Posts Categorized: USA

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 »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Valerie Tolson, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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. Relax… look for a home or vacation home with a knowledgeable, diverse, Real Estate Agent! Rehoboth Beach and surrounding areas. A great area to be yourself. Great investment area… 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 »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Kyle Mathews, Los Angeles

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. Kyle us a dedicated professional servicing the Los Angeles community to the highest integrity. As a listing agent in Los Angeles county, his extensive marketing plan gives a homeowner… 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 »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Chad Francise, Phoenix, Arizona

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Chad is an experienced Realtor that that believes in giving the best services possible, even after the sale. Phoenix offers a wide variety of gay venues, activities, and out… 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 »

Where is Memphis’ Gayborhood?

Where is the gayborhood in Memphis, Tennessee? The Dallas Voice points to Midtown: Memphis extends east toward Midtown, where many area businesses are popular with gay visitors. In Overton Park, you can tour the excellent Memphis Zoo and the acclaimed Memphis Brooks Museum of Art… South of Downtown, the 901 Complex is one of the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Donald Munro, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

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. Don has held a Real Estate License in Hawaii since 1987 and has owned his own brokerage since 1997. Oahu is Hawaii’s most cosmopolitan island. It is also one… Read more »

Palmer Park, Detroit’s Old Gayborhood, Sees a Renaissance

Palmer Park was once Detroit’s premier gayborhood. Now, after decades of neglect, it’s coming around again. Model D. reports: This exquisite neighborhood — bordered by Woodward to the east, the park itself on its northern edge, Pontchartrain Blvd to the west and McNichols to the south — was home to much of Detroit’s Jewish community… Read more »

Are Techies Pushing Up Boston Housing Prices?

Just call it the housing market’s geek factor. Trulia takes a look at 10 tech hubs across the country, including Middlesex County, home to both Cambridge and the Route 128 beltway. Homes on average cost 82 percent more in tech hubs than in other metro areas without large constellations of technology companies, Trulia finds. In… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Virginia Ruffulo, Medford, 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. Virginia is well-travelled, friendly, and a great negotiator. She believes in a win/win solution. She specializes in rural properties but is experienced in all types. The whole Rogue Valley… Read more »

Fort Worth, Texas is a Gayborhood

Gay Fort Worth isn’t just one thing. And that’s what makes Fort Worth such a great city for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning people — whether you were born around here, came here by choice or were forced to come because of a job or other reason. Fort Worth’s gay community rarely speaks with… Read more »

Old San Diego Buildings Become New Residences

World over, buildings of bygone eras are refurbished and adapted to modern residential environments. What makes the subject so fascinating is the random way that each old structure must twist in order to provide adequate living space according to consumer demands. Apartment and loft living might be called the quintessential urban experience when they are… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Gregg Klar, 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. Greg was chosen for the 2006 Agent Leadership Council, is a Top 10% Keller Williams Agents, has 8 years experience, and is an Austin native. See Gregg’s Expanded Listing… Read more »

The Seattle Condo Market Rebounded in 2013

The Seattle condo market rebounded significantly last year after bottoming out in February 2012. For many buyers, the market depicted quick turnover, rising prices and increased competition with multiple offers. Overall, Seattle realized $863,589,200 in total condominium sales volume in 2013, that’s a 17% increase from 2012 with unit sales rising 15.8% to 2,507 condos… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bob Sedlor, 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. Bob is dedicated to finding you the house that feels like home. Georgetown and the surrounding area: Texas hill country living at it’s best and just a few minutes… Read more »

Downtown Portland, Oregon YWCA Could Morph Into Condos or Apartments

A Bellevue, Wash., architect has bought the YWCA Building in downtown Portland with plans to turn it into residences with art-focused commercial space. Wei Zhang, principal architect at BDCL Design International, bought the building at 1111 S.W. 10th Ave. for $4.25 million in a venture with partners based in Vancouver, B.C., and China. The deal… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Barbara Stone, Dallas, Texas

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Supporting our GLBT community by providing exceptional service, integrity and loyalty. There are several neighborhoods in Dallas that include GLBT families. I’ll show you the ones that meet your… Read more »

Dallas’s Gayborhood Gets More Flights, Noise

On Monday morning, Southwest Airlines announced 15 new nonstop destinations it will add to its schedule from Dallas Love Field beginning in October. The city of Dallas, which owns and operates Love Field, recently completed a renovation and expansion of the main terminal in anticipation of additional service. The Wright Amendment restricted flights from Love… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Esty Kurti, Charlotte, North 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. Expect world class customer service from Esty – she works with both buyers and sellers. See Esty’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly Realtors and Real… Read more »

Where is Columbus, Ohio’s Gayborhood?

Wikipedia has an answer: The Short North is a neighborhood centered on the main strip of North High Street immediately north of Downtown and extending until just south of the Ohio State University campus area. The Short North is heavily populated with art galleries, specialty shops, pubs, nightclubs, and coffee houses. It is considered Columbus’s… Read more »

Is Gentrification in Pennsylvania’s Gayborhood Forcing Out Independent Businesses?

Uhuru, the used-furniture store at Spruce at Camac streets, is moving after nearly two decades in its spot. If you’ve just bought furniture there, you may remember it for how incredibly crammed it is with furniture, which is nearly always stacked up in Jenga towers almost to the ceiling. It’s different from many thrift stores… Read more »

The Rights of Gay and Lesbian Homebuyers

Many gay and lesbian homebuyers aren’t aware that their rights in 2006 to a non-discriminatory home purchase process could be guaranteed by local or state laws. Mark Nash real estate author of 1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home shares with single or partnered gay and lesbian home buyers some do’s and don’ts that… Read more »

Will They Build a Gayborhood in Downtown Las Vegas?

Is a “gayborhood” the next development for downtown Las Vegas? Maybe. Investors are pooling their money to buy swaths of property downtown in the hopes of creating an affordable gay neighborhood. Realtor Jack Levine is one of about four investors. He said lawyers are poring over legal documents this week to form a corporation, and… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Nicholas Yale, Phoenix, Arizona

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Fun and relaxed, Nicholas Yale puts his clients at ease and helps them thru the home buying or selling experience. Phoenix offers great shopping, close to ASU and nightlife…. Read more »

Where Are Jacksonville, Florida’s Gayborhoods?

Wikipedia lists three: Riverside & Avondale: Riverside and Avondale are chiefly residential, but they have some commercial zoning, including several commercial centers that are architecturally integrated with the rest of the neighborhood. Sun-Ray Cinema in Five Points: Five Points is a small commercial district centered on and around the five-way intersection between Park, Lomax, and… Read more »

42% of All December Home Sales Were in Cash

Julia Zhu notes that in December, “all-cash purchases accounted for 42.1 percent of all U.S. residential sales, according to the latest report from RealtyTrac, a company that collects and analyzes housing data”: There are a few things driving this. Last summer, interest rates on mortgages jumped sharply. And though rates are still low by historic… Read more »

VA Home Loan Centers to Offer Mortgages to Married Gay and Lesbian Couples

Although maybe not in states that discriminate against gays. LGBT Weekly reports: One of the major areas of change facing San Diego-based VA Home Loan Centers and other agencies responsible for administering the VA Home Loan Guarantee to veterans is the question of same-sex marriage. Under federal law, veterans and their spouses are eligible to… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jeff Lempke, Delray Beach, Florida

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Your Real Estate Agent who cares. Counseling buyers and sellers in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Highland Beach and Lake Worth. There is something for everyone here in… Read more »

San Jose is a Gayborhood

It’s a boy’s playground in San Jose. There isn’t a shortage of gay nightclubs in the South Bay, even with one that closed recently, only to be reimagined and rise up into the nightlife scene fresh and new again. Finding the gays is somewhat challenging. It’s not the Castro, Halsted, West Hollywood, the Village or… Read more »

San Francisco Condo Prices Up 18% in 2013

San Francisco condominium prices rose 18 percent in December 2013 over the previous year, according to the Condominium Pricing Index released by The Mark Company, an urban residential marketing and sales firm. Yet new construction inventory was 78 percent lower than a year before. “With so few new condominiums now for sale in San Francisco,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bobby Peebles, Phoenix, Arizona

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Bobby puts a lot of effort into his client relationshipts, working to locate the perfect dream home or investment property for them. I serve the Greater Phoenix & Maricopa… Read more »

Seattle’s Densest Block

Construction continues on the corner of 3rd and Cedar, at the north end of Belltown, on a 27-story, 298-unit project that will create Seattle’s most densely populated single block. The new project, Dimension by Alta, is scheduled for completion in Spring of 2014. No word yet on rental rates, but the amenities will include a… Read more »

Charlotte’s Gayborhoods Featured in Queen’s Feast This Weekend

Several LGBT-friendly spots in Charlotte’s “gayborhoods” appear on this season’s list. Here are a few highlights: South End newcomer Nan and Byron’s (nanandbyrons.com) brings new life to traditional American cuisine with their cutting-edge creations. Peruvian-spiced baked chicken, meatloaf in red wine sauce, and slow-roasted prime rib wait inside the expertly-decorated space that blends urban chic… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ann Leviton, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Ann is the Broker/Owner of small real estate company serving the Twin Cities GLBT community since 1994. Minneapolis has an active GLBT community which supports its own GLBT press,… Read more »

Are Condo Conversions on the Horizon for Seattle?

style=”margin: 6px;”Apartment developers in Seattle will start looking at converting for-rent units to condominiums this year, a new report states. Commercial real estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap, a national company with a Seattle office, issued its 2014 apartment report Monday. The report paints a generally rosy picture of the market for apartment landlords, forecasting rental… Read more »

Where is San Antonio’s Gayborhood?

In this comprehensive article, Elaine Wolff interviews gay bar owners, members of the Tobin Hill Neighborhood Association and customers who frequent the clubs along “The Strip” to see how the changes taking place along North Main Avenue are affecting the people and businesses in the area. This article was originally published on PlazaDeArmasTX.com on March… Read more »

60% in Utah Support Housing Protections for LGBT Citizens

A new poll finds that 60 percent of Utahns say the state should adopt legal protections against discrimination of LGBT people in housing and the workplace. The Salt Lake Tribune poll comes just weeks after a highly publicized federal court decision that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The Salt Lake County Council and… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Cyndy Ciolino, Chicago

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. I have lived in Chicago, the west and northwestern suburbs all my life. Proudly serving our community with professionalism, integrity and results. The Chicagoland area is wonderfully diverse and… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Joe Chang, 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. I’m just the Realtor, it’s really all about you. Denver is very integrated, with no true gay/lesbian neighborhood, but everywhere is gay friendly. See Joe’s Expanded Listing on Gay… Read more »

Where is Phoenix’s Gayborhood?

Phoenix is a sprawl town, so it’s kind of hard to pin down where the city’s gayborhood is, or if it even exists. But some folks over at Meta Filter tackled it: “I would look around Central Ave and Camelback. Or, more generally, the Central Ave Corridor and/or Camelback Corridor. So a little north of… Read more »

The Advocate’s 2nd Gayest City for 2014: Pasadena, California

This beautiful but sleepy adjunct to Los Angeles, a kind of bedroom community for gays who like to garden, gets its high ranking primarily from having two gay elected city officials for its relatively small population, and a fractional boost from California’s many statewide elected LGBTs. Nevertheless, Pasadena’s got lots to offer: two gay bars,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Olivier Turina, Wilton Manors, 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. Dedication, integrity and service are my motivation. You can be yourself in Fort Lauderdale – enjoy gardening, the beach, water activities, the nightlife. Live the tropical life! See Olivier’s… Read more »

The Advocate’s 4th Gayest City for 2014: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Though the city is the little sibling to much bigger Boston, Cambridge’s own queer cred is substantial: The city council enacted antidiscrimination protections for transgender people in 1997, and one of the council’s current members, E. Denise Simmons, was the nation’s first African-American lesbian mayor. Disco dance hall ZuZu (Zuzubar.com) has tons of club nights,… Read more »

Americans Ready for Housing Prices to Rise

When the Federal Reserve began talking about scaling back its massive stimulus program this summer, the markets freaked out. But Americans? Not so much. The Fed has been buying billions of dollars in long-term bonds each month to push down long-term interest rates and boost the housing market. The hint that the Fed might start… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Mortgage Lender: Scott Wagner, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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 help with mortgage financing needs at the Beach and throughout Delaware. NMLS #1110859 Branch NMLS #202731 DE MLO #904563. Tidewater Mortgage offers competitive rates, low lender fees, and… Read more »

The Advocate’s 6th Gayest City for 2014: St. Louis, Missouri

The city’s three gay elected officials, gay rodeo association, and gay-friendly concert lineup confirm to us what many already knew about St. Louis: It’s the open-minded heart of the Midwest. Before the leather bars and LGBT center opened along Manchester Avenue, before there was the RiverFront Times-voted Best Lesbian Bar Attitudes Bar & Grill (4100… Read more »

The Advocate’s 7th Gayest City for 2014: Madison, Wisconsin

Madison is outdoorsy, educated, friendly, and progressive. Larger cities Milwaukee and Chicago are within driving distance, but even so, the city’s got its own day — and nightlife. Locals imbibe at slick video bar Plan B (PlanBMadison.com; Thursdays are 18 and over); the bear-leather-sports bar Woof’s (WoofsMadison.com): the big disco FIVE (FiveNightclubMadison.com); the relaxing Captain… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Mike Haley, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Mike is dedicated and knowledgeable with over 35 years experience in the Albuquerque area. Our tri-cultural heritage makes Albuquerque a very friendly and accepting community to live in. See… Read more »

Seattle Home Sales Showed Surprising Decline in November

Seattle home sales surprisingly declined in November for the first time in 29 consecutive months. Peoples Home Equity finds that the Seattle real estate may be showing an opportunity for the high number of employed first-time home buyers to enter the market on recent weakness. According to DQNews.com, on January 2nd, total Seattle home sales… Read more »

The Advocate’s 9th Gayest City for 2014: Oakland, California

No city in the United States can beat Oakland for its percentage of lesbian couple households. And though nearby San Fran is the granddaddy of urban gay meccas, the much more affordable nearby Oakland is at least as diverse: UC Berkeley students, middle-class families, and integrated neighborhoods characterize the city. Many bars and clubs attract… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Hub Krack, 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. Hub has been a full-time Washington, DC real estate professional since 1999. See Hub’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in… Read more »

Texas Transgender Housing Case Hits Legal Roadblock

Transgender woman Roxanne Joganik is facing possible mediation in her lawsuit against a property owner who kicked her out of his trailer park in Athens last year. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development filed the lawsuit in October against the park owner, George Toone. The Justice Department is seeking to restore Joganik and… Read more »

The Advocate’s 10th Gayest City for 2014: Arlington, Virginia

Sitting right next to D.C., Arlington has three LGBT elected officials and a gay rodeo association. But more than that, this city has the Arlington Gay & Lesbian Alliance, offering social activities and community service, and popular gay bar and brunch spot Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant (FreddiesBeachBar.com) and gay-popular divey beer bar Galaxy Hut… Read more »

Dallas’s Cedar Springs Gayborhood Evolving

The news flew up and down Cedar Springs Road last week, and within an hour, thousands of people had shared on Facebook and through text messages that after more than 40 years in business, Richard Longstaff was closing Union Jack. The online comments reflected community members’ sorrow over the loss of a business that through… Read more »

The Advocate’s 11th Gayest City for 2014: San Francisco, California

Calm down, San Francisco. Everyone knows you’re still the gayest thing going. The beautiful, panoramic City by the Bay is home to both well-heeled queers and a vibrant counterculture (witness the uproar over the recently announced ban on public nudity). LGBT life here is not limited to the Castro neighborhood, though that’s a tourist draw… Read more »

DC’s Real Estate Market in Review

In this article, I’ll review some statistics for D.C. real estate for 2013, and will have something to say to both sellers and buyers in light of those statistics. First, let’s consider the following graph of active listings vs. sold listings for the last 5 years. The monthly inventory of available homes (active listings) has… Read more »

The Advocate’s 13th Gayest City for 2014: Orlando, Florida

Let’s make an Orlando LGBT list: Gay Days at Disney World bring in 150,000 LGBT folks and their pals all dressed in red T-shirts (along with $100 million a year). The Orlando International Fringe Festival (OrlandoFringe.org) is super gay — it produced Bitches of the Kingdom; there are domestic partnership protections and a growing live… Read more »

The Advocate’s 14th Gayest City for 2014: Long Beach, California

Good California cuisine, a bunch of gay bars and restaurants, marine life at the Aquarium, beaches, one of the country’s biggest Pride events, and a relaxed atmosphere all conspire to make Long Beach a surprisingly gay city. Check out the lumberjack-chic atmosphere of the Mineshaft (1720 E. Broadway, 562-436-2433) and the civic-minded Paradise Piano Bar… Read more »

New Lending Rules Will Affect Home Sales Over $650K

It goes without saying that financing is the most important element of purchasing a home. Most people come into the marketplace as buyers when they realize the rent they are paying is equivalent to a mortgage payment in this low-interest rate environment. What is typically missing is the cash for the down payment. Some purchasers… Read more »

The Advocate’s 15th Gayest City for 2014: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

From Apple Maps[/caption]Pittsburgh’s women’s colleges, Chatham University and Carlow University, give the city a two-point boost, but it’s got queer history too: Andy Warhol, Gertrude Stein, and Willa Cather all called this place home. The arts scene is flourishing, with the Warhol Museum (Warhol.org), the Mattress Factory contemporary art museum (Mattress.org), and a vigorous theater… Read more »

Boystown is the World’s Best Gayborhood, According to OutTraveler

Chicago’s north side Boystown neighborhood on Wednesday was named the best gay neighborhood in the world. The accolade from OutTraveler.com said the nation’s first officially-recognized gay village in the nation beat out other neighborhoods like San Francisco’s Mission District, New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, and communities in Barcelona and Madrid. Editors and voters of the travel-themed… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jeanne Marrazzo, Newton, Massachusetts

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. Specializing in residential sales for first time home buyers & empty nesters looking to downsize. Just minutes from Boston, Newton welcomes alternative lifestyles. Top notch public schools, a wonderful… Read more »

Hot US Housing Markets to Watch in 2014

As the housing recovery continues into 2014, some new real estate markets will start getting more attention. Real estate site Trulia has come up with a list of the top 10 housing markets to watch in 2014. Jed Kolko, Trulia’s chief economist, told Business Insider that two main factors were considered when compiling the list…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Steve Strode, 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. Local. Global. Connected. The LGBT community loves Portland. We’re everywhere, and wherever we settle becomes our favorite neighborhood. See Steve’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly… Read more »

Where is Las Vegas’s Gayborhood?

While gay life in Vegas – though scarce until recently – is scattered on and off the Strip, its unofficial gay district, known as the “Fruit Loop,” serves as the heart of Vegas’ LGBT community. Located near the intersection of Paradise Road and Naples Drive, this strip mall is home to a variety of clubs,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Steve J Mole. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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. Thorough, professional, well promoted listings. Internet savvy, will do additional research to make housing searches easier. Up to date technically. See Steve’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here… Read more »

What’s the Best Gayborhood in Texas?

Long-time Montrose residents love to complain how gentrification has ruined the neighborhood. Iconic gay bar Mary’s is now high-end coffee shop Blacksmith. Tex-Mex classic Felix is now an outpost of hip Austin-based Japanese restaurant Uchi. The old Fiesta has been torn down. There are fewer tattoo parlors, vintage stores and sex shops than there used… Read more »

West Hollywood the Most Walkable City in California

West Hollywood has once again been declared the most walkable city in California. Walk Score, a company that maintains a public access walkability index of any place in the United States, Canada and Australia, made the designation. Walk Score’s bases its walkability ranking on proximity to amenities such as grocery stores, restaurants, schools, parks and… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Mortgage Lender: Scott Young, Lyons, 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. Scott has been a mortgage broker for nine years and places emphasis on excellent client service and expert product knowledge. Residential mortgages for first time homebuyers to investors- purchase,… Read more »

US Housing Market Shrugs Off Higher Interest Rates

We asked earlier this morning if higher interest rates are killing the housing recovery. The answer provided by the latest data out Tuesday morning? A resounding ‘No.’ The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the number of permits issued for new housing soared in September and October (the two months were released simultaneously due to the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ken Elder, Phoenix

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’m an Arizona native and enjoy working with the GLBT community. Phoenix is an urban area with many gay owned and gay friendly businesses, restaurants, etc. See Ken’s Expanded… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: H Dwayne Davis, 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. I specialize in putting my client’s needs first. Purchasing a home or an investment property should drama free. Let’s Talk! Portland is a welcoming community that celebrates our diversity…. Read more »

Hillcrest, San Diego’s Gayborhood

In 2007, which coincidentally was the centennial of the founding of Hillcrest, the American Planning Association designated Hillcrest as one of the top ten great neighborhoods in America. That is an incredible honor when you consider the size and scope of our nation and ponder how many neighborhoods are contained within it. That got me… Read more »

The Human Rights Campaign Scores US Cities for LGBT Equality

From coast to coast, U.S. cities are demonstrating a commitment to treating LGBT Americans with dignity and respect by passing laws and implementing policies that treat all people equally. That’s according to a new report by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the HRC. The 2013 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) is the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Drake Cruz, 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. Put your Real Estate needs in Cruz control. Nestled up against the San Gabriel Mountains, live here for an active, healthy lifestyle. See Drake’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty… Read more »

Lake Tahoe is Reinventing Itself

It’s a long-awaited sight around here, as welcome as a big snowfall on the ski slopes ringing the lake. Hard hats are swarming over Lake Tahoe’s “hole in the ground,” a vast construction site on Highway 50 that sat dormant for nearly five years. A $15 million shopping and dining complex has been rising from… Read more »