Posts Categorized: USA

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 »

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 »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Holly Kimsey, 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. As your Charlotte Realtor, Holly’s team of professionals will work diligently to provide you and your family with outstanding customer service while paying close attention to your wants and… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jan Bristow, Seattle

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. Serving our community since 1980 with pride. Seattle is beautiful and extremely Gay supportive with tons of resources. See Jan’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly… Read more »

First LGBT Retirement Community Resort to Open in Santa Rosa, California

Filling a long-overdue need to provide the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community more retirement options, Fountaingrove Lodge, the nation’s first full-service LGBT retirement community to offer luxury living and continuing care services, will officially open in less than two weeks. Wednesday, Nov. 20 regional elected officials and LGBT leaders will join award-winning developer… Read more »

The Washington Blade’s Best of Gay DC 2013

Thinking about moving to DC? The Washington Blade has you covered: The Washington Blade’s annual Best of Gay DC Issue keeps growing. This year, there are 71 categories – the most ever – and nearly 20,000 of you voted to select the winners, a new record. Check out the winners below. At Gay Realty Watch,… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Greg Burton, St. Petersburg, Florida

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. My emphasis has always been on service first. St. Petersburg has the Country’s fourth fastest growing gay community. For some of the wonderful venues, check out my website See… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Mark Blankenship, 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. Mark has 12 years of experience in residential Real Estate sales. A vibrant city for anyone to explore their opportunities. All the neighborhoods offer excellent community amenities for GLBT… Read more »

Wilton Manors Named Gayborhood of the Year

From the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau: It’s not the size of the city that matters, with Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Wilton Manors beating worldwide competition to be named “Gayborhood of the Year” in the 2013 ManAboutWorld Editors’ Choice Awards. At the same time, the destination was recently cited to be the city with… Read more »

What Does Real Estate Really Cost in the USA?

Last issue’s column was dedicated to a discussion of the cyclical nature of real estate values and how those cycles come about and relate to the general economy. We are currently coming off a serious devaluation of real estate and are now in an expansion phase where inventory (supply) has diminished and buyer confidence (demand)… Read more »

Could More Hi-Rise Condos Benefit Portland, Oregon’s Livability?

Michael Mehaffy and Suzanne Crowhurst Lennard’s recent opinion piece (“High-rises and livability: Do Portland planners have tower envy?” Sept. 29) made several references to my city of Vancouver, British Columbia, in its efforts to dissuade readers from the appropriateness of towers in Portland. Three erroneous claims were made about Vancouver in particular and tower construction… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Mark Howard, Honolulu, 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. Our goal is to understand every client’s needs, respond to them promptly, professionally, and with integrity. Perhaps because people of many races and beliefs live in relative harmony, Hawaii… Read more »

Where is DC’s Newest Gayborhood?

Ted Smith vividly recalls building matchstick houses as a child – and decorating them. After his parents finished supervising the building of their home in Pittsburgh, the family would visit real estate open houses on weekends. Smith loved walking through homes and looking at properties, an inexpensive form of entertainment in a simpler era. He… Read more »

New Seattle Hotel/Condo Highrise Planned for Denny Triangle

Officials of GIS International Group said Wednesday that they’re starting to plan development of a hotel-condo building in the Denny Triangle area of downtown Seattle. The project is planned for the corner of Stewart Street and Minor Avenue, according to a press release on GIS’s website. The site, which is now a parking lot, is… Read more »

Is Long Beach’s Gayborhood Shifting to Pine Avenue?

With 12 franchised restaurants currently operating in cities from West Hollywood to Berlin, Hamburger Mary’s is without a doubt the international pioneer in ground beef/drag queen fusion concept dining. And now Hamburger Mary’s Long Beach has set its sights on new horizons, surprising fans with a recently announced move from its current location on Alamitos… Read more »

Which Ten States Are the Most Employment-Gay Friendly?

A new report ranks US states by their employment friendliness to the LGBT community. Dot429 reports: Employment law website XpertHR has ranked the top 10 LGBT-employment friendly states based on marriage equality, workplace discrimination protections and benefits for same-sex partners. The New England region boasts five of the top ten best places for America’s LGBT… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Debbie Golden, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Debbie is Albuquerque’s favorite GLBT Real Estate Agent since before it was safe to be Out! Albuquerque is city that has loads of sunshine and is gay-friendly. You are… Read more »

Overall, Fort Lauderdale Has the Highest Concentration of Same Sex Couples in the US

According to 2012 data released by the U.S. Census, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has the highest concentration of same-sex couple households in the country, the Huffington Post reports. Fort Lauderdale beat out huge gay cities like San Francisco, as same-sex couples make up 2.8 percent of total households in the south Florida city, which is about… Read more »

Does Charlotte Have a Gayborhood?

Tom Warshauer has called Charlotte home for 23 years, moving here in his early 30s to take a job with the city. He has lived in some of the city’s hippest neighborhoods, including Dilworth, Uptown and, now, Plaza Midwood. He’s seen each area transform and their popularity ebb and flow — especially among his gay… Read more »

The Best Places in the USA for Gay Couples

Now that Section 3 of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) has been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, the best states for LGBT couples to move to are those that recognize gay marriage and that are in alignment with the new federal ruling. Financial experts, like the out MSNBC money expert Suze Orman, have… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tom Campagna, 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 am a problem solver that offers a great experience with a successful outcome. Palm Springs is known internationally as a GLBT playground where homebuyers will feel accepted. See… Read more »

Las Vegas’s City Center Makes a Comeback

Check into the Mandarin Oriental on the middle of the Las Vegas Strip, look out the window of your room and you might see something you didn’t quite expect. Yes, there are people living in the building across from you. The lights and TVs and stoves are on at the Veer Towers, where condos have… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ron Rasmussen, Las Vegas

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. Ron is a Las Vegas reale state agent who believes in honesty & integrity. Las Vegas is a remarkable city to live & play! See Ron’s Expanded Listing on… Read more »

New LGBT Senior Apartments Opening in Minnesota

As rapidly as times are changing, the age group with the lowest acceptance for the LGBT community is inevitably seniors–which is especially difficult for those LGBT senior citizens in need of affordable housing. However, as of September 1, LGBT seniors now have an option custom-made for them: the newly opened Spirit on Lake apartments in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Andrew Aceves, San Bernardino, 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. Andrew has been a licensed Realtor since 1990 – specializing in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. See Andrew’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly… Read more »

Large Condo Project Opens Sales in Downtown Seattle

The first major condo project launched since the real estate bust started sales this past weekend. Insignia, under construction at Sixth Avenue and Bell Street, will have twin 41-story towers atop a shared base. The first phase, set to open in spring 2015, contains 350 one- and two-bedroom condos, priced from a little under $500,000… Read more »

In DC, Urban is The New Suburban

The D.C. market is hot and buyers are looking for proximity to entertainment and smaller, more energy-efficient spaces. (Photo public domain) Whether we’ve worn Coco Chanel’s little black dress or an impeccably tailored Ralph Lauren tuxedo, it’s clear that black evening attire has long been associated with elegance, both understated and timeless. In 1983, however,… Read more »

Military Home Lender to Provide Financing for Married Same Sex Couples

The Department of Veterans Affairs was among the last of the federal government organizations to extend benefits to same-sex couples, but now gay spouses are eligible to receive VA-back home loans, in states where their marriages are legally recognized. The VA Home Loan Centers, which operates as a privately held government loan specialist group will… Read more »

Where is Milwaukee’s Gayborhood?

Welcome to Milwaukee’s Gayborhood! Most of the action is situated around two areas, the Historic Third Ward and Walkers Point. Dozens of old warehouses in Historic Third Ward have been converted into amazing lofts, art galleries, chic cafes and stunning lounges. Walker’s Point serves as one of the main gay residential areas in the city,… Read more »

Where is Oklahoma City’s Gayborhood?

The NW 39th Street Enclave, also known as “39th & Penn” or simply “39th Street”, is a prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) district in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The area is located along NW 39th Street in the city’s northwest quadrant, one block west of Pennsylvania Avenue. The NW 39th Street Enclave is home… Read more »

Urban Cool – Factories Converted Into Homes

This article over at Redfin caught our eye – factories that have been converted into homes. Redfin reports: At the turn of the century factories were popping up all over the United States, but starting in the 1970s those factories began to shut down one by one. Many of them were built in what used… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Rich Bennett, San Francisco

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. Rich moved to San Francisco from Michigan in 1991 and hasnever looked back. He loves both architecture and real estate, which led him to begin his career selling real… Read more »

US Housing Market: Roaring?

Over at the Washington Post, they’re reporting that buying a home is now as hard as it was five years ago. That’s right: According to the National Association of Realtors, it’s almost as hard to afford a house as it was back when the financial crisis started to hit in 2008. But is that good… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Dan Charette, St. Petersburg, Florida

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Working with the gay community is my main focus. Representing buyers and sellers with the best service. References provided! The St. Petersburg area has become the new mecca for… Read more »

Philadelphia Gayborhood’s LGBT Bookstore May Close

THE NATION’S oldest LGBT bookstore may be facing its final chapter as its longtime owner plans to sell ahead of his retirement this winter. Giovanni’s Room has served the city’s gay community from the corner of 12th and Pine streets since moving there in 1976 from its original location on South Street, where it opened… Read more »

Wisconsin Town Bans LGBT Housing Discrimination

Appleton becomes the third city in Wisconsin to adopt rules against housing discrimination based on gender identity. The city’s diversity coordinator, Kathy Flores, says there are no state or federal protections for transgender individuals, so it’s up to communities to adopt rules. The Department of Housing and Urban Development says 17 states and 160 cities… Read more »

Orange County, CA: Attention Riders – The Orange County Housing Appreciation Ride is coming to a stop. Please keep your arms and legs inside the car.

Data Source: Steven Thomas, Reports on Housing Appreciation: With more homes on the market and the expected market time rising, the rate of appreciation has slowed. At the start of last year, home values were at lows dating back to 2003. With interest rates at record lows, it didn’t take long for investors to see… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Maura Sullivan, Woodbridge, 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. True customer service is the most important dynamic in real estate. I’ll take great care of you because you matter! There are many gay-friendly communities in Northern VA. Let… Read more »

Capitol Hill: Denver’s Gayborhood

Capitol Hill is one of the most cosmopolitan neighborhoods in Denver, well known as a haven for artists and bohemians. There are numerous restaurants, clubs, bars, stores, concert venues, and other cultural amenities in the community. East 13th Avenue is the center of Denver’s punk community with the punk club Bender’s, as well as various… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tina Schafer, 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. Tina recently moved to Urban Nest Realty after 14 years as an award-winning real estate agent with RE/MAX. Portland is liberal, accepting, green, pretty, environmentally-friendly. See Tina’s Expanded Listing… Read more »

Tips to Ease the Stress of Relocation

For many of us that have been “stuck in our homes” for the past half dozen years, this is great news. There comes a time in our lives that we need to pick ourselves up and move ahead. You’re going to start a new beginning, which is why you need to get started on the… Read more »

Riding The Interest Rate Train

Real Estate shoppers and aficionados, travel with me this week on the interest rate train, as we examine historical mortgage interest rates and come to rest at our destination, today’s marketplace. It may seem more like a roller coaster ride than a pleasant sightseeing journey, but it should give you some perspective on a decision… Read more »