2010 Was a Tough Year for Tulsa Real Estate

2010 was the worst year for Tulsa-area home sales in over a decade, as consumers still jittery about the economy put off buying new places to live. Then again, there have been much worse years for home sales, said John Woolman, president of McGraw Realtors. “It was worse in the ’80s,” he said. “People just… Read more »

Portland, Maine Office Vacancies at New High

Drew Sigfridson is a property broker with The Boulos Company, which has just released a survey on the office market in Maine’s biggest city. He says there’s now almost 1.3 million square feet of desk and cube space sitting empty–that’s 11.2 percent of all available space. “Essentially what we saw in 2008, 2009, 2010, was… Read more »

US: Foreclosures Up in Most Major Cities

The foreclosure crisis is getting worse as high unemployment and lackluster job prospects force homeowners in an increasing number of U.S. metropolitan areas into dire financial straits. In Seattle, Houston and Chicago, cities that were relatively insulated from foreclosures early on in the housing bust, a growing number of homeowners are falling behind on mortgage… Read more »

NV: One in 10 Reno Homes Foreclosed in 2010

RealtyTrac released its 2010 Year-End Metropolitan Foreclosure Market Report on Wednesday, and one in every 16 Reno-Sparks homes went into foreclosure in 2010. The national average was one in 45 homes. Reno-Sparks ranked 11th on the list of the nation’s 206 metropolitan areas in foreclosure activity. In 2010, 11,005 properties received a foreclosure notice. That… Read more »

Zsa Zsa Gabor to Sell Beverly Hills Estate

Zsa Zsa Gabor’s mounting medical bills and the staggering monthly costs of upkeep on her sprawling estate were the driving factors behind the decision to put the property on the market, the actress’ husband said today. Prince Frederic von Anhalt gave reporters a tour of the 28-room, 12,000-square-foot mansion, and explained that he had no… Read more »

Is Real Estate A Good Hedge Against Inflation?

It often gets thrown around that owning real estate is a good “hedge” against inflation. That is, real estate prices will inherently rise under inflationary pressures. As far as conventional wisdom goes, this seems to be the case. But does this relationship actually hold true? To investigate this idea further, we looked at three separate… Read more »

US Sees Third Month of Commercial Real Estate Price Increases

U.S. commercial property prices rose 0.6 percent in November from the previous month, the third consecutive gain, as the economy showed signs of improvement, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The Moody’s/REAL Commercial Property Price Index climbed 2.8 percent from a year earlier, Moody’s said in a report today. It is up 6.4 percent from an… Read more »

Detroit Real Estate Offers Some Great Opportunities

Residential and commercial development in Detroit remains extremely challenging, but opportunities are emerging in both residential and commercial real estate, according to a panel of experts that spoke today at a University of Michigan Ross School of Business conference about revitalizing the city. “We’ve lost 30% plus in valuation over the last 10 years,” in… Read more »

Five Tips For Buying a Home

With low interest rates and foreclosure and short-sale properties on the market, many first-time home buyers have made the decision to enter the market. If home ownership is finally within your reach, be sure to keep these five tips in mind before beginning the process. 1. Do Your Homework: Use the Internet or a Realtor… Read more »

How to Understand Real Estate Contracts

Let’s say you’ve done the exciting part: You’ve gone out and found a house to buy at the right price! Once your offer is accepted, you’ll be presented with a real estate contract. This is something that your lawyer looks over, and often negotiates terms of – but you need to understand it, too. Let’s… Read more »

HUD Announces New Rules to Protect Gays, Lesbians, Transgender People From Discrimination

U.S. Housing and Urban Development officials spoke to select members of the gay media today to announce new proposed regulations to ensure equal access to housing regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen evidence that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and families are being arbitrarily excluded from some housing opportunities,” said… Read more »

New York Real Estate Prices Still Dropping

Despite a big pick up in the number of commercial buildings sold last year, as well as in the total sales prices, average property values are still sinking. Citywide property values in 2010, based on price per square foot, fell 8.4% last year from 2009 levels, according to year-end figures released Wednesday by Massey Knakal… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bob Sedlor, Austin, 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 Austin, Texas Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Bob has built a reputation for customer satisfaction, and he is devoted to making your move as easy as possible…. Read more »

The Advocate’s 9th Gayest City in America: Seattle

Seattle has always had a creative, fun gay scene, making this cosmopolitan city the shining gay star of the Pacific Northwest. This is where the graceful and hip Ace Hotel chain got its start. It’s where The Stranger hosts its yearly homemade porn film festival. It’s the home of gay spokesman Dan Savage, founder of the… Read more »

Will US Cold Spell Drive Florida Real Estate Sales?

How’s this for marketing material: Last Tuesday, nearly 70 percent of the contiguous United States was covered in snow, and the National Weather Service said every state except Florida reported snow on the ground — even Hawaii. That has some optimistic Realtors and real estate agents around the state thinking that the brutal winter weather… Read more »

Forbes Lists US’s Most Affordable Cities

The Great Recession is forcing a lot of people to do more with less — including a lot less money for their daily living expenses. And while consumers haven’t been migrating to the degree they did during the Great Depression, there are probably quite a few who would seriously consider moving to a less expensive… Read more »

Are New Appraisal Rules Stifling Home Sales?

Local realtors complain that new guidelines for real estate appraisals have further depressed metro Detroit’s real estate market. Jan. 16, Detroit Free Press: Detroit-area real estate agents say up to 40% of their deals have unraveled in the past year as stringent laws regulating home appraisals have made it tougher for homeowners to get the… Read more »

National Association of Realtors: Winter Good Time for Buyers & Sellers

Is there a “best time” to sell your home? According to local real estate professionals and the National Association of Realtors, factors such as interest rates, employment, competitive pricing and even the school calendar year are factors to consider when selling a home in any season. The National Association of Realtors website states several advantages… Read more »

The Advocate’s 10th Gayest City in America: St. Louis

This is the open-minded heart of the Midwest. Anheuser-Busch just made a cash donation to the gay-and-lesbian-centric Gateway Business Guild, and St. Louis artist and gallery owner Philip Hitchcock was named as Mr. Midwest Leather 2010. But it was last October’s First Annual Trans Family Picnic, put on by local advocacy group TransHaven (TransHaven.org) in… Read more »

Four Tips for Finding a Good Realtor

Finding a real estate agent is not hard. Stick a store-bought For Sale sign on your lawn and wait for real estate agents to start calling. The hard part is finding one who is really good at what they do and who will work hard for you and with you. Barry Zigas, director of housing… Read more »

Money Saving Tips for LGBT Homeowners

Saving energy around the house makes sense, and it can also help save a significant amount of money now and in the future. Here are a handful of ideas that are especially helpful but are often overlooked by those LGBT homeowners trying to minimize their energy consumption: Sustainable landscaping A more sustainable landscape not only… Read more »

How is Buying a Home Different for Gay/Lesbian Couples?

Periodically, we’ll run guest columns from our member realtors on their areas, and issues that affect gay and lesbian buyers.  Here’s the next in the series – a great column from Kathleen McMullen about buying real estate as a gay or lesbian couple.  (click here to see Gay Realty Network’s Phoenix real estate page): As… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Barbara Stone, Dallas, Texas

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 As a multi-million-dollar producer, Barbara Stone has over 25 years of cutting edge business skills and experience to help gay and… Read more »

The Advocate’s 13th Gayest City in America: Denver

With its new Gay and Lesbian Center (GLBTColorado.org), its gay state senator, Pat Steadman, and its newly appointed gay supreme court justice, Monica Marquez, Denver exemplifies that equality is inevitable – and hard fought. It’s just been 19 years since Colorado voters approved the antigay Amendment 2 (ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in… Read more »

The Advocate’s 15th Gayest City in America: Miami

Miami has finally graduated from party town to something more sophisticated. Over the past 10 years, the city has zipped itself up, with Art Basel lending an air of international sophistication. The Design District has given the city its own promenade of chic stores and restaurants, and style boutiques like the Webster (TheWebsterMiami.com) and Alchemist… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jeffrey Fowler, Rehoboth Beach, DE

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 Rehboth Beach Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Jeffrey has over 28 years experience working in the business world for some of America’s largest companies. His knowledge and… Read more »

Houston Real Estate Market Set to Grow in 2011

The Houston real estate market was one of the strongest in the country last year. In 2011, it could enjoy the same distinction. This is the general consensus among many real estate and economic analysts. Here’s what people are saying about the Houston housing market in 2011. Clear Capital, a company that provides real estate… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Marion McGuire, Glendale, Arizona

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 Marion goes the extra mile to help you achieve your goals, by constantly researching the market and property values so your… Read more »

US Fed Promotes Economic, Real Estate Market Recovery

Deflation fears are gradually receding. Last year’s Federal Reserve action to buy $600 billion worth of Treasury Bonds was an attempt to spur recovery and keep long-term interest rates low. It appears that board members are now mildly optimistic about 2011. According to the Federal Reserve, “The economic recovery is continuing, though at a rate… Read more »

How Will Shift in US Congress Effect Real Estate?

Now that the November elections are over, real estate professionals are looking toward 2011 as a year that will be marked with change. With a decisive shift in Congress, the fallout for the economy, business and consumers is still yet to be determined. In this month’s Power Broker Roundtable, real estate professionals Helen Hanna Casey… Read more »

Massachusetts High Court Rules Against Banks in Foreclosure Case

The state’s highest court sent ripples through the real estate industry yesterday ruling that banks and lenders must have proper documentation before foreclosing on a home. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed a 2009 Land Court decision requiring banks to have proper documentation before moving forward on foreclosures. The decision affects thousands of homes that have… Read more »

Miami Luxury Condo Sales Heating UP

Now that Miami real estate has rebounded and “value” is the operative word on everyone’s list, it is the perfect time to find a condo on The Beach. Miami Beach Real Estate Consultant Dario Stoka explains why it time to buy. “Three years ago, everyone was a genius when it came to purchasing a condo… Read more »

Where Are the Gay Neighborhoods in Chapel Hill & Durham, North Carolina?

Periodically, we’ll run guest columns from our member realtors on their areas, and issues that affect gay and lesbian buyers.  Here’s the next in the series – a great column from Wendy Tanson about Chapel Hill & Durham, North Carolina’s gay neighborhoods.  (click here to see Gay Realty Network’s Central North Carolina real estate page):… Read more »

Australian Real Estate Likely to Lose Value in 2011

House prices in Australia are expected to fall considerably during 2011, according to The Global Real Estate Trends report. The drop in value will be a result of government planned spending cuts, austerity measures and higher interest rates, the report explained. Australia was singled out as one of the top-performing markets during 2010 – alongside… Read more »

Washington DC #2 in Foreign Real Estate Investments

The District will be the second-most favorite city, both domestically and globally, for real estate investments among foreign investors this year, according to an annual survey of the D.C.-based Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate. New York, which ranked No. 3 in 2010, is the No. 1 U.S. city for foreign real estate investments… Read more »

Canadian Real Estate Prices Likely to Climb in 2011

A new survey says Canada’s real estate market is heading into a stronger-than-expected year that will likely see home prices steadily rise, while overall transactions moderate. Royal LePage reports that average home prices are expected to rise 3 per cent to $348,600 in 2011, while the number of transactions is predicted to fall 2 per… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Esty Kurti, Huntersville, 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 Durham Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Expect world class customer service from Esty – she works with both buyers and sellers. Esty covers the Charlotte area, and… Read more »

Seattle Real State Agents Hopeful for 2011

Local real estate professionals see recent positive economic news as foretelling good things for the housing market — which is just as well, given that the housing numbers themselves continue to provide little hope. “If you were in any mall in Washington state in December, you got the feeling that the economy is headed in… Read more »

What Will 2011 Bring for US Real Estate?

The 2010 residential real estate market was a fetid stew of foreclosed homes, short sales, falling home prices and massive shadow inventory topped off with bad corporate behavior by the lending institutions and anemic government programs designed to help troubled borrowers. But one man’s poison may be another man’s medicine. Low interest rates, reduced home… Read more »

New York Beats Out London With Real Estate Investors

The U.S. real estate market is improving, at least for foreign investment dollars, according to the Association for Foreign Investment in Real Estate, or AFIRE. “As the fear of a double-dip recession has faded, investors are becoming more enthusiastic about the prospects for the U.S. economy and are taking aim at real estate investment opportunities… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: David Ostrowski, 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 Baltimore Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Since 2001, David has been able to help many satisfied clients both buy and sell homes in the Greater Baltimore Area…. Read more »

Where to Buy in the Los Angeles Luxury Market

The cultural and financial make-up of many neighborhoods in and around Los Angeles is changing on a continual basis. Homeowners are moving out of their current situations and buyers are moving up as the real estate market in Southern California continues to change with the seasons. Los Angeles luxury real estate can be found throughout… Read more »

Commercial Real Estate Market Improving in US

Ross Moore has changed his outlook for the better in these last few weeks of 2010. As national chief economist for commercial real estate services company Colliers International, Moore follows about 100 economic indicators that keep his finger on the pulse of the economy and the commercial real estate industry. And since the beginning of… Read more »

Is US Real Estate Market In For Double Dip?

Housing markets have taken a turn for the worse, with the widely followed S&P/Case-Shiller index declining more than analysts had forecast in October, lending credence to the housing bears who have predicted a double dip. The real-estate sector has been one of the sticking points in the Fed and the government’s attempts to revive the… Read more »

Today’s Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Michael McDonald, Santa Cruz, CA

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 Santa Criz Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Buying or selling a home often means a major life change. Michael feels privileged to serve his clients in this… Read more »

Tucson’s Retail Real Estate Market Recovering

As 2010 comes to a close, many of the gaping holes in shopping centers across Tucson have been filled. Burlington Coat Factory settled into a 65,000-square-foot space once occupied by Dillard’s at El Con Mall. Peter Piper Pizza opened a massive, 20,000-square-foot parlor across the street from Park Place in space vacated by bankrupt fabric… Read more »

Real Estate Negotiation Tips

Find out as much as you can about who you’ll be negotiating with before you start the process. Sellers need to know if the buyers are financially qualified to close a deal. Most sellers get hung up on the price. But, the highest price doesn’t always come from a buyer that can actually close the… Read more »

Would Legalizing Gay Marriage Lower Mortgage Rates?

In an interview conducted by Lori Hahn with M.V. Badgett, author of When Gay People Get Married, Dr. Badgett discusses how the Dr.’s homeland of the Netherlands gives 3/4 of the rights and benefits to gay couples simply if they live together.  From the article it can be construed that by including the right to marry for… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Philip Altland, New York

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 New York City Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Philip has been in business since 1978. Douglas Elliman is the largest residential real estate firm in New York… Read more »

Ask An Expert: Still a Good Time to Refinance?

Have a question about the housing or mortgage markets? Louis Spagnuolo of WCS Lending in Boca Raton has answers. To submit a question that Louis may answer next week, click here. Q: With interest raising rising for the past month, has the window closed to refinance my home? — Neil A: There’s no question interest… Read more »

US Foreclosure Rates Plunged in November

RealtyTrac, the mortgage research firm, reports that foreclosures fell sharply in November. It may be a sign that the housing market has hit bottom. The company said, “its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for November 2010, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 262,339 U.S. properties in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Nicholas Yale, Phoenix, Arizona

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 Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Nicholas is a Realtor with Realty Executives Realty in Phoenix, Arizona. He has worked in the Phoenix real estate market since… Read more »

Chicago Real Estate Market Improves

In about a week and a half the Illinois Association of Realtors will be releasing the home sale statistics for Chicago, the region, and the state. Once again the actual closings will be abysmal relative to last November. I estimate that they will report sales down about 40% from last year – with their usual… Read more »

St. Petersburg’s Gay Community Growing

Although Florida’s fourth-largest city has seen a minimal increase in population over the past 30 years, this sunny metropolis on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico has changed a great deal demographically. Once unflatteringly dubbed “God’s Waiting Room” for its predominant retirement-age population, the city and surrounding beach towns have become… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: David Maplesden, Takoma Park, MD

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 in Maryland David is originally from Brighton, England, in the United Kingdom. He’s been licensed as a Washington, DC Realtor since… Read more »

Great Deals in the Vancouver Real Estate Market

If you’re looking to purchase, sell or rent apartments, condos, town houses or lofts, the very best place to look is the Vancouver real estate marketplace. It is a large thriving marketplace with properties to fit just about any pocket. To get the best real estate deals, it is essential that you hire the services… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jeff Lempke, Delray Beach, 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 West Palm Beach Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Jeff is a Multi-Million Dollar Producer, and is dedicated to making the negotiation process as easy as possible for… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bobby Peebles, Phoenix, Arizona

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 Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Bobby puts a lot of effort into his client relationshipts, working to locate the perfect dream home or investment property for… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ann Leviton, St. Paul, Minnesota

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 Ann earned her Minnesota real estate sales license back in in 1994, and became an ERA Dakota-Metro Realty agent shortly after…. Read more »

Refinancing Tips for Gay/Lesbian Homeowners

Mortgage interest rates recently fell so low that they broke all-time historical records, and rates have managed to remain extremely cheap and attractive for the past couple of months. Even before they shattered those longstanding records mortgage rates were already a bargain, however, and in this kind of highly appealing and extremely rare mortgage environment… Read more »

After Jump, Mortgage Rates Stabilize This Week

After a big jump last week, home-mortgage rates stabilized this week, with rates on fixed-rate mortgages barely changing, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly survey of conforming mortgage rates, released Wednesday. Rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.4% for the week ended Nov. 24, up from 4.39% last week. The rate averaged 4.78% a year ago…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Greg Rowland, Victoria, British Columbia

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 Victoria Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Greg is an Associate Real estate Broker with Newport Realty in Victoria. He’s worked in the Victoria real estate market on… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: San Diego, California

We continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, sunny San Diego – from the Oh-So-Gay Hillcrest District to Little Italy and Old Town to Artsy Solana Beach.  Here’s what’s going on in San Diego real estate this month: REAL ESTATE: Key permit measure hits zero in October… Read more »

Fewer Mortgage Payers Fell Behind in Third Quarter

Fewer mortgage holders have been falling behind on their payments, with delinquencies — payments more than 60 days late — in the third quarter making their biggest decline in the last four years, TransUnion said Monday. National delinquencies fell to 6.44% in the quarter, compared to 6.67% in the second quarter, although the number still… Read more »

New Wave of Distressed Homes to Hit US Real Estate Market

A wave of distressed residential properties may flood an already saturated residential real estate market in the coming months, according to CoreLogic. According to a report from the financial and property information provider CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), there were 2.1 million units of distressed, but not-yet-listed residential properties nationwide as of August 2010. That’s an eight-month… Read more »

Man Sells Virtual Real Estate for $650,000

How much would you pay for a string of ones and zeroes? How about a string of ones and zeroes that grossed you $200,000 a year? Jon “Neverdie” Jacobs made history by selling virtual property for a reported total of $635,000. Club Neverdie is a virtual asteroid in the online game Entropia. The Entropia Universe is… Read more »

Today’s Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Cyndy Ciolino, 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 Chicago Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Cyndy has been working in the Chicago real estate market for the past eleven years. She mainly works with clients looking… Read more »

Weakness in US Real Estate Market Likely to Continue Through 2011

The perfect storm of converging crises that rocked US housing is unlikely to abate in 2011, with the albatross of negative equity haunting the market’s future. Foreclosures follow job losses, limiting lending access and erasing the advantage of low interest rates in a seemingly never-ending vicious cycle. See the following article from Money Morning for… Read more »

Average House Size Shrinking in US

Home ownership has long been a symbol of the American Dream and for a while there, we supersized it. But since the recession, we’ve been downsizing it. The median home size in America was near 2,300 square feet at the peak of the market in 2007, with many McMansions topping 10,000. Today, the median home… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Tucson, Arizona

We continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, my hometown – Tucson, Arizona – politically Blue where Phoenix is red, friendly, and really diverse.  Tucson is a very gay friendly town – we were back there in 2009, and found a number of gay bars, gay owned… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Brad Sensenbach, Tucson, Arizona

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 Tucson Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Brad has held his real estate license for over seventeen years. He started out selling Historic Los Angeles real estate, selling… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Pittsburgh Realtor: Steve J. Mole

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 Pittsburgh Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Steve lives in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Shadyside and knows the Greater Pittsburgh area very well. He grew up in Monroeville,… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Houston, Texas

We continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, our second place in Texas: Houston by the sea – hot beaches, hot guys, and lots of oil money: John Daugherty, Realtors, Houston Real Estate Agency, Adds Smartphone Technology to Houston Home Buying – John Daugherty, Realtors, has become… Read more »

Today’s Featured Gay Friendly Mortgage Lender: Scott Young, Boulder, Colorado

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 Boulder, Colorado Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Scott grew up in Nashville, and moved to Colorado in ’91. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Orlando, Florida

We continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, back t0 Florida, with One of the Happiest Places on Earth, Warm Winters, and lots of fun places to play: Report: Home values sink 11.9% - The midpoint value of an Orlando home was $123,400 in the third quarter, a… Read more »

Today’s Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Mike Haley, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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 Albuquerque, NM Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Mike works as an Exclusive Buyer’s Agent, working full-time with clients looking to buy Albuquerque Real Estate. He’ll use his… Read more »

NAR Votes to Add Sexual Orientation to Code of EWthics

At the National Association of Realtors annual meeting this year in New Orleans, the delegate body approved an anti-discrimination measure: “The NAR Delegate Body approved an amendment to Article 10 of the Code of Ethics to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In a roll-call vote, more than 93 percent of the Delegate… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Toronto, Ontario

We continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, we go up north, to Toronto, Canada, our gay friendly neighbor in Ontario, Cabbagetown, and legal gay marriage: Is Toronto real estate market way overvalued?‎ - The Economist magazine says Toronto real estate is way overvalued. Agents say buyers are… Read more »

Today’s Featured Gay Friendly Mortgage Lender: Kevin Hoover, Albuquerque, NM

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 Albuquerque Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Kevin is an Albuquerque resident who will give you the best possible service when you’re looking for a new loan or… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Washington, DC

We continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, Washington DC, home of one of the largest per capita populations of gays and lesbians in the US, legal gay marriage, and as of last Tuesday, the new House Republican Majority. :::sigh::: DC outpaces nation’s other metro areas in… Read more »

Today’s Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jan Bristow, Seattle, Washington

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 Seattle Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Jan will work hard to help you buy or sell your Seattle area home. She knows the Puget Sound region inside… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Boston, Massachusetts

We continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, Boston – where gay marriage is legal, Provincetown is across the bay, and the republican wave in yesterday’s election ebbed just a bit: Smaller spaces, sized right - An updated two-bedroom, two-bathroom, second-floor condo with more than 1,100 square feet… Read more »

Today’s Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: John A. Lauro, Cleveland, Ohio

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 Cleveland Realtors and Real Estate Professionals John has been a Cleveland area real estate agent for over fifteen years, and has been the top agent for Realty… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Vancouver, BC

We continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, Vancouver, BC, in our friendly neighbor to the north – Robson Street Shopping, Davie Street’s Gay District, and yes, Bubble Tea. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in the Vancouver real estate market at the moment: Canadian home… Read more »

Foreclosure Scandal Affects Gay Real Estate Buyers/Sellers

A new drama in the foreclosure markets has shocked the real estate industry, is another sensational scandal for the mortgage sector, and is being carefully scrutinized by many consumer watchdog groups. The gist of the fresh turmoil is simple. The fundamental legality of the foreclosure process followed by major mortgage lenders is being questioned. There… Read more »

Today’s Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Greg Burton, St. Petersburg, 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 Tampa Baye Area Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Greg emphasizes excellent service to all of his real estate clients. If you’re looking to buy a first or… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Miami

We continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, Miami, Florida: Hot and sultry, with a killer tan. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in the Miami real estate market at the moment: Miami luxury stays afloat‎ - There are many ways to take the pulse of the… Read more »

Today’s Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Debbie Golden, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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 Albuquerque Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Debbie’s been an Albuquerque area real estate agent since 1980, selling single family homes, vacant land, and investment properties. She’s been a… Read more »

Shacking Up … Buying a House Together in Texas? Some Things You Should Know

Periodically, we run guest columns from our member realtors on their areas, and issues that affect gay and lesbian buyers.  Here’s a great new column from Julie Nelson about buying real estate as a gay or lesbian couple.  (click here to see Gay Realty Network’s Austin, Texas real estate page): Gay or straight, doesn’t matter. … Read more »

Gay Friendly Agent of the Day: Janice Cohen, Albany Realtor

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 Capital Region Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Janice chose real estate as her second career a few years back, and once she became involved in the Albany… Read more »

Gay Orlando, Florida Realtor: Marc Grossman

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 Orlando, Florida Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Marc can help you if you’re looking to buy or sell an Orlando area home. He can help you find… Read more »

Gay Boston Realtor: Bart Foster

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 Boston Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Bart is a Boston-area real estate agent, who gives his clients great counseling, the benefit of his real estate knowledge, and… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Portland, Oregon

We continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, Portland, Oregon: the little Seattle.  Seriously, Portland is hip, progressive and green – what more could you want? Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in the Portland real estate market at the moment: Portland-area home prices, sales continue… Read more »

Gay St. Petersburg Realtor: Dan Charette

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 St. Petersburg Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Dan specializes in high-end water front properties in the St. Petersburg area, includikng condos, new homes, and commercial real estate…. Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Sydney

We continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, our second destination outside the US  – Sydney, Australia – the Opera House, that sexy accent, and one of the largest Gay Pride parades in the world. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in the Sydney real estate… Read more »

Gay Friendly Woodbridge, Virginia Realtor: Maura Sullivan

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 Maura would love to help you buy or sell your Woodbridge area home, and is one of Northern Virginia’s top real… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: London

We continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, our first destinatio outside the US  – London – home of British modern style and historic architecture. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in the London real estate market at the moment: Tenant demand ‘has returned to London’s… Read more »

Gay Friendly Columbia, Maryland Realtor: Linda Odum

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 Central Maryland Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Linda is closely involved in Columbia’s community, originally coming to Howard County to serve as the Director of Early Childhood… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Chicago

We continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, Chicago – where (we swear) it looked like every single clean-cut guy in town was gay. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in the Chicago real estate market at the moment: Housing Study: Chicago market tour reveals health… Read more »

Lesbian Portland Realtor: Tina Schafer

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 Portland, Oregon Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Tina sells real estate in Portland, Oregon, and loves to work with the gay and lesbian community. Tina’s a Platinum… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch – Seattle

We continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, Seattle – home to Capitol Hill, a thriving leather scene, and a burgeoning lesbian community, too! Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in the Seattle real estate market at the moment: U.S. home prices edge up in July,… Read more »

Gay Palm Springs Realtor – Harry Sterling

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 Palm Springs Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Before Harry became a Palm Springs real estate agent, Harry worked for Hewlett-Packard for over twenty five years. During his… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Palm Springs

Today, we’ll continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, Phoenix – hot hot hot. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in the Phoenix real estate market at the moment: POSH hotel’s renovation embodies Palm Springs’ message (MyDesert.com): Set against a seafoam-green matte advertising board, POSH is… Read more »

Gay Seattle Realtor: Ken Latz

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 Seattle Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Ken has been a Seattle resident since ’88, and he is very familiar with the city and all of its diverse… Read more »

Lesbian Portland, Oregon Realtor: Celia Lyon

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 Portland, Oregon Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Celia was a San Francisco Bay Area resident for a number of years, but was born in Oregon, and has… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Phoenix

Today, we’ll continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, Phoenix – hot hot hot. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in the Phoenix real estate market at the moment: Number of homes for sale in Phoenix area up 5 percent in August (Financial News USA): Real… Read more »

Gay Albuquerque Realtor: Steve Benoit

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 Albuquerque Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Steve graduated from the University of New Mexico, and has been involved in the New Mexico real estate market for a… Read more »

Gay Hoboken, New Jersey Realtor: David J. Bistany

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 New Jersey Realtors and Real Estate Professionals David is dedicated to providing top-notch customer service to all of his clients, and hopes you’ll return to work with… Read more »