Posts Tagged: california

Kyle Mathews – West Hollywood

Kyle Mathews - Hollywood gay Realtor

Hi I’m Kyle Raymond Mathews, West Hollywood Gay Realtor. As a native of Los Angeles, this gives me great knowledge of many different neighborhoods in areas such as Burbank, North Hollywood, West Hollywood, Studio City, Van Nuys, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood Hills, DTLA, and greater Los Angeles. I work extensively to help buyers… Read more »

Derek Lupien – Gay San Diego Mortgage Lender

Derek Lupien - San Diego Gay Mortgage Lender

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: Derek truly understands your financial needs, and has the knowledge and resources that will allow you to obtain a mortgage that is right for you. To accomplish this he… Read more »

Valerie Crowell – Walnut Creek Lesbian Realtor

Valerie Crowell - Walnut Creek Lesbian Realtor

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals: Valerie Crowell is a second generation Realtor® having started in the Real Estate industry in 1972 as a 14 year old answering her father’s business phones. She spent the… Read more »

Marc Lange – Gay Palm Springs Real Estate Agent

Marc Lange - Gay Palm Springs Realtor

Marc LangePeriodically 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: Marc listens closely to his clients to learn what their real estate needs are, and then works hard to finding the home that best meets those needs. It’s… Read more »

CJ Brasiel – San Jose, California

CJ Brasiel - San Jose Lesbian Realtor

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals: Choose a San Jose real estate partner with a different view. CJ Brasiel is a lesbian real estate agent who specializes in residential home sales in San Jose and… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 10. Irvine, Calif.

Irvine

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: An Orange County, Calif., city in the top 10? As mentioned previously,… Read more »

Brodie Stephens – El Dorado Hills, California

Brodie Stephens

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: Brodie is a gay real estate agent in Folsom-El Dorado Hills, who works with buyers and sellers in the Eastern Sacramento metro region! See AGENT’s Expanded Listing on Gay… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 13. Chula Vista, California

Chula Vista

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Sandwiched between San Diego and Mexico, Chula Vista (Spanish for “beautiful view”)… Read more »

Brodie Stephens – Gay Folsom, California Real Estate Agent

Brodie Stevens

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: Brodie is a gay real estate agent in Folsom-El Dorado Hills, who works with buyers and sellers in the Easter Sacramento metro region! See Brodie’s Expanded Listing on Gay… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 23. Anaheim, California

Anaheim - Disneyland - Pixabay

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Only an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, Anaheim is not such a… Read more »

Reggie Blough – Cape Coral, Florida

Reggie Blough - Cape Coral Gay Realtor

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals: I’m focused on residential Fort Myers and Cape Coral real estate, including single family homes, condos, multi-family and vacant land. I’m a full-service residential real estate agent for Buyers… Read more »

Martin Withrow – West Hollywood, California

Martin Withrow - Los Angeles Gay Realtor

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals: I’ve always been passionate about Real Estate, and have remodeled several houses in L.A., West Hollywood and Palm Springs. I was born and raised in Cleveland, and graduated from… Read more »

Best Cities for LGBT Seniors: #14 – San Francisco, California

San Francisco

Everyone knows this is America’s historical and cultural hub for the LGBT community and no list would be complete without it. It has the largest per capita gay population in the country and there simply isn’t another city on Earth that is more tolerant and accepting of gays and lesbians than San Francisco. In addition… Read more »

Ken Townsend – Gay Palm Springs Real Estate Agent

Ken Townsend - Palm Springs Gay Realtor

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals: I have spent over 40 years in this desert oasis. Here we have a family of cities that nestled together provide one special place for the LGBT community. The… Read more »

Andrea Testa – Lesbian Long Beach Real Estate Agent

Andrea Testa - Lesbian Andrea Testa - Long Beach Lesbian Realtor

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals: Andrea Testa has been with Keller Williams Pacific Estates since 2013, winning Rookie of the Year for Volume Sold in her first year. Andrea’s clients describe her as “energetic,… Read more »

Robert Boccolucci, Gay Upland Real Estate Agent

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: Having lived and worked in the Inland Empire for over 5 years, I’m very familiar with the market, housing trends and the diverse local cities that make this a… Read more »

Post-Gayborhood: Mission District, San Francisco

Over the past decade, the gayborhood has morphed into what’s often termed a “post-gay” neighborhood. At many LGBT-owned businesses, you’re apt to bump into plenty of straight folks as well — and vice versa. And it’s a good bet that the formerly explicitly gay neighborhoods will continue to become steadily more diverse — including the… Read more »

John Giardina, Gay Pasadena Real Estate Agent

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: There is no better place to work, play and own a house than here in Pasadena. It reminds me of an Eastern town, with tree-lined streets, an artistic flavor,… Read more »

Is San Diego Too Pricey?

The economy is looking up for many and according to the Case-Shiller index tracking resales of single family homes, this trend is being reflected in home prices. Nationally, prices are up 5 percent in the last 12 months, but in popular San Diego, that number is even higher. At a rise of 6.3 percent our… Read more »

Arlene Jean, Lesbian Joshua Tree Real Estate Agent

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: Arlene (AJ) and her life partner, Kathy are entering their 20th year together and have made Joshua their home for the past 18 years. They have 3 fur kids… Read more »

Joel Vendette, Gay Los Angeles Real Estate Agent

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals: A longtime resident of Los Angeles, Real Estate Agent Joel Vendette combines his knowledge of the local community with an energetic, positive, personable approach to the Los Angeles real… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Torey Carrick, Huntington 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. Torey Carrick is the Vice President and Chief of the Retail Sales Division at the Anderson Real Estate Group of Keller Williams Pacific Estates. The Anderson Group has helped… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Jeff Anderson, Long 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. Jeff is an award winning Real Estate Agent in the Greater Los Angeles real estate market, with a focus on top notch customer service, trust, and strong ethics. Jeff… Read more »

California Home Sales At 9-Year High

Sales of California homes remained robust in July, with the number of houses and condos sold hitting a nine-year high for the second month in a row, a research firm reported Wednesday. CoreLogic Inc. reported an estimated 46,065 new and existing single-family homes sold in California in July. That’s up 14.4 percent from last July,… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Matthew Berkley, 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. A resident of the San Gabriel Valley for most of his life, Matt Berkley is a REALTOR(R) who has made representing historic and architecturally significant properties his primary focus… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Jeff Blacker, Palm Springs, 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. Jeff is an Architectural Specialist at HOM Sotheby’s International Realty and will lead you through the array of incredible choices in desert properties in the Palm Springs real estate… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Real Estate Agent: 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. I know you get a lot of mixed messages from Real Estate Agents – especially when search online. My purpose is to provide more insight into myself and our… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Patrick Martin, West Hollywood, 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. For more than a decade, Patrick Martin has been an industry leader in West Hollywood and the Los Angeles real estate market. Handling a diverse portfolio of properties and… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Randy Merrill, El Dorado 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. I am a Top Producing Real Estate Agent in the Sacramento region. I represent buyers and sellers along the Highway 50 corridor, all the way from Folsom to Pollock… Read more »

Featured Lesbian Real Estate Agent: Trish McLean, Santa Rosa, 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. Trish has been a licensed California real estate agent for more than 15 years, and specializes in long-term investment strategies. She reminds all her clients to take the long… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Kirk Dahle, San Francisco, 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. Kirk works hard for his clients, and uses his intuitive nature to provide fantastic customer service. Kirk’s previous clients have described him as ‘going above and beyond or ‘knowing… Read more »

San Francisco, Portland, and Austin Top Metro Areas With Most LGBT Residents

The San Francisco metropolitan area has the highest percentage of the adult population who identify as LGBT of any of the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas, followed by Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas. Variation in the percentage who identify as LGBT across the largest metro areas is relatively narrow, with San Francisco’s percentage just 2.6… Read more »

Prices Up, Sales Down in San Francisco

Last month, the number of Bay Area home sales slowed to a crawl and hit its lowest level since the recession in 2008, according to the latest report from DataQuick. A slowdown is normal for January, but even compared with January 2014, sales are down, dropping 5.5 percent to a seven-year low of 4,439 houses… Read more »

Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed?

The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to look at where rates are headed when deciding to buy now or wait until next year. Below is a chart created… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Eric Greene, Long 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. Gay Long Beach Real Estate Agent – Experienced Long Beach/Orange County Realtor providing outstanding service and area knowledge See Eric’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly… Read more »

Why Have Interest Rates Dropped?

The headlines agree mortgage interest rates have dropped substantially below initial projections. Many who are considering purchasing a home, or moving up to their dream home, might think that they should wait to buy, because rates may continue to fall. A recent article on the Economists’ Outlook blog by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)… Read more »

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

If you are thinking about purchasing a home right now, you are surely getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in real estate. Let’s look at whether or not now is actually… Read more »

San Francisco Now an Enclave for the Wealthy?

San Franciscans, already lamenting the high cost of living, are finding that rents have jumped from sky high to outrageous. Betty Granoff, who works with people moving to the Bay Area as president of San Francisco-based Relocation Breakthroughs, provided some insight into how the rental housing market compares to other boom times. “I’ve been doing… Read more »

10 Easy Tips to Get Your House Ready to Sell

Most people know the basics about getting their home ready to sell: remove any clutter and excess furniture, fix what’s broken and set your rooms to look like a model home would. But buyers have more and more inventory to choose from in this market and the details matter. Here are 10 enhanced Staging Tips 1…. Read more »

2014 Is Over, Sell the House?

At the end of the year in Orange County, hundreds of homeowners have a tough decision to make. The ‘listing for sale agreement’ on their house is about to expire and they now must decide to either take their house off the market (OTM), For Sale by Owner (FSBO) or list it again with the… Read more »

New San Diego Affordable Senior Housing Project Will Be LGBT Affirming

San Diego nonprofit Community HousingWorks (CHW), presents its Arizona Street Development to the San Diego Planning Commission Thursday, Dec. 18. The proposed development features a 76-home senior apartment building on the northwest corner of Texas Street and Howard Avenue and a 118-home multifamily building on the northeast corner. The proposal has already generated significant support… Read more »

Featured Lesbian Real Estate Agent: CJ Brasiel, San Jose, 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. Choose a real estate partner with a different view. Silicon Valley’s the hub of technology and diversity in Northern California. Lifestyle, acceptance, culture is valued and all are welcome!… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Brodie Stephens, Folsom, 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. Brodie Stephens is a gay real estate agent in Folsom, California, who works with all kinds of real estate clients. See Brodie’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here… Read more »

San Diego Gayborhood Bar Expanding

Hillcrest’s most iconic gay restaurant and bar – Urban MO’s Bar & Grill – is now undergoing significant expansions this month to debut for the 2014-15 winter season. The outdoor patio has been demolished in preparation for an extensive expansion and renovation. The property will remain open for business during the expansions, which started this… Read more »

Harvey Milk’s American Diner Closes in the San Diego Gayborhood

Today the official closure of Harvey Milk’s American Diner was announced. The online announcement, by owner Frank Lechner, stated that the diner was officially closed for good and that all the employees had been paid. LGBT Weekly reached out to Lechner for comment but he was unavailable at press time. LGBT Weekly did speak with… Read more »

Is Hunter’s Point on the Cusp of Gentrification in San Francisco?

Just six miles from San Francisco’s increasingly expensive downtown is Hunters Point, a historically blue-collar neighborhood southeast of the city, which has been neglected since the shipyards closed in 1974 amid radiation contamination so bad it was declared a Superfund site. Today, 30 percent of the area’s residents earn less than $10,000 a year. “This… Read more »

Home Value Increase P.2

A common question sellers ask is “What can I do to get the maximum selling price on my home?” Since each home and every market is different, we, as your real estate professionals, can give you specific advice on your home. In general, however, if you’re willing to spend a little bit on some minor… Read more »

Home Value Increase P.3

A common question for prospective home sellers is “How can I increase my home’s value or get a higher selling price?” In our earlier articles on this subject, we discuss low budget and economical fixes and upgrades that can increase the perceived value of your home. In this article, we discuss those higher cost items… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Todd Moeller, Corona, California

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Todd is honest, and has a ridiculously strong work ethic, and will represent your interests when buying or selling real estate on the Corona area. See Todd’s Expanded Listing… Read more »

How Interest Rates Impact Family Wealth

With interest rates still in the low 4%’s, many buyers may be on the fence as to whether to act now and purchase a new home, or wait until next year. If you look at what the experts are predicting for 2015, it may make the decision for you. Predictions for 2015 3Q: 4.6% - Fannie Mae… Read more »

Featured Gay Realtor: Bill Thon, West Hollywood

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Bill Thon helps buyers and sellers with high end realty in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills. See Agent Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly… Read more »

Pesky, But Potentially Costly Home Maintenance

If you’re new to home ownership, you may not be familiar with all of the responsibilities that are now yours. All of those things you used to call the super or management office for now fall in your lap. Here are some items to keep in mind, especially if you got a “great deal” on… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Dan Joy, Oakland, California

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. I enjoy empowering my clients with my knowledge and expertise to assist them making the best property investment decisions. The East Bay offers the best housing prices in the… Read more »

Condo Prices Up Again Along the West Coast

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

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

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

5 Reasons to Sell Now

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

NAR Reports Reveal Two Reasons to Sell Now

NAR Reports Reveal Two Reasons to Sell Now We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand is high and the supply of that item is limited. The last two major reports issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that now may be the best time… Read more »

Palm Springs Gay Senior Housing Opening This Summer

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

Is West Hollywood Boystown Gayborhood Business District Plan Over?

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

Where Is the New Los Angeles Gayborhood?

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

Real Estate: We are NOT the Only Ones Saying You Should Buy

  Real Estate: We are NOT the Only Ones Saying You Should Buy We have never hid our belief in homeownership. That does not mean we think EVERYONE should run out and buy a house. However, if a person or family is ready, willing and able to purchase a home, we believe that owning is much better than renting. And… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tamara Zyhylij, San Diego, California

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Experience & integrity you can rely on! Serving first-time buyers and sellers, to experienced investors with million dollar properties. Aside from it’s obvious beauty and appeal, San Diego has… Read more »

Keeping it Local: Haven Gastropub

Keeping it Local: Haven Gastropub In this week’s series of Keeping It Local, we feature the Haven Gastropub. This is a great place to enjoy high quality, freshly prepared food at reasonable prices, maintaining purveyors of local or organic produce, sustainable seafood, and humanely raised meat and poultry as often as possible. About Haven Gastropub Haven… Read more »

Working with Lenders

Working with Lenders Referrals Referral from friends and family can offer extensive knowledge about a specific lender. Loan processes can change from lender to lender, therefore, understanding the processes of your lender beforehand is extremely beneficial. Research your lender From above, it should be noted that having the necessary information before you meet with a… Read more »

Tax Breaks for Homeowners

Tax Breaks for Homeowners Homeowners can acquire several tax breaks but most are clueless about such benefits. Two important tax breaks ‘homeowners can use are on mortgage interest and selling your home. Claiming Mortgage Interest Claiming mortgage interest is one of the most common deductions among taxpayers and has been evolving for the last 10… Read more »

Tax Tips for Freelance Workers

Tax Tips for Freelance Workers Are you getting paid as an independent contractor? If so, it’s likely that taxes are not being taken of your pay. Depending on how much you make you could be hit with a painful tax bill during tax season. Therefore, it is vital that you plan ahead. First, take all… Read more »

SOMA, San Francisco’s Other Gayborhood

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

Prevent Basement Floods

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

Top Ten Tax Deductions for Homeowners

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

Mortgage Monday: How to Speed Up the Mortgage Process

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

Where is Fresno’s Gayborhood?

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Kurt Metzger, Palm Springs, 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. Kurt is a full time agent with over 15 years of experience specializing in the California desert cities, resident of Palm Springs. Palm Springs is a Gay and Lesbian… 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 »

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 »

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: 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: Randy Merrill, El Dorado 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. Randy Merrill is knowlegable, reliable and detail oriented. He has a lot of experience with bank owned and short sales. In the foothills, a short trip to San Francisco… 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 »

Silverlake – The New Gay Mecca

Looking for a great gay-friendly mecca in the Los Angeles? West Hollywood is sooooo 2010, Ken Williams at LA Weekly says… Silverlake is the new place to be: The new gay paradigm, in fact, makes the culture of West Hollywood look obsolete. It wasn’t long ago that gay men had to embrace certain cultural hallmarks… Read more »

Today’s Real Estate Report: California

Today, in our ongoing series about local real estate markets, we’ll take a look at home sales and trends in California. Lets start with the south. San Diego’s market is gearing up too, Southwest Riverside News Network reports: Rising housing prices are reinvigorating the move-up market for San Diego County homeowners, the head of the… Read more »

USA: Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, North Dakota and California Post Largest November Home Price Gains

U.S. home prices in November were up 7.4 percent from November 2011, the largest year-over-year increase in 6 1/2 years, the Associated Press reported. In terms of monthly gains, housing prices were up 0.3 percent from October to November, according to CoreLogic which told the AP that the gains have been “widespread” in the U.S…. Read more »

Update On San Diego’s Real Estate Market

The real estate market has historically always gone in cycles. This means that housing prices go up and they go down. When prices are up, it is considered a seller’s market and when prices are down, it is a buyer’s market. There are of course other variables that play a part, like mortgage interest rates;… Read more »

California Home Prices Up 19% in November Over 2011

A research firm says California home prices posted a ninth straight annual increase in November. DataQuick said Thursday that the median price for new and existing houses and condominiums was $291,000 last month, up 19% from $244,000 the same period last year. The median price jumped $6,000 during the month. More than 37,000 homes sold… Read more »

Palm Springs Home Sales, Prices Soaring

More move-up and first-time buyers joined investors and second-home purchasers across the Coachella Valley to stoke sales in October, even as prices rose for the eighth consecutive month, two new reports show. A total of 853 homes and condos sold valleywide last month, a nearly 16 percent year-over-year increase, San Diego-based real estate information services… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Joe Lilley, Santa Rosa, 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. Joe is an openly gay Realtor serving the local community for more than thirty years, including San Francisco, Marin County and of course, Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. He… Read more »

California’s Median Home Price at Highest Level in Four Years

The median price of a California home reached its highest level in more than four years in September, the California Association of Realtors reports. But while prices rose, a continued shortage of homes on the market lowered sales. “Low inventory – especially in distressed areas – is dampening sales activity,” association President LeFrancis Arnold said…. Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Dan Joy, Oakland, California

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Dan combines business savvy with great people skills in the Oakland Real Estate Market. Dan has a Bachelor’s in psychology and business administration and a Master’s in social work…. Read more »

The California Real Estate Market is Heating Up

It wasn’t just heating up outside this summer and fall. The real estate market was definitely heating up as well! Prices in California are up again. Our home prices are now at a four-year high. “The median price for new and existing houses and condominiums in Southern California reached $315,000, up 12.5 percent from $280,000… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tamara Zyhylij, San Diego, California

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Tamara is both an owner and investor in and outside San Diego, so she understands the importance of having someone who is competent and experienced to advise you. Successful… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Kyle Mathews, Los Angeles, 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. Kyle is a Los Angeles Realtor with White House Properties. Kyle works extensively to help buyers and sellers meet their Los Angeles real estate goals. As a listing agent… Read more »

Low Inventory Driving Up Home Prices in Monterey

Scant inventories are driving up home prices in Monterey County’s recovering housing market, as investors snatch up what’s available and leave the leftovers to traditional home buyers. Still, with interest rates at record lows and prices less than a half what they were five years ago, it’s a good time to buy — if you… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Joel Vendette, Los Angeles, 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. A longtime resident of Los Angeles, Realtor Joel Vendette combines his knowledge of the local community with an energetic, positive, personable approach to real estate. With over 15 years… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Michael McDonald, Santa Cruz, 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. Buying or selling a home often means a major life change. Michael feels privileged to serve his clients in this process. As your agent, Michael will dedicate myself to… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Jim Albright, Irving, 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. If you’re looking for a gay Orange County Realtor, you’ve come to the right place – Jim works closely with Southern California’s gay and lesbian community. Jim knows how… Read more »

San Diego Real Estate Market Booming

There is no exact timeframe or science to real estate cycles, but this alternation has been going on internationally ever since there were landowners. Today in San Diego and in most of the world, it is a buyer’s market. It has been a buyer’s market for four to five years, as prices have continued to… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Joan Dunn, Sacramento

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. After moving to Sacramento in 2002, Joan made a name for herself in the Sacramento Real Estate Market as one of the area’s most successful real estate agents. Her… Read more »