Posts Categorized: California

Derek Lupien – Gay San Diego Mortgage Lender

Derek Lupien

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: Derek truly understands your financial needs, and has the knowledge and resources that will allow you to obtain a mortgage that is right for you. To accomplish this he… Read more »

Valerie Crowell – Walnut Creek Lesbian Realtor

Valerie Crowell

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: Valerie Crowell is a second generation Realtor® having started in the Real Estate industry in 1972 as a 14 year old answering her father’s business phones. She spent the… Read more »

Harry Sterling – Gay Palm Springs Realtor

Harry Sterling - Gay Palm Springs 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: Before Harry became a Palm Springs real estate agent, Harry worked for Hewlett-Packard for over twenty five years. During his final 5 years, he worked to make his division… Read more »

Marc Lange – Gay Palm Springs Real Estate Agent

Marc Lange - Gay Palm Springs Realtor

Marc LangePeriodically 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: Marc listens closely to his clients to learn what their real estate needs are, and then works hard to finding the home that best meets those needs. It’s… Read more »

CJ Brasiel – San Jose, California

CJ Brasiel

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: Choose a San Jose real estate partner with a different view. CJ Brasiel is a lesbian real estate agent who specializes in residential home sales in San Jose and… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 10. Irvine, Calif.

Irvine

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: An Orange County, Calif., city in the top 10? As mentioned previously,… Read more »

Brodie Stephens – El Dorado Hills, California

Brodie Stephens

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: Brodie is a gay real estate agent in Folsom-El Dorado Hills, who works with buyers and sellers in the Eastern Sacramento metro region! See AGENT’s Expanded Listing on Gay… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 13. Chula Vista, California

Chula Vista

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Sandwiched between San Diego and Mexico, Chula Vista (Spanish for “beautiful view”)… Read more »

Brodie Stephens – Gay Folsom, California Real Estate Agent

Brodie Stevens

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: Brodie is a gay real estate agent in Folsom-El Dorado Hills, who works with buyers and sellers in the Easter Sacramento metro region! See Brodie’s Expanded Listing on Gay… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 17. San Francisco

San Francisco

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Exorbitant housing prices and a sinking high-rise couldn’t knock San Francisco from… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 23. Anaheim, California

Anaheim - Disneyland - Pixabay

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Only an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, Anaheim is not such a… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 25. Long Beach, California

Long Beach - Pixabay

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Long Beach has long been an underrated California city, with most folks… Read more »

Martin Withrow – West Hollywood, California

Martin Withrow

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: I’ve always been passionate about Real Estate, and have remodeled several houses in L.A., West Hollywood and Palm Springs. I was born and raised in Cleveland, and graduated from… Read more »

Best Cities for LGBT Seniors: #14 – San Francisco, California

San Francisco

Everyone knows this is America’s historical and cultural hub for the LGBT community and no list would be complete without it. It has the largest per capita gay population in the country and there simply isn’t another city on Earth that is more tolerant and accepting of gays and lesbians than San Francisco. In addition… Read more »

Ken Townsend – Gay Palm Springs Real Estate Agent

Ken Townsend

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: I have spent over 40 years in this desert oasis. Here we have a family of cities that nestled together provide one special place for the LGBT community. The… Read more »

Andrea Testa – Lesbian Long Beach Real Estate Agent

Andrea Testa - Lesbian Long Beach 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: Andrea Testa has been with Keller Williams Pacific Estates since 2013, winning Rookie of the Year for Volume Sold in her first year. Andrea’s clients describe her as “energetic,… Read more »

Geoffrey Moore, Gay Palm Springs 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: My Philosophy – I’m a creative person and I love solving problems. I think every problem has an infinite number of solutions. The trick is finding the right solution… Read more »

Robert Boccolucci, Gay Upland 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: Having lived and worked in the Inland Empire for over 5 years, I’m very familiar with the market, housing trends and the diverse local cities that make this a… Read more »

Silver Lake: LA’s Original Gayborhood

LA’s original gay neighborhood became more mixed in the late 20th century as the scene migrated to West Hollywood. Still, this hilly, picturesque enclave east of Hollywood, south of beautiful Griffith Park, and northwest of downtown has always had at least a handful of gay bars. But the scene has changed, and the neighborhood has… Read more »

Post-Gayborhood: Mission District, San Francisco

Over the past decade, the gayborhood has morphed into what’s often termed a “post-gay” neighborhood. At many LGBT-owned businesses, you’re apt to bump into plenty of straight folks as well — and vice versa. And it’s a good bet that the formerly explicitly gay neighborhoods will continue to become steadily more diverse — including the… Read more »

John Giardina, Gay Pasadena 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: There is no better place to work, play and own a house than here in Pasadena. It reminds me of an Eastern town, with tree-lined streets, an artistic flavor,… Read more »

Alan Schmitt, Gay San Diego 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: I Have over 30 years of Business experience and can help you define and achieve your objectives. I am very familiar with the market and will help you find… Read more »

Is San Diego Too Pricey?

The economy is looking up for many and according to the Case-Shiller index tracking resales of single family homes, this trend is being reflected in home prices. Nationally, prices are up 5 percent in the last 12 months, but in popular San Diego, that number is even higher. At a rise of 6.3 percent our… Read more »

Bill Ruegge, Gay Palm Springs 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: Diligent, hard working and honest best describe me as a person and an agent. The desert is best known for its architecturally significant homes, night life, shopping, golf and… Read more »

The Strange Is Gone From San Francisco

As I walk into the homey Inner Richmond apartment of Vetiver singer Andy Cabic three days before Christmas, the first thing I notice are the boxes lining the walls — an all too familiar sight in San Francisco these days. When asked about the changes the city has faced over the last five or so… Read more »

Shelly Long, Lesbian Sacramento 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: Whatever your real estate needs, rest assured they’ll be addressed professionally in a timely manner…with a positive, upbeat attitude. See Shelly’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay… Read more »

Arlene Jean, Lesbian Joshua Tree 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: Arlene (AJ) and her life partner, Kathy are entering their 20th year together and have made Joshua their home for the past 18 years. They have 3 fur kids… Read more »

Is San Francisco’s Market Slowing Down?

That sound you hear may be some air finally escaping from the inflated San Francisco real estate market. Home prices in the San Francisco Bay Area fell by 1.8% year-over-year in March, the first such drop in four years, according to Redfin , a Seattle-based real estate brokerage. “For years, San Francisco has been one… Read more »

Joel Vendette, Gay Los Angeles 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: A longtime resident of Los Angeles, Real Estate Agent Joel Vendette combines his knowledge of the local community with an energetic, positive, personable approach to the Los Angeles real… Read more »

Ronald Parks, Gay San Francisco 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. San Francisco, Marin, Napa and Sonoma Top Real Estate Professional. CPA that knows the market and the numbers. See Ronald’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly… Read more »

Dennis Kean, Gay Los Angeles 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: When you are buying or selling a home on the LA Westside, call us to be your Real Estate experts! LA is a city of diversity, and our community… Read more »

Jeffrey Crandell, Gay San Mateo 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. I look forward to meeting you and helping you find your next home or sell your existing one. The Peninsula is a fabulous place to live whether you work… Read more »

SF Planners Recommend Approval of Housing Slated for Castro funeral home

As expected, San Francisco planners are recommending approval of a mixed-use redevelopment project that would incorporate a Castro funeral home building. At its February 11 meeting, the planning commission is expected to vote on the Prado Group’s revamp of Sullivan’s Funeral Home at 2254 Market Street and its adjacent parking lot. The developer has proposed… Read more »

The Gayborhood: Venice Gay Bar ‘Roosterfish’ to Close

Los Angeles is losing one of its oldest and most dearly beloved gay bars: Roosterfish in Venice is set to close after 37 years after a rent hike has made its lease unaffordable. Wrote bartender Gaetano Jones on Facebook: “So yes the rumors are true… After 37 years of business, The Roosterfish is closing for… Read more »

Christian Cocca, Gay Palm Springs 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. Christian has been selling Southern California real estate since 2001. As a second generation Real Estate Agent, he began his career right out of college, winning numerous awards his… Read more »

City Council Approves LGBT-Affirming Senior Housing in North Park

The San Diego City Council voted 9-0 to approve a $7 million loan in order to start construction of an LGBT affirming senior apartment building in North Park. “I’m delighted to move approval,” said Third District Councilmember Todd Gloria, smiling. “It’s ground breaking.” Numerous councilmembers competed to second Gloria’s motion, and Council President Sherri Lightner… Read more »

Cheryl Bower, Lesbian San Francisco 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. Cheryl Bower is a San Francisco native, with seventeen years of experience in property investment and renovation. She specializes in the San Francisco real estate market, including residential sales… Read more »

San Francisco’s Millennials Can Afford Just 135 Square Feet For Housing

The typical San Francisco millennial can only afford to buy 135 square feet of housing, the lowest buying power in the country, according to personal finance company SmartAsset. Despite the city’s strong job growth and its reputation for well-paying tech jobs for young engineers, wages haven’t kept up with soaring property values. This year, San… Read more »

Featured Lesbian Real Estate Agent: Joan Dunn, Sacramento, California

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. After moving to Sacramento in 2002, Joan made a name for herself in the Sacramento Real Estate Market as one of the area’s most successful real estate agents. Her… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: John Graff, Los Angeles, California

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. John Graff is a Los Angeles Realtor, an LEED Green Associate and an Accredited Buyer’s Representative. John is the managing member of John Graff Real Estate Group and is… Read more »

The Housing Crisis: The Civil Rights Issue of Our Time

West Hollywood is one of the best-known small cities in America. It’s known for a diverse array of reasons — its rock n’ roll history on the Sunset Strip, its Russian population, and, of course, as a gay mecca. Since the city’s incorporation in 1984, West Hollywood (or “WeHo” as it is affectionately called) has… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Tim Miguel, Sacramento, California

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. As your local expert in marketing, negotiations and transaction management I’d be your best advocate buying or selling your home. Discover a lively, walkable downtown, packed with cool shops… Read more »

San Francisco Preservation Panel Approves LGBT Historic Document

San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission today (Wednesday, November 18) unanimously approved an LGBT historic document that’s meant to help hold on to gay spaces in the city. Officially titled the “Citywide Historic Context Statement for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer History in San Francisco,” the survey spans the centuries and features groups from Native… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Torey Carrick, Huntington Beach, California

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. Torey Carrick is the Vice President and Chief of the Retail Sales Division at the Anderson Real Estate Group of Keller Williams Pacific Estates. The Anderson Group has helped… Read more »

San Francisco Luxury Housing Market Cooling

It’s official: San Francisco’s luxury housing market is cooling, according to Paragon Real Estate Group. “All price segments in San Francisco have cooled off from the overheated frenzy of the spring 2015 selling season — this cooling is a common seasonal phenomenon,” Paragon said in its November market report released Friday. “But while the lower… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Real Estate Agent: Randy Wilkins, Lafayette, California

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. Randy Wilkins, an East Bay Native, is a successful Real Estate Broker specializing in both residential and investment sales. He earned his MBA from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Jeff Anderson, Long Beach, California

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. Jeff is an award winning Real Estate Agent in the Greater Los Angeles real estate market, with a focus on top notch customer service, trust, and strong ethics. Jeff… Read more »

Watch the Spread of Million-Dollar Homes Consume San Francisco

Nearly two-thirds of the homes in the city of San Francisco today are worth more than a million dollars, according to the real estate site Trulia that tracks home values. That dizzying number speaks to the city’s affordable housing crisis — a crisis that has officials fretting about housing even for families making $140,000 a… Read more »

San Francisco Condo Prices Slip

San Francisco condominium prices fell last month and home sales lagged as the frenzied market cooled off. New condo prices fell 3 percent and resales slipped by 2 percent as the number of sales declined by nearly 20 percent between August and September, according to the Mark Co., a condo marketing firm. Paragon Real Estate… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Michael Phillips, San Jose, California

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. Experience & integrity you can trust and rely on! Serving first-time buyers, veteran sellers, investors with million dollar properties. Silicon Valley’s progressive communities offer a friendly and accepting place… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Real Estate Agent: Michael Tessaro, Fremont, California

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. Michael Tessaro will get the job done for you… he’s professional, successful, educated, knowledgeable, with style. If you’re buying or selling a home in Alameda/Contra Costa or Santa Clara… Read more »

A Surprising Culprit in San Francisco’s Real Estate Crisis

The awkward, criss-crossing intersections around Market Street and Van Ness Avenue will soon pop with some of the most change in the city. Nearly every property zoned to rise at least 120 feet tall under 2009’s Market-Octavia Plan has been snatched up, and the city’s newest spate of towers is in the works. Carpet stores,… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Mario Banuelos, San Francisco, California

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. Mario is a San Francisco real estate superstar. He is a nationally recognized Top Agent, as well as a husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend. Mario is also a… Read more »

New Ice Cream Shop for the Castro Gayborhood

San Francisco’s Castro Merchants business group voted this morning (Thursday, August 6) to approve a proposed ice cream shop in the neighborhood. Juliet Pries, a 15-year-Castro resident, said she hopes to open the Cafe Fountain at 554 Castro Street by early 2016. Pries, who’s straight and currently owns Ice Cream Bar, at 815 Cole Street… Read more »

California Home Sales At 9-Year High

Sales of California homes remained robust in July, with the number of houses and condos sold hitting a nine-year high for the second month in a row, a research firm reported Wednesday. CoreLogic Inc. reported an estimated 46,065 new and existing single-family homes sold in California in July. That’s up 14.4 percent from last July,… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Matthew Berkley, Pasadena, California

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. A resident of the San Gabriel Valley for most of his life, Matt Berkley is a REALTOR(R) who has made representing historic and architecturally significant properties his primary focus… Read more »

In the Gayborhood: San Diego’s Balboa Park

Yes, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of San Diego’s renowned Balboa Park and there are continuing events celebrating this historic landmark as there should be. Balboa Park has played a great part in the history of San Diego’s LGBT community. From social, political, HIV-AIDS demonstrations and Pride, etc. In fact, this year marks the 40th… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Jeff Blacker, Palm Springs, California

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. Jeff is an Architectural Specialist at HOM Sotheby’s International Realty and will lead you through the array of incredible choices in desert properties in the Palm Springs real estate… Read more »

Even Techies Getting Priced Out of the Bay Area

As rents and home prices have skyrocketed over the past few years, the Bay Area has become a more difficult place to live, to put it mildly. Real estate website Redfin has compiled data showing that Bay Area residents are increasingly looking to buy in other locations. Back in 2011, 85.5 percent of people located… Read more »

Sacramento Gayborhood to Get Rainbow Crosswalk

Sacramento’s Lavender Heights neighborhood is about to get a colorful signature project. The City Council approved the construction Tuesday night of rainbow-colored crosswalks at the intersection of 20th and K streets in midtown. The rainbow design is a symbol of pride and history in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and Lavender Heights is… Read more »

San Francisco Supervisor Wants to Ban New Condos for the Rich in the Mission

San Francisco has become ground zero for class warfare as wealthy real estate developers snatch up cheap housing and kick out long time residents so they can build million dollar condos in a process called gentrification. City Supervisor David Campos says he’s had enough, and today he’s going to introduce an ordinance to halt all… Read more »

New Zoning Rules for Castro Gayborhood

Legislation meant to bring stronger public scrutiny of office-type uses taking over ground floor retail spaces in San Francisco’s gay Castro district and along Noe Valley’s commercial corridor sailed through the city’s planning commission today. The commission voted 5-0 to recommend that the Board of Supervisors adopt the zoning change. The supervisors are expected to… Read more »

San Francisco Inventory Decline Leads to Mass Overbidding

A gradual decline in inventory has contributed to the increase in overbidding among buyers, according to a new report from Paragon Real Estate. The real-estate firm tallied the number of homes, co-ops, TICs, condos and even 2-4-unit buildings listed on the MLS, starting just before the market recovery began in 2012. It found that while… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Patrick Martin, West Hollywood, California

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. For more than a decade, Patrick Martin has been an industry leader in West Hollywood and the Los Angeles real estate market. Handling a diverse portfolio of properties and… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Randy Merrill, El Dorado Hills, California

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. I am a Top Producing Real Estate Agent in the Sacramento region. I represent buyers and sellers along the Highway 50 corridor, all the way from Folsom to Pollock… Read more »

Castro Groups Oppose New Umpqua Bank in the Gayborhood

Most financial institutions looking to open in San Francisco’s gay Castro district can usually bank on facing opposition. Many residents and merchants say the neighborhood is already saturated with enough banks that create dead zones throughout the commercial corridor. Umpqua Bank officials are finding this maxim to be true as they seek approval to open… Read more »

Featured Lesbian Real Estate Agent: Trish McLean, Santa Rosa, California

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. Trish has been a licensed California real estate agent for more than 15 years, and specializes in long-term investment strategies. She reminds all her clients to take the long… Read more »

San Diego Metro Area Has Denser LGBT Population Than National Average

New research into Gallup survey information reveals an educated estimate of where LGBT Americans live, considered perhaps the most detailed glimpse yet into the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across 50 states. At 6.2%, the San Francisco metropolitan area has the highest percentage of the adult population who identify as LGBT of… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Kirk Dahle, San Francisco, California

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. Kirk works hard for his clients, and uses his intuitive nature to provide fantastic customer service. Kirk’s previous clients have described him as ‘going above and beyond or ‘knowing… Read more »

San Francisco, Portland, and Austin Top Metro Areas With Most LGBT Residents

The San Francisco metropolitan area has the highest percentage of the adult population who identify as LGBT of any of the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas, followed by Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas. Variation in the percentage who identify as LGBT across the largest metro areas is relatively narrow, with San Francisco’s percentage just 2.6… Read more »

Low Inventory Drives Huge Price Increases for West Coast Condos

The value of new construction condominiums is up in downtown Los Angeles, San Francisco and downtown Seattle, according to The Mark Company Trend Sheets. The Mark Company reported the value of new construction condominiums in downtown Los Angeles inched up 1 percent in February, and was 26 percent higher than a year earlier. In San… Read more »

Prices Up, Sales Down in San Francisco

Last month, the number of Bay Area home sales slowed to a crawl and hit its lowest level since the recession in 2008, according to the latest report from DataQuick. A slowdown is normal for January, but even compared with January 2014, sales are down, dropping 5.5 percent to a seven-year low of 4,439 houses… Read more »

San Francisco Penthouse Listed at $49 Million

A 15,000-square-foot duplex condominium that overlooks the Bay Bridge is the new most expensive listing in San Francisco, with a price tag of $49 million. The penthouse on the 41st and 42nd floors of one of two Lumina towers being developed by Tishman Speyer is still under construction. However, marketing began this week thanks to… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Eric Greene, Long Beach, California

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 Long Beach Real Estate Agent – Experienced Long Beach/Orange County Realtor providing outstanding service and area knowledge See Eric’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly… Read more »

New Owner Plans to Update Castro Gayborhood Apartment Building

The man buying the four-unit apartment building owned by Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco for about $1.8 million said today (Wednesday, February 11) that all the tenants will get to stay. Realtor Patrick Barber said tenants of 138-140 Eureka Street will “absolutely” be allowed to remain. The announcement in December that the building would… Read more »

Castro Gayborhood Church to Make Way for Condos

The Castro district building that’s housed San Francisco’s Metropolitan Community Church for decades will be replaced by two luxury residential buildings, according to one of the people who just paid about $2.3 million for the crumbling church at 150 Eureka Street. There will be a total of four condo units. David Papale is the agent… Read more »

MCC Selling Castro Gayborhood Church Property

Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco plans to sell its building at 150 Eureka Street and a neighboring four-unit apartment building at 138-140 Eureka Street. Officials with the church, which has been based in the Castro neighborhood for decades, are talking to staff at First Congregational Church on Polk Street about sharing space. MCC staff… Read more »

New San Diego Affordable Senior Housing Project Will Be LGBT Affirming

San Diego nonprofit Community HousingWorks (CHW), presents its Arizona Street Development to the San Diego Planning Commission Thursday, Dec. 18. The proposed development features a 76-home senior apartment building on the northwest corner of Texas Street and Howard Avenue and a 118-home multifamily building on the northeast corner. The proposal has already generated significant support… Read more »

Featured Lesbian Real Estate Agent: CJ Brasiel, San Jose, California

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. Choose a real estate partner with a different view. Silicon Valley’s the hub of technology and diversity in Northern California. Lifestyle, acceptance, culture is valued and all are welcome!… Read more »

Out Traveler’s Top 10 US Gayborhoods #7: Boystown, West Hollywood

We’re counting down the top ten US Gayborhoods, according to Out Traveler. The seventh place finisher is in West Hollywood: 7. Boystown (West Hollywood/Los Angeles), with 6.88 percent of the vote. Hmmm, WeHo didn’t do so hot this year. Guess Lisa Vanderpump’s shiny new restaurant/bar didn’t impress you all that much. WeHo’s waxed/manicured inhabitants will… Read more »

Hamburger Mary’s to Take Patio Space in Castro Gayborhood

Hamburger Mary’s will be returning to San Francisco, the city where the burger chain was launched in 1972. While the original location shuttered in 2001, gay Castro bar owner Les Natali won approval this afternoon (Thursday, December 4) from the city’s planning commission to operate a Hamburger Mary’s in the long vacant Patio Cafe on… Read more »

Is Sacramento Ready to Grow Up?

Today there’s just a fenced-off pit the size of a city block to remind residents of a time when Sacramento’s housing market seemed ready to reach for the sky and draw thousands of upscale buyers to downtown condominiums. Toward the end of last decade’s housing boom, developers promoted ambitious proposals to raise residential towers that… Read more »

Gayborhood for Sale – Hillcrest Properties Faces Uncertain Future

Two prominent blocks in Hillcrest are up for sale to the highest bidders, and the purchasers will have the ability to transform the heart of the gayborhood. In September, a 25,000-square-foot property that includes the shuttered Pernicano’s and Casa de Baffi restaurants went on sale for $12 million. The site is on the west side… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Brodie Stephens, Folsom, California

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. Brodie Stephens is a gay real estate agent in Folsom, California, who works with all kinds of real estate clients. See Brodie’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here… Read more »

San Diego Gayborhood Bar Expanding

Hillcrest’s most iconic gay restaurant and bar – Urban MO’s Bar & Grill – is now undergoing significant expansions this month to debut for the 2014-15 winter season. The outdoor patio has been demolished in preparation for an extensive expansion and renovation. The property will remain open for business during the expansions, which started this… Read more »

Buying a Home Remains 38% Less Expensive than Renting!

In Trulia’s latest Rent vs. Buy Report, they explained that buying a home remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage throughout the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. The updated numbers actually show that the range is from an average of 17% in Honolulu, all the way to 63% in… Read more »

Harvey Milk’s American Diner Closes in the San Diego Gayborhood

Today the official closure of Harvey Milk’s American Diner was announced. The online announcement, by owner Frank Lechner, stated that the diner was officially closed for good and that all the employees had been paid. LGBT Weekly reached out to Lechner for comment but he was unavailable at press time. LGBT Weekly did speak with… Read more »

Absent Rich Own 39% of New High-End Condos in San Francisco

San Francisco’s luxury condos are being purchased by the wealthy who have an unquenchable thirst for high-end real estate, but don’t live in the city, according to an analysis of property records by the news website 48hills. Instead, their city condos are second, or third homes. 48hills reviewed San Francisco’s Assessor’s Officerecords for over 5,200… Read more »

Taking the “Spooky” Out of The Mortgage Process

  Do you need help understanding the mortgage process? Don’t hesitate to contact us for any and all advice. For more information on Real Estate, like us on Facebook! Todd Moeller Seven Gables Real Estate 5481 E Santa Ana Canyon Road Anaheim Hills, CA 92807 Todd@themoellerteam.com (714) 404-9540 BRE#: #01762788

The Upside to San Francisco Gentrification

While many San Francisco neighborhoods are changing character, Dogpatch may be getting one. The enclave between the bay and Potrero Hill is a blink-and-miss-it spot, filled with warehouses, taverns along Third street and the local Hells Angels headquarters. The charm is hidden away. Several blocks along Tennessee and Minnesota streets are dotted with tiny Victorians,… Read more »

Is Hunter’s Point on the Cusp of Gentrification in San Francisco?

Just six miles from San Francisco’s increasingly expensive downtown is Hunters Point, a historically blue-collar neighborhood southeast of the city, which has been neglected since the shipyards closed in 1974 amid radiation contamination so bad it was declared a Superfund site. Today, 30 percent of the area’s residents earn less than $10,000 a year. “This… Read more »

Ten Tiniest San Francisco Homes for Sale

As home prices continue their upward climb and rents worthy of Manhattan keep right on scaring everyone, it gets pretty tempting to squeeze oneself into the smallest possible box. Miniature houses, some of which could pass for an Architect Barbie starter home, are few and far between (though we’ll certainly keep stalking them). So how… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Todd Moeller, Corona, California

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. Todd is honest, and has a ridiculously strong work ethic, and will represent your interests when buying or selling real estate on the Corona area. See Todd’s Expanded Listing… Read more »

Castro Gayborhood to Get Second History Walk

A series of historical factoids about San Francisco’s Castro district that will be etched in cement along Castro Street will have its official debut the weekend of this year’s annual Castro Street Fair. Officially known as the Castro Street History Walk, the project will feature 20 facts about the neighborhood placed into the sidewalks on… Read more »

The Rundown on 94 Los Angeles Development Projects

The Downtown development scene has been moving forward at a steady clip for more than a year, with a coterie of real estate players and investors recognizing that the community is ripe for additional housing, entertainment options and office space. Still, things ratcheted up even more than could be expected in just the last four… Read more »

How Interest Rates Impact Family Wealth

With interest rates still in the low 4%’s, many buyers may be on the fence as to whether to act now and purchase a new home, or wait until next year. If you look at what the experts are predicting for 2015, it may make the decision for you. Predictions for 2015 3Q: 4.6% - Fannie Mae… Read more »

Featured Gay Realtor: Bill Thon, West Hollywood

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. Bill Thon helps buyers and sellers with high end realty in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills. See Agent Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly… Read more »

Fannie Mae Relaxes Waiting Period for Distressed Borrowers

Fannie Mae recently released a report revising the waiting periods for distressed borrowers with a derogatory credit event such as a foreclosure, bankruptcy, short sale, or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure on their credit history to obtain a new loan. For borrowers with a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure on their record, Fannie Mae’s new mandated minimum waiting period… Read more »

California Home Sales Drop, Driven By Low Inventory

A real estate research firm says California home sales plunged in July compared to the same time last year as buyers struggled to find something they could afford in the tight market. CoreLogic DataQuick said Thursday that about 40,000 new and resale houses and condos sold statewide in July. That’s down 8.7 percent from July… Read more »

Castro Gayborhood Updates: Sidewalk Completion Delayed; Commuter Stops Proposed

We have a couple new stories out of the Castro gayborhood today. First, an update on the new sidewalk project that’s been going on for months. The BAR reports: More delays are impacting the $4 million sidewalk-widening project in the heart of the city’s gay Castro district, meaning work will not be completed prior to… Read more »

Pesky, But Potentially Costly Home Maintenance

If you’re new to home ownership, you may not be familiar with all of the responsibilities that are now yours. All of those things you used to call the super or management office for now fall in your lap. Here are some items to keep in mind, especially if you got a “great deal” on… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Dan Joy, Oakland, California

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. I enjoy empowering my clients with my knowledge and expertise to assist them making the best property investment decisions. The East Bay offers the best housing prices in the… Read more »