Posts Categorized: USA

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 »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Christian J. Stallman, 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. Christian is a metropolitan Phoenix Real Estate agent specializing in buying or selling of homes, condos, lofts and land. The Phoenix Metropolitan Area has a vast diversity of home… 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 »

US Housing Inventory Hits a 13 Year Low

I figured I’d hit you with something a little more serious. Recently in Forbes it was talking about how the housing inventory hit a 13 year low and I got very excited for two reasons. housing-inventory-low #1: All that excess inventory we had during the down turn has been bought up so that signals strength… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ken Latz, 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. My goal is your excellent experience. I’m professional and fun. Call – I’ll prove it! Seattle’s bustling with gay/lesbian options. Many water, mountain and city activities to choose from…. Read more »

City Gives Go-Ahead to Update of Castro Streetscape

City planners received a green light this week to proceed with a major overhaul of the streetscape in the heart of San Francisco’s gay Castro district. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board unanimously voted Tuesday, August 20 to approve the Castro Streetscape Improvement Project. The $4 million makeover will widen sidewalks, slow vehicular traffic… Read more »

Where is Boston’s Gayborhood?

CNN has the answer from the last census: Most popular neighborhood for same-sex male couples: South End, Boston ($608 per square foot). Most affordable alternative: Dorchester, Mass. ($209 per square foot). Most popular neighborhood among same-sex female couples: Jamaica Plain, Boston ($304 per square foot). Affordable alternative: Roslindale, Mass. ($227 per square foot). At Gay… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Celia J. Lyon, 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. Celia Lyon is the Principal Broker at Meadows Group Inc., Realtors, and is a hardworking advocate for her community. She loves selling real estate and helping people actualize their… Read more »

Austin’s Top Ten Gayborhoods

Austin is one of the most progressive, liberal, and gay-friendly places in America. If you ask a gay person in Austin where the gay neighborhood is, you’ll most likely get the response “We don’t have a gay neighborhood, the whole city is gay friendly.” That’s pretty accurate. Austin is one of the most friendly cities… Read more »

Where is Indianapolis’ Gayborhood?

On the northeastern edge of downtown, the Mass Ave Arts District is not only the heart of Indianapolis’s gay and lesbian community but one of six distinctive, revitalized neighborhoods that will eventually be linked together via the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. From about New York Street northeast to Bellefontaine Street and I-70, Massachusetts Avenue (along with… Read more »

Houston’s Gayborhood Saved?

Rumors swept through Montrose Monday that iconic bars South Beach and JR’s have been sold to real estate developers — another nail in the coffin for a neighborhood that many fear is swiftly losing its reputation as the epicenter of Houston’s gay community.

What Does an Apartment in Portland, Oregon Cost?

If you thought Portland’s rental market was hot before, wait until you see the latest data from Zillow. The online real estate company reports that the median rental price for a Portland property in July was $1,427. That number is based on prices for single-family residences, condominiums, co-ops and apartments in Zillow’s database, regardless of… Read more »

Kansas City Condo Sales Still Sluggish

As the condo market heats up in other parts of the country, sales in Kansas City are still in the doldrums. The Kansas City Star reports: The difference between buying a condo and a single-family home is night and day,” said Dan Farmer, a mortgage banker at Peoples Bank. “I ask Realtors to talk to… Read more »

New Project Debated in Dallas Gayborhood

Oak Lawn residents are petitioning the City Council to block rezoning that would allow the Dallas Housing Authority to build a high-density complex on their Cedar Springs Place property. A 200-unit development stood on the Hartford Street property between Kings Road and Hawthorne Avenue. Like many older apartments in Oak Lawn, it was torn down… Read more »

Where is Nashville’s Gayborhood?

We wondered where the Gayborhood was in Nashville, Tennessee. Wikimapia helped us out: The 3 blocks on Church Street from 15th to 18th are home to many GLBT businesses including nightclubs like Blue Gene’s, Play, Tribe, Blu, Restaurants like Red and the Church Street Cafe, and the Outloud Bookstore. It is a growing area for… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Steve Benoit, 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. Steve specializes in residential real estate, and will give you the best service and advice on the Albuquerque real estate market. He has closed over $10,000,000 in Albuquerque real… Read more »

Pace of US Housing Sales Slows in July

Redfin (www.redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage, today issued its Fastest Markets Report for July 2013. Home-selling speeds fell for the third month in a row as the market continues to rebalance after an extremely competitive spring season. In today’s report, Redfin also ranks 23 markets across the country ordered by the percentage of homes… Read more »

Florida Condo Board Reverses Course, Will Allow Same Sex Couples

A Florida condominium association is reversing a policy that allowed only singles and husband-and-wife couples to buy or lease units in the complex after an uproar from gay rights activists. The Casa Di Amici Condominium Association Inc. held a special meeting Thursday to amend the rule previously approved on July 17, reported the Sarasota Herald-Tribune…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Michael Sullivan, Durham, 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. Michael has 15 years experience in Triangle residential real estate. He specializes in the older neighborhoods near Duke, UNC and NC State. Triangle NC is a very dynamic and… Read more »

USA: Existing Home Sales Spiked in July

Existing-home sales rose strongly in July, with the median price maintaining double-digit year-over-year increases, according to the National Association of Realtors(R). Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 6.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million in July from a downwardly revised 5.06… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Frank Sharp, Tucson, 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. Frank serves Tucson and surounding communities – a very Gay friendly community with its own domestic partnership registry. See Frank’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly… Read more »

Forest Park, Chicago’s Newest Gayborhood?

Forest Park is the second most densely [populated] gay community in Illinois. That’s the surprising, to us, news from a new survey out of a California institute which has reviewed data from the 2010 census. Who’s Number 1? Guess who? Neighboring Oak Park which has encouraged and promoted and celebrated its gayness for decades. Several… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Madeline Daraio, Fort Worth, 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. Madeline is a seasoned veteran in home sales with a personalized approach for helping clients make informed decisions and to enjoy the experience. See Madeline’s Expanded Listing on Gay… Read more »

Homeownership in the US Versus Canada

In the mid-1990s I wrote an opinion column arguing against the tax deduction for mortgage interest. One of the arguments I made was that the percentage of homeowners was only one or two points higher in the United States than in Canada, which doesn’t have the deduction. The best information I have now is that… Read more »

New London, Connecticut Becoming a Gay Mecca

Packed into this picturesque, pocket-sized seaport are three colleges, a slew of historic sites and a bustling, red-brick train station. Yet beyond the gleam of the Thames River lies a struggling Northeastern city. For a time, the pitch to remake New London revolved around visions of upscale condos, a five-star hotel and an influx of… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Marc Lange, 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’m a Southern California Native. I am an Associate Broker with over 7 years of experience. This is Palm Springs! Gay mecca. The hot spot for primary and secondary… Read more »

The Evolution of Chicago’s Gayborhood

As the Halsted Street area hosts another Northalsted Market Days street festival Saturday and Sunday, the heart of the gay business district — Boystown — is enjoying hearty economic vitality and a renewed sense of optimism. From 2007, the depths of the recession, through last year, at least a half-dozen gay bars expanded, and gay-owned… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Mary G. Murray, Arlington, 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. Mary is a lifetime Arlington resident with 26 years of experience in the city’s real estate market. Arlington is a diverse community offering a suburban setting with city access…. Read more »

A Tale of Two Houses

Is there a house for everyone here in our neck of the woods? The answer is yes. I’ve gone through our database and selected the two extremes, the least and most expensive active properties in our inventory. I thought you’d get a kick out of comparing the two. The starter home, the most affordable in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jim Sutton, 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. Jim has 15 years experience at making this a smooth, easy and understandable experience. Albuquerque is an excellent place to live: from Nob Hill/Downtown to the foorthills or down… Read more »

Florida Condo Association Bars Gay Couples

Lovely – a Florida condo association is specifically barring same sex couples from buying a home in the project. On Top Magazine reports: Casa Di Amici Condo in Venice adopted the restriction in July. It states that only single people or couples legally married as “husband and wife” can purchase a home. “Sales limited to… Read more »

St. Petersburg, Florida – The New San Francisco?

The first time I ever heard St. Petersburg described as the “San Francisco of the East” was on an episode of Queer As Folk a few years ago. One character considered a vacation to Florida and another one asked him where he was going. When he responded “St. Petersburg.” the other character said something like… Read more »

Good News for DC Homebuyers

There are several pieces of good news on the horizon for homebuyers. First, the D.C. real estate market is about to enter its fall season of active listings, which will increase the inventory of available homes for purchase. The D.C. market has two seasons of market activity: spring and fall. Imagine a line graph in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Terry Diederich, Orlando, 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. Terry is a downtown Orlando real estate professional. Orlando is a creative, exciting, growing community that welcomes everyone. Great weather, great people, great housing choices! See Terry’s Expanded Listing… Read more »

Guide to Philly’s Gayborhood

Philadelphia was founded on the principles of freedom and equality, and that is evidenced by the city’s rich gay culture. In fact, Philadelphia was the site of some of the nation’s first gay rights protests in the 1960’s. The city even coined the phrase, “Get your history straight and your nightlife gay” to attract LGBT… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Shannon Lindstrom, 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. Shannon is a gay friendly Minneapolis-St. Paul urban living Realtor. The Twin Cities is very LGBTQ friendly. See Shannon’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly Realtors… Read more »

Oaklawn – Dallas’s Gayborhood

One of the top ten largest cities in America, big things are happening in Dallas, Texas. From the largest arts district in the country, to some of the best entertainment and social venues, the LGBT community is taking notice of Dallas as a hot spot to visit, party, enjoy great food, and some of the… Read more »

DC Gayborhood May Once Again Ban New Eateries

The announcement late last week was startling mostly for its time-capsule-like nature. The damage, after all, is a couple of decades long and old. The Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) is poised to ask the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board to again renew the now 23-year-old “East Dupont” liquor license moratorium on the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jim Sutton, 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. Jim has 14 years experience at making this a smooth, easy and understandable experience. An excellent place to live: from Nob Hill/Downtown to the foorthills or down by the… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Ron Foster, Houston

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 my 35+ years experience to work for you in purchasing or selling real estate in the Greater Houston area. Houston is the 4th largest city in the US;… Read more »

Gay Fort Lauderdale

The history of the area we now know as Fort Lauderdale started nearly 4,000 years ago with the arrival of the Tequesta Indians. The area wasn’t known as Fort Lauderdale until 1838, however, and it wasn’t incorporated as a city until 1911. The Florida land boom of the 1920s, the subsequent clearing of the mangroves… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Bill Smith, 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. Bill has 14 years real estate experience plus 5 years as real estate academy administrator. He’s a native Texan and Las Vegas resident since 1985.= Las Vegas does not… Read more »

Should DC Raise Its Real Estate Height Limits?

For more than a century, the height of buildings in Washington D.C. has been capped by federal law. The original rationale was fire safety — ladders back in 1900 only reached so high — but the height limit has since made its way into the city’s aesthetic mythology. It preserves “light and air” on the… Read more »

City Spotlight: Wilton Manors, Florida

A popular area for gays to live, love and play in South Florida is Wilton Manors. Located a few miles north of Downtown Fort Lauderdale and a few miles east of Fort Lauderdale Beach, the city of Wilton Manors is surrounded by water and thus was aptly nicknamed “Island City”. The gays on the other… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jeff Blacker, 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. Jeff offers Excellent negotiation skills, and is an experienced, Mid-Century expert, specializing on vacation properties and second homes. Palm Springs is a well blended, diversified city with an international… Read more »

West Hollywood – the L.A. Gayborhood

Known throughout as the home of Hollywood, entertainment capitol of the world, Los Angeles also plays host to one of the largest urban gay and lesbian populations in the world. With a population of over 15 million, Los Angeles’ gay community is as diverse as its various local regions. From the city style lofts of… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Christopher Sharpe, 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. Christopher works with business partner, Michael Hopkins. Together they bring nearly 20 years of experience to you. Beautiful San Francisco speaks for itself. One of the world’s most progressive… Read more »

New Castro-Area Housing in High Demand

San Francisco native Brian Spiers stands on the unfinished seventh floor of his new mixed-use development Linea and scans the views that residents of the condos on the upper Market Street corridor will enjoy. Most of the 115 units will have unobstructed sightlines of the Bay Bridge and the bay itself. The five penthouses on… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Todd Moeller, Anaheim Hills, California

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Todd is a unique, open and caring Anaheim Hills real estate agent, specializing in helping people find good values and good homes in Orange County. See Todd’s Expanded Listing… Read more »

The Revival of a Philadelphia Gayborhood – Midtown Village

“We love 13th Street!” proclaim chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran on their website. It clearly shows: The pair, partners in business and in life, have branched out from a lone home goods boutique at 107 South 13th Street in 2002 to six thriving businesses at the epicenter of Midtown Village, including the nucleus of… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: David Daso, 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. David has the experience to provide you with the knowledgeable and professional real estate services that you want and need! It doesn’t matter where you’re from, our amazing GLBT… Read more »

Andersonville, One of Chicago’s Newest Gayborhoods

If there’s three things that Chicago is known for right now, it’s the Blackhawks, Oprah (It will always be Oprah), and its eclectic collection of neighborhoods. And the one neighborhood that remains a bit of a destination for Chicagoans and tourists alike is Andersonville. Traditionally a Swedish neighborhood, this budding home design district-meets-gayborhood-meets newly gentrified… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Norma J Cappello, Pismo Beach, California

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. I have been licensed since 1991. I am a retired H.S. Principal with extensive education in Real Estate. Pismo Beach is a quiet community with a large active community…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: A. Daniel Bouchard, Arlington, 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. Residential real estate buyer and seller representation in Washington DC, Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland. Entire Northern VA and Washington DC area is very GLBT friendly and diverse. See… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Patrick Martin, 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. I’m a former licensed general contractor who’s well versed in every aspect of representation for both buyers and sellers. LA’s Westside offers a multitude of different neighborhoods for every… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Andy Kogan, Kansas City

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. Andy Kogan is a life-long Kansas City native, and specializes in the Overland Park area! Kansas City is a a wonderful place to live for all lifestyle choices! See… Read more »

Logan Circle – DC’s Top Gayborhood

In a recent survey conducted by neighborhood blog Borderstan, Logan Circle was once again declared the top gay neighborhood in D.C. Borderstan polled its readers to find out where the District’s gayest neighborhood actually lies, and for the fourth consecutive year Logan Circle took the crown. By a landslide, in fact, raking in 42 percent… Read more »

USA: Home Prices Rise Faster in Gayborhoods

Home prices are rising faster in major U.S. cities than in their suburbs, especially in neighborhoods that have larger gay and lesbian populations and are more racially diverse, according to a national listing service. Asking prices, on a per-square-foot basis, for houses in urban neighborhoods have risen by 11.3 percent in the past year, Trulia… Read more »

Will Marriage Equality Decisions Fuel California’s Real Estate Market?

The Supreme Court’s two decisions Wednesday supporting gay marriage could add fuel to California’s already hot housing market. “Married gay couples are going to have more confidence in making a home purchase,” predicted Nanette Lee Miller, West Coast partner-in-charge of assurance services at accounting firm Marcum in San Francisco. Striking down the federal Defense of… Read more »

Normal Heights – San Diego’s Up and Coming Gayborhood?

Just next to University Heights, could Normal Heights be the next up-and-coming gay neighborhood? LGBT Weekly explores the district: Bookended by University Heights to the west and Kensington to the east, the community of Normal Heights is rapidly becoming a San Diego hot spot. Situated above Mission Valley between Interstate 15 and Interstate 805, this… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Rob Schlegel, 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. Rob Schlegal is a former LGBT newspaper publisher who now sells Las Vegas real estate. He knows what he’s doing but is also a social activist. See Rob’s Expanded… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Kim Nwachukwu, 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. Kim will treat your transaction as if it were her own transaction. Guaranteed. Dalls-Fort Worth has one of the largest gay communities in the nation, Texas’ Biggest Gay Community… Read more »

USA: HUD Looks at LGBT Housing Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development just released the first report on discrimination in rental housing against LGBT citizens. LGBT Weekly reports: According to HUD’s study, same-sex couples experience unequal treatment more often than heterosexual couples when responding to internet ads for rental units, and findings show that gay male couples experience more… Read more »

Why So Many Gays Live in Ft. Lauderdale

Well there’s a reason this sunny beach city is Florida’s gay capital, she’s filled with queers! As one of the first areas to legalize protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation, Broward County was also the first school district to support LGBT History Month this past October. Outside the legal wins and historical moments, Fort… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Linda S. Faucett, 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. Linda is a second generation St Pete native – knowledge of history of area, current trends & utilize variety of marketing strategies. St. Petersburg is laid-back, gay-friendly, fantastic beaches… Read more »

San Diego Experiencing a Seller’s Market

The spring home buying season is well underway and bidding wars are breaking out on San Diego’s streets. People trying to land a home while interest rates remain relatively low are up against limited choices and considerable competition. This is most evident in the western regions of the nation and San Diego is no exception…. Read more »

NerdWallet Names the 10 Most Gay-Friendly Cities in the US

And the top three are Palm Springs, San Francisco and Seattle. NerdWallet reports: Happy Pride Month! To celebrate, NerdWallet crunched the numbers to put together a list of the most gay-friendly cities based on municipal laws, community and peer support, and safety and tolerance. The cities listed fulfill the following three requirements: Do the laws… Read more »

Arrested Development Explains the Housing Crisis

As surely as Guns N’ Roses’s “Chinese Democracy” is in the iTunes store and Duke Nukem Forever is on Steam, the fourth season of “Arrested Development” is, after seven years of hints and speculation, finally on Netflix. The show’s always had a political bent and the latest iteration is no exception. But while the first… Read more »

Will Higher Mortgage Rates Stifle the Housing Market?

Home prices have been soaring over the past year, the sharpest gains in seven years; construction activity is picking up nicely. Both trends have been driven in no small part by a steady drop in home mortgage interest rates, which have made homeownership too good a deal to pass up for millions of Americans. But… Read more »

San Diego Plans to Become a Bike Mecca

Fundamental changes in how our region moves to work, live and play are progressing fast in San Diego. Change like this is hard to come by, but we knew citizens and leaders would eventually stand together, working on solutions to the ailing public health, unstable local economies, and increasing costs of resources. The San Diego… Read more »

Las Vegas to Get a Makeover

Las Vegas is trying to beat its reputation as a shut-in. MGM Resorts International announced that it will sink $100 million into building a park and public promenade outside of its New York-New York and Monte Carlo casinos. The project runs counter to casinos’ long-held strategy of trying to keep people inside, losing track of… Read more »

New LGBT Senior Housing Development to Open in Philadelphia

With LGBT seniors facing increased risks of poverty and poor health as well as a higher likelihood of living alone, the need for housing designed to their needs is dire. Cities including Los Angeles and Chicago are responding by building developments specifically geared to LGBT seniors, and now Philadelphia is joining the party, reaching out… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Frank Vigliotti, 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. Frank has served the GLBT Community since 2005, providing sales & consultation services in Wilton Manors, Oakland Park & Fort Lauderdale, FL. Gay friendly region is the #1 destination… Read more »

New York’s Ultra-Luxury Condo Market Booming

If you’re in NYC and you’re richer than God, you’ll be happy about this. Otherwise, not so much. Joe.My.God reports: Ultraluxury housing and construction is booming across Manhattan, which is now beginning to rival London in popularity with the world’s wealthy. The number of condominium buildings in the borough with apartments selling for more than… Read more »

Castro Revamp Slimmed Down Due to Budget Concerns

The plan to upgrade the Castro’s streetscape has been scaled back due to budget concerns. the Bay Area Reporter reports: Due to budgetary constraints, San Francisco planners working on the redesign of Castro Street in the heart of the city’s gayborhood have, for now, cut from the proposal such things as rainbow crosswalks, sparkle treatments… Read more »

Why Aren’t Americans Moving?

Here’s an odd economic mystery. Americans are moving around the country a lot less frequently than they used to. For example: In the early 1990s, 3 percent of Americans moved across state lines each year. Today, the rate is half that. Economists have offered all sorts of theories for the drop in mobility. Perhaps it’s… Read more »