Posts Categorized: USA

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 [email protected] 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 »

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 »

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 »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Patrick Cummings, Annapolis, 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. A lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County, Patrick has been assisting clients since 1995. Conveniently located to Baltimore and Washington DC, Annapolis is a great alternative to big city… Read more »

DC’s Housing Trends

Spring is finally here but the biggest buzz isn’t about what’s outside but what’s going on inside. Real estate in the District is changing in a major way from size and design to renovations. Here’s a roundup of some of the latest trends a savvy buyer should know about when hunting for a new home… Read more »

Castro to Get New Bar and Arcade

A new bar featuring classic arcade games is headed to San Francisco’s gay Castro district. The owner of upper Market Street bar Blackbird, Shawn Vergara, and Tiffny Vergara Chung, who is the business manager at Blackbird, are behind the new establishment. Dubbed “Project 22 for now, due to its location in the new mixed-used development… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Shea Steel, 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. The real estate business is my passion! Impeccable customer service and satisfaction are my #1 priorities. Portland is a wonderfully cultural and diverse city! See Shea’s Expanded Listing on… Read more »

Illinois Real Estate Firm Creates LGBT Division

Until now, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) couples in Illinois — (as in most U.S. States) — faced a number of historically significant challenges and hurdles, especially when it came to the sale or purchase of a home. Generally, members of the LGBT community had to rely upon a number of complicated legal instruments… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Julie Nelson, Austin, Texas

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Julie is a Top 5% performer in the largest office in the country, faculty, trainer, smart, techy, trustworthy, efficient, involved, nice. Austin, Texas has an open, integrated and inclusive… Read more »

Portland’s North Pearl Gearing Up

The northern part of the popular, gay friendly Pearl District is starting to be built out – but it’s almost all apartments. Portland Monthly reports: Even if all eight residential buildings planned for the area known as the North Pearl are built, longtime neighborhood advocate Patricia Gardner thinks the neighborhood still won’t add enough units…. Read more »

USA, Louisiana: Lawmakers Kill LGBT Housing Protections Bill

Louisiana lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have prohibited housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The House Commerce Committee voted 13-5 Monday against the measure, which was the first in a package of gay rights bills proposed for consideration this session. The bill would have added sexual orientation, gender identity, gender… Read more »

Buy Now Not Later

Money Magazine: Buy Now not Later We have often suggested that potential home buyers consider rising interest rates when thinking about the true cost of a home. Remember, cost is not determined by price alone but by price and mortgage rate. The longer a buyer waits, the higher the mortgage payment will be if rates… Read more »

Houston Wants to Bring More Residents Downtown

For Krishnan Iyer, moving downtown meant a lot of things: Not having to use his car in auto-dependent Houston, being able to walk to work, to restaurants, to the movies. The 34-year-old consultant left The Woodlands two years ago for a one-bedroom apartment in the Post Rice Lofts at Main and Texas and hasn’t looked… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Connie Jensen, Bend, 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. Connie is discrete, professional, and savvy with over 20 years experience. Bend is friendly, outdoor oriented playground open to everyone. See Connie’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here… Read more »

Talk at March 28th’x TEDx Conference to Focus on Philadelphia’s Gayborhood

TEDx Philadelphia is one of the hottest tickets in town for city enthusiasts eager for fresh and creative ideas about how to return our urban home to its past glories. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” and it started as a four-day conference in California nearly 30 years ago. TEDx is… Read more »

Where is Atlanta’s Gayborhood?

The city’s original gayborhood, Midtown in Atlanta is still the core of LGBT life in the area. The intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue is considered the crossroad of gay Atlanta. Formerly home to Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, this Midtown locale is a starting point for many LGBT visitors to the city. Nearby Piedmont… Read more »

New York vs. San Francisco

It’s no secret that New York is having a bit of an identity crisis these days. Wall Street lost its swagger during the crash and hasn’t gotten it back despite the market’s broader recovery. Big banks are adding employees in Bangalore and Salt Lake City while cutting them in Manhattan. New York City’s budget wonks… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Mortgage Professional: JR Boston, Fort 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. JR Boston has over 25 years mortgage industry experience. He’s in the business to help others reach their mortgage goals. Fort Lauderdale is right next to the second largest… Read more »

SOMA, San Francisco’s Other Gayborhood

Encompassing a vast, architecturally and demographically diverse tract of central San Francisco that extends from the Mission District to the bay, SoMa — defined as the area south of Market Street — is an urban swath containing everything from shiny new loft condos to vintage refurbished warehouses, you’ll find a vibrant stretch of waterfront on… Read more »

New Rainbow Crosswalk Design Chosen for Castro Gayborhood

There will be plenty of rainbows at the intersection of 18th and Castro streets in the heart of San Francisco’s gay neighborhood. On Thursday, March 13, District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener announced the winning design and location for rainbow crosswalks that will be paid for by the Castro Upper Market Community Benefit District. The crosswalks… Read more »

Prevent Basement Floods

Prevent Basement Floods Making your basement into a comfortable living area can significantly raise the value of your home but it is extremely important for you to take the necessary action before you start your remodel. The basement could turn into a massive loss if not protected. The largest concern a basement has is its… Read more »

Where Are Seattle’s Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods?

You’re not too late to take advantage of several up-and-coming neighborhoods. By buying now, you can be part of the renaissance of those neighborhoods in the coming years. Seattle offers a number of investment opportunities in locations that have been overlooked. Even in the perennially popular neighborhoods like Queen Anne and Capitol Hill, you can… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tony Navarra, SeaTac, 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. Tony is a fun, easy-going professional real estate broker who loves helping you make the deal happen. SeaTac is halfway in-between Seattle and Tacoma. See Tony’s Expanded Listing on… Read more »

In the Gayborhood: Castro Sidewalk Project to Shut Down Parking for Three Months

Ground will officially break next week on the long awaited Castro Street sidewalk widening project in the heart of San Francisco’s gay business district. In order to lessen the amount of disruption in the area, city planners and the project contractor are planning an intense three months of work simultaneously on both the 400 and… Read more »

Seattle Waterfront Gondola Proposed

The family that owns the Great Wheel Ferris wheel on the Seattle waterfront is proposing a downtown gondola line that would carry tourists and commuters on elevated cable cars. The proposed gondola would travel above Union Street between the waterfront and the state Convention Center with a stop at the Pike Place Market. The goal… Read more »

Northwest Portland – Quaintness vs. Change

There’s a big change underway in a Northwest Portland neighborhood, making some resident fear the area known for quaint restaurants and unique shops could lose its character. On Tuesday, the landmark eatery Wildwood closed its doors after a two decade run. Wildwood and the owner of the property couldn’t reach a lease deal. “It was… Read more »

USA, Pennsylvania: Philly’s Gayborhood Gets Affordable Senior Housing

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today to celebrate the opening of the John C. Anderson Apartments, a pioneering LGBT-friendly, low-income senior housing apartment complex. The apartments – named for John C. Anderson, a Philadelphia City Council member from 1979 until his death in 1983, instrumental in the passage of Philadelphia’s civil rights bill for sexual… Read more »

Could Arizona’s Right to Discriminate Bill Hurt the Phoenix Housing Market?

The Phoenix-area real estate industry has been somewhat tight-lipped on its opinion of the controversial “religious freedom” bill that’s waiting for Gov. Jan Brewer to either sign or veto. For instance, the Arizona Association of Realtors hasn’t responded to requests for comment. In addition, Doug Fulton, president of Tempe-based home builder Fulton Homes — who… Read more »

Top Ten Tax Deductions for Homeowners

Your home may be brimming with tax advantages. How will you get all of the homeowner tax breaks you’re entitled to? Consult a professional tax advisor for details.  Here’s a list of the top 10 deductions to consider: 1.  Mortgage Interest Deduction The mortgage interest deduction has always been the most-beloved tax benefit of home… Read more »

Mortgage Monday: How to Speed Up the Mortgage Process

Mortgage Monday: Do you want to speed up the mortgage process? Do you want to speed up your mortgage process? The length of your mortgage process depends on the loan type, the property and several other considerations. Furthermore, consumers looking to make their mortgage move faster must have patience and preparation because you are at… Read more »

Found Your New Home? Prepare for the Move!

ARE YOU PREPARED TO MOVE INTO YOUR NEW HOME?  Here is valuable information to help you deal with movers: “Valuation” Coverage  When scheduling your move, there are many things to consider.  One that is often overlooked is coverage for items that may be damaged during the move.  Damage claims are infrequent for most moving companies,… Read more »

Where is Fresno’s Gayborhood?

Our friends at GayRealEstate.com have an answer: A primary “gayborhood” in the northeast part of city is called the Tower District because it is centered around the historic Art Deco Tower Theater, which is included on the National List of Historic Places. The area is known for its wonderful architecture and including homes built in… Read more »

Are Seattle Renters Being Priced Out of the Market?

In the next few years Amazon said they will hire an additional 12,000 employees and they all have to live somewhere. But at what cost? The rapid redevelopment could become an epidemic for all of King County. The average one bedroom in South Lake Union costs $2,200. That’s more expensive than many of the trendy… Read more »

A Tale of Two Cities’ Condos

Richcraft Homes’ latest condo project, The Bowery, is touted as “condominium living with a distinctly New York vibe.” That got me thinking about what distinguishes the two cities’ condo markets. Space Confucius says: “He who lives in New York City understands that space is a luxury.” OK, he didn’t. But he may as well have…. Read more »

Keeping it Local: Orange County based cuSELLeration Marketing and Creative Services

Keeping it Local: The Moeller Team In this week’s series of Keeping it Local, we feature Zac Cusac, the founder and CEO of cuSELLeration Marketing and Creative Services. cuSELLEration is an Orange County based digital marketing, brand management and creative services firm. This week, Zac sat down with the Moeller Team to answer five questions… Read more »

Club For Sale in Chicago’s Gayborhood

Boystown’s Spin Nightclub, located at the corner of Halsted and Belmont, is up for sale. According to a listing on Jameson Commercial by broker Mike Costanzo, the 9,000-square-foot club is priced at $1.5 million. The leasing price is $26,000 a month. The listing, which has been active since Nov. 19, 2013, is only for the… Read more »

San Francisco Condos More Expensive Than Houses in January

If you’re looking for a deal on a new home in San Francisco, forget about buying a condo. The median price for a condo or tenancy-in-common unit in San Francisco hit $950,000 in January, a 24.6 percent year-over-year jump, and surpassed the $928,000 median price for single family homes, according to the San Francisco Association… Read more »

The Castro Gayborhood Association Votes for Street Upgrades

A Castro group will pay nearly $122,000 for decorative improvements in the heart of San Francisco’s gay business district as part of a sidewalk widening project expected to break ground in late February. At its meeting last night (Thursday, February 13) the Castro Upper Market Community Benefit District board voted to allocate the money toward… Read more »

Is San Diego a Big City, or a Small Town?

Size is relative, as we know. Without a point of comparison, we cannot say that anything is either “big” or “little.” But we’ve seen the city and county of San Diego alternately described as a “big city with a small town feel,” a “small town vibe in a big package” and a “big small town.”… Read more »