Posts Categorized: USA

Why is DC So Expensive? Hint: It’s Congress

A September housing report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is making the rounds this week after The Washington Post published its findings on the Monday holiday. The Post gave it a 100-proof headline: “It’s more expensive to live in D.C. than New York, study says.” According to “Housing: Before, During, and After the… 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 »

Staging Your Home to Sell

When a buyer walks into your home you need to grab their attention. Sadly it is rare to find a buyer that will give a home a second chance when deciding if they should make an offer or not, first impressions last a life time. We all have different styles that fit our personalities and… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Matthew Alexander, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. I specialize in meeting and exceeding the needs of home buyers and sellers in the Myrtle Beach area. Myrtle Beach offers a diverse population with plenty of attractions and… Read more »

New Gay Friendly Affordable Senior Housing Development Opened in Chicago

Center on Halsted and Heartland Housing officially opened Town Hall Apartments, the Midwest’s first LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing development, during a ribbon-cutting on Friday. “When Tom [Tunney] came to see me and I first got elected, I said ‘what’s our No. 1 goal?’ He said this building,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who spoke at… Read more »

Check Out One of New York’s Most Expensive Views

An imposing-but-thin building is dominating the midtown Manhattan skyline these days, and its name is not Empire State. No, this new behemoth is simply called 432 Park, and it is the tallest residential tower in New York City. Visible from all five boroughs, the building houses what will be some of the most expensive condos… Read more »

Halloween 2014 – Wilton Manors, Florida – Wicked Manors!!

Some cities talk about Halloween, others know how to rock Halloween!  Wilton Manors, Florida known for its diverse culture and #2 city in the US for gay couple population puts on an annual Halloween Party that is sure to impress.  Wilton Drive, the main drag (no pun intended), shuts down and the party starts at… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Reg Martocci, Portland, Oregon

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. You have a Portland real estate dream. Reg Martocci can help make it happen. She is professional, experienced, and knows the Portland real estate market inside-out. Let her be… Read more »

Finding Your Luxury Home in Fort Lauderdale

The definition of a Luxury Home in Fort Lauderdale isn’t the same for everyone. Initially you think of a Luxury Home as one that has soaring ceilings, large windows, possible water views,and top of the line finishes. While all of this is pertinent when buying a home it doesn’t mean that the home you buy isn’t luxurious… 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 »

Lowdown on the DC Real Estate Market

As in all forecasts, we can only rely on what we see to be a general trend. The Washington metro area real estate market in 2014 has slowed in comparison to 2013 with less activity. A trend that was thought to be related to the long, cold winter can now be seen to be caused… Read more »

Last Part of New York’s High Line Park Opens

The last stretch of New York’s High Line opens Sunday, completing one of the nation’s most distinctive urban transformations: abandoned elevated rails that have been turned into a linear oasis of flowers, grasses and trees. That last, half-mile section finishes the 22-block walkway that over five years has helped drive the hip gentrification of the… 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 »

Rainbow Crosswalk Plan in Austin Gayborhood Gets Pushback

West Hollywood, Calif., started a phenomenon in 2012 when they painted the gayborhood’s crosswalks with the colors of the freedom flag. Cities such as London, San Francisco, Toronto, and Vancouver have since followed suit, most without controversy. However, a request to paint rainbows on Bettie Naylor Street (W. Fourth) here in Austin is getting some… 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 »

Microhousing Coming to Seattle?

New city rules for “microhousing” apartments (backstory here) have just passed the City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee. We came in on the meeting broadcast late, but in time to hear the passage of two amendments – one requiring two sinks per unit (food-prep and bathroom areas), one that goes beyond microhousing, requiring… Read more »

New Skyway Proposed for New York’s East River

New York City already offers tram service between the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, but a local businessman has proposed a new “high-speed” gondola system that would initially provide service between Williamsburg and lower Manhattan. Gothamist is digging it: Picture this: it’s 100 degrees out, you descend into the subway station to find a… Read more »

The Two Things You Don’t Need to Hear from Your Listing Agent

You’ve decided to sell your house. You begin to interview potential real estate agents to help you through the process. You need someone you trust enough to: Set the market value on possibly the largest asset your family owns (your home) Set the time schedule for the successful liquidation of that asset Set the fee… Read more »

Featured Gay Realtor: Jeff Escher, Rockville, Maryland

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 Specializes in Homes Near Metro in Montgomery County and NW DC. No pressure – Jeff is friendly and helpful, and will help you buy or sell your Rockland… 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 »

Featured Gay Realtor: Tim Tanz, St. Louis, Missouri

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 been serving the St Louis Metro Area for 17 Years. I love this Community! St Louis has so much to offer – from great dining to many cultural… Read more »

Washington DC’s Evolving Gayborhoods

What is happening to the ‘gayborhood?’ Discussions of the evolving nature of the gay “community” and fast disassembling “gayborhood” clusters here and in cities across the country are as commonplace as yet another report detailing how expensive D.C. has somewhat suddenly become. An announcement this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics identifying Washington as… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ken Calhoun, Ft. Lauderdale, 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. Native Ft. Lauderdale Real Estate Agent who loves turning out of area buyers onto Ft. Lauderdale/Wilton Manors and beach area homes. Casual, great weather, beaches, friendly and fun. Prices… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Denny Horner, Washington DC

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. Denny is a residential real estate agent in the metro DC area, specializing in row homes and detatched homes. Metro DC offers great diversity and house options! See Denny’s… Read more »

Las Vegas Pride is the City’s Gayborhood

Mike Prevatt extolls the virtues of Las vegas Pride, one of the few times the city’s LGBT community really gets together to hang out: But seriously, Las Vegas Pride—I’m referring specifically to the parade, just one of several events during the weeklong celebration—is nonetheless a worthwhile activity for a few reasons: It’s one of the… Read more »

Lesbian Grandma, Harassed by Landlord, Finds Anti-Gay Slurs on Home

A grandmother in Oregon believes she is being unfairly targeted and harassed by her mobile home community’s new landlord because she is gay, an allegation that recently received some attention from the local news after vandals spray-painted the words “die dike” on the side of her home. Melanie Powell tells KOIN6 that she’s been living… 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 »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bill Pearson, Denver, 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. Bill strives to listen to your needs and make the process as painless as possible! Denver is a vibrant community of diversity with a wonderful climate! See Bill’s Expanded… 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 »

Washington DC’s Winner and Loser Neighborhoods

Last month we looked at active vs. sold listings for D.C. overall. This week, we’ll look at the median price over the past seven months for D.C. neighborhoods based on zip code. Washington, D.C. overall experienced growth in median price from 2013 to 2014, both in July (1.90 percent) and year-to-date (4.20 percent). Keep that… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Robert H. Leininger, Baltimore, Maryland

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. Friendly, professional, caring, interested and definitely not high-pressured. That’s my style. There’s no place like home! Baltimore is a truly unique, bustling, fun city that is very welcoming and… 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 »

Where Are the New Condos in San Francisco?

NewConstructionSF.com as put together a great interactive map of the current sand pending condo projects across The City: For those you who are more visually inclined, here is our map of new construction condo homes across San Francisco. For your convenience, we have organized the condo buildings into three chronological groups – buildings that have… Read more »

Renters Beware! Don’t Get Caught in the ‘Renter’s Trap’

In a recent press release, Zillow stated that the affordability of the nation’s rental inventory is currently much worse than affordability of the country’s home sale inventory. The release revealed two things: Nationally, renter’s signing a lease at the end of the second quarter paid 29.5% of their income to rent U.S. home buyers at the end of… Read more »

US Existing Home Sales Up, New Home Sales Down

Sales of existing homes shot up in July. Sales of newly-built homes fell. Behind the numbers, however, lurked the same old story: The housing market has yet to fully recover. The Commerce Department reported Monday that new home sales dropped 2.4 percent from June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 412,000. Normal would be… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Suzanne Dana, Williamsburg, Virginia

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. Suzanne is a vibrant person whose energy is contagious. Suzanne’s priority is her clients! Williamsburg, Virginia (VA) is an open-minded city and is generally gay-friendly. See Suzanne’s Expanded Listing… Read more »

Bookstore to Return to the Philadelphia Gayborhood

The nation’s oldest gay bookstore will reopen next month in Philadelphia after closing three months ago due to financial problems. Philly AIDS Thrift says it’s taking over the shop called Giovanni’s Room. It had closed in May after 41 years, citing competition from online outlets. Philly AIDS Thrift already operates a secondhand store whose proceeds… Read more »

Are Bars Leaving the Gayborhoods?

Understandably, the LGBT community has created strongholds in urban environments where strength in numbers offers inhabitants a voice as well as safety. Because of this, many cities have nationally recognized gay neighborhoods where we are able to live and thrive. But in the past decade we have noticed more and more of us moving into… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Scott Cotrell, Portland, Oregon

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. You will find I’m patient, diligent, and the professional who will work tirelessly to reach the goals we set together. Portland is diverse, accepting, environmentally- friendly and has an… Read more »

New Grocery Store Coming to Chicago Gayborhood

Mariano’s Fresh Market, a Chicago-area grocery store brand, has been given approval to build a new development at 3030 N. Broadway, just south of Boystown’s Broadway corridor. In addition to a two-story, 71,000 sq. ft. grocery store, the new commercial structure will also house a 40,000 sq. ft. XSport Fitness. The now-defunct Dominick’s Finer Foods… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Mortgage Lender: Kevin Hoover, 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. Offering premium service and fantastic rates & programs to the LGBT community in New Mexico. See Kevin’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly Realtors and Real… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jon Becker, Traverse City, Michigan

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 pride myself on total client satisfaction, honesty, professionalism; making real estate transactions as fun and stress free as possible. One of United States “Most Livable Regions” and highest… Read more »

What’s the Future of the Castro?

Are gay neighborhoods dying? There’s been ceaseless chatter the past couple of years that the Castro is turning straight, and that San Francisco’s unaffordability is making it almost impossible for new generations of young LGBT people to keep the torch lit. But until now, no one had attempted a comprehensive look at just how things… Read more »

Queerbomb Livens Up Dallas Gayborhood

In terms of gay culture in Dallas, on face, it looks like we have a lot. Ask anyone where the “gayborhood” in Dallas is, and they’ll point you toward the intersection of Cedar Springs and Oak Lawn, where “The Strip” is located. Here, you’ll find almost all of the city’s sprawling, multi-level gay bars and… Read more »

Either Way, You’re Still Paying a Mortgage

 There are some people that have not purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage – either your mortgage or your landlord’s. As a paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains: “Households… Read more »

US Middle Class 20% Poorer Than in 1984

Nostalgia is just about the only thing the middle class can still afford. That’s because median wealth is about 20 percent lower today, in inflation-adjusted dollars, than it was in 1984. Yes, that’s three lost decades. Now, as you might expect, the middle class has been hit particularly hard by the Great Recession and the… Read more »

Exploring DC’s Real Estate Gayborhoods

Do you really know where you live? When I started selling real estate in D.C. in the 1990s there were a number of neighborhood monikers that had withstood the test of time. Everyone knew Georgetown, for example, with its expensive properties and the restaurants and shops that lined M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Nearby Foggy… Read more »

Condo Prices Up Again Along the West Coast

Condominium prices rose again in June in downtown Los Angeles, San Francisco and downtown Seattle, according to The Mark Company’s Condominium Pricing Index. According to The Mark Company Trend Sheets, the value of new construction condominiums in downtown Los Angeles was up eight percent in June over the previous year. In San Francisco, the value… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Martin Withrow, Palm Springs

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’ll use my mid-western work ethic, enthusiasm, negotiating skills and creative background to buy or sell your desert oasis. Palm Springs is one of the most beautiful backdrops to… Read more »

Provincetown Becoming Less Gay

This season in Provincetown has been very striking. It’s nearly a decade since I wrote The End Of Gay Culture for TNR, but only now that the small drip-drip-drip of change seems to have reached a tipping point. The Ptown I came to in the late 1980s is gone forever. Back then, the crowds that… Read more »

Is the Seattle Gayborhood Vanishing?

Census data show the number of same-sex couple households increased in nearly every neighborhood in Seattle between 2000 and 2012.* Citywide, the number jumped 52 percent, bringing the total to about 7,500 households. The big exception: Capitol Hill. Seattle’s “gayborhood” experienced a 23 percent drop in same-sex couple households in this period. The Census Bureau… Read more »

Did Department of Justice Pressure Transgender Woman to Settle Housing Case?

A transgender woman and her partner have settled a lawsuit alleging unfair housing practices by an Athens RV park owner. The Cedar Creek Lake-area couple say they are not happy with the settlement and that the Department of Justice pressured them to accept $4,000 to settle the suit. The case was based on an Obama… Read more »

Chicago Gayborhood Still Going Strong

While new research shows Boystown is becoming a more fragmented LGBT community, Lakeview officials say the “gayborhood” is most certainly here to stay. The analysis is detailed in “There Goes the Gayborhood?” written by suburban Chicago native Amin Ghaziani, now an associate professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia. It looks at things… Read more »

What Homeownership Can Mean for You

When you’ve never owned your home, your relationship to it is less personal. Let’s face it, when something goes wrong in your rented apartment, you call the landlord or manager to fix it. You don’t worry about insurance against natural disasters, save up for that new roof or upgraded furnace, or myriad other requirements of… Read more »

How to Sell for Full Price

Often, homeowners try to “test the market” with a higher than fair-market price when first listing their home. That can be a poor marketing strategy. When your agent tries to talk you out of it: Listen! How to sell for full price? Setting “too high a price” will be too high a price for you… Read more »

Buying a House? 4 Reasons to DO IT NOW

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a house today, instead of waiting. 1. PRICES WILL CONTINUE TO RISE The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 30.8% (most… Read more »

June Existing Home Sales Report

June Existing Home Sales Report The month of June looked promising according to its Existing Home Sales Report. Existing home sales, prices, and inventory were up from last year while distressed home sales saw a significant decline. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any and all real estate questions. We can be found on the… Read more »

Weekly Mortgage Rate Update

Weekly Mortgage Rate Update as July 11th, 2014.       Don’t hesitate to contact us with any and all real estate questions. We can be found on the web at www.themoellerteam.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moellerteam Todd Moeller Seven Gables Real Estate Todd@themoellerteam.com 714-404-9540        

Is the US Undergoing a Mass Gentrification?

Census data suggests that in 1980 a college graduate could expect to earn about 38 percent more than a worker with only a high-school diploma. Since then, the difference in their wages has only widened as our economy has shifted to bestow greater and greater rewards on the well-educated. By 2000, that number was about… Read more »

Dive in with Drake! Long Beach: A Mecca of diversity

A Mecca among the gay mega-metropolis makes up the greater Los Angeles area, for years Long Beach has become home to many gays and lesbians who wish to nest near the water. It’s been recognized by USA Today as the most diverse city in the United States – one of the City’s strongest assets. With… Read more »

5 Reasons to Sell Now

Many sellers are still hesitant about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? Can buyers qualify for a mortgage?  These are all valid questions. However, there are several reasons to sell your home sooner rather than later. Here are 5 reasons to sell now. 1. DEMAND IS STRONG… Read more »

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

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. Providing sellers technologically advanced property marketing services & advanced buyer tools to gain a competitive advantage in home/property purchases. See Andrew’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay… Read more »

Where is the Minneapolis Gayborhood?

Minneapolis has no gayborhood. Wait. Why is that a good thing? Because in Minneapolis, every neighborhood is a gayborhood. Historically, the Gateway District in downtown Minneapolis (near the Gay 90s) was considered the first “gay ghetto.” Loring Park was considered the city’s gayborhood for decades, and Twin Cities Pride is still held there. In the… Read more »

Orange County Housing – Mid Year Update

OC Housing – Mid Year Update The first two quarters of 2014 are in the rearview mirror and this year has been unquestionably different from prior years. Mid-Year Update: This year’s market is marching to the beat of its own drum. From 2007 through 2011, the Great Recession brought housing to its knees. The market… Read more »

Atlantic City is Getting Gayer

From re-naming an official gay beach to three summertime LGBTI events, Atlantic City officials seem hungry for the pink dollar. In a beachside resort known more for gambling than for its gay scene (most recently the town’s gay venue Pro Bar closed after three years), politicians are doing a big PR push to court LGBTI… Read more »

Dive in with Drake! Long Beach: A hidden treasure

Comprised of more than 70 different neighborhood enclaves, Long Beach offers the big-town feel with a small town nature. The bustling Downtown is an area made up of both large business and residential high-rises, rich with a night life of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. Many of the outer-lying neighborhoods give way to streets lined… Read more »

Urban US Markets Leading Condo Re-Bound

The condominium market is surging nationwide as financing trickles back into a real estate class shunned by lenders for years since the downturn. The revival also comes amid an increase in demand for rental properties, pushing the apartment vacancy rate in the U.S. to the lowest level in decades. Rental rates are responding with an… Read more »

Palm Springs Gay Senior Housing Opening This Summer

A new residential complex designed to cater to the needs and issues of LGBT seniors is expected to open this summer in Palm Springs. Named Stonewall Gardens, the 24-unit assisted-living property will offer resort-style accommodations, a full-time licensed nurse, and a 24-hour professional care staff. With an emphasis on marketing to LGBT residents, but not… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Brad Hinckley, 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. Based in Seattle’s Capitol Hill area, I’m an experienced, professional, friendly real estate agent with CPA license and 2 Stanford degrees. See Brad’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network… Read more »

The Market is on Cruise Control

The Orange County housing market is not changing that much. What you see is likely what we’ll get for the rest of the year. The Market is on Cruise Control.   Cruise Control: The inventory is increasing, demand is flat, and foreclosures and short sales are almost nonexistent.   This year’s housing market is remarkably different than… Read more »

Leaving the Baltimore Gayborhood

Baltimore’s gay nightlife can feel a bit claustrophobic. Many think our options are limited to a handful of uptight Mount Vernon clubs, which seem to cater more and more to weekend warriors who wear T-shirts emblazoned with the name of the store where they were purchased. Worse, the number of weird little gay dive bars… Read more »

Is Your iPhone Not Sending Text Messages to Non- iPhone Users?

Is Your iPhone Not Sending Text Messages to Non- iPhone Users? You’re not alone. Apple recently has been under fire for a bug that is preventing users from receiving text messages when they switch from an iPhone to an Android or Windows Phone device and keep the same phone number. The problem has actually been around since iMessage… Read more »

Should I rent my house if I can’t sell it?

Should I rent my house if I can’t sell it? There has been a lot written about how buying a home is less expensive than renting one in most parts of the country. Rents are skyrocketing and homes are still at great prices. These two situations are also causing some sellers to consider renting their home… Read more »

Four Reasons to Consider Buying Real Estate Today

Here are four great reasons to consider buying real estate today, instead of waiting. 1. PRICES WILL CONTINUE TO RISE The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 30.8%… Read more »

Is West Hollywood Boystown Gayborhood Business District Plan Over?

West Hollywood’s Economic Development Department is recommending the city abandon its efforts to organize a business improvement district on the south end of Santa Monica Boulevard. In a report to the City Council, the department noted that the effort to establish a BID is now in its seventh year, and that typically such projects are… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bob Magazu, Portland, Oregon

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. Bob Magazu became a Portland Realtor because he loves homes and he enjoys working with buyers and sellers. See Bob’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly… Read more »

Where Is the New Los Angeles Gayborhood?

Los Angeles’ LGBT community has long gravitated toward the ‘gayborhoods’ of West Hollywood and Silver Lake, often due to concerns of safety and those cozy hamlets’ wide range of cultural and nightlife options. But times, they are a-changin’, and our city’s younger set of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Angelenos prefer to pop the proverbial… Read more »

Critical Alert: Taxability of California Short Sales

. Critical Alert Regarding Taxability of California Short Sales!  The IRS has recently issued a clarification letter to it’s September 19, 2013 letter to Senator Barbara Boxer concerning short sales and taxation of forgiven debt. The clarification essentially reverses their statement in the 2013 which read, “We believe that a homeowner’s obligation under the anti-deficiency provision of section 580e of the… Read more »

Chicago Gayborhood Closes, Will Re-open Soon With Two New Concepts

Boystown, the famous Chicago gayborhood, lost a gay club last week. Chicago Pride reports: After abruptly closing on Memorial Day, Spin Nightclub is set to become two new concept clubs. The 9,000 square-foot space at Belmont and Halsted in Boystown will soon become a whiskey distillery/eatery named Whiskey Trust and a nightclub named Chloe’s, according… Read more »

Top Twenty Gay Friendly US Cities From NerdWallet.com

Support for the gay community is higher than ever before–a recent Gallup poll shows that 55 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, compared to just 27 percent in 1996. With Pennsylvania and Oregon recently joining the growing list of states to overturn bans on gay marriage, the campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)… Read more »

Is the US Real Estate Market Stalling?

After picking up momentum over the last couple of years, there are some signs that the US housing market may be slowing. The Washington Post reports: The third installment of Freddie’s “Multi-Indicator Market Index” (or MiMi), which sizes up homebuying activity and other factors, found that only 10 states and the District of Columbia fall… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jim Foster, Ft. Lauderdale, 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. Let Jim provide the strong foundation for your next real estate transaction. Fort Lauderdale area – the number one destination of choice for domestic partners. A tropical paradise with… Read more »

Manhattan Condo Prices Decline the Most in Three Years

Manhattan condominium prices fell in April by the most in more than three years, a sign the market is slowing during the busiest selling season. Sale prices for previously owned units dropped 1.4 percent from March, the biggest decline since September 2010, after four consecutive monthly increases, according to a report today by real estate… Read more »

Coldwell Banker Fires “Lifestyle Correspondent” After Santa Barbara Killer Comments

Thank you, Fox News, for bringing light to a dark situation. In the wake of the horrible mass murders committed by a young man in a college town, Fox News has helped us make sense of this senseless situation by giving a forum for Dr. Robi Ludwig to express her smart, enlightening diagnosis of the… Read more »

What to Know about Your FHA Mortgage Insurance

What is FHA mortgage insurance? An FHA mortgage is a loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration. The FHA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, insures loans so that lenders will offer appealing rates to less qualified borrowers at a lower down payment. Typically, an FHA loan requires a down… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ric Paskiet, Gay Austin 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. Ric is an experienced negotiator and gay Austin realtor assisting First Time Home Buyers, Active Duty Military/Veterans, Senior Community. Diversity abounds within all neighborhoods of the Greater Austin area!… Read more »

Where is the Long Beach Gayborhood?

While there aren’t any definitive statistics, Long Beach is thought by many to have one of the largest concentrations of gay people of any city in America. The city is undeniably gay friendly (it boasts a gay vice mayor, Robert Garcia, who is running for mayor, and a lesbian councilmember, Gerrie Schipske.) According to South… Read more »

Gayborhoods Over the Last 10 Years

EDGE was founded in Boston back in 2004, and ever since, every time it has added another city to its family of local portals, it has made a point of charting the evolution of the gayborhood in that city. At the same time, EDGE has taken the longer view, questioning whether there is even a… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Peter Tortorello, Chicago, Illinois

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. Out, proud, involved. Member HRC’s Federal Club, Lamda Legal’s Liberty Circle, Horizon’s Society. See Peter’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly Realtors and Real Estate Professionals… Read more »

Five Castro Locations Considered for Bike Share

Transit planners in San Francisco are eying five locations in the city’s gay Castro district to install additional bike share stations as they look to expand the program outside of downtown neighborhoods. As the Bay Area Reporter noted on its blog last October, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency set a goal of installing 15… Read more »

Seattle’s Condo Comeback

After a drought of new condo construction that spanned four years between 2009 and 2013, condos are making a comeback…and just in time, too. The massive Insignia Condo project on the edge of Belltown was the first out of the gate. Covering an entire city block, Insignia is on target to be the largest condominium… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tamara Zyhylij, San Diego, 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 rely on! Serving first-time buyers and sellers, to experienced investors with million dollar properties. Aside from it’s obvious beauty and appeal, San Diego has… Read more »

Vacation Home Property Sales Surges

  The American desire to own a second home as a vacation home is alive and well! The National Association of Realtors analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows there are approximately 8 million vacation homes in the U.S. Their 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey shows vacation home sales improved substantially in 2013. NAR Chief… Read more »

Boston-Area Home Sales Picking Up Steam

As the spring market kicks in, homes and condos across Greater Boston are selling faster than last year, new stats show. The time on market for homes and condos in the Boston area stood at just under two months, or 55 days, Realtor.com reports. That’s 8 percent faster than last year, when it was up… Read more »

New Castro-Area Condo Building Likely to Be Approved

A formerly controversial housing project in San Francisco’s gay Castro district is expected to sail to passage next week when it comes up for a vote at the city’s planning commission. As the Bay Area Reporter noted in a March 2013 article, Castro neighborhood groups initially expressed a number of objections with developer Greystar’s plans… Read more »

Four New Residential Towers Planned in Seattle’s South Lake Union Neighborhood

As we previously posted in November, Onni Group out of Vancouver BC is planning to construct 4 new towers in South Lake Union. They have released some new information on what will be built on the site, which is between Boren Ave N and Fairview Ave N and from Denny Way to Thomas Street. According… Read more »

Texas Gay Realtor Calls Out Realtor Association for Backing Anti-Gay Candidates

The Texas Association of Realtors and its funding arm, the Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee, have long endorsed and funded anti-LGBT candidates. But one Realtor is hoping to change that in the coming years, if not sooner. Bob McCranie, owner of Plano-based Texas Pride Realty, has grown tired of the Texas organizations endorsing and… Read more »

Homeownership’s Impact on net Worth

Over the last six years, homeownership has lost some of its allure as a financial investment. As homeowners suffered through the housing bust, more and more began to question whether owning a home was truly a good way to build wealth. A study by the Federal Reserve formally answered this question. Some of the findings revealed in… Read more »

Bay Area Home Prices Reach 2007 Levels

The median price paid for a Bay Area home or condo shot up to $570,000 in March — 7.2 percent higher than in February and 23.2 percent more than in March of last year, according to DataQuick. That was the highest median since $587,500 in December 2007, but still below the all-time high of $665,000… Read more »

A Home’s Cost vs Price Explained

  We have often talked about the difference between COSTand PRICE. As a seller, you will be most concerned about ‘short term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As either a first time or repeat buyer, you must not be concerned about price but instead about the ‘long term… Read more »

Scarcity Pushing Up San Francisco Condo Prices

The handful of developers currently selling condo units in San Francisco might seem like the luckiest guys in the city. Units are moving fast with projects selling out within months, and pricing has hit pre-recession levels at more than $1,000 per square foot. At Vida, a 114-unit project at 2558 Mission St., a pre-sales event… Read more »

Enough With the Rainbows Already

Castro Street in San Francisco is getting a $8.3 million dollar makeover in the hopes of making the neighborhood more inviting and more pedestrian friendly. And more gay. But is that really necessary? The Castro is already about the gayest place on earth. It’s really, really gay. For example, within three square blocks you have… Read more »