, Portland, Oregon

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Tips for Gay/Lesbian Homesellers

Before potential buyers tour the home, a seller should take specific steps to help make a strong and positive impression. That will greatly improve the chances of getting a prompt purchase offer at a higher price. Here are some tips from experienced real estate professionals that can enhance success for sellers in any market —… Read more »

Sacramento Still Mired in Recession

Seemingly nothing trumps Sacramento’s economic misery. The latest statewide forecast released Tuesday by the Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Pacific in Stockton took special note that “the government and housing-dependent Sacramento economy remains the only area in Northern California still mired in recession.” “The gap between Sacramento and other areas that appeared… Read more »

Tampa Home Sales Surged in March

Tampa Bay’s existing home sales skyrocketed in March to levels not seen in nearly five years. Maybe even better news for homeowners is that average sale prices also rose last month in several area counties. Sales of previously occupied homes in Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties jumped nearly 32 percent, from 3,258 in February to… Read more »

Four Great Places to Buy Gay Real Estate

As the springtime buying season begins, many popular LGBT destinations offer rare bargains and unique investment opportunities. Below are four that show exceptional promise according to the world’s biggest LGBT online real estate network, www.GayRealEstate.com. #4) Asheville, North Carolina: The housing market in Asheville has been somewhat overpriced in recent years and the job market… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Dan Joy, Oakland, CA

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MA: Real Estate Along the Boston Marathon Route

The 26.2 mile Boston Marathon dashes past some of the priciest real estate on the planet. The race kicks off in middle class territory – Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham and Natick. But as the runners cross the Natick line into Wellesley, the median home price immediately doubles. And as they hit their stride, the Marathon runners… Read more »

US Real Estate: Where is the Bottom?

Over recent years, a favorite past time of most real estate shoppers, watchers, and pundits, has been to make multiple guesses as to when the market bottom has arrived, will arrive, or is arriving. Buyers who seek to time a market and purchase at the exact summit of the decline appear to be most interested… Read more »

US: Investors Bought a Million Homes in 2010, NAR Says

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), “nearly 1 million homes were bought as investment properties in 2010″[1]. While real estate investors and real estate agents have not always been the best of friends, this development has encouraged many realtors to extend their services to investors more willingly in hopes of also extending their… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Michael Wilcox, Vancouver, BC

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CA: Is Chatsworth Real Estate on the Mend?

Recession Over? Depends on Who You Ask So reads the title of a recent article by Mark Brenner on the website Labor Notes. The same could be said of Chatsworth’s housing market, except that it also depends upon which factors you’re looking at and the periods of time being compared. For instance, according to Trulia.com,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Frank Silva-Berger, Milwaukee

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CT: Hartford Area New Home Listings, Pending Sales Dip

Unemployment, shaky consumer confidence and a rough winter are among the factors that have slowed the real estate market lately, according to area real estate agents. Statistics for Greater Hartford show a decline in the number of new, single-family residential listings, as well as drops in pending and closed sales in the first two months… Read more »

Calgary Home Prices Rise Slightly

The average MLS sale price of a residential property in Calgary has increased slightly so far this year compared with 2010. The Canadian Real Estate Association reported Friday that year-to-date, for the first quarter of 2011, the average residential price was $398,558, up one per cent over the first quarter of 2010. In Calgary, sales… Read more »

BC: Vancouver Home Sales Jumped 30% in March

Sales of existing homes in Canada held steady in March from the previous month, with stable demand in most large urban centres, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Friday. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, home sales edged up 0.1 per cent from February, CREA said. But Douglas Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital… Read more »

TX: 40 Month Low for Dallas-Fort Worth Foreclosures

For the first time in more than THREE YEARS, foreclosures are diminishing in Dallas Fort Worth. George Roddy Sr. of Foreclosure Listing Service, Inc. reports some good news preceding the spring market: Dallas-Fort Worth residential foreclosure postings have dropped to a 40-month low. Roddy says that for the upcoming auctions on May 3, only 3,719… Read more »

Southern California Real Estate Market Still Weak in March

Southern California home sales turned in another lackluster month in March, the result of a fussy mortgage market, slow job growth and a continued wait-and-see attitude among potential buyers and sellers. There were signs, however, that the market was a little less dysfunctional than in recent months, a real estate information service reported. A total… Read more »

CA: Palo Alto Real Estate Market Booming

The other day as I was getting groceries out of my car an enterprising young man approached me and asked if I was willing to sell my house. “My client, a senior executive at Facebook, is interested in moving into this neighborhood,” he explained. The man was well dressed, clean cut, and his business card… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Andrew D. Daily, Plymouth, Michigan

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NJ: Low End of Real Estate Market Losing Value Faster

North Jersey’s lower-priced neighborhoods were hit harder by the housing downturn last year, as home values plummeted by 9.1 percent in Passaic County, while Bergen County saw a milder 1.9 percent drop. The split reflected higher rates of foreclosures and unemployment in lower-income areas, as well as tighter mortgage standards for marginal buyers. Bergen County’s… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Brad Millington, Scottsdale, AZ

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 Phoenix & Central Arizona Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Brad has a detailed understanding of the Phoenix real estate market, and works diligently to help buyers and… Read more »

Is it a Good Time to Invest in Mexico?

President Felipe Calderon declared that the key to ensuring the development of sectors of the economy such as real estate is to boost economic competitiveness. To this end, Federal Government is making every effort to improve the conditions of real estate development in order for firms to grow and create jobs. During the inauguration of… Read more »

Six Common Mistakes Home Sellers Make

Selling a home during this real estate downturn can be stressful on the seller. It’s not unusual for some homes to sit on the market for months on end, and many areas are still working through a backlog of foreclosure inventory, which also drives down home prices. Fact: 36 percent of homes nationwide sold for… Read more »

US: HUD Launches Campaign Against Gender Stereotyping in Housing

Though federal fair housing laws don’t protect against anti-LGBT discrimination, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has launched a campaign to protect against discrimination on the basis of gender stereotypes. The effort is part of HUD’s “Live Free” campaign that will run through the year in print ads and online initiatives. Passed in 1968,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Avi Dan-Goor, Las Vegas

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 Las Vegas Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Transplanted from Israel over ten years ago, I have called Las Vegas ‘home’ for the past decade. In that time,… Read more »

BC: Fraser Valley Real Estate Sales Improve

Last month was the busiest March for Fraser Valley realtors since 2006. The Fraser Valley real estate board processed 1,818 property sales in the month, an increase of 16 per cent compared to the 1,565 sold in March 2010. It was also an increase of 42 per cent over February’s 1,279 sales. It is still… Read more »

NY: The West 70’s – Manhattan’s Suburbs

WHEN Paul Kahn was growing up on the Upper West Side in the 1980s, he recalled recently, it was pleasant and livable but a neighborhood that might seem surprising in hindsight. There were some blocks his parents didn’t let him walk on; many children, himself included, went to private school; and his Little League, which… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Patrick Tester, Dallas, TX

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 Realtors and Real Estate Professionals I came into Real Estate after 25 years in education and non-profit management. The skills I developed in those areas have… Read more »

Hartford, Connecticut Real Estate: Jobs to Help

Adam and Clare Baroncelli have been on the open-house circuit for several months and have seen good homes get snapped up more quickly. The increased activity drove them off the fence. They have made an offer on a $370,000, four-bedroom home in Simsbury, near Hartford. “There’s a lot more activity,” says Clare, 34. The Baroncellis… Read more »

Columbus, Ohio Real Estate: Getting In Young & Cheap

First-time home buyers are having a hard time in today’s market, given tight lending standards and competition from all-cash buyers. In February, 34 percent of existing-home buyers were first-timers, a National Association of Realtors survey says. In a healthy market, that would be 40 percent, the NAR says. But Columbus and the five other markets… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Brad Hinckley, Seattle

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 Washington State Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Brad is a licensed Seattle Realtor(R) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He has two degrees from Stanford University: an… Read more »

IA: Des Moines Foreclosures Rising, But Delinquencies Fall

Foreclosure rates in the Des Moines metro area increased in January compared to a year earlier, but the percentage of mortgages seriously delinquent fell, said CoreLogic, a California-based real estate analytics company. The rate of foreclosure among outstanding mortgage loans was 2.83 percent in January, an increase of 0.63 percentage points over January 2010, CoreLogic… Read more »

Will Brazilians Save South Florida Real Estate?

If south Florida’s real estate market returns from the dead, thank a Brazilian. Brazil’s upper middle class have been buying properties in Miami and Orlando since the 1990s, when high interest rates and high taxes forced many of them to invest overseas in a way to avoid tax authorities. Now, the middle class is buying… Read more »

Michigan Realtors Cautiously Optimistic About Future

At the start of the millennium, home sales in Jackson County soared and new builds were the norm. But few could have predicted the turn Michigan’s housing industry would take. By 2007, the area had plunged into the foreclosure crisis that gouged neighborhoods nationwide. Local industry leaders say they have seen signs of recovery in… Read more »

NY: Brooklyn’s Gayest Neighborhood

Suck it, Park Slope! According to new Census data, the highest percentage of same-sex couples can be found in the Columbia Street Waterfront District–not a real neighborhood, but a real census tract, from Atlantic Avenue to Degraw Street, from Columbia Street to the BQE–where 11 percent of 549 households identify as same-sex, the Brooklyn Paper… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Brad Hinckley, Seattle

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 Washington Satte Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Brad is a licensed Seattle Realtor(R) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He has two degrees from Stanford University: an… Read more »

Northern New Jersey Seeing Rising Home Vacancies

A growing number of houses and apartments sit empty in North Jersey, a result of the four-year-old housing bust. From affluent to middle-class to poor neighborhoods, the percentage of vacant homes was higher in 2010 than in 2000, according an analysis of U.S. census data by The Record. The vacant homes include a Saddle River… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Eric Joy, Portland, Oregon

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AB: Edmonton’s Downtown Faces Golden Opportunity

This is a city that can’t help but grow, as the city’s chief economist likes to say. For Edmonton, it’s already baked into the pie. The real question is: What kind of growth does this city want? Will it remain an esthetically challenged, relentlessly utilitarian industrial burg -the “boiler room” of Canada, as Mordecai Richler… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Peter Tortorello, Chicago

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Gay Friendly Illinois Realtors and Real Estate Professionals “Your home is that special place where you share the most intimate moments with your family and friends. Choose it carefully.”… Read more »

Huntsville, Alabama’s Mill Towns Seeing Renovations

First came Twickenham and Old Town in the 1970s. Then Five Points in the 1980s and beyond. Of the historic properties in town, the former mill village neighborhoods in northeast and southwest Huntsville were the only ones that had not received large restorations. But there are strong signs that historic preservation has arrived in many… Read more »

AZ: Is Scottsdale Home Market Bottoming Out?

It’s still a buyer’s market, but a shrinking inventory of homes and fewer foreclosures are giving analysts and real-estate agents hope that housing prices are flattening out. The overall median price in Scottsdale of $375,000 fell 6 percent last year from 2009. But that follows two years of double-digit percentage price declines in most Scottsdale… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Michael Souza, Burlington, Vermont

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KS: Farmland Sales Going Strong

A recent auction of seven dry land Kansas farms attracted a strong field of 51 registered bidders, leading to sale prices that reflect the continued upward trend in prices of agricultural land, according to R.D. Schrader, president of Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company, which conducted the sale. On March 25, Schrader successfully sold the… Read more »