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 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 »

Buenos Aires Developer Plans Gay Real Estate Development in Argentina

A REAL estate group is promoting the first residential community for gays in Argentina, which broke ground in July by becoming the first Latin American country to authorize same-sex marriage. The project may include ‘a residential complex for people of the same sex driven by the recent approval of the gay marriage law,’ developer Antonio… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Provincetown and Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Today, we’ll continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities with Provincetown and Cape Cod, Massachusetts – the gay East Coast resort town. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in the Cape Cod real estate market at the moment: Season’s earnings up for most, but not all, businesses… Read more »

Where are the Gay Neighborhoods in Austin?

Periodically, we’ll run guest columns from our member realtors on their areas, and issues that affect gay and lesbian buyers.  We’ll kick it off with a great column from Julie Nelson about Austin’s gay neighborhoods.  (click here to see Gay Realty network’s Austin, Texas real estate page): As real estate professionals, we get the question… Read more »

Gay Durham, North Carolina Realtor: Michael Sullivan, Real Estate Agent

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, North Carolina Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Michael is a Triangle Area real estate agent who specializes in relocation to and from Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel… Read more »

Gay Tucson Realtor: Frank Sharp

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 Frank is a full-service Tucson real estate agent, and will bring his detailed knowledge of Tucson’s neighborhoods and his real estate… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Ft. Lauderdale

Today, we’ll continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, Ft. Lauderdale – Cruise Mecca, 365 Days of Sunshine, and Wilton Manors, one of the gayest cities in America. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in the Ft. Lauderdale real estate market at the moment: Investors Buying… Read more »

Gay Palm Springs Realtor: Mark Lange

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 Marc listens closely to his clients to learn what their real estate needs are, and then works hard to finding… Read more »

Gay Albuquerque Realtor: Jim Sutton

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 James is an Albuquerque area real estate agent who specializes in residential home sales. Jim Sutton took over Unica Real Estate… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: San Francisco

OK, here’s our first foray into local real estate markets, beginning with one of the world’s most gay-friendly cities, San Francisco. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in the San Francisco real estate market at the moment: Proposition N; Real Estate Transfer Tax Increase: Downtown is out in full-force to defeat Proposition N, which… Read more »

Welcome to Gay Realty Watch…

The new blog from Gay Realty Network. We know, we know… real estate is not intrinsically gay. But there are many gay friendly places around the world, and we’ll be covering real estate news for each of these periodically, as well as featuring great gay, lesbian and gay friendly real estate professionals worldwide. We’ll also… Read more »